Saturday, August 26, 2017

This Week

It’s Saturday again. Where did the week go? Has it been a good one for you? Mine has been pretty quiet. I’ve been keeping busy and staying out of trouble. Not that I’m one to get into trouble but at least I’m keeping that trend going.

Speaking of trouble, I’ve been trying to read/watch as little news as possible this week. Everywhere I turn, there is always some bad/crazy/scary/stupid shit going on. Being bombarded by this type of news becomes exhausting after awhile. Sometimes I need to tune out for my sanity and concentrate on more pleasant things.



Here is one pleasant thing I’ve been enjoying this week:




That’s right, drawing. I’ve decided to give it a try and get beyond stick figures. I picked up an inexpensive sketch pad and some inexpensive drawing pencils and I’ve been practicing a little bit every day since Tuesday. I confess that these amateur drawings are not made up. I subscribed to a few YouTube channels that teach you step-by-step how to draw certain things and that’s how these came to be. Baby steps, but still. They are a step in the right direction. Eventually I hope to be drawing using my own imagination.

I’m still eager to work on some paint by number kits but they didn’t have any at our local Michael’s craft store when I dropped in earlier this week, so I’ll either order some online or check other stores in Vaudreuil or Montreal when I next visit those cities.



My email continues to be bombarded by this type of stupidity:


I could be a millionaire if only I’d answer one of these *cough* generous people. *roll eyes all the way to the back of my head*


You know what else makes me roll my eyes all the way to the back of my head? People losing their shit over stupid things. Like this story, for example, where a man cut a horse’s bangs and some people lost their minds over it. And said some really nasty things. Holy horse manure, people. Pull yourselves together. Yes, he shouldn’t have cut them because (most importantly) it’s not his horse but the world is not going to end because of it. The bangs will grow back and I'm sure the horse's self esteem hasn't been affected. UGH, first world problems.



I just finished a big bowl of oatmeal and my belly is happy. It’s one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. Funny thing is I didn’t discover it until I was in my late twenties. It’s not something I ate growing up. Do you like oatmeal?

While you think about that, I’ll wish you all a wonderful weekend!

44 comments:

  1. Hi Martha! I like the zebra cartoon! It's like this whole trend of adult colouring books (which sounds naughty when described in that way). I have oatmeal right now with fresh peaches cut up in it, some cinnamon, and a little vanilla yogurt. -Jenn

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    1. Your oatmeal mixture sounds so delicious! I've never thought of adding peaches. I should give that a try.

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  2. I like your drawings! That's a great hobby to take up! LOL with the zebra. I hardly watch any news. If something gets my attention, I ask hubby about it. He watches a lot of news and he gives me a run down of what the story was about. I do like oatmeal, though its been awhile since I had some. Good way to start the day!

    betty

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    1. We have the opposite roles in our home, Betty! I keep up to date with the news and give my husband the run down. If it wasn't for my sharing what I learn, he'd have no clue what's going on in this world. Truth be told, he prefers it that way! LOL

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  3. Your drawings are really nice, you should join our art co-ops. I love oatmeal.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. I just might do that. But not right away. I'm just getting started and after some practice, I will join in.

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  4. Yes, Saturdays come around alarmingly quickly don't they!
    I think your drawings are good and a good hobby to take up.

    I do agree with you - sometimes it is just so good to tune out ...
    Have a relaxing weekend.

    All the best Jan

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    1. We are bombarded with too much news, Jan, most of it bad. I need a break.

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  5. I'm watching less news, too. I like oatmeal in certain varieties of cookies. Your drawings are cute.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Sometimes we need to tune out a little to preserve our sanity! Hope you had a good - and sane - weekend :)

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  6. Hey up Martha, all I have to eat for breakfast is toast with jam on it. I have water for a drink. It sounds like a pretty crap life and it is. Since having the stroke in 2013 I don't really have much to do with anything if I can help it. It's pretty much a lifeless existence for me and that's what I'm used to. Except at weekends. At the weekend I go to all the trendy nightclubs and drink vodka. Everybody copies my dance routines and I'm happy go-lucky till 12 when I become disabled again. Nobody believes me when I tell them so please back me up Martha if they ask you.

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    1. I'm on your side! I will definitely back you up :)

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  7. Oatmeal with raisins, fresh fruit, and plain yogurt is my standard breakfast. Keeps me full until lunch. Martha, you do not need a paint by number kit. All you need is to paint your own drawings. You can use water color, or water color pencils. Color goes on with pencil and then paint over with a brush dripped in water. Or you can use acrylics, if you want, or even oils, but I suggest starting with something easier.

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    1. That oatmeal mixture sounds so good! It's definitely something that will keep you full.

      It's funny you should mention watercolour pencils. Right after I uploaded this post, I looked up some information about them. I've run across them online and have been curious. It is definitely something I'm going to try!

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  8. Wow - your drawings look excellent to me, Martha. And TFG, up above, seems to have some good advice, too.

