Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Crazy House Prices in NZ (Do you feel like a laugh)

 Just to let you know how crazy house prices are getting in NZ.  This house has been listed in Auckland, in Grey Lynn. It has two small bedrooms.  It has no electricity or running water.
 This is the kitchen.  Looks hygenic!!
 Lovely bathroom.
Delightful living room.  Apparently all the floor boards are rotten.  It comes with built in rodent droppings too.

Now we get that some developer will tear the house down and put up some tiny hipster dwelling for a couple of up and coming professionals.

Want to guess what they think it will make at auction?

Yes it should get upwards on 1 million kiwi dollars !!!
Thats $778,000 USD, or 478,000 pounds sterling.


Monday, September 29, 2014

True Love

Mum bought a new make up brush.  I LOVES it.  It tastes good and makes me uber excited.  She has had to hide it from me, but is on the look out for one of my own!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Purring for our Friend Flynn

Our buddy Flynn is feeling poorly.  He has been sick and is off is food and can't get comfortable, and his mum and dad are very worried.   We love you Flynn, and hope that you feel better real soon and get some nice healing sleep.

Kisses from across the oceans xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Caturday Caress

Mum had to leave me alone for most of Caturday as she had to go to work to earn some dollars, dollars to pay for all of my vet visits.  But that is ok - she loves me and knows it is all for the best, so she doesn't mind.   This morning was glorious and sunny, so we got to have a little time together before she came home in the rain.  She got soaked too as she hadn't taken her jacket or umbrella, luckily it is not too far to walk home and the spring rain was warm and refreshing.  

Me - well I chilled on my new scratcher and then reclined in my new apartment.  Ahhh - life is good!!

Friday, September 26, 2014


I love my new scratcher/recliner, the purrfect place to curl up in the living room while mum is keeping busy.  Mum was on call last night, a favour she happily took on, so that she could pay for my doctors bills.  She got to have a bit of a lie in this morning, and didn't have to go to work til the afternoon, which was nice.  So dishes and washing got done.

Mum popped into work for a few hours and then went to leaving drinks for one of her colleagues, but was good and only had a lemon lime and bitters (her favourite drink), before hitting the supermarket then heading home.  Dinner was a spicy pork and veg noodle dish.  Mum got some new strong chilli, that she hasn't quite finished figuring out yet.  Maybe just a little pinch next time - this ones a burner!!

Enjoy your Friday - see you on Caturday!!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Apartment

I have moved into my new apartment.  It is cosy with a small well ventilated room.  Carpeting and underfloor self heating, it is sure to provide you with a good quiet night sleep.  With a central view of the main living room, television, mum and cat door, you are going to enjoy being close to all the action.  Rent is nominal and eating and toileting facilities are close by.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


 Today I got kidnapped and taken to the V*E*T.  You see mum has this plan to go and visit with her family in a few weeks, and had to make sure my vaccinations were up to date so that I could go to the cattery.  So a simple visit was booked.   Then it turned complicated.  You see, my eye was a tiny bit weepy so I had to get some green stain which was quick and easy and my eyes are ok.  Then doctor Eve gave me my vaccination, and she listened to my heart and checked my teeth.  Turns out I need to get my teeth Hollywood cleaned, and I has a little Arrhythmia, which makes it all a bit complicated.  So I have to go and see the special vets at the vet hospital to get an ultrasound of my heart and ECG done.  Awesome.

Then I had to have a blood test, to have a check up as well.  Dr Eve emailed mum later and said it appears my liver is ok, but my kidney levels are borderline.  Sigh.   So when I get to see the special vet they have to squeeze some urine out of me.  Good luck buddy.

Also - Dr Eve said I was not kinda skinny and have to have diet biscuits.  Luckily they had run out, so mum gave me a day off, but has to go back to pick some up tomorrow.    I also  got a butt shave - luckily Brazilians are in for the summertime!!
The good news is I got this awesome scratcher for being such a good girl, and mum says I am in a cheerful mood considering.  And big suprise, I have spent the evening climbing in and out of my cat cage and are camped in there for the night.

