Category Archives: Children’s Books

Back To Normal ๐ŸŒž

Happy Sunday, everyone! Time for yet another week’s recap. All of this week I felt very overwhelmed. There is so much to do… I don’t know how I can ever catch up… but I guess eventually I’ll manage it. Anyway, let’s get to what happened this week!

๐ŸŒˆ Monday ๐ŸŒˆ

Monday was Mwako’s last day with us. We went out to breakfast and shopping one final time, and then he was off to the airport.

At Publix he sneakily got this Jurassic World Dominion shopping bag that he surprised me with before leaving… I love it!

We did one final Target stop, where I finally caved and got the Ankylosaurus that I’d picked up and put back on the shelf three times prior. At home, he quickly made friends with Bumpy!

Also at Target, I found this awesome coloring book of Turning Red. It has wonderful illustrations and activities –stickers, too!

I also got another Highlights Hidden Pictures book. I love these so much. The old-timey pen and ink illustrations give me life!

The last lovely find was this little gliding Bowser Jr.! Isn’t he adorable?

For dinner we had salmon. And that was that for Monday. I don’t have anything to share until Thursday because I was just so busy.

๐ŸŒˆ Thursday ๐ŸŒˆ

For Thursday I have a few odds-and-ends. Firstly, I installed the bird feeder that my mom in law gave to me, and added a cob of corn for good measure:

Also –this is older, but I only photographed it today. It’s a very gently used The Lost World: Jurassic Park baby triceratops figure by Kenner:

Brand new, this can go well over a hundred dollars. She came out of the box and with no egg, but she was only $25… so I am happy.

Also, I hung my little Bowser Jr. from the studio ceiling so he looks like he’s gliding!

Today our partner and I released some ladybugs to fight the aphids in our brand new almond bush. The ladybugs were exposed to the heat for too long on the way to us, but most of them revived and immediately went to work:

Later in the afternoon, at the insistence of friends, I took a break to play some Pokรฉmon Sword and have a snack:

I drank another of my Good2Grow Podz, this one is a baby T. rex, so cute!

๐ŸŒˆ Saturday ๐ŸŒˆ

Saturday was stressful. Kotoko has been vomiting, sometimes a little pink (meaning there was blood, at least once). We’ve been in constant contact with our vet, and finally at her advice we brought her in. Kotoko was a very good girl, as always.

Multiple tests were done and we will see what the results say, for now we have special foods and nausea meds. Hopefully it is nothing serious.

In the evening, the three of us went out to dinner. We ate at El Balcรณn De Las Americas. It was a good place, we will go there again. Since we were a bilingual table, our very nice waiter gave us a bilingual dessert:

Later that night I decided to dress Grover up in pajamas, since all he ever does is sleep with me anyway:

๐ŸŒˆ Sunday ๐ŸŒˆ

On Sunday I went on a little date with our partner while Christopher rested and enjoyed some solitude. He couldn’t get us out the door fast enough, but I think he would have enjoyed this place were it not for the heat. We went to the Yellow Green Farmers Market. The best thing was the smells –like fair food stalls on steroids! We had carne a la vara, with arepas. It was awesome.

The people at this stall could use some help spelling, but it was pretty hilarious:

A lot of people bring their dogs here. This pupper was at a stall that sold… either carved wood items of some sort, or candles, or both. I forget.

He or she was in fact a good guard dog, but only as far as other puppers were concerned. I could get this close without any sort of reaction! If any dogs got anywhere in sight though (even far off!) this pupper would perk up and bark fiercely… without ever leaving his or her little perch. ๐Ÿ˜

Anyway, that was a lovely time. I’m really treasuring the memories made. ๐Ÿ’•

An On-And-Off Rainy Week โ˜”

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s time for a recap. I was sick for a bunch of this cold, rainy week, but in moderately high spirits regardless. So I’ll begin with some musings before the actual recap. You may already have heard me go on about the following a bit on Twitter, but I wanted to expand here.

I drew a LOT this week, felt very creative, getting back in touch with a part of my artist self that I’ve kinda abandoned over the last ten years. I’d say the last couple of years have brought me the most joy art-wise. I feel more fulfilled when I draw than ever before. And yet… I’ve felt these past six months like the furry community, specifically the babyfur community, may be kinda moving on from me and some other artists.

