Sharing Gratitude…My top 10 List

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Are you feeling what i’m feeling? Yes, this is a great time to do a reset and share a list of top 10 things I’m grateful for. There are far too many bad things going on in this world not to bring up some good right about now.  This post is all about gratitude so if you’re feeling miserable I understand but hopefully this helps you as much as it helped me. Continue reading “Sharing Gratitude…My top 10 List”

Halloween Will Be Fun!

Pumpkin Spiced! Available on the PTnL Redbubble shop.
Pumkin Spiced Available on my RedBubble Shop

Halloween is nearly here. But, I am more excited than usual about Christmas. Would you believe I’ve already started buying gifts? It’s the prospect of 2021 being better or just getting a clean slate for all of us to begin rebuilding. Ok, I won’t talk about Christmas or New Years yet. Back to Halloween.

Halloween will be fun but, it is going to be different this year! These strange current circumstances have changed so many things around us so quickly. But we have to adapt to the times. Here is what I intend on doing and not doing on Halloween.

You all know I’m not into the scary stuff but, under normal circumstances handing out candy is where I’m at on Halloween night. This year is going to be different though. Sorry kids, don’t knock or ring the doorbell; the lights will be out and, I won’t be answering. That’s right! I won’t be handing out candy this year and, I’m positive your parents can explain why. Instead, I plan to roast pumpkin seeds, bake a homemade sweet potato pie. Drink apple cider or apple cinnamon tea. Eat Halloween candy and those small flavourful bags of chips. No virtual Halloween parties either since I’m not the dress up for Halloween type. If that’s what you want to do then, you should go for it! Especially if you have little ones.

Then, I will grab a warm blanket, hike up my lengthiest, warmest socks and, watch scary movies for the rest of the night with one eye open. Hey, have any of you done the Stay Awake Challenge with the family before? The Stay Awake Challenge is when the whole family stays awake, watches movies and, plays video games or board games all night together. The last person to fall asleep wins. And parents, no cheating by drinking coffee after dark. I have the ultimate unfair advantage here. If I watch enough scary movies, I won’t be able to sleep, haha!

While this probably sounds boring to those of you who are having your usual Halloween party, it’s not boring to me. I’m going to err on the side of caution. There might be nothing wrong with having a get-together but, check your areas’ restrictions. Police shutting down your party is not a good look.

Some areas have paused social circles all together for now. Meaning you are only supposed to be around those who live within your household. And, maintaining a distance of 2 metres between yourself and anyone else is recommended. Now, I don’t know how long your arms are but, unless your name is Elasti-Girl settling in for the night would be best. If you know you aren’t feeling well, it’s simple. Stay Home and away from others!

My point is find a way to enjoy the day with those you live with. I know I will.

Watch Me Sketch this Autumn Leaf on YouTube

By the way, if you need to relax, head over to my Youtube channel. I posted a new video or, if you’d prefer to join me on TikTok @palmtreesloyatlies that’s fine too.

There are plenty of ways to check in on your friends and family so be sure to do so. Stay well and stay safe!

Update

September has floated by. Its strange because I swear it just started but look at us now. I have some news for you all. Some of you may have noticed that my social media profiles have been updated. As part of that my news is that I will no longer be posting a weekly blog. I’m going to take a step back and post every other week instead. The reason for this change is that I need to focus on my art. I love writing too but my art is calling me and I have to answer. I’ll still be around though supporting my fellow bloggers so not to worry.

In the interest of putting my art first I will be doing more sketch or drawing posts. So you will notice more changes to the Palm Trees and Loyalties blog as 2020 comes to an end. I Hope that you all will stick with me in this new journey. If you have suggestions for things you’d like to see me draw let me know. Also, I have added a donate button at the bottom of my posts. You can now donate towards buying me art supplies. Or buy my art on Redbubble if you so choose.

Here goes, I’m off to add to my Redbubble and the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery.

By the way I have added another video to my YouTube Channel. Let me know what you think.

Thanks for joining me today and I will see you on September the 31st. Haha just kidding, see you on Sunday the 27th.

3 Things Sketching Taught Me

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Artist colouring in the word create Photo by Lum3n on Pexels.com

I’ve been sketching since I was a child. I can’t tell you enough that it’s one of my favourite ways to relax. Concentrating on an object and breathing life into it helps me relax. I draw things as I see them and find the process to be restorative. The best thing about sketching is that there is no right or wrong. It’s entirely up to the artist to decide whether or not changes need to be made. Yes, you can make suggestions but ultimately change is up to the artist. Here’s what sketching has taught me:

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3 Virtual Treats

Hi Everyone, I hope everyone is holding up well. I want to brighten your day by giving you some lovely virtual treats! A lot has been going on and I’ve been busy drawing, doing time-lapse video’s so on and so forth. You gotta continue reading to get all the treats though so, don’t stop here, keep reading.

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Spice Jar Sketch

Spice Jar Sketch. This sketch is used to show people my final art work. And then send them to check out my YouTube Channel and TikTok.
Spice Jar Sketch

Have you ever reached for a particular spice or seasoning and found the jar sitting on the shelf way in the back of your cupboard empty? It makes me want to yell every time it happens to me. Maybe it was because I was looking for something to sketch but, this jar actually had something in it. I love using bay leaves when I’m making pasta sauce, lasagna, chilli…the list goes on. Can you tell, I’m a little bit hungry but, let’s get back to avoiding cooking by looking for things to sketch.

This particular bay leaf jar caught my eye. I picked it up, placed it on the kitchen table, and admired the shadow and reflections of the glass and aluminum. Lights, camera… and off I went into the serene, comfortable, world of creativity! Even if I don’t like what appears in this sketch, it can be fixed.

How I Sketched This Spice Jar:

I never showed you all this before. Here’s an image of the pencils I used for the last few sketches. They work well but, I promise practicing your art skills is far more important than the pencils you use. If you love to draw, or sketch just go for it! Don’t let anything stop you from creating. Sorry, no image of the eraser here but, it did manage to get into the video. I was slick with it in this video. You’ll only see it if you watch really carefully.

