Mums little staycation has coincided with the film festival. She saw 2 yesterday and today was the busiest planned day with 3 movies. So she is trying to get some good sleeps overnight so that she is not too tired. A warm cinema tends to make mum nod off.
Mum ate at a local cafe for her lunch yesterday and had a subway sandwich today. Tomorrow she has an early then late movie and as bad weather is forecast she thinks she will have time to visit the library and come home to have soup and a bagel for lunch. Between movies she slips into the cinema bar with her book and has a quiet drink. Her idea of a nice grown up holiday.
Warm sun seems to have been felt around the world today - France and the UK were sweltering. We had a glorious warm and sunny one two which mum got a taste of on her walk home. The birds were happily darting about and the trees behind the houses on our street were lit up like they were glowing.
How was your Thursday? Ours was much the same as every other day. It is hard to believe that July is almost over and it is only 5 months until it is Christmas again. Mum was talking about Christmas and birthdays with her work colleagues. Mum has turned into one of those people who is happy to get no presents from her friends, and now finds it hard to buy for anyone else. Everyone has lots of stuff already, and if they want to do something mum would rather go out for a meal or too a concert or show than buy stuff to stick in the cupboards.
Of course I still like presents. I liked my big box of temptations that I got for Easter. I am still eating my way through them. What camp are you in - presents or no presents?
Mum left to go to work this morning at 6.20am and it was dark and cool. Our city stayed covered in for until the clouds burned off. Mum went to the library, the post office and the supermarket after work and was still home by 4.30pm. It was sunny and even a bit hot on her walk home from the bus. She opened all the windows for a bit of fresh air - until it cooled down.
I got feast for dinner and mum made chicken tacos for dinner. She had a new guacamole recipe from the internet that she thinks is her favourite yet. It's only taken a few decades to find but good while the avocados are cheap.
Mum has had a quiet weekend - no going out, no shopping, no visiting, no visitors. Instead there is a clean uniform ready to be worn tomorrow, all the dishes are washed and drying, library books are ready to go back to the library, parcels packed up ready for the post office, shopping list ready for the supermarket, clothes put into a bag for the charity shop and warn out clothes thrown out. She is worn out now - time to come and lie down with me and read her book.
Mum gave me a special Caturday treat. She gave me another bag to sleep on and I have been on it all day!! It wasn't worth going outside today as it has been raining all day. So is girls have hibernated inside except for the 10 minutes spent outside feeding the birdies.
Phew mum is glad that tonight's shift was easy, as she is on day 11 of 12. Just Friday to get through and then the weekend can begin. I am coping well and will be glad to get my dinner at a normal time.
I am enjoying my winter nest, it keeps me warm while mum is at work and I can climb on her for a cuddle when she comes to bed.
Mum was browsing some old photos tonight and found this one of me at our old house -looking all perky and ready for action. It is that time of winter when it is hard to get nice photos as it is dark when mum leaves the house, and dark when she gets home. This morning she was up at 5am and not home until 5pm, so she will be glad to get a sleep in tomorrow. I'm always glad of a sleep in - every day!!
. Mum was exhausted yesterday. Her lack of sleep truly caught up with her. She dragged herself to work and was glad the day was busy so that she didn't have to think too much. She got an easy dinner so she didn't have to cook and came home and was almost straight to bed after a little relaxing.
This morning was a 5am wake up for the early shift which she feels much better for which is good as I'm pooped!
Mum says the cricket was exciting even though our team lost well done to England.
Tonight will be a big night in our little country. It is the Cricket World Cup and our boys are playing England in the final. We saw on the news tonight that tickets are all sold out for the final, although ticket touts are trying to sell 2 tickets for 10,000 pounds or (NZ)$20,000 - wow!! Most kiwis will be sitting at home and watching on the television, so there will be some tired folks at work on Monday morning. Mum has got the doritos ready and hopefully she won't be in at work all night.
Mum got called in last night again and got home at 4am . I woke her at 8am and 9am to say hello and then we both got woken twice by loud thunder and heavy rain, so mum gave in with her three hours sleep and just got up. She did have a nap this afternoon so she feels a bit better. Luckily the storm blew through pretty quickly and by 4pm the skies were a bit bluer.
Mum is off to make her dinner - she has some lamb chops with roast potatoes and kumara (sweet potato) and green beans. I have had my dinner, some lamb and gravy which was yummy. Lucky us!!
She saw a strange thing she has never seen before on the way to work. it was the rubbish day and she saw about 20 sparrows pecking at a rubbish bag trying to break it open to get the contents. She always thought it was cats or dogs who split open the bags, never considering that it might be birdies.
Mum is very tired this week - and she has to find the energy to be on call the next few nights. I will help her by napping for her - I'm good like that.
Today I helped mum get distracted from watching the tv, doing some study, finishing the housework and reading her book. It is a skill I am good at. Of course that means I missed out on sleeping time 0 so I am very tired.
Last week Caturday was warm enough to get the sheets dried outside but not today. A southerly blew into town during the temperature to a cool 7 degrees with a biting wind and some heavy rain.
Mum snuck out to catch up with a friend for lunch and to watch a movie, but was glad to head home early and be back by 5pm to pull the curtains and crank up the heater. She fed the birdies before she left so that gave me something to watch. Life is pretty simple for us here over the winter with not much happening but quiet hibernating.
We hope you all got to do something fun for your Caturday.
Herrow mum - glad you made it home. This is my little food cupboard housing all of my fancy feast in case you has forgotten. Mum had a terrible time sleeping last night. She was cold, then she was hot, then she was super hot and tossed off the covers and slept with a light quilt, then the rain woke her up, then she was cold. Finally she fell asleep and this morning she did get up in time to head off to work.
I spent most of the night sitting in the living room watching the rain outside, before heading off to the bedroom just as mum was leaving it. Like ships in the night.
Mum got some pictures of me this morning before she left for work. I ignored her and watched the birdies instead.
She is a bit tired as she got called in twice last night and only got to bed at 5.30am. That could be why she got half way home before realizing that she had left her phone at work. so she had to double back to pick up. Four bus trips later and she was finally heading home. Luckily it only cost $1.70.
It could also be why she tripped over the heater tonight and bruised her foot. So she is going to give up and head to bed.
Mum enjoyed her walk beside the beach at the weekend. The blue skies were lovely and it wasn't too cold. Global warming has brought us much milder winters than in years past. we have not had any 'need gloves' days yet and mum has worn her woollie hat only once.
Luckily I already have a permanent woollie cosy on.