These steps are for a Mac computer.Continue reading “Whispy Tree (How to)”
Working from home has brought out a need to change my surroundings. I can’t be the only one this is happening to. I mean, looking at the same things over and over again can make you want to yell! Before you yell, maybe redoing things might be called for.Continue reading “6 Reasons to Update Your Artwork”
Hi all, tomorrow is International Women’s Day! Let’s celebrate “women’s achievements, raise awareness about women’s equality, lobby for accelerated gender parity, fundraise for female-focused charities.” Or maybe you’d just like to find out more about this day.
First of all, you might be wondering what the 2021world theme is this year. Or maybe you forgot…
Each year an IWD campaign theme is supported around the world. The IWD 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge with its hand raised gesture that signifies solidarity in choosing to challenge and call out gender bias, stereotyping and discrimination.https://www.internationalwomensday.com
That’s right! You will be seeing #choosetochallenge or #IWD2021 everywhere, or maybe you’ve already started using it! What caught my eye on the IWD site was the missions tab. It’s where you can choose which mission interests you. There are 6 to choose from.
There are a few missions that speak to me but, this is an art blog so the Women Creatives mission was the tab that I explored. On this page, I found out about ways to support women creatives. This mission is about “celebrating the work of women creatives and elevating visibility for commercial projects and commissions.” You can choose between Street Art, Poetry, Typography, Music, Literature, and more!
Yes, there are different initiatives along with different categories that you can choose from. All you do is find the right one for you, read about it, and if you choose, challenge it. It’s your choice how you would like to challenge it. Whether it’s raising awareness or there’s another way that suites you better, it’s all up to you.
Thanks for joining me, stay well and remember to empower the women around you!
All informational links are from the International Women’s Day website. Be sure to check it out!
I’m loving the wealth of information about Black History this year! One blog post I came across was by Deandra from Black Princess Diaries or TBPD. The post is entitled 12 Black Hidden Figures You Probably Didn’t Learn About in School. The title says it all and this post doesn’t disappoint! It does go beyond what we learned in school. What was February like for you in school? For me, it was a few assemblies and a sprinkling of readings on the P.A. System. The celebration often didn’t last the whole month and depending on which teacher was in charge it also included a lunch and maybe a dance. But, I always wondered what was missing about our history? This led to me heading to the library where I only found more of the same as what was gone over in the readings and the assembly. Nothing more!
Deandra’s post stood out to me because the individuals in it are all just as important as the people we all learned about. On that note, grab a cup, sit down and click the link above to her post. Also, if you or anyone you know is looking for greatness to share about Black History think of this post! There is always more to the story.
Thank you for joining me. Have a great week and enjoy the rest of Black History Month!
How to get your Amazing World of Gumball artwork Licensed to sell on Redbubble
Those of you following me on social media probably heard that I had some big news for this post. Without delay, here it is! I got another one of my artwork’s officially licensed to sell on Redbubble. This one was licensed by Adult Swim/Cartoon Network. It’s for the Amazing World of Gumball!Continue reading “Organic Pizza:”
One of my favourite things as a child was finding a feather. If I caught a glimpse of one gently gliding to the grass, well, what a beautiful, magical day that would be. The brighter the colour of the feather, the better my day went. A red feather, I automatically knew it could only be from a parrot. Green, still a parrot! I was fascinated with parrots and all brightly coloured birds. Birds were everywhere, flying around or hanging out in trees with their friends.Continue reading “Fine Feathers”
Why can’t Monday be easy like Sunday morning?
Even Garfield hated Mondays. And so many artists have written songs about their general disdain for Mondays. Let’s be honest, we all dread Mondays and we’ve turned this day of the week into the villain in our life story.
Mondays are like Jeremy Jamm showing up to your lavish holiday party uninvited.
Or, accepting a zoom video meet and then realizing that you don’t have a camera on your computer or your cell.
It’s day 3 of the New Year, I’m already hoping that I can turn over a new leaf. I’m hoping that this is the year that I take control of my sleep habits. See, I am not like most people who can easily fall asleep and stay asleep. Before you think that this post is going to be brimming with data and information about sleep I would like you to know that I don’t have any. This is just my comparison of younger me to present me. The me who is sitting here writing about a full night’s sleep. Something I would never have done as the younger me.Continue reading “Just a Thought…”
I’ve been challenging myself to do more positive self talk lately. And as I was sketching this portrait of Mohammad Ali I was thinking about how he talked about himself. He was a prime example of how we should all talk about ourselves. Putting yourself out there and saying positive things about yourself might not be your thing but, negative self talk isn’t good for you.Continue reading “Who Are You Talking To?”
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 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.Continue reading “Halloween Will Be Fun!”
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.
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.
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:Continue reading “3 Things Sketching Taught Me”
Today’s post was meant to be all about how I made this design. Let’s be real though. I need a bit more time to figure out how the new Imovie technology works. As easy as it would be to use my old computer I really need to embrace the new technology and learn how to use this one. Alas, it will take time! I will get back to you all on this one.
So, Instead of going over my process for this artwork I decided to share this short time lapse video of me using watercolour pencil crayons. I have never used these before so this is a real novice video. It’s a learning process and we can learn together right? First, you need a container to dip your pencil crayons in as you go. If you don’t dip them the picture will be faded and won’t really blend as much as you’d like.Continue reading “Cherries Sketch”
See you all next week!
T’was the night before 40…And as much as I tried, I just couldn’t remember the rest of the poem. Truth, my closet is currently undergoing a dose of gentrification. Yeah, it happens to the best of us. I’m in the process of improving it so that it conforms to middle-class taste. I’m getting rid of the deteriorated urban clothing by means of more affluent clothing…I’m making my closet more refined. So here goes…Continue reading “T’was the Night Before 40”
Hopefully you and yours are doing well. This year feels different in comparison to last year but I’m trying to make the best of it. The circumstances that we are all back in are strange and sad but Christmas is still just around the corner. Have you decorated yet? I have. The sparkling lights really help me feel cheerful in these dreary times. Especially with the seasons changing and the days getting shorter and nights getting so much longer. Wherever you are, and whoever you are with, even if you are spending time alone in isolation or with family; find little area’s to add sparkly lights, a tiny tree, or some cheerful red and green items around your home.Continue reading “Season’s Greetings”
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.Continue reading “3 Virtual Treats”
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!
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.
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!
Have a great week!
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.
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”
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. 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.
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!
Continue reading “Smile”
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. 🙂
A while back one of my readers requested that I draw a firefly. Thank you for your request and here it is.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?”
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!
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.
Continue reading “My Artistic Process: 8 Steps to Becoming a Licensed Redbubble Art Seller”
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!”
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”
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?”
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.
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?”
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?”
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”
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:
Have a great week and remember to empower the women around you.
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 last food I was excited to eat was…
Continue reading “What’s the last food that you were excited to eat?”
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”
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 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”
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!
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?”
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?”
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”
Daylight 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 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!!!”
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!”
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.
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”
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”
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!”
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”
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?”
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.
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:
- The things you used to like don’t interest you anymore. (Uncomfortable shoes hit the top of this list.)
- All aches and pains lead to more aches and pains.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!)
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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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!”
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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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”
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?
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.
But if you are still looking for ways to be distraction free try these 3 most effective ways to overcome distractions.
- 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.
- 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 🙂
- 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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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.
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”
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”
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!
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?
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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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…”
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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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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?”