Thursday, 21 November 2013

November Blues!

Haven’t been around Blogland much. I’ve said before, I don’t like November and tend to retreat a bit during this month.

On 14th November it was two years since Tilly died and on the 18th it was 38 years since my dad died. Apart from those two anniversaries, November often seems to bring bad news and sadness.

Indy has slowed down a lot – unless food is involved, then he can move faster than a speeding bullet. Well almost.

He’s got a cough and as well as all his usual lumps and bumps and skin tags, another spot appeared on his head. I looked it up online and scared myself.

So we took him back for his three month check up a few weeks early. I was concerned that the cough might be a heart problem, but the good news is that his heart is fine and his lungs are clear.

But his windpipe is inflamed. He’s on antibiotics and if they don’t bring about an improvement, Tom is going to try him with a bronchodilator.

And the spot. Nothing to worry about. Phew.

Last Sunday Indy asked to go out at 5.30 am and Fizz nipped out with him, then didn’t want to come in, so I left her outside and went back to bed. Just after 6 I was woken by that awful cat fight screeching noise. We ran downstairs – I slipped and went the last few on my behind - dashed outside and there was no sign of her.

After wandering round the neighbourhood in the freezing cold, we went in to get dressed (in proper clothes I mean rather than what we woke up in) and she appeared from nowhere, shaken but not stirred. She had breakfast then insisted on going out again and actually spent more time outside than she normally does. So I wonder if maybe she wasn’t beaten up, but had scared an intruder cat off. She's still small, but I wouldn't want to be on the wrong side of her! 

One of their favourite places is under my desk with all the wires. Fizz is like Indy's shadow. She adores him and he enjoys being adored!



Round at my daughter's the other day waiting for a delivery, I took my notebook thinking I'd make good use of the peace and quiet. Her young and extremely affectionate cat, Tiger, had other ideas! So we had a cuddle instead.




A few months ago, I mentioned a project I was very excited to be part of. News coming soon of that! It’s a new charity anthology. Anyway, more about that next time.

Also, we are getting another kitten. More about that later too!


Keep warm!


42 comments:

  1. Nice to see you back in blogland Teresa. Fizz and Indy are keeping you on your toes, but glad all is well after the initial scares. I don't know whether I'm right in doing this, but I tend to remember the people I love on their birthdays and deliberately forget the aniversaries of their deaths. I think it helps and works for me anyway.

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    1. Very wise words, Maggie. Perhaps it was losing my dad so young that set November in my mind as being a bad month. I remember when I was a child my mum being very sad and bad tempered and my dad quietly telling me that it was the anniversary of her mum's death x

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  2. November will soon be over. Subconsciously memories are always there. By caring so well for Indy, you have made precious extra time for all of you.
    Good luck with your new project.

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    1. Thank you, L. I do feel that the time we have with Indy now is bonus time. I never expected him to make it to old age with all his problems, but he's surprised us all :-) x

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  3. You're getting another kitten! Oh how lovely! November is certainly a rather 'nothing' month - the weather gets colder, the rain more frequent and the shops busier with early Christmas shoppers... we have all missed your blogland presence though. Look forward to hearing about the new project and glad Indy and Fizz are okay.

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    1. Aw thank you, Wendy :-) I am very excited about our new family member - just hope Fizzy is happy too :-) x

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  4. Hi Teresa

    Sorry to hear about Indy's troubles, but good to know he has you, and I bet Tilly keeps him young! I would love to get another kitten, all mine seem to do these days is sleep, but they are so used to ruling the roost that I'm not sure how they'd take to intruders for their dad's affections. And talking of my husband, he still hasn't quite got over the claw marks all down the side of the sofa from the first time round!

    I don't think the weather has helped this November - feels like its constanstantly dark with the grey skies. But soon it will be spring and we'll be wondering where did that go then?

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    1. Oh those claw marks - doesn't matter how many scratching posts you provide does it? Our bed is suffering as is the sofa, the ironing board (!) and a fabric pouffe!

      It's certainly been a miserable month weather-wise hasn't it, but as you say, soon be spring, ah bliss, my favourite season :-) x

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  5. Teresa, mind those stairs! I know what stairs can do, and those animals NEED you.

