Gotcha! Cat-iversary and Camp Nanowrimo.

I’m skipping the Author Toolbox Hop this month. My partner developed a fever last week and we’re 7 days into our 14 day isolation for Covid-19 symptoms. The fever’s passed, along with the worrying shortness of breath, but we’re still tired and suffering from cold symptoms.

Cativersary and Camp Nano

Being at home all the time has given me tons of time to think and reminisce. During the Easter Bank Holiday last year we were picking up Merlin from Colchester. It was a two and a half hour drive, we had a great meal out before we got him (I miss eating out!) and he meowed the whole way home. He was so tiny too:

Kitten Merlin on Windowsill
As a kitten he could fit quite comfortably on the windowsill!

He’s now over a year old and has captured our hearts. He’s calmed down a lot, is less destructive, but also less cuddly. He loves cardboard boxes, does tricks like a dog (he knows sit, paw, spin, and high five, and he’s much bigger:

Merlin and kindle
He can still fit on the windowsill, but he takes up the whole ledge now and sometimes falls off!
Merlin in a box
Merlin in his latest box from our Amazon delivery!

I can’t believe we’ve had him a year. Time really does fly, and looking back’s reminded me to enjoy every moment πŸ™‚ I took a lot of pictures last week, to capture moments, but I’m limited to Merlin, video game screenshots, board games, and the garden:

Blossoms on the Plum Tree
The Plum Tree is finally starting to flower, a little late this year!
Growing Potatoes
I planted some potatoes, but they won’t be ready for 6 weeks!

I wish I’d bought a PS4 before lock-down so I could get the Final Fantasy 7 Remake, but the price of games consoles has exploded, because everyone’s stuck at home, so I’ll wait and hope for a PC release. I also have no chocolate. Dairy free is expensive, so I don’t buy it often, and I didn’t stock up before our isolation.

Despite the lack of chocolate I’ve written 4155/6000 words for Camp Nanowrimo already. Setting a lower target, 200 words a day, is working well. On days I don’t want to write I know I only have to write a little. On better days I’m writing up to 800 words. I’m writing on paper, as I find it easier when drafting, and I’m mostly writing in the garden in the sunshine:

Writing in the Garden Camp Nano April
Notebook in the sunshine. I lay on the decking when I write!

I’ve not finished the outline for Second Chance yet, but now I’ve completed draft 1 of what I hope will be my next university project I can start working on it again.

scales divider copy

Thanks for Reading!

A short and sweet post this week. Hope you’re all doing okay with the lock-down/isolation, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate it!


  1. Sorry to hear you & your partner have been ill, lass. Good luck with recovering your energy & with your writing – well done with your Camp NaNo word count so far! ((hugs)) πŸ€πŸ™‚πŸ’

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  2. Merlin does tricks?! That’s so cool. Have you taught him to use the toilet?

    I’m glad to hear you and your partner are starting to feel better.

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  3. I am sorry to hear about you and your partner being under the weather, but am glad that fever and shortness of breath are gone. Hope you both feel better soon. Aww yeah time flies. Merlin is adorable and it is so cool that he can do tricks and I wish him, you, and your partner all the best! Beautiful photos! *gets you the chocolate of your choice and PS4* All the best with your writing- I support you!!

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    • Thanks Alex, the shortness of breath was pretty scary but I think we’re over the worst of it!
      I caved and ordered a whole lot of chocolate in bulk from an online store, but it’ll take two weeks to get here because of the virus ^_^” At least when it arrives Merlin will get another new box!

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