It’s Sunday so no #AtoZchallenge but…

I’m on a roll so let’s keep going.

It’s 10:24 am and l’m still in bed. Oh I’ve not been sleeping, l’ve written in my journal, checked all my online stuff and am enjoying my third cup of coffee. Yes there are things that need doing but they’ll get done. Sunday is a lazy “get around to it” day and you know what? If l don’t “get around to it” it’ll keep till Monday.

Sure l could be downstairs with my family, l could be cleaning, there’s always that, which needs doing with a big family, l could be out in the garden checking on the pumpkin patch, or starting off that pine cone which will become a bonsai tree, I could even be changing the bedding on Star Son’s bed and his room ALWAYS needs cleaning and l’m pretty sure l’m not the only Mother in the world, of a teenage son- who complains about them not keeping their room clean but I even annoy myself listening to myself nagging him to “clean his room” I could just go and do that for him which would in the end make me happy but is it teaching him a valuable life lesson on “how to avoid things and let Mum do it” ahh the joys of parenting you don’t get an instruction manual when you give birth to these small helpless beings.

Yesterday we brought a new digital scale because when l stepped on the old one my husband said “Between …. and ….” and so I asked “am I … and a half or closer to … kilos?” in the end l gave up trying to decipher my weight and moaned “I really miss my digital scales” which will tell you- you are 76.4 kilos that .4 makes a huge difference! So we went be brought a digital scale and luckily Harris Scarfe had all theirs at 50% off- I’m frugal but I’m also a Bargain Hunter! Anyways l digress.. the Scales came with an instruction manual that you also need a University degree to understand.. a set of digital scales comes with an instruction manual BUT an brand new baby does NOT!

So you have this brand new small being. You are already overwhelmed, definitely tired, labour is hard work why else is it called “labour” and possibly even in pain and then you have to care for this bundle of skin and bones and screams. AND you just gave birth to this so you HAVE to love it! Sometimes you don’t immediately and then you might have some guilt issues to deal with also. A few days later (or six hours I know of one young Mum getting out of hospital in six hours!) you’re sent home and no one gives you an instruction manual.

Of course if you are lucky you’ll have a Mother, Mother in law or older sister to help you navigate but sometimes they’re less help than no help because their ways are so antiquated they’re useless. Like- oh this was a good one when I had daughter number one “Dip her dummy is sugared water” WT??? “it’ll stop her crying” this particular Mother told me. “Yep and rot her sweet baby teeth before they even grow!” Hmm perhaps that’s why my teeth have never been good, thanks Mum!

But sometimes what works with one child one time won’t even work the next time, and it surely won’t work a second time with the next child because they’re all so different. And then try YOUR method on a Grandchild and it surely won’t work.

But some of mine have- like the rocking and patting and then humming an old time favourite, you know when they snuggle against your chest and you sing or hum so they feel the vibration through your chest and it relaxes them, my go to song has always been “Hush little baby don’t say a word Grandma’s gonna buy you a mocking bird” it works every time and Sweetpea who is now 7 had a melt down during Coronavirus lockdown, she completely lost it. So l sat her down and hugged her super tight and sang to her- within a few minutes she was fast asleep. It STILL WORKS! Grandma’s still got it.

Because at the end of the day a hug and some kindness and a good cry fix most things. At least that’s been my experience.

Happy Sunday everyone!

The Ultimate let down..

So the Ultimate disappointment came today, there is now NO release date on the table, he’s there until. Until his Blood improves, until the anti biotics do their thing, just until..

His blood markers had plateaued and today slightly risen. His health, his knee and most everything else looks good, except his emotional health, but his Blood is misbehaving. He was booked in for an Echocardiogram (didn’t happen) we have always had an appointment for that on Monday. Monday it is.

So basically there is no end in sight, l know l sound like l’m whining. I don’t mean to but it’s so frustrating and heart breaking.

Thank you everyone for your thoughts and prayers and love, we ALL appreciate your thoughts for our boy.

To our Elder children Jasmin, Amber and Jay, and my beautiful Grandchildren, thank you for coming to visit l know it’s a long haul, but it so helps him. Kittapillar thank you for your little messages and videos he laughs! Its times like these that the family have pulled together.

Breanna is Star Son’s girlfriend and you continue to be his best medicine and we so appreciate you.

Family are the best medicine.

