For Day Twenty-Six of World Watercolor Month, and our optional prompt of “Focused,” I ended up with a little squirrel trying to solve a mystery. Although I’m always quite busy, I tend to lack focus much of the time. It’s very difficult for me to concentrate on one project for very long and I tend to bounce around between things all of the time. I guess you could say I’m a bit squirrelly when it comes to focusing. I had squirrels on the brain as the one that looks inside the window was here yesterday. We assume he’s looking for our dog Phineas as they are best friends and his name is Michael. He’s always looking through the flower pots intently, when he’s not stopping to stare inside the glass door that leads off our kitchen. It’s never the same squirrel, I’m sure, but it’s way more fun to pretend like it is. Phineas will sometimes walk over to the window and the squirrel doesn’t run off. They just sort of share a knowing glance like they’re going to meet up later when the dads are gone so they can have a party.
Today was a super busy Monday, as the start of the week is prone to be, and I ended the day a bit exhausted. It was like I was running a marathon while sitting in place and my brain was boiling over by the end of it all. So, it’s quite lovely to be back at home and enjoying a bit of peace and quiet again. There’s something about the severe contrast of just leaving a lovely weekend that makes Monday even less desirable. But, everything that was meant to get completed managed to do so, and it ended up being a nice day after all. Though I’m still really tired. Phineas is actually behind me on the floor snoring loudly again, which doesn’t motivate me very much. Well, it motivates me to just crawl on the floor and join him for a few winks. I don’t think he’d appreciate it though as it would be cramping his style.
As for focus, I actually tried to get more organized this month, but realized that’s not quite the same thing. Knowing precisely what one is meant to be doing doesn’t solve the issue of staying focused long enough to actually do it. But, surprisingly, almost everything is getting down on schedule so I can’t really complain. And truly, since it’s really my inner child who keeps me entertained by jumping from one thing to the next, I really do enjoy myself. It’s fun to let my mind ponder all sorts of things at once. It’s a bit like solving a mystery that doesn’t really have a solution, so I’m never disappointed. And, as the evening comes and Philippe and I have a bit of dinner and watch some television, I’ll be right back in the space I adore most. As for the projects, they’ll always be there when the sun rises. And, though I may not seem like I’m as focused as I should be, I can rest easy knowing that, at the very least, I’m always on the case.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Quinacridone Red, Terra Cotta, Gold Ochre, Cobalt Turquoise, and Phthalo Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!