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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

For you, I'd do it all over again!

Good Morning sweet peeps and it is ....My Nanny  always told me whenever I was saddened by some teenage drama " without the darkness you would never see the stars" She had a way with words that were sometimes perplexing but also comforting.





I returned to her wisdom to help us get over the loss of our sweet Sumatra. It has been 6 days and no doubt the first 2- I was in complete shock. I could not stop sobbing like Oprah would say -in  :that ugly cry". By day 3-6, yes the tears still stained by cheeks and both David and I held each other, comforted one another and talked about her and shared favourite moments as a reminder that she really will always be in our home. Both of us thought we saw her a couple times, and I certainly called out her name a during meal times. Some habits will take some restraints.

Grief can consume you and that is not what she would want for us, I know that for a fact. She hated to see me sad, in fact she would let me wallow till I snapped out of it. And then she would want to play.  If our pets have taught me anything, it was "live each moment with passion" They are assigned to us for such a short time, sometimes leaving us even earlier than can be expected. Each day they are here  they are blessings in  our lives with their unconditional love as our reward.

We have no regrets, we take on our role as pet keepers quite seriously in fact. We were so rewarded with Sumatra. I do have thousands of photos oh her, in fact I don't think I ever got 2 the same. She
loved me and my camera.


I loved this photo of both Sumatra and T-cup. Of course she would be in the foreground...
and T-cup never minded..as Sumatra was twice her size.  WE used to laugh so much, because there would be a race to my sewing studio as to who would get on the table first, prime location...





Of course T-cup would win this time, if I happen to be working on a quilt. She would pretend to sleep
in hopes Sumatra would find another perch....

Who ever said cats are not all that smart, did not meet ours..

All weekend long T-cup stuck to us like glue..Possibly basking in all the attention and comfort
we could bring her.. We know she is missing her sister too. ! 



I think the heavy coat of despair has left our home. David is back to work and I have a few things
that need my attention...I have project to show you tomorrow...
our October Paper Lady and Sneak Peak of our November lady...
no doubt my favourite...

I promised David this morning, I will shed less tears and start preparing 
for this little fellow, He will be here in just a few weeks..
I let David name this one first....( I did say we put an order in for 2 ragdolls) 
David said " your love for these fine creatures can fill 2, so pick 2) 


This one is a seal-bicoloured. and MALE. We chose 2 boys this time...
and His name will be" Sumoto".   He already has this attitude and he will
be much larger than the girls,   14-20 pounds. 

He is only 5-6 weeks now, so he needs to stay with his mom till
mid November....

His mom is a seal and his daddy is a bi-coloured. 
Hence his dark ears from from his mom and his light taupe
from his dad around his eye and crown....

Is it me, but does he look like he likes the camera already...
by they way his eyes will be much bluer...when they are little
they are so wide opened to their surroundings, you see excitement
of their dark irises..



The other Male which I have already named
MONCHAT will be here in mid December...
* in french it means "my cat"....seemed appropriate! 

No pics yet of their baby as he was just born last week...

There is some excitement of making some mini quilts for both of them
and some donut rings for them to snuggle in...
So that is what I will be preparing..

All weekend we sanitized and disinfected our home....
it is super clean now!




How do I ever thank you for the tremendous outpouring support. you have given us.?
YOU were really the STARS in our journey..

WE are through the darkness and we do see the stars...

THANK YOU! 

YOU so matter! 





52 comments:

  1. DEUX kitties!! I know from experience that critters pic their own favs so you'll have to wait to see who's kitty is whose. Did I use the correct who? I definitely know that deux is better than UNO, so trios is bound to be a circus!! So happy that you are feeling better. The anticipation and preparation are definitely soul soothing.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Ohhh I did not say he would be David's- just that he got to choose name. lol...Our funny moments around here was our cats loved us the same but on different days...Sumatra at times would be all over David and T-cup who really loves David more ..would shower me with affection. WE both love cats so much, I think they always knew that...Sumatra and I just had a deeper connection more often... Yes the thought of 3 cats around here, from 1 to 2 ....welll lets say there will be making camera shots xx

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  2. Good for you two. Let us hope T-cup adjusts well!

