My other two colouring books

So here are my other two colouring books I said I would mention, since this post, “Adult colouring books.”

“Enchanted Forest” and “Secret Garden,” are both by Johanna Basford.


The pages are so detailed inside and these two are going to last me for some time. They are worth the money. As well as colouring, there are things to find, or do. I’m doing the colouring first and will go back to the puzzles after, except for the pages that involve adding more detail them, which those I will do as I go along.

This photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Enchanted Forest” colouring book.


The photo below, is a couple of pages out of the “Secret Garden” colouring book.


I have mostly used felt tips when colouring these pages, but at times I have used pencil crayons. Although the paper is good quality, I would not recommend Sharpies felt tips, as these will bleed through to next page. Felt tips I have been using that are really good and do not bleed through are Staedtler and Stabilo.



Adult colouring books

Adult colouring books have been out a few years and they are still popular. They can help towards better mental health, because they give you something to focus on. I have been using colouring books for a couple of years, or slightly longer and towards end of last year, I was relying on them heavily after tragic events, to get through the day. (The last picture certainly reflects that very dark period in my life.)
These pages out of my colouring books were single-sided, so I used mainly sharpie pens for colouring in, but at times I used pencil crayons too.
I said last year that I would share some of my colourings one day. Although later than planned, here they are.

In a later post, I will share two colouring books I am now currently using.

Self-care day

One Sunday last month, I had a day just for myself. (Me time.) Although I do not have this box I created, which I talked about last August, in a Chit-Chat post, I still do have ‘me time.’ This can still be over a weekend, or as last month, just for the day. The things that were in my box originally, I still have some of those things and they are still used for whenever I want to feel like I am having a little pamper, or for relaxation. I have just put them when with my other toiletries, to save space.
When I had my self-care day, I stayed indoors with it cold outside. (I felt lazy to go out.) Although I wasn’t tech free, it was limited. I only used the internet that morning to send a couple of messages after I had my breakfast. I did not plan a schedule as in times for my day, as I just went with the flow, but I had in mind what I wanted to do. This was what I had planned:

  • Tai-Chi for about an hour.
  • Clean bathroom. (Yes, I did say that. I used mindfulness as I did this.)
  • Watch two films on DVD; “All Of My Heart” and “City of Angels.”
  • Cuddle from Miley, my cat.
  • 9.30pm to 10pm, go to bed.

Tai chi-Chi I did in the morning following mindfully cleaning the bathroom. I then did my lunch.

I watched the film, “All of my heart” in the late afternoon, which I bought from Amazon after a friend chatted to me about it. She told me of a particular line in the film and thought of me after reading this post; “You don’t always know,” where I talked about never being intimate with a man again. The line that a character said in the film, which I liked was,”…I’ll make my own happily ever after.” I loved this line and the film. (I have watched it again since.)
After this DVD, I watched “City of angels,” which I never get bored with of. Miley joined me at this point.
While watching the films, I had a scented candle going.

Although I still make sure I have a self-care for either a weekend, or a day as in this case, each month, my self-care is improving this year. I am aware if I need to spray a certain perfume that relaxes me. I also do tai-chi every day for half an hour to an hour, (mostly an hour now,) using one of my DVD’s, from my growing collection. I have mostly done this every day without fail, but on the odd days I did not do it, as I shared before in a past post, I have missed it, so I seemed to have found the right exercise for me.
Although I don’t do Pilates regular now, I still do the important stretches that will help prevent injuries I’ve known to have had in the past, hence why I started Pilates in the first place. I will know about if I don’t do them. The only other I need to get back into, is the exercises that will help with strengthening of my knee and ankle that I had to do when I had physio one time. I know tai-chi will also help with this, but those exercises are important too.

