So something arrived in my mail that sent shivers down my spine. It was a kind reminder from my local vet that my cat is due for her annual inoculations, the thing I dread more than tax returns or trips to the dentist.

It's the one time of the year when I wish I had a more sedate pet, like a goldfish, or a tortoise - or even a tin of tuna.

When the time approaches I'm filled with dread complete with clammy hands, heart palpitations and beads of sweat on my forehead. It's pure torture, and I'm not quite sure who suffers more, me or my cat.

Strangely enough when the cat carrier comes out, my cat seems quite excited. "An adventure!" she's thinking - and all proceeds in a most orderly fashion until we get to the car.

My cat hates my car. She has no appreciation for the sleek black lines and the robust German engineering. And as soon as I turn the ignition the yowling begins.

Now when it comes to vocal talents my cat is a total prima donna, a lot like Mariah Carey without the tacky wardrobe - a powerful set of pipes, a five octave vocal range and a shriek that could shatter a wine glass.


Apparently cats never employ meowing to communicate with each other. This sound is meant for establishing contact with humans only. And her communication runs something along the lines of "Get me out of this moving death trap you evil woman."

I've tried putting calming drops into her water bowl, but that had no effect. I suspect it might have something to do with the fact that she insists on only drinking running water in the basin and refuses to touch her water bowl. Maybe I should take the rescue remedy instead.

Once I've tried to pacify her by sticking my fingers into the cat box to give her a reassuring pat. For my troubles I was rewarded with fingers shredded to the knuckles and a few fang marks in my nails. I sure won't be making that mistake again in a hurry, and now I keep my body parts away from the sharp bits.

When I stop at traffic lights, I try and keep a low profile, but I can see my fellow drivers looking around with alarm. I just know they're trying to find the source of the ear-piercing noise.

A brave Homeless Talk seller ventured closer to peer inside the car once, but got an eyeful of a hysterical cat with wild eyes and her nose pressed to the window two inches away, hissing and spitting, clawing to get out.

Brush with death

He stumbled away terrified, and as much as I tried to reassure him, he wouldn't venture close enough to talk to me again. I'm pretty sure he still tells the story of his brush with death to his mates.

By the time we arrive at the vet, my sanity is on a knife edge. I normally storm into the waiting room and offer the spawn of Satan in furry pyjamas to the highest bidder, but strangely enough nobody seems interested in acquiring a yowling cat.

When we are finally ushered inside, the cat is hyperventilating and I'm desperately searching for a large bottle of tequila.

The actual inoculation is the only peaceful period during the entire time. The furry monster is reduced to a playful kitten at the mere sight of my vet and flirts with him outrageously, with not a yowl to be heard.

To conclude this joyous event, there is the huge bill to pay. This involves taking out a second bond to cover your financial losses, as the cost of inoculating a cat is roughly the same price as brain surgery for a human.

Then it's back in the car for the serenade home and it's over. Until next year, when the fun starts all over again.

Lynn Dike was judged the winner in News24's first Craft your Column competition. She won a paid column writing contract from News24. Read her columns every second Wednesday on News24.
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18 junie 2007

Sit by skool met 'n verkoue uit die hel. Kop voel dik en ek is net lus vir my warm bedjie en 'n beker Milo.

My eksamen merkwerk is op datum en tans oorweeg ek dit om more by die huis te bly. Nie juis lus vir hoes en proes in 'n klas vol tieners nie. Die groot trek begijn ook more. Ons container word uiteindelik afgelaai en dan trek ons in by ons nuwe huisie! ('n huisie waaraan nog baie gewerk moet word!)

Verder nie veel nuus nie. Wil beslis nou begin oefen, sodra die verkoue oor is. Wil die Voet van Afrika weer pak en is moeg vir my pap-lyf, sonder spiere. Kan dit nie hanteer dat my broeke so styf sit nie!!!!
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Hello everybody!

Long time- no writing...

I can not complain. It's Friday. I just bought a big, old house and I love the weather in Cape Town. It's been raining the whole week. I just feel like curry and rice and reading a book in bed this weekend.

I have just finished "Vanish" from Tess G. I also took out about 3 other books from the same writer. I am in the mood for bloody crime novels:) (It must be what teaching does to you!!!) I also found a good book about gardening...I really don't have a clue when it comes to plants. I don't have green fingers. Do any of you have gardening tips???

I can not wait to let the cats out in the new garden. We will be moving in next weekend! Jippee! I will take a few pictures to show you all.

