Friday, April 27, 2018

This Week

Well, here we are again, blogging friends. How has your week been? I hope it’s treated you well. Ours has included mild weather. And sunshine! Can you imagine? I think spring is finally here. So much so that I even put my boots away. Again. But I truly believe that this time it’s for good. Look at me being all optimistic and stuff. Go, me!


I made another batch of soup yesterday and it turned out a-ma-zing! This is the fourth one in the past 10 days, and even though I planned to only make four to fill our freezer, I picked up some lentils a few days ago, so I’m going to prepare one more. And then that’s it. We have enough soups in the freezer to last us until the world ends for a while. Anyhow, I’m boring you with details. But before I move on, here’s the link to another great soup: Veggie Dumpling Soup

Today is the last Friday in April. And you know what holiday is on the last Friday of April? National Hairball awareness day. That’s right. And I can honestly say with utmost confidence that I am very aware of hairballs. Very. My slippers were quite aware of it, too, a couple of days ago. I’m sure my blogging pals who have cats can relate. Anyhow, help your cats reduce the amount of fur they ingest when they groom themselves. Regular brushing is great, but there are also lubricants that help fur to pass through the digestive tract and even foods specially formulated to reduce hairballs. Kitty will thank you.



I’ve been busy with other things lately and my drawings have been simple ones. But despite that, I can’t believe how much I’m enjoying that simplicity. At a ridiculous level, actually. I feel like a kid again having fun with coloured pencils.

The first drawing (I followed along on YouTube) was centered around the letter j. The artist drew the letter, which starts as her head, and built on that. Do you see it? Pretty cool, no?


And then I had a delightful time working on the drawings below. So basic and yet so enjoyable. But isn’t that what art is all about? Having fun?




It’s time to put an end to this post. We're expecting a very important visitor on Sunday and I've got to prepare for that. Who is this mystery visitor, you ask? You'll find out on Monday. Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Oh, and enjoy this cool song called “How To Save A Life” by the rock band The Fray.


42 comments:

  1. Now I'm curious on your special visitor, can't wait until Monday to find out :) Never had a cat so I've been spared the fur balls, though did have a shedding dog that we had to vacuum 3 times a week to keep up with it all. I did see the "J" in the drawing, very nicely done with all your drawings!

    betty

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    1. It's going to be a very exciting and interesting day tomorrow with our special visitor. I'll share the news on Monday! :)

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  2. I've seen a cat hairball once...yeah...no

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  3. Love that first picture - that's pretty much how my clothing varied in the past week. Except, instead of digging out shorts, I just put up with being hot :)

    I'm making chicken tortellini soup tonight! I've never had tortellini but I am looking forward to it. Thanks again for the recipe.

    It's funny you say about your drawing that you feel like a kid again. I've been having a strange craving to use crayons the last while. Maybe I should . . . I find my carpal tunnel numbness comes on too fast if I grip coloured pencils, and I don't like the sensory feel of using markers, so maybe I should . . .

    And yes, art is for enjoyment! The "J" lady is a hoot, by the way :)

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    1. Oh, that's great about the soup! I hope you enjoyed it. We have a few servings in the freezer for another day. It's so good!

      You should use the crayons! I have a whole bunch of colouring books and a container full of crayons that I use occasionally. It is a lot of fun and very relaxing. There are some really interesting colouring books to choose from. Do it!

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    2. The soup was wonderful! And I will break out those crayons now that my busy month at work is finished :)

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    3. I'm so glad! We have a few batches in our freezer. This is a soup I will definitely make again and again. Have fun with the crayons! You will really enjoy it :)

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  4. Mmm, soup is yummy and so comforting.
    Happy Friday and weekend, Martha.

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  5. Love your art ... and yes it is for enjoying!
    Soup(s) sound brilliant!

    Have a wonderful weekend ...

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks, Jan! I hope you had a lovely Saturday.

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  6. The cartoon on spring in Canada is absolutely right.

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  7. Great post, Martha! From the opening (and extremely accurate) portrayal of our Spring, to the hairball one, to that great song at the end. I haven't heard that song in a while and it was nice to be reminded of it. -Jenn

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    1. Thanks for popping in, Jenn! I hope you're enjoying a nice weekend.

