Mum says I am a creature of habit - i like to sleep on my shopping bag if i climb up on mums bed. I also like mum to get back into bed after she has dried her hair - i sit on her leg and go to sleep. Every night I come and join mum in the living room and ask for a few treats. I like to run and meet mum at the door when she arrives home and like my feast straight away.
The temperatures have dropped round here to round 6 degrees C, but it feels colder in our old house. Mum has pulled out the woolly hat and gloves. the heater are on and she will retreat to bed early so that she only heats one room.
Mum had a chance to go to the supermarket tonight. She bought lots of soups and tasty treats so there is lots for the week ahead. oh and some feasts for me too.
This charming 4 bedroom and 1 gross bathroom 569m2 house in Auckland sold for NZ $1.65 million recently. That equates to 867,800 UK pounds or US $ 1.17 Million at todays exchange rate. Crazy huh? It is not even in a livable condition. House prices are crazy here, and mum worries about our future as homes are pretty unaffordable in most of our cities and many of our regions as prices continue to go up and up while wages stay pretty much the same.
So last night I had a vom on the mumster bed to let her know that I was not impressed that she was late home. Today she tried to wash the quilt - and that got the washing machine stuck . Mum got up to clear the blockage - but in 2 minutes the washing machine poured a whole lot of water out, pouring out onto the hallway carpet. Mum quickly grabbed all of our towels, but it quickly soaked through. So she has had the heaters out to dry it out. It is a cool night, down to 9 degrees, and our heaters are chugging out the heat in the hallway.
Mum gave herself a break and went out for a break for a visit with a friend. So she had a slightly successful day. A bit of relaxing and a bit of stress.
We are thankful today that it is Thursday and Friday is here tomorrow. Even though mum was up super early she didn't need a nap after work, she had a tasty dinner of lamb with spicy potatoes and cauliflower, mum got some treats at the grocery store, dishes were done and kitchen tidied and there is time for mum to relax and read before sleep. Life is good.
After some lovely sunsets last week it has turned to that part of autumn when darkness seems to fall at 5pm. Tonight we were treated to thunder + lightning, rain and high winds. I have been fidgeting waiting for the weather to calm so that I can go outside and do my night patrol and ablutions. Finally at 10.50pm we have a lull and I can pop outside.
Last night while making dinner, a jar fell out of the pantry and fell onto my mousie dish spilling hundreds of biscuits all over the place. Mum got that bowl for me when I was a baby, on a visit to Melbourne. Luckily she had a back up bowl, but it did make her sad that it was beyond repair and had to be thrown away.
Now imagine the dark bedroom at 2am, when mum heard the unmistakable noises of real life mouse chasing. Mum switched the light on as I chased it on the bed. She jumped out to grab the brush and shovel to take it outside, but it had gone. The chasing slowed down, but it took mum a long long time to get back to sleep.
When she woke up there was a dead little mousie next to my bed. Now it has had a mouse funeral in the rubbish bag.
It has been a lovely day here in the city. Mum had a sleep in, brunch with a friend, a walk in the sun, a little shop and a visit to the library. now mum has sausage rolls cooling in the oven and a cold drink ready. It's wedding time. all the guests are seated and the family is just arriving. Mum is quite excited.
I have gone to bed.
Oh now I have got up to join mum to watch. Just beautiful - what a lovely couple. It is making mum teary to watch.
Finally there was a sunbeam today - the rain stopped about 4pm but mum had already parked herself on the couch. She caught up on some shows and read her book. Business as usual for winter. Mum rushed in and made me do a modeling session.
It has rained for two whole days straight, but mum doesn't care too much because it is her day off. She celebrated with an 8 hour sleep which was great, and helped to restore her batteries. Mum then got herself up and outside. It was just drizzling rather than pouring down, so mum went for a bit of a walk. Then she went and met some friends for a lovely brunch. She had kedgeree - a Scottish dish with rice, egg and smoked fish that mum likes. The girls did a little wander round a couple of shops.
Mum then headed home for an afternoon of relaxing on the couch. She dozed off while the news was on the tele, and then woke up and made her dinner. A 4 vegetable mash with sausages was the dinner of choice tonight for mum, and I had a feast.
