Sunday, December 30, 2012

Consistently Challenging #36

I am trying to be more consistent with my posts. I'm trying to form good blogging habits. So even if there is nothing current to talk about, I am sure I could find something.

Here is a zendala from last weeks challenge #36. As usual Erin did a great job with this one.
I also used tangles from the Diva's 100th challenge for the middle pieces; rock and roll and the fox trot designed by Marie Thomas. Not sure if I do them justice but they were a good to help me pass the time.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Challenge #37

There was no turkey to be found for Christmas lunch and that was okay.
The few Christmas songs on the "Christmas" playlist was set to repeat and that was okay.
The Christmas cake, sugar cookies and brownies that we baked on Christmas Eve were almost finished by evening fall and that was okay.
We watched Christmas movies all day. Some really good ones and some.....well, were just for enterainment. And that too was okay.
Speaking to our families half way across the world was more than okay. While everyone gathered for lunch we all chatted and made funny faces and talked about what was on the menu. The kids caught up with their cousins and it all seemed okay.

Saying good-bye was not okay.
One would think that being away from home for almost 5 years and missing Christmas lunches and gatherings, and the traditions it would all become easier as time went by but it hasn't.

In light of what is happening in the world today I count my blessings that many of our family and friends are just a phone call away. Many others don't have that privilege.

The zendala challenge this week was interesting and took me ages to make the first lines. But once the lines got flowing it was no stopping.

Thanks Erin for the challenge.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas in the Middle East

Christmas is almost here, and I'm really missing home these days. The warm Caribbean sunshine, and the smell of Christmas in the air. Christmas does have a smell can anyone describe it? Random people passing wishing each other Seasons Greetings, makes it all worth it.

This is our second Christmas in Qatar and even though we have noticed a few more decorations in some stores this year, there is just enough for the expats to get by. So no complaining there. There are a few Christmas movies on cable and the rest we rent from itunes.

In a couple of days if not sooner the Caribbean families will be calling to find out our plans for Christmas, or if I made the Christmas cakes yet and if we need to skype so that one of the moms can talk me through the turkey preps. I can't find a turkey. But there are 4 days left so I will continue the search and HOPE. I've been to four supermarkets, there are two more to go.

I don't know if I'll be doing much art in the next few days. I will not only be looking for a turkey, but as the kids are now on holiday we will pass the time trying new things with food a little Christmas tradition we started since we have become expats.


Monday, December 10, 2012

Zinger Style

I got my cast off yesterday. yeahhhhhhh. But the doctor looked at me and said have you kept your foot elevated? I nodded but he knew I lied. The broken area was still swollen and blue. "I would like the cast to stay for one more week but there is not enough circulation so I will keep it off". With a promise to not walk much for another week, he sent me home with more pain killers and a bandage. Going to sleep with a cast on is like going to bed with winter boots on, so this time I need to be more obedient and keep my leg elevated. I don't ever want to see a cast again. Next week I can try to walk.

Here is another zentangle challenge that was give by the Diva some weeks ago. It was to use the "Zinger". I really like that one. It can be used for so many different things. I used Grey PITT Pens for the shading but I much prefer shading with a pencil.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Zendala Dare #34

It's hot and overcast in Doha today after being sunny and cold yesterday. It's called the change of season. There were two days last week when we were sprinkled with rain, the first significant rain since March. I suspect it won't rain again until March next year. But we welcome the clouds anyway.

This weeks challenge from The Bright Owl was interesting because I had no idea where to begin. Turned on the tv and began watching a movie. By the time the movie was finished, I brought out the pencils to do the shading. Oh the progress one can make when one does not over think things.

Zendala Dare #34

Monday, December 3, 2012

Hello December!!!! (and last weeks Challenge)

December is finally here. Cooler months follow, blue skies prevail, and the Christmas season is upon us. This will be our second Christmas here in the Middle East. Living in a country which is predominantly Muslim, there is not much Christmas "spirit". But within our family and the few friends we have, we make the best of it.

In the weeks to come I am sure I will have some sort of strange Christmas story which will be the highlight for us this year. Last year it was the tale of the Christmas Ham. I'll get to that in another post but in the meantime here is the Diva's Challenge and The Bright Owl's Zendala Dare from last week.