So mum is about $300 poorer so far and is glad that she is busy at work to pay for all of my doctors bills.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Crazy Eyes

Mum just about wet her fur trimmed trousers this morning when she got this shot of me making the crazy eyes at her.  You see she finally finished the night shifts this morning.  She stopped off at the supermarket and got home by 8am.  The weather has been distinctly stormy today, so it was a good day to hunker down.  Mum camped on the couch and put Dantes Peak on to watch and was asleep within five minutes of it starting, so we had a little snooze fest on the couch.  She didn't want to sleep too long, as she is going to try to go to bed tonight.  That for her is the hardest part about night shift, is getting back into a normal sleep pattern.

So with the wind blowing hard outside, the heaters are turned on like a winters evening.  We have full bellys, mine full of fancy feast and mum cooked herself a little bit of steak with carrots and sweet corn, as it was time to have more fruit and vegetables.  Mum has eaten too many carbs in her week of evening and night shifts and wants to get back into the healthy stuff.  The latest Lee Child novel is waiting to be finished so we might both curl up under the covers soon.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

6pm Visitor

Every night just after 6pm this same little bird pops onto our fence on his way home to his nest.  It makes mum smile to see him there, and sometimes I race outside to see if he would fall off and I could eat him.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


The mumster worked the old night shift last night.  The first half was horrendous - the second calmed down and was quite pleasant.  So she slept all day and I enjoyed snoozing with her.  So tonight when most middle aged ladies are heading to bed, mum has to head out to work again.

She bought these sandals online to try out, and although they looked cute and I loved them, mum did not like them enough so sent them back (with a bit of cat fur on them).  She will use the money instead to buy some yearly Birkenstocks - her favourite summer sandals.  She is a bit annoyed they have become trendy this year, as she liked being the only one wearing them.  She is shocked at the thought of getting her pale pasty legs out though after months of tights and winter shoes.

Hope you all had a good Caturday and did something fun.  Smooches xxxx

Friday, September 19, 2014

Window Seat

Mum put my woolly blanket next to the window in her room here so that I could take in the view when we moved in here.  Then the landlords built out a little bay window and now no view, but I get a bit of sunlight and warmth so now spring has come, it is a good place to have a snooze.

Thanks for all the nice comments under yesterdays post.  The old house we lived in was lovely and our favourite of any of the places we have lived.  It used to worry mum that there was a turning spot right outside and the rubbish truck was a tight fit.  They think he just hit the gas a bit too hard, and then hit the house and the gas pipes, so a bit of a drama.  Nobody was home, and the house had just undergone renovations, so now they have to get repairs done which will take some time we imagine.

Mum had a chance today and get out and have a walk.  She did some chores, took the library book back, and voted at the library - there were big long lines.  Tomorrow is our general election and most of us will be glad when it is over, as it has been boring and dominated the news for months.  A visit to the post office, bank and supermarket rounded out an afternoon of pottering round for mum.  Of course as soon as she got home there were more bills in the letter box - typical!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Ohh ohh

Mum was sitting here thinking what to write about when she checked the news.  Look at what happened at our old house this morning!!!  The rubbish truck backed up right into the bedroom of our old house, crashing into the fence, the room we used to sleep in and caused a gas leak.  Luckily the wee family were ok and nobody was hurt as they have two small daughters who usually sleep in that bedroom, and if we were still living there, that where that crashed frame is would be right where me and mum would have been asleep at 7am when the truck comes.

So mum might buy  a lucky lotto ticket on the way to work today!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Working Hard

Now mum is telling me that she has a punishing work schedule this week, and we may have to skip a post or two, as time at home is at a premium.  Now don't be worrying - I'll still be getting my 23 hours of snoozing in, it just might be mum that will be light on the sleep.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Afternoon Bathroom Snoozing

Mum was on her way t work this afternoon, when she found me snoozing in the bathroom on the bathmat.  You see the afternoon sun peeks in through the window and makes it a nice spot to keep warm and sleep.  Of course I had to roll around and show off while she took the photos, but when she left two minutes later I was all curled up and asleep again.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Easy Sunday

Mum and I snoozed into Sunday this morning.  I let her head out and visit with a friend for a tasty lunch and she went for an afternoon nap, but all that fresh air made her come home and have a nap with me.  Leftovers for dinner and then an evening of family phone calls.  Me - I kept her bed warm and full of fur - perfect.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Happy Caturday!!

