Hey everyone! 🐻🌈🚢 You might remember that our big family vacation (a cruise) was postponed two years in a row. Then, the consolation trip planned after that second cancellation was botched as well. After so much disappointment, I’ve held any talk about it in –until now.
The cruise is (maybe? finally?) happening beginning next Thursday. I’ll be away for over ten days. During that time (6/23 to 7/5) I’ll be basically completely unreachable. We will have a friend stay over at our place to take care of our house and animals during our absence.
As the day draws so near, I have to start making final prep, even as my excitement will continue to be held in until we’ve all tested negative and safely boarded. I can’t help but brace for disappointment again. But there is a tiny hope burning inside me.
Already there was a disappointment: my mom can’t attend (USCIS still hasn’t completed her paperwork) and this means a $1,000 fine from the total cost, which is terrible. But it’s something we knew from the start might happen.
Apprehension aside… I had to smile today looking at my little Dante, the bear I intended to bring on this trip from the start, wearing his brand new travel clothes! I think he looks pretty dapper.
Really, the only potential complication is someone testing positive. So we are all trying to be as careful as possible regarding crowds and such. If it all goes through, I hope to have a lot to share with you when I get back!
Happy Sunday, everyone! I’m back with another weekly recap. I should first say that while this post is post-dated for the week of Monday 4th-Sunday 10th of April, it’s about two weeks late… my apologies. It’s been very hectic, if in an on-and-off way. The subsequent week is also being posted momentarily.
As you will see in both posts (and a few additional side posts) my days have been packed with activities –though nothing much happened during this particular week that wasn’t me working on art, taking walks, playing video games (which I’m sharing on separate posts), shopping for dinner ingredients, or cooking (at least until the weekend).
🌈 Monday 🌈
First off, now that the house is fully painted, let me show you better photos of what it looks like. I feel like it’s the prettiest colored house anywhere near us. But maybe I’m just biased.
The entrance looks so bright and colorful. I love it so much!
On the topic of colorful things, here is a friend I picked up at the craft store’s spring section. This time of the year is always great to find new snail-themed decor, and of course I added it to the collection on display around the snail tank.
On Monday night we made mojo chicken bowls. We all worked together on different parts of the meal, and marinated the chicken for about a day. It was pretty great!
🌈 Tuesday 🌈
On Tuesday I went for a walk, just for fun and to pick up dinner ingredients. At Dollar General I found the Harold Mega Bloks set, I was really happy to add him to my collection that already has Thomas and Percy:
I also found this super cool Crayola dinosaur kit. I love the box so much that for now it’s on display on a shelf. Someday I’m sure I’ll open it though.
I made my guys quiche for dinner:
🌈 Thursday 🌈
During my Tuesday walk I passed one of the buildings that they are tearing down. They were an eyesore for a very long time; years. It is weird to see them disappear so quickly.
Here’s a little GIF I made of Kotoko greeting me with a silent meow:
Of course today we had date night again. My husband and our partner played the new Kirby game while I enjoyed watching. I got some screenshots to share this time:
It’s an adorable game, we’ve already had a few enjoyable evenings with it.
🌈 Friday 🌈
I’ve started having bagels with smoked salmon for lunch sometimes; I like them a lot.
Some cute photos of Kotoko, including a tiny blep and an old-lady yawn:
Today we made a sort of (fake) grass carpet on the porch. Our partner was using this stuff to decorate his old apartment, and now that he’s living with us, he didn’t know what to do with it. He suggested this as opposed to trashing it and I think it looks interesting.
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Here’s a photo I took on Saturday of Rosie enjoying the new “grass”:
This day I got up early and prepped the slow cooker to cook beef for tacos all day. After cooking for like eight hours, it was amazing for dinner:
🌈 Sunday 🌈
Sunday was our adventure day. Our partner and I went to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (being outdoors, we could not convince our favorite vampire to come along). This is a very beautiful place that our partner had never been to, so I was really excited for him to enjoy it since he loves flowers and nature.
I took lots of photos that I will caption here and there, and had a little risky adventure.
