Well, hello! It’s been a little while, I know. My apologies for that but, amongst other things, my little Pixiecat has been taking up a lot of my time as I enjoy every minute I can with her. In case you’re new to my blog or missed my recent updates, Pixie is onto her 9th life, sadly. She’s doing really well, and I don’t think you’d ever know if I hadn’t told you she was ill because she’s just so laidback and nothing seems to phase her.
The only tell-tale sign anything is wrong is her slightly weepy left eye for which I must give her drops every day. She’s not a fan of that but soon forgets once I call ‘fooooooodies’, bless her dear heart. It has to be done though.
In my last blog I mentioned how I asked my vet to refer Pixie to an oncologist. Well, we met an absolutely wonderful and clearly very dedicated specialist called Francesca who, prior to a thorough examination, was optimistic about options for Pixie. I said I had prepared myself for the worst and she reassured me saying that it may be possible to remove the affected bone but it would also mean losing Pixie’s left eye but she would know more once she examined her.
It probably wasn’t all that long, but it felt like a lifetime as I waited outside in the car park on a beautifully sunny day watching pets and vets come and go and feeling bad for not being with Pixie for her examination. Finally, Francesca re-emerged with my darling Pix.
She commented on what a sweet little cat she is and said she seems far younger than her years. Then came the news I really didn’t want to hear. The cancer had progressed further than she had been prepared for. Nothing else could be done except to ensure she is comfortable and enjoys the rest of her little life.
So many people on social media have made suggestions and shared lots of interesting information with me. After researching into processed pet food, I have decided to only let the girls have some as an occasional treat and they are now getting fresh fish and tinned sardines as I’m certain they’re much healthier options for them. Also, after checking with the oncologist, I’m adding a small amount of turmeric and CBD oil to their food after reading about the alleged therapeutic benefits. Francesca said that although there’s no conclusive evidence she felt there was no harm in doing so.
Please don’t take my word for that regarding your pets, though. If you are considering alternative therapies, please consult your vet as more harm than good could be caused without the correct advice. I certainly wouldn’t sleep well at night if I didn’t make that clear.
As Pixie appeared to be a little uncomfortable on one of the super-hot nights we had recently, so much so that she was panting, I called the vets and got her checked out. They suspected it was just the heat and that she didn’t appear to be in any discomfort but just to be sure she isn’t suffering I asked if it might be good to have some painkillers on hand in case. They gave her a dose of painkillers and sent us home with some to take every day. One is a liquid which goes in with her food. No problem. The other, however, is a tablet. Luckily, it’s only once a day as it’s no fun for either of us. Have you ever tried giving a cat a tablet? Even with her being so placid it’s a little tricky sometimes but, like the eye drops, it’s an inconvenience soon forgotten and rewarded with a treat.
Pixiecat and Popsiecat are such joyous little characters. I’ve been taking about a million and one photos of them daily, so I thought I’d share a few. Thank you, once again, for all your kind words and support. I do read all of them and my heart goes out to those of you who know firsthand, what we are going through. Despite the fact she may not have long left with us, Pixie is certainly loving her little life. She still plays, eats like a greedy horse, grooms herself regularly and sleeps peacefully. That’s exactly what she’s doing as I type this. Curled up next to me, looking like the sweetest little angel ever. My heart is so full of love for her and I’ve a big smile on my face for the fact that I’m so blessed that she enriches my life so much just by being there. Ok, Pixiecat, not every blog can be all about you… well, then again. Can’t it? No. No, Catherine, it can’t.
Time to talk fashion… Now, I don’t claim to be the most stylish presenter on the block, but I am a huge fan of QVC’s fashion ranges. I have a wardrobe full of Onjenu dresses and jumpsuits, loads of Kim & Co, pairs and pairs of Skechers trainers, boots, sandals and shoes, and that’s just for starters!
On Friday we are celebrating QVC style with a whole day dedicated to fashion including accessories. I’ll be kicking off the day at 9am and 10am but you can get a head start with your shopping at 9pm on Thursday when we launch the Today’s Special Value from Nina Leonard.
I don’t know if you’ve already read about QVC’s new Presenter Stylist, Stine Wintlev, but she is simply wonderful and has a superb eye for fashion. Stine has been working behind the scenes at QVC for a number of years and I’d often call on her for advice on styling ahead of my shows. I was so thrilled when her new position was announced! I’m good at choosing a dress or a jumpsuit but separates often pose a real quandary for me. I also feel I’ve got to that age where I’m not quite sure what’s fashionable anymore and how to work the trends into my own style.
Enter Stine! Several weeks back Stine and I had a video consultation about my style. She then produced a style file on me which I fell in love with. I explained how I am confident with getting dressed up for glamorous events, such as the QVC staff Christmas party (ooh, I have a story about Stine and a Christmas do but that’s for later), but when it comes to everyday chic I fail miserably and often just rely on my Diane Gilman skinny jeans and my son’s hand me down sweatshirts. Stine has been a miracle worker.
I’ll quickly tell you about the little Christmas do story before continuing. A few years back Stine and I were leaving one of QVC’s festive parties at the same time. My feet were killing me, so I took off my shoes and Stine patiently walked slowly as I hobbled along the cobbles to the tube station with her. Me apologising with every slightly tipsy step and her kindly saying it was no problem. What a sweetheart. My kinda gal. Tangent over, back to the subject in hand.
She knows I love a vintage look, think ‘Mad Men’, so came up with this fabulous combo finished off with luscious Lulu (Guinness) lips. The other looks I would never have thought of, but I fell in love with them! I was particularly excited by the Rino & Pelle blazer and the Skechers shoes.
Stine even took into account the fact that I’m a vegan and don’t buy leather, fur or wool and she found some great vegan-friendly options for me. I even questioned the Marc Fisher slingbacks as they seemed far too leather-like to be faux. The lining looked like it was genuine, top quality leather. Stine smiled and showed me the labels and it turns out they’re perfect for me in every way, so I now have a pair in red and a pair in black! Rude not to, surely?!
Well, I’d best leave it there for this week as Pixiecat is wanting a little tummy rub. Who am I to deny her (and myself) that simple pleasure?
Thanks for stopping by and having a read.
Love, Catherine xx