My poor babygirl… and this and that.

DSC_0028My poor little babygirl went in to be spayed the other day (if you fancy seeing a close-up, here’s a pic taken 24 hours later… nicely healing, but looks like a butcher did it)…  BUT… and there’s a massive BUT… I am furious with the vets on how they dealt with it.

She’s NOT spayed!  Nope, no spaying done at all.

Other half took her to the vets, and I informed him he had to give them his mobile number, as he would be closer, and could get there in 2 minutes, should he be needed for any reason.

And they called him.

To tell him she’s pregnant.  Of course she’s fucking pregnant – that’s what cats do the best.  But she can still be spayed!  But no, they called him and informed him there’s babies in the tum, and that there “might be complications” (of course there might be fucking complications!!!  There might be complications during ANY spaying), and whether he wanted them to go-ahead with the spaying, or let her have the kittens.  They even went as far as saying she’s fit and healthy and there’s no reason why she couldn’t have another litter!

So, other half was now worried about Ms Monkey-Pie and any complications, and worried about the “babies” (Catholic and all), and decided against going ahead with the operation.

He then called me… and told me she was preggers, to which I replied “of course she is”, and he then said they had given him the option of whether to go ahead with the op… he didn’t tell me he’d by then already told them to close her up.

I hang up on him and call the vets straight away – telling them to please go ahead with the op (although I knew I would cry like a little baby afterwards… I shouldn’t have worried as I ended up bawling my eyes out anyway).

And they say – oh we’ve already closed her up, and she’s waking up, we can’t go ahead with it now!

I was fuming – sad and upset for Pie, and fuming that they had put it in a way to my other half to make it sound like it would be in the best interest of our girl to have the kittens… it’s NOT in her best interest!  She had a litter less than 12 weeks ago.  She needs to be able to be her again, not just a mummy.

So…  now she will have another litter… which will only be getting milk from her for the first 2 weeks, after that they will be on the bottle, so Pie can be spayed as soon as possible.

 

And so the last two girls of Pie’s litter will be re-homed.  We decided to keep them when I wasn’t 100% happy with any that offered them a home.  They’re my little baba-lubas… my little angels.  We absolutely adore them to bits (and I wish I could show you loads of pictures, but with the two of them racing about or climbing legs or curtains it’s impossible to get a decent picture.

Our favourite is bringing them into bed and see a film – it doesn’t matter if the film is rubbish – the two of them pouncing about on the bed is excellent entertainment.  😀

But… with hand rearing kittens coming up, and constantly having to keep an eye on the two girls with the dogs still, and there are days where I can barely walk, and to top it off Pie’s started to become agressive towards them… the girls would be better off with the right family.

And if all goes to plan, they will be joining their new families this week…  we could have done it over the weekend, but it’s heartbreaking to let them go… although we are thrilled with their new home.  They will be playmates to a pre-teen girl who’s slightly differently able.  She lost her elderly cat a while ago, and her and the kittens will be having loads of fun.  They will be living on a small homestead, and it’s a three generation family, where grandma already has three kitties that bring home pressies every day (if they grow up to be like Pie, they will be in heaven catching mice and birds!).

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(The two baby-monkeys running riots on the sofa)

 

So, heartbreak and kittens aside… I’m really not doing too well at the moment.  If it’s not the body, it’s the head… and of course there’s days where there’s both!  😀

Luckily I’m seeing the cardiology specialist this month, so hopefully something can be sorted.  There’s some tablets I could try help with the fatigue, but I’ve tried to get a doc appointment and couldn’t get any until this week, and as there’s now less than 2 weeks to the hospital appointment I saw no point, as I wouldn’t be certain if the tablets were working or I was just having a few good days until then.

