This morning I woke up to this cuteness next to me… Kotoko purring her heart out with her paw protectively (or is that possessively?) on Christopher’s sleeping head:
So yeah, that was adorable. Later, as she has the last few days, Kotoko came to spend time with me on the desk. She played with fishies for a while:
I had lunch with my friend Al today (it’s weird to just say “my friend” after years of saying “my boss” because even though I haven’t worked for him for years and years everyone still calls him “your boss”). 😫
Later Christopher and I went to Target for a pickup. We also got some date-night snacks and a birthday present for Nikki, his (our) sister:
Once home we watched TV and had snacks before heading out for date-night pizza…
As I mentioned in my previous post, I started to allow Kotoko to sit by the window next to my desk. She’s been enjoying it a lot. Sometimes she just lays as close to me as possible, and then I’ll put cat videos for her to watch. She has fun.
Here’s a little video of her playing with/watching some of it. First, some mice…
I didn’t want it to get old for her, so I closed the videos after a while, and this was very confusing for her:
She seemed a bit put out… 😅
Then she started to just… watch me. Stare at me from behind the monitor with just one eye. In the past few days I think I’ve sent Christopher three or four different photos of her doing this, but all the photos look identical. It’s a little creepy.
Sometimes, in the mornings, she plops down on the rug and snores there for a while before deciding to join me at the window desk:
And sometimes she just has to come down from the desk for a cuddle (or get some cuddling in on her way up to it). Here she was pressing her head against the crook of my arm really hard:
Yesterday I picked something different. She played with some “string”. Seems to be one of her favorites for now!
We both enjoyed this video of wildlife feeding. She did snap her little teeth at a squirrel head, though. It was cute, but a little scary.
I got some video of her watching this too. She was so into it.
A lot of the time now, she just sleeps behind the monitor and I hear her little snores.
It’s really adorable… I treasure these times with her.
Good morning guys! How are you today? I’m off to a very positive start and feeling very cheerful. I started my Fitness Log again, and did my first walk of the day. I’ll be Zooming with my mom soon, and hopefully I’ll get another walk in after the sun goes down.
Kotoko came to cuddle with me this morning. I’ve decided to allow her on my desk, which is by the window, and as a result she spends more and more time with me. I took so many cute photos and video of that, it’ll be for its own post, but here she is:
When she jumped on me, I had to snap a photo, even though my hair was still uncombed after my shower. 😅
I’m still doing lots of work to finish my site’s move. Most galleries need to be remade, but that’s basically all I have left to do at this point (well, that and the small changes that I’ll be using plug-ins for… I can’t do that until I get the Business plan.)
Everything is going pretty well. I’m continuing to catch up on chores and art and feeling less stressed. I have a bunch of new followers, I want to welcome all of you! This blog/site is pretty weird but I hope you have a good time here.
Oh, also, my collector’s edition of Märchen Forest: Mylne and the Forest Gift came in the mail. Christopher bought it for me as a reward for passing my naturalization interview and civics test (there may also have been some begging and cajoling involved.) It even comes with a figure! When I have time to open it I’ll be sure to share it with you all.
I didn’t take photos of many things during my break, but still can’t resist a few cat photos here and there. Kotoko was unwell again, for some time. This photo was taken once she was all better:
During the day, Rosie sticks near me, usually no farther away than the library. She’ll come visit me a few times, and other times I go visit her. I took these photos a couple of those times. She’s such a happy and affectionate cat…
This last pic was actually taken at the same time as the first. The tension in the air was palpable… 😅
It’s bedtime! So, let me wrap up the day real quick… I’m heading to bed with a book but probably will be too tired to read.
Today I went grocery shopping. I dressed a bit crazier than usual –I’m accustomed to getting looks, but this getup generally gets me even surprised glances more than usual. 😅
I always get nice comments too, so honestly, if I made someone smile or amused them enough to distract them on a bad day, it’s a bonus. I had to laugh though, when an old Publix worker came up to me, excitedly asking if I was the lady who’d been giving out balloons on a different day. So basically I look like a clown. 🤡 I’d probably have done clown gigs if I had the charisma… I like clowns, I’m too shy for that though, and kids scare me. They’re all sticky and smelly. No thanks lol. 😑
But yeah I went and I also got a little trolley to push my groceries in, so I can save money on Ubers and don’t have to bother Christopher for rides –plus, more walking, more exercise! Happy about all those things. And it was kind of fun to push it around. 😁
Among many chores, I took care of my little snails, removed a couple that had passed, and fed and cleaned them all. The baby roman snails are thriving! Here’s a photo of one of my milk snails who was eating his lettuce with a lot of noise:
I think Kotoko missed me. She’s been spending lots of time in the studio with me. She seems to have recovered from her UTI, but it exhausted her. Here she is, snoring and dreaming…
For dinner, I made salmon, potatoes and salad. It was quite good and Christopher liked it too, which is the most important part:
I’m disappointed because I was unable to complete all my chores. I still have a lot to do. I guess I’ll have to finish tomorrow, it can’t be helped.
