When faced with a prompt of grains, I wasn’t particularly inspired, so I just dashed off a quick little doodlewash of our morning breakfast of oats in the form of oatmeal along with blueberries. This is the healthier through-the-week breakfast that we have so we can indulge in our pancakes on the weekends, complete with cartoons. No sugar added or maple syrup, just simple bowl of oats and berries. As a kid, this breakfast would have sent me screaming into the other room, but as an aging adult, I realize it’s for the best. I’m not quite as active or spry as I was in my youth and my body simply doesn’t understand how to burn calories as efficiently as it did before. But simple treats like this one as still a wonderful way to start the day. I’m usually half asleep at this time anyway and pretty much just show up for the coffee in hopes it will revive me into consciousness again. Lately, this has had varying degrees of success and I usually have a bit more the moment I arrive at work each day.
This past weekend Daylight Savings Time arrived to grant back the extra hour that it unceremoniously stole last spring. Though we talked about it’s arrival, we then forgot and went to bed at the same time Saturday. After sleeping an hour later without thinking about it, we woke up as though nothing had happened at all. Come evening, the change was apparent as it gets dark insanely early now and feels like the day almost forgot to happen at all. Soon, we’ll leave for work while it’s still dark and arrive home just as the sun is setting. The effect is a bit weird as it means that 100% of our free time during the week will now be spent in blackness. A joy for moles all around, but for the rest of us, it’s a bit disconcerting. Though I don’t like that aspect of this season, I do love absolutely everything else. And, in truth, the extra bit of night makes everything a bit more cosy and inviting for a bit of time by the fireplace.
So I’m still rather happy, even while we move into a season where we become mole people. It’s a wonderful time of year that might bring a bit more night, but also brights a lot of festive times and twinkling lights. There’s a bit of magic in the air this time of year and it’s like a lovely energy that makes each day a bit brighter. And even on days when I feel like I’m rushing all of the time, that glow keeps me energized and happy. I hope each of you are enjoying those little moments in life. The ones that don’t really seem to matter at the time, but when repeated over time, become the most important moments of all. I’ve no idea really why this little sketch led me to talk about all of this. I really know where my mind will go when I sit down to type the accompanying post. But even now, I feel a bit of that wonderful glow of the season. And all it took was quick little sketch of oatmeal and blueberries.
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Opus (Vivid Pink), Cobalt Turquoise and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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