First, a pretty brook…
Just general photos of the garden’s beauty:
Speedy getaway 😁
Ok now for a little story. You wouldn’t think so by the manicured look of this place, but there are multiple gators living here (in spite of the sign saying crocs, this is an alligator area):
Now I’ve been living in Florida for twenty years, and whenever I see these signs I get so excited to see a real, live alligator. Not to get close. Just to see one. They are basically dinosaurs. But I never had seen one in the wild. Today though, would be the day!
Prior to this encounter, we were walking down a nature trail –here’s some pictures of it:
Anyway there we were, when I pointed down to our partner a strange gathering of bluish flies at our feet. They were flying in a curious pattern. Cue him going “oh shit” and grabbing me and quickly pulling me back. What I had assumed to be flies, perhaps close to an animal carcass or waste, was a nest of blue-winged wasps!
We didn’t know at the time that these wasps are not super aggressive, and it is possible to gently walk through a swarm unmolested (we would come across a second nest later after the gator encounter, and again felt lucky to not be stung, since we didn’t see it until we almost stepped on it, just like this time).
A bit rattled by the wasp nest sighting, we doubled back and took another trail. Barely five steps into the trail I wanted to take a photo of the lake before going right.
…well, I didn’t when taking the photo above. But then I looked again, and my gasp of “Is that real?” was greeted by another “oh shit” from our partner (we were about twenty feet away from this quite massive guy –you can best gauge the distance in the photo above, as the one below is significantly zoomed in):
The scary thing is that he blended in so well. I could have gotten a lot closer before noticing him.
Now I want to point out a few things. The weird tag-like thing on his tail. His almost comical grin. His way-too-white teeth. His goofily beady eye. And of course he (she?) was perfectly still. All of these things together would have me bet money that this was not a live animal. I wasn’t stupid enough to approach him, just trust me that we were far away enough, but I did feel very sure that this must have been some decoy thing placed there by the garden keepers to keep people from approaching the water and actually risking a real encounter.
Since we were at a distance to make an easy getaway if needed, our partner began throwing very tiny pebbles at the water, and kinda near the gator’s head. I’m talking the size of my thumbnail, nothing that would have hurt the guy, but perhaps I dunno, made him blink? I will say again I was quite sure this gator could not possibly be real. So many years of never seeing one… My companion, wisely, told me one must always assume they are, but we both found the gator’s complete lack of reaction surprising.
We tossed maybe three very tiny pebbles. The last, rather than hitting the water, fell upon the gator’s butt with “toc!”. And here I can tell you this was a very real creature that immediately and quickly looked at his ass in a totally unamused way before resuming his sunbath, and then we left very fast and very respectfully and I felt very very bad for having done anything close to harassing him while he enjoyed his siesta.
But, boy. Was I over the moon! Going forward I will assume all are real (and so should you)! It’s uncanny how fake they can look. I just did not expect a gator to have such a goofy smile. It was rather cute. Definitely made my day. But I will say, please don’t do what we did. I know our partner humored me because we were at a safe distance. But had I been more sure that he was a real animal I would just have looked and walked away.
On our way back around we took another photo from the other side, and warned people we saw heading in that direction, so that he would be unbothered.
We continued to go around the garden, smelling flowers and studying leaves:
I made a GIF of our walk through the path above, because it was so pretty:
This tree had a face:
Here’s a photoset of many pretty flowers that we saw:
For a light lunch, we had crepes!
We had a wonderful (and adventurous!) time. Once home, I made korean beef bowls for dinner for the three of us. It came out pretty good:
Next week we are visiting family for Easter. And the week after that, Mwako is visiting us! I’m so excited. Are you excited for Easter too?
Happy Sunday, everyone! More and more, you can feel spring in the air. Of course, with it also approaches hurricane season, and since it’s Florida, unbearable heat. Still, I try to find enjoyment in the changes.
This was a very busy week. Less art got done, but it was productive in other ways. I felt pretty unwell and cranky on the weekend due to my period and the hecticness that surrounded it, but I’m trying to do my best.
🌈 Monday 🌈
Monday I worked on art, on chores, played a little more of my Code: Realize fandisc, and I went out for a long walk. The weather was lovely, I felt pretty happy.
