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  • Birthday 06/21/1965

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  1. What's Up in June? - 2018

    The cats are a little unsettled as it is all new to them, but they will get there. The boldest of the two, Billie, has been exploring the house and sniffing everything. She is a very loving cat and was on both of our laps this morning having a good purr and sniff. The shyest of the two, Becky in the meantime gave us a bit of a fright. We heard one of them come into our bedroom in the night meowing but couldn't see any eyes so thought they were probably just exploring, but when we woke up we couldn't find Becky anywhere. Eventually we found her hiding under the bed. We have one of those beds that can be raised, so when Coran raised her half during the night Becky crawled underneath - that must have been the meowing we heard. I of cause had to go to work but Coran was at home today and she tells me that Becky found her way out by late morning. At the moment she is hiding under the settee but she seems quite content there so we are not worried. Neither of them have eaten or used the litter box but again that's normal and to be expected. I got them both a cat igloo on the way home tonight which should help them by providing a safe place to retreat to as they start to get bolder. We are going to shut the bedroom door tonight though just in case! If they still don't eat tomorrow we will get some cat milk from Sainsburys as apparently they like that and it contains a lot of vitamins and things that they need.
  2. What's Up in June? - 2018

    The cats are home and we are delighted. When we got round to the house just after 5pm they were safely ensconced in their carriers and waiting for us patiently. One of them has a slight abscess on one of her teeth which may have to come out at some point, but other than that they are both very healthy, just a little timid. They will come around though once they have settled in with us. They are both hiding at the moment - one in a corner of the room behind one of our cabinets and the other behind the TV, but that is perfectly normal and to be expected. It has been a tough old day for them after all, being put in those carriers, taken from their home and looked at by the vet - having injections and worm tablets and flea powder rubbed on them and then arriving in a strange home with 2 people that they don't know all that well. They each have a bowl of fish though in their little hidey holes, a fresh bowl of water and a clean litter tray, so as long as they use all of these we are happy. It is just so lovely to have them home though. The neighbour who has been feeding them is going to really miss them - but we have said she is welcome to visit whenever she likes. I just know though that the 4 of us are going to be such good friends.
  3. What's Up in June? - 2018

    I am sorry too to hear about all the family health concerns going on at the moment. Coran and I are going round to see the cats again in about half an hour to try and coax them into their boxes so the Vet can give them the once over. I hope it goes a bit better this time - we are taking some gloves with us just in case as the claws might be out!
  4. What's Up in June? - 2018

    You'd be amazed how many people do that. The worst are the cold callers. It's a good excuse to get rid of them mind you and tell them they have the wrong number! That sounds pretty nasty! Shame about the books - can they be replaced? I have just been round to see the cats again. I have decided that the shy one isn't shy at all as she seems to love me. She was all over me again today, purring like crazy - I thought she was going to climb on my lap at one point, but she changed her mind and decided not to. She was letting me stroke her belly though which is one of the most vulnerable places for cats - when they do that you know they like you. Her sister in the meantime just sat there watching us and having a good groom. We are going to try again tomorrow to get them to the Vet - so it all goes well we could be bringing them home in a day or so.
  5. What Are You Watching Now? - 2018

    Is anyone else watching Handmaids Tale?
  6. What's your current news about?

    Yes, I read about that - truly shocking. I know I criticise our Government but at least they don't do that.
  7. What's Up in June? - 2018

    As long as you don't call me Jane I'll forgive you.
  8. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Thank you - but who's Caron?! We went to see the cats yesterday afternoon and they seemed a lot more affectionate. This may have been because the daughter in law was there clearing out the house which meant that they had company. The shy one kept coming up to me and rubbing her nose against me which is the first time she has done that. Her sister got the hump I think as the other one was getting all the attention!
  9. What's Up in June? - 2018

