Unlike her I didn’t spend a lot of time gardening as Winter’s coming (definitely watched too much GoT again!!) and my plants are getting ready for hibernation. Wish I could do that too!
Before I get into what I did this month, let me quickly say THANK YOU to two of my wonderful friends who surprised me with their amazing gifts this month:
My dear friend Marlene from over at In Search Of It All gifted me with this beautiful heart shaped mug rug!
How she found the time to do it, what with having had to evacuate because of the terrible fires and smoke that were bringing devastation to the west of the US, will remain a mystery to me!
It’s now hanging on the wall above my desk, where it makes me smile whenever I look at it, with its heartwarming, wonderful message.
And then came another unexpected surprise, this time from my wonderful friend Darren from over at The Artsy Plantsman!
An original piece of art, a perfect pencil drawing of a giraffe! (It’s also now hanging on the wall above my desk.)
To think of all the hours my friends have spend creating these beautiful pieces of art for me makes me feel utterly grateful and blessed.
And now to what I was up to in October!
Because it was a lot of fun in September I decided to make another doodle calendar:
What I hadn’t expected was that it was much more challenging to draw it this time than the last because somehow I ended up doing almost the same things as in September! Which mainly is buying groceries, cooking, reading, making art (expect an Inktober post soon!) and going for walks in between.
What stood out was a surprise visit from a squirrel at my kitchen window (I live on the fourth floor so this really was a first!), a busted kitchen sink drain, getting my flu shot and making quince marmalade (also a first).
I spend an inappropriate amount of time cleaning – all in all three consecutive days, which should do for another six months at least (just kidding!) and watching TV.
So in a way you could say that I was practicing for our second lockdown that’s in place from tomorrow on.
I also tried out a new for me recipe – Japanese Miso soup. I added a few more vegetables than customary, also some buckwheat soba noodles which I seem to have forgotten to add to the picture.
It was so yummy that I didn’t have time to take a photo of it once it was cooked! Maybe next time. 😉
On the creative side I made a new shopping bag for my mum with a Mexican fabric that I fell in love with the instant I spotted it on the street market (as part of her birthday presents).
Since she adores coffee I thought it would be fun for her to not only drink it but also wear it.
So I made these cute little earrings with freshly roasted coffee beans!
Let’s end this post with an amazing sunset that I watched from my balcony a few days ago:
And this was it! Hope you enjoyed this post, and I look forward to reading yours!
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The Changing Seasons Version One (photographic):
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