It’s still been raining until yesterday, but at least today, the sun seems to try to come through. Another good thing is that the temperature went up a little bit, so it’s not feeling like fall anymore.
Samantha has been watching the street for a while now. Normally, the sun would be shining into this window all morning until midday, but she only got a little bit of sun when the sun was trying to come through for a few minutes. Though, watching the street is interesting either way.
Thanks to the constant bad weather with it’s sudden changes, I’m having migraines almost every day. Today was no different when I woke up with yet another migraine. Thankfully though, the migraine was not severe. So I got up and took my Triptan medication for the migraine, made myself a cup of strong coffee and sat on the balcony for the fresh air. If I have a severe migraine, I go straight back to bed after taking the medicine, because I can’t bear anything else, but to lie still in the quiet darkness of the bedroom, with the window opened for fresh air.
With the cats on the balcony too, and the birds up and down from their feeder, it’s a great distraction until the medicine kicks in.
Sonic likes to sit just by the door inside when the weather isn’t good enough for his liking.
Samantha jumped straight up on my chair while I took this picture 😉
We were being watched as well, by a pigeon.
We have about 3 pairs of pigeons come by every day, it’s always the same ones. And one of them likes to sit on our balcony for a bit, always on the same spot, which is a highlight for Murli, because she is fascinated by pigeons.
My migraine is gone thankfully, and I hope it will be a day without rain. It looks good so far!
This afternoon was warm enough to leave the balcony door and the windows open! I put up the protective cat net on the living room window as well! It’s lovely. The cats really enjoy being out on the balcony and getting some fresh air on the windows. Samantha took the chair for herself right away of course, and had a nap on it. But we have enough chairs.
Murli was out too, but first she had her nap on the stove this afternoon. Just like the other day, when I took the following picture.
But after her nap and having some food, Murli got some sun as well.
I put our umbrella up on the balcony every day now, because it’s just so bright in the kitchen otherwise, which easily gives me migraines. But it’s lovely at the same time that it’s finally getting warm.
Our balcony today. It was a lovely afternoon
I just took these pictures before I started this post. The trees are blossoming and there are primroses and daisies and all kinds of other flowers on the lawn.
Samantha is doing a lot better now with her tummy. The chronic inflammation has gone down and she’s not throwing up (except for furballs sometimes) or having the runs.
Samantha just before, waiting while I was preparing the kitties food. That’s how she sits and looks at me when it’s time for food.
Murli is doing perfectly well too. Her mouth is healing without problems and she’s eating properly. The latest blood test results came back a few days ago and it shows that she’s doing very well. The thyroid meds are working and everything else is perfectly fine. But she’s going to have her milligrams for her thyroid medication reduced, since the blood test shows that it’s just slightly above the desired level now.
Sonic is still on his month long treatment with the tablets that help his immune system and he’s the usual happy boy he always is. His eyes aren’t as runny anymore and his nose is better too. But he’ll be getting some long term medication for his auto immune disorder after this round of tablets is done.
In all, the cats are happy and doing well!
Also, we had an idea…
As many will know, I had to stop working because my migraines and my joint condition had gotten so bad, that I just could not do it any longer. That was in 2012. My day to day life feels so much better, but even with just normal household chores and/or grocery shopping, I reach my limits regularly. Because it does not take much for something to feel physically exhausting to me. Yet I still wonder if there is anything I can do. Now with Murlis quite expensive medication, I felt that it would be great if I could at least earn that little bit with SOMETHING.
Then Ralph said I should be a cat sitter, since I am good with cats, including cats that don’t know me, and I just love everything that has to do with cats. I did think about it before, but I thought there are so many pet sitters/cat sitters, that I would not have much of a chance without official cat sitting experience.
Still, if there is something I can do and that I can do really well, then it’s dealing with cats. I can do it physically and should not reach my limit, even if I had to visit a home with cats once or twice a day. It’s just a bit different and does not require a long stretch of strenuous activity, and does not cause stress. Even if I do get a migraine while visiting a home to care for cats, then I just take my medicine and let it work, while I sit down to pet the cats, or brush them, or play with them, without having to move around a lot.