Hope you all have a great weekend!
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Ek sit op die oomblik en wag vir die Franse vrou om my katte vanaf die lughawe veearts terug te bring. Ek kan nie juis skuif voor sy terug is met hulle nie. Shampies, ek hoop die katjies is nie te bang nie.

Natuurlik het ek vreeslik baie dingetjies om te doen. Ek wil onder andere my bankrekening sluit, vinnig 'n paar laaste inkopies doen by L'Illa sentrum en dan die laaste goedjies inpak. Ek kan nie glo ek vlieg more terug SA toe nie. Hoe vinnig het die tyd nie gevlieg nie!

Ek sien vanmiddag vir my astroloog maatjie. Sien nogal uit om haar te sien. Ek weet nie altyd so mooi oor die dinge waarin sy glo nie, maar ek hou baie van haar. Ten spyte van ons verskil in ouderdom, kultuur, agtergrond ens.

Ek het meer uit verveeldheid en natuurlik ook uit nuuskierigheid gaan loer na my astrologie info opi internet...(onderaan die posting) Nie dat ek my eie chart sal laat uitwerk nie! My son is in cancer (Julie baba) My rising sun is glo in Aquarius en my maan is in Sagittarius...

Kan nie sê ek stem saam met ALLES wat hulle sê nie, maar van die dinge is tog in die kol...miskien omdat dit baie algemene goed is? Sal bietjie hoor wat C daarvan dink vanmiddag. Het ten minste nou iets lekker om oor te chat, argumenteer en te bespiegel. Ek love hierdie vrou met haar ongelooflike bos bloedrooi hare. Sy lyk vir my kompleet soos 'n lui gemmerkat in die son en soms soos 'n goedige geelheks.

Maar wag, laat ek eers 'n tee'tjie gaan maak.

Aquarius Rising and Uranus in Libra

Breaking down the walls of prejudice and other habits that keep people separate is an important part of your life pattern. You may reject previous "norms" of social behavior or styles -crossing over, blending, and combining in new ways.

Aquarius Ascendant
How unique and original Aquarius rising natives come across! These individuals are just that -- individuals, and they won't let you forget that fact. Often turned to for advice, these natives possess intellectual poise and savvy. They often are curious, and quite learned, in both science and metaphysics--anything that involves advancement of the human race holds much appeal.

It's hard to shock an Aquarius rising. They've seen it all, or at least want you to think they have. In fact, they often enjoy shocking others. Not that they are flamboyant by nature, but they do like to, albeit quietly, get a rise out of others. Some natives born with Aquarius on their Ascendant can be quietly provocative and irreverent.

Most people with this Ascendant are quite friendly and likable. Their personality quirks generally go over quite well with others. They generally give others quite a bit of freedom--accepting, as a rule, people from all walks of life as equals. And, their somewhat cool and detached curiosity about all that goes on around them appeals to most.

Curiously, Aquarius rising people can be a little standoffish while also coming across as humanitarian and kind.Often labeled as independent and original children, Aquarius rising natives often feel a little "different" or "special" throughout life. They often feel like they are on the outside looking in, and their ability to observe and deduce is often uncanny. They're also adept at getting things to work, even when the parts that make up the whole seem like a puzzle with unusual pieces--especially when it comes to groups of people. This sets them apart as managers and team leaders.

The Ascendant often reveals physical mannerisms and even choice of dress, as it shows how people present themselves to the world. With Aquarius here, natives sometimes have a quirkiness to their manner, and some dress in a slightly offbeat manner--not enough to make them stand out like a sore thumb, but just enough to express their original temperament.

Because these people seem so open to new ideas, it may be surprising when you encounter their decidedly stubborn streak. Aquarius is a fixed sign, after all. The ascendant sign shows how individuals react to new situations, and with Aquarius rising, there can be a resistance to change that seems to belie the native's generally progressive nature. There's a distinct inflexibility with Aquarian rising people, and, sometimes, a tendency to want to force their opinions on others.

With their eye to the future of mankind as a whole, some people born with an Aquarius Ascendant overlook the more personal needs of the people closest to them. They are often attracted to partners who possess self-confidence and ardor.

Moon in Sagittarius

Keywords: Liberated, Cheerful, Idealistic, Outspoken, Humorous, Restless
Those born with the moon in a Fire sign want to turn their feelings into physical experiences. They do not initially view their desires from the standpoint of practicality, emotional commitment, or as lessons to be learned. Before anything else there has to be action, some form of instant physical gratification.