I started out by outlining the whole jar with the 2H pencil while taking into account the details that showed through the jar. I did this knowing there would inevitably be some trial and error. See, drawing glass is tricky for me. I think it’s because I have to decide if what I’m seeing is shadow, light, or reflections from the glass. It casts the brightest reflections depending on how much light is around you. Yeah, it’s just as hard to explain as it is to draw.

Once I finished sketching the outline of the jar, I began shading in the inside of the jar lightly and then deepening the shading using the 6B pencil. This pencil can be quite unforgiving. I always wait until I’m sure I like what I’ve drawn before using it. Then I used my 4B pencil to shade the circular indented sides. While drawing in the dried Bay Leaves I realized I had to make them look almost like imperfectly folded sheets of paper. In other words, each leaf had to have a little bit of space in between. Using the darker shading under each leaf helped guide me.

The bottom of the glass jar had little dots on it. I thought it was a nice detail so I added it in. It’s the little details that really bring art to life. My favourite part of this sketch was definitely the lid of the jar. It was a lot of fun shading it in to show how the light bounced off it. At times, I have a tendency of overshading but, erasing a little bit away and adjusting always helps.

From there, I touched up the glass reflections on the table. Which was how the finished product really came to life. Once again, I went over the whole sketch and shaded in all the darker areas of the spice jar. This was so that the lighter areas would pop more. Overall it gave the sketch even more depth.

We all have our own way of making realistic art. My question for you is, how do you make your art realistic?

Try it and see. It’s the objects that call you to sketch them that turn out the best so go for it! To watch this artwork come to life go to my YouTube Channel or if you’d prefer, I’ve recently joined TikTok.

Well, now that I’ve finished sketching and my belly is rumbling time to cook dinner! New post coming up on October 25th, Take care!

Water Bottle Sketch

Hey everyone! It was strange not writing last Sunday. This feeling that I was missing something kept coming over me. And then, I decided to sketch so I would be ready for this week’s blog post instead.

You all know by now that I find sketching inspiration in everyday things. I have completed another sketch video here. But wait! Don’t go there yet. Or, if you do, please remember to come back and read about my inspiration for this sketch.

This water bottle has inspired me to sketch it, not once but twice. My first sketch was in a notebook that I lost. I still remember the day I bought it ten years ago. At first glance, the first thought in my head was, “Now that’s nice, 27-ounces? two, three, maybe four bottles a day, it’s perfect for me!” The style of it was sleek and simple. It was made out of non-insulated stainless steel and had a black sport cap lid. There was a plastic holder attached to both the top of the bottle and the cap. I guess that was so that people don’t lose the cap. Which I never did. I always preferred holding it while I took a drink rather than putting it down. Wear and tear eventually broke the plastic attachment off. Oh well! I don’t think the company even makes them like that anymore.

While going to school, starting and leaving various jobs, this bottle has been by my side. It has fallen off countless tables, out of cars, and even off a bus. This bottle has been bumped, dented, and reshaped. Oh yeah, do not attempt to stand it up too quickly since it wobbles. I guess it takes time to find its bearings. My preference is to drink warm water. So there have been a few times where I almost scalded my fingers and the palm of my hand thinking the water wasn’t as hot as it was. That was a great reminder that the bottle is non-insulated, duh! Now I always have a paper towel handy when I refill it or, I use the sport cap to carry it instead, which always helps.

I won’t be getting rid of this one soon. It still holds water even after all of the bumps and scrapes. I have another one which I love too, but this one has that ripeness of sentimentality that I value so much more. The new one is getting to the ripe age of 4 and also has had some bumps and scrapes but, nothing could stop me from sketching the original.

Any who you see the finished product above. Let’s go over to YouTube and see how sketching the water bottle went. Here’s a spoiler, I have no issue using an eraser while filming.

Also, there are a few new creations added to my Redbubble page.

Have a great week and I’ll see you on October 4th.

Pepper Sketch

Hi Everyone,

I have an announcement to make! For the first time ever, I’ve uploaded a You Tube video of myself sketching a pepper. Check it out, like, share. If you’re more comfortable leaving comments on my blog rather than on my Channel that’s great too.

I’m excited to let you know that there will be more of these coming soon.

Also, shout out to Matic Entertainment for the music!

Pepper Sketch Video

Have a great week!

Sketch Post

Hi, hope your day is going well.

Instead of my usual post I decided to share a sketch instead. I decided to name this one: Tomatoes. If you haven’t already checked it out, here’s a link to my Gallery.

Let me know what you think in the comments.

Join me next week.

Take care!

Why You Shouldn’t Hate Mondays Anymore

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Why can’t Monday’s be easy like Sunday morning?

Even Garfield proudly hated Mondays. And so many artists have written songs about their general disdain for Mondays. Most of us dread Mondays and have turned this day of the week into the villain in our life story.

Monday’s are like Daenerys Targaryen throwing a lavish party and Cersei showing up uninvited.

Or, Selina Myers finally winning the presidency and then finding out that the vice-president-elect is Jonah Ryan.

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Stage 3 Re-Opening: Food Options

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What did you do this weekend? Attempts were made to go shopping early on Friday but, they didn’t end well. It usually helps to get the shopping done first thing in the morning especially since it is a long weekend. I’m glad for the extra day of rest and relaxation but we all want what we want. With store closures on Monday, most people buy a few more things than usual. It’s to be expected. That’s why going shopping early is usually best. Mainly interested in eating out, might I suggest scrolling down to the beautiful image of the outdoor patio. Continue reading “Stage 3 Re-Opening: Food Options”

100th Blog Post

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It’s a Celebration! Photo by Godisable Jacob on Pexels.com

Hi, you landed here because of the title, don’t look away now! Guess who wrote their 100th blog post last week? I DID! I got the notification when I posted last week’s post. I still can’t believe it. Without sounding all 100th day of schoolish here we are at 100.

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My Hair Story

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My Hair Story Photo by TUBARONES PHOTOGRAPHY on Pexels.com

Hi, I’m sure most black girls and even some black boys have a similar hair story to this one from their childhood. If you’re anything like me, you probably even have more than one. My family moved around when I was a kid so, I grew up around kids with different nationalities from my own. As a tween, I started to realize that my hair was different from most of the other kid’s hair.

