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April Rolls Swiftly On! ๐ŸŒโ˜”

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).

๐ŸŒˆ Monday ๐ŸŒˆ

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!

๐ŸŒˆ Tuesday ๐ŸŒˆ

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:

๐ŸŒˆ Thursday ๐ŸŒˆ

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.

๐ŸŒˆ Friday ๐ŸŒˆ

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.

๐ŸŒˆ Saturday ๐ŸŒˆ

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:

๐ŸŒˆ Sunday ๐ŸŒˆ

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:

A friend!

Speedy getaway ๐Ÿ˜

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?

Swedish Meatball Day ๐Ÿง†

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. ๐Ÿ˜ž๐Ÿ’ง 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.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ๐Ÿ’˜

Happy Valentineโ€™s Day, dear friends! I hope you had a fun one. My morning and early afternoon were full of chores but I was in good spirits, if exhausted from the bike ride still. Christopher picked me up after I did all the grocery shopping for the week. I walked to Publix as my daily exercise… I couldnโ€™t handle another bike ride today, but Iโ€™m starting again tomorrow.

We exchanged cards in the late afternoon. Christopher got me a box of Godiva truffles:

I ate three of them while we played Super Mario World. I was in heaven!

In unrelated news, my bougainvillea has made a comeback:

Also, I have several baby snail eggs hatching, so thatโ€™s exciting.

We are going to spend the next of our evening relaxing and watching a movie together. Tomorrow I have to catch up on a few more chores and start on art again… make a doctor appointment… and make sure to exercise properly again. Life is surprisingly overwhelming considering the pandemic, but Iโ€™m taking it little by little and getting everything done.

State of The Squelf: Mid-October Edition ๐Ÿ‘ป

I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s already Monday again. I canโ€™t believe itโ€™s already almost 6pm. Today flew by, yet it also dragged on. I donโ€™t feel well overall.

Last week, Akumin called again to reschedule my cervical MRI: in spite of all the problems, my insurance approved it and it was moved to Tuesday. That was a relief. So I got that done.

Unfortunately, I goofed and forgot about my blood test appointment. So that added a week of time to that. Iโ€™ll be getting the blood drawn this Friday. I felt very stupid.

Last Thursday I had another headache. The difference here was that it was the first time that it happened when my husband and I were intimate. Up until now, it had only been a โ€œby myselfโ€ problem. So that put a temporary damper on the evening. It wasnโ€™t terrible, as I stopped in time, but it left me with a burning in the area of what I now know is my occipital nerves under my right ear. Itโ€™s a pressure, an ache, an annoying warmth. And that remained for days, varying in intensity, and I feel it even now. Itโ€™s deeply annoying, and coupled with my PMS and with physical needs that I cannot take care of for the foreseeable future, I am literally crawling up the walls. Itโ€™s the freaking worst.

CW: TMI ahead.

Sometimes I wish Iโ€™d never discovered orgasms. A little over a couple of months ago, I didnโ€™t need them, and I was fine. Maybe I wasnโ€™t always, but I didnโ€™t know that it was a problem. Now I know what they are, and how to have them. And I canโ€™t. I canโ€™t because if I do it I feel like someone is torturing me with an ice pick, hammer and vice to the head, all in one. All of that โ€”and not taking care of myself is STILL HARD. The frustration Iโ€™m feeling physically is so horrible, that if a solution to my headaches cannot be found, Iโ€™ll gladly take a pill to at least temporarily kill my libido. Because this is a horrible way to feel. Itโ€™s horrible.

Aaaaanyway…

I meant to introduce you all to Punkim. As far as Charlie Bears go, Punkim is very basic looking, but heโ€™s big and fluffy. I think heโ€™s my most down-to-earth bear. I like him lots and lots.

Hereโ€™s a couple of photos of Punkim before his outfit was complete. You can see his face (and his cute little bear pants) better:

And here he is in his full outfit:

Lately, Christopher and I have been playing a little of Ever17 every day. Itโ€™s a game thatโ€™s really important to him, and as we play, I can see why. Itโ€™s been a wonderful routine especially on the days he is home earlier, or on the weekends, to play together for an hour while having a snack.

