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Getting Ready For Fall ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚๐ŸŽƒ

Iโ€™ve been a little quiet recently I know. Sorry about that! Been getting the house looking a little nicer, and decorated, working on commissions, working on my books, and yes, still dealing with my depression too. Itโ€™s still a heavy weight on my shoulders. I am doing the best I can. I hope you are all doing well, too. Anyway this was my lunch today, a cucumber and cream cheese sandwich ๐Ÿฅช ๐Ÿฅ’

I allowed myself to game a little today. Maplenut kept me company:

And so did Kotoko! This is a bad photo, but Kotoko is heavy and she wasnโ€™t letting me move really or even breathe!

Then it was time for a snacc:

Something to look forward this weekend –baking seasonal cookies!

Iโ€™m going to a Littles meet on Sunday, and trying to stay busy and cheerful. Hope you all have a wonderful Friday! ๐ŸŽƒ

Have A Morning Dorito

Good morning everyone ๐ŸŒž Iโ€™m having a little trouble being positive these past couple of days. Iโ€™m really sorry. I actually had a complete meltdown last night, it hadnโ€™t happened in some time, and I still feel tired from it. Sometimes it just really hits home how isolated my husband and I are now, sitting by ourselves weekend after weekend.

I know some might want to give advice, please donโ€™t, as itโ€™s a complicated situation, I am just venting a tad and donโ€™t want to get into details. You all see that I try my best to always appear happy on this blog, I talk about my mental health as little as possible. Sometimes cracks like these show. But Iโ€™ll be okay. ๐Ÿ’•

I Can’t Always Be Happy, But I’m Trying ๐ŸŒžโœŒ

Madeline says, good morning! ๐ŸŒž

I woke up around 6am today when Christopher went downstairs for painkillers for his headache. He felt bad for waking me up but I was very glad (not about his headache lol) because I have wanted to be up earlier for some time, so I can go out and cheer up a little.

To be honest Iโ€™ve been feeling a little lonesome and depressed. ๐Ÿ˜ž I want to invite friends over but the house is really dirtyโ€ฆ Iโ€™ve made a decision to have a cleaning service because with commissions, 4 cats, and 3 rats, and how massive this house is (2400 square feet 2 story with a million stupid trinkets) itโ€™s absolutely discouraging. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ It can take me 2-3 days to clean it and I have to stop from sheer exhaustion. I donโ€™t even get it fully up to scratch. So Iโ€™d rather draw for 2 days and pay someone else to come do it. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Yesterday I finished paying Christopher off for Megaplex expenses so now Iโ€™m saving the money for the cleaning. Then I can invite friends over without being embarrassed. Ah, that good olโ€™ Latin woman guilt about the houseโ€ฆ! ๐Ÿ˜… Itโ€™s also what kept me from hiring someone all this time. Iโ€™m supposed to be good at this right?? Thatโ€™s some sort of self-racism right thereโ€ฆ but these stereotypes are hard to shake off. I canโ€™t cook, either. Lol.

Because today I got up so early, the rats were still active and excited. It was nice to see them so perky. I watched the sunrise from my windowโ€ฆ now itโ€™s time to start my day.

Soon after I got ready to head out to Dollar Tree ๐ŸŒณ and do some grocery shopping. This is hands down my favorite pair of overalls currently!

You couldn’t see my socks but they are decently cute too:

Also, I love this bracelet so freaking much!! myrcurystoybox gave it to me at Megaplex last August. Itโ€™s one of my favorites!

While out and about, I noticed Spirit Halloween is getting ready to open! ๐ŸŽƒ ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿฆ‡ I can hardly wait.

My local Publix had an ecstatic Cookie Monster piรฑata surrounded by cookies for their BOGO deal of the week! ๐Ÿช It was pretty funny.

Iโ€™ve been trying my best to stay cheerful and work really hard.๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿงธ

I thought I got the cats a seasonal toy, but itโ€™s a condor, not a turkey. ๐Ÿฆƒ Itโ€™s pretty funny looking, though:

Post shopping snack. โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿช My mood has been all over the placeโ€ฆ Already said it, but, I canโ€™t wait to have the house cleaned so I can decorate and then invite some friends over. I think that will do me good.

Tomoyo kept me company. To call Tomoyo a handful would be the understatement of the year. But I still love her very much.

In other news, Jane, as her original owner had named, arrived today. I tweaked that name slightly โ€”for me, sheโ€™ll be Janie. She seemed to have a slightly smell, maybe cigarettes I donโ€™t know, thankfully it was SUPER faint but Iโ€™m very sensitive to those, so I febreezed her and left her in the hot Florida sun a few hours. Good as new!

