Friday, July 4, 2014

Today, I’m a Rantin’ Fool



“What the heck…?” I hear you thinking.  “Now what’s she whinging about?”

Well, in a nutshell, the since my last blog, a lot of things have happened.  Some are noteworthy, some aren’t.  But almost everything has had me shaking my head.

Take the new vacuum cleaner.  It looked okay in the shop, it looked innocent as I paced up and down eyeing it off while contemplating the other vacuum cleaners.  It looked fine.  So I bought it and duly carted it home.


Now let me tell you something.  Since when does a vacuum cleaner have more parts than the Starship Enterprise?  There were three different kinds of brushes, a flat thingy-um-a-bobby, a narrow doo-hickey, and something I still can’t figure out what it is.

But what really got up my nose?  Do you really want to know?  REALLY?  Well, you asked for it!

Since when does a vacuum cleaner have a container that freakin’ sorts out the dust from the dirt?  What vacuum cleaner does that, I ask you?  I kid you not, this freakin’ vacuum cleaner sorts the dirt from the fluff and puts it in two separate containers.  Maybe it thinks I want to know  how much dust vs. how much fluff I vacuum up?  Maybe it doesn’t like to mix it?  Maybe it thinks mixing dirt and fluff is tacky or something?  I don’t know!  But what makes me boil my brain until my rocker is ready to fly off, is that the freakin’ containers are tiny.  TINY!  To add insult to injury, I have to keep turning off the vacuum cleaner to empty these two dinky containers!  ARGH!!!!!

And then there’s this cooker thingy I saw on TV and everyone was gushing about.  I don’t know what it’s called, I don’t want to know.  I could care less.  You know why?  Because in my experience, the more it ‘supposedly’ does, the more work it is.  

  
Want a fancy machine to chop, dice, and shred?  Set the machine up, peel your veggies, you might even (horrors) have to cut the veggies or meat to size, then you put it in and press some buttons and hey boy!  It’s all done.  Then you can take it out, scrape the crap off the sides and now guess what?  Now you can spend three hours taking the useless thing apart and cleaning it, drying it and packing it away. 

By the time you’ve done that, I’ve got my cutting board, shredder, veggie peeler and knife out, and have peeled, cut, diced, shredded, cooked, cleaned up and have a fifty course meal on the table.  What, you think I’m exaggerating?  Let me explain a bit more.

There was this handy clear box thing with all these parts that slid in at the top where, apparently, you could cut, shred, dice, etc.  All kinds of veggies, too.  Want chips?  Just pop a whole spud in the top, press down lightly with your hand and presto!  Chips!  Want tomatoes diced?  Put it in the top, change the plate, press lightly down and presto!  Diced tomatoes.  This demonstration went on and on.

People, really.  REALLY?  Have you ever tried to pop a whole spud into anything and ‘lightly’ pressed something down by hand?  Any normal person would be white knuckled and sore-heeled just trying.  The tomatoes would squish all over the place and come on!  You have to change all those tops and then what?  WASH THEM ALL!!!!

Give me a veggie board, hand shredder, veggie peeler and knife and I’ll cut, chop, chip, dice and shred until your eyes bleed.



Don’t even get me started on the juicers with their fancy fifty parts to apparently make life easier.  What’s easier than a knife and a hand juicer you just twirl your half a lemon/orange on?  Ye gods, people!

And what is it with DVD players these days?  My DVD player tells me what to do, and if I try to hurry it up, it chucks a paddy.  I turn on the power, press the button, and it tells me to wait.  TELLS me to wait!  Then it thinks about life in general, mulls over the options.  While it deliberates, you can go have a shower, make a cuppa and then, if you’re lucky, it is ready to go.

My old DVD player - you just flicked the power button on, loaded up the disc and pressed play.  Instant picture!


This desktop I have, with the touch screen I don’t use (but Evie likes to nose and lean against so it does things to me.  I once found a program I didn't even know I had thanks to Evie and her nose touching screen trick), it drives me nuts.  My old computers - just press the on button and within no time it was there, like a faithful old dog, just waiting to obey you.  Do the new ones do that?  No!  No, this is what they do…and I’m speaking from freakin’ personal experience AGAIN.

