Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Lazy Days Of Summer...

Since the kids will all be back in school soon, I figured it would be fitting if I got back to blogging on a regular basis. I guess the main reason I haven't blogged for the past few weeks is that not much has been going on.

Give me a minute, and I'm sure I can think of something.

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Ok... here we go.

My parents are back in Canada now. If you'll recall, they were here back in June, then they went to Finland (where I met up with them) for several weeks, and then they came back to Basel for a few days before heading back to North America during the first week of August. We had pretty good weather, got to enjoy meals on the balcony and rooftop, and had a relaxing time. They partied with a bunch of our friends during our August 1st/Swiss National Day BBQ and also got a chance to experience Dale...

We've been cat-sitting Dale for nearly three weeks now while Canadian-Swiss and Orange-X (whom he obviously misses very much) have been on vacation. At his own home, he seems like a totally laid-back cat. Here at our apartment??? He's been...well...a challenge!!! He howls all night (had to confine him to the non-bedroom side of the apartment during the night) and sleeps all day, basically shows us no attention unless he's hungry (which is most of the time when he's not sleeping), has had several not-using-the-litter-box incidents even though I am constantly checking to make sure it is clean, and has pretty much helped us make the decision that we will be a cat-free household from here on out. After King died, we kind of talked about never having a cat again, but now???

Definitely never!

We're taking good care of him, but he's just not returning the love. What makes it worse is that Mrs. TBF is in the U.S. right now, and I'm having to deal with the beast on my own. Yaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh!

BEAST!!!

Dear C.S. and O.X.: Please hurry home, and safe travels. We look forward to visiting the well-behaved, calm Dale AT YOUR HOUSE.

Other than that: grocery shopping, watering the garden, gym, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, etc., etc.

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

8 comments:

Rrraj said...

Dale or no Dale, you have a tough life! Grocery shopping, watering the garden, gym, cooking dinner, cleaning the house, etc. Boy, I could suffer through that!

BTW, your terrace made it to the news here:
http://www.iltasanomat.fi/matkailu/uutinen.asp?id=1718337

I stumbled upon your blog only recently. You write well, Herra Iso Suomalainen. Too bad I missed you guys when you visited Helsinki. Next time or in Schweiz, hopefully!

The Big Finn said...

Rrraj - Thanks for the link. It's not quite our terrace, but close.

Expat Traveler said...

Yeah I agree, I could totally suffer through your life.. lol

christina said...

Ha ha - The Wrath of Dale! He'll problem become a real pussycat two days before CS and X get back and you won't want to give him up.

The Big Finn said...

Christina - You're right, it's already beginning to happen. Two evenings ago (coincidentally after Mrs. TBF left for the U.S.), Dale began rubbing against my legs while I ate dinner. I gave him a couple of table scraps, and the beast actually ate them. He's certainly figured out who the sucker is in the house.

Orange-X said...

Oh boy! Looks like D-Man needs some settling down again. We'll pick him upon Friday afternoon. I'm really sorry for you guys as he seemed to get along with both you and Mrs. TBF so well. You'll be visiting him again soon 'cause the promised dinner is going to happen. Hope it will make up a bit for the trouble Dale caused... :-(

The Big Finn said...

OX - The D-Man has actually been wanting me to pet him the last couple of days. Last night, before I went to bed, he was sleeping on the floor in the hallway right in front of our bedroom, so I decided not to lock him into the other side of the apartment. The beast ended up waking me up twice by scratching the bed frame, so into D-Man prison he went.
He certainly gave me a talking to this morning.

Di said...

Too funny - Sam is still wide-eyed and grinning over this report...he said 'IIIIIII think Dale's confused that he was not in his own house.....'

PS to OX and C.S - did Dale see that BIG A$@ hedge hog the other night?!