, as always, thank you for your support. The vet that did the autopsy also told my husband that she had lost her own cat to FIP, catching it early and doing everything humanly and medically possible for 5 days. There is just no hope saving these cats.
, I had heard of FIP, but when my husband explained to me what had happened over the phone, my initial though was cardiomyopathy, which can affect larger cats. You are not a cat person, are you? I don't remember you mentioning a cat. I have only had three cats in my life: the first was a calico I got when I was 12 and lived 20 years until I was 32 & married with a toddler; the second was Luna, who I had for nearly 12 years; and now Kai. Since I work at home, they are either next to me, on my lap or between my legs on the footstool while I work, following me around wherever I go when I am cooking/doing housework (they even follow me into the bathroom!). So, yes, I really get attached.
I got a chuckle over those town names! In colonial New England, the colonists were not very inventive and re-used names from England. We have several Bostons, Worcesters, Plymouths, Portsmouths, Marlboroughs, etc. After the Revolution, new town names got less "English", so in Maine we have a summer cottage in Belgrade, which is surrounded by Rome, China, Sidney [sic
] and Vienna. The best names, though, are the original Abenaki and Penobscot names of most waterways and mountains, including: Piscataqua, Androscoggin, Messalonskee, Cobbosseecontee, Katahdin, Millinockit, etc. Maine_Directions.jpg
My 'travelling' is not too exciting. How many of you would spend your summer vacations at your parents' house? Or your PILs' house (the case of my husband)? Today, eldest son is at work (a cook at Chick Fil A, a fried chicken restaurant), youngest is spreading wood chips around the maple trees, and I am working (sort of). DH is arriving Aug 5th. Yesterday, I went clothes shopping with the youngest because he can barely squeeze into anything anymore, so my credit card is trembling.
Hope everyone is getting lots of riding in. I am taking a break 'til I get home at the end of August. I have been taking long walks, and this afternoon I am going to start working out with youngest. His coach has sent a summer workout program that includes weight lifting. Here, with no gym weights, we have had to modify it a bit, and my son has been lifting his 50-lb cousin!
Here's a pic of my boys and niece at the lake: IMG_20190701_182325.jpg