Jess Nickelsen: Discombobulated
May 2, 2021 - School Hols


No photo today because that feels too damn hard. But here’s a great link: Write Together With Lynda Barry. A workshop of sorts, that I did earlier today with Leila. I’m not much of an artist but I do love Barry. Her enthusiasm is infectious, and it’s just a lot of fun to sit down with a stack of printer paper and do what she tells you.

It’s the end of school holidays, but this week has been full of drama. Cat drama. Cat #2 has been on lockdown in the house for the last week, on account of what I assume to be a neighbourhood brawl. Bleeding from the eye, from cuts on his head. He’s been on antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and some eye cream that he hates with a passion. Last night we noticed cat #1 has been trying and failing to pee in the litterbox for a few hours. There’s a bit of blood. Today though is Sunday, and it’s hard to find a vet that’s open. Not to mention that Steve has the car for a big event this morning. Managed to get a booking for 3:30, and Steve should get home in time for me to get the cat in the crate and haul her off to the vet. Then grocery pickup.

Sunny day today, but cold, dammit. We haven’t done much, the Mooster and me. Yesterday I managed to get out my writing newsletter but realised I hadn’t blogged in a month. School hols just turns everything on its head. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing! I enjoy the change of routine and it’s good to take a break with my wee one. All the same, I’m looking forward to resuming my writing tomorrow. I’ve got some plans, hehe. Plus a get-together with my writing group in the evening. We’ve got someone new interested in coming along, so that should shake things up a little too.

We’re well and truly into Autumn now too. We’ve been lucky to have good sunny, dry, weather, but no doubt it won’t be long till the rains and the greys come. Just need to remind myself about the pleasures of a warm woolly sweater, knitted socks, curling up with nice teas (I’m trying to drink more teas–herbal teas–in the afternoon) and a good book. So far this year has been a lot better on the reading front. I’ve decided not to worry so much about keeping up on Goodreads and instead just keep a list in the back of my wee Hobonichi.

Anyway, hope you’re warm and dry wherever you are! And do check out that Lynda Barry link above. Even if you aren’t a drawer (er, draw-er), I think you’ll like it.

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