I don’t think I’ve ever forgotten to blog before. I imagine it has to do with jet lag, a long standing appointment on the day after I returned and my cat. The appointment was a behind the scenes tour of Roland Garros, the home of the French Tennis Open. I’ll be writing about it before long. The biggest factor in my forgetfulness was my cat Elliot. He has been having kidney problems for at least a year but was still eating and seemed in good health and spirits but while I was visiting my Mother Maurice said he didn’t seem himself-that he wasn’t eating much or using the litter box as usual, and spending a lot of time on the couch sleeping. I was shocked when I got home at how weak he was and at his weight loss. The only time the vet could see him was in the middle of my appointment which I didn’t feel I could cancel. I found out that there is a business which will send out a vet to your home. It actually costs more than the SOS doctor got when he came to see Maurice with his vertigo. Anyway, Maurice took Elliot to the Vet who found a big tumor in Elliot’s abdomen and said death was imminent and that it was time to end his suffering. I don’t know if Elliot was in pain. I don’t think so. So, with heavy hearts, we let Elliot go. He has been with me for 17 years, a sweet and dependable companion in Texas and then France. The apartment seems so empty and strange without him here. I keep expecting him to come in and jump on my lap while I’m at the computer. I realized last night that it was Friday and that I hadn’t done my blog so here it is a day late. I’ll return to my regular schedule next week. We have some exciting travel coming up in the next couple of months so there will be lots to share.

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Elliot, asleep in the sun.