I finally took the minivan in to have the rear door handle replaced. It's been...a year? two? since the handle fell off. Long enough so I'm completely in the habit of using only one rear door, and may never go back. Still, nice to have it done. Except that they found $4500 worth of other stuff they recommend we have done, too. Our car may SEEM like it's running perfectly, but it is CLEARLY ABOUT TO FALL INTO A HEAP OF RUSTED, MALFUNCTIONING PARTS!
Benchley's eye is healed. He can have his funny collar off, and he's been bathing himself constantly ever since we removed it. He might have some lingering scar tissue on his eye, or he might not; we'll have to see.
Mouse is sniffling in addition to peeing everywhere, so I took her to the vet too. Nothing seems to be wrong. Maybe cystitis. Maybe Benchley's recent problems, which involved him being indoors all the time and available to menace her by existing. Maybe age. Maybe some as-yet-undiscovered thing.
It's discouraging. I didn't want to HOPE something was wrong, but our blankets and sheets are starting to fall apart from vigorous daily washing. I'm getting behind on other laundry because peed-on things are soaking in vinegar-water in the washer so much of the time. Yesterday she peed on Elizabeth's bed, including the pink toile quilt.
And yet despite all this GROSSNESS I still think of Mouse as "poor old girl." She's gentle, and she sleeps on my pillow at night---getting up only to pee on Paul. During the day she sleeps in the linen closet, or on the couch. She's just over 5 pounds now, when she used to be well over 11 pounds. She and Benchley were sharing a cat carrier for the vet appointment, and Benchley got aggressive after the appointment and started hissing and scrapping, so as I was loading the carrier into the car I took Mouse out and put her on the front passenger seat, which I realize it totally anti-recommended so no need to scold. And she just settled in on the seat and looked toward the front, purring, looking just like this:
I pictured myself as a little old lady, taking my little old lady cat everywhere I went in my little old lady car.
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