Sunday, 21 May 2017

Walking with Wednesday

I don't know if you know this, but I have a cat.

She is almost six years old and her name is Wednesday. She has long black and white fur and is quite a beautiful kitty if you ask me.

She is very sweet and while she is decidedly independent, she also loves her grown up people and gives us many cuddles. She sleeps on top of me at night and spends much of days trying to flee from the baby.

If you read this blog, you may know that a few years ago, we adopted a pug. After a great deal of back and forth, debate and guilt, we made the difficult decision to rehome her. She just wasn't getting enough attention and we were constantly getting irritated with her. The cat also hated the dog. We did not realise how much the dog had affected her until Puglseigh was gone.

We contacted a Pug rehoming charity and she went to a loving, pug crazy home to live with another pug. I miss her but she is better off.

My advice; research your breed and do not adopt anything in the throws of grief, Just saying.

While we had the dog, the cat made herself very scarce. We didn't realise why. We thought it was because of the new home we lived in or the baby. She was always outside and gone. We could go days without seeing her. It did not help that we lived on a block with neighbours that were notorious for feeding other people's cats.

Now that the cat has her space and her people back to herself, she is around us all the time. She occasionally lets the baby play with her, she is always around and ready for leftovers when the baby eats, and she is quite happy to go outside and lie in the garden or sit on the couch without fear of being harassed.

The one thing she does which is by far the cutest thing I have seen a cat do is come along for walks.
Every day, I take the baby out for a walk in her pram. It is not a fast walk, nor is it a long walk; just long enough for her to fall asleep. so on an easy day, it's literally to the end of my street and back again. On a bad day, it's an aimless ramble around the streets until she either goes down or I give up.

Recently, Wednesday has taken it upon herself to accompany us. she sometimes leads, sometimes follows. She sometimes walks on the pavement with us or along the low walls in front of the houses we pass. Occasionally she will duck into an alleyway or someone's front garden to see what's going on, but most of the time she is next to us, like a sleek little bodyguard. And when we get home she waits patiently by the door while I fish out the keys and open it.

Once we tried a new road; clearly not new to her and not her territory either because she just lay on the pavement and would go no further. I continued on, thinking she would join us, but when it became apparent that she would not, I turned around and as I reached her, she seemed to think "okay, mommy got the message" and got up as we walked back the way we had come.

Mr Cand I are currently in the study/playroom. Our desks are on opposite walls. The cat is fast asleep on the rug between us, looking very peaceful indeed.

I am glad she is happier and quite amused that she thinks the nap walk is fun to do. I suppose it is fun with her along.

I know this is a bit of a random post, but life is full of randomness and weirdness, so I thought I would document one of the ones in my life.

Good night


Sunday, 7 May 2017

My Infrequency is Ridiculous

Happy New Year!

I know. It's May, but better late than never, right?

Brexit is a thing and Trump is the US president.

I got my Permanent Residence but they got my name wrong.

It has been almost a whole year since my last post and I don't feel guilty about it.

I have been spending much of my time looking after my now 21-month-old baby girl who is growing and thriving and bringing me more joy than I ever expected.

We have moved to a new county and a new town, which I like so far. We are still getting to know the place and I have been walking quite a lot. The last house had a layout that was not very blogging friendly (my laptop was in my bedroom), now it is in the study/ playroom so Liora can play while I compute; so maybe there will be further blogging.

My daughter now sleeps in her own bed but still wakes up several times per night. She is still breastfed. She goes to a local children's centre for a stay-and-play session on Mondays and she has ballet on Fridays. I am hoping to find her a more interactive group to go to soon. (some of the kids at this children's centre are quite horrible). She walks and runs and talks and dances. She loves Youtube (she constantly takes my phone so she can watch it), movies, drawing and painting. She adores playing outside in the garden and picking flowers (apart). she enjoys socialising, meeting new people and going out and about. She is quite a little character and everybody loves her.

She knows colours and some shapes. She can count to 10 and navigate my mobile phone. She is a cutie and a sharp cookie who amazes me every day, even when she has tantrums, which started at about 18 months or so.

She has most of her teeth out but is currently going through some teething so she has been under the weather this past week; to the point that she has refused to eat anything solid for days. She turned a bit of a corner today and had a few bites, but I was told not to worry, so I won't.

Other things have changed too, including that my 26-year-old brother has come to live with us, which is interesting. Liora adores him, so that's a plus. He is s a bit of a lazy slob, which is less of a plus.

I am generally okay, but my health is not perfect right now. I have daily ear and headaches as well as vertigo, which is highly irritating. My back and kidneys have not been great either (pain), but other than that, I am just fine.

I have pretty much let myself go - I am currently at my heaviest and I have lost my skincare routine. I stopped for so long, many of my products had to be thrown away because they started getting that plasticine smell. Also, my nails are brittle and horrible and my skin is dry and wrinkly.

This post is all over the place as I wanted it to be a quick, general update.

If I manage to continue to blog, I will do more topic-specific / interesting updates.

That's it for now.

Bye.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Quick update

I am updating from my phone app, which is rather limited.

It is 3am. Today is the referendum. I am mildly afraid that the leave campaign will win. The world seems to harbour and overwhelming amount of fear and hate right now, and acting out is becoming more tolerated than it should be.

We will see what the day brings.

My gorgeous child is almost 10 months old and amazing in every way. I just finished writing an update, which was carried over from one I started writing ages ago. It did not update the date, so it will seem a bit odd. I may try to fix it when I get a second in the laptop.

Quick run down... Moved again - in March. Better house. Not done organising everything yet. Too easy to procrastinate. Applying for permanent residence. It is hard work. Had kidney stones removed yesterday. Pain level 6-8. Drugs help.
Still breastfeeding. It is awesome.

Daughter is the best thing in my life and I am head over heels in love with my super gorgeous brilliant bright amazing gift of a kid. She is the cutest child in this world.

That is all. Good night.