My Little Totoro


The weather this weekend has been incredible.  I can’t believe how pretty and perfect it has been.  This is a long awaited change since the terribly cold winter we just got over.  I thought it would never end and it can be quite ugly here in the winter.  Now that everything is blooming, it’s beautiful and bright and the birds are singing again.  

One thing that I could do without are my seasonal allergies.  I get them so bad and always have.  I have what are called “allergy shiners,” which are dark circles under my eyes caused by chronic allergies.  Seasonal allergies are the worst and they affect me in a way that it’s difficult to distinguish between a cold and allergies.  I worked too hard outside last weekend helping a friend prepare a car for sale and I aggravated my allergies SO  much.  This entire week I’ve been getting over what felt like a head cold with lots of congestion, but was actually just my allergies.  Not fun.  I live in the #1 place in the world for seasonal allergies.  I gotta get out of here eventually, but alas I’m stuck here for a few more years at least. I’ve made it this far and I’ll keep going!

In the evenings when I’m exhausted from being outside all day and enjoying this awesome weather, I crochet.  I have been working on improving my amigurumi skills.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, amigurumi is Japanese for crocheted, or knitted, stuffed animals and objects.  It’s not easy, but it’s really fun and rewarding and can be very cute.  I have yet to make anything look “great,” but each project is getting better.  Right now I’m working on a small, blue Totoro, from the animation My Neighbor Totoro.  Totoro is so cute and actually is never a light blue like I am making it in, but I just wanted to make it that color 🙂  I’m working my way up to making Molang, which is an extremely cute, chubby Korean animated bunny.  You can see it here.  Cutest little character I think I’ve ever seen and just about makes me cry every time I see it 😉  Anyway, I found a crochet pattern for it and will be making it as my next project I hope 😀

With the nice weather comes fewer posts and fewer posts about OCD.  I do so much better in the warmer months when I can go outside, illness is less frequent, and I can just enjoy nature and the weather.  While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it does mean you’ll probably see me less often than you do during the winter.  So sorry about that!  Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on my Totoro progress.

Thanks so much for reading.



21 thoughts on “My Little Totoro

      1. Not as badly as you do. I don’t get shiners! But when I have an allergy day I am incapacitated; all I can do is go to bed. Some days, it helps me to wear a dust mask. Looks silly but who cares!

  1. I absolutely love totoro and studio Ghibli! I tried learning to crochet just so I could make little amigurumi totoros, but I found it too hard and couldn’t to it 😦 you have a talent!

  2. Hope you start feeling better soon. I don’t have allergies so I could never come to understand the disruption it brings but when I get sick, I get sick and stay sick haha. I’ve been a bit absent but only because of work. I’m always stupidly busy. I’ll definitely get in touch soon =].

    1. It’s annoying, but I’m so thankful for sudafed 😉 It’s really good to hear from you! I know your work schedule is hectic and demands a lot out of you, so no worries. I hope you’re doing well 😦 I do think of you! FYI I tried making a pokeball for you. It was super ugly the first go, but I’m going to try it again with another technique 🙂

  3. Hi there, I don’t think I ever thanked you for liking some of the posts on my blog. Thank you! I love totoro! Hope you feel better soon! Best wishes!

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