Sunday, May 31, 2020

Disturbed

We haven't  liked watching the news this weekend.  Too many crazy things happening  for  our liking. 

Our Caturday  night rest was disturbed  by fireworks being let off in the carpark  next to our house at 2am and then 5.30 am.  Either party  goers, randoms or the next door neighbor  who is upset by the builders noises (the landlord says he had been leaving  threatening  notes on the builders van). 

Compared to other places in the world  we have little to complain  about.  Mum got washing  out to dry a little bit  in the last day of autumn  sun.  There was  soup and garlic bread for her dinner, and leftovers  for her lunch.  I have a full tummy  with a nice feast , biscuits  and treats.  Lucky us.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Caturday Night At The Movies - Making A Cat House



Its Caturday here, and we have had a quiet old day.  What was meant to be relaxing turned mum a bit annoyed as the team turned up to take the scaffolding down from around the house, with hours worth of hammering and banging, but at least it is mainly over now.  So mum stuck her headphones on and watched some videos and read her book, and I snoozed on the pillow beside her. 

She thought if you were bored at home during lockdown you might want to consider a new hobby of house building?  A good way to use up some of those boxes before they can be picked up for recycling.  Our rubbish team haven't picked up recycling for a couple of weeks, but it is slowly returning to normal now.

Enjoy your Caturday.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Sleepy Cat

Mum found this cool picture on ETSY called Sleepy Cat.   It perfectly shows our plans for the weekend.  There is lots of rain due, so mum is going to take it easy and rest her sore shoulder.  How about you - big plans?


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sore

Mum took a day off today.  Weeks ago mum injured her shoulder, she thinks it was when got bumped  on the bus.  At the time she just got s couple  of  sharp twinges .  The past few weeks though it has been more painful  and mum can't  move it very well.  Last week she went to the physiotherapist to get some exercises  to help. 

It was sore at the weekend  so she took a days leave to rest it today.  So only a few chores were done and mum just rested with me.  She has one more days work and then a 3 day weekend  to take it easy.  The forecast is for  a rainy few days, so mum will be happy to stick close to home and keep me company .

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Shakes

Another earthquake  today around lunchtime  - just quick and a bit  of  a wobble like yesterday.   There have been at least  20 aftershocks  in the past 24 hours, most so small we can't even notice them.  Today's just felt like someone  was out on the scaffolding.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Rest

Check out this tshirt from ETSY that mum found here.   She's going to remember that line when people ask her if she has kids.

Mums sleep in was disturbed this morning by a solid earthquake just before 8am. It was a quick one, with nothing falling down or disturbed here, just a rumble and shake.    So she got up and went to the bathroom and went back to bed to read her book.  It rained all day, and the painters did stay away so she was able to stay in her sweats all day and just read and relax. She cooked some dumplings for her lunch and some pumpkin soup for her dinner.   I mooched about and slept when she slept and slept when she was awake.  It is a good life being a cat.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Almost

The painting  is almost done now.  The scaffolding  might be down  this week.   The painters were here today as well , mum and I are over them being here every day.  The noise and mess and mum has to keep the bedroom  curtains closed so I don't  get scared.

But time to get our relax on - mum has the next two days off.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Caturday

Hey friends.  Mum was at work late again tonight.  She has come home and already eaten a half a packet of salami bites and a caramel biscuit.  A full tummy will help her sleep.  I have a tummy full of feast , so I'll  sleep well too.

Friday, May 22, 2020

Shifty

Mum is back on the afternoon  shifts this weekend.   One down and two  more to go.  At least we get sleep  ins for the next couple  of days which I love.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Warm and Cozy

I kept coming  into the living  room and complaining  to mum tonight.  It took her ages  to figure out what I needed.  I kept sitting  by the heater where her feet are, but had to move everytime  she sat down. 

So she went  and got a blanket with a towel on top and put  it on the other side if the heater.  Problem  solved.  Straight to sleep and lots of snoring.

