Buddy Update

Happy Friday All!

Just thought I’d give a brief post on how the Budster is doing.  All went well and he’s doing fine.  We picked him up from the vet on Wednesday after Chef P got home.  I think he was real happy to see us as he started crying and meowing as soon as we came in the room.

The nurse told us his wound looked pretty horrific as they really had to dig out all the nasty stuff but they flushed it out and gave him lots of antibiotics…long lasting ones so we don’t have to worry about trying to give him pills…whew!

The nurse told us that we had to keep him in the house which is a bit difficult for a cat who’s been living outside most of his life!  Once we got him home though, he settled down once he had a little soft food.  It was too tender for him to eat dry food and try to crunch it.

Yesterday morning, I got up before Chef P and when I was done with my shower and came back in the bedroom, Buddy was laying on the bed next to his daddy. 😉  Later in the morning while I was ironing, he decided he was going to lay right next to the ironing board:

You can see where he had the abscess and it looked worse in person.  It’s much better now as it’s drying up and starting to form a scab.  We have to take him back to the vet next Friday for a follow-up check to see how everything is.

I had to call the vet on yesterday morning to find out when I would be able to let him out as he was driving me nuts with crying to go out. (remember, he doesn’t use a litter box although he used one at the vet as he had no choice)  They said I could let him go out because they knew how difficult it was for me to try and keep him in.

Luckily, he went out and came back in less than an hour and stayed in until after his dinner and went out and was back again within the hour.  He stayed in the rest of the night and I let him out this morning around 8:30.  He went out, did his business and came right back in.  It’s almost like he knows that he shouldn’t be out running around too much.  He was out for a couple of hours this afternoon and now he’s curled up on the couch.

Well sorry for the long rant, but I hope some of you wanted to know how he was.

Have a great weekend all and I’ll fill you in on my market and festival next week.  Just hope the rain holds out….

Time to go make a martini….

Terri  ♥


My Sick Buddy

Happy Tuesday All!

Chef P just went back to work today after a 3-day weekend and the weather was wonderful…well, a bit warm and humid, but otherwise lovely.

Now I know this is a foodie blog, but on occasion I do bang on about other things that go on in this neck of the woods.

I think that most of you know that we have four cats; well, three and a half really.  Alfie and Noddy we got about five years ago, both rescue cats, and Crystal we’ve now had for three years, also a rescue cat.  They are also indoor cats and never go outside.  They are the ‘three’ cats.   I know some of you might think that’s mean, but there are other stray cats in the neighborhood and there’s one in particular that’s rather nasty so I’d rather they just stay indoors.  They’ll live longer.

Then there’s Buddy.  Buddy has been hanging around the neighborhood for the past 3-4 years and to make a long story short, we’ve taken him in.  As he’s used to being outside, he comes and goes as he wishes but we try and make sure he stays in at night.  We can usually manage to get him nine times out of ten.  Buddy is the ‘half’ a cat.  On occasion, when he’s out and about during the day, he gets in a tangle with the nasty cat and he’s come home not looking so good sometimes.

Last week he had come back in and he had a small bump on the top of his head near his right ear.  It was a bit crusty and looked like he was in another fight.  I also noticed that his right eye wasn’t closing when he blinked and his third eyelid was showing a bit too much.  I kept an eye on him (no pun intended!) and the third eyelid got better but his eye still wasn’t closing, although it would be closed when he slept.

Then just this past Sunday night, I noticed the right side of his face was really swollen and he was rather lethargic (I assumed he had a fever).  Yesterday his face was still swollen and we decided we’d take him to the vet today if he hadn’t improved.  I was able to look under the fur and it appears he had an abscess which ended up bursting overnight.  He’s a bit more lively, but still not his usual self.  He won’t let me near the wound, so we’ve got an appointment for him tonight at the vet.  He may have to stay overnight because they’ll need to sedate him to clean it.  If he doesn’t want me near it, he sure as hell isn’t going to let the vet near it!

He is outside right now and snoozing in the back garden (well he was snoozing before I took the picture).  He’s actually been staying around the house the past couple of days and not wandering too much.  He was snoozing on top of the car earlier today.

So as we’ve got to head out later, I’m making an easy supper of my Italian Chicken and Veggies.

Hopefully, Buddy will be back to his old self in a couple of days…..

