Friday, April 18, 2014

Who IS That Kitty In The Window?

Why it's Miss Boo of course!
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We joining Rascal & Rocco's Pet Parade #37.
Co-hosts are:
Jan Funny Farmers & Bionic Basil
Love is Being Owned By A Husky
&
M.K.Clinton's Barking from the Bayou.

Hope you'll join in on the fun too!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to Thankful Thursday.

I feel very thankful for so many things. But one thing I lack (among many others I am sure) is much of an artistic ability. The only way I can express myself is through the lens of a camera. I get much of my inspiration from my subject matter, which is each of the cats. For many years Abby was my muse. She was very comfortable with the camera around. What I lacked in terms of my own ability and in quality of the camera I used to capture her image.
Abby taught me.

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If I could only go back again and do it all over, I would take all the money I spent on all the different cameras and purchase one really good one. I finally broke down and got a entry level Nikon DSLR in 2012. It has served me well since I purchased it. I enjoy it and will always have it, but now I am ready to move on to a better version. 

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You see, I found peace through what my camera can see. I found it in a tiny little calico cat whose eyes are little saucers. When I see her my heart sings again. My muse has returned to me. A reluctant one to start with as she had I'm positive; never seen a big black box that made a click click clicking noise before. 
I always thought I had time. Time to do all the things I have always done in the past. But time ran out for me August 12,2013  and I realized I didn't capture all the things I wanted (needed) to capture of Abby on film. I cannot tell you how difficult that was is for me. To know I could never take another image of Abby again broke my desire to pick up a camera. 
...until Annabelle.

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Abby wanted me to pick up that camera again and do what I love. So, I did. She also made me realize that I had not been very good at cataloging my files. So a massive project unfolded for me which is nearly complete. She made me so much more aware of how fragile we all are and how much I took for granted things not changing. So, I approach it all differently, including my photography. When I look back over 2013 and I see how lax I became over photographing Abby in particular; it makes me very wistful because I should have done more. But, I didn't, and now that is something I cannot undo. So going forward I have been made more conscious of capturing things with my camera that I would have let go in the past and 'oh thought I'll do it later'. Well, there was no later. There is only now.

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I highly recommend that everyone make sure you have some extra way to back up your digital photo files. There are so many online free storage websites. It is one of the simplest ways to keep your files from being lost to you. I use several different types of back ups, because I am well, uber afraid terrified of losing those precious imagines. No one needs to do the 5 step process I do. I am just being seriously cautious. But I do urge everyone to find a way that works best for them.

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Find your passion and enjoy it and be thankful.
I always strive to get better. It is my joy to interpret and capture on film something beautiful.
Ready for that close up Miss Annabelle? 

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We're also joining in on this week's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop from PepiSmartDog.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Annabelle's Antics

 
Annabelle has found the spot that Grace used quite often to nap in.
Doesn't she look stunning?
Those BIG amber eyes are just so beautiful. 

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Update
Today we took Boo to the Vet. It was time for her to be retested for hypercalcemia. I won't hold my breath but we may have results by tomorrow. Annabelle had to go with us because ... she won't let me hold her long enough to clip her claws. So she had a pawicure. I found the small cat carrier I used for Abby she wasn't fond of. In fact I had a heck of a time getting her to stay in it. So I am looking for recommendations of what you use and how you like your carriers. I need to have a second one for when I take more than one cat to the Vet. I have a Sherpa carrier now which is OK but I am not super thrilled with it, I guess it's the aesthetics of it. Because it's been through a lot and still looks and works well. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Our lovely Vet told us today that yesterday the donation we made of Abby's oxygen tent helped save the life of a kitten that had been brought in with pneumonia. My girl she's still giving back. It was very special to hear that today. I am so glad that Abby still is making a difference.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sleepy Mancat Monday

Ping has discovered a nice new cozy spot to take a quiet nap in!

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We want to thank our friend Marty from Musings with Marty for the lovely award which was started by Nerissa from Nerissa's Life to celebrate 100,000 visits to her blog. 
We think that is a very impressive feat and we hope you will take this award and share it with others who may not have received it yet. Thank you again Marty we are most thankful for your friendship!!!
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Traveling The Fine Line


Things have soften. Memories that used to cut like a razors edge that sliced at me from the inside, are hazier and don't leave as much damage as they once did.
Talking about Abby often results in a smile almost as much as tear. Most of the time, it's both. And the tears are a testament to a bittersweet love story, not the fathomless depth of blackness.
The idea of never seeing her again doesn't rip and tear its way through my body like it used to. It still floats at the edge of disbelief, but it doesn't injure me like it used to.

Thoughts about the future don't terrify or mystify me anymore. They aren't lost in that gray fog as much. They seem warmer, brighter and ever so slightly more imaginable. A future seems possible. The present is easier to bear.
I believe we often think of grief as traveling on a line that goes from the first, worst moments to many many years away when you're as "better". We think that if we suddenly have a set back and feel worse again, that we think of it as traveling backwards on that line and that we undid all our work and we're back at square one. But in reality, it's more like we've just temporarily stepped off the tracks. We get back on at the same place we got off. That must explain why, over time, I've had setbacks but have recovered more quickly after each one, and continued to make improvements despite many setbacks and struggles.

It's because I didn't go back. I just went off track for a bit and got right back to the path as soon as I'd gathered my strength again.

I've felt as though it's hopeless when I've have those setbacks. I've felt as though I'll never be better and I'm just retracing my steps, but I don't think I am now. I think I'm just stepping away for a bit but not losing ground. Every day of those worst times made me stronger, though it felt like the opposite. Every day was progress, though I couldn't see it then. Every day got me farther and farther down that road toward better, and the detours just took me off-road, into the woods from time to time.

Even if things begin to feel sharp and dangerous and thoughts slice me up from the inside again, I'll find my way back to the path and start right where I left off, stronger than before. I never turned around and walked backwards.

All those miles were hard-won and have not been in vain. 
Today I cannot help but remember though the 8 long months it's been.
I remember Abby.
I will always remember.

love knows not
its own depth
until the hour
of separation.
~Kahil Gibran 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Feline Friday Fun

Annabelle had so much fun with the nip nanner she conked out!

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We're joining Rascal and Rocco's Pet Parade #36.
Co-hosted by:
Jan's Funny Farmers
Basil
Barking from the Bayou
&
Love is Being Owned By A Huskie.
We hope you'll hop on!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nap time and a big THANKFUL

Ahhhhh I'm nice and cozy (for about 2 seconds) who would like to join me?
And I'm oh so 
thankful
to have such a nice home and comfy bed.
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We're joining the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014