Dropping By to Say Hullo

Smooch the Cat
By Val
@valmnz (12759)
New Zealand
April 26, 2016 5:15pm CST
It's a brilliant autumn day here in New Zealand. The sun is shining and the temperatures are still warm enough to be out and about, enjoying life. It seems such a long time since I was here, but I do often think of those I was once in contact with regularly. Life has been full here - a little teaching, lots of researching and writing and a host of much more fun activities to keep me busy. My husband and I are off on a short holiday next week, to a small beach up on the Pacific Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. There's not a lot to do there, but walk, read, eat, sleep and generally just relax and let the days slip by. I'm rather looking forward to it. I won't care if it rains or the sun shines, it will be an enjoyable time away. Smooch the Cat won't be too pleased. He has a lovely lady coming to visit and feed him every day, but he usually hides from her. I'm sure he'll be able to cope for a week! I'll try and visit here a little before we go, but can't make any promises that this will become regular again. Meanwhile, I hope you are all well and keeping busy.
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@amadeo (65626)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Val so good to see you.Wonder where you have been.Enjoy your short holiday weekend there.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
26 Apr 16
Thanks. I don't get here as often as i used to, but I do still come by when I can.
@amadeo (65626)
• United States
26 Apr 16
@valmnz Good girl.Have fun on your trip there.You must tell us more on this.
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Apr 16
Been wondering how things were with you. I haven't seen you in a while. I hope your vacation is a good relaxing one like you're planning.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Even if it rains it will be wonderful I'm past having an action filled holiday
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@just4him (116780)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
27 Apr 16
@valmnz It sounds like you've been very active since you were here last, so down time is always a good thing.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
@just4him I'm actually good t knowing when I need down time - it keeps me sane!
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@jaboUK (53919)
• United Kingdom
27 Apr 16
It's good to see you again Val, and I'm glad that life is treating you well. Enjoy your holiday.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Thanks Janet, I'm hoping to be here for a few days before we actually go.
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@BelleStarr (38216)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Well I hope at least we will hear about your travels, I do enjoy when you are on the go.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
There's no internet once we arrive at the beach, but I'll possibly manage a few updates along the way.
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@Platespinner (16492)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
26 Apr 16
Thanks for stopping by. I was wondering how you were doing. Enjoy your holiday, it sounds like a lovely chance to relax!
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
26 Apr 16
Thanks Joanne, nice to see you. Life is pretty good here at the moment.
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@Corbin5 (105931)
• United States
26 Apr 16
Glad you had some time to stop by! Smooch is beautiful and I am sure he will miss his pet parents, but so glad his care while you are gone is all set.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
26 Apr 16
Smooch will miss his constant attention, but he'll survive :-)
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@cindiowens (3841)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
26 Apr 16
I hope you enjoy your holiday, and I hope to hear from you again soon.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
26 Apr 16
I do try and keep in touch, but life passes by pretty quickly these days.
@Dishari (700)
27 Apr 16
Your cat is so beautiful! How old is she/he?
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
We think he's beautiful he's about 14 we think.
@Dishari (700)
28 Apr 16
@valmnz wow! :) I am looking forward to see more pictures of your cat!
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
@Dishari he makes appearances here from time to time
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
28 Apr 16
Nice picture. Yes, there are always lots of things to keep us busy, and so I don't get on here too many times a day. Hope you enjoy your holiday
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
28 Apr 16
Thank you. It will be a novelty to have no internet, and so truly a chance to relax
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
29 Apr 16
@valmnz We all need some time like that, away from the internet.
@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
27 Apr 16
Hello Val, I am so happy to hear from you and to see a photo of my friend Smooch. Enjoy your vacation.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Hi Anna, I thought you might like his latest one of Smooch.
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@LadyDuck (156900)
• Switzerland
28 Apr 16
@valmnz Yes, I did Val, you know that I miss Smooch when he is not around too long.
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
27 Apr 16
@valmnz So,you are going for a week of relaxation.Good.Is tasting some seafood included in the program? Enjoy your time on the pacific coast.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
It certainly is. We're celebrating our wedding anniversary while away and have found a restaurant with great seafood about 20 minutes away
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@silvermist (20100)
• India
27 Apr 16
@valmnz That is good to hear.I wish you a happy anniversary in advance.
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@DianneN (77844)
• United States
27 Apr 16
It was great hearing from you, Val. I'm so happy all is well. Enjoy your vacation Nd try to drop by more often to keep us informed!
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
I seem to take this place in stages, a bit of a feast or a famine!
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@DianneN (77844)
• United States
27 Apr 16
@valmnz No kidding! Lol!
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• United States
27 Apr 16
Very pretty cat - have a fun time on your trip.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Thanks, I love even the shortest and quietest of holidays
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@sishy7 (27647)
• Australia
27 Apr 16
hello! I haven't been around as much as I used to this month. good to see you!
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
No, I've been otherwise occupied.
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@GardenGerty (99159)
• United States
27 Apr 16
That sounds lovely and relaxing. Have fun . I am fairly certain we will be here when you return. Your kitty looks so cozy.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
At his age, he likes a good cuddle on someone's lap!
@dodo19 (32868)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
27 Apr 16
I'm glad that you popped by. I'm glad to see you here once again. I hope you and your husband enjoy your trip, and I hope to see you here again soon.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
I'll continue to be here on and off - thanks for dropping by.
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@SWAP0768 (88)
• Lucknow, India
27 Apr 16
i always wanted to visit your beautiful country. might be someday my wish will come true. in India april is hot, have no idea how we are going to survive may and june. hope to hear about travel
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
I don't like hot weather, which is why we holiday now that it's a little cooler.
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• China
27 Apr 16
Nice to read your post again !Hope you will have a great time and it will rejuvenate you .
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
Thank you for dropping by.
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@xFiacre (4412)
• Ireland
27 Apr 16
@valmnz It sounds like you need a bit of a rest Val with all your activity, especially thre teaching. Do enjoy it.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
No internet for miles, I certainly will
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@Shavkat (62351)
• Philippines
27 Apr 16
It is nice to meet you. I guess you were so busy lately. I didn't see you around.
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@valmnz (12759)
• New Zealand
27 Apr 16
I haven't been here during the last month, but used to be quite active here
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