Hello friends!

Happy Tuesday!  Hope your Tuesday is going well.  I just woke up from a nap in the middle of the day so mine is going awesome!  I had a day off as there was a long weekend.  I moved a sofa into this room so I can sit somewhere more comfortable while watching things on the computer, and I have fallen asleep on it four times since Sunday hahaha.  I guess that means it’s a really comfortable sofa huh?  Today I fell asleep at lunchtime and woke up and thought the clock said 7.10 (ten past seven since it’s analog)  and I wondered if I had slept there all night with all the blinds and curtains open, but then I told myself it must be ten past seven in the evening so I had only slept for a few hours.  But actually it was not ten past seven at all but 1.35 (twenty five to two) and I had only been asleep for 45 mins – that sofa!

Last week I read on Iris’s blog that she didn’t have enough cows in her life, so here is a photo of some local cows for you Iris.  These hairy beasties  (hairy coos) live in a field about a mile from my house.

Currently Reading . . .

The Baer and the Nightingale

I am on my last book for August and I hoping to be able to finish it before the end of the month ie tomorrow!  But that really depends how often I will be falling asleep on the sofa between now and then lol.

In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year, an elderly servant tells stories of sorcery, folklore and the Winter King to the children of the family, tales of old magic frowned upon by the church.

But for the young, wild Vasya these are far more than just stories. She alone can see the house spirits that guard her home, and sense the growing forces of dark magic in the woods. . .

Atmospheric and enchanting, with an engrossing adventure at its core, The Bear and the Nightingale is perfect for readers of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.

Total books for August:
1 – Lessons in Chemistry – Bonnie Garmus
2 – Ben Aaronovitch – Amongst Our Weapons (Rivers of London #9)
3 – James Oswald – All That Lives (Inspector McLean #12)
4 – Bridget Collins – The Binding
5 – Belinda Bauer – Exit
6 – John Le Carre – Silverview
7 – Sara Sheridan – The Fair Botanists
8 – Genevieve Cogman – The Dark Archive #7
9 – Genevieve Cogman – The Untold Story – Invisible Library #8
10 – CJ Cooke – I Know My Name
11 – CJ Cooke – The Nesting
12 – CJ Cooke – The Lighthouse Witches
13 – Katherine Arden – The Bear and the Nightingale

Today’s Art . . .

Today’s art is something I made for Tag Tuesday but seemed to be a week late and when I went to add them last week it had already changed to a new theme!  I don’t know what happened but I missed a week somewhere.  These were for the dots and stripes challenge.  I remember setting them aside to look for the rainbow cord and then more time passed than I thought lol.


T Stands For . . .

What else have I been making since last Tuesday…have a look at these blog posts which are the latest seven pages for my daily challenge…

Also in the posts above is my first page for the first lesson that I have done for Wanderlust 2022!  Yes we are at the end of August and I have only just now got around to watching and doing a class lesson!  That’s because I took advantage of the early bird special for 2023 on Friday and since I had just joined for another year, I thought it was about time I did something about 2022 lessons.  So I started with the watercolour classes since they are my favourite and probably will be the quickest to get done.  Having said that, I spent hours watching the lessons and then only had time to do one of the class lessons lol.

I was grocery shopping last week and went to pick up some Dreamies (cat treats) and look!  All sizes of all varieties of Dreamies were out of stock and not due in for almost a month!  A MONTH!  There would be a mutiny if I went home with no cat treats lol so I had to try another supermarket and luckily they were well stocked.  So I stocked up too just in case there are more shortages.  Even the price of cat treats has gone up, they used to be 99p now they are 1.29!  I noticed the other day that the price of chocolate has not gone up so I think they are trying to pacify us all with chocolate so we won’t notice the skyrocketing prices of everything else!

And finally, a work in progress, but ignore the WIP, it’s all about the cup of tea and my empty cereal bowl as I was up early and working on something before I had to leave the house…

Oops actually not finally at all, because I nearly forgot about this lovely boy…
This is NOT my cat but he lives next door and likes to visit and hang out with me in the garden.  Miss P is not impressed with him invading her territory but they generally ignore each other after a bit of hissing.

Let me know what you think in the comments.   As always, thanks for reading!


Altered Book Lover – T Stands forGrab button for T stands for Tuesday
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September 2, 2022 11:36 pm

Love, love , love the Coos! Your art is (as ever) wonderful! I just tend to doze off on the sofa in the evenings and hubby has to rewind what we were watching! Belated Happy T Day, Chrisx

September 2, 2022 8:52 pm

Wonderful art. Whew, glad you found another source for the Dreamies. I enjoyed looking at all the things on your workspace. Love the little tea cup. The neighbor’s tuxie is very cute, too. Happy T Day.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth
August 31, 2022 9:15 am

That is one mighty bull. I am glad it was you taking the photo and not me.

Sorry you missed the date on the tags, but they are still lovely. Your cats are spoiled. Mine get treats on their birthday and Christmas. Yes, everything has increased in price and here in the states, even chocolate has gone up in cost. Nice the Dreamies support the LGBT community.

Had to laugh at your empty coffee cup and empty cereal bowl. Seems you were multitasking. Cute little friend you have, even if Miss P is a bit jealous.

Thanks for sharing your art and your coffee with us for T this Tuesday, dear Elle.

Kate Yetter
August 31, 2022 1:36 am

Love your beautiful rainbow colored tags today. You cat mug is adorable.
Happy Tea DAy,

Sharon Madson
Sharon Madson
August 31, 2022 1:19 am

That is a funny story about the clock and your nap. Great tags. You will sometimes find food dishes on my craft space, too. 🙂 Happy T Day.

Carola Bartz
August 31, 2022 12:11 am

How do you do all that reading and creative artwork and obviously you’re also going to work – do your days have more hours than ours? I’m very impressed. I did Wanderlust one year and I think I did about four or five lessons and that was it. Never ever again will I sign up for a yearlong class because I never seem to finish them.

August 30, 2022 11:44 pm

Elle, the cows are adorable! Wow!

Your art is fabulous – love day 23 and day 25 and the tags although everything is very good. Great theory on chocolate prices – everything else is rising. Glad you found kitty treats and smart to stock up. How delightful to have guest cats too. Lucky you. Happy T-day and hugz!

August 30, 2022 9:52 pm

THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE sounds like a nice book to read — especially if it’s like THE NIGHT CIRCUS, which to me is unlike any book I have ever read.

Nice cows.

best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Erika N
August 30, 2022 4:23 pm

Oh those cows are just absolutely adorable. I wish we had such hairy cows (or hairy coos) here. I just finished listening to the HUnting Party, which is set in Scotland, and I just love how a couple of the narrators spoke with the accent. Of course you probably don’t hear it, just as I don’t hear my New England accent (pahk the cah in Havahd yahd). Smile. Your couch sounds great. There is nothing better than a nice nap, especially one that seems longer than it ends up being. I had a nice one on my hammock yesterday. Today it is too hot for the hammock even on a covered porch. You’ve read a lot of books this month so let me applaud you. I like a good reading month as well as a good art month. Have a wonderful T day and week ahead Elle. hugs-Erika

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