Friday, August 14, 2009

who is gonna miss me?


there was much whining and pouting last evening when i informed the child that i would be away at blog camp 1.5 this weekend. which means that her father is taking her to riding lessons on saturday and sunday. she informed me that far is utterly unable to saddle the horse and he has to enlist the help of the "horse girls" (hestepige, clearly one of those few words that's better in danish) who are standing around, waiting for the chance to help with such things. this is apparently quite personally embarrassing for sabin, who is still too short to saddle lizette, the horse she rides now on saturdays, herself. you can see lizette is quite a tall danish warmblood. i think she's lovely, but it's true that sabin wouldn't be able to saddle her all by herself. so she needs far. i hope he doesn't embarrass her.

it is nice that she'll miss me, even if it's just for my ability to saddle a horse.

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another one who will miss me is lila. our cat. she's my buddy and every night when i come to bed, she jumps up and has 15 minutes of very close, in my face love. then she jumps back down on the floor and goes to sleep. she's been even more affectionate since our trip to dublin, when she was locked outside and cared for by the neighbors. when we came back, rather than seeing us as villians, she saw us as her kind liberators and loved us even more. lila showed up at our house last year and sometime last summer, i started feeding her and named her lila. actually, she told me herself that was her name. she's a super nice cat, tho' her fur gets nasty in the spring when she's shedding.  and she likes to bring mice in the house and set them free.


this one went down a mouse-sized hole in the wall behind the t.v., where some pipes for the radiators stick up, and wasn't seen for 6-7 hours, when it reappeared and much panic and gathering of a pink butterfly net ensued and it was removed from the house. because lila sees it as her role to bring them in, present them to us and then wander off.


i can assure you that this one was just playing dead - look at it. the drama. it deserves an oscar. seconds later, it hopped up and scampered off behind the bottle box. and you can see lila has already lost interest in it, so she's not even properly appreciating his little mouse oscar performance. i'm sure they'll deal with at least one of these this weekend while i'm away.  it's our own fault, we leave the doors open all day on these warm days, even if it's raining.

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and although i hope husband misses me a little bit - we might briefly meet at starbucks the airport when he comes in from newark and i head off to heathrow - i'm sure they'll get along just fine.

20 comments:

AD said...

Have fun at blog camp. :]

And Lila is so cute. It's funny she shows you guys her catch of the day.
Are you sure she's not really a dog?

;]

Lynne said...

Love the picture of the "dead" mouse!

Georgie K. Buttons said...

My dog was the same way when he'd "tree" or corner a cat. He'd get so excited to chase it, but as soon as he had it trapped he had no idea what to do with it. Very entertaining, actually.

Have fun!

Ju said...

They will all miss you and you will probably miss them but how great you can get away and enjoy yourself.
I love times like these.
Behave! ;)

Ju

Sammi said...

Don't you just find that? Some words are just not good in English they only make sense in other languages. For sure.

Esmerelda said...

Still choking back jealousy of you Blog Campers. You will be missed. =)

McGillicutty said...

My girls are already lamenting my absence and I have three weeks before I head off to Reno. Have fun!!!!!!

The Fragrant Muse said...

Thank you for the kitty bit ;-) She's lovely and looks like a totaly furball, ready to shed at a moments notice.

Can't wait to hear about BBC (British Blog Camp).

I love that Sabin's horse is called Lizette. That may be my new name. Good that she and Far are getting bonding time. Love Sabin shirt in the last photo and Far has a lovely summer tan. So handsome that one.

Optimistic Pessimist said...

My kitty likes to kill the mice before presenting them to me. Last week it was a bird. At least she loves me enough to share.

Fidgeting Gidget said...

And that's because the OP named her cat Gidget. Gidget is fierce.

Anyway, I loved all the pics from this post. Sabin looks so majestic on that beautiful horse. What a lucky girl she is, I am way too allergic to even come near a horse, much less take lessons, although I always wanted to.

The mouse playing dead pic was hilarious, too. Although I wish it WAS dead. I can't stand those little buggers.

Barb said...

My cat, Spooky, also has to have several minutes of "love" time right after I get into bed at night. And I'm the only one he wants it from. I have to admit, I like it. The problem is when I have to take my youngest child back to bed in the middle of the night (he frequently visits and tries to get in bed with us). Spooky seems to think that if I can get out of bed at 3AM, then I can also love on him for a half hour before I go back to sleep!

cheekyketek said...

Damn, I'm scared of the size of that horse (oh. right. Horses and I do not go).

I used to have a cat when I was a kid, that was such a dainty little thing, she couldn't finish her mousely dinners. So she would kindly leave them on our pillows as a gift.

Hope you're having a freaky good time!

(My verification word is "demon": are they not even trying anymore?)

rxBambi said...

So jealous of all the lovlies you will be meeting at BC. And jealous of them for getting to meet you.
ah well.
Adorable kitty. I don't get to have one cuz #4 is allergic. But she's 17 so hopefully one day when she's out and gone for good -- that does happen, doesn't it??
Have agreat time. I will definitely miss you...

Wanda said...

Your Lila looks very much like our Misi.

Note: Word verification = "cousicat"...does that mean "cat cousins"?

Char said...

:) looks like you will have a great homecoming though, right?

Polly said...

is this mouse really just playing dead?? very clever, English mice can't do that

lila is great. I know, I met her. she's gorgeous, despite the fur

spudballoo said...

Meh, they'll have a ball...don't be sucked in by their pretend mournfulness. Including the cat and the mice....x

paris parfait said...

They will miss you - S. does look very small to be saddleing that big horse. Very funny about the cat and the Oscar-worthy mouse (mice). Who knows what adventures await upon your return??!! xo

Maria-Thérèse said...

That cat has a LOT of fur! A LOT! How cute of her to set the mice free and provide you with house mice :D :D :D Maybe she's a vegan animals' rights person cat? I hope so!

The only way I'd want a husband is if we would meet briefly now and then at the airport, going to different countries! To me that sounds romantic.

Cyndy said...

My kids and I are especially enjoying the cat pix. How lucky she found you ~ and she is beautiful. The mouse really does deserve an oscar, or is there a Disney/Mickey Mouse award for rodents?

Hope your homecoming was sweet...