Thank you V for the loan of you laptop.
I bought a Acer Inspire One netbook about a year ago or so. For some reason the thing decided to go ‘boink’ right around the time for a blog entry. My hostess and friend graciously loaned me her laptop. So far it’s a lazy Sunday in Lacombe. The cats keep a distance from the new paper shredder purchased just a few days ago. I rented a car to get around and had to strong-arm V to make of list of needed errands requiring a vehicle.
Yes, you read correctly…cats plural.
Two of the three felines belong to V. One is a lovely tortoise-shell kitty named Merry, named after one of the hobbits in Lord of the Rings. The cat is a little skittish and by that I mean girl will hiss if things feel threatening. She already gave me a scratch although I meant to keep another cat away from her cat treat. Merry does love her owner and seems to feel comfortable with my presence at this time. Gato number 2 goes by Ben. Ben is an orange cat with a thing for getting his ears scratched. This cat is a social butterfly with fur, but will get down and dirty with cat number 3.
Cat number 3 calls V’s place a temporary home while its owner tries to find a new place to live. His name is Nico and looks a little bit like Ben with a lighter orange coat. Cats get adopted, but I believe this cat adopted me. I don’t mind getting climbed over, and liberally scratch his belly. However, Nico doesn’t need to sleep. A number of times we had to stick the feline in its cat carrier. (Thank heavens the thing has a top door.) If we want a shower, or sleep, Nico has to stay put.
Tomorrow we travel to Jasper. I have a climb to finish on Whistler’s Mountain after we take the tram to a part of the peak with a restaurant plus a trial all the way up to the summit. It’s one kilometre up and one down. Last time a friend and I made it part way up before turning around.
I have thought about finishing the thing ever since.
It’s such a modest goal, but I remember turning round to look at the view. The view already looked spectacular and it provided a taste for what the top will look like after one kilometre. If a person wanted to hike all the way up, without the tram, it’s 7 k. The tram cuts an hour out of the trip and it will take nearly 6 to get to Jasper from Lacombe. This trek is a pilgrimage for me.
The lazy days continue with a need for more caffeine. Everything comes within walking distance of V’s place, including a Tim’s and another coffee shop. I can see why she loves it here. Lacombe not only provided a library job not available in a City like Winnipeg, it also provides a safe place after living in the West End for a number of years. (Think about it….an urban centre like Winnipeg can’t provide a full-time, regular position, but a Alberta town of about 12,000 can. )
I can go on and on about Manitoba shorting itself economically, but Ben has his motor running for another round of ear scratching.