L is for Landscape

L is for Landscape

This cute little rural village landscape was fun to colour in – I used coloured pencils and a rather muted palette for me, but was really pleased with the result. I love the way adding colour can lift a flat image from two dimensions to three… If I had a little more patience (not to mention the needlework skill) I think this design might make a lovely quilted wall hanging 🙂

For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m taking you through my alphabet of colouring in – thanks for joining me!

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Lipids and Lipoproteins and Lips

Oh, the scientifically complicated things I have to learn about now I’m getting older…! I’ve learned that cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid, and when it combines with proteins in your blood it creates lipoproteins – High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) which is known as ‘good’ cholesterol and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is known as ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Hmmm… and apparently my ‘bad’ cholesterol level is too high, so not only do I have a ‘fatty liver’ (potentially bad) but also gallstones (created by too much unprocessed cholesterol in my gallbladder). The upshot of this excess of fatty cholesterol is that I’m going to have to drastically alter my diet to try to unfatty my liver again and stop my gallstones playing up too much. Oh joy!

I guess I’ll just have to learn to take much more care in paying close attention to which foods I let pass my lips from now on. But why oh why does the list of things I have to NOT eat and drink match so closely the list of things I love best… including alcohol and chocolate… Boooo…! 😦

Stream of Consciousness Saturday

K is for Kaleidoscope

K is for Kaleidoscope

The first time I saw this design I immediately thought of the old kaleidoscope toys we had as kids – decorated cardboard tubes with an eye hole at one end, and a rotating plastic cap on the other. When you looked into the eye hole and turned the cap round and round while holding the tube up to the light, lots of different coloured snowflake shapes appeared and disappeared again as the little plastic chips were refelected in the cleverly placed mirrors inside. Oh, I had such fun playing with kaleidoscopes as a kid! 🙂

Grown up colouring in is my alphabetical theme for this year’s Blogging from A-Z Challenge 🙂