The friggin’ computer thinks about it, ponders, slowly cranks up its million and one parts.  If you’re really lucky, it’ll decide an automatic update is due which takes days.  (You think I’m exaggerating, don’t you?  Have you met my desktop?)  It gives me this little round turning gizmo on the screen that tells me to WAIT.  Friggin’ waiting again!  By the time it finally comes on, I’ve gone to work and back, mopped the house, done a load of laundry and watered the pot plants.

I’m telling you, the more tech savvy everything gets, the more time consuming and frustrating it gets.  Forget road rage, tech rage is what I have.


Getting off technology (before I stroke out), let me tell you a short story about my few minutes in the car park the other day.  I think birds are out to get me, too.

I was going to the bank and saw this little bird (I think it might have been a baby mud lark), sitting under a car staring around.  It didn’t move as I went past it, so, of course, this rang alarm bells.  So, crouched over, arms forward, I started to try and catch this bird.  Ever done a kind of duck waddle, knees bent and arms outstretched, going round and round a freakin’ car?  I did this.  After it disappeared under a car where I couldn’t reach it, I gave up and went to the bank.  On the way back, there it was, standing at the back of a car staring around.  So what did I do?  You guessed it.  The duck walk again.  Stalking this feathered fiend from car to car.  It kept just out of arms reach.  To make it worse, it then decided to walk ACROSS the car park to the next one, and there I am, duck walking behind it, knees bent, big derriere sticking out behind me, arms outstretched, waddling along the car park into a new section.  Did I catch it after that humiliating experience?  No.  It disappeared under a car, and there was no way I could get it.  I had to finally concede defeat and give up.  I did, however notice that a lot of people were giving me strange looks and a wide berth.

Geez, what’s wrong with them?  Haven’t they seen a hefty sheila doing the duck walk after a baby bird?!





Monday, May 5, 2014

The New Cat Climber, Scratchy, Platform Thingies Caper



The furries are driving me nuts.  I know, the very thought of those sweet, innocent little furries driving anyone nuts is just incomprehensible, but it happens.  Every day.  All the time.

But before I tell you my tale of woe (expensive woe!),  there’s a little sad news.

Tori, our last Golden Oldie, passed away last week.  She was 18 yrs and 11 months old, so was quite the grand old lady.  We’ll miss her heaps, but I know we’ll see her again one day, and she’s at peace, happy in Heaven with her beloved mum, dad and sister.


It’s the end of an era, as she was the last little cat from back in the day when I used to breed Balinese and Siamese cats, and she was also the last cat in the household who knew my Dad.  So yes, a closing of another time.

Many thanks to Steve from Chapman Animal Hospital, and all the nurses, vets and reception staff.  They all do such a wonderful job.

But life goes on, as they say, and the remaining furries are out to drive me freakin’ nuts.

Evie’s little scratching post with the round thingy she likes to lie in, has become quite old.  Given to us by good friend Theresa when Evie was a sweet little baby (and we didn’t know any different…poor fools that we were), it has been her sleeping and playing toy for over 3 years, not to mention the other cats have loved to have a good scratch on it.  But time and wear and tear made it all wobbly and the rope start to come off, so I decided to buy a new one to go in the lounge, and another new one to go in the enclosure (off the veranda that the cats can run into and play or snooze if they want).

So I bought this really cool, ultra fluffy, tiger-print, whoopee-do big scratching and climbing post, which had a high shelf with an ultra fluffy top and a cool igloo on the other end. I put it in the lounge in front of the big window and stood back to survey it, suitably impressed, and called Mum in to have a look.

“Magnificent!” I cried.
“Gorgeous!” Mum echoed.
“Looks great!” I beamed.
“Absolutely lovely!” Mum gushed.

Evie took one look at it and went, “What the hell?”  And, as we watched with condescending smiles on our faces while she investigated it, waiting for the little darling to be as impressed as we, our hearts fell a little when she stalked out of the lounge, sulking with every step.

Assuring ourselves she just had to get used to it, it was new after all, I took the ratty old scratching post and round thingy out and put it on the back veranda.  There, not long after, I found Evie sitting beside it, little face sad.  Just her and her scratchy, she told me, looking even sadder.  Had it since she was a BABY, it was all HERS, and I had NO RIGHT to take it away, or, heaven forbid (I swear her bottom lip trembled…I know mine did), THROW IT AWAY!

Still trying to reassure ourselves that little Evie just needed a little time, we sat in the lounge that evening and watched her.

