Chocolat isn’t talking to me, ever since I wheeled my big green suitcase through from the garage. She watched me balefully while I packed books, clothes, shoes, toiletries, gifts. Halfway through the process she stalked away, angrily swishing her tail. She knows from bitter past experience that Suitcase = Cattery.
I’ve tried to ease the pain by offering her something light-hearted to read in my absence, like P G Wodehouse’s Jeeves novels – I always find Bertie Wooster very entertaining, and comfort myself that I don’t have fearsome Aunts to contend with.
Since that suggestion sank like a lead balloon, I tried again: what about Terry Pratchett and his wonderful Discworld novels I said? Chocolat glared at me, swiped at my ankles with an angry claw and buzzed off for the rest of the day. Clearly nothing will suit Madam in her current bad mood, so she’ll just have to endure the durance vile, and for entertainment she can shout loud abuse at the resident Staffies as they race around the lawn in front of the cattery runs.
So, dear readers, I shall be AFK as my friend Dr Sheldon Cooper would say – you don’t know Dr Cooper? The insanely picky genius scientist from TV’s Big Bang Theory? Ag shame, as we say in South Africa. AFK = Absent From Keyboard. I’ll be back – meanwhile: stay safe, stay happy and keep on reading!