But l am so angry, I’m not even sure who or what l’m angry at. I can’t blame him for loving a sport and being so dedicated to it. I can’t blame the Dr’s they’ve all been amazing and let’s have a shout out to those most lovely of nurses.. Fiona, Jade and Marrissa at Epworth, and then the lovely Pheobe and Demi and Sam, at Austin, there have been so many beautiful caring women who l knew l could go home and leave him with, because they looked after him amazingly.

Today we asked the Dr, “Was this caused by something we did or didn’t do? Is it because he’s stressed about being here? Is there anything we can do to help the infection numbers come down??”

The answer to all of the questions was NO. And then comes the inevitable question “Why?” Why him? Why can’t you stop it? Why? WHY??

And for once someone gave me an honest answer.. “We don’t know why, We don’t know what to do, we are watching and waiting.”

Star Sons eyes filled with tears, my eyes filled with tears, and he asked “Do you have anymore questions?” I did Not, he just answered mine so l turned to Star Son and asked “Is there anything you don’t understand?” He shook his head and mumbled “Only why l can’t go home”

So the Dr took a deep breath and went through the options, in laymens terms they are expecting, due to the slight raise in the blood numbers that he is going to spike a fever and need to be rushed back to surgery! God l pray they are wrong!!

The Doctor left and we sat in silence for a while, me fighting back tears and him gently fuming, and then he sighed and said “I’m going to spend the rest of my f%$#ing life in here” Yep! my heart cracked a little more.

I explained that although it wasn’t the news we wanted to hear, it was right, if l took him home and he spikes a temp we’d be right back where we were last Tuesday when he passed out in the drive way… gosh was it only last week? It feels like forever!

He’s beyond sad, he’s just angry with the world and with me, and l try to not take it personally, l mean it’s part of the Mothering process to be a safe haven to let him vent his emotions… But l’m also trying to keep mine under control and all l really want to do is lay down beside him and cry.

The man in the bed opposite and across one has been a quadriplegic for 29 years. He turns 50 years old on Wednesday. He has been talking to Star Son about Football and bloke stuff, he’s a lovely guy. Today he got released and he came over to Star Sons bed and apologised and said he felt guilty for going home when it should have been Star Son, we quickly re assured him it’s all good he has a party to attend!

He really made me stop and look at my whinging attitude, he was very sick and in a lot of pain but he always had a nice word to the other three patients in the room and every single person from the tea lady to the cleaners and every nurse, he was always upbeat and happy. I need to take a leaf from A’s book.

I need to but l’m sad, l’m angry and l’m feeling rather numb. Sitting in the hospital for 11 hours a day is wearing.

Maybe I’ll start next week.

Early morning blog post… Using our words wisely..

Good Morning everyone (spoken in my best teachers voice) its 7:37am Friday the 5th of August, its my Brother Bill’s birthday, I hope the card I sent him will makes it in time. Its also the day Marilyn Monroe died all those years ago, no Bill I wont reveal your age, but as he came into the world, she went out of it.

I have just completed my bible study for the day, this bible study in on the Book of James with Courtney over at Good Morning Girls today we were instructed to read James 3:1-12. Then we choose a portion of the scripture that most appeals and we do the S.O.A.K method and colour code it. This morning I chose verses 3-6 and I’ll share it with you below so you know what I am waffling on about..

James 3:3-6New International Version (NIV)

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

So these verses tell us about how “things” including our tongues can be controlled. I am particularly drawn to the lines

6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Lets read it again… The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body.

I am sure that whoever you are,  reading this blog post, (and whoever you are THANK YOU for taking time in your busy life to spend some time in my words.) that at some stage in your life or maybe even repeatedly you have been touched by words that have come from an evil tongue, and maybe even been the cause of the evil tongue lashing, I know I have been on both sides. We are born of men, we are all sinners, as long as we learn from the experience and ask for forgiveness its not a wasted experience.  But then you too, like me, know the power of those words and how much they sting and how once spoken they cant be retracted. It doesnt matter how many times someone says “Sorry” to you, or tries to tell you that they spoke in anger and “didn’t mean what they said” its STILL, sometimes years afterwards, those stinging words that come back and the pain is as fresh as if it happened only yesterday. I wish we knew the effect those stinging words would have on the person we said them to BEFORE we said them, before it was too late to take them back.

