Did we find our kittens sister?

So in my last blog I wrote about finding Scoby, (Sounds like Toby) our wee black and white kitten that my Mum and Dad found when they were walking through the field behind our house. Our Adopted Kitten

So within a couple of days of finding Scoby, we suddenly saw another kitten outside our garden! It was black and white, just like our kitten, and it was running around the garden and generally it looked in much better condition. We weren’t able to catch it so my Mum would leave food outside so that it could eat.

Everyday we would see it roaming around the garden, going into bushes, and I saw it playing with leaves another time.

During the couple of weeks, my Mum slowly gained it’s confidence and it got to the point where my Mum could sit and the kitten would go up to her and purr. As soon as my Mum moved though it was run away, but then one day my Mum quickly gave it a pet!

Soon after that my Mum could pick it up and I was able to see it up close. She was pretty sure it was a girl because it had a more girly face and it was small. So we decided that we would keep it with myself and my husband that night in the bathroom with food and water, and the next day we would bring it to the vet. It’s belly was really swollen and we didn’t want to bring her near Scoby in case she had a disease.

So Mum brought her and she was fine. She had worms so the vet gave us tablets to give, and slowly her belly is going down.

We are thinking that Scoby is her brother, because they are both black and white, they are of similar age, and as soon as we found Scoby we saw her a few days later! What’s funny is that when my Mum was at the Vet, she met our neighbour, who incidentally had brought in a black and white kitten that she had just found!

What’s even funnier, is that when the Receptionist said to our neighbour “What’s the name of the kitten?”

“Lola”

Our kitten was ALSO called Lola!

My Mum said “Lola??? My kitten is also a Lola!”

So that was such a coincidence! I’m sure that the 3 kittens were dumped all together and they just managed to make it to the houses at the other side of the field.

We thought “Oh this is great Scoby can meet his sister and they can play again! “

Wrong. We have learned that Lola is completely different to Scoby, and that she likes nothing more but sleeping…. and sleeping… and sleeping some more.

Scoby on the other hand loves playing and he’s really affectionate (but only when he wants to be). So when they meet all Scoby wants to do is get a reaction out of her, and because of his hormones he just goes crazy when he knows she is near. (He’s visiting the vet next week for the snip) So unfortunately they just don’t get along and we have had to keep Lola with myself and my husband in the mobile.

Because Lola didn’t really learn social skills, she’s not affectionate at all really, she doesn’t play much at all (only when I encourage her), she never miaows unless she’s hungry, and she’s quite happy to just be on her own. I think she is getting better with wanting to play though.

Scoby miaows when he’s hungry, wants to play and when he wants attention, so he’s a lot more vocal!

But Lola can have her cute moments too, especially when she is playing. Her furr is fluffy while his is shiny and silky, and she is half the size of Scoby! When they were together, we realised how small she is! I think maybe she was the runt of the group, or maybe she didn’t develop properly when she was outside.

Oh, and something new that I found, Lola has cat acne! I never knew it existed but there you go. I always thought it was just dirt but no, it’s acne.

It’s nice having Lola here with us, and right now I’m in the mobile a lot because I’m having classes online, so I’m here everyday by myself. She keeps me company.

She’s still skittish though and she definitely isn’t used to the boys, or other people at all really. She’s used to me and my Husband but even sometimes she’s skittish with us.

Hopefully after Scoby has his surgery (and she will have hers too) they might get along better! I want to get a cute photo of the two of them together!

Aisling

Finished Until Next Year

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The past few days I had three exams; one was about Cabin Crew and it was a mock one until the real one in May, then another was Cabin Crew Operations which had similar questions to the one I did the previous day, and then yesterday I had Tourism Principles and Practices, so all about theory. We were given 1 hour to do each one and I was rushing to finish both of them.

On Tuesday after the Cabin Crew one, one of my classmates asked me after it “Which questions did you do?” I was like “What? Sure we had to do them all!”.

“No! We could choose two to do!”

Now I know why I was rushing while everyone else was leaving early! I was scribbling and scribbling and I was wondering why everyone was finished before me! I was thinking maybe I’m just a very slow writer or something. I just about got all the questions done but that’s what I get for not reading the top of the page. The teacher never mentioned being able to choose which ones to do so I just presumed to do them all. I didn’t read anything on top of the page because I was just mad to get going! God knows if she’ll be able to read the answers towards the end of the booklet because I really was just scribbling!

