We got back on a Wednesday and then no sooner than the following Monday we had to jet off again. Barely recovered from our jet lag, we braved yet another plane trip. But this time it was to re-unite with our cat, Guinness, and to visit with Tom's parents, the Witmers, who were gracious enough to cat-sit for nearly a year.
To me, it felt like it was just yesterday when I said goodbye to Guinness the cat but in fact it was Thanksgiving 2009. I was wondering if he would even remember me - who knows what a cat's memory is like? But as soon as I saw him he let me pick him up and he tolerated it for all of 5 seconds - which is totally normal. I think he remembered me! Or at least I chose to believe he does. And after what I am sure was a terrifying plane ride home, he didn't miss a beat and stepped out of his cat carrier like he owned the place (which in a way, he does). Very different from his reaction when we took him to the Witmers where he cowered under the bathroom sink for hours.
Here's Guinness in his favorite spot at the Witmers (artwork is John's - he's very talented!). This place next to the windows allowed Guinness to engage in his favorite hobby, bird-watching:
Oh, and yes, we did visit with Tom's parents while we were in SLC and had a great time. We went for a quick hike and got to enjoy the fall colors that were already showing up in the mountains of Utah:
This is how high the snow gets up here in the winter - the sign is tall so it will show in the snow:
We also checked out the bird aviary while Tom's parents had an appointment. I can't say that I enjoy bird-watching as much as Guinness does but some of the birds were interesting:
It was a short visit but it was great to catch up with Tom's parents and being reunited with our cat. And knowing that we were going to see his family on Thanksgiving made saying goodbye again a bit easier. Now it was time to truly get settled back at home - or was it?