Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Good gravy, it’s the New Year already! One minute I was looking ahead to two weeks holiday, and now I’m looking back after two weeks holiday and three weeks work. Time goes fast, but hey, Evie never changes!
I have this toy white tiger that sits on the small library in my bedroom. Almost every night Evie wanders into my room while I’m reading in bed, jumps up onto the library and kills the tiger. She tries to shove it under herself (who knows why, it’s about the same size as her) and then knocks it onto the floor, where she proceeds to pounce on it, wrestle it and kick the living hell out of it. I’m actually surprised that it’s still in one piece. One thing for that tiger, it’s got darned good stitching. Not one piece of its fluffy innards has yet escaped.
You’d think this was just an attention-grabber on Evie’s part (like she doesn’t get enough attention as it is) and you’d be right, because she also does this if Mum is standing in the doorway talking to me. Evie wanders past, spots her beloved Granny wasting time talking to Dumb Arse when she could be paying attention to Evie, and so she comes in to claim the attention.
Now, it’s not an immediate assault on the tiger. No. First Evie has to go through several motions.
1. Sit at Granny’s feet and look cute.
2. If no attention paid immediately to her, then look up at Granny and meow like a little orphan.
3. If still no attention, it escalates to one of several things:
a) Run up Granny’s back (a sure-fire attention grabber but with some consequences).
b) Run up Granny’s back and use her as a spring board to get onto the wardrobe.
c) Jump onto the dressing table and up onto the library and look at Granny, who is Right There.
d) Proceed to grab white tiger and beat the living crap out of it.
Now, see, there are still several things that could happen depending on Evie’s plan of action. If-
a) works, Granny might yell in pain at the claws, or if no claws involved, Granny will bend over and hobble out with Evie riding triumphantly on her back.
b) Granny and Dumb Arse will cringe as Evie lands on the wardrobe and then watch as she prances behind the glass container holding the little Franklin Mint cat statues I got years ago.
c) Granny and Dumb Arse will laugh and say isn’t she a fierce little kitty for beating the living crap out of the white tiger?
So you’d think she’d go for the white tiger every time, but no, you see, it depends on what havoc is on Evie’s mind. Does she:
a) go with the yelling and hobbling?
b) go with the cringing and beady-eyed looks?
c) go for the admiring and loving looks?
The actions of a), b) & c) will depend on whether she wants the reactions of a), b) or c).
These things can’t be rushed, you know. A kitty bent on getting attention has to think things through and decide what attention she’s wanting. In the end, as long as she gets the attention, it really doesn’t matter. But the entertainment value has to be considered. Does she go for:
a) Shock entertainment
b) Evil entertainment
c) Sweet entertainment.
Lucky for Eve of Destruction, it’s usually no. c) with a sprinkling of a) and b). And it got sweeter last night when she managed to get the tiger into the passage and Mum walked past, picked it up and carried it back into my room with Evie on her hind legs hopping along with her paws up trying to grab it off Mum. Awww, cue the cuddles and kisses that action got!
However, when she is wandering through the house at 5 past 5 in the morning, doing her Evie thing, it’s not so entertaining for me, especially when she decides that an hour before the alarm goes off she’s going to play with a huge grasshopper over and around the pedestal fan stand. I woke up to the sound of scurrying, slithering, and paws hitting the stand. So I got up, staggered out, and low and behold, there was Evie eyeballing a huge grasshopper.
The grasshopper had four legs, with number five lying on the ground beside the fan and number six leg completely AWOL. The grasshopper was actually in pretty good shape, so I managed to fend off The Big Hunter with one hand and grab the ‘hopper with the other, unlock the back door and stagger out onto the back veranda. Now, with Evie following behind protesting that it was HER grasshopper and I was a NASTY person and a THIEF to boot, I shoved the grasshopper out to freedom through the trellis. Or tried to. Do you know how strong those damned things are? It had hold of the trellis with two legs. There I was, trying to push it through to safety and freedom, and there the ‘hopper was, hanging on with grim intent. I was worried I’d push it through minus another two legs, so I had to haul the damned thing back in (much to Evie’s delight) and then shove it quickly through while it was still trying to decide what to hang onto. Mission accomplished! (much to Evie’s dismay) The grasshopper was off to freedom.
Evie couldn’t believe it was gone. She had her face pressed to the trellis trying to spot it, then turned to me and looked up with huge eyes because I had STOLEN her ‘hopper and let it go.
“I’m sorry,” I said. “I just can’t bare it - you scuffling away an hour before I have to get up for work and that poor ‘hopper losing its legs, dignity and then life. Plus you’ll probably get the squirts if you eat it.”
Tail drooping, she wandered back into Granny’s room and jumped on the bed, settling on her little blankie beside Granny’s pillow and giving me sad looks.
She has a way of making you feel bad.
But The Big Hunter wasn’t finished. The next evening I heard her scuffling in the back room. I went out to find her crouched down peering under the old sofa. Figuring out she had something trapped and hoping to goodness it wasn’t a snake, I got down on all fours and peered under with her. Thank God no one saw us, Evie with her little bum in the air peering under the sofa, me with my big bum in the air beside her peering under the sofa. Anyway, I couldn’t see anything, but as I went back inside, I noticed something. Ah-ha! I now knew what she’d been after. Squirming on the floor was a tiny lizard tail. She’d been after a lizard that had gotten in and it had dropped its tail and escaped. Smart move. I went inside and told Mum what had happened, joked that Evie would eat the tail, Mum ordered me back out to get it before Evie did, so I wandered out and - oops. Evie was crouched down, smacking her lips and looking thoughtful, and the tail -well, the tail was gone.
I told Mum, and reminded her that the lizard-eater would be lying beside her pillow that night wanting a smooch before sleep. I thought it was funny - Mum not so much.
