October 27th, 2015

City River at Night

Bridge of Lions?

Not a cat person, but I do like animals - so other people's cats are fine.

I used to have a little foam daisy aerial topper on my car. It's a modern car, so the aerial is a whippy thing that springs from the roof.

I started noticing little paw prints on my windscreen when I got into the car. Then one morning I came out to find the explanation for the feline footfalls - some of my neighbours cats sitting on the roof playing with the aerial daisy topper as if I'd put it up there just for them.

Sadly the topper came a cropper a couple of services ago. Now the cats just sit on the roof to sun themselves.

All of this is a roundabout about way of asking if anyone had seen this explanation for another feline foible?

My apologies for placing a personal post in The Canteen

...but I'm going to need all the emotional support I can get and my journal is friend-locked and I don't have that many friends.

I'm flying to Texas for the week of Thanksgiving to be with my sister in law, niece & her family.  This will be the first time I've been there since my brother died of sudden cardiac arrest 3 years ago.

Anne, my sister in law, and I talk weekly and this past Sunday, I did not like the expiratory wheezing I heard from her.  Granted she's asthmatic and Texas was in the middle of the remnants of Hurricane Andrew so it was damp...but I just did not like the sound of her breathing.  She's 73, and I just have an urgent feeling to get down there, my fear of the emotional hit of not having Sam there notwithstanding.

My life and my profession have taught me to go with my gut.  It's going to be hard, but it's almost been 8 years since Ron died and I've been able to get through events I never thought I could.  And, besides, that's why they serve alcohol on planes.  And in airports.

I promise I will NOT be whining about this for the next 4 weeks.   Throwing up in the privacy of Le Chateau, however, is a different story.....