Anyway, I thought why not. It’s not going to hurt to try. So I used my FB account to make a page for myself, offering cat sitting for Graz. You might have seen it in my sidebar already. It’s in German since it’s for my local area. But I’ll put 2nd description on it, that will be in English, since there are also a lot of English speaking people living in Graz.
What I noticed so far, and expected anyway, is that people looking for someone to feed / care for their cats in their absence, are asking specifically for someone experienced in that job. I mean I’d be really picky too if I would look for someone coming into my home while I’m not there, to take care of my fur-babies. That person would have to be really trustworthy and nothing but kind to the cats.
So we will see what happens with that adventure 😄
And another thing…
Ralphs apartment in Spain still needs to be sold. After nothing really happened with people wanting to buy it, we knew we needed to do something. So the first thing I did was to create a blog to show case the apartment, since ads usually have a limit on photos and text. Maybe some sites where I can put up ads will allow me to link to it. It will probably take a while, but it would be such a relief for Ralph if the apartment is finally sold.
That’s it for now 😊 The kitties and myself wish you all a lovely Sunday! It’s already past 9pm here, so I’ll be off to bed in a bit.
I just thought it’s so adorable with Murlis cute lil head moving so much😸 She almost always goes bird watching right after her breakfast😸 The birds were very active like always in the morning, and she loves to watch them from this position recently. It’s so she can see them sitting on the ledge right above the window. She sees them partially, and that’s even more entertaining to Murli. They were also flying by the window a lot, which is the reason her head is moving so much💜Sorry for the noise of that big truck in the street. Normally there’s no traffic or car noise, but they were unloading stones for the renewal of the pavement in our street.
It got pretty cold again for May. We really didn’t have much of a spring at all. Just a few warmer days in all that time. And those days were spread far apart. It was just 41°F (5°C) at the lowest this morning. A little later at 9am, it was about 46°F (a little less than 8°C) which is when I left the small window open for a bit.
Murli and I are wishing everyone a happy whiskerswednesday!
Aside from being busy, the week ended well! No migraines for a couple of days either, despite the weather changes from cold to warm and back. I’ve ended up pretty exhausted every evening though. Some of you already know about me having to pack up my belongings that a friend of mine kept in storage for me in their free storage room they didn’t need. But because they increased the rent dramatically for that apartment, my friend is moving out. We had hoped we will have found a solution for all my stuff by now, but because everything came different from what we had planned back then, my furniture and household goods had been there the entire time since 2012.
So I’m working on that every day a little bit and then help with cooking and a bunch of other stuff at home that my Dad was usually doing, since my he is not able to do much with that bandage on his hand at the moment. He isn’t in any pain though, it’s just a hindrance.
Murli was able to enjoy the sun yesterday and today for the most part, even though we were supposed to get rain all weekend and the temperatures were supposed to drop pretty low again. It’s also warm enough today for us to leave at least the small window open, which is always wonderful.
On Friday it was still a bit too chilly for open windows all afternoon, but at least we had sun for the most part. There were definitely enough sun puddles for Murli to enjoy. The sun was already gone from that spot when I took the picture of her at the kitchen window. There are always a lot of birds zooming by here.
Murli “I cud have swears me saws sumthin. Sumthin waz there jus nao. Maybe iz comin back! I better keepz lookin.”
Murli sends purrs and paw hugs to all of you and we think of the ones who are sad and have difficult times. Love to you all!
Murli was talking just before. She talk A LOT all the time and it’s so adorable💜 It’s totally cloudy this morning & a bit dark, with temperatures at 10°C / 50°F when I took that video, at 9:30am☁️ I’m just having my morning coffee right now, in a huge cup lol💞 Feeling great so far this morning, even though I haven’t slept well… Hope you lovely furends are all doing well! Murli and I wish everypawdy a happy Sunday!🌸🌻💐😺🙋🌺🌻🌷