Practice Makes Improvement 

I noticed something about myself. I tend to spend more time thinking about what I should be doing instead of actually doing something. Well, starting today, I’m going to turn over a new leaf. I’ve been wanting to work on my drawing skills for a long time now, and believe me, they need it. 

I found this book at Hobby Lobby and decided to check it out. It’s called “Draw 50 Trees, Flowers, and Other Plants” written by Lee J. Ames and P. Lee Ames. The book has step-by-step illustrations, which is great for beginners like me. If you’re interested in learning how to draw, I’d really recommend checking out some of their books. They’re available digitally as well. 

I feel a little embarrassed about showing you my…..not so great art. But I also wanted you to see where I’m at, so you can get an idea of how much I need to improve. Now that I think about it, maybe “need” isn’t the correct word to use considering I don’t plan on ever pursuing it as a career. Drawing will probably always just be a hobby of mine. 

Sometimes I wonder if I should spend my time doing more productive things instead of art. And while that might be true, I can’t see myself not doing anything artistic. I’ll admit that I’m not the most creative person. Gosh, sometimes it feels like I have zero creativity. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy drawing, knitting, or crocheting whenever I do. I guess even if something is “just a hobby” it doesn’t mean it’s not productive. Though, I suppose that depends on what it is.

Is there anything that you’ve been trying to improve at?

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Two is a Company, Right?

Life is usually fairly predictable. However, I did not see this coming.

We’re getting another cat. I know, I know we just got Berlioz. But just look at that face! She’s so adorable. Her name is going to be Marie and she has the same parents as Berlioz. We should get her about the end of June. I hope they get along well.

I will admit that it feels a bit soon. My mom and I didn’t even know if we wanted another cat. But we were curious and decided to see if Muse Cats had a new litter or not. They did, obviously, and we saw Marie. 

I honestly feel like Berlioz would like the company. Sure, he has my mom and I, but it’s not the same. No matter how much we play with him, we can’t replace another cat. I believe some cats like being an only pet, but I just don’t think Berlioz does. Lately, it seems like he gets bored fairly easily. Though, that could be because his toys aren’t nearly as exciting anymore, I wonder if it has to do with the lack of other animals around.

Lack of Inspiration 

I’ve had a lack of inspiration lately. I guess you can say I have “writers block.” Initially when I started a blog, I was hoping I could post rather frequently, but now I’m not so sure if I can. Who knows, maybe I’ll wake up tomorrow and suddenly a bunch ideas come to me. But as of right now, I doubt that will happen.

I want to improve. Not just with writing blogs frequently, but with my grammar and vocabulary as well. They have never been one of my strong points and I don’t expect them to ever be. But still, I’d like to feel more confident whenever I write something. Though, my efforts may not avail, I need to at least try.

Although, I consider myself fairly good at knitting, I’d like to improve on designing my own patterns. Unfortunately, patterns require creativity which seems to be determined on evading me right now! It’s frustrating, but creativity is not something that can be forced. That won’t stop me from looking for inspiration, though.

Patience is a Virtue I Haven’t Learned

I’ve been selling patterns on Ravelry since the November of last year. Well, technically I haven’t sold any yet. It’s frustrating. I see patterns that I personally find unattractive, and yet they get more attention than what mine do. Sure, it might be due to the fact I don’t have very many friends on Ravelry, or maybe because I haven’t been on Ravelry long enough. Maybe, I am too Impatient.

I know I shouldn’t complain. I have a lot to be grateful for. A part of me is wondering why I even decided to write this. I guess I just needed to get that off my chest. 

Jealousy aside, I’m very happy for those who can successfully sell patterns. I hope to one day be successful too. But if I never am, that’s okay. Anyway, enough of that. I’m tired of complaining.

On a side note, I recently bought some flamenco music. It’s really fun to dance to. When I finally stop being lazy, maybe I will actually learn how to dance the flamenco. 

Berlioz’s Many Sleeping Spots

Berlioz sleeps in a variety of places. Some are a little strange, but he still manages to look adorable.

Most of them aren’t that surprising. I mean, the couch is obviously comfortable. I know cats have different preferences as far as “comfort” goes. But still, I can’t grasp why he’d want to sleep in a metal mixing bowl…

To be honest, I think its kind of comical. You walk into the kitchen one day, and see your cat sleeping in a mixing bowl. I wonder how many people can say that.

He also sleeps in a plastic storage basket. I ended up leaving it by the sofa because he likes it so much.

This is kind of off topic, but some of you may not know this. I learned that cats like different types of cat scratchers. Their needs vary just like their personalities vary. As it turns out, the cat tree we got for Berlioz was not the kind that he likes. He likes soft carpet, while the tree was made out of rough sisal. Needless to say, we ordered a carpet-covered cat tree and it’ll be here in about a week. 

Make sure the cat scratcher you have fits your cats’ needs. If you have a cat, that is. Also, don’t spend too much money on a cat bed. Your cat may not use it…

Enter, Berlioz

Meet Berlioz, a three-month old Scottish Fold. Isn’t he cute?

Taking him home was not too difficult. Originally, he was on my lap but, as strange as it might seem, he felt more comfortable in the litter box we brought with us. 

I know the litter box is kind of small for him. The only reason my mom and I brought this one is because it fit better in the car. I personally didn’t think Berlioz would need to go to the bathroom, but we brought it just in case. Which was a good thing because it helped him relax.

When we got home we fed him some tuna. The lady at the cattery said to feed him tuna twice a day and a little bit of 2% milk as a treat.

After he finished, we played a little bit with him. And when I say “a little” I mean a LOT. Berlioz is a little bundle of energy. His favorite toy is a green little plastic ball.

I don’t mind that’s he’s energetic. In fact, I enjoy watching him play. I just wish he didn’t see the couch as a giant scratching post. I mean, he has a cat tree. Why won’t he use that instead?

Berlioz got on the cat tree for a little bit. He has yet to use it as a scratching post, though.

Parakeets 

Today, my mom realized we were almost out of fish food. Meaning, it was time to go to Petsmart.


After getting the fish food, we decided to browse a little bit. We came across these parakeets. Aren’t they cute?

Personally, I’d never want to have a bird as a pet. I am more of a cat person. The idea of cleaning up bird poop never has and never will sound appealing to me. That being said, I truly think they’re beautiful.

The yellow one in the picture below is my favorite. I wonder if it wishes it was not in a cage….