Zach took Friday off work for a 2-day family trek down to St. Louis. We enjoyed taking Staley to Grant's Farm and the zoo, and we got to spend some time with our friends and their new baby twins. As always, Staley did great traveling. She napped for most of the ride down and back, enjoyed the sights (zebras still appear to be her favorite zoo animal), and slept great in the hotel.
Family time at Grant's Farm
Petting the goats (who then tried to eat Staley and Zach's clothes)
The fun tram ride at Grant's Farm
Hanging with new buds Mason and Madison
The carpenter for our house project came on Friday to finish up some of the trim work. He finished his work for the day on Friday afternoon, locked up our house, and shut the door to the basement before he left. Unfortunately, the cats were upstairs...and their litter boxes are in the basement. So from Friday until Saturday evening when we got home, the cats did not have access to their litter boxes. Apparently the next best thing to a litter box is our bed (for peeing) and the corner couch cushion (for pooping).
So instead of getting home from a fun week-end away and relaxing for the evening, we instead cleaned up kitty poop off the couch, rented a steam vac to clean the violated couch cushion, threw out our mattress (along with the sheets and comforter), and went out to buy a new mattress (so we'd have somewhere to sleep for the night). On the plus side, the mess was contained to those two specific spots...and at least we weren't gone for a week.