Mums shifts are done. She has finished this morning. She tried to resist sleeping but she had to crawl into bed for a couple of hours, and now at 10.30pm she is wide awake.
She is watching a documentary on the Grenfall Fire in London - how horrific and tragic. It might be a late night, so she will finish the show and will head off to join me in the bedroom and read her book for a few hours.
I was super glad to have mum with me today. I have slept on her, meowed at her, scratched the couch, joined her when she went to the bathroom and purred when she patted me. Life is good.
Our Prime Minister has been in the news all over the world this weekend. Jacinda Adern and her partner Clarke Gayford welcomed their first child Neve this weekend. She gets 6 weeks maternity leave, and then Clarke will be a house hubby and take care of baby while she returns to work (although most kiwi mothers take a years maternity leave - they get paid for some of that time). I liked that he rocked up to the photo call in a dad jumper - one that he bought from a charity shop. They also said that they would take home the flowers Nana had bought in - and would leave all the other flowers that they had been given for the other mothers to enjoy at the hospital.
Mum got real busy last night and didn't get a chance to post. Getting ready for night shift is a bit depressing. Although she had the day off it is hard to shake the ominous feeling if having to head off for work when your body just wants to sleep.
Still we got some quality time together. I don't purr a lot but she got some out of me when we played with a pen and my bag.
So 4 shifts down and 3 night shifts to go. Then we can get back to normal sleeps. It is getting cold too and I need mum to snuggle with.
Because mum is on shift all week she has allowed herself sleep ins which were lovely. Winter weather makes a late wake up perfect as it is much more cosy to stay curled up and resting.
She has given herself a couple if chores to get done. Today was washing and hoovering. Also dinner for the next 3 nights have been made - a veggie mash and meatballs. Lunch was a toasted sandwich and breakfast was a banana.
Today's viewing was a documentary on the art of Ancient Egypt and an episode of Grand Designs. Hiw civilised of mum - it is hard to find good shows to watch.
Mum has started her long 7 day stretch today. 4 evenings followed by 3 night shifts over the weekend. It is pouring down again so she us going to stay home in the day and read her books. I live it when she us home and got lots if snuggles today. She even played with me and a pen under my shopping bag - bliss.
After a week of rain it was nice to have blue skies today. Mum stayed in bed way too long, and had to hurry to get out if the house at midday so that she could get to the market before it closed. She bought lettuce, carrots, parsnip, swede, cabbage, pumpkin, bananas and kiwi fruit.
She took a walk in the sun for a while but her shopping bag was rather heavy. She stopped off to get a loaf of bread and pick up a book from the library. She took the bus home and got home in time to have a nap.
Mum had to get up to give me my feast and put on her own dinner. She roasted some chicken drumsticks and pumpkin and cooked some spicy cabbage. It was the most enjoyable dinner that mum has had in a while. I have gone to bed and mum is watching a show about Turkey and then might watch the Antiques Roadshow. She has a busy week ahead and us glad to have a relaxing day today.
Today we learnt that one of our friends Minchie from cat-a-holic had earnt his angel wings and had to go to the rainbow bridge. He joined his family in July 2008, and we know that his mom Peggy and sister Laila will be missing him. Rest well sweet boy.
Mums day at work was busy today. There were after work drinks for a colleague that was leaving to head overseas. Mum was there at 4.30pm and enjoyed talking with her workmates but the bar was busy and loud. The girl who was leaving didn't arrive until 6pm, by which time mum was keen to say her goodbyes and leave. It made her feel old but she had to get to the supermarket and stick up on feast and by the time she got home to me it was after 7pm.
The group had a plan for dinner too, but as the reservations were not until 8pm mum couldn't face eating her dinner at 9.30pm. It made her feel very old and set in her ways, but she is happier to be home with me for a nice 10pm bedtime.
Tomorrow is a big day. She has a study day from 9am- 2pm. Then there are lots of people in town for tomorrow nights rugby game between the New Zealand All Blacks and the French Rugby team.
After days of rain it is very wet and damp outside. the garden is muddy and cold so I don't spend too long outside. Mum dashed out to get some quick snaps and then back inside to get the heaters on.
Mum got called in this morning at 3am to go to work. She didn't finish until 6.30am so came home and had a quick breakfast and then back to bed for a nap. The best part was that she got to have the rest of the day to relax - four episodes of Scandal and a quick trip to town filled in her afternoon.
It was raining sideways when mum got home from work. So she took her uniform off, put her pyjamas on and climbed into her bed to read her book and declared it snuggletime. I came over and sat on her leg for a while, until I started the dinner request. Mum feels she is allowed to have a night off as she had to be up at 5am and was at work by 6.40am. Early starts seem particularly difficult in the middle of winter.
It has been a day where it has been a good plan to stay within sitting range of a heater. Today was mums day off, so she stayed in bed late. It was dark with wind and rain outside so she took her time getting up. There was a wee break in the weather this afternoon, so she took advantage and headed off into town to get some supplies at the supermarket and to the posh market. She treated herself to some rice paper rolls with chicken and prawns for her lunch, and a lamb and vegetable soup with bread for her dinner.
We think we are due for a week of rain and cold - winter feels like it has finally arrived.
Mum decided to have a camp at home day. sleeping in, reading her book then she got up. Then it was chore time - washing, vacuuming, dishes, cleaning the bathroom and tidying. Phew - I'm tired. Best I lie down.
Mum glanced at the clock and realized that Caturday was coming to an end here at the house of Q. She was up at 5am and off for another busy day of work. She then went and caught up with a friend which was nice.
Then mum headed home to give me my food and pats, a little brush and some cuddling. Mum now has 2 days off for us to relax and she won't be getting up too early - which is good cos I love sleeping in.
Today was the first day this week that the clouds have cleared and we got a glimpse of blue skies. It is that time in winter when mum seems to leave and return in the dark. She works in an area without windows. Today she finished work a little earlier than normal so made sure she got some vitamin D. Me too.
Today was mums day off so she deemed it a Treat Yourself Tuesday. She slept in, read her book and talked to me. She washed dishes, washed clothes and washed herself. She put on new boots, new pants, an old jumper and jacket.
She walked into town, went on a bus and walked to the library. She got her books, she got some cash out and got some groceries. She came home, she rushed out my feast and she cooked her dinner.
She ate chicken pasta, she ate maltesers and she ate grapes. She brushed my furs, she brushed her hair and she brushed her teeth.