Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy 2014

Happy New Year to all of our lovely blogger and real life friends. Hope this one is good for everyone. Both cats are curled up cosily, Magic at my feet and Red sprawled across a chair. I am sitting cosily too and my gammy knee is very slowly improving, I hope. I'm still walking like a punch drunk sailor but seem to be lurching around slightly less. Thanks to everyone who sent me good wishes for my recovery too.

May you all be blessed with health, happiness and love, as well as enough money to see you through.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Merry Christmas to All

I just wanted to come by and wish all of my fellow cat bloggers a very lovely warm furry Christmas. I have not been posting so much on this blog because I've been at home more and due to the change in the weather the cats have been mainly to be found curled up in a sleeping position rather than doing much of interest. Since I had my surgery last week I have been recovering and sleeping quite a bit too just like my fluffy friends. So I am going to do a little catch up post.

I hadn't planned to put up the tree this year but last night I just felt in the mood so I have managed to put up the pop up tree with a length of copper piping thoughtfully left by the previous owners and a wad of kitchen roll. They left me loads of odd but great stuff like spare paint sample match pots in case I need to touch up the walls, light bulbs with dire warnings about not mixing them up as apparently it blows some transformer which is expensive, tiles and a couple of special house blessings.

Amazingly the tree is still standing and hasn't been mugged but its been up less than 24hrs so there is time yet. I don't know where the other decorations are (probably in the spare room of despair) so I'm making a fairy angel for the top. Well, its either that, of one of the cats will have to stand in as a tree topper!
While I've been recovering the two of them have been taking very good care of me and have been very careful around my knee. Note the big bandaged knee under the fleecy.
Watching over me even from across the room instead of just sleeping
Giving purr-y massages the morning after surgery
and applying heat therapy
Magic has become a seriously hefty puss who is struggling with her arthritic back legs and sounds like she has an obstructed airway when she sleeps all curled up now and her 'kilt' / belly is nearly on the carpet. However, as both cats are 'grazers' I couldn't work out how to feed them separately.
Once again Red is licking the jelly and Magic is eating the meat so he is like a racing snake and she is a two handed lift who cannot even jump onto the radiator bed. Inspiration struck and I'm now feeding Red on top of the tall chest of drawers and Magic on the floor - result! Or at least it was till Magic worked out how to get onto the bed, bedside cabinet, window ledge, small chest of drawers, bag on top of second small unit then up to the big chest of drawers to shove Red and nick his bedtime sweeties after she'd scoffed her own! On the plus side this is probably because she has lost some weight and certainly she is moving better but once she is up there she'd break every bone if she leapt from that height.

The whole sweeties performance is a bit of a con but I never have to round them up at night as they sit waiting for the treats as soon as I go to brush my teeth. Magic gets her Seraquin tablet and a couple of plain Whiskas crunchies and Red just gets a pile of the plain Whiskas crunchies. On high days and holidays they get Dreamies, webbox sticks or lick-e-lix depending on who likes what but Magic's will be mini rationed for a while yet. She's also getting little sympathy from me as I need to lose some weight too, so sad faces don't work on me. I have a long way to go but Magic will be there in a few more weeks - lucky girl!

I received a beautiful bunch of Get Well/Christmas flowers yesterday which were unexpected and even more special for that. Red has taken full charge of these, including perforating the crunchy acetate wrap, but then they are very much 'his' colour.

Finally, this is not something I expected to see but this morning after I limped my way to the sofa both decided to join me and there was not even a flicker of a fight at such proximity. Obviously they are pretending the other is not there naturally but it was very comforting to have both beside me. Even stranger was that the heating was on and there were cosier nooks to go and rest.
So we three would just love to wish all the lovely bloggers and fur friends who have been a brilliant part of our year a very lovely Christmas filled with love, happiness and kitty kisses.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Crossing into adulthood

Over this last year I've seen a marked change in Red. He has been more solicitous, more involved and actually looked slightly concerned when things were not as they should be. He's always been a very caring little cat and doesn't even mind if you cry into his fur coat, if need be, but he always seemed more perplexed than anything when something happened to alter the routine or stress levels. He is better now at giving me direct eye contact too which he always avoided it before. He was very sweet and tootsie as a kitten,
cheeky as an adolescent
and has now transitioned into a very handsome grown up cat, in my opinion anyway.
He's no longer my 'young man' but all 'growed' up. Good to see him mature and I look forward to a long life with him but it is sad to see his younger stage go.  