As lunar Fire sign personalities, those born with moon in Sagittarius are idealistic and romantic. Their risk-taking, adventurous spirit and magnanimous generosity are a curse as well as a blessing. It leaves them vulnerable to those who exploit their generosity, but it is also the combination of spirit and attitude needed for enormous success in enterprises that more cautious people would be afraid to try. They are open and honest with a tendency to be too candid at times, especially in situations that require a more diplomatic approach. Impatience can be the biggest stumbling block to success. They are not reluctant to make long-term emotional commitments, but relationships or situations that do not encourage them to retain a certain amount of personal freedom, are not likely to last long.

Sagittarius moon personalities are emotionally adaptable to changing circumstances and different relationships. A duality of nature makes them appear fickle and emotionally insecure while at the same time, steadfast, and independent. Readily impressed by those with power and status, they seek to associate with such people to increase their own advancement; one of their main goals in life. Concerned with making an impression on others, they may be guilty of inflating their knowledge and importance. Attracted to architecture, art and design many of them also have talent for mimicry and acting. For these lunar personalities, the best opportunities are in writing, teaching, performing, sales, education and communication.

Women with Sagittarius moon make better friends than lovers, though their restlessness may lead to many sexual adventures. Friendship is very important to them and their temperament is not well suited to domestic life. Men with Sagittarius moon are inveterate chasers of the ideal woman. Their emotional nature is uncomplicated, loyal, and at times, amazingly prophetic.


As the fourth sign of the zodiac, Cancer represents the fourth stage in the evolution of man and his place in the universe. In Cancer the need is not one of individual survival as it was in the first three signs. Here, it is eternal survival through perpetuation of the species. It is the sign of fertility and nurture, and Cancerians have strong identification with these matters in one form or another. It doesn't mean all of them are good cooks or efficient housekeepers, but they all want to feel part of a family. They enjoy feeding others as much as they enjoy feeding themselves. They are also ready to supply emotional nurturing by "mothering" everyone who appears to be in need. When upset, they tend to use food as consolation, which in turn, results in problems with excess weight. As an offshoot of their sense of familial relationships, they often develop an interest in genealogy and history in general.

Cancerians are doers. They set out to accomplish things and, one way or another, they want to obtain their goals. In spite of their emotional sensitivity, they are strong-willed and have no trouble expressing what they want, then finding a way to get it. The Crab is their astrological symbol and there are certain crab-like gestures directly associated with the behavior of Cancerians. Just as the crab walks sideways rather than straight ahead, Cancerians use an indirect approach in accomplishing their goals. Rather than direct confrontation or request, they are more apt to resort to using emotional appeal. For example, they will get others to cooperate by making them feel like part of a family. At the slightest provocation or threat the crab quickly hides in the sand or retreats into a shell until safer times are at hand. Cancerians who feel threatened or suspect that their attempts may be unsuccessful, often hide their true ambitions until a more comfortable situation occurs.

Cancerians react emotionally to everything they experience in life. That is, before they take physical action, before they sort out the practicality of what they are doing, and before they reason things out intellectually, they must express their feelings. They wear their hearts on their sleeves. Many Cancerians succeed in life because their genuine concern for the welfare of others inspires loyalty as well as cooperation.
The Moon, celestial guardian of human emotions, rules Cancer. The biggest struggle for Cancerians is to avoid becoming prisoners of their own emotions. Though they can be outwardly gregarious, they are shy and secretive about their personal matters. However, once they feel comfortable in a situation or relationship, they relax and completely open up even to the point of dominating the situation. Not usually ones to suffer in silence, they have to make an effort not to inflict their moods and endless recitations of their feelings or emotional troubles on others. Once they learn to keep excess emotions in control, their intuition can be remarkably accurate. Their emotional insecurity makes them want to hang on to things. They hate to throw anything away, and many end up avid collectors, conservators, and savers of string. It is equally difficult for them to give up on failed relationships, and still harder for them to learn the difference between caring and possessiveness. When they receive criticism, even constructive criticism, they tend to take it as a personal indictment instead of using it to attain personal growth and maturity.

Participation in physical fitness or sports activities becomes an important, often vital way for Cancerians to work out their emotional stress. They are especially adaptable to team sports since they tend to view their team members as part of a family-like group. Favorite Cancerian sports are swimming, fishing, sailing and other water activities. They also enjoy skiing, ice skating, and mountain climbing. Cancerians are creative. Even those who may not have a particular talent can use some type of involvement with art, music, or writing as another method of emotional release, instead of indulging in eating binges or other destructive habits. Living or spending time near the water is a relaxing, as well as creatively stimulating environment for Cancerians.

