Lions And Pussy Cats

The longer it’s been since I wrote on here, the more it feels like I have to. And the more I feel like not doing exactly that. But, the longer I wait, the more stuff I’ll have to catch up on. And with a long-awaited trip back to Europe fast approaching, I’d better get you up to speed now, and clear the way for airline travel-related posts. Where to start though, the new cats, or my new lion?

“Still sorry about that one Mum!”

Obviously, it’s not an actual lion. But it is the latest in the string of Peugeots I have had the joy of calling my own. The exception being the very first one I drove, which was technically still in my mother’s name, when I crashed it a year after getting my licence. Still sorry about that one Mum! Since that unfortunate night though, I have never strayed from the brand.

For those curious; the crashed 205 Generation was followed up with a 106 Accent Phase II (which survived a crash the year after that) but ultimately got replaced with a 307 Griffin. Then came a brand spanking new 208 3D Envy, followed by a smaller 108 Active after that. Or maybe that one was an Allure, I’m not entirely sure anymore.

Regardless, it was always the second choice to buying the ultimate Peugeot in my eyes, an RCZ. Always out of reach for my meagre Dutch salary, but not my mind. So when Emma got an inheritance and told me I could pick any car I wanted within an established budget, I knew exactly which dealership had an RCZ on offer. Now I should be honest and say I’m not a big fan of buying second-hand cars. You never know where they’ve been and how they’ve been driven. But Peugeot no longer builds RCZs, and even if they did, they would still be out of our budget I’m sure.

“Thank the government for statutory warranty!”

The potential problems one can experience with a second-hand car soon became apparent when we entered the freeway two months later, and a connection rod decided to make an escape attempt through both sides of the engine block. Thank the government for statutory warranty! My busted up 70,000km old engine got replaced with a 26,000km young model, (grumbling) courtesy of the dealership I bought the car from. And besides the engine running a bit cooler than I’d like, and an unsettling noise from the clutch on the rare cold morning, the car is in as good a state as I could wish for.

Now on to the other feline news. Well, perhaps “news” is a bit rich for something that happened a year ago. After Zoey passed away, I didn’t want to get a new cat right away. But of course Emma wanted to bring blankets to the Cat Haven again, and of course, this resulted in us having a quick peek inside the shelter. There was only one white cat left, which was a bonded pair with one of her kittens. Allegedly because they were so attached, and this might well be true, but I think it was a ploy from the shelter to make sure she wouldn’t get stuck there. Almost everybody adopts kittens over 4-year-old cats.

“almost a perfect fit”

I saw adopting the kitten as a condition of adopting the Mum, but halfway through the paperwork, it became clear that the girl at the shelter saw things the other way around. I decided not to be anal about it, and we simply adopted them both. Mother Jessie and kitten Eddie have since made our house their home, and I am amazed at how well all five cats get along with each other. Her character reminds me of Zoey often, albeit less mischievous. I still miss Zoey now and then, and I don’t expect to ever really have my peace with her untimely death, but I would say Jessie and Eddie are like a round peg filling a square hole. Almost a perfect fit.

3 Comments

      1. It’s quite warm…
        Oh, I am so sorry to start like this…๐Ÿ˜…
        Nice to meet you, I am Dragon Warrior, a person living in a magical world called Cygnet. I love exploring the Earth and it’s cultures… ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
        Your blog is really good, and I hope to hear more from you ๐Ÿ’ž

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