Well, it was supposed to be burgers and board games with friends but that didn’t pan out. However we had a perfectly wonderful day. Christopher took me to the mall for a walk. It was at his suggestion, and with that being a rare occurrence, I jumped on it despite my cramps.
I even brought Turrón along but I didn’t get any photos of her. I was a bit too under the weather (just physically though.) But we stopped at Build-a-Bear and got some panties for her. 🙊
Later we had coffee and a snack and watched a documentary on Action Park. I worked on a commercial commission while watching.
The documentary was great, very fascinating stuff. I think it is the third documentary on the subject that we have watched, and my favorite so far. Here’s a trailer if you haven’t heard of it. There’s also other documentaries on the topic available on YouTube:
Then we had burgers, and watched The Muppets (not the newest show but the one before that) and then we watched Face-Off (which made me realize I really don’t like action movies, but Christopher enjoyed it so much that I still had a great time.) Worked some more on commissions and then just cuddled.
That’s kind of it. Nice quality time with husband, good food, just a nice time. My cramps are pretty bad but I expect tomorrow I’ll be feeling much better.
My little Mignon (AKA Cabbage Rose by Charlie Bears) arrived today! It’s odd, when I first took him out I didn’t like his face AT ALL. It was an instant, oh, back you go, buddy. I really did box him back up and start looking at the return process. He just looks… grumpy? Haha.
But I don’t know, I dressed, brushed him, and then suddenly I loved him. Basically I’m fickle as balls, okay. So he stays. I love how poseable his ears are.
He’s already joined me for date night snack, and is gonna be with me for dinner and Tetris and puzzle-making. 😁
Doesn’t he look cute in his sweater, too! It’s by HalandMacy on Etsy.
Okay I just finished a commission and it’s not too late so I think I can complete this post before bed!
We went to a game store on Saturday. Christopher allowed me to pick one cheap “kiddy” game for our date nights. I already have (and love) Kingdomino so I could not resist Dragomino by the same makers because… BABY DRAGONS. And, this time they had Takenoko, which I’d only seen the expansions for before. So we got that also:
Before visiting the game store, I spent a long time in a thrift shop since there was a social-distancing related wait to go into the game store anyway –and BOY did I score in there! Everything was half off, from already stupidly cheap prices. I spent less than $8.00 in everything.
I got some colorful furry-ish socks for myself, and several baby caps for my bears:
Also, even though I am no longer part of any organized religion, I still have both a soft spot and a great interest in anything religious that is geared towards children. This book was free (nice copy from 1964) so I took it.
It’s not as interesting as most “childhood indoctrination” books, which I now seek, but rather a sweet little collection of stories about Jesus, beautifully illustrated.
For such an old book, it is in beautiful condition.
At the Vero Beach Book Store, I got two “Gummy Bear” clip-ons, three lovely bookmarks (lenticular bookmarks are my favorite) and a book I’ve long wanted to read, Drawing On The Right Side Of The Brain:
But here… now here is the best find. This was actually from the thrift shop, but I wanted to leave it for last.
This utter beauty, brand new in sealed bag and still protected with foam, was $7.99, but 50% off that price. It’s small, just right for my dear little bears. I couldn’t believe how utterly beautiful it was for the price, the condition, just. All of it. I was happier about this than anything else I got this weekend.
Already Dijon took possession of it, at least for now. Doesn’t she look adorable sitting on it? 😊💕✨💕✨
Other than these outings, I did get a lot of commission work during our stay and even worked on some gift art for my friend. Overall it was a wonderful weekend. I’m looking forward to working on the current chapter of Meganeea again tomorrow and perhaps even illustrating it during the week.
I will be having Hoppi dropped off tomorrow for my refund. Still awaiting Cabbage Rose (whose name will be Mignon) whom I know I will love, and a cheaper bear that tugged at my heart strings nonetheless. He will be named Barley. I’ve made necklaces for both already.
Now I have to decide which bear I’ll sleep with tonight… maybe Mudpie? 🤔
Today was such a lovely day! 🧸💕 Sugar Lump has his own little face mask to stay safe. We all wore ours, and used sanitizer constantly, but this is so-called “God’s Country”, and a lot of people just refused to wear them. 🙄 So, the stores that cared, were understandably hard-assed about it: limited people in stores, and masks required despite no mandates in the area. We appreciated this.
We did see a bar that actually prohibited masks. The people outside of it would kinda point and laugh at mask-wearers who passed them. It boggles me mind that people can be so self centered, and care so little for others, but, that’s how it was. 🤦♀️
Among other fun places, we went to Vero Beach Book Store. It was a DREAM!! My mom in law says it’s been there since the 60s. There were even scribbles by famous authors on the walls (illustrators of children’s books) even one of Llama Llama! But I didn’t get a picture.
