Happy birthday Navi!

It was our kitty’s first birthday yesterday, not that she herself realised this in any fashion. It was a glorious day so we decided to get her some new stuff from the pet store so she could try it out outside. We also got her things we had meant to buy her anyway like a catflap and some care products. But the things I was keen to test out were the new toy – a bird on a cord attached to a wooden rod – and a harness. She loves one of the cats about two miles away, but can seemingly only get there when we bring her there, which I believe we did once or twice in her cat basket. She however really does not like that basket. And it’s hard to let her walk around there because there is no control over where she goes. Anyway, I amused her with the new toy and she was having a lot of fun. The fun stopped abruptly when she yanked the toy out of my hand and got tangled. Her reaction was pretty dramatic. She raced across the garden with a look as if she was being chased by her worst enemy and didn’t stop until (luckily less than a minute) the cord was no longer attached to her. She didn’t like the toy anymore after that. Then I decided to try out the harness. I was relieved she didn’t dislike it more than one would expect and hopefully in a couple of months we’ll be able to go for a walk. This morning she’s being entertained by the fellow fixing our window. Aparently his movements fascinate her so she keeps staring at him. I don’t think she’ll be doing much else for the rest day.


My birthday

Last Sunday announced the start of my last year in my twenties. I turned 29. It was a wonderful sunny day in Belgium where my family lives. It was great to see my mum, my sisters and my grandparents again. My dad couldn’t be there unfortunately, but I’m sure I’ll see him again soon enough. It sometimes does feel very long, despite seeing them at least every other month. I start missing them a lot when I don’t see them for a while. That’s why I thought it was very thoughtful and kind of my mum to invite everybody over to hers and cook a dinner for all of us. There were my two sisters and their partners and both sets of grandparents. Here’s some of us right before tucking into desert.


There was lots of catching up to do with what’s been happening across the pond with my family, with good and bad news. But that couldn’t overshadow my hapiness for seeing everyone again. I got lots of fun presents as well. I feel very lucky with my family and friends and the people that surround me. I feel especially lucky for how many people seem to like me for who I am.

To many more years with lots of fun and time spent with friends and family.