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Smile

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Smile 

Never regret anything that made you smile – Mark Twain

Even if I feel silly about doing something or saying something if it makes me smile or laugh then it was worth it! That’s why I love this quote and why I write about my mishaps. By the way, if you need a little laugh right now read this. Sometimes my mishaps aren’t even funny at the time. Yet, while writing them or telling people about them I see the humor in them. for example, when I wrote this post I couldn’t help but laugh. Oh my, the things that frightened me as a child!
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YouTube Channel and Updated Gallery

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Hi Everyone, Here’s a very short post for today. How many of you have looked around my website recently? If you haven’t or you just recently started following me, this post is for you. Those of you who have been following me thank you. But, in case you didn’t know either; the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery is also available in video format on my YouTube Channel Here.

Also, when’s the last time you checked out The Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery?  If you haven’t had the chance to there have been updates.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Have a great week and stay safe.  🙂

 

 

You Wanted a Firefly?

A while back one of my readers requested that I draw a firefly.  Thank you for your request and here it is.

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You Wanted a Firefly?  Now available on Redbubble

I had no idea that the firefly or lightening bug had so much symbolism or that they are in nearly every corner of the world except Antarctica. Apologies to those of you who wanted to go there to see the fireflies. You’ll have to find another reason to make the trip!

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Happy Father’s Day

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Father and Child Photo by Biova Nakou on Pexels.com

I was there…

When you were scared to get on the elevator.
When you had the measles.
When you thought there were sharks at the bottom of swimming pools.
When you first realized some dolls look just like you.
When you fed the dog your eggs.
When you saw snow for the first time.
When you cried because your rabbit died.
When you didn’t want to share.
When you were accepted into that school.
When you snuck out of the house to buy a Big Mac Combo and Mom cooked dinner and rather than confess you sat down and ate…again.
When you were scared on your first day at every school.
When you brought home the man of your dreams, got married and graduated I was there.

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Peel March for Justice

Hi all, on Wednesday June the 17th at 4:30pm there will be a Peel March for Justice. This peaceful march will start at 7755 Hurontario Street A. (Grenville & William Courthouse) and continue to 5650 Hurontario Street (Peel District School Board). The March for Justice raises awareness for the issue of systemic anti black racism seen within the Peel District School Board. There will be multiple ASL interpreters present to accommodate all individuals attending. The Peel March for Justice welcomes the deaf and Hard of hearing community members to join in on the march for justice.

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Here’s a link to the GoFundMe page for those who can’t attend.

The money raised goes towards:

  • Paying the lawyers of young black children who have run into trouble with the law.
  • Hiring tutors for young black children.
  • Any extra money goes towards supporting the families of children who have been killed due to police brutality. Along with other black outreach organizations.

Please do what you can to support the cause

Thank you and stay safe! 

 

 

Change

Hi All, today’s post is a list for those who would like to donate towards the fight against inequality. Since there is a wide variety of places to donate time or money do keep in mind that these are only suggestions. Please do your research and assess that your donation is aligned with the type of support you would like to give. I also wanted to remind the Canadians that read this blog that you can donate to Black Lives Matter regionally.

There is also a fundraiser to get justice for Regis Korchinski Paquet. Here’s a link to the Go Fund Me Page that was started by her sister Renee Beals – Justice For Regis. Or, if you’d prefer here’s a link to the Petition – Justice for Regis

To donate to Black Lives matter on a Global scale, there’s Black Lives Matter Global Network

 

If you’re looking to support the fight for justice in the United States here are 4 links I was able to find:

There are many more non-profits that are taking donations or petitions that you can sign to help. If anyone has anymore suggestions please leave them in the comments section.

Take care.

Why!

There is a lot going on in the world right now that we should ALL be angry about. I use this blog to spread positivity and encourage people but honestly, this past week I can’t!

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Why is My Order Taking So Long?

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It was around November 2019 and all was well. It’s funny with the current state of things, everything really was fine. My friend Jannette noticed that she had made her first artwork sale. She waited for the website to update that the purchase had gone through. Fast forward to Christmas morning. It was one of Janette’s friends that had bought her artwork. He texted her wondering, why his order was taking so long. Continue reading “Why is My Order Taking So Long?”

5 Things No One Will Tell You About Ladybugs

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Beautiful, shiny, red, lady bug. hand drawn and coloured.

I had decided to draw for Sunday’s blog post long before my technical difficulties. But we all know how that went. Sorry to disappoint but, real things sometimes happen to old computers. And no matter how many times you try to force quit nothing happens. Staring at an ever-churning spinning rainbow can make any patient person antsy. Hence the holder post I sent last night. Now let’s follow through with what this post is all about!

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My Artistic Process: 8 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Redbubble Art Seller

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Winning and acceptance are exhilarating. I love being accepted into things. It’s one of my favourite things. Do you know what I don’t like? Rejection and disappointment. Who does though right? I’m not a fan of participation trophies. I WANT TO WIN! I have something to tell you. Keep in mind that the best way to get rid of a participation trophy you don’t want is to try again. Here goes, the first time I submitted my artwork for the Schitt’s Creek Partner Program my artwork was rejected.
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Happy Mother’s Day 2020!

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I’ve written three different Mother’s Day blogs over the years. It’s been a busy week so the thought of re-posting one of them crossed my mind.  But, the overwhelming need to write something new took over instead.

I have something to say! And it may come as somewhat of a shocker to those of you who don’t know. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day 2020!”

Reblog – Times a Wastin

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Times a Wasting Photo by Jess Bailey on Pexels.com

Does anyone else sit around staring at their phone rather than doing the things they really enjoy? Or watching Netflix and focusing on what the characters say, do or live through? Often times thoughts and ideas pass through my mind without ever getting out. I don’t write, speak or draw anything for days on end. Its people watching to the extreme extent, very zombielike! Continue reading “Reblog – Times a Wastin”

So, You Cancelled That Appointment. Now What?

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When there’s something you have to do but you just don’t want to do it, what do you do? I used to procrastinate my way through it but, then I realized that it’s much better to get it over with. Rip that bandaid off as quickly as possible instead of taking the approach I always take with bandaids. There are so many things that as adults we just do. We don’t like them so we get it over with and move on quickly. Continue reading “So, You Cancelled That Appointment. Now What?”

