Update On Baby ‘Fox’

Many thanks to all you who have offered kind thoughts, best wishes and prayers for ‘Fox’ guess what

coming home
HE’S COMING HOME !!

He has responded well to the antibiotics for suspected meningitis ~ his lumber puncture was tainted with blood and the decision was made rather than put him through the procedure again they would treat him as if he did indeed have the infection. While still a little jaundiced he’s feeding well and the best place for him now is at home with Mummy, Daddy & Big Brother Moo

Mummy and Fox
Happy days, now he can begin the new exciting adventure of family life xx
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This Is Not The Same As Other Days

Otter AKA as D4 joins ‘The Cottage On The Green’ family today

A German Shepherd at The Cottage On The Green

This is not the same as other days for me ~ because today I’m going to live in my ‘Forever Home’ with Mrs P and her Beloved (and Neurotic Cat of course) As well as being super excited I’m also a little nervous and  I already have dates booked in my diary!!

Otters Calendar _LI See all the dots?? they are the dates I shall be socialising with the locals over the next few weeks 🙂

I see the V.E.T. person on Monday then the ‘Pet Shop Girls’ who run the local ‘Domestic  Family Member Emporium’ plus I’m going to ‘School’ to teach me how to be a ‘good citizen’ I start with my puppy foundation classes in a week or so with the same ‘Dog Training Lady’ my Late Brother From Another Mother and a different father come to think of it, had lessons with. I have an appointment with the queue…

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2 Weeks Early And A Long 31.5 Hours

30/5/2018 – 16.00hrs 2nd Born rang to inform us Mum To Be’s  waters had broken so could I have Moo overnight ~ I hadn’t realised it was half term ~ so cue a garbled message to work that I wouldn’t be in tomorrow

31/5/2018 – 16.00hrs Still no baby

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After 31.5 hours I do believe 2nd Born would not DARE go down this road

At 23.25hrs babe was born ~ a 7lb 10oz boy named Theo-Fox unfortunately not all went quite to plan, little man is in SCBU ~ Special Care Baby Unit, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck and he possibly has an infection as his respirations are quite rapid so they are going to keep a close eye on him for the next few days before he comes home. So get well soon little man we are waiting patiently for you

Theo- Fox
I did get to enjoy plenty of cuddle time this afternoon ~my I’d forgotten how small new-born’s were

So a new member of the next generation of the ‘Von Trap Parry’ family has arrived Happy Days 🙂

 

Pretender To The Throne

May I start this post by stating that I believe it’s perfectly normal to have a ‘favourite’ spot on the sofa, yes it is …. REALLY it is…. anyhoo Neurotic Cat has taken it upon herself to park herself in ‘MY’ spot … seriously what is she thinking ?? not only that, but for a very old lady she is becoming quite devious

devious cat
I know for a FACT she does this behind my back

She actually races me into the sitting room to get to the sweet spot on the sofa before me, or if by some fluke of nature I get there first she even has the nerve to ask to be let out of the room, then when I get up to do the ‘lets be a cat’s slave duty’ she will  jump into my place. I even have to hold my hand up to falling for the routine where she sits on the rug staring at a point in space intently that I then get so worried she has had some sort of seizure so check on her …at which point …yes you guessed it my place has been cat napped.

Yesterday was the final straw I claimed my seating prize when she came to sit on my knee….she only sits on my knee for 30 seconds at a time before deciding I’m not worthy, did she do that last night?? … OH NOOOOO!! she parked herself …  AFTER making sure the TV remote was just out of reach (and knowing full well I’m so overwhelmed she lowered her opinion of me to grace me with her presence so that I won’t move) when what should come flickering onto my TV screen but ‘The Love Boat’

the love boat
For those of you who don’t know ~ The Love Boat has to be ‘THE’ most cheesy, corny TV program from the late ’70’s that ever graced the airwaves

She only jolly well stayed on my knee for the whole program, so now not only am I out witted by a cat on a daily basis ….. I have ‘The Love Boat’ on series link ~ if by any chance you wondering where I’m sat writing this post

Tired Lucy
Well I’m not sat in my favourite spot that is for sure !!