So Eve of Destruction is currently lying on the desk near the computer having a snooze, her little paw reaching out now and again as she innocently (yeah, right) stretches and touches the screen, making things vanish and appear. However, Mum and I agree, life without Evie would be too quiet!!
Funny how you can be such a sucker for a naughty cat!
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
So, it’s almost Christmas again. Time has shot by faster than I can think - which isn’t a big stretch, true, but it’s the truth.
This is going to be a bit of a rambling post to cover a few things that have been happening.
Evie is now 5 yrs old. According to my pet age chart, she should be around 35 people yrs. I want to refute that and say what a load of baloney! That cat is NOT 35 human yrs. She has the mentality of about (in human years) a 2 yr old during tantrum time, a 5 yr old during the ‘Yeah, but…’ time, and a petulant teenager when trying to get her to do something she doesn’t want to do. She’s downright naughty one minute, trying to pick a fight with me the next, and then curls up on Mum’s lap looking like butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth minutes later. That cat has no respect and taunts me - often. She’s just lucky I love the little turd to pieces! Below is proof of the way she taunts me when I’m on the computer trying to make her behave (and I should know better than to even try…)
Now I’m no tech whiz, so some things kind of pass me by in the tech world, but this I do know - my website was buggered. I couldn’t update it, couldn’t upload it, couldn’t do a freakin’ thing with it. I moseyed over to the (what I now know is the host, but didn’t have a clue about a couple of weeks ago) and found that the emails I had been getting informing me of selling out/take over/whatever had happened, and even better, the smooth change with no ill-effects was…well, it wasn’t, right? So, I did what the emails had told me - signed up a new account with the new company, and I thought all was good. Then I updated my website and went to upload it, and no, apparently it wasn’t all good. Because it said my password had expired. Sp I thought I’d renewed my password and got confused between the domain and the host and everything else. By the time I finally sorted it out, it still wouldn’t work. I emailed for help (no reply), so finally, in utter desperation, I went looking for a new host.
Now this is where I have to say ‘Thank You God for You Tube tutorials!’ If it wasn’t for all those tutorials I watched, I’d still be clueless (my usual state) but through them I learned about hosting, websites, etc. So I signed up with a new host, and my website is now with a new host, and I learned how to use Word Press and now have a nifty new site (which I hope, if you decide to visit it, you’ll like). It’s REALLY pretty! Took me a few weeks between work and life to get it up and going, but its there!!!
My old newsletter was through Yahoo Groups, which was fine, but after doing some research (and here I have to also thank all those people who get my newsletter and answered my questions), I decided to change to Mail Chimp, simply because with the Yahoo Group newsletter, people actually had to sign up to an account with Yahoo Groups, whereas with Mail Chimp it is easy for people to subscribe to the newsletter and they don’t have to have an account.
Of course I now have to learn how to do a newsletter through Mail Chimp, so January’s newsletter is going to be…er…fun. ;-)
So this morning I got up, washed my hair, brushed it (I can hear the collective gasps of horror from hairdressers now, but you know…I’ve brushed my wet hair for years and haven’t gone bald yet, so…) and swept the floor, then started mopping it. By now I was getting hot, and as I really don’t like my hair hanging loose anyway (I’ll get into that in a minute), I bundled it up in a clip and kept going.
At 11:15am I was in the car on the way to the chiropractor, along with a list of things to do in town (because, you know, it’s what I like to do on my day off…not) and I was halfway there when I realised I HADN’T DONE MY HAIR! It was still up in the hair clip, never having been properly brushed and redone neatly. Did I go home? Did I gasp in horror and hide my face? Hell no! I swore, sighed, shrugged and forged onwards. I figured messy-hair-up-do was the in-thing right now, so I blended in nicely! Right? Right! I did my chores and the world didn’t collapse around me! I didn’t get any admiring looks for being with the in thing, either, but no one pointed at me and laughed, so - WIN!
Now About the Hair
I was in my car at the stop light with my new, fancy, messy up-do, and I spotted this bloke walking across the road. I watched his shiny, below-the-shoulder length hair blowing in the wind, tossing back from his face, and couldn’t help but admire it, but also, alas, I also had a bit of envy.
Okay, I had a
LOT of envy.
You see, my hair isn’t like that. If I let it blow in the wind, it isn’t graceful and flirty, it just tosses back and knots, and ends up looking like I had dreadlocks put in. Seriously. My hair is so fine it hangs lankly. I even gave up on my fringe because it was so fine and pathetic, I expected someone to send me a sympathy card every time I went out in public with it. So I grew it out. My hair is so fine that even if I have it in a ponytail, it goes into rats’ tails in no time. No pretty little ponytail that bobs around, looking all shiny and perky. Nope. My ponytail starts fine, but within an hour it’s gone its own way, divided itself into about six different rats tails, and droops. Sad. I leave my hair hanging loose and don’t go into the wind, and it looks so nice. For about ten minutes. Then sure as God made green apples, you see the strands of hair look at each other, then the war starts and its divide and conquer time - rats’ tails everywhere! It never stays in a neat, shiny, sweet little fall of hair. I look like I have a boutique for rats’ tails on my head in case rats and mice decide they’d like to trade their old tails in for one of mine. Very sad.
There’s also the fact that I hate my hair hanging in my face or on my neck, especially when it’s hot. So my hair is always up in a clip or, when I’m home and no one can see the rat tails, I ponytail it.
On the bright side, I do have hair!
New Book Out
I have a new release this month. 'Second Chance is book 6 in the Gully's fall series. Whoo hoo! You can check it out on my website if you're interested www.angelaverdenius.com
I have a new release this month. 'Second Chance is book 6 in the Gully's fall series. Whoo hoo! You can check it out on my website if you're interested www.angelaverdenius.com
I’ve noticed that while shops are breaking out the Christmas decorations, not many have the Christmas music going. Where’s Christmas? What happened to it? It’s a Western custom, a time many of us look forward to, and for many of us, it has religious meaning. I miss the Christmas carols, the air of Christmas cheer, the excitement of what is coming. I mean, it’s Christmas!
