Cat: PetStages Wrestle and Romp

One cat toy that the boys do like is Petstages Wrestle and Romp.

It is a large squishy toy with crinkling material inside and a small quantity of catnip. It isn’t a toy that we see them play with but it moves around the house and appears in strange places rather frequently.

petstages wrestle and romp

We had a recent scare when one of the boys used it to bury a particularly icky hairball and I was worried that it might not be cleanable – thankfully it seemed ok after the application of wet kitchen towel, however I’ve now bought two spare ones just in case!

If nothing else I would miss seeing it appear by the door whenever I come home!

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Food: Cadbury creme egg biscuits‏

I haven’t tried the new recipe Cadbury creme eggs – there is one in the cupboard that has been there since before Easter as I’m too chicken to try it. However I did pick up a heavily reduced packet of Cadbury creme egg biscuits‏.

The biscuits were approached with a completely open mind and were found to be very thin chocolate with crunchy biscuit and a layer of soggy sugar.

cadbury creme egg biscuit

They bore no relation to a old school Cadbury creme eggs to justify why they were branded as such. They weren’t even fun biscuits, a Twix is a far more enjoyable way to eat biscuit with thin layer of chocolate!

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Nails: Strawberry nails

With all the recent attempts to tame the garden I seem to have plant on the brain at the moment.

Which isn’t a bad thing if it lets me discover how cute mini strawberries and strawberry flowers are as nail art!

strawberry nails

(Picture from Pinterest)

Now I just need to plant my own strawberry plant… now that I’ve banished it from the kitchen for attracting lots of tiny flies!

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TV: Sleepy Hollow – “no more first-hand accounts of witches or founding fathers. Or donut tax outrage unless you want to be sent back to the asylum”

The premise of the ‘Sleepy Hollow’ TV series is an odd one, Ichabod Crane is resurrected two and a half centuries after his death in the Revolutionary War and finds himself working with Police Lt. Abbie Mills.

Nicole Beharie is fab as Abbie and forms a superb odd pairing with Tom Mison’s Crane. The strength of their interactions really sets this series apart from anything else currently on television.

I can’t really explain the storyline in a way that does it justice – I really enjoy the culture clash between Crane’s historical viewpoint and the modern reality he now finds himself in. That combined with the supernatural elements just works for me!

sleepy hollow

Season 1 was entertaining purely on “this is different” and whilst season 2 did flag a little in the middle it ended on a high to the extent that now it has finished I am finding myself looking forward to season 3.

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Book: Anthology ‘Hex Appeal’ – “If you’re going to be in an orgy, the middle is the best spot, isn’t it.”

I bought ‘Hex Appeal’ because it features a story by Ilona Andrews. The cover of the anthology is pretty awful and did cause me to question if buying it was really necessary!

I was aware that the story, ‘Retribution Clause’, was set in the world of Kate Daniels rather than being a ‘proper’ Kate Daniels story; for example it is set in Philadelphia rather than Atlanta, it revolves around Saiman’s cousin, Adam.

Adam is an insurance adjuster of some sort, mostly through the use of sheer strength. He has a work partner who is some sort of shape shifter … probably, it isn’t really explored and the story is rather weird.

hex appeal

It isn’t a bad story, but if I didn’t know how good an author Ilona Andrews are in the rest of their work (yes “are” as in plural) then I don’t think I would rush out to try more.

Having prioritised the Ilona Andrews story but having bought the book at very close to RRP I felt  that I should read the rest of the stories, although I’ve only read one more so far!

This was the Jim Butcher story ‘Bigfoot on Campus’ which is a Harry Dresden short story and in direct contrast to Andrews’ story I enjoyed it enough to rescue the first five Harry Dresden books from the charity shop pile that I’d dumped them in.

However I intend to finish the rest of the stories in ‘Hex Appeal’ before starting those.

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Cat: Hunter LED pointer cat toy

The boys have a large box of cat toys but I will confess that I’m always looking for interesting new things to entertain them. Unfortunately what I consider should be entertaining for a cat is not always a hit with the boys.

Most recently the Hunter LED pointer toy caught my attention as it projects a picture of a mouse and it isn’t laser based.

The packaging claims that the mouse is visible for a distance of “about 1 to 3 metres”, what is omits to mention is the mouse image quickly distorts into a giant rat-beast.

hunter led pointer

However it transpires that this minor detail didn’t matter as G patted it randomly and infrequently, whilst F stared fixedly at the pointer in my hand and showed little interest in either the mouse or the rat-beast image.

So another £5 wasted then!

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Food: Waitrose Clotted Cream and Raspberry Ice Cream

In theory it is getting closer to summer and warm weather. I keep muttering about getting an ice cream maker but have yet to do so (need to do more research), which means I still need to buy ice cream.

I am aware that you don’t *need* an ice cream maker to make your own ice cream but I still have nightmares about my mother’s DIY ice cream made in a food processor, frozen in an old tupperware and filled with ice crystals.

waitrose ice cream

Normally ice cream doesn’t last long in my household and rarely survives two trips out of the freezer, however the Waitrose Seriously Creamy Clotted Cream & Raspberry ice cream is so indifferent and flavourless that it has been picked at a couple of times but it still two-thirds full.

I will not be buying again!

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