Zendala Dare #33

The Diva's Challenge for last week was to Zentangle without using a string. I have never been one for keeping the rules, so this one was not hard to do. I don't usually use strings when creating tiles. As a matter of a fact I just choose a random page in my journal to draw them in. But I promise to use a string next time.
No Strings Attached - Challenge #97

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Challenges and Dares

Despite wearing a cast on my foot for the past week and a half, I've been getting around like a pro on one leg and crutches. I have a great computer chair with wheels which helps me to get around when my working leg gets tired. I've given up painting for awhile simply because of logistics - my paints are upstairs and I hang out downstairs with the dog and the TV since every one is out all day.

Zentangles help keep me off my feet. So every project or challenge I take up gives me the excuse to stay still. I've recently taken up the Divas Challenge and Zendala Dares from The Bright Owl.

The first Zendala Dare I did was really fun and I'm looking forward to getting a collection of them. 

Zendala Dare #31 - Thanksgiving
As for the Divas Challenges, I just need to get the few that I've done in to my computer, then I'll be good to go.
See you tomorrow with another tangle.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

A Curled Page

As promised a new picture as frequently as I can.
This one is in my journal. A curled page with tangles. Quite colorful isn't?

A Curled Page

Friday, November 23, 2012

Time Found

I can't believe it's been a month and some since my last post. Problem was finding time wasn't it? With a broken foot now, and not being able to move around freely, I didn't have to go looking for time it came and found me.
Yes I have a broken foot,  and it's quite silly how it happened but nevertheless it happened, and while very inconvenient, I am seeing the purpose. I have no choice now but to focus on the bits of art work that I've been wanting to try, or finish.

Since its easier to sit in front of the TV with a sketchbook and some pens, I've been doing a little zentangling. Many months ago, I started subscribing to the Zentangle e-newsletter, with gives updates on tangles to try etc. I have the emails set to go straight to a special folder, which somehow started collecting dust. Finding myself immobile and bored, this unopened dusty file caught my attention. I've been spending my days zentangleing and getting pretty good at it I think. It's to the point that when I close my eyes to go to sleep, black and white doodles take over.
So until I get my cast off, I can safely say that I'll be getting reacquainted with my computer, my blog, and art, and whatever else fell into that dusty box of neglect.

Have a good weekend everyone.

Its the chicken in the egg

Friday, September 28, 2012

Finding Time

In A previous post, I mentioned that I was working. Working on artsy things. Unfortunately, I can't work and blog stuff at the same time. Truly it's difficult for me. I admire all those lovely artists who can produce art work, and do life, and still find time to keep an organized blog current.

****Sigh**** I put that on my to do list - cut out some time to update blog even if there is nothing to talk about. NOTE TO SELF "TRY HARDER"! 

Here are a threesome of ballet shoes done with collage, on 6x6 bits of wood. Very pink don't you think?

I like the unknown of collage.....scavenging for papers, and fitting them into the right places to form a picture.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 11th

Today marks another anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in New York.

While I never knew any of those people who died on that awful day, I remember that day all to clearly, and every year go back and remember the sadness. It's just normal now.

This past summer our family had the opportunity to go to New York City, and made our way to the memorial site of the trade center. It's one thing to see it on TV but it becomes real when you are there in person.

Waterfall where one tower stood

It was a sad feeling while there. Despite the great number of tourists who visited the mood was one of respect and wonder.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Working and a Doll

 Happy New Week Friends,

No blogging means I'm working. Working on new projects/paintings/challenges.

The kids returned to school yesterday. Yes in the Middle East we go to school from Sunday to Thursday. It's back to waking up early and routine. I don't mind I'll get more done - art wise.

Here is a little art doll I made for my sister after a trip to South Korea a couple of years ago. The doll wears the traditional Korean dress called "han bok" the writing is my sisters name in Korean. Unfortunately I can't remember the pronunciation of the name. ****(

I really enjoyed making this. The face is done in prisma colors, and the dress and flowers are done with handmade korean paper which I found in a little market we stumbled on.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


I saw this interesting project on Chrissies blog "In his Grace".

