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Everyone still here?

Sorry that I haven't been around to post or comment the last few days.  jenni_snake is here visiting, and we've been doing a lot of sightseeing.  (Jem, I know you'll relate to this, lol).  We've been looking at art and gardens (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Huntington Library and Gardens, J. Paul Getty Museum (Brentwood), and the Getty Villa in Malibu).  Then there were days at the Aquarium of the Pacific, downtown L.A. (Chinatown and the Central Library), and the Westside (UCLA and Santa Monica (beach and shopping)).  And there's been the World Cup, and cooking, and swimming in the pool (well, Jenni swims and I sit at a table and go online) and chatting on MSN, and learning about some of the bells and whistles of my laptop, and a bit of writing here and there as well.  I know I missed a birthday (sorry, catheights), and Aline, I just saw your Corsica photos today, but I'm gradually catching up with everyone's news.

A bit of sad news of my own.  Chloe (my nineteen-year-old cat) had to be put to sleep this morning.  She'd been failing since Thursday (not eating and only driking a little water, not talking or purring, loss of motor coordination).  It was time to say goodbye, and she went very quietly in my arms at the vet's,  It's very good having company and not having to come home to an empty house until Wednesday.  This is the first time in 33 years that there's been no cat at all in the house.  It's a strange feeling.

All right, I'm beginning to nod off here, so I think I'll say à demain to you all.  And for those of you who have MSN and would like to chat sometime, I'm aswanargent@gmail.com


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Jun. 20th, 2006 11:44 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry to hear about your cat, it's awful losing pets. I'm glad she went peacefully though. I remember how long it took me to get used to not having cats around after our last one died of old age. They can be such good companions, and it's weird not having them around.
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Erin. Cats seem to have a way of turning up when I need them (a neighbour found six-week-old Chloe wandering in the parking area at my condo complex just a couple of hours after I'd gotten back home from the vet's where my cat Molly had just died. So I expect my catless state is only temporary.
Jun. 20th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, baby, I'm so sorry abour Chloe. I know how much that hurts.

*big hugs*
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, Maddie, thank you. I just caught up with about five days of LJ posts, so only read last night about what's been going on with your mother. You're in my thoughts.
Jun. 21st, 2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Thanks. In know *all* about being behind!
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry about Chloe, there are just no words to comfort you after that kind of loss, are there? But you did have 19 wonderful years together, and that's just amazing. Marriages don't last nearly that long nowadays.
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Andi. She was a delight to live with, and I know how lucky I was to have her with me for such a long time. The relationship did indeed outlast many marriages. Btw, I've just caught up on about five days of LJ posts, so finally saw the news about your mother. At least she's taken a first step by setting a tentative date for a doctor visit. Good luck, and make sure you and your dad hold her to it.
Jun. 20th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
We had a long talk with her, me and my father and sister, and she does seem willing to go. We'll have to wait and see, of course, but I'm feeling hopeful. My father is going to stop by the doctor's office tomorrow, to make an appointment for her, and to talk to him about what's been going on. My dad saw his own doctor today (he has arthritis), and the doctor said definitely take her to the doctor, she must go. So, school ends June 28, hopefully we'll get her in there on the 29th.
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Jun. 21st, 2006 01:58 am (UTC)
Thank you. Give Caddy an extra kiss on top of his head tonight for me, okay?
Jun. 20th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear about Chloe. It's little comfort, but at least nineteen years is a very long, rich life for a cat.
Jun. 21st, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Thanks, Laura. I had her since she was six weeks old, so it's going to be a while before I stop expecting to see her following me around and leading the way into the bedroom when she's decided it's time for both of us to go to sleep.
Jun. 21st, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
{{hugs}} I'm sorry to hear about Chloe. Maddening as they can be, they are still precious, furry little souls.
Jun. 21st, 2006 02:05 am (UTC)
Thanks, Rebecca. My friend and neighbour Sarah has invited me to stop by her place and visit Harley (the cat in the "Happy Birthday, damnit" icon anytime I need a cat fix. I'm sure I'll be taking her up on it.
Jul. 6th, 2006 10:27 am (UTC)
So sorry to read about Chloe, Karen. I've only just looked at LJ now. How are you doing? {{{hugs}}}
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