The last exam was fine but again I was still rushing. I got a couple of minutes to read through everything again but I really feel she should give us more time to write everything down. I feel I did fine in all of them but I made the mistake of looking at the answers for the first exam and I started thinking ‘Oh…. I don’t think I wrote that down…. oh no I don’t think I wrote that one down either!’ So I decided to stop doing that because at that rate I would begin to imagine I didn’t write anything down!

I’m off now until January the 6th I think, but I’ve two essays to do and I have to prepare a Powerpoint Presentation, so it’s not all relaxing for me. I also have to get a few more Christmas presents so I’ll have to do that the next few days.

And the flu that I mentioned in my last post is 100% gone now, but I’ve a lingering cough which just won’t go away. I’ve been coughing up a lot of phlegm so I think my body is trying to get rid of that. It’s very annoying though because it’s constant. I do feel a bit of a difference this morning but I think It’ll take another couple of days for the cough to go.

Once I’m better for Christmas that’s the most important thing!

Aisling

Our Little Abode

So I’ve been saying on one of my blogs that I would post a few photos of the mobile home that we are living in right now, so here they are! Now this isn’t a modern mobile at all! I would say it’s from the 1980’s or 1990’s, so it’s a very flowery home! But we really like it and it’s fine for us. (Minus the spiders of course) You can check out that post here: Losing The War (With Spiders)

So the photo below is the main seating area. We brought my old TV from my bedroom in the main house so we are using that to watch Netflix and all that. The size is just about ok to watch from. If it was any smaller I think we would have to buy a bigger one. But it’s ok for the moment and if we decide to stay longer then we’ll invest in a bigger one.

We put the blue covers on the sofas because they are quite discoloured because of the sun. The thing on the right is the heating. This was my Nannys so it’s also very old! It doesn’t give out a lot of heat and we haven’t used it hardly at all because we don’t want to waste the gas.  My Dad brought us the coffee table that he had in a shed.

 

The next picture is the entrance, you see my sister and her boyfriend bought this mobile about 7 years ago when they had their first child, so my Dad built a little wooden patio and that so you can sit outside.

This is our view from the main window.

Below is our seating area. It can sit about 4 people around it. These are photos from when we just moved in, so now my husbands laptop and drawing tablet has taken over half of it!

Here is the cooking area. It’s a great size and there are enough cupboards to put our things in. In the hall on the left is a bathroom, on the right there is another door that leads outside. We locked it because there is about a 2 foot drop as my Dad didn’t put steps there. Down a bit on the right is another smaller toilet and across from that my nephews rooms is there. Straight down is our bedroom.

We have a good sized bathroom. Something fell on the sink so Dad had to cover up the hole, and also we don’t use the shower as the pipes broke when it was very cold weather one winter. Do you see the grate at the top? With the influx of spiders entering, I covered all of these up, so at least I know they aren’t getting in from those!

We actually found out there is a huge hole under the oven though! There is a piece of wood covering it but when my sister said ‘There is a hole under the oven for the gas’ we opened it and low and behold! So yeah, my concerns are right from my previous blog; there are definitely holes in the mobile where I can’t see. A perfect opportunity for those spiders to come in!

This here is the bedroom. There is a little vanity area behind the door on the left with a mirror, and there is a wardrobe beside it. Beside this room, on the right was another small bedroom that could fit one bed, but my sister decided to take the wall away and make this bigger.

This is the other smaller bathroom. We actually don’t use this one at all.

This is the other bedroom with the single bed. We keep our clothes and our shoes here. The main bedroom would have been very small and cramped if they didn’t take the wall away, so now I feel it’s much better! And we have two doors that enter into the bedroom, how lucky are we!

The final picture is the other bedroom between the main bedroom and the big bathroom. My nephew used to sleep here. Now it’s full of rubbish that my Dad put in so we don’t use it. I don’t go in either because I’m sure there are spiders hiding in it! I couldn’t cover the grate in this room so I’m just praying they aren’t entering from there!

So there you go! I’m sure some people are thinking “Oh god I’d hate to live there”, but for myself and my husband it’s fine. Now there are problems with it, and the walls are paper thin so you can hear everything outside, plus the winters will be tough because there’s no insulation, but for the time being it’s ok.

