Hello hello my dear readers!
Welcome back to the blog! I have another monthly overview for you today and boy howdy is it packed full of DRAMA!
Also, January felt like a year but February has moved at lightspeed.
Someone please make my perception of time make more sense!
January started off with quite the bang for my household.
We were hit by a massive storm. I’m talking hailstones the size of tennis balls & thunder and lightning very very frightening.
Oh and my house flooded.
Yeaaah, not thrilled.
I was outside dancing in the storm to music (the rain was SO heavy but really, really warm and it was just such a refreshing experience) and when I came back inside I took my headphones out to Kyda saying “uhhh the corridor is flooding.”
At first it was okay. Just a few drips from where the wall met the ceiling.
And then it turned into a water feature, literally pouring into the house from about 6 different spots.
When I tell you I cried, I mean I cried.
I called my dad, the handyman AND our neighbour (who’s also a plumber).
I then ended up calling the SES based on the recommendation of everyone else.
My housemates were absolutely stellar; as they filled the corridor and now completely flooded bathroom with pots, pans and towels.
I stood by the upstairs window alternating between being on the phone organising help and gently weeping.
My plumber neighbour (and hero) climbed up on the roof and fixed the problem for us which eventually stopped the flooding. The ice blocked a gutter which overflowed in the gully between two roofs and then the rain just… seeped in.
I then calmed down enough to start on the clean up, since I’d been slightly useless during the crisis itself (see: the gentle weeping).
THANKFULLY the damage was minimal and it looks like I won’t have to place an insurance claim (WAHOO!).
But January wasn’t about to let upon me because shortly after we had the big storm, Mikasa became unwell.
It was actually really frightening and again I was reduced to a weeping mess (only this time it wasn’t gentle; imagine uncontrollable ugly crying).
She was just suddenly very weak on her back legs and kept stumbling over while crying.
I immediately panicked because I had de-wormed and de-flea-ed her earlier in the day and now she was showing signs of possible poisoning.
I wheeze-cried the whole way to the emergency after-hours vet utterly convinced I’d accidentally poisoned my cat, only for the vet to physically examine her and discover that she had in fact sprained her spine.
Do we know how it happened? No. Absolutely no clue.
But I just kinda collapsed to the floor of the exam room in utter relief once the vet stepped out to organise some anti-inflammatories.
Mikasa did have to return to the emergency vet 9 days later (at the beginning of Feb) because she suddenly started vomiting every morning for 5 days in a row and my “my cat is dying” anxiety skyrocketed.
I asked for a full array of blood tests to be taken, which all came back normal (thank her nine lives).
I showed the vet a photo of what she’d been coughing up (yep, I’m that kind of cat mum) and we determined that it was more furball than anything else.
This cat, I swear. I would die for her, if she doesn’t financially bankrupt me via vet bills first!
Now you’d THINK at this point the universe would maybe cut me a little break but alas it was not to be.
We had our first snake experience; a Tiger Snake in the courtyard.
These bad boys are so cool to look at, but they’re a bit scary to have this close to the house. They can be quite territorial if threatened and their bite can easily kill you.
Buuuut it’s also part of the deal when you live in the middle of a forest in Australia.
Speaking of animals visiting the house, we also had a trio of koalas visit (that Kyda named Horace, Magda & Keith), two emus (who I accidentally spooked taking the compost out so no photos of them) and a sweet little lizard in the shed!
I also had a picnic with my dad and brother in the orchard which was super pleasant. My brother’s Christmas present to me arrived as well; a gorgeous glass from The Latte Jar.
Thankfully everything else that went down in January was relatively chill.
I read 5 books! Make sure you follow me on GoodReads!
- Men Without Country – Harrison Christian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Wattle Island Book Club – Sandie Docker ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Black Vitrum – Bilvy J. Lee ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
You read that last one right! My brilliant bestie and housemate Bilvy has published his first novel! Such a gotdang achievement.
If you like Queer, Aussie characters & romance with a paranormal twist, I highly recommend you check it out!
You can purchase the eBook version or a fancy physical copy HERE!
What else happened in January?
Oh yes! Lots of things! Ha!
- We went and explored a pine forest and then visited a nearby lake afterwards
- I started replaying Nancy Drew: Sea of Darkness (I’ve been playing the Nancy Drew games since I was 10 years old and I love them SO MUCH!)
- I got my hair cut and now have an undercut
- Kyda and Jack had their 8 year anniversary (congrats guys!)
- My brother and sister both moved out and moved away for uni!
- I finally dried out an antler Jack found and gifted to Bilvy
- We hung some macrame off the antler
- I got my first COVID booster
- Kyda, Bilv and I watched WWE’s Royal Rumble and I finally understand why sports fans yell at the TV
I’m excited to tell you all about February, as it’s been packed with all sorts of fun bits and bobs.
For now though, we’ll leave it here.
Sending much love your way,
🍄 🐾 🌙 🍃 🪐 🌈