The entire top floor was dedicated to children’s books and toys, I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Jelly Cats in one place (interestingly, this helped me determine that while I enjoy looking at them, I just don’t really like Jelly Cats a lot for some reason… I can’t bond with them unless they have a certain look in their eyes, such as my little squirrel, Circo, or my worm, Ramen Noodle. In general little “dot” eyes don’t appeal much to me.)
Anyway, getting to see the store was wonderful, I did buy a few things I’ll talk about tomorrow. Not just there but at other really cool places we visited.
But now it’s time to sleep. I’ve decided I won’t be buying a “sleeping-with” plushie. I’ll try to get over my fear of ruining my Charlie Bears by just sleeping with one of them each night and being gentle. So last night I slept with Sugar Lump and I think he was happy. 💕🌙
I’ve been reading Cubby in Wonderland, which is really boring, and more of a… commercial for Yellowstone Park? But I’m trying to get through it since it’s a just a short little book.
Anyway that’s all I’ve got to share for now. I should have lots more to share later Sunday or on Monday. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!
Happy Saturday, everyone. We’re heading to visit family today! Going to have dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Makoto’s, so I’m really excited. I have Sugar Lump with me! 🧸💕
Also hoping to visit a really neat book store/toy store before dinner. My Steiff Hoppi plush bunny was really ugly so I’m sending it back. Maybe I’ll find another good plushie for sleeping with at that store, but I won’t mind too much if I don’t.
Greetings! Well, I’ve certainly not been terribly active… Art has been slow, and I’ve barely popped up on chats or comments. I figured it was time for an update.
So here’s what’s kept me occupied and/or the state of things:
🌈 My Sites/Books:
The most important factor in my lack of activity. Wix is not always great, and very expensive, and I really like this WP blog. So I tried to move to WordPress.org, then simply upgrading my WordPress.com (where this blog was started) when the transfer of this blog to WP.org became much more bug ridden than I hoped (and I know… I know… one shouldn’t pay for WP.com, it’s a ripoff. Don’t give me a hard time, I had my reasons, I also had true expert assistance during the process, and the best they could do could not accomplish things as neatly as I wanted.)
Even when I upgraded my WP.com, the things I wanted to do would still have involved probably a full month of difficult manual work transferring my Wix galleries. I just kept running into issues and things didn’t really look like I wanted.
In the end, I downgraded WP.com to just “no ads” (mainly an issue on mobile) and stayed on Wix but that, too, necessitated work.
You see, unless you’re using dynamic pages, databases, etc, Wix has a 100 page limit. I had a lot of pages. Each of my book sections had its own splash page, a page per chapter, a page per character, an About page, a FAQ, a Chapter Index. For both of these, I significantly consolidated pages using anchors, so now, each book has a single page for characters, a single page for all chapters + index, and the about page is the splash page. Additionally, I had to change the font across many pages, as this, too, was giving errors, though only on mobile. All of this took hours and hours of work.
Why was I concerned about the page limit now? I hear you, I do, I haven’t posted a new chapter in a long while. But we knew, from the start, that I would reach a point in my book where there was a large space between chapters that I would need to fill, and try as I might I could not rush it. A lot of writing has been happening in the sidelines, I’m getting very close to when I’ll need to publish again, and doing it on a site that was constantly warning me of how close I am to the 100 page limit was distressing, so anyway, I fixed that.
I’ve also done adjustments to my Trello: the amount of columns has been significantly reduced. Now there is the Welcome column, the Label Guide, Waiting List, one column for ALL commissions in progress, one column for ANY free art, gifts included, one for Trades and Collaborations, and finally, one for personal art.
In addition, I added a “Book List” to this blog (similar to my anime list, only of books I’m reading) and greatly expanded my blog’s FAQ, as well as added anchor navigation to it. A countdown to the next significant event has also been added to the right sidebar (currently, for commission openings.)
I’ve also created a few new banners for my blog. Most of the year, you will see three variations of my older banner, which will show randomly (and, I will probably add more) with Ricky Parky making different faces. However, for fall/autumn there will be a specific banner (currently displayed) and a Halloween one for all of October. There will also be a Christmas banner from Black Friday to New Year’s. I plan to make Easter/Spring and July 4th banners eventually too.
This is mostly for my own amusement since… no one visits my blog as much as I do. Lol.
With some delays still, they are being fervently worked on. I currently have a complex YCH for Kiba, a 4 page, 3 character comic for Snow, and the commission for Island, in different degrees of progress (all between 60%-80% completion.)
🌈 Other Life Stuff:
Hmm, okay, what else… I’m awaiting two bunnies, a Charlie Bears one, and a Steiff one.
The Charlie Bear bunny I’m waiting for, is Cabbage Rose. I LOVE her name, but as usual I’ll pick one of my own. She will be my first jointed Charlie Bear bunny. Her ears are poseable!
I’m not sure if I will keep the Steiff bunny. I wanted a special plushie for sleeping with, that was soft. So it needs to be cute but not so cute that I worry about ruining it.
Being Steiff, it is overpriced, on par with some of my cheaper Charlie Bears, but being soft, non-jointed, and rather average looking. What I really wanted was the 45cm version of him, but it was a too costly for just a few extra inches, so I went with the 35cm one.
It sounds like it will fit the bill of what I am after, but if it is too cheap-looking, back it will go. It’s coming today, so we will see what we see. If it’s exceedingly adorable but too small, then I’ll send him back and consider the bigger one down the road.
(And if you saw me mentioning purchasing a Steiff bear on Discord, I actually canceled that order in favor of Hoppi here.)
I don’t have names for either bunny yet, which is a bit unusual for me. Hoppi is the bunny’s stock name.
I’m also waiting for more bear sweaters, and a new book, “Firstborn” by Tor Seidler. I’m really looking forward it. I’ve been reading lots, recently having finished “Toby Tyler; Or, Ten Weeks With A Circus” by James Otis, a very touching little book, if obviously dated.
Last night was date night, and as a rare treat we went out to eat. It had been a few months since Christopher and I last went out to eat as a date. It was really nice.
We went to Nami Sushi, and I had the Buddah Tofu and a Thai iced tea. We played LOTS of Tetris on the Switch, before and after dinner. It was a lovely evening.
Tomorrow morning we’re off for Sebastian to visit Christopher’s mom. I’m really looking forward to it. Provided my new Steiff bunny is satisfactory, I expect I’ll bring him along. 🐰
I don’t currently have any more news to share. Snail updates will be in their own post. I wish you all the loveliest of weekends!
A bunch of my birthday things got delayed due to COVID and other things, hence why I’ve continued to post about them two weeks later. Yesterday was the last one. Finally got to see my mom in law, who took us to Tea Time as a belated birthday treat. I was happy to see that the place was still there with all that has been going on… We discovered it when Madi’s Tea Garden closed down, and I couldn’t believe our luck at the time. I really hope it survives the pandemic. 🙏
I wore Lolita yesterday for the first time since March:
I took Tostito along on his first outing! 🐭🧀 He is so adorable. I’m really really glad I bought him and his knitted sweater is too cute. 💕
The first photo I took was actually hijacked by my mom in law… lol
Here is a photo of Tostito with our tiered tray of goodies:
Me, Tostito, my husband Christopher and my sweet mom in law, Tabby. She spoils us every time she visits. 🥰
This was my favorite photo of Tostito because he looks like he’s casually leaning against the table.
I was actually really surprised we could go at all. It was unplanned, and we didn’t make a reservation, I didn’t know if it would be open. I called before their opening hours just to see if there was any chance of an opening (you normally have to make a reservation, which I believe is mostly so they will have food prepped for your service.) Somehow it worked out.
Only thing that could have made it better would have been for my sister in law to be there. It was too bad she didn’t come along on this visit, but she lives and works many hours away. I actually didn’t even know she really liked high tea, until my mom in law mentioned it, and that especially made her not being there for it a really big bummer… I hope we will have another chance soon.
Last photo of Tostito:
After that we went to Petco, where I got another tank for the snails (I’m up to four… hah…) 😅 and a log for them to hide under. Then we went to Publix for dinner stuff and I also got the snail greens for the week. Christopher demanded that I do all of this without going home to change first, because he rarely gets to see me wearing my dresses these days. It wasn’t so bad. I protested a lot, but the truth is that I dress so outlandish every day, that it made it a lot easier. I did get stopped or commented on around seven times while at Publix and it was always so sweet and nice, that it was really encouraging. Honestly, were it not for the heat, I wouldn’t mind wearing it more often.
Later two good friends came over. We drank a little and played cards after dinner, but I called it a night early. Too tired, too sleepy. I still feel tired and sleepy now, and even a little depressed.
Not sure why, other than being at Tea Time reminded me of when I was there on my last birthday, that time with our friends, and some really upsetting stuff happened that I had to force myself not to react to, but which really stuck with me. 😞
I had to hear some really insensitive things as well as some really deeply disturbing ones, all from someone I considered a close friend, on my birthday no less, and I remember being in the front seat of the car as some of these things were being said, just sitting there in stunned silence trying not to cry, while Christopher pumped gas, unaware until later of what had been going on. It wasn’t stuff about me, and it was mostly jokes, but it was so horrible and disturbing and affected me so much at the time, that I can’t forget it. Probably because of other upsetting things that had been said earlier, too, though those were to my face.
It’s just… sucky. I’m trying to make so many changes to my social life online and offline to get away from situations and relationships that are bad for me. But it all seems to follow me. Not directly I suppose, but it seems impossible to fully get away, fully block it out.
I’m gonna try to get today going. Shower, do my chores, maybe eat better today, drink more water… I bet if I can get some drawing done I’ll shake this funk somehow.