We are lucky enough that my parents have a big garden and that was why we were able to put the mobile here. You see my parents house was built in 1910/1911 by the council. At that time houses were able to have big gardens because there wasn’t a lack of space. Now the newer houses usually only have small ones, but with older houses, their gardens are bigger. I think it was also so that the families could plant their own food. The house was my Dad’s parents, so they used to grow loads of vegetables to sell.

At night time I especially love it! It’s very cosy and if there is a chill we use hot water bottles to heat ourselves up. Plus we have an electric blanket for the bed. We even have wifi throughout the whole mobile! When my sister was here they could only get the wifi in a sitting room!

When my sister had their second child it became too small for them, so that is why they moved, but she tells me she misses living here, she said it was ‘cosy’. And it is.

Even with our eight legged friends as our guests.

Aisling

Not Much To Say

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I’ve tried hard to keep writing things for this blog, but to be honest I’ve been living a pretty boring life at the moment, and I’ve nothing really to talk about!

Weeks have turned into 2 months of not finding a job for neither of us here in Ireland, so we haven’t been doing anything in order to try and save money. We splurged a few days ago and bought an Air Fryer for €40 so that we could air fry some things in the mobile home without having to go to my parents house. It’s actually great and I would recommend you buy one. You don’t need to add oil so everything you cook is much healthier than using a pan or whatever else. We usually air fry sausages and that in it.

I try and think of the positives of not having a job, and being with the family is a big one. But now I’m just kind of getting fed up now. Not earning any money at all is hitting us too, so we are just trying to be careful with our spending.

I was a bit upset a few days ago because I’ve been applying to jobs and getting rejections and it brings me back to why I left Ireland over 5 years ago in the first place. I couldn’t get a job. So now, being back and yet again not being able to get a job just upsets me. I didn’t expect it would be this difficult and I honestly had high hopes of securing something by now. I feel as if I’m back to when I was finished college 6 years ago and was applying for this and that and not getting anywhere.

Then what annoys me is that I know with 100% certainty I would get a job in China in an instant. I really really miss China, and somedays when I’m frustrated I just feel like packing up and moving back, but now I just want to be close to my family and that’s that. I’d never say China is out of the picture; it will always still be on the cards, but I think it would be like a last resort for us. But I have to say I really do miss it!

It’s hard though. Sometimes I feel it was a mistake to leave China. A lot of things didn’t go to plan and over a year later we still don’t know what we are at. Every path we choose has hurdles so we need to carefully plan what our next steps are, if it would benefit us and what are the obstacles if we do this or that.

But I hope the month of August will bring some good news for us!

Aisling.

No Experience? No Qualification? No Job

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When I was in Mexico, I would be looking at jobs in Ireland and I was amazed at how many there were that I could apply for. I was thinking ‘Aw it’s a pity I’m here and I can’t apply for any of them’

So now that we are back in Ireland, I’ve been applying and with no success at all. All the time spent away in Ireland I always thought ‘Whenever I go back to Ireland I’ll get a job ok. Things are different now and I have more experience’. I was a bit more positive back then.

Now that I’m back it feels like none of my 5 years working in China has benefited me at all. I’ve gotten experience all right, but not the right experience for the jobs I’m applying for. I can’t even apply for a teaching job because I don’t have a CELTA! So I’ve actually loads of experience teaching but I need a qualification to teach in Ireland. So unfair.

I just feel like we are in a rut. Yet Again. This time in Ireland. I’m trying to be positive though and keep busy; I’m still studying my spanish. I know my speaking has gone down though, but I think my verb conjugations are improving and I’m continuously learning new words. So that’s good. Also I do enjoy being with my family. I was very lonely in Mexico so now that feeling is gone and I’m enjoying my time here. We have our own space in the garden in an old mobile home that we live in now. I said I’d post about that one day and I will. The shower doesn’t work so we have showers in my parents house (which I don’t mind at all), and we need to get gas for the cooker, but apart from that everything is great. Well, in the winter it will be absolutely freezing because there’s no insulation at all and we only have a small gas heater, but we’ll worry about that when we get to it.

We also got the internet hooked up from my parents house so now we have our small TV and we can watch Netflix which is great. So I do enjoy having our own space and at the same time I can also be with the family.

