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Monday, 21 July 2014

Cats - Cosy, Comfortable and Complacent!

 Bella curled up in "her" recliner.

(Below)  Mitzi settled on "her"side of the bed.

Both cats taking advantage of the winter sun - on "their" bed!

Neither of my cats has been particularly affectionate in the past.  Oh, Bella would make herself at home on my lap occasionally; Mitzi hardly ever, and neither liked being picked up.  They did adore having their heads scratched and I'd get tired of doing that before they tired of having it done.

Since I've moved to my new place, their behaviour has radically changed.  Both cats have become much more affectionate now that the initial settling period has...well, settled.  I've picked Mitzi up several times without her scratching me to bits and she continues purring!  Bella is still not over keen on being picked up but jumps up on my lap at every opportunity (which makes it rather hard to use the keyboard at times).  In fact, there's been the odd stoush when one's on my lap and the other also wants to be there!

Bella hates the cold.  Yesterday she was curled up nice and comfortable on her chair when I opened the sliding door to let the breeze in for a bit.  Ok, it was a cool wind, I admit that, but the look I received should have had me six feet under.  She jumped down off the chair and stalked into the bedroom to lie on the bed in the sun. 

Mitzi, on the other hand, doesn't particularly worry about the cold...or water for that matter.  Bella hates water with a passion which is usual for most cats.  They're chalk and cheese...I guess coming from different litters explains that.

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Yesterday, for the first time in months, I decided to visit the Farmers' Markets at Bundall to buy some of my all time favourite chicken, macadamia and honey sausages.  To my intense disappointment the "chicken guys", as I call them, weren't there. Another stall holder told me that they no longer go to those markets now.  Looks like some detective work will be called for to track them down although I have a feeling they do go to Palm Beach markets.  I shall check it out.

I didn't come away empty handed though.  Stockman's Meats had a great special...1 kg of bacon for $8 - and I grabbed the last pack!  I also picked up a pork porterhouse sirloin roast which was a bonus as they don't have those often so I was very happy.  I cooked the pork last night, seasoned with garlic salt, and it was melt in the mouth delicious.  Pork sandwiches 
for lunch today...yum.

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Book Review:

"The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul" by Deborah Rodriguez (pub. Bantam Aust 2011)

I loved this story about five very disparate, remarkable women of various nationalities during the resurgence of the Taliban and all that event signified.  It's fiction but the author has lived in Afghanistan which gives authenticity to the background of the story.  There's drama, humour, romance and danger all mixed up in a very readable tale set in what is probably the most dangerous country on the planet. 

Although, extremely different in content, for some reason I put this book in the same bracket as Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird".  I think it's because it's one of those beautifully written books that one never forgets, no matter how many books one reads.

I really do recommend it for a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Rating:  *****

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As those of you on Facebook know, I have the launch of "Old Age and Villainy" this coming Saturday afternoon, 26 July 2014.  I'm looking forward to it (I think).  I'm not particularly comfortable with being the centre of attention but we'll see how it goes.  Wish me luck!  

If anyone is interested in buying a copy (AUD10 plus p & p), contact me via email and I'll send a copy off to you or you could download it to your digital reader via  I think the price is $2.99 or something like that.

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Well, it's the start of a new week and I hope those of you living in Australia are coping with the coldest winter in a very long time.  Living in Queensland, where the average daytime winter temperature is 22C F, the cold is a shock to the my case anyway!  Until next time...


  1. Just catching up. I seem to have missed some of your posts.
    The view from your flat looks great and it sounds lovely. I like light and airy.
    I hope the launch goes brilliantly: I'm sure it will. Enjoy the fuss, revel in it and don't be modest!
    I've seen the Coffee Shop book but haven't gone for it as I thought it might be too intellectual. But it sounds good from your review so next time in the library I'll look out for it.

    1. I'm pretty sure you'd enjoy the book, Liz.

      I love my little place and the neighbours I've met so far seem very pleasant. So far, it's exactly what I asked for!

  2. It seems that you and the cats like this place ! My cats don't like either to be picked up, none of them ! Occasionally they are lap cats mostly Arthur and Rosie, Kim never she continues her autistic life ! As compared to your country our winters (and summers) are anyway cold, the cats are used to it !

    1. Cats are funny creatures with definite likes and dislikes...but we love them anyway!

  3. Awwwwwwww, sweet, sweet kitties. I was elated to read that their behavior has changed so now you have companions instead of just another mouth to feed....y'know?

  4. I certainly do, Anni, but cats are creatures who know what they do and don't like...and they've decided they like this place. I also seem to come into that equation, too!

  5. Of course the bed, the sofa, the chairs, etc., belong to your furry mates. Everything I have here belongs to my two. I just borrow from Remy and Shama...they generously allow me to use things around this place, but they do insist upon taking up most of the room on everything...of course! They are spoiled rotten, and I would have it no other way...neither would they! And they are both sooks and lap up as much affection as I can give them...and it works both ways.

    That is a very positive review, Robyn. I must look for that book.

    I've got a small piece of pork roasting away at the moment, along with a pile of vegetables. Lunch is always my main meal of the day. I've not cooked a meal in the evening for ages now.

    I'm so pleased that you (and Mitzi and Bella) are happy in your new abode...that's great. :)

    Robyn, I wish you all the best for Saturday. You'll be just fine; take a few deep breaths...enjoy the moment...enjoy being the centre of attention. It's your day! :)

  6. Thank you for your encouraging words, Lee. I have 45 minutes to fill with something so I've been making notes as I think of things, I'll type them out in bullet point form for reference and that should help. I'll have to make sure I visit the ladies first though lol!

    1. Every time I had to get up and talk before a crowd of people my right knee used to start trembling uncontrollably; only my right knee, never my left! So I was always grateful when there was a podium to hide my legs behind! I could swing my left leg out; kick it about and up into the air and it was fine...while all the while hiding my right one behind the podium! lol

      I learned the age-old words of wisdom about picturing your audience naked did actually work...and once I put that into practice everything was fine from thereon. Try it...but don't, for heaven's sake break out in a fit of giggles when doing so! ;)

  7. I couldn't picture everyone naked...I wouldn't be able to speak for laughing! I don't know why it affects me now...years ago I used to do stand up comedy!


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