Apr 14, 2023

Many Reasons to Be Grateful ~

 If you could erase all the mistakes of your past, 
you would also erase all of the wisdom of your present.
  Remember the lesson, not the disappointment...

A long time ago in Florida.  One of my many jobs. 
 I was a kindergarten teacher and these were my students.
  It was just a small group.  I loved them all.  Arvid met them a 
few times when he came to visit me.  They were fascinated
 by his height, and of course, Arvid being Arvid he played
 games with all of them.  He made them laugh always.

Looking back is always fun, as long as I don't
 spend too much time in the past.  Many a times it 
is not always happy, but It sure is a part of my
 life that has taught me many a lessons.  

One of the hardest things right now is looking back
 and thinking of the kitties I left behind in Puerto Rico. 
 That is still fresh in my heart and still tears me up.

We may not be there right now, but Almost Home is still a big
 part of my life.  I still keep in touch with "my" tenants and try to 
help out in what ever way I can.  Back in Branson and I have not yet 
been to Almost Home, whereas Arvid has already been there twice.

In my heart and in my thoughts there is ALWAYS Brutus
 and Shadow.  More Brutus .  He was and will always be
 my baby.  We loved that kitty with everything we had, 
and to this day and forever he will always remain 
one of the most beautiful chapters in our lives.

After Brutus died, Shadow came into our lives.
  Full of energy and fearless.  He took us by surprise and 
kept us on our toes.  Unfortunately Shadow just lived for
 four months.  And to this day I hold a resentment to the one 
who caused his death, even though we are still friends.

Having Sniff in our lives makes up for so much. 
 He keeps Arvid and I happy.  Brings comfort, peace 
and stability to us after a very long day at work.  

He shows us that no matter what happens there is 
always something to look forward to, and I look 
forward every day to having him by our side.  
Sniff is my happy place everyday, always.

When all is said and done, I have many reasons to be grateful.
Good morning everyone and a happy day to each of you.
Below a few of Rima's (my baby sister) amazing creations

You know my name, not my story.  You've heard
 what I've done, not what I've been through...