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.
Mim had good intentions of being up early but couldn't sleep well last night, so she moved around for the morning. She did some washing and got dressed and headed out after lunch for a walk. It was a beautiful day with no clouds and warm. Mum got a couple if treats at the market, a little window shopping too. She ran into a friend on the way home which was nice.
On the way to our house you could smell smoke from a small Bush fire from across town, and see the smoke.
Chicken tacos for dinner. Mum learnt a new tip this week. She used to fry chicken pieces and they would come out a bit rubbery. The tip was to to first pat dry the chicken pieces with a paper towel (she used chicken thighs). Then she cut into 1 inch /2 cm sized cubes. Put in a bowl and put a little oil on chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Because mum was making tacos, she added chili, cumin, paprika and a little ground coriander. She put aside while she chopped salsa and made guacamole.
She then heated a non stick pan. When hot add chicken and stir till brown and cooked. She used 4 chicken thighs and cooked it in two batches. No oil needed and it was her best cooked moist and tasty chicken. She made a similar stir fry during the week using Chinese spices which was yum.
Me - well I ate about a teaspoon of raw chicken. That was enough for me.
There were no bugs for mum tonight which she was thankful for. She finished work at 11pm last night, but couldn't fall asleep until 3am. Alarm at 7am and then work all day for her. She then went to the library, got noodles for dinner and then walked home.
Washing was done and put on the line and I played outside while mum watered the garden. Now mums going to sit still on the couch and eat.
Now I didn't chase her toes. I love her sandals though - the smellier the better.
Last night as mum was heading to bed, I upped her heart rate by bringing a very noisy cicada into the house, so that she had to chase it round to get it outside. She would not have been able to sleep if it got lost under the furniture. Luckily for her she found it and rehomed it in the neighbours garden.
To calm her down to help her sleep she looked for a soothing video to help her sleep and found this one of this man playing Bach to Lam Duan a blind elephant at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. It even brought a tear to mums eye watching the elephant dance.
Mum was glad that she got organised last night, as she was a bit tired this morning. Lunch was made - egg and tomato rolls with an orange for a snack. She got to have some tasty dinner. Baked fish with a roasted corn salsa and home made fries. Tasty foods for her. My fancy feast and biscuits were tasty too.
Today was a lovely day - the sun was shining and not a cloud in the sky. Mum got washing done super early and took herself out. She needed to stick up on her favourite candles and did a lot of window shopping. Mum got some avocados and made guacamole for her dinner and blueberries for snacks.
Mum came home to keep me company. I like that the best.