And, Silence…

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Can I tell you guys a secret? Try not to judge me for this but, I haven’t been reading lately. It just hasn’t been as easy to escape in a book as it used to be. Let’s chalk it up to an inability to focus.

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What To Do Now?

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Masked Mona Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com

Until the weather gets a bit nicer, there’s plenty to do indoors. Like baking, cooking, cleaning, and organizing. Loads of fun in short or long stints but, when you really want to relax and forget the world you might need more. I’ve compiled a list of things to do both offline or online. I don’t know about you guys but I need a break from being online sometimes so, let’s start with that. Continue reading “What To Do Now?”

What Colours Suit Your Personality?

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In the interest of getting away from listening or watching the news, I thought it would be cool to pass along a short quiz just to pass a little bit of time. You know, take our minds off the goings-on. Since guess what, they will go on whether or not we watch. Continue reading “What Colours Suit Your Personality?”

Mystery Blogger Award

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Thank you for nominated me Bill Fonda. Bill is most famous for bringing us all together with his The Week Gone by posts. Bill, you have a great sense of humour that always brightens my day. If you don’t believe me or have mysteriously lost the link to the Silly Place here it is. Continue reading “Mystery Blogger Award”

Covid-19

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Covid-19 Photo by Kaique Rocha on Pexels.com

It started out as a normal Saturday morning. Trying to beat the rush I had left the house before 7am. I was greeted by what seemed to be the usual serene experience. A couple, possibly looking a little wide-eyed disinfecting their shopping cart. No one was really freaking out, or rushing. People were smiling, friendly and normal. After a bit, I realized that I was smiling at people and waiting for them to smile back. I was using my smile as a thermometer to gage if everything was ok. Any flicker of worry would surely seep through their eyes and I would be able to tell…yup this is it! PANIC NOW! Continue reading “Covid-19”

Happy International Women’s Day!

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International Women’s Day is today! Did you know that every year has a theme? The 2020 theme is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights. The Generation Equality campaign is bringing together people of every gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion, and country, to drive actions that will create the gender-equal world we all deserve. 

  • break barriers
  • smash stereotypes
  • disrupt the system
  • speak up for equality
  • demand justice
  • fight for human rights


Thanks to all the women who began the fight and to those who continuously work towards change. Here are a couple of links about International Women’s Day:

International Women’s Day | United Nations .

IWD | International Women’s Day 2020

Have a great week and remember to empower the women around you.

 

 

 

 

My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape

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My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape Photo by Ashutosh Sonwani on Pexels.com

Hi, Today’s post is different than any post I’ve done before. Last week I decided to draw a picture of a cassette. This is the picture. Continue reading “My Artistic Process: The Cassette Tape”

The Story Behind That Photo

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Fact: Dr. Seuss’s real name was Theodore Seuss Geisel? I posted that quote a while back and it still resonates with me because my mom loves to take photos. When people think of albums full of photos they have no idea what that really looks like. Continue reading “The Story Behind That Photo”

When I Was Little…

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When I was little, I used to think that the tiny little lizards that sometimes scurried quickly around our home were crocodiles. Continue reading “When I Was Little…”

The Truth About Getting Back From Vacation

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The Truth About Getting Back From Vacation Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Going back to work after vacation has always been a painful experience. No matter where I’ve worked. It’s relaxing being off and away from the daily grind. Life was sweet! you ate what you wanted when you wanted. You got some rest and did whatever you wanted to do.

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What’s the last food that you were excited to eat?

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What’s the Last Food You Were Excited to Eat? Photo by Creative Vix on Pexels.com

The last food I was excited to eat was…
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What-Ifs

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What-ifs can stop you from trying new things. They are a weighted blanket lulling you to sleep in your comfort zone while the world keeps moving on without you! What’s the worst thing what-ifs have done to me? They’ve kept me in places I don’t want to be, in friendships, that needed to end. They kept me stagnant, stuck, and weary. Continue reading “What-Ifs”

Why Did I Start Blogging?

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I haven’t been blogging much lately which has led me to question, why I started blogging in the first place. Hmmmmm.

Let’s begin… Continue reading “Why Did I Start Blogging?”

Breaking Up

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Breaking up isn’t easy to do. Unfortunately, things just aren’t working out between us anymore. I have tried my best. Calling you a few days after Christmas. Emailing you in hopes that we could get things back on track. But, there is only so much that I can do to try to work things out before I feel that our relationship is one-sided and call it quits. Continue reading “Breaking Up”

What’s Stopping You?

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Does this happen to any of you? Before the actual day comes you are thinking of all the things you are going to do but then when the day is here you’re like nah! Im not lazy. I just believe in taking time to relax especially on days like this. Friday and Saturday were cold and rainy. Today is more of the same. Then, last week we had snow but luckily it didn’t accumulate. Most people chilled at home which suited me fine. A warm blanket and some comfy clothes were bellowing my name and I listened. I even decided not to write and to continue researching something I have been working on lately.

Truthfully, we all need a break every now and then. Besides, taking a step back sometimes helps me with up and coming endeavours. By the way, big announcement coming next week so stay tuned to see what i’ve been working on. See you then!

What is a Phobia?

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Phobias, some people have so many of them and some people don’t seem to have any. A phobia is a group of anxiety symptoms that occur when a person comes across certain objects or situations. I cruised the internet and found a few phobias, some of them are more common than others. If reading this triggers anyone my apologies. My intention is to open a line of discussion.

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Where I Write

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Last week I decided to write a Truth or Lie post where you had a chance to try to picture where I write.

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Can You Picture Where I Write?

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With 2020 around the corner this is the perfect time for us to take a closer look at our writing spaces. In doing so I figured why not do a Truth versus Lie short post. There are only 5 choices in this one. I can’t wait to see what you choose. Continue reading “Can You Picture Where I Write?”

Habits Anyone?

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I recently realized that I have just a few strange or quirky habits. This is only recent because I have been called out on a few of them very recently. Continue reading “Habits Anyone?”

Do You Know the Lyrics to that Christmas Carol?

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It’s about 1 week and 5 days before Christmas, this is our opportunity to brush up on our Christmas song lyrics. But, if you already know the lyrics to these Christmas songs try the quiz and share it with that person you stand next to in the choir. Continue reading “Do You Know the Lyrics to that Christmas Carol?”

