Update on the cat

Just a little update on how it’s going with the kitten in the house. πŸ™‚

She has a ton of energy! But then she can also sleep for hours at a time, when the energy is gone and she needs to recharge the batteries.

You never know what she will do… Here is a funny picture of her inside the washing machine!

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She had climbed up on some wet clothes hanging to dry next to the machine, and then jumped down when the lid was opened. I do have it closed now, but I think the washing machine might start smelling at some point if you leave the lid closed all the time and it’s moist inside the machine.

Here she is on a little piece of furniture in the living room. She is not allowed to be there, because she can knock down the plants (which we moved there because she knocked down the plants when they were elsewhere in the house). But she kindly sat there, so I took a picture of her before moving her to the floor. She sits next to a framed picture of my cat Niki who sadly passed away in March (in case you didn’t know).

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She has grown quite a lot. You don’t notice it so much when you see her every day, until you look at the first pictures of when she arrived here.

When I am sitting by the desk in the living room, doing things on the computer, she sometimes likes to lay down and sleep, between my chest and my arm. When she does that I cannot do much writing on the keyboard, so I usually watch something on YouTube while she sleeps on my arm.

She gave a big yawn at one point when I was taking pictures of her! πŸ˜€

Here she has put her toy (a star with a bouncy ball inside), in the drinking water! She likes to move her toys to her food cups (luckily she doesn’t put them in the food!) or the kitty litter box.

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She is funny and I do love her. But sometimes, when she has too much energy, she can get on my nerves a bit! And you have to be careful what she does, so she doesn’t break stuff or burn her paws on the stove. Because she likes to jump from the kitchen table to the sink and then walk over to the stove. No, she is not supposed to do that. But you need only turn your head around for a few seconds, and there she is…

I find it very hard to do creative things with her in the house… :/ If I want to make a jigsaw puzzle, she is all over the place, trying to chase the pieces. I wanted to knit some socks, but that was impossible since she immediately starting going after the yarn, trying to bite it. Same with the cross stitching. She jumps on the paper with the pattern and she grabs at the thread with her paws. I close the door to my room but she is soon there, meowing and begging to come in (unless she is sleeping). So I usually have to wait to do creative things until she is sleeping. πŸ™‚

Also she likes to be close to you. At the moment I am alone with her, because mum will be in Sweden for several weeks. I was working three days this week and when I came home she would come running up to me and start purring. She likes to purr a lot.

Finally here is a picture from a few hours ago. She lay on my chest, with her head up against my chin, and she purred a lot then too. Her whiskers tickled my face! πŸ˜€

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I was very hungry, but I decided to wait until she wanted to move away from me, until I went to the kitchen to prepare some food.

I know she will calm down when she get older. It’s a phase she is going through. Kittens are full of life, curious and energetic. πŸ™‚ And they are the best animals in the world, according to me. Nothing better than coming home from work and finding a purring cat that comes running against you, welcoming you home.

Little Miss Nelson

I now have a little kitten full of energy in the house! πŸ˜€ But she can also sleep for hours at a time, to recharge her batteries.

We got to visit her for the first time at week 4, by the time she looked like this:

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Miss Nelson is her official name, but I almost always call her Nelson. In the beginning, when she was born, the owner said it was a male kitten. It wasn’t until the 6th week that we found out she is a female. πŸ™‚ We wished for a male, but we still wanted to take the cutie, despite her being female. And I didn’t want to change the name. For me it is and will always be Nelson. Some may say Miss Nelson, others may call her Nellie or Nelly if they wish.

This is how relaxed she was during the 30 minutes drive to her new home:

IMG_0941Especially the first part of the road was very bumpy, but she quickly settled down and took a little nap in the transport box.

We arrived home around 10 pm on Monday evening. We didn’t get much sleep the first night, but the transition to a new life has gone very smoothly. She knows where the kitty litter is and how to use it. She likes playing with certain toys, especially those hanging in elastic bands from sticks. πŸ™‚

She is very cuddly, when she is in that mood. Last night she spent hours very close to my head, purring. She purrs other times as well, especially if she wants to relax after an episode of chasing toys around the house.

Before she arrived I made a little blanket for her. It’s just a fleece blanket with small black paw prints. I keep it mostly in a box. Nelson has slept there once so far.

In the autumn or winter I might put it on the sofa or the bed.

It’s fun watching her progression and play with her. She doesn’t mind the water and likes to play with a little water in the sink.

She ate a cooked fish yesterday and she will probably get the rest of the fish later today.

She likes to investigate her new home and often finds weird places to sleep in, like this shelf where she slept on top of small plush toys:

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Finally here a picture of her sleeping on my bed. First she was chasing my hand under the bed sheet and all of a sudden she decided to charge her batteries, like this:

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I hope she will have a long happy life here. I’m sure she will give me lots of moments of happiness and laughter. πŸ™‚

Beauty and the Beast and May 1st

I went to the cinema tonight to watch Beauty and the Beast. My niece recommended it! πŸ™‚ It was good! I liked the songs. It was a bit scary at times, but still good. I might get in on DVD when it comes out.

