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Almost time for the end of year review.

I don’t know about y’all but I feel like this year has just flown by. Is it that as we age time slips away or we’re just so busy existing it flits by.

This year I have pretty much done nothing but art! It was my goal for this year to immerse myself into art and it’s paid off when one of the art teachers I am doing a course with commented that she has seen a real growth in my work this year, YAY! I wasn’t imagining it. I am loving that I set myself this goal, my husband brought me a year long art course and I have been working through that, not finished yet, BUT I am have also been signing up for any free class that I could, just to experience new teachers and new types of art, new styles, new supplies, new to me anyways! Some of them have produced really nice pieces and some well, they were free so it didn’t matter! I brought myself a class with an Australian teacher and loved her work. I’m currently working in my third sketchbook for the year and I’ve won a few competitions one to a year long art class with Tiare Smith and then I won a free art print from one of the teachers in my Lets Face it Class, his name is Robert Kelley look him up he’s beautiful.. oh and super talented! Hey come on! I’m an artist (I never say that aloud!) I can appreciate great beauty when I see it!

Another goal I had for myself for this year was to read 40 books… sadly I am not going to be able to reach that target this time, I think my latest look on Good Reads told me I need to read three books a week to reach my goal, sorry I cannot do that! I think I’m currently on book 35, so close but not quite!

My health progress has been up and down, weight lost, weight regained and inches lost. Started a 7 minute a day exercise program with a You Tuber called Lucy Wyndham Jones and wow! So easy but really effective, then I started work and stopped exercising and never got back into it… it’s all coming together in 2019!

This year I had a new Grandson Rafiki in July and another one due any day! So the family has grown, throw in a new boy friend and a new girl friend for children, Christmas this year is huge! All up 16 of us! Eeeekk! Where will I fit ’em all?!

Anyways I’ll be back next week to share with you this years wrap up and goals for 2019. I have decided my word for 2019 is YES! Its a small word but it’s powerful and I am quietly nervous about what it might bring!

How has your 2018 been? Did you achieve goals set for yourself? Do you make resolutions? Do you stress out about not completing them? Lets chat!!

3.54 am!

The alarm will go off at 4:00am. The taxi will be here at 4:30am and our flight leaves at 6:30am! We’re off to Far North Queensland to a sleepy resort town called Mission Beach. Remind me to tell you about the time we accidentally discovered Mission Beach and how we all left our hearts there.

So on the first Anniversary of my 50th Birthday and planning a mini getaway, of course I would choose Mission! Today we leave for five glorious days and apparently the weather is going to be superb!

I’ll be back later! With photos and updates!

September 30- Relaxing!

Relaxing.

Dear Tara and Sandra,

By the time you read this poem, I’ll be on the banks of river

Camping.

Soaking up sunshine, and probably damaging my liver,

With too much wine, and too many songs

Relaxing and doing nothing wrong.

Camping is my happy place, to feel the sunshine on my face,

Kick off my shoes and feel the sand beneath my toes

Stare into space and let my mind wander wherever it goes!

When we are camping, not much gets done,

We might fish, drink wine, do art have fun!

Away from home I’m free to be me,

Relaxing under the swaying gum trees!

Another month has come and gone,

#sketchathon, #BlogfestSeptember and #poetember are done.

I’ve drawn animals, machinery, trees and more

Written poems and lines and rhymes galore.

As always much fun has been had, even made some new friends.

But all good things must come to an end,

Looking forward to Octobers challenges-

Working out the prompts sometimes takes some balancing.

Thanks again for challenging me.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #blogfestSeptember

September 29- Something fun

September 29 – Something fun.

Something fun!

This could be a tricky one, because

“Something fun” is different to everyone.

Whats Fun for me, might not be for you

Just like, I love green and you love blue!

“Something fun” for me is, camping!

Although they way we do it- has been called glamping!

It doesn’t matter what you call it, spending time in the great outdoors

Wins hands down from doing mundane chores!

