Kittens

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Yesterday, Wayne & I went to a breeder of a type of cat called Tonkinese. They are beautiful cats that have dog-like personalities and they're also known to be easy on people who tend to be allergic to cats (for those who visit that are sensitive to them).


The loss of Milo has been difficult for me and although I would love to have another, I know in my heart that a dog just wouldn't be practical for us at this stage of our life. So, Wayne suggested we get a pair of sibling kittens (so that when we are away they can keep each other company whether it be home alone or in a cattery during long trips). We researched dozens of breeds and this breed is exactly what we were looking for.


The breeder had two boys available and although they are not the colors we initially wanted, we fell in love with them anyway (it's hard not to love those little faces). We will be picking them up on Sunday afternoon and I am just thrilled at the thought of having them. It's been a great void for me here without the pitter-patter of little feet (on four legs) and I am looking forward to them adding to our lives here in England and them helping with making it feel a bit more like home. I have attached a picture of them along with their sisters. They are the very fist to the left and the last on the right (in the tunnel). I will add pictures when we have them home.





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London & Val

Monday, June 27, 2005

Saturday, was our trip to London to see Val Kilmer in The Postman Always Rings Twice. We had a wonderful time in London (with only one exception).
I have to admit that I was a bit more star-struck than I thought I would be. Either that or it was just the fact that it was Val I was going to see & maybe my affection for him has not faded as much as I thought!
Wayne suggested we find out if we can wait around after the show to get Val's Autograph & just the thought of it made me nervous & enthusiastic! I had trouble sleeping the night before - like a little kid at Christmas & woke Wayne up bright & early to get the day going as soon as possible!
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Upon arriving in London, we went straight to the theatre to pick up the tickets. I surprised even myself as we walked up & I clapped jumping up & down when I saw his picture displayed outside the theatre and his name up in lights! It was like I was 13 again with my huge crush on the man believing I was his biggest fan! Wayne enjoyed my display of enthusiasm & even took pictures of me next to the photos outside the theatre. We picked up the tickets & confirmed we could wait to get his autograph after the show & I instantly had stars in my eyes!
With a couple of hours to kill before our dinner reservations, we decided to take in the sites of London. We walked from the west side to the east over a bridge. I had no idea where we were headed & again, gasped with childlike excitement when I saw the London Eye over the bridge & Big Ben just down the street! I took countless photographs of both sites (as I

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Heatwave and the beach

Monday, June 20, 2005



There is a heat wave here in England. It

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Dial-up!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

We're all moved in. It went ok, but with a few hitches. I'm sure with a little time and touches of our own it will start to feel more like our home.


We forgot to call the phone company to let them know we need the line to be DSL ready so now we have to wait 5 days for a high speed connection. I only have dial-up right now and I'm already wanting to throw the damn computer out the window! As you can imagine, I won't be online too often until I have a faster connection!



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My Milo

Milo1 I have made the heart wrenching decision to give my Milo to my friend Kenny who has been taking care of him in Memphis through the quarantine process to get him into the UK (it

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Beautiful fields!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Here in the UK, they have what they call ‘Bank Holiday Mondays’ which are long holiday weekends that were once to celebrate a holiday, but most people don’t even know what the holiday is they’re celebrating during their long weekends.
The weather has been pretty sunny (and even warm on some days) so the last couple of long weekends Wayne and I have been taking some day trips to different places like the wildlife parks we’ve been to as well as Windsor Castle.
The roads that lead to the major motorways are long and windey and there’s not much on these roads but farmland. On each side of these roads there are miles and miles of rolling fields, mountainous hills and various types of farm animals.
During the spring and summer, many of these fields are covered with flowers that are just beautiful. There is one flower that they grow for canola oil and there are countless fields of these flowers. When driving toward the fields the air fills with this floral fragrance that is unfamiliar to me, but from now on will always remind me of my first spring here in England. Although the scent is unfamiliar, it is distinctive and beautiful from a distance. On a very warm day, there is an odd scent in the air of these fragrant flowers combined with the dull scent of manure from the animals.
Driving closer into these fields, you can’t help but be struck by the both the beauty of these endless fields of vibrant yellow and the overwhelming floral sent that you can almost choke on if you have your windows open.
There are more than just these bright yellow fields of flowers. There are entire fields of bright red poppies, and little blue flowers called blue bells as well as deep green fields. Driving through these fields make the landscape appear to be patch-worked with vibrant yellow, bold greens and blues and some speckled with fluffy white sheep followed by others that have the black and white spots of cows grazing near by. The backdrops of these fields are the mountainous green and golden brown hills that are topped with the blue of the sky. These views make long drives something to look forward to because I never know what I might see!

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Val!

Monday, June 13, 2005
Later this month, I will be going to see VAL KILMER in his London West End debut of The Postman Always Rings Twice. Our seats will be 6st row center! Anyone that has known me for an extended amount of time knows that this is a thrill for me. Val is the only Hollywood actor I have ever been a real fan of and although my affection for him has faded, I cannot discount the 15+ years I was a true and loyal fan. Albeit about 5 years too late it still has to be done and I am really very excited!

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Wayne's Mum

Over the weekend, we went to see Wayne's Mum (she had an operation last week to see if her cancer has spread into the muscle) and she's doing quite well. She's moving kind of slow, but is in good spirits and seemed to really enjoy spending time with her son.

Her biopsy results came back from the operation and came back negative so the cancer did not spread into the muscle! She has to go in to have her body scan this week and we'll know more soon. I'll keep you posted!

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