Monday mood: rainy day projects

It’s been a fairly productive day. I’m nursing a sore need that feels like it’s ready to pop any minute. This is the one that I’ve had surgery on. I think it’s the rainy and cold weather that’s doing it. I’ve exercised, iced it, massaged it, have taken my pain killers – and hope it holds out. I have to go out later.

I actually have a dinner date with a friend I haven’t seen since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. We used to get together for lunches every month. So this is our first time catching up. Unfortunately, it’s piss pouring rain outside and has been all day. It’s like 9 degrees out there. That’s Celsius for you Americans.

I couldn’t sleep last night after painting, so I grabbed a few hours this morning and finally crawled out of bed at 11:00 am. I’ve had a pretty productive day since.

I’ve had my fireplace all afternoon – because I refuse to turn on the heat. It works pretty great. I just tore apart my bedroom closet to go through bins of clothes. I found my mum’s old sweaters that I kept after she died. They still don’t fit me, just a smidgen too small. But I found a bunch of warm sweaters and comfortable clothes that I can wear for the winter months. It’s coming – and it will be here sooner than we know it.


Bedroom Decor

While cleaning out my closet, I also decided to check on my old comforter. I bought a $200 Wasmutta bed in a bag set from Sears back in 2013. It was a great set. The sheets were soft and cozy and didn’t pile up. But after a year, the sheets started falling apart. I just went through my bins and found an older sheet set that I can use.

I tossed the comforter into my high tech washer – it has more buttons than I know what to do with. Surprisingly, it did a good job for a deep clean. My old washer/dryer couldn’t handle the size of the comforter. One of the reasons I decided to take this condo – the jumbo washer. It’s fantastic. And I love washing clothes spin in it. It has a see through top… Lol. I need to get out more.

So, this will do for now. I can use this comforter for the winter, and get a quilt set for next spring. I also dug out an old green blanket that I can throw underneath it. Pictures coming soon. There is a tear in the comforter on the inside. I’ll have to be careful with that. I’m looking for someone who can mend it for me.

The comforter is grey and white with simple floral designs. They are starting to fray, so the comforter won’t last long. But I can save myself a couple of hundred bucks.

My friends are getting a kick out of my progress reports on Facebook. I’ve been sharing photos as I update and change things. My living room still needs work. The new sofa gets here on Wednesday. I will need pillows and little things. But it’s coming along nicely.

I think what I love most about my new home is that it’s a smaller building. It’s well maintained. And other than people coming and going, I don’t hear anything from neighbours. The noisy thing is the traffic during rush hour. But it quiets down after 10 pm at night. That’s usually when I’m outside.

Oh yeah. I’m looking for a water proof blanket and a small heater that I can use while outside for the next few months. It’s so cold in the evenings once the sun goes down. There’s no Indian Summer this year. Just boom. Fall – here it is.


Amazon Art Haul

My Amazon order got here on time and more importantly, before I had to go out to meet Louise. I gave the watercolor paints a try and apparently, I need to take some more online courses. Or watch more tutorials. It is harder than it looks. What I really need to learn is how to mix the paint and water to get the right amount of color. I did take a picture of my first doodles, but the paint is so light – you won’t be able to see it.

But here is my haul that I got for $70 on Amazon. I placed the order at 10 pm last night, and it got here by 2:00 pm this afternoon. I love our Amazon couriers. They’re awesome. They’re the only shipments that I know, I’ll receive.

The metal tray that the paints comes in – it’s adorable. It’s a great set for beginners and comes with a water brush. I also ordered a pack of watercolor paper. Pricy for what you get, but it feels sturdy. This set is great for beginners, it’s made by Koi – I think a Japanese company, but I could be wrong about that. It’s also the perfect size for travel. You can take this sketch book on the road with you – like to a park or on a road trip.


Musical Updates

I’m loving TikTok and have been spamming the site – while trying not to break the rules. There are so many to learn. I’m also using the platform to share playlists. Today’s mood is “Instrumental Dreams”. I’ve added a few of my own pieces on this playlist. Along with other artists that inspire me. Like Yanni, Yann Tiersen, Michael Nyman and more. It’s a work in progress.

If you’re looking for something to listen to on this rainy day — check it out. It’s so relaxing! I think TikTok helped me find passion again when it comes to music and art. I’m feeling inspired to create more and work with my hands while I can. I hope you don’t mind me sharing these posts with you too!

All in all, it’s been a pretty good day. Knee aside. I just need to do more exercises and physio therapy. For now, I’ll wish you all a fine day. And please, if you haven’t subscribed to my blog yet, give it a follow. I love reading your comments and hope more of you take the time to engage.

Have a great day everyone.


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