Evie stalked up to the new, ultra fluffy, high-shelved climbing cat thingy with the tiger print and jumped up to sniff disdainfully at the igloo before jumping onto the top fluffy shelf.  Then, as we smiled in relief, she proceeded to grab tufts of the fluffy stuff AND TRY TO YANK IT OUT!  I kid you not!  She was sitting there, freakin’ trying to yank out the fluff!!!!!!

Evie - Not Impressed!


That girl is going to be the death of me.

I had to eventually take the uber-cool igloo off and place it on the floor, whereby Fleur slept in it for several hours before getting bored with it and walking away, only to have Abby declare it was the Greatest Thing and squash her fat bum into it, lying down with her back legs stuck out the hole like a demented furry chicken.

I’m still not sure how she gets in there, but I know not everything fits at once.  Yesterday her tail was sticking out.  Something ALWAYS sticks out!

So I finally caved in, managed to fix the old scratcher and round thingy and placed it back in the lounge beside the endangered uber-cool, new cat play thing.  (See, I’m so emotional I can’t even settle on one word for the new cat equipment).

So Evie is happy, lying back in her old round thingy, hanging out the sides, fighting everyone, and then she does her gymnastics whereby she flings herself from one cat play equipment to the other, hanging upside down, hanging between the two, jumping up and down and basically being Evie.  Playing the fool.

Oh, wait, I was the one played for a fool.

But there’s more!

The new red cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy I bought to go out in the enclosure, I had placed in the backroom until Mum could help me get it in the enclosure.  Abby was delighted and spent two days and nights with her fat bum on the plush bottom platform, while Polly commandeered the top and informed me that it was the BEST PLACE EVER and she was GOING TO STAY HERE FOREVER!

Polly's new Best Place Ever!


She loved it so much she even deserted Evie’s basket, which she’d commandeered a few days earlier (to Evie’s disgust, but that’s another story).

Even Lacy loved it, swanning back on the platform like a graceful furry swan with a blue furry face.

So, after serious consultation with each other, Mum and I decided that the new red cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy could stay in the backroom and I’d just have to save up and get ANOTHER cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy for the enclosure.

Not long after, I scored a bargain at the pet store.  A lovely new creamy-coloured cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy that I got half price because it was missing one part, and not even an important part!

So I got it home and placed it on the back veranda to put out in the enclosure when the rain stopped.  Before I knew it, Polly was firmly ensconced in the top platform, assuring me happily that this was the BEST PLACE EVER and she was GOING TO STAY HERE FOREVER!

Polly's other Best Place Ever!

I kind of staggered back.  But wasn’t the new red cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy the BEST PLACE EVER?  No, Polly said firmly, THIS was the BEST PLACE EVER!

Then Evie proceeded to rub the salt right into the wound by playing madly on it whenever Polly got off, because this one was SO MUCH BETTER!  And she LOVED it!!!!

I reeled back into the house, rather shocked, which is quite a stupid emotion for me when around the cats because, really, I’ve lived with them for years and you’d think I’d be used to it by now.

So Mum and I consulted and we agreed that it would go into the enclosure when the cats were tired of it.

Within two days, Polly was once again in the back room, fat bum ensconced in the red cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy, informing me she’d changed her mind and THIS was DEFINITELY the BEST PLACE EVER!  The only time she wasn’t going to sit in it was when she was annoying Evie by sitting in Evie’s basket instead, but most times, she said while batting her eyelashes at me, the red cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy was the BEST PLACE EVER.

Like Polly, I was getting quite emotional, but I’m pretty sure our emotions were actually at opposite ends of the scale.  Polly was ecstatic, and I was, well…what can I say?

No sooner did I think it was safe to take the creamy coloured cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy out to the enclosure, than Evie jumped all over it, looking coy (and damned naughty) and played merrily with the balls on it.  For twenty minutes.  And she keeps doing it.

Evie - playplayplay!

So now I don’t know what to freakin’ do.  New cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy in the backroom (there’s an older one there already),  new cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy in the lounge (beside the ratty old one with the rope unwinding), new cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy out on the back veranda which we have to bring in every time it rains, and out in the enclosure - NO  cat climber, scratchy, platform thingy.

So this means one day I have to get another, or try to sneak the cream coloured one out to the enclosure when Evie is asleep…which means I get the doleful looks and the lost expression and the YOU TOOK MY CAT CLIMBER, SCRATCHY, PLATFORM THINGY and I LOVED IT!

