Monday, January 16, 2017

Weekly Challenge #299

Good Monday morning everybody!

It's been a pretty non-exciting week for us here.  We dipped down to SUPER FREAKING COLD weather with several days down around the -35C mark (-31F) and that's not including the windchill which sometimes took us down as far as -44C (-47.2F).  Those are the days were we run from the house to the van, and from the van to the school and back again - and then we don't leave the house again unless we ABSOLUTELY have to.

There's a lot of hibernation mode around here.  One of the things that happens a lot in the winter, though, is that B-rad tends to play more video games and i tend to paint more.

So i have begun a crazy project - which you can follow on instagram if you're so inclined (@iamthediva)

When i'm painting a large canvas, i tend to get too precious with the work i'm doing - and i get stuck.  Not knowing what to do next, and so the canvas gets moved to the 'unfinished' pile because i just don't know what to do next.

getting ready to embark on The Crazy
I came up with this idea of: "What if i just had to keep painting? What if i just had to push through that wall of i don't know what to do next?" SO i decided that i would work on ONE PIECE for 50 hours.

I have actually no idea how many hours i tend to put into pieces, so i had no idea if that was going to be WAAAAY too many hours, or not nearly enough.  but, i have begun.  So far it feels like 50 hours is going to be a really tall order to fill.

this is the end of Hour 1
One fun thing that we did this week - B-rad and i surprised Chewie with a movie night on Tuesday.  B-rad took a few hours off work and we picked up the boys from school and dropped Artoo at Grandma's and took Chewie to see Rogue One.  We splurged for the D-Box tickets, which are these seats that rumble and move like a rollercoaster in time to action on the movie screen.

STAR WARS!!!
Chewie and B-rad loved the D-Box seats, whereas i only made it about 25 minutes into the film before i had to move to a different seat.  I just couldn't handle the moving seats and i found them more distracting than enhancing.  But - i LOVED the movie.  I thought it was excellently done, and it makes sense of many of the questions unanswered in the original triology.


I feel like we may have been the last three people to see it.  The theatre was basically empty.  In fact, there were literally 9 people in the whole place.  Granted we did go to a 4:10pm showing (because bedtime)

Chewie went to bed that night feeling special (he doesn't get a lot of one on one time with us) and with visions of starships in his head.  

Sunday afternoon i had the privilege of teaching an introduction to zentangle class to these ladies:

Tangling their little hearts out
Hey girls!!
and here's a close up one of their complete tiles.  (The birthday girl was such a natural, she took to tangling like a duck to water!)


they were a fun crew.  I hope they enjoyed their class! 

Weekly Challenge #299: "New Official Tangle: Drawings"
I have been very excited for this week's challenge.  Over my self imposed (but much needed and appreciated) Christmas break the mothership released the step outs for their new tangle "Drawings" that they officially shared with CZTs back at their ZenAgain conference in November.  

You can see the official step outs for Drawings here.  (remember that it's pronounced Draw-Wings)

Christmas Wings - 12 Days of 3zs
They shared the step outs in tandem with their Twelve Days of 3Zs series.  What you see above is my piece on a 3Z tile, which is one of the new products they shared at ZenAgain.  They are beautiful triangle shaped tiles which are super fun to play with.  (You can find them on the zentangle website, or ask your local CZT if they have any!)

I was lucky to have a lovely CZT offer to share some 3Zs with me just in time for the 12 Days of 3Zs, and i'll share them all with you over the next couple of weeks.  Thank you AGAIN Jody Genovese!!  

I also have many travelling tangles collaborations to share with you, so watch for those in the coming weeks as well.  

AND - also my fellow Saskatonian CZT Margaret Bremner (who attended ZenAgain) was so awesome and brought the rest of the Saskatchewan CZT contingency their own 3Zs to play with, so excpect to see more of those in the future.  ;) 

ANYWAY!!!

This week's challenge is to try out the new tangle Drawings! i look forward to seeing how you fly!!

Love Laura

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges. So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC299(Diva Challenge #299) for your tile this week! You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 
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Monday, January 9, 2017

Weekly Challenge #298

Hail Hail the gang's all here!!

Welcome back to the Weekly Challenge - as we move into the year 2017!

First!  The winner of my Christmas Wreath tile is Zen Zone Begins!!  Please email me at lauraharmz at gmail.com with your address!!

We had a very busy Christmas between family functions and seeing friends home for the holidays.  It was super filled with food and wine and and laughter and presents and so much chocolate.

On Christmas Eve Day my mom and dad and my little brother and his family came over for a day of eating appetizers.

