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.
My preorder of Kitaria Fables also came in, as I mentioned yesterday. I can’t wait to play it!
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!
Hi hi, everyone!! 👋 Guess what today is. It’s my birthday! 🥳 Of course you know, because I’m the kind of person who doesn’t shut up about these things. 😁 The first thing I woke up to was a birthday greeting and Amazon gift card from my mom in law. I think I had spent it literally ten minutes later. I’m terrible.
But anyway, got even more stuff I’m looking forward to arriving now. Today was extremely overindulgent. 😅 But I have been so sad, and so stressed, especially the last week. I am a lot happier.
🎁 Opening Presents 🎁
The first present I opened arrived some weeks ago. I didn’t know who it was from until today –thank you very much to my friend Kiba! It’s Felix Salten’s “Forest World”:
Felix Salten is a writer best known for the books “Bambi” and “Bambi’s Children”, but he also wrote “Fifteen Rabbits”, “Perri: The Youth Of A Squirrel” and many other wonderful books, which are often heartbreaking and full of death, but also hopeful and with beautiful descriptions of the wonders of life and of nature.
As I continued opening my presents, it turned out (based on the included gift notes) that I got some from Bluey and her gang! 🤯 What is this sorcery?
They sent me the Shadowlands board game, and some stickers! Thank you Bluey, Coco and Snickers! I think my friend Mwako was involved in making it happen, though… 🦁
The next package was from a dear commissioner, whom I love to draw. He has a very cute mouse fursona, a weakness of mine! His name in the community is Fieval. He sent me some Bluey figures! Thank you very much, Matt! 🐭💕
It was finally time to open my biggest present. I was very excited, so I saved it for last, and… HOLY CRAP!! 😭😱💕💕💕💕💕💕💕✨✨✨✨✨✨🌈🌈🌈🌈 *sobs*
I lost my freaking mind, it’s so cute!! Again, I suspect a tiny lion had something to do with it… although it still seemed to come from either Bluey or Bingo. Who IS the keepy-uppy expert? Was that ever established? I can’t recall. 🎈
You know… I wish I could have told 7 year old me that I would still be getting toys from multiple people for my 38th birthday –from people who also, like me, like toys and kiddy things as adults. That I would have a tank full of snails and four cats, and a library, and a husband who’s kind of a big kid like me in some ways too and makes me feel safe and loved… and drawing every day… what a life. I hope nothing happens to take it all away, but even if it did I would be so grateful for all I had until today.
🌈 Littlespace Shopping 🌈
Earlier in the day, my friend Snow sent me a present too! Some birthday monies to spend however I wanted today. So I decided to go out. And I finally made an outfit around my new Bluey shirt!
I really love it a whole lot! I wore my boots because it was sprinkling when I left but in the end I didn’t need them. It was sunny all throughout. 🌞🌻✨
Oh yeah… I know this is a petty side note, but I get asked “where did you get X thing” a LOT when I post “Little” stuff. Like multiple times a day on Twitter, often by complete strangers. It gets very old for me… I feel like I am used as a catalog mostly (usually) by people who almost never talk to me or don’t even follow me, even though 90% of the stuff I post can be found if you put 10-15 minutes into a Google search. If we are CLOSE friends then feel free to ask me via DM. 😊 I don’t mind telling friends.I just don’t like feeling used because someone is lazy.
I have a mask but it’s not in this photo. I’m wearing a mask indoors again when shipping and such, to be extra safe, but I am vaccinated! ✌🌈✨💉
I had a lot of fun on my walk, but was definitely glad that I brought a bottle of water (something I’m bad about) because the heat was quite unbearable. Here is my Little birthday treasure hoard from that excursion:
One of my favorites was this squirrel which will likely be displayed for the entirety of fall every year going forward! And speaking of squirrels and fall… another fun fall squirrel thing I got was a garden flag to put at the front of the house. Have I mentioned I’m excited for fall? 🐿️🍂🍁🌰
As you can see in the first photo I also got fall, Christmas and Birthday stickers, a new pair of scissors, and some Pride tape. And these amazing scented gel crayons! 🖍️🌈✨
Small softcover books make great, cheap scrapbooking supplies… although a part of myself dies when I cut up a brand new book, even if I bought it for this specific purpose… 😭✂️
One of the nicest thing I got was another Highlights Hidden Pictures puzzle book. These are a massive Little button for me.
