26 March 2015

Meet The Kittens

Everybody loves a bit of fluff, right? So I thought I'd share the newest addition to our household; meet Victoria Sponge and Battenburg. We adopted these two beauties from Cats Protection at the beginning of February and I am in love! I haven't had cats before but the boyfriend has and I've always wanted a feline friend, so when we saw these two sisters on the website we just had to go and see them. We weren't decided whether to get one kitten or two, I would have been happy either way, but now that we have both of them I couldn't imagine it another way. They love to play together and it's good because they keep each other company whilst we're at work. 

They were both abandoned in a cardboard box when they were very little, and so they had been in the care of cats protection for about three months by the time they went up for adoption. They were riddled with worms and fleas and had generally not had a very good start to life, so as soon as we went to see them and they were both being a bit timid, we knew they had to be ours. 

They've been with us for about five weeks now and are totally settled in, in fact Sponge is currently sat right next to me on the sofa as I write this, looking very content indeed. There have been a couple of trips to the vets since with Sponge as she has had a few issues with her teeth, but we're glad to say that it's nothing serious and will her teeth will just need a good clean every year or so. 

If you're thinking about getting a kitten but are unsure, I would say go for it! They are so easy easy to look after, just a bit of food, a bit of cleaning up after them and that's it (apart from the cream carpets needing hoovering a lot due to their being black)! 

These two pictures above are of Victoria Sponge, Sponge for short. She is the bigger of the two and was the most outgoing from the outset. The first to go out adventuring and definitely keen for a nibble on your fingers, she's the more independent of the two and is happy for a cuddle and stroke, but only on her terms!

Favourite things: Dreamies, nibbling your toes in bed, running away from you in the morning because she wants you to chase her!
Dislikes: the hoover

The next three pictures are of little Battenburg, or Berg for short. A little petite kitten who is full of love! She stayed in the carrier that we bought her home in for about four hours, at which point we had to evict her because we didn't want her getting used to it. The following two weeks involved her running to the nearest hiding place, which was under a chair in our lounge, and rarely being seen. She has come on leaps and bounds though, and is now keen for an adventure and a play with her sister. She is really affectionate and loves a good stroke of the head.

Favourite things: licking your face in the morning to get you up, investigating things, eating!
Dislikes: being picked up

Do you have kittens or cats? Tell me about them - I am a converted cat woman! 

P.s. Apologies for the overload of animal photos. Normal service will resume. 

23 March 2015

How are the New Year's Resolutions Going?

Back in January I, like everybody else, wrote about the new year's resolutions that I am hoping to keep this year. In order to try and stick to these I've written them on my fridge, written about them here, got them on the notes in my phone and promised myself I would do a monthly update on how they're doing. 

Well, as you can probably tell, I already failed at one of those by not posting this in February. Whoops. But alas, February is a short month so that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it. Let's recap what the resolutions are:

Number One: Be More Productive 
Now, I actually don't think I'm doing too bad at this one. This wasn't just about blogging more, it was about doing more with my time off instead of just watching YouTube videos (anyone else guilty of that?). Don't get me wrong, many an evening has been spent working our way through 24 (SO GOOD) but I have also been using my time to do other things. Tonight, for example, not only am I writing blog posts, but I also have home made granola baking in the oven. How much more productive can you get? 

I also baked Mother's Day Biscuiteers inspired biscuits (if you haven't seen their website then you should go. Now.) which took pretty much an entire Saturday (you can see the result of that here). Oh, I also forgot to mention we got kittens at the beginning of February so they've been taking up a lot of my time being generally adorable as well. 

So, I mean, I haven't been finding the cure to cancer or anything, but that's ok. 

Number Two: Cook more from cookbooks
Technically not me doing this, but mainly because I get home later than the boyfriend from work, but we have been pretty adventurous with our food which is great. Cooking is something I love to do and if I had more time in the week I definitely would. It is still a goal I need to work at. 

Number Three: Do one new thing every month
January I went to Prague with my four best friends which was amazing. Please take me back. In February - does getting kittens count? It's a difficult one to judge because everyone does new things pretty much every day, so whether I count the big things or the small things it depends. I can't think of a big thing off the top of my head for February, or indeed March, but I think that's just because my head is filled with other things at the moment. And I can smell burning granola. 

Number Four: Read 50 books
Now, I really have failed at this one so far. As in, I haven't actually read a single one. Terrible. Terrible. Terrible. I think I mentioned 24? Watching it until we really have to go to bed and then falling into a coma as soon as head hits the pillow - not very inductive to reading. Need to work on this ASAP and nourish my mind. 

Number Five: Get at least two rooms in the house completely finished
This is a work in progress, we have actually chosen paint colours so that's a step forward. Now we just need to buy it and then, you know, paint the walls or something. I'm confident this one will be achieved but it's not something that's going to happen overnight. 

Number Six: Learn to play five songs on the Ukulele 
Errrr. Yeah. 

So there we go, a bit of a recap and a chance to assess my progress. I actually thought I was doing better than I actually am before I wrote it down. It's ok, it's only March (23rd - oh god) so there's still a pretty good chunk of time to get all of these done before Auld Lang Syne is sung across the land once again. 

Tell me - how are you doing with your new year resolution?