Yes, I have been on the end of stinging words, from people closest, whom you thought were your family. And as much as I pray for their forgiveness, I struggle to be able to mute those words. I had a discussion with my sister-in-law a few nights ago, and she wisely told me that I have to let it go because its robbing me of being truly happy and being the best me I can be. Thats very true it is robbing me of that. And everytime I think I am past it, something happens to remind me and the words are back in my head and I’m right back there again. I, on the other hand, well I am mousey, I never have the bravery to stand up and say what I think, I never have. Prehaps that is a saving Grace, maybe that is God’s plan, he puts his hand over my mouth, so I wont say the things my mind thinks! I go one of two ways, I either bite my tongue and let it go, (as a wise man once told me “Pick your fights“) I am SUPER good at that, its a wonder I still have a tongue after all these years.  Or I sit down and think it all out and then I write my scathing replies usually in a flood of tears and a world of pain. I am REALLY good at that option. But l also found out from one of those recipents that after all these years its been 16 years since I wrote that letter, it haunts her like her words keep haunting me, she kept the letter and re-reads it, so she keeps herself in that pain,  really I am NO better than she was, I just thought I was. I wonder if while she was using her tongue to SAY all those things she got as much relief as I got WRITING all those words, setting the truth free?! I wonder if she at the time, walked away feeling better that she had cleared the air and voiced her opinion. I know writing the words and mailing the letter was healing for me, I quickly forgot all about the letter until I was reminded of it a few years ago.

Today as I was working on my bible study the morning radio was on in the back ground and a caller phoned in to request a song it was a little after 7:00am and she was returning home from the gym, she said she had crossed paths with a fellow gym member who complimented her on how great she looked that day. A simple compliment made the whole difference to the caller of the radio show, she explained that in Feb. she had had surgery for a weight loss procedure and was new to the gym, but was trying really hard to loose weight and get fit, she told of the struggle to get out of bed this morning it was only 3C and its icy out there, but she forced herself to her work out, and then she receieved that compliment and it made the world of difference to her that someone was noticing. She also mentioned that since Feb. she had shed an amazing 36 kilograms of un wanted weight. Probably the Lady who made the compliment wouldnt have known any of that. It made me think about the lady who had used her words wisely and complimented the caller.. Did she feel good muttering those words as she passed by? Did she wake up this morning and decide that she would use her words wisely and start off complimenting someone at the gym? Even knowing the lady who used her wise words was running late, she took that time to make someone elses day seem brighter. I really wonder if the the Lady who made the compliment realised what a Huge difference she made to the caller? I REALLY hope the lady who made the compliment, has a super day today! i hope someone pays her a compliment so she will feel a little of what the caller felt. So the caller requested the song from Bob Marley “One love” and I stopped my bible study to really listen to the words of the song and it made me more conscious of using my words for good today.

Friday will be “Use your words Wisely Day” for those of you who are not yet in Friday won’t you join me? I am going to try and only use Good words today, wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog!

I almost forgot to write a blog…

Its been a busy day!

6:50am- Studying the Book of James, today we did verses 2:14-17 and then we colour code and S.O.A.K it.. So that takes a while.

Then I read half a chapter of my book, checked my online things like my emails and Facebook etc.

8:00am time to get up and get the Star Son off to School, by the time he leaves I’ve usually started a load of laundry, made the bed and done the dishes. So by 8:45am the house is clean, the Galah Charlie has been fed and entertained.

Each morning I start a fresh journal page and put a check list of jobs or things I want to achieve. It looks like this…

  • Bible Study- James 2:14-17 
  • Art-
  • Crochet-
  • Book-

Then as I have done the thing I make a note and tick it off..

Art– Yesterday I did a Bible page from Rebekah R Jones series called “Heaven is Calling” I am really loving the way Rebekah breaks down each lesson and shows us how she did her page and also breaks down the scripture so that we understand it more, LOVE that! 

And today I finished the page I began preparing yesterday, we had to do two layers of base coat and allow to dry then go over it with water colour which absolutely soaks the page.. While still wet we had to lay some cling film on top and smoosh it all around and then leave it to dry. I will confess that I was nervous about that process because let’s be honest I am yet to find a bible that has thick pages, so I waited with baited breath to see how it would turn out.

Cling wrap over wet water colour, a few nervous moments…

This is the final result. This was lesson 5 in Rebekah R Jones series “Heaven is Calling” we discussed how an Angel came to Gabriel and spoke to him, but he doubted that it was a message from God because “Why would God talk to me?” Well, now OUR God as I am getting to know him, and knowing how much he loves us, my question for Gabriel is “Why NOT me?” 

