Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Murphy RIP

Today No 1 son, Murphy  had to be put to sleep. He was 13 years old and had been fighting liver cancer for 2 years. Over the last few weeks he has been deteriorating steadily and last night my parents and I made the hard decision not to let him suffer any more. He wasn't in pain but his liver was now so large it was pressing on this lungs, making his breathing more laboured, and pressing on his stomach, putting him off his food.
Now if there was one thing that Murphy loved it was food and he was notorious for pinching. We discovered his love of carrots when we noticed him pinching them from the veg basket and running into the garden to eat them at an early age. He's eaten; the sandwiches I was making for work when I went to answer the door, a box of milk tray (including the box and most of the wrappings), a pound of frozen beef (which he promptly threw up), cat food and biscuits galore and pretty much anything else he could get his chops on!
So for Murphy to be off his food was not a good sign.
Murphy was not the easiest dog to own. In fact, when he chose me on the 21st August 1995 at Manchester Dogs Home, he'd been returned that day by his previous owners for 'bad behaviour'. That should have been a warning.
Being a Lab/Collie cross he had all the traits of both. His love of food from his Lab side and his intelligence and stubbornness from his Collie side. He was also terrified of fireworks and for 12 years we learnt to dread November and had to cope with destruction and subsequent great expense over the years including, several new carpets, a new computer and numerous bits of other furniture. Thank fully in later life he went deaf and what a relief to all that was.
Despite all his 'issues' he was a fantastic dog. Loved other dogs, put up with constant mythering from cats with just the occasional warning growl, loved water and the beach, frisbees and toys.
We shall all miss him very much.
We are having him cremated and our plan is to scatter his ashes on the beach at Blackpool on New Years Day. This may seem strange but it has been a family tradition for many years to take the dogs to the beach for a run on New Years Day, exercise for them and to blow the cobwebs away for us.

Murphy (Holmes/Wan) 1st April 1995 - 17th December 2008
Much loved No 1 Son


Tuesday, 18 November 2008

My gorgeous 3 legged boy

have made myself a promise, from now on I am going to do at least one entry on here each week. This entry will be a short one but here goes.
Last year I started scrap booking. I had to do an album of family and friends for the social work panel. This is because MP and I are hoping to adopt a baby from China and this was one of the many hoops we had to jump through for the social workers. Anyway, one of my friends suggested going to Dawn Bibby's place for a lesson, and whilst that wasn't that great, it was enough to make me look into it a little more and have a bash. A year later I go to a monthly crop at Warrington run by the marvelous Sarah (of Sarah's Cards), Leanne and Rebecca and a monthly crop at Burnley, run by Jayne (Craftyfeeling) at a floating location and I'm loving it. Not only do you get to meet some really fun people (you know who you are) but you get to buy nice things from Sarah's shop, eat plenty and if you are lucky  make a layout or two.
So my blog will showcase not only my adventures, gorgeous family and friends but also my attempts at scrap booking.
This is one I did a week or so ago. A tribute to my gorgeous Muggle. I hope you enjoy.

Saturday, 25 October 2008

Who needs 4 legs

Further update on Muggle (I will post things on this blog eventually that are non Muggle related),  final check up at the vets last night and Muggle has been discharged from their care - unless of course there are any further problems. Claire the Vet was really happy with his progress and said the wound and the leg muscle are looking great, seems she was concerned as the muscle showed signs of infection during the surgery but a course of domestos strength anti-biotics seems to have done the trick.
So my boy is coming home today. My mum is threatening a custody battle but she wouldn't win. So I am a happy bunny, still feel massively guilty when I look at him but he's alive and will soon be back in the 'nest'.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Muggle update

Well its been a week and a day since Muggle had his surgery and a week since he came home. Well I say home, home for Mugsy at the moment is his Grandma and Grandpa's house until he has his last check up at the vets on Friday and then he's coming home home. 
He is doing really well and is jumping up on the work surfaces, the table, computer desk and has been seen hopping along the fence. He's had a few little falls, and we shouldn't laugh, but he seems to be adjusting really well to only having 3 legs. His wound is fantastic, what a neat job Clare the vet did and not a sign of any infection. Shame about all the bald bits.
Will take some photos this weekend, now he's less depressed. Yes apparently cats get depressed and not surprising with all he's been through.

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Bad day to say the least

Hi again.
It's been sometime since I posted, not because I didn't want to but the post I was going to put up needed photos to go with it (this may take a while so if you want to stop now, go get a drink or go to the little boys/girls room then feel free).
The problem with the photos is that at home we (DH - darling husband and I) have an IMac, chosen by DH when our computer passed away recently. IMac uses Iphoto and non of the blogs seem to like Iphoto and you need to use Picassa or such. But Picassa isn't compatable with IMac (see where I am going here) so it's been a nightmare and one even DH couldn't fix.
So no photos no blog.
What has been happening since my last post and the reason to upload photos (which I will using photobucket - if IMac allows) was the purchase in Augus by DH of a beautiful Tiger 900 (motorbike for the uninitiated like me). So DH dutifully posed whilst I took lots of photos and off he went on several rideouts (boys days out on bikes!!) whilst I went to crops.
End of August saw us go off to Thailand for a 3 week holiday (that will be another retrospective entry) and on our return DH went off for a rideout only to loose control of the Tiger on a patch of diesel someone kindly deposited on a bend and Tiger slid across the road leaving DH behind.
Tiger is still in the garage being fixed and we hope to have it home this weekend (photos will be uploaded).

So to get back to why it's been a bad day. This morning on my way to work my beautiful Maine Coon Muggle (being chased by parents neighbours dogs) ran under the wheel of my car. Poor Muggle is now in the vets, being stablised with fluids and antibiotics and tomorrow will under go x-rays and a probable amputation of his front leg.
I am distraught, I love all my boys and to injure one of them (even by accident) is my worst nightmare. So please if you are reading this say a big prayer for Muggle and his impending surgery.
Everyone keeps telling me cats do fine with just 3 legs and I am sure they do, but he's my baby. Of all my cats he is the most gentle and easy going and whilst I know he will take it in his stride, it will break my heart everytime I look at him.
Tearfully Julie

Thursday, 17 July 2008


Well, its only taken me 3 days but I have found out how to do it and I now have a playlist of some of my favourite tracks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. 
Me thinks this blogging is going to be a slow process!!

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


Hello and welcome to my first attempt at blogging. You will have to bear with me for a while as i get sorted (ie learn what on earth i am supposed to be doing) but eventually i aim to have a site that no only tells you more about me and what i am up to but links to the things i like. So do come back and check this out at a later date. You may learn something new!!