Ups And Downs ๐ŸŽญ

Today was going really well. I was getting my chores done, and my exercise, and I was eating decently. Our good friend visited after a long time and Christopher was really happy. I was doing my own thing, but happy to hear their noise and friendly arguments from my own room.

For lunch, I had an egg, rice and tofu:

Around 1:30pm our day took a turn for the bad.

Poor Kotoko’s urinary infection/kidney stone/crystals, whatever it is that we medicated her for and thought had cleared, suddenly flared –badly. She began trying to pee all over the place, little drops tinted pink with blood. She vocalized, groomed/licked her private area, and scooted. She looked so miserable, that from when this began to when we were out the door after speaking to the vet took 15 minutes max.

And now we are home again, with a cat that is effectively tripping balls on opiods:

They’ve made her paranoid and anxious, poor baby, but she is not in pain right now. A urine test is being done to check for crystals and any indication of a tumor, she’s on stronger antibiotics, and we ordered a special dry food (in case it IS crystals.) She’s also on two more different pain meds when this wears off. And should she not improve, an x-ray will be needed. Our vet did confirm that her bladder was empty but very inflamed and painful. She was also given fluids to help pass the stone –if it is a stone.

After all of this sort of calmed down, I went out on my kick scooter. I went to Target and got some small weights (just three pounds each) to strengthen my wrists. I may include them in my morning walks too, but not yet. Right now I’m just following advice to reduce my wrist pain and risk of injury –and strengthening them, with care, seems to be the thing I need to do.

On the way back, as I was crossing Pines, there was a big shiny fire truck waiting at the red light. For some reason, right when I was walking in front of it, I had a deep and irresistible childish urge to wave at them and smile –they were three to four guys, fairly young looking, all squeezed into the cab (if that’s what you call it). They seemed delighted and all smiled brightly and waved back at the idiot with a pink helmet.

It happened in like five seconds but for some reason made me happy and made me feel extremely and genuinely Little –something that rarely happens. So I wanted to write about it, but in retrospective it was such a minor thing. ๐Ÿ˜…

Anyway, I’m going to finish my chores, shower and get in bed. I plan to get another morning walk in tomorrow. And hopefully Kotoko improves soon, it’s a big stress on my mind. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and that you have a lovely night.

Fitness Log For 3/27 ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒ„

It’s hard to force yourself when your motivation is gone. But, I have to do it for myself. Today, I wrote my food before I ate it –I planned my meals, snacks, and exercise, rather than just see how it would go or what I could accomplish depending on how I felt –because I just wasn’t feeling it.

(Even this, was actually written at 1:00am, before any of it happened, and you see I didn’t edit it (mostly) –so, it mostly worked. Could have been better but certainly better than recent days.) ๐Ÿ˜…

I’ll be logging 386 calories burned, but this is likely a low estimate. On the way to Target (which logged as 86 calories) I used my kick scooter, far more strenuous to do than a simple walk. I did select “scooter” on MapMyRide, so I don’t know. Anyway, to my body it doesn’t matter, I suppose. It knows exactly how much it burned. Lol.

Already, I did better today. I’m focused again. Tomorrow I intend to do even better!

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It’s A New Day –Let’s Try Again! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ

Hello, everyone! And good morning to you all. I had a good night’s sleep, and started my day off on the right foot by going on a long walk. It was lovely. I saw a good amount of urban wildlife –some cranes, a friendly cat, squirrels, snails, worms, all kinds of birds.

The cat was very healthy looking, just beautiful, and so friendly. He followed me for a little while. I should have taken a better photo. He seemed happy.

This squirrel let me get quite close…

There were tons of little snails and their shimmery trails on the sidewalk. The snails were asleep, ready to be stepped on or cooked by the sun. So I picked up all the ones I saw and put them in the grass, easily over ten. There was also a poor worm jumping around like crazy. I helped it find its way back to the cool grass.

My plans for today are to do all my house chores, head to Target to pick up some dumbbells to strengthen my wrists and get a bike ride in in the process, and work on commissions some more. I hope your Saturday is off to a great start!

Odds ‘N Ends Before Bed ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿถโ˜•

You know, guys… I really want to cross post stuff to FurAffinity… I do… But, take this post for example. Iโ€™m finishing it on my phone. Tomorrow, if I want to post it to FA in the morning, Iโ€™d have to adjust its wording since it would not be posted when I am going to bed.

My posts generally seem so inconsequential anyway (other than my long, rambling ones) than to go through all that trouble, plus the photo links, etc… it all seems silly… I mean, itโ€™s so much more work for me to cross post and make adjustments and links to the cross posted FA journal than for anyone to enter an email to comment here. It just makes little sense to me, I suppose. ๐Ÿค”

But I have to get over it. As much as I wish my friends/FA watchers would comment here, I myself am terrible at commenting even on FA, like really awful, so I canโ€™t point fingers. If people commented a lot here, Iโ€™d probably be bad about commenting back. So I get it, but it also kinda sucks.

Anyway. I started this post with a complaining ramble. Whoops. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ง As I mentioned, Iโ€™m in bed. About to play a little Piofiore: Fated Memories (currently finishing all of Nicolaโ€™s routes but I already got his happiest ending), but first, I wanted to catch up here with a little post.

Iโ€™ve been using my new espresso machine lots and lots, and now I can make good espresso. It really was a wonderful Valentineโ€™s Day present…

Kotoko keeps me company every day in the studio. Sheโ€™ll bring me her toy mouse in the mornings and cuddle on my lap for a while, before settling on one of the beds Iโ€™ve set up for her near me (two, so she can pick… I guess I spoil her). But if I let her, sheโ€™d spend the whole day on my lap. ๐Ÿ˜…

Itโ€™s almost like the cats all have an agreement of who spends time with me and when. Itโ€™s all very specific. Kotoko is with me most of the day. Rosie is with me at night โ€”she sleeps next to me, and at that time is very affectionate, and just with me.

She is playful during the day but doesnโ€™t seek me out for cuddles, though she greets me often and wants to play if we โ€œrun into each otherโ€ so to speak. Meanwhile, Tomoyo seeks me out when I eat at the table: without fail, as soon as she sees that Iโ€™m preparing my midday meal, she sits on the chair next to me (and, if I get up, invariable takes my chair, and rolls on it belly-up, since this gets her attention.) Elliot seeks me out if I spend time on the porch, and when we have dinner, he sits between us.

Their routines rarely change, and almost never do other cats try to take a specific catโ€™s โ€œspecial timeโ€. Even as I write this, Rosie stood up just so she could fall down on me (which is how she lies down) even closer to my face, hard, to say without a doubt โ€œIโ€™m here, in case you havenโ€™t noticed.โ€ Purring furiously. Of course, I pet her.

Today I put together that KidKraft train set. It was absolute hell! I had to combine two sets (sending one back) to get the version with the least peeled-off paint… terrible quality. Putting it together was very difficult. A pity, the design is so cute. I wish it were better made.

Here are a couple of photos. I will take more when Christopher and I play trains again.

Kotoko LOVED the box it came in though. Itโ€™s now a new favorite place to sleep on โ€”so much, that she brought her mouse to it. A rare occurrence:

Hmm… I think thatโ€™s all I have to share for now. Iโ€™m very excited about our anniversary trip. Just a week away! Iโ€™m also very tired. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!