Wednesday, August 10, 2005

The Waiting Game

Well, here we are mid-week, and still kitten-less. I don't do patience! Well, it's not so much the waiting I mind, it's the total lack of information that's been forthcoming from the RSPCA. To be honest, I'm starting to get rather annoyed. Their refusal to give ANY kind of timescale indication seems rather, well, unnecessary. Surely they must be able to hazard a guess as to whether these kittens will be "ready" in a the-day-after-tomorrow type window or a the-week-after-next type window?? Nope, all we get is "we'll phone you when they're ready". I don't even know how old the kittens are. Could be fully grown by the time we get them, hmppphhh. I'm sure they have their reasons for being so, um, cautious....but it does make life rather difficult when you need to make plans for the day ahead, and tell a six year old for the 7th morning running that "I don't know if it will be today, we'll have to wait and see if the phone rings".

So. What have we been up to whilst awaiting the imminent (or not) pitter patter of eight small paws? Yesterday we had a tidy up blitz in our living room to make room for the kitten basket, scratching post etc. We can actually see the floor now. Trust me, in our home, that's an achievement. It was fairly pleasant as tidy-ups go, since it also involved clearing out the tall unit we keep all our photo albums on, so Emily spent several hours poring over our wedding photos, her baby photos, photos of us as kids, etc. She's seen them before, but they've been "inaccessible" for a while, so it was fun all over again.

In between helping clear up, Emily's been amusing herself with her Princess and the Pauper PC game, writing an Anne Boleyn diary (very, very funny!) and generally being a little superstar. This morning we did some maths and English worksheets whilst waiting to see if the phone would ring....sigh....and having established that it wasn't going to (at least not with the right people on the line) we decided to do some baking instead. Made these Apricot Oatmeal Squares 'cos we needed to use up some over-ripe fresh apricots. I must admit I thought they were supposed to turn out flapjack like. They've actually turned out very much more cake-like, but they're tasty. Extremely high in fat, mind you, but well, it would have been a shame to let the fruit go to waste :-)

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