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Happy Wednesday To All! ๐Ÿฆ‹ ๐Ÿง‰

Hello everyone, happy Wednesday! Iโ€™m still enjoying spending time with my mom. Iโ€™m not feeling so great physically though, enough that I have a doctorโ€™s appointment tomorrow. So commissions that are just hitting their due date might see a small delay. Please bear with me. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

Iโ€™ve actually been under the weather since the weekend (again, physical symptoms) which led to canceling plans with a friend too. But Iโ€™ve continued working and have just been doing my best not to fall behind too much.

This morning we had breakfast and watched a few YouTube videos together. I introduced Beanie to mate:

Sweeney cuddled up to me during this time. I didnโ€™t really bother or touch him and he stayed quite a while:

I played Giraffe and Anikka for a little while and drew a lot. My mom made a weird but good salad in the afternoon. It had cheese, olives, rice, tuna. It was bizarre but delicious.

Now Iโ€™m just relaxing and working on more commissions before itโ€™s time to head home. Iโ€™ll post the daily warm-up in the evening, so look forward to that.

Evening With Mom! ๐Ÿ’œ

Hi hi, everyone! If youโ€™re coming here from Twitter, Iโ€™ll see your comments tomorrow. Iโ€™m at my momโ€™s now so I can cross post stuff but not respond to Twitter comments.

So! A new friend arrived today! Mignon was ready to help him out of the box:

His name is Beanie!! On account of his very cute beans! ๐Ÿพ

I love him, he has long dangling arms, almost a little monkey-like. Heโ€™s a sweet little bear.

Since his outfit obscures him a little, here you can see him before I dressed him up:

Iโ€™m having a great time with my mom. We snacked and drank wine, she made milanesas and we had them while watching The Handmaidโ€™s Tale.

The cats have been super affectionate, especially Sweeney. They seem to have missed me. I managed to snag a really cute photo of Shampoo:

Now Iโ€™m very sleepy, and in bed with Beanie…

Tomorrow should be a pretty chill day. Drawing, watching TV together and relaxing together. Iโ€™m looking forward to that. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Hope everyone has a wonderful evening!

Back In The Saddle! ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŒˆ

Finally, my fitness logs have resumed. Hopefully I can get back to getting in shape! I don’t seem to have lost much progress, just stagnated a tad.

I’m a bit under the weather from what (I hope) is a minor health problem that I don’t want to go into detail about. I had meds for it but they don’t seem to have worked, so I expect to make a doctor’s appointment for next week. I’m giving it another day or so. I had plans to see a friend yesterday but this issue had me too uncomfy so I stayed home and the result was that I finally caught up on all that I had to do. So I went to bed in quite a good mood.

Over the weekend we got rid of/sold of/donated many more things. This little bed, originally my teddy bear Franklin’s bed, is something I deeply treasure but could not find a place for… the house is too full, it will never be bigger and we will never live in a larger one. It was always in storage. So I thought I would have to donate it, because we need the storage space.

I set it aside, and immediately Kotoko and Rosemary took to it. Then I just could not resist. I put a blanket on it, and now it’s a favorite hang-out spot. The mouse next to the bed is Kotoko’s favorite, she likes to lay it at the foot of the bed before sleeping. And as you can see Rosie loves it too:

Yesterday I streamed. Kotoko kept me company the entire day, appearing on her KokoCam. ๐Ÿ˜Š

In other dumb kitty things, here is Rosie playing with a blade of grass in our living room floor:

That’s kind of it for this post but there will be more later today. I have to work on art for a little while.

Not Happy To Announce This, But Back On Twitter (Sorta) ๐Ÿ˜ž

Hey everyone. As the title says, I get no pleasure from making this announcement. But, it wasn’t until recently, when I developed an art style that allows me to finish a minimum of one commission per day, to sometimes two or three, that I realized that my clientele here on FA is just not enough to cover the slots I am now able to put out. The same wonderful, faithful repeat clients can only do so much for me, and it’s a burden on them to know I depend on them so much.

Given that I use Postybirb now, I feel perhaps there is some way for me to avail my work and announcements to people on Twitter without having to interact directly with the site. So while I am back in a limited, crossposting capacity by using automated software, this is something that I REALLY want to emphasize:

Please do not expect interaction from me on there. I won’t see your comments very often, and I won’t follow anyone.

I hate Twitter. I’ve agonized over this. I do not want to interact with anyone on Twitter. This is merely done as a convenience to people who only book slots that pop up there. Artwork aside, to anyone, friendly or not, who tries to pull me into any anxiety-inducing situation, be it gossip, the daily drama/discourse, whether with good intentions or not, I will be very harsh in blocking.

I do not care if you don’t like my followers. I do not and will not curate who follows me. My mental health cannot handle this, so please curate your own spaces but do not ask me to make changes for your mental health at the expense of my own. Do not send me callouts, helpful warnings/bewares, do not tell me if someone is talking badly about me. PLEASE ESPECIALLY THE LATTER. I don’t want to know. If you care about me, please spare me.