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Would the real 'Cat' stand up

I was waiting in a chemist's today for a prescription and I was reminded of my old cat who is long gone but never forgotten and her prescriptions. She was called 'Cat' which is very unoriginal. Unfortunately, by the time I decided on a suitable name the poor soul would only answer to 'cat' or 'baby', and so it remained. Depending on who asked we sometimes just said she was named after Audrey Hepburn's Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's to make us sound less hopeless as new cat owners.

Cat had epilepsy and was prescribed a fifth of a 15mg tablet of phenobarbitone. These tablets were miniscule and we had to use a craft knife to get a fragment which resembled a fifth. Every so often she ended up with too many 'big fifths' and became utterly zonked and we had to cut back to small fragments so she would round again over the next few days. It was pretty hellish but it worked for her as she never had another fit and was some nine years later able to be weaned off.

A new vet took over the neurology practice and instead of him stocking and dispensing the drug himself, he arranged that a local chemist's would dispense against a private prescription. So far so good. Every few months I'd drive over to a local town pick up the prescription and go to the designated chemist shop.

Now although this was all agreed, the counter staff seemed to lose concentration between me handing it in, after explaining it was a vet prescription, and then calling me when it was ready. The first couple of times it was an oversight and I would smilingly correct them before taking the drugs and we all laughed. However, it kept happening, and never once in all the years did they fail to stand at the counter and bawl into the shop "Prescription for Cat RedSetter!" and I would be forced to stalk up to the counter with gritted teeth and correct them with polite "No. Its a vet prescription FOR the Cat. I'm Ms RedSetter, I'm the owner".

So today when I stood up and walked forward for my own prescription I had to supress a smile as I remembered having to answer to my alter-ego of Cat RedSetter!

Sunday, 1 December 2013

When to put the Christmas tree up?

This is a dilemma for two reasons. One, I need to find the poles for the inside of the pop-up tree I bought a couple of years ago as I don't know exactly where they are in this house. Last year we didn't put the tree up at all as when it came to it the hassle was more effort than it was worth and it would only need dismantling again, and two, the timing of the tree going up is crucial. Red thinks Christmas trees are just the absolute best, like winning the lottery with shiny baubles on. This means the tree generally needs a minder.

We did have a great pre-lit tree when Red was a kitten and young cat and it spent the entire time doing the salsa which was most disconcerting as he scaled up the tree and concealed himself in the branches. Please excuse the poor quality pics, they are old ones AND most were 'action' shots! Also, the tree was definitely not dressed as badly as this initially but we grew weary of having to replace the decorations and tinsel.

 This one with the tinsel tail is my favourite
 "Eh..? Was that me you were shouting on......nah, couldn't be...!"


Two years ago I bought a pop-up tree for the ease of putting it up and down as, although I love Christmas, with work and care commitments I wanted an easy solution. This one was also very slim and I reckoned if I placed it correctly it might be less tempting...pah! It lasted exactly 17 hours, and this was only because the resident ginger tree mugger was in the bedroom overnight for most of that time. I'd wedged it between the radiator and the TV unit thinking this might save it unfortunately, Red climbed up inside it and used it as a hide for poking Magic as she lay on the radiator bed.

The tail might match the carpet but we can still see you...!
 Innocent? Maybe not.

 Poor Magic got no peace whatsoever......
 ...till she moved
 Giving him the stink eye
 However, it was really hard to tell him off...I mean how can you look at that sweet trusting face and say bad things about him..?
 This however, was a point of great relief when we could all stand down from our posts when he finally tired himself out.

So, although I want the tree up asap to bring sparkly Christmas cheer to the house for the first time since moving here, and could easily get a replacement pole/frame for the pop up tree if I can't find the original, my reservations remain about the fluffy tree assassin.

Thursday, 28 November 2013


We want to wish all our US cousins a lovely peaceful Thanksgiving holiday with lots of lovely food, family and happiness. x

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Hands across the ocean

A little opportunistic snap from last night as I was catching up on all the lovely blogs. I was all snuggled up in a fleecy blanket and Red was lying cuddled up beside me on the sofa having the occasional belly rub. As I was reading Glogirly's Blog he started reaching out to Waffles onscreen and I even got a snap of him doing it. Not the greatest shot ever but funny all the same!

