Farewell to March! Hellooo, April!

Finally, we said goodbye to March. It seemed to stick around for-ev-verrrr!

In the Ottawa Valley, it came in like a soggy little lamb.

Drawing of a lamb

Soggy March Lamb

The days dragged on with waiting for buses in to the city and back for the day job. At least I got a lot of reading in or chatting with interesting bus buddies.

I was so happy to welcome the first day of spring.

Drawing of a rooster

Colourful rooster greeting the sunrise


Early in the day of March 31st, the weather seemed very subdued.

Drawing of a march lion

March 31st early morning lion

More snow came by the afternoon and into the dark night. Finally, though… we were able to bid it farewell.

Drawing of a march lion leaving some snow

Bye bye March

Yeah, those are my doodles. You like? You can see more in a Google Photos album I shared on the Internets. I’m playing with ideas for a children’s book and practicing drawing.

You like cats? You can see what the overly-helpful Google Photos Assistant has done with cat pictures I took with my BlackBerry. Visit this album I call “Animani-cats“, a nostalgic play on words from a quirky animation show my kids and I used to watch on TV.

You like time-lapsed photography? Drop by the Deep Blonde Thoughts blog for pictures and words I created while observing one spot of land during 2015 and 2016.

Thanks for dropping by and not disturbing the Tabby.

Have a nice, relaxing Sunday.


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Housework prevention duo

There are times when the cats have your best interests in mind.

They may be telling you that it’s okay to leave the laundry for another week.

cats in laundry baskets

They may be telling you to take it easy, let your inner artist playfully express your displeasure with the lingering winter weather in the Ottawa Valley.

Oh, we had some rain a few times; March came in like a soggy little lamb. Then it snowed and snowed again.

Drawings depicting feelings about winter

I did some cheery drawings. You can see them here. I’m practicing for that children’s book idea. All drawings were done in the SketchBook app on the iPad Pro with my $129 Apple Pencil 😉

You can follow more of the cats’ antics and mythological ponderings at my pen name’s blog, under a series of pages about Pampered Cats and Other Household Gods.

Do your pets prevent you from doing excessive housework too? Do share.

Thanks for dropping by.



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Caturday March 11th

So I was snuggled up in my little bed on this windy Saturday morning in March…

Since I had not activated the Zen Alarm Clock nor the alarm clock radio, I did not get up at the usual workday time.

The whiny boy soon fixed that at approximately 5:55 a.m.

Black cat on human lap with iPad drawing wake up

Snuggles the whiny boy

I wonder what it’s going to be like tomorrow after we turn the clocks ahead? Grumble. Grumble.

Do you have #Caturday stories to share?

You can view other drawings inspired by this boy as I play with ideas for a children’s book this year. I’m committing to one sketch a day on the iPad, to practice and hone my drawing skills. Not all of the sketches will be about cats. Some will be about Star Trek…

Sketch of Tuvok in Star Trek Voyager dreaming naked

Commander Tuvok in Waking Moments episode

Thanks for dropping by and not waking the Tabby.


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A possible recurring character

I have been consuming sufficient quantities of coffee this morning. I find that the caffeine gets my brain cells jittering around with wonderful, whimsical ideas. It also encourages  a good BM :-}


Lately I have been encouraging myself to do one sketch a day on my shiny new iPad. I have been inspired and motivated after reading The Vein of Gold by Julia Cameron.

I am open to inspiration for recurring characters and likeable themes in a children’s book.

This guy keeps coming up.


If Geneva doesn’t up the cuteness factor, Snuggles just may become my new inspiration and meuws.

What do you think?



Thanks for dropping by. Wander over to my pen name’s blog where she writes about the vanities of growing up Catholic.

And thanks for not disturbing the Tabby.



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Ideas board

I have embraced the BS post-its method for those children’s book ideas dancing in my pretty little head.


You can call it Brainstorming or Brainwriting.  It’s an approach I used in the past, while planning a year of events with my old writing group. It’s also a handy requirements elicitation technique  from a Business Analysis program I recently completed. Yay, me!

A couple of weeks ago I visited the nearby office supply store and purchased oodles of pastel-coloured post-its, two dark Sharpies and a package of colourful markers.


Colourful Markers in a mug. Black cat on my lap.

As for the Ideas Board surface, I needed something that I could pull out to hang in a cramped space when needed, and to tuck away when I want to make the place look tidy. I  re-purposed a fold-down calendar, something received from an office printing service. I just knew last year that there would be a good use for it after I reused the calendar pages for note paper then stuffed the support surface with all the pen and paper related treasures I hoard in my shelves ;-^

I don’t know if I will re-use some of the drawings I did 35 years ago but I know I really want to recapture that childlike view and just embrace some whimsy while I slog through the adult working world.


How about you? What do you use to get your ideas out and ready for coherent assembly? Do you also feel the challenges of balancing that inner child artist and the professional adult persona?

Since it’s the Family Day holiday and most of my offspring are away, I will embrace the opportunity to share in home maintenance with one of them plus nurture my inner child.

Thanks for dropping by – and not disturbing the Tabby.


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That darn cat

It’s a holiday Monday in Ontario but that didn’t stop the little bastard from waking me up early.


Having pets teaches one about compassion and care for lesser creatures. I sometimes wonder if they think they are the superior beings.

You can follow that line of thought over on Flo’s blog.  In-between activities for that children’s book idea, we’re going to the memory files for nuggets to share with lucky readers. As you know, the Internet doesn’t have enough funny cat pictures.


Thanks for dropping by.




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Priming the drawing pencil and creative juices

So… I bought myself an iPad – the newest, fastest and biggest model available.

It was a gift of current technology and consolation for me having to support Windows PCs during the work week. ;-^

I also sprung for the $129 pencil. I hope it will enhance my drawing skills for that bright idea of publishing a children’s book. 😉  The resident comic artiste helped me with available apps and drawing techniques.

My first drawing was a houseplant. That’s safe enough.

drawing of a houseplantAfter a few doodles, I created a representation of what it’s like to wait for buses in the Ottawa Valley. The weather here has been fluctuating from frigid cold to rain to cold again.

drawing of bus commuter bundled up

Waiting for buses in Ottawa

Last night while watching an archeological documentary about Australia’s coasts, I drew a darling of a cat.

drawing of a kitten

Soft kitty, warm kitty…

As I was refining the lines and humming a familiar tune, Snuggles jumped on the recliner to see what I was doing – and get some attention.

black cat comic word bubble kitten drawing

Snugs comments on my first iPad kitten drawing

This is a different reaction from his comments earlier this month.

Black cat at computer comic about book ideas

Snuggles has suggestions

On a serious note, I am playing with ideas for a children’s book, something to gift to my grandchildren. It’s one of my goals for 2017, to get it started at least.

Thanks for dropping by, and not disturbing the Tabby. What are you working on these days?


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