“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” 

The house feels different. When I go to the cats’ room and don’t see Gwen sitting on her rug waiting for me, I feel even greater sadness at losing her. Poor Jack stands on the stairs and meows for his sister. The dogs don’t notice so much. Gwen tended to stay in the cats’ room. She loved to drive Nala to distraction. Her rug was just out of Nala’s reach. It drove the dog crazy. Poor Nala cried and whined.

I brought Gwen’s comfy rugs downstairs to wash them. I put them in front of the cellar door so I’d remember to take them downstairs to the washer. One rug was missing this morning. I went into the yard and found it. It crossed my mind that Nala was being a bit vindictive. She must have recognized the rug.

This will be short. Words today are elusive. My biggest accomplishment so far is I put on clean cozies. I do have a car full of trash so maybe I ought to make the effort to go to the dump. Perhaps I should add a stop for a bit of chocolate.

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8 Comments on ““Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.” ”

  1. lilydark Says:

    Dear Kat,
    Waking up, and again, I send you and your furkids my very best. I’m always here for you.
    Love,
    Lori

  2. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    The sky today is absolutely clear and the places where the snow is still around is only in heavily shaded areas. The temperature hit 56° This afternoon. The winter storm must haven given everyone cabin fever because the traffic was heavy on the freeways and lots of people were out and about in our neighborhood. Some were walking dogs while others strolled or were riding bicycles. Even our favorite Chinese place was crowded.

    The Cape sounds like a great place to live except for not having garbage pickup. My college roomate’s father was an attorney and he used to say, “You can have all my modern conveniences except my indoor plumbing”. Of course this was way before the Internet. 🙂

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      Today was cold. Right now it is 28˚. The dogs didn’t mind it, but I did so I went nowhere. I did stuff around the house instead, but not too much. My laundry got finished. That is a huge accomplishment.

      You can move here. If you want trash pick-up, you can a private company. No towns have trash pick-up. I don’t choose to have pick-up. I’d have to be dragging barrels to the curb, and they don’t have separate recycle bins on those trucks. The dump is quite the social spot. I always see someone I know, and politicians, mostly local, campaign there. You can buy Girl Scout cookies or raffle tickets to help out local teams. The dump is famous!

  3. Birgit Says:

    Just a bit of chocolate? I think you need tons of chocolate!

    Btw, I’m just listening to a live concert on TV, British singer-songwriter L.A. Salami. I never heard of him before but I like his voice and folk-like music. Some reminiscence of Donovan, Dylan, Tracy Chapman but his own songs in his own way, sounds interesting.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I haven’t ever heard of him either, but I will go hunt for him and listen. I love the music of all those you’ve mentioned. Thanks for a new singer!!

  4. Rowen Says:

    I just read your news. How awful. Thinking of you.

    • katry Says:

      Thank you, Rowen

      It has been a rough couple of days. It is her brother Jack I worry about as they were litter mates. He is getting hug after hug.


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