I had a pretty colorful outfit on this day, which included one of the designs I created myself for ODU:
During my walk, a tree I often come across was in full bloom, the floor completely covered in its flowers. It was a pretty sight.
At the store I got a new drying mat since our current one doesn’t really match the kitchen:
And, as it often happens when the spring items come out, I got my hands on two snail items! A decorative towel…
…and my favorite, a little welcome stone! I placed it next to all the other snail things:
I walked for like three hours, and came home starving. So I had a snack of crackers with pate and cheese, strawberries, and a little wine:
I also acquired these hilarious little alien things to have fun with later during the week:
Here’s a little random something from last week which I forgot to share. Diesel arrived! The box he came in is really, really nice:
The face design is wonderful, it’s very encouraging to see how much they’ve listened to customer feedback on the new line.
Next week the others should be arriving, I’m very excited about that.
🌈 Tuesday 🌈
On Tuesday I placed an order for some items I want to bring during the (sometimes quite long) car rides that happen every weekend. My husband and our partner always sit in the front, so I’m a bit bored in the back seat. I do love the seating arrangement, as it makes me feel very small and happy. It definitely appeals to my inner child. But I want to make it more fun and cozy to be there, and to that end, I ordered these things:
I also got a pink trash container (not pictured). The other things, as you can see, are a seatbelt cover (because it really digs into my shoulder sometimes) a lap desk for my iPad/coloring books/sketchbooks, etc, and an organizer with a little tray. You’ll see a bit further down how I used it.
On this day the little aliens or “soots” as Christopher calls them began popping up all over the house:
They are still being discovered 😁
Also, two games arrived. The one I am most excited about is the collector’s edition of Rune Factory 5! And the other one is Grow: Song Of The Evertree.
🌈 Wednesday 🌈
I can tell in retrospective that Wednesday is the day I started to get REALLY cranky from PMS. I think we were all cranky this week, and I feel that it is my own crankiness kinda being passed around like a cold, so I feel responsible. 😞 But good things happened anyway.
First, I have a very cute photo of Kotoko being harassed:
We went to a very flat and blah park on this day. It did have an interesting rock formation, so at least I took a photo of that:
The park was otherwise boring and not one I want to return to. But this was the first time our partner made an attempt at running since hurting his ankle so badly, and the fact that he could do it without issues was a major highlight of the day as it had been a lingering worry all this time.
In the evening, I felt too crappy to make dinner, so I whined my way into having another Happy Meal while the Mario Kart toys are still available, and this was provided, in spite of me being such a pain in the ass this week. It cheered me up a lot.
For the toy, I got Peach!
🌈 Thursday 🌈
Thursday I went on my longest walk of the week. I walked for about three and a half hours. Here’s a squirrel I saw on the way to Walmart:
On the way back, it had started to sprinkle. These crows were eager to drink the drops, and stood with their beaks open and heads upturned:
I got a few things at Walmart. A black dress, a Yu Yu Hakusho shirt for me and a Cowboy Bebop one for Christopher (Walmart is getting to be really good for anime shirts) some bows, a new blanket and a Turning Red blind box:
I was hoping to get Mei’s panda form but I got this… oh well lol.
After I got home we went out to dinner and then to a huge liquor store to get wine for tomorrow.
🌈 Friday 🌈
Friday evening was really nice! It was the long awaited Kirby release day. As soon as Christopher got home, I had a spread of snacks and wine and his coffee all set up.
It was just him and our partner playing co-opt while I watched and drank my entire bottle of wine, but that suited me fine!
Rosie joined us:
The game was my mom’s birthday present for Christopher. He really liked it.
Once they were done playing and my bottle of wine was totally polished off, I went to drunkenly make dinner. I made way too much and destroyed the kitchen in the process, but it was pretty good:
🌈 Saturday 🌈
Saturday was our weekly adventure day, and a LOT of fun! I got to use my new little setup for the first time. Now I can play my Switch without getting car sick:
You can’t see it here, but my little pink trash can hangs from the other seat. I also have a colorful pillow and my blanket in the back seat, and a coloring book in the pocket of the passenger seat. It feels very cozy.
