Tuesday, October 4, 2022
The sun was out for the day today, although it is still chilly. Mum didn't have to start work until midday and appreciated a sleep in. Then washing could be done in the morning and a leisurely brunch while watching her shows. I sat in the garden for a while, to soak up some rays.
She stopped off and got some groceries after work at 8pm, as might as well get an uber home while it's dark and her arms are full. Now she can come straight home after work on weds and thurs. The local supermarket used to be open until midnight, but now shuts at 10pm. A bit frustrating for the hospital staff where most of our shifts finish at 11pm. So mum now has to be a bit more organized.
So after a late supper and a chat with mum, I'm napping on the bed. Mum is watching a show and putting the groceries away. She's going to scrub her face, brush her teeth and comb her hair, then she's turning in ready to read her book for a while.
Monday, October 3, 2022
Today was a day of relaxation again. Mum had given herself a day off work to relax and remember her mum whose birthday was today. If the weather had been better mum was going to go out for lunch and buy some flowers, but the day was cold and drizzly again. She popped out for groceries and a library visit but was glad to come home, put the heater on and read her book.
We are due for a southerly spring storm mid week, which brings freezing overnight temperatures and possible snow. October is often like this a mix of summer beautiful days sandwiched between weeks of rain.
Mum can't wait for sandals and shorts weather.
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Saturday, October 1, 2022
Friday, September 30, 2022
Thursday, September 29, 2022
Mum was annoyed when she couldn't find her phone this morning, then when she could not find her rain jacket. On her way home she got annoyed that it was spitting and she was walking and came home damp, although it started pouring down 20 minutes later.
She then burnt her rice and over salted the butter chicken. For her supper she had a small chocolate pudding and now thinks she is going to have gallbladder pain.
Better luck tomorrow mum.
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Today was a quieter day for mums day off. A sleep in and then mum then went off for a wander to get some new library books. I took some naps in a variety of spots and then bam, the day was over and the evening was here. We are loving having the sunshine back, although more rain is forecast for us.
Monday, September 26, 2022
After days of drizzle and rain, and busy work we awoke to a slightly grey sky. It was a public holiday here as a Queens memorial day. Mum got 3x loads of washing on the line, hoovered and made lunch and then went out for a walk as the skies cleared.
So many people were out enjoying the sunshine, and mum did her usual harbour walk, listening to podcasts and enjoying the views as she wandered about. Treats at the supermarket on the way home too, some neenish tarts, strawberries and a new hazelnut chocolate to try after dinner.
Windows were opened and the evening breeze enjoyed early evening when mum heard some kids voices , and I came flying in through the cat door and hid under the bed. A little dog came running through our backyard and the kids were trying to get him. He was only here for a minute , but gave me a big fright, so mum spent the evening giving me cuddles and treats and I'm fine now.
She tried going out this evening to see Jupiter which is meant to be the closest to earth in 59 years, but their is a hazy cloud cover tonight which us a shame.
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Saturday, September 24, 2022
Friday, September 23, 2022
Mum had a steady evening shift and was glad to get home to me. She had a bit of a headache, but once home a bit more water and a couple of treats and she feels better.
She got up to a nice surprise this morning, I had left a little pooh in the shower. I did this overnight a month ago. Mum isn't sure why I have begun to do this, but she is grateful that i have chosen the shower rather than anywhere else. It was bathroom cleaning day anyway.
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
It was a long night watching the funeral last night, mum only headed to bed at 4am as it ended here in New Zealand. How amazing to watch it, a sight mum is sure she may never see again. She loved that the corgis and her horse Emma were included. Mum things how long a day it must have been for everyone, with little chance for even a quick break. A fitting farewell for the Queen.
Monday, September 19, 2022
Sunday, September 18, 2022
Mum got washing on the line, then met a bestie for brunch. She had a tasty beef, bacon and mushroom pie and a chocolate eclair- double pastry is always good. She walked off the carbs for a while, and stopped by the fabric store. She was almost tempted to buy some linen to make a skirt, but remembered that she hasn't used her sewing machine in 10 years, she gave her sewing machine away and she seldom wears skirts. So she walked away, and got herself a couple of treats.
Tonight after a tasty dinner, the washing is in and mum watched a show called Life After Life, that she recorded. It was so good, she would highly recommend. Based on a Kate Arkinson novel, it is the story of Ursula, who born in 1910 finds her life lived over and over again, each time with a different ending.
So off to bed now, mum has sn early start on Monday and needs to prepare for staying up for the Queens funeral, which we get to see on Monday night here.
Saturday, September 17, 2022
It's still cool in the evenings here, but the mornings are getting much lighter. Mum may not quite soring out if bed but the light snd burdsong make it much easier. Mum worked this evening , but finished early enough to get groceries and spend the late evening on the couch. Kiwifruit and a yoghurt for her supper and treats for mine.
Friday, September 16, 2022
Thursday, September 15, 2022
There are lots of photos of me sleeping, as this takes up most of my time now. I choose my comfy spot and curl up for the day. I did get up and greet mum when she got home this evening, ready for my dinner. I'm 16 in October and winding down, as all pensioners do.
Mum continues to watch the news. She did not expect that she would tear up about the Queen, but she finds it all terribly moving. She's planning to stay up and watch the funeral on Monday evening. She's planning her food and snacks, and might dust off a bit of vodka. She has a day off on Tuesday so can sleep in with me.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Monday, September 12, 2022
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Saturday, September 10, 2022
The day started of luscious and blue but within an hour of mums washing being out on the line, the clouds had gathered and started raining. Luckily mum grabbed it all in and piled it on the drying rack before it had soaked through.
Today was a day of pottering round at home, her night shift sleep patterns are returning to normal and I am assisting with her napping. She is enjoying her weekend off. Me too mum.
Friday, September 9, 2022
Thursday, September 8, 2022
We got asked a couple of questions in the past couple of days. In New Zealand it is early spring here. On Monday we had hail and sleet, with light snow on the hills and 1 deg C. By weds afternoon when mum took these pictures , it was a windy but warm 14 deg C, and a lovely walk was had in the sun. Mums trying go enjoy the sunshine, and get her butt moving for an hour or so on nice days.
I got asked about my arthritis injections. I have arthritis in my fight back leg and sometimes walk a bit slowly, but i am a senior 15 year old. I have been having cartrophin injections every two months for about 4 years (a small injection in the scruff of my neck). Mum is not quite convinced that they add much to my mobility, and is considering stopping them. She would like to reduce my vet visits and simplify my life.
Leanne, our William Morris Strawberry Thief quilt was bought from Bed, bath 'n'table. It is the coverlet and is thick and warm and I think still available. Mum also got pillowcases, and they have a duvet cover in it as well.
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
I got catnapped this morning to go to the vet. I have to have an arthritis injection every two months. I also got my vaccination and my least favorite, a temperature check and a bit of a tummy shave as I had a couple of mats on my tummy that I wouldn't let my mum brush out. Mum did refuse a blood test for me. She knows I have renal disease, and she is not going the aggressive route, so no unnecessary testing for me.
We had a cold night last night. When we went to bed it was hailing outside and the coldest night of our year. A southerly for us blows cild and storms up from the Antarctic, and it was a chilly morning. When we were waiting for our uber home it was sleeting, although by 3pm the clouds had gone it is another chilly evening.
Monday, September 5, 2022
Nightshift is over for this week and today was a lazy day where mum drifted in and out of bed. It didn't feel like spring, as s southerly storm arrived bringing cold and rain. Mum was a coward and avoided an afternoon walk and stayed inside instead.
She enjoyed the new spring flowers at the supermarket entrance. The bright pops of colour are welcome.