I Found Something I Can Draw!

When I travel I often take pictures of tiled floors and wall mosaics.

Now I have the perfect use for them ….. I can draw them! They are pretty easy to copy and I feel very accomplished when I’m done. I’m still trying to draw other things as well but these will keep me from getting discouraged and the mosaics turn out way better than the apply or flower I tried to draw!

I’m finding drawing so relaxing and almost like meditating. It quiets my mind and I just focus on the task at hand. When I’m done I feel like I’ve accomplished something. I can see me keeping this up for awhile.

Some of the mosaics I’ve tried to duplicate, some with much more success than others:

A New Puppy!

Okay it’s not my puppy, it’s my best friend who got a new addition!

So exciting! She is adorable, four months old, black, looks kinda husky/shepard. She has the most wonderful eyes! I don’t have pictures. Spirit (that’s her name) was a rescue and needing a good home, I don’t have all the details but I know my friend saw her and just knew.

Last year her family said good-bye to Spanner, a Jack Russell who was an integral part of their family. It was a hard time for the whole family and after my friend was not sure she would ever want another dog. She didn’t want to replace Spanner, he couldn’t be replaced. It was not having a dog that she missed but him. It’s specific, loving a pet. They all have their own personalities and quirks.

Today she met a little four month old girl that opened her heart again and she knew. She knew she was the one that would fit in her family, that her family was the one that would welcome this girl into their home. This is the thing, once you love one you have the capacity to love another. Spirit will not be Spanner but she will find her own place in the family and as dogs so often do will add unbelievable joy to their lives.

I am so happy for her and am now suffering from puppy envy. Thinking back to a time when I brought my own little boy home. Kingsley, from the moment I saw his picture I knew he was my boy. He is stubborn, prone to sulking, can be an asshole but I wouldn’t trade him for the world and I know we were meant to be together. He makes me smile, after a long week coming home and cozying in with the basset is my favourite thing. He seems to know when I need him to be close to me and he listens. I’ll take all his quirks for that one look of “I get it and I adore you”.

So much joy comes from a four legged member of the family and they are family. I am so happy for my friend and looking forward to all the stories about Spirit and how she found a way to fit in to her new family. Also I can’t wait to meet her!

Congratulations my friend on your new addition!

Pencil Crayons!

On Friday I bought myself a sketch book, pencils and pencil crayons. Then I went to the library to get some “How to draw” books.

Drawing is something that I always think I want to do but then I don’t. Now following the 7 habits I’m trying to focus on things I want to do and drawing came up again. I’ve never been good at drawing. I enjoy it, at least I think I do. I haven’t drawn anything in years but remember really enjoying it when I was young.

Who didn’t? Back then it was colouring but now I’m older so we’ll call it drawing. Actually having given a few of the lessons a shot I’d call it crap. Even if you looked at my apple (it looked like an easy lesson) as abstract (which it was not meant to be) it would be crap. BUT I loved it, really enjoyed it. So much so I made time to draw again on Sunday. Still crap, one book promises I will improve. We’ll see.

What I have found is something that calms me and there is something very satisfying about completing a picture, even if it is terrible. The concentration and filling in a blank page is immensely gratifying. Look what I did!

One day I do hope I’ll do one that is good enough to hang on my fridge!

Komodo Dragon

We were in a park in Bangkok and suddenly we saw this guy:

There were more, they just wandered out of the water and looked around. My first thought was WTF is that? My next thought was RUN……. They are HUGE and they can move, which then got us moving away from them. It seemed so unsafe but a gentleman we talked to assured us that if we don’t approach and don’t startle them then they would leave us alone. I didn’t really believe him.

We took a few pictures, they posed and looked lovely. Then my friend and I booked it out of there. I had already had an incident with a monkey, I didn’t want to add a Komodo dragon to the list of animals I have accidently pissed off.