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BLOGGING IS COURAGEOUS!!!

Hello Friends,

I have had such a great week!  First, I want to share quickly that I finished my Assignment 6 story which is a story about a girl with the compulsion to cut, and it is targeted at middle-school to teen-aged kids.  I haven’t turned it in yet, though, because I have another part of my assignment to finish also.  But it will definitely be in before March 1st!  I am proud of myself which is not as difficult to say as it used to be for me.

Second, I am working on a mama and baby porcupine watercolor, but because of all the writing, I am taking it easy with my arm.  I am still working out (not every day) but when I do, it helps a lot.

Lastly, the reason I titled this post “BLOGGING IS COURAGEOUS” is because I have been blessed to have many new followers lately, and NEW bloggers who have begun blogging about their challenges with depression and anxiety and other mental health issues.  To all of you who have recently found and followed me, congratulations!  Keep on blogging, try not to get discouraged, and make lots of friends.

It is challenging and blogging and making new friends online has been very rewarding for me.  Keep up the great work bloggers!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

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Mama & Baby Southern Elephant Seals

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I decided to sketch another “Mama & Baby” photo from the book The Wisdom of Moms by Bridget E. Hamilton that my daughter sent to me when she was gone this summer.  The page next to the photo is labeled Compassion.  Part of the text gives us some insight into these wonderful mothers.  It says,

“At first glance, a lumbering elephant seal does not seem like a compassionate, loving animal.  But looks can be deceiving!  Elephant seal rookeries are crowded with mothers and babies, but once her pup is born, mom learns his scent and listens for his signature cry that she can identify among the commotion.  If a pup does get lost there is a chance it will be adopted by another elephant sea cow.  The foster mother will suckle the pup and raise him as her own.”

As many of you already know, I love sea creatures.  Sea lions are such beautiful animals.  The few times I have visited San Francisco in the past, I have seen huge groups of California sea lions bundled together and lying on the pier at Fisherman’s Wharf.  So I know this to be true about the nature of these beautiful mothers.

Someday I hope to live on the coast in California…somewhere!  I also hope to swim in the ocean again.  It is pretty amazing.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Mental Health Recovery

Hello Friends,

Recently I found this man’s blog.  His name is James Edgar Skye.  I wanted to share this post of his with you to encourage anyone who struggles with any type of mental illness.  The road is tough for us, but when we get help, take medication if we need it, and have support, we CAN accomplish our goals.

I have been taking a correspondence course through the Institute of Children’s Literature since about August.  I am halfway through it now!  My sixth assignment is to write a story using the character I created in my fifth assignment.  So my wheels have been spinning as I read other writer’s stories in my text.

I know most of you know me as a watercolor/drawing artist, however, when I began this blog over five years ago, I was focusing on writing.  The blog helped to motivate me.  I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember.  However, I have started many pieces, such as my memoir and a novel, that I have yet to finish.  That’s okay.  Right now I want to learn to write short stories for teenagers and write about serious issues that many of them face daily such as depression, anxiety, cutting, and various addictions.

So I encourage you to read James’s post as well and be encouraged.  Struggling with mental illness is difficult, but we can still achieve our goals with a lot of hard work.  Encouraging each other along the way is also key.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

Thanks for sharing your life with us, James.  🙂  Please read on to get to know James.

Yesterday I introduced a new series on the blog. My real life journal entries during some of my toughest times. My Mental Illness Journal. Today I want to talk about goals in mental health recovery. What Are Your Mental Health Recovery Goals? In the life with a mental illness, it can seem difficult to set […]

via Goals in Mental Health Recovery — The Bipolar Writer

Sea Otter Mama & Baby Watercolor

Hello Friends,

I used my Prismacolor watercolor pencils to draw these cuties.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug.  😁

PUFFER FISH INK DRAWING

Hello Friends,

Here is a silly puffer fish I drew quite a while back.  I don’t think I ever posted it, but if it’s a repeat, sorry!  I drew it in ink which was fun.  I tried to upload another drawing I did, but again, we are having slow internet problems with the rain that came in today.

Fortunately, I think my husband and I are all well from that flu bug.  From what I understand it could have been a lot worse.  I am thankful it only lasted a week!  He still has the cough, but mine is pretty much gone.

I finished my fifth assignment for my writing class today and sent it in.  So that is good!  I am glad to be done with it.  The first part was to write a physical description of a kid.  The second part was to write my character’s thoughts.  I chose to do a monologue about a teen-aged girl who can’t understand why people think it’s weird that she is a “cutter.”  If you have never heard of that before, it is a psychological disorder that some kids and adults have where they much cut themselves in an effort to r

I have been doing a lot of reading of young adult fiction lately.  I picked up the first book in a three-book series by Orson Scott Card a few weeks ago.  I am almost done with the first book, “Pathfinder.”  Wow!  I have NEVER read science fiction before, but this is truly incredible!  I have hardly been able to put it down.  His sense of humor is refreshing, too.  I went to town yesterday for a routine doctor’s appointment and checked out the second book.  I am hoping to finish the first one by tomorrow.  So for now, I am going to get back to reading!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

Elephant Mama & Baby Pencil Drawing

Hello Friends,

I have finally finished my elephants drawing.  So here they are.  Ellie is the Mama and Sammy is the baby.  (The little brown smudge at the bottom is from our dog, Brownie, jumping up on the couch where my sketch pad was sitting.  She had some dirt on her paw!)

We are on the upswing of this flu bug.  I still have a little cough, but I am feeling a whole lot better!  This week I am planning on finishing my assignment for my writing class.  I have the first part done, and a rough draft that I still have to type up for the second part.  I wrote that while I was at Barnes & Noble on Saturday which was the first day I I had been out in a week!