Head’s either all over the place, or gone away on holiday… the other day my other half found a pack of ham I’d stuck in the medicine cabinet.  *sigh*

 

Other half’s been doing wonders with the porch in-the-making!  😀

Soon enough I will get the blasted washing machine out of the kitchen, and can finally start figuring out how we want the kitchen – and I can order my fridge!!!  This is like the highlight of the summer for me.  😀

I am however NOT impressed with a local company that supplies roofing shingles.  We bought a pack, and was short 2 “strips” (or whatever it’s called).  Went back to see if they had any loose… and they did – as they were scattered outside!  And they refused to let us have two loose ones!!!  Bloody bastards.  We’d been happy to pay, but instead we had to buy a whole blooming pack for £40.  In the end they’re the losers… if they’d let us buy two of the loose ones, we would have happily recommended them to people, as the shingles are great… but they customer service let them down.  I won’t slag them off by name (it’s their livelyhood), but not a word of praise will be spoken either.

This is why I love B&Q.  I would rather support local businesses… but B&Q’s got it right.  They’re always so happy to please.  Just the other day I spotted a tray of alpines.  I wanted them!  But the tray was missing one plant.  So I wandered around trying to see them, so I could get a full tray… but of course didn’t spot them (ham in the medicine cabinet!)… so asked a chap that worked there.  He said I thought that was the last, but still went to check, and when realising it really was the last tray, he knocked off a big chunk of the price for me.  They’re looking really nice around the pond, I shall try to post pics one of these days.

 

Although the weather hasn’t been great at all, the waterlilies are doing fab!  We’re now on the second one in the back garden (pink) and the third and fourth in the front garden:

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(Second water lily in the back garden)

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(My massive hunk of a tomcat showing off the third and fourth water lily in the front garden… the one closest just opening up).

First water lily of the year!

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Look what greeted me today!  I love it when the water lilies start blooming.  😀

This one is in the fish pond.  We bought both our lilies as bulbs a few years ago… the pink one (above) is doing great, and gives us quite a few flowers a year… the white one however has clearly got it’s mind set on world domination – and is growing like a proper bugger.  So far there’s already 4 bulbs on the white one, and the leaves are everywhere!

The white one is in the front garden pond (no fish), as it simply grows too much.  It had some sort of growth-spur last year, when the fish used to be in the front garden pond… so much so we had to remove it and stick it in the back garden pond (which at that point was much smaller and had no fish) – it was taking over the whole pond!

Now however, the white one can grow as much as it likes – it’s got the whole pond to itself, and the fish are very happy with the much smaller water lily in their new pond.  😀

I’m all done – now where’s the sun?

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Other half was complaining that our oh so yellow chairs weren’t comfy enough to snooze on, so I went online to shop for a sun lounger…

And found them either very pricy, or cheap and naff looking (thin fabric). So, instead I figured I’m make one.  😀

Got saw, wood, nails and screws – what could go wrong?

Actually – nothing did.  Hahahahahah!  Oh yes, it won’t win a prize for best looking (or most symmetrical!) sun lounger – but it’ll do.  Other half was well amused as I was swearing and grunting… but in the end all I needed help with was to get a handful of screws properly screwed in.

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It’s got foDSC_0013ur different settings for the back, plus flat… and as I figured it would be so heavy (and I’m just about as strong as 5 year old girl), I made it in two sections, so I can move it myself.

 

Stained it to make it look like it’s been there for a while.  If it had been nicely done and with sanded wood, I would have liked it white, but as it stands I don’t want to notice it too much!  😀

Of course I couldn’t leave it just brown-ish… so I added a couple of “speed stripes”.

The four-legged ones absolutely love it… and to be honest so do I.  And even the other half, after having had a rest on it, had no choice but to agree it’s actually quite fab.

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Aaaaaaand – I have to say – the little brush I used on it did amazing!  I used a small Daler-Rowney brush (from a set) not just for the stripes (both acrylic and oil based paint)… but I also used it to stain the whole blooming sun lounger!  The brush didn’t loose a single hair – and that’s not nicely sanded wood.  Well impressed.

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My tree’s making babies!!! (and various other stuff)

DSC_0010My beautiful tree is reproducing!!!  I know… seeds on a tree, how exciting can it be?  Well – very exciting to me.  😀

First time it’s ever done so, so I’m kind of feeling like a proud grandma.  😀

 

And the gate for the pergola is done, and my wee cross road sign for the path is not just finished, but also up.

A few more flowers, and chuffed that my half dead plants (middle pic) in the hanging baskets seem to be very happy indeed.

