I mocked up my Little Women set in Sketchup!  So far I’ve just set up the kitchen and the living room.  Sketchup’s been a great help – I can export images at any angle I want, then load those images into MangaStudio and use them as a quick reference to help set up perspective lines and such.  It’s been a great help when it comes to keeping things where they’re supposed to be and with elements I tend to have a difficult  time drawing, like windows and doors.

All four girls.  Left to right, Meg, Amy, Beth, and Jo.

Homemade Udon

I love Japanese food, especially udon and ramen, but for the most part it’s a total crap shoot finding places that have vegetarian ramen/udon with veggie broth. Today I had a hankering, and I’d bought fresh udon noodles the last time I went to Japantown, so I decided it was about time I did something with them.


I browned onions and garlic in some olive oil, then added some Dijon mustard and a little wasabi, soy sauce, and horseradish. Dumped in about five cups of water, grated in some sweet potato, ginger, and turnip (note: you can NEVER go wrong adding turnip to veggie soup broths), and a few chopped brussel sprouts. Tossed in some chopped Crimini mushrooms, let it simmer for awhile, then dumped in some sliced carrots and a big squirt of Sriracha sauce (mmmm – spicy!!!). Dash of malt vinegar, crushed red pepper, some nori, then yay! Time to hard boil the eggs and cook the udon. When the udon was just about done I tossed some frozen pees and chopped swiss chard into the stock.

End result = not exactly authentic, but YUMMY and 100% vegetarian.

Marie – Follow Up

Marie is doing much better! Dr. Case told us she has elevated white blood cells, but all her other tests – FIV/FELV, FIP – were normal. We have her on a 10 day run of antibiotics, and she’s perked up quite a bit. She’s more active, she eats more, and she’s putting on weight. What a relief! We’re supposed to bring her back to the vet’s for follow-up testing next weekend, after she finishes her antibiotics, and I’m anticipating a good report. Here’s a recent picture:

Little Miss Marie