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Say Hello To A Brand New Week! โœจ

Hi guys! I hope your week is off to a good start. Mine feels like a continuation of the weekend, because Christopher stayed home and we spent almost the entire day together. It was so nice!

I went on my two walks. It was raining hard for the first one but I went anyway. I was quite soaked when I got home but that’s alright. I wasn’t going to let anything stop me –not when I’ve managed to lose five pounds in a week! I’m ecstatic and I feel so energized. If I don’t walk my walks now, I feel antsy. ๐Ÿ˜

For my second walk it wasn’t raining so I took a couple of photos:

I also said hi to my little owl friends:

I came home with more snails again, oops. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ I need to stop.

Christopher and I watched a documentary on movie ratings and the last Jurassic World movie, Fallen Kingdom. I really liked it. Blue is so cute, I’m so glad I have such a nice toy of her.

While we watched the first movie, our elderly cat, Kotoko, climbed quite high on the cat tree. She seemed pleased with herself, but it made Christopher a little nervous. ๐Ÿ˜…

In between movies we went to have Starbucks and to walk around Target. Since I’d already had lunch, I just got my coffee and Christopher had pizza. I bothered him by taking photos.

At Target I got a new blouse and two more musical dinos for my sand/beach bucket:

I also found a Snap Squad velociraptor! It was the only one. It’s so cute.

Tomorrow I’m going to visit my mom, so I’m looking forward to that. It’ll be a busy day though, because I didn’t manage to finish today’s warm-up. So tomorrow I have to make really sure I stay on track, the whole day.

Still –it’s okay. I was happy that I spent time with Christopher today. Tomorrow I’ll catch up for sure!

Weekend Wind-Down ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

Today was so, so lovely. This entire weekend was. There’s a healing quality to certain days, that leave you feeling like you can do anything, and that life is really worth living. I feel that way right now.

This morning I took a different route on my walk. It’s kinda bland. Tomorrow I may do my usual one. It’s nice to do something different though, so, since I do two walks a day, I may do this one in the morning and the other one in the evening. I took a couple of photos during this walk…

Here’s a squirrel I met! He had a nut. Or maybe it was a kernel of popcorn? Either way he was obviously protective of his loot:

After my walk, I sat with Christopher while he had breakfast. We watched a movie (we’re getting through all of the Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movies). I took this photo of him because Kotoko and Tomoyo were waiting for him to finish his cereal so they could drink his leftover milk. The atmosphere was… intense.

After the movie was done our friend came over, and we went to lunch together, and then to Spirit Halloween. I brought Circo with me:

Whenever I’m in the backseat like this and the two of them are just talking their talk in the front, I feel so small. It’s definitely a very Little feeling and for sure part of why I felt so content the entire evening. It just does something for me. Ironic, I hated the back seat when I was actually little.

We had Chipotle for lunch. I hadn’t had it in forever. I find myself enjoying meals like these much more happily now that I am exercising and watching what I eat.

At Spirit Halloween I bought a couple of fishnet stockings which are an… unusual addition to my wardrobe. ๐Ÿ˜ But as I said, I’m branching out. I also got a couple of new skirtalls in the mail, very cool ones (as in, the fabric is very breathable) that should work well for my walks in the heat. I’ll be trying those out tomorrow.

After we got back from Spirit Halloween, the three of us watched the first Jurassic World movie. It was so cozy and I don’t remember feeling so utterly content in a while. It was my second time watching this movie. I liked it much better this time around. Tomorrow Christopher and I might watch the next one.

I was super happy with how today’s warm-up came out. I’m finally giving myself license to play around with brushes and other commercial-use assets. Even though assets such as these brushes, or patterns, or commercial-use stock photography are literally made for artists to use, I always felt very reluctant to take advantage. I’ve gotten over that mental block, however, and it is bringing me a lot of joy in these latest few drawings.

I guess that’s all I have to share today, other than, I just feel so happy. I have not felt this happy in a long time. And seeing Christopher also be happy, after such a nice day, is a feeling that utterly completes me. He’s been so stressed. I know not every day can feel this way, but I’ll treasure the memory of each and every day that does.

Made It To Friday! ๐ŸŽˆ

Good morning, everyone! First things first. I forgot to share last night’s dinner before I went to bed. I was pretty proud of it. Chicken meatballs with elbows in white mushroom sauce and avocado (weird side, but they were ripe, ok?)

At 6:30am I was out and headed on my morning walk. Once again, the little owls were there, watching me go by. Rather unusually, one was perched on a sign a ways off the nest.

Then he flew back to the alternate opening (but I’m 80% sure this isn’t an opening, rather just a drainage pipe that they like to hide in as an emergency.)

As usual, not terribly pleased that I noticed him there.

On the walk back, I stopped to talk with a relative.

Friendly enough fella, but squirrels often make me nervous. They can be vicious little bastards, one sent my MIL to the hospital once!

