Saturday, October 30th

We didn’t sleep last night…..we took a series of short naps because Felix has decided that he needs to sleep in bed with us….probably for warmth since the downstairs bedroom is at least 10 degrees cooler than the upstairs living room (which never seems to get warmer than 74 degrees F).  

Felix started out at the foot of the bed…..no problem; we could rest easy with him warming our toes.  Then he crept up to sleep next to my side…..still no problem, Craig and I scooted over and snuggled up to make room for him.  When I rolled over to my other side, Felix moved down to the crook of my knee…..enveloped by my thigh and calf, he was nice and toasty.  But, as the night progressed, he started stretching further and further out until he was parallel with the footboard.  I was diagonal on the bed and Craig was hanging on for dear life lest he freeze without the benefit of any blankets. 

I would have tried to find a way to accommodate all of us, but Felix sensed that he had overstayed his welcome and moved to the living room.  

We woke to a beautiful blue sky…..no trace of the rain that was supposed to be headed our way…..so we decided to take a walk up the canal and over the bridge to Port La Robine, a private marina across the canal.  As I headed down to the bedroom to get my shoes, I asked Craig if we should put Felix’s leash on and take him with us.  When I returned, Felix was in the foyer pawing at his leash.  Craig said “No” and Felix grumpily returned to his cat tower in the living room. 

As I was putting my shoes on, Craig said, “Well, maybe we should let Felix out for a while.”  Upon hearing this, Felix jumped from his tower and headed to the door.  The cat is a genius.  We’ll have to start spelling things out.

We left the cottage together…..Felix headed for the back yard while Craig and I headed up the road for Port La Robine.  Although I needed some assistance with their rail-less stairs and some help over the chained paths, it felt good to be outdoors and walking again.  Craig is hopeful that our planned trip to Egypt will be do-able after all.

Felix returned when we called him and we all headed indoors for dinner.

Tonight’s dinner was simple…..brown rice, steamed cauliflower and pork chops braised in vermouth.  There was a little problem with the braising…..as soon as Craig added the vermouth to the hot pan, it caught fire and lit up the kitchen.  The fire burned out quickly, leaving a roomful of smoke in its wake.  Craig opened the kitchen window while I fanned the smoke out.  Craig carried dinner out to the living room and returned to the kitchen to close the window. 

After dinner, we called Felix…..no response.  We looked throughout the house and checked all of his hiding places.  No Felix.  OK…..not only is this cat a genius, he’s also a magician.  He somehow sneaked by both of us and made his escape through the barely open kitchen window. 

Craig found him hiding in the backyard and brought him in…..whereupon Felix immediately demanded Greenies…..his treat for being “good”.  Although we’re not so sure he deserved a treat, it’s hard to say no to those big soulful eyes.

A little telly and off to bed.

Bonne nuit…..good night.

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About Languedoc Lady

I'm a newly retired woman from California getting ready to spend a year (or more) with my husband living the good life in Languedoc in the southwest of France.
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