Mum went to work early this morning, and was home just before 5am. She managed a couple of hours sleep, and then got up to get some washing out before she had to head into work. She ate her lunch with a couple of colleagues, and there was a 2 minute silence to remember the victims from last weeks terrorist attack. It has been a hard week and I think that everyone is still in shock.
Yesterday there were changes made by the government. Owning military style semi automatic weapons is now illegal. New Zealanders may still own guns - there are just rules around applying for a gun licence. We all mostly believe that gun ownership is a privilege her, not a right. This is not a forum here for any arguments about gun ownership. We fully support the changes as I am sure 99% of Kiwis do. It is a shame that it has taken such a tragedy to make such changes happen, but we are glad that moves have been made swiftly to protect the public.
It has been been hard to know what to do in response to what has happened. It has changed all of us. Our sense of security, our feeling of safety in our corner of the world has been forever altered. For someone to bring that kind of hatred to our shores, is true evil. Something we have never had to face before. It is not who we are.
Anyways I have to send mum to bed - she has to work early tomorrow morning and needs to join me and get some sleep.
Mum caught me up at the window. I was busy sniffing as the neighbours were cooking some nice smelling food for dinner. By the time she grabbed the phone to take a photo I jumped down.
It has been a hard week - the news has been pretty relentless this week, so mum has trying to avoid watching the news too much. Early night's have helped a bit too. Tonight though mum is on call so maybe not too much sleep for mum tonight - we'll see what happens.
Mum and I have some time to chill out. Even though the clouds have closed in, the forecast is that the rain will hold off tomorrow. So mum plans to get up early tomorrow morning to get the washing done and on the line so she can get out and enjoy her day.
Hopefully I will get some snuggles and time to sit and look out the window.
I have tucked myself into bed early cos mum was looking at me funny. She was just looking at me wanting to chat - but I was ready to start snoozing. This is still one of my main spots and I spend some time in it every day and every night. I switch between mums spot on the bed, my shopping bed and this little bed which is heated with a special cat electric blanket so it is always warm for my old bones.
Mum and I have been going to bed a bit earlier as the weather is looking more wintry. It has been drizzly and cloudy her for the past week, and the next week is forecast for more rain. I have been popping into mums bed for a quick cuddle before she goes to bed and in the morning, a sure sign that winter is coming!!
Today was rainy and cool. Mum and I had a sleep in and then after mum got up for a bathroom visit, I wanted a cuddle so she climbed back into bed and read her book and I got my cuddles done.
She did chores for a little bit. As it was so horrid outside mum got her groceries delivered as the fee is less than a taxi ride home from the supermarket. She stocks up on the bulky things like 20 rolls of toilet paper and dirty cans of fancy feast, things that are awkward for her to carry home normally.
Top gun was on the telly tonight. Mum knows most of the dialogue, but still enjoys watching it every year or so when it pops up on the telly.
She had a Pepsi and some chips which she hasn't had in a while this afternoon, so she enjoyed them. For dinner she roasted some pork, kumara and potatoes and had some corn, broccoli and beans too. So she is stuffed full with lots of leftovers.
Mum hopes you can link to this story from one of our Kiwi newspapers about two dogs stranded in the mud, and rescued by a whole team of helpers. One dog Fern was stuck by its lead in the mangroves, and her Brother Gus stayed by her side for two days until help came to set them free.
Now the candles are lit and mum is going to watch a movie. She is glad to have had such a relaxing day. I have had my feast and treats and mum has let me help her today and given me lots of cuddles. I love it when she spends Caturday with me.
We hope you get to do something fun on your Caturday too.
Tonight mum had some foods and was ready for bed by 7pm. She was exhausted - so she took a nap. For a couple of hours. I joined her cos you know, I like napping too. Us girls are glad it is Friday and we are ready for the relaxing to begin.
I do like to sleep in mum's spot on the bed as soon as she ventures away. She was up early again this morning to head out with her bestie to the annual summer fair. She bought herself several little treats - nothing for me.