Anyways.. As you can see the cling wrap came off nicely and I am totally in love with how this background turned out, in fact, so much so I will definately be using that technique again. In Rebekah’s instructional video, she used a rubber stamp with white ink to make the word “Healed” I didnt have either of those so I hand wrote it and used a white posca pen, not the best choice, Im not happy with the “whitenes” I really prefer Rebekah’s brilliant white, but hey, we work with what we have and so overall I love this page! Yesterday I also started prepping todays page, again, another two coats of sealer were required. 

Today’s “Heaven is calling” lesson was anout Mary and Martha. When they met Jesus, Mary dropped at his feet and listened intently to all he had to speak of, but Martha, poor, Martha was side tracked preparing the feast and looking after everyone and so she asked Jesus “Lord, dont you see what Mary is doing? Leaving all the work for me to do? Are you not going to tell her to come help me?” (side note… I can hear MY voice coming out Martha’s mouth!) Jesus gently rebuked Martha and told her that Mary was doing the right thing and that she was having doing a good thing and he would NOT rebuke her and that Martha should “Choose the good portion” hmmm, something to think about next time I am wanting to moan about having to do all the work. Here’s what my version looked like…

So my Bible art is well and truely back on track and I am loving it and realising I have been missing my small bite sized chunks of art!

I am also working on a FREE art journaling class with Allyson Bright, she also has us in a FB group, so we can add our work there and ask for feedback if we want it. So here are some of those pages… Today was lesson number 5- the prompt was to do a page about an animal we love, we we have plenty to chose from but I found this lovely photo of my poodle Ambrosia so I did a page on her.

Yesterday- I did day 3- “What is your Name?” Now since no one uses my name much, I chose to honor the other names I am called. Mum, Marley, Mumsy, Mumma from my children. Grandma and Me Maa from my Grand babies, amd my husband AKA “The Bloke” calls me “His Sheila” so this page represents all that. 

Also yesterday, because the boys were at late football training and I had some spare time I did another page, this was for day 4- a list of “Things that make me happy” .. I love lace, pearls, glitter, chocolate, coke a cola, roses, my Bible study lots of things! 

Next on the list is crochet, I am currently crocheting a blanket for my soon to be born Grand daughter, and I chose to do it in chunky wool so it’ll be nice and warm and quick to make. I am doing corner to corner again, since my daughter loved the last blanket I made for my niece’s baby due in November. 

Then we have reading.. Well I have to schedule that in as well or else it doesnt get done, so I am currently reading yet, another Di Morrissey book, this one is called “The winter sea” I love that most of her books are set all in Australia or at least partly Australia and partly another country. So I got a chapter and a half of that read.

So that brings me up to fate. i thought I would share my arty stuff only occasionally so you dont all get bored.

Art is back on…

And boy have I missed it.

So this morning I was forced to be up early, we are selling our car Heidi and the new potential buyer wanted to collect the car and take her to his mechanic, at 7:45AM!! Ok, so confession time, I am never UP that earlier, much less dressed ready for the day, except today I was.

In fact, I was so super organised I even had my morning bible study completed. Did I tell you about that? So this week with Good Morning Girls we begin the book of James. You can find out more details Here. Just reading the intro into the study I found out that James was the half brother of Jesus, go figure. Sometimes I feel so dumb about my lack of knowlege of the Bible, but then a friend told me she finds it refreshing, that I don’t have to “unlearn” stuff I might have been previously taught. Anyways so today was day 2 of the Book of James, we read the prescribed verses and then we colour code them and then we use the S.O.A.K method  (you can find out about S.O.A.K  method on the above link I shared) 

By the time we did the usual morning routine, breakfast, supervise dressing and making sure lunch and home work are in school bag, brushing SweetPea’s hair and waving and kissing Goodbye, I had also done a load of washing and hung one load out to dry, and washed the dishes and made the bed before 9:00am! Super organised.  

So I had choices… Waste time on the internet, do some crochet, I have 4 projects going at once and I HATE THAT!! Or do some art. So I chose art. 

First I started a new 30 day challenge for art journaling. For 30 days we are sent an email with prompts to use, suggested materials or themes etc, and also Allyson (You can meet Allyson Here) shows us what she’s created as an example. 

