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At a Crossroad with CharlieC

It has come to a point now that I feel the need to put my feelings down on ‘black & white’, I have always been the type of person that is absolutely disgusted by people that give their pets away because they no longer have the time for the animal or they have decided to have kids & cannot deal with both responsibilities.

Who does that? I mean you don’t take the responsibility on lightly, I remember when I made the decision to get my kitty Charlie Chaplin I gave it massive thought. I worked out the costing of owning an animal and how it would affect my life. I even went as far as finding a cattery before I got him so that when I went away I knew he would be safe and well looked after – I do also think he likes Moira, his surrogate mother at The Cat Hotel more than he loves me, but that is beside the point 😉

So back to the current ‘issue’ I have at hand, I have this beautiful, fluffy, ginger kitty with the most phenomenal personality (he gets this from me of course)… I do not know what to do with him.

Well I do know what to do, I want to keep him for myself but I am unsure of whether I am doing it for selfish reasons, because he fills the gaps and makes me feel happy when I am home.

Charlie is the type of cat that absolutely loves attention and love, mostly my fault because I have treated him like a little baby and have spoiled him rotten since the day I got him. We have been through so much together in the last 18 months that I have had him.

The 1st day I got CharlieC

It has been milling around in my mind for quite a few months that he gets lonely, I know everyone says that cats do not get as lonely as what dogs do and they generally can entertain themselves.

I have seen how he gets, generally when I go away or out on a regular basis. The cat knows! Shower = out, hairdryer = out, packing bag = out, sound of keys = out, me = guilty and yes he mopes about while I am getting ready and I can see the attitude changes. It. Breaks. My. Heart.

Why you go out again?

On occasion when I have fetched Charlie from The Cat Hotel he has been out and about with the other cats, which is really only done if the cats are relaxed around each other, and I can see he is in his absolute element, my cat is a social creature, he loves to ‘chat’, play (attacking at the ankles and an occasional bite to the neck counts as playing) and he clearly loves playing with the other cats.

After a trip to the cattery 🙂

I keep thinking it is selfish of me to keep him for my own personal benefit, and the biggest fear that I have if I had to give him away is where he would go. If my parents were taking him I would at least know that I will see him again, but I do not think my boy would survive in the Transkei, I walk him with a leash and put ribbons in his hair – he’s a pansy! Oh and my parents have two female ginger cats… all that ginger under one roof!

This last weekend when I went away to Durban I took Charlie to Moira for the weekend and mentioned to her that I was considering finding him a new home, I told her that I cannot deal with him going to someone that I don’t know. When you get the following response it’s both wonderful as well as even more heart breaking “if you ever had to find Charlie a new home I would take him in a heartbeat because he really has a lovely unique personality” – who gives away a cat that is clearly such a special creature? My eyes well up as I type this.

Ultimately I am the only one that can make this decision, I just hope it is the right one when I do make it.

And with that I still am in a crossroad as to what that decision should be…

At that hair!!


7 Days Off Line

So after much thought on the matter and the motivation from @matthewsavides – read more about that here @ what point do you shut down?.

I have too decided to do the #7DaysOffline challenge (yes for me it is actually a challenge).

I need to have a break from it all, Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, My Blog :(, Foursquare, Emails, BBM, Whatsapp and my newest love Pinterest! The internet and information ‘overload’ is just getting too much, that and the fact that I am trying to get a break from all the negativity and unhappiness on certain platforms.

I was going to do it from Sunday last week (11th March) as my parents are up visiting and I wanted to spend all my time with them… Then I thought I should do it during a normal work week so that I could actually note the difference during this ‘normal’ week without all of the above. Anyway, I have now decided that I need to start tonight (14th March), which will include the time while my parents so I can enjoy my time with them and I will go until midnight on the 21st March, which includes work and normal daily activities as well – I shall only observe the traffic hotties and will have to drink wine alone 😉

As Matthew said, often we are so busy checking in on Foursquare, Tweeting/ Facebooking and Blogging about it we don’t actually cherish the moment in front of us anymore.

What I absolutely love about Social Media is the sharing with all the people you don’t know that share similar interests and feelings about what you are saying; and as most would know I am absolutely addicted to sharing. So this is going to be difficult.

The Rules:

No Twitter – none whatsoever, I will log off my account on my Twitter application on my phone tonight. No scrolling through my TL, DMing, Tweeting… nothing.

Difficult One !

No Facebook – again same as the above, absolutely no activity whatsoever, BUT – as it is my Aunt in Zimbabwe’s 60th Birthday on the 15th March I may log in, send her a message, NOT check any notifications or my TL and log right back off again. Family first.

Not so bad...

Hootsuite – No scheduled messages at all.

Hoot Hoot

No Blogging – I may not post anything on my Blog until this is over… not even a Sexy Kiss of the Day :(, as I have all the kisses on my Laptop I will just save them and post them all next week at once 🙂

Hmmm I love kissing, I’m getting distracted…

Goodbye till next week 😦

No Foursquare – I will log off the application and not check in anywhere, which really really sucks because I wanted to check into Charlie C’s in Dullstroom :(, I love you Charlie Chaplin.

Love this place!

BBM – now this is slightly difficult, well I only have 68 contacts and if I even chat to 8 of them on a regular basis it is a lot. I will chat to my parents – Family first, Ceri Grenfell as it is your Birthday I will chat to you on the 17th March :), Tammy D – she’s my bestie, no blocking her out ever, Elismha – you make me smile so I’m keeping you ;). And since I am sure I will need to vent about this whole thing; Matthew, you have indeed made the list because you will know what I am going through and may need to encourage me to keep going 😉 As for the rest, I will not even open your message, sorry in advance! Oh and no changing of my status and profile picture!

Not sad about this one at all

Whatsapp – Mike, you’ve made the cut 😉 haha. And my cousin Clarence has made the list too.

Pinterest – No browsing at all! All those pretty and funny pictures… missed! And I have recently introduced my mom to it so she better not show me anything… wait does it count if she logs in, browses and shows me things?

My newest 'lover'

Emails – I am logging off of Gmail & Yahoo as they are the only 2 connected to my Social Media networks. Vodamail & work emails will be allowed.


And as I am always to happy to snap away from my Smartphone camera I am going old school and I will carry my small camera around and take pictures ‘the old school’ way 😉

As Matthew did, I will take notes of how I coped along the way… not all the time as that defies the point of getting a break. I will share it with you all on my Blog here next week 🙂

Wish me luck with my #7DaysOffline stint!

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