Oh Stella had to get in photo shoot too (see her poodle pom pom tail)
Thank you Pam I adore it!. KISS KISS KISS!
We have stopped homeschooling book work for the year. James is spending his spare time working on his truck - Today I look out the window and he has taken the wheels off yukfoo! He is painting them I'm told. Yesterday he had the exhaust off welding that up how he wanted it.
We get lots of comments re the quilts the cats have on their chairs. Aren't the owls cute!
We always just let the cats come out of their carry cage in their own time, instead of forcing them to come out. I pop often down to see how they are settling in and offer gentle pats and encouraging words. I truly wish they could understand my reassuring words that they will be well loved and cared for while their family are away.
By the evening Bella was more settled and had wee loves with Brent. Molly didn't want to be petted and we don't force the cats - they come to us when they are feeling more settled. It can often take a day or two for cats to work out that staying here isn't too bad.
Ollie is 9 years old - Mother Briar and father Lordy's dad
I'm rather fond of Ollie and one can see Briar and Lordy traits in him. He has to be watched as tends to eat ALL of the food - he forgets his brothers might like something too. Ollie is slowly working out our routine whereby we put the dinner down and pet him first. He loves affection so laps it up but does keep an eye on the grub. His brothers get first dibs at the tucker this way.
Ollie is known at home to get into fights with intruders and he also has battles scars like Charles to prove it. But a big sponge, very friendly and always the first to greet us when we pop down to see the boys.
Many readers of the blog will know the journey our family has been on - regarding our daughter Abbey.
Let me share what Abbey has written (with her permission)
At the age of fourteen, I caught a viral illness. When I was fifteen I was diagnosed with the debilitating disease Myalgic Encephalopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This diagnose finally enlightened me as to why I had extreme fatigue, constant muscle pain, swollen glands and impaired mental concentration which affected every aspect of my life including my education. Before my illness I was a high achieving student. I did well with my studies and had even obtained distinction for science in the University of New South Wales International Competitions. Half way through my teenage years, I was thrown into turmoil and once again become strongly dependant on my family instead of claiming my independence like majority of teenagers.
Since I grew worse and became severely ill, more tests were done. The diagnostic results came back as Fibromyalgia and severe, stage-three, Endometriosis. Exhausted and in pain, I became housebound.
I have tackled numerous obstacles in the last five years. Especially as being a young, bedridden teenager who had to discover how to live day by day my future plans and dreams became beyond my reach. Thankfully I was able to continue with my studies when I had the occasional moments of energy and minimal pain by being home-schooled. Enrolling in Te Kura/ The Correspondence School, it enabled me to obtain University Entrance and NCEA level 3, even though it took me an extra year to do so. Additionally I have been extremely fortunate to have supportive employers who have been able to accommodate my illness by rescheduling and shorting the periods which allowed me to continue working. With my determination I have been able to conquer these personal challenges.
My parents who, could be often classified as eccentric, refused to accept the medical professionals’ predictions that the forecasts for my life would be of limited health. They had destroyed all hope. Alternatively my parents sent me on a quest for holistic treatments. I took ownership of my diet and adopted a wheat, dairy, sugar free diet. They allowed me to purchase a Poodle puppy who lines up for her daily walks which encourages me to push through the physical pain to exercise daily.
Following the herbalist’s requirements of removing the medically prescribed cocktail of painkillers, through willpower on my behalf, I am now practically living a life free from painkillers. I have embraced lifestyle changes in which one so young very rarely have to do.These changes have caused for my health to turn the corner for the positive and it is constantly improving.
And the NEWS FLASH is Abbey scored a 5 - She keeps a daily record of pain and wellness - 1 being feeling really unwell 5 feel fantastic. In the three years Abbey has been keeping this daily wellness record she has never scored a 5.
Whoop Whoop Whoop!