I can’t think about this anymore, I need another Diet Coke…


Monday, March 3, 2014

Long Time Coming…But The Cats Still Rule!



So, this blog entry has been a long time coming.  Things have been happening, including the passing of one of our Golden Oldies, DT, who reached the grand old age of 20 yrs before she passed away.  Thanks to Steve from Chapman Animal Hospital for being there for us when it happened, and thanks to everyone at the vet hospital for being there for us during this time.  We have wonderful, fond memories of our little old lady, and she is missed, but I know we’ll meet her again one day, and meanwhile she is running free in Heaven, with her Mum & Dad & sister and all those other furries that went home before her.




Meanwhile, life goes on, does it not?  We’re still laughing, still moving forward….still trying to survive the antics of the furry horde that rule our home.

Evie…oh geez…Evie Evie Evie.  So I’ve been fighting with Evie (I know, what a shock).  The latest thing is this sitting on the FREAKIN' FISH TANKS!  Okay, Evie might only have a lean little a**e, but the lids are made of plastic and NOT meant to be sat on.  She knows this.  I’ve told her a HUNDRED TIMES NOT TO SIT ON THE FISH TANK LIDS!  Does she listen?

Seriously?  You’re actually waiting to hear?  You really don’t know?    Oh, you do know…I can see the smirk on your faces now….

So, this is the typical scenario…

Me: (spotting Evie sitting/lying on fish tank):  Evie, get off.
Evie:  What?
Me: Get off the fish tanks.
Evie: What?
Me: Get OFF the fish tanks!
Evie: What?
Me: Get off THE FISH TANKS!
Evie: What?
Me: I SAID GET OFF THE FISH TANKS!
Evie: What?
Me: GET OFF THE FREAKIN’ FISH TANKS!
Evie: What?

Evie on the FREAKIN' FISH TANK!!!


So I try to push her off.
So she slaps back at me.

Me: Stop that!
Evie: You pushed me!
Me: I told you to get off the fish tanks!
Evie: What?

So by now my blood pressure is starting to spike.

Me: Get off the fish tanks RIGHT NOW!
Evie: What?
Me: Get off. Get OFF GET OFF GET OFF!
Evie: What?

Just when I think my head will explode, she decides to get off, stretch leisurely and look around.

Evie: By the way…did you know the lids are sagging in the middle?

Is it any wonder black dots are dancing before my eyes?  



So you think this would be the worse, but no, not only does this happen at any time, it also happens at fish feeding time.  I try to do it while Evil Evie is asleep, but somehow she knows…she just knows.  I open the lid, quietly take out a couple of light flakes, drop them silently into the water, ease back, but before I can draw a sigh of relief -

 VRROOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMM!  SCRRREEEEEEEECHHHHHHH!

Evie: Whoo hooooo!!!!  I’m here!  Feedin’ the fish, huh?  Wow!

Now she’s all goggle-eyed and her paw is dangling in the water…through the plastic bit she broke off the fish tank lid awhile ago.

It’s a wonder I’m not living on Valium with this cat in the house.

So, Evie aside, Polly has acquired a new place to sleep.  Remember how she has fads on where to sleep?  For awhile there, she started to sleep on the backroom floor, right between the laundry door, the backroom door, and right in front of one of the litter trays.  This ensured that-

1.  Lily, Lacy and Evie would not use that particular litter tray
2.  Polly could see whichever cat was coming in and out of both doors, and could alternately ignore them or give them the evil eye, depending on:
                        a) her mood
                        b) her relationship with said cat
3.  Her Grandma (aka Sucker) and Aunty Ang (aka Dumb A**e) had to step over her…all the time…every time…

Best Spot Ever! She assured me.



So we kind of got used to stepping over and around her, but then she decided to change spots and found a new Best Spot Ever.

The new Best Spot Ever is under my bed, right at the edge, behind the frill that hangs down from the mattress to the floor.  Here she can-

1.  Lurk for unsuspecting Lily, Evie or Lacy to come under and get the living crap scared out of them.
2.  Hide from her medicine.
3.  Pretend she doesn’t hear us when we’re calling her, because after all, she’s in a dim, dark cave well away from civilization, just as a fat, black sabre-tooth tiger would be.
4.  She can come running out looking all indignant when Dumb A**e sweeps/mops under the bed and hits her by accident.
5.  It’s just a really cool place to hang out - Best Spot Ever!