♥  Terri  ♥

Friday Foodie Word ~ ABULON

Today’s Foodie Word was selected by one of my furried friend readers, Texas.  Texas is a Parisian cat who immigrated to New York because…well, his staff owners did!  Go check out this four-legged handsome boy.

On to today’s word…

Texas chose Page 4 and the 4th word down.

In this dictionary, some of the words given are just in another language to English, as is today’s word,


Spain ~  Abalone.

A bivalve mollusc, Haliotis tuberculata, and other species of the genus Haliotis, found in warm sea water worldwide.  it is larger than the oyster (up to 13cm/5in).  The edible part is the foot; the frilly mantrel is discarded.  Abalone may be eaten raw if very young, but normally must be tenderized before being braised or sauteed lightly (less than 1 minute).

Maybe Texas the cat would like a sampling of this!

So who’s going to give me next Friday’s word?….

Spreading a Little Sunshine!

Is it possible?  Could it be?

I’ve gotten another award??  Twice, again??

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blog Award by Carine over at Books, Cupcakes and Cats Chasing Chipmunks and a big ‘THANK YOU’ to her!  I would also like to thank she (couldn’t find out what her first name was) at Blessed with a Star on the Forehead who also nominated me!

For those who do not know what a Sunshine Blog Award is, it is a prize is awarded to “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”. As an award winner, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Link the award to the person(s) who gave it to you ~ See above
  • Answer the questions that come with it (I changed a couple of them!) ~ See below
  • Pass it along to 10 people and let them know they have received it

My questions and answers…

Favorite animal: my kitties (Crystal, Noddy, Alfie and Buddy)
Favorite Non-alcoholic drink: Chocolate Milk
Facebook or Twitter: Facebook
My Passion: cooking
Chocolate or Vanilla:  Chocolate
Favorite Day of the Week: Saturday
Favorite Flower: Lilac

And now, here’s ten blogs that I have nominated for the Sunshine Award.  Please take the time to check them out!

Two Cats Views

Food and Tea for Thought

The Nutrition Guru and the Chef

Memoirs of an Amateur Cook

Whisks and Words

Agenta Emme ~ Married Edition

Time to be Inspired

Geli’s Goodies

Zero Waste in a Military Household

Go Girl Diet’s Blog

I think that about covers everything.  Again, a huge thanks to those who nominated me and also to you, my readers.  Many of us are out there in the blogging world and it makes us all feel humbled and glad to know that people are actually enjoying what we write.

I think we all deserve awards for bringing enjoyment, information, humor and inspiration to those who read our blogs.

♥ Terri ♥♥

Bits and Bobs and Nuts and Bolts

Happy Wednesday All!

It’s a gorgeous day here in the SE of England as the sun is shining brightly!  We finally ‘Sprung Ahead’ this weekend with the clocks and now it’s still somewhat light at 8:00…woo hoo!

We took Buddy to the vet on Friday for his booster shot.  He wasn’t too happy about being there again, but he did OK, although the vet had a bit of a problem with trying to check his ears; he wanted no part of that!  We think he had a bit of a reaction to this shot because the next morning he was rather listless and subdued.  He was much better by Sunday morning.


The weather was absolutely lovely on Saturday so we were expecting the same on Sunday for the first market of the season…WRONG!  It was cloudy, foggy, misty and cold and a bit breezy.  It was as if it was saying to me, ‘Terri, this is what you get for not being here at the market all year like the rest of the vendors so you will be punished’.  All in all, there was a good crowd out and about and even a few of my regular customers came by who were all glad to see me back at the market.


My mum-in-law’s birthday was on Monday and the woman that cleans for her, brought her a lovely cake last Friday that she had made.  It was a vanilla sponge with strawberries and cream and she had it nicely decorated.  Kind of reminded me of a strawberry shortcake.  Well mum insisted asked us to take a bit of it home as she knew she wouldn’t be able to eat the whole thing all by herself.  So of course I had to take some, after all I didn’t want to disappoint the woman!  Now, I know it’s something I shouldn’t eat, but I did.  AND IT WAS SOOOOO GOOD!!  I did just eat a few spoonfuls at a time rather than eating a whole piece. (I cut the cake in half, then cut the half in half and then cut the quarter in two and took those two pieces home) We got this on Saturday and I just finished it today, so I don’t think that was too bad.