Day one was “Whats that scent?” Immediately I remembered that Pine Trees are one of my favourite scents. It brought back beautiful memories of when I was a little girl, my parents had a holiday place that Dad largely built himself, and I would wander through the nearby Pine plantations and listen to the birds and the creak and groan of the pine trees and the pine needles under my feet and the beautiful piney scents,everytime I smell pine trees I am taken back to that place. But my other favourite scent is White Sage. I did a course with a lady who became closer to me than a sister and she taught me to smudge with burning white sage and sweet grass in an abelone shell and waving it around the rooms and over myself, I love that smell. So how to choose which smell to do art about? I couldn’t so I chose both, I called it “Then and Now” then of course is Pine trees and Now is the smoking sage in the abelone shell. 

So while the Pine Trees were drying, I started on the Abelone shell with the smoking sage. Once the paint had dried I went back and did some journalling about what I’d painted.

While they were both drying I moved onto Lesson four in “Heaven In Calling” a series of Bible art lessons I am taking. Rebekah Jones to teaching this one and you can find out more about Rebekah and her course Here!

Today we did a reading from the Book of Judges and how Gabriel spoke with an Angel and was unbelieving that God would be speaking to HIM. I enjoyed learning about Gabriel, I haven’t read about him yet.

Lesson two in the “30 days Determined to Shine” challenge, the prompt was to “write a letter to our younger self” and give them some healing advice. I knew my letter wouldn’t be very nice so I had to think of a way to hide it from prying eyes. 

So I folded the letter up really tiny and stuck it underneath this die cut flower. I figured that the flower would look pretty and hide the hate filled letter. I used pink on the background page to promote love and I used some penpalling letters for the back ground page.

Final page looked like this.. Letter hidden behind the pretty flower and a statement that won’t let me forget what its all about.

So today was full of art, and housework and we went to the shops and my very pregnant daughter 39 weeks today! Came over with my Grandson so we had cuddles and played ball and he helped me sweep the back deck.

For dinner tonight, I taught second daughter how to cook Meatloaf, its one of the few meals that the whole family enjoys. She did an excellent job it was so yummy! And finally before bed, I got a few rows of cochet done, working on Grand daughter Janetzki’s blanket, in case she should arrive early! 

Plus three days in a row of blogging and two days in a row of journaling, I feel like the old me is on her way back!! 

Getting side tracked…

I do it A.LOT! Hence the name of my Blog…. going off on a tangent, which means that what should take me 5 or 10 minutes will sometimes take me an hour after I’ve visited half the world and then still not done what I  logged on to do.. hence tonight.

I looked at the clock and I said I have 30 minutes to work out what to write and write a blog… now I only have 20 because I went to see what @Robertmegoldstein’s blog was about he’s my latest blog follower, he’s number 89! I almost wrote a blog about my 90th blog follower… wanna visit Robert? go here:  hmm.. so anyways.. I followed a blog post on that site and ended up at Lucky Otter’s webpage.. and I felt myself nodding agreeing with her post and then almost cheering her ( Her is Lauren Bennett) and I thanked her for writing and sharing the blog, because it was all about “haters” and blog writing.. I actually really resonated with this one..

14. You will change in ways you never expected. Blogging is an adventure.

Blogging is an adventure, and I am loving it.. each day I wake up and think what shall I share with the bloggers today? and I take photos of “stuff” because I could, maybe make it into a blog post!

Like this..

It arrived in the mail today my daughter Amber and Grand daughter Sweetpea brought it for me for Mother’s Day and then Amber realized it was coming from Israel and so it wasn’t going to make it on time.. I love it.. the crappy photo doesn’t do it justice.. it has all the names on.. Jasmin, Amber, Jarrah, William, Inara, Scarlett and Chase. So Jasmin in all her wisdom says “but what if you have more Grand children?” is she trying to tell me something??! I smartly said “the back is blank!”

I am very in love with it.

The Other thing that is not happening lately is ART.. again, the slump came… I think I lasted 10 days.. and havent done anything since Friday. Grrr @ myself.