I love the old-timey art and the level of difficulty is precise to my usual Little age headspace. Here’s some sample pages… 📖🖍️🌈 I love it so much!
Thank you again, Snow, for all the nice play things I was able to get! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕
📦 Mail Day 📦
As if so many wonderful things weren’t enough, when I got home there was stuff in the mail for me. One was the Bella Sara card packs I ordered a while ago:
I’ll use them for scrapbooking, but opening card packs is also a big Littlespace activity for me, so I’m very excited about them.
The next really blew my mind!! I specifically asked my mom for the Vegeta figure for my birthday because it was so cheap… like $12. I knew she wanted to get me something, I didn’t want her to overspend on me! 😩 Especially when she’s spent THOUSANDS recently on immigration… WHY… 😢
Anyway… she kept messaging during my outing wanting to know if I was home. It was because of this:
So… yeah… one of the most wanted most expensive things on my list. A gorgeous artbook of my first otome experience, Code: Realize ~Guardian Of Rebirth~.
It even has art I’ve never seen before, so I was quite overcome with emotion by this beautiful present from my loving mom.
💕 Date Night 💕
After ALL of that, Christopher and I had our date night! I had a really fancy snack and perhaps a bit too much wine. Bangers is protecting my yummy hoard!
Like last time, we played Age of Empires together-but-separately (side by side):
Later we watched a movie. I was too full from snacks to have dinner. 😅
Christopher petted me for hours while we watched. I was half dozing off between the wine and all the happy feels and just feeling sooooo good, it was a wonderful evening and I felt so loved and safe.
Now it’s time for bed… thank you, everyone, for all the presents and good wishes. You made me so happy. I guess I’ll have more things to share throughout the weekend as they arrive –but tomorrow I really gotta get some work done! ✊💦 Goodnight, everyone…
Vegeta wants to send you good vibes for today!! ✊✨
Anyway, it’s Thursday. Tonight is date night. I also need to do a little shopping for my upcoming play date with Mwako while I still can.
🌈 Little Shopping Trip 🌈
I don’t want to spoil at least the visuals for Mwako, so I won’t post those things here. But I got some big crayons for his little baby hands, a bit of clay, some fun puzzle and activity books, and some other things to have a really nice little play date.
I also got some things for scrapbooking. A notebook, some Pokémon cards and such…
I’m looking forward to having fun with these things in my scrapbooks. Glad to be finding joy in that hobby again.
🎮 Nexomon Extinction 🎮
This game has been added to my extensive “to play” roster (also, this is the first time ever I can say I’ve literally collected games… I’m becoming like my husband.)
I never in a MILLION years thought I’d buy such a thing! 😅 This game is a very honest absolute knockoff of Pokémon. However, it seems to be a loving, well done homage, that a lot of older fans are enjoying. It was quite discounted the day I found it, so I figured I’d give it a shot. 😊 I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes.
💘 Date Night 💘
Tonight was date night! We had a few plans. In the end we didn’t get to play I Spy, though I ended up taking a picture of it at the beginning of the evening…
Instead we sat next to each other playing Age Of Empires. That was really fun. While playing I snacked on some yummy stuff that Apply Juice watched over so the cats wouldn’t try to get a taste:
Can’t wait to do the exact same thing next Thursday too! 🥰
Last week Christopher relented and got me the remake of Friends Of Mineral Town!
How I wish the “Harvest Moon” name hadn’t been forever tainted, but hey, it’s still Harvest Moon, despite the name change. 😁 The really nice thing is that even the standard version comes with a little manual:
Of course, back in my day (shakes cane) this was the norm. But as it certainly is not anymore, I was very happy to see it.
It’s gonna be a while til I play it. I’ve accumulated a veritable library of worthy, must-play Switch games. I really need to make a little time for myself to play them.
Did you already snap up your copy of New Pokémon Snap?? 🥁 I’m excited to play this, and it may actually be the next thing I play, as a palate cleanser between more, ah, intense games *coughPiofiorecough*
I gotta say… I’ve come to really love the Nintendo Switch. I didn’t like it at all, at first. I also feared I would tire of my Let’s Go Eevee/Pikachu limited edition look, but I’ve drawn my fursona with it so many times, that I’ve become very fond of it.