Iโ€™ve been eating crushed dry ramen while playing which makes me feel like an absolute beast, but to tell the truth itโ€™s one of the most delicious things Iโ€™ve ever had. You smash the ramen, pour it in a bowl, and then mix it with the powder. Try it! I discovered it after seeing itโ€™s sold as a dry snack in Asian stores and itโ€™s 100% the same thing as normal dry ramen.

(And yes, this is completely safe to eat, though you have to be careful with your teeth, and I can only vouch for Nissin brand as being safe to eat like this, but I do believe most ramen is pre-cooked. Youโ€™re just hydrating it.)

On Saturday night Christopher surprised me by taking me to our favorite ramen place. I was sure it had closed down. It really made my night!

Iโ€™m doing my best to push through commission work. But to tell the truth I have no motivation for anything… not drawing, writing, reading, gaming… nothing… ๐Ÿ˜ž

Maybe tomorrow Iโ€™ll concentrate on giving the house a good cleaning. I think that has been bothering me. Maybe it will help, if only I can muster the motivation.

Oh, yeah. I want to deeply, deeply thank everyone who got slots for the Winter Friends YCH. While Iโ€™m still returning and reordering stuff from Amazon, overall my setup is improving daily. Getting used to some changes in my setup presents a challenge of its own, but Iโ€™m doing my best. Once Iโ€™m 100% all done, Iโ€™ll post photos of both completed setups.

Iโ€™m most excited to get my Redbubble stickers for my desk. I canโ€™t wait to cover the desk in new stickers. โœจ ๐ŸŒˆ

Lunchtime

Hello my dear friends, I hope you are all having a good day. Iโ€™m trying my best to stay cheerful and positive and not let fear and worry take over, I admit that those twinges of fear have kinda overwhelmed any disappointment I had over the postponed cruise, the canceled musical, the postponed trip to Tampa, postponed seeing friends this weekend… and more… I know fear doesnโ€™t help anything and I appreciate not being told why I shouldnโ€™t be afraid, or how to stop being afraid. Itโ€™s a valid feeling, so please just let me have it.
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Anyway, I had vegan nuggets and a mushroom cap for lunch, with some olive oil. It was really good. In a little while I may have some yogurt. Life is really fascinating huh? Not really. Lol. I continue to work hard on commissions. Thinking of you all. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

Venturing Out ๐Ÿ›’

Outfit for today! This dress is from Target. Affordable and comfy.

Iโ€™m trying my best to stay cheerful but really not feeling it today. I need payments to come in really badly, and itโ€™s a huge source of stress. ๐Ÿ˜ž Iโ€™ve also been missing people more than usual lately… Maybe Iโ€™m just reopening my old wounds myself. Trying to stay home, not going anywhere, isnโ€™t doing me any good either… anyway I hope everyone is well. ๐Ÿ’–

I just keep trying to take cute little pictures, do my work, and find things to smile about in my daily life.

In other news, I’m gonna have an Animal Crossing themed YCH coming soon!

We went grocery shopping today. We didnโ€™t panic shop, but other people sure did! No toilet paper, basically no pasta, no eggs, no bread! But everyone was still calm, polite and helpful.

No one seemed to be panic shopping at that time, just being careful and prepared so they can self isolate as we should all be doing if we can. We kept wiping everything with sanitizing wipes ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

A Day Full Of Fun Little Things ๐Ÿงโœจ


Today is going great so far! Iโ€™m working on my fourth Gym badge on Pokรฉmon Sword, got to have I ๐Ÿ’– Mac & Cheese for lunch and rolled ice cream for dessert. We went to Litchi Snow Ice. It was really good. Christopher and I shared a strawberry rolled ice cream with pineapple and fancy sprinkles. โœจ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒŸ

We are planning and discussing so much stuff regarding to the upcoming Alaskan cruise which hopefully *fingers crossed* doesnโ€™t get canceled because of the virus. ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

There are so many plans for this year that I hope the virus doesnโ€™t cancel. But if it does it is what it is, we all have to help stay safe. Anyway Iโ€™m gonna spend the rest of today playing Pokรฉmon, making necklaces and working on commissions until itโ€™s time to change to go to Cooperโ€™s Hawk for Christopherโ€™s birthday dinner. ๐ŸŽ‚