The  Be Gentle, Be Love e-course I am taking has us exploring “joyfulness”. What I love about this course is you can take whatever you want from it. The course is on day 7 but I’m still back at Day 1. This course may take me much longer than the 30 days to get through. But then one can skip around with it because I’m saving all the emails in a folder and I can choose which one’s I want to work with or even revisit emails.

There is a lot in this course and I could see myself going through the emails 6 mo. from now and getting something totally different from it.

Art brings me joy! Joyfullness. I just love saying that word. Makes me happy just saying it out loud.

I am joyful!

I pulled out my sketchbook and with that on my mind did some random doodles. What makes me smile? That is the question. I just started drawing.

Trees and birdhouses bring me smiles.


Dancing chickens, peace signs, flying kites and spinning mobiles make me smile.


Little birdies and growing things make me happy.


I’m so glad this course has me playing with my sketch book! I needed some inspiration! I’ve already got a few ideas for some new paintings from this exercise.

And all this joyful drawing got me thinking about how baking brings me joy.

I had a craving for banana bread yesterday so got out my recipe box. I combined 3 banana bread recipes and made up my own. I didn’t want to use regular flour so I substituted spelt flour and oat bran instead.

Greg calls it Lindy’s Badass Banana Bread. I think he liked it. 🙂


Here’s the recipe:

3 bananas, mashed

1 egg, slightly beaten

1/3 C. plain yogurt

1/4 C. honey

2 T. Canola oil

1/2 t. salt

1-1/2 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

1/2 C. Oat bran

3/4 C. Spelt flour

1/2 C. walnuts

I put all the ingredients in a bowl in order as I listed them above. I stirred it with a wooden spoon just till everything was blended. I didn’t over beat it. Then I poured the batter into a greased loaf pan and baked it at 350 degrees for 45 min. or till you put a knife into it and it comes out clean or till it looks nicely browned. Then I pulled it out and let it cool for 15 or 20 min. before I dumped it out on a cookie rack to cool. Slice and serve with a drizzle of honey. Yum!