Tuesday, August 11, 2020


 Tonights news has just come on.  There is now some community  spread of Covid 19 in NZ.  We had been lucky and been free of cases for 100 days, with the only known cases from people travelling  into the country  from overseas who are all in isolation.   So Auckland  will be in lockdown  for 3 days, but not as many restrictions  here - yet.  Just when life was feeling  normal again. 

Monday, August 10, 2020


 It was an exciting  start to mums day.  Her first job was to go and get her ears hoovered.  When she had been to the doctors they had mentioned  that she had lots of wax in her ears.  She only remembers  having  her ears syringed as a kid, so it might be a few decades of  build up.  Anyway the nurse was nice and just explained  that it would not be painful, just super noisy.  Apparently  mum has small canals and was a bit bunged up but it only took 10 minutes and $50.

She then went and had some pork and chive dumplings for her lunch and wandered  around the library  and got some groceries.   She can't  decide if she can hear any better but she feels better for getting  it done, after thinking  about it for a few months.

Me - my ears are fine.  I was glad she got out if bed - I wanted her spot on the bed.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Day Out

 Mum took herself out today.  She stocked up on vegetables - spring onions, pumpkin,  kumera, onions, beetroot,  swede, carrots, avocados  and parsnips.  

There were lots if people  out and about as the sun was warm even though it was a little cool and windy.  Mum enjoyed  sitting  beside the water as she enjoyed  her lunch of a satay chicken  roti wrap.  

So roasted chicken  and piles of veg for mums dinner with leftovers  for tomorrow  night.  Mum had never  roasted beetroot  before and she didn't  really enjoy  it.  Oh well live and learn.

We hope you enjoyed  seeing  her day out.

Saturday, August 8, 2020


 I have been having  a nice time snuggling  up on my mum in the evening  before the lights go out.  She likes to read her book and I like to sleep  tucked up between her legs.  It is chilly tonight so we will be off to bed soon.

Friday, August 7, 2020

Spring Flowers

 Mum felt a bit better today and headed out with a bestie for lunch where she had a pile of corn fritters for her lunch - that will get her bowels moving again.  Then there was a wander around the garden center where there were lots of spring flowers ready for the gardens.  The girls did lots of walking  around some other shops, so mum was tired getting home.  Luckily  I was keeping  her bed warm and she might even get a full nights sleep.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wordless Wednesday - One from the archives


Mum says that a lot of you were surprised that here in New Zealand, people have to pay to visit their GP.  Going to the public hospital is free, if you needed emergency surgery or treatment in the ED, or cancer treatment it is all free.  Mum doesn't mind paying for the GP, as you get good service here.  Most times mum has managed a same day visit, and the doctors are all super helpful.  Mums GP wasn't working on Friday but another doctor saw her, after an initial phone assessment.  She arranged blood tests and contacted mum twice yesterday to offer mum support and check she was ok, and offer some imaging if things don't get better.  Today mums GP was in contact with her regarding the blood tests and follow up.  All great service from one appointment.  

So while mum has been stuck at home recovering she has learnt a lot.  She has learnt about the Bongo, an Antelope that is protected, but is surviving at the Sydney zoo.  She has learnt that Vancouver real estate is very expensive - too much Love it or List it Vancouver.  She was surprised at the amount of cities in the US where you can buy a fixer upper for a song and do renovations so cheaply.  She has been looking at lots of websites and twitter, and ordered some masks because things are good here now, but can go bad so quickly and easily - best to be prepared.

And she has managed to give me lots of pats and brushed my furs.  Purrfect.

Monday, August 3, 2020


Mum says a sign of feeling better is an appetite returning, and today mum managed to keep down some ramen noodles and an apple which has made her feel much better.  Her sore throat has eased by 90% over the day, making her feel much better.  The pain had been right below her mandible and felt like it was in the deep tissues surrounding her neck, making it difficult to swallow and she was unable to lie down for 3 days, as as soon as she got flat the pain would increase after a couple of minutes and make her jump up.  

She agreed with the dr that she saw that there was no external swelling or difficulty breathing which are warning signs, and her blood test results came back as normal, which the dr said was probably that something was very irritated and swollen, but not infected.  Anyway mum is glad that it is almost over.  A couple of times over the weekend she was tempted to call the ambulance to go to the hospital as the pain was super intense and getting unbearable and not being managed by the pain relief.  

