Hi there! It’s time for my third quarterly Taking Stock post for 2021. For those new to my blog, I do quarterly Taking Stock posts every year – in March, June, September, and December. Here’s where you can see my June 2021 Taking Stock post or you can see all my previous Taking Stock posts here.
So let’s have a look at how things have been lately!
Making: Lots and lots and lots of art – you can see if you haven’t already HERE or there’s samples of some of it in the gallery above.
Getting: Close to the end of my 100 Day Project. Hooray!
Cooking: Dinner every night since way back when. How I’d love a chef sometimes!
Sipping: Diet Lime Juice Cordial – I find it easier to drink (to keep my water intake up) than just plain water.
Reading: Not much lately sadly! However, I am part way through a Liane Moriarty book I got for my birthday – The Hypnotist’s Love Story.
Thinking: Too much at night and it can affect my sleep. All problems seem to grow and magnify at night. Do you find that too? Ugh!
Remembering: That this time 4 years ago I had a lovely trip to Canberra with a girlfriend to experience Floriade and soon after that I accompanied The Tennis Player on a work trip to Perth. I was unaware at the time of what lay ahead upon our return and that we’d lose my darling Dad on 2 December. This September was my fourth Father’s Day without him but I did go visit him and had a chat while I gave him a spruce up – glimpse in gallery above.
Looking: Forward to my 100 Day Project to be finished so I get more time for other stuff but I will be a bit sad when it ends too.
Listening: To a couple of Podcasts now and then while I do my artwork. For example I’m enjoying listening to Jessica Rowe’s interviews on her ‘Jess Rowe Big Talk Show’. There was a bit of hoo ha recently over her latest interview which was with Pauline Hanson. Did you see that? I listened to that one and it wasn’t at all about politics and Jess did say up front that she doesn’t agree with her politics but admires her strength of character (or something of that nature) etc. Anyway – I think she decided to pull it down after all the fuss.
Wishing: That my cousin’s 17 year old son wasn’t diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia but feeling very hopeful and positive that his treatment will be successful and this will soon all be behind them.
Enjoying: Meeting up with some friends lately including my childhood friend (who you can read about here) who I hadn’t seen for far too long. I’ve had quite a few coffees, brekky’s, brunches and lunches out over the last couple of months and you can see a few photos from those in the gallery above. I’m very grateful we haven’t been locked down and I’ve been able to do this!
Appreciating: Portrait Mode on the iPhone – it takes much nicer selfies than the regular phone camera mode. Try it if you haven’t already (I set mine at studio light). I take some occasionally and share in my Instagram stories – to put a face to the name.
Wanting: Covid to go away and be gone! I hope that it will eventually become like the common cold. Do you think that will ever be the case?
Eating: Too much snacking! I’m a Vegemite kid. I love my Vita-Weat’s with Vegemite & Butter a little bit too much!
Finishing: My 100 Day Project will be a great sense of accomplishment. It will be sad but I will be pleased because it takes up a lot of time – not only to draw/paint/create but to come up with ideas every day and to then photograph, edit and post to social media etc.
Liking: The fact that art mentoring classes start back this week after a 3 week break.
Loving: …and appreciating the kind, supportive and complimentary feedback I’ve been receiving on my art. It helps so much with my self-confidence & more!
Buying: Quite a few different sized frames for my artworks. Trying different looks. Experimenting. I’m quite pleased with how they’re looking!
Watching: I binge watched Clickbait on Netflix. It was riveting and I enjoyed it. I’ve been watching a bit of The Masked Singer and SAS. Some of SAS I just couldn’t watch – for example when they had to go through a small and tight long tunnel. As a claustrophobic there’s no way I could do that. I couldn’t even watch it!
Hoping: That 2022 turns out to be a better year with more freedoms and less fears than 2020 and 2021.
Wearing: Casual and comfy is my thing. I’m going to have to rethink things now that it’s getting warmer and will soon be hot again. Boohoo!!
Walking: Um … yep I need to get back into some walking! I will be trying to get waterfront walks back into my routine.
Following: My instincts and they’re telling me I need a digital detox soon and I very much need more time in nature.
Noticing: That I’ve gained some weight since stopping Pilates, sitting on my backside doing art more, and not getting enough exercise. I stopped Pilates because of a few reasons including – two lockdowns, it worried me that during class we rotate around equipment, all touching the same things, and more.
Saving: Glass jars to use for my painting (to hold water) and the cardboard backing to my watercolour paper pads as they are fabulous to tape my work to when I paint.
Waiting: For an idea to pop into my head as to what I will draw/paint today!!!
Bookmarking: Art & Photoshop tutorials. I’m investigating how best to create my own prints from my artwork without having to pay a photographer to do it for me.
Coveting: SO many things. Art supplies, equipment, and courses mostly but also country life. I crave wide open spaces, and being surrounded in nature.
Feeling: Blah! Once my 100 Day Project is over my focus needs to shift back onto to a more balanced healthy living – less snacking and more movement!
Hearing: The TV – news update – Coronavirus this, Apocolyptic that, unprecendented this, catastrophic that. Excuse me a minute while I go turn it off!
So that’s it for the September 2021 wrap up. My next Taking Stock post will be in December 2021.
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.
Ciao for now,
Linking up with Denyse Whelan for #LifeThisWeek