Good morning, everyone! 🌞 I’m writing this from the ✨ nice and clean ✨ back porch. 😊 I’m so glad I pushed through and did that! Now I’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.
It’s a little cooler today. In an hour or two it will be hot as ever, but right now I’m outside and wearing a jacket, which really feels kind of amazing. October is halfway over… cooler weather is just around the corner for us, and really, it can’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 I’m PMSing, which does explain my crappy mood the last day or so. It’s really helpful to realize that it’s going on, so I can see some things more objectively.
Art wise, I’m feeling very encouraged. I was sure there was no way that this month I could put the full $1,000 towards my mom’s fund, AND the $500 towards our house debt, because… 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!
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! 😭 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. 😊 I’m also gonna clean up the house a little bit, since I am considering having a party the weekend after this one. 🤔
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 Picaña 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. 😥 This week just kinda went to heck, though thanks to everyone’s support it is turning around again! 🎉
Good evening, everyone! 😊 Today I woke up full of determination. I got lots done! But to begin with, let me share something from last night. I ultimately picked Anise to wear the lovely dress made by Kitty. Here she is modeling it!
Because today I knew I’d burn plenty of calories on the porch, I skipped my morning walk. I didn’t mean to skip the evening one as well, but it got late and Christopher isn’t happy when I get home after sundown, so I’ll probably just get on my exercise bike after I finish writing this post. Anyway, the porch was the first thing on my day, while it was still kinda dark outside, and still somewhat cool. My first job involved moving all the bricks to a corner of the yard. This was a BIG job:
All in all it was 32 or so bricks, 22 lbs each. Perhaps a little more? 😬 I could barely lift a single one, so I had to take them one at a time, and kinda f***ed up my wrists in doing so, but I did move them all. I also cleaned one part of the porch (no pressure cleaning) and moved everything from the other side, so I can pressure clean that area tomorrow. It’s so filthy:
Another thing I did was move my neglected little hanging plant to a spot where it will get more sun, and, being right next to the hose, be easier to water. I added more soil to the pot and just made it a little neater, it was a mess.
I fixed this little area, too, so now it is pleasant to look at again… 💖🌷
And I trashed many… many things that were in unsalvageable condition. 😞
Those photos are from my stopping point for the day, but earlier, around noon, I took a break to make lunch for Christopher and I. He’d been playing video games and relaxing, so I wanted to treat him to something special. I made him rice balls. 🍙✨🌈
His were plain (that’s how he likes them) but afterwards I made some for me too, and these had tuna salad and spreadable cheese as choices of fillings. They were great!
During lunch and throughout my day I continued to read “Sprout”. It’s a curious little story (spoilers ahead, if you care) about a little boy who is obsessed with elephants. He’s a very peculiar child, who by a wide variety of displayed traits would definitely be diagnosed autistic by our standards today.
The book is overall funny, charming, and without very high stakes, until our protagonist decides to climb up a tree and have a 22 foot fall that nearly kills him. It’s not something I expected to happen in such a short story. While the tone doesn’t change very much, things feel so serious so quickly. In any case, it has a happy end, and it’s a charming little read.
Not only did I do all of this today, but I streamed Dungeon Keeper for one hour (to be shared in a separate post) and finally got through the town of Tickle (I failed, I think, about five times, two or three times in-stream!) and got some work done on a birthday present for a couple of my friends. I might finish that tonight.
In another note, I now have some snail shells on my shelf. These were buried and cleaned out by nature (except for the baby shell… sadly, this is the baby I shared a month or so ago. He did not make it, but I saved his shell). One of the other shells is an old Cornu Aspersum. And the second shell from the left is my sweet old guy who died a few weeks ago. I’m happy that his shell survived in the best condition of the three that I buried.
Now, being done with this post, I’m going to continue on to the rest of my housework, then exercise a bit, then get some writing in before bed. I’ve finally broken through a serious chapter hurdle and I’ve got to strike while the iron is hot.
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.
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.
Good morning, everyone! I’m back from my mom’s once again and her immigration process continues to proceed smoothly. Now she has her ID so, that was a significant and happy moment.
I had a special dinner with a good friend last night and got to see the beach at night. It really was almost pitch black other than the far-off city lights, and if I had been alone I know I would have been quite scared, by the darkness and by the random people in there that you could hear but barely make out the shapes of in the corners. But feeling safe, it was really wonderful to experience that strange atmosphere for just a few minutes. I wish it had lasted longer.
Now I’m trying to get myself back in gear, do all my overdue chores today, get back to exercising (I skipped my morning walk so I’m hopefully gonna do a 10k walk this evening) and finish the background for the pumpkin carving YCH. I’m looking forward to Friday, and to an outing next Tuesday with Mandie and Shelly.
I’ve collected a number of random photos that fit nowhere, so here they are. First it’s Elliot, having taken residence upon my unmade bed:
Tomoyo decided the freshly laundered rugs made a better place to “fit”:
Here is a large iguana I saw on one of my walks:
And finally, snail stuff. Last Tuesday when I cleaned the snail tanks I decorated the glass of the bigger tank with Halloween window clings from Dollar Tree. I think it looks pretty cute!
And that’s it! Time to get things done. Hope you’re all enjoying your week!
Hello everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. It’s almost Fall –tomorrow! So I’ve already gone and updated the blog’s look. I also made myself a new icon, and I guess tomorrow I will clean house so I can decorate on Thursday. My friend Mandie is coming for a “Little” playdate on Saturday night so I want everything to look just right.
I’m sitting here taking a break from work while a lot of people work on our roof, which is being replaced. There’s kind of a nasty smell in the air from whatever they’re using. My little guard-cat isn’t very thrilled that they are so close to our special “hanging out together” area…
I’ve been very productive, both in art and around the house. Commissions are progressing nicely, I’ve also done personal art and a few gifts for Christopher, and even worked on my book. I’ve taken care of the snails and continued with my exercises. Here are some photos of today’s walk…
I’m PMSing now, so I’m in a bit of a “fragile” mood as always, and everything I feel, good and bad, is super intense. I’m trying to redirect my impatience and anxiousness into my exercise routine, and just, looking forward until I feel normal again. 😓
My Cubanitos are doing well. Here they are exploring and eating after their most recent tank clean:
My biggest Roman snail seems to be on the way out. Not much I can do for him at this point. I’ll miss him when he goes, he had an old crack on his shell that made him very recognizable. I really do love my snails. I know it seems strange or silly to people, but I do adore them for so many different reasons.
One is purely from a scientific observation angle. Another is my “Little” self that has always found them adorable. And, they are so vulnerable, yet ridiculous looking, in such an endearing way. I really do enjoy my little pets.
Speaking of my little pets… this is a very low quality photo, but it is just so sweet. Rosie fell asleep in a tiny box:
I’m going to post a bunch of art now, and then catch up on housework before I go and beat my feelings into the sidewalk. That means going for a long walk. 🚶♀️💦
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