Sunday Musings

We must be the luckiest kitties in the whole world! We got wonderful stuff for Yule. Take a look!

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A couple of these are videos so you may need to go to Picasa to see them.

Our pal Sweet Praline is pawticipating in Paw it Forward. We told her we wanted to pawticipate, too. So for our Paw it Forward we’re gonna give some of our toys to the local shelter. We were gonna take them today, but we were talking to @BabyPatches at the #catmasweve pawty and found out her mama put lots of stuff on sale for after Catmas. So Mom ordered some more stuff from Nip and Bones to add to it. When that stuff gets here, Mom’s gonna take it to the local shelter. I think we’ll send Evie to snoopervise and report back on the visit.

This has been an interesting year. It started out kind of iffy. As some of you remember, we almost didn’t get to keep our pretty house. But the bank people finally saw sense and fixed things so we could afford to keep paying.

Then in the summer, Mom went to Massychewsits. She was gone a long time and I was very lonely without her even though I had a kittysitter. So when Mom came home, I got antsy every day when she went to work. I was always afraid she’d leave me alone again for many days. Mom decided I needed fursibs so I’d never be lonely again. At first I wasn’t thrilled with the idea, but as usual, Mom’s right. Now that the squirts have been here a while I really like them. And I love having playmates. Even though I like them I’m still gonna call them squirts. MOL

We made some wonderful new furriends this year, but lost some of them before we even really got to know them. I miss Inigo very much. I’m glad Ryker decided to tweet from OTRB because otherwise I’d miss him something terrible. And there were Sniffie, Mookie, Hollie, and so many others. It’s been a very sad fall. I wish we didn’t ever have to be sad, but just the fact that we’re here, blogging, tweeting, and making and losing furriends just shows how lucky we are. Every time I lose a furriend, I think of all the poor animals that don’t have homes or furriends at all. Or worse, homes where they’re abused. The fact that we’re all loved the way we are truly does make us the luckiest animals in the world.

‘Summer at the Lake with Petie’ did fairly well. 43 copies sold, allowing me to donate over $160 to Duncan’s Place. My goal was 100 copies, but I guess that wasn’t a realistic goal and I’m pretty happy with how the book did.

Mom’s coming up on a very busy time at work, so I’m not gonna get much computer time the next couple of months. Please forgive me if I don’t comment on your blogs. I am coming by to visit even when I don’t let you know I’ve been there. I do want to keep up on what’s going on with my pals.

I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope the coming year brings peace and love to everyone, especially those that don’t have it right now. I wish everyone in the world had as much love in their lives as we have in ours.

Random Stuff on a Tuesday

Guess what I got today! A picture of GinaTheMinPin reading ‘Summer at the Lake with Petie‘. How cool is this?

Catching up on my reading

And another wonderful friend, @BunnyJeanCook, has written about the book on her blog, Bunny’s Blog. Now, if you’ve never visited Bunny’s Blog, you should. Unlike yours truly, Bunny tackles important stuff on her blog. Here’s just a couple of the things she’s written about:

Help Pawcurious Help Homeless Pets
Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week

I hope you’ll all add Bunny’s Blog to your reading list!

If anyone else wants to send me a picture of themselves reading Summer at the Lake with Petie, please do! Maybe I’ll make a whole page of the pictures.

In other news, @BorisKitty is still collecting green papers to help Peanut and Kiki’s families with the v-e-t bills. These poor kitties were shot with a pellet gun and need lots of v-e-t help. And that means lots and lots of green papers. So help out anyway you can, even if it’s just one or two little papers.

I’m sorry to say that I’m going to end on a sad note here. Yet another beautiful angel, Whiska Pusskat, has crossed the Rainbow Bridge to get his wings. You can read about him here: Whiska Pusskat: In Memorium. I hope you’ll all stop by and say a word or two to his family.

There have been so many furriends crossing the bridge lately that I’m thinking I should add an ‘In Memorium’ page to my blog. Except I’m wondering if that’s just a little morbid. What do you think?

In case we don’t get to talk to each other again before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving!

Edit: Here’s @smokey8’s sisfer, Princess.

She’s been doing a lot of reading. Looks like she just finished not just  ‘Summer at the Lake with Petie’, but also ‘welcom to my werld‘ by my pal Henry Steiff (@henryandfriends). Looks like Princess is quite the reader. Now all she needs are copies of @maxthequiltcat‘s book, ‘The Zen of Max‘ and @CheshireK‘s book,’Please Send Money‘ (which I read and thoroughly enjoyed).

Speaking of  ‘The Zen of Max’, I won a copy from the drawing on Max’s blog! I’ll be doing a review of it after I read it. Can’t wait!

The Price of Love

A love letter to my furriends.

I got some news tonight that’s making me think really hard about all I’ve learned in the past year, and especially since I’ve been on Twitter and blogging. I’ve made a lot of good friends since I joined the anipal world. I’ve lost a lot of friends, too. And tonight I heard that another pal, Inigo Flufflebum, may be headed for the Rainbow bridge.

For some reason, this one is hitting me much harder than any of the others, and I don’t really know why. Maybe because there have been so many lately. Maybe because Mom and I went through this the same time last year with my sisfur, Sheena. Maybe because it looked like he was going to get better. Maybe because I flirt with him and Rumbles so much. Maybe because the two of them always make me smile. Whatever the reason, the thought of losing Inigo is leaving a big hole in my heart, and my eyes won’t stop leaking.

I know it will eventually have to happen. I know that at some point, it will be what’s best for Inigo, and he’ll let his family now when that is (hopefully not for a while yet). That doesn’t make it hurt any less. But I guess that’s the price we pay for letting others into our lives. The more we love, the more we have to lose and the more it hurts. The selfish part of us wants to hold on to those we love for as long as possible. When they leave, they leave an emptiness that no one can fill. But eventually, leave they must, just as we will when our time comes.

The pain of loss is a high price to pay. But what’s the alternative? Not let others in to out lives? Not ever care about anyone or have anyone care about us? To be lonely and alone so we don’t suffer the pain of loss? I think that would be a worse pain and a higher price. So I let others in. I care. I love. And when someone crosses the bridge, I hurt and I get leaky eyes. Yes, it’s a high price to pay, but I pay it gladly.