Hubby won’t be home tonight as there is an awards ceremony for his job and he’s gotten three awards so he has to be there to accept them.  Apparently it’s a rather long ceremony and it will be rather late by the time it’s all over so he’s staying at a colleague’s house overnight.  So as it’s just me tonight, I can be a bit relaxed about when I have my dinner.  I made lamb burgers for dinner last night and I still have one left over, so I’ll be having that again tonight.  I have no problem with leftovers.  I might even have a martini…



And in the news:  Royal Mail will be upping it’s already high price of a first class stamp from 46p to a whopping 60p!  A second class stamp will go from thecurrent 36p to 50p, both effective at the end of April.  According to a Royal Mail spokesman, the price rises are ‘really needed, given our financial position’.  The only good thing about this is that stamps do not have the actual price on them, but only say 1st or 2nd class.  This means that we can buy all the stamps we want now at the current price and still use them once the price goes up and there’s no limit on how many you can buy.  I heard on the radio today that someone has bought about 4,000 stamps…that should hold them for awhile….



Try eating strong-smelling foods such as garlic, if you’re watching your weight.  Dutch scientists found strong smells tell our brains to take smaller bites – up to 10% smaller.  It’s possibly an evolutionary process that stopped cavemen taking large bites of rotten foods.

Enjoy the rest of your day!

♥♥ Terri  ♥♥

Stuffy Noses, Business Trips and the Vet

OK, I know I’ve been AWOL for a few days, but it couldn’t be helped.  My lovely body decided that the girly monster wasn’t enough, so it decided that I also needed a bit of a stuffy nose and a fever.  Then we also had to take Buddy to the vet on Thursday for his health check.  Hubby was home for a couple of days after being away on a business trip and then he left again yesterday afternoon for another business trip…sigh.

Between me not feeling well and the vet and getting hubby packed again for another trip, I honestly didn’t even feel like getting on the computer.  The weather hasn’t been cooperating either.  It has been really windy, cold and raining since last night.  The kind of weather where you just want to curl up in front of a roaring fire with a cup of hot cocoa.  Unfortunately, I could only do one of those things, so here I sit at the computer with a cup of Ovaltine.

As one of my readers commented the other day, she said the cleaning would still be there…she was right!  I finally got to clean the bathroom and do the vacuuming today and I’m still doing wash and it’s after 5:00.

Buddy’s vet visit was nearly uneventful.  He had no problem with us putting him in the carrier and he didn’t seem to mind the car until we were about halfway there (luckily it’s only about a 5-6 minute trip) and he let out a meeeoooww that lasted a good 7 or 8 seconds!  Got into the vet and he was quiet while we waited to be called in.  He didn’t seem too keen about being on the table and being poked and prodded (he’s been neutered – nothing like having your balls fondled by a stranger, eh?)  The vet said it’s possible the RSPCA sometimes picks up strays and neuters them and puts them back on the street (why don’t they just put them up for adoption?) but he’s not been microchipped.  I guess one out of two ain’t bad.

He was fine with the shot and then the vet wanted to give him a flea pill.  He put the tablet onto a plastic plunger-like thing and tried to shove it down his throat…well Buddy decided that wasn’t going to happen and he spit it out.  So it ended up being the little tube of ointment you put on their backs.  We had to put Buddy into the carrier to put that on as he kept trying to back up.  I think by that time he had had enough.

Can’t wait until he gets his next booster shot….in three weeks!

Buddy, exhausted after his vet visit

He has settled in quite well and has obviously made himself comfortable, although Crystal still hisses at him.  He hasn’t used the litter box and I haven’t found any ‘accidents’ in the house, but he lets me know if he needs to go out.  He sleeps on the bed with us at night and he’s definitely a lap cat!  I think he’s just happy to have a warm, dry home.

Fat Tuesday, Pancakes and Buddy

As I really didn’t have anything major to blab blog about, I thought I’d go down the ‘Stream of Unconsiousness’ route…

Yesterday was Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras/Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday, depending on what part of the English speaking world you come from.  There may be other names for it, but these are the four I know of.

When I lived in Montgomery County in Pennsylvania, on occasion, we would head to Philadelphia’s South Street (you know, where all the hippies meet!) and frequent a bar called Fat Tuesday’s where they served frozen daiquiris of just about any flavor you could possibly think of.  Behind their huge bar were machines built into the wall where the daiquiris came out, like giant Slushie machines.  The good thing was that you couldn’t drink them too fast otherwise you’d get ‘brain freeze’, however, they did pack a punch!

