Firstly because it’s February, so I’m like a month late… πŸ™ˆ

Secondly, because I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. It feels silly to suddenly want to change all the things just because western society has decided this is when a new lap around the sun starts. If I wasn’t motivated to do something in June why would it be any different in January?

On the other hand, we all love clean starts and patterns. You always prefer to start new things on a Monday, or the 1st of the month, or with a new year. It’s just the way we’re wired. And everybody else has been posting about their goals and such now, so it’s easy to feel inspired. Why be cynical when you can instead choose to be swept along with the general sense of enthusiasm? πŸ˜€

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Drawing of snowy owl in winter landscape

Happy holidays! πŸŽ„ These drawings might not be all that Christmas-y but I didn’t mean to either. I wanted to do something more generally winter themed. For the past few years, I’ve made bullfinches and yule goats for Christmas so this time I went for a snowy owl and a lynx.

I made these to send as Christmas cards to some Internet friends (Adastra and Kya to be precise) this year, and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. πŸ™‚

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It’s been almost 7 months since Zappo passed. It both feels like it was yesterday and ages ago at the same time.

Plenty of people grieve their pets by immediately getting a new one, and I can’t say I blame them. We all deal with shit in our own ways. For me though, I haven’t felt ready for it just yet. I still feel a bit like the title of My Dogβ„’ is reserved for Zappo. He was mine, my friend and companion, and all these other dogs are just…… dogs. Does that make any sense?

With that said, after reflecting on losing my motivation and basically turning into a sad couch potato, it seems clear that I probably need to get a new dog.

Also, I want to get one before I get “stuck” and stop wanting one. Like, if you fall off a horse you’re supposed to get up in the saddle again as soon as possible, to prevent developing a fear of riding/horses. Maybe it’s a good idea with dogs too? I don’t want to wait so long that I get used to not having one and then it will seem like too much work.

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Holy cow, I completed Inktober for the second year in a row! Being the major procrastinator that I am, I’m actually rather pleased with myself. 😁πŸ’ͺ


Last year I did Inktober with Drawlloween prompts, but I decided not to do any prompts this time.

I knew I would have less time this year as we would travel to Copenhagen, and then we had plans to visit my (divorced, so two different trips) parents and have Markus’s parents come up to visit us. And I had that neverending cold, which by now is finally over.
Because of all that, I didn’t want to have any restrictions but rather be free to do as I pleased.

The tools were the same as last time though.

I still have the same book I used last year and decided to continue with it (I’m even reusing the same photo of it). The paper is a bit yellow and soft so the ink bleeds a little, but it’s a pretty book and I want to use it.

After counting the pages it seems I have two more years worth of space left.

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I was lucky enough to spend the first weekend of October in Copenhagen, Denmark. Partly to celebrate Markus turning 30 and partly to celebrate us being together for 10 whole years! Can’t believe how time flies when you’re having fun! πŸ˜„πŸŽ‰
We had been talking about a more exotic destination for this birthday/anniversary trip, but in the end, we decided on Copenhagen. And it did not disappoint!


Nyhavn by night

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