Two stages of a yawn…
Kotoko and Tomoyo really get along.
Two stages of a yawn…
Kotoko and Tomoyo really get along.
Hello everyone, how are you? 😊 I’ve had a really happy week so far. Christopher has worked late every night this week, which has been the… what’s the opposite of a highlight? Anyway, it was the one bummer about the week. I got used to having him home in the afternoons. 😔 However, we still managed to have lots of quality time together somehow. That did make up for it, and was really nice.
Monday I got lots of commission work done, and that night I made a nice salmon dinner:
Also, I deleted the Twitter app again, at least for now. Really, the only difference it makes is that I can’t look at my lists or follows (my Internet blocks still allow me to post and reply on my browser). I did it because the negativity was getting to me a bit again, and I was spending too much time on it. I’ll check in again at some point, maybe during the weekend (writing this part of the post on Wednesday, even though I’ll be wrapping it up Saturday or Sunday). But truly the benefit is always immediate. Suddenly I have lots of extra time and feel less stressed. 😅
Since I always have to be reading something, not using my phone/Twitter means that I’ve gone back to playing Wintertide Miracles as well as reading the Tarzan trilogy. I’m almost done with the last volume (The Beasts of Tarzan).
As I’ve read these books, I really marvel that they made a kids’ movie with this as the source material. It’s really kind of hilarious. These are not child-friendly books, but that is the least of the issues with them, really. 😅 Let’s just say that I think today, Disney would not touch these books for a possible adaptation with a ten foot pole. I’ll go into more detail in a future post.
I finally secured my new t-rex to the wall (and also to the shelf, just in case it tips over). Doesn’t she look amazing! The Imaginext baby raptors and t-rexes are large, around 9” tall, so that gives you an idea of how massive my new lady is:
On this day I also went to Target and to the craft store for ingredients to make handmade chocolates for my Valentines. 🥰 I saw this little book while at Target and took a photo because it was so cute:
When I got back home, I once again sat down to get lots more commission work done, while Kotoko and Rosie kept me company:
I love having cats… I’ve enjoyed having dogs too, and of course rats, and hamsters, and birds. But the lowest-stress pets I’ve ever had have been cats and snails. Both have such a knack for reducing my stress levels. Even the snails do. I’ll set out to deep clean the tank, with some dread because it’s such a job that requires such a careful hand and full-on attention. Yet when I’m done, it has melted my stress away.
And, being as I am someone who enjoys almost constant quiet company, thanks to the kitties I do not feel lonely during my workday. It’s really nice. I’m grateful to have them.
This was the best day of the week! The contractor was supposed to come work on our friend’s future bedroom which needs to be finished ASAP. But there was a miscommunication and he didn’t show. Still, I did all my chores in the morning, once again got a LOT of commission progress done, and watched almost the entire first season of Camp Cretaceous. I liked it a lot!
I spent the evening in very good company, got to go to Starbucks, and in the afternoon my polyam necklace came. It’s really beautiful and I’m going to be wearing it as much as possible. 😌💕
Christopher came home a little later and I had a dinner of beef tacos waiting for him. After dinner, we watched Ghostbusters: Afterlife which was great. I drew until my iPad was dying, and then we cuddled for the remainder (about half) of the movie. And after that we watched more of The Secret of Blue Water in bed. It was a very nice evening. With him working so late I didn’t expect to have so much time together, I know it helps when I have all my chores done and dinner ready, though… 😬 Gotta work on that so we can have more times like these.
Anyway, I definitely got my fill of affection/attention on this day, so I went to bed blissfully happy.
Christopher let me have a huge treat on this day (literally and figuratively)! The apatosaurus I wanted so badly!
I’ve been worried about just missing out on it since things just keep going out of stock and not coming back… so in exchange for cancelling my Pokémon Legends: Arceus preorder, he let me have my apatosaurus. It was a no brainer, I can always get the game in the future.
I walked all the way back from Target with this big heavy box, which thankfully is still the smallest of the legacy boxes, because it has to be put together.
I couldn’t resist taking some outside photos…
I especially love the detail on the face, and being able to have it hold leaves in its mouth! 😄
On Friday I finally found a good place for my new dino friend, right above my computer area. I think it looks very majestic!