Here in the UK, they use the terms ‘Pancake Day’ or ‘Shrove Tuesday’.  Now most of us know that the reason for this day is to eat as much cake/cookies/biscuits/sweets, etc. for the next day is Lent and we are forced choose to give up something for 40 days until Easter Sunday, and the things we usually give up are cake/cookies/biscuits/sweets, etc.  Over here, the idea is to eat as many pancakes as possible, hence the name.

(via Wikipedia) Shrove Tuesday was once known as a ‘half-holiday’ in England. It started at 11:00am with the signalling of a church bell.  On Pancake Day, pancake races are held in villages and towns across the United Kingdom. The tradition is said to have originated when a housewife from Olney was so busy making pancakes that she forgot the time until she heard the church bells ringing for the service. She raced out of the house to church while still carrying her frying pan and pancake. The pancake race remains a relatively common festive tradition in the UK, and England in particular, even today. Participants with frying pans race through the streets tossing pancakes into the air, catching them in the pan whilst running. In Olney today, a pancake race still takes place every year on Shrove Tuesday.

The contestants, traditionally women, carry a frying pan and race to the finishing line while tossing the pancakes as they go. The winner is the first to cross the line having tossed the pancake a certain number of times. Traditionally, when men want to participate, they must dress up as a housewife (usually an apron and a bandanna).

Since 1950 the people of Liberal, Kansas and Olney have held the “International Pancake Day” race between the two towns. The two towns’ competitors race along an agreed-upon measured course. The times of the two towns’ competitors are compared, to determine a winner overall. After the 2009 race, Liberal was leading with 34 wins to Olney’s 25.  A similar race is held in North Somercotes of Lincolnshire in eastern England.

So as it was ‘Pancake Day’ here yesterday, I did make myself some, but I tried to go the bit more healthy route and made whole wheat pancakes and used agave nectar in place of the bit of sugar in the batter.  (I must also note that pancakes here are not the same as the U.S.  Over here, they are rather thin, almost like a crepe).  So I made myself some American pancakes and put some maple syrup on, but not too much.  My treat!  This morning I reheated the last two and put some sliced banana on them…yum.


There’s been a black & white cat that has been strolling around the neighborhood for about 3-4 years.  He would walk through our back garden and he would run away from us at first.  Then I started to call him over and gave him a handful of some dry cat food on the pavement.  Eventually, we gave him him a dish for food and water.  Our three cats would watch him from inside (they are all indoor cats) and he would watch them.  Whenever we would see him outside, we’d say to our cats ‘Oh, there’s your buddy out there’ so we decided that he needed a name, so, of course, we named him Buddy.

We made up a box for him outside and he would use it to sleep in during the day and to get out of the rain.  Then back in October, I decided to let him in the conservatory one night as we were having a cold snap.

I made up another box for him with blankets and he slept in there all night.  He would go out during the day and come back when he was hungry.  We were buying him (cheap) cat food and he was quite happy.  We have a small portable heater that I sat near his box bed and he again was quite happy.  We know he’s been wanting to come in the house because he would stare at us through the sliding glass door from the conservatory.  We slowly introduced one of our cats (Noddy) to him and they get along fine.  Alfie isn’t too sure, but he doesn’t seem to mind him.  Crystal is the problem.  I would leave the sliding door open just a bit; enough for a paw to get through but not the whole cat.  He would be on one side and Crystal the other, and she would hiss at him.  We think it’s because she can now smell him.

Well last Friday afternoon, Buddy was in the conservatory and I had left the door open leading to the outside for him.  I went out to check if he had gone outside; didn’t see him, so closed the outside door and opened the inside sliding door so that my kitties could go out there if they wanted.  I went upstairs to the bathroom and when I came out and went into the bedroom, guess who was sitting there!  I knew I had closed the outside door so the only thing I can think of is that he might have been hiding on one of the chairs under the table and I didn’t see him when I checked.

Noddy and Buddy lounging in the front window

So now that he has come into the house, he’s now become a permanent member.  He still comes and goes as he wants, but I have to let him in and out.  Him and Noddy play together, Alfie just ignores him and Crystal still hisses and bats at him whenever possible.  This morning he finally batted back but I don’t really think that will deter her.

We think he was in a household at some point in his life as he’s definitely a lap cat and he actually has been sleeping on the bed with us (the other three don’t even do that).  He came up on the bed around 10:30 last night and stayed there until we got up at 4:45.  I’ve made an appointment for him at the vet next Thursday so that should be an adventure…