I’m not sure how long this Best Spot Ever is going to last, but we’ll see.  I’m wondering what places she could possibly have left…

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Evie, Growing Older, Book Covers, Summer Heat and…Merry Christmas!



So, as usual lately, this blog entry has been a long time happening.   Why, you may ask?  You may ask all you like.  Here is what I can remember… (Memory not being what it used to be).

EVIE - no, this entry isn’t all about Evie, this time it isn’t her fault.  I know, what a shock, right???

Anyway, Evie…she won Pet of the Month (Oct) at Chapman Animal Hospital.  Their theme was Halloween, and they were looking for pets with anything to do with possession, spooks, etc.  So I had this photo of Evie which I entered.  It’s the one in the previous blog where she’s half hanging out of her scratchy post and her eyes are glowing.  Really, it was the perfect photo for possession, because her eyes are glowing and really, generally, she does everything but have her head spin on her shoulders.  Right?  So I entered that pic and she won!  So proud of the evil little toad!!!  LOL


So the next thing to happen to me was a shock (no, not Evie!  Geez!  Has she got a reputation or what?!  <g>).  This time, a worker came to check our roof and give us some quotes, and I’m looking at him.  He’s got this cute boy-next-door look which I like, and I’m thinking, “Wow, you’re a bit of all right.  Yeah, you’re really cute”, and I’m smiling at him and not really listening to what he’s saying because, you know, he’s cute and all and I have my priorities straight, and then it hits me as I look at his YOUNG face.

Oh my God, I’m old enough to be his mother.  I’m freakin’ OLD ENOUGH TO BE HIS MOTHER!  ME!  Oh my God, when did THAT happen?  When did I grow old enough to be this cute BOY’S MOTHER?????   Now I wasn’t only shocked, I felt like a PERV.  OMG!  I was in shock!  I smiled, listened to what he was saying through the ringing in my ears, wondered if his smile was now one of pity for the old stick who’d been ogling him (I wasn’t even wearing my glasses), and managed to stay upright until he left.


Then I dragged my creaking bones through the doorway and fortified myself with a Diet Coke.  Or two.  Or three.  Who’s counting, anyway?  I was totally shattered.  When had I grown old enough to be a grown man’s mother?

I don’t even have kids!  It’s not fair!  *kick*kick*kick*  You’d think if it was going to hit me in the face like that, that I’d have at least suffered through having kids, right?  Kind of prepared me, right?  *kick*tantrum*kick*  No!!!!!!  I had to come to terms with it by myself!

Myself, right?  You know why?  Because my mother laughed when I told her!  Yes, laughed!  Oh, the agony of it all!  No support there, I can tell you!  Even my friends laughed!  Not to mention my work mates!  No support!!!!

So, anyway…*sigh*

So, on the bright side (you know, one of my OLD age has to do that…look at the bright side while it’s still there, apparently…), I got my rights to my Heart & Soul science fiction romance books back, re-edited them, got some snazzy new covers and have self-pubbed them.  I learned how to do my own covers thanks to Joleene Naylor’s ebook “How to Get a Cheap Book Covers, available at Smashwords , and had a great time creating them.  If you want a peek at the new covers, just click here.  I really like them.  The photos are from istock and Dreamstime. 

The hardest thing about doing my own covers, was trying to find photos that reflected the heroine and the storyline, while trying to maintain the description of the heroine.  Not easy to find exactly what you think, but I love the results of what I did find.

 
Mind you, I burned the candle at both ends as well as the midnight oil doing them.  Once I start something, I go like the clappers until it’s finished, and I wanted these books uploaded and available ASAP.  So I slaved away after work and into the night, going to bed at midnight, reading to 1am, then getting up early to either continue the covers and formatting if I was on a day off, or to go to work if it was a work day.  All I can say is it’s a good thing I wasn’t going by air, as the bags under my eyes were so big the airport would have charged triple for the extra luggage.

Maybe if I wasn’t so OLD it wouldn’t have happened!  I would have been fine!  But apparently being OLD ENOUGH to be a young bloke’s mother MAKES ME TIRE EASIER THAN I USED TO!  YES!  That’s right!  *kick*kick*kick*  I don’t bounce back like I used to!!!  *kick*whine*tantrum*

So anyway…anywaaaaaaaaaaaaay…

So work has been busy, home has been busy, and Evie must be maturing, as she’s only been in Time Out about twice a week lately, which is a record for her.  Mind you, just the other day I said to Mum, “I think the baby is maturing’, and within half an hour Mum was going crook at her and putting her in the Sin Bin (aka bathroom, aka Time Out) with Evie yelling right back.  Really, back- answering?  I think we’ll withhold the maturity card a little longer!

