It seems like a lifetime since my last post. We bid on, and lost, a couple of houses - and one came back. We now have a signed purchase & sale on 14 Dartmouth in Somerville. It's a single family Victorian in need of TLC, but with some nice detail and a lot of potential.
Two of our cats (Bird and Cow, 17 and 16 respectively) have hyperthyroidism. We are giving them anti-thyroid pills twice a day, and feeding them seemingly non-stop (we call Cow our cat of perpetual hunger.)
Our beloved Bonnie is suffering with a spinal cord tumor. After enduring terrible pain, she had surgery to partially remove the tumor and alleviate the pain. Essentially it is buying her a little more time so that she can live out her full life span... If it will help her without adding to her pain, we'll do radiation therapy and/or chemo - at 9, she is already at the low end of the life expectancy range for AmStaffs but we weren't quite ready, and didn't want her to leave life in excruciating agony. The access to care was an awful problem. Still not ready to talk about that....
And in May, we went to France to join my Dad and Barbara, Alex & Michael, and other friends. We stayed in the Languedoc region, southwest of Nimes. It was a great jumping off point for a number of adventures which I'll slowly document. Sadly, it was a little stressful with Dad's ill health, and following the trip, the diagnosis of a travelling companion with stage 4 renal cancer.
About now I feel that I should call this the MISadventures of gPops and gMoms. We're both reeling - so many stressful events this year. At least we have each other, and for a while longer, Bonnie.