This is a long week for my mum. She has to work this weekend, so is over half way through at day four of seven. Next week will be much easier, especially as it is a short week due to Easter. Next week, she only has three days of work.
Long weeks mean that jobs and chores have to be done before the weekend. Mum went and got her flu injection, got some chores done at the shops, and got the groceries. Tonight, she cooked a big batch of mince + veg, that she can eat in salad wraps over the next couple of days.
She finally got to sit down to watch her tv boyfriend Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs. She likes Thursday night tv, as Project Runway is on later too. She is allowed to sit and watch, as long as she gets up and does jobs while the advertisements are on. that way she still gets some jobs done.
Her plan is to take it easy on Friday night - so that she has a restful night before heading into a busy weekend. Friday night is washing/drying night + as a treat - Movie night as well.
Tonight - after work, I helped my mum out in the garden. She only spent 40 minutes out there, which was enough time to mow the lawn and pick up some leaves. Then she cooked a big old steak with some coleslaw for her dinner, and she left a bit for me, but I might leave my bit for the flies. I know - a cat that turns her nose up at steak.
Mum also helped some of the students at work. They have been working hard and were going out to see the Hunger Games at the movies tonight. So she gave them some money to buy some popcorn or icecreams, seeing as though they don't earn anything in their three years of study.
So time to go and clean the kitchen, then we are off to sit on the couch and watch The Middle - it always makes mum laugh.
If you are lucky - your parents might let you live in your own new Eco apartment, rent free. To be honest, as it is near the the heater there is some warmth, but high fire risk. No air conditioning though - so sometimes you have to sit outside.
So it's Sunday here, and after days of drizzle the sun is shining. Mum is going to go for a walk in the sun and soak up some rays.
Mum tried another juice this morning watermelon+apple+celery+nectarine. She is annoyed that she forgot to use the plums that she had meant to add. She thinks the juicer would be a great idea if you have a compost pile, as it produces lots of solid waste that mum just throws out. Her garden is not large enough to support a compost pile, and mum doesn't like digging around in worms, they freak her out.
There was a bit of kerfuffle in the kitchen this morning. Mum had bought a juicer of Trade Me. It was brand new, and she paid under half of what it would have cost in the shops. It is a Breville Juice Fountain, and she tried it out for her breakfast this morning. This was her orange+apple+cucumber juice which she says was very tasty and she looks forward to a new concoction tomorrow morning.
She thinks that it is not too noisy, is very easy to use. Just chop the little apples in half and peel the oranges. There is a little bit of cleaning, so she doesn't think she wil use it every day. It is quite bulky and too big to fit in the cupboard, so you need some space for it.
Me - I'm not interested in the juicer - only the box it came in.
The past couple of nights we have needed the heater on as it has been chilly. Tonight though, the breeze is warmer so the doors are open, while mum cooks her chicken and veg noodle dinner. Me - I had me some fancy feast - a fishie one, which isn't my fave so I nibbled around the outside.
Also last night was the first night where I have climbed up onto mums bed and slept between her knees. Part of her liked it, part of her has enjoyed the past eight months of not having to share the bed.
Not much to report here at Chez Q. Mum has had a good long sleep and is not feeling quite so dizzy today. She had some of her handmade soup for lunch, and has been taking it easy. We're planning an early night tonight, so that mum can head beack to work in the morning. Mum will be glad when sick week is over and she can get busy again.
We have had a wonderful run of sunny days here in the city, which has been unusual. Today we welcomed a grey day back - it is sooo dark in the morning.
Mum headed to work, but only lasted an hour before coming back to bed with me. She had thought she would give it a try, but she felt too hot and dizzy, her nose continued to run. So it looks like another couple of days in bed to beat this bug.
Mum has been from the bed to the couch, to the bed and back to the couch, and is trying to conserve her energy. She is still blocked up and feeling weak, and her hopes for a 24 hour bug have been dashed. So I am trying to take it easy too, in case she needs me.
Happy St Patricks day everybuddy - we are recycling this picture from last year, but as it is soo cute we know you won't mind. Mum is still feeling rough, but she did manage a quick walk this morning, to get a lotto ticket and to get fresh fruit + veg from the local market.
Happy birthday to our newphew Bud - he is 14 today and growing up and is much taller than mum now!!
We hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend. Mum has had to change her ideas, as she has been visited by the flu fairy. It has been five months since she visited last, and mum was hoping she would stay away longer. So today, she is in her dressing gown, has slept all morning, downed lots of water and used up lots of tissues. Still, she'll live.
So, have a good weekend everybuddy - have some fun.
These slightly blurry photos are of one of our friends Elvis. Miss Elvis had to take her last visit to the vet today with her family. She got to live a good long life with mum and dads friends, and her sister Doodlebug. Mum lived with them for a couple of years. Elvis and Doodlebug loved to sleep on the bed pinning mum down, and then trying to jump up and down on her in the morning, to wake her up.
