The morning should begin with a quick sketch or two. I really like that idea. Maybe I'll incorporate Cathy Johnson's lessons at the Online Strathmore Workshop 2 as a starting point. Two of these pages are from lesson 1. The third one is my palette. When I rearrange my palette I make a swatch map. I scan it and print it to paste into my various sketchbooks.
The eucalyptus pods caught my eye when I was out shopping the other day and I couldn't resist buying a branch. I think they'd be gorgeous in a larger still life. They've certainly been great to see the first thing in the morning!