October 28, 2021 – Calming the Chaos with a Sweet little Pumpkin Sketch

I hit the ground running like any normal day. Who am I kidding? I hit the ground moving slowly toward the bathroom, wishing I could stay in bed a few more moments. DD was home from school for a teacher in-service day. At least I didn’t have to get her up and out the door. I got dressed, made breakfast, we ate breakfast, and I moved on to straightening up and shipping orders.

Soon after I started working, I received a text from the Grandparent of one of DD’s friends. Did we want to get the kids together for a play date? Heck yes! We worked it out that the friend would come over by us and the kids could play for a few hours. That worked out nicely. However, I don’t get much done on days DD is home, much less when a friend comes to visit. But, the kids had a great time and when it was time for our guest to go home we were feeling a little gloomy. It was a perfect time to slow down and do some drawing together.

I have been wanting to dig out my sketch book lately and just draw SOMETHING. Anything. I haven’t drawn anything in a long time and getting back at it isn’t pretty or easy for me. We got our supplies out and DD automatically starts drawing something she saw. She draws constantly and I am very proud of all of her wonderful ideas and drawings. Maybe that’s why I get the urge to draw now and then, to just put something on paper, to not be afraid or critical.

I started doodling flowers and leaves. Typical. Then, I thought back to this neat drawing I did years ago. It was a root cellar with a big pumpkin next to it. I grabbed an older sketch book of mine and found it. I was instantly critical of it. It looked just ok. What did I not approve of? The pumpkin. It was wrong. Why was it wrong? After thinking about the old sketch I remembered I did it from my head. It probably would have been much better if I had looked at an actual pumpkin. I ran outside and grabbed one of the cute little pie pumpkins off the front porch, one I had grown in our garden this year. I set it down and got to work.

Pie Pumpkin Sketch by giggleFritz

Not bad, but I need more practice. It was really frustrating to slow down and try to get the lines right. I did a lot of erasing and thinking about how to make the lines appear less “line-y”. It was frustrating, but also felt great to focus on drawing again. I will try to sketch something else tomorrow.

Until then, have a wonderful night! 😀

Missie S.

Gardening Day

Hello All!

I have been avoiding my garden lately. It has been too hot and humid for me to dig into the weed problem. However, today was one of the most beautiful days we will have all year. I didn’t waste it. I spent a good portion of the day weeding my garden. And my body is FEELING it!


Pumpkin Plants

I am super excited for these pumpkin plants! I love watching them grow as we approach fall and Halloween. I was worried they wouldn’t do well because they are kind of close to a Maple tree. I hear that is bad.

Pole Beans


This is the second year I have planted pole beans and I am loving them! Last year was the first time I tried them and they produced all summer. This year I did a better job with trellising them. I made two good-sized tee-pees  for them to climb, thanks to a YouTube video I watched from The Farmer’s Almanac.  Tee Pee for climbing Beans Video

Besides gardening, I also put the finishing touches on a Socktopus and started work on a new yellow and purple Socktopus. I will be listing a few new things shortly. I also have a loooooong list of things that need sewing for the upcoming craft fair at Coffee Break Fest in August. So, my aching gardening body is off to work on a few things before turning in for the night.

Have a wonderful night and great weekend!

Missie S.