I’ll Miss You, Coconut // A Tribute to My Pet Tortoise

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Something terrible happened today.

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Well, technically I happened on Thursday, but nevermind that. I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t had the free time to write a blog post.

My pet desert tortoise, Coconut passed away.

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Coconut is on the left and Speedy is on the right

 

As you can see, there is another tortoise in the picture. His name is Speedy, and he is well and healthy. Speedy is Polly, my sister’s tortoise.

Coconut died because of old age. She also had a repository condition that impacted her breathing.

There were times when she wouldn’t eat any food, even her favorite, watermelon. A couple of weeks before she died, the only way Coconut would get any food is by my Dad (wearing gloves on) would have to open her mouth for her and make her eat. It made me worry about her.

We’ve had our tortoises for over 6 years, so you could say that I grew up with her. My sister and I loved watching Coconut and Speedy crunch on lettuce, and whenever we would have friends over, the first thing they would ask was to pet the tortoises.

There was even one time where we had a “tortoise race” where Speedy and Coconut were competing to see who was the fastest. Of course, being my tortoise, (and given the fact that I bribed her with lettuce), she was triumphant. But this was a long time ago, when Coconut was healthy and younger.

We would often take her to the vet, order some antibiotics, have them work for a few days, and then she would go back to not eating and not leaving her tortoise house. (It’s actually a doghouse, but whatever…)

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But one day, when my sister, mother, and I were coming home from school and work, my Dad looked unusually melancholy. He broke the news soon after.

At first, I didn’t really believe it. Coconut had always been there, wandering around somewhere in my backyard.

When I saw her, I was very sad. My tortoise, the pet that I had bragged about to all my friends since I was little was gone.

She was truly a wonderful pet.

I’ll miss you, Coconut. 🐢

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Thank you for reading this very depressing post. (I promise the next one will be more upbeat). Do you have any pets you loved die? Have you ever owned a desert tortoise? Let me know down in the comments.

Keep On Tortoise-ing,

-Katie K

50 Things That Make Me Happy on the 4th of July

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Barbecues 

Hotdogs with mustard

Running into the sprinklers

Red

White

Blue

Stars 

Stripes

The pop and color of fireworks as they explode into the sky

Setting out cozy blankets a lying on soft grass

Sipping cold soda

Enjoying company with friends and family

Ice Cream on a cone

The beach

Celebrating

A Water balloon toss

And then a water balloon fight

Drying off with the heat of the summer sun

Going on a bike ride

Letting the wind blow into your hair

Strawberry anything

Jumping into a cold pool

Independence 

Running barefoot in a field 

Looking at a old photograph of Mount Rushmore

Fruit salad

Soccer

Sparklers

Watermelon

Decorative napkins

Whipped cream

The American flag

Climbing a tree to watch fireworks

Waiting in line to buy fireworks

Hamburgers

Patriotic

Campfires

Burnt marshmallows

S’mores

Memories

Flashlights

Sunglasses

Drinking a cold glass of water

Basketball

Pure joy

Going to bed late

And sleeping in

Telling scary stories

Looking up at the night sky

A good, long book

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I hope you enjoyed this post! What is your favorite thing about the 4th of July? Do you agree with anything on my list? Let me know down in the comments section.

Keep on Booking,

-Katie K

Plan With Me: June 2018 (Watermelon theme)

Hello, squad! After watching WAY too many bujo posts on YouTube, mostly by AmandaRachLee (oh. my. gosh. she’s. amazing.) I decided to make one of my own! This is technically my second month bullet journaling, but now I have more “expertise” and “experience” *notice the air quotes* on the topic, I am finally ready to share my journal to the world.

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Supplies:

  • Minimalism Art A5 Dotted Journal
  • Crayola Supertips 100 count
  • The Pilot Precise Rolling Ball
  • A good ol’ classic pencil
  • A good ol’ classic eraser

The Minimalism Art journal worked great for me, but I’ve heard that the Leuchtturm 1917 journal is also exceptional. Even though the Minimalism Art journal doesn’t have a built-in index, pre-numbered pages, and 2 bookmarks, (which the Leuchtturm journal has) it is half the price.

As for the Crayola Supertips, I personally bought the 100 count, but the 50 count is NOT short of colors. I only got the 100 count because it was on sale. Honestly, they are the most loyal markers ever, and they are inexpensive, especially in comparison to other bujo/art supplies. THEY ARE AMAZING.

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This is my cover page! I’m really happy with how it turned out. In case you are wondering, I used faux calligraphy to write June on the second page. I am still practicing my regular calligraphy skills, so I thought it would look better if I did faux calligraphy just for now. (A tutorial on both will be coming out soon.)

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Here is my traditional calendar layout/monthly log. In bottom left corner, I made a little blog stats rectangle, so I can track my follower count. I also drew some extra watermelons on the side because it was looking a little bit blank.

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Next I have my monthly goals and money tracker spread. On my monthly goals page, I like to have a lot of room to write down my goals. I find that the more detailed my goals are, the more likely I am to complete them. Also, why would you want to squish your goals to one tiny little sidebar? As for the money tracker, I’ve always wanted to track my expenses (even though it’s boring) to become more wise with money. Because even the best of us splurge a bit too much sometimes…

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Then, I have my mood tracker and habit tracker. At first I wasn’t going to do either of these because I thought I didn’t really need them, but why not? Nonetheless, this is my favorite spread and I am really happy with how this turned out, especially the mood tracker.

Please don’t notice how bad my faux calligraphy is on the “i” in habit…

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As you can see, this is my blog post ideas and brain dump pages. Just like the monthly goals and money tracker page, I wanted to have a lot of space to “dump” (no pun intended) my ideas and thoughts.

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And finally, I have my daily spread! I very pleased with how this turned out. The only thing is the I accidentally put the wrong dates on the little watermelons in the corner of the daily boxes. I also have a motivational quote by Pablo Picasso, you know, to survive the last week of school. By the way, the little sidebar on the left of the second page is my events for the week because I wanted to keep my to-do list/notes separate.

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Thank you for planing with me! Do you like this months theme? Do you have a bullet journal as well? What could I have done better? Tell me in the comments section down below.

Keep on booking,

-Katie K