Mum thanked me this morning for waking her up at 4am to tell her the biscuits were running out. The bowl wasn't empty. I didn't actually want to eat any. It was just important that she got up at 4am to fill the bowl. Thank you mum.
This is our neighbor cat, who is not naughty and doesn't try to sneak into our house to have a sneaky nap or eat my leftovers. So mum lets him cross our garden without chasing him away as he lives in the apartment next door. The apartment's dont have any garden space so we dont mind sharing our as long as he doesn't get too close.
Our city was on the news tonight. They were talking about the gloomy cloudy winter weather. Apparently we only got six minutes if sunshine in the whole week last week. We don't mind, as it's winter after all.
Mum is working this weekend. She says that it is always harder getting up at 5.30am on weekend days, as you know everyone else is tucked up in bed. Don't worry mum - I'll catch some zzz's for you.
The new quilt was meant to be. It is called Poppies and has poppy flowers all over it. Mum could not resist!!! Actually she needed s bit of brightness on our bed this dreary winter. She thinks I like it, although I am having a sulk because she changed my fur covered pillowcase for a clean one.
Happy Birthday to our niece Miss Belle who is all grown up now. We love you Miss Belle!
Mum had to get up early this morning to make her appointment for her shoulder ultrasound. That meant that she had difficulty sleeping and was tired, which was annoying. The city was super foggy today and traffic was horrendous. Mum made it with 5 minutes to spare which is good. No tears in her shoulder or bursitis, just frozen - so no surprises.
She was going to go out for brunch but the cold and fog were a bit depressing, so mum got more groceries and came home. She made her own brunch at home of ham, salad and bagels which she enjoyed and were much cheaper than going out.
Her lack of sleep meant s nap was needed but I woke her up at 4pm. Dinner time for me. I had a feast and mum made a Thai beef salad later on. Tasty!!
For the past day mum has been wondering what I think she is doing when she leaves the house? The only time I go out is to go to the vet or the cattery. Is that where mum goes when she leaves the house? Sometimes she smells different? Where does she go?
We hope you have had a lovely Solstice Sunday. Here in New Zealand it is our shortest day, and the beginning of winter, whereas for most of you it is your longest day and start of summer. It is time for aligning the sun and dancing around Stonehenge. Mum got to go and see the stones years ago. She was warned that they were quite disappointing, but that wasn't mums experience. They just appear in the middle of rolling country fields and are beautiful and amazing, and their ancient magic seems to radiate from them, knowing that our ancestors maybe built the or danced around them with flowers in their hair. For some reason mum has no photos from her visit - she must have got her friend to take the photos and got no copies.
Here it was cold and drizzling, but mum braved the elements and went out to meet two of her besties. They tried a new restaurant that serves only pasta. Mum got the baked mac and cheese with Italian sausage, with grilled young broccoli on the side. It was lovely to talk with good friends, and mu went to see Love Sarah at the cinema, which was fairly full. Town was busy with everyone out and about supporting local businesses. It was nice to see cafes and bars full of people on a winters afternoon.
We are all disappointed that Covid is back in the country with 7 cases today, all from people returning from overseas. We don't know how you keep it out unless you keep the borders closed.
Look at these fabulous prints!!! They are made by the talented French Artist Angie Rozelaar and you can find them at her at ArtofMeow on ETSY. We love how snuggly the cats look and how stylish the chairs are.
Mum was working tonight so it is a late supper for us girls. She is putting the electric blanket on, as it is cold again, and she is looking for a nice warm bed to hop into.
We hope you had a fun Caturday and do something fun with your day.
Mum is enjoying watching and even rewatching some travel programs on the TV. Tonights program is Joanna Lumley travelling along the Silk Road, and today she watched her travel from Venice, through Albania and onto Istanbul and Cappadocia. Mum has seen it before, a couple if years ago in a world where we can't travel, the show seems quite luxurious. Mums dream would be to win Lotto and retire, and travel the world. If course she would have to take me in her backpack!!
So mum found these little flowers on the way home from work today - a pretty sight on a gloomy winters day.
After 24 days of being Covid free, we now have 2 cases in the country from 2 women who have come in for a family funeral. I don't know if we csn keep it out unless we keep our borders closed. Just as things were returning to normal. I think we are going to be stuck with it for some time.
It is only 8.35 pm and mum is just going to make her lunch for tomorrow, wash her face and put her uniform out for tomorrow morning and then she us coming to bed. Exciting times.
Mum is still eating her way through her stores, the cans of soup and bags of rice she bought as lockdown approached. Luckily she got me 5 big bags of temptations. She was worried about how upset I would get if I could not have my nightly treats. So there will be enough temptations for weeks to come.
NZ has now had 24 days with no covid cases in the country. It becomes scary to think that the only way we can continue to stay that way is to keep the borders closed, but we know it can't stay like that forever.
