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!

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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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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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”

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…”

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

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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”

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!!!”

Alone on Wednesday

 

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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”

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!”

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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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”

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”

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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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…”

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”