Here is the recorded stream of me working through Moonbrush Wood with a bunch of cheats because I’m a dirty cheater.
Ok, today was a LOT of fun, I actually wasn’t expecting to feel so happy today with my PMS going on and all… But anyway. I really have to clean my mirror… it looks clean enough but when I take photos there’s problematic streaks. 😅
I hadn’t taken a Furby along in forever. I brought Play-Doh with me today!
We found a few interesting garage sales. One in particular, of an older couple, was like a time capsule. Mack The Knife playing in the background, and all of these ancient things in like-new condition. Some of it was very cool. We enjoyed that stop a lot. In the end I only spent $3 on some things I’ll share down below –at a different stop.
We went out for lunch. Usually we go to the same old places, but Christopher surprised me by picking a completely brand new one! It was called Phở Bar:
We often to go Phở restaurants but I never have Phở. I look for other things in the menu. This time I did have it though, I had a meatball one:
I liked it well enough! But next time I’ll try something else. Christopher had his usual:
For dessert I had a chocolate mousse:
This ended up being on the house, possibly because right as we were done eating, they had a huge party come in and we were forgotten waiting for our bill for like 20 minutes lol. 😬 But service was fantastic otherwise and I did feel this made up for it.
Christopher and I very rarely go to places like this by ourselves. It’s a big treat and a nice thing to do together at the end of his much needed vacation. It really made my day!
My find for today was incredibly cheap and very cool. Some activity books in excellent, untouched condition! When it comes to the Baby Looney Toons and Pooh ones, I grabbed them thinking I’d use them for scrapbooking, but after looking at them at home, I decided to add these to my permanent collection to leave in pristine condition:
These three are by FAR the coolest though. I’m not sure what year they were printed in but they are amazing.
The pages speak for themselves. These activity books are so full of charm. They are clearly very old, I’m surprised they are so well preserved.
All of those awesome little books/magazines together cost just $1. At the same place, I also got this dinosaur facemask for $2:
So, it was a neat little haul for only $3!
The rest of our day was very enjoyable. Christopher played City Skylines, while I did my chores and later streamed for a while. I’m playing Dungeon Keeper with some cheats now, in order to get through levels I’ve not been able to get past in 20 years (granted, I don’t play this game often). It’s kinda fun to have the cheats. Basically, I’ve made my imps cost 0, and every gold block give me the max amount of gold, plus, I made all of the rooms cost nothing to build.
I definitely have a lot more fun this way. But I am aware that in the next level, you start getting slammed just a few minutes in, so it’ll still be strategy. I could easily die even with the cheats. We will see.
I was excited to sacrifice to summon Horny again, I hadn’t seen him in so long…
I’ll make a separate post with my recorded stream.
For dinner we had skirt steak with cilantro rice and beans. It was amazing!
Even by this point it had been a very lovely day, but we spent the rest of the evening watching TV and cuddling in bed in the nicest way. Today I could have been cranky and just dealing with my cramps all day but it ended up being such a nice relaxing day and Christopher gave me so much attention… I’m really happy. 🥰
Christopher gave me my Christmas present early!! 😭
Very early… but release day is 24 days from today and I haven’t shut up about this for like two months. It’s all I wanted for Christmas, and I expect I’ll be opening a printout or something of the sort come Christmas Day (lol) but I’m really grateful that he is letting me play it on release day.
With all that has happened money wise, I just couldn’t buy it anymore, and with my queue so busy, taking further commissions to trade with someone to get me the game didn’t seem wise. 😓 But since Christopher would have spent on some sort of Christmas present anyway, I don’t feel so bad.
Anyway, expect some streams of this, yes.
Yesterday was a hard day. It kinda started Tuesday night when we went to bed and noticed Kotoko hadn’t joined us as is her usual routine. She was hiding in an unusual little nook under my studio bed and looked quite unhappy.
This was coupled with her vomiting even on an empty stomach (white foam) over the last few days, something that intensified in the previous 24 hours, with her appetite quite reduced. Since she had some loose stool as well during this period, and because she is old, it all became very concerning. Her hiding like that from us was the most unusual part.
We hoped so much to avoid a vet appointment, because it was at a minimum a $300 expense that we could ill afford. But yesterday morning, it became clear that we had to go, as she continued to hide from us and throw up. I took this picture right as we were leaving for the vet. She behaved very well.
