Friday 31 August 2018

Cat Rules For Humans Part 1

Rules for cats

When you have a cat flap don't use it just sit confidently by the front door and demand for it to be opened then meow 30 seconds later and repeat ( this is much fun and allows your human to be exercised they won't appreciate this level of exercise but it is for their own good )

NO door should be closed anywhere demand that all doors be opened and try to burrow under them if these are not opened  ( you probably won't be popular but as humans do like to update their furnishings pretty regularly I really wouldn't worry your little furry head about it.


Now visitors you will get visitors who either just love cats and talk to you in that high pitched voice or they loathe you , now if they loathe you make a beeline for them and sit on their lap just ever so slightly embedding your claws. Also follow visitors to the toilet and just stare and stare slight over kill would be to cross put your paw along your throat.


If a human picks up a laptop , kindle tablet etc then kiss the corner of the item like it has catnip in it, or sit on the item for maximum effect.

In the kitchen it is import to be behind the heel of the cook it is like herding them to do what you want them to.

If there is a rare occurrence of a human reading a newspaper then jump on it they do love surprises as variety is the spice of life.

Humans carrying stuff upstairs dart quickly in fant of them in the dark as well , this helps with their coordination skills , humans love learning new skills.

Bed making the position you should take up with this is curl up in the middle and pounce every time a sheet is rearranged , also protest if you are evicted and protest loudly.

If the human is daft enough to sort out clean laundry on the bed then duly sit on laundry keep moving around until the laundry isn't warm anymore.If you are moved return, it is now playtime and there are no rules for added fun run off with a sock ( this is the call reason humans have only one sock )


There are no blurred lines when it comes to food , there is stuff cats can't eat but other than that it is mitts off , do dip your tail in their food when they aren't looking.

If you catch something alert your human to its presence they will have so much fun sharing your dining experience with you , though your food may try and run away.The wife of the male human will not be convinced that the mouse has decided to leave through the cat flap and every appliance will be pulled out to search for your food.


And if the human responds with "I know"

then they have joined your cult the cult of cat ...

Thursday 30 August 2018

Un Jumbled or Jumbled I love the way I write

I think I am I know I am finding joy it stuff again , stuff slots into place slowly and in just over a month I will be back at work , It is only at dinner times but nothing strenuous looking after children at dinner time. I was a teaching assistant but that was stripped from me last year restructuring and such , the way of the world is ever changing and I believe I was in mourning for my job for well over year. I had lots of stuff cracking off this year as well trouble with my mother and her bi polar ( fighting to get help  ) my husband and his diabetes. It bothered me that some people didn't seem to appreciate my efforts to try and deal with my stress and anxiety and they just saw me popping off to various places taking pictures. You see taking pictures and going places is my way of de stressing and it makes me very happy as well , I am very grateful so very grateful to my core fiends and family for pulling me through.

When you are recovering you have to do it at your pace and no one else and I have started dabbling in recipes again , I am very much of a kamikaze cook and do it with a blind flair. Cooking is a passion as well I have yet to overcome my fear of the Nutri ninja as I am convinced it is going to ninja chop my fingers off.

And I was messed about regarding a blog post and I wasn't chuffed and people think oh influencer or bloggers shouldn't say anything , I am aware if corrections need to be made my English at times is a little unconventional and grammar purists will ultimately be holding their heads in their hands and then chucking a dictionary at me , it is up to them if it is the Oxford English dictionary.

I am here , I will continue to be here and to blog and to write in my own words jumbled or unjumbled I still have a voice to tell , I still have a purpose . I am still me no matter what I go through .I think of myself as one of those magic colour books as I just need to be brought into colour.

Tuesday 28 August 2018

Pomegranate Apricot Halloumi Broccoli couscous Salad

Can salad be exciting ? can it I mean I know the last vapours of summer have disappeared and I have to admit that I did indeed turn my heating on over the bank holiday despite being told to out a jumper or cardigan on.You see when I am cold I am cold I am colder than anyone and I just need my temperature to be right I do like sunshine but I like my sunshine with a bit of a breeze.


You guessed it salad ingredients 

Pitaschios < which I forgot in the finished fish , I think I’ll be using them tomorrow instead!

