Category Archives: ๐ŸŒ My Pets ๐ŸŒ

It’s Almost Here ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. It’s almost Fall –tomorrow! So I’ve already gone and updated the blog’s look. I also made myself a new icon, and I guess tomorrow I will clean house so I can decorate on Thursday. My friend Mandie is coming for a “Little” playdate on Saturday night so I want everything to look just right.

I’m sitting here taking a break from work while a lot of people work on our roof, which is being replaced. There’s kind of a nasty smell in the air from whatever they’re using. My little guard-cat isn’t very thrilled that they are so close to our special “hanging out together” area…

I’ve been very productive, both in art and around the house. Commissions are progressing nicely, I’ve also done personal art and a few gifts for Christopher, and even worked on my book. I’ve taken care of the snails and continued with my exercises. Here are some photos of today’s walk…

I’m PMSing now, so I’m in a bit of a “fragile” mood as always, and everything I feel, good and bad, is super intense. I’m trying to redirect my impatience and anxiousness into my exercise routine, and just, looking forward until I feel normal again. ๐Ÿ˜“

My Cubanitos are doing well. Here they are exploring and eating after their most recent tank clean:

My biggest Roman snail seems to be on the way out. Not much I can do for him at this point. I’ll miss him when he goes, he had an old crack on his shell that made him very recognizable. I really do love my snails. I know it seems strange or silly to people, but I do adore them for so many different reasons.

One is purely from a scientific observation angle. Another is my “Little” self that has always found them adorable. And, they are so vulnerable, yet ridiculous looking, in such an endearing way. I really do enjoy my little pets.

Speaking of my little pets… this is a very low quality photo, but it is just so sweet. Rosie fell asleep in a tiny box:

I’m going to post a bunch of art now, and then catch up on housework before I go and beat my feelings into the sidewalk. That means going for a long walk. ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฆ

Date Night At The Village Tavern! ๐Ÿ’˜

Hi everyone! Today was a wonderful day. Just getting a lot done, we had a wonderful date night, and in general, little things here and there are just… making me very happy.

To begin with, here’s a morning photo of Tomoyo and Elliot creepily staring me down. They held their pose and stare for several minutes, it was rather unnerving:

Then I have a daily owl from today’s walk:

I published a new chapter of Meganeea today, with three illustrations. You can read it here if you would like. ๐Ÿ˜Š

In the afternoon I played Legend Of Mana for a little while. A while after that I had a big burst of energy/emotions for… reasons, that I desperately needed to walk off ๐Ÿ™ˆ so I took my second walk in spite of this insanity:

When I got back, Christopher was home. I was able to coax him into having a date night dinner out. So I put a new outfit together (parts of it are new) and I brought Vanilla Bean with me. We went to the Village Tavern.

I took this photo of Vanilla Bean in the car but she ended up looking kind of wonky. This also distracted me into not putting my seatbelt on until a few streets later. I’m not sure why, I’ve been forgetting that once in a while. I’m paranoid about wearing a seatbelt, so it’s weird.

Our wait wasn’t very long. I took this selfie of us while our table was being readied. I hope we can take photos like these without masks soon…

I felt like celebrating tonight, so I got a chocolate martini. Vanilla Bean had a sip too:

Rather horrifyingly for a $120+ teddy, she got some chocolate on her paw in the process. Thankfully it was easily wiped off! Well… ultimately I want to enjoy my stuffies, and take them on adventures, so the odd stain or such is not the end of the world if it happens. It’s just life.

I should say, this drink always does a number on me. I’d have to drink four glasses of wine to get as plastered as this one drink gets me, I don’t know why. Christopher says there’s vodka in it, which I never drink, so I guess that would explain a lot.

Needless to say I was absolutely obnoxious the entire evening, and yet in my drunken state managed to beat him at two rounds of Tetris. By the end of our game time, however, the pieces seemed to be going all in the opposite directions I wanted them to go. The connection between my hands and my brain was quite fuzzy. But I didn’t care, it was so much fun.

Tomorrow should be fun too. Goodnight, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Say Hello To A Brand New Week! โœจ

Hi guys! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine feels like a continuation of the weekend, because Christopher stayed home and we spent almost the entire day together. It was so nice!

I went on my two walks. It was raining hard for the first one but I went anyway. I was quite soaked when I got home but that’s alright. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me –not when I’ve managed to lose five pounds in a week! I’m ecstatic and I feel so energized. If I don’t walk my walks now, I feel antsy. ๐Ÿ˜

For my second walk it wasn’t raining so I took a couple of photos:

I also said hi to my little owl friends:

I came home with more snails again, oops. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I need to stop.

Christopher and I watched a documentary on movie ratings and the last Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom. I really liked it. Blue is so cute, I’m so glad I have such a nice toy of her.

While we watched the first movie, our elderly cat, Kotoko, climbed quite high on the cat tree. She seemed pleased with herself, but it made Christopher a little nervous. ๐Ÿ˜…

In between movies we went to have Starbucks and to walk around Target. Since I’d already had lunch, I just got my coffee and Christopher had pizza. I bothered him by taking photos.

At Target I got a new blouse and two more musical dinos for my sand/beach bucket:

I also found a Snap Squad velociraptor! It was the only one. It’s so cute.

Tomorrow I’m going to visit my mom, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be a busy day though, because I didn’t manage to finish today’s warm-up. So tomorrow I have to make really sure I stay on track, the whole day.

Still –it’s okay. I was happy that I spent time with Christopher today. Tomorrow I’ll catch up for sure!

Weekend Wind-Down ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Today was so, so lovely. This entire weekend was. There’s a healing quality to certain days, that leave you feeling like you can do anything, and that life is really worth living. I feel that way right now.

