|Mom's cat - Tippy|
Instead of blogging about our company having too much business and being overworked (think 30 days in a row with only one day off) I am thankful today to put one gigantic project to bed. Life is good other than that. I am looking forward this evening to spending some time with a friend who I haven't seen in a couple of months and is starting her own business. My days are spent working and then popping over to Mom's house to help her give her cat a pill a day that is required right now as the vet tries to figure out what her rescue kitty is allergic too. Mom finds it difficult to give the pill to her alone without getting scratched so I go over, nice to be within 5 minutes of her house. Only a few more days of that and the vet will get the allergy results back. The cat scratches and has lost a lot of hair because of it. Other than that she has turned out to be a great cat - finally settled down after two weeks of living behind the washing machine. She came out, now enjoys being petted and even sits in Mom's lap when she is watching TV.
Tippy(temporary name that might stick) was found several months ago at a Langley animal hoarder's house. She was emaciated and tick and flea-ridden. Now she is about 3 - 4 pounds overweight and on a diet to lose a couple of pounds as when she had open access to food overate for the first two months. She has loads of love and toys and is much more relaxed. In the effort to figure out the allergy Mom is now using wood stove pellets as cat litter as recommended by the local SPCA. Apparently a lot of cats are allergic to cat litter. A 40 lb bag costs $8 which is considerably cheaper than regular cat litter which was a side bonus from all of this. Mom can't carry those so I went and got a couple of bags this week for her which should last her a couple of months. The cat is still scratching so the allergy is probably not the litter but Mom will continue to use it as there is way less dust and it costs half as much.
Our kitchen floor finally got fixed on Monday and the dishwasher reinstalled on Tuesday, bills paid on Wednesday - so all damage from our January roof leak is completely fixed and I hope not to see any more contractors in our house for a REALLY long time. My house looks clean but is tidy not clean as I need to do a deep clean after all this but don't have the time. Oh well, we can live with our own dirt for now and I shall just try and keep the dust bunnies corralled so Buddy doesn't eat them (seriously).
After rechecking reviews for all the hotels we have booked in Greece in June I found out that the highly rated hotel we had booked in Athens has had a bed bug issue the last couple of months. Bed bugs are a difficult thing for a hotel to fight and I would have considered staying there if the incident had been isolated but due to more recent incidents I cancelled that hotel and booked another one - a solid 3 star that is family-owned and centrally located. It includes breakfast and free tickets to the New Acropolis Museum which was high on our list of sites to see and normally costs 5 Euro each. It was a little more than the other hotel as I am booking it later (rates were cheaper 5 months ago when I originally booked hotels) but is still a reasonably good deal for Athens. I could have gotten a cheaper hotel in a worse part of the city but feel it is worth paying more to be in a better location. Air BNB is not any cheaper than hotels in Athens unless you booked a room versus whole apartment and hubby and I are definitely hotel people so feel this is the right choice.
My passport has arrived so other than uploading our security/passport information into British Airways system and packing we are all ready for our trip. Today was payday so the last amount to fund our trip has been put into the travel account ready to pay for our hotels on our return. We will charge them to our credit card for points and pay it off in full when we get home. Only 2 and a half months to go - woohoo! I need these travel adventures too look forward to when we work so hard every day.
Weather here is still unseasonably cold, the flowers are not blooming like they usually are but Spring is still on it's way and we have had a little bit of sunshine so I will take that. For anyone who is experiencing the terrible storms back East in the USA and Canada stay warm, all the snow will melt soon! As soon as it warms up here I also see kayaking back in our agenda but the water is too cold now for it.