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Day of the Dead, All Saints’ Day, All Souls’ Day: November 1st and 2nd, Twenty-Fifteen

 Each of the day (s) mentioned above are concerned with remembering loved ones who have died. For me in the past year the people who have died that I am remembering are my aunt Carmoletia and a maintenance man at the factory where I work who died after a short illness which turned out to be lung cancer. He had been our maintenance liaison between security and the factory. He was more than a simple maintenance man, he was our friend. Then there is the pianist at the church my parents’ attend. Maybe a few other people I cannot recall right this moment. I’m sure there are probably a few internet personages as well, but my mind is not what it should be when it comes to recalling some things/people. Sorry.

For me I’m remembering the cats who have died on my watch, so to say. Most of the cats pictured previously, except for Gibbles, Priscilla, Tatterdemalion and Bluff, have indeed died. The ones most recently added to the list of cats waiting for me are Pounce, Tiger Lily, Wizardly Little Bit, Spectacular Spooky, Priestly Mousie and Furreckles. Others who have gone this year include Odin, Graphina, Hematyte and others who are on my calendar at home. These are all outdoor cats and each are loved very much. They are essentially the reason I get up in the mornings: to feed and care for them, checking kitten eyes for “gunk” and putting eye drops in, checking noses for blocking mucus, checking for puncture wounds from fights and doctoring those as they allow as well as searching diligently for missing cats and hopefully finding them alive.

My son knows this and does care about the cats as well. He knows I love him first and foremost.

And so it goes.

Who are you remembering these couple of days, as well as lifting up the saints’ if that is your belief system? I have no problem with it as it is part of our calendar of days.

Be blessed and I’ll see you on the flip side.     ;D

Mitsu who is missing greatly her companion cat Pounce

>^;^<

Pounce waiting for attention.

Pounce waiting for attention.

Small Wins Make Me Happy In The Moment

2014-04-20_06-45-44_295Small wins make me happy in the moment. They do not come often but when I went grocery shopping Monday I had a couple of what I call small wins, things that are unexpected for which I am grateful to have been available to me.

For example:

there were enough bags of the cat food brand I feed the cats that I was able to get the 4 16 lb bags I need for 2 weeks;

there was one bottle of the detergent I use for Kitson’s black clothes;

there was plenty of the yogurt flavor I eat at work so I was able to buy 10;

there were plenty of the particular blueberry cookies I eat with cream cheese for breakfast;

the crock pot I planned to give as a gift was still available;

and the dietary supplement I take to help my mind work a little better was there for me to buy.

That doesn’t happen very often. Lately one or more of the items listed above are not available and I am unable to locate them in a timely manner. I buy groceries once every two weeks: on payday. And we go on from there. I do not like having to return to pick up needed items, besides milk, when they are not available when we make our grocery /errand run.

But to top all the wins off:

we went to the hardware the next day to purchase my dad’s Christmas present and found the perfect thing in less than 5 minutes.

And then, come to find out, we get to have Christmas on Christmas instead of Christmas Eve (which we usually have to do due to sister-in-law’s family).

So, besides having at least 4 cats with poopy tails currently (they drank the muddy water), I have to say I am a happy camper.

And yes, I did say “Thank You, Lord.”

 

Care to share some of your small wins with me? I would love to hear about them.

Merry Christmas and God bless us, everyone.

Mitsu

>^;^<