Christmas Couch Potato

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There’s a list of movies that I love to watch during Christmas time. These movies have the ability to stop me in my tracks. Especially from doing tasks that I love like the dishes or laundry. 

If by chance I walked past a store that was playing any one of these 3 movies you can bet that I’m going to stop and park myself in front of that screen for the full duration. What? “Yes, I’m really going to buy this tv!”  Continue reading “Christmas Couch Potato”

Meet Me Here

 

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While doing the dishes this morning and gazing out the window I saw five people walking together. Four of them were wearing pink coats and black pants but there was a man in the group wearing a blue coat with black pants. The four women crossed the street leaving the man on the opposite side of the street. Was he bothering them in some way? I must have been wrong, there was no way he was part of the group! Continue reading “Meet Me Here”

1 Trend That’ll Change Your Grocery Shopping Game

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Since the missing produce bag incident, I decided to go back to doing my grocery shopping. Every Saturday, I would get up and go. While entering the grocery store I was usually happy or excited about picking up the things I needed for the coming week. But then I’d get to the cereal aisle. Why is there always a screaming child on the floor in this aisle? Continue reading “1 Trend That’ll Change Your Grocery Shopping Game”

Hoarding Time

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Remember that post I wrote demanding back my time. It was about online grocery shopping. Well, the week after writing it something happened. As usual, I waited a while before I brought it to the blog. Here’s the story of what happened the following week in my quest to save time. Continue reading “Hoarding Time”

Daylight Saving Time Ended

chimneyDaylight saving time has ended and although I do enjoy the colours and the fall fashion I will be missing the warmer weather. Here are 3 things I will miss the most. Continue reading “Daylight Saving Time Ended”

Mindfulness Argh!!!

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Mindfulness is hard work! I have tried my best to pay attention to the things going on around me and being present. Continue reading “Mindfulness Argh!!!”

100th Follower

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Thank you everyone who has followed the Palm Trees and Loyalties blog. So we can all get to know each other better I thought I’d do a 100 favourite things post. If you have any of these on your list of top 100 let me know!

These are a few of my favourite things…

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Happy Today!

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Happy Today! Drive In Movie

I Went to a drive-in movie for the first time. What an experience! At first, I didn’t want to see Christopher Robin. But it ended up really speaking to me. The part that I can’t get out of my mind was when Winnie the Pooh asked Christopher Robin, “What day is it today?” and Christopher Robin responded… “It’s today.” And Pooh replied “my favorite day!” Continue reading “Happy Today!”

Are You Into Horror?

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I am not the biggest fan of horror movies or shows. But, there are a few I’ve been able to get through. Yet overall, I can tell you, it’s very rare that the words “I feel like watching a horror movie” come out of my mouth. Continue reading “Are You Into Horror?”

Moving Day Tips and Tricks!

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Warning: This blog may or may not be suitable for all people who follow advice word for word. Women, men, children, pets and all individuals that are sensitive to the needs of their neighbours please continue reading. Continue reading “Moving Day Tips and Tricks!”

National Mulligan Day

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National Mulligan Day

Thursday that just passed was October the 17th. For those who don’t know it was National Mulligan Day. Or, ”Do-Over Day” as some call it.

A few days came to mind that I would’ve liked to re-do. But, this one day in particular, kept running through my mind after I was reminded of Mulligan day.

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Alone on Wednesday

 

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Alone on Wednesday

It’s a sunny Wednesday. I’m in the middle of the big city. Out for a day of exploring. While I look around and take everything in, literally everyone is busy looking at their phones. So what, I’m out here alone? I literally feel like I am out here alone…yet I’m around so many people. Continue reading “Alone on Wednesday”

No Compass and No GPS?

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One of my friends is directionally challenged! Now, you all know by now that the only way I can explain what I mean is by telling you her story. Continue reading “No Compass and No GPS?”

Radical Acceptance

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Have you heard of radical acceptance? I’ve been trying it out for a while now. What a great concept. Basically, it’s accepting the things that you have no control over without resistance. For example; going to the store and your favourite hash browns are not in stock for weeks at a time. You can:

a) Be angry, and throw yourself fitfully on the floor in the frozen food aisle like I may have done so once or twice very, very long ago. Continue reading “Radical Acceptance”

Contagious Laughter!

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There are certain people in my life that I know if something happens and they start laughing it’s impossible for me not to laugh. Even without knowing why they are laughing, I start to laugh. Their laughter is both contagious and infectious. Continue reading “Contagious Laughter!”

Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition-2Thank you so much to The Ray Journey for nominating me. Check out her blog The Ray Journey.  On her blog Ray explains the positives and negatives for each experience she has on her journey to financial freedom. Her blog is a trusted source with a lot of  insightful information! Thanks again Ray!

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Time Travel

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I love music. Music makes time travel possible! My favorite radio stations are the ones that play songs from the 80’s. They take me back in time and sometimes it’s difficult to back to the present. The memories are just too funny or in some instances too painful! Continue reading “Time Travel”

No One Would Ever Know!

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Summer is officially over! The leaves are turning yellow but, I must say the weather has been pretty good so far. There was one thing missing from this past summer though. Ice cream trucks! Continue reading “No One Would Ever Know!”

Sides

 

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The other day I was talking to my friend Joy. She told me a story about her parents which she allowed me to share here. Let me begin by giving you a little background on Joy’s parents. They came to Canada in the early 80’s. Continue reading “Sides”

Will it be Legible?

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We all sat and watched as Mrs. Robertson wrote all 26 letters of the alphabet on the chalkboard. Geoff’s finger dropped from his nose as he stared at the board in aww. She made it all look so easy. Reminiscent of an ocean tide, some letters were far more bloated and stood out from the rest. Then, there were other letters like the lower-case G that dipped below the line as though it was dodging someone it owed money. Continue reading “Will it be Legible?”

Watch Me!

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Ok, so I’m not as fit as the young lady above but, I am trying to walk more. I used to walk so fast that I put myself in the category of nearly speed walking which sometimes turned into speed tripping. Continue reading “Watch Me!”

When Did You Know You Weren’t a Kid Anymore?

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When Did You Know You Weren’t a Kid Anymore?