And don't worry our heater is a safe one.  Mum likes these micrathermic heaters   they heat a small space quickly,  and you can be close to them without  burning,  it has a thermostat and is light to move around and the best thing is it is silent  which is good in the living  room.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Bag

You were right my clever friends.  After a summer absence  my shopping  bag has been restored  to its rightful  place back on the bed.

Mum might like you to think it is a diversion  tactic  to keep  me off her heated electric blanket.   I like to think that it us because  she loves me.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Guess What?

Guess  what mum allowed back  on the bed?

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sundaying

We are almost finishing our Sundaying  while many if you are waiting  for it to begin.  Washing  was put outside, but it is hard to get it dry now and we are almost st the dry inside stage.  Mum hoovered- it has become a 3 time a week job with dust from the builders and painters  sneaking in through the doors and winters.  Has mum and I told you we will be pleased when they are finished?

Mum did an easy exercise program  today - she needs to get stretching and moving more and so is starting  gentle.  She is not as flexible  as she should be and needs to reduce the covid kilos.

 I begged for my dinner at 2.45pm, and mum is just giving  in now.  She figures that if I want it I can have it.  She's  only starting  hers at 6.30pm.  Lamb chops with baked sweet potatoes  and carrots  and broccoli.   Lots of veg for her.

Dark autumn  nights mean earlier  nights for me and mum.  I tucked  myself up onto my  quilt at 3pm.  Night night.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Tears

 Mum was just about to leave home to go out for the first post lockdown lunch out, when she checked out her website to see that John from I Have Three Cats had done a post.  She only got a chance to have a quick glance, she could not bear to read more as she knew she may not be able to hold back the tears during lunch.  John wrote about his lovely cats who both took their journey to the bridge on Friday.
His sweet princess - Miss Cammie who although had struggled with tummy troubles for a long time and had  had a stroke a year ago, outlived the predictions mad for her.  What a sweet girl - we will miss her.
And Mr Raleigh, who John rescued from his work place after he was found living rough.  His place as a foster at the cosy apartment was soon cemented as a family regular and even though his time in his new home was short, we can tell from many of the photos posted that the boy was happy to be warm with a full tummy and well loved.

So sweet friends, we will miss you but know that you will be greeted at the bridge by your friends who have gone before you.   Rest in Peace Princess and Peachy.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Takeout

After 7 weeks mum supported a local business, by buying  a burger, fries and strawberry  milkshake  on the way home from work.  After cooking every other meal for herself it felt so decadent  to be buying  food someone else made and mum dud enjoy it.  It was a  kiwi beef burger with bacon, egg, salad and beetroot  relish.

 In order to go into the shop to pick up food  or any other items you have to leave your contact  details.  Why the burger shop needed to know mums age is a mystery.  Surely  name, phone  number and email is enough? 

It did feel weird for mum to be in a shop too, as the only place she has been in 7 weeks is the supermarket.  The library opened  yesterday but mum only popped in quickly  to drop off her read books, she still has a big pile to read.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Feet Up

Mum is on the couch with her feet  up and eating a thai chicken  curry  and watching  these guys.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Goodness

We are lucky.  No covid cases in our country again today.   So from Thursday  there is more freedom  and fun.  Cafes and shops, hairdressers, cinemas,  libraries  and restaurants  can open up and on Mondays kids can go back to school.  Fingers crossed  this will last and things will feel more normal as each week goes by.

We hope too that the builders and painters can bring all of  their pals and get this job done.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Mover

I'm a quick  mover when I want to be.  Too many painters  and builders at home today ruined my good times and sleeps, and mums sleep in.  Let's hope they are done in a week or two.  Us girls need sleeps.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Watching

I was nice to my mum for Mothers Day and let her sleep in.  It was another  mild autumnal  day but just enough  warmth  to dry the towels.  We are over the scaffolding  dominating  the view of the back yard but lately mum has used some of it to hang  the washing  off, as the sun has moved away from our garden and is blocked by the flats next door.