Here's Willy and I being super duper excited about these cinnamon buns.  See, all my life growing up my mother made these Ooey Gooey caramel sauce covered cinnamon buns, but she was always making them as 'payment' for something, like a friend who helped her when her car broke down, or for a 'grown up party' or for a church meeting - and never made them for just us.  So, every time she burned a batch (which was often as our stove didn't always cook evenly) she'd make another  fancy batch and give us the burnt up ones.

yum yum yum
 So this year my dad decided that the appetizer he would bring would be mom's special payment cinnamon buns.... except two of my brothers weren't home for Christmas.  So William and i had to send them a photo telling them that they were missing out, and that OBVIOUSLY we are dad's favourites because he made us cinnamon buns and they weren't even burnt.  lol

Plus we're the cutest. 

 Speaking of cutest, the boys got the new Pie Face game this Christmas, and Chewie and Artoo had a lot of fun smacking each other in the face with whipped cream.  B-rad may have had a little fun as well.

A video posted by Laura Harms (@iamthediva) on

PIEFACE!!
Here in Saskatchewan we have had some nasty cold weather but without any snow!  It looked like we would have had a brown Christmas this year, but thankfully Santa brought with him some Christmas snow fro the North Pole and the boys woke up to a beautiful White Christmas.  This was a very magical year for the boys... The Elf on the Shelf, Santa, Christmas Snow and Christmas Magic... it breaks my heart that the magical years are almost over.   I'll hold on as long as i can.

With the snow, that meant we got to take the toboggan out for a spin, so we did some sledding on New Years' Eve Day, then home for hot chocolates and a fun movie before bed.

Happy New Years from Casa Diva
Our New Year's eve was pretty tame - as in the boys were in bed by 8, and B-rad and i watched a movie and i fell asleep on the couch.  He did wake me up at twelve for a midnight kiss, though.

Weekly Challenge #298: "UMT - Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam"
 For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

This month's UMT is Orbs-la-Dee by Anneke van Dam, and you can see the step outs here - this is a fun tangle for me, as i do so love drawing orbs.  

Here's my take on it: 

"La-la-la-la-Life goes on"
It felt so good to be back in the zentangle game again - having taken my break.  It was nice to put pen to paper and to get my zen on.  

So have fun with this tangle!  Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC298(Diva Challenge #298) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Weekly Challenge #297


Happy Monday Everyone

Last week Chewie had another choir performance, this time for his school.  The Christmas songs are so cute, and there's nothing like listening to 150 voices singing about the Hip Hop Reindeer pulling the cool old Santa Claus around.  lol

There's one more Choir performance this season, i believe.

There's my boy, front and centre in the green scarf - Row 1

Artoo and i did some paintint this week, and he decided to paint this awesome portrait of our Scout Elf

This is a painting of our elf Elfybulla

B-rad's work Christmas party was on Friday and when i picked the kids up from school Artoo had a bit of a fever - and so there was some frantic changing of plans... such is our life.  So, B-rad and i stayed for dinner and then left early.  but i did snap this cute pic

cute
He seems to be doing okay right now, but we're keeping our eye on him. 

as for our elf this is what he's been up to this week: 
Mr. Potato Head reading stories to Elfybulla and his buddies
Elfybulla knocked down all the movies on the shelf and then displayed these two...
 it's like he's trying to tell us something
the boys had a pretty bad day of yelling and misbehaving so Elfybulla took a day off and stayed home so the kids could think about their behaviour
He returned! He climbed up into the Christmas Tree and knocked some of the decorations down
He spent the day relaxing in Artoo's stocking
he went camping with some buddies in a tent made from a story book

He brought the boys some kid sized mugs and was going to make them some hot chocolate,
 but had some troubles with the marshmallows (So far this day has gotten the biggest laugh)
It's really been fun listening to the boys look through the house for Elfybulla and then laugh when they find him.  It's a bit of work to do every night, but so far it's been worth it.  

I'm really trying to soak in all the Christmas Magic i can, because i know that before i know it, and before i'm ready, the magic spell will be over...  but for now - Elves and Santa and reindeer and holiday magic!! 

Weekly Challenge #297: Holiday Bash!

i have been thinking about this week's challenge every day this past week - and i was having trouble coming up with something... so here's what i HAVE come up with.

I took a peek at what my previous year's last challenge of the year challenges have been.   To date they are
Dec 2015 - "Give the Gift of Zentangle"
Dec 2014 - "Keep it Simple Silly"
Dec 2013 - "Merry Happy"
Dec 2012 - "New Tangles and a Diva Dance"
Dec 2011 - "give"
Dec 2010 - "Weekly Challenge #1"

What's that you say? Weekly challenge number one was on December 20??? YES.  We are now officially six years old.  I have been coming back virtually rain or shine every week for over HALF A DECADE to bring you the weekly challenge.  What a ride it's been.

