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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – October 1, 2020

October 1st just kinda zoomed by on me, so let’s pretend today’s the first of the month, k? So it’s October, and I’m here with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of October to link back here.

I finished my colouring my calendar page, early again this month. Here’s how it started with no colour:

And here are closeups of the parts of the finished product: (Click for a closer look.)

And here’s the whole thing:

Last month was all coloured in marker, so I did this one entirely in pencil. It’s slightly brighter than this in real life, but it still looks pretty good I think. Next month I’ll be back to doing the combination of markers and pencil.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in September! Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Barbara at Teleportingweena

Janet at Janet’s Smiles

Beth at Pilgrimage Studio

Jenna at revivedwriter

Kim at Words on a Page

Colline at Colline’s Blog

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – September 1, 2020

Wow! It’s September 1st! It seems only five years ago that it was the beginning of summer, doesn’t it? Anyway, I’m here with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of September to link back here.

I finished my colouring my calendar page, early this month. Go me! Here’s how it started with no colour:

And here are closeups of the parts of the finished product: (Click for a closer look.)

And here’s the whole thing:

I decided to do all of it in marker, which is probably why I got it all finished. Marker is so much easier than anything else, in my experience at least. My September calendar page that I’ll post here in October is all going to be in coloured pencil. Wish me luck!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in August! Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Margret at Margret’s Life Journey

Jenna at revivedwriter

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Barbara at Teleportingweena

Janet at Janet’s Smiles

Beth at Pilgrimage Studio

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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One-Liner Wednesday – Dreamin’

Just a dog, dreamin’ of chasin’ a squirrel.


Photo: Winston, my beagle/Basset hound cross, sitting with his paws up on the back of the couch, staring dreamily out the window.


If you would like to participate in this prompt, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back here to help your blog get more exposure. To execute a pingback, just copy the URL in the address bar on this post, and paste it somewhere in the body of your post. Your link will show up in the comments below. Please ensure that the One-Liner Wednesday you’re pinging back to is this week’s! Otherwise, no one will likely see it but me.

NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, like Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday (SoCS), if you see a pingback from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

Unlike SoCS, this is not a prompt so there’s no need to stick to the same “theme.”

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Try to make it either funny or inspirational.

3. Use our unique tag #1linerWeds.

4. Add our lovely badge to your post for extra exposure!

5. Have fun!

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com


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#SoCS – The Pros and Cons of Everything

There are, arguably, pros and cons to just about everything, if not absolutely everything. It’s like a yin/yang sort of deal.

The biggest pros and cons I’ve had to deal with lately–meaning the ones I’ve had to deal with most often–are things like whether to get up at the crack of dawn to take Alex for a walk or get another hour of sleep. Walk pros=getting exercise while it’s not too humid to breathe, walk cons=sleep is good.

I do realize I’m writing this at 1:18am, so “sleep is good” and knowing what’s good for me are obviously on the opposite end of the spectrum. I think it’s going to rain in the morning though, so I should be able to sleep in.

(Photo: A recent photo of a crack-of-dawn walk – sunlight shining through the branches of a maple tree.)

Conundrum #2, the pros and cons of eating crackers vs ice cream. Cracker pros=better for me, cracker cons=they’re not as delicious as ice cream and they don’t relieve my heart burn.

But it all comes back to the exercise and what I can afford to eat.

Conclusion: food is life.

The most important set of pros and cons weighing on me at the moment–me and all the other parents in the world–are those surrounding school.

Pros for Alex=much-needed learning in a place where he can concentrate and be taught in his own language: ASL. And having him at school will mean I’ll have a break–the first since March 12th.

Cons=the risk, however slight, of catching Covid-19. With his heart condition, it’s too much to risk. Even though we’ve had one case in our area since May, when we had four cases. His classes normally have a capacity of five students, maximum. The country currently has fewer than 5,000 active cases. And it’s a big country. But all it takes is one person driving through …

I may be paranoid, but I don’t think I can bring myself to send him.

Such a tough decision.

 

 

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! https://www.quaintrevival.com/

This confuddled post was brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Find the prompt here and join in! https://lindaghill.com/2020/08/14/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-15-2020/


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – August 1, 2020

Hey there! It’s August 1st, and I’m here with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of August to link back here.

I finished my colouring my calendar page, just today! About half of it, in fact. I really slacked off for most of the month. Here it is with no colour:

And here are closeups of the parts of the finished product: (Click for a closer look.)

And here’s the whole thing:

Not having time to really think about which colours to use, I just grabbed whatever. I like the overall chaos of it. Alex actually coloured the yellow flowers at the top left-hand corner, as well as half of the leaves on that plant and half of the snail before he got bored.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in July, and for all your lovely comments on my last colouring club post! I’m so sorry I didn’t reply to them all–I’ll try harder. Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Melanie at sparksfromacombustiblemind

Barbara at Teleportingweena

Jenna at revivedwriter

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Beth at Pilgrimage Studio

Dar at Darswords

 

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – July 1, 2020

I made it while it’s still July 1st with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of July to link back here.

I finished my colouring my calendar page this month! I actually did most of it today, which is sad, because it would have been nice to look at this one completed.  Here’s what it looked like completely untouched:

And this is what it looked like when I got up this morning:

It only took me about an hour and a half to finish it. Here are the parts: (Click for a closer look.)