It was a beautiful winters day with lots of sunshine today. Mum did get up at 8am with the intention of heading out for a big walk and a wander. Her sore arm wanted her to stay home though. She feels for those living with chronic pain all the time. This has only been a few weeks and mum knows how much it has already disrupted her plans and affected her daily life.
She is aware of my arthritis and has noticed that I too have become less active. I now often jump on the little chair to get onto the bed and spend most of my day asleep. Still this year I am 14 years old. Not bad for a chubby girl with bad knees and a heart murmur.
Life is returning to normal here in New Zealand. Mum got on a crowded bus and went out to a crowded cafe for lunch with a bestie, which was lovely with a fresh orange juice and a favorite chicken salad that mum has missed eating. It was delicious too and mum was glad that everyone was supporting the local cafes!
Mum then went to a crowded kmart. The shelves were quite bare, but the girls enjoyed just looking in a real shop. Mum bought just a shower curtain and a tshirt. They even went to the mall, somewhere they would normally avoid on a Saturday afternoon. After lockdown and the past few months without going to the shops it was nice to look around. Mum enjoyed all the nice duvets and clothes that were out for winter. It is not the same, looking online.
Mum must have seen 100s of people today, and only one person in a mask so people are quite calm about Covid now. We have been without a case here for 3 weeks.
I was glad to get her home. It was getting cold and I needed cuddles. Mums feet were sore and her shoulder was beginning to ache.
Brrrr it's chilly tonight - the met service says its 8deg C outside, but feels like 5 deg.. Mum was at work until 7pm and she found it cold coming home. She gave me cuddles and popped the heaters on high before dishing out the fancy feast.
Mum got a better nights sleep last night. She was thankful for a whole 6 hours and is hoping for the same tonight.
She made an appointment for a scan of her shoulder today. The first appointment is in 10 days time which is ok. She knows that she probably has frozen shoulder which can take several months to a couple of years go resolve. The ultrasound is just to check out if there are any tears or other causes of pain.
Groundhog Day is on the tele tonight. Every day seems to have that feeling at the moment. Mum had to Google when it came out - 1993 people!! Makes her feel old.
Five - that's all it takes. Five seconds after mum has got out of bed this morning to head to the shower I zoomed over and took her spot. She did not have a chance to even pull back the covers.
Mum slept poorly last night. In bed by 9pm. She read until 10.30pm then went to sleep and was awake by 1am. She listened to a rambling Russell Brand podcast, some music and must have nodded off at 4am. The alarm went at 5.44am. So tonight she is nodding off on the couch at 7pm. She is hoping that tonight she can have a good nights sleep like mine.
Mum knows that the combination so sore shoulder, adjusting after night shift and being middle aged are the things keeping her from sleeping. Tonight after the dishes are done she is going to have a small nightcap and see if that helps her sleep better.
The worst thing about finishing night shifts is the switching back to going to sleep at night again. Mum feels like she has been on a 30 hour flight, and has bad jet lag and has not been very productive today. She got herself up and dressed and even got her jacket and bag on, but never made it outside. Oh well, she can try again tomorrow.
Mum says this has been the bestest I have ever been when she is on night shift. I have just gone to sleep when she has and not disturbed her. Of course this was the day the landlord decided to clean up the garden with no warning.
Mum is on the night shifts this weekend. She got to bed at 8am, and only woke up 5 times before finally getting out of bed st 2pm. The pain in her shoulder wakes her up, so tomorrow she might try a bit more pain relief. I was so good and didn't wake her up at all . It helps that it was s cold winters day and I just snuggled up in my heated bed. I'll be here all winter.
Surprise this morning, mum thought it was a courier dropping off a parcel, but it was the lawn mower man who caught mum sitting on the couch in her dressing gown, before her shower. She went out and paid him anyway. At least she was partially dressed and did not give him a huge fright.
It's been pouring with rain outside and I'm waiting for mum to finish her shift. I've slept a while and am ready for dinner.
She like to come home , she feeds me first then has a few wee snacks on the couch while she watches the news. She then needs to read her book to calm her mind. Then sleep and snuggles and sweet dreams.
Mum has had a long day. The alarm went off at 4.44am. Too early, even for me. We didn't stay up too late on the computer, although that happens some nights. Another early start tomorrow then we can sleep in for a week. Mum and I are looking forward to that.
Today I talked to my mum. I told her it was 5am, it was 8am and time for her to get up, it was time to open the curtains, to turn the heater was on, to give me a brush, go give me a pat, to stop talking on the phone, that I was tired, ready for dinner, dinner, DINNER, now, raining outside, dark outside, pull the curtains, pat time, snack time, bed time, pull up the covers, cover me up and let me out. You can tell I've been busy.