Pomegranate seeds

Tenderstem Broccoli 

Enough cous cous for however many people 

Tinned Apricots


Prepare the amount of cous cous you need and set aside , you could even use rice if you like .

Next heat some oil in a pan and fry some tenderstem broccoli, put this to one side.

Next fry your halloumi until it is nicely brown on each side again set this aside.

3 Florence Must Sees

Florence is an amazing city full of charm and history and only the stones hearted wouldn’t fall in love with it and there is really so much to see here you’ll marvel at the architectural spldendour and the Renaissance is definitely worth getting the Florence card and you’ll end up seeing more that 5 places of interest in the 3 days the card is valid. A Florence card won’t allow you to skip the line at the cathedral you’ll have to wait in line like everyone else but the Florence card does allow you to get your tickets as a priority though. Kids under 18 go free with you on the Florence (Firenze) card which is an added bonus.

Uffizi Gallery

This art gallery is one of the oldest and most famous in Europe ,The renaissance art will really knock your socks off and are unique and certainly one of a kind.These include painting by Leonardo De Vinci and Michelango.

It’s stuffed full of art and it’s all very nice and I do like to put my own captions to the paintings as you can get a bit arted out at times.

I will let you into a secret if you go to Florence the first Sunday in the month then all the museums are free you be had pressed to see them all in this day but you could get a Florence card afterwards or before to see the ones you want or have missed.

Museums also offer a respite from the heat of Florence and a chance to rest your feet while you admire the art.

Piazza della Signoria and Loggia dei Lanzi

This is a breathtaking piazza in front of the Palazzo Vecchio and it hosts many astonishing statues such as a David replica and the Fountain of Neptune ( which is currently being done up )There are many bars and restaurants where you can admire your surroundings of which we did many a evening.One evening we even got locked in a restaurant for a bit as there was a bit of a terrifying weather bomb of hail and rain and wind!

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio is one of Florences most photographed landmarks , it is the most photographed bridge in the city and is the one remaining one with shops and houses on it. Did you know there is a secret passage way build at the top of the bridge ? is is called the Vasaru corridor and was built by Vasari for the Duke Cosimo I de Medici. The reason that the jewellery shop are there are because Ferninando a Medici didn't like the smell of the butcher shops that were there previously.

Friday 24 August 2018

Sorting Out A Suitable Office Chair For A University Student

We have been helping our son move into his new university accommodation and it’s going to be a shared house. He is one of the first to move in and so far, has had to sort out various problems from no hot water to a heavily lime-scaled toilet. Now with regards to the cleaning of the toilet, he’s been throwing everything that is recommended to clear it and I had some really useful tips to pass on how to clear it so fingers crossed on this. Regarding the hot water, he’s had to ring up the letting agency to get that sorted but it took a few days, luckily it was fixed while he was away for a few days so he’s come back to hot water!

We have also been helping him make his rented home feel a bit homelier and his, everyone loves a home to feel like their own. So, over the bank holiday, we are going up armed with his curtains for his room, bread crock and his special cushion and a few other supplies. Honestly, I feel like I’m running two houses at the minute but he’s doing a good job I think. It is a lot for a young person (teenager) to move into their first home even though it is rented. And they can get overwhelmed especially when you go through the basics of their own home with them, it really is so much to take in.

We are taking up his own office chair as he can't get on with the one supplied in his room (so we will just store that one in the garage). If you are looking for an office chair that will look stylish and functional in any setting then you could look at somewhere like Ikea or even Next.I think it is important not to write off shops like this as they produce very study furniture.

Also, worth looking if you need any sort of office furniture to look at Ikea ,Next etc as it will last through the stages of study and beyond. I have a neighbour who went to Ikea to kit out his home office as he runs a business from home. So whether you’re need office furniture for home study or work it it well worth a look.

Thursday 23 August 2018

Writing To Help With Anxiety

I was once told by a friend that I shouldn’t document my anxiety in my blog and that it was the worse thing I could do to draw attention to myself and my anxiety.I was told I shouldn’t keep my blog ~ Update : I kept the blog and lost the friend ~ my blog my rules my

It is impossible to think that friends should impose rules upon you how they think you should act how you should feel and how you should be and every other how you should in between.People are control freaks beyond wanting to control their own lives.In this day at age we should be supporting each other and not putting each other down , what happened to me was a while a go .But people are unaware of how lasting their actions are at times is as life you emotions are emotional fly paper and of course emotions are going to be caught up in them.

