It’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. It’s been a fantastic decision for so many reasons.
Anyway, today one of my new Charlie Bears is arriving and I’m so, so excited! It’s my Siamese kitten whom I’ve named Milk Tea. I can’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! I’ve made a lot of progress with the YCH backgrounds recently. I’m almost ready to draw the characters in all of them. Can’t wait!
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. 😁
For starters, Dorito wants to wish you a happy morning! 🌞🌈 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.
I’ve been taking painkillers every few hours, my cramps are bad… but I’m gonna try my best, today too, to have a good day.
It’s noon. I’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! I’ve cheered up a lot! 🎃🦇🕸🕷🍂
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 it’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. I’m very pleased.
I also got some fall things to decorate the studio and library!! I’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! 🎃💕
Here’s something that came in today!
I can’t recommend muninahandmade’s Tamagotchi covers highly enough!!! 💕🌈🎀 WOW!! Just so lovely and well made and there’s even a slit on top so you can still use a charm if you want to. It looks great!
Dinner for tonight 🎃 I ate a lot earlier so I wasn’t very hungry.
It’s almost impossible to cuddle Croissant AKA Bitey, but I did it today. 🥐💕
I know my grumpy girl’s little quirks well enough that I rarely, if ever, get bit these days. My husband handles the ratties plenty but he doesn’t know which tiny things set my grump off. She won’t draw blood but she had a rough start and doesn’t generally enjoy handling, and when she does, she’s very particular. She will let you know if she’s unhappy. I treasure these moments when she tolerates me.
She let me pet her head with my finger for a full minute! She’s just been cuddly today with me and with Dorito too. That’s a relief since I worry about Dorito being lonesome with Queso now gone…
Good morning, everyone ☀️ Not feeling so good today. My period/PMS are wrecking me, the hurricane is now cat 5 and seems to be turning our way again. Who the heck knows. Cat 5 hurricanes level neighborhoods, leave them like a war zone. I guess if that happens I really enjoyed not being poor the last 6 years. It was really nice. I’m grateful. Hopefully it spares us.
I’m trying not to let my thoughts get too dark, but hormones make it hard. I’m in the library/rat room and decided to have mate today. It’s been an awfully long time since I made mate just for me (well, and MoonPie.) Usually my mom brews it when she comes over. But I really need to get in the habit.
Ever since I moved the rat cage to the library I’ve been spending time with the rats every morning. Dorito is more cheerful today:
I’m a little worried about a scab under Croissant’s ear… there seems to be no lump, just minor scabbing but it won’t go away. I may have to text my vet a photo if it doesn’t go away. I really hope she doesn’t get a ZGT (if you don’t know what that is, google it —or don’t. It’s bad. Basically if she gets it I’ll have to have her put down pretty soon, because it’s an awful way to go.) I just don’t want to lose another rat so quickly, even though unlike Dorito here, Croissant is really unfriendly most of the time. But I still love her a lot.
I suppose time will tell. I’m glad Dorito seems a bit less lethargic. He doesn’t move a lot anyway, after all he is the same age Queso was, and has the same genes. His back legs drag. But he just seems happier today, and I’m glad for that.
Anyway, I still want to be cheerful today. Hurricane or not!
This morning I had breakfast in the library with my ratties 💕 I started my day with some chores and paying a little more debt. I’ve almost fully paid my husband up for Megaplex expenses, should be done at the start of September. I am pretty okay. The storm is a worry but what can we do, just prepare.
May I offer you a chonk to start your weekend. I love him…
I’m trying to give him a lot of attention now that his brother is gone. The girls aren’t very cuddly with him. So I’m making sure I fill that emptiness as much as I can.
One more scritch before I get on with the day. It’ll be alright little guy.
I have to admit I’m starting to become fond of this hairstyle which I used to really dislike. I never do anything with my hair at all. But I’m enjoying this. 🌈💕🙈
Also wearing one of my Littlespace necklaces again after a while. It is one of my favorites. I’ve used both of them so much the choker is stretched out, I probably ought to replace it soon.
For my afternoon snack I had some banana wafers and dark chocolate and consoled myself with MoonPie’s company.
This hurricane is looking REALLY shitty I guess? Lol. I really don’t want to die/have my pets die/lose all of my possessions. I’ve been trying to stay calm, but yeah. It’s looking bad.
Welcome MoonPie… you come with hugs on a pretty sad day, just in time. 🧸💕🌈
CW: Pet loss discussion below…
Anyway… I’m up… Tried to eat something. I cleaned Queso one more time since he peed overnight and just laid in it 😔 he is eating some Rice Krispies. I tried to have some breakfast… I’m not very hungry.
We leave around 8am to say goodbye.
Here we are having one last little cuddle before it’s time to go. He’s really barely there. But it could be a couple days of him suffering if we just leave him to pass on his own, and I don’t want that.
Updating this post now that it’s all over. 😞💔 I’m home now, to say I’m exhausted is a wild understatement. So I ate something and gonna take a nap with MoonPie.
I’m still going to try my best to have a decent day today but I may be unresponsive. Sorry in advance.
Trying to feed Queso his Pediasure can be a hassle. He’s much more likely to eat in the company of others, but… they don’t make it easy!
Croissant isn’t a very friendly rat, except when the Pediasure syringe is involved. She struggled as a little one so she used to get lots of it. She would eat it until she was in a food coma and covered in the stuff. But here she’s just trying to steal Queso’s.
My sweet old man… I know that before the year is out, perhaps very soon, you’ll see me post about his passing. We will miss him a lot. Right now I am just trying to make sure Queso is as happy and comfy as possible.
Most of his days are still good. But the writing’s on the wall on the bad ones.