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.
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.
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?
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.