2 down 5 to go

My mom arrived on Monday night, and we’ve been hanging out over the Chinese New Year holiday. She’s been cooking and I’ve been keeping my legs crossed. So far so good – 5 days to go till hubby comes home. Hong Kong has been chilly – about 10 degrees out. Thankfully I’ve figured out how to turn the heaters on (well, the ac units that also act as heaters) so the flat is warm. I broke out my shearling coat today as I needed it! I really didn’t expect it to feel so chilly.

The furballs are continuing to make me laugh – Meimei is now taller and longer than Deuce, though she still acts the baby. Her favourite thing now is to bite Deuce’s knees (hind legs) to ‘entice’ him to play with her. She can now clamber onto the sofa, but is still a little too scared to jump off so she tends to stay up there then bark and whine when she wants down!

Blueberry seems to be enjoying her last weeks in the womb – and spends most of her time stretching it seems and squishing my internal organs. It feels very … odd. And uncomfortable when she does it. I seem to have 9th month insomnia – though am tired when I go to bed I lay awake. My friend B used to say I was borderline narcoleptic when it came time to sleep at night since I almost never have any problem drifting off to sleep… well, no longer. I can feel the hamsters in my head spinning in their wheels, hyperactive but somehow totally directionless. Plus am quite itchy still so between that, the hamsters, and the inevitable hourly visits to the loo, sleep is something that evades me til the wee hours. I guess it’s practice for the coming months!

Dragon/Worm

We had one of those weekends where we didn’t do much, but it still felt like a lot happened. First an old dear friend came to visit. Such a treat – I haven’t seen Cam for well over a decade, and he’s just the same as ever. It’s nice to know in a sea of change that there are always some constants.  In between napping (me) and dog walking, we caught up and planned for the next trip when both Cam and my friend Alice will be coming to visit. Yay!

On Sunday afternoon we went to Whiskers’n’Paws for their puppy adoption party so that Meimei could get a chance to play with some fellow puppies and also so Deuce could get a long overdue grooming.

There were puppies and doglets of all sizes, running around and playing.

Meimei however, found this all a bit much, and spent her time either running away from any puppy wanting to play with her, or hiding between my legs.

There was another black fluffy puppy that looked like the same sort of mix as Meimei, just a slightly butcher version (a little boy, when I looked properly).  You can see his ears in the photo, and another puppy’s tail.  Meimei just hid under me or David.  Not quite what I thought would happen but I guess socialising with just one dog isn’t the same as with a bunch of others.  My mom had a saying for this kind of behaviour – roughly translated it’s “A little dragon at home, outside a sniffly little bug”.  Basically Meimei is a rough and tumble little girl at home – tormenting Deuce and running around like a crazy thing, but outside, she’s a timid little thing. Hopefully as we take her out more and more she’ll get used to other dogs and people.

 

Deuce of course hated being groomed – I think he takes it as a personal insult if anyone tries to remove debris or gunk from his person.  He did come out looking very clean and tidy with a dapper little tartan kerchief.  LOL he looks, as usual, most unimpressed.

We also took the two to our local park on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Sunday was incredibly foggy – looking out our window the past few days, it’s been impossible to differentiate the water from the sky. It’s all a whitish blur. You can see how low the clouds are hanging.

This ‘Work in Progress’ sign is rather curious -not sure what exactly they are doing, or not doing to the expanse of grass.

Meimei seemed to really enjoy her time in the park, despite a small incident with a curious French Bulldog who chased her when she ran away in fright since he thought she was playing with him. There is a patch of dirt in the big grassy area that Deuce loves to roll around in. He very rarely rolls around in stuff, but this patch seemed to be his siren song. He got well and truly icky rolling around in the dirt (this was before his grooming so we weren’t too bothered by it) and was quite pleased with himself.

Here are the two monkeys playing fetch with DH – well, Meimei playing fetch until Deuce joins them and they play run-after-it-but-make-papa-go-pick-it-up which is classic Deuce.

Blueberry I think has started to drop and I can feel her in my pelvic area. So now I am truly waddling as walking normally has become rather uncomfortable. Three more weeks to go…