So now she is off to get some rest and hopefully have a bit more normal tomorrow.

Sunday, August 2, 2020


Thanks for all the well wishes.  Mum has never had so much pain in her life, but has had moments when the pain relief has given her some ease in symptoms and today she even managed to sleep for a couple of hours.  She never thought that she could survive three days with no sleep, but actually her body doesn't feel to stressed out.  It has been quite the weekend though, and mum is glad that next week is her week off, but what a way to start a staycation.

So she is off to try and get some more rest and I will try and snuggle up with her if she is able to lie down again.  Thanks for all of the healing purrs.

Friday, July 31, 2020


Mums throat has gradually got a bit more sore during the week.  The pain has been worse overnight with trouble with her lying flat and she has spent the past three nights awake tossing and turning.  She woke up in a lot of pain, and even considered going to the hospital.  Instead she decided to ring her doctor, who wasn't working, but another dr would fit her in.  At the moment, they ring you back at home for a phone consultation to see if you need to come in.  The doctor agreed to see mum and she headed down for her face to face appointment.

Once at the doctors surgery mum had to don a mask to sit in the waiting room, which wasn't busy and she only had to wait 5 minutes to see the doctor.  After an examination and chat mum was then sent for a blood test.  The doctor agreed that mum might have an infection or abscess so wanted a couple of checks done.  The blood test was quick even though mum has tricky veins,  the phlebotomist found them pretty quickly.  The good news is that the visits here are pretty cheap.  To go to the GP is NZ$65 about $30US or 30 pounds.  The blood test is free, and the three prescriptions that mum had to get were NZ$5 each.  

Mum was astonished reading some tweets from people in the US waiting 13 days to get Covid swab tests back.  Mum has had two tests done , both were free and results available within 24 hours with the results texted back to her phone.

So fingers crossed, mum has a little more pain relief and will try to get some rest tonight.  I am sick of her tossing and turning, I try to snuggle next to her but she is wormy squirmy.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

1st Time

1st attempt at the new blogger format.  Mum has to figure out how to load photos.  She's  not good with change.
A photo, but now the alignment  is off, but okay for her initial  attempt.   Good  luck tomorrow  mum.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Good Sort

Mum got some groceries delivered today, an opportunity to get some of the heavy stuff like bottles and awkward big rolls of toilet paper that are difficult to bring home on a busy bus after work.  She got a text to say that they had been delivered, but there was nothing outside our house.  When she went to the website, it said to give them an hour or so to see if they were just delayed.  An hour later there was a knock on the door, and a young lady said that the groceries were dropped off at her house at the other end of the street.  She kindly then offered to drive the down in her car for mum and help unload them. 

Mum thanked the nice neighbor who was so kind to help her out, and will pop into the garden center at the weekend to pick her up a nice pot plant to thank her.  It was a nice reminder that there are some nice helpful people out there - what we would describe as a good sort.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Bed Maker

Mum tried to make the bed, but I was intent on making myself comfy so she just let me be. 

Sunday, July 26, 2020


Just soaking up some late winter sun here.  It is a bit frosty in the morning, but we have had some lovely sunny days with warmth if you are in a sunbeam.   Mum has refused to go out both days until the germs are shaken away.  She has to work tomorrow and hopes she will have got over the bugs overnight.  She is just left with an earache at the moment which is hard to sleep with.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Caturday Night at the Movies

This could be my twin!!  It is Coconut and Monty out in the garden.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, July 24, 2020


Mum and I are ready for the weekend    Her nightshifts finished this morning.  She had to stay awake  to go and see her doctor to chat about her shoulder.  Then she went to the library to pick up her new supply of books and a quick wander around the supermarket.   Home for lunch if a meat pie and an orange  for her, and then mum had a nap. 

The evening  has been quiet as mum winds down.  Her mind is set to be wide awake now ready for going to work again at 11pm.  It is pretty tricky  to switch out of night shift into a normal sleep pattern - it feels like jet lag says mum.  Do she is going to curl up with me and her book and try and get some sleep.

Thursday, July 23, 2020


One more nightshift then I get mum back home to snuggle with on these chilly nights,

Wednesday, July 22, 2020


Mum is tired.  She says she has been working  all night.   I told her off for 20 minutes when she got home and then climbed on her spot on the bed, and went to sleep in protest.  Two down and two to go.