Thursday, January 17

It is all over...............

What a week that was! As well as a whole raft of things to do, including researching the possibility of going to China to teach, I had the TESOL course to do. For three nights (Wed, Thu, Fri) it was 6 pm to 10 pm in the class room, and on the Saturday and Sunday a marathon 9 am to 6 pm and there was little spare time.

It was very interesting and fascinating - so glad I did it. I met a great bunch of folk at Teach International and feel a lot more comfortable about taking on the teaching position in China. I wonder where it will all lead me as there are wnderful opportunities all around the world. But - one at a time.

As well as doing the course I had to pack up my things at the house sit, do the housework and move out - ensuring that all the animals were alive and well. It was 10 pm on the Sunday night that I locked the cat inside, switched off all the lights, and departed. The cat was not amused about being locked in - but I needed to know that it could not wander off.

I returned home and collapsed. Exhausted. Happy.

Thursday, January 10

Only a few days to go....................

I wonder if this is my last house sit for a while? I have only three sleeps to go here, and a pretty rigourous program for the next four days. I am in the TESOL Course for three nights from 6 pm to 10 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday it goes from 9 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday I have to finish my clean up and move out of the house. Sounds like a very early morning on Sunday!

As it turns out my opportunities to do house sitting will be diminished. If I am teaching in China for a few months and then travelling to UK in July there's no opportunity to house sit and I don't think China would be a good place for house sitting (but I guess you never know), but as I will have accomodation and all meals provided there doesn't seem to be any point to looking there.

The cat is still around, though I haven't seen it this morning, but I know it is in the house (somehwere) and the four fish were still alive last night when I fed them.

I've got a lot of dusting and cleaning to do over the next few days but hopefully all doable.

So my house sitting days are numbered........................

Tuesday, January 8

House sitting plans on hold

At the moment I have no bookings for further house sitting, but I watch with interest the offers that are available. If only.......

But today I have an interview with an organisation that is interested in offering me a position teaching English in Taiwan or China. I'm quietly excited about this - though know that I will have to take a big deep breath if I want to go. In some ways it is brilliant as I would probably be back in time to go o/s in July. They are talking about 4 - 4 1/2 month contracts.

I have been working hard on my Irish story - and hope to have that almost finished by the end of the month. It is exciting. But funny in that I have a few things "on hold" until I know what is going to happen.

I have enjoyed this house sit that comes to an end at the weekend. I love the peace here (I'm sure I've said that before). I know the folk want me back in July but that is probably the time I will be in UK myself.

I am working on my new weight loss program - Dr John Tickell's - which I am finding very easy to do, and I think will be easy to follow if I work overseas. Especially as it is based a lot on fruit and vegetables. Just think I might come back trim, taut and terrific. And healthier I'd expect.

Saturday, January 5

Today the Cat is Ignoring me.

Some days the cat is so close and personal with me that I feel terrorised by it. It wants to be on my lap, or on my chair, or on my computer, or on the table, on the bench. Anything.

It will climb on my back even. I when I place her in "her"place, she gets quite irritated. Last night my grandchildren were here and sat and patted the cat for a long time. She purred loudly. Very happy cat.

Today there are no grandchildren here. And I've been given the cold shoulder. The cat has enjoyed being outside as the sun has been shining somewhat and there has been little rain.

I caught her lying in one of the pot plants.

Thursday, January 3

The terrorist cat

OK, OK. So that really is not a terrorist. It just LIKES me. So much so that it has become very domineering again. It is not helped by the bad weather - it has been cool and windy, with frequent rainshowers, and I suspect the cat would rather be outside running around. Needs to burn off some energy maybe.

In any case, it won't leave me alone. I've fed it - probably overfed it to reduce it's meows. But it still seems to want more of me. If I sit down for a few minutes it sneaks onto my lap. I do allow it to lapsit for a while, but when I want to move, it protests and hangs on when I try to remove it.

It has sat on my computer keyboard to stop me typing, it has stood behind my computer screen and stared at me over the top, it has tried to sit on my paperwork. You name it - it's tried it.

Now I feel somewhat sorry for the cat - it's only family having left it behind, but I don't need to be terrorised. Can't we be friends without being up close and so personal?