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    1. Oh you do, Frances and my fall was absolutely nothing compared to yours! You are right - I must not incapacitate myself :-) x

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  6. Oh, that's so funny, like saying 'don't write stories mummy, talk to me' hope Indy feels better soon. Must be a worry for you Teresa, and nasty November will soon be gone.xx Looking forward to your story in this weeks ww.xx

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    1. He even took my pen out of my hand and threw it on the floor and dribbled on what I'd already written and made the ink run :-) Yes, very worrying with Indy, but he amazes me how he battles on and nothing seems to faze him. Hope you enjoy the story :-) x

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  7. Missed you in Blogland Teresa. Gorgeous photos and can't wait to hear all about the new acquisition. Hope you are not too tender after your dramatic descent down the stairs? xx

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    1. I felt fine until the next day when my legs and hips hurt and I couldn't think why, then it dawned on me! I do have a bit of a habit of hurling myself down the stairs. I did it once with my daughter in my arms when she was a baby and managed not to drop her :-) x

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  8. Hugs to help you through the last few days of November, Teresa.
    Whoops - T&T send licks as well. And they're so happy-woofy Indy is all right - well apart from a sore windpipe!

    Can't wait to hear about the new kitten; think you're in for a fun time.
    xxPat
    woof-lick, Tim and Ted

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    1. Thank you Pat - and Tim 'n' Ted :-) The new kitten/cat may not be for a while and much depends on madame Fizz, but fingers crossed :-) x

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  9. Great to see you back in Blogland, Teresa. You've been missed.
    Another kitten...? Do Indy and Fizzie know about this? Rx

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    1. Thank you :-) I haven't told them yet, Rena :-) x

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  10. I'm not keen on November either, but all those doggy worries can't have helped :( Glad that Indy's okay. A new kitty will bring smiles, and the charity anthology sounds exciting, I look forward to hearing more!

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    1. Thanks Karen. I'm itching to say more about the anthology - I was so chuffed to contribute and I'm desperate to be able to promote it :-) x

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  11. Oooh! A charity anthology? Looking forward to the details. November 20th was the day my father passed away, so I understand the time of the year, but I look at it as a good thing. He'd been suffering from lung and bone cancer, and it was good for him to no longer be in pain. Still, I pause every so often to wonder how different life would be if dad was still around.

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    1. It is so hard to watch someone you love suffering, Crystal, I'm so sorry. You can't help but wonder "what if" though can you? x

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  12. I'm so glad Indy is fine, Teresa, and that Fizz was able to take care of herself. That blood-curdling noise of a cat-fight is so horrific.
    I like the sound of your exciting news. My daughters and I want another kitten too - I wonder how long my husband can resist? Last time he agreed to one more, he came back from the rescue centre with two. xxx

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    1. Blood-curdling - that is so apt, Joanna :-) Your husband sounds as bad (and as lovely) as mine. Many years ago when we'd lost one of our cats, he went out and came home with a rescued feral kitten even though he'd said no more :-) x

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  13. Another kitten? Oh great. Can't wait to see him/her.

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  14. I always enjoy your photos and animal updates, Teresa. There's something about November - I lost one of my older brothers very suddenly in that month some years ago.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary. I must admit I struggle to find things to blog about.

      I'm so sorry about your brother. My mum used to say November was a wicked month x

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  15. Hi Teresa,

    Just had to remove Penny the Jack Russell dog from under my computer desk. She is somewhat fascinated with wires.

    Penny and I always hope that Indy is okay. Hey, November will soon be gone. You have your friends in blogland supporting you, dear lady. Mention of another cat? Look away now, Penny :)

    Hugs,

    Gary xx

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    1. Thank you Gary and Penny - I don't know what I'd do sometimes without my blog friends!

      Now why was Penny hiding under your Compooter desk I wonder? :-) x

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  16. Can't believe it's two years since Tilly died. November is so bleak and dreary, it's hard to keep spirits up, even without sad anniversaries. But - a new kitten to look forward to! What larks!

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    1. Oh larks indeed, Joanne. Just want to get on with it now really :-) x

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  17. Ohhh good to see you back, Teresa. I missed ya! Hugs on November being a bad month for you. But glad Indy and Fizz are fine and dandy. And a new kitten? How lovely... Caroline xxx

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    1. Thanks, Caroline - won't be long now :-) x

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  18. Great to hear that both are OK and dying to meet your new kitty! xxx

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    1. It will be soon - I hope :-) x

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    2. I've been away too, Teresa. Just getting back into things... Sorry to hear Indy has been worrying you but glad to know things are ok now. I agree with you about November being a bit miserable but we have been so busy with our new home we have hardly noticed. Hope to catch up a bit more with you on later posts. x

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    3. Glad to see you back in Blogland, Pat. I missed seeing you around :-) x

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  19. November is quite a grim month, isn't it? Doesn't help that we know it's just going to get colder and darker. Hope December is better for you.

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    1. Thank you, Patsy! Roll on April :-) x

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    1. Thanks, Suz - soon be December! :-) xx

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