Saturday, 23 July 2016

Hot hot HOT!

I really do wish that rain would pass, the British summer has been nothing but consistent in that it has consisted of nothing but rain. I mean have you ever tried to do the laundry when every day is a wash out day, no mean feet I can tell you, and peeps mean feet are enough for any Palace, and one of the reasons we don't press grapes any longer purrs

Day in and day out I watch the fields go under water and the moat fill up. If it gets much higher the Kraken will be able to collect the mail herself and supper too.... OK so they amount to the same thing but that's not the point as she is supposed to be on a diet of ad lib snacks. It all seemed to have gone wrong when I said she could mail order in her food..... who knew a Kraken could be so literal and a lady of letters.... need I say more! purrs

Anyways I was rather looking forward to a dry spell as the Palace gardens just don't seem the same when you have to do the rounds via a pair of binoculars, everything is so small! And as for the refugee crisis, it's becoming a crisis in itself as we seem to have run out of refugees! I mean I do like to think I can help out in an emergency, and with the Palace having so many Nooks and Crannies available, that's the sister magazine to Mouse and Mouse hole by the way, and not a mouse left in sight to invite for lunch!

Nothing else for it but to fluff up the fur and head on down to the hedge and see whats on the menu... er... what signs of trespassers I can detect for lunch, otherwise I'll have to order in, and peeps gets really annoyed if I boss the chef around.....

****** A short time and much rain later! ******

Well that does it for me, Peeps I need a Sunbed! No ifs or buts I want one ASAP, and make sure the flex will stretch around the estate so I can dry up those fields too.... seems like that's the only way this Princess will see anything dry!

WHAT! what do you mean it's artificial sun, and they don't come that big? Well I hate to break it to you, ol' solar challenged one, but the clue is in the name, and I don't mean bed! I'll have you know I have studied that there sun and from what I can see it's just the right size, and one small truck, a set of ladders, some scaffolding, and some string and I'm pretty sure we can get it set up just as we need it.... Oh and make sure you get it plugged in over night so we can use it on the cheap rate electricity!

****** Two days later ******

PEEEEPS!

Ah. there you are, I really must complain about the heat. Have you seen whats happening outside? Well I can tell you it's not pretty, no ma'am, there's peeps fainting everywhere, going all pale and lying down all around the estate with barely any clothes on!

I wouldn't be too concerned but it has quite put the Kraken off her duties, and I've barely seen a mouse all day, and it IS coming up to lunch time. Which is another thing, and sort of the thing I came about but got distracted from, so I suspect it really is the same point? Hmm OK, so the point is peeps, ol' red faced one, this heat, I don't recall asking for the temp to be set so high!

Did you set the thermostat to Centigrade rather than Fahrenheit, cos it sure does feel like I could roast a chicken out there... Hmm maybe I could invite my pal Bear Cat round, he's a great one for Whole Roasted Chicken! Mind you I think he'll have to bring his own chickens as ours do seem to have flown the coop maybe as a result of a coop de tat... Well I did think it was a bad idea to get one of those cheap imported hen houses. purrs

Anyways I am completely bushed, in fact I was so long under that there bush in search of a shady drafty spot that I think I may have acquired a patch of black spot and I think a family of greenfly seem to have moved into my tail. Mouses!


Well I cant stand here wilting, I think I know a way to boost my water fountain to give a rather nice shower.


****** Later, that evening ******

Ummm peeps ol pal, could you send something up for me to eat, I really don't feel up to moving. And best not make it anything hot, maybe just some cream and an ice pack, and some more ice for my Niptini, and maybe another ice pack. purrs

****** Much later that evening ******

Peeeps, any chance you could turn that fan so it points this way a bit more, and if you could maybe go a bit faster? In fact peddle like a cyclist being pursued by a drug testing squad if you have to, as I could sure do with something a bit more than the breeze I'm getting, and I'm too weak to do it myself, it's this coat you see, no zipper.

****** Very Early next morning! ******

Psst... PSST.... PSSSSSSSSSSSST! Peeps? Are you awake yet? I think the heating has come on early, and there seems to be a problem with this air con thing as it isn't letting out any cold air, and quite frankly a con!

What?

What do you mean "Its a radio!" I thought it was an air con unit, I mean you're always saying how much hot air comes out of it!