My last post was all about signs you are an adult. I’m going to point out that it’s a very faint line between being a child and being an adult. The reason I’m pointing this out is that sometimes it happens so suddenly you may not even realize. I remember the day that line wasn’t faint anymore.

Continue reading “When Did You Know You Weren’t a Kid Anymore?”

Signs you Are an Adult

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So, I’m joining the Signs You Are an Adult conversation since I’ve been an adult for most of my life now.

Here are my signs you are an adult:

  1. The things you used to like don’t interest you anymore. (Uncomfortable shoes hit the top of this list.)

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  2. All aches and pains lead to more aches and pains.
  3. A general misunderstanding of the lyrics in music, which is often hilarious to others. Kendrick Lamar’s song Humble for example. Before I knew the title of the song I thought the chorus went “Biyombo sit down!” it actually goes “Be humble sit-down.” So glad I didn’t choose it at Karaoke night.

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  4. The food you used to be able to digest so easily now just uncomfortably squats in your gullet. Causing you to belch randomly and often without notice.
  5. The food you couldn’t digest easily before is completely inedible now. When you throw caution to the wind and eat it any way you end up in a world of pain. (This includes, anything that tastes good + dairy)

6. A willingness to leave a get together early if food is not ready on time. (Unprepared hostesses and hosts, you know I’m talking about you!)

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8. An urgency to tell people when they are going about something incorrectly. Which often ends with you ending the conversation with, “But, what do I know?”

9. As a child, you are warned not to ever do this so when you become an adult you think haa! I’m gonna risk it, and then you start talking to strangers!

10. Technology and the interweb are manageable but now and then you look up from your phone and wonder where the teenagers are when you need assistance posting, deleting or adding to your story on Instagram.

11. Knowing when to be quiet and listen rather than talking too much at work or family functions. (Hold your cards to your chest kid, not everyone needs to know what you’re thinking or doing!…) BTW, There’s a new addition to the Palm Trees and Loyalties Gallery

Oh and the last but foremost sign you are an adult is:        …KNOWING WHEN TO LEAVE!

Thanks for reading and have a great week.

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Give me Back My Time!

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Between working 40 hours a week and then 10 hours during the weekend running errands and visiting family and friends I’ve become like everyone else…BUSY. Continue reading “Give me Back My Time!”

Tiredness: Expectation vs. Reality

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Have you ever been so tired? Like, not wanting to get out of bed tired? I hate telling Alexa to snooze because I feel like it’s a false sense of comfort. You lul yourself back to sleep only for the alarm to go off again, what’s the point? So, I pulled myself out of bed and it was as if it was zombie time. Once upon a time while tired I penciled in one eyebrow and then left the bathroom thinking I’d done both. One time I took the toothpaste downstairs  and placed it in the kitchen cupboard. But, out of all the strange things I’ve done while tired, there was this one thing that really took the cake! I did this last year and it took me this long to write about it. Here goes nothing Continue reading “Tiredness: Expectation vs. Reality”

The Sketch

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Hey Everyone, short post today. The other day, I decided to do a sketch. I don’t know about anyone else who sketches but for me sometimes I’m unsure of what or who I will be drawing. My process begins with me scrolling through many different images of famous people. This time after scrolling for a little too long I noticed that I kept going back to the same image. The person I needed to draw this week was Rami Malek. This sketch took me approximately 2 hours.

I could watch the movie Bohemian Rhapsody over and over again but alas I have to forego it to… “adult”. Also, I’m now on season 2 of Mr. Robot. Rami is such a great actor.

Take a look at the Gallery and let me know what you think. If you’d like to compare my sketch to the original Please go to my instagram page and take a look. linktr.ee/palmtreesandloyalties

Thank you and have a wonderful week!

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3 Things I Learned About Disappointment

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I’m trying to write outside today. Not so sure how it’s going to work out but here goes…

My siblings and I were sometimes begrudgingly dragged to get-togethers when we were kids. We were usually steeped in our culture especially over the weekend. We greeted people, smiled politely, laughed, replied, and accepted some of the things that were happening around us. Parental questioning was usually allowed after the parties. There were many subtle nuances that I had to learn since I was the youngest in the family.

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Take the Stress Out of Waiting

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When there’s nothing to do what do you do?

Waiting can be hard. I used to people watch when I took public transit. I would formulate a fake life story by Continue reading “Take the Stress Out of Waiting”

The 3 Most Effective Ways to Overcome Distractions

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Distractions… They stop you from doing what you intended to do. Moving you from one thought to the next. Sometimes even from place to place. But what if distractions are actually your heart pulling you in another direction?

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I’ve noticed that when I get distracted its not such a bad thing. And that it’s ok for thoughts to roam freely in my mind. Never knowing how it will end or where it will take me. I think that’s why I like being creative. It’s that not knowing and the excitement of creating things that actually keeps me creating. Even though I do crave some form of stability in my life, some of us do need more of that than others. While I like knowing what I’m doing daily, straying away from that even if its unintentional is fun not to mention spontaneous.

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But if you are still looking for ways to be distraction free try these 3 most effective ways to overcome distractions.

  1. Go with the flow, or let it be. But, set a timeline for the distraction whatever you do don’t try to fight it and end up further down the rabbit hole.
  2. If the distraction is an actual person you can take yourself out of the equation by moving away from the situation. This is not recommended if you are the distractions caregiver 🙂
  3. Some people free themselves from distractions by using monotonous sounds, or even music. This works very well for me but for some reason when I listen to music with lyrics things go awry. I work best with ambient sounds in the background. For example: the hum of traffic, leaves rustling, or even ocean waves.

Keep in mind, distractions can lead you away from your intended goals. But they can also steer you in the right direction.

Distractions, wherever will we go next?

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Have you Joined The Raptors Bandwagon?

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Yes! The Raptors finally won the Championship😁. It was inevitable considering the city of Toronto hadn’t won a championship in any sport in a  while. They all worked so hard for it too. I didn’t go to the parade though. There were a few million people too many for my liking. I would have been way out of my comfort zone.

But this was my journey in watching the Raptors clinch the title.

Do what you have to do but, balance it out by doing the things you love to do as well. I used to walk away or find something Pinteresting to look at when any sport was on t.v. But, the Raptors have captured my attention a few times recently.

