Me with our new kitten, Princess Tia

Today is all about…March 2021

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Sometimes when it comes to reflecting on the month, there isn’t really anything that I can say that I haven’t previously. March feels like one of those months.

Monthly Thought: No thought, just a new look site

To be honest, I’ve not really had time to sit down and think of what I wanted to write for a monthly thought.

Instead, I have used the time in March, to start giving the website, a bit of a makeover.

This was one of my goals that I set at the beginning of the year, and it has been a lot harder than expected.

Firstly, I wanted to find a theme that I liked that still provided some flexibility. Not have time, or technical knowledge, to create my own theme, I just wanted one ready made that I can install and run with.

However, I couldn’t find one that I liked, so I ended up using a tool that gives me more flexibility to style the items to meet my needs.

This now means that there is more work that I need to do, and bugs that I need to fix. Although, it also means I can update if and when I want.

Secondly, I started doing the cardinal sin, that I scream blue murder about when I start a new project. I started to build without any idea of style approach.

So I spent one day in March, actually sitting down and sorting that out, and then started to implement that.

There is still a lot of work that I need to do, and I need to revisit the pages that I already created, but I hope you like the new look. And watch out for more updates throughout the year.

This month talking points

Cross stitch

Cross stitching wasn’t something that I’d thought I’d start doing in March, let alone actually like doing! On a whim I bought a kit!

I didn’t want to do the bog standard kitschy designs, that you kind of expect from cross stitch. And when I saw some of the humorous ones, I wanted to give it a go.

It’s very time consuming, but it’s also rewarding as well. There is a sense of achievement when you finish one. There is also a sense of ‘now what do I do with it?’.

By the end of March, I was already midway through my 3rd one, that I’m doing as a gift for someone.

Introducing Princess Tiana

For a while now, we have been discussing introducing a third cat to the house.

For the last two months, we have been liaising with cat sanctuaries with the hope of adopting a cat from them. However, this was impossible, purely because the demands were ridiculous; or the simply stopped communicating.

We ended up looking at Gumtree and other places like that, and trust me it was really difficult to get a cat from there. As soon as the post went up, the cats were gone.

The husby was literally refreshing the page every second waiting for new posts to be added, to start the query.

We made an agreement on one kitten, sorted out all the prep for brining her home, to then be told that the guy’s wife has gave the kitten to their mate!

However, after a lot of attempts, we finally able to find another cat, and we Tia is now part of the family.

The name

Firstly, I think I should explain how the name came about. I always give the cats nicknames, and they always end up have that as a personality trait.

For example, I call Maki my ‘wee shitbag’, and he is a shitbag! So I thought, if I gave her a sweet nickname, she’d have that as a personality trait. So I thought ‘Princess’ would be a great nickname.

Taking that into account, we decided to go down the Disney Princess routes for the kittens name. I mean, why not!

One that struck a chord was Tiana from Princess and the Frog, as she could also have her name shortened to Tia.

So I can say within the few weeks that she has been Tia has been at home, she definitely has the Princess personality trait. Unfortunately, it’s the diva princess that she has.

The other cats

Introducing new cats to a household can be stressful, and I will be honest, I was a little worried with how ours would take to another cat. Well, when I say ‘ours’, I really mean Maki.

Although, surprisingly, it went better than I could of thought.

For the first half of the week, Tia was separated to allow a bond to happen between us and her. Plus we could share the scent to the other cats.

Then we slowly introduced her to the other. Squeebs was a predicable reaction. She wanted nothing to do with her, hissed and walked off.

Maki on the other hand, was a surprise. He wouldn’t come near Tia. He was scared/cautious of the little thing we brought into the house.

After a few weeks, Tia & Maki are inseparable, they are constantly playing together which is nice and sweet. Although, not so sweet when it’s the early hours of the morning!

In fact, with Maki now playing with Tia, it has given Squeebs a lot of respite from Maki wanting to play. And she appears to be coming out of her shell more. Granted, she will see be the grumpy madam of the house.

So all in all, it’s all good in the DH home!

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