Today my Bloke was home on a rostered day off work, which is lovely, because Star Son was at school and I don’t have Squishy Monday’s so we had a “date day” that actually made two this month! we did the usual stuff like the grocery shopping, and shopping for a few odds and ends, then visited his Mum and had a lovely morning tea, I drank coffee for the second time in 6 months and ate a piece of cake.. yum!it was a really nice hour we spent chatting with Tanny. Then we went for lunch, we tried a new place, sometimes we get set in our ways and go to the same place to just eat.. today we went to Cafe Circe and it was nice, the weather was nice enough to sit outside at the tables and we enjoyed a nice quiet lunch, he had the seafood basket and I had the Chicken Parma, we really are boring and un-adventurous. Then we came home and since it was such a nice day I went out and worked in the garden for a while, which in my speak means, I filled up the Green waste bin, and now Wednesday morning it can be emptied. Boring day really and yet, like this weekend it was jam packed..Saturday we got the dog groomed. Ambrosia is a toy Poodle and was in a pretty atrocious way, so she now is shorn to her skin, we will reset her hair styling. Then we did some other bits and pieces around the house, which meant, we cut the back lawn, did some pruning, the roses are now ready for winter. Then the Bloke decided that he wanted to play with the camp fire and the camp oven and make a Roast Lamb.. apparently we will be having roast lamb while we are out back in the desert because “well, because we can!” and we did and boy was it ever good!!

Sneaking a peek at the Lamb, the smell was heavenly..

The baked potatoes were also cooked in the coals!

We are going to be eating well this trip!! That’s two meals we have tried in the camp oven and two meas that have been brilliantly yummy!

We also started the Itinerary for the Big Lap, we have still to lock in a date but early Septemeber sounds good..

So Day one.. Sunbury Victoria to Kingston on Murrary in South Australia, two nights there.

Day three– Kingston on Murrary to Kimba South Australia ( Kimba is the home of the Giant Galah) is officially half way across Australia between Melbourne Victoria to Perth Western Australia.

Day Four- Kimba South Australia to Fowlers Bay South Australia… now it starts getting good.. as soon as we leave the drive way it starts getting good, but this place is the one I am most excited for because this is the whaling Nursery of Australia.. all the Southern Right Whales come here every winter to have their calves and feed in the warm calm secluded waters, and that means I am going to see me a whale! we are going to stay here: and yes! we are doing the tour and even possibly going out in a small plane to see the whales as well. I am SOOO excited!! And we are going to go fishing and just sit and rest!

So I will be blogging and I will be adding photos, it’ll be just like you are all coming along with us!!

But for now.. my 30 minutes to write a blog has spiraled out to an hour! and I am missing my TV show LOL… time to be gone!

Great Unveiling..

I have been working on some art for the last few days, I had a few different pieces going, that’s the beauty of art, you can start something and while you are waiting for layers to dry, start something else… today I finished the “Orange” I like orange and yellows and greens, they seem to me to be Happy colours, I don’t know about colour psychology or anything but those shades make me smile. I even went as far as to paint the living areas in my house yellow because I read somewhere it “Stimulates conversation” maybe because everyone is thinking how yellow my house is.. I don’t care it makes me happy and I spend the most time here so therefore I chose! and my bloke has the mentality that says “Happy wife, Happy Life” so he goes along with most things! So anyways I was looking for arty ideas last week n what to paint next, I wanted short easy to follow pieces that I can get done in between “Baby time” sometimes I might have 10, 15 or 20 minutes free, sometimes I’ll have a “nap time” could be up to 2 hours and sometimes I have a half day.. woo hoo.

So I was on the website “Mont marte” and they have a thing called Mont Marte TV and “Joe” does art lessons, so I watched a few and he really inspired me, so I decided to give it a go.. this painting was called “Australia Day” in a minute you’ll understand why.. it’s the Kangaroo and the Aboriginal inspired patterns that make it Australian and immediately with the Orange background I loved it.

And one of my penpals LOVES Kangaroos and so I knew I had to do one for her, which is why I painted two at the same time, I made the slightly smaller one for Terri, because It’ll be easier to post to her, and then she can find a frame that suits her house if she chooses to display it. I hope SHE likes Orange! Aboriginal art is done with specific colours and specific patterns which are sacred for them, and each tribe might have slightly different things and it also helps to identify the tribes, as a NON Aboriginal we are NOT allowed to copy their works so this is in the style of…. Australian Aboriginal art, we used different colours and stayed away from traditional patterns. In fact I used some zentangle patterns in mine.

If you wanted to have a go at this one or any of Mont Marte’s other lessons you can find them here: all the lessons on here are free and basic and fun!! I think I’ve bookmarked most of them to give them a try. So that’s the weeks main pieces, and then today I found another “free” class with Tamara over at Willowing,  Tam often has free classes for different things and I’ve done her other course called Art,Heart and Healing, I did that ages ago and loved it, Tam teaches you the backgrounds step by step and then how to piece them all together and draw faces and things… mixed media at it’s best.. you will need to join the Ning site to access it but it’s free, there are of course other “paid” classes and she is having a big sale at the moment of all her class at 50% off the regular price.. there are not enough hours in my days!

