Quiet

I like to have quiet, but as you know I have been watching a lot of dvd’s for some time now.
Most times, watching dvd’s has been from afternoon, to quiet late. But because I have been having some quieter evenings; dvd’s not going into the late evening, or not at all, I am noticing how my hamster, Daz, comes out in his surroundings, (his cage,) slightly earlier than he would before. And this I have noticed is because its been quiet. So Daz likes quiet too.

I will leave you with a couple of photos of Daz, that I have shared before.


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Keeping Daz cool

Hamster

With how hot its been last month, like it always does, it can get even hotter inside my flat.

Even with the curtains closed all day, which I hate shutting out the light, it does not help.

I have noticed how the heat in my flat has affected my hamster, Daz.
Daz has slept outside his burrow. So he is on view, while sleeping, which is not normal for a hamster.
Having a room thermometer, I can see temperatures were starting to get dangerously high for a hamster. So I had to find ways to help keep him cool, safely.

The first thing I did was get the fan on, which will help me, as well as my hamster.
The fan was positioned in a corner of the living room, away from the cage, so it wasn’t directly on him, as this doesn’t help the hamster by doing that. The fan will then circulate the cool air around the room.
I could see after some time, that he changed his sleeping place to feel the gentle cool air. So I knew it was helping. But the room temperature wasn’t coming down for my liking and I never like to leave my fan on, when leaving my home. So another thing I tried was to fill a bottle of water up and freeze it.
This was then placed outside of his cage where he would normally sleep.
Later, I noticed he burrowed back into his sleeping area and he slept there until evening, when he would normally be awake. So I knew this frozen bottle was helping.
When that bottle had melted, I would alternate it with another frozen bottle, while the other went back in the freezer.
I shall keep doing this while temperature is not at an acceptable level for him.

Whatever you do, please do not leave a frozen bottle inside the cage, because while I was researching alternative ways to help him keep cool, I came across quite a few websites that suggested this.
Hamsters are chewers. So that bottle when the ice is melted, the water is going to come out and go everywhere in the cage, because your hamster would have attempted to chew. A hamster cannot get wet, otherwise you will put them at risk of falling ill.

Also, don’t spray, or bathe hamsters with water, because as I have said, hamsters can’t get wet. You will make them ill.

I can’t believe people have recommended bottles inside cages, or to spray, or bathe them.

Also, don’t put a fan directly on your hamster, as you will chill them and they will be stressed.

The frozen bottle outside of the cage has been a definite winner for me, to help my hamster keep cool.
He has a choice to be as close to his cage wall, or away from it, when he sees fit, while hidden in his burrow.

My fan I keep on to help cool me, as well as the room, when needed.


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More photos of my hamster Daz

As a maority will know, I have a hamster. But I have not posted much about him since the very early days with him mostly keeping himself to himself. (See Chit-chat September – Part 2.) But after cleaning his cage out Saturday evening and sorting him out with his fresh food and water, I gave him a little bit of carrot. I was munching on the rest, so had a carrot breath for the hamster to notice and realised I had a photo opportunity here. So here they are.

 

 

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I so want a fur baby I can hold

A chit-chat post has already aired just now. But I so needed to write this.

So I am over half way in this first month. As I have mentioned a few times here and there, My Vision Board and Gratitude Wall are keeping me focused. Especially the vision board half of this board.

But I so want a fur baby to hold.

When I know how long my long term goal is, which is not guaranteed to happen in my eyes, but something needs to happenn by then, not having a cat again, is really hard.

I am trying to divert my attention back to my vision board, when my heart aches for a fur baby to hold. I am trying to focus on these trips I have planned, written on there. Two of them being new places to visit and that long term goal of buying my own home. The motivation for that is still there and has been since I started this board. But the ache for that fur baby to hold is really aching and starting to hurt.

Yes, I have a hamster and he is fun to watch. If I am lucky, which these past couple of weeks I have been, he has come out to see me and take tibbits from my hand on call. But he is not one who wants to be touched, which I respect.

