Blog 82 – 5.7.17… Brave boy Troy…

The indignities of old age. Your bowels and bladder have a mind of their own, everything aches, you are unsteady on your feet and you can’t hear any more. I’m guessing this is what our cat, Troy was thinking when we had to resort to giving him a bath……grooming yourself becomes energy consuming and difficult at 21 – you sometimes have to stand on three legs and use/lick your front paw… and that’s a wobbly business. Jay and I steeled ourselves for a fight yesterday. Troy smelt pretty bad. Awful actually…bits of him, especially his tail, had been trailed  in…stuff. Cat sitter Pam says perhaps we should let him see the summer through…and then do the right thing. Troy is so intelligent, I am confident he will tell us when, if he doesn’t make his own way. So, having prepared the bathroom and my study (as a warm drying room), Jay cuddled him for a bit, then we trimmed his claws, gave him a brush and then plopped him in some lukewarm water, fully expecting a lot of meowing and scrambling to get away. Not a peep. He stood still. He let us wet him and apply the cat shampoo, lather it into all his nooks and crannies, and tail…no struggle. He let go. Then he let us rinse and towel-dry him and because it took at least a few hours to dry him, we all spent the rest of the evening cuddled up by the fire (yes, even though it is pretty warm here right now) and watched the third series of our Gavin & Stacey box set, with lovely Husband drying and stroking all the while.

My luggage is always full of everything I might possibly need when we go on holiday. We have just come back from Greece and this what I used for the week: 1 denim skirt, 1 white t-shirt, 1 sleeveless t-shirt, 1 pair of knickers, 1 bra, a sarong, beach towel, bikini bottoms, a swimsuit and a pair of sandals. Six pairs of knickers, 2 pairs of shorts and about 5 other t-shirts, big white blouse, cardigan, waterproof jacket, 2 books and a stainless steel teapot remained unused along with all my exercise gear (heatwave of 38 degrees meant nothing other than swimming was possible). I prepare for everything and take no risks….and so literally carry the burden of that. Every eventuality is catered for. Sounds good doesn’t it? I’m the one who remembers to bring the dishwasher tablets when the family rents a holiday house. Everyone marvels at my thoroughness. It is seriously over the top. I’m longing for the relief of letting go of primitive brain. Go on J, be brave…take a risk… and just let the warm water wash over you…




About aintwegotitmade

Who am I?.......well, I'm getting to that age where I have to think about that before I answer... My name is J, I'm married, and my husband and I live in the great city of London. I started this blog as an update to family and friends when I completely ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago (see The first post). I am so fortunate in every possible way...and in all honesty, I'm just using this blog to remind myself... Why is it called Ain't we got it made?: this is a line from one of my favourite songs (Sing Baby Sing - Have I got it made? Well - I've got a roof over my head, running water right into my house, a fully-stocked supermarket round the corner, free and readily available healthcare; and I live with my lovely husband in a great city, in a beautiful country, where I feel safe and secure.... I rest my case. Fact or opinion: I am not an expert on anything… but I can confirm that everything in this blog is either fact or opinion. I hope to post regularly, mostly about things I find uplifting, positive, amusing, optimistic, important..or perhaps just about regular daily life...but I won't bother you too much. Thanks for stopping by... jx
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2 Responses to Blog 82 – 5.7.17… Brave boy Troy…

  1. Caroline Daws says:

    Never gave our old cat a bath, I’m sure Troy enjoyed being clean and groomed, 21 is a grand old age, venerable in fact,he will let you know when he’s had enough,
    Glad you had a good time in Greece,see you on Friday!

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