Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Kitties and other critters

I have not spoken in a while and it all comes down to turmoil in my psyche. As I had written before, my beautiful boy cat was missing. This is still the case and this fact alone could put me in a funk for a whole long while. After the little boy had been missing for 6 months I decided to pull myself towards myself and get another boy cat.

I found a person that had rescue kittens and went and rescued one. My husband and I love ginger cats and they luckily had one. While we were picking up the latest member of our family we saw one of the other cats which we could not resist. This kitten was perfectly black and the most handsome boy ever.
Two new boy cats have been lovely in the house.

So now all was well. The ladies of the house took a while to accept the little boys. It sounded as if we had steam trains going through our house, with all the hissing that was going on. It is now four month later and all the cats are tolerating each other quite well.

All was settling in well and then on the 1st of December my father passed away. This was in no means unexpected as he was 84 and had been suffering quite badly for about a year. It is just one of those things, it may have been expected, it may be the best for the person, but a death in the family is always unsettling.  He willed me his stamp collection, which was extremely large. I did not particularly want it, though, i did realize that he had dedicated many hundred of hours to it and the fact that he trusted it to me means that i would have to respect his wishes. 
I will pass it down the line hopefully in the same or better condition that I received it. It was extremely unsettling receiving this collection. 


Another portion of turmoil was getting my youngest daughter through her finals and get her into varsity. She needed to do a portfolio of work to get into the particular course at varsity. The requirements were large and I felt that it put extra strain on the poor child whilst writing her finals.This too has past as she passed her finals and was invited to two varsities to study at. She has started and seems to be semi-happy with what she is studying. I saw this with my eldest as well. When you pay for your children's studies, they make you feel bad for their varsity experience.

When all was settled again, the last member of my parent generation within the family passed away. When I gave my sympathies I found out hat my cousin had died the year before. All so sad. 

I suppose all of this is the natural cycle of life. This is what I fully expect, except it created turmoil in my psyche.

I have been making great strides in my family tree and made connection with some amazing family members that I would not have known about except for doing my family tree. This is a fun hobby for the naturally inquisitive. It does shock me however that there are so many organisation that have gained data from government institutions and hold this information hostage for large payments. 

I have taken up reading novels again. I used to be an avid reader, but studying for a degree broke it for a while. I found that we when I picked up a novel i tended to read it in such a way that I could have written an exam on the characters within it. Cramming a novel is not that much fun. This may tell you how I faced my exams. When my husband and I were doing our degrees i was bad and smoked. On more than one occasion, I would be writing an exam, work out that I had answered sufficient question to pass the course, and left to have a cigarette. I would be so unimpressed if my children pulled that sort of stunt. 

I had the last 10 days off work and it was fabulous. We got in supplies and had the most relaxed time ever. This may be why I am able to greet anyone who happens to read these words. My psyche is smoothed out and ready to face the world again.

I hope that all of you have been keeping creative and have survived both summer and winter.

Have a good one

Kathy

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