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  8. Thank the gods that dogs don't throw up HAIRBALLS!! I have forgotten all about them since our Rita used to be pretty good at showing her's off!!
    You Tube eh? I just may take a look....
    Have a great weekend as we sit here on a Saturday morning listening to thunder and watching the lightning flash!! SPRING!!

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    1. I'd rather have that than snow, Jim! LOL We've had enough from this past winter. We've had a few rainy days but that's alright. The temperature is rising and we're looking at some really mild days up ahead. YAHOO!

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  9. Who is this mystery visitor??? Hmmm??? :) Your drawings are cute and yes! I see the "J"! :) That's very cool! I think spring is here too, I know it because the robins have arrived! We're just waiting on the spring peepers to start chirping at night and then it's all uphill from here!! :)

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    1. Don't you just love it? I think we can feel very confident that spring is really here now. FINALLY! So happy for you with the news about S&P. What a relief that must be. And Jack! He's got his freedom back. That is great!

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  10. Hi Martha, hope you’re having a good time time in sunny Canada. It’s a massive place when you compare it to Britain. I hold my head in shame. It’s bigger than the USA and that’s something to be proud of. England is so small. We know that now. I think in 10 years it will change the whole look of who the most powerful countries are. It won’t be us that’s for sure. Good pictures there, Martha. You’re improving all the time.

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    1. Hi Terry! Hold your head in shame? No way! You live in such a beautiful country and you have so much to be proud of. I hope I visit one day. It's on my list for travel. Countries in Europe have a lot of history and I find each one unique and fascinating in its own way. You are probably right about countries changing but that's how life is. The world has been changing and evolving since the beginning of time!

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  11. The spring in Canada comic made me laugh. I've seen it on Facebook edited to be Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota. I think the weather has just gotten plan crazy and not predictable the way it used to be. I saw also on facebook it was national hair ball day, and had to laugh. Don't know I've heard that before, but now days, believe there's a day for almost everything. The picture of the black and white cat reminds me of a pet long ago, named Socks. Hope Spring comes soon for you.

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    1. You are right! There is a day for just about everything these days. Most of them are fun and silly holidays. Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend.

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  12. i enjoy your happy post and the spring in your step....and your drawings are so cute - I love the idea of drawing a letter like that. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thanks, Sandy! Happy Sunday to you :)

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  13. I love homemade soup and always have lots in the freezer. Spring has arrived, not too warm yet, but enough to get tge daffodils blooming and the hyacinths budding. The rain has greened up the wanna be grass. Enjoy the weekend

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    1. Yes, we finally have spring! I see plants rising from the earth, so we should be seeing flowers very soon. I can't wait till the explosion of colours kicks in. Happy Sunday to you!

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  14. Looks like Spring in New England :) I can't wait to see who your visitor is. And I know all about hairballs :)

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    1. You definitely know all about hairballs! :)

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  15. Haha that first meme sums up the weather in the UK at the moment. Sigh. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

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    1. You just never know what you're going to get day by day...and hour by hour, too :) Have a great week ahead!

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  16. hahaha


    sooo much enjoyed your meme about weather description in your part of land dear Martha!!!

    our hobbies be therapy to our soul and i am happy that making soups is proving "happiness" for you:)))

    I don't have cat though it doesn't make any difference because i myself becoming so much aware of hairball since my hair are leaving me like leaves leave a tree alone in autumn ,imagine that :(

    Ah you art is superb my friend,BRILLIANTLY done!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i choose the blue car to visit your beautiful city :)

    Thank you for nice song!

    take great care!

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    1. Oh, Baili, I'm so sorry about your hair. It sounds upsetting. I hope it all works out.

      Hobbies are important. It's something that is very relaxing and very pleasing. And we need to get away from the responsibilities of life now and then to relax.

      Thank you for stopping by!

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    2. my mother in law advises me to use natural milk (right from buffaloes or cows) to wash my hair but i don't like the smell of actual milk ,instead i am taking some vitamins which will work hopefully

      Much love to you dear Martha!

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    3. It can be a difficult smell for some to deal with. I don't know if I could handle milk on my hair, although I've never tried it to know for sure. But I do hope the vitamins work for you, Baili! Sending you hugs, dear friend xo

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