 It looked like fun so I gave it a try.

It would have been nice to take pictures of the process but I forgot.

So here goes  BELIEVE

mdf wood
scrapbook paper
white gesso
white paint
black pen


Monday, September 3, 2012


From time to time, I will be talking about this little creature.

His name is Shilo.
Isn't he just awesome cute?

That was Shilo just about 1 year ago.

It was nothing short of a miracle how we got him. The short of it is that he was a rescue. His mom and her sister was discarded when they turned up pregnant, and were going to be "put down" if someone did not claim them. A sweet lady took them both in and suddenly had on her hands something like 9
Jack Russell Terriers. She nursed them all back to health and put the call out for adoption.

We were at that time actively searching for a dog and we were very specific with what we wanted. It had to be small as a full grown dog, terrier "type", low maintenance, and just down right cute.
While we got what we wanted, we, within a few months of adopting this little cutie, started learning some hard lessons on what it is like to own a Jack Russell.

Any Jack Russell or naughty dog stories of your own? I would love to hear them.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Summer Sunset

I now live in the dessert. As a matter of fact this is my second summer here. You would think that with all of the sunny resources, a sunset would not be so rear. Sometimes there is so much haze due to dust or sand or whatever, you can't see a sunset. There is a difference between seeing the sun set behind a sand dune and a sun set slipping beyond the sea.

I've always enjoyed sunsets no matter where they are. It's the colors, the sudden peace, and a welcoming cool down of the day.

Here are 2 very different sunsets

Setting beneath the deep blue Caribbean Sea (Jolly Harbour -Antigua) 

Setting beyond the dunes of the dessert (Doha, Qatar)

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Doll Dreams Challenge - July

Summer is almost over, and in a couple of days its back to the grind, and the routines. And the older I get I realize that routine is not so bad. Routine is good when you have a family who is always on the go.

The Doll Dreams challenge for July was SUMMER

As much as I love summer, I got stuck on this one. Then as the face developed I remembered something about one summer many years ago, and this turned out to be a note for my sister.

"Do you remember when we got our hair braided one summer and they put beads on the ends? We thought it was so cool. But the beads made swishy noises when we moved our heads. That was so annoying"

When I visited my sister this summer we had a good laugh about it.

And of course I had to test it out in INSTAGRAM........

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Doll Dreams Challenge - August

Trying to get back into the swing of creative things, I took up Adriana's challenge of the MATRYOSHKA DOLL.

Prisma Colors - face
scrapbook and newspapers papers
ZenDoodles and birds

Thursday, August 23, 2012

More Apples - Collage

While digging around in the internet looking for collage artists, I found 2 whom I really admire.
First is Elizabeth from "Paper Paintings" her colors are vibrant, the use of paper is amazing. Her pictures are truely painted with paper. In most of her peices you have to look more closely to realize its all about texture.

**Note to self - take one of her classes.

The other artist is Nancy Standlee. I like her style. She's not only into collage but also various mixed media styles. She does collage portraits too. Love it!

And now for my second and final edition of APPLES

Both pieces were done on 8x11 watercolor paper. Most papers used were from magazines or hand printed/painted. I like the challenge of placing each piece of paper in the right place and having to figure out where the shadows and the highlights go. The background is just paint and paints splashes.

The key to completing these collages is patience, patience, patience.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A is for APPLES

A few posts back I promised some artsy apples. Here they are.

I really like doing collage. I discovered it high school and have experimented with it off and on. I am really happy with how these apples turned out.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back From Holiday

Sadly I am back in Qatar from holiday in Antigua - my home. We had a great time. As always the visit was way to short. It was so good to spend with time family and friends again.

The heat in Qatar is miserable, and there is not much to do here during the summer especially during Ramadan. As of yesterday Ramadan is o.v.e.r. So at least we can now go out for a bite to eat. It's the EID holidays now - not sure what to expect. I just know that most Government offices are closed.