First I went for a walk by the river after walking over our beautiful Sundial bridge.  It seemed like everyone in town was there, and almost everyone had at least one dog!  I got to pet a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  I talked with a guy who was trying to get his 4 month Lab puppy used to people.  She didn’t seem to have a problem at all.  She was cute.  I also saw some GIANT white dog but have no idea what kind it was.  All I could think was that I would never want to have to brush it!  Ha, ha.  😉

So after I went for a walk I went to the library, the art store for a new sketch pad, then to Barnes & Noble to write, then a couple of other errands and home.  But just being outside in the sunshine among a lot of people did me a world of good.  The weather was perfect that day.  There were a lot of boats on the river, too.  I even saw one guy in a boat catch a huge fish!

I hope everyone is staying well.  I think after last week’s days of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s we are going to be getting some rain this week.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Elephant Love – Baby and Mama

Hello Friends,

It has been a long week, and I am still not done with this drawing.  I want to add some background and darken some more areas, but I worked on this a couple of more days this week.

I still have a cough, but I think I am over the flu now.  Our daughter usually has the car all week for work, and today is a sunny day.  So since she is home today, I am going out to enjoy some sunshine!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.  Stay well.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

Baby Elephant Drawing

Hello Friends,

Happy New Year!  Wow, it has been quite a while since I’ve drawn or written anything!  December was relaxing, but my husband took two weeks off, and I just didn’t get around to doing much.  Our daughter was gone working on her CCC crew for two weeks and during Christmas down at the Ventura fires.  They were a camp maintenance crew so she wasn’t anywhere near the fire.  She said she really loved the experience, though!  We are very proud of her.

The day after New Year’s, my husband came down with the flu.  He is still coughing.  Then I came down with it this past Friday!  I am doing better now, but still have a cough.

I hope to get back to working out a lot more than I have been, drawing, painting, and writing.  It is just feeling like a slow start to everything right now.

In the meantime, I will be finishing this baby elephant who has a mama I will be drawing also.  I want to continue drawing the baby and mama animals in the lovely book my daughter gave me this summer.

Well, until next time, I sure hope everyone had a great holiday season and are starting off with a great new year.

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

Sea turtle Ink Doodle

Hello Friends,

Last night I doodled this happy friend to help keep me company and keep my place in my reading.

Have a wonderful day and give someone you love a big hug.  🐢
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Turtles Again? Of course!

Hello Friends,

Yep.  That’s me…the turtle lady.  Today I just want to share with you about my latest book finds!

First, for several years now I have been checking out all the turtle and sea turtle books I can find at the library which are not very many I might add.  Well, a few days ago I was reading one of my favorites again (I’ve checked it out more times than I can count) called “Turtles, Tortoises & Terrapins:  Survivors in Armor” by Ronald Orenstein.  Every time I check it out I wish I could keep it.  So this past Tuesday I decided to look for it on Amazon.  I found a new updated version, but I couldn’t afford that one.  So I looked for a used one and found it for half the price of the newest one.  I realize there is some updated information in the new one, and it looked like it had new photos, but I still decided to get the used one.  It has a little crinkle on the book cover, but is a hardback and in good shape otherwise.  So for what I paid it is well worth it.  Here is a picture of it!  Sorry about the glare.

The other book I found is a gold mine for me!  I went to Barnes & Noble on Wednesday and was looking for a more updated book on sea turtles since I am writing the article for my class about them.  I just get tired of looking for everything online sometimes.  I still love to read books I can hold in my hands.  That is never going to change for me.

So I looked in their shrunken animal/nature book section (also, our store is smaller than most), and I couldn’t find anything!  They had a guide book for reptiles, but that was about it…NOTHING on sea turtles!  They have some small books in the kids sections that I already have, but didn’t have anything new.  So I decided to ask a clerk who has been there for at least the last 15 years or more.  She went into her computer looking for the most recently published books about sea turtles to see if there was anything I wanted to order.  I also told her I was interested in the latest conservation information.  Well, she found the most beautiful book for me!  It is a heavier covered paperback, perfect print size, and filled with the most amazing photography and information!

I have never found a book this wonderful on sea turtles before.  It is called “Our Sea Turtles:  A Practical Guide for the Atlantic and Gulf, from Canada to Mexico” by Blair and Dawn Witherington.  They are a couple who live in Floridana Beach, Florida.  Blair is a “Senior Sea Turtle Conservation Biologist at the Archie Carr Center for Sea Turtle Research, University of Florida, with a joint appointment leading Disney’s sea turtle conservation program.”  He has degrees in biology and zoology and has written several other books.

His wife, “Dawn is a scientific illustrator and graphic design artist trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Ft. Lauderdale.  Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, museum exhibits, and a line of sea-themed greeting cards.”  (Both quotes are from the back flap of the book.)

This book is 282 pages full of wonderful information, illustrations, and photographs.  What a talent they both have for writing and art/photography!  It is so amazing.  Here is a picture of it.  Sorry there is a bit of a glare on it.  Anyway, I began reading this one last night and almost couldn’t put it down to go to sleep!  It is a book I will always treasure.  I will definitely be looking for their other books in the future.

Well, this is what I will be doing this weekend.  Reading, reading, and reading…oh and writing as well.  I realized last night that I think the reason I am having difficulty writing this article is because it is about something so precious to me.  I have a great emotional investment in my love for sea turtles and protecting them, so whatever I write, I hope it doesn’t get too much “correction” but if so, it will be a learning experience!  I hope you all have a nice weekend!

Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug!  🙂

 

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