I see a lot of established artists like myself struggle to fill slots, including artists that were once in high demand. Maybe it’s the economy, maybe it’s algorithms, all I know is I am not the only one (which is some comfort). But, having built my client base around babyfurs, if babyfurs don’t commission me as much I may also have to move in a different direction with my art/life if I am to survive.

Basically, I’m trying to branch out, at least before I give up on commission art altogether. As a commission artist, I’ll always draw babyfurs and ABDL content, it allows me to do such cute art. But I’m trying to go back to my cute little characters from 10+ years ago, my non-furry art (even if it’s little animals, it predates my furry days) which has more mass appeal.

I’m also going to be doing the odd fan art. If you want to support my babyfur stuff I’m always here to do it. I just feel like there is less demand for that part of my work these days. So, rediscovering myself as an artist this week has been refreshing, even though the uncertainty regarding funds does have me very worried.

๐Ÿคง Monday ๐Ÿคง

Nothing much to say for Monday. Had a quiet but busy day at home. All I have to share from this day is a picture of Rosie.

โ˜” Tuesday โ˜”

I’d been getting pretty stir crazy, so, on this day, I got permission from Christopher for a Starbucks treat, and went out. It was rainy. I spent some time at Starbucks, and once I was done with my food, I walked to the bookstore.

At Barnes & Noble I got a plushie and a book. I also read this picture book which promptly made me tear up in the store. I would have bought it, but it was like twenty bucks. I ended up buying it on Amazon as soon as I got home.

Usually I share a little bit of the inside of a book. But I feel like a lot of the punch of this book is lost if you show any pages. It’s a bit like a little comforting, hopeful song, and a book I intend to keep near my desk to read when I need to remind myself that all bad times are temporary. I really, really recommend it, even if you are an adult, it’s a nice thing to have.

The other book I got was Growing Grouchy. A very cute little story of Oscar’s birth and early years. And a little chick that I named Gumdrop.

Here’s a couple of close-ups from that book. I love the cameo of little grumpy Bert:

And a photo of Gumdrop with the hat I picked. I’ll make him a bandana and name necklace soon:

๐Ÿค Wednesday ๐Ÿค

Wednesday was another day of arting. In the morning I had a Zoom call with my mom. Then I went on a walk (it was rainy again, but nice and cool out):

…and had an acai bowl for lunch:

Not much else to say about this day. I’ve just been working so much every day this week, I didn’t leave much time for leisure. ๐Ÿ˜…

๐Ÿฎ Thursday ๐Ÿฎ

Ok as far as Thursday, first let me get my lunch out of the way. I made my own Mexican-style corn thing and it was very yummy, I had queso for a dip:

The best part of Thursday was date night. I’d long been excited about it because we planned to watch Turning Red. I was very turned off by this movie when I saw the first trailers and images, but as I heard more about it after its release, I got a little more interested.

Well, I’ve got to say, it is my favorite Pixar movie in years! The expressions and body language of the characters absolutely make the movie. As some have stated, it is cringy, but in a delightful, purposeful, “that’s the joke” sort of way: your early teens ARE probably the cringiest part of your life, after all.

It is also a love letter to the late 90s/early 2000s, a pivotal point in my own life. I was a bit of a late bloomer, since I was Mei’s age in 1997, but it was around the time the movie takes place (a few years after that, meaning I was older) was when I was emotionally in the same place Mei is in the film. I still found it deeply relatable, even more so because it was just my mother and me during a large part of my late childhood and all of my teens/early adulthood.

Conflict was inevitable, especially as I got older, but I was much less “my own person” than Mei is (too afraid to do so) and had no friends to fall back on, other than one girl for a couple of years. So, it would take me until I left the house at 30 (!!) to slowly begin to feel like voicing serious disagreement, let alone anger, to my mom was allowed.

These days, it is much less of an issue for me. Like with Mei, having other people giving you perspective really helps you to be your own person, standing on your own two feet –and eventually you don’t need that either.

Anyway, between watching an animated movie (something I haven’t done in forever) and getting a Happy Meal, WITH a toy I actually cared for, this was a very “Little” night! I was over the moon when I saw that Mario Kart was the theme!

To make things even better, I got Bowser, and my burgers where some of the best I had in a while, with very juicy pickles. I even used my Bluey placemat for the first time!

After the movie we just hung out and had quality time together. It was a lovely evening and the highlight of my week all around.

Friday

This was a very busy day. I worked on art all day, and we went shopping to like four different stores for groceries. That was actually very pleasant, and I got treated to my favorite sandwiches from the Argentinean bakery. But it is always so hard to step away from my work.

