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Cynthia Report 1 Jan 2016 12:10

Knock knock..........

Tentatively pokes nose round the door..........

Just thought I would pop in and wish everyone a very Happy and Peaceful New Year. :-D

As you have probably guessed, I spend most of my leisure time *elsewhere* and, apart from being in a couple of groups, I also help to administer two pages which takes up a fair amount of time.

Also, my husband's condition has deteriorated and this takes much of day unfortunately.

However, you are all in my thoughts and you are still held in high esteem in my memory.

If I can get organised, I will try and pop back now and again.

Love and best wishes to you all. <3


Tabitha Report 31 Dec 2015 18:38

Happy New Year everyone

I hope it will be healthy, happy and prosperous for us all.

My wish for the new year is that It would be lovely to have everyone back on the thread again. I miss you all so much we use to have a lovely thread and all looked after each other. We were always there for each other too.

Please come back

Take care everyone


Tabitha Report 30 Dec 2015 13:48

Thank you for the card Sylvia - sorry to hear you have a medical issue

Glad you had a good time anyway

The floods are all over the place - Yorkshire - Cumbria - but of Wales - with th weather at the moment its more rain & gales & the west country & wales seem to be getting it bad too in the next few days.

I think Sue needs to go to Texas for the snow

Shadow has to go in for dental work next week - 4 or 5 teeth out & a lot of cash heading to the vet - Big worry as they will need to keep him in for the day & put him out to do a full teeth clean & extraction.

Poor little thing must have had teeth problems for a wile. i got a bit upset as he is 12 & there is always a bit of a risk - He will hate going without food or being let out & i will feel so guilty handing him over to the vet in his box.

i am the one who needs to be knocked out - he is such a shy cat so will hate all these strangers around him - must let them know he does not like loud noises.

Oh tells me not to be so soft

I will be on end all day waiting for them to call us to collect him.

Must ask Cynthia if she has heard from Sue


SylviaInCanada Report 28 Dec 2015 20:05

I gather it is rain and flooding in Yorkshire :-(

Poor old York

wasn't it Sue's husband who had never seen snow?


Old Report 28 Dec 2015 20:03

Unless she is in Scotland then she will not see snow


SylviaInCanada Report 28 Dec 2015 19:21

Does anyone know where was Sue intending to be while she was in the UK???

I do hope that she hasn't been caught up in any of this flooding that we've heard about.


SylviaInCanada Report 28 Dec 2015 19:20

Hi everyone

we got back yesterday ...... in pouring rain!

How nice to see Reece and Robert dropping by xxx

Anne ............. do hope that Shadow is fully recovered by now.

It sounds as though everyone had a great Christmas, in different ways.

So did we ............. different from what we had originally planned, but still very enjoyable.

Another friend joined us at the Christmas Buffet, and we had a fun time. The food was excellent, and the company was even better :-)

The weather on Christmas Day was glorious .............. sun and blue skies, but it was chilly. It rained on the other days ............ and there was even snow on the morning we left.

Our sick friend was in good form, and the Palliative Care Centre was terrific with her. She may even be moved out for a few days/weeks to a full care centre as she has improved so much with food, re-hydration and pain control, and they need the bed for people in worse shape. The prognosis seems to be about 2 months :-(

I did end up with a medical problem myself .............. thought I had caught OH's bug the weekend before we went away, but the docs now suspect I might have an ulcer, so I have to go onto a bland diet, no caffeine, etc etc, until tests can be arranged in the new year.

I'm afraid that Arthur's paella, much as I like it, would have been a no-no!!

I could eat the maple glazed ham and cedar board cooked wild sockeye salmon that were served at the Christmas Day Buffet .......... both were delicious!!! The turkey was less delicious ........... why is it that mass-cooked turkey, as served at such events, is usually not that good?? OH said the stuffing was really tasty!


Tabitha Report 27 Dec 2015 13:46

Thank you Arthur- Shadow is very well and eating his meals quite happily.

He is getting a new toy this afternoon his Christmas treat but he won't give up his old ones. Also a bit of chicken left but he doesn't really like human food at all.

Previous little furry companion would sit outside the oven as soon as I started cooking a chicken and would mount a guard by the fridge.

Shadow ignores it totally

We have the vet on Tuesday evening.