On the one hand, thanks to the appointment I confirmed her ears are okay, her spotty eye is fine, the lump on her back leg is fatty tissue, and her teeth are also okay. She was given medication to control the vomiting, which has helped (she didn’t vomit anymore since yesterday morning) and a bunch of blood work, the results of which we should have today.
But on the other hand, I was SO discouraged. It was so hard to raise this month’s $500 for this month’s debt to take some stress off Christopher’s plate. I was so proud –even though I still have to raise more before November. But after the vet bill, we were set back around $300 (there was an additional $25 for other items for her):
To have such an amount removed from all of my efforts this month nearly made me cry with frustration. I’m drawing all the time, trying my best to make things okay, but I can’t catch up like this. We received a significant amount of help yesterday but it had us over $200 in the hole still. So even this morning, I was really sad about that.
It was when I came back from my walk that I had Christopher check and realized just how much we received in donations (since I had them sent directly to his PayPal) and my mind was blown!!
The entire vet bill and additional meds were covered thanks to your generous donations! 😭 The $500 I made to put towards our house debt are once again, untouched. And, most importantly, Kotoko is feeling better. This photo is from the way back from the vet (I know, the photos are very similar) but even then, because of the fluids and anti-nausea meds, she was feeling better:
It took a while for the fluids to go into her (something for which they took her to the back) so I fooled around with the Jurassic World Alive app on my phone while we waited…
Anyway, I just want to reiterate how grateful I am, all I wanted was to not have this be such a painful hit for our finances, discouraging as it was, and in the end we received so much help that we didn’t have to lose the money saved for the debt. I am so grateful to everyone who donated!
To continue in regards to yesterday. When we got back home, though I was trying to stay cheerful for Christopher (who I could tell was doing the same) I felt really low. Christopher did his best to cheer me up, he treated me to Chipotle and Starbucks on the same day. But it took a while until I felt okay again.
At least though, I managed to push through my hated task of cleaning the porch. And boy, did I hate it. But it is done, and by the time night fell, I finally let the cats outside again, to their utter delight. They’re still there now, enjoying themselves:
I also planted more grass for them to eat while they are on the porch, something I know they miss a lot.
The place looks a good bit emptier with all that I’ve thrown away, but that’s fine. It looks clean. And since this was something that was angering and depressing me so much, I expect my mood to continue to improve today and over the weekend, every time I see it. 😊 I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. 🤔
During one of my cleaning breaks yesterday, while having my coffee, I read some of this book I got at the Swap Shop…
It’s very simple, but quite adorable. I like it because the stories are not about bears in general but about teddy bears specifically (as in, toys).
And that brings me to now! I’m having breakfast with Picaña as I work on this post.
Anyway, today I really need to catch up on artwork, as much as I can. Things are not delayed per the queue, but they are per my monetary personal goals. 😥 This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! 🎉
I streamed Dungeon Keeper today! Managed to get through the town of Tickle after many a try. 😁
There’s going to be multiple posts today because I finally feel better and I’m catching up. So if you’re subscribed to be notified per post… sorry… 😅
Yesterday I resumed my walks. Because I’ve been in some pain recently, it’s been a little harder to push past my lack of motivation. 😫 But I’m doing it. I was rewarded, too, in the evening, by the beautiful photo you see above, and by running into this little guy:
Earlier that day, Christopher took me for a short driving lesson (more of a “let’s try not to be terrified of the car” lesson). I didn’t cry this time, so that’s something. But I did hit a curb.
In the evening, after the driving thing, Christopher and I sat down together to play games. He played AoE, and I tried my hand at Patrician III, but have only gotten through the tutorials, so far.
Speaking of old games… I’ve been enjoying my walk down memory lane with Dungeon Keeper Gold so very much. I utterly love this game. This photo is from when I was playing it the other day, while working on commissions at the same time:
I’m getting right at the point where I’d always die before, so let’s see if I do any better 15+ years later… 😅 Actually that’s more like 20+, I suppose. Yikes. It’s such a good game, though.
In other things done to cheer myself up, I took care of my snaily friends (a chore, technically, but always a joy too, especially today as I found two hatchlings in the Pom nursery!) and I made name necklaces for all my new dinos. Blue and Toro get their movie/show names on their necklaces, but I gave names of my own to my new raptor, t-rex and indominus rex (two of them). I called them Frijol, Picaña, Carnitas and Cilantro. Now I have to make their little bandanas too, and they will be all set to appear in photos as I usually like to take.