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Flowers are for Picking?

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Hello Everyone!

Hopefully, all is well with you and yours on this fine Sunday afternoon.

I have an Announcement to make!

I have added the gallery to the Palm Trees and Loyalties website. After you finish reading this Sundays blog please come back and click the above link. Or click it now to take a look at my artwork but, be sure to come back and read the blog below. I picked a sprig from my lilac tree and sketched a closeup image. Continue reading “Flowers are for Picking?”

Dreams

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This blog started out as a space where I shared stories. I have enjoyed writing and will continue but, I have other things that I love to do as well. I have decided to start showcasing my artwork here. Continue reading “Dreams”

Happy Mother’s Day

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Being a Mother is such a blessing and yet so hard at times too. When I was a teenager my mom must have thought about dropping me off in front of a Monastery so they could cleanse my soul. Continue reading “Happy Mother’s Day”

Signs You Might Have Referred the Wrong Guy

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I was once approached by a friend for a paint job referral. Mind you, the paint job she had was still fantastic. She had told me her cousin had done it by himself. The person I referred to do the job was our previous superintendent. He had done some work around our place for purely aesthetic reasons. Everything looked great! We were pleased with the amount of time the jobs took, the cost and with the outcome.

Naturally, we referred him. Continue reading “Signs You Might Have Referred the Wrong Guy”

How to Staycation the Right Way

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Spring is here, the snow has finally melted. Every schoolyard is littered with soiled mittens and scarves. What a great time of year! There is a general feeling that something good is coming up. The delicious salads, barbecues, taking long walks. There are so many things to do. We do some of these things year round but everything is so much better when the sun is shining and it’s not cold outside. This winter has dragged on for so long I honestly miss mosquitoes!

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An Introverts Guide to Staying True to Oneself

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If any of you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that I like to post inspirational quotes. I’m sharing 2 of my favourites today. It’s hard to be yourself when everyone always tells you to be someone else. Why is it that when a person is quiet people tend to shame them. What is with shaming the introverts? It irks me every time I see that neighbour of the suspect on the news… “Honestly she never really talked to anyone.” Pause for effect, wait for it….”wasn’t very friendly at all!” There it is!

I always wonder, how do we know that neighbour just wasn’t unapproachable? It’s all down to perspective. Continue reading “An Introverts Guide to Staying True to Oneself”

Questions You Should Ask Before Clicking UPDATE!

  • How long is this going to take?

I was getting ready to write a new blog post when the dreaded update prompt popped up in the corner of my computer screen.

  • Why does it always seem like it’s going to be a quick update right until you finally agree to it…?

All I see now is a blank screen with one long bar and a time stamp of 45 minutes 🥺.

This post was completed using the WordPress mobile app. I even managed to figure out how to add a picture! See?

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As much as I like this app I enjoy typing out my posts.

Taking my time, checking my grammer on Grammarly, choosing pics, you know the deal. If you were looking for a longer post I’m sorry my computer failed me this time. As my computer updates here is a link to one of my other posts about time Give me Back My Time!

Thanks for reading, I’ll be right back!

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Mindfulness Argh!!! The Frightening Continuation…

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This month of Mindfulness has been pretty good. I’ve been in a routine of meditating every night. It has come to my attention that the more I meditate the better I get at it. Alexa’s assistance has helped me a great deal. I used to listen to 80’s music every night. Eventually, I realized that I wasn’t really sleeping. I had far too many dreams of being stuck in cartoon videos to continue sleeping with the 80’s as my background music. Now I only listen to those tunes while I’m wide awake! Continue reading “Mindfulness Argh!!! The Frightening Continuation…”

False Start?

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The weekend is almost over and I have had two false starts at going to the movies. I’m ok with that but only because crowded theatres give me the chills. Is it ok to say that? Too late, I already did.

Below is a list of things I didn’t do all weekend:

1. Worry incessantly about the fast approaching work week.
2. Relive the past in various ways slowly formulating a different ending to a strange week.
3. Think about parents paying to get their kids perfect grades so they can get into schools.

Continue reading “False Start?”

Daylight Saving

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Well, its Daylight saving time this weekend. I feel that I should share a few tips for the weekend when the clocks spring forward. For those of you who don’t have to go through this basically, in spring all clocks go forward by 1 hour. This is so that in the summer when we have bbq’s we can stay out longer since it’s still sunny outside. We are like birds, when the sun goes down we automatically fall asleep. Continue reading “Daylight Saving”

On the Hunt

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I had a fashion image on my mind. When that happens Its imperative that I find the item that is on my mind. Like a lioness hunting for its prey, I went straight to the local Winners store. I searched through all the jeans looking for a very specific pair of jeans. The right colour, pockets, cuff, and texture of jean, just like the image. Continue reading “On the Hunt”

The Truth about Flaws

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As I was scrolling through Pinterest which I tend to do while not watching sports you wouldn’t believe what I came across. The word Flawsome and its description. For those of you that haven’t heard of it hear you go: Continue reading “The Truth about Flaws”

How Will You be Paying?

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Grocery shopping can be so annoying! Wandering around trying to get everything on the dreaded list. I find it so irritating, I would rather go without a list altogether. Unless I’m trying out a new recipe I really don’t see the need for a list. They bother me because I prefer to be spontaneous. Am I the only one who finds it annoying that it’s always the same things rolling, spilling or even being squashed by those same other things in my buggy? Continue reading “How Will You be Paying?”

Job Hunt

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Things have really changed since the last time I was actively seeking employment. It’s scary out there now. So much competition and a lot of networking. Resumes have to be well sculpted to suit the job of interest. Well, that hasn’t changed but, I swear it’s so much harder to get noticed now.

Oh, and when you get the call for an interview you feel vindicated. I’ve been to a couple of interviews only to get a rejection letter in my email box. I don’t take it too hard though. It’s practice, right? Eventually, the right ship will come to shore. Even if it’s a canoe I will still jump aboard, I’m not picky at this point! Continue reading “Job Hunt”

Funny Survey Results

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Hi all, this post is about the results from the funny survey. Interested in finding out how similar we all are? Then read on.