The kids and I are looking forward to school. I think I am looking forward to it more than they are. For the past week we have been playing Super Mario Brothers on the Wii. Wow! I can actually find the time to do something like that.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Roots Pt.2

 This is part 2 of yesterdays post "finding my Roots"

At one point in my life I wanted to be a carpenter. But that was not the girly thing to do. But I did need to work. I worked a few years in a hardware store. While there, I learned everything I could about paint. Its qualities, and how colors mix and compliment each other. I learned about wood. White pine, yellow pine, spruce, teak, you name it. I knew about their properties and their best uses. (Ask me now, I couldn't tell you) But wood was not about just building houses and fences. Wood was art. I used wood scraps to make things. Mostly boxes. I also used scraps to make what I called assembled art, and where paint was not available, collage did the job.  Still these works were just for me. People at that time were still into palm trees and tropical flowers. I was not sure if these clunky things would be accepted by anyone. And what would I do with all these boxes and so called pieces of "art" when they are done? So just stopped!

Enter the Internet and the digital age. I discovered photoshop. The almighty photoshop. You could call it luck or not, but someone give me their program. Just gave it to me. "Here take it - I'm upgrading my system for the latest of everything". Wow. That's when the digital love affair began. By then I was working with a company where my job was solely computer based. Eight hours on a computer everyday. In the evenings I went home to study. By then there was a threesome of kids. So every night after I put them to bed, I would be Learning everything I could about photoshop until midnight. Talk about commitment huh? I learned how to make scrapbooking elements, digital papers, alter and restore photos, textures and special effects. Yes my new love - no need to get messy with glue, and there was always an extensive color pallet at my disposal.

One day my fingers turned blue. I can giggle about it now but it was not funny at the time. I was at work, concentrating on an intense project on the computer of course when I realized I was not feeling anything in my fingers, and they were a strange color. A kind of grayish blue. What the....? I later learned that I was beginning to have circulation and pinched nerve issues. Some thing had to give and it had to be the photoshop. After all I had to make a living, and I needed to heal the muscles that were becoming damaged.

About one year later a new twist.

The last installment of this unexpected long tail will be tomorrow
Cause it still leads to something I promise

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Going Back To My Roots

In all of the searching and experimenting I've done, while looking for my style, my artistic style that is, it seems that I have come full circle from where I began. You see, in order for you to understand, I need to give some background about how it all began.

I have always been an artist, but never been trained. Way back in the older days, art was not something that was given much attention to in my school, and note it was one of the best schools on the island. Did I mention that I am from a tiny little island in the Caribbean? Yes it is so.
Back in my days, art was for losers. You told anyone that you wanted to pursue a career in art, they would look at you funny. Art was a taboo thing, a thing for people not right in their head, a thing not prestigious enough, a thing you can't make a living off get the picture. You needed to be a name: a lawyer, a doctor, someone who can make a contribution to society.

On the other hand if you were accepted into the art hall of fame in my tiny little country, you were painting beach scenes and coconut trees. (Those hall of famer's were usually expats from Britain or America) How could you resist the calm of a lovely blue landscape of the beautiful Caribbean sea? I taught myself how paint beach scenes, and use watercolors, and with a little help from my mother we battled through perspective and composition. She was an artist back in her day as well.

There was the occasional opportunity to represent my high school in inter-schools competitions. I never won anything, but I did my best at painting the palm trees and the beaches, with the only paints I could buy. Watercolors.
Jump forward many years, I started experimenting with paper. You have to understand that while more and more people where "coming out of the closet", about their artistic selves, art supplies were not abundant, and when you did find paints etc, they were very expensive. With a lack of paint supply, I began experimenting with paper. I started making paper machier bowls and cups and piggy banks, out of newspapers and with the absence of paint, I used colored and patterned tissue paper as my pallet. They were cheap, cheap. There was nothing more gratifying than scouting our little town for papers. The store people would always give me strange looks because of how enthusiastic I would become while asking for a piece of their packaging paper.
Paper, glue, sticky dirty fingers, were the ultimate happiness for me.

Join me tomorrow for part 2......I promise this all leads to something!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hello July

The month of July always excites me...... I guess its because it's summer and summer is my favorite time of the year. It's hot and humid and I am always blessed to be in a country that entertains the summer heat.
There's the pool or the beach; love the beach, and endless glasses of lemonade mixed with fresh mint.

I'll be "arting" this summer, but mostly experimenting with my paints and papers, and really digging in to learn more stuff. Well that's the plan anyway.

