• We woke up this morning to a cool breeze, rain, and thunder. It was glorious! I was hoping it'd last all day, but the sun is already breaking through. Still, a little is better than none at all...


  • I got woken up at the crack of dawn by our loud neighbours and had trouble getting back to a sleep, so I am a complete zombie today. Braiiiiiiins.


  • I love these orange mini lily things! I think I'd like to get some for our yard, but they look like they might take over if left to their own devices, so definitely need to read up on them...


    I am obsessed with these!

    Happy weekend folks!

  • Today, a painting! I tried another painting where I just freehanded it, without pencil sketching first. Like the other one I did this way, I seem to end up doing this white gap outline thing, which I think I'm growing to like. Plus dahlias, you can never go wrong with dahlias!


    I think this one actually looks even better at a distance - I'm not sure if this really gives a proper look at it that way, but it's the best I could do today!

    From afar

    Night night!

  • I LOVE these. I have been saying this a lot, but I have no idea what they are. (I thought I knew a lot about plants, but it turns out I still have a lot to learn!)


    I am just trying to hide from the heat today, laying low and such. Trying to get more little bits of my life organized... I still can barely believe it's already a week into August!

  • I had a really interesting evening tonight. I ended up deciding kind of last minute to head over to Lunapads HQ for one of their "Lunacircle" gatherings, it was the first one I made it to so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect... The topic of the night was doulas and women's bodies in times of transition, and the conversation was led by two doulas - Danika and Andrea - from Fig Birth Services. And before anyone gets ahead of themselves, no I am not pregnant, I was just curious to go listen and learn (and it turned out to be pretty split between pregnant women or women who already have children, and those who haven't had kids or don't even plan to, which I thought was really cool!).

    Lunacircle at Lunapads

  • Since my creative energy started flowing again over the last several months, I've been frittering a lot of time away on various projects. Writing Chronically Yours, sewing, drawing, painting, working on my 365 project. That on top of the usual things I do these days: self care (sleep/eat/exercise as able; go to appointments/get tests/take supplements and medications), house stuff, garden maintenance; rest, rest, rest... I've been feeling a little all over the place. Not exactly what I was going for.

  • I think this is a variety of clover - when you start really noticing them, there are so many different shapes and colours!

    Some kind of clover?

  • Another flowering tree I've seen around, that makes me feel like I'm in California. With the heat ramping back up, it's easy to believe!

    pink fluffy tree - feeling california pt 2

    In other news, my digestive system has been on a rampage the last few days, but we're going to make the best of this extra day off and get a little nature time + family time. 

    What did you get up to on this long weekend? Hope you all had a good one!

  • Nearby to where we live is the most massive lavender bush I've ever seen, it must be decades old...


    Today, I am going to brave one of those terrible things that must be done every decade or so: luggage shopping. Wish me luck.


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