So tomorrow if I have time, I’ll finish up Tam’s class and see what other mischief I can get up to.. My Son Jarrah put in his order today he wants me to paint him a wolf and his 21st birthday is coming up in August, so I need to try to get it done for then!

Today was a great day to do art, it was cold and grey and raining… no need to go outside, the housework got done, some art got done, my bible study and morning pages got done, and dinner has been cooked, eaten and kitchen cleaned. I think today has been a most excellent kind of day!!


M is for Monday.. Grandma’s day off..

Well except for the house work, cleaning, cooking and numerous other things, what it really means is “day off from Squishy” So I woke up determined not to waste it, like I have so many other Monday’s.. and I didn’t by 9.00 am the whole house was swept and floors washed, dishes done and star Son sent off to school… and a load of washing going.. My ex Husband and my Son Jarrah and a friend of his came to visit Jarrah and Tim are visiting from Sydney and his dad picked him up from the airport and so since they were only 15 minutes away came to visit. So then we text the eldest “Squishy’s Mum” and she brought Chase around to his his “Poppa T” as they call that Grandfather. Then by 11.00am it was all quite, everyone went away to their own places and left Amber, Scarlett and I here in a super clean silent house.. I love that and it very rarely happens. So we hung out a load of washing and started a second one and then I decided that I would do some art.. I know right.. I almost tripped over my own tongue.. such a foreign word these days.. So you’ll recall I’ve been working on my first oil Painting which is a copy of Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring” if you missed that news you can catch up scroll right to the bottom of the post to see update photos.. As much as I love this piece and I am enjoying the oil painting process it is “more” than acrylic and watercolors. “More” set up, “more” clean up, “More” drying time and also “more” fun! So I hesitated and thought instead about starting my new Christian Art course.. I am working with Mindy Murphy Lacefield again, you can stalk her here:

I am doing “Sunday Mornings 2” because My first Christian Art was “Sunday Mornings” and it touched me and also shocked me at what I was able to create. So when she started number 2 I signed up immediately.. sadly I am yet to start it.. oh hold on.. I brought a new art journal for it..lame! But instead I decided to finish the Girl with the Pearl earring first.. so here’s today’s update.. We had to add some more glazing layers, blue into the shadows, yellow and a bit of red.. I almost think I’ve ruined her but then I keep hearing Lucy saying “we are going to add more layers” so I keep on keeping on, hoping it’ll get better!


So here are my “girls” as of today…

One good thing I did notice was that I was able to subtly correct her wonky eye, and in “real life” I’m not sure I love them.. but in these photos she looks OK-ish. The one on the right is the first one, done on board and I messed her up badly.. so I started a second one in my art journal and of course she’s better, so I am going to be doing a third one to implement the good things I’ve learnt in doing these two… watch for Mark-3. Oil is so different from anything I’ve ever used so it’s getting used to the mixing of paints and the layering and  how to “control” the paint, but considering I am doing it online and not in person, I think I am doing ok.

I also did some art on Saturday when my cousin and I attended a work-shop at “work-shop” see them

on painting Flowers in watercolours.

Again a new medium, but I thought I handled it well too.. I didn’t like the “Hibiscus” I painted but I am fussy about what I put out, maybe I should have chosen a different flower, I will however do this project again. I did enjoy the play “sheet” where we learnt how much water to use and different techniques for laying on the water and paints and different brush strokes and how to apply them…Selina was a great teacher she showed us the steps and then we went away and did as she had demo’ed and then Selina came around to us individually and offered suggestions.


Messy Desk.. look just deal with it.. I am a messy Artist and I am a messy cook.. I clean up so whats the big deal?!


The “test sheet” which I renamed the “Play Sheet” I had fun working on that very relaxing.


Finished “practice” piece, D’uh, I made it my best work.. I should have redone another one but I really didn’t want to, I was nervous I couldn’t improve on this one.

This work shop was run by Selina Braine by day she is a High School art teacher on weekends she teaches the rest of us. You can see more of Selina’s work at:

So that was my Saturday and my Monday… I hope yours was as much fun!

I won an award!!