I was just surprised at how difficult it is to get a job. Even my husband was surprised, and he has been applying for loads with no success. My Dad always says “Everything will work out”. But my answer is “When will it work out?”.

I don’t exactly want to wait 5 years for ‘everything to work out’.

Aisling

The Flying Dinosaur

About a week ago, my new nephews received two balloon dinosaurs. They have stick on legs and a cord so when you pull it they look as it they are walking.  The oldest one got a T-Rex and the youngest got a Brachiosauros (the one with the long neck).

So they were playing with them and what not, until the youngest broke off one of the legs off his. They would have to stick it back on but of course it wouldn’t last as the youngest just loves breaking things. (He once got a PJMasks figurine that talks and within an hour of getting it he put it in the water and wouldn’t work. Amazingly it was ok after being beside the fire).

Of course everything doesn’t last, and now both of the dinosaurs were legless and were floating between the bathroom and the sitting room on the roof for the past few days.

So the next day we were cleaning and we had both the front door and the back door of the house open to let in some fresh air. I was sitting across the house in the mobile home that myself and my husband are living in for the time being (I’ll post one day about our move), and I look out the window and I see the Brachiosaurus dinosaur floating outside the house!

I start shouting ‘F*CK F*CK!!’ and I start frantically running outside. My husband is thinking “Oh god something must have happened to her Mum or Dad!” and he jumps up too, until he looks out the window and sees it. I run outside as the balloon is gently floating through the garden, getting higher and higher. I get to it, but it’s too late. The Brachiosaurus is out of reach, as it serenely floats higher and higher and over the field behind our garden….. until it’s just the shape of the brachiosaurus that could be seen.

Myself, my husband, my Mum and Dad all just stood in the garden looking at it as it floated away into the clouds, while I was thinking “Oh god, my nephew is going to be so upset when he finds out it’s gone…”

It must have came out of the front door and floated down the side of the house into the garden. It was very funny though…but I can imagine if my nephew was there he would be distraught!

The T-Rex is still floating in the house though… so we’ll see how long it lasts until his bid for freedom.

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The Dinosaur that escaped Source; google

Aisling

My Nephews Are Turning American

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With the dawn of YouTube and the majority of films that come from America of course people are going to pick up some American slang. Since returning home to Ireland, I am flabbergasted at the amount of words my two nephews use that come from America! The 4 year old especially loves watching ‘Funnelvision’ on Youtube; a channel about the goings on of an American family and they travel to different places. The 8 year old used to be engrossed in watching people playing computer games on it. Now that we have Netflix, they are currently enjoying a series called ‘PJ Masks’. (they are literally watching it right now)

So I’ll give you a list of what my Irish nephews says which are American;

Smelly butt. In Ireland they would usually say smelly bum.

Trash can. The 8 year old says this one a lot. Here we usually say ‘bin’.

Candy. The 4 year old always says this. We say ‘sweets’ here.

Mom. I’m actually surprised that now I’m seeing a lot of posts on Facebook and many Irish adults refer to their mother as ‘Mom’. I have no idea why…. Have they always used ‘Mom’ since they were little or are they only starting to use it now?? Is it now deemed ‘popular’ to use Mom? Also ‘awesome’ has become a hit with Irish Facebook users too.  Anyway, the 4 year old uses ‘Mom’ quite a bit. We use ‘Mum’ or the even more Irish one of ‘Mam’.

This is a funny one….My Mum was making burgers one day and everyone except the 4 year old got the meat for the inside. He asked “Where is my patty??”

WHAT DID HE JUST SAY??????

We were sitting around the table in shock, thinking… ‘Did he really just use that word???’ I asked him again and he replied “My patty!”

This is a word that like no Irish person would say normally (until now that is), we always just say ‘meat’, so to hear ‘patty’ really was a shock to us!

“Oh man”. When the 4 year old is playing a game on the Ipad, sometimes we would hear him say “oh man” to himself. It’s funny to hear as he does it in an American accent too!

Another thing he does is say ‘water’ with an American accent.

It’s just mad though how they pick all these words and accents up just from watching TV. It’s also scary how TV can influence them as well though.

So I will have to keep an ear out for any new American expressions from them and make another post one day of them!

Aisling