This post is for my dearest Mrs Cobs who has been wondering if life at ‘The Cottage On The Green’ as any closer to normal ….the answer to that is a resounding NO 🙂

 

Oh My ~ When Did I Get Old ??

Every now & again I have a marvellous idea that I somehow just don’t think through, yesterday was a fine example :- Beloved had a days annual leave and as Moo was still on half term, I piped up “lets all go to the Peak District” firstly I wasn’t expecting ..

Peak District
Yes I know it’s February but I was still a little taken aback to find snow on them there hills ~ being prepared for the outdoors we were suitably kitted out though

Lets go down Blue Johns Cavern I suggested … it’s been years since I’d been down the mine & I was sure Moo would love it so off we skipped. Moo was full of wonder and to be fair so was Beloved & I

Inside Blue John Mine
When the guide said “Ask as many question as you like” I don’t think he has anticipated Moo’s keen interest

In my hazy childhood recollection I had some how ‘forgotten’ the 250ish steps to descend / ascend said mine ….on the way back up we paused a while for a little safety tip ~ the guide informed us “The next 92 steps are a little steep & wet so please hold onto the rail” WHAT THE FOX … I stood there full of fears of not getting out of there ALIVE, my breathing was a little … how shall I say it …. NON EXISTANT all I could envision was the rescue team pilling down said hole in the ground and having to haul my backside out of there with a pulley system, and the trauma team waiting to revive me. Trying to contain my thoughts of being the first full time resident of the mine & having to survive on scraps of food thrown to me by passing visitors I bought a little time by taking ‘artistic’ photos

blue john mine
Look this is where I’m going to live from now on !!
Blue John
Have you any idea how hard it is taking phots when you can neither breath or have to contend with legs that feel like jelly ???

Anyhoo making out I was some sort of professional artistic photographer bought me enough time to gather my wits about me to get out of there. On reaching daylight once more (albeit feeling sick, sweating like piglet and feeling like I’d cheated death) I have made a vow to turn my lifestyle around ~ I need to improve my diet (YES I ‘may’ have put on a pound or 2 over Christmas !! ) plus regain my fitness (it’s surprising how since loosing K9 and not walking everyday my fitness has declined)  After my ordeal Beloved took for us lunch to celebrate the fact I was still in the land of the living, when it came to time for desert I relived the mornings events in my mind …. and chose a huge slice of carrot cake (without cream) instead of chocolate cake … well carrot cake IS healthier I mean it had carrots & raisins in which are 2 of my 5 a day right

 

 

Pancakes & Yarn Photography

Today is Pancake day … a day my family celebrate to the full extent ~ WHY ??

panckes
Well …. this is because apart from Christmas Day my lot know exactly what they are having for lunch 🙂

This year Moo is old enough to make the batter himself .. which the poor lamb had to hand mix with a balloon whisk because the mixer wasn’t working …  later when I came to turn on the cooker  I realised the mixer wasn’t in fact broken, but the electricity box had ‘tripped’ D’oh

Anyhoo his batter was made to perfection

Pankcake Day 2018
Banana & chocolate sauce were this years favourite filling for Moo,  I stuck with the old ‘Maple syrup & lemon’ combo. Moo then had the audacity to inform me of my unhealthy choice, as he’d just had another one of his’ 5 a day’ LOL

Post pancake would be an ideal time to photograph my latest yarn dyeing experiments I thought to myself … here I am all geared up with a photoshoot to rival David Bailey when this happens

NC photobombing
Apparently Neurotic Cat has taken it upon herself to protect you from even more pictures of yarn by stealing the limelight for herself

 

I Knew There Was Something I Meant To Tell You

I have been holding out on you all, I’ve been knitting away on a couple of mini projects and I haven’t shared, anyhoo here’s what I’ve been up to

Baby Socks
Who says itty bitty socks have to be white
2-3 yr Sherbet socks
Or plain

To ring the changes I deviated from socks

Pumpkin hat
A hat for a new born was whipped up in an afternoon

Soooooo the reason I’ve been knitting for a small person ??  …….. I’M GOING TO BE A GRANDMA AGAIN. Baby aka ‘Podge’ should be making an entrance in the early summer, something tells me life is going to get a whole lot busier & exciting 🙂