Monday, November 4, 2013

Better Times Ahead

Yesterday was a tough day. We went to a memorial service for my husband's cousin, Russ. It was good to be with the Smith side of the family, even though I was sad. I love them all a ton. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially two goodbyes in one day. When we came home from the memorial service, our 16-year-old cat Neptune crashed from kidney failure. Half an hour after getting home I was at the vet. Neptune was put to sleep around 5 pm. It was the kindest thing I could do for her, but it was hard.

I felt so empty. For the first time in 25 years, I didn't have a cat to love. I mentioned in my last post that we've had two deaths in the family this year.  It's been dark inside our lives. What my family needed today was a little bit of fresh air and sunshine.


I'd like you to meet the two newest members of the Smith Family...

This is Fresh Air, my first tuxedo cat. He has quite a dapper mustache.

And this is Sunshine. She is our lucky black cat.

These two are bringing new life and new joy to our family. They are former barn cats. A professional kitten cuddler brings just weaned barn cats into her home, cuddles them, and socializes them, so they make excellent pets. Fresh Air purrs as soon as I touch him. Sunshine takes about three seconds longer, but she has a lovely purr. They are brother and sister and about 12-weeks-old. They've already figured out how to get on the bed, and how to raise plenty of chaos, and make us laugh. It was very hard to get these pictures because these kitties are built for speed.

On a day when I didn't think anything would make me smile, I needed a little Fresh Air and Sunshine to brighten up my day. I hope they brightened up your day, too.


  1. I am glad you were able to give them homes. Sorry about Neptune.

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Neptune but very pleased to hear there's some happiness in your week. I love the names you've given them! :D Very nice looking moustache.

  3. Oh Marie, I'm so sorry to hear about Neptune. He was an awesome cat that will certainly be missed by all. I know of he can't be replaced, but I'm happy for you that you have found some additional fur-buddies to help warm your heart.



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