    I do love a good bowl of oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar and evaporated milk on it, but never for breakfast, only for an evening snack!

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    1. A little brown sugar and a bit of milk, cashew for me, is a great oatmeal mix. It adds flavour without being too heavy. I never thought of having this as an evening snack but that sounds great. Fills you up until the morning!

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  9. I don't think I like oatmeal - is that what I call porridge? I've tried it a few times, I used to like an instant version that was Milo (chocolate malt) flavoured but they stopped making it. Otherwise it's either too sweet or too boring. I prefer savoury things but haven't worked out a savoury porridge that works (FYI Vegemite in porridge is disgusting!)

    Although I don't find eggs very exciting, they are what makes my tummy happiest in the morning, so I often have an omelette or poached eggs these days.

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    1. I've heard of it but I have never tried vegemite. To be honest, I don't even know what it is! Oatmeal is not for everyone. I love the taste and love how it leaves me feeling so full all morning.

      Now eggs are a different story. I'll eat them occasionally and I'll be okay, but quite often they gross me out. So weird the way I bounce back and fourth with them!

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  10. Great job drawing, I especially like your Wonder Woman. I try to avoid the news for the same reasons. Have a great weekend!

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  11. I do eat oatmeal and love it, I don't cook it in the summer. Yes , I'm having a good week end as we started birding again.

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  12. I eat oatmeal almost every day of the week, either in a dry cereal I make or cooked as porridge. I love it so much I buy 10 pounds of oatmeal at a time. LOL I enjoyed seeing your drawings. It will be fun to watch you pursue drawing! Enjoy your Sunday, Martha!

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    1. LOL That's a lot of oatmeal, Louise! You are keeping those the oatmeal market thriving :) It's one of my favourite things to have for breakfast. You can eat it plain or add so many things to add flavor. But best of all, it keeps you full all morning!

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  13. I love oatmeal and I'm having a bowl while I read thus post on a Sunday morning.

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  14. I like oatmeal okay, but cream of wheat is yucky! My group in high school home ec class made it, hated it when the teacher said we had to eat what we made, stuffed it down the little kitchen drain and plugged it up. NOT a good day for us in home ec!!!

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    1. HAHAHA! Love your story, Nancy :) I'm not a cream of wheat fan either, so I would probably do the same.

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  15. Clearly you have artistic talent, Martha -- I like that owl in particular!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! Let's just say for now that I have - determination :)

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  16. I love your drawings, and yes, I like oatmeal, with banana and cinnamon!

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    1. Thanks, e! I hope you had a lovely weekend.

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  17. WAY BETTER than what I can draw

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    1. Right now I'm just following step by step drawings. But I hope to get better and better over time.

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  18. Yes, soon you will called an artist! Nice work!
    I LOVE oatmeal/porridge! Everything that has oats in it too! So good for you.
    Enjoy this coming week and keep away from the horrid news out there.....life will go on as you now.

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    1. I have to admit that I'm thoroughly enjoying this new hobby. I knew I'd eventually get into it. It's on my bucket list, after all. LOL

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  19. Yes I loved oatmeal as a child with brown sugar and milk.....graduating to double double single single then just milk. Also cream of wheat, love.
    I have changed recently because of contracting H. Pylori which makes a mess of your stomach. Slowly returning to a "normal" eating life.
    I was just looking at a colouring book called The Golden Ratio Colouring Book. I have always been amazed at nature, numbers and lines. It's by Rafael Araujo through Kickstarter. I suspect I'll never own the book but it's fun to look at his offerings.
    Cheers
    Ron
    PS: keep up that doodling (no dog pun intended) LOL

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    1. Brown sugar and milk. YUMMY. That's my favourite oatmeal mixture. I do hope whatever issues you've been dealing with have come to pass, or are at least better.

      I have a whole bunch of colouring books and sometimes I tackle one. It helps me focus and distress. But I imagine this drawing hobby will do that and more!

      Silly you with that doodling comment :)

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  20. Great drawing. I love to paint but not so much as just drawing. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I keep telling myself I should have started this years ago. So much fun! Better late than never, I guess :) Eventually I'll get into painting, too, but I'm guessing that won't be for awhile. Thanks for stopping by, Pam!

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  21. I love your artwork and follow you pots this very minute!
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  22. I am glad that you are trying to stay out of trouble dear martha!
    keep it up.
    I really loved your art and i am so happy that you started it ,you are right i wanted to give it a try too but again you are right i don't have time right now so happy for you and you are wonderful in even your beginning!

    i never ate oatmeals though my parents and grand parents took it but when they crossed their 60s .
    after reading you i am going to check it out

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    1. No trouble on my end, baili :) I do like my life to be quiet and conflict-free. I've always enjoyed doing artwork. Now that my kids have moved it, I have more time to pursue things I enjoy. It's a very interesting and fun time in my life! Although I do miss when they were little.

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