We had a lovely dinner at home in the evening. Here is a photo of Kotoko and Elliot that I took in the early afternoon to wrap up the post:

Tomorrow we have an outing, and Sunday a dinner with friends, so I’ll do the weekend on a separate post in case I end up with a lot of photos.

Mid-March Weekly Summary ๐ŸŽˆ๐Ÿ›

Hello, everyone! I hope youโ€™ve had a happy week! Itโ€™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 weekโ€™s happenings.

For starters, I am sick again. It seems I had one week of relief in between head colds. Itโ€™s very mild (milder than the prior one). Just really annoying. Anyway! Letโ€™s begin.

๐Ÿ› Curry Dinner! ๐Ÿ›

On Tuesday night, I made Japanese style curry. Iโ€™ve had many previous attempts that didnโ€™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 Iโ€™m looking forward to having it again with different meats.

๐ŸŽ‚ Christopher’s 38th Birthday Dinner ๐ŸŽ‚

Wednesday was Christopherโ€™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:

๐Ÿงธ Toklo ๐Ÿงธ

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.

๐Ÿš‚ Date Night ๐Ÿš‚

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.

๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ Rosie ๐Ÿดโ€โ˜ ๏ธ

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!

๐Ÿฅž Pancake Breakfast ๐Ÿฅž

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.

๐Ÿ“ฆ Goodies From This Week ๐Ÿ“ฆ

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.

A Happy Thanksgiving Weekend

Hello everyone! I hope you had a Thanksgiving weekend as wonderful as mine was. I wore my new white boots for the first time on Thanksgiving Day. I was so happy with my entire outfit:

Grover was my travel companion. It turns out if I bring down the cup holder, it makes a perfect little seat for Grover to be strapped in, seatbelt and all.

Thanksgiving was a bit less hectic, more peaceful than other years. A baby was born in the family on Thanksgiving Day so several family members were missing. Plus, some were not there due to just, family drama… ๐Ÿ˜ž it was a really nice meal together though. This was our spread, behind the table where we actually ate:

The weather was absolutely lovely, cool and overcast. After the dishes were done, we left Grandma’s house in Port St Lucie for my mom in law’s house. We did a quick stop at Big Lots first since it was the only open store. Christopher let me take a little Yoshi but in the end my mom in law was the one who bought it for me:

Once at the house, we got comfortable and our friend started mixing drinks. It was really cute to see his reaction to my mom in law’s roommate’s pomeranian; I’d completely forgotten that it would be there, and Christopher didn’t say anything on purpose, since our friend has a little pom of his own that he adores. The resident pom, Panda, was very happy with all the extra attention:

My mom in law made all the cats say hello to him too so they would stop being scared of his voice (because he doesn’t usually visit so they weren’t used to him). It didn’t really work, but Momo sat on him for a polite 30 seconds:

This evening was the most fun I had. We played Mario Party and Pictionary (it was my first time playing that) and I had two Mojitos which kind of destroyed me. This picture was taken earlier in the night. I was so happy to see Christopher smiling and having fun.

Naturally, he won at Mario Party, he usually does.

Christopher took this photo of me a bit later; I think I was well into my second drink by then and every time it was my turn to draw I basically dragged myself across the floor to the board. I half-slept between turns (pictured) and by the time I had to get up the next morning (at 4am!) for Black Friday, I was still kinda drunk.

It was the first time I went to sleep drunk and woke up drunk, but I didn’t have a bad hangover and I didn’t throw up. So… all in all, not too bad. ๐Ÿ˜…

Black Friday

As mentioned above, we were all up at around 4:00am. Black Friday in Sebastian is very chill… no lines, no stress, pretty relaxed employees too. Sometimes they even give out free hot chocolate and things like that. We went to Walmart, to Best Buy, to Petsmart, where I got a few presents for the cats…

…then to breakfast (McDonald’s) and to Home Depot. We then went to a few furniture stores, and by this point, while I’d fully sobered up from the night prior, everyone was starting to feel sleepy, myself included. Christopher passed out in one of the stores:

Ultimately a couch was purchased, and we went back to the house for a pizza lunch and nap. Later that day, a TV was purchased too, and a new Switch. Then we went to Makoto’s for dinner, a long-awaited highlight of this trip.

