It’s time for my first Taking Stock post for 2022, and oh what a year this year has been already! Wouldn’t you agree?
Let’s jump straight in.
Making: Art again after far too long of a break – more on that in my next Art Chat post.
Getting: Out with Mum now and then is good for the soul (for both of us). Recently, we’ve had a lovely outing to a nursery with coffee and cake at its cafe, and another outing which included a quirky country cafe stop.
Cooking: Up veggies for my dog Ava. I mix them with her dried food. She’s been on a diet to lose weight which she did but last visit to the heart specialist he told us she needs to put a little more back on!
Sipping: On a coffee as I type this.
Reading: Art blogs by artists whose work inspires me!
Thinking: That my furkids know the cues as to when I’m heading over to Mum’s again. This time Amaya jumped in my suitcase, refusing to get out!
Remembering: Lots of things that need doing for Mum when I stay with her. I’m the queen of lists!
Looking: At social media and websites of artists whose work I like to get me all inspired and raring to go with my art again.
Listening: To art podcasts like this one called Art Juice.
Wishing: Ok – this is gonna sound like a beauty pageant speech but I truly do wish for world peace. We’re all humans aren’t we? Humans should be kind and care about other humans. Amen!
Enjoying: I signed up for an online course! It’s on urban sketching and I am so excited because I love urban sketching and I am ready, willing and can’t wait to learn from those that are expert at it!
Appreciating: Home. Shelter. Food. Health. Health Care. Basic but important things.
Wanting: A holiday. I really need one so badly. We’ve not had a holiday since we had a week at Burleigh Heads back in February 2021. There’s been a lot going on – a pandemic, Mum being unwell and needing caring for, floods! Another factor that makes it hard to get away is that we have three pets! I’m determined though – an autumn or winter getaway needs to be planned asap and not just a 2-3 day one. It needs to be at least a week. Where should we go?
Eating: Cowboy Mix from Aldi with my pre-dinner port when staying at Mum’s. I don’t have it at home cos I’d be eating it too much but it’s a nice treat when I’m staying with Mum. Have you tried it? Yum!
Finishing: Another art mentoring module with Studio Yellow tomorrow (there’s 8 modules). There’s only two more modules for me to do as I’ve done all the rest. The next ones for me to do will be the last module for 2022 (Module 108) and the first module of 2023 (Module 101).
Liking: The fact that my daughter is living back in Brisbane again now. We had a visit to check out her cool new abode!
Loving: The fact that cooler weather is coming. I am not a summer humidity and heat loving gal.
Buying: Some art supplies. Sssshhh!
Watching: The first modules of my new online course. So exciting!
Hoping: That I will have had a holiday by the next Taking Stock post in June.
Wearing: A singlet top still – in March! The cooler weather couldn’t be too far off could it?
Walking: Not enough but it’s been too hot for me. Hopefully that will improve when it cools down. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
Following: Lots of new artists on my social media. They inspire me and I can learn a lot from them.
Noticing: That I don’t let all the news articles on the pandemic fuel my anxiety anymore. I’ve gotten good at knowing what I need to know and blocking out all the rest.
Saving: Glass jars for art (to put water in) was becoming a problem because I have too many BUT I’ve decided I’m going to start making my own Bread & Butter Cucumbers because I can’t find any in the shops lately and I love them! Here’s a recipe by TASTE.COM.AU which I’m going to try. Do you have a B&B Cucumbers recipe you could recommend?
Waiting: For some art supplies to arrive before I properly start my new online art course. Meanwhile, I’m watching some of the videos to prepare.
Bookmarking: Everything art related these days – podcasts, blogs, courses, supplies, etc!
Coveting: A holiday. A little time out to relax and unwind. It needs to be in nature. A relaxing holiday.
Feeling: A little unwell. Tired eyes. Tired. Bit of a headache. Hope I’m just tired and I’m not getting sick.
Hearing: Thunder and rain. It’s Saturday afternoon and it’s been raining and storming. My washing is all on the line getting drenched! Boo hoo!
Well that’s a little insight into my world right now. Of course, it’s not the whole picture but it’s a glimpse! This year has been A LOT so far hasn’t it? We’ve had Omicron and now Omicron BA.2 and there’s the invasion of Ukraine by Russia which is just awful and here in Australia we’ve had floods along the east coast which led to my post a few weeks ago ‘It never rains but pours‘. Hopefully the year will improve. Meanwhile, I’m focussing on positive things, finding my happy places (art, yoga & pilates, nature, etc) and continuing to put steps in place to protect my mental health (limit exposure to the news!). I hope you will do the same to help you stay happy, healthy and well!
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.
I do my Taking Stock posts quarterly so the next one will be towards the end of June.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeStories