Hello, my friends! Yesterday/Friday was a rough day for me, mentally. I foolishly read way too much media, and my anxiety came zooming in like a freight train.
|"Woman, I'm right here! Come rub my warm fur!"|
I had a little cry and hugged L and Vizzini a lot.
|"Just chill - you can only control yourself. And rub my tum."|
It really brought home to me that I need to practice self-care and look after my mental health EVERY DAY.
|"This cat is here for cuddling."|
A cat really does put things into perspective.
|"Oh, is that the treat cupboard opening?"|
His Lordship has been loving having us around.
L and I have been playing boardgames, listening to music and enjoying our long weekend. L wore his fez to cheer me up while we played Arkham Horror last night.
|"I'll sit here - totally not in anyone's way."|
I have to do all the reaching for cards when Vizzini gets ensconced, and moving things around for L when he's flopped on L's lap. He rarely flops on mine, as I'm a jumpy person and can't stay still for more than a few minutes.
|"I love the Man...but what's that yellow thing?"|
|"This is a delightful toy! Gimme!"|
Later on, L changed to his cowboy hat, so Vizzini had to come around to check on that.
|"Where did my toy go?"|
Finally, he settled down to wait for Kitty Treat Time (which is once a day, at 9pm exactly).
|"It's 8:45pm. I want my treats!"|
He only gets 6 tiny treats at a time: 3 on the floor right away, and 3 in a puzzle ball. We're rationing him at 5 a day, though, as his treats are getting low.
Today/Saturday, L and I ventured to town to get groceries and a few things we were low on, like Reactine. I've been dealing with pollen allergies, including sneezing, which is very alarming to other people! I can breathe again now, thank goodness.
Learning my lesson from Friday, I got dressed up. This is a big part of my self-care, and not to be underestimated for its impact on my well-being.
- Jacket - Le Chateau, consignment; last worn here in October 2019 with frilly flamenco
- Sweater - Tabi, vintage 90s, thrifted; last seen here in February with colour, pattern, texture and shine
- Skirt - Le Chateau, thrifted; last worn here in October 2019 for a hoe-down at work
- Boots - Matisse, consignment; last seen here (6th outfit) in February for a weekend consignment shop
It was gorgeous and bright out, so I didn't even need a coat. I also knew that L and I would be schlepping a lot of groceries home on foot (in purse, backpack and a plethora of bags), and that I'd get sweaty. Better not to have to many layers on.
As you can see, the skirt has panels of black velvet that are connected by crochet-work, as well as scallops of crochet around the hem.
My tactic of "Clothing as Armour" helps me keep my sh*t together.
A floppy hat works wonders! I also felt a bit more incognito, like a secret agent going to get groceries.
- Hat - consignment
- Gloves - vintage, thrifted
Wearing a gift from a loved one feels like a warm hug.
- Earrings - don't remember
- Pendant - Miracle, gift from L
Vizzini retreated to his house for a nap this morning.
|"Really? More pictures?"|
I'm always delighted when I find him snuggled in there. We lined it with my old bathrobe (the belt is a toy - you see it hanging down off the top of his house), so that it's softer for him and smells like me.
|"Snug as a bug in a...leopard house."|
And now, time for some more cat therapy.
|"This spot is mine."|
L and I have a fun photo-shoot planned for Sunday, which I'm excited to share.
In the meantime, if you're casting about for some blogs to read that aren't fashion-related, these are three that I check on/read daily:
- Cake Wrecks - "When professional cakes go horribly, hilariously wrong" is the motto of this daily blog. I have read this entire site (I've been following them since they started), and it never fails to make me feel happy.
- Epbot - the same writer as Cake Wrecks, only Jen writes here about "Geekery, Girliness, and Goofing Off." Today's post (here) is a great one, with advice from a person who already lives a "social distancing" lifestyle. Introverts know the best advice for coping!
- The Bloggess - I've been a fan of Jenny Lawson's for 9 years, and have read both of her books. She's funny as heck, and also gets the whole introverting/anxiety thing.
Stay safe out there, my friends, and take care of your mental health. Virtual hugs and good vibes to you all!