And here’s the whole thing:

I do love rainbows.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in June! Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Anita at anitashope

Barbara at Teleportingweena

Ruth at Ruth Blogs Here

Jenna at revivedwriter

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – June 1, 2020

It’s June 1st already, and here I am with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of June to link back here.

Once again, I missed the mid-month reminder and once again I failed to finish colouring my calendar page. Ah well. Life goes on, right? Here is the before picture of my May project, which I should have posted in the middle of the month:

The plan was to colour the butterfly in primary colours in marker, and do the flowers in muted colours of pencil.

Here’s what I got done: (Click for a closer look.)

And here’s the whole thing:

I got most of it done earlier in the month, so it was cheerful to look at, even unfinished.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in in May! Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Willow at willowdot21

June Ann at jaquintinwriter

Margret at Margret’s Life Journey

Barbara at Teleportingweena

Anita at anitashope

Dar at Darswords

Ruth at Ruth Blogs Here

Janet at Janet’s Smiles

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Jenna at revivedwriter

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – May 1, 2020

It’s late on the 1st of May–it might even be the 2nd of May by the time I publish this–but I’m here with your Escapist Coloring Club prompt anyway. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of May to link back here.

I failed at completing a lot of things last month, and colouring and getting the mid-month reminder out were two of them. If you’ve been reading my daily posts, that won’t come as a surprise.  So here is the before picture of my April colouring page, which would normally be posted on or around the 15th:

And here are the closeup bits: (Click for a closer look.)

 

And here’s the whole thing:

I was going to leave the green bits ’til last, but I didn’t even get all the flowers finished. Maybe I’ll get a chance to come back to this one.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in in April! Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Willow at willowdot21

Anita at anitashope

Janet at Janet’s Smiles

Jenna at revivedwriter

Ruth at Ruth Blogs Here

Colline at Colline’s Blog

June Ann at jaquintinwriter

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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The Escapist Coloring Club Prompt – April 1, 2020

April 1st is here, and so is your Escapist Coloring Club prompt. If you’d like to join the club, all you have to do is post pictures of your own colouring, your kids’ colouring, or that of anyone you know and have permission to share. This is a month-long prompt, which means you have all of April to link back here.

I didn’t manage to get the mid-month reminder done in March, but I’ll try harder this month. Here is the before picture:

And here are the closeup bits: (Click for a closer look.)

 

 

And here’s the whole thing:

I did the same thing as last month, leaving the green bits ’til last. I think I’ve found my favourite way to colour!

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in in March. Here are all the projects from last month, in case you missed any:

Willow at willowdot21

Margret at Margret’s Life Journey

Ruth at Ruth Blogs Here

Colline at Colline’s Blog

Janet at Janet’s Smiles

Jenna at revivedwriter

Dar at Darswords

I look forward to seeing your new projects throughout the coming month!

Please find the “rules” below.

1. This prompt is designed for relaxation. As such, I encourage you to take your time to link your own post here, BUT, when you comment, please click the “Notify me of new comments via email” button. That way you’ll receive a notification when someone else links their project and you won’t miss anything. As with all the prompts, the more you visit others, the more your community of like-minded people grows.

2. Ping back! It’s important so that I and other people can come and read your post. To execute a pingback, just copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into the body of your post. Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

3. There will be a prompt on the first of every month. I will try to post the prompt here on my blog at 9:30am -5 GMT. The prompt will simply be photos of my own colouring project. If you would like to host this prompt on your blog on another week during the month, either once, occasionally, or on a regular basis, please e-mail me at hilllindagmaru at gmail dot com and we’ll get you set up. All I ask is that you have an active blog and that you regularly reply to comments and visit other blogs.

4. Feel free to use The Escapist Coloring Club badge in your post.

5. Have fun!


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#SoCS – I Figure

I figure I don’t need to feel too guilty today for not posting my SoCS post until Sunday. I spent most of my free time today helping a friend.

I figure I’m going to be tired tomorrow, though. The clock says 1:23am, but we all know it’s really 2:23 with daylight savings time.

I figure it’s a good thing that I got my new phone last week and had to finally come into the 21st century and get data. This way, Alex can video call me when I’m not home, and I won’t need to feel totally terrified of leaving him alone for ten minutes, since he’ll be able to call me.

I figure I got a pretty good deal, too. My provider started a new deal the day I went in, and I got a free tablet with my phone. They share data.

I figure by now you want to know what kind of phone I got: a new Huawei! I love it so far. And it’s a lot like the old one, so the learning curve is mostly app-related, not phone-related.

I figure it’s got a pretty good camera. I took this as the moon was coming up tonight. Can you see the moon? Follow the bottom tip of the flag straight down–it’s in the crook of the branch. This photo is really zoomed in and not blurry, which is why I figure I’ve got a good camera.

I figure I should get out for a walk soon and take more pictures.

I figure I should go to bed now.

Good night, my friends.

2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! https://www.quaintrevival.com/

This figurative post was brought to you by Stream of Consciousness Saturday! Click the following link to find all the other posts in the comment section and join in! It’s fun! https://lindaghill.com/2020/03/06/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-7-2020/