So this week's challenge, the last challenge of 2016 (I'll be back January 9th) is to revisit one of the previous year's challenges and do it again!

And here is my tile:
Happy Merry!
I've made a holiday wreath on a zendala tile - and i'd like to give this to one of you!  leave me a comment and tell me you'd like to win it.  I'll randomly select a winner over the holidays and announce it when we come back in January!

Happy Holidays everyone and a Happy New Year.  May you all have cups full of cheer, and ink in your microns!! 

If you love the challenge as much as i do, please consider leaving a tip (tip jar in the side bar).  I write this blog for free and have no plans to make it a paid for service in the future. 
 Buy me a cup of coffee, or a new Micron pen!! Click the tip jar on the side for a monthly tip, but if you just wanna throw a few bucks my way THIS LINK
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Lots of love from Casa Diva!

See you back here January 9th!
Laura

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC297(Diva Challenge #297) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekly Challenge #296

Happy December y'all!

On the last day of November Chewie's class had a fun field trip to the Western Development Museum, the local boomtown museum, to see what Christmas as like in Saskatchewan a hundred years ago.  Here he is, dressed like a little prairie farm boy.

Ready to get to work
He had a lot of fun, but he says the best part was being given 'a hundred pennies' to go 'shopping' in the general store.  He said he bought Snow Shoes, and a saw, and some cloth and some candy and some toys, and still had 34 pennies left over.   (The general store gives them a checklist with a hundred pennies on it, and let's them pretend to go shopping so they can see how the value of money was back then)

It's only the first week in December and we're already off and running.  The most notable thing that's happened in our house right now is the return of our Elf on the Shelf, ElfyBulla.  He's our Scout Elf that keeps an eye on the going on in our house and then reports back to Santa each night before finding a new place in the house to hide. 

The boys had been talking about ElfyBulla a lot in the past week or so, wondering when he would come back.  They both had seemed to settle on December 9th, for some reason, as the date he'd make his triumphant return - so they were both super surprised and pleased when he showed up bright and early on the first of December. 
When ElfyBulla arrived to find we had not put up our Christmas Tree yet, he remedied the situation by making one of his own, and leaving a big mess, as always. 
The boys were super exciteted to see him
We made sure to remedy the situation as soon as possible, and put up our tree that night.
ElfyBulla was so excited to see the tree that he had to make some gingerbread cookies before finding a nice place in the tree to munch on his snack.


Nothing like a tasty gingerbread man 
again, he left a big mess - and the rest of his cookies undecorated.   The boys were very happy to decorate the leftover cookies (and eat them as well)

working together to make a tasty snack
Day Three found ElfyBulla relaxing by the bath.  The night before the boys had a very hilarious bubble bath, and it must have looked so fun to our elf, he had to have one too.  Artoo thought it was very funny that he was wearing a towel.

chillin' with his homies
And December 4th found ElfyBully working out on the chin up bar, trying to get his summer bod ready, i guess  The boys found this to be hilarious, and they have been telling everyone that he's just 'hanging out' on the chin up bar today.

he's got KILLER ABS!!
i caught this amazing shot of artoo yesterday morning as he was enjoying his morning smoothie.  I tell you, he could really rock a moustache.  don't you think?

There's only 10 people in the world who could pull off a smoothie moustache like that, and he's nine of them. 

Weekly Challenge #296: "UMT - Moowa by Anya Ipsen, CZT"
For those of you who are new, the first Monday of every month is a Use My Tangle Challenge, where the challenge of the week is to use a tangle created by one of you!  If you have a tangle you'd like to submit you can add it here and be sure that it follows the guidelines for submission.

I'm really excited about this month's UMT, because this is another one of those tangles that i've seen floating around facebook and the mosaic app and i haven't had the chance to use it yet.  BUT NOW'S MY CHANCE!!

You can find the step out's for this tangle HERE

moowavalous


Have a great week!

Before you go this week, i just want to let you know that the last challenge of 2016 will be next week, December 12 - and then i will be taking the rest of the month off for Christmas - as i've done in the past - with the challenge resuming on January 9th, 2017! 


