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Monday Again ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿ‚

This morning I managed to be out of the house well before sunrise. During my walk, I captured the rising sun. I got my almost- but-not-quite-10-kilometers in. I started the day with energy, but right now as I write this, I feel down and tired. I’m lonely again now that Christopher is back at work, and PMS is getting to me, besides.

On my way back from my walk I picked up a Cuban snail. I no longer do this, as I have too many, but finding a Cuban snail in the middle of the sidewalk by the mall is incredibly rare. Cuban snails are not generally caught in perilous situations past sunrise. This guy was a bit retracted, I thought he might have recently passed, but I took him home all the same.

When I got home and rinsed him, an unusual amount of liquidy slime came out, extremely gross, and in such cases it means the snail is dead and the body has begun to liquify. But you never know with snails. Indeed, I put him in an isolation container with some kale, and a half hour later he’d come out and climbed to the top. I was amazed.

All the same, a snail that finds itself in this sort of tricky spot might be unwell –particularly considering the deep retraction. We will see if he recovers with TLC.

Today I released a couple more YCHs. I’ll release them on the blog as well, shortly. The month is quickly passing by and the funds are not fully raised, but I am trying my best.

Anyway, writing this as I have lunch…

It’s hard to find motivation today. I’m going to try to shower, finish my chores, and work on a pending freebie.

Happy Saturday, Guys! ๐ŸŒž๐Ÿฆ‹

Good morning, everyone! ๐ŸŒž Iโ€™m writing this from the โœจ nice and clean โœจ back porch. ๐Ÿ˜Š I’m so glad I pushed through and did that! Now Iโ€™m waiting for Christopher to wake up so we can go garage saling today. Our good friend is too busy with work to join us, which has us both a little bummed, but we will have a good time all the same.

Itโ€™s a little cooler today. In an hour or two it will be hot as ever, but right now Iโ€™m outside and wearing a jacket, which really feels kind of amazing. October is halfway overโ€ฆ cooler weather is just around the corner for us, and really, it canโ€™t come soon enough. I love being out here with the cats.

Plus, I can’t wait to take walks at other times of the day other than sunrise and sunset, you know, when the sun is actually out, without melting.

That aside, since I started tracking my periods again, now I know that Iโ€™m PMSing, which does explain my crappy mood the last day or so. Itโ€™s really helpful to realize that itโ€™s going on, so I can see some things more objectively.

Art wise, Iโ€™m feeling very encouraged. I was sure there was no way that this month I could put the full $1,000 towards my momโ€™s fund, AND the $500 towards our house debt, becauseโ€ฆ well, this month I paid off my Amazon card, and it was at over $500 (in the last few months I had a bunch of not super smart purchases… games, clothes, and a lot in Christmas presents for this year –most of it before things went to heck for us).

BUT. I gave Christopher the $500 for the monthly debt, I paid off the $500+ of the Amazon card, AND I have $395 set aside for my mom’s move-in fund. If I make it to $500, I won’t feel like I failed (because the Amazon card is not a regular expense). But if I make it to $1,000… the full monthly amount… I’ll feel very triumphant indeed.

Anyway, Christopher’s awake so it’s time to finish getting ready. I’ll post again later today!

๐ŸŽจ Big Li’l Artist YCH ๐ŸŽจ [$50]

Multi-slot! This YCH is being offered specifically to raise money for my mom’s move-in fund. I need to raise almost $900 before November is over. All money from this YCH goes toward this goal.

TO CLAIM A SLOT, ๐Ÿ‘‰ COMMENT HERE ๐Ÿ‘ˆ WITH: Your reference and outfit choice. Be ready to pay via PayPal within 24 hours max. Please serious inquiries only. Thank you!

๐ŸŽจ Any gender, most species (furry only). Character must fit the overall pose. Adult characters only. No minors.
๐ŸŽจ Can change the speech balloon text or remove it (but character will remain facing in that direction).
๐ŸŽจ You can keep the outfit as shown or request something else of simple to moderate complexity (shortalls, etc).
๐ŸŽจ Flat colored character/s with highlights and textures.
๐ŸŽจ Complex markings/extra limbs/tails/appendages may incur extra fees at my discretion.
๐ŸŽจ NO WIPS (I’ll gladly fix any errors that are my fault, for free, regardless of stage of completion, DO NOT BE AFRAID to tell me if your finished commission has a goof, PLEASE! It’s okay!)
๐ŸŽจ $5 for detailed diaper patterns, please no IRL super complex copyrighted character patterns.
๐ŸŽจ Please read my TOS: https://marinaneira.com/commissionterms/
๐ŸŽจ My Will Draw/Won’t Draw: https://marinaneira.com/willdrawwontdraw/

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‰

Birthday Cupcake For Two ๐ŸŽ‚

In just a couple of days is the birthday of one of my best friends, Drake! And the last day of the month it would be the birthday of my best little wion friend, Mwako –if he still had birthdays, but he canceled those long ago. Anyway, my queue is pretty full but I cannot let this date go by without making a little something, anything –however it’s a two-for-one this year. Sorry boys, you’ve got to shareโ€ฆ please don’t fight over it!

Kale Nyom ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅฌ

I’ve been extremely determined not to be late to bed, at least for the last 3 or so days, but this guy managed to break my… two day streak? Oh well… I’d brushed my teeth by 10:30pm and did all my chores, then played Dungeon Keeper until I was supposed to go to bed, but as I was walking past the tank there he was, eating so charmingly.

So I had to pull out my phone and record his angelic rasping:

Only then I realized that I was late, but by then, it was what it was. Some things are of deep importance. I am a naturalist, so recording snail habits is very important. Also, adorable. Just look at him.

๐ŸŽƒ Ooey-Gooey Carving Fun YCHs ๐ŸŽƒ

Here are all the Ooey-Gooey Carving Fun YCHs, sans my own which I posted earlier. ๐ŸŽƒ Featuring Sunday (ScuffedUpKnees) Arisu (Arisuvix) Nebula (NebulaNursery) Stephy (Transpancake) and the only and only Rama!

Thank you everyone for commissioning me! ๐Ÿ‘ป

A Snailin’ Good Time ๐ŸŒ

Have I used this post title yet? Probably. I’m running out of snaily post titles. Anyway! As you can see above, my Roman and Cuban snails are now together. A big happy family! The activity of the Cuban snails seems to affect the Poms (Helix Pomatia/Roman snails). I see a lot of moving and eating, more than usual. My Poms tend to have a big feast for 24-48 hours after a fresh feed and then rest a while (with sporadic activity) but the Cubanitos are always moving around, and this seems to spur the Pom rout into doing the same.

Speaking of my Cuban snails, now that I have them where I can better enjoy them, they are little beauties…

I will admit though that they’re kinda nasty. They’re SO dang slimy. Far more than any other snail species I’ve kept. Water contact makes them slimier. They are also more… “aggressive”? Or defensive, I suppose. They do that shell-shake thing, and if a poor Pom happens to crawl across the shell of a Cuban snail, he gets swung around a bit (no harm done, but it is kinda funny).

Overall, everyone is getting along very well. Can’t have much conflict on two neurons and with plenty of food.

In the last photo, you can see a Pom engaged in daily grooming (snails rasp their shells to groom them, or rather to smoothen them, when they wake up. Generally, I can tell if a snail is unwell when it is not doing so.) The other Pom is having a drink. Watching a snail drink is one of my favorite things about keeping them.

Sometimes after having a drink, if there is enough water, they wade in and have a good long soak. You can tell they enjoy it and this is nice to observe, too.