Looking at low-impact exercises

With the possibility of one day hopefully living in a one bedroom flat, I have been looking at low-impact exercises I can do. I did not want to being doing Zumba or any other kind of exercise similar and find the neighbour below were being disturbed by thumping noises of me dancing to it. This has happened in the past, except he wasn’t annoyed, he was smiling as he talked about it and wondered what was going on, when I was moving out. I had a Wii fit at the time then and I never thought about the disturbances I may cause, while dancing away. Also, I am heavy footed when walking about, which tends to be my right leg that does this. (The slightly weaker side.) So there will no energetic type of exercises when I’m one day living in a flat.

I already do Pilates and I realised why not get back into Tai Chi. Last year, I did look at some Tai Chi DVD’s and I remember there was one that caught my eye, so in January, I decided to treat myself. Here they are. I also have another one of his DVD’s called “Tai Chi Fit To Go,” that I am yet to try out as this post goes to air.

Tai Chi Fit - 'Strength' and 'Flow' DVD's.

It was years ago when I last did Tai Chi. (My late teens.) I came across some Chinese guy on TV in the late hours and wondered what the hell he was doing. This was my first seeing of Tai Chi and once I realised and watched for a while, I had a go and I discovered it was harder than it looked. Soon, I was waiting for him to come on every week to follow along to it and I enjoyed it. One day, he did not appear on TV and I never seen him again.

Back to present, I have these Tai Chit Fit DVD’s; ‘Strength’ and ‘Flow.’ (And also ‘To Go.’) I looked this guy up on You Tube after coming across him on Amazon first, just to see if I would get an idea of being able to follow him and whether I would enjoy it. It seemed to me I would. After trying them, I find that these were the right DVD’s for me and really enjoyable. It is like having your own instructor in your living room and since I have started doing Tai Chi with these DVD’s, there has only been a couple of days where I have not done any, but I missed it.

Another D.I.Y. retreat. (With sadness.)

I had another D.I.Y. retreat, last Saturday to Sunday, to give myself some self-care and timeout after issues at work, the PIP assessment that I worked myself up over prior and in preparation for when I had my extraction on my tooth. I allowed myself access to technology this time, but it was limited and my mobile phone remained on, in case of emergencies.

My menu was how I originally planned it, before I knew I was going to do one and although I had a schedule for the two days, I did not plan it out into too much details as in regards to the time for everything.

Saturday schedule

  • Breakfast – 8.30am
  • Read a book for an hour or so. (10 mins on internet)
  • “Dance That Walk Cardio Party” DVD – 10.30am (an hour)
  • Lunch – 12.30
  • DVD: “Don’t be afraid of the dark,” followed by reflect and then relax with a book till dinner.
  • Dinner – 6.30pm
  • Relax in bath before bed, at 9pm. (I also used one of my face masks at this point, while in bath.)

Saturday menu

  • Cereals at breakfast
  • Lunchtime: Quorn balls with tinned tomatoes, tinned chickpeas and mixed veg. (Serve what I need and separate the rest into portions to freeze later when cool.)
  • Sardine sandwich at dinner


Sunday schedule

  • Breakfast – 8.30am (I stayed in bed till 9.30am, so breakfast was about 10am.)
  • Free time in, or out.
  • Lunch 12.30
  • DVD: “Exit Wounds.”

My Sunday schedule then stopped, because I was heartbroken. I seen on my timeline about a couple that died in Meden Vale, but names had not been announced. After looking online at my local paper, the names were announced; Sandra and Michael Dangerfield. They were apparently died at the scene, after a collision with a car. I am devastated. A good friend of mine took me to where flowers had already been laid, as in the news link above. I had to see for myself. There was a photo of them both with someone else. This confirmed for me they had both gone. They were taken too soon and I hope the investigation going on uncovers what happened there.

When I arrived home, I just spent a bit of time on Facebook, while having a scented candle lit and mugs of tea.

Sunday menu

  • Cereals at breakfast
  • Jacket potato with parsnip and veg, for lunch.
  • Just a scone I could stomach and a few mugs of tea, due to above mentioned.



