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App Happy–Apps for Well Being

May 8
Laughing Buddha

This Laughing Buddha Reminds Me Daily to Choose to be Happy

Other than checking WebMD for whatever might be ailing me, I never used my computer for anything health related. But having some convenient apps on my phone has helped me monitor my daily activity level, calorie intake and given me a better night’s sleep.

Here are my favorite apps for WELL-BEING: (Was going to call this “Fitness” but, you know..)

Note: The links are to the ANDROID versions of these apps. Each (except S Health) has an iPhone version available in the Apple store.

  • S Health: This is actually a SAMSUNG app that came with my phone and my Gear watch. So far, I only use the pedometer. It is about as accurate as any pedometer (which means “not very”), but it does give me a comparison of my activity level day by day. It syncs with my Gear watch so whenever I don’t have my phone with me and am moving around, my watch is counting my steps.
  • Twilight: Did you know the blue light from TV, computer monitors and phones is really bad for you? It messes with your sleep cycle and all kinds of stuff. This app slowly adds a red film to your screen as the sun goes down, significantly cutting down the blue light from your phone. And since we all check our phones before bed, I believe it helps us to sleep better.
  • Night Mode: I use my phone as an alarm clock, and play an audio book (with a sleep timer) each night. Night mode dims the screen so that the light from the phone doesn’t wake me up. It isn’t automatic, like Twilight, so I turn it on every night before I go to bed and off in the morning.
  • MyFitnessPal: Okay, I don’t use this every day but I have in the past. I do when I’m counting calories for whatever new diet I’m trying (still looking for that one I can stick with). I like MyFitnessPal better than S Health for calorie counting. It is so easy to use and I have a reminder every evening to log my calories for dinner, as that is the meal I am most likely to forget. The reminder comes up every day, even when I’m not using the app because I have good intentions.

There are other apps out there, but I’m not serious-minded enough to go exploring. If you are interested in using your smart phone for well-being, I hope you will give these apps a try.

App Happy–Scheduling, To-Do Lists and Reminders

May 1
phone pic

My Current Home Screen

These days, almost everyone has a computer in their pocket in the form of a smartphone. Mine is a Galaxy Note 3, which means it’s already old tech (Note 4 was released last year). But since pairing my Note 3 with Galaxy Gear smart watch (Prince Charming’s anniversary gift to last year), I feel ahead of the curve.

One of the most convenient things about using your smart phone as a pocket computer is not having to carry around a bulky calendar/planner. It’s all in that little thin plastic thing that you can also make phone calls on….

Keeping track of to-do lists, shopping lists and reminders is so easy on a smartphone once you find the app or apps that work for you. If you are ready to lose the huge binder and go digital, you might try one of my favorite three apps for a SCHEDULING, TO-DO LISTS and REMINDERS:

Note: The links are to the ANDROID versions of these apps. Each has an iPhone version available in the Apple store.

  1.  This is my go-to app for anything that requires a specific date. It has tasks separated into four catagories: Today, Tomorrow, Upcoming and Someday. Everyday at a designated time, it chimes and reminds me to “Plan my Day” by checking my to-do for that day.
  2. Trello: This is a project to-do list app. I have it set up with several kaban boards for specific projects, and one for work.
  3. Cozi: The family calendar, shopping lists, etc. All family members have access to this calendar and shopping list and are SUPPOSED to update it regularly. (Only Prince Charming and myself do this regularly. ..harrumph!) I like it because it merges our personal google calendars together so we can all see what the others have scheduled.

Do you have a favorite app on your smart phone? Let me know! Next Friday, I’ll share my favorite apps for WELL-BEING (I couldn’t type “fitness” without laughing.).


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Watching Bird

April 14

As you know, I’ve been watching and doodling the birds in the backyard lately.

A young robin decided to spend some time watching me back. He sat on the neighbor’s fence for nearly half an hour watching me and the dogs mess around on the back porch. He soon started making fun of me to the other birds. I have evidence:


I don’t walk like this!