And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC296(Diva Challenge #296) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to 

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekly Challenge #295

Happy Monday all
Can you believe that there's only a few weeks until Christmas - the boys are slowly getting excited.  Chewie's school choir had their first performance at the Western Development Museum's Festival of Trees.  (The Western Development Museum is like a BoomTown museum - with memorabilia of the Saskatchewan Prairie from the past hundred years and more - complete with a working smithy)

Day Date with this sexy man
B-rad managed to get the morning off from work so he could come to the performance and Chewie was so excited to have his dad there.  There are 150 kids in the school choir, from grades 3-8, and they were pretty great, as far as kids school choirs go.

Second row, right in the middle, my little song bird
They had some pretty swell christmas tunes, and this face made my heart happy.  He had a great time.

handsome devil
And this weekend Artoo was invited to a friend from school's birthday party at the bowling alley, and even though he was a little nervous about all the people (The bowling alley was very busy) he did really well and had such a fun time.

Cutie pie
And Sunday afternoon we took the boys to the Arcade for a bit of earned fun!  The boys worked on doing chores and remembering to make their beds, and helping each other, and being kind - for each item done they received a check on a checklist.  Once they collectively raised 100 checkmarks we got to do something fun as a family.  and this time was the arcade.


About 15 minutes in, chewie hit the jackpot and won over 700 tickets!  The kids loved it, and the next family outing goal is to Glow-mini-golf.  ;)

Weekly Challenge #295: "Reticula/Fragment part 2"
Well, last week's challenge seemed to be a bit of a struggle for some.  

So let's have another go, shall we?  

This week, draw yourself a grid, in pen.  it's part of the tangle.  then fill in each of the little squares with a design. ( There are a few samples in this newsletter if you need some inspiration) 

BUT as another step to this week's challenge - choose a design that is asymmetrical.  Then alternate your design inside your grid - creating another more complex pattern!  

alternating fragments
 what do you think?

So give it a try - hope you all have a wonderful week!  REMEMBER to just begin with a grid.  The first step is just to begin.

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC295(Diva Challenge #295) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 

Monday, November 21, 2016

Weekly Challenge #294

Happy Monday all!

I don't have much to share this week - Artoo ended up with croup and that warranted a trip to the Emergency Room for some respiratory meds.  I kept him home from school all week and monitored his breathing and kept on top of his asthma, so i didn't do much all week long.  

Thursday night i did get some me-time when i went out with some friends for a few drinks and some surprise Karaoke
Here we go!




I was sad that i didn't make it down to the States this week for ZenAgain - an amazing CZT Reunion, but my sistah-from-another-mistah, Elisa Murphy, face timed me into the bar one night, and someone took a snap shot of Rick holding Elisa's phone, with my face on it! If you have pics of me on Elisa's phone, i'd love to post it here. It was really great to "see" everyone's face as i got toured around.  It made me feel pretty cool.  like i was there for a few minutes. ;)

Artoo is feeling much better now, and was able to attend a friend's birthday party this Saturday.  Chewie got himself 2 strikes in bowling and was very proud of himself, rightly so.  I'm looking forward to a little bit more of an energetic week, going forward.

Weekly Challenge #294: Reticula/Fragment Beginning
If you've been following the zentangle blog, or have the Mosaic app, you may have heard about Reticula and Fragments.   Rick and Maria introduced these two terms into the zentangle vernacular in their book Zentangle Primer vol. I.  Let me break it down simply for you.

Reticula is the term for a grid, but not just the square grid like the checkerboard, but an encompassing term for all the zentangle grids.  Or from their book:
In our quest for the most descriptive word, we found "reticulum" (pl. reticula).  We liked the sound of it, and its definition was a perfect fit: "a fine network or netlike structure. Zentangle Primer, Vol. I, page 112 
So with Reticula being the term for grids, fragments, then, are the pattern drawn inside each square or facet of the grid.

There really is endless possibilities when working with this concept.  But for this week - we will start small.

This week's challenge is to draw a reticulum.  I drew a basic grid pattern.  Choose one fragment or fill for your grid, and fill in the blanks.  That's it.  Simple. Easy.  But beautiful.


**EDIT:  Thanks to Deanne Biron, who provided a bit more information for those of you who'd like some more information you can check out this zetangle.com newsletter

Basically: Draw a grid (reticula) and fill each space with a design (fragment) and then repeat that design throughout the grid.  The link above also has some great examples of different design ideas.
i drew my fragment on the back of my tile in the red zentangle square - for reference
 So here is my reticula and my fragment.

I worked onto a tile that was coloured using the Hefty Hack technique
There are ANY number of different fragments.  If you have a copy of their book and want some inspiration - you can find a variety of fragment options on pages 114-115.  If you don't have their book, just draw something in the first square and repeat throughout all squares and see what happens!

Oh, and a very happy Thanksgiving weekend to my American Friends.  I'm thankful for you!
 