This morning I took a different route on my walk. It’s kinda bland. Tomorrow I may do my usual one. It’s nice to do something different though, so, since I do two walks a day, I may do this one in the morning and the other one in the evening. I took a couple of photos during this walk…

Here’s a squirrel I met! He had a nut. Or maybe it was a kernel of popcorn? Either way he was obviously protective of his loot:

After my walk, I sat with Christopher while he had breakfast. We watched a movie (we’re getting through all of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movies). I took this photo of him because Kotoko and Tomoyo were waiting for him to finish his cereal so they could drink his leftover milk. The atmosphere was… intense.

After the movie was done our friend came over, and we went to lunch together, and then to Spirit Halloween. I brought Circo with me:

Whenever I’m in the backseat like this and the two of them are just talking their talk in the front, I feel so small. It’s definitely a very Little feeling and for sure part of why I felt so content the entire evening. It just does something for me. Ironic, I hated the back seat when I was actually little.

We had Chipotle for lunch. I hadn’t had it in forever. I find myself enjoying meals like these much more happily now that I am exercising and watching what I eat.

At Spirit Halloween I bought a couple of fishnet stockings which are an… unusual addition to my wardrobe. ๐Ÿ˜ But as I said, I’m branching out. I also got a couple of new skirtalls in the mail, very cool ones (as in, the fabric is very breathable) that should work well for my walks in the heat. I’ll be trying those out tomorrow.

After we got back from Spirit Halloween, the three of us watched the first Jurassic World movie. It was so cozy and I don’t remember feeling so utterly content in a while. It was my second time watching this movie. I liked it much better this time around. Tomorrow Christopher and I might watch the next one.

I was super happy with how today’s warm-up came out. I’m finally giving myself license to play around with brushes and other commercial-use assets. Even though assets such as these brushes, or patterns, or commercial-use stock photography are literally made for artists to use, I always felt very reluctant to take advantage. I’ve gotten over that mental block, however, and it is bringing me a lot of joy in these latest few drawings.

I guess that’s all I have to share today, other than, I just feel so happy. I have not felt this happy in a long time. And seeing Christopher also be happy, after such a nice day, is a feeling that utterly completes me. He’s been so stressed. I know not every day can feel this way, but I’ll treasure the memory of each and every day that does.

A Rainy Day Means More Snells! ๐ŸŒโ˜”

Hello again! ๐Ÿ‘‹ I hope everyone had a good day! Mine was great, even if I overslept as I mentioned earlier. Hopefully tomorrow I won’t sleep in! ๐Ÿ˜…

I felt extremely cute today. ๐Ÿ˜Œ Also, it’s only two weeks til fall, so screw it, I’m using Halloween frames because purple:

Before making our dinner, I went out for a walk about an hour before sunset. The weather was actually nice, temperature wise! There was a cool breeze. Of course the downside was that for half of that time it was raining, as in, absolutely pouring, with strong winds and lots of thunder and lighting. Still, it felt like SUCH good snail weather! So I visited that spot again, and…

BEHOLD! I am victorious on my latest snail hunt!

It is not smart really, to go out in such weather, but I felt so cute with my jumper and my goat-patterned boots and my rainbow umbrella on one hand, and my little critter-keeper swinging on the other, snail hunting. Walking right into puddles of fast running water with such nice boots is a very nice “Little” feeling. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here’s the new gang. Snails are simple creatures. Placed upon food after their ordeal, they immediately eat. I love them and their two brain cells.

I did lots of chores today and finished the daily warm-up too. Now that I’ve had dinner I’m doing my best to finish drinking my daily water, then we can watch anime (currently watching Lovely Complex) and finally, go to bed with my current book to get a little closer to the end of War In Hagwood! Maybe I’ll even finish it.

Goodnight, everyone. I’ll be here again tomorrow with some more nonsense.

Bunk Bed Nook In Progress! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ๐ŸŒˆ

I completely forgot to mention this on my posts about Mwako’s visit, but while he was here, the IKEA bed I long wanted (and for which I held a gift card) came back in stock. Mwako had a very small rental car, and it was a VERY iffy proposition, but he humored me, and we went off to try and get it and potentially end up completely stuck in IKEA unable to fit the bed’s two boxes in the tiny rental car.

Well… it fit! Not only that, but Mwako got the boxes in the car and into the house by himself, I had no idea he was so strong, I could not even move those boxes.

When Mwako left the next day, shortly after he was gone our friend Fern called and came over, and somehow I got him to take apart the futon, take down the bookcase, bring up the smaller bookcase, bring up the boxes, and assemble the bed! He’s a real trooper and a very reliable friend…

At some point Christopher arrived. Then I made coffee for the two of them while Fern finished with the bed. The following Saturday our other friend, Gaspar, took me to my mom’s to get the mattress I keep there.

Below you can see what it all looks like right now:

Here is some video, too. It looks very cozy even though there’s still a way to go:

And you can see that I’ve kept the parts of the futon because it makes a fantastic pair of floor chairs:

Rosie obviously thinks so too:

I’m still missing the top mattress, which has been ordered but takes a while to get here. Without a mattress on the top, I cannot access my shelves or finish putting things on the wall, which are currently sprawled on the library floor. So I’m eager to receive it.

Also, when I next have a sleepover, now my Little friend and I can sleep in the same room. When we have someone in the guest room, Christopher can sleep in the master bedroom and I can sleep here.

We cuddle lots before bed, but sleep separately because of his snoring and because he moves a LOT, and because at this point we prefer different mattresses, but it works out for us… though somehow I still can’t stand to sleep “alone”, haha… I need him in the next room. ๐Ÿ˜ Still, that was the main reason behind needing a bed in the studio. And sometimes we just have a lot of overnight guests!