The first stop was lunch. I had a hot dog. Christopher even went to the car to get Mignon for me so I could take this picture. When he does little things like that for me it makes me so happy.
Next stop was a record store, where Christopher bought me this World Of Warcraft soundtrack CD and Free To Be You And Me vinyl record:
We walked around a sorta ritzy but pretty dead mall. It made for some nice liminal pictures:
After that we went to Barnes & Noble. It was a particularly nice B&N, with TONS of toys. I bought this book while we were there:
As a lover of their Seekers bear series, I was very excited to find another Erin Hunter series about bears. But when I began to flip through it, after purchase, I noticed a vibe that was much more Warriors than Seekers. I guess we will see.
When he and my husband came back to find me, our partner had a little flower for me. I later gave the flower to Mignon. Unfortunately for my bunny, the flower had multiple ant residents, which then became residents of Mignon.
After the bookstore we went to a wonderful vintage toy store. I was too tired by this point to get pics, though.
At home I had an early dinner with Mignon and played a bit more of the Code Realize fandisc.
Mignon got into the cookies…
Overall a pleasant and happy Saturday. Today ended up being super stressful though, since our entire house is being repainted. The painters are coming tomorrow, so today was dedicated to moving anything that can be in their way. I also spent hours working on my bookkeeping, for taxes, had cramps all day, and this week I have an appointment with the social security office and I have to pack to visit my mom for her birthday.
It was a cranky and tiring day for the three of us and I guess this coming week may be a bit stressful still. So art may be slower and I may be quieter overall. Please bear with me.
I’ll see you next week with another weekly summary post, or maybe sooner if I can manage to sneak a post in!
Hello, everyone! I hope you’ve had a happy week! It’s been very busy for us, as all weeks have been lately. So, as has become the norm for my blog, I just have one long post to catch you all up on the week’s happenings.
For starters, I am sick again. It seems I had one week of relief in between head colds. It’s very mild (milder than the prior one). Just really annoying. Anyway! Let’s begin.
🍛 Curry Dinner! 🍛
On Tuesday night, I made Japanese style curry. I’ve had many previous attempts that didn’t turn out so great. Finally I figured it out, trying a new recipe which I doctored a bit. My guys loved it, as did I, and I’m looking forward to having it again with different meats.
🎂 Christopher’s 38th Birthday Dinner 🎂
Wednesday was Christopher’s birthday! He got his remaining presents in the morning, and in the evening, we went to The Capital Grille in Downtown Miami. It was an extremely fancy restaurant, a real treat, so I dressed up a little.
Christopher was… excited.
All the food was wonderful, but I didn’t have my phone (forgot it in the car) so I didn’t take many pictures. Here is one of the appetizer, though, Tuna Tartare:
It was spicy. We also got a picture of Christopher with his birthday dessert:
🧸 Toklo 🧸
Toklo now has a new ribbon and shirt. He still needs his name necklace, I’ll work on that next week.
The shirt is pretty funny, it was a Build-A-Bear online exclusive.
🚂 Date Night 🚂
For date night, we had one more round of playing with our trains before putting them away. We’ll probably play again in a month or two; I’m sure I’ll want to, as my new Thomas things begin to arrive later this month.
A little video…
Toklo got to play with us too:
The cats always love to observe and walk among the track. They don’t destroy anything, they just get excited by it all.
Afterwards we had tea. They gamed for a bit while I kept fiddling with Instagram, setting up my new art account. It was a nice, chill end to a lovely evening together.
🏴☠️ Rosie 🏴☠️
Have some cute photos I took of Rosie. I woke her up from her morning nap and played with her a little. She is such a soft, sweet little thing!
🥞 Pancake Breakfast 🥞
This weekend, Christopher’s mom and grandma came to visit and celebrate Christopher’s birthday. We went to Nami Sushi for Friday night dinner and to a Thai place on Saturday evening. On Saturday morning, we had pancakes. Christopher made me a mouse-shaped one, so I decorated it:
It was very yummy!
Unfortunately I spent a lot of the weekend in a very crabby mood due to being sick. I am not very sick, but it is annoying. It makes it harder to do anything, and I am constantly sleepy. It also got a lot colder on Saturday night, and the cold makes me lazier. Hopefully I get my energy back again real soon.