My D.I.Y. Retreat: 3 of 3

Last post of my D.I.Y. Retreat, but do catch my reflection post some time later.


Toast with butter and jam
Tea or coffee

(Mixed nuts available to snack on, if required.)

Chicken, veg, yorkshire pudding and mash, with gravy.

Selection of crackers and assorted cheeses, with baby tomatoes.
Greek yogurt with fruit


8am – 9am Breakfast
9am – 10am Free time
10am – 11am Zumba, then free time till lunch.
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30pm to 4pm approx, watch DVD, “Logan,” followed by free time.
4pm till dinner Reflections in journal and free time
6pm – 7pm Dinner
7pm – 9pm Listen to music
9pm or 10pm Bed

Luckily it was free time for an hour after breakfast, as I chose to lie in for an hour.
After breakfast, I played “Dance, Dance, Dance,” on my Zumba DVD and could see my co-ordination was getting better than the first time I played it. I felt good afterwards.
It was free time before lunch, which gave me time in the kitchen to prepare what I needed.

After lunch, it was DVD time. Today I was watching, “Logan.” I have been looking forward to this since I bought it some weeks ago, ready for when I chose to have my retreat time. While watching it, I ate some strawberries.

I took a soak and washed my hair before dinner. I enjoyed my selection of crackers and cheeses, with mugs of tea to wash it down. I then listened to music, till bed, which I had an early night to prepare for the day tomorrow.

Here are some of my photos, from my own retreat.

Finding inspiration

I hope you enjoyed reading my three posts on what I did on my own D.I.Y. retreat and that it has gave you some inspiration. As I had mentioned in an earlier post, I learnt that it is personal to you and there is no right or wrong way about it.

It was also interesting Googling around on different types of home retreats, after deciding that was where mine would be and I found this useful PDF guide called 7 Steps to Create a Mini-Retreat at Home, giving me further ideas to creating my own retreat at home.
Coming across this guide, I learnt who was behind this and I went to visit their website, “Raw Horizons.” My coaching session is only part I have not shared, as this is personal to me and it would make it an extremely long post.

My D.I.Y. Retreat: 2 of 3

I hope you enjoyed my first post yesterday. Here is my second post of three.


Weetabix and banana
Tea or coffee

Cheese and onion quiche with mixed salad, tomatoes, cucumber, coleslaw and Mediterranean Style Couscous
Mixed nuts to snack on later and a strawberry and banana milkshake

Egg sandwich and a blueberry muffin


8am – 9am Breakfast
9am – 10am Pilates. Read a book while a scented candle was lit.
10am till lunch Relaxation with candle and write in my journal if required.
12.30 – 1.30 Lunch
1.30pm till approx 4pm Watch DVD; “We need to talk about Kevin,” followed by “Mrs Doubtfire.”
4pm till dinner Free time. Have a bubble bath soak
6pm – 7pm Dinner
7pm – 9pm Free time and reflection
9pm or 10pm Bed

No headache on getting up today, but the feeling of tiredness is still there. (The tiredness eased off and wasn’t as bad by lunch time.) After breakfast I made myself another mug of tea, relaxed with my feet up while reading my book. Miley joined me on my lap. I had my fragrance oil burning, but I had to stop using it as it was aggravating my asthma. It was a shame, as it was a lovely relaxing smell. It was a free gift from when I enrolled on the two courses, now completed as you know. So no money wasted.

After lunch, I watched my DVD’s while having a strawberry and banana smoothie and munching on some pine nuts and cashew nuts. It was then free time and reflection before dinner. Part of my free time I spent soaking in my bath using Sanctuary Spa Cleansing Burst Body Wash. (I poured this under running water.) I followed this up with Spa Sanctuary Cooling Body Sorbet moisturiser.
I could feel I was starting to wind down and so when I had dinner, I just had Camomile tea, or water till bed. Until bed, I just carried on reading my book, which I finished and I had an early night of 9pm.

See My D.I.Y. Retreat: 3 of 3 tomorrow.