Friday, 31 July 2009

More Cate

About two weeks ago, i bought and watched the DVD of "Pushing Tin," starring the extraordinary Cate Blanchett, the finest film actress of her generation (IMFFHO).

Presumably this is what influenced my decision to name my wonderful new cat -- whom i had not at that time met --after Ms B.

I have yet to take any photographs of my Cate, so here's the other one, la la.

Anyway, Cate (my one) seems to be settling well. She slept with me last night, and today she used her litter box, which, considering the problem she had with incontinence prior to her spaying, was very much a relief!

And so i am very much enjoying my Friday off

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Cate's Home!

The animal shelter called me today -- Cate had been spayed and jabbed, and was ready.
She was sitting on my lap for a while, purring and licking my hand but now she's gone off to explore some more -- or to eat some more! She's already knocked off half a tin of cat food and she's only been here for an hour.
She's actually a year old, i thought she was younger because she's so small. She's also less grey & white than i thought -- in fact just grey with white on her snout, sternum & paws: no pictures yet, though -- i'd prefer her to get comfortable before i blind her with the camera's flash.
More later, i'm sure!

Tuesday, 28 July 2009


A lot has happened since my last post, folks.

I had a perfectly miserable day at the shoppe on Friday. It was a mess from the moment i arrived, thanks to last night's shift doing almost nothing that they were supposed to i was behind schedule immediately. And then, when i went to hose down a greasy floor, i discovered that they had broken the nozzle on the hose.
I deduced the fact that the nozzle had been broken by the fact that i was drenched, literally head to toe, by the 170 degree water that shot back at me when i tried to use it.
So there i am, at 8 a.m., soaking wet and behind schedule and guess what? There's a waitresses' meeting and i'm (i'm told) expected to bake some cinnamon buns for them. Grrrr! Can't they bake their own $#%@ cinnamon buns? I have a kitchen to open!!!! Well, evidently not -- it's far too difficult to pop a baking tray into a convection oven for ten minutes.... And they didn't even offer me one.
At 10.45 Daughtry's song "Home" came on the Muzak system, a song that resonates for me; i found an isolated corner and i sat down and i wept. Really. Real tears. (Fortunately no one saw me.) How did my life get to be this horrible?
And after work, i went to the animal shelter ... and found someone to bond with.
Most of the cats ignored me; a couple actually hissed at me. But one put her paw out of her cage and touched my finger: a very young grey and white beauty, such a recent addition to the shelter that she hadn't even been examined or given her shots yet. So they gave me the application forms and i submitted them on Saturday.

I can only describe this as being absolutely necessary. The wound in my heart was festering and i was becoming more and more withdrawn. I think that, since Watson died, i've been to bed sober maybe three times. Bad, bad, bad me.

Sarah from the Animal Shelter phoned me today. She's the first person i've spoken to who actually knew something about Cate -- presumably because she (Cate) was such a new arrival no one i spoke with earlier had seen her file. And Cate's name is "Missy." Ha! Well, not anymore it isn't, how unimaginative! Anyway, my application was approved, but there's a problem that she (Sarah) wanted me to be aware of. Nothing ever seems unproblematic for me. Must be bad Karma or something, i dunno.
The reason that Cate had been put into the shelter was, she came from a multi-cat household, she would pee everywhere, and her owners couldn't cope. Now that she's at the shelter, whenever she's out of her cage, she will pee everywhere. Sarah says that, most likely, Cate is nervous around other cats and that spaying her and moving into an environment where she's the sole attraction, will end the problem. She (Sarah) spoke to the manager of the Shelter and he agreed, but they wanted to let me know and ask if i still wanted to go ahead with the adoption. And, they tell me, she (Cate) is a perfectly wonderful cat otherwise.
Well, of course i said yes!
I also found out that it won't be until sometime next week until i can bring her home :o(
And that on top of the $125 adoption fee there's a $30 licence fee which i hadn't budgeted for. It's not a problem, it's just a surprise and means i'll have to skip my next couple of visits to Kelsey's Pub. They'll wonder where i am!

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Grosse Pointe Blank

Watched it last night, it's super, i recommend it highly.

Friday, 10 July 2009

I Feel Blessed

Something extraordinary happened today -- something, in fact, flabbergasting.

It was pay-day so i trundled off to the vet's after work to clear my debt, and ... was told that an "anonymous benefactor" had paid $250 into my account

This is very confusing, very exasperating (Julia, the receptionist / assistant, told me that they insisted on remaining anonymous). Who do i know well enough that they would do this for me? And of all the people i know, who loves me that much?! But, even more confusing -- who knows who my vet is? I mean, it's like, who knows who my dentist is? It's just not something that comes up in conversation all that often. Surely no-one would ring up every vet in town, to see if i was a client? This is farm country, there must be dozens of veterinarians in the vicinity. I'm baffled, speechless, confused and uncomprehending....

But also feeling rather blessed.... albeit anonymously.

Sunday, 5 July 2009


Below is the link to a Taste bootleg for you to download, with thanks to zakkorama. I'm feeling a lot better now than i was in my last post, i guess you can't get much lower than rock bottom, and when you hit that you either stay there (wrong!) or rise again. Failure is not falling down, someone once said, failure is staying down.

London Invasion (bootleg)
Same Old Story - 3:41 - 1
Blister On The Moon - 3:32 - 2
Dual Carriageway Pain - 3:15 - 3
Norman Invasion - 2:25 - 4
I'm Movin' On - 2:24 - 5
Sugar Mama - 6:22 - 6
Leavin' Blues - 4:19 - 7
Hail - 2:07 - 8
I'm Movin On - 6:11 - 9
Baby Please Don't Go-Bye Bye Bird - 10:13 - 10
Blister On The Moon - 3:48 - 11
Sugar Mama - 7:42 - 12
First Time I Met The Blues - 7:30 - 13
Catfish - 9:20 - 14

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Help Me, Please

I am so f***ing depressed these days and i don't know what to do.
Ever since dear Watson died i've been spiralling downwards, i don't think i've been to bed sober in a month....
Nothing means anything, any more, i don't enjoy anything, i get no pleasure from anything i do....
I am in so much pain
Help me, please....