As I said to Mum, it’s up to us to continue Christmas, which we can do by putting up a few decorations in our house (as we do every year), and wishing everyone we meet a Merry Christmas, and remembering, for us, what Christmas is all about.
Then today, I went into the Chapman Way Arcade, and as I entered, I saw - a Nativity scene! I can’t describe how that felt. A Nativity scene! And it was beautiful - behind glass, statues - amazing! I studied it and then walked on with a smile on my face (didn’t care who saw me!).
And then I walked into Woolworths, and low and behold - Christmas decorations such as was appearing elsewhere but also - Christmas music! A soft, gentle piping, not loud or aggressive, but filling the background so beautifully. I commented upon it to one couple and they beamed at me and said, “Isn’t it wonderful?!”
So no matter what happens, people, Christmas is around us!
So saying, I wish you all a Merry Christmas. May the peace and blessings of the season be with you and yours.
If you’re spending Christmas alone, know someone, somewhere, is thinking of you (you might not know it, but its true).
And for those with furries of all shapes, sizes and ‘makes’, remember to ensure safety and care for them while you’re away on holidays, and have fun with them while you’re home. Christmas is for us all!
Tuesday, September 8, 2015
Unbelievable. Mum and I are in a fight with certain elements around and in the house. Not to mention that Evie is NOT impressed.
Let’s take this one fight at a time.
Fight 1 - Mum & Polly
So Mum and Polly are fighting. I tell you, it’s not pretty (but it IS funny). So you’re wondering what on earth my mother, who is placid and easy-going, is doing fighting with Polly, who pretty much minds her own business as long as no one GETS in her business.
Basically, Polly has decided that the current Best Spot Ever is right on top of Mum’s jewellery box on the dressing table. This results in knocking off the alarm clock and whatever else happens to be on the dressing table at the time as she heaves her fat bum onto the dressing table, plops it down on the jewellery box and dares anyone stupid enough to try, to get her off.
Along comes Mum and all Hell breaks loose.
Mum: “What the - why are you on there?”
Mum: “I’ve told you a million times you’re not to go on there!”
Polly: “What’s your point?”
Mum: “Get off!”
Polly: “Don’t you touch me!”
Mum: *grunts as she tries to lift Polly off*
Mum: ^%#! She’s knocked the alarm clock off now!”
Angela: “Maybe that’s because you knocked it off while trying to get her off?”
Mum: “Shut up!”
Note to everyone - this is what happens when you’re dumb enough to try and offer comments that are, apparently, extremely unhelpful in this situation.
It continues -
Polly: “Let me go! HELP!”
Angela: “Why don’t you just leave her-?”
Mum: “She’s not staying there!”
Polly: “Yes I freakin’ am!”
Mum: “No you’re not. Get off!”
Angela: “She’ll only get back up there.”
Mum: “No she won’t.”
Polly: “Yes I freakin’ will! It’s the Best Spot Ever!”
Mum: *finally manages to dislodge Polly and plops her onto the chair beside the dressing table* “Now you can sit there.”
Polly’s eyes are huge, black and not friendly. “You really think so, huh?”
Angela: “You really think she’ll stay there?”
Mum: “She will.” Points at Polly. “You don’t go up on my dressing table knocking stuff off. Now stay.”
Angela: “She’s not a dog. No way is she going to-”
Mum: “She will if she knows what’s good for her.”
No sooner does Mum walk away than I peek through the doorway and yep, Polly has her a**e on the jewellery box again.
This has been going on for nearly a week now. I think Polly has won. Here’s proof which I got it just yesterday while Mum was working at the school crossing.
"Best Spot Ever, so there!"
Fight 2 - Evie and the Visitors
So we’ve had a busy time lately with visiting kitties coming to stay with us. There’s sweet little old Renee (who is 20yrs old), Skitty and Jeffrey (come as a pair) and Freya (a wide-eyed pure tortoiseshell). They’ve all been coming and going, sometimes overlapping.
Now we all know Evie has to be Boss Cocky. Struts her stuff and all that. She literally walks the walk and talks the talk. So any cats visiting get her full attention.
Now, if cats come for a long period (say several weeks), we usually start to integrate them into the household after about3 days, so they can run with ours, but if they’re only here for a few days or less than a week, I don’t worry about going through the whole introductions. Besides, Evie always makes that a little hairy (no pun intend).
So Renee, unfortunately, cannot mix with ours, because old or not, she’ll try to rip their faces off. Probably fall a***e over t*t while she does it because she’s so frail, but nevertheless I don’t want her having a heart attack while trying to knock another cat’s whiskers off on our watch.
Skitty and Jeffrey were only here for about five days, so no point tempting fate (especially Evie) by trying the introduction thing.
But Freya was here for several weeks, so it was a case of introduction time.
Now, when cats are shut in the front room with just the screen door between them and the others, Evie struts past them, plays in front of the door, presses her nose to it and stares in at them (especially when they’re using the litter tray, because unnerving them when they’re trying to do their business is such fun), and basically parades past showing them that SHE is Boss Cocky, SHE has the run of the place, it’s HER house and everything in it belongs to HER. She really enjoys this.
So let’s come back to Freya. Freya is a happy, bright-eyed tortoiseshell, only about a couple of years old from memory (and my memory is in serious question, but I’m pretty confident I’m right on this), and she is ultra affectionate.
So along comes the day when we let Freya out. The rest of the cats look at her and go “yeah, whatever” and go back to sleep. Polly just warns her not to get near the jewellery box or dressing table - “My place, you, my Best Spot Ever!” - and then comes Evie.