****** Slightly less early the same morning ******

Peeps......, Peeps, are you awake? You look awake and I'm fairly certain you should be awake on account of me being awake. Look there's no point you pretending as I've just checked for a pulse on your nose with my claw and I know you're just feigning snoring. Ah-ha, there you are, now look this is important so pay attention, right? OK.  I think I may have forgotten to turn back down the water pressure on my shower.... er sorry... the water fountain, and unless I'm not mistaken I think I can hear a cloud burst going on down stairs, so you may need a mop....... and your wellies...... and an umbrella. purrs

****** Dawn ******

Peeeeeps, Peeeeeeeeps...... any chance you could phone work and say I wont be in today, I do feel terrible, and really don't think I can cope with another day at the office without air con. Did I mention I feel terribly under the weather? I did? well just checking, heat delusions you know, just can't be too careful in this torrid heat, too hot to even chase that mouse that just went under the bed.

As to that mouse, I think there may have been two, so if you could put some cheese out for them, that will tide them over till.... well, if I die here, from this heat they will be here for ever, with their great great great grand kids, well that is in the first month at least. purrs

OH, as you're up, could you go check on the Kraken, she may need a top up in the moat and some sun cream applying before it gets too hot. And make sure you get into each of the tentacles, nothing worse than a sun burnt tentacle. purrs

It is definitely too hot to do anything, this must be the end of the world, in fact I feel my life force just ebbing away as we speak. I shall just lay here and wait, and wither, like a summer rose, beauty and perfume spent, its petals slowly dropping to the floor to be blown away on the winds of Autumn....


Talking of wind, peeps, was that you just now, I felt distinct cold breeze, and why's it gone dark again.... is it mean't to rain at the end of days?

Yikes! do you see the size of that rain drop, about the size of a tennis ball, and that was lightning I think.... Yup, that was lightning, can always tell as the washing line glows and the laundry gets a distinct singed look on the edges.

In fact it shows the mouse holes up nicely too....

Peeps, I feel strangely invigorated, and the sudden urge to go and sort a few things out, and make sure the tenants are all OK, and check for leaks. Oh, I do hope you didn't give that pair of mouses, that you let in to the Palace, my best three year old Canadian Mature Cheddar, heck if you keep doing that word will get out and we will be inundated with unwanted dinners.... er.... sorry diners!

Hmm, OK so maybe I can make this work, for charity of course. I could just use some of the standard Cheddar and do sandwiches, a sort of fast food take away, without the take away bit, nor the bread bit too, that just clogs up the teeth.

Peeps? why you brandishing that mouse trap catalogue, and frying pan? and there really is no need to look so worried, that's what I'm here to do, catch mice that is, not look worried. Heck relax, you'll never see me getting all whimpy!



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It's SUNDAY SELFIE Blog Hop time! 


We, well I (peep has gone to bed with a headache and frying pan!) am joining the Sunday Selfies this week, hosted by the Fabulous Kitties Blue, over at the Cat on My Head Blog.





This weeks Selfie comes during a small heat wave here at the Palace.
But heatwave or not, a Princesses work is never done, and the borders need to be checked come what may, for miscreants and dinner.....



Click on the images below to HOP to my pals blogs to see what they've been up to....

...... Till next time, Happy Hopping!





53 comments:

  1. Oh Erin, you just described where I am going through and I wish I could bring you some COOLness, but we have the same weather over here, so I am out of COOL air myself... Your Selfie came our purrfectly anyway. Cool Pawkisses for a not-so-hot day :) <3
    Btw I love your introduction poem <3

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    1. Hi Binky, I feel then for you, too! Here's to a nice cool breeze coming very soon, or sooner. Maybe I could have one flown in via air mail? purrs ERin

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    2. PS we had great fun doing the poem, it pretty much sums up the Palace... though there are usually more disasters and chaos than I let on, but don't tell anyone I said that. purrs ERin

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  2. Oh Erin, you just described where I am going through and I wish I could bring you some COOLness, but we have the same weather over here, so I am out of COOL air myself... Your Selfie came our purrfectly anyway. Cool Pawkisses for a not-so-hot day :) <3
    Btw I love your introduction poem <3

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    1. Hi Binky, I feel then for you, too! Here's to a nice cool breeze coming very soon, or sooner. Maybe I could have one flown in via air mail? purrs ERin

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  3. It's been really hot here too the last few days, Erin. We really could use some rain. Everything outside is shriveling up and turning brown. Maybe we'll get some today!

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    1. Oh heck, that does sound very bad in deed, worse than mine. We had a short sharp shower but that passed and evaporated away. Thank goodness for cream and cheese and those water fountains. purrs for some rain. ERin

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  4. We do wish we would we would get some rain, we're in a serious drought here Erin.

