Pictured above are some examples of art from my Tuesday morning art classes plus a few bits of recent exploratory art that I’ve done at home. The art classes don’t specialise in any one form of art. They’re a chance to taste test various art mediums. I’m not producing great works of art during the short time frame of classes but I’m learning that there is so much more to art than I ever knew and I’m finding new ways of expressing my creativity that I wasn’t aware of before. I’m also gaining confidence and loosening up on the perfectionism that has always held me back. Basically, I’m loving it!
Hey there! It’s that time again. Time to stop for a bit and take stock. For those new to my blog, I do this quarterly every year – in March, June, September, and December. Here’s where you can see my March 2021 Taking Stock post or you can see all my previous Taking Stock posts here.
So let’s go!
Making: art has become part of my life and I’m loving it (see pics above). I’m taste testing different art mediums by attending some art mentoring lessons held locally by a former school art teacher. I’m discovering things I enjoy and some that are not so much for me. Though watercolour painting is my first love, these new mediums I’m enjoying will only enrich my creative journey. For any art enthusiasts in Brisbane, especially on the south east side check out Studio Yellow!
Getting: repairs done in the wall of the garage where there’s some termite damage. If you didn’t know, when we had painters here they discovered termites in an external wall of the garage. After two treatments, they are now gone. Nests have been cleaned out and now timber framework is being replaced and new gyprock placed on and yes that wall will have to be painted again!
Cooking: lots of slow cooker meals – lovely winter warming soups and stews!
Sipping: on a small glass of port as I prepare dinner has become a lovely ‘winter warming’ thing to do.
Reading: a new book “The Hypnotist’s Love Story” by Liane Moriarty but must admit it is slow going as I don’t seem to allow myself time out to read during the day and I’m too tired at night. I need a holiday to give myself permission to read!
Waiting: until 28 July to get my second Astra Zenica Covid jab. Can you believe they’ve now raised the age for the AZ jab to 60 and above? Oh well – I’m still going ahead with my 2nd jab as it would be crazy not to. Next year I hope the booster jab will be the same for all.
Looking: forward to a new project I plan to start on 1 July 2021. Stay tuned – more about that in a post I’m publishing on Wednesday 30 June 2021. I know – two posts in one week but I had to announce it before it actually starts, and I’ll link up the Wednesday post next Monday instead of a brand new post.
Listening: to Podcasts is something I like to do while I eat my lunch lately. There’s only a couple I listen to as I just don’t find the time to listen to many.
Wishing: I had a holiday or even just a few nights away booked. Must get on to that. I always enjoy a winter getaway.
Enjoying: my birthday this year with a lovely lunch at Mum’s local tavern and so lovely that my aunt and uncle from regional NSW were visiting and there also.
My birthday cake was my favourite – Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing – kindly made by one of my sisters
Appreciating: the cooler weather and break from the Brisbane heat and humidity. I think you’d have to live with the heat we get here for a while to understand the relief it is to have a break from it.
Eating: far too many snacks. I’m a Vegemite kid and I love my Vegemite and butter on crackers (Vita-Weats are my fav lately) and I adore crackers with cheese and bread & butter cucumbers!
Liking: not working full time and doing the twice daily commute anymore! So grateful for ‘unbusy’ days in comparison to the decades of busy.
Loving: my morning coffee! I mean, is there anything better?
Ok, this isn’t my morning coffee at home. This was a coffee I had in the morning though on a Sunday when I went to the local markets. It’s one of my favourite things to do – stroll around the markets and sit with a coffee by the Bay. Heaven!
Managing: to get all the domestic chores done and also spend some time on blog related stuff or art time is a win in my books!
Watching: The Dog House on TV on a Saturday night has become something I look forward to. I blubber like a fool every time though. I’m such a softie when it comes to animals and I love happy endings!
Hoping: 2022 will be less dominated by copious Covid scares and lockdowns and so forth.
Wearing: a scarf a day for 13 days was loads of fun!
Following: a clean diet is more challenging in winter as the munchies tend to hit more. Is it just me?
Noticing: my hair has grown a lot and my nails are much stronger and my hip hurts less since I started having a scoop of collagen in my morning coffee each day. So impressed! (not sponsored)
Sorting: out the right balance of activities so I feel organised and fulfilled and not overwhelmed is ongoing!
Getting: stronger from my twice/weekly pilates classes.
Bookmarking: art tutorials on YouTube.
Coveting: a beautiful art studio bathed in natural light and with plenty of storage and lots of space, with a pilates reformer and mat set up in one corner, my computer and desk set up in another. A ‘ladies cave’ bespoke to me in other words!!
Feeling: disappointed that after nearly 10 months of no period and being so close to the magic 12 months where I could declare myself post menopausal …. I got a period. The only thing different has been my AZ vaccine. Just saying! A little Google research has shown there have been other menstruation issues reported by thousands of women across the globe, not only after having the AZ vaccine but all of them. Interesting, don’t you think?
Hearing: the comforting drone of the dishwasher. I always find that sound of the dishwasher comforting, do you? As a child, Mum & Dad always put it on before going to bed and so that sound lulled me to sleep most nights.
So there you go, a snapshot of life right now. If you’d like to Take Stock also, just pop over to the creator of the Taking Stock concept, Pip’s blog – Meet Me At Mikes, and grab the list of word prompts from her last Taking Stock post which you’ll find HERE.
Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my post, especially if you read all the way to here. It’s so very much appreciated. Wishing you a super fabulous week ahead!
Ciao for now,