I also collected more snails when I passed what I now call “Snail Country”. I have moved a bit from my original collection area, to where I can find some bigger specimens. Today I will be moving all of those snails to a more comfortable, bigger tank. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Today is going to be very busy actually. By noon, I want to have all of my chores done, and I have a LOT of chores to do. So I’m gonna get to it. I hope everyone reading this enjoys this day!

Thursday Morning Ramble ๐Ÿฅฑ๐ŸŒž

Good morning, friends. Today looks like another good day. I was up and out of the house by 6:45am again, and got my walk in, almost 7 km. My little friends were there, as usual:

While so similar to yesterday, today’s pictures are even better. I saw the owl from far away, so, while staying on the sidewalk, I came up as close as possible from a long distance. This way, if I noticed it was uncomfortable, I could move to the other side of the sidewalk.

It wasn’t though, as you can see I was able to get good pictures –I did more of a “rolling stop” with my camera to bug him as little as possible. ๐Ÿ˜

Also, shopped for groceries to make Christopher another nice dinner. Tonight is date night! So I’m looking forward to that.

This last two weeks I’ve been working on creating a new part of my wardrobe. I’m adding a lot of plaids and things with a punkish/schoolgirl type look, stuff I’ve only barely experimented with before. Today a few things purchased to that end are arriving. I should be able to put together several new cute outfits that aren’t the rainbow vomit I normally wear. A little variety can be nice.

Welp. I’ve got to stay disciplined if I want to continue making progress so I’ll end this here –I’ll try to make a post regarding my thoughts about The Hagwood Trilogy later today.

A Week Halfway Done ๐Ÿฆ‰๐ŸŒ†

Good morning everyone. I didn’t oversleep today! I was up and out by around 6:30am. I actually woke up around 5:30am… I could have gotten up, but it seemed a bad idea when I’m pushing myself so far with the hours of walking and not too much eating. ๐Ÿ˜…

Having left earlier, I was able to get some sunrise photos…

Even by this point it was hot and humid. I can tell it’s going to be a scorcher… hopefully the evening cools down slightly, as I’d like to do an evening walk as well.

Today when I walked past the owl nest (remember, I’m always on the sidewalk) two of them (I’m guessing the two chicks) were playfully going at each other, and flying about. When I began to walk past they quickly hid, but the others stayed outside.

Today would be a special day, however. An owl was perching on the pipe that stands right by the sidewalk. I cannot believe I was able to be so close. These photos are still very zoomed in, but obviously not as much as usual. I wasn’t in touching distance of the little owl, but not far from.

Just like a little sentinel, he kept looking this way and that.

These three videos I’m going to share below are very short and samey, but I don’t expect I’ll have many chances of capturing a burrowing owl so close. So I want to share them all. Here’s the first:

Second one:

Last one. At this point I felt I was bothering the little guy even if I was on the sidewalk so I left him be.

In other news, yesterday ended in great annoyance as I seem to have lost my Apple headphones. ๐Ÿ˜ค They are the cheap ones with a lightning port that used to come with the iPhone, but I loved them, and hate, hate that I’ve lost them. Thankfully Amazon had them for 57% off, so it wasn’t too bad and I should have a new pair tomorrow.

Anyway what’s in the cards today… gotta finish a commission AND the warm-up, and start work on my current trade with MinetteFraise, install some new brushes, medicate and feed/water the cats, look after the snails, and, well, all my other chores. Tonight I want to surprise Christopher with a special meal –and take another walk too. I guess I better get to it!

It’s Tuesday! ๐ŸŒผ

Good morning dear friends!! I’m kicking myself because I overslept today, but I’m ready to tackle the day. How is everyone? ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒป

In spite of my walk occurring later in the morning, my little friends were still there!

I suppose I’ll have to stop taking pictures, they are very samey, but I’m so excited every time I see them. ๐Ÿ˜…

Also, tomorrow I really want to make sure I leave around a quarter to seven. Once the sun is high in the sky, it sucks. ๐Ÿ˜“

Anyway, last night I made salmon croquettes for dinner! ๐ŸŸโœจ๐Ÿ’• But I could only eat one before I was full, so I’ll have the other one for lunch today.

Here’s a new outfit I wore for the first time to a little dinner party last night. I felt pretty cute! ๐Ÿฅฐ This is one of those things I mentioned getting the other day (the jumper).

I’ll end this here for now as I have a LOT going on today. Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

Morning Walk Done! ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธโœจ

Happy Monday, friends! I’m back from another morning walk. It is clear that I need to leave this early to enjoy it. I guess this is my new routine!

I saw a bunch of critters during my walk. Just the usual neighbors, but also something special that I’m leaving for the end.

First, some birdos:

The owls were there again! Sorry for the bad photos… my phone is all I have and I don’t want to disturb them by getting too close.

This is the same owl that yelled at me yesterday. It was, in fact, in the same spot as before. I wonder if this is an alternate entrance?