I’m setting up my Twitter in a way that won’t really allow for much direct interaction with me, which I’m likely to miss anyway. I’m not installing the app, and you can’t DM me there, but you can follow me. You will see my art and commission postings there now, as well as stream and blog announcements, so you won’t miss out. I know many of you are only rarely here, and mostly on Twitter.

I was very happy to leave that siteโ€ฆ I am only making this adjustment, with a lot of caveats, because paying off my debt and taking care of my mom is really important to me. But I am afraid of doing this because it was so bad for me. I was miserable before. I don’t want to get like that again. I’m hoping I won’t.

My account there is SquirrelElf: https://twitter.com/SquirrelElf

You’re welcome to follow me, and RTs of my work and commission slots are very, very deeply appreciated. I’ll be unlocking the account after a couple more tests.

REMEMBER, IN CASE YOU SKIMMED THROUGH: IT’S A CROSS POSTING, MOSTLY AUTOMATED ACCOUNT. I WON’T FOLLOW YOU BACK. I WILL RARELY SEE YOUR COMMENTS.

It’s only so you can see my art there and catch commission slots. Thank you!

Patriotic Squirrel Sweater!

Never in a million years did I think I’d wear something this crass… I hate the whole “Merica!!” or “Murica” meme/misspelling, most of all when I see/hear people saying it unironically, not realizing that the way in which it is said is to mock blind patriotism without a thought for the actual wellbeing of our country (or just as a bad stereotype… see Urban Dictionary.) But… But… It has a squirrel wearing patriotic glasses… with their lil tongue hanging out all cheeky-like…

So… I’m gonna wear it when we go out to dinner on the 21st… ironically! Well. The rednecky/murica part is ironic on my end. My patriotism isn’t. I’m bursting, dripping with patriotism, but only now do I feel like I have (or will soon have) a proper right to express it. ๐Ÿ˜

I’ve waited so long to say “my country” about the USA… ๐Ÿฅบ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’™

Anyway yeah. This is dumb. But I’ll wear it because squirrel. And America! With an A, dammit.

Today’s Little Things ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค๐Ÿ’™

I’m sure eventually I’ll stop posting these near identical photos of Kotoko next to me on the desk. Eventually. Probably.

I hung this up by my studio door today. The “proud” is a little hard to read, and sure, it’s a little premature, but hey, give me a break, will you. It’s less than a month away!

A Calm Date Night ๐Ÿ’•

This morning I woke up to this cuteness next to me… Kotoko purring her heart out with her paw protectively (or is that possessively?) on Christopherโ€™s sleeping head:

So yeah, that was adorable. Later, as she has the last few days, Kotoko came to spend time with me on the desk. She played with fishies for a while:

I had lunch with my friend Al today (itโ€™s weird to just say โ€œmy friendโ€ after years of saying โ€œmy bossโ€ because even though I havenโ€™t worked for him for years and years everyone still calls him โ€œyour bossโ€). ๐Ÿ˜ซ

Later Christopher and I went to Target for a pickup. We also got some date-night snacks and a birthday present for Nikki, his (our) sister:

Once home we watched TV and had snacks before heading out for date-night pizza…

We took it easy, but it was really enjoyable.

Today’s Eats ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿช

Nothing terribly fascinating, just photos of my lunch and snack that I took the trouble to take and decorate but they just didn’t “fit” with my other posts of today.

I had fried rice with tofu and water chestnuts, avocado, and seaweed:

I really like tonic water… I don’t drink it too often though because calories. I haven’t gone back to counting calories proper yet, but I have had a few false starts. I’m sure I’ll be back in the wagon soon. In the meantime? Panda cookies:

Good Morning To All! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ˜

Good morning guys! How are you today? I’m off to a very positive start and feeling very cheerful. I started my Fitness Log again, and did my first walk of the day. I’ll be Zooming with my mom soon, and hopefully I’ll get another walk in after the sun goes down.

Kotoko came to cuddle with me this morning. I’ve decided to allow her on my desk, which is by the window, and as a result she spends more and more time with me. I took so many cute photos and video of that, it’ll be for its own post, but here she is:

When she jumped on me, I had to snap a photo, even though my hair was still uncombed after my shower. ๐Ÿ˜…

I’m still doing lots of work to finish my site’s move. Most galleries need to be remade, but that’s basically all I have left to do at this point (well, that and the small changes that I’ll be using plug-ins for… I can’t do that until I get the Business plan.)

Everything is going pretty well. I’m continuing to catch up on chores and art and feeling less stressed. I have a bunch of new followers, I want to welcome all of you! This blog/site is pretty weird but I hope you have a good time here.

Oh, also, my collector’s edition of Mรคrchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift came in the mail. Christopher bought it for me as a reward for passing my naturalization interview and civics test (there may also have been some begging and cajoling involved.) It even comes with a figure! When I have time to open it I’ll be sure to share it with you all.

Okay, it’s time for my Zoom call. Later! ๐Ÿ‘‹