It’s All in the Details

This morning I was up and going for my walk before 5am. I was actually excited about that. But I was even more excited that I have points from yesterday (WW Freestyle does that) but was soon more angry than anything that it only rolls over 4, not 11! Coming from a chick that loves to cook southern food and eat it, I felt so cheated! But I will take my 4 thank you and make the best out of them.

The app allows me to scan foods and see what points they add up too. This includes meals, single ingredients, and even alcohol. My morning began with a morning walk and coffee afterward. I scoured their recipe app and found pancakes that I wanted to make. I didn’t have all the ingredients that were on the list but found substitutions that even lowered the meal points. In doing so I indulge in 1 point each of sugar-free syrup and no salt butter with olive oil. I add blueberries and let me tell you-YUM!!! It took me almost 30 minutes to figure out ingredients, substitutions, and calculating measurements but in the end, I had a great indulging breakfast and leftovers for me to just heat up in the morning.

After breakfast, I started researching on my idea, got bored, and completed my art challenges. I was relaxed and in the zone and the time just got away from me. I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted a Bloody Mary but know that there isn’t a bartender in my neck of the woods that would make one the way I needed (specific to my diet) let alone have the ingredients. With my husband in tow (it’s a holiday weekend and the liquor store was going to be busy), armed with my app, I was able to find a vodka that was only 2 points a serving. The mix was the difficult part. What I usually put in these drinks I couldn’t have but learned that Zing Zang mix was 1 point but that was only for 3 Fl Oz so I I doubled that using a total of 2 points. I added regular tomato juice to it (not a full serving) which was another point. In the end, my drink ended up being 5 freaking delicious points that I do not regret! I made myself some egg salad ( and again I didn’t have all the right ingredients and used substitutions) and after some searching and calcualtions, I had a filling 2 point lunch. Still not the same as what I usually make but I’ll take it.

After lunch, I thought I would try my hand at painting outside. It was up to 100° and the water was just drying the minute it hit the page. I did the next best thing and found a reference photo and went to town. I’m tickled at how well this turned out. I realized that today consisted mostly of me paying attention to the little things. All in all, a good day but what I would kill for a loaded baked tater with all the fixin’s! If you would like the recipe that includes the substitutions for what I did just let me know. Have a great night everyone!

Doodlewash: 5/7

Today was just an extension of last week. Then learning I can’t take a vacation at Christmas because the other woman took the week off! She has done this 3 years in a row now. Come to find out she does it the day when she get’s back. I came home, made dinner, cleaned the kitchen, folded newspapers (my daughter has a paper route and track), I looked forward to painting. The only thing is that I wished I had planned out my space better. Still fun and relaxing. My husband is urging me to quit and write my novellas and freelance but we do need two steady incomes not just his and my wishes. I think I’ll paint something else or work on my novella. Truth, I’ll probably lay down.


Prompt Word: Shoes

Anne’s Lace

I fell in love with this story about Daucus Carota or Queen Anne’s lace. The legend goes, ‘Queen Anne of England (1665-1714) who was an expert lace maker and the wife of King James, was challenged by her friends to create lace that would be considered as beautiful as a flower. While tatting the lace, she pricked her finger and out came a single drop of blood. The drop fell on the lace and this is where the dark center of some of the flowers comes from.’ It is also believed that if given to your mother she will die. I suspect that could be because it looks similar to the poisonous Hemlock and was a case of mistaken identity.

I used a mix of Gelly Roll Metallic pens, Gelly Roll White gel pen, and Dr. Ph. Martin’s Watercolors. On a side note, I was so relaxed and focused on this I almost burnt dinner to the point it wasn’t edible.

I also thought about a great writing exercise: What legend would other’s write about you? I think this is something I would love to play with after my A to Z Challenge.

 

Whale of a Choice

Yes, my warm-up today consisted of my cheap tube watercolors and trying to steady my hand. And an awesome avocado snack to give me courage. I will have to repaint my little creature because the paints my husband got me are awesome! The brightness of these paints is something else! Dr. Ph. Martin’s Hydrus series is amazing.

