A Short Hiatus

A Short Hiatus

I forgot to take a pic of the garden to leave you with while I am away so here are my 3 fur babies taking a time-out – they are such professionals at relaxation.

Hiatus 1

I have come to Johannesburg to be with my Mom while she recovers from an op she had on both her feet the other day.  She doesn’t really need any looking after, it’s more just to lend a hand with a few chores and cooking as Mom isn’t allowed to be on her feet for 2 weeks – this is going to be quite a task as she is used to dashing about town every day and on occasion after all of her 6 grandchildren over weekends.

Hiatus 2

I will see you all in a couple of weeks when I am back home.  I will try and keep up to speed with as many of your posts as I can as I would hate to miss out on anything.

Hiatus 3

First things first, sushi takeaways for supper tonight, so best I go get hold of Dad so he can bring our takeaways on his way home.  You didn’t think I wasn’t also going to take a few nights off myself…


62 thoughts on “A Short Hiatus

    • Thanks Celia. It’s lovely being here with the folks. I’m taking mom out this morning just to get out of the house for a while. Seems cabin fever set in all too soon with mom. Have organised a wheelchair so we should be good to go for the morning. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  1. Lovely pictures -thank you for a cheerful start to a cold, grey London day. A quick recovery to your Mom.

    • Thanks very much Maeve and thank you for your email, very kind of you to take the time to share your concerns. Have a super day and sending you lots of warm sunny South African regards. 🙂 xo

  2. I know that your Mother must appreciate you taking time to spend with her. Enjoy being with your parents and I hope your mother is back on her feet soon. You left us with adorable photos.

  3. I wish I could spend a day just being a cat – doing nothing but catching up on sleep while lying around in the sun. That’s lovely of you to help your mum. I hope she recovers quickly. I can’t imagine not being able to be on my feet for two whole weeks xx

    • I agree with you Charlie, a day in the life of a cat must be heavenly! Mom is doing really well with having to keep her feet up but must say it is taking quite a lot for her not to run around like she does on a normal day. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

  4. Oh my goodness, if that isn’t just the picture of contentment. They are sooo cute I just want to grab them & snuggle up. Enjoy your visit with your Mom & I hope she has a speedy recovery. I’ve had foot surgery but only had 1 foot done at a time but I will say on the 1st surgery I did what the doctor said about keeping off my feet & the recovery was so much faster than the 2nd surgery when I decided I knew better than the doc.

    • Aah thanks Diane – I am missing my little fur babies SO much! Wish I could bring them with me – although it’s great that they can stay in they own comfy environment and are getting lots of love while I am away. Oh my, you were very brave having one foot done at a time Diane – not sure Mom would go through this again. She has been very lucky and had hardly any pain at all – mainly just discomfort. We will see what the doc says on Tuesday when he removes the bandages. Have a beautiful weekend. 🙂 xo

      • I know exactly what you mean about missing the fur babies, even when you know they’re getting good care & have each other for company.
        And I just heard from my blogging friend Anastasia in San Francisco – she’s passing on Happy International Women’s Day! So I’ll pass it to you.

  5. As always, the kittens are acting as vigilant sentries–as long as they can lie down across points of entry! It’s long been clear to me that there’s a perfectly good reason I’m a Kat too–I can’t function without tons of sleep. 🙂 I know your little fur babies will be as glad to have you home as you will be to see them! Meanwhile, how wonderful that you’re able to be with your parents and lighten the load of getting them through your mom’s healing process. Having you with them will help both of them cope so much better, and I suspect will also make it a bit easier for you not to worry overmuch as one can do when not getting firsthand information. All the same, I hope you will have some respite as well and come home hopeful and refreshed and not too worn. Good health and loving comfort to all of you!

    • I get a lot of pleasure out of watching my fur babies sleeping – very satisfying. I can’t resist giving them a tickle and smooch which always results in purring and a little stretch like only a cat can do after which more sleeping is required. 🙂 Its been a wonderful time with the folks so far and I am looking the rest of my stay. Sadly Pete has to leave us tomorrow for another trip to Malawi. Have a beautiful weekend dear Kathryn. 🙂 xo

  6. Hi Mandy–Hope your mom recovers quickly and that is so nice of you to help her out while she literally gets back on her feet. I love the first picture of your baby in the wicker basket. It could win a prize!
    – Michael

    • Aah, thanks my friendy! I haven’t taken any shots for the past couple of weeks so I’m starting to get a bit antsy! Need to get my a into g! LOVED the pics of custard cottage. Can’t wait to come and see it. 🙂 xoxoxo

  7. Enjoy your hiatus Mandy. And I hope everything with your mom gets better. I know all too well how real life comes in and the blog has to go on hold. Enjoy this time with your family

    • Aah, thanks Calire! They are my precious little lumps of sugar who ooze so much love. Can’t believe how much I miss them when I am away from them and I feel so guilty too! Mom is doing really well. The doc removed her bandages yesterday and is very happy with both feet. Last night was the first time mom had any pain – not much thankfully. She has to wear these odd velcro stretchy things over her feet and toes for the next 4 weeks which help stretch the ligaments and reduce the swelling. Shame, quite a thing is op. Wish I could stay with her for the next 4 weeks. Have a beautiful day. 🙂 xo

  8. I wanted to stop back by and see how your mother was progressing. I’m glad she is getting along well…wish she didn’t have to go through the pain of stretching the ligaments.

    • Karen, thank you so much for your concern. Mom is really starting to feel frustrated with the “healing” process of not being able to be on her feet and having to be driven around – not good for an independent woman like my mom. It’s just a few more weeks and she will be back to normal. Such a blessing though that she has had no pain at all. Have a beautiful weekend and I am looking forward to catching up with you soon. 🙂 xo

    • Hi Pink, thanks so much for checking in on Mom again. She is really doing well – she has had no pain at all – she is just extremely frustrated with being limited to the amount she is allowed to stand and walk still for the next couple of weeks. Each day gets a little easier and knowing how worth all the inconvenience is at the end of the day keeps Mom focused on the end result. Thanks again for your concern. Have a super week ahead and I am hoping to start catching up with everybody again this week or by the latest next week. 🙂 xo

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