Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Alcohol and Puss-Cat
Today I called the vets to book my cat in for her vaccinations, and then called the cattery to book her in for the end of July. Then I burst into tears. She's 11 years old, and I've had her since she was a tiny wee fluffy kitten. She's currently lying on the (borrowed for our furniture-less fortnight) armchair looking very contented and unaware of the upset and trauma that is shortly going to befall her. I almost e-mailed my husband to say that I had changed my mind and want to take her with us, but then reminded myself why I'd decided not to: she's old, she knows England, she will be very happy in my friend's house where they will adore her and look after her every need. To fly her across the world to a home with wild coyotes across the fields, and 6 foot of snow in the winter would just not be fair. So Till-puss is staying. She's going in to the cattery for 12 days as the friend that is going to give her a new home is away on holiday when we leave, then she will be collected and looked after, and be content.
Then I told myself to get a grip and pull myself together. Took the dogs for a walk - it was warm when I got dressed this morning, then got colder so I put on a jumper. Then before we set off for our walk the heavens opened and the water came tumbling down so I put on coat and hat. Whilst we were walking it dried up and got hotter and humid; off came hat and coat and jumper. A lovely walk down the track, past the pond, up through the fields, then down and up the valley to home.
Next job to be done was to clear the cellar of dust-covered half empty bottles of alcohol. Pimms, Pastis, Pernod, Rum, Sloe Gin, Sherry; all have gone down the drain, and the kitchen now smells like a pub populated with ladies perched on bar stools drinking Pernod with cocktail umbrellas sticking out of the glass. On with it all.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.