Sunday, December 22, 2013

Tiny healer

Something I criminally neglected to mention in my posting from yesterday was the arrival of the newest member of our family, Miss Roxy Music Little Star Ross.

When my beloved Midnight died two weeks ago, immediately I thought we should go to the cat rescue of Staten Island Council For Animal Welfare; they have cats for adoption at the local Petsmart - which was how we were blessed to find Midnight.  As soon as I could pull myself together, we got in the car and headed over there.  As quickly as we walked into the cat area, an adorable little cutie kept meowing at us and waving her paw through the cage bars, as if to say "pick me!".  We first looked at a different cat; this very sweet but unfortunately-not-right-for-us little girl - and then we asked about the funny one who was so bold and outgoing.

Lightning struck twice - just as it did with Midnight.  As soon as this one-year-old fuzzball was in Liz' arms, she just cuddled.  When I took her, she did the same thing and then let me hold her like a baby.  So we signed the formal adoption papers right then and brought her home the next day.  The good folks at SICAW told us it may take some time for her to adjust...  uh, no.  She moved right in and took over completely.  And at the same time, her immediate presence kept me from falling apart over not having my beautiful Moonie there.  So she's been here two weeks now and I just fall more and more in love with her every day.  Sweet, funny, loving - a dream kitty.

This perfect little doll was named "Roxy" by the people at the shelter.  We thought, "okay, we can work with that".  And so the obvious was added and her name became a title instead...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Number nine - number nine - number nine...

Funny thing; this blog is now nine years old.  Started right around Xmas '04 and it's helped me in ways I never thought possible as a writer and as a means of keeping track of my own life when just memory alone won't do.  As I've said before, there are times I would write and looking back

a)  I should have kept my mouth shut
b)  Subsequently, some of those postings are a cringe

They may have had their validity at that moment, since I was trying to write as straight-from-my-mind as I could, but hindsight dictates, sometimes you need to pull in on your own reins. 

Nevertheless, this blog has been a help and a friend to me.  When the clutter gets in the way, a posting helps refresh me and allows me to clear my head.

So I say thanks for reading, if you still do.  I'll still be here writing.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Goodnight Midnight

My beautiful little girl, Midnight, passed away yesterday.  She was older than we'd thought and was going into kidney failure.  As much as I couldn't bear the thought of her leaving us, I couldn't take the notion of her suffering.  She was the sweetest, warmest, most loving cat I have ever known and I will love her and miss her forever.  She was truly special, in ways I cannot describe.  Even this morning, I tend to look for her and she's not there and my heart is empty.

I love you, Midnight - thank you for choosing us and letting me be your daddy for these last ten years.

Friday, December 06, 2013

The winding...

Another year is coming to a close; my life, as good as it's become, is seemingly rushing past me.  Seriously - where has the time gone and where does it go? 

A Friday night to do a few small errands; write a review and just spend time on the couch with a nice glass of wine and my thoughts.  I need to diffuse; having an ill cat is very upsetting and I fear the worst while hoping for the best.

Nonethelesss, I know you can't stop time, especially when you live with and love an animal.  And as my precious Midnight is getting older, so am I.