Thanks for popping in. How are you? Safe and well I hope? I woke up very anxious this morning. As soon as my eyes opened, the head started spinning. It darted around from place to place – and settled on New York New York, and – of course – our darling Grace. Didn’t have the 10am Doodle session with my friends to steer me clear of the cave today, and despite every attempt to change the direction of my thoughts, this morning it wasn’t working very well.
I did a little gardening, but that didn’t help. Cleared a lot of leaves out of a drain hole near the kitchen window, but that was vile. So I sat in the shade and called a friend. Temporary relief, but no sooner had I hung up, than the gloom was upon me again. And there was an awful smell where I was sitting, so I thought I’d move away from the drain hole. Went indoors, pottered around the kitchen, peeled a load of apples to make apple compote, but that kitchen drain stench was still pretty ripe.
I decided to do some shading and a little doodle. Came upstairs to the SHAC-Shack, and thought I’d dig out an old stamp which I drew ages ago for the New Design Club. The image speaks volumes to me, and I thought I’d use it as the base image for a little mindful shading.
But there was that awful smell again. You know the expression following me around like a bad smell? Well, it was ! And really vile it was too! Now I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but I did add two and two together, and it dawned on me that I was the common denominator in the Mystery of the Stink. Then it occurred to me. Was there something savoury on the sole of my shoe? Ahhh….
Correctamundo. Cat poo. Lovely. And I had traipsed it all through the kitchen, along the path, up the stairs and through the Shac Shack, just to really spread the love.
And just to rub my nose in it – we don’t even own a blimming cat!
I spent the next 2 hours on my hands and knees working my way backwards, scrubbing down the kitchen floor, the porch, the path, the stairs and the SHAC- Shack. The entire zone has now been blitzed with Dettol. It has been well and truly Dettolated.
Tell you what though. It certainly did the trick with my anxiety! I was so pissed off with the cat that I completely forgot about New York! Then Grace Facetimed us and we had a right old giggle when I told her the shitty shoe story.
So you see, it doesn’t matter WHAT you do to distract your thinking! Doodling is altogether more pleasant than scrubbing catpooshoes and Dettolating the house – but hey!
By the time I got back to blogging, the blues had left me. I did settle down to the little stamp and some shading, and she’s tucked away safely in my little journal diary now….
I guess we have to process our fears. We have to work through them and sit with them a while. But not too long, lest they bring us down.
And now we’re having a Bar-B!! Sausages and burgers on our lovely new Weber Grill, which we bought with our John Lewis Wedding Gift Vouchers a couple of months ago, before they expired! So many, many thanks to all our lovely generous friends who bought us a Weber Grill! It is DELUXE!!!! And it is very very special.
Love and Hugs
Did you know that all the projects and products – stamps, stencils, Groovi plates and Fresh Cut Dies for ALL the New Design Clubs are available as Back issues on our website? If you have time, have a look!
CLICK HERE for all the stamps. This little girl is called ALICE, Back Issue #102
CLICK HERE for all the Stencil Back Issues and their projects
CLICK HERE for all the Groovi Back Issues and their projects
I have just scoured the website and am not finding the Fresh Cut Dies Back Issues, but maybe it’s me. I’ll ask somebody to load them all next week, when we’re back on track.