What will you be doing this summer?

Friday, June 29, 2012

Summer Holidays and New Projects

 Finally, the summer holidays are here. The kids are off school until September. Today I turn of my preset alarm that goes off every morning at 5.30, and I get to sleep in for seven days in a row if I feel like it. There will be no early morning traffic and afternoon pick up rush to battle with for the next 2 months. Sounds awesome!


I've been working. For the last few days my hands have been full of paint, and my brushes have been dirty. That's a good sign. I've been experimenting with creating backgrounds and various painting and doodling techniques. Trying not to be so cautious, and just play with the paint. I've rediscovered a style that I used to work with many years ago. So while I go off and play for a while, think.....


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Butterfly Art Journal

Hello Friends,

I've been taking part in Suzi Blues' latest class; FAIRIES. Art journaling, fairy style. I started out with all the robust gusto of all new students, then got side tracked and everything faded away. It was good to get back into shading and coloring faces using prisma colors. Luckily Suzi is forgiving and will leave the class open until the end of the year.

 Here's one of the fairy drawings.
Still in progress

I took a couple of days to complete this double page. If you look closely, you will see that I kind of screwed up the face with the glue, then I couldn't decide what to do with the rest of the head. Don't you just hate that? Indecision on how to move forward? The best remedy for that is to just leave it alone for a few hours or even days then get back to it.

My daughter named her Butter Plat

In the end it turned out to be something I am happy with.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Coloring and Doodling and Working

Hello Friends.......

I've been working! Working on new stuff for my "inspired by" section. Only that this is a style that is part of my artistic roots, and I'm slapping myself silly 'cause I don't know why I ever gave it up. Hmmmmm I sense there is a story coming up sometime soon. All I can say is this...."It is good to branch out and try new things but there must be one or two things you are really good at and most of all love to do. Why not dig in deep and try to perfect that one thing, even as you continue to experiment and learn new things? It is then your unique style will emerge."

Yes indeed there is a story or two in there. In the meantime, here is a doodle page in my Butterfly Art Journal  For Suzi Blu's Fairy class.

Hope you all have a productive week.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sitting Scratching My Head

I have been struggling for a while now to work with cracking medium. I have 4 different brands of this medium, and I am convinced that I am doing something wrong. A few months ago I bought 2 bottles of colored cracking medium, and today, only today opened one bottle to find it almost dry.

I painted my page purple, and while waiting for that to dry, I mixed the crackle paint to get it to a gooey consistency. It was not spreadable with a paint brush so I used a palette knife to spread it, and left it to dry. Visiting it a few hours later, I took one look at it and walked away disappointed. Sure the thing cracked but the cracks were raised off the page and you could actually use a nail and scratch the cracks off. No clue now with what to do with this page. Can't tear it out because I have something pretty on the back. AAAARRRRGGGGG!!!!!!
Another couple of hours later I used acrylic gloss medium to cover, hoping that the medium would stick the flaky bits back to the page. It did. Left it to dry. The outcome, something like leather.
I didn't like it at all. The color of the paints, the cracks, and the leathery look. But I needed to keep going and turn it around to something I would like.

 The photo does not do it justice, and I'm not sure what to make of it.

Two 3-D liner paint pens saved the day. A few doodles and swirls and a hand made flower sticker turned it from disaster to victory. Now I just need to find some thoughtful words to add to the page. Not one of my favorite projects but I learned something new, and I did not give up!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Doll Dreams June Challenge

Adriana's Challenge over at Doll this month is Markers. I have not done a picture in only markers for a long time so I decided to give it a go. Adriana did a whole course on using copic markers but at the time, copic markers were not available in my neck of the woods. I eventually discovered BRUSHABLES - I've never used copics, so I can't compare but I'm happy with my find.

Brushables come in a package of 4, each marker with two tips. The color, and the tint. Great for layering and coloring faces. The colors are basic; Blues, Greens, Yellows, Browns, Reds, purples, greys to black. But what more do you need?

Here's a little slideshow I made to show the process of the piece.