Hope you are having a lovely time in Spain

Take care


Old Report 26 Dec 2015 14:53


So glad the vet was able to sort Shadow out. If it had been something more serious and he had become really ill you would not have been able to forgive yourselves.

Vikki cost me considerably more in the Spring, but she repays me in sackfuls by being a happy loving cat - alarms calls in the morning by jumping on me at 0630. Her in Spain I am enjoying my lie ins until 0830. Fortunately Nikki has had no problems and apart from the annual injections has not cost me money.

The Spanish celebrate Christmas Eve - like most of Europe. For our Christmas lunch we had the most delicious seafood paella - a first. As I am trying to lose weight potatoes are off (sweet potatoes are OK) but I must confess I missed roast potatoes and brussel sprouts.

Hope Shadow continues in good health.



Tabitha Report 26 Dec 2015 13:59

Hope everyone had a peaceful Christmas.

We were planning a peaceful start but should realise things never go according to plan.

Shadow decided to be very vocal on Christmas eve morning & would not eat his breakfast. I had to work all day so his dad looked after him. Apparently he spent most of the time behind the sofa, or on his dads lap in the afternoon. He did not eat his food but had dreamies & biscuits.

When I got home late that evening we decided to have a takeaway as a treat, I ordered the food & went to get charged. Shadow refused his supper & just whined pitifully at me. I gave him a check over & nowhere seemed to hurt. The he went to his food bowl & howled at it. I called the vet who said it may be a fur ball stuck & if we wanted him checked over we could bring him down, but it would cost a min of £110.

We had a 5 min chat & I went to get changed & get his basket. 10mins of fighting to get him in & howls of protest. We were just leaving when we remembered the food. By then Shadow had virtually destroyed the paper his basket was sitting on. Little black paws darting through the bars & swearing at us.

Takeaway arrived I left it in the kitchen & we went to the car.

Arrived at the vet, he was like a sweet little lamb. Vet checked him over & looks like a gum infection & poss a bad tooth. Apart from that he was very healthy which was good news. She gave him a strong long lasting antibiotic and a strong painkiller to last a couple of days.

2 min fight to get back in the kitty carrier and off home. Loads of howls & grumbles from the basket. Once home left oh to try & find a parking space & I took poorly paws in. He flew out the basket as soon as I undid the catch. Gave me a passing glare & sat & had a wash.

Went to kitchen & demolished a whole bowl of food - had a good drink & his dad came in. Lots of fuss & cuddles & a gave a very pathetic look at the empty food bowl. Oh then goes to food cupboard & got another sachet of food. Moans at me for not feeding the cat & Shadow demolished another bowl of food. Big grin on his face goes & sits on Oh & goes to sleep for the evening after more cuddles.

We are £145 lighter but at least Shadow is A lot better & out of pain. So we can both feel happier.

We have to go back for a check up to see if the tooth has to come out.

So much for a peaceful start to Christmas.


Old Report 24 Dec 2015 16:22

Happy Christmas & a peaceful, healthy & prosperous New year to all my friends on this thread.

As I sit here in Spain enjoying glorious sunshine, I feel sorry for Sue who travelled to the UK hoping for snow that seems very unlikely in England.



Tabitha Report 24 Dec 2015 12:38

Happy Christmas & a peaceful, healthy & prosperous New year to all my friends on this thread

To all the missing ones - take care - please keep in touch we miss you


Robert Report 23 Dec 2015 18:23

I second that, Reece.

Greetings to all.


Reece Report 23 Dec 2015 16:17

Sending greetings for a very happy Christmas and a peaceful New year to all kind friends on here.

Reece <3 <3 <3 <3 <3


Old Report 15 Dec 2015 17:48


You may miss the sunshine and local wine, but you will have Shadow to keep you company.

The cattery is very good with mine - they are spoilt and allowed to roam in the store room. Vikki needs a special diet so they have a double pen that allows them to be separated at feeding times. They have some toys, including a ball in a track that can keep both amused patting it back and forwards between them. Nikki will probably miss the chance to eliminate some more rodents :-)


Tabitha Report 15 Dec 2015 14:08

Wishing you both well on your travels - you lucky people

We will be at home on our own with Shadow

We are seeing the outlaws at the weekend to exchange presents - i always give the children Money as they are at the difficult age 18 - 11 - & nearly 10 that all want something different.