Once everything was set up, we played Pictionary and Mario Kart (well… I played Pictionary… by the time Mario Kart was underway I was passed out on the floor. I didn’t even make it fully through my second Mojito this time), but it’s okay, Grover can finish it for me…

Saturday

Saturday was a little more relaxed. Christopher and I cuddled for a while before I got up, and then I went to get bread so my mom in law could make French toast. We had a nice relaxing breakfast. At some point we went out one more time, and my mom in law got me the new walking shoes I so desperately needed. Also, Grandma and I went to Michaels, and I got Mandalorian advent calendars for me and my sis in law. Here’s mine on the wall:

We left around four in the afternoon, and got home a little past six. After that, the three of us still hung out a few hours, had dinner, and watched Cowboy Bebop. Then we dropped our friend off and Thanksgiving weekend was truly over, since I’ll be spending all of tomorrow unpacking and catching up on chores.

On the drive back, I completed Saint Germain’s story in Wintertide Miracles.

Below are some spoilers for Code: Realize ~Wintertide Miracles~ soโ€ฆ donโ€™t read any more if you plan to play it!!

I don’t know why, but I didn’t like it so much. He was all whiny and full of feelings the entire route. I don’t mind that with other LIs, and he’s certainly that way at times in the original game too, but I always enjoyed how he could be a little scary, even playfully during Future Blessings, and you never really knew what he was thinking. I don’t know, I found him a bit “much”. Regardless, here’s a couple of screenshots of parts I liked:

Finis is always fun, though. I think he will end up being the best part of the fandisc for me.

Something I forgot to share in my “before leaving” post is this Sesame Street Christmas Treasury I got. I meant to read it during the trip, just as I meant to play more of Wintertide Miracles, but in the end I was just too entertained enjoying my time with family.

This book is lovely, with illustrations from multiple eras. The vintage ones are my favorites.

I guess I’ll wrap it up here, tomorrow and Monday are going to be really busy for me. Plus, I’ll be releasing a new YCH, so please look forward to that. Talk to you all later!

In Pain But Okay! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Hi everyone! Today was a blah day. I had cramps a lot so I had to take my chores slowly but I still did pretty much all of themโ€ฆ I just couldnโ€™t get to the Christmas decorating. But I did go through my wardrobe finally, and trimmed it a bit. I also went to get groceries for dinner (where I got my walk in) and made myself a new Christmas icon for the season.

For dinner, I made turkey meatballs and pasta. It wasnโ€™t a bad day, but I hope to have more energy tomorrow.

A Wonky Weekend But It Was Okay After All ๐Ÿ˜Š

You canโ€™t force a good day out of sheer will, but I think I helped it along a lot today.

My headache came and went, sometimes it was bad, and a few times today I did feel pretty low mood-wise. But I powered through all my chores, I worked on my blog, on commissions, I took care of the animals, did the grocery shopping, made Christopher a good meal (wellโ€ฆ there was an honest attempt), and made time to spend with him. That was important.

I also updated my character on Guild Wars 2, I want to make yet another attempt to get into this game since itโ€™s something that Christopher enjoys. I will say that, after this revamp, this is the most Iโ€™ve ever liked my character:

Right now Iโ€™m reading a bedtime story with Rosie, who as of writing this has cuddled up next to me after inspecting my book:

Anyway. Itโ€™s supposed to rain on and off all day tomorrow, but Iโ€™ll try to go on my walks, all the same. Iโ€™m hoping for a week of posting lots of commissions and Iโ€™ll be looking forward to a visit from my mom in law this weekend. She asked for empanadas so Iโ€™ll be making that.

Iโ€™m rambling (and possibly blowing my bedtime further? probably notโ€ฆ ๐Ÿค” to write this) so Iโ€™ll sign off hereโ€ฆ goodnight, everyone!

A Fun Day Out Together ๐Ÿฅฐ

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. ๐Ÿ˜…

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 PhแปŸ Bar:

We often to go PhแปŸ restaurants but I never have PhแปŸ. 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 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. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Two Steps Back –And Forward Again! ๐Ÿ™Œ

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! ๐Ÿ˜ญ 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. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. ๐Ÿค”

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 Picaรฑa 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. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! ๐ŸŽ‰

Did A Lot Today! ๐Ÿ˜„

Good evening, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š 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? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ 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… ๐Ÿ’–๐ŸŒท

And I trashed many… many things that were in unsalvageable condition. ๐Ÿ˜ž

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. ๐Ÿ™โœจ๐ŸŒˆ

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.