Background: I’ve been left with one cat and she is decided clingy and needy. If I sit down then it is an open invitation for her to sit on my lap – the exception to this is if I’m at a table/desk.
Today is a bank holiday and this morning I started to read a new book (A Venetian Reckoning by Donna Leon– see below 👇) I knew that if I sat down then the day would be spent with a cat on my lap and not in a cute way you see on the telly. So, and I admit it!, I hid in my bedroom so that I could read. Naturally her hunting instincts meant I was found the minute she realised I wasn’t in the same room as her and there’s only three other rooms in the apartment. However sitting on the bed with my knees up meant no cat on the lap, despite a few attempted incursions. This has lead to what I can only describe as a really pleasant day. She’s been asleep beside me while I read (and on occasion closed my own eyes) and it is contentment all around.
Now I do realise that because she wasn’t actually sitting on me, it means I’ve neglected her shamefully throughout the day and I will have to show undying love and affection to her when I do go to sit on the sofa later. However, for now, I’ve had an absolutely wonderful day, stress free with no cat howls, read my book, dunked biscuits in my tea and dipped into the internet here and there.
I think I might just have found the format that works for calm days of nothingness – I will return to it for more days like this.
There have been many times, when I was in work, that I wished I could just spend the afternoon reading my book. It seems the reading bug has bitten again – this should been seen in a celebratory light however as I’m working from home at the moment it means falling for temptation is all too easy. This morning I spotted a tweet from a friend:-
Anyone else gravitating towards the works of Agatha Christie and P. G. Wodehouse in these troubled times? Hangover fiction. Safe, but interesting, and well crafted stuff that you can lose yourself in without panic or dread.
Sometimes he can be a bit florid in his narrative and that made it a little difficult to get into, however the chase has started, and I don’t know why, but I am thinking it might be something a long the lines of The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan – we will have to wait and see – not that, that’s a bad thing I must add. As I’m a slow reader this will take me a while yet – but I’ll let you know how I get on…
Sadly I must return to work and the book has to be left in a different room, just so I’m not tempted to pick it up for a minute/hour or two.
I’ve had a year of distraction between one thing and another. However this morning it feels like I’m the old me again. I didn’t wake ’til almost 09:00! don’t you love a Saturday that doesn’t start early? I’ve pottered about, had my breakfast. I’ve started to use almond milk on my porridge – it’s a flavour combo I think works well together and the almond milk also reminds me of the Horchata we had when we were in Valencia earlier this year. I’ve posted a photo over on my other blog Here, I’ve dipped into blog feeds I haven’t opened in months! and I have a blanket on my hook that is calling to me. I think all in all I’m starting to feel a lot more settled in myself and that makes me very happy. Now I’m off to do a little of my Duolingo (one of the things that has occupied my time for the last year – I’m on a 233 day streak!) and then I have to actually start the day.
Have a great Saturday and here’s a lovely picture to start your… Afternoon!
I love the work of Raymond Briggs! So it is with great joy and glee to read on the Ethel & Ernest blog that there is a trailer for the up and coming film by Lupus films. October 28th is now in the diary and I can’t wait!!!!
Yesterday I bought a “thing” – it’s a throw with a hood and mittens. It’s one of the softest things I have bought in a long time (normally it’s balls of wool). I spent most of the afternoon offering my purchase around for people to feel – it really is that soft!
When I got home I unwrapped it and posted a photo of me proudly sporting my new throw. I have to say when the evenings get cooler I really am going to be as snug as a bug!
I am so excited about this – it’s currently being used as a cushion, as it folds up into the hood – it really works as a comforter
Every Saturday morning I go through my instagram feed for the week, this is no small endeavour! Here is a selection of 4 – I love the way they dress their photos and their lighting is exquisite, they make me smile 🙂