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I have been married twenty-one years; I have two teenage daughters, and I am fifty years of age this year.

I wish to spend my fiftieth birthday in a log cabin, by a lake full of trout, with fishing tackle and a boat; with enough food essential’s to last a week. No Internet, nor TV, but a few good books. And did I mention on my own? Well yes on my own. 

If this makes me selfish, well so be it. Because I won’t enjoy my fiftieth any other way.

However, as I live in the UK this isn’t going to happen as I’d like.

So I guess I won’t enjoy it.


This post is inspired from the memories of “Cat” found on “IsobelandCats Blog“…

I never was a pet person.

Whilst my parents had pets around the house whilst I was growing up, I never had much time for them. I remember them of course: two dogs “Honey” a labrador and later “Meg” a Jack Russel; two budgerigars one named “Peter”, and one named “Paul”, I jest not, (yes one flew off but never returned); and a tortoise named “Tommy”.

It wasn’t until I settled down with my wife that attitudes changed.

Our first pet was a tortoiseshell feline who went by he name of “Lu-Lu” –where do we get these names from, I ask you — who I unashamed to admit, was cat-napped; neglected, under weight and in poor health when we took her in, and no spring chicken, about eight years old.

Not long after “adopting” Lu-Lu, my wife talked me into buying a lop eared rabbit who she christened “Flash” as he had a white lightning “flash” on his forehead that stood out clearly from his dark brown fur.

Now Flash was a spoilt little beggar…

In the summer months he resided in the back garden. Living in a cosy little one up one down, attached to a run that provided enough room for exercise and additional dietary supplement. In winter he came indoors.

Wait, I hear you ask “living in doors with a cat?”…

Yes sir.

Flash and Lu-Lu got on like brother and sister.

Quickly adapting to using Lu-Lu’s litter tray, we very rarely had any accidents around the house with Flash; and Lu-Lu didn’t seem to mind to sharing.

I would often come home from work to see them both sat at opposite ends of the window sill, like animal bookends, looking out at the world as it passed by.

When the central heating was on in an evening they could be both found up stairs sprawled on the landing where the hot water pipes were, the pair without a care in the world.

Lu Lu was with us until the ripe old age of fifteen. She developed liver failure and after several years of managing her on special diets we decided, after consultation with the vet, that it was cruel to keep her going. Everyday we had her, she showed her gratitude for the life we gave her. The way she purred; rubbed her self against your legs; dug her claws in you as she made herself comfortable on your lap (perhaps not that). She never has been forgotten.

Flash continued to live the life of Riley although we believe he did miss Lu-Lu when he was in the house by the way he lolled around the house. He passed away several years after Lu-Lu, from perforation of the bowel caused by something he ate.

After Lu-Lu and Flash we decided no more animals. But then the girls came along (love them to bits really), shortly followed by, yes, a pet.

Another “Honey”: a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who after four years of being scragged by the kids has learnt to give as good as she gets. She has the most amazing temperament, sense of humour, and ability to be as lazy as a lazy can be. And since having her, neither my wife nor I have had any regrets reneging on the no pets policy.

So to IsobelandCat at thanks for inspiring me to remember my pets, past and present.

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There comes a point in a child’s life when a situation arises to which they will want to shy away from; saying that this also goes for adults too: and today is one of those such occasions for my daughter.

For some time now my thirteen year old daughter has been aware she requires an orthodontic brace, and to facilitate the fitting of the brace she will require some teeth out.

Despite having been brought up going to the dentists twice a year with the family for check ups, she is none the happier with the thought of having the extractions. The very thought of blood, and losing the teeth (even though she is not concerned about the brace) has been quite traumatic for her. So because of this worry, it has been possible to organise for her to have them out under sedation, administered by an anaesthetist at the University Dental Hospital in town. A full general anaesthetic is in this instance a little over the top as the teeth appear not too awkward on the x-ray.

Despite knowing the team who involved with the extractions and familiar with the technique used, I am still nervous for her.

I have her iPod and her favourite “Ted”, and not bothered that she is thirteen and wanting a “Ted” because I know it will help her get through this ordeal. An ordeal for her as much as it is for many children: so parents if they want their favourite “Ted” let them have it.

So it is with great in-trepidation I set off to pick her up from school to take to town. I just hope I hide my anxieties better than she, as I don’t want to put her off.

The Guilt of Work

Posted: July 18, 2010 in Family
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I have had to work this weekend, the first time for a while now; more from necessity than need.

I feel quite guilty.

Work has not been particularly busy: I know that my time could have been better spent at home, in support of my family preparing for a busy week ahead.
So, sorry love for not being there… 😉