Okay, got just a couple more posts to make and then I’m off on my second walk. It’s funny, sometimes I just get determined to feel better and get busy, and I just… do it. It isn’t always so easy, except when it is. 🤷♀️ I have way too much to do to let stress and such slow me down.
Tonight was date night! I was determined to do whatever I could tonight to cheer Christopher up as he’s been having a hard time lately. So by the time he got home, I had our laptops downstairs so we could game, and I’d prepared a tiny feast of junk food, and had music going. I brought one of my little raptors down. Her name is Picaña but she doesn’t have a name necklace, yet.
We tried to play Dungeon Keeper together, but couldn’t get multiplayer to work, and it quickly became clear that it wasn’t Christopher’s type of game anyway. So I kept playing that and having a big blast down memory lane while Christopher played something else next to me. It was a lot of fun.
After that we watched Squid Game. We didn’t have anything for dinner because we had too much junk food, but I’m going to make fish tomorrow.
Hi everyone. I hope you’re having a good Wednesday! I’m under the weather because of my period but still trying my best even with my walks and all. Today I took yet another different route.
This time I ran into a group of ducks. They were very tame. When I knelt down by them, they all scurried in my direction and got very close, perhaps waiting for a snack.
I had strong cramps during my walk so it didn’t feel great. Plus, the sky went from fairly clear…
…to doomsday-like by the time I turned back.
Once I reached Pines though, I’d left the worst behind me. Somehow, I didn’t get rained on.
By the time I was in our neighborhood again, the sky was clear and stunning:
In the afternoon I zoomed with my mom and worked on one of the next illustrations for Meganeea. This illustration, which features Gideon, will also be the next chapter banner for a few chapters going forward, replacing that of young Faahvrigüo. The book (pen and ink) version is fully finished. Now I just have to color it for the banner.
I also played more Legend of Mana. I’m blown away all over again by these gorgeous backgrounds…
The weather is quite bad… I’m not sure I can go on my second walk, but I want to try. In between that and my period I get depressed. But funnily enough it’s a really good gaming mood. So maybe I’ll do more of that!
It was a good one, for sure! Here’s my outfit for the day. We went to lunch at Chuy’s earlier, then I enjoyed another long walk by myself. I’m not sure if the weather became more tolerable or if I finally decided that I was getting just too depressed indoors. My clothes were literally drenched in sweat upon my return. But, I am happy, and I enjoyed wearing this even though it was a bit warm:
More urban wildlife spotted. He was big!
As I mentioned, Blue came in! Here she is:
I love her! I gotta get around to posting a video of all her cool sounds and movements.
During my walk I came across this shirt at Five Below. I was bummed they didn’t have my size, it was the only one left, but I got it anyway to use as a sleepshirt. I always need more of those!
I bought other clothes during my walk. It was a very rare moment of seeing something in a store window and almost screaming. I’m very picky with clothes since as you know I have a completely bizarre wardrobe. Now, these items I won’t post just yet. I’ll share them as I create outfits with them. 😏
I sold more commissions today, and, and… something AMAZING happened!!
It’s done!! It’s DONE!! 🥳🎊🎉🎈 Now I don’t owe my friend any more money. I can start saving to look after my mom!
I also finished the daily warm-up and now I have a giant pile of chores to tackle… but I feel happy and full of energy. I can’t wait to greet the day tomorrow! I feel like I can do anything! ✊
Good morning everyone!! I was up at 6:30am to exercise. Now that I’m back, I’m having breakfast and, well, blogging.
When I went on my walk and had my little carrier in case I spotted any live cuban snails where I saw the dead one yesterday, but no luck.
On the urban wildlife front, here is a neighborhood kitty –skittish but friendly. He meowed a greeting but stayed away.
To my delight, the burrowing owls were out again! This time I counted four (not all pictured):
Watching me carefully…
This guy was a ways off the nest –clearly eager to return to it but didn’t want to do it with me watching.
He even yelled at my a little!
I also spotted a few squirrels but nothing else unusual.
🦖 Jurassic World Alive 🦕
Well, unless you count dinosaurs. 😁 I gathered enough DNA for a few more, including this triceratops:
As always, had a bit too much fun with this.
Playing with a tire!
I love how these photos came out:
I also created this flamboyant guy!
He’s a little charmer, look at that grin!
Anyway, it’s gonna be a busy day but a good one, I hope. We’re going out to lunch soon, and I still have a lot of work to do around the house, as well as the daily warm-up and another commission, and more exercise. I’m sure I’ll post again today. Hope you’re all enjoying your labor day weekend!