I mentioned this over on FA, but blog posts aside, PLEASE bear with me for the rest of April. I cannot talk on Telegram, I can’t respond quickly to anything that isn’t business related. If you have a commission inquiry, please don’t just say “hi”. Please send a message with what you want, all the info, etc. I don’t have time for long conversations this month because of a long queue and because I am studying for the citizenship test. If it’s commission related, I will respond, but otherwise you may not hear back from me for days, possible not until May. I do apologize. 🙇♀️
I’m going to try to get some rest. Goodnight, everyone! 🌙✨
Hello everyone! My determination to get back on the healthy (er) wagon is holding up. I’m doing better. Drinking water was easier today, and I went on two walks for a total of a little under four miles. I think I’m going to stick to this “early morning and sunset” daily walks for a while. They burn a decent amount of calories when they start to stack up, and they are relaxing and not too hard to do.
This was my outfit today when I went out in the morning:
It was a little hot but just lovely outside. There were many butterflies about:
I came home to find Kotoko as I left her –slightly less paranoid but only just, and still tripping balls. Her eyes wouldn’t go back to normal:
She began to act more normal around 3pm, and now at 10pm she’s pretty close to her regular self. I’m giving her the antibiotics and tomorrow I’ll give her more painkillers.
Because she pooped all over herself at the vet’s, we decided it was cat bath weekend. I trimmed everyone’s nails, managed to get my legs shredded by Tomoyo in the process, and then we got down to business. The cats were a lot angrier than usual, probably because of the nail trimming. Rosie was so upset…
Elliot came out trembling a little, but soon recovered.
In the afternoon I finished a commission for Nero (posted earlier) began work on a commission for Koneko, took care of the snails, did the laundry, dishes, and vacuumed the upstairs, among other odds-and-ends. Then I went out on my second walk. I was almost home when I met this very friendly cat:
Then I made dinner for Christopher and myself. Breaded chicken breast and salad. It was good. Had a little coffee for dessert.
Right as I was writing this post I took this photo of two of my snails. A little milk snail was quite horny (penis out and all) and fervently harassing a poor roman snail for sexytime.
Sometimes my roman snails will humor the milk snails in these endeavors (they can’t really copulate, not usually, anyway) but this time the poor pom looked so harassed. He kept trying to get away, but the milk snail was always partially on him, so it wasn’t happening. It’s hard to ever tell what snails are thinking, but it was so clear that this guy wanted nothing with this situation, that I separated them to different corners. ^_^;
And, well! Now it’s time to get ready for bed. This week promises to be busy and exciting. So I’m going to get a good night’s sleep.
Today was going really well. I was getting my chores done, and my exercise, and I was eating decently. Our good friend visited after a long time and Christopher was really happy. I was doing my own thing, but happy to hear their noise and friendly arguments from my own room.
For lunch, I had an egg, rice and tofu:
Around 1:30pm our day took a turn for the bad.
Poor Kotoko’s urinary infection/kidney stone/crystals, whatever it is that we medicated her for and thought had cleared, suddenly flared –badly. She began trying to pee all over the place, little drops tinted pink with blood. She vocalized, groomed/licked her private area, and scooted. She looked so miserable, that from when this began to when we were out the door after speaking to the vet took 15 minutes max.
And now we are home again, with a cat that is effectively tripping balls on opiods:
They’ve made her paranoid and anxious, poor baby, but she is not in pain right now. A urine test is being done to check for crystals and any indication of a tumor, she’s on stronger antibiotics, and we ordered a special dry food (in case it IS crystals.) She’s also on two more different pain meds when this wears off. And should she not improve, an x-ray will be needed. Our vet did confirm that her bladder was empty but very inflamed and painful. She was also given fluids to help pass the stone –if it is a stone.
After all of this sort of calmed down, I went out on my kick scooter. I went to Target and got some small weights (just three pounds each) to strengthen my wrists. I may include them in my morning walks too, but not yet. Right now I’m just following advice to reduce my wrist pain and risk of injury –and strengthening them, with care, seems to be the thing I need to do.
On the way back, as I was crossing Pines, there was a big shiny fire truck waiting at the red light. For some reason, right when I was walking in front of it, I had a deep and irresistible childish urge to wave at them and smile –they were three to four guys, fairly young looking, all squeezed into the cab (if that’s what you call it). They seemed delighted and all smiled brightly and waved back at the idiot with a pink helmet.
