Sunday, January 29, 2023


What can I say? I have not posted on Blogger for two months and man, do I miss it and all my Blogger friends?

As always, I have been busy, but I intend to blog more regularly this year.

I had a WONDERFUL holiday season with my accommodation during November and December and guess what, it's not letting up for January through March either. 

 I am going great guns at Parkrun with five to go to reach my 100th milestone. 

Christmas Eve was the start of the heatwave. Although Skabby and I donned the required festive adornments, we both suffered badly in the heat

Meanwhile we have had a severe heatwave in South Africa and my poor Skabby is suffering. Athough he was shaved and groomed at the beginning of December, a week before Chrisstmas he developed a hotspot the about 5cm in diameter. No matter what I applied, the hotspot got bigger. 

I took him to the vet and then the injections, medicines, cortisone started. I applied pharmacy bought mercurochrome spray and gentian violet to the raw areas. The vet ordered Sulphur powder (priced like gold dust!) and this started to help. But Skabby kept licking and scratching the wounds. 

The vets would phone me before the weekend to ask how Skabby was getting on. I know I was, by now, a welcome cash cow to the veterinary business, but I found it touching that they actually cared...

My answer was always the same: it seems a little better, but he is licking and scratching the areas. 

Finally, last Tuesday I took him to the vet while I was running my Weigh-Less groups in Winterton. He injected Skabby with a "hotspot" injection, prescribed an antibiotic specifically meant for skin irritations and fitted the doggie with a cone. 


Poor boy. 

All the older cats scattered as they saw this strange apparition. 

Except Georgie...

Never mind, Unca Skabby, I will stay and care for you!

Yesterday, I left Skabby at home and went to the Parkrun on my own. He sat and howled like a baby at the gate: a really pathetic sight of a sad dog with a plastic cone around his neck! I felt absolutely lost not to be dragged around the 5km track, and everyone who saw me, asked where my dog was.

I just have to get him better...

On 30 December, my brother, Philip turned 75. I joined him and friends for a lovely luncheon at a neighbor's home.
Philip and me on his 75th

Philip was the kind person who took 12-year-old Papa in when the owner of a local lifestyle center wanted to euthanize him.

This month Papa has been with Philip for a year - the best forever home a cat could wish for
Philip's other car, Cat has accepted Papa as if he has been there forever.\

Back home the felines thrive, and Georgie is getting cuter by the minute

Inexpensive and simple...
...are toys which delight an active kitten!



  1. Hello Jo...It's hard to wrap my mind around you being in a heatwave while I'm freezing in this cold weather!lolol
    Hope you're doing well and hope Scabby heals up quick!

  2. Welcome back! Happy New Year & Happy belated birthday to Phillip. I hope Scabby will get better soon.

  3. Hello JO,
    It is great to see an updated post from you. I am glad all is well, you are keeping busy. So sorry about Skabby, I hope he is healing well. Your kitties are all adorable. Great photo of you and Philip. Thank you for the comment and visit. Have a great day and happy new week!

  4. Welcome back. Poor Skabby in his cone of shame. I hear you on vet bills. We have two new kittens who have been to the vet so often that frequent flyer points have crossed my mind. And the visits and the expense are probably not done yet...

  5. Nice to see you again. I feel so bad for Skabby, it must be so frustrating for him. Hopefully the medication will take care of the problem. Cats do love playing with bags and boxes, they are easy and cheap to entertain. Have a wonderful new week, Jo.

  6. Poor Skabby, but it must be done.

  7. Good to hear from you and I know you've been busy and that's why you haven't been posting. Tell my poor sweet wonderful scabby that I still love him and that I'm so sorry that he has to wear that cone and that he has a hotspot. Prayers that the medication will help him and the heat will go away so he can have some coolness and feel better soon. So good to see your kitties and you

  8. Sorry to hear about Skabby, those cones are awful but what else to do. Good to hear the holidays were good for business.


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