The day started with cool spitty rain and ended with bright sunshine which made the day better. When mum got home she got the feast ready for me and had steak and coleslaw for her own dinner.
Mum has whispered in my ear and told me that I will have to relinquish my spot on the bed soon as her sleepless nights have caught up with her and she is ready to climb into bed with a new book to read.
We hope you are enjoying your Caturday too. Have some fun friends.
Mum had to be up all night for work, so she got to head home about 7.30am. She took a nap for a couple of hours with me. Up for a shower then mum headed out to do some jobs and a walk. Then mum went to see Stan & Ollie at the cinema.
Then she came home and got all the washing off the line. Uniforms clean and hung up ready for Monday already. I got a brush and cuddles - lucky me. Mum put a pizza in the oven for her dinner and then burnt it - grrr!
We have had a southerly wind creep up our country and bring some cooler weather. Last night I even gave mum 4 cuddles to warm her up. Tonight the heaters are on and mum says she will head to bed early to keep warm.
She had her tea and watched the Oscars. Lots of interesting frocks and not too much drama. Did you watch?
It was stormy and cold here today with a wintry 11 degrees. Mum decided on plan C - which was to stay indoors in layers of warm clothing and to read her book. She also showed me Big Cats on the TV. Those cats sure are beautiful but mum does find it hard to watch images of them hunting.
I think I should have been included as I am a mighty hunter too.
Look at the sunflowers at 10pm tonight!! Us girls were lazy today sleeping in until 9am. Mum and a bestie had a nice lunch, a stroll and saw Colette at the cinema. Mum got some salad and steak for dinner. I got a feast and was tucked up in bed by 7pm.
There is a definite chill in the air and mum pulled out her woollie boots tonight . She is going to finish another episode of the police drama Line of Duty that she is currently obsessed with.
Today was a well earned day off for me and the mumster. She pulled this photo out from the archives as it is one of her faves - we loved living in that house. She was good and mopped, washed , hoovered and cleaned around our place today as it was overcast and drizzly, although not as bad as predicted.
She thought she would put in this short slide show showing some of the devastation that happened in Christchurch 8 years ago when a 6.2 earthquake struck. 185 people were killed, and up to 2000 injured. The city is still recovering, and we all know people who were affected.
Tonight will be a good night to cosy down and relax once the jobs are done. Good job mum.
Once mum gets home the windows are opened to let the fresh air in and freshen up the house. Although it is still summer there has been a wee chill in the air the past couple of nights. So mum has been sleeping a bit better as she is not hot and bothered. I have also snuck in for a quick cuddle - a sure sign that the seasons are changing.
Caturday was spent as a snoozeday. The neighbors party only ended after midnight, so mum only got to sleep after 1am, so mums 5am alarm clock was a rude awakening. So it was a long day at work for mum and even though she fought it, she had to climb into bed and have a nap with me. So it is a quiet night at home with noodles for dinner and mum is ready to head back to bed at 10pm. It is quite the crazy Caturday here at the house of Q.
Sadly today we had to say goodbye to our potted flowers. They survived four months at home, but sadly succumbed to the summer drought of 2019. Mum and I had a sleep in which was lovely as the city was covered in cloud and a light drizzle, that will hopefully help the rest of the garden. By the early afternoon the cloud had cleared so mum went out for a walk. She had to go to the post office which made her feel very old fashioned, as our city has closed them all down in the past year and seems to have thought that putting a desk up in a local book shop or convenience store is the same. She feels for old people set in their ways that must struggle with all of the modern changes, especially as they often don't do internet banking or pay their bills online.
Anyway mum felt good as she had some clothes and boots to return for a refund, which will help put some money back into her pocket. She got a couple of groceries and headed home. The evening has passed quickly, and although mum wanted an early night, the neighbors are entertaining with some loud tunes. Mum thinks she might not be quiet at 6.30am as she leaves for work in the morning. So I will need a big long snooze on Caturday to catch up on my zzzzzs.