It took a while, but I’m finally back to working on a number of things. Aayla’s death really hit me hard, harder than any other (if felt like she had always been with me and now she’s gone). I still tear up every now and then when I think of her, but I am getting along better now than in the previous few months. Abbey is still in training as an emotional support puppy. Aayla was a pro at it and always knew how to keep me from going over the edge. Abbey starting to learn my moods and how to affect them, but it will take time. She is only 7 months old after all. Just looking at her cute little masked face cheers me up to no end. Right now, she’s taking a puppy-nap on my lap while I type this. A week ago today (July 29) would have been Aayla’s 14th birthday. It’s been hitting me hard but I’m doing my best to get through it.
As of mid-July, I am back to work on Simularity and all the stuff that goes with it (mods, custom content, etc.). Luckily, my fans did not abandon me during my absence. I’m still getting new followers on social platforms along with new patrons and donators on Patreon and Ko-Fi. This is very good because I have to pay some server bills in August. I should have enough from donations to cover it. I just updated the site today with new stuff and updated mods. I’m rather proud of the custom preference mod I made for coffee drinkers! I still have more mod ideas to work on but right now I’m going to work on some custom content like recolors of various objects/clothing or maybe some stuff for the game’s new horses.
Although I’ve been thinking a lot about it, I haven’t actually gotten back to work on any of my art projects. I need to at least update the Dream 9 Art website, but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Maybe I will do that tonight because I’m not the least bit sleepy (which isn’t surprising given that I slept for 36 hours straight yesterday). Abbey took a puppy nap and now she’s back to playing so going to bed now would not be a good idea (she’s got the zoomies!).
As for the rest of the family… Mom is doing about the same. Dad’s memory is somehow getting even worse by the day. He can’t remember what was just told to him 30 seconds ago now. He’s also getting grouchier and has occasional angry outbursts. I knew they said this would be part of it, but it’s so out of character for him that it’s still surprising to me. Our garbage disposal broke and hasn’t been replaced yet. Until it is replaced, we can’t run the dishwasher. I have several doctor appointments out of town this next week so hopefully on one of those days, after Mom decides which one she wants, I can go pick it up. I had better make sure my car will start before next week. I haven’t been out in a while which means the car has been sitting for a while. That usually means dead car or flat tire(s). Either way, I need to make sure it’s drivable. Basement is still a mess with no solution in sight.
Okay, now I’ve somewhat depressed myself. I think I’ll go play some Mass Effect 3 for a while to cheer myself up.