Day to day musings of a cat minder/ sitter in North Tyneside and Newcastle upon Tyne . For details of services go to http://www.catminders.biz

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Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Eighteen Days ......

I can hardly believe it ... eighteen days of doing whatever I want , getting up when I want , and nothing to do but make plans of things to do , and feed and look after cats . Its probably not that long since I had a holiday but it feels like years and years . We plan a few days away before the CatCalling starts in earnest , but prior to that my sister is coming to stay for this weekend . She always moves into our house when we go off , so that our cats aren't left alone and one of my catcalls that starts this Friday she will take over as she knows the cats and its for a friend and its very close to here .
My first day , tomorrow is mapped out a little as N and I are going to meet my mother at Kirkharle courtyard , for coffee and to catch up as its a while since I saw her and even longer since N saw her Grandma . N can't bear to be prised away from her friends so I was surprised she agreed to come with me but this is one thing she will usually agree to and happily join in with . Besides the great coffee shop the courtyard itself is situated in the middle of fields and the setting is quite idyllic , there are also some great little shops selling crafts , jewellry , artwork, farmers market produce, and both a pottery workshop and jewelly design shop which we love to prowl about .
After that if the summer weather persists I might go out on my bike and take some photographs . We celebrated the first day of my holidays and the fact that D was out ( we weren't celebrating his being out exactly ) by ordering takeout Indian food from the Plaza Tandoori which involved driving round the coast where the waves looked amazing . ( I should add he seems to do much of the cooking on weekdays so it seemed a good plan as he wasnt there to cook and was also eating out . )
Ive just contacted a friend via e mail who moved out to Texas and now New Mexico where we spent some time together at a conference a couple of years ago . Wonderful to hear from her again . Alberquerque just the most amazing place too . Happy memories of our time there .
Time for bed , its close to midnight ....

Just a quick look then ..


I wont touch ...

meanwhile downstairs ...


... Jessie discovers the school jacket.....

wardrobe management ?


Spot the tail ?
Having rearranged the fireplace , Pearl comes upstairs where I am drying my hair and spotting a chink in the chest of drawers squeezes in through the gap and then sits quietly there for ages till I forget she is there . I open the drawer to remind myself not to go out and leave her and occasionally an eye can be seen glinting in the darkness . Another contender for the title of Wardrobe Manager .

5 am

Wake at five am with the sound of the doorbell ringing insistently . I lie there for a bit with that not had enough sleep yet feeling then try to work it out . Last time this happened it was three am , the doorbell was ringing in my dream but when I woke it was still going and with good reason , there was a fire in the street and our neighbours were waking me to warn me to move the car which was situated dangerously close to the flames . Now though , it is strangely silent and though I have a feeling it had been ringing for real , I squish down further . The thought of going down and seeing what's going in is too much . And if there is someone out there , they will ring again . And if I go down , it could be anything ..... before I know it Ive drifted again , no more ringing bells and the alarm is going off at six forty . And now I'm kicking myself for not checking , it could have been anything , and now I dont know anything for sure , except that today is my last day at the Day Job for eighteen whole days and even when I do have to go back I will still only work there three days a week and thats just wonderful . Because I love it really but I love all the other things I can do on the other days and I still cant quite believe how lucky I am . And over the days to come there are enough CatCalls to keep me happy , but first five days away with nothing to do except mess about on holiday . What could be better ?

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