The Home Tour went off well. Hundreds of people tramped though our house. The majority made complimentary remarks and told us what a wonderful house we have.
Others were clearly unhappy that we had modernized the house on the inside. We did keep the uneven floors and the creaky stairs but this was not enough for them. These are the purists who like to have wood stoves and bad plumbing.
The cats were locked in the basement from 12-6 and were not happy.
As punishment for this indignity Monika escaped over the deck fence on Sunday night and vanished for half an hour.
We were wandering the streets with torches and had given her up for lost when she appeared at the back door – seemingly unconcerned by the whole process.
Sissi peed on the floor – but she does this every day so it was probably not connected with the basement imprisonment. So no – I have not worked out how to stop her from doing this - but still have plans in mind.
In the meantime I smother the floor with orange oil every day to try to contain the delicate odor of cat pee – of which there is no equal.