📦 Goodies From This Week 📦
I have a few new things to share. One is this new top I got on Etsy. It appears very wrinkled in this photo, but it’s really very cute:
I also got a Super Mario coloring/sticker book and a Camp Cretaceous activity play-pack:
Finally, we went on a Goodwill stroll yesterday, and I had two happy finds. One is this lovely old storybook:
And the other is this awesome, massive Sesame Street blanket that I covered my futon with. I love it! It is like new, and only six bucks.
That is all for this week’s post. I am tired, and busy… I hope you all enjoyed your weekend, and I look forward to sharing another week of art with you as I get back to my drawing board on Monday.
Last Saturday was our sort-of weekly adventure day! The three of us went to Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park. Did you know that if you ask Google to navigate to Bilbo Baggings Park it defaults to Bill Baggs… I thought that was pretty funny. Anyway that’s what we call that park. I’d been missing bringing a bear along for photos, so I took Coffee Cake along for the ride:
At the gate of the park, this massive lizard was sunning itself. It almost looked like a sculpture.
First in our itinerary was the lighthouse, because the last tour would take place at 1:00pm. We were early and close to the beginning of the line, so we were the third group in. Here are some photos of the outside:
And of the lighthouse itself as we approached from our place in line. It was 95 feet tall!
Going up the seemingly never-ending staircase is a real workout, and gives a bit of a claustrophobic feeling. Even today my legs are still super sore from it. My uneasiness going up wasn’t improved by having one of my ankles suddenly grabbed from below as a joke, I’ll leave you to guess by who. 😑
Once you made it up, the views were pretty spectacular.
Got a pretty cute photo of my two dorks while at the top. I’m gonna print it and put it on my desk. 🥰
Once we got back down, I wanted to take more photos of Coffee Cake but the wind kept trying to blow him away, so Christopher helped steady him. They look so cute together that I am going to print this one, too.
After that we went to lunch. We were absolutely starved, and it was good, but the prices were ridiculous. The tostones you see, with the little saucer of shrimp sauce and with a plastic spoon, cost $19 (what?!)
The flan I got for dessert was delicious, but not better than the one my mom served me. I need to bring some of that home to share.
After lunch we went on a little nature walk, and I got some nice pictures.
Christopher was a very good sport about being forced to interact with nature… for the most part… 😅
We tried his patience every time we wanted to stop to look at things, so he’d just walk away at times. 😁
The end of this trail brought us back to the lighthouse.
We stopped a bit so Christopher could rest. Even though he was still smiling his back hurt a lot. I picked some flowers and put one in Fern’s glasses and one in Christopher’s hat but unfortunately you can barely see it… they looked very cute.
From where we sat we could watch the sea…
It was a very nice outing, I was so tired though. I kept nodding off in the car. We got Wawa shakes on the way back and then had a nap.
For dinner, we had Pollo Tropical. I had one of their little empanadas for the first time, it was so good! I want to have them again.
That’s all I’ve got to share for now. I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start!
Today was a lovely day. For starters, my new Charlie Bear came in. As you guys know, it is exceedingly rare that I get new Charlie Bears anymore these days. So it is nice to know they still have that uncanny ability to bring me to tears upon first hug. I can never really explain why. They are so cute, I feel such joy, that I tear up a little when I first hold them…
Maybe it’s a dopamine overload… who knows? Anyway, his name is Toklo, if you get the reference, you get a virtual cookie. Toklo is bigger than he looks here next to my hand. He’s a very nice bear. I’m deeply grateful to my friend Luca for helping me acquire him.
We went to Markham Park again for today’s walk. This time we went deeper into the forest, it felt like a real adventure, and I took lots of pics!
At one point we came across these paintings on some trees…
Here are some cute little mushrooms we spotted. When I see these, I can’t help but think that they look like little awnings for a fairy window…
I also took a few seconds of video.
Ok now this is dumb, but on the way back we spotted a car which my partner pointed out looked exactly like a little vampire car face, fangs and all. So I had to take a picture.
If you see it, you can’t unsee it.
And now I am home. Still many chores to do, just having some strawberry milk before I get back to it.
