A lot of this weekend was spent laboring over trip preparation and trying to finish up a number of tasks before I head out of town at the end of the month. I also had many tasty meals with friends, as well as finishing up the last of the growlers I imported from the Beer Trappe in Lexington.
Early Saturday morning, we went for a sail and enjoyed the last of the warm temps and pleasant breezes before the wind turned cold out of the north, signalling that Fall is not far off.
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Saturday, 3 September
Saturday night, the gang of six convened over barbecued lamb to discuss plans and preparations for our upcoming canal adventure. After a few days in Paris, we’ll train down to the south of France where we’ll pick up a boat and cruise for a week down the Canal du Midi. I still can’t quite believe I’ll be doing this, but as we get down to more of the nitty-gritty details, it’s getting real and I’m getting very excited indeed.
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Sunday, 4 September
As you can see, there’s been no progress on repairing the sliding glass door that spontaneously shattered last week. In fact, it’s worse. We covered it in duct tape to prevent shards of glass from falling all over and after last week’s heat wave, the window is now bowing out. I’ll treat it like a modern art installation until it’s replaced. Hopefully, I won’t still be looking at this when the snow begins to fall.
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Monday, 5 September
On an unseasonably cool Labor Day, we let Maisy out in the backyard to enjoy her personal patch of catmint.
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Thursday & Friday, 1/2 September
We bid goodbye to Bella this evening after fostering her here for the summer. We thought we’d have her around a lot longer than we did but her original owner’s situation radically changed in the past month and she was able to take her back. While we were very glad that they could be reunited, we were sorry to see Bella go. She was a sweet, easy going cat.
After this, I think it ‘s safe to say that this household could stand to have another (more lively) cat.
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Wednesday, 1 June
Bella has come to stay with us for an open-ended (possibly permanent, yet to-be-determined) stay. She's an eight-year-old calico tabby mix and from all indications, a very sweet cat.
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This winter, for the first time, Maisy has really shown an interest in the fire. She can't get enough of curling up by the warmth.
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India survived her brother by five months and was just three months shy of her twentieth birthday. We shared two decades together; a lifetime ago, in more ways than one. And to say she was a "difficult" cat, well, that would be an understatement. Rest in peace little chicken.
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Tuesday, 4 January
India's drinking a lot of water, not eating much, and sleeping most of the day in hidden, out-of-the-way places. A trip to the vet yesterday confirmed what we already knew. She's not long for this world.
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Jen and I stopped by the vet's to give her a special thank you. She performed above and beyond the call of duty for us this year and helped us through some particularly tough times. On a side note, it was a nice change to visit the office without having to write a big check on the way out the door.
Maisy assists me (as usual) as I work on one of my many year-end photo projects.
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Wednesday, 15 December
Another early evening as I try to shake off the world's slowest developing cold. Put up or shut up, cold virus! Maisy does her part, snoozing on the couch, keeping her nose warm.