Evie, Evie, Evie. Her ears perk up, her whiskers bristled, her whole little body starts to quiver with excitement because there’s fresh meat to torment! She follows Freya as Freya prances around. Covertly, Evie slides from one piece of furniture to another, peers around the edges, pokes her head over the tops, sidles around the corners, the whole time keeping her prey in sight.
Freya, totally oblivious, dances around checking out everything, her eyes big and bright. (She really is a happy little cat).
Evie finally decides to reveal herself. TAH-DAH!!! “Cringe before me, you lowly peasant!”
Freya: “OMG! Someone to play with!” And proceeds to prance towards Evie.
This freaks out Evie. WTHell…? This thing isn’t afraid of her? Something wrong here, people. Evie snaps upright, her ears go back, her eyes go wide.
Freya happily trots forward. “Hi! How are you? Wow! Play with me! Wooooow!”
Evie, totally freaked out because this thing doesn’t recognize Her Majesty, backs up and disappears.
She spends the rest of the time that Freya is here either:
a) Hiding and peeking out at her
b) Sulking on Granny’s bed
c) Strutting in front of the screen door at night when Freya is put back in there to sleep.
Yep, night time is when Evie struts her stuff. “Going to bed with MY Granny,” she informs Freya, strutting past the door while Freya watches wide-eyed. “Going to MY bed with MY Granny,” Evie adds, strutting back the other way. “Only I sleep on MY Granny’s bed, ‘cause I’m Boss Cocky and everything!” this she delivers as she slides herself along the door. Then she proceeds to look up at Granny, all sweet and coy, casts Freya another triumphant glance as she watches, and trots after Granny, hopping into bed on HER little blankie in HER special spot on HER Granny’s bed, lays her little head in Granny’s hand and goes to sleep.
STILL BOSS COCKY!!!
"I don't get it - how did Freya not know I am Boss Cocky?"
Fight 3 - Ang & the Ants
Those b****y ants will be the death of me. War has been declared between us. I walked out the back yard, saw fifty thousand ant nests that had sprung up overnight through the paving, and nearly had a heart attack. WTHell…? I was surprised the paving didn’t just collapse under my feet, I have these visions of all these ant tunnels under the paving and house, slowing eroding away our foundations.
This called for tough measures.
I commandeered the container of baby powder and proceeded to liberally dowse the ant nests. Did I feel bad, did I feel guilty? Hell no!
I went out the front and holy cow - more ant nests! What the hell? Had every ant in town come to live at hour place? Freakin’ ants! So I bombarded them with baby powder, the whole front veranda looked like it had been snowing.
It gets better. Out in the front yard on the other side of the Frangipani tree, a whole city of ant nests! So I hit them with the baby powder. Now it looked like it’d been snowing all over the veranda AND the front yard.
Feeling very pleased with myself (just call me ‘Terminator Ang’) I went back inside.
Two days later those freakin’ things were thumbing their noses at me. Right beside their powder-bomb-blasted nests, they’d built more nests.
Yes, some people might say you have to admire them. My Mum said that - I mean, can you believe it? While I’m staring at them in horror, Mum comes along and says in an admiring voice (I kid you not), “You have to admire those little buggers. Nothing keeps them down for long.”
Another blasting of baby powder everywhere, back, front yard, you name it.
Two days later, those tenacious little buggers are back in force. If I look closely enough, I can see camouflage jackets and teeny-tiny helmets on their heads.
War, buddies? You want war? You got war! On my way home yesterday, I picked up three containers of ant sand. I’m bringing in the big guns. No more Miss Nice Chick. Those ants are gonna die!
So there you have it, the 3 fights. Evie’s fight is over, because Freya has gone home. Mum’s fight with Polly is on-going, and as for my fight? This afternoon I plan war on those b****y ants!
"I can't believe I live with this mob of yobbos!"
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Intellectual? I Think Not!
Trying to be a good little Vegemite, I decided to subscribe to a writer’s magazine to help keep my fingers on the pulse of the writing job in general in Australia. It arrived the other day and I was quite excited. In fact, I felt quite righteous and very professional. I opened up the magazine and started to read the first article. After having a brain spasm, I flicked to the next article. I got a cramp in the left side of the brain. Next article, the cramp had spread to the right side. By the time I got to the last article my eyes were glazed over and I was jerking in my chair. Little spasms of, well, horror really. Why? Because the realisation dawned on me that I just wasn’t intellectual enough to read some of these articles. Only one could I understand, the rest was written by, I’m sure, a Professor of the highest degree in the best University in Australia. And I mean the WHOLE of Australia.
The wording, the ideas, the whole thing - well, I can’t actually recall it all, to be truthful, because the whole thing whizzed right over my head. Or it went in my eyes and fell out my ears, because I am living proof that all but one of those articles actually stayed in my head. And I mean ONE article I understood and retained. The rest just fell right out of my head, just *bloop* and there it all was, lying on the floor. It glided right past my brain and fell to the floor.
I am empowered, however. I am not beaten! My intellect doesn’t set that high a bar and I am out and proud to admit it! I’ve pulled up my big girl panties, my plus-sized undies, and powered ahead. I tossed that magazine aside and it will never see the light of day again and I am happy. I will just toddle along, doing my thing and reading articles that are a little more to my intellect. (Not that other articles are low intelligence, but there are articles out there that I can actually understand).
I know, some of you might be sucking in your breath in horror and telling me not to put myself down. I’m not. I’m just being honest and happy to be so! Face it, I still find fart jokes hilarious, toilet humour is right up my alley, and a dirty joke will always get a snigger from me (and a repeat to anyone who will listen that won’t complain that I’m SO rude and take offence.). That’s just the way I am!
