Sunday, February 24, 2013

A week of ups and downs.

It was one of those weeks here last week. Of course no one answered the ad for the kitten and even though it has settled down here really well (apart from a few toileting mishaps) it is going today. I was planning on taking it up to the vet to be re-housed but my youngest son and his girlfriend came home yesterday and he has decided to take him. He is hoping the kitten will grow up to be just like Fred but I can't really see how there could be another cat on this earth like Fred.
The other cats are starting to settle down a little. Major improvement was letting Bobbem outside to run and be free. He isn't so aggro anymore and gets on just a little better with the other cats. We were amazed when he started playing with the kitten a few days after it arrived as he really doesn't know how to socialise at all. 
Munchie has no fear or is a bit too fey to have any fear and has continued to push the boundaries where Bobbem is concerned. He really doesn't understand why she isn't scared. 
 My axolotl population went down to one this week. Wiggy died on Tuesday night, .Poor Marvin, the oldest of them all is still going although he looks so lonely. We worked out that he is now over 15 years old and that is about 5 years past the normal life span in captivity.
I am  a few days away from completing all my study. It is a nice feeling to get to the end of it and I am amazed that I managed to stick with a study plan for over a year. I would have been even less days away but a mishap while mowing lawns yesterday saw me spending an hour in out patients with a scratch on my right eye.  Because I got up there straight away and started antibiotic drops in my eye, it is feeling much better today. Oh and if your wondering how I manage to have lawns when we haven't had rain for was where the garden sprinklers hit the lawn and patches here and there. It is mainly a dust bowl. I wasn't planning on mowing but myy neighbour bought himself a new ride on mower and hasn't been able to use it so he rode it over here for me to mow the yard and give it a good run. 
 My next project, if I don't get a job in the meantime, is to start decluttering my house. I have decided that there is just too much stuff in the cupboards and sheds around here and that a lot of it just has to go. Do I sound strong and determined? Well that is how I want to be when I do it but any of you that knows me, know quite well what a hopeless hoarder or collector (you choose) I am.
So that is my week, largely dominated by the animals that live here both permanently and temporarily. Only a week to go and Nicky will be home. Cross fingers she will get a new flat very quickly and then my animal population will be drastically cut.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sunday visitor

Two and a half years ago I walked outside and found a sweet ginger kitten in my rose garden. He ended up staying with us and Fred has become a very important part of my furry family.

This morning I looked out my back door and found another ginger kitten crying to be let in. As soon as the door was open he was in and rubbing himself on my leg and wanting to be picked up. 

It has been an hour and he is now sleeping on my knee while I type this. 

At this point in time there are already 5 cats in my house. Two will be going back to their mother within a month but I still can't cope with another permanent resident. Soon I will get on the phone, visit the neighbours and if I don't find his home by tonight I will put an ad in the local paper. He is such an affectionate little thing and I am sure there is a family that is looking for him.
HE IS NOT STAYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

For the traveller.

When my daughter and her friend Sophie went to New Zealand I made them both a travel wallet to put all their bits and bobs in.

Now my wanderlust daughter  is nearing the end of her two months of travel around Malaysia and Cambodia with her friend Meg.

Meg just wondered if I could make her a travel wallet too because she thought that it was a very handy thing to  have, so today after I finished some mending I set to and made a travel wallet just for her.
Meg loves anything 50's themed but I didn't have any fabric with 50's pin up girls or poodles so I found the next best thing........original fabric from the 50's that was passed on to me a few years back and a couple of vintage buttons. . A splash of pink here and there just to break it up a little and it was done. Hope she likes it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Trying to go with the flow.........

The only thing I know with certainty  when I get up in the morning lately is that the sun will rise over that hill and set behind this hill.
Invariably plans I make for the next day or the next week get set aside because other things come along that need to be done first.
I made plans to knuckle down and finish my course, get studying over with and move on to new things but of course one phone call hit that little plan on the head.
So instead of studying I have been creating a cot quilt that needs to be finished next week, I have a bag of alterations and mending that was dropped in the other day and apparently football season is closer than I thought because soon there will be jumpers to have numbers attached.
I am beginning to think that I should maybe start each day with no plans that can be thwarted, to just take them as they come and hope that I can get something accomplished by the end of the day.
Being a list maker, a diary keeper, a write it on the calender so I don't forget and put it in the phone to make sure kind of person, it totally goes against the grain to not make plans and I am not sure that I would be able to manage and stay sane.
So I will just readjust all the little entries in all the places I put them and hope I can get back on track soon. Maybe I could just have a space saved on each day in the diary for things the world decides to throw at me?
Are you a list maker and diary keeper or do you just go with what fate decrees?