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Bird Doodles

April 5

Sitting outside has been great and I have renewed my enjoyment of watching and listening to the birds from my comfy porch. I didn’t really notice I was enjoying it until I realized that I’ve been drawing a lot of birds lately.

I have a Moleskine planner/diary (Moleskine 2015 Peanuts Limited Edition Weekly Notebook, 12 Month, Pocket, White, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5) (Moleskine Peanuts)) and I doodled these birds on the ruled page side:

In the planner


Titmouse in the planner


In my big illuminated journal that I keep in my art bag, I drew this pair of birdies:

The Red Pair


All of these drawings are ballpoint pen (G-2) and colored pencils.

It’s funny how doodling can reveal what is on your mind. I hope you are doodling something great, too. Read the rest of this entry »

Sitting Spots

April 3

My latest sketchbook has two drawings in it: a cedar swing like one I used to have, and a drawing of my metal glider.

The Cedar Swing

The Cedar Swing

The Metal Glider

The Metal Glider

The weather has been spring like for a month. It’s actually been pleasant outside! It must be time to get back to some outside doodling.

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The Broccoli and Cheese Thing

March 25

Once upon a time, a recipe for “Broccoli and Cheese Meatloaf” came up in Lovely Samantha’s facebook stream.

“Oh! This looks delicious,” said the Lovely Samantha. “I think I will make this for dinner tomorrow.” She did and it was delicious. It was also a hit with Prince Charming and the Minions.

A few months later, The Lovely Samantha decided to make it again.  Samantha had all the ingredients on hand, so nothing had to be bought. She moved the broccoli and beef to the fridge to thaw.

The following evening, after a long half-day of work and an afternoon of singing to woodland animals, The Lovely Samantha was very tired. She was glad that dinner had already been planned and looked forward to the savory meatloaf she remembered.

Lovely Samantha took our her favorite cast iron skillet and started browning the beef. She added the browned beef to the other ingredients in a large kitchen bowl.

It was about half way through this step when Lovely Samantha realized YOU DON’T BROWN BEEF FOR MEATLOAF!!!  Great Galloping GRAVY!!

The Lovely Samantha inadvertently spoke a spell with a lot of four-letter words and transformed herself into EVIL KITCHEN WITCH.

Evil Kitchen Witch decided to pretend she MEANT to brown the beef. She added different ingredients and cursed her family with BROCCOLI AND CHEESE CASSEROLE.

Much to Evil Kitchen Witch’s dismay, the family loved the casserole. Minion #1 declared it better than the meatloaf.

Evil Kitchen Witch was so happy, she turned back into The Lovely Samantha and lived happily ever after until the next time she cooked.

Here are both recipes so you too can have a magical meatloafy or magical casseroley dinner:

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That Time I Created a Super Villain

March 21


In the fall of 2009, I was challenged to create a super villain. I do not recall who challenged me or why, but while looking for something else on my computer, I found THE PERSUADER!

The image at the link is a “rollover” gif. That means if you put your cursor on the image at the link, it changes to another image. In this case, you get her origin story and a pic of her mild-mannered alter ego.

I had fun making The Persuader. If I ever do a super hero comic, she will have to make an appearance.



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Updatery 2015

February 6

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written in this space about what’s going on here in Doodleland at the Wikanderosa and thought it was time for some updating. The short of it is that we are going to stay in Texas and we’re all fine.

For all the details, read on: Read the rest of this entry »

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Inktober 2014–The End

October 31

At last, Inktober is done for this year. Here are the final pen and ink drawings. (Previous drawings an be found here and here.)


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Inktober 2014–The Second Ten Days

October 20

Here are the Inktober 2014 drawings for October 11-20th. (For the first ten days, go here.)

Now we’re in the home stretch! Only 11 more drawing days to go.

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