Cancer colors are white, silver, and pale yellow. Vulnerable parts of the body are the breasts and stomach. Stomach aches, food allergies, and hysterics are the usual afflictions of Cancerians. Cancer rules silver, and the ruby as well as the pearl are considered Cancerian birthstones. The surroundings of a beautiful piece of silver are reflected in its shiny polished surface. Similarly, the emotionally sensitive nature of Cancerians tends to reflect the people and circumstances surrounding them. The ruby, a variety of corundum, is one of the hardest minerals known, while the pearl is soft and easily scratched. These gems uniquely illustrate the two contrasting sides of the Cancerian personality; hard and determined as well as soft and vulnerable. Cancerian flowers are the water lily (lotus), iris, poppy (white), carnation (white) and southern magnolia.
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worried about cat relocation

I am a little bit concerned about the relocation of my babies! The company that will assist us in South Africa is Animal Travel Services. We used them 3 years ago when we relocated to Spain.

Not only did they not arrange for customs clearance of the cats, but they did not arrange for feedings in Amsterdam (KLM flight) My one cat almost died of kidney failure and bladder infection.

It took more that 8 hours to clear my cats at Barcelona airport. At one stage they could not find my cats!!!! I really pray that my cats will have a safer and nicer trip this time.

At this stage the cats are already a little stressed. Here is a picture of Zibi in a Zara shopping bag.
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last sunday in Spain

Wine review:

Six months in oak barrel determine the character of this wine of ruby red colour. In the aroma appears notes of wild berries with light hints of vanilla. In the mouth it presents a soft entrance with light tannins.

Best served at a temperature of 16-18ºC.

60% Tempranillo
30% Garnacha
10% Monastrell

Ongelooflik! My laaste Sondag in Spanje. Drink tans 'n glas René Barbier, die "classic" Neem aan dit beteken dis Spanje se Tassenberg:) Smaak net soveel beter en ek like die prys....kan nie glo dis net net 2.60 euro.

Ek het nie besef rooiwyn in SA het so duur geraak nie. Miskien is Spanje se wyn net goedkoop...maar ek kom agter dat die R50+ nommertjies in SA soos Beyerskloof,Spier en Swartland beslis nie hul sous werd is as jy dit vergelyk met hul ewekniee in smaak in Spanje nie. Ek kan eerlik sê die Rene is lekkerder as die gemiddelde SA wyn wat dubbel die prys kos!!!! Ek sal beslis 'n paar botteltjies wyn moet inpak en bid dat dit nie in my tas breek nie. (Die handbagasie beperkings is erg lastig)

Ai, maar dis salig om nou net te sit voor die PC. Ek het die hele dag ingepak. Die hele flat is nou al oortrek met kartondose. Die katte besef duidelik hier is iets aan die gebeur. Etienne sit en speel op sy labtop. (laai foto's af van Mallorca en gister se uitstappie na die mark)

Ons het gister vir oulaas in Ramblas gedrentel. Ek het by Zara 'n nice baadjie gekoop asook 3 truie.Daarna het ek by die body shop 'n draai gemaak, toe 'n paar opskepbakkies en tapasbakkies gekoop en daarna van pub tot pub gehop tot so 20:00 toe...(het op 'n weird pub met 'n Captain Hook tema afgekom)

Daarna het ons gaan sushi by ons gunsteling eetplekkie. Was heerlik!!!! Gaan regtig die plekkie mis. Sal beslis so spoedig moontlik 'n nuwe sushi plekkie in die Kaap moet opspoor:) Maar wag, ek gaan nou eers die wyn behoorlik geniet en net ontspan! (En nie probeer dink aan alles wat nog nie gedoen is nie!)
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Your Seduction Style: Prized Object

The seduction game you play is tried, true, and still effective: hard to get.
You know that the best seducers turn the tables - and get their crush to seduce them.
The one running has the power, and you're a challenge that is worth the chase.

You are a master of enticing and pulling back. Giving a little and taking some away.
You are controlled enough to know rewards come after a long seduction dance.
Even though you want to call, email, or say "I love you" first - you don't!

You're style is the perfect mix of hot and cold - so much so that you have many suitors.
Think Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's ... or any of those creepy guys from the Bachelor.
You're skilled at inspiring a chase. The real test is picking the person to slow down for.
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Moes lekker lag vir hierdie strokiesprent. Ek dink dit is selfs snaakser omdat dit in Nederlands geskryf is!

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