Sunday, 13 November 2011

A little bit of nothing

I suppose as life plods on as normal I find I have very little to write about. A boring blog now I suppose but I find it kind of therapeutic to write from time to time, and it reminds me of things I have done, and photo's I have taken!

Currently my in-laws are visiting, arrived yesterday and will leave on Friday. It's always nice to see them, really! They have gone out to London tonight with B to a gig, not my sort of music so I have stayed home. I have just finished watching Aliens and will shortly be starting Alien3 (cubed) to tide me over until the X-Factor results show (I know, what am I watching....).

The latest foster cat and her kittens are doing well. Maya had 5 kittens, 2 boys and 3 girls. I decided on a Battlestar Galactica theme this time and we have Kara (aka Starbuck), Laura, Athena, Helo and Apollo. They are very cute and again I want to keep them all!! We still have Bonnie from the previous litter - she now has a home to go to but I couldn't leave her out in the pen all on her own when the others went. The pen was also needed for Maya who was in a dangerous situation at home and needed bringing into care asap so I decided to bring her into the house. It is against the CP rules of fostering, but as she was born here and had her vaccinations, flea and worm treatment I went for it. She is a lovely, lovely kitten and will be missed when she goes.

Things have been good on the MS front. Recently my mood has started to impact on me again and I find that a hugely hard thing to, well, deal with/justify - not sure how to describe it really. Most days are good days, I look forward to things in life and enjoy life. There are however times that I feel like crying, often doing so, and think that I would rather not live this life. There are several problems with this feeling. I am well aware that I am healthy and have no reason to feel how I feel - I therefore feel guilty that I feel this way. I also have huge amounts of love and support around me and get huge amounts of enjoyment out of my life - so why do I sometimes hate the thought of carrying on like this for decades to come?

However much I hate feeling like this there are still times when I wish I could curl up in a little ball in the corner and stay there as drumming up the enthusiasm to go to work, or go out after work (etc) seems too much. I always do get up and go about my business though, as I can and should. In an effort to try and establish what I am feeling and maybe why, I have booked a counselling session at the local MS Therapy Centre. I had counselling there a couple of years ago and found it helpful. Just to talk things over really......

Part of me says don't post this blog, what are people going to think - doesn't know how lucky she is probably........ I do, I just need bring that to the fore again.:0)

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

More kittens!!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Kittens and holiday

I've just been on holiday! Not that I remember being on holiday, we only got back on Friday but it all seems a very long time ago..... We went to Greece - Zante. Our self catering apart hotel was 10 mins from the airport, so no long transfers (and very little in the way of aircraft noise) which was great. Apparently it was unusually hot at around 30 degrees and the aircon was 'quite' expensive so we managed without. On the Tuesday we had the most spectacular thunderstorm which meant we had to stay in for the day - no hardship as the apartment was spacious and relatively comfortable - and then it cooled down a bit to 26/27 degrees. We basically did nothing for the week and came back very relaxed and rested!

We got back to find my Mum and Dad dropping off Orion, Maia and Pepsi who had stayed with them and the kittens in the pen (who had been fed by a local CP committee member) had grown up loads and were all big and steady on their feet - I must get some photos of them up on the website.

Maia and Orion, especially Orion, have also grown loads - they are looking like proper little cats rather than kittens. Orion has already has his op and Maia just needed to put on a little weight before she could have hers so should be ok now. Once that is done we can start leaving them out - they are always desperate to get outside :0)

I am falling in love with the kittens outside. Wispa is a lovely little kitten and would dearly love to come and live with our family. I am told he is not allowed to come and live with us. I have however advised B that should Wispa decide living here is the way forward I will not be stopping him!! B seems to think he has some say in the matter....!!! The other kittens are all lovely as well, they all seem very confident and are into everything, especially Katie who is fast and naughty! Bonnie, the littlest one is also very sweet. She hasn't yet caught up with the rest and I would guess that it may be because she misses meal times sleeping!!

MS wise things are similar to normal. My legs have been dodgy since the Great British Beer Festival, worsening gradually until we went on holiday when things seem to have improved slightly. I'd guess, again, not new inflammation but worse than I have had before in the top of my legs. Strange feeling of stiffness without any restriction or pain on movement but I couldn't walk quickly or I would just get slower and feel like I was going to trip over my feet - missed a bus due to that....

Still, things seem to be getting better, not perfect but better!

Kitten pictures to follow at some point!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

New arrivals!

So, on Sunday the day after we got back from the beer festival I had an email letting me know my pen was needed for another cat. I got straight back to the Welfare Officer and said no problem, it was ready and waiting to go. The information I had was that a 2-3 year old pregnant female, due in approx 1 week needed to come in - very exciting!

The people who had been feeding the cat for some time, and had already dealt with 1 litter of kittens, couldn't continue to have her around as the dog didn't like her and the family found keeping the dog, cat and kittens separate quite stressful. On the Monday the Welfare Officer gave me the contact details and we arranged for the lady to bring the cat round that evening. Well, Scarlett didn't go back for food until quite late and it wasn't until Tuesday that I had the call to say that the family had her. I called back to say I was in and they could bring her round and I was told that she was in labour....! A mad dash followed and she was with me 30 mins or so later!

Scarlett was panting but settled down and didn't seem about to pop which was reassuring. Over the next day she didn't eat and didn't do a lot so I guessed she was near to popping and when we got back from the pub Wednesday night I heard pitiful squeaking - there was a kitten! I stuck my head in and saw a little black and white kitten all on its own and Scarlett not really interested. I moved the kitten and then left them to it. When I went back later I realised there was more than 1 kitten, maybe 2 or 3 but as it was dark and they were dark I didn't know for sure.

The next morning when I went down to inspect there were 5 kittens, all looking like they were doing well and Scarlett eating for all 5 of them!

So we have a Scarlett O'Hara theme going on for 4 of the temporary names:
Rhett (boy, black)
Ella (girl, black)
Bonnie (girl, tabbly/white)
Katie (girl, black/white)

and Wispa (boy, chocolate brown)

I have to say that I was slightly nervous about having a pregnant cat and the cat giving birth but it all went smoothly and she needed no help at all! It's such a privilege to be involved with these kittens from the very beginning!