I look at properties to rent, wondering if I should move. But I am holding back, because by doing so it would defeat my long term goal, because moving costs money: the deposit fees, the moving costs and I would be starting all over again saving. So it defeats the purpose.

I spoke about the wanting and longing to cuddle a fur baby with my counsellor yesterday, as well as anxiety I have had since I last heard from social worker, as well as other things. I talked about the possibility when I don’t have my hamster, that I am thinking guinea pigs, while living where I am. I would have the room I would like to give them, at that point in time. We talked a little on that, as well as these trips I have planned in the meantime.

 

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Chit-chat January

So near beginning of the year, I slept in my new single bed after purchasing back in December. It’s a nice shiny chrome bed, with diamanets on the top of the curved headboard end of the bed. The bed frame is heavy. I’ve never had a bed frame before, that has felt weighty like this one.
I went down to a single bed from a small double, after nothing but thinking of doing this for sometime. I am sick of changing the double duvet cover too and the last 3 to 4 months, I noticed was sleeping just on one side of my small double bed.
My first nights sleep was the best ever for a long time. I knew I was ready for a new mattress when it came to my old bed. But it’s took sleeping in my new bed to realise how refreshed I was in my body; minus some aches and pains I remember having. So I needed it more than I realised.

Hamster update

So I last talked about my hamster, Daz, sharing a photo for the first time in Chit-chat September – Part 2.

Getting round to talking more about him, I have left it later than planned. But here I am mentioning him now. In this post, I share another photo of him, with a little bit of an update.

Daz on his wheel

In the time I have had Daz, his confidence has grown, but there is a limit to how far he accepts contact. He will accept food from my hand and he has known to eat that food, while still staying next to my hand. But he is not a hamster that wants to be held. So when cleaning the cage and needing to transfer him out of that cage, he is transferred by using a cardboard container still. Just encouraging him to step inside that container, then cover the end with my hand, until I have him in his little pet carrier, keeps his stress and upset to the bare minimum. He’s really good with this.

At times when in his cage, I will see him checking me out.
He also comes up to the bars of the cage, when I am up close.
I know he expects treats, but they are kept to only once, or twice a week at the most, so when he has his daily food, I offer a couple of those from his dish as a way to keep that contact. He knows when his dinner is due. At times he can be seen waiting. Sometimes I am a little teaser and make him wait a little bit more, just so I can see him for a bit. When I do that, you can see him smelling the air for his food and he will check out his bowl, just to see if it’s there. Then he comes back to the cage door, looking at me. Once he has his food, he’s gone to his bed with it and is out of sight.

He is a hamster who likes to keep mostly to himself. I am lucky if I see him and able to interact with him before I go to bed. But he is happy and that’s the main thing.

Counselling

Last November, my counselling started, as I mentioned in Chit-chat. My counselling I have fortnightly. I have had four sessions so far by, the time we were towards the end of the second week in January and my counsellor asked for an extension and I have two more sessions, through my EAP (Employee Assistance Programme.) After this, I will continue privately with her, while I still feel I need it. Through filling in the paper how I had felt for the last two weeks and comparing to before, I have come on a lot further for the better.

I changed my mobile phone tariff

Last December, I went on a new tarif that was cheaper than my previous, after watching how much less internet I use, for the last few months. It’s a small saving, but it’s better than nothing.

Lots of dvd’s

I have been watching lots of dvd’s as usual, which is my escape as you know through difficult times. I’m not going to list some of the dvd’s watched in this month’s post, but a neighbour below has been lending me lots of his too.
I’ve lost count, how many I have watched, which vary from action, comedy and some cartoons. Watching some disney type films has made a refreshing change.

Scammers

I have to say, thankfully, since this post; It seems to be the year of attempted scamming by text, I have not had anything else.

