Sunday, 6 December 2015

It's Monday ... and also Sunday somewhere

I'm linking up with two posts for this ... post.

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? hosted by Kathryn here: http://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/ (fellow Kiwi! :D :D) and also the Sunday Post,  hosted by Kimba, here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/

I'm still trying to recalibrate my blogging. As you can see by the lack of content, it's not going especially well. But. As in all things, I persist. I persist till the dragon is defeated. Or I die trying. Anyway. The most important thing that has happened lately, is this:


Yes. Yes that is a picture of kittens. Two kittens. Ivy and Felicia. I think Ivy is on the left, though sometimes it's a bit hard to tell. Ever since I lost my sweet Morgana, I've been wanting to get a kitten. Not to replace her, because that's impossible, but to fill the void somewhat. So we went to the pet store a couple of weeks ago, and lo and behold, they had these two. They're littermates and because I'm a big softie, I couldn't leave one of them behind.

The older cats are very, very dubious about this. VERY dubious. 

The kittens are ... well. They're kittens. If they're not playing or pooping, they're sleeping, as you can see. And, luckily, I'm a good shape for sleeping on, being somewhat soft and squishy. Also, two kittens is better than television, they're so fun to watch.

In other cat news, one of our older statecats - Casper - has had some health issues. Well. We've had a black cat hanging about who keeps getting into dustups with one of ours, and I think Casper - despite being 14 and entitled to a quiet life - got involved in one of them. So we had one abscess treated. Fairly easy.

Then, a couple of Fridays ago, he came inside with the BIGGEST lump on his leg. Like. BIG. So I rang the emergency vet, because of course it was Friday night, and J took him out. 

He needed surgery. The vet described the abscess that had formed - and magically appeared out of nowhere, although I was aware he had been favouring that leg a bit - as horrific. He told J he'd never seen one so bad. There was necrotised tissue under it, and also necrotised bone, but only a little bit. Luckily? So he's got a big shaved patch, and stitches and he's been on antibiotics. He might still lose the leg because of the necrotised bone, but we're not sure. 

He's due to go back to the vet tomorrow to have his stitches out, so we'll find out then.

Anyway. As for what I'm reading ... I've drifted back to my slow and ongoing read through all the Discworld novels. I'm up to Witches Abroad, which is proving to be hysterical. Next up I think will be Uprooted by Naomi Novik, which I've been meaning to read for a while.

Most recently I finished The Girl on the Train, which I really enjoyed and I'm hoping to get back into a blogging rhythm, so I'm aiming to review that this week.

I also read Northern Lights (The Golden Compass) and watched the movie. Loved the book, thought the movie was ... okay. I also finally watched Mockingjay Part 1 which was also okay. Hopefully I'll be doing reviews of those as well.

So. How's your week looking? 
What are you reading?



24 comments:

  1. I just adore all of Pratchett's witch novels. That one is hoot. I am saving the last Tiffany Aching title for a Christmas treat for myself.

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    1. Cheerie - I keep laughing out loud. It's so funny

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  2. Aww aren't you a softie getting both kittens. I have a rescue dog who hates cats but last week I looked after my son's cat for the day, he's nearly a year old and still so entertaining to watch. Glad you enjoyed The Girl on the Train. Have a great week and happy reading :)

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    1. Teddy - I couldn't split them up - lol

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  3. Sorry to hear about Casper... I've never owned pets as an adult and suspect I'd be a bit stressed about them - and of course worry about the expense of them being injured and unwell. The kittens however are very cute. I hope they get along okay - they seem to from that picture!

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    1. Deborah - it's certainly been stressful! They're litter mates, so they get along like a house on fire

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  4. I also ended up with my two kitty boys because they were the last two there, each the last of their litters. I wonder if they really trick us by always just having two kittens out. ;)

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    1. Kirsten: I fully believe that they do trick us

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  5. Awe they are adorable and yep I couldn't have left one behind either. I am sure the older cats will warm to them eventually.

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    1. Kimba - the older cats will settle. They always do :)

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  6. Aw kittens are so sweet, and I bet they are a ton of trouble and joy. Wow what a serious abscess, hope the leg can be saved. I always admire those who reread. I hardly ever do, but it is certainly a way to really savour books.

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    1. Kathryn: they're a delight (mostly). We're hopeful for the leg, fingers crossed

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  7. Cute kittens. I have never been able to read Pratchett. I keep bouncing off his writing style, putting the book down, and just not picking it up again. I did enjoy Pullman's books and The Hunger Games series. I just ordered a copy of Uprooted and can't wait to read it. Here is what I did last week. Happy reading

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    1. Kathy: I couldn't get int Pratchett the first time I tried but the second time something just clicked for me. Hunger Fames and HDM are Biru great series

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  8. I started The Girl On The Train and never did finish it. I actually didn't care for it.

    Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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    1. Elizabeth: normally with such unlike able characters I would have given up too, but I really got into the story

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  9. Glad your cat is doing well. Congrats on the new kittens. They look cute all snuggled up there. Glad my girls aren't looking now as they're dying for one each for each of them. This mother has no time with these dames and their father.

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    1. Stefanie: ah, that's hard. I'm sure to be putting up more pics at some stage :)

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  10. The Girl on the Train was quite a riveting read. :) Hope you enjoy your reading this week.

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    1. Myra: riveting is a good word for it, yes :)

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  11. Awwwww! Those kittens couldn't be cuter! I hope we may expect many more photographs of them going forward? And I am so sorry to hear about Casper's health problems. I will keep my fingers crossed for him that he'll be all sorted when y'all go in to have the stitches out.

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  12. Jenny: They're cute but menaces! Lol of course there'll be more pictures :)

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  13. Jenny: They're cute but menaces! Lol of course there'll be more pictures :)

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  14. I have to re-read Pullman's Dark materials again soonest. Love the cat photo.

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