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Posts about me, my family and friends (yes I have some), Seymour the Wonder Cat and his not-so-trusty sidekick Norman the Newbie Cat and life in general, both online and offline

The latest designer accessory?

The latest designer accessory?

I was packing up our Christmas tree decorations a few weeks ago when Norman the cat discovered the Louis Vuitton box I was planning to use for the tinselly bits and bobs. She just couldn’t help herself and ended up sleeping in there for most of the night. Excuse the blurry second photo, the box was moving! Perhaps there’s a market for Louis Vuitton: designer pet beds? Oh, and what would Gareth Morgan make...

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The dicky ticker: update

The dicky ticker: update

The latest update on my dicky ticker. Had a shockingly good result yesterday … my cardiologist is very happy with my progress. So happy, in fact, she wants to hold off for six months, do another ECG and then decide on the hardware because I might not need it. OK, so my heart is still damaged, I still have cardiomyopathy and will be on these drugs for the rest of my life. But I...

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Mysterious Monday

Mysterious Monday

It’s always good to learn something on a Monday, so if you’ve ever wondered about the inner workings of your locks … here’s the answer. I’m perpetually perplexed by the fact that our front door has two locks and I have two corresponding keys on my keyring but while they both fit into the bottom lock, only one turns it. What is so strange about this is that the on the other two sets...

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Cab # 202: you rock

Cab # 202: you rock

Just to prove that I’m not ALWAYS in a pissed off mood, I recommend Invercargill Taxis, cab # 202. Why? Well, we were at Farmers on the Saturday before Christmas and it was chaos. We were leaving the car park and expecting it to take forever because of the volume of traffic from Farmers, the Warehouse across the road and the lights and crossing between the two (when we arrived traffic was backed up...

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

The big day is here and we are about to embark on a gift liberation mission, freeing the many lumpy but brightly wrapped offerings under the tree from their red and green confines. Unlike last year, we managed to make it to the big day without Seymour the Wonder Cat opening and eating his present two days before Christmas. It was a lesson learned, this year there’s nothing with catnip under the tree. Besides,...

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Customer service? Pfffft

Customer service? Pfffft

It’s nearly the end of the year, so it must be time for me to have another rant: this time it’s about a large, well-known cafe at a local department store. Nick and I went there the other day for lunch. We looked at the specials sign outside the door and decided the menu looked reasonably appealing (hey, it was mid afternoon and I needed to find some lunch so I could take my...

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Moggy mail after weather bomb

Moggy mail after weather bomb

As anyone who follows me on Facebook will know, Seymour the Wonder Cat had a traumatic weather incident a week or so ago during that sudden wee soggy spell we had. A few days later, a letter arrived for him: He wasn’t keen on the idea of wearing the “boots”, so we might have to revisit that. However, Norman took an interest in the plastic bag “coat”.  

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The traveller returns

Our wee trip away was relaxing and reasonably quiet: a few days in the capital, followed by a couple of days in Dunedin, including a visit to the cardiologist. It’s now confirmed that aside from the dilated cardiomyopathy, I also have a left bundle branch blockage, which means the left side of my heart isn’t working in synch with the right side. The plan is to continue to attack the first problem with drugs...

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Clearing out the tumbleweeds again

It’s been a while. And it’s not so much that I’ve been slacking off, it’s more a case of being sick. The past few months have been interesting and while finding out I was diabetic a couple of months ago was a bit on the crappy side, the latest diagnosis is certainly more craptastic than the first:  heart failure caused by dilated cardiomyopathy, along with a spot of mitral valve regurgitation for good measure...

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… was that a tumbleweed?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything. More than a month, in fact. I haven’t been avoiding you, my poor little neglected blog, I just haven’t had the time or energy to do anything beyond work and sleep. My health has been kind of crappy over the past couple of months and now that I’ve finally dragged myself off to the doctor to get checked out I at least know I’m not imagining...

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