The afternoon and evening was very pleasant. Someone came to look at the room that needs work again, and our friend/future roommate came over in the evening. I made dinner for the three of us (salmon croquettes) and then we played Smash and Mario Golf: Super Rush for a while.
I did decently well in both games (for me). I’m terrible, terrible at Smash, which my old wrist injury doesn’t help with at all. The two times I managed to win (one being Friday night) was early matches before it started bothering me too much.
I love Ludwig, by the way. I don’t have much chance to express that because there just isn’t much merch or anything of him, but I adore him. I always play as him in Smash now (didn’t find Daisy as fun as I expected –still play as her in Mario Golf though).
After that, our friend played Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island (for, I think, a couple of hours?) while we just enjoyed each other’s company and watched.
I think I might have to play this game myself, I never did before, and it looks so adorable. I think that was my favorite part of the evening, just sitting mostly quietly together, watching. Times like those are truly the happiest for the three of us, I think. I feel totally at peace, safe, loved.
When I’m feeling like that, nodding off, I just wish I could just fall asleep like that and wake up in bed the next morning not knowing how I got there.
This morning I somehow coaxed Christopher outside, and we went to have breakfast together. 🥰 Also picked up a small treat for our friend, since he’s showing up at some point this weekend.
I brought Picaña along:
Christopher’s smile was looking unusually adorable this morning so I took a picture. I just love him so much, I’ll never get tired of looking at him smile like this. 🥺💕💕💕
The lights at this place were super cool!
Last two days I also got a ton of commission work done (all nine warm-ups that I had left) which have already been posted almost everywhere. I’ll be posting them here too in a bit (I’ll post-date them though so they don’t bury this post). After that, I’ll begin my weekend housework, and then, more commissions, of course.
Hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Just some photos of Tomoyo and Elliot from the last few days, rolling around.
A few cat photos and video for today!
(She was helping me with the gift wrapping.)
She noticed me 😬💧
Not sure what she was waiting for. Just sitting by the stairs for a long time.
We made it to the middle of the week again! Today was okay. As all the other previous days, it has its ups and downs. I’m trying my best to stay cheerful, and work really hard. Every passing day feels like a little accomplishment.
I do think my posts are kind of boring lately. I’m sorry for that. Maybe I should not post daily when I don’t have anything interesting to say, but it’s a form of self care I suppose, so I try not to skip it.
And I really don’t have anything interesting today. I do have a colorful photo of my lunch:
And a couple of Tomoyo just being cute, laying on my lap and refusing to leave:
Her asthma has been troublesome the last few days, so I’m doing my best taking care of her, too.
My mood isn’t all that bad. But I have been struggling with arm pain and headaches. Before the end of the weekend I hope to have all the commissions I’m currently working on, posted (a total of five). I also did a little gift art for Christopher today which I will post later. 💕
I guess I feel a bit better now. 😒 It’s mildly infuriating to have emotions that are so easy to upset and, conversely, so stupidly easy to please. Hormones do make it worse, but still, it’s problematic. Sometimes I feel like I’m too simple when it comes to some things, and it’s annoying.
Why can’t I be aloof and blasé like other people? 😩 I guess I just am what I am, though, and I can’t help that. Anyway… here’s a beautiful sky from today’s morning walk:
I’m at my mom’s now, getting commissions done, eating good things, and just relaxing. When I got here my mom had the usual little snacking spread…
And she made me one of my favorite foods for dinner:
I’ll be gaming a bit here and there, but really mostly working. I’m not sure that I’ll go for any walk tomorrow. I’d like to, but I don’t enjoy walks around my mom’s place as much. So we will see how I feel in the morning.
Before I sign off, here’s some Tomoyo:
I’m very sleepy… last night was bad, but I think tonight me and my simple brain will sleep much better. 🙄 I swear it feels sometimes as though I can only process like, two emotions. This is probably why I find snails so appealing, with their two neurons. Sigh.
I’ll post the fitness entry with a delay since the WordPress app hates tables. Goodnight all.
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 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!