Casa Rosales

Casa Rosales

Friday, 9 October 2015

Carpe diem...

I have such a horrible cold. FR has it too. I feel guilty because we got the cold from Ruy, who got it from Mateo and both of them continued to go to school and do what they had to do. We've been pathetic. I haven't been to work since Tuesday and FR went to the doctor this morning as the cold has gone to his chest and he has an infection. I made my children go to school.

'Seize the day' because I seem to have so little time to write my blog - illness being one of the few times when I seem to have a moment! The positive side of not feeling well is that I can indulge myself in Zentangle again. It's an age since I did more than doodle on a pebble. But of course, there has been one big distraction recently.

As Romy and I were coming back from town last Tuesday, we saw a Land Rover at the other side of the road and I spied a couple of kittens around the man who was standing next to his car. I stopped immediately as I suspected he was throwing them out....
He denied doing so and said that he just saw them as he was passing. He went to pick one up and put her through my open window, where said kitten snuggled in and started purring....what could I do. I saw he was trying to pick another one up, which hissed and spat at him and had a distinctly unfriendly air about it. He assured me again that he hadn't dumped them and that he was going to come back and feed them but I am not convinced. There were four. I'm allergic to cats and FR is not a cat person in any sense of the word. But I had the cutest thing sitting on my chest and a wide-eyed Romy not quite sure what to think, sitting next to me. I handed the kitten over and we carried on home.

FR was duly agitated, irritated and predicting dire warnings about the dangers of cats (not sure exactly what these are but he was muttering something about diseases) but in she came. And here she still is. An absolute little beauty. FR totally and utterly won over - she sits on his knee, he even allows her to walk on the kitchen table, which I baulk at! We let him name her just to ensure the attachment continues. Meesha. Here are a few photos...

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Super cute

Sits on people

Even FR

Does kitteny things like play with handbag fringes
She doesn't like Pippin - puffs up twice her size and hisses menacingly - but Pippin keeps his distance, instinctively knowing that she's not to be messed with. Poor Pip!

My allergies are invisible at the moment probably due to the heavy cold I have. I'll see how I go. (Before the cat, I expect.)

We also have a crack in the wall that makes Dr Who's problem look like nothing a bit of polyfiller couldn't fix. Since we moved in, there have been many hairline cracks appearing and some that are somewhat bigger than hairline. All over. Everywhere. FR went up to try and fill one of them and agreed, he had to knock away a bit of plaster but this is an impressive crack to have in your house....

Impressive and rather disconcerting.

It's all filled and repainted now and FR has gone around putting 'testigos' - which means 'witnesses' - on some of the others cracks. This is a simple measure involving a bit of polyfiller on the cracks with a date to see how long it takes for the crack to open more. I keep checking but since the 3rd October, we don't appear to have moved too much.

I'll keep you informed.

Now I think it's time for yet another cup of tea - nothing like a nice cuppa when you feel rough. I'll leave you with a couple of tangles too just because I have nothing else to say.


  1. As much as a heavy cold is so awful, it does serve to make you slow down and take some recovery time which was just what you needed. Hope that you are all improving.

    Meehan is beautiful and I think that you were in the right place at the right time. About fifteen years ago Tom came running back to say that the farmer down the lane was going to put some kittens into 'the bucket' unless new owners were found. Syd came home and gave us hours of enjoyment until he moved next door. Tom is also allergic to cats and our neighbour a cat fanatic, so good news all round.

    1. The cold is lingering - I'm just amazed the FR hasn't linked our illness with the dire warnings he gave us when we arrived home with the kitten!! (Even though I know Mateo had it first well before then,)
      It has been rather nice to have some time at home, though....

  2. Beautiful kitty - sometimes you just have to let fate determine who lives in your house. Sorry about the colds, you should start preparing some olive leaf extract to prevent or treat the next one that turns up.

    1. Isn't she gorgeous? The colds are absolutely awful and I will definitely look into the olive leaf thing here, though I'll have to find some that haven't been crop-sprayed....the planes were flying yesterday. Not a good sign.

  3. I cant tell you how beautiful this kitten looks on my computer screen, instead of on my phone....she is adorable. FR would have been a hard man indeed if he had not melted.....and we know he is not a hard man !
    My cold has faded, and we are enjoying such a beautiful autumn. Life is good. Our mini Spanish trip was is exactly a year since we were in Girona. This time of year is perfect for a trip south, and that remains our plan for next autumn.... 4/5 days in the Granada region...... we will be calling in...... Take care, hope the colds vanish soon. Lots of love Jxxxx

    1. She gets a bit more beautiful every day and is completely settled in, Janice. Such a sweetie.
      Sorry to hear you have had a cold too - I think the one I've had is the worst ever, or does it always just feel like that? I can tell from the photos though, that you're having a wonderful autumn. Your photos from Spain were stunning. I am seriously thinking you and I should be planning a Barcelona break in the coming year, although the news of your plans to journey down here again is fantastic. Time goes so quickly! Axxx

    2. Just let me know when you fancy a Barcelona trip ! I'm sure it can be organised.

  4. Oh my, Meesha's adorable!

    I do hope you're all better now. We've all shared something vile too ... the grandbaby caught it from his dad and then sneezed all over everybody to ensure it got spread around!

  5. I devoutly trust your cold is now long gone, Annie, but you have my sympathy as DD gave me one at half-term which lasted for most of November. :(
    Meesha is absolutely adorable. No-one could have resisted her and it looks as though FR soon stopped trying. :)


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