I too have answered many questions randomly. Some of my answers were so random that I regretted them immediately. Continue reading “Funny Survey Results”

Survey Results

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Survey Results

The living room was dark and now it’s not.

I bought a lamp and, I’m enjoying writing under it. In this very room there once was an outdated ugly ceiling fan. Protruding from it were four lights. As soon as we moved in it was placed very high on my hit list for obliteration. To exhibit what it looked like please take a moment to picture this; A 4 headed angler fish slowly being eaten by a star fish. You’ve seen this ceiling fan before, it’s in any home built in the last 40 years or so. Continue reading “Survey Results”

Years End

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With 2018 very quickly coming to an end, I thought we should get to know each other better. I have made 2 surveys. If you have time or feel like completing only one thats fine too… I won’t judge your answers as long as you don’t judge me for the questions I asked.

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So, if you’re feeling random go ahead and complete the Random Survey and if you feel like letting me get to know you fill out the Getting To Know You Survey.

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If you have completed the survey thank you for participating. If you haven’t that’s fine too. Wishing that 2019 is a year full of happiness and prosperity for all of you. Thank you for reading.

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I Didn’t Mean it Alexa?

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Over the past few months, I have found every way possible to catch every cold, sinus infection or flu-ish thing that comes my way. As much as that sounds like it was on purpose it really wasn’t! Continue reading “I Didn’t Mean it Alexa?”

WHY’d I Think That Would go Well?

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Awwww look at them, living dangerously and biting their ice-cream front teeth first. Aren’t they sweet? Anyway, I’m sure in some previous post I mentioned sensitive or achy teeth, Link here: T’was the Night Before 40 . I have a recurring dream where I smile in front of my bathroom mirror and some of my teeth very eagerly bounce into the sink. Continue reading “WHY’d I Think That Would go Well?”

Meeting Michael Jackson

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I grew up in an urban area. My mom still encouraged me to learn how to grow plants. I went outside daily, watering my corn plant. It was fascinating watching it grow from a tiny little thing to just above my twiggy ankles and then to the height of my scrawny waist.

After all that watering, its stalk eventually sprung up and had nearly passed the top of my head. There were even two ears of corn growing now. I ran and asked mom if it was ready to be picked and she told me it probably wasn’t ready yet. I imagined the silk beyond the husk slowly yet very purposefully assembling each and every grain of corn. Finally, as summer was nearing its end, I was told that I could soon pick my corn and it would be ready to eat.

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Most years at the end of summer, our final family trip was to the amusement park. On the morning of the trip, I snuck out and watered my corn. I was full blown obsessing over it but, I also didn’t want to hear that it wasn’t ready to eat yet. Against the wall, behind my corn was a twin-size bed board. I paused to wonder when it had been placed there. Oh well, I ran to the front yard and got in the car with my siblings. Dad drove us all to the amusement park.

After going on a few rides the sky went dark, then it rained, and got really windy. We were told by the park “authorities” that a storm would be passing through some nearby towns. We continued with our fun regardless, especially since we knew the storm wasn’t going to touch us at the theme park.

Then we left a little early to stop at Michael Jackson’s house. Call me a liar all you want! We were specifically told that after the theme park we were going to meet Michael Jackson. So, the obvious never even occurred to me.

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When we got to Michael Jackson’s house, our parents stood tall behind us all. My older brother and sisters were such skeptics but, I saw them glimpse as the door opened slowly. Hi, how are you? Come in! The amount of disinterest and disappointment that rushed through me was palpable. My siblings pretended that they didn’t share my feelings but I knew they did. He was so far from being Michael Jackson that I’m positive he saw the disappointment on every child’s face. Before you start feeling sorry for him consider this; I’m sure he was used to it with a name like that! And, he most likely had used his name to his advantage more than once in his life. The visit dragged on as usual. Eventually, we all went home.

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As soon as we got home from the house of disappointment, I rushed to the backyard to check on my corn. Only I didn’t see it. There was nothing there. Absolutely nothing. I turned around thinking I missed something but still there was nothing. Until I remembered that stupid bed board! I immediately heard echoes of the park authorities saying, “storms in some nearby towns.” I hadn’t even thought that they meant in our own backyard! The board had been swept sideways by the wind. It had efficiently squeezed every bit of lively hood out of my corn. All that was left were the tassels of stringy golden silk just beyond the edge of the bed board. They were squished into the mud. My shoes slipped and I fell into the mud as tears streamed down my face. I used all of my strength and tried to pry the board off my corn. My corn had been nurtured from seedling to squashed! But I wasn’t about to give up. I ran inside and yelled for help. Mom came outside explaining how sorry she was. She also explained that there was no way of knowing that a storm like that blah blah blah! I couldn’t really hear over my tears as I sobbed. She then explained something else inaudible about it not being garbage day yet and that there wasn’t anywhere else to put it. Whatever she said it didn’t console me. Still, every time I see corn growing in a field it brings me back to that dark, rainy, windy afternoon.

Love corn will never grow it!
But, I will always have the story of when I met Michael Jackson.

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Happy Father’s Day

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We watched Sesame Street, Harriet’s Magic Hats, and Mister Rogers Neighborhood together. Then in the afternoon, it was the Flintstones, Inspector Gadget and then Thundercats. Eventually, I started going to school for the full day. Continue reading “Happy Father’s Day”

Happy Mothers Day

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To all the mothers that read my blog thank you for reading. On behalf of your families, thank you all for everything that you do that your family may not even realize. Please remember to always take some time out for yourself as well.

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Enjoy YOUR day.

Oh, and one more thing…don’t forget that you can always hide from them if things get out of hand today.

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MMMM…Hot Chocolate

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Psst hey, have you heard of mindful eating or intuitive eating and drinking? It’s all over the internet and in every magazine. We all tend to eat while doing many different things:

(Condonable)

  • Playing on our phones,
  • Watching t.v.

(Unjustifiable)

  • Driving
  • Walking
  • Talking.

Lately, I do it too. I shove food into my mouth and gulp drinks without tasting or truly enjoying the flavours or the textures. Mindful eating is about paying attention to the food or drink that you have chosen to partake in. You know, fully taking the time to enjoy every bite or sip. Like we all used to do when we were kids. Continue reading “MMMM…Hot Chocolate”