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Of course my two canine girls came to help me take pics….

And then all my girls game to help out (or sniff the grass):

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And then playtime started:

I got what I wanted… for £8!

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Call it what you want… pergola or arbor/arbour… I got what I wanted!  😀

We need a gate to the lawn part of the garden.  We’ve never had one, but always needed one, due to the canine girlies.

They have access to the garden at all time (they fit though the catflap), but when it gets so wet it’s just mud, a gate would have been amazing.  Instead we’ve been putting up boards on the steps to stop them from going out there to roll in the mud.

So – solutions – a pergola.  I wanted a pergola, which we can put a gate on (gate will hopefully be made this weekend!).

Of course, we intended to make one… and I fell in love with the simplicity of this one.  Albeit I want a different gate, and prefered it without all the “fancy bits”.

Boo of course helped me cheer on her daddy as he set out on the task:

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And as it came along it did start to look similar to what I wanted:

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It looks a little crooked, but it’s not, miraculously we managed to get it straight.  😀

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I did however do something incredibly stupid… I felt ok-ish, so I painted the whole thing in one day (two layers, undercoat and gloss).  I’ve suffered for it since.  I gotta learn that everything’s not ok, just beacuse it feels ok for a little while.  Apart from having felt very shitty indeed, I’ve now been rewarded with eye floater in my right eye too.

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All that’s needed now is the gate – and we’ll be all set for when it’s handy to keep the dogs out of there for a few hours.  😀

All in all it ended up costing £8…  and that was for the screws.  Everything else we had.  I’ve even planted climbers next to it already.

It was a quick thing to do, we didn’t sand any of the wood, and just used what we had.  It’s not there to be closely inspected, it’s there to hold a gate, and hopefully look pretty with climbers growing on it.  From a distance it looks fab!  😉

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Aaaaaaaaand – that’s the pond finally finished off:

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My scale babies new home got the last finishing touches today.  Yay!

The pond was finished a little while ago, but it had been planned since last summer.  It’s a half-raised pond (majority is below the ground), as it was less work.

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We had all the wood for the supporting frame, the new liner was paid for by a bingo win, and the cement needed was paid for from a different bingo win, so all in all it ended up free.  😀

We had loads of broken slabs, and quite a few bricks, so those got used for the wall.  The little “pier” was made using off cuts of planks we had laying about.  It’s there as my “pump cleaning station”. Half of it folds over on itself, so I can lift the net and remove the pump for cleaning.

Of course two of my beautiful girlies cam to cause havock help showing off the finished pond:

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The lady’s getting wet. ;)

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Finally… my poor water feature that’s been sitting idle for years has been installed.  Got her for a steal at Dobbies, as one of her boobs had gotten a dent.  😀

However, a hammer sorted that, and now she’s finally been installed.  Plan was always to use her for one of the ponds, but she’s simply too big, and would dominate even the big pond the fish are now in.

So, a big hole for a container was dug, mesh put on top, and then covered with gravel and stones… and finally my lovely lady’s getting wet.  😀

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She sits on a small patch between the two sheds, and we get to see her sitting on our oh so yellow chairs.  And as you can see – solar lights has been stuck in to light up Chesterfield Avenue at night.  Can’t wait to see them on for the first time tonight.

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That little fence seperating the path and the stones around the water feature was a major pain in the arse.  Grrrrrrr!  It’s cheap fencing from the pound store, but it was a hideous green… 5 hours and two layers on both sides, and it’s finally white(-ish).

Ignore the fact that it’s all wonky, I don’t care, but I’m sure my other half will be straightening it out at some point this evening… as he does care.  😀

And beacuse I’m an idiot that doesn’t learn… I intent to by a whole shed load of them, paint them and use them as borders between the lawn and the path all over.

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And I got the two little hanging baskets I wanted for the new shed!  Uber-cute!  Again from the pound store, so an absolute bargain.

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No more muddy shoes! :D

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Finally I am able to go and feed the fish, or get something from the sheds without being covered in mud.  😀

And I got Distinctive Chesterfields to thank you for it – so thank you ever so much!