I drove down to the video shop today to return some DVDs, and it’s hot, right?  December, nearly Christmas, and freakin’ hot.  Supposed to be 40C today (104F), and I’m driving in my air-conditioned little Ute, and I see these cyclists speeding along the road, and I’m thinking….’Okay, it’s hot, but they’re creating a breeze…even though some of them are red in the face and look like they’re going to have a stroke any second’…and then, on the way back, I notice a lot of people walking and jogging in the sun along the beach front.

Now look, I agree with a little exercise.  A nice walk (jog if you want, bike, run, etc), but seriously?  In the sun, in the heat…YOU’RE FREAKIN’ WALKING AND JOGGING?  Really?  See, this doesn’t compute to me.  The hot sun comes out, I head for the shade, a cool drink, and a relax with a good book (or this here computer!).  Toasting myself to a crisp in the sun, overheating, my heart burning as much as my skin…man, so not for me.  When I go for a walk, the sun is warm, not hot enough to fry eggs on the footpath. 


Maybe it’s just me.  Obviously the truly dedicated (or nutty, let’s go there), have a different opinion.  That’s fine.  Rock on.  Walk, jog, sweat, burn, get heat stroke.  I drove home, parked the car in the car port, went inside, turned on the fan, shut the door, got out a cold Diet Coke, cracked the tab, and now I’m sitting here in the cool.  Happy as a little piggie in mud.

Which, you know, on a hot day, isn’t such a bad thing…

Also, before I stop whining - I mean sharing my OLD ENOUGH TO BE HIS MOTHER experience - I want to wish you all a  very MERRY CHRISTMAS.  Be safe, be happy, and remember the true reason for this wonderful season.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!!




Friday, October 25, 2013

Evie 'Boss Cocky', Evie's Vaccination & Polly's New Spot



So first things first, an update on Evie, aka Eve of Destruction.  Remember my last blog, all about Evie lording it over Freya, my friend’s cat?  Well, wonders of wonders, they turned into good friends!  I kid you not!  Feeling sorry for Freya, I let her out again and kept watch, and Evie followed her and Freya eye-balled her, and because Freya wouldn’t back down, they became good friends and were often found playing and chasing each other.

Then Freya went home.

Thinking that maybe Evie was turning over a new leaf (I am SUCH a fool), when Bella, my brother’s cat, came to stay while they were away, I thought that surely now Evie would nice.  I mean, she was okay with Freya in the end, right?  And they were good friends, right?  And Bella is such a sweet cat, right?

See, there’s the thing.  Bella is sweet, Bella isn’t confrontational, Bella can be a little shy….place this kind of temperament in front of Evie, and what have you got?  A keg waiting to explode.  Which Evie almost did.

I AM BOSS COCKY! *strut*strut*strut* in front of the room door.  IT’S ALL MINE!  EVERYTHING IN THE FRONT ROOM IS MINE!  THE CHAIR, THE DESK, THE BOXES OF PHOTOS, THE CUPBOARDS - ALL MINE!  ALL EVIE’S!  *strut*strut*strut* I AM BOSS COCKY!


Bella was happy to be friends, but when she backed off after Evie strutted into the room, Evie saw the shyness, the sweetness, the retreat - and it was on!  She was going to stalk Bella until she drove her mad, was going to hound her and jump on her when she least expected it, arch her back and look menacing and watch in glee as Bella shrunk away and hid on top of the cupboard, while Evie watched her from below with a maniacal gleam in her eyes.

So there went the theory that Evie might accept visiting cats.  You’d think I’d know by now, but I have this eternal hope and…geez.

So Lacey decided that here was a cat who was actually scared of her, too, and she was going to boss her around and torment her if Bella dared to show her face outside her room!  Tail bushed, eyes huge, whiskers quivering in threat, Lacey will sit in front of the security screen and stare at Bella, totally unnerving Bella, who watches her nervously from the safety of the desk - at the other end of the room.

So the only way I can let Bella out of the front room for a change of scenery, I have to lock Evie and Lacey up in different rooms (putting those two together would be a disaster, I’m not THAT stupid).  Only then can Bella venture forth and walk around.