One of the girls is now learning the French Horn - so goodness only knows what she will buy & she wants to go into politics as she thinks women can make a better job of running the country.

The other one is a very girly girl . and likes all things pretty & sweet - goodness only knows what she will be.

As for the oldest one - he still loves his art but is learning to drive & loves going out with his uncle (who is a professional instructor) when we go for a visit. he really wanted him to teach him - but we are too far away. i know they all prefer to get their own things.

i dont think Shadow would like to be left in a cattery - he is not very happy when left without a lap for too long. The other morning there was a very pitiful grizzle & long drawn out howl - i thought he was really ill - but we think he had a nightmare & thought he had been abandoned again. As soon as i went down to him he cuddled up to me & wouldn't leave me alone. So he had to come to bed with us & snuggled up to us both.

By the time I got back to sleep he was snoring & cuddled up tight to the OH & thats where he was when i woke up

The last 3 nights he has to come up tot he bedroom with us - makes sure we are tucked up in bed & then goes back down stairs. when we wake up in the morning he is either cuddled next to me or OH - goodness only knows what time he comes up at least we haven't had another howling session.

How is the packing going Sue - when do you fly out of Australia


Old Report 14 Dec 2015 14:28


I hope your friend will be able to enjoy a Christmas meal with you.


I am fortunate in reaching an age when presents amongst my friends and relations are not required or sought. As a family we decided several years ago that we already had most things and receiving something, we would probably not have bought for ourselves was plain daft.
Buying for children these days is also very difficult, so for the children of my brother and sister I give vouchers so they can buy something they really want.

I am not a curmudgeonly old man, but Christmas is not as it was when I was a lad. I am lucky that I will be spending Christmas with my sister in warmer climes. We are spending 2 weeks just north of Malaga where she has a static home on a really nice campsite. We went last year but returned before the New Year. Should be interesting to see how the Spanish bring in the New Year.
Only other time I have been away at New Year , I was at a party for 4,000 people at Ayers Rock..

This Saturday having a meal with my sister and her children and their children so that presents can be exchanged.

Looking forward to working on my tree whilst away, reading lots of books and taking many long walks. I hope to return a fitter and slimmer me.

Wishing everyone all the best and hoping for a peaceful, healthy and prosperous New Year.


PS Nikki & Vikki will be enjoying another stay at the cattery where they regularly entertain visitors. I will miss them but knowing they are safe a well looked after is good.


SylviaInCanada Report 13 Dec 2015 21:29

Hi Anne


We're going away fro Christmas, back to stay in the hotel where we stayed last month.

Our friend greeted us with the news that she had tumours on the liver, pancreatic cancer was suspected .................. so we pushed her into agreeing to eat at the hotel's Christmas Day Buffet with us.

Now she is in palliative care, at least for a short time, as things are progressing faster and she was dehydrated. If she is in better shape after feeding up and getting re-hydrated, then she could go home, though that would mean giving up the very comfortable single room that she currently has. She can stay there and go out for the day.

We are still going to the hotel, but have no idea what is going to happen. We do have other friends in the same town.

Meanwhile, OH decided to get the "runs" on Wednesday, failed to drink enough (men!!), and is therefore taking longer to recover. He's very tired, and sleeping a lot!

We therefore have not got all our Christmas letters out, nor the little parcel to our daughter, or, or or .................

but at least I don't have to worry about food!


Tabitha Report 13 Dec 2015 19:13

Is everyone ready for Christmas?

Hope you are all keeping well

I miss our chats


SylviaInCanada Report 16 Nov 2015 03:47

Hi everyone

Reece .......... it's nice to see you. Hope you will feel better after you get used to all the medications and tests!

I had a bad week .... I got a bad case of the runs on Sunday last week. I'm finally feeling better, but it took over a week :-(

Our grandson is enjoying Kindergarten, and is doing well, thankfully! His other grandparents looked after him last Friday ......... it was a PD day. They took him to see the Muppet Movie, along wth hundreds of other kids as every school in the city was on PD day :-D

We're going away for a few days tomorrow, to see our friend. We should be back on Thursday

Hope you all behave while I'm away :-D