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    1. WEll we are prepared for her to be out of sorts..and we know she sleeps so much more than a kitten would, so she will get that TLC requirement as when Sumatra came into her life..She was 8 , now 16, she has mellowed lol

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  3. I am so glad to hear kitties are looking up! I think these fine boys will be a wonderful addition to your house of love. You are wonderful per keepers and will be loved and taken care of without a doubt. What fun you will have with your camera and kittens. They are so funny and cute and full of fun! Can't wait to see these new kitties.

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    1. I think we are feeling better because we know there will be some laughter here again..at the moment Tcup is on my lap..she does not usually do this...so I think we will both like more companionship xx

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  4. So glad you both are starting to feel better, how do you pronounce Monchat? I'm anxious to see if T-cup takes on a regal attitude or get down and dirty with them or maybe both. I happy that you have many Oh's, Ah's and laughter on the way.
    Hugs,
    Tonia

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    1. We are Tonia... better each day, fewer tears....now how to pronounce her name MOH-SHAW.....
      if you were not French...this is how you would say it...MONCHAT for us...lol I really think T-cup will be a gem, and glad there are 2 so they will leave her alone, or she may look at them as sure entertainment...She has a lovely disposition and knows she is our prime cat x

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  5. I am so happy that you soon will have two more kitties to take care of and love.

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    1. Us Two sweet Britt-Inger..I would have been happy for one more...it was David's decision as he thought they would be better company for one another...they will be here within a month of each other. xx

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  6. Those new kitties are so blessed to be coming to your home. You love your kitties as much as I love my pups! My niece once said she wished she was one of my pets because I spoil them so much. Your new babies will be loved and spoiled, I'm sure! As for tears, I still tear up once in a while over my pets that are gone. Sumatra was such a treasure!

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    1. HI Carol, wellllll we have had dogs too...and they too were pretty blessed...I think as pet owners, we just love the attention devotion and love we can pour into their tiny souls and they in turn
      do the same for us ...We are the ones who feel a connection non pet owners just don't understand....if they only knew the incredible JOY that do bring x

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  7. Oh my...the new one is adorable. I do believe he is not camera shy!

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    1. I thought so too Gracie....he looks like "you better pick me,- or else" lol

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  8. Ragdolls are absolutely beautiful and Sumoto is already as handsome as he is cute. Can't wait to see Monchat...and thank you Tonia for asking for the pronunciation...I wasn't even close with my Texas accent. LOL I think Garth Brooks' song "The Dance" sums up how we feel about our pets. We know our time is limited with them, we know it will be hard when we lose them, but do you give up everything in between to avoid the end? Glad the tears on your face are slowing down, I know your heart is still crying. Hugs

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    1. That they are Mary Ann but it is their personalities that are so unique. They are gentle giants and smart..gosh they are smart. and yes Sumoto (sue-mo=two) and Monchat (moh-shaw) Both these names mean something special to us, We have never had traditional names...lol
      I am not familiar with the Dance and Iove Garth..will tune in.. today is a better day thanks sweetie

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  9. Sumoto is one very handsome young man! He and Monchat are two very lucky kitties to be coming to a home where they will be so loved! Can't wait to see all the wonderful pictures! Today is my two fur babies 11th birthday! I can still remember the day we rescued them from the shelter. They were two tiny babies, only about 7 weeks old, in a room full of dogs. We were only looking for one, but when we saw them cuddled together in the back of the cage, we knew both were coming home with us. They have brought us so much joy, love and laughter since.