Theo, as usual, couldn’t give a flying fig, he just walks right past her, hoovers up her biscuits and gets in the armchair for a snooze.  The other cats are pretty much ‘don’t come near me, and I’ll ignore you, and all is right with the world’.

So when people come and Evie disappears, they all think what a sweet, shy little thing she must be.

One of our vets, Sarah, and one of the vet nurses, Shayna, came out to vaccinate the furry horde.  It didn’t go too badly.  Big eyes, a bit of scrambling from a couple, and lots of hair flying around ‘cause the furries are all losing their winter coat (I’m sure I’m going to hack a fur ball any day now, there’s so much hair around). 
 
But I kept the best - or worst - to last.  Can you guess who?  Come on, give it a try! 
Evie!  I know, you’re shocked!


"It's all a lie.  Everyone picks on me!"

So, having a bit of forethought, I cunningly left Evie until last.  Mostly because I had this feeling that if we tried to drag her out in front of STRANGERS, one of three things would happen:

1. None of us would survive the episode to vaccinate the rest.
2. Evie would totally unnerve all the other cats and it’d be a disaster for all concerned.
3.  We'd all be too shattered to continue.
So when all the furries were done, I went to Mum’s room…and Mum and I had to hunt her down, unable to find her, but there was this tiny little nose peeking out from behind Mum’s pillow.
Awwwwww…I hear you all sigh, and I can just imagine your smile.  BUT wait a minute….

So I get hold of her, and I position her in front of me, her back to my front because I just knew something bad would happen when she saw Sarah and Shayna, and I didn’t want Evie’s claws in my skin.

With every steps I took down the passage (and it’s a small passage), Evie grew stiffer and stiffer, and then we came out into the little dining room, Evie took one look at the vet and vet nurse, and…EXPLODED!

People, it was like trying to hold a feral cat.  Front paws, back paws, tail, head - everything tried to go in every which direction at once.  Whiskers bristled, head flung back, back legs attempting to find purchase on my arms, body wriggling like a belly dancer gone wild, and it was on.

I managed to get her onto the kitchen bench and tried to pin her down.  I couldn’t get a grip on her scruff, she’s a willowy cat and there really isn’t any spare skin to grab, and I was trying to hold her down, pin her down, hand on her back to PUSH her *&%@! down, and she was going in all directions at once.

I couldn’t see her face but I think her eyeballs were rolling wildly around in her head.

I know mine were.

Nobody could get a grip on Evie.  She exploded out of my hold and off the kitchen bench, leaving everyone gaping and a pile of torti and white hair in the air and over the bench.
It was an experience.  I don’t think it’s one Sarah and Shayna want to repeat.  Mum and I, unfortunately, don’t have a choice.  Evie lives with us…there are a lot more explosions waiting in the future.

Needless to say, she eventually got her vaccination, but it wasn’t without a fight.  That cat does nothing the easy way.

So Polly.  Last time I blogged, her Best Spot Ever was on Mum’s bed, and preferably in Evie’s spot and on Evie’s blankie (another sure-fire way to get an explosion from Evie).  But Polly’s New Best Spot Ever is on the dining room chairs.



It’d be okay if she stayed on one chair, but every time you lift your bum, she shifts to your chair.  You go to sit back down and there’s these two bright, yellow eyes staring up at you from a furry little black face.  So you sit in the chair vacated by her, and she shifts when you get up again.

‘Best Spot Ever’ she assures me, squidging her eyes shut and purring.  “Gonna Stay Here Forever.’
So far, she’s still playing musical chairs, trying to decide which chair is best (usually the one you’ve just vacated).  We’ve pretty much figured out not to ruffle her too much or try to shift her, because she then gets on the table and sits on whatever you’re reading, staring at you out of those big, gold eyes, or head butts you and makes you spill whatever drink you had just raised to your mouth.

It was quite hilarious watching Mum and Polly one night.  No sooner had Mum pushed Polly onto a chair and off the table so Mum could wash the table before she served up tea, than Polly popped up on another chair and up onto the table, and Mum pushed her down, and up Polly popped from the chair on the other side and up onto the table, and…it kept going.

As you can imagine, Mum was getting annoyed, Polly was getting annoyed, and I was laughing, so then Polly and I were both in trouble with Mum.  But seriously, it was funny!  Mum and Polly, both so determined to win!

So anyway, as you can see, life is as normal at our little house!