Happy Monday – a little splurging…

Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I am back to share a little splurging that took place this weekend while shopping with my boys. Many of you may not know but I am a super fan of Hayao Miyazaki’s movies that are animated by Studio Ghibli. I have been watching them since the release of Ponyo in 2008. That was the first introduction I had to his work and from that point on, I became a super fan and began collecting his movies.

One of my favorites was My Neighbor Totoro and I love collecting art reproductions etc. So let me tell you when I headed into this anime store with my boys, I was in for a lovely surprise. They had this amazing desk pad. Now before you say what is that? I will tell you my son has had a super large desk pad for years now and I have teased him relentlessly. I would say, do you need to move your mouse all over the desk to work? He would roll his eyes and shake his head. Fast forward to yesterday and it was love at first sight. My husband quickly purchased it for me because he saw the pure joy in my eyes.

Let me tell you, it is so comfortable to work on it and I love seeing it when I walk into my office. A side bonus is that I think it will help me clear my desk at the end of the day so I can be greeted by it when I enter the room each morning.

I hope you find something that brings you joy in your day, whether it’s something you purchase or gazing into a beautiful sunset. I am totally biased and believe that the best sunsets occur in the winter where I live, so have at it.

Fun Photos Friday #24: Finding a Home for Totoro

funphotofriday26aOne of Apollo’s favorite movies is “My Neighbor Totoro” by Hayao Miyazaki, one of Japan’s beloved animator.  We have collected and watched many of his films.  But Apollo couldn’t stop talking about the character Totoro.  So I headed online to Amazon and of course there were several to choose from.  I let him pick out the one he wanted and ordered it.

On Monday, it arrived and I placed him on Apollo’s bed for a surprise when he arrived home from school.  I told him to go make his bed after he hung up his coat because he hadn’t made it in the morning.  Seems like after school works best for both Nicholas and Apollo so I try not to cringe when I look at it all day.  He was so thrilled when he saw Totoro sitting on his bed.

funphotofriday26bHe spent much of the afternoon making Totoro “talk” and then introduced him to his other stuffed animals.

funphotofriday26cLooks like Totoro has all of his adult teeth. Apollo has some catching up to do!

funphotofriday26dThe next day before Apollo went to school he tucked Totoro, Bee and Dino under the blanket on the couch.  I was charged with watching them while he was at school.  I know he is getting older but I still adore his relationship with his stuffed animals.

I apologize for few posts lately but I have been working on some products for a custom order for Belinda’s Crafts and trying to balance my blogging time has been a little more challenging.

Have a great weekend my friends.



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