Monday, 25 November 2013

Cheeky Squirrel

The little squirrel is back. He's the cheeky little blighter who has been trying to get in my neighbour's house for the past few weeks. He sits on top of her handrail peering in and waiting till the door is opened. Each day he thinks his luck might be in. Here he is with his other great entertainment of annoying Magic who sits on guard.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

The Worm Turned

Red lolling about on the rug in the sitting area in the dining room. I found this rug in Manchester on one of my forays and love it for the perfect teal colour. I'm less sure about the odd worm on it that looks like a naked shell-less Brian the Snail from the Magic Roundabout. It is looks very sad at one end now as Red has been using it as a scratch mat and I'm surprised it is not threadbare. 

However, what Red is up to is beyond me thought the last one looks the most incriminating.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Floofy washing

What do you tell the cat when he has jumped on the clothes airer and is liberally shedding belly fluff over your lovely clean laundry but he jumps off when you tell him to.

Do you say "bad boy" even though he did what you asked or, "good boy" which might encourage him back on to the clothes airer as he shouldn't have been up there in the first place?

My response was "Good boy! No, actually you aren't. You're a bad boy!... Aww hell, why am I bothering, you don't listen to a word I say about my washing anyway...!

Monday, 18 November 2013

Reaction to Monday

Seriously....? It's Monday ALREADY....!
 I am not up for this at all, I think I need a lie down till Friday rolls back around...

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Chilled out Sunday

My sweet girl settling down beside me for a chilled out Sunday afternoon. Time to break out the crochet methinks, or even to join her in a little snoozle......


Saturday, 16 November 2013


Just looking at this picture I was struck by all the happy things in it.
  • My fluffy boy-cat, always drapes himself over whatever it is that interests me
  • A box of shiny, sparkly seed beads so full of possibility (and a cat head!)
  • My dining table so generously gifted by my friend Eva and delivered and put together by her husband while we nattered and made breakfast last year
  • A very tall glass of Cherry Pepsi Max, my guilty pleasure
  • My box of Swarovski crystals (behind Red's hip) which just mesmerise me
  • One of my favourite tall 'Glencoe' style coffee mugs from Dunoon Potteries and an IKEA tumbler
  • Pretty patterned scissors - anyone who knows me knows about my 'pretty scissor fetish'
  • Mondriaan style hankie box in the background which is a pattern I love and have an online tutorial for making a canvas or a rag rug which may get made someday 
  • Sunlight diffusing through the beautiful dragonfly voiles - I didn't realise I had bought these many years before for the other house but never used them. When I moved I found these and Odette and I measured them, Anita managed to unpick the seams and re-sew to fit absolutely perfectly and Odette and I argued confusedly for ages when hanging them as we couldn't work out which way up they were to go. Just for accuracy she was right they are dragonflies and not skinny wonky butterflies as I thought.
  • Time - this cant be seen here but, as I have my beads out, a very relaxed cat rolling about waiting to be petted, coffee and pepsi to hand then it is an odds on bet I had a little time to be creative and reflective and at peace
Sometimes pictures capture so much more of your life than what you think you are recording.
This is a cross post with my other blog http://gonebeading.blogspot.co.uk/ as this picture just seems to bring both together and I couldn't decide which one it belonged on.
Have a great weekend everyone.

Friday, 15 November 2013

Roll on the weekend

Magic just getting some zzzz's in preparation for a chilled out weekend on her current favourite beanbag.
Warm spot chosen on top of the sofa - check! Nice soft squidgy beanbag to rest the old bones - check! Nose, paws and tail all tucked in cosily - check! One ear left out as an early warning in case the Red devil creeps up to annoy me and to check the room temp - check! All good for a full snore sleep ahead......!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Modelled by Red

This snap was for his adoring 'auntie'. Normally Red doesn't pose when you want him to but in honour of her birthday he decided to allow me to wrap her snuggly cosy hand-knitted scarf around him for a happy birthday snap. It only lasted a few seconds but that was just enough.
 His 'help' was less successful when he decided to plonk himself on it while I was still trying to knit it....!
But once it was made, he modelled it beautifully.