I was a runner up in their competition, and the prize was £50 Amazon vouchers.  I love vouchers!  Cash always gets used on boring things like bills, but as my mortgage lender isn’t too keen on accepting Amazon vouchers, this was a fab treat.

I wanted to get the book 11/22/63, even had it in my basket… but clearly the book isn’t no-where near £50, so I thought I’d check out chainsaws (!) to see how much they are, and how much I’d needed to add extra on top of my voucher… and there it was, a recommendation on what others have bought – gravel!

I had no idea you could buy gravel on Amazon, nothing I’ve ever considered searching for there… although gravel is something I’ve wanted for a while.  The price was also excellent (I got 3 ton about 5 years ago, and comparing it to what that cost me, my 850kg bag of gravel was cheap!), and included delivery!

Book was removed from the basket – and my big bag of gravel added!  All in all it ended up costing me a measly £7.50, as I had another 50p code.  😀

Delivery was quick, and the chap that came was nice as pie (and I was so jealous of his crane – oh it looked like such fun!), and placed the gravel nicely inside the fence in the front garden.

 

We’ve always had a problem with the blasted lawn… grass simply won’t grow!!!  Twice we’ve removed all the lawn (this is a massive job) as we find trying to fix patches isn’t working… at the moment there’s a few patches all over that needs some help, and the right side of the garden is currently bare (see pics), and will hopefully be getting some attention soon.

By the steps up to the garden it’s a mud-hole!!!  At some point over the winter we even chucked down kitchen cupboard doors on top of the mud in the hope to save our shoes:

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So… although the weather has been terrible, we’ve (read:  The other half with me cheering him on!) managed to dig out the path:

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As a bonus, we managed to save some good grass from where we dug the path, and the bit where Boo is standing in the above pic has now finally got grass again.  😀

Aaaaaaand – this is what I now got:

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So happy!!!  A massive thank you to Distinctive Chesterfields – as you can see, my little gravel path has been named after them.  (Sign made out of leftover shed cladding)  😀

We still need little lawn borders for it, and the plan is slate.  We know of a massive heap of old discarded roof slates in a forest, so I think it might be those when the weather improves.  Lawn will be getting some attention again, and will hopefully look halfway decent by the time all the flowers start coming out.

There’s a little cross-road by the sheds, and the white bannister pole that you can just about spot by our old shed, I intend to make into a cross road sign.  😀

Neighbour of the Year award goes to:

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That dude that used to live on the corner!!!

Yes, my Neighbour of the Year award would have to go to the guy (and his family… pretty certain he had a wife and a nipper or two) who used to live on the corner of the street.  A dude I didn’t even know the name of.  😀

And here’s the reasons why he wasn’t just nominated – but won hands down:

  • He never talked to me
  • He never talked to anyone about me
  • We were on friendly “nodding” terms, if we happened to see eachother from a distance
  • His kid(s) never invaded our front garden
  • He never had loud parties in his garden
  • He didn’t have friends honk their horns outside his house
  • He gave me an amazing shed!
  • He moved away

Ok, so you might ask why I’m happy he moved?  I’m not, but I would prefer not to have any neighbours at all, so not living here anymore is clearly a plus in my book.  🙂

I really don’t know the guy’s name… he lived there for a year or two.  He wasn’t a next door neighbour, he lived 4 houses down (by the way, my next door neighbours are fantastic, although I do feel the pressure to “small talk” with them).  I’m pretty certain he had a wife or girlfriend, as sometimes I’d see a woman there, and sometimes a nipper or two (heck – it could have been 7 for all I know… however many it was – they were no hassle).  We’d nod to eachother if we spotted each other, kind of a “good to see you, and very pleased we don’t have the need to talk” nod.

And then he decided to move.  I would have been none the wiser, unless whomever will move in is gonna be of the chatty type.  I would have kept on nodding, and probably thinking something like “hmmmm… didn’t he use to have dark hair?”.  But, as he was to move, he told one of the neighbours he was gonna scrap his sheds… and this particular neighbour told another neighbour, who in turn came knocking at our door and asked if we wanted a shed!