Yesterday was May 1st, which is celebrated in Finland with balloons, parades etc. The market square was jam packed with people… Usually the market square is empty except for a few sellers and a few customers or other people walking across it. But a couple of times a year it is filled with people and hard to move around. People bump into you all the time.

There are different parades, old cars and people walking. On the square they sell ice cream (which they do the whole summer), licorice, thin pancakes, grilled sausages, balloons, toys etc. There is also music. As usual I went to the town hall and listened to a male choir singing. Here is a picture of them standing on the balcony, singing:

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Across the street from the town hall is the church. Lots of people listening to the choir:

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This shows only a small portion of the people. The white hats are given (well, you have to buy them yourself…) to high school graduates. But these days other schools can have similar white hats with tassels, so they are not exclusive for high school graduates anymore. The white hats can turn slightly yellow after some decades.

My hat is still white:

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The thing that is attached on the black rim is golden and must be bought separately from a store that sells earrings, necklaces etc.

In the afternoon we went to my sister-in-law. I took a few pictures of the dogs that had much fun rolling around in the dry grass… (Click on the images to enlarge them)

The black one is already 9 years old (he will be 10 in June) and the dog in the third picture has just turned 13.

Finally a picture of two small flowers that I found in my sister-in-law’s garden:

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Actually there were three flowers, I think, but I only got two of them in a picture. I don’t know what they are called, but they are a sign of spring. πŸ™‚

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter if you are celebrating Easter! πŸ˜€

This is a closeup of my Easter grass. In Finland (and other countries too I guess) it is a tradition to grow grass on a plate or little box. Then you put little chickens in the grass as decoration. I also put some small chocolate eggs in the grass. πŸ™‚

The grass grows pretty quickly, so you have to cut it several times with scissors. Otherwise the chickens/chocolate eggs will disappear among the high grass! πŸ˜‰

I will eat the little chocolate eggs when I put away the Easter decorations next week.

Here is a picture of a chicken I crocheted freehand (using no instructions) yesterday and today.

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Well, it’s late. So Happy Easter once again! πŸ™‚

Got my glasses yesterday!

I have had a pretty bad cold several days (almost all the week). But I was called to come and work on Monday and Thursday. So I did that.

I missed the last Italian lesson… Oh well. I have the school book, so I can read it myself.

Yesterday after work I went to pick up my glasses and sunglasses. πŸ™‚ I have not had a chance to try my sunglasses yet, because there is no sun… Right now lots of snow comes down from the sky! The winter came back!

I’ll bake some muffins after dinner and tonight I will watch a movie that I have borrowed from the library.

Glasses, F1 etc.

Last Friday I went to check my sight. At the same time I chose new glasses. πŸ™‚ They will come in about two weeks, so at the end of the month. But they might come sooner too. I will get a text message when I can go and pick them up.

It will be interesting, because I don’t really remember what they look like! πŸ˜€ They had an offer of two glasses for one, so I also chose sun glasses. It’s the first time I will wear sun glasses. The lenses are thicker, so I can use them without the regular glasses. That has always been an issue for me. I can’t use those cheap sun glasses you find in many stores and flea markets. They need to come with thicker lenses so I can see. Of course I had to pay for the lenses of the sun glasses, but the frame was free.

For the first time I had them take pictures of the back of the eyes. I don’t know what it is called in English. But they have a machine that can take pictures of the bottom of the eye, the part that you can’t see. Those pictures turned out to be okay, so they didn’t find anything unusual in those pictures, which is nice to know. Apparently you should take those pictures every second or third year.

I still miss Niki. The house feels so empty without a cat. 😦 It’s the small things you miss the most. Like making whipped cream… Niki always wanted to lick some of the cream. Now I don’t have anyone who licks the whipped cream. I even miss him waking me up during the night, scratching his paws on my door.

I really, really want to have a little kitten! But I have not found anything yet. On Saturdays the local newspaper has ads where people want to sell/buy etc. Sometimes they announce that they have kittens, but not yet. An other free magazine comes out on Wednesdays and they have similar ads, but sadly no kittens there either.

I even have a name for the kitten. πŸ™‚ I just need to find him. There will be kittens born in May. A man has offered us one of the kittens born in May. But May is so far away. It’s only March. And God knows how long the kittens have to stay with their mother. Several weeks. It means I would not get it home until June or July… 😦 So please, God, let me found a kitten in the newspaper ads long before that!

Oh, well… there is nothing to do but to wait. To try and make the days go faster. Sunday really dragged itself through mud. Sunday felt very long.

This weekend the F1 season starts in Australia. πŸ™‚ Looking forward to that. Kimi Raikkonen drives for Ferrari and Valtteri Bottas has moved to Mercedes. It will be interesting to see both drivers.

In memory of Niki

It’s almost a week since March 10, which was a Friday. I have not felt like writing before. Now I will write a little about Niki, my cute cat that passed away that horrible day. 😦

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16 years and 11 months. His birthday was March 23. So next week is his 17th birthday. Or was. He may celebrate it in heaven, or wherever his soul is now.

We got the beautiful cat in May 13, 2000. Of course then he was just a little kitten.

I will miss him forever. Pets are like family members, so losing them is very difficult.

It’s hard writing this, even after almost a week since his passing. 😦

Rest in peace, Niki! I love you and will always love you.