Community spirit

I talked about community spirit some months back with where I live in this block of flats. I say hello to most neighbours. Join forces with three/four of them when need to be, when we have trouble with the usual flat, or what ever matter away from that. Thankfully, it’s not common as before where I need to join in with my own complaints and send them to the Neighbourhood Warden.

I still have that closer connection with my same two neighbours as when I talked about them in community spirit. I have helped when it came to one neighbour to use my phone when they had no money, so he could phone his sister. I don’t mind doing this and as I remind these neighbours, it’s all in my phone contract, so there is nothing extra for me to pay and the reason I won’t accept money off them. I am just happy to help too.
But because they insist on showing thanks, as I won’t accept money, I let them get something small like handsoap, or whatever they like to do, if they insist. But as long as they buy something very cheap and small, like handsoap, I will appreciate it. I don’t want them spending and being skint.

These two neighbours know the difficulties with my mum. But it wasn’t until last November I opened up how it affected me regarding feeling suicidal. Suicidal was the part I held back, until then.
I have offers of help from these two neighbours, to knock on their door when needed.
The neighbour who I let use my phone, has lent me a load of dvd’s over the last few months since, with knowing this is one of my means of escape. His wife when knowing how I was, also said knock on our door anytime.
For a certain scenario regarding my mum, should it happen and there is no Plan A, the neighbour below me has given me a Plan B.
Unfortunately though, I had to put a boundary in place with one of my neighbours. The one who is an alcoholic, as I have mentioned in an earlier post. So I won’t go into detail here again repeating then basically say this boundary protects me from anything further of it. I have grown up with it and I had a past friend who I felt was putting my job on the line through her alcohol issues and witnessing her getting too pissed. With other issues growing up and last years shit, I have had enough, which HAS lasted me a lifetime and I am having no more shit of that kind.

Booked my holidays off work

For day trips I plan to do a lot more of this year, I have put my holiday requests in at both jobs ready for those that fall on a working week. So all I need to do, is book the trips, once I know I have my holidays at work accepted.

Got my paint in

I got my white paint in ready for when I decorate.
My living room has already been done, as this post airs and I have rearranged my furniture after, to a new layout.
By changing the layout, it gave more floor space for my lounge bit a dining room bit. I wanted to create a bit more floorspace especially where my lounge bit is, so that when I move my coffee table out of the way, I will have floor space for my Tai Chi. So now time to get those Tai Chi dvd’s back on.

I have put away my living room curtains and put back up the curtains that were up when I first viewed my flat. I have no plans of changing these curtains at any point in the future. They will stay up, ready for when I move down the line.
As the curtains are ringlets, which personally I hate because my curtains, although not thick, they were heavy, were awkward to get off, let alone back on, with not much room between rod and ceiling. Curtains that came with flat, are lighter. Thankfully I like them.
I am a pencil pleat person, when it comes to curtains.

I only painted the walls and ceiling in the living room. I did not gloss.
I shall next paint my bedroom at some point, then paint my hallway, all in the same way.
The hallway is small, so painting the ceiling and walls should only take an hour, to an hour and a half at the most.

 

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Chit-chat September – Part 2

Time for part 2. If you have not seen part 1, that can be found here. 🙂

ECG and blood tests

It was my ECG and blood tests this month, as you know if you have been following recent posts.
I also had to take a urine sample in on the day I seen my doctor about the ECG and blood test results. Although I already knew earlier, on the day I had my ECG, that it was ok, as the nurse said so.
My blood test and urine test ended up ok as well and my doctor was happy about my blood pressure readings. So no tablets. I just keep checking my blood pressure once, or twice a week from now on and if it ever goes back up and stays there for a period of two, or three months, then to come back.
When this doctor knew about my situation and about my mum, he said I done the right thing too about taking time out. I had to think about me first, he said.

The cuteness

So regarding the cuteness that I so cruelly ended in part 1 and did not reveal what it was. I wouldn’t skip anything while reading this part, otherwise you will miss why I held back talking about the hamster.