But now for the true highlightโ€ฆ after over a year of hunting areas full of bleached shellsโ€ฆ finallyโ€ฆ GOT ‘EM!! ๐ŸŒโœจ๐ŸŒโœจ๐ŸŒ

They are now in the tiny isolation tank while I deworm and monitor.

I still hope my friend gets me some from his yard. I want more variety as far as genetics and two of these are small anyway. Hopefully young and not runts! ๐Ÿ˜

Alright… time to make the bed and work on the daily warm-up!

Summary Of The Day ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿƒ

It was a good one, for sure! Here’s my outfit for the day. We went to lunch at Chuy’s earlier, then I enjoyed another long walk by myself. I’m not sure if the weather became more tolerable or if I finally decided that I was getting just too depressed indoors. My clothes were literally drenched in sweat upon my return. But, I am happy, and I enjoyed wearing this even though it was a bit warm:

More urban wildlife spotted. He was big!

As I mentioned, Blue came in! Here she is:

I love her! I gotta get around to posting a video of all her cool sounds and movements.

My preorder of Kitaria Fables also came in, as I mentioned yesterday. I can’t wait to play it!

During my walk I came across this shirt at Five Below. I was bummed they didn’t have my size, it was the only one left, but I got it anyway to use as a sleepshirt. I always need more of those!

I bought other clothes during my walk. It was a very rare moment of seeing something in a store window and almost screaming. I’m very picky with clothes since as you know I have a completely bizarre wardrobe. Now, these items I won’t post just yet. I’ll share them as I create outfits with them. ๐Ÿ˜

I sold more commissions today, and, and… something AMAZING happened!!

It’s done!! It’s DONE!! ๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽˆ Now I don’t owe my friend any more money. I can start saving to look after my mom!

I also finished the daily warm-up and now I have a giant pile of chores to tackle… but I feel happy and full of energy. I can’t wait to greet the day tomorrow! I feel like I can do anything! โœŠ

Happy Sunday, Everyone! ๐ŸŒˆโœจ

Good morning everyone!! I was up at 6:30am to exercise. Now that I’m back, I’m having breakfast and, well, blogging.

When I went on my walk and had my little carrier in case I spotted any live cuban snails where I saw the dead one yesterday, but no luck.

On the urban wildlife front, here is a neighborhood kitty –skittish but friendly. He meowed a greeting but stayed away.

To my delight, the burrowing owls were out again! This time I counted four (not all pictured):

Watching me carefully…

This guy was a ways off the nest –clearly eager to return to it but didn’t want to do it with me watching.

He even yelled at my a little!

I also spotted a few squirrels but nothing else unusual.

๐Ÿฆ– Jurassic World Alive ๐Ÿฆ•

Well, unless you count dinosaurs. ๐Ÿ˜ I gathered enough DNA for a few more, including this triceratops:

As always, had a bit too much fun with this.

Playing with a tire!

I love how these photos came out:

I also created this flamboyant guy!

Hongry:

He’s a little charmer, look at that grin!

Anyway, it’s gonna be a busy day but a good one, I hope. We’re going out to lunch soon, and I still have a lot of work to do around the house, as well as the daily warm-up and another commission, and more exercise. I’m sure I’ll post again today. Hope you’re all enjoying your labor day weekend!

Busy Day, Busier Tomorrow! ๐ŸŒœ

Today I got a very respectable amount of artwork done! A piece of gift art and two warm-ups along with another commission that I inked the entire background of.

Like yesterday, I was up early and went out on a long walk, about an hour long. Early on my walk, I spotted something that made my heart leap. The burrowing owls were still out!

It is prohibited to disturb burrowing owls, so I did not get overly close. I crossed the street and walked on that sidewalk but that was it. One hid, but the other one stared at me all the way! So very cute.

During my walks I often rescue snails, earthworms and tiny frogs from the hot sun and put them in the grass. It’s hard to tell in these pics, but this guy was rather big-shelled for a bradybaena similaris. I wanted him for my tank, but he’d managed to grow so big and beautiful right there in the urban wild. I couldn’t tear him from his natural habitat.

That aside, I managed my eating rather well today and exercised, too, but did not drink enough water at all. ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ๐Ÿ’ง I must make sure I drink enough tomorrow, because we are going out to the Swap Shop if the rain doesn’t cancel that –and it will involve a lot of walking.

We haven’t been there in forever. I’m really excited about going.

In the afternoon I read the last book in the Hagwood trilogy some more while having my coffee.

I can’t believe everything will be over after this book. I will really miss these characters. I wonder if Kernella will get Finnen at the end. As insufferable as she is in the beginning, she has really grown on me.

After I’m done with this, I need to pick another book that I left unfinished –either The Vampire Lestat or Tarzan. Once I am done with those two, I will reward myself with Jurassic Park.

Anyway, have a pic of some of my slimy guys at home:

And a GIF of Tomoyo playfully destroying our chairs:

That’s it for today! I hope I’ll have plenty to share after tomorrow’s adventures. Goodnight, one and all!