Yes – please!!!  As some of you know… I’ve wanted a new shed for a wee while.

There was only one “small” problem… the shed we were given was a 12foot by 16foot shed!  Sadly I can barely carry a plank, let alone help dismantle massive walls… so the other half and a neighbour dismanted not just our massive shed, but also a smaller one that went to the neighbour.

 

And this is what we ended up with:

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We had no need for a shed the size it used to be, so then it was measuring and planning to do… and we found the ideal size would be a 7foot by 8foot shed, as it fits in nicely next to our other shed, and gave us plenty of room for all the gardening stuff (lawnmovers, rakes, spades, etc).

It took some cutting, swearing and quite a bit of time… but suddenly we had a shed the size we wanted (try to ignore the giant Aerobin that’s taking up a bit of the pic):

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Aaaaaaand – this is the finished shed – just put up the fascias today:

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(Ignore the two plastic trays in the bottom left corner of the pic… they will be moved soon, as soon as the next project starts.) All that’s needed now is a couple of small hanging baskets (and I want an oldfashioned door handle).  😀

All in all the shed ended up costing us £58… and that was for the roof felt, tar, and the paint (black and brown that I mix to get it to what I want)… everything else needed we had.  Perfection is way over-rated:  What we have, we make do with – and although the results aren’t “perfect”, they’re just right for us.  And yes, that included picking an ugly fabric flower off an equally ugly hairband, and sticking it onto my watering can for a wee bit of colour.  Suddenly the fabric flower as gone from something ugly, to something that brings a smile on my face.  😀

 

And, as a bonus – we had plenty of wood left, so we also built a small “shack” for the bins… and one neighbour took one of the 8foot by 8foot walls we had spare to fix his daughters shed, and another neighour got three 4foot by 8foot plywood boards that were spare as a new roof for his shed… so this one shed, didn’t just end up as two “sheds” in our garden, but also helped out two other sheds!

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Sorry, paint still wet on one of the doors, as only got it up last night.  It’s not pretty, but it’s functional and hides the ugly rubbish bins.  I’ve ordered fake (!!!) ivy to stick on the roof, don’t want real ones, as the roof is a massive hit with the cats, but figured I could use some fake, as I can then place it so that it won’t be in the way of the kitties enjoying their new look-out tower.

 

My other half did an amazing job.  He really did.  I was as useless as chocolate teapot, so he had to do all the hard work himself, I was just helping making sure all measuring was correct.  It wasn’t until it was finished that I could help, took me three days, but I managed to get it painted (something that should have just taken a few hours), and cut out the fascias.  So all the glory goes to the other half, but I’m still just as proud as if I’d done it myself!  😀

So far – not much…

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Of colour in the garden that is.  There’s only a few things flowering, and the one shown above isn’t even mine!  But as it’s coming through the wall between our garden and the neighbours, I count it as in “my” garden anyway.  😀

I love these flowers, they come early, before much else starts to bloom, and the poke through the wall, hang over the wall, and has even started to climb up one of the trees.  Something this pretty – I say the more the merrier.

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Then there’s the above pictured fruit tree.  Not much colour, but pretty flowers.  Don’t ask me which fruit.  Planted the tree 3 years ago, and so far no fruits, to the point we’ve forgotten what sort of tree it is.  Hahahaha.  But hopefully we’ll solve the mystery this year.

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Still a few confused daffodils… the rest has died off weeks ago, but there’s a bunch of these still going strong.

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We got these in a few places in the garden, but so far only one spot has started to bloom.

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I got no idea what sort of bush this is, but the pretty lilac flowers are a massive hit with the bumblebees.

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Here’s another one that’s spread from the neighbour, but these have now taken root with us too.

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And of course my “extensive” knowledge of flowers doesn’t even go as far as telling if this is flowers or leaves.  😀

But who cares – this bush is gorgeous.  The poor thing was here when we got the house, planted in an ugly green plastic pot.  You can just about spot it in this pic taken over 4 years ago… so we kept the poor thing in it’s ugly pot for 7 years, and only planted it this year.  It’s next to the new pond, and I’m hoping it will spread nicely, as it really is so pretty.