Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday!
Hope you are having a great week. Last week was not so great for me, still struggling with the back issues and lack of computer time, if I didn’t visit you last week, my deepest apologies but it’s hard when you can’t sit down. I was able to do some things on my phone (photos, Insta etc) but not blogging. Last night I was able to make a journal page while lying down, so that was a definite improvement. Things are a little easier today so I will try and catch up while I can and the journal page will have to be a separate post as this one has a lot of photos already, re the garden and the coffee maker and I can’t sit for much longer!
today’s art . . .
is my Day 21 offering for ICAD 2022 since today is the 21st, as well as being my weekly catch up for ICAD. If you missed the first seven days you can see that post here and Days 8-14 here. Three weeks in and I am still sticking to the daily prompts with a hint of kitty art.
ICAD Day 21 – Solstice
Today’s prompt is Solstice and wouldn’t it be lovely if for the Summer Solstice we actually had beautiful blue skies and sunshine like in my drawing? Unfortunately that happened yesterday and today it’s raining! Boo!
I used a combination of Tombow markers and Posca paint pens for this one.
icad CATch-up . . .
Days 15-21 are in the slider below, it will flip through them automatically or you can scroll through them using the arrows.
kitty update . . .
Here’s Miss P living her best life LOL. I tried showing her the fake grass from last week but she treated it with complete disdain like only a cat can.
garden update . . .
My strawberry “harvest” so far only three have ripened but they are very easy to spot in a sea of green, so I was able to pick them easily (without bending too much). We just need a whole lot more sun for the rest of them to start turning red. Like most things you grow yourself, they taste so much better than what is sold in the shops.
We have yellow irises next to the pond – here’s a short of Miss P making her way around the pond to see what I was doing in her garden.
The irises came from my neighbour who split some of hers a couple of years ago so I put them on the edge of the pond. You can also just make out some blue water forget-me-nots in the background. All the plants around the pond basically take care of themselves with not help from me.
Another of the peonies is in bloom, just in time to be battered by wind and rain! I had to take some photos quickly before that happened.
This one is called Bowl of Beauty, and there is also a pink version…
I love it’s frou frou frilly centre!
The potatoes are doing well in the bags, but no sign of any flowers so far, so it will be another couple of weeks before I will have delicious new potatoes to eat. In front of the potato bags we have some Borage growing, the bees really love those blue flowers.
Finally on the patio table, some nasturtiums, sweet peas, mint and coriander (cilantro).
t stands for . . .
Still trying to test out the coffee machine! I was not able to buy any decaf coffee ground or beans last week as the prices have all gone up to more than I am willing to pay for it (£4+) and there were no specials for decaf, so I got this Starbucks blonde roast which is a level 3 but quite mild tasting – still full of caffeine of course but I was hopeful it wouldn’t be too much for me. As you can see in the photo, the machine has a selection of different coffees it can make listed along the top, and as if that isn’t enough choice for you, there is another button the right where you can select even more options, some of which I’ve never heard of and will have to google lol.
It also has a milk frother attached but I haven’t tried that yet. The disks above are what it does to the coffee beans, pretty neat how it makes them into little flat disks for easy clean up. Since the whole thing is run by an annoying computer that tries to tell you what to do, I have started talking back to it already haha.
“empty the drip tray”
“add more water”
“close the service door”
It does make pretty delicious coffee so far, but I have discovered that my tolerance to caffeine is not great so one cup is my limit otherwise I am shaky and irritable all day. It’s shocking to see just how much caffeine can affect your whole body when you haven’t had any for a while. I used to drink a whole pot of coffee every day with no visible side effects.
Happy T Day! As always, thanks for reading, and have a great week!
as mentioned above
Altered Book Lover – T Stands for
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