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Hey, Happy Valentine ~ yes: to you guys! [Feb. 14th, 2011|12:48 pm]
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It’s that day of the year that has a good third of the population about as depressed as they were at Christmas. Well, no – probably only half of that third, because hand on heart, the prospect to force up feelings on a day where you may not feel it (or even fancy sex) & sit next to other couples in restaurant acting just as forced because they’ve come from work & are far more stressed than feeling romantic… then, really, this is a moment for a sigh of relief!

I am a happy single. But it’s taken me long to get there; to cherish my own mindset & company. To not feel the lack or a void of something. That said, as most of my friends know, I desire a family, so although I am untroubled by the romance of today there are other days when I feel the pang & wonder what the future hold.

 But, to take the edge of any seriousness of today, I found some vintage valentine cards on the net that amused me. I cherish you all: for the comments you make, for the smiles you bring to my face, & the chuckles you bring out of me. For the year that’s been & the interaction I’ve had with you here and in clubs, don’t think every little contribution did not matter = they're little beams of light that pierce the gloomiest of days & light up existence ~ & sometimes even make me dance. So, from me to you, a friend’s Valentine: you are cherished!

 


Ps. I got confirmed who Donovan is this weekend. I was only introduced a couple of times, but the pics and stories I've seen the past days has made me really sad I didn't get to know him better. I'm so sorry for your loss guys - even more sorry someone with such a friendly spirit is now gone. XXX
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Only for prospective Boaters! :-) [Feb. 12th, 2011|01:46 pm]
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 I've had a fair few prods now from people to share some of the basics of living on boats & boat buying. Recalling well the struggle I had to find comprehensive information on the web when I attempted to research, I can fully appreciate the need! So, to give you all a good starting point, I have compiled a 'basics' under the cut. It's mostly centered on choosing boat & boat purchase tips - it's harder to give an overview on boat living as all boats are kitted with different electrical/heating/toilet systems, so this part is briefer but you can naturally come up to me in clubs and ask questions. But I hope I can provide a good starting point for you!

So get yourself a cup of tea, here goes:

The BasicsCollapse )
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Promise kept :-) [Feb. 2nd, 2011|06:59 pm]
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This Monday the kittens left... and I found myself in a suddenly very empty boat, but at least (after some texts) reassured they were happy to be back with their owner (which we'd briefly had had some doubts about.. or at least the not so cat-friendly estate he was living in).

But a few wanted pics, so here's a glimpse of the brief four-legged glory that was my kitten lodgers:



If you don't fall for Ms Ollie, you're made of stone.....



..and the key ring she somehow managed to locate & drop by my feet to signal my boat was seriously lacking in cat toys... ;-)



Shy Mickey takes an elegant pose...

And a handful more under cut:

"Kill The Meercat Dot Com"Collapse )
 
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*blushing* (correction post) [Jan. 28th, 2011|12:10 pm]
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*laughing & blushing* Sorry for the cliff-hanger! LJ kept doing funny stuff with my post, & then work applied it’s ‘10am sharp’ block ~ so all I could do was see the comments come in with no ability to log on. Right, here’s the full story:

Yesterday was not a good day... :-(
 
Catching up with emails last Monday at work , I was greeted by this email from the cat shelter I’m currently focused on:  

Hi,

Gemma (this the foster carer of one of the cats I visited) said that you were looking at lots of  cats so I don't think it will be worth my while in visiting you if you are going to take a cat from somewhere else.


I was somewhat bewildered. Was it just me, or had I just been snubbed? Was I expected to show loyalty to one cattery alone? I felt a bit like I’d joined a dating site and received an email from them after two months stating, well, hey, if you haven’t picked a boyfriend from us in this time then you’re clearly not really interested & we’re deleting your account. Woooooo!?

But I attempted to respond with patience. And this - the first occasion - it uprighted itself: she responded reason for her email was that she had very little time to give so would I be ok to pick a cat first, & then she’ll come & do a home visit? Sure, I replied. At that point thinking (generously, as you do) that it was just a misunderstanding.

Recap of this morning's post under cut if needed...Collapse ) So this week she sent an email suggesting a number of cats. ‘Cool’, I thought, ‘but I’d be a bit more specific to get the right cat’, so I wrote back that I may have a child in the future or / and a second cat, so perhaps some of these cats would fall out naturally as not suitable for those scenarios?

Upon which I got the following response: 

‘I think if you are thinking of having a baby in the near future then it would probably be best not to have a cat.  I can't imagine that there would be many quite places on a narrow boat that a cat could hide in if it needed to get away from the noise of the baby.  A  lot of the rescue cats we get have been through a lot and I don't think that they would be able to cope.’

 … when I got that air just went out of me & for once I did something I rarely do: I left the fight.

I wrote to her I withdrew my application. I just can't deal anymore with shelters treating my openess as an instant opportunity to turn me down. Yesterday it really felt that to get a cat from the shelters I’d be better off a/ lying and b/ keep my mouth shut on everything. So yesterday ended on a depressed note… 

On good side at least, Stefy ( thank God for her!) has invited me to a pool, sauna, yoga session followed by dinner tonight. I’ve been looking forward to it all week & now... I really need it.  :-/
 

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O…here we go again… [Jan. 28th, 2011|09:59 am]
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Yesterday was not a good day... :-(

Catching up with emails last Monday at work , I was greeted by this email from the cat shelter I’m currently focused on:  

Hi,

Gemma (this the foster carer of one of the cats I visited) said that you were looking at lots of  cats so I don't think it will be worth my while in visiting you if you are going to take a cat from somewhere else.

I was somewhat bewildered. Was it just me, or had I just been snubbed? Was I expected to show loyalty to one cattery alone? I felt a bit like I’d joined a dating site and received an email from them after two months stating, well, hey, if you haven’t picked a boyfriend from us in this time then you’re clearly not really interested & we’re deleting your account. Woooooo!?

But I attempted to respond with patience. And this - the first occasion - it uprighted itself: she responded reason for her email was that she had very little time to give so would I be ok to pick a cat first, & then she’ll come & do a home visit? Sure, I replied. At that point thinking (generously, as you do) that it was just a misunderstanding.

Since then I’ve done two home visits of cats – one in Pimlico, the other in Kentish town - before the kitten-emergency paused all progress. I’ve also battled through torrential rain to Battersea ( which turned out to be quite a distance from nearest tube & a two-security-gate-enforced bastion looking worryingly set as if about to take on a riot of animal haters) to sign with them. But that’s an aside: my focus has been with Paws for Life & to get a cat from them primarily.

I’ve also strained to keep an optimistic tone in all my emails to this woman, since I was possibly trying her patience a bit with wanting to visit the cats first (*clearly here also here a bit wary since that email-battle I experienced three years ago with Mayhew in order to get Happy).

So this week she sent an email suggesting a number of cats. ‘Cool’, I thought, ‘but I’d be a bit more specific to get the right cat’, so I wrote back that I may have a child in the future or / and a second cat, so perhaps some of these cats would fall out naturally as not suitable for those scenarios?

Upon which I got the following response: 

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