Happily Ever After

Life in The Rural Retreat with a beautiful wife, three cats, garden wildlife, a camera, a computer – and increasing amounts about running

Earlier posts can be found on Adventures of a Lone Bass Player, where this blog began life. Recent entries can be found here.


Unhappy Cats - A Continuing Tale

by Russell Turner - 21:37 on 15 December 2016

Life continues to be a trial for cats. Willow’s recovery from her urinary ailment is moving apace but the final signs of infection cling on. Two vials of pee have been examined by Dr German Vet and found wanting; a third was to be procured today, but after twelve hours shut in the bedroom with lots of water the patient has yet to visit the plastic bead-filled litter tray. Grey cats can be stubborn.

The closed bedroom door has caused great distress to Maia, who believes that behind it the patient is getting special treatment and food. Much complaining has taken place, and her displeasure confirmed by making a nest in the newly-washed sheets I put out ready to go on the bed when the opportunity arose.

Part of the problem is that publishing duties mean my lap’s not been available on demand. Almost a hundred books were delivered or posted today, most of them Rosehaugh and Ben Line Man to Waterstone’s and the Shetland Times Bookshop, plus ten copies of A Cat Called Tess to Aurorabearealis in North Kessock. Our much-missed tabby is still finding new fans.

Pandora has kept quiet. Maybe she’s planning her attack on the Christmas tree that Matchgirl still hopes to see inside The Rural Retreat this year despite the video warning of festive moggy vandals that’s doing the rounds of Facebook.

I couldn’t find it on YouTube, so here’s one of many similar cautionary tales.

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