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Monday, July 13, 2015

Thank You!

Thank you to those who so kindly expressed sympathy over the loss of my old friend, Indy. Your comments were much appreciated. Last week I picked up his ashes, and it gives a bit of comfort to have him back home with me again.

All around things keep changing at a breakneck pace. I've said good-bye to Indy, and now Bogey has taken over my lap. I wonder if Indy whispered in his ear or if Bogey senses an empty lap is simply not a good thing. In any event, he keeps me occupied. I supply the petting and he supplies the purrs.

Meanwhile, Daughter and her hubby have put their house up for sale. I've forgotten what a monumental task it is to prepare the house and then try to keep it spotless each day because you never know when an agent will bring a potential buyer. I have a corner in my basement filled with items they are storing to make the house appear more open. Removing items and neutral paint schemes are apparently critical to making a sale. At least we hope so. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly. Of course a sale is always followed by the joys of moving, so I see some hectic days in their future.

Speaking of days, I'm at the point where I'm counting down days instead of months to retirement. Four months ago it seemed a glacial age away. But now as the finish line approaches, things have started to move at a much faster pace. I've worked full time nearly all my adult life so retirement will be an adjustment. But it's one I'm really looking forward to making.

Change brings about all types of consequences, some happy and some not so much. Yet whether we want it to or not, change most certainly will occur. I suppose it's the way we respond to change that makes the difference. Just like a tree, we can bend with the wind or let it snap us in two.

I'm working on learning to bend.


Sioux said...

Pat--I'm glad that Bogey is filling up your lap. An empty lap IS a bad thing, and from Bogey's perspective, two idle hands are not a good thing either, so start petting with BOTH hands.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that your kids' house sells quickly and the move goes without a hitch. And enjoy your retirement for those of us who cannot retire yet. (That means once you've retired, you MUST take extra naps and read an overabundance of books. And the naps should involve snuggling with a purring kitty. ;)

I know you're flexible and strong enough to do the bending you need to do and perhaps very soon, you won't have to bend anymore and can just stand straight and tall...

Unknown said...

I just now saw your post about Indy and I'm so sorry for your loss. But I do firmly believe Bogey knows and grieves right along with you -- you are giving each other mutual comfort.

I know what you mean about changes, Pat. Change is one thing that certainly doesn't stop. Congratulations on retirement. Yes, it will be an adjustment, but it will provide more hours for you to write -- and those of us who love your beautiful words will get to benefit from that!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! You definitely are a strong person, and also one who bends with the wind, so I know you will be fine. We never know where that long and winding road will take us, do we? Even just 6 months ago, I sure never thought I'd be living where I am now! P.S. I KNOW you will be doing much more writing, too!

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

Thats wonderful that u will be retireing soon. Are u going to write more stories like the Chicken Soup stories?

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Hope your heart is starting to mend! I have a good friend in the process of's not easy! I wish your daughter luck!

Ann Summerville said...

I'm sure you will fill your days with writing your wonderful stories. If you think time is flying past now, wait until you retire!

Sketching with Dogs said...

I know just what you mean about bringing the ashes back, it's a comfort isn't it to know they are in their home again.
How lovely Bogey is giving you cuddles, I think they can tell when you need some extra love.
Very exciting about retiring, you will be able to write as much as you like, it will be awesome.
Hugs, Lynne x

Saku said...

What a sweet cat Bogey is! I truly believe animals feel our anxiety and pain...and purrs can be very healing.

Lucky you, just days from retirement! I still have 45 months to go but at least now I'm counting months instead of years.

Good luck to your daughter and husband. Last time I moved my daughter had a storage unit that we shared so I could store items there. People don't want to see how others live during an open house, they want magazine shoots. I hope their home sells soon.

Tammy said...

Lovely post, and so true.