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    1. Ohhh Angelia, a big reason why I avoid all shelters...My heart just breaks...I have always shopped from my screen first...we do diligence in our research of special breeds and whatever comes home with us is bound to be well taken care of like all of us pet lovers would do....It is a very serious task...you sound like you love yours xx

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  10. Samm I'm so glad you are moving past that awful first stage of grief. You and I both know the process is a long one but the first few days....well, they're like a tidal wave. Your new babies will be adorable and adored as well and I know you'll be taking thousands more photos as time goes on, just as you have done in the past. Thinking of you! blessings, marlene

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    1. HI Marlene...yes PASSED that first stage ...thank goodness lol Every day already gets better, thanks to you ladies and the ability to surround myself with such a loving husband. I really was not sure how I would get through the first couple days it hurt so much...I think I may need a new battery for my camera...I don't think 2 will be enough xxx

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  11. I know the deep pain of loss you are feeling. Only too well. My heart is with you in your saddness. there are always those who say, What? It was ONLY a dog! But that dog was my heart.

    know this, your pain is deep because you loved so much. those others do not know that love, and they are lesser beings for it.

    glenda

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    1. HI Glenda...well you will never hear from me it is just a dog or cat...I have always known pet keepers are such special people. They care beyond anything we can measure in our hearts...they give up so much for the love they get in return. I have never known such love actually....such a connection we had.... I have that with my darling David but a CAT lol as some would say....wellllllll as you said Glenda, the pain is deep, because the love is....and I am ready to do it all over again ....xxx I will always have her love, I have thousands of photos to prove it xxx

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    2. thank you for the gentle reminder xx

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  12. I know it was a rough week last week.
    You are doing just what Sumatra would have wanted both of you to do: Get a couple of silly boys.

    I have two silly boys, boy kitties are so wild and funny and naughty. Ask your vet about some bitter apple that you can dab on certain things (with a cotton ball and gloved hands) not to be chomped.
    Miles is a chomper.
    Two kitten boys will be a delight. I think that you will enjoy this new chapter,
    I am looking forward to viewing your latest creations

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    1. mmmmmm Ok, great advice Ms Rosemary B here....eeek....better get some quick...we don't want to be visiting any more vets for awhile... Our hearts are certainly mending....I think of her every moment of my waking hour, but now I smile, as I have so many photos of her when she was a kitten, and my she was funny...attacking everything, jumping on furniture that was never allowed, and being the perfect soul she grew up to be....I am looking forward to some boys...
      so thank you for that great advice xx

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    2. You can get some chewing deterrent sprays at specialty pet shops, or look online.
      I never just spray. I always use cotton balls and wipe it on.

      I know that pain and sorrow. I know that feeling when you go to the vet. Those scars, some never really heal, you just learn to put them in a place. I still still very much miss my Caesar and Prinnie. They were epic littermates, the funniest most fun cornish rex kitties ever.
      You never forget your babies

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    3. I am so sorry to had of your loss. I lostmy constant companion recently . I know the pain. I had him cremated and it helps the pain as soon as he gets back home. He sleeps on my bedside table.

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    4. HI Charlotte, it is never an easy time when we have to say goodbye to our loyal companions...I am so sorry ....xx

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  13. Samm, I am so glad for you and David! Sumoto is such a handsome boy, and Iam sure that Monchat is handsome too! ;) I can imagine how much you are waiting for them!

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    1. Hi Maria...we just found out Sumoto will be ready for pick up on nov 20-21,that is so not so long away. till then we do have a lot to do to get ready for another yooungster lol
      it helps, it really helps x

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  14. Sumoto is so cute. I'm sure he and Monchat will love joining your family. xxx

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    1. We have enough love for them that is for sure ...I have not seen Monchat yet as he is less than a week, they are pretty "so so" at this time lol. but as soon as we pick from the littler, we will share x

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  15. Oh Samm....I am so sorry. We were traveling and I did not see the last post, but have gone back and read it. I know you will always have a special place in your heart for her. The new little ones are adorable and will definitely keep you busy. Your empty heart will soon be be partly filled with love again.

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    1. HI Mary.....hope you had a delightful getatway..WE had a bit of a cloud descend upon us ....each day gets a bit better, we are so grateful to have the opportunity of getting 2 so quickly....we had to wait over 1 when we got Sumatra.. today is betterxx

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  16. How special of T-cup to step up and give you the comfort that you need at this time, as you in turn are comforting her. It will be interesting to see her reaction to her new little brothers. I bet she will be entertained by them. They sound beautiful.