Tomorrow we are going to yet another park, but this time Christopher is joining us! I’m so excited that we finally enticed him to come along. 🥰💕💕💕 I’ll be sure to post lots of photos of that too (and this time probably bring along a bear friend!)
Today we went to IKEA! I want to move all my bags into the closet, so I got a couple of small KALLAX units. I brought Brioche along, it had been a while since he came on an outing with me.
I really didn’t feel well most of today, in between pain from my period and other stuff, and a headache that lasted most of the morning because I ran out of coffee, I was super irritable all day. Christopher did his best to cheer me up and the most of got for his efforts was me biting his head off at every opportunity. 😞💧 Poor guy.
Of course if you go to IKEA meatballs for lunch are a must. It’s the law.
Also did a little Walmart stop to get some stuff to redo my bathroom. Got the rest on Amazon later in the day.
For dinner, we had grilled cheese. Christopher was aghast at how they turned out and wanted to make sure I said so in this post (because he’s usually very proud of his grilled cheeses and I guess this was substandard for him, but I loved it. It’s such a good Little space meal).
Anyway that’s all I’ve got to share for today, I woke up in pain and I’m going to bed in pain, but I’m sure tomorrow will be better.
Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a happy Thursday morning. I decided to let a few days accumulate into a single post, since, well, I haven’t had much interesting stuff to share recently.
Christopher and I have been spending more time together in the evenings, and it has been lovely. Elliot keeps us company. He always comes to the couch when Christopher gets home. Unlike our other cats, Elliot tends to spend his entire day out on the porch and doesn’t visit me much, but he always comes in when Christopher gets home. I think he misses him.
We began our evening by playing Mario Party Superstars:
Christopher won, of course…
After video games, we watched Lamb. It was really freaking weird. The weirdness is not a problem, it’s great, but I felt like it built up a lot for no real payoff. It just wasn’t very scary either.
On Tuesday, my copy of Cupid Parasite arrived! Still a while until I get to this one. I’ll be playing my next otome the weekend after this one –the final fandisc of Code: Realize.
We will be taking a trip to a place that will be all decked out for Christmas, so it’s a perfect time to finally play Wintertide Miracles, especially with such a long car ride.
This is completely random, but I’ve been fooling around with wigs, and liked how this photo came out. 😁
In the evening we watched the latest Paranormal Activity movie. It was okay. I had a little snack:
Yesterday I went on my walk, and to shop for groceries. I caught a couple of shots of this pretty butterfly on the way:
There were also several ducks foraging for food, and I got a photo and some video:
When Christopher got home, I had the smell of coffee and banana nut bread in the air. 😊 It was my first time making it and it turned out decently good:
Here is Cerise ready to try some:
Afterwards I made panko-crusted tilapia for dinner. It was pretty good.
Anyway as you can see I don’t have much interesting stuff to tell even when putting a bunch of days together. Right now, I am busy working on Christmas art for family. After that, I will resume commissions. I am also really, REALLY pumped for our upcoming trip. I pretty much cannot think about anything else…
Today I have to do my chores early, so I’ll wrap this up here. Enjoy your day, everyone!
Good evening, everyone! 😊 Today I woke up full of determination. I got lots done! But to begin with, let me share something from last night. I ultimately picked Anise to wear the lovely dress made by Kitty. Here she is modeling it!
Because today I knew I’d burn plenty of calories on the porch, I skipped my morning walk. I didn’t mean to skip the evening one as well, but it got late and Christopher isn’t happy when I get home after sundown, so I’ll probably just get on my exercise bike after I finish writing this post. Anyway, the porch was the first thing on my day, while it was still kinda dark outside, and still somewhat cool. My first job involved moving all the bricks to a corner of the yard. This was a BIG job:
All in all it was 32 or so bricks, 22 lbs each. Perhaps a little more? 😬 I could barely lift a single one, so I had to take them one at a time, and kinda f***ed up my wrists in doing so, but I did move them all. I also cleaned one part of the porch (no pressure cleaning) and moved everything from the other side, so I can pressure clean that area tomorrow. It’s so filthy:
Another thing I did was move my neglected little hanging plant to a spot where it will get more sun, and, being right next to the hose, be easier to water. I added more soil to the pot and just made it a little neater, it was a mess.