And Other Things
Speaking of rude things, I once mentioned that my computer thesaurus was coy. Words relating to genitalia or amorous feelings (you know - SEXY!!!!) are unknown on my computer thesaurus. So I often go to my old handy thesaurus that is falling apart (I kid you not, the pages are yellow, too). It has all the best words. So I decided, as I watched another page waft to the floor when I picked it up, that it was time to buy a new thesaurus. I had a look on-line to see what was available, and as so often happens when I’m looking at books, I got a little carried away and decided I needed a new Thesaurus, a new dictionary, and hey! Let’s go the whole hog and grab a thesaurus/dictionary combined. Soooo excited (and yes, had that feeling of being very righteous and professional again. Funny that). The books arrived, I tore off the wrappings and checked the contents, ready to be inspired, to find new words that haven’t been flogged to death in romances to describe genitalia and emotions/feelings and touchy bits, and what happens? Ye gods! The new thesaurus and dictionaries are coy as well! I kid you not! My old, decrepit, loose-paged, yellowed-pages thesaurus still has more words describing what I want (to write, that is - really, I think I’m not the only one with her mind in the gutter). Unbelievable! In this day and age when romances aren’t just bodice rippers but can be pants rippers too (zips, buttons, everything flying), when romances get erotic and whips start flying to, when reading an erotic story can involve some things that go way past my comfort level at times, when TV shows have people popping in and out of each others beds like they have a built-in pogo stick, when even some statues you buy can have you shoving it into a plain brown paper bag before you’re game to walk out of the shop - and the thesaurus and dictionary are COY? C’mon people, give me a break!!!!!
Looks like it’s me and my trusty old thesaurus. The new ones are still sitting on the shelf, barely touched. Meanwhile, my old thesaurus falls open automatically at certain pages. It’s why I never tell Mum to look something up in it when she wants to know something. I give her the new thesaurus or dictionary. Heh heh.
And Rounding It All Off With Evie
So Evie has a new habit. I know - shocking! But this is it.
Evie has always slept with her beloved Granny (my Mum). She has her little blankie up between Mum’s pillow and the wall. She goes to sleep with her head in Granny’s hand. When it’s cold, she crawls under the covers and cuddles up to Granny’s chest. Granny is all hers.
If anyone dares to come on the bed - LOOK OUT. Just LOOK OUT! The little fire cracker goes gonzo and hunts them off. The other night she chased Theo out of the bed and down the passage. Man, he only has to sit on her and she’ll disappear, he’s so big in comparison to her. But size doesn’t matter to Evie, she’ll take anyone on who dares to pinch her spot. Yes, PINCH HER BLANKIE! She saw Lily asleep on her blankie one evening and I thought her eyes were going to pop clean out of her head. The absolute horror and disbelief on her face was a sight to see. I solved that by picking up Lily and taking her to my bed. I’m sure she did it deliberately, because she had her head hanging down watching Evie the whole way, and her tail was flicking.
Anyway, I’ve waffled off the path (as usual). Now, Evie seems determined to have Granny to herself every night all night. As soon as Mum turns off the light, I lie there reading and waiting, Sure enough, about ten minutes after I hear Mum’s bedroom door creak shut slowly. Like really slowly. Ccccccrrrrrrreeeeeeeeaaaaaaaakkkkkkkkkkkk. It bounces off the door frame a little. Next comes Mum’s voice.
“Evie, do you have to?”
Yes, apparently Evie does have to shut the door EVERY NIGHT! Mum has to get up and prop the door open so Evie can’t shut it, then she carts Evie back to bed, and for the next couple of minutes you can hear Mum and Evie have this conversation, with Mum talking and Evie squeaking back, until they finally both settle.
Really, it’s like the night isn’t complete now until we go through this new behaviour!
So life is as usual - working two jobs (day job and writing), the furries, and oh yes! I see some of my fav TV series are coming out on DVD finally. We don’t get Foxtel so I always have to wait for the DVD releases (I don’t do piracy. Hate it!) A new zombie series is coming out this month ‘Z Nation’ - can’t wait! And I was cruising You Tube looking for the latest horror movie trailers and stumbled on a trailer for Hemlock Grove which I’d never heard of but looks happily spooky. And (be still my beating heart) The Walking Dead season 5 is coming out Sept! My hands are all sweaty just thinking about all these DVDs to be released and falling into my hot, sweaty little hands. I have 2 weeks holiday in the Sept/Oct holidays, 2 weeks to just read and write - I’m gonna have a zombie marathon - back to back people munchers, here I come!!! The light is at the end of the tunnel!!!
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Man oh man, a few things have happened since my last entry. Two of them involve the cats (big surprise), and one involved me and a suspect travel pill, which I now refer to as The Great Pill Debacle.
Before you all suck in your breaths in horror at the pill bit, I’ll tell you all that it wasn’t an illegal pill! So let’s just get that little tid-bit out of the way first.
PLANES & CHUNDERING
So, last weekend I went to the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Canberra. It was totally awesome!!!!! Met writers, readers, and a host of wonderful volunteers who had the convention up and running so wonderfully. Thank you all!
So, before I talk about The Great Pill Debacle, let’s all start with my fear of flying - mainly that the freakin’ plane will fall out of the sky. My second biggest thing is that I get travel sick - plane, car, bus, doesn’t matter. The only travel I can do without barfing is if I’m driving (and I can’t, you know, drive the plane or bus), so I prefer to drive. Unfortunately, driving the plane was out of the question (BTW, did you know romance author Helene Young pilots a plane?? I knew Susan Grant did, but this makes 2 female authors piloting planes for their ‘day job’. How cool is that?)
Anyway, I forgot to pack travel pills, so I was, understandably, basically crapping my daks that I’d chunder during the flight. But no, all went well from Geraldton to Perth to Melbourne. Then along came the final leg of the journey to Canberra. I’m sitting at the BACK of the friggin’ plane (can you believe it? THE BACK?) and this lovely lady is sitting beside me. I’m going okay - you know, eyes closed, telling myself to breath, it was nearly all over. Then this lovely lady starts to chat to me, and crikey moses, it was Allie Sinclair, fellow author and ARRC attendee! So we chatted and marvelled at the coincidence…and then we hit turbulence.