I was having this discussion with my Bloke and then with a Facebook friend when I posted “I’ve got 80 Blog followers” and how excited I was about that, then I thought, probably I am the ONLY one to be so excited because unless you are a blogger you might not understand the thrill of logging on each morning and seeing how many notifications you have, or that this person commented or that person liked a comment or a new person has popped over to see your blog and so you definitely wouldn’t understand a milestone like “80” ( OK so I like rounded numbers with “0” on the end!) and then my very wise Facebook friend said well let me see if I can cut and paste…

See what Kimberley said there… “if you love it, it’s not silly” (Us “Kim’s” are very wise!)  and that my friends is the bottom line, I LOVE my blog!! I look at my blog like another child.. like I haven’t got enough.. but not only that it seems my family do too.. because quite often one or the other will say “Did you take photos for your blog” or “Are you going to blog about that?” some even helped me with the A-Z challenge as guest bloggers for the letter “M” is for Memories.. Then others don’t give a toss for my words but that’s all good too… the point is I started this as a photo place to share my art with my penpals who didn’t have Facebook, and then it morphed into what it is today and I love my blog!

So this morning when I logged on as usual and saw a notification from Gail @ nominating me for a Bloggers award then I could have kissed her!

Some Bloggers don’t like these awards, and OK they aren’t the be all and end all of Blogging, and you don’t “win anything” except the badge to go on your side bar! Some bloggers think they are just a way to get more people to your site.. whatever your opinion, love them or hate them I LOVE THEM!!

and this is what Gail has to say….

“The Versatile Blogger Award” is for the blogs that bring special talents to Life.  In choosing nominees, the quality of the writing is considered, the uniqueness of the topics presented, and the level of love displayed in the words on the virtual page. An added quality of authenticity to the photographs is evident through the field of vision.

The guidelines are as follows. Answer the questions you have been given, nominate 10 different bloggers, and feel free to revise a new set of questions for them to answer. Ready. Set. GO!

1) What is something people might be surprised to learn about you?  I have had my driver’s license for 25 years but I don’t drive, I’m scared of the roundabouts… (over sharing!)

2) What is a memory you have from third grade? The MS (Multiple Sclerosis) reading challenge, I’ve always loved to read and each day we got an amount of time to sit in the class room and just read our books……. bliss!

3) Do you play any musical instruments, if so, what? absolutely NOT!! My husband brought me a Native american Flute for my birthday a few years back, hand carved with a Buffalo on it and occasionally I’ll “Play” that but I just make a beautiful noise!

4) Have you had your 15 minutes of fame?  Yes. I’ve had a few pieces of writing published in magazines I even won $50 for one, I was trying to win the $2,000 to fun my American trip, I’ve also been on the radio for two different radio programs.

5) Have you ever met someone famous? Yes, Famous AFL players, most memorable was “Stephen Kernahan” famous player for Carlton, and another Carlton player Justin Madden, who is almost 7 foot tall and I looked like a small child next to him, Famous singer from the 60’s Aussie Col Joye, and I had to sit on his knee and then famous singer also Aussie but now living in the states Merv Benton, And Marcie from 60’s group Marcie and the cookies.

6) I feel the most beautiful when I ___________.  I am with my husband!

7) What’s something you hope will never come back in style?  hmmm, I’m never in “fashion” anyways so it doesn’t bother me, I think it all gets recycled again anyways.

8) What song reminds you of your high school years? Joan Jett’s I love Rock ”n’ Roll…

9) Did you graduate from college, if so, what was your degree? No college, I didn’t even finish High School I couldn’t wait to leave at 16 yrs old. Sometimes I wonder how different my life might have been if I had stayed at school.

10) If you could eat one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Oh.. I have to say Pizza, but I don’t like to think what it would do to my body LOL

Ok, So now I have to nominate 10 bloggers for this award… Please go and visit their blogs, and say hello!

If I missed you I’ll get you next time! I promise!!

Photo challenge – Twinkle..

This week, share with us your photos of twinkling light. You will need to find a light source and a reflective surface in order to capture a twinkle, but those are the only limitations. Your photo could be the sparkle of an ornament, as in the photo I’ve shared. Perhaps it is a crisp catchlight in the eyes of a loved one, or the millions of twinkles in the waves of a body of water as a sunrise’s first rays appear. Maybe you’d like to try your hand at nighttime photography, and capture the sparkle of stars. Where there is light, there will be a twinkle.


This was last weeks challenge which I found out about via Norm at

So I decided to test out my new phone’s camera.. Here is my version of “Twinkle”

Wet pavement, going to add this to the "sparkle" challenge

Wet pavement, going to add this to the “sparkle” challenge

When the storm ended and the sun came out… Wet pavement…