The title above may seem flippant given that my absence from blogging was due to a bereavement in my close family circle. My brother-in-law passed away in December after being ill. Things got chaotic after that. I’ve been off work to support my sister and niece for a month and I go back on the 28th. On Wednesday it will be a month since he passed.
Meditation has kept stress and anxiety under control, although there are times that I wake up with the hands of anxiety trying to close around my heart. Things have begun to settle after the g-force pace of change of the last 3 weeks. I’m drained physically and emotionally. Homeopathics have helped, in particular, aconite and ignatia. So have walks with my niece followed by ice-cream 😉
Nermal is one cute cat. A few years ago our neighbours asked us to look after their 2 kittens. As cat lovers, we immediately said yes and enjoyed looking after 2 cute little furballs.
A year later our neighbours went away for the Christmas holidays. Even though they had other people looking after the cats, Nermal, in the photo, and his brother came over and spent the day and nights with us. They missed human company.
After this time, Nermal decided to switch addresses. His brother, Garfield went home when his owners returned, but Nermal decided to stay…this is an open secret between us and our neighbours and we often laugh about it 🙂
Nermal has lived with us for about 3 or 4 years now. We feed him and look after him and sometimes he goes home to say hello, usually when we are away. But for him, we are his home. When our neighbours go on holiday, we look after Garfield. When we go on holiday they look after Nermal. Both are theirs, officially, but one has decided to live with us.
Nermal likes to plant himself under the shade of the lemon tree. He’s so gentle and such a sensitive cat, his fur cotton-wool soft.
Isn’t he just so cute?
Entered in Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Animal.
Every Monday Cee posts four questions part of the sharing your (my) world. Click here for this week’s one, which fell on January 1st – the first one of the year on the first day of the year.
What one word describes you best?
Determined maybe. Focused perhaps. Ambitious? I’ll go with all three. Empathetic. Compassionate. Soft-hearted. If I answer this question tomorrow the word(s) will be different.
What is set as the background on your computer?
The standard Mac wallpaper of waves lapping the beach. I don’t find it particularly useful to have a wallpaper that I never see because of all the apps I have open. I do have a screensaver slideshow of my photos, those that I’ve posted on this blog.
If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?
I’m going to Belgium on Thursday for a training course. I’ll be there a few days before to get to know Ghent, the city I’ll be at. I’m travelling via the Netherlands. So Belgium and the Netherlands are two countries I’ve never been to and will, this week, although the Netherlands is just in passing (for now). In July Che and I are going to Thailand. I’ve visited so far:
Born in Mozambique
Live in South Africa
I want to get one of those wall maps of the world that you scratch off each country as you visit it, like one of these Scratch Maps.
What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?
Christmas and New Year week and I appreciated time with family, food and the lovely hot weather.
He gets very excited when he sees a lizard, chasing after it with a heightened sense of focus. In stealth mode, running low to the ground he comes to a stop as he reaches the wall only to look up at the escaping lizard with chagrin.