I have to admit that I was a little nervous using them and didn’t even know where to start. I search some tutorials but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I just dove in…literally. I learned real quick that one drop will be MORE than enough when doing wet on wet. It also splatters really well (I have to clean off my laptop screen) from the liquid consistency.

The colors are brilliantly vibrant and I need to learn to control the color with water. I also enjoy how the two colors I used didn’t create a ‘mud’ puddle on the page. All in all my husband chose a good line. Now I need to figure out how to paint with the inks. Explorations in watercolor and ink to be continued…

Any tips and tricks, I’m all ears (eyes). I also need to decide if I’m going to participate in the A to Z challenge. I’m already doing the 6-word story daily prompt and my random daily doodle, can I fit in an A-Z challenge? My husband says yes and to do it with watercolors. I’m having fun writing, doodling, and painting on my own. I could do a-z things to put on toast or attack of the killer foods short stories. Yeah, I giggled. Now, to try and write. Have a good night ya’ll.

 

Watercolor and Self-Care

I promised myself that I would add better quality paints, inks, pens, etc…little by little. Yesterday before sitting down and working on a longer short story I wanted to purchase a better quality gel pen. I have been working with cheaper quality and it showed in my art. I really wanted a white gel to gain better highlighting details. So, I did just that. The really good white gel pen was in a locked case so I went with the second recommendation that I received-the Gelly Roll. I am in LOVE with the pigment and water resistance.

I watched movies with my husband last night so I didn’t do much else. But this morning, I woke up and realized daylight savings time occurred while we slept so I rushed to get ready and do the weekly grocery trip. Even though I was early I ran into a LOT of old customers from my bartending jobs. I heard about how much they missed me, that I needed to return to clean out the bar and get better people in there, that the whole town suffered…the list goes on. All that did was stress me out. I wanted nothing more than to get out of there but I had to finish the marketing. I did and I also forgot some things which I will send my husband to get. I was anxious and on the verge of a panic attack. I came home and cleaned out my writing/art area because my kids just can’t understand that it’s my safe space but they’ll get there. Now that I rambled on about my CPTSD and how my flight overran my fight here’s something I did to help calm me and get me back to a healthy frame of mind.

This is a watercolor Strawberry Finch. Fun fact, I have finches next to my desk because their songs help me relax.

The supplies I used:

  • 140lb cold press (it’s a journal and I’m not ready to move to large projects plus I like the texture of the paper which is also soothing for me to hear the brush against)
  • Gelly Roll gel pen (white)
  • Faber-Castell pen (fine point black ink)
  • Indian Ink (still learning to play with the ink)
  • Watercolors (right now Daler and Rowney tubes-they’re affordable for me at the moment)
  • Brush Pens (cheap and learned they don’t work well on wet paper)

I want to attempt a colorful rooster and something fluffy but that’s for a different day. Completing this small bird was an accomplishment for me. I was able to relax and focus. My heart rate slowed and my mind wasn’t overthinking anything. It was my self-care. I took time to do something that made me feel better.

What is your outlet to calm down or something that you do for your self-care? Don’t feel guilty. I’m still learning not to feel guilty and not to give too much of myself because there isn’t anything left for me.

5 Minute Writing Prompt

I’m sitting here taking a break from opening the bar. Today is the day of our meat raffle. Writing calms me so I find this 5 minute exercise.


How do you define living on your own terms?This took more thought than I though it would but here it goes:

My Terms

I don’t need to explain my choices to anyone. I choose them for a reason. My family always comes first before anyone else. Work hard for what we want in life and no matter how hard it may be, don’t give up. Love what I hold dear. I will abide by the laws to a point because I was raised with the beliefs, “An eye for an eye” and will accept those consequences. Be strong through my battling thoughts. LIVE.


What a thought provoking prompt. Have you thought about your terms?

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