I fixed this little area, too, so now it is pleasant to look at again… 💖🌷
And I trashed many… many things that were in unsalvageable condition. 😞
Those photos are from my stopping point for the day, but earlier, around noon, I took a break to make lunch for Christopher and I. He’d been playing video games and relaxing, so I wanted to treat him to something special. I made him rice balls. 🍙✨🌈
His were plain (that’s how he likes them) but afterwards I made some for me too, and these had tuna salad and spreadable cheese as choices of fillings. They were great!
During lunch and throughout my day I continued to read “Sprout”. It’s a curious little story (spoilers ahead, if you care) about a little boy who is obsessed with elephants. He’s a very peculiar child, who by a wide variety of displayed traits would definitely be diagnosed autistic by our standards today.
The book is overall funny, charming, and without very high stakes, until our protagonist decides to climb up a tree and have a 22 foot fall that nearly kills him. It’s not something I expected to happen in such a short story. While the tone doesn’t change very much, things feel so serious so quickly. In any case, it has a happy end, and it’s a charming little read.
Not only did I do all of this today, but I streamed Dungeon Keeper for one hour (to be shared in a separate post) and finally got through the town of Tickle (I failed, I think, about five times, two or three times in-stream!) and got some work done on a birthday present for a couple of my friends. I might finish that tonight.
In another note, I now have some snail shells on my shelf. These were buried and cleaned out by nature (except for the baby shell… sadly, this is the baby I shared a month or so ago. He did not make it, but I saved his shell). One of the other shells is an old Cornu Aspersum. And the second shell from the left is my sweet old guy who died a few weeks ago. I’m happy that his shell survived in the best condition of the three that I buried.
Now, being done with this post, I’m going to continue on to the rest of my housework, then exercise a bit, then get some writing in before bed. I’ve finally broken through a serious chapter hurdle and I’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.
I had a wonderful Saturday! I hardly know where to begin. One of the best things that happened is that the friend I had a sleepover with a while ago reconnected with me. It turned out she wasn’t ghosting me after all, but dealing with some serious issues. She really had had a lovely time during our visit just as I did. So we are trying again.
On this same day, I was seeing my other friend. And I just couldn’t get into a good, happy headspace because a part of me was still so sad about my other friend just disappearing. It’s hard to keep opening up when that happens. But right before I was due to meet with Mandie, Shelly showed up at the door and she had a little flower to give me and explained everything to me and wanted to try again and I was so happy I had to try so hard not to cry. Later I gave the flower to Mojito:
Shelly had to go back to work after that, but next time she, Mandie and I are all going to hang out together and have lots of fun. I can’t wait! But now let me tell you about the rest of the day.
After that I was basically walking on air as I got ready and my happy mood came rolling back. I also got Apple Juice ready in a proper seasonal outfit, as he was my companion for the day:
I also dressed up in a Halloweeny outfit for the first time this year:
Soon after I got ready Mandie arrived. Mandie’s outfit was super cute, I’m kicking myself for not taking a picture. Mandie brought her little bear, Trixie. I held them both on my lap for a photo:
Even though they were almost closing, we went to Flamingo Road Nursery. We had time for several cute photos, got a bunch of yummy snacks (like honey sticks, popcorn and pumpkin-shaped cake pops) and we picked some pumpkins too:
After that we just went around town being obnoxious. We went to Dollar Tree and to Starbucks and to Publix for wine. We got Happy Meals and then we went back to the house. There, Christopher had The Nightmare Before Christmas ready to play so as soon as we got there, we sat down to watch it.
Of course, we had our wine in sippy cups…
I was hoping to offer Mandie one of my Halloween sippy cups but they were still in storage.
To my delight, Mandie stayed the night. But I’ve been getting up so early that I was ready to pass out BEFORE 10pm which is like, unbelievably lame. Mandie was a good sport about it. Tomorrow I’m going to decorate the house while she keeps me company.
It’s really been a wonderful day and I hope we have many more like it. 🎃💕 I’m really happy!
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