“Something fun” for me is travelling, hopping on a plane,

Or taking long road trips, I’ll never complain.

Seeing the world around me is so much fun!

I can never imagine saying “I’m done!”

“Something fun” for me is being creative.

Whether its art,drawing or crochet, I find it to be very meditative.

When things upset me as they often might,

Scribbling in my journal gives such insight.

Gluing and glittering, slapping on paint,

Art is surely not for the faint.

“Something fun” at times for me can be- cooking

When Im in the mood, whip up a new recipe from a cook book

Or used a well worn recipe its worth another look.

Throw in a glass of wine and get outta my way-

I could work in the kitchen all day!

Then there are days when my “Something fun”

Is more of a laid back boring one.

When the rain is pitter pattering on the roof

I like to curl up with a really good book!

I can get lost in worlds far away, or somewhere much closer-

I can step into the life of a music composer!

My Dad often said “You always have a friend when you have a good book”

And “Never to judge a book by its cover” so I open a chapter and have a quick look!

So my “Something Fun” might to you seem a bore

But for me, reading a book is never a chore!

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #blogfestSeptember

September 28- Favourite Foods

Favourite food.

How to choose my Favourite food,

It all depends on my mood!

If I am unwell, I eat a Vegemite on bread with butter

It settles my tummy and makes me feel better.

Some days I prefer my fabourite Italian food,

Spaghetti or pizza, I don’t mean to be rude-

but I make the best Lasagne around

Its guaranteed to calm everyone down.

Meatloaf is another favourite food at home,

Its hand made with love, they’ll never far roam!

A mean sausage casserole I also make

With tomatoes and onions and pasta to bake!

In Winter one of my favourite foods-

Is home made vegetable soup, it brightens your mood!

This recipe from my Mother was handed down,

No one eats my soup with a frown!

Another favourite food of mine

Is cinnamon bagels with raisins- divine!

Especially spread thickly with cream cheese

Making it is as easy as ABC!

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #blogfestseptember

September 26- Friend

Friend

When I was younger and at school,

I read this poem and thought it cool!

“True friends are like diamonds- precious and rare

False friends are like autumn leaves- found everywhere”

I always wished I would have one true friend,

Someone to share my life with till the end.

Over the years they came and they went,

not understanding what true friendship meant.

Until the day that Deanne came along,

We clicked together like lyrics and songs.

We met at our job, and got all the crap shifts,

But it was blessing disguised as a gift.

We talked about life, and family and things,

We talked about feelings and realised we were kinda like twins!

My true friend is precious and rare!

Its been 31 years and we make such a pair.

Next year we are taking an overseas holiday

to the UK, and we’ll laugh and sing and play!

31 years is precious and rare.

And I wouldn’t swap her on a dare!

I don’t share well, you find out soon

For her I’d travel to the moon!

She’s my “Bestie” there will never be another,

More precious to me than any other.

#poetember #kickinthecreatives #BlogfestSeptember

There is no art today! It was a crazy hectic day, school holidays, one daughter home sick, and another daughter with ante natal appointments so watching small people does not leave a lot of time for art! I’ll catch up tomorrow. We’re off camping by a river!

September 17- Person

Person

Do you ever look at a person and wonder about their lives?

Do they have children or husbands or wives.

Are they a cat person or do they prefer dogs?

Do they keep pet snakes or maybe a frog.

Take for example the person on the train

Going to work, must really be a drain.

Or the person who is wearing orange socks-

Makes me wonder does he colour code his jocks?

What about the person who’s reading that book

What is the genre? Is it worth taking a look?

Riding the train is a good excuse-

Woah! check out that person with all the tattoos!

Another is rustling the newspaper

I think his name was Mr Draper.

He is dressed so nice and neatly-

He has a dimple when he smiles sweetly.

Do you ever look at a person and wonder about their lives?

#poetember #kickinthecreatives

#sketchathon #septemberblogfest