Then mums friends moved to their seaside home, to have their own children, and Elvis and Doodlebug had a great time, as their new home has wonderful gardens to explore. Elvis and Doodle have got to live out their pensioner years in style, lying in the sun and chasing lizards. Elvis though had been feeling rough and getting frail, and after a really miserable couple of days, it was her time to go to the bridge.
So Miss Elvis will be buried in the garden that she loved to explore, close to her family. Rest in Peace sweet girl.
When you are busy out in the garden like me, you get the munchies, and have to stop and chew on some grass. Mum would prefer I not eat this grass - cos, it's pretty. She would prefer I chew on the weeds.
I don't know if you are sick of pictures of me in the garden, but while the weather is still ok, mum is trying to take as many outside shots as she can. Also, I am not spending a lot of time inside. It is now 7.20pm and we can fill the autumn evening air creeping in through the doors. Mum says it won't be long, and the evenings will be dark and cold.
Might as well sleep outside while the weather is still mild. Yesterday can only be described as GLORIOUS, it was so sunny and warm that we don't mind it being cloudy today. I have had to have lots of snoozes today as I was up til 4am, when mum came home from her last job at the hospital. I was still outside on the street playing, and she told me off and said it was time for bed. I still didn't come in til 5am - norty huh!!!
Mum got home so late from her shift last night that it was this morning - so no Friday post. Today we have woken up to a lovely sunny day, so all of the neighbourhood is busy in the garden washing and gardening. After a little sleep in, she is off to the market to ge the fruit and veg of the week. Then she is going to meet her besties for a cheap Asian Saturday night dinner, and then back on call again.
Hope you are all having a lovely Saturday and get to enjoy some sunshine.
Mum came home at Late O'clock tonight. She went to a fundraiser movie for Dress for Sucess and saw 'My Week with Marilyn' which she said was very good, she'd give it a 4.5/5 - nearly perfect. She got home and she looked for me, she looked on her bed, in the lounge, in the spare room, and the other spare room, in the kitchen. She went out the front and called, out on the deck and called and out the side door and called my name. Guess where I was?
I was in her bedroom, snuggled up on the floor on the top of her uniform that was lying on the floor. I was being very bery quiet - and sleepy.
Actually, today was cloudy and grey all this week. Mum took this photo last week, on the one day the sun shone. Me and her were just chilling on the deck, having a photo session taking in the rays. Then March came, autumn arrived, and the sun ran away.
Mum did have an early night last night, but she needs an earlier night tonight. She's going to try to climb into bed at 9.30am with her book.
Mum is a bit tired today - it was a good day at work, but she stayed up a bit late last night watching tv and reading. So really it is her fault. So an early night is in order - for both of us. Mum records the Dr Oz show to watch later, and todays episode is about not sleeping. Most of mums friends have trouble sleeping, mum feels sorry for them, as she is lucky, she can go to sleep really easily and can get a good eight solid hours every night. Me, I can do 23 hours of sleeping each day - awesome.
The sun shone for about an hour this afternoon, after lots and lots of rain. I helped mum in the garden, she picked up lots of big leaves that had fallen in the storm. She also put some bread and fresh fruit out for the sparrows and other birds, as they were hungry.
Mum and I have enjoyed our indoors camping weekend. She has read lots of magazines, a bit of her book, caught up on some DVR programmes and cooked a big cheesy pasta dish that will last days. She also snuck off to the supermarket and stocked up on toilet paper - crisis averted.
This is my sweet friend Whitey. He was living rough and had a terrible wound, when the lovely Barb took him in to fix him and give him lots of love. He got three great years to live with her, Gandalf, Grayson and Gracie at http://www.thedailygs.com/ . Lately Mr Whitey had been very sick, and today he had to go to the bridge. We will miss you Whitey - Srsly.
PS - thanks for all the good weather wishes. It has been very windy, wet and cold here, but we think the storm has hit other parts of NZ harder. So mum and I have snuggled inside and missed most of it.
Our Metservice has put out a wild weather warning for NZ this weekend, they're calling it a weather bomb.
Lots of wind and wets predicted. Mum has put away the outside chairs, they're in the shed. She has bought me some fancy feasts, but forgot the toilet paper. She is hoping that she has no toilet emergencies between now and Monday (she has two rolls, and two boxes of tissues to last her).
She has had to cancel her weekend plans, and has plans to tackle her book mountain and housework instead.
Today is our first day of autumn. Summer left with a bang, as mum left work it was pouring, and she had no coat. She got half way home and realised that she had left her kindle sitting on the bench, so had to go back and get it - silly mum.
We are trying to embrace the autumn, but are not enjoying the dark cooler mornings already. However there are some things we do enjoy: snuggles by the heater, nice winter soups, a good woollie jumper, mum enjoys winter clothes better than summer ones, not feeling guilty about going to the movies (too hard in the summer time if the weather is nice) and the fact that every day of autumn/winter is a day closer to next summer.