OMG, I thought my stomach was going to erupt out my mouth. I could feel the heaving of both my gut and the plane, and I’m pretty sure I left my finger marks in the arm-rests of the seat.
I’m not sure what Allie thought - one minute I’m chatting away, the next I’m going rather quiet. This was actually due to me having my lips clamped shut (some workmates would think that was a miracle on its own). I’m positive I went either grey or green - not too sure which - but Allie was just too polite to point that out.
Obviously my Guardian Angel was on my side (or scared I’d chunder over him), because we made it to the tarmac without me hurling over everyone in the plane. I know, you think that’s an exaggeration, but have you ever heard of projectile vomiting? Just think me in the back of a plane plus turbulence and you’ll get the idea.
Allie apparently didn’t take offence at my sudden silence (if you’re reading this Allie, please know I wasn’t suddenly being a stuck up cow, I was just trying not to christen you with digestive juices!! I know, it’s actually rather noble of me…) and we shared a taxi to the hotel.
So this all sounds great. It WAS great. Then I had a taxi driver that thought using his mobile phone one-handed while operating the steering wheel with the other hand was a good idea. I don’t know about his brake systems, but my feet put a hole through his floorboards as I was doing some braking of my own.
To be fair, the other taxi drivers were great - both hands on the wheel at all times!
The weekend was totally awesome, as I said. I also had the presence of mind to buy some travel sick pills from the chemist before heading back in the wide blue yonder. And this leads to:
The Great Pill Debacle
I read the instructions while sitting at the airport - take 30 minutes before boarding the plane. 30 minutes? Are you kidding me? I have to pee before I board the pane, as I hate using the toilets there (besides, everyone watches you go to the loo door and they KNOW what you’re going to do!), so I decide to take two tablets an hour and a half before the plane takes off. This way I have plenty of time to empty the old bladder at least three times. Man, I am like a dog with a fire hydrant and it’s all my mother’s fault (I tell her this). When we were little, every time we found a toilet she made us go in case there were no other toilets around. Now every time I spot a loo, I have to go. Even if it is 2 drops. Because I’m telling you, if you don’t do those two drops it will be Niagara Falls by the time you sit in the plane and fasten your seat belt. Trust me.
So I take the two pills and kick back to read (I’m a couple of hours early). After awhile I notice that I’m getting really tired. Like, I’m getting REALLY tired. My eyes start to cross and I swear, my right eyelid was almost shut, the left halfway there.
I’m thinking - WTHell? I can hardly keep my eyes open. I drag my eyelids up, peer groggily around, and notice that the floor is starting to lift just a little. A sudden brainwave slugs through my head and I pull the box out, squint tiredly at it and - holy crap! It states ‘THIS TABLET MAY CAUSE DROWSINESS’. You THINK? You freakin’ THINK? It’s not MAY, it HAS! No wonder I can hardly stay awake - I’ve doped myself!!!!!!
If this wasn’t bad enough I suddenly realise how thirsty I am. My mouth is dry, my tongue is stuck to the roof of my mouth, and I want to drink the river. But I don’t dare to drink too much, because then I’ll need to pee and I refuse to pee on the plane!
So I decide that the best thing to do would be to get up and walk - walk to the loo, walk around. Good plan. God knows how I managed it. I got up, wheeled across the corridor, tried to walk a straight line, and had my head cocked on one side because the freakin’ floor was on an angle. I kid you not, I couldn’t see straight! Staggered down the corridor, wheeled into the toilet block, fell into a cubicle and flopped onto a seat. I don’t know how I managed to stay awake, but I dragged the wet wipes from my bag and scrubbed my face, trying to refresh myself.
Did it work? Seriously? For me? SERIOUSLY?
So I wavered my way back out of the loo (remembering to take a tinkle beforehand), washed my hands, wheeled out of the toilet block and staggered back to my chair. I’m lucky I didn’t fall a**e over t*t as I negotiated the heaving floor.
So, eyeballs practically hanging out of my head, bags under my eyes so big they almost sat on the floor beside my carry-on luggage, and tongue as dry as the Sahara Desert, I waited for the freakin’ flight to be called.
Two cops walked past, and hey, I’m all about a man in uniform. Normally the idea of a pat down to search me for illicit goods would have been fodder for my books (and fuel for my imagination), but right then I thought if they tried, I’d fall at their feet and start snoring and that, folks, would not have been cool. Needless to say, they didn’t notice me sitting in the chair, eyelids drooping, tongue lolling out… As soon as I got on that damned plane, I buckled the seatbelt and shut my eyes. Oh, thank God!!!!! SNOOZEFEST!!!!!
Coincidences being coincidences, at the Perth airport, ready to take the last leg home, I met my boss and the theatre manager also waiting for the plane. Thank God I was recovered by then, because I’m not sure what they would have thought of me staggering around, tongue hanging out, gasping for water and complaining about the upheaval of the floor. And further coincidence, the lady sitting beside me was a midwife from the other hospital in my town!!!! So we had a good gab fest on the way home.
Now these both happened before I left home for Canberra (of course).
Evie. I’m typing away, happily writing the next million dollar bestseller (yeah, right!), and she’s snoozing on the desk in front of me. I glance up and had a WTHell! moment. My screen was sideways. SIDEWAYS! It wasn’t freakin’ sideways minutes ago, but it is now! I have to turn my head sideways to try and read ANYTHING. The whole desktop IS FREAKIN’ SIDEWAYS!
Evie just looks at me, stretches, bats her eyelashes and goes back to sleep.