Happy Caturday my catster friends.  Hope you got some relaxing done or planned if it is early in the day for yoo!!   The mumster did intend to head out and hit the streets to do some wandering today, but it was cloudy and gloomy and her book needed finishing!!!  She also left her hair and face el naturale so she said it was nice to get the chores done, make some eggs on toast for lunch and chill out with me.  She made chilli last night, and said her new chilli flakes are a bit stronger than the old brand, but it is good to clean out the pipes!!!

Today there was a big rugby match in town, so mum thought it would be best to avoid the crowds, so she might get some things done tomorrow or maybe not.  She says it is good not to spend any money if she can avoid it, and she is a bit sick of the same old stuff in town.  With the weather warming up, she will now be able to wander a bit further afield and take in the fresh air.  Me - I'm happy at home.

Enjoy your Caturday furrieds - do something to make you smile.

Friday, September 12, 2014


So today was lots of sunshines and in fact mum felt coming home in her jacket, it may though have been all the groceries she was carting home.  Instead of spending $12  on a burger meal, she thought she should save money and instead spent $60 at the supermarket.  A bit dish of nacho chips with mince and veg for dinner was made and now there is food in the fridge, which was looking rather empty.

She is glad I got out in the sun and soaked up some rays today as the forecast is rather gloomy for the weekend.  So mum intends to get up earliesh on Caturday and get jobs done before the weather turns bad in the afternoon.

Last night she managed the four hour sleep after drifting off about 2.30am and then getting up to her alarm at 06:30am.  She was surprisingly good at work all day, and wished she could cope on that amount of sleep every night, as imagine how much blogging, reading and tv watching she could get done instead of having to get 8 hours or so every night.

So cats and kiddies time to get your rest in readiness for Caturday.


Late Night

Mum had a late night finishing at work, and in fact it is 1am and she is posting this before heading to bed.  She is dreading it, as she knows she has to be up at 06:30am to be at work after 8am.  It is a horrid feeling to have to lie there and will yourself to sleep she says.  The saving grace is that she has the weekend of not much planned, and will be able to catch up on her zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzs with me.  She has plans for chores, like sweeping, washing the clothes and vacumning and getting some groceries in - exciting!!!

So I had a late night at home of resting peacefully.  Dinner was at midnight, so mums says I should enjoy a big sleep tonight.

See you closer to Caturday!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2nd Lazy Day

After working hard all weekend, mum rewarded herself with another lazy day.  Lunch was made and dishes done, so she let herself finish her book, and watch most of The White Queen which she had recorded.  A lazy day at home means she can wear her slippers with her clothes all day, go make up free and not fuss with her hair, which is a freedom in itself.  Now mum is not high maintenance and often goes without fixing herself up fancy, but she says it is nice to give her face and hair a nice break from any products.

Mum had thought of heading up town for a walk, but has been into town once too often at the moment, and might save a quick visit for the weekend.  In trying to be frugal it is hard to justify the $17 movie ticket price when she had a store of movies and shows to watch and a pile of books that seem to be at her body height and need to be back at the library soon.

Fancy feast was eaten early, and mum cooked some salmon and rice and veg for her dinner which was tasty.

This week is her favourite week, for as she has had two days off, now there are only three days to work before it is the weekend again.  She has a  busy spell of working at the moment, but that all helps with the bank balances and paying the bills.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Day Off

Mum said it was great to have a day off.  She woke before her alarm went off, got up and paid the bathroom a visit and then headed back to bed for an after sleep snooze, because she could.  Then up mid morning to have a shower and a leisurely brunch.  Her intention was to head out and go for a walk, and although it was warm in the sun, it was cool and brisk outside, so she made a quick visit to the supermarket for a supply of fruit and a few extras.  Then she did a marathon session of catching up on the shows she hasn't watched for a while while the washing machine was spinning around.

So nice to have a leisurely day.  Mum put my blanket outside on the seat in the sun so I could sunbathe which was nice.  We had  a nice night together and a chance for a little time together on the couch.  hope your week has started off well too.

Happy Dads Day

Happy Dads day to all the dads out there - we love you all!!!

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Hi kids - it's Caturday here in the capital city.  It was raining gently this morning as mum got up at the crack of dawn to head off to work.  Yup - working again, today and tomorrow.  She says that she is lucky though as the day was pretty easy and at double pay with Monday and Tuesday off she knows she is lucky.  She did have plans to head out for dinner and a movie, but her friends were tired and mum was glad to spend the evening with me relaxing.  It was good to get her feet up and not do much for the evening.