Have a great week!

And if you're on the Zentangle Mosaic App or Instagram - i'm @iamthediva - come on by and follow me, and i'm going to be using hashtags on the app for each of my weekly challenges.  So if you're game - use the hashtag #DC294(Diva Challenge #294) for your tile this week!  You can also search in the app for people's contributions to the challenge by clicking on the hashtag from inside the app, or using the search function.  

If you have a blog or host your images on line (like on Flickr or Picassa or Pinterest), add the site-specific URL where your tile is posted to the linkey machine below! Don't forget to link back here so that others can join in the fun! (if you don't know how to find this, you can see my half assed tutorial here) Also, please feel free to come back often and visit the links of those people on the linkey machine - don't forget to leave a comment or feedback, everyone loves feedback. ;) 


Monday, November 14, 2016

Weekly Challenge #293

Well, it's Monday!

Things have been a bit of a struggle for me this week.  I have not been in my right head, mentally, and that's okay.  My anxiety has been rearing it's ugly head - and so i have been giving my body and soul what it needs.... lots of quiet reading, some healing art, mind numbing television - and a much needed beer feuled Earth Wind and Fire dance party with my hubs late thursday night.

Artoo has been sick this weekend, and so that always adds an edge to things as well.  We're on high alert and no one is sleeping well, and people are cranky.

and so sometimes it's quite challenging, for me, to sit down and open up my computer, and write the weekly post.  But, sometimes - just like going to the gym, the hardest part is showing up.  so. here i am.
A beautiful November sunrise
 Artoo and I got to go to the zoo this week with his class field trip - and how neat is this? We got to pet Georgia, the Porcupine.  She was found, as a baby, on the side of a Saskatchewan highway, and taken home where she lived with a family as a pet for about a year before she was turned over to the zoo by the Conservation Officers in the province.

brave kiddo
So Georgia is a very social animal and is used to humans and being touched by humans.  her protective quills are actually quite far down, past her guard hairs and soft fur.  She basically was happy as a clam as long as she could nom on some lettuce.

Elisa, i thought of you. 
Thursday night my dear hubs asked if he could bring me anything on his way home from work on Thursday and i jokingly said "Yes, beer please" - a few minutes later he came home with Newcastle Brown Ale, which made me remember fondly my drinking pals from CanTangle last summer.

Sometimes all you need is Earth Wind and Fire
 We put the kids to bed and hung out together.  I told B-rad to put some FUN music on the record player, and the result was the best drinking/dance party ever.  It was amazing, one of my funnest nights in a while, and exactly what i needed in my Self-Care regimen this week.

Friday was a holiday in Canada, as we celebrated Remembrance Day.  Chewie has been really interested in Remembrance Day this year - and so we spent a good deal of the morning talking about the 2nd World War and what it was about and how it ended on Nov 11,
My Great Grandfather Joseph Horne fought at Vimy Ridge in WWI 
 and then we talked about trenches, and the first world war, and the American Civil War, and the war for independence.  We upheld our yearly tradition of listening to the Soldier side of Corb Lund's Horse Soldier album.  I'm not a country music fan - but i enjoy this album.  And on the LP the Soldier side ends in Taps, so B-rad did the math of each song and calculated it backwards so that we started the album in time for Taps to play at 11:11 - where we had a minute of silence.  It was a good parenting moment, to teach our boys about respect for those who fought for us.

In the afternoon we took advantage of the weather and went for a walk around the block - and marveled that it was November and still +15C/60F  - a rare treat for Saskatchewan.
wait for me, dad!
 Artoo started to get sick on Friday and so Saturday and Sunday were spent pretty relaxed and chilled.  He's still sick, and the boys don't have school today, so we'll see how the rest of the week goes.

Weekly Challenge #293: "Keeko, you know!"
Y'know, i'm kind of surprised that i haven't had a dedicated challenge for this tangle, as it's one of my very favourites. (Step outs can be found HERE)  Keeko is one of the tangles i teach in every 101 class, and it was the tangle that gave me my first 'zen' moment while tangling.  It's a go-to for me, and i find it very relaxing.


Back when i was in University, (I was a Voice Major - hence The Diva) my voice teacher had me swim laps to increase my lung strength.  And while i was swimming i would count my strokes: 1,2,3, BREATHE, 1,2,3, BREATHE and before i knew it, i was all zoned out in a swimming meditation.  Well, when i tangle keeko - i do the same thing as i draw my lines.

1,2,3, BREATHE

This week, see if you can find some zen in your keeko!  It's not a monotangle challenge, but you're welcome to make yours a monotangle, as i have.

Have a great week

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