The rain is mean to continue tomorrow, so mum is going to pull out a merino jumper , jeans and boots again. She has another fun day planned for herself planned. Yippee for days off during the week.
Happy mothers day to all the mums out there - we hope you had a lovely day. Mum had to work today but she said it all went ok. When she got home though she planted herself on the couch and left only for short visits to the bathroom or kitchen - just like me really.
Now finally mum has two days off - her weekend begins tonight.
Mum is feeling very tired tonight - she nodded off over dinner which made her think of her lovely nana, who used to do the same thing. She has forgiven herself though as she worked until almost 11pm last night, and then had to come home and try and get herself to sleep, only to have to be up at 6am and off to work again today. Luckily what she thought might be a horribly busy day ended up being pleasant with lovely company - she loves when that happens.
She also works on Saturday and Sunday this weekend, with having to get up early to be at work for 7am on both days. So tonight she has had her shower and will dry her hair that tomorrow she can have a quick shower and give herself a bit of a lie in. So it is a Middle Aged Lady Movie Tonight - she is watching Churchill while eating some fresh raspberries and custard.
Me - well I had my dinner and took myself off to bed early. It is windy and wet outside tonight, and it turned dark quickly at 5.30pm. With these long evenings I am tired too. I know how you feel mum.
Here in New Zealand we would say that 995% of kitty cats are indoor/ outdoors cats. We usually have our own cat doors or we are allowed outside during the day and kept inside at night.
Cats are naturally more active at dawn and dusk. In The evening, as mum walks home she sees lots of pussy cats sitting out by the front of their property waiting for their people. Mum saw this cutie the other night waiting by their gate.
We live in a suburb with lots of gardens and not many cars. We don't have any snakes/ cayotes/wolves or dangerous animals in our country. The only dangers are dogs and cars.
Usually I am just sleeping, but I often run to the door to greet mum as she comes in.
There were more beautiful evening skies tonight. Mum had a walk and went to the library and supermarket on the way home.
She often worries about all the chores she should be doing instead if sitting down and watching a show. However she did manage to do some jobs. She did the dishes, she made tonight's dinner of a baked potato and steak, she marinated some chicken for tomorrow nights dinner, eggs were booked and mashed for tomorrow's lunch, washing was folded and put away , underwear and uniform put out for tomorrow morning and the recycling was sorted. Jobs done.
We got a beautiful sunny day here in the city. Mum and I slept in and then she got herself up and got some chores done. The shower and toilet were scrubbed, the bedding aired out and washing on the line.
Mum walked to the market and got pumpkin, sweet potatoes, potatoes, turnip, parsnips and carrots. She roasted a whole pile with some lamb for her dinner tonight.
Mum then came home and the warm sun was pouring through our bay window. So she curled up on the bed next to me and read her book and then napped. Perfect!!!
This Caturday I spent most of the day camped out on mums shopping bag in her bed. She has left it out for me all week and it has been a great napping spot.
It was cloudy and the clouds were black and low, but mum thought she needed to have an adventure. She ventured out and met a friend for lunch. Mum had the Asian noodles medium spicy, but were a bit too spicy , but mum still ate them all.
The girls went to a couple of shops. Mum bought a wool cardigan and a wool poncho to keep her warm as we head towards winter.
It's getting darker earlier now, pitch black by 6pm so mum is happy to be home early and pull the curtains and relax with me.
We hope you alk got to do something fun on your Caturday.
We are just chilling here tonight thinking that the weekend will start tomorrow. Mum was lucky and got to have Wednesday off with me, as she was on call overnight and was busy. Si we got to sleep in and relax together.
Our nights are beginning to cool down. Last night was the first night that the heater was on in the living room and in the bedroom. Mum is trying hard to get her bedtimes more regular. It has been easy in the summer to stay up late, but as winter draws in mum might as as well head off to bed early.
We know that most of you will think we are wimps complaining about our cold - it is 9 degrees C, but we do live in an old house that is draughty and cold. We would be scared at the thought of snow and freezing temperatures.
Last week mum put some boxes on the spare bed, ready to be chopped up and went into the recycling. I enjoyed hiding beside them so much that mum let me play beside them for a day. They are now sent off in the recycling. Bye bye boxes.