I’m panicking. OMG, I have to get this stuff done, I don’t have time to READ THINGS SIDEWAYS! I’m pressing buttons, looking for help, and it’s as useful as tits on a bull (which, if you didn’t know beforehand, I’ll tell you right now, is useless). I ended up Googling SIDEWAYS to find an answer! Ever tried to use your mouse and look at the screen with your head twisted sideways? Let me inform you now that it isn’t easy, and the friggin’ cursor does its own thing. I ended up finding the answer on a forum. A few easy clicks and I nearly fell off the chair in relief. THANK GOD! Evie just kept snoozing.
Then Mum asked why I didn’t just take her off the desk. Seriously? Move the baby? NO!!! I mean - sheesh! Right? If you’re a cat lover, you know what I’m going on about.
THEO. Darling Theo. Big boy, gentle giant, doesn’t do much wrong. So one night two weeks ago I’m flopped on the sofa with my feet up on the footrest, and Theo is doing his Sphinx pose near my feet, and I notice a red thing just below his shoulder blades. Further investigation reveals a patch of no hair - and get this - no skin. This red patch with what looks like flesh and some kind of white strip (sinew? Bone? Fat? What?). Theo won’t let us get a good look, and goes from Gentle Giant to Fearsome Bear, so as he wasn’t bleeding we decided that Mum would hoon to the vet with him in the morning.
Next afternoon I get home from this course I was on for work, to find Theo walking around with the Cone of Shame around his neck. Not only that, he’s ping-ponging back and forth between the glass door and the old sofa in the back room. I mean he kept bouncing off one, walk straight into the other, bounce off that and it just kept going. He was stuck in his version of a tennis table with him as the ball and the door and sofa as the bats. So I righted him up and set him off in the correct direction, so he just walked into the walls and into the fan instead, scraping the Cone of Shame against the wall, a little wild-eyed. After watching this torturous path for a few minutes, I finally took the Cone of Shame off because it was NOT doing him any good.
Good boy that he is, he didn’t touch his stitches.
Oh yeah, I didn’t tell you about his stitches. Theo had been stitched up with about 7 stitches, right across under his shoulder blades. This cat, who has lived in this house for about 12 yrs or so, and we’d never changed anything, had managed to cut himself on something sharp. Mum and I tore the house apart looking for the offending sharp object, searched the cattery, but nothing. Nadda. Zilch.
Not only a WTHell moment, but cue the Twilight Zone music as well. Maybe that should be The X-Files. Aw, what the heck, let’s just do all three!
I took his stitches out yesterday with Mum’s help. Damn if it wasn’t a last insult to injury. Mum pinned him down, I got the stitches out…and now I realise I have to have glasses for close work because I had a hell time trying to see the itty-bitty stitches!!!! It wouldn’t have been so bad if he hadn’t struggled so much, but - OMG!
So quite an eventful time this last month!!!!! I might need another holiday….
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Good grief, where does the time go? Seriously, it’s been that long since I wrote a blog post? I am so bad! Someone send a handsome bloke in uniform to spank me!
Oops, did I say that out loud? *red-faced*
Anyway, I thought it was about time I did an update on the furry horde.
The furry horde are driving me nuts in the food department. Seriously. SERIOUSLY!
You know people who have cats because you can spot them hovering in the pet food aisles, anxiously surveying the vast assortment of tins and packets, trying to decide what Their Majesties will fancy. Liver in sauce? Fish in prawn juice? Beef in gravy? Prawn in crab jelly? It all sounds fantastic, but we all know how it ends. With the juice/gravy/jelly all sucked up and bits of fish left over while Their Majesties look at you and say, “Got any more gravy? ‘Cause this is, you know, bland now I’ve sucked it all off.”
If you’ve never had this reaction from a cat, you either:
a) don’t own one
b) feed it lots of gravy with only a bit of meat or fish
c) are a miracle maker.
I thought I’d be smart and bought a carton of gravy, which I proceeded to pour liberally over their bowls when they’d licked all the gravy away. I’ll never forget the looks I got. I still shrivel in shame at the memory. I’d thought I’d gotten one over on the furry horde. Boy, was I mistaken. I can still remember all those furry bums stalking away…
While we’re on the subject, have you ever tried to give your cats fish or meat out of the tin that has been in the 'fridge for longer than five minutes? Or, God forbid, a couple of hours? The way those cats look at you in disbelief? You know the looks, there are a couple depending on the cats’ feelings at the time. There’s:
a) the scornful ‘are you kidding’ look
b) the shocked ‘are you kidding’ look?
c) the blatantly abusive ‘ are you *&%$@! kidding?!’ look.
Sure to make any owner start grovelling and begging forgiveness for being such a thoughtless Mum or Dad.
We recently went through a food issue. Lily and Fleur were at the centre of it (I know, you thought I was going to say Evie, didn’t you? Ha ha - surprise!).
Lily doesn’t like cold fish from the tin, because it’s been, you know, in the ‘fridge since MORNING (oh grief, the horror of it!) and it’s cold and nasty and she sits on the spot and tried anxiously to tell us how it’s COLD and NASTY and she couldn’t possibly eat it. Ever. Not even if she was STARVING. Apparently it’s that yucky when it’s cold. And no, she won’t eat the ‘roo meat Granny has put down, either, because she wants warm fish, not ‘roo. Okay? Cripes, the things she has to put up with! And Fleur decides she’s in full agreement, because if Granny breaks open a new tin to give Lily warm fish, then Fleur wants it too, because she does!
Mum always has some sachets of assorted fish for the two little strays who visit us every night for ‘roo and fish, and apparently Lily LOVES this fish, and so does Fleur, so in all my wisdom I detour in to the supermarket on a busy pay day after work, manage to find a parking bay after ten minutes of circling the parking areas and swearing, sweat my way into the narrow spot, fight my way through the shoppers, and buy a basket full of all these yummy sachets of fish in sauces and gravy and prawn jelly and everything. Teeny tins with yummy stuff swimming in juices. I then battle my way to the checkout, pay a heap of bucks, manage to pop out of the people-swelled supermarket and find my car, sweat my way backing out of the narrow parking bay (which seems to have got narrower thanks to someone who parked partially over MY LINE!), wait for a million years while traffic holds us up, and finally I get home. Feeling rather like a cave woman bearing hard-fought-for food, I bring the grocery bags in and the cats ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ as they investigate the bags and give me their purrs of approval.