I have a fur baby. A Syrian hamster. I bought the hamster from the adoption part, at Pets At Home. I was told that she was female and was 12 weeks old when I had her, so a bit older, as this post airs. (Just over 3 months and 2 weeks.) I named her Daisy.
Daisy is mainly white, with patches of light grey and her eyes are red. One eye being a darker shade.
Daisy is really nervous and she has been like this all the time, while at Pets At Home. So it’s going to take some work to hopefully have her feel safe at some level, but from having the hamster and to this post airing, it’s confidence is getting better.
I may not be able to handle the same way as my previous hamster, but as long as the hamster feels safe to some degree and happy, that is the main thing.
The wheel in the cage is a temporary one and as this post airs, Daisy will be already on a bigger wheel.

My hamster in it's cage.
My Syrian hamster.

So here is the reason why I delayed revealing my cuteness

After I had her for a couple days and getting a chance to observe a little, I was a little concerned. I thought for a female, she looked different to my previous hamster. I tried to put worry aside, because the hamster was happy, although nervous, was eating and happily running on it’s wheel.

I have only had one hamster before, which that was a Syrian hamster too. A female I named Bubbles and so I have had not much personal experience to compare hamsters.

Not quite a week later, my hamster is growing and I know I needed to get round to finding a suitable bigger wheel for her to run on. I also see that where I was focusing on before, was also growing. I was worrying again, but I was also getting more fascinated.
I tried to put my worry at the back of my mind, because all I could see was a happy hamster, who was learning to be more confident and I did not want to jeopardise her confidence, by taking her to the vet this soon. And like before, the hamster was happily active, eating well, peeing and pooping ok. But there was an occasion I came home from work and I really panicked. It looked a bit of a warm pink down there and I thought it was swollen in particular on one side, so I arranging via a contact form for a vet appointment.
When I looked again, it did not look like before, so now the fascination part crept in very strongly and what I had only been thinking about in the first week of having her, I was convinced now at this point what I was thinking.

With my hamster being more curious with me and climbing up the bars of the cage only the night before to check me out, I thought I would bribe her with a treat and get her to do that again, just so I could have a good look and it confirmed to me what I have mostly thought. She, was a he. So I was having a big grin because it was this and not that worry of another nature I had in my mind before.

Anyway. I kept the vet appointment, which was today. Best to have a full check-up and be on their books in case of any emergency in the future. They confirmed that the hamster is indeed a boy.

So for those who I already introduced the hamster to, meet my male Syrian hamster, Daz. (And not Daisy.)

To everyone else first seeing my fur baby for the first time. I introduce you to Daz, my Syrian hamster. 🙂

My new job going well

My new morning job I started earlier this month, I received feedback yesterday. They are happy with my work.

Seeing a different part of Mansfield

Due to missing a delivery, meant I had to collect it from a local post office. I had to look it up, as I did not know where this particular post office was, as I use a different one. It was 30 minutes walk away, where I have not walked before and I enjoyed the walk that way.

Walking back home yesterday, from my morning cleaning job, before turning off down a street, I was thinking to myself as I was looking ahead, wondering where that would take me. So I know one weekend I will have a wander and see. 🙂

 

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My previous hamster

I have talked about in post, The talk of fur babies of the possibility we may have a hamster, as well as possibly guinea pigs if the room that I would like to give them. But a hamster may be more likely on the cards. Especially with the enthusiasm my mum shown, when she asked me would I have one again.

I thought I would share with you photos I have of my previous Syrian hamster, who I named Bubbles. These are only the photos I have of her, that are in my scrapbook album, which I have taken a photo of, to show. Apologies for grainy photos, but that was down to what ever camera I was using at the time.

My hamster who I named Bubbles. Her coat was white and golden brown, with slight darker brown colours.

Hamsters may only have a short life span compared to other pets, but the joy and love I had for this little thing was just the same as I have had for my other pets. If I was to be a hamster owner again, I would have another Syrian hamster.

 

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