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    1. We are thinking the same Ev, but T-cup is well aware of how much she means, When Sumatra David gave her so much fussing it helped..we will do that again...and she is twice her age when Sumatra came, so we think she will be entertained ...xx

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  17. Pictures can be so comforting. It is nice to have so many because that was quite shocking to lose her so quickly. You just have to give yourself time to grieve for her. I know she is still with you, she will always be.... and I agree...your new little addition looks quite photogenic already. You two are going to have such fun together. xx

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    1. I found a whole file of early pics of her, she was quite a monster when we brought her home. She climbed everything -that soon stopped....I remember now thinking she was so bad ...lol
      and she turned into such a regal lady....and I fell deeply in love with her...there is no doubt I will feel the same with these boys....Sumatoo I was told yesterday will be as dark as Sumatra just with an inverted V will be white instead of black....his name will suit him wink xx

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  18. Samm, he is just so adorable!!! Waiting to see second one) they will heal your heart, I believe!
    Hugs to you and milk for boys!
    Olga

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    1. I know they will Olga....just their pics lately are creating some excitement again in my heart...
      there will be plenty of hugs. xx

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  19. Wonderful saying from your nanna.
    It's a hard time for you but you will always have your memories .
    I have lost many pets and it is always hard .
    We would always buy a new pet , but my Poppy was my last pet she was 18 yrs old loved her to bits My husband said no more we can't stand to loose them , thinking of you.

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    1. ahhh she was so wise...and you are so right about the memories, that has helped us both so much..I know how hard it is to lose a pet, but I can't imagine not having another....the love is always there as it the loss....for me as I only speak for me...they make me feel needed on a whole different level. xx

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  20. Even though you miss Sumatra terribly, I'm glad you are opening your home to new boys.
    Sumoto is soooooooo cute!
    Can't wait to see Monchat.
    Take care.
    Marilyn

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    1. Ohhh I still do Marilyn, mornings are always hard but we know how important it is to keep looking ahead.....our expiry dates are so different for every living creature...always a reminder not to waste time , live each moment with passion...that is what Sumatra really taught me xx

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  21. Oh my goodness your new baby is just PRECIOUS....it so makes me want to get another kitty but we just can't. But I miss our Lola as much as I did when we first lost her - the grief isn't there but the missing her is.
    Did you ever see your other kitty take on Sumatra's habits? We did when we lost Lola - our other kitty started doing the things that Lola did and she never did those things before.
    I asked the vet about it and she thought it was quite possible because Lola was the 'alpha' and Baby just stayed in the 'background' - that was until Lola was not here and that's when Baby started doing exactly the things Lola did.
    Does that sound strange?
    Blessings
    Karen

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    1. Hello Karen, well he is not here yet..he comes in November...WE had a bichon that passed before Sumatra arrived and she did take on many of his habits...we would call sumatra Deja duve.... Sumatra acted very much like a dog and did things that were not cat like at all...
      I believe something happens when love and their souls are so ever present xx

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  22. Тяжелая неделя утраты Суматры, я сочувствую. И вы её никогда не забудете, я это знаю по себе. Рада что у вас появятся новые котики.

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    1. Thank you sweet lady and yes new ragdolls will be helping us out a lot...there is enough love still in our hearts for them...xx

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  23. Oh he is adorable! And judging by the looks of the parents so will his new brother! What a joy to have two of those gorgeous creatures to adore! And of course the sweet and lovely T-cup. You will be busy! I look forward to all the pictures! Your house will be full of love and joy, and you deserve every ounce of it.

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    1. Hi Heleen, he is a cutie...as they keep changing their first year, he will have a pretty dark face where the white is...will stay white..but all the rest of his face will go dark....will be sure to keep up the photos as he changes...now the new one is to new to show..he is still all white...
      it takes them up 2 years to get their full colours....WE are so looking forward to the months ahead xx

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