Anxiety is a journey and it will have its up and down s throughout a lifetime mine of late has been brought on with issues with my mother and then everything else go wrong all at once.Luckily the shower door coming down on me hasn't not added to my anxiety which is nicely boxed at the minute with air holes. I say boxed with air holes as anxiety doesn't simply go away well for me it doesn't and we all mange our conditions in our own way.I am not going to be naive and same it won't come back but I hopefully have a better understanding of it and the situations that bring it on.

SO I say to you sing your anxiety , write your anxiety ,draw and paint your anxiety and do anything you want to help you with your anxiety !

Tuesday 14 August 2018

How A Cat Feels When You Come Back From Holiday

How does a cat feel when you come back from holiday and how long will you have to apologise for?

Cats are very independent creatures and really don’t like change whether you place them in a cattery or have a house sitter , they’ll let you know on your return.We have used catteries in the past but now Jack is alone without Rollie we don’t we use a pet sitter instead ( friend ) .She lives across the road and loves looking after Jack and he’s got used to my friend.We either leave Classic FM for him but of late it’s been Radio 1 , maybe he’s more of a Radio 2 cat ?

You will spend your time when you get back off holiday saying “I know “ when they meow at you .This will leave you wondering what on Earth you’ve agreed to and what your cat will now be expecting.

A box will make a peace offering to your cat but this won’t be enough to make peace with them.Making time also to brush your cat will help relax them and especially in this hot weather they’ll be grateful as they shed fur.Playing with your cat is another way to relax them and just as you rotate toys with children be sure to do this with cats as well.

Sunday 12 August 2018

Back To Reality

This week has been crashing back to reality after holiday

“This morning I was gazing out over Florence having breakfast “ to “ I’m now cleaning the fridge “

Firstly we realise how lucky we are to go on holiday as a family it is a real treat.We value our time away as a family as it’s “us” time even though I ‘might’ possibly get a tad cranky on occasions when we have walked at least 8 miles round breathtaking Florence.

We are now preparing for our second goodbye before the teen heads back to University and I don’t know why but it feels as poignant as the first goodbye.We have brought new bedding from Ikea then returned a sheet as who knew they did a sheet that cost £30.And we didn’t even come out with a tealight ! though we did have meatballs there though.

And it won’t be long before he’s helping out on Freshers week to help settle the newbies into university life.This time he’s sharing a house and will have to cook more of his own meals.But the thing is having more personal space which is a real bonus.University rooms are great but you’re limited on space a lot of the time.

I am not a believer of the “ you only get 18 summers with your child “ 

I mean we are on our 19th and I know they’ll come a point where we will holiday apart but then come together again for holidays.Holidays are a marvellous avenue to relax rest recuperate and just chill out.

Tuesday 7 August 2018

The Vibe Of Florence

Florence is an assault on the senses from the food to the architecture, the moment you step into the glorious honeycomb stone city you’re enchanted.Being in the heart of a city is very much a key to being part of the vibrancy of the flow .People watching a plenty and it is never dull when you’re doing that.

I like spotting the unusual and the whacky things in life it makes the world so much sweeter.

Update I’m now locked in a restaurant as a whirlwind struck Florence, hailstones rain everything but a plague of locusts.Tables were shifting outside, table clothes were a flutter.It was straight out of the film Wizard of Oz!

Normally you’d be able to see a tower across the square.The hailstones were big ! the restaurant looked after us laughing and joking about how we were all partying and we should play hide and seek.

Thursday 2 August 2018

Surviving The Heat In Florence

How do you survive the heat in Florence?

Luckily there is plenty of museums and churches to dip in and out of , and many of these themselves will have air conditioning units.

1. Gelato is a must !

2.Cool churches and museums are essential to escape the city heat.

3 Eat light or what you think will be a light meal !

4. Explore the city at night time irs such a vibrant place to be you’ll lose your heart here.

I have to say with all the heat here I succumbed to the pressure of the designer Magnum.I know you can get them in Asda cheaper but it was so hot and we just needed to cool down.