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Monday, 7 April 2008



Today my mind is on food .

The sky is blue black with snow still to come , the yard was white this morning and massive square white flakes falling at six am when Alice needed to go out . She rings her bell and sits at the top of the stairs waiting for me to collect myself and drag on a robe and negociate a wet patch where Pearl had knocked over a bottle of water which had parted company from its top , and a sausage shaped furball neatly placed where-my-feet-would-land had some sixth sense not warned me of this Monday monring Thing lurking palely by the bed . The cats grimace as I leave , any departure from the bed causing a shift in the waterlevel disturbing a tenuous equilibrium as one cat rolls unintentionally closer to another .

Toby and Jess are too close and start a spitting contest down at the foot of the bed . As they fire up Jess reminds me of an engine turning over half heartedly and Toby stares in disgust . Pathetic! He turns over and falls asleep shifting his position slightly to concede either her stronger position or ( more likely ) his Not Bothering state of mind . Perhaps he too has noted the snow .

Alice is full of herself in greyhound fashion , stretching elegantly and then hurrying to the back door . She trots out ready to head for the far gate where she likes to squat just out of sight ( dignity being her thing ) then feeling the snow underfoot puts the brakes on sharply and heads back indoors pressing up against me . I advise her accordingly and attempt to send her out again but there is a battle of wills which finally results in my having to recall all I ever learned about dealing with toddlers ( restate your case very simply over and over until you get what you want , dont enter into debate ) , with me stating " Alice , go out and do a wee " and Alice looking appealingly back towards the sitting room doubtless thinking What ? youre joking ? Go back out in that when I could park myself on the pale blue / grey carpet and be done in seconds in the warm , no one hurt in the process ? Hey I'd even get that odour free stain resist pet deterrant carpet clean spray out myself if it saved my toes the agony of stepping out in this .....

What can I tell you ? I won the battle people ....she finally gave way and trotted off and did her stuff and sneezed loudly in embarrasment on her return .

And I went back to bed and finished my Patrick Gale A Subtle Obscurity or was it a Sweet Obscurity . Anyway , it was good and its still snowing and Nat is on hols and we are on track for the gym or a swim or some healthy thing and all I can think about is lattes and cakes done up in fancy papers .


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Shelagh
The cake on the pic looked rather nice! (pass on the coffee dont take hot drinks0 dont blame Alice for not wanting to go out! it snowed down here but melted before i went to work, Mark wants to know does it ever warm up in northumberland! they are opening the outdoor pool next month! Thanks for the link to the 2 guinea pigs, they are adorable! and they share the same little colourd houses as Bj! I could not make a comment coz Ive got a google account but it does not like my password so wont let me comment
keep warm! any news on josh
Take care
joan & Bj x

MsCatCalls said...

No no news on poor Josh ... will let everyone know if anything comes up .....

It does warm up eventually in fact was 16 degrees here one day last week and was really nice but its so so cold these last few days .

BetteJo said...

We have a bluish sky here today and no snow thank goodness. Can't blame Alice for not wanting to go out in it - but oh well - that's her place to go. Maybe someday she will stop arguing about it with you!! :)

MsCatCalls said...

I'm sort of proud of the snow as we just dont get it lying here being so close to the sea . I may have to post a picture . But its so cold .....

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