Queen and Latifa


Valentine Kitty

Posted on February 12, 2010 at 11:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Has it really come to this?


There is a drought where my love life once was. There is literally noone that I want to send a Valentines card. Except possibly Little Miss Meow Meow.


I've walked past the cards in the shops, and cannot think of a man that I like enough to buy one for. I do, however, love my cat more than people that I have bought Valentines for in the past. Does this mean I should buy her a Valentines card? After all, I did buy her a Christmas present.




Am I really thinking about buying my cat a Valentines card? When did I become this much of a spinster?




Have fun,


M x

Anniversary Party

Posted on January 12, 2010 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Below is an event that I have recently organised for the 5th of February on Facebook:





'Tifa and Mark's 1 Year Anniversary Party


Latifa and her housekeeper cordially invite you to Chez Q&L to celebrate their 1 year anniversary together with drinks, snacks, and merriment. Fuss and cuddles and general awe must be lavished upon the diva kitty by all attendees.


Cat based outfits, whilst not compulsory, are heartily encouraged. This can be anything from a suitable T Shirt to a mask to a full outfit (go go Philip – you know you want to!).


This is essentially just a delightfully silly excuse to have a party for no reason and to drink far too much because we can. We will probably go out somewhere in town afterwards.


BYO booze; snacks and diva kitty provided.


Friends and partners are welcome; other cats that value their lives should probably stay away…





A couple of observations:


Yes, I am that sad to mark this occassion, but it is essentially a convenient opportunity to have a party.


The last year has flown by, and my diva kitty has bought me so much joy. I can't imagine my life without her, and I hope that some of my joy has been shared by readers of this blog who've enjoyed reading about our escapades together.


I will post some pics of this lovely event on the Q&L Facebook Fan page asap after the event.


Have fun,


M x

Secret Santa

Posted on December 19, 2009 at 3:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday was Secret Santa day at work. Look what I got:




The Diva Kitty ON A MUG!!!!




I love it! Love it! Love it! Love it!


Best... Secret... Santa... EVER!


Thanks 'Santa'! Yay!


M x


I Dared!

Posted on December 17, 2009 at 5:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember the festive collar from yesterday?




How DARE you?!




Look at how much 'Tifa loves her new collar! I don't think! I love her look of utter hatred with a smattering of shame and horror!


Despite her disdain, I think she looks fabulous! And festive. And ridiculous.


I'm such a meanie!


M x

Do I Dare?!

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 5:38 PM Comments comments (0)

I found this amusing item in a £ shop yesterday:





I love £ shops - the nutty stuff that one can get for a £ is just wonderful. I am currently wearing a pair of bright orange polka dot socks that I acquired (in a two pack with a pair of red polka dot ones) in a £ shop. They're fabulous. And by fabulous, I mean ridiculous and silly, obviously. Anyway, I digress...


So there it is, a ridiculously camp festive collar. The idea of dressing 'Tifa in said campery fills me with mirth, but I don't know if I've got the guts to attempt to put her in such a thing! I sincerely doubt that the diva kitty will appreciate being put is such a silly, jingley jangley thing, but it would be delightfully funny to see her in it! 


In all seriousness, if I do put 'Tifa in the silly festive collar, I won't let her out of my sight and I won't keep it on her for very long. I have never put her in a collar before because, as a house cat, she doesn't need one. You may have heard the horror stories of poor kitties whose ignorant owners put them in buckle collars and the poor cat ends up with hideous injuries or accidentally hanging themselves. These are very real occurances. Part of my work as an RSPCA Home Visitor is advising people on the hazards of buckle collars and educating them on the usage of quick release safety collars. For advice on collars, please go here.


Have fun,


M x

Another Whim

Posted on December 6, 2009 at 2:06 PM Comments comments (0)

I did it again...




After making the decision not to decorate my flat for Christmas this year (and causing something of a controversy on Facebook by letting people know this - I should have known better), I saw this. It's a Hello Kitty item involving chocolate: what's not to like?! A world without hypocrisy would be a boring place...


At this juncture, I'd like to point out that the only time I've ever actually decorated my flat was when I was badgered into it by an ex-boyfriend. Obviously, I don't have that particular pressure this December, so no decs in Chez Q&L this year. Except the advent calendar, obviously. Did I mention it has chocolate?


Now I have this advent calendar, I regularly find myself saying 'Hello Kitty' and pointing to the calendar followed by 'Hello Kitty' and waving at the cat. Quite deservedly, 'Tifa treats me with disdain when I do this...


Have fun,


M x

Q&L Seasonal Card

Posted on December 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM Comments comments (0)

Seasons’ Greetings to all my friends and blog readers!

As I established on my previous blog (remember, it isn’t family friendly like Q&L), I’m not sending out paper greeting cards for a couple of significant reasons (beyond the fact that I would find writing out cards phenomenally dull!). Without wishing to sound like too much of a save the planet recycling loon, it is clearly better for the environment to send an electronic card rather than chopping down trees to say what can be said on my blog. Beyond this, as always, the money I save by not paying for paper cards is given to a charity. This year, unsurprisingly, I have decided to give a donation to the RSPCA Manchester and Salford branch. So you may not have a paper card from me that you’ll throw away in January, but you did get goodwill vibes and the satisfaction that some money went to a good cause instead!

Another thing that using this medium allows me is the opportunity to do something silly and ‘internety’. Please do click play on the video below if you fancy a chuckle at silliness, courtesy of Q&L.

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So all that is left for me to say is that I hope that you have a relaxing and enjoyable seasonal break, and a prosperous and happy New Year.


Have fun,


Mark & ‘Tifa



A Particularly Whimsical Moment

Posted on November 26, 2009 at 11:34 PM Comments comments (0)

I am prone to whimsy, but this has to be considered one of my most impulsive moments ever...


I am yet to buy any of the presents I need to buy this year. I am aware of this, and the impending sense of dread for the horror of Christmas Eve shopping is an ever closer Sword of Damacles.


So, when I was in Sainsbury's the other day, what in the world possessed me to purchase this:




  1. I was there for a 'few essentials', not items of whimsy.
  2. Kitty doesn't know what Christmas is.
  3. Kitty gets treats every day anyway.
  4. Actual people should get priority of Christmas present purchase over kitty.
  5. It's November and despite my neuroticism over getting presents bought early, I shoudn't really be worried about buying presents yet.
  6. Buying two boxes of treats and a cat toy seperately from the pointless seasonal packaging would have been significantly cheaper.
  7. Kitty has many, many toys already, and I have months worth of treat supplies in stock.
  8. &c, &c, &c...


I don't even celebrate 'Christmas' in the traditional sense: my staunch faithlessness makes it uncomfortable for me to even call the period from  December to January 'Christmas'. I generally tend to call it 'Yuletide'/ 'Yule' or 'Festive Period'. It seems somewhat hypocritical to me that, as a somewhat passionate non-believer, that I should embrace a religious festival, however much it is ingrained into British culture. I take this period of time as an opportunity to enjoy friends' and family members' company as people (myself included) tend to make more effort around this period to see each other. I swap presents with family, which is lovely, but I certainly don't go wild and buy loads of presents for loads of people. I'm not a humbug by any stretch of the imaginiation, I just completely 'deChristianify' the whole period and minimise present purchase for something that I don't actually believe in. 


Yet, despite all this, I bought the kitty a Christmas present... in November.


I should be mocked.


Have fun,


M x

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