I had the shirt and bow and made the necklace, her owner sent me the little pinafore. I think Janie looks very happy in her new home!

She looks very much like a koala to me ๐Ÿจ So thatโ€™s what I think her as being.

Lookit My Tammy-Goochie!

 I ended up drawing this YCH for myself with a full BG since it didn’t sell. Someone ultimately wanted it but by that point I’d drawn this and decided I didn’t want to work on the pose again. Ah well! I am still happy with how this came out and it’s just nice to draw my own sona once in a while. ^_^ I drew her with my TamagotchiOn, and even included MoonPie!

๐Ÿ„ You may NOT copy, color, reference, repost or use this artwork in any way or claim it as your own. Copyright is ยฉ 2021 by Marina Neira McKinzie.

Good morning! ๐Ÿญโ˜€๏ธ

Dorito and I have morning cuddles every day now:

Itโ€™s so strange that I spend more time with the rats now somehow that I moved the cage out of my work area. I wish I had done it before. Itโ€™s been a fantastic decision for so many reasons.

Anyway, today one of my new Charlie Bears is arriving and Iโ€™m so, so excited! Itโ€™s my Siamese kitten whom Iโ€™ve named Milk Tea. I canโ€™t wait to dress her with all her new pretty things…

My plan for today is to do my chores and then work really hard on art all day! Iโ€™ve made a lot of progress with the YCH backgrounds recently. Iโ€™m almost ready to draw the characters in all of them. Canโ€™t wait!

A Happy Tuesday ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŒˆโœจ

This is gonna be one of those “whole day/updated as I go” posts… which are always a bit strange, so bear with me as I update it. ๐Ÿ˜

For starters, Dorito wants to wish you a happy morning! ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒˆ Took this pic during his morning cuddles earlier:

The storm is growing in size but has diminished in strength. Still no sign of it here. Maybe tonight? It seems we have been spared, I am infinitely grateful for this, but it is terrible what it has done to the Bahamas. Here we even have a normal mail day and schools reopen tomorrow. I might even be able to coax Christopher to take me out a while.

Iโ€™ve been taking painkillers every few hours, my cramps are bad… but Iโ€™m gonna try my best, today too, to have a good day. 

It’s noon. Iโ€™m really happy! Christopher took me to Target and JoAnns and Mod Pizza and after lunch he said I can get a pumpkin spice latte! Iโ€™ve cheered up a lot! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿ•ท๐Ÿ‚

After lunch we went to JoAnn. They were having a sale of 70% off their blizzard fleece. This is a big deal for me, I needed new fleece for the rats REALLY badly, the girls just shred it to pieces.

I use the fleece over and over since itโ€™s their bedding (I wash it). So I got literally $100 worth of good quality fleece for $29!! I still need to cut it to fit the cage, but yeah. Good stuff. Always check the coupons, folks!! This was a single day deal with the app coupon. Iโ€™m very pleased.

I also got some fall things to decorate the studio and library!! Iโ€™m gonna decorate this week!

Stuff is from Joann and Target. I just love this time of year SO FREAKING MUCH!! Even though nothing much changes here, at least I can go crazy with my decorating, and that makes me happy.

Home again. Tres Leches is enjoying the first pumpkin spice latte of the season with me! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’•

Here’s something that came in today!

I canโ€™t recommend muninahandmadeโ€™s Tamagotchi covers highly enough!!! ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽ€ WOW!! Just so lovely and well made and thereโ€™s even a slit on top so you can still use a charm if you want to. It looks great!

Dinner for tonight ๐ŸŽƒ I ate a lot earlier so I wasn’t very hungry.

And that’s it! It really was a fun day.

Quality Ratty Time ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ’•

Itโ€™s almost impossible to cuddle Croissant AKA Bitey, but I did it today. ๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ’•

I know my grumpy girlโ€™s little quirks well enough that I rarely, if ever, get bit these days. My husband handles the ratties plenty but he doesnโ€™t know which tiny things set my grump off. She wonโ€™t draw blood but she had a rough start and doesnโ€™t generally enjoy handling, and when she does, sheโ€™s very particular. She will let you know if sheโ€™s unhappy. I treasure these moments when she tolerates me.


She let me pet her head with my finger for a full minute! Sheโ€™s just been cuddly today with me and with Dorito too. Thatโ€™s a relief since I worry about Dorito being lonesome with Queso now gone…

A handsome boy, he is.