What a year for video games, considering everything I have preordered too. I’m having so much fun! 😊
…and then some! I’m sorry for the lack of activity… I’ve got many posts and news to catch up on.
Where to begin. This past weekend I went grocery shopping and finally took down all the Christmas decorations –a heck of a job, took a whole day. I also set a bunch of things aside for donation, and scheduled the VVA pick-up. I’ve been drawing SO MUCH. To date, I’ve inked 19 commissions in less than ten days, as well as worked on personal art. Some of the commissions are highly detailed, stuff I pushed myself extra hard on. This is very unusual; normally, this much work would take me 2-3 months to do, and I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS HAPPENING.
I’m absolutely NOT complaining though. My work has been an utter joy to me these past couple of weeks, and I do hope it sets a trend for the rest of this year.
I also took care of the snails over the weekend, and moved all of my adult snails that aren’t super tiny (such as Bulimulus guadalupensis) to one large tank. I still keep two small containers, one with random eggs and one with baby Roman snails. Anyway, that took a lot of work too.
Today we had to take Tomoyo to the vet. The short story is she has asthma. I’ll leave further details for another post.
Tonight I made salmon croquettes for dinner. It was my first time making croquettes of any sort. Christopher helped me get them to the right temp at the end but I didn’t have help beyond that. They turned out really good:
In other news, I was able to get the stain off my new Animal Crossing Switch game card case!
Due to this and some other small issues, the seller refunded me, so I ended up using the refund to get a Spirit: Stallion Of The Cimarron all-over patterned shirt that had been on my Etsy favorites for AGES.
I have one more thing to share. This is kind of… a blast from the past for me, the LONG AGO past, the “when I was 7-8” past. So, you see, troll dolls were one of my earliest special interests… maybe the second or third I ever had. I liked troll dolls to such an intense degree, that they were the seed that began my Meganeea stories, though eventually all the little troll characters I had became simply elves (and then, animal-elf hybrids.)
I had some Russ trolls, and many Applause trolls, and for a while I had a single, giant, unwieldly Thomas Dam troll that I ended up giving away. But I always wanted a smaller, happier looking Dam troll of my own. And now I have one. Meet Celeste:
Celeste, by the way, was Soraya’s original name. And she was originally a troll (yes, really!) with blue hair. Her blue hair was lighter back then (Celeste means “light blue” in Spanish) but this particular troll doll has Soraya’s exact, current shade of blue hair, which is my favorite.
If you look at other characters of mine, such as Zádatann and Gideon, you can see that their facial structure is very troll-like still. ^_^ So that’s an odd bit of trivia for ya.
I have to go now and get ready for bed, though I still feel like I have a lot to write. But at least I wanted to make a post, because it’s been a few days. Hope everyone is doing well, the current state of the country considered.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been playing a little more Animal Crossing, on and off. I really want to get more into it now that my family is all playing together, but I’m kinda burned out. My villagers are all a little upset at being ignored:
Alfonso ended up on my island by accident. He was my sister’s villager and I believe she didn’t mean for him to leave. For that reason, even though he wasn’t a favorite, I just can’t seem to let him go. I may let Lily go eventually though, despite the fact that I do like her.
Snow finally stuck to the ground. Bamboo island looked especially cold:
Since I had an empty house plot I started to go to islands hoping to find The Holy Grail Raymond, of course with no luck. I found some pretty cute villagers that I ended up not grabbing since it’s so easy to get them with an Amiibo:
This one gave me heart a little leap for a split second, but no dice…
Eventually though, I met Rod. He was irresistible. I’d never seen him before, and with that color scheme, those eyes, and being a mouse, he had to come to my island, no question about it. So I ended my search with him.
I was really happy to come across him later in Squelfland, he’s really perfect:
I made a Snowboy finally… it was a tad underwhelming.
And of course now that I bought acquired a RIDICULOUS amount of bells, I finally hit Tarantula Island for the first time. This particular moment was funny:
I leave you with some of my holiday/cold weather outfits:
That’s all for this post!
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