Sunday, November 11, 2012

Farewell, Herman

This is the last picture I took of Herman by himself.  The very last picture was of him and Oja cuddling in the easy chair in the living room.  Herman ran off to the Rainbow Bridge early this morning.  He hadn't been sick.    He showed no signs of sickness at all until yesterday afternoon, when I found him in Emma's hidey hole about an hour after the vet closed for the weekend.  There was nothing I could have done anyway.  If you want to read the whole story, you can find in on Herman's Hideaway.  I buried him in the garden, in a sunny spot near the forsythia bush.  It is only five days until his third Gotcha Day.  I am really going to miss my darling boy.  See you at the Rainbow Bridge, dear Herman.

                                          Farewell, Herman, my darling boy.
                                          Having you in my life was such a joy.
                                                      We'd play and cuddle
                                                      And sleep in a huddle.
                                           See you at the Bridge, my handsome boy.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Dona Nobis Pacem

I don't have anything new, different or profound to say.  I just believe that if all of us are as kind and gentle toward everyone around us as we can be, we will become better people and much less willing to wage war on anyone.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Independence Day!

Yankee Doodle Donkey and I wish you all a safe and Happy Independence Day!  I will spend some time being thankful for all the freedoms I enjoy.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Farewell, Beau

This is another really sad one for me.  I have known Beau for years.  I remember his first blog with the kitty with the moving tail along the top and side.  I remember his great bow ties, which he wore with such flair.  I was with him through the changes in his blog and the changes in his life.  Back when this blog was pretty new, I wrote a limerick for him, which you can find here.  I went through Cathy's illness and death with him and wrote him another limerick when he settled down with Rose and the Royals.  Now we have to say goodbye.  At the end of April, Beau started losing weight and becoming disinterested in eating.  A vet exam showed that he had some cancer indicators in his blood.  Last weekend, he started acting grrr-y with Rose and hiding.  The time had come.  The vet came to the house and helped Beau go to Cathy on May 15th.  Farewell, old friend.  I am sure that you and Cathy are together again and delighted to be with each other.

                                                       Beau was a gentleman cat through and through.
                                                       He loved us all, that much is true.
                                                            But he most loved Mom
                                                            And now he has gone
                                                       To be with her in a life ever new.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Farewell, Scooby

On Sunday, April 1, Scooby of Little Cat Feet suddenly ran off to the Rainbow Bridge.  He had been completely normal earlier in the day and had no health problems.  While his Mom was carrying her laundry basket, Scooby suddenly ran into the wall next to her.  She scooped him up in her arms and he had some kind of seizure, then he was gone.  She held him for a long time, unable to believe that he could pass away so quickly.  His litter mate, Shaggy was nearby and came to see what was the matter.  His Mom feels really bad and shocked by this.  Scooby wanted out to play in the grass in the morning, but she said no and now regrets it.  She shouldn't beat herself up over this.  Scooby is now running and playing in the best grass that there ever was.  I think that Scooby felt something inside of him go terribly wrong and he ran to his Mom, who always gave him love and protection.

I have been reading Little Cat Feet since I first discovered cat blogs and this really makes me sad.  You can find Scooby's happy limerick here.  I am really going to miss him.

                                                      Suddenly Scooby started feeling bad.
                                                      He ran to his Mom, so he wouldn't be sad.
                                                            He passed from her arms,
                                                            Where he felt safe from harm,
                                                      To the Bridge where he's running and playing like mad.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  This is where Herman thinks the shamrock hat belongs.  I hope you all have a great time today and put on your green.  Herman and I both have ours on.  Well, Herman did have his on for a very short time, but I am wearing mine all day.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Working It Out

Thanks to Max the Psychokitty, I now have a solution to the 168 entry limit on the blog list.  I did find a way to remove extinct blogs from my reader, too.  The help section is useless here.  It says to look for the blue manage button on the dashboard.  There is no such button in this template.  I tried to access a blog that was completely gone from the reader and I got a note that directed me to the manage page.  I bookmarked the page to make sure I could find it again.  The page had a link back to the dashboard, so I started really hunting around the dashboard.  On the same line as the title of the reader there is something that looks like a black gear.  Clicking that will take you to the manage page and there you can stop following blogs.  Whew!  I am on my way to rebuilding my blog list

Thursday, March 15, 2012

What to Do?

I really do want to get back to writing Kitty Limericks.  For that I need a fairly comprehensive and up-to-date blog list.  I started to go through my huge blog list to weed out the defunct blogs and found that Blogger would not let me save any changes I made.  I thought that maybe I needed to upgrade my template to make things work right, but that didn't help.  I contacted Blogger twice about the problem and got no response.  I decided that I would have to delete my blog list and start over.  I printed out the old one before I deleted it and have been rebuilding it.  To my disgust, Blogger has arbitrarily decided that 168 entries is the maximum for a blog list.  Once I got to 168, I could no longer add a link.  Now I am going to delete all the blogs I am following from the list and add new ones until I get back up to the maximum.  I don't know if this will be enough.  If it isn't, I will start following the left-over blogs.  I am not very happy with Blogger right now.  By the way, does anyone know of a way to stop following blogs that have been removed or are otherwise unreachable by clicking on their links?