This was really fun to make, and I was so grateful for the template. Next time I won't be lazy. I'll draw my own doll.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Inspired by POM and ME

Murakamis' POM AND ME

Self-Portrait of Murakami and his dog, POM

I like that he created his self-portrait in different colors. Materials used to make the statues: acrylic, carbon fiber and corian base.

And now for my rendition of POM AND ME

materials used:

Prismacolor -colored pencils
graphite Pencil
Faber-castell makers
pitt pens


Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspired By -Takashi Murakami

I learned about contemporary artist Takashi Murakami recently, when I took the kids to his "EGO" exhibit at the Qatar Museum Authority. Naturally one is drawn to his whimsical characters KaiKai and KiKi, and the bright fun colours he uses in each piece.

The first thing that gets you when you enter the gallery, is the giant inflatable balloon of himself, sitting there like a giant Buddha. The likeness of him is amazing. I knew it was a balloon because this girl had to touch it. No detail was spared in this giant image of himself. Look closely and you will see the hairs on his legs; even a few scratches and sores.

Photos were not allowed inside the exhibition, so I have to rely on Internet photos to display some of his work here. There is an excellent review of the exhibition written on Buddhist Art News.

Self Portrait Of The Distressed Artist - 2009

(Credit to

Time- Camouflage Moss Green - 2009
(Credit to

His whimsical flowers and colours

One of many KiKi and KaiKai Paintings

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Speaking of Style

In my last post I spoke a little about trying to find what my artistic style is. It just so happened that I was sailing around the net and landed on Claudine Hellmuths' blog. Low and behold she has started a series of posts on Finding Your Artistic Style. In part 2 she mentioned something so simple. Write it down. Write down the styles you like, and look for examples of them. Now why didn't I think of that?

In writing it down, I realized I already know what my style is, and I just need to practice, play and not be afraid to experiment. (*biting fingers*). That's the fear, just loosening up and not being afraid to play.

Thank you Claudine. You have helped put the wind back in my sail.
Now reader....go check her blog out.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Coming Out

Finally, I am fulfilling my New Years resolution. Better late than never right? i don't ever make resolutions just because I never keep them. But I made a promise to myself - that this year I would stop being a closet artist, and just get out there and show my stuff - my artwork that is. I find that if one gets together with like minded people in what ever field of interest, one will become challenged and want to strive to do better. Okay so I'm a little behind the time, not much of a leader where things like this are concerned. I procrastinate a lot where art is concerned and that has to stop!!!!!

So here I am, introducing myself to the artsy blog world. "Blog world here I come". 

Just a little about me:

I love colours and pencils and doodles and and paints, and papers (I am a professed paper addict), and canvases and all things ART. I am not a traditionally trained artist. I am self taught, and have picked up techniques, and different art related things along my artistic journey. I see colours more than I can see numbers or letters.

After behaving like a ship without a sail, or rather without a captain, I jumped into the world of art full time when I became an expat wife and stay at home mom. Something that was very new to me. Not allowed to work, I decided to spend my time doing what I love most ART ART ART. And not the traditional art either. The world of mixed media is my home.

I stumbled upon Suzi Blu's ning site one day while my sail-less ship was cruising around the Internet. The ship came aground at Suzi's site, and we stayed for a few days. She was having a Petit Dolls class and I took the leap and joined. Very skeptical because I had never done anything like this before. Suzi helped me get "my sail up"...... In one of her videos it was as if she was speaking to me specifically.....she said not to be to critical, not to compare your self with others and one thing that echos every time I start a new painting. She said "you are allowed to make bad art". Really? I make so much bad art. But I think that the point she was trying to get across was that every piece is not going to come out exactly how you envisioned it would. And even if you don't like the end result, you need to enjoy the process of getting there. And that's when I discovered GESSSSOOOOOO! La de dahhhhhh. Gesso is a fine acquaintance of mine. Thank you Suzi Blu, You helped me get the wind back in to that sail.

A little about my Style:

I cant honestly say that I have a specific style. (I get bored much to quickly). I try new things, alter things, and take instructions and inspiration from many different people and places. Hopefully starting this blog will help me to continue moving forward and developing as an artist.

And THAT is enough about me! 
Please feel free to leave comments, or even ask questions, or lets get some dialogue going.

Blessings for a good week.