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    1. Hi Brian, looks like there is hot horrid weather happening for all my pals. Even as an outdoor cat I get little reprieve from the heat, and indoors is way worse as no air con. I do however recommend stone flooring, my one sanctuary for a few hours is the kitchen where the floor tiles hold some of the cool. purrs to you and all your family. ERin

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  5. Sighs. Seems like your peep is really not being a very attentive peep! I mean, you ask for such simple things....

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    1. Yes, it does seem like I have to do all the work around here, when it comes to sorting things. I tries my best but the gravitas of some things fly straight over peeps head, mainly the sparrows I bring home for tea! purrs ERin

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  6. I have made that very same mistake confusing the radio with the air conditioning. LOL. Gosh, the weather is HOT here and last night we had lots of rain. Isn't there someone we should be able to call to fix this crazy weather?

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one then that had that radio issue. Peep says that there are climate controls in some cars, so maybe we could just wire a load together and set them to point upwards rather than inwards? purrs ERin

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  7. That heatwave sounds dreadful, Erin! We hope things start cooling off a bit soon. So thoughtful of you to make sure the Kraken does not get sunburned. :)

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    1. Hi, yes I hope it eases up for everyone, after two days it was too much for peep and very little sleep had by anyone I know. Yup you gotta keep your Kraken happy and sunburned tentacles would mean a trip to the vets, and I cant see that going well. Mouses!

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  8. Hehehe yes its been a hot week now its raining again,xx Speedy

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    1. Hi Speedy *Waves* We just can't keep the temp down low enough to get comfortable and have a respite from it all, even the rain is warm, well the few drops were. purrs ERin

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  9. You are right of course. All this rain and when it does decide to stop it can't even get it right and give us nice warm temperatures. No, it has to try and bake us all to a cinder instead. We didn't get the thunderstorms but we did get rain today which has cooled it down nicely.

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    1. HI Flynn. I had wind and cloud (not me personally) but has it rained enough to cool down? Nope, barely a cream cartons worth, empty carton of course! have a cool week, I hope. purrs ERin

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  10. It is very hot here too, and we are under water restrictions. We hope it cools off for you soon!

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    1. You guys have it worse than us I fear. This year most of UK has avoided water shortages but some years even after a winter/spring of floods we still had drought, apparently it was the wrong sort of rain!? You guys all stay well and hydrated... hugs and purrs and prayers to you all

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  11. It are HOT here, but it's always hot in Texas.

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    1. Hi. I really don't think I could cope with that heat in Texas, or most of the hot parts of the world. I think UK hot happens so rarely it catches us with our paws down. Now damp and cold we have as well as queues we have by the er... queue load, so happy to send if you want. purrs ERin

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  12. Gorgeous selfie of your shapely body, Erin. Hmmmm ... oh, where was I?
    "You look awake and I'm fairly certain you should be awake on account of me being awake." The cat's creed. I thought I was unique by sticking my claw up my human's nose ... those humans, always raising on the bar on what is required to wake them up! ~Bear Cat

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    1. Hi Bear *purrs* You are the first to mention my trim line... I was dieting and have lost a few inches... I have also lost a few mice too on account of the heat but best not go into that. Yes peeps do make things awkward fro themselves on the waking up front. I think they should take more small naps that way they can respond quicker to my... er... estate needs. purrs ERin

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  13. Happy Sunday, Erin! Oh boy, it's so hot here, too. We could use some rain and I think some is coming tomorrow.

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    1. Hi Lola, I hope your rain comes today too.... I think mines is due as well but if they have sent by 2nd class post I bet it will be late! purrs

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  14. Oh MeOW Erin sounds like you's havin' da same heat we are. Fankfully we's not gettin' da floodin' rains again this year. There's pawrt of da state dat still be under water from da last flood we had. Anyways, stay cool and have a pawsum week.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. Hi Dezi Hi Raena... You still have floods as well as a drought! my that is really rough! Just so long as you and your mom and all the other kitties are safe, that's all that matters. Have a blessed and cool week... purrs ERin

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  15. It's been horribly hot in our neck of the woods too, and quite dry. More than ready for cool, crisp fall temps!

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    1. Hi guys, I agree, roll on the Fall and cool damp (but not flooded) mornings and all light breezes... I've been making do with opening the fridge and paddling in my water fountain! purrs for a cool, cool week ahead for you all... ERin

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  16. Thank you for still working through the hate wave. We are having a big one too, it is awful. Keep cool.

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    1. Hi! It hasn't been easy and both peep and I have both had our moments, and quite a few cold showers. I think we in the UK have got off lightly too and many pals in USA are feeling it far worse. Stay well, cool and happy.... purrs and prayers for light rain and a cool breeze. ERin

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  17. Oh boy it does sound really unseasonably warm for Great Britain. I hope you two are OK now!