Naughty  neighbor  cat tried to  sneak in the house, but I chased him  off.  Mum was impressed  with my hissing skills.  This old girl still has some talents.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Quiet Caturday

On another Isolation  Caturday,  the first mum hasn't  worked in weeks.  Mum stayed in sweats all day, watched 7 episodes  of New Amsterdam,  ate two oranges, drank  3 glasses apple juice and cooked corn beef, mashed potatoes  and carrots for her dinner.  I slept 23 hours, had 5 lots of biscuits, 1/2 can of feast and then snuggles.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Ray

Look a ray of sunshine!! Actually  it was s nice mild day.  Mum slept in, and then got herself up to get the chores underway.  Uniforms and undergarments  were washed and put on the line.  A bit of stripping  was done  - the bed that is, and sheets washed.  Dishes done  and carpets cleaned.  The mower  man came and cut down 8 weeks worth  of grass and the builder came and tidied up some wood - maybe a sign he may be done and the painters can come?

Mum really wanted  a nap but today she resisted, so fingers crossed  she will sleep better tonight.   There was leftover chicken and salad for her supper and time for a movie Ad Astra - boring, but Brad Pitt (2/5), and a BBC Crime show McDonald & Dodd - set in Bath, wonderful.

So now it is almost midnight  and I need to help mum make the bed and give her a little  snuggle.


Thursday, May 7, 2020

Waving

Mum laughed  when this photo  came out.  Look at me waving  at all my friends.   I hope you are all having a good day.  Mum is she has 3 days off  now to chill out with us.

Also more good news.  Our low covid rates mean restrictions  will be lifted soon so she  can meet up with friends and go out for foods.  Yippee!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Hail

All hail the hail!  Its s bit cold and raining outside with a lovely smattering  of hail .  Mum even treated herself to a taxi ride to and from work in this stormy weather.  She will leave supermarket  shopping  until tomorrow  when the weather is meant to be sunny.  A taste of winter for us.

Another day with no covid 19 cases in the country.  It was interesting  to read that in France  they have gone back and retested pneumonia cases from last year and found a case from December, indicating that the disease has been round for weeks earlier  than first thought.

Also mum recommends reading this article from the UK about what Health Care workers need by Dr Rachel Clarke.  Clapping is fine, but not flypasts or medals.  Staff there need PPE and pay rises. 




Monday, May 4, 2020

Zero

Today was the first day that there were zero reported  Covid 19 cases here in New Zealand.   A good sign that our measures are working and that things may return  to usual  soon here .  We know that we will be dealing  with this for some time yet, but we are pleased that our numbers  are falling. 

Mum got to have the day off with me.  It started out with the builders bashing round with hammers and saws for 2 hours   mum got  some washing  done and tidied up the kitchen, just the usual  boring jobs.  The good thing is that mum is getting  her sleeping  patterns  back to normal.  Meanwhile it has rained off and on - a good day for  staying  home as instructed. 

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Resting

Today was a great day for resting  as the wind was whipping  the rain around outside and mum had to go off to work.  It was  dark when she left and dark on the way home.  Mum poured herself a large vodka and lemonade  and watched the news, happy knowing that she has a day off tomorrow.

She had been wanting  to try a new recipe and tonight  was the night.  She made a lime and coriander rice and a chicken saagwala  curry.  It is not too spicy and has onions, tomatoes and spinich made up into a tasty sauce.  Mum liked it a lot and finds it a good  way to get all of her veg in one serving.  She did not take a photo as the curry although delicious resembles baby pooh.

Mum has used almost managed  to use up almost every dish and utensil  in the kitchen.  She also broke a blue mixing bowl that she likes to use, and is unable  to replace as they were made over 30 years ago.  It is amazing how glass shatters after falling onto kitchen tiles.  So she spent the remaining  part of the evening  hoovering  the kitchen .  Lucky  mum.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Caturday Night at the Movies - Cats and Domino


Mum says this is possibly the best thing she has watched on lockdown.  And she has watched at lot.  Please enjoy!!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Friday

Mum was up early to head to work this morning.   The walk to work is not very scenic with lots of boring office  buildings.   She takes a bus home, and comes a different  way past a few old houses with some flowers still blooming.  She wishes  she had a green thumb, but alas she has no gardening  skills.  She gets to admire other people flowers though which makes the end of her day much better.