    Sorry to hear that muggle. Life is quite good for me in contrast - I am tired, but that's normal and partly due to the time of year anyway with the lighter mornings. There is quite a lot going on at the moment though for both of us. It's Corans birthday tomorrow (her 65th) and mine on Thursday so we are going out for a nice lunch tomorrow to celebrate - tomorrow is also our 21st anniversary - I am not sure where the time has gone. Things have been busy at work as well - starting on Monday the cleaning team are pretty much off work for their summer holidays back to back. I made sure I got all the appraisals done then before that happened, which wasn't half as bad as I thought it would be. The big news though is that it looks as if we may be adopting new cats. One of the ladies on our park died at the end of April, leaving her 2 cats (two sisters from the same litter) behind. Her son can't take them as he has a large dog, the neighbour who has been coming in to feed them can't either as she has 2 dogs. Coran and I have been to see them a few times and just fell in love with them both. They are 11 years old and one of them is very timid but the bolder one is very friendly and once her sister sees her getting to know us we hope this will encourage the other one. We have said that we will take them subject to the vet saying they are okay, and arranged to meet the daughter in law and neighbour at the house yesterday, but between the four of us we couldn't get them into their cat carriers, so we had to change the appointment to Wednesday instead. The neighbour is going to try and get them in one room when she feeds them on Wednesday which should hopefully make this a bit easier next time. In the meantime we have agreed that we will spend some time with them when they come through the cat flap to play in the garden and try and get to know them a bit better that way. We have bought them a little dangly mouse then to play with in the hopes that this might tempt them to come towards us a bit more and will visit them again on this afternoon.
  10. What's Up in June? - 2018

    It has been a really weird sort of week for me when it felt like I got loads of stuff done but did nothing all at the same time! We are planning a relaxing weekend where we do as little as possible. Tonight though Coran and I are going to the annual talent show for the wonderful clients that I work with - they will be singing, dancing and offering all sorts of entertainment and you won't be able to get them off the stage! It will be a long night as there's 27 acts to get through and they have saved the best for last!
  11. Live Music

    Coran and I went to see the Game of Thrones Experience with Ramin Djawadi at Wembley last weekend - and very good it was too with some great effects. We have also just bought tickets tor Rick Wakeman's Piano Tour in November at our local theatre here in Dorking. Coran is a big Rick Wakeman fan and saw him all the way back in the 70's so it will be a good night for her! It will be great to see him at such a small venue and so close to home.
  12. What's Up in June? - 2018

    It has been beautiful weather here this weekend with temperatures into the mid 20's. Coran and I have made the most of it by getting out and about. We managed to get all the grass cut yesterday and in the afternoon went to see Solo at the cinema. This morning we went out for an iced coffee and then this afternoon we went to Polesden Lacey to sit out in the sun and listen to the jazz, which started for the summer season. It was a trio of musicians this time - on guitar, saxophone and double bass respectively. We took a picnic with us and in my case a few cans of beer - which was a great way to spend the afternoon.
  13. June's Around the World Book Challenge

    I have completed a few more countries in the last month: The Moon is Following Me by Cecil Browne for St Vincent The Five Wonders of the Danube by Zoran zivkovic for Serbia From Tajikstan to the Moon by Robert Frimtzis for Moldova Beauty on Earth by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz for Switzerland Next up is Macedonia.
  14. What's Up in May? - 2018

    Yes it really is great music. It was brilliant to see it all live on the big screen and I am really glad we were able to go. The timing was brilliant with it being a Bank Holiday as it meant I didn't have to take extra days off from work. Congratulations on the Masters. I know what you mean about the heat. Anything more than 25 degrees is a bit too much for me too - it's not so bad on the continent but here the humidity is a real killer. Unluckily for me I work in an environment where almost everyone else is the other way around (i.e. they feel the cold) so the temperature is pretty much always uncomfortable for me. Having an active job where you sweat a lot doesn't help either. Wearing a bra is the real killer - I hate those things when its warm. When I was younger and things were a bit perkier I could get away without wearing one, but it's more difficult now as everything is starting to droop!
  15. What's Up in May? - 2018

    It was lovely weather for sure but of course that has all changed today. Coran and I had a quiet Saturday doing various things around the house but on Sunday afternoon we went up to Wembley to see the Game of Thrones Experience at the Arena. We stayed overnight as getting home at that time of night when you live out in the sticks like we do is not the best - and of course being a Bank Holiday made it easier as it meant I didn't have to take an additional day off work for the privilege. The Arena was packed and it was a brilliant show with a live orchestra and choir - the violinist in particular was superb. The female solo singer was also very good and reminded me a bit of Lisa Gerard who did the Gladiator soundtrack (among other things). They showed scenes from the show up on the big screens during the performance with a few special effects as well - at one point they had what looked like flames shooting from the stage - you could feel the heat even where we were sitting at the far end.