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    1. Desperately trying to cool the Palace down, but the fridge isn't really big enough. Peeps said it doesn't actually work that way, so I figure and I need a big fan, like those they now have around the countryside. purrs ERin PS temp is now down from 32c to 23c!

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  18. Crackens use sunscreen? I NEVER KNEW. MOUSES!

    Now about this fryin' pan...

    Purrs,
    Seville

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    1. Ah, well a little know fact is that Kraken do have a soft spot, and not just for mailmen, and a little sun cream... OK a lot of sun cream helps soothe safe passage! Well I think peep may have been trying to some sort of temporal shift experiment with that there frying pan, though I half suspect it was more to make my temporary mouse lodgers shift. purrs ERin

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  19. Erin, we feel your pain, or heat more like it. It was 95 degrees Fahrenheit (right around 35 degrees Celsius) here yesterday. We're worried we're going to start melting. We sure hope it cools down for you soon, Erin! You're far too pretty to melt. Purrs!

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    1. Oh my, that surely is melting weather! I hope I don't melt, I really don't know if I could carry off being grey, I do rather like my black and white tuxiness! purrs ERin

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  20. That's too hot ! We hope the temperatures go down very soon. Stay cool ! Purrs

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    1. Hi way too hot to be happy, that's for sure... the only thing worse than me in the heat, is peep. Wailing and gnashing of teeth and the profanity... well I did warn that the gauge on the shower was stuck on hot. Now I cant tell where the tan stops and the scald begins. Mouses!

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  21. ERin....it bee hotter N de bad place with flamez heer two....like vishuz heet that we canna stand & we wuz wishin snow waz on de ground rite now kinda heet....hope de crazee weather iz much improoved at yur palace N yur abe bull ta get out, catch mice & N joy sum
    creem ~~~~~ paws crossed & heerz two a grate week a head ♥♥♥

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    1. HI all! Well them sunbeams have gone and we have cloud beams instead! As yet no rain though! Hoping the rest of week improves and we get rain.... if nothing then peep has offered to sing, well peeps version of singing. I'll be out the country if it comes to that! purrs ERin

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  22. It is crazy that weather thing. We had our share of rain here, I was feeling like I should build an Ark, the water was almost touching my paws. Then the heat, oh boy, to hot to move a paw or even a whisker.
    purs,
    Billy The Time Cat

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    1. Hi Billy *Waves* I think what we need is a BIG Ark, with Air Con... failing that I'm working on a big umbrella structure, a sort of upturned food bowl, where we can have temperate weather all year.... and lots of mice too! purrs ERin

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  23. Thank Ceiling Cat we do have central air con!! We were hotter than hot this last weekend. We are napping off our heat exhaustion right now!

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    1. Hi Savannah, from what everyone has been telling me, the US is having it real bad at the moment... I cant imaging not having air con when it's so bad. Peep is even thinking about a small one for us... frankly I think umbrellas will be more useful for most of the year! Purrs and head bumps ERin PS That lovely book you sent from for Auntie Marjorie has arrived! Thanks you so much. Purrs

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  24. You know what, Erin, I can't even remember the last time it rained here! And we desperately need it in this drought in California. Send us some rain showers, pronto! Please and thank you.

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    1. Yikes, that sounds really bad! I sure could have sent you a state load of rain 2 weeks ago, over here it truly never rains but it pours.... then it bakes and we all wilt.... and then that is summer over! As soon as I see an available cloud I'll post it to you, pronto, Air mail best I think? purrs ERin

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  25. Well one thing about weather ... rainy or hot, we must get the human to do our bidding in order to keep us utterly content.We have sun now...hot ,hot , hot, which means we can't expend excess energy so food and water must be brought to us throughout the day. We hope your human is equally well trained Erin..it does sound that way... ;p

    the critters in the cottage xo

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    1. Hi! Gosh yes, peeps need to be attentive else how else do they learn... You get a food delivery? wow seems like I've been phoning the wrong number for room service, I'll look into this right away. purrs ERin

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  26. Mee-you ERin mee hopes fingss dried uppy there....
    Pleeze send us thee rain! Wee are too hot an too crispee here an thee grass iss burnt....
    PHOOEY! Seemss no one has had a nice Summer!
    **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry xxx

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    1. Hi Siddhartha Henry, it sure did dry up, even the gravel was look desert like! Fear not I shall do my best to direct any surplus your way, and anything extra too! Of course just as I write this, it is forecasting heavy rain, which probably means our summer is over, all 2 weeks of it! Head bumps and purrs (and some rain clouds) from your pal ERin

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