It happened in like five seconds but for some reason made me happy and made me feel extremely and genuinely Little –something that rarely happens. So I wanted to write about it, but in retrospective it was such a minor thing. 😅
Anyway, I’m going to finish my chores, shower and get in bed. I plan to get another morning walk in tomorrow. And hopefully Kotoko improves soon, it’s a big stress on my mind. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and that you have a lovely night.
You know, guys… I really want to cross post stuff to FurAffinity… I do… But, take this post for example. I’m finishing it on my phone. Tomorrow, if I want to post it to FA in the morning, I’d have to adjust its wording since it would not be posted when I am going to bed.
My posts generally seem so inconsequential anyway (other than my long, rambling ones) than to go through all that trouble, plus the photo links, etc… it all seems silly… I mean, it’s so much more work for me to cross post and make adjustments and links to the cross posted FA journal than for anyone to enter an email to comment here. It just makes little sense to me, I suppose. 🤔
But I have to get over it. As much as I wish my friends/FA watchers would comment here, I myself am terrible at commenting even on FA, like really awful, so I can’t point fingers. If people commented a lot here, I’d probably be bad about commenting back. So I get it, but it also kinda sucks.
Anyway. I started this post with a complaining ramble. Whoops. 🙇♀️💧 As I mentioned, I’m in bed. About to play a little Piofiore: Fated Memories (currently finishing all of Nicola’s routes but I already got his happiest ending), but first, I wanted to catch up here with a little post.
I’ve been using my new espresso machine lots and lots, and now I can make good espresso. It really was a wonderful Valentine’s Day present…
Kotoko keeps me company every day in the studio. She’ll bring me her toy mouse in the mornings and cuddle on my lap for a while, before settling on one of the beds I’ve set up for her near me (two, so she can pick… I guess I spoil her). But if I let her, she’d spend the whole day on my lap. 😅
It’s almost like the cats all have an agreement of who spends time with me and when. It’s all very specific. Kotoko is with me most of the day. Rosie is with me at night —she sleeps next to me, and at that time is very affectionate, and just with me.
She is playful during the day but doesn’t seek me out for cuddles, though she greets me often and wants to play if we “run into each other” so to speak. Meanwhile, Tomoyo seeks me out when I eat at the table: without fail, as soon as she sees that I’m preparing my midday meal, she sits on the chair next to me (and, if I get up, invariable takes my chair, and rolls on it belly-up, since this gets her attention.) Elliot seeks me out if I spend time on the porch, and when we have dinner, he sits between us.
Their routines rarely change, and almost never do other cats try to take a specific cat’s “special time”. Even as I write this, Rosie stood up just so she could fall down on me (which is how she lies down) even closer to my face, hard, to say without a doubt “I’m here, in case you haven’t noticed.” Purring furiously. Of course, I pet her.
Today I put together that KidKraft train set. It was absolute hell! I had to combine two sets (sending one back) to get the version with the least peeled-off paint… terrible quality. Putting it together was very difficult. A pity, the design is so cute. I wish it were better made.
Here are a couple of photos. I will take more when Christopher and I play trains again.
Kotoko LOVED the box it came in though. It’s now a new favorite place to sleep on —so much, that she brought her mouse to it. A rare occurrence:
Hmm… I think that’s all I have to share for now. I’m very excited about our anniversary trip. Just a week away! I’m also very tired. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
Tonight was date night! I awaited it very eagerly. We played with our trains and went out to dinner, too. We went to Nami, and it was really nice. I had the Buddha Tofu and a Thai iced tea as per usual:
We also stopped by Five Below where I saw some LINE Friends blind boxes. I love LINE Friends, most of all Cony and Brown, so I grabbed one.
I got a plushie of Choco taking a selfie! It’s really cute, too:
After we got home we played with our trains. Often we let the cats in, and they will rampage over our tracks with much pleasure:
Christopher had a wonderful surprise for me. When I went to play with my brand new roundhouse, Gordon was mysteriously sleeping inside! I really, really wanted him, so it was wonderful when I pushed the button and he came out. It made me so happy.
The roundhouse is really beautiful, if a little fragile.
Here is James proudly emerging:
And a few more random pics:
The gang’s all here! Well sort of. I’m still missing a few of the really important trains.
We watched a few old episodes of Thomas, and then at one point the sounds in the roundhouse began to malfunction, so Christopher started what we hoped would be a quick fix…
…it turned out to be anything but, so the roundhouse is in pieces for a little bit while we try to find ways to fix the problems.
I’m very tired writing this, so I leave you with another rampaging black kitty. This time, it’s Tomoyo:
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