I did a quick trip to Ohio this past weekend. It was very good. I really enjoyed the drive back as I had great company in the car with me. Ken had just finished his workshop at Trinity University, so I picked him up and we headed west. The first two hours were filled with great conversation. Our nephew is quite the thinker. I don’t agree with his positions on everything, but you can follow his logic and our core principles seem to be pretty darned close. We get into differences when we work on the execution of those principles. I think I’m a bit more bounded by the experience that comes with, well, experience, so I’m a good bit more pragmatic in my final views on various policies and actions. We did have to break off the talk so he could do some homework. He drove the last couple hours which gave me a chance to make some progress on sock number two of Tropical Gorillas. I’m about halfway down the cuff now.
Once in Ohio I had a great steak dinner with Tim and Patty (and Ken!). Ken had to leave after dinner, but then the three of us stayed out on their porch for a while. I love that swing. Tim and I fed the chickens some table scraps and obligatory photos were taken. In the morning I headed south so I could meet Terry for late breakfast. We had a short visit, it was good to see him, but the conversation wasn’t as easy as with Ken. Not awkward…but not bubbling along. We were both fine with that. We looked around for Radio Shacks after eating. I had forgotten my phone charger and my phone was stone cold dead, a condition which leaves me feeling very uneasy. We drove around to several locations, only to find they had closed. In fact, many of the places around there were closed — and it’s not too far from where you lived in Hilliard. After I dropped him off I did find one and it was right next to a PetSmart. That gave me an inspired idea for the next phase of the trip — a cat for Mom! How better to take the attention off of you than by injecting a new pet into the equation? No, I didn’t get it right there, I just decided that as soon as I got to Marietta I would drag Mom out to get one.
And so I did…I tried to talk her into pedicures first, having wanted to maximize the time we had just the two of us, but that was a no go. She was quite eager about the cat though. We went to “We Luv Pets” the Marietta
knock-off version of PetSmart and bought all the gear and stuff and then picked out a kitty. Rather, she met the one cat that they had remaining in the adoption center and decided she was the one. She was hiding in her litter box at the store. (The cat, not Mom.) And it bothered me a bit that she might be making a mistake since the cat was so shy and I was concerned about it warming up to her, but the girls working there said she was really very loving, but seemed to hide whenever more than a few people were around. That made me feel better and I have to say, I think she’ll work out quite well. When we got back to the apartment she immediately hid behind the couch. After letting her be for about a half hour, I got her out so Mom would stop fretting and put her in Mom’s lap. She settled right in and hid back under Mom’s arm. Then she gradually opened up to the goings on in the room. When John came in she went right back behind the couch. Smart cat. In the evening when he left, she came out again and ended up sleeping right next to Mom. She stayed out the next morning too…and proved she knew where her litter box was and was very dainty in using it properly. And she really was very loving and very insistent on Mom petting her. When John came in after breakfast, she hid again, but then came out and settled down with him around too. Evidently she likes being the center of attention. This last shot was not cropped at all…it is the result of her wanting her “close up!”
At first Mom wanted to immediately name her “Tessie II”, but now she’s going to wait to see her personality fully emerge and will probably name her something else. I personally like “Jinx” or maybe “Felix” even though she is a female. She’s very slinky, has an incredibly long neck and very triangular face for an American Shorthair, so I suspect she’s got something else in her genes. On the second day she was earnestly into grooming and stretching and just luxuriating in surrounds that didn’t include barking dogs, ferrets and little kids poking fingers at her.
I left around 2:00 PM, got home around 8:00 PM, did a bit of knitting on TGIF and we turned in. Yesterday we ran up to Pennsylvania to meet with the architects. Left with a tad bit of sticker shock, but not too much. The fact that the current quote includes the wells, the geothermal, the 1,000 ft. driveway, the septic field and other stuff that’s not technically the house made it better. We do need to get the Vienna townhouse sold if we want to comfortably break ground this fall though. We picked up a fabulous birthday cake from Musser’s grocery and headed back to DC where I got birthday wishes and a dress form from Dale. I also enjoyed opening my box from you via Nana Rose. LOVE the little pouch out of the skull and cross bones fabric and even more that you remembered me saying how much I liked that fabric. The larger bag has some really finely crafted construction — she’s quite talented. Thanks for remembering! (I’m counting this as my thank you note!)
Enough for now! Love, Jan, your older, but younger at heart, sister.