I helped out by talking to her for a few minutes before heading back to bed - a girl needs her sleep.  Hope you all have had a relaxing Caturday and plan to take it easy too!!

Friday, September 5, 2014


TGIF said mum as she walked through the door.  Even though she has to work tomorrow and Sunday, so for her it is really Wednesday night, sort of.  Actually she just describes it as day five of seven.  Spring has teased us all week, and it was a bit chillier and wet then we have been used to.  Don't put the jacket and slippers away just yet.

Mum started work early, which allowed her to leave at 3:30pm, in time to visit the post office and library.  Woohoo Friday night fun for a middle aged lady!!!  Home by 4pm - curtains pulled, heater on and track pants and slippers on.  The weekly washing machine frenzy will be waiting til Sunday night instead of tonight.  
I can't talk - my feast was wolfed down by 4:30pm and by 5pm I was back on mums bed.  Yippeee!!!!

Enjoy your Friday night!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Mum would like to know if there is many things as mind numbingly boring as an election.  Thankfully there is now only less than four weeks to go til kiwiland goes to the polls, but she is sure that there will be weeks worth of analysis afterwards.   Mum only usually watches a few minutes of the news now, skimming through the headlines and would rather watch the well watched repeats of Friends on the other channels than watch the politicians whine and moan.

The best bit about mums day today was that she had got called into work last night from 10pm -1.30am to do a couple of jobs.  This morning, she finally got to sleep after 3am and then had to go back to work at 6.30am-7.45am.  This meant that she then was able to have the day off.  Much as she thought she would get a lot done, she instead watched a couple of shows, then took a nap for a few hours in the midday before going for a walk.

Mum is pretty keen to get out and about walking more, and has been making excuses about not having walking clothes, decent shoes etc.  So she walked herself to the shops and bought some cheap exercise pants and is determined to put them to use.  She has some sneakers to wear, and if she sticks to her plan, then she can look for some new walking shoes.  Better to start walking first, and have a goal.  As the evenings get longer and warmer, mum is glad to not feel so cooped up.  Me - I'm happy at home!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Mum says that I am much happier now there are no visitors in the house, and the routines are back to normal.  Mum has been happy to come home and slip off the uniform and put some comfy pants and slippers on and relax with me.  I tucked into my fancy feast and she made some pasta with tomatoes, carrots and broccoli to get in plenty of vegetable servings and had a big banana for her dessert.  Now she feels like chocolate, just a square or two.

We are a bit bored with the tele at the moment.  They seem to be overdosing themselves with the cooking, house doing upping and talent shows and it all feels a bit same old stuff.  Mum does like Shameless (on late late on a Monday night), the Antiques Roadshow (finished for a little while) and a few of the currant affairs programmes. The Walking Dead will be back in October, and Orange is the New Black, is streaming on a local site.   We get a big mix of US and UK programmes, with a few from Australia and about 20% New Zealand shows.  Our one income budget doesn't stretch to cable television, but having a DVR means we can record late night shows and movies, and is good for shift work, when you finish at odd hours and want to watch something as 99% of television after midnight appears to be infomercials.

Luckily mum has a big pile of books and a comfy bed, so entertainment is solved really.  We know we mustn't complain,, at least mum has most evenings spare to relax and put her feet up, unlike so many.

So nite nite from us.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Spring September!!

Hello Spring - Hello September!!!!  It was hard for mum to wake up to her 6am alarm this morning, somehow Monday mornings are the worst, as mum always finds it hard to sleep on Sunday night.  So she slugged it through today and was glad to get home to me this evening.

Dinner was dished out for me, and mum had a teeny tiny piece of beef with broccoli and carrots for her dinner.  After a weekend of dining out and burgers, she is upping the fruit and veg consumption this week.

She told you that she took out her niece for dinner on Saturday night?  Well she was checking her bank account last night and realised that she had been overcharged by $40.  She also had not asked for a receipt, so she emailed the restaurant.  They replied this morning and said they would send the refund by cheque which was nice of them.

So mum is sitting next to me, trying to keep her eyes open at 9.15pm which is early for her.  I took myself off to bed at 6pm after dinner, so that I could get some extra snoozing in.

Happy snoozing to you all!!