I’m floating on a cloud of heaven. I have done it! I have won the furries' approval!
With avid attention I watch as Mum breaks open the sachets and the cats gorge themselves, burp, thank me and waddle off to find a nice warm place to snooze. I did it! I am a God to my cats!
Two nights later it all came crashing down. Lily is sitting down screaming anxiously that she wants her fish! Fleur yells she wants what Lily wants!
Me: Didn’t you give them the sachets?
Me: So what’s wrong?
Mum: They don’t want it.
Me: What? (I’m dumb like that. You’d think I’d know, right?)
Mum: We’ll just leave it out for them.
I go back inside after awhile and find all of them eating peacefully.
Me: So, they’re enjoying the sachet fish from the cupboard, huh?
Mum: No. They’re enjoying cold fish from the ‘fridge.
Mum: Don’t look at me. They yelled until they got the fish from the ‘fridge.
Me: But it’s cold!
Mum: I know.
So now the furries swing between wanting cold fish from the ‘fridge and warm fish from the cupboard, depending on their mood. I can’t tell their mood. Mum can’t tell their mood. NO ONE CAN TELL THEIR FREAKIN’ MOOD! So we try to mix it up, cold some nights and warm some nights.
Then Lily looks at me: What’s Evie having?
Me: She only eats little tins of meat and fish, not the big tins.
Lily: I want what she’s having.
Fleur: I want what Lily wants!
Lily anxiously: I want! I want! I want!
Fleur: Me too!
Me: OMG! Okay! Okay!
And I break open several small tins and the rest of the horde comes in all demanding to have what Lily and Fleur and Evie are having and I give it to them, and some eat it, some look at it in disdain, and all of them lick the gravy and walk off leaving bits of forlorn meat in the dish.
Lily: So the gravy was great. Can I have my fish now?
Fleur: I’ll have what she’s having!
…and I call up in a fetal position and start rocking
As if this wasn’t enough, Evie is such a drama queen with her food. She has her’s on the end of the kitchen bench because she picks and we have to keep her food out but also out of reach of Polly who is allergic to some of it.
Sounds easy, but sometimes your attention is caught by a tiny ‘meow’ and you look over to find Evie dancing on tip-toes as she anxiously looks at you out of HUGE eyes. I mean huge. Like saucer-sized. Accompanying this prancing (I kid you not. She prances - frantically) - is a lot of verbal anxiety. “I’ve got nuffin’! Nuffin’! Nuffin’ at all or anyfing!” Prance Prance Prance. So her biscuit bowl is overflowing but Evie wants one of her tiny tins of food and if she doesn’t get it right now, she is in danger of fading away from hunger, collapsing from starvation, and jittery from anxiety.
So I dig in the pantry for her little tin and she comes over and stares over my head, jumps on my back, lands in the pantry and does some investigating of her own. Eyes are huge and little feet prance-prance-prance while I dish it out and she hurriedly runs along the bench and meets me. I put it down - thank God we made it before she perished - she takes five licks, gets gravy up the wall and walks away. Leaving almost a whole saucer of food.
Lily appears by magic. ‘I want! I want!”
Fleur bursts out from the bedroom. “I want what Lily wants!
I find my foetal position again and start rocking….
So one of my friends and her husband went on a holiday and we babysat her two cats, Skitty & Jeffrey. They are gorgeous cats, very well-behaved. Skitty is sweet, loving, and Jeffrey, well, he’s a big, loveable doofus. But they’re both soooo cute!
As expected, their arrival made Evie all goggle-eyed. I had half a large cupboard piece across the bottom of the security screen door so the cats could smell each other but no one could look through and put the two visitors off using their litter tray. So what does Evie do? She freakin' climbs the security screen until she can see through to Skitty and Jeffrey and YELLS at them! Honest to goodness, that cat has no finesse! AT ALL!
So we'd block some areas of the house off when the cats were asleep and let the two visitors out for a run and to stretch their legs, and of course, as soon as we did this, Evie would magically wake up and DEMAND TO BE LET IN! RIGHT NOW!
When finally we allowed the cats to all mix - and they did so wonderfully - Evie decided she was Boss Cocky and strutted around. Or tried to. However, the visitors just eyed her off, so she sulked and started to hover behind doors, peeking over the top of cupboards, pretty much anything she could do to try and unnerve Skitty and Jeffrey. Now I'm telling you, Jeffrey is huge - paws like saucers, legs like tree trunks, long and tall, like a big, squishy bear, really. Evie, in all her wisdom, spent his last few days here trying to lord it over him, trying to make him run from her. If Jeffrey had sat on her, he'd have squashed her flat. Luckily, he just ambled past her and left her sulking in his fluff (which, because its summer and he's shedding like nobody's business, was everywhere).
I don't know how Evie has managed to remain unscathed through all the visiting cats she's tried to lord it over. Cripes, she even gets it into her head now and again to try our own cats. Usually it ends up with her running in the opposite direction, yelling, or scrunched into a ball screaming for Grandma or Aunty Ang or SOMEONE! to rescue her. That cat never learns…
Christmas is coming fast, and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas during this Blessed season. Have a safe and happy one!! Don't forget your furry little mates - give them lots of cuddles and kisses, be grateful for their paw prints in your life, for they will always be there for you regardless of what you look like or how rich or poor you are. They love you for you - love them back unconditionally.
Remember, blessings aren't about what you want, but about having what you have received. Look for the blessings in the small things in life - family, friends, pen pals, the sound of laughter, the bird outside the window, the flowers. You can find beauty wherever you look, and nature is priceless and free to look at and enjoy.
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!