1. I skipped this last week. There has been a lot going on, and I couldn’t deal with a computer last weekend, so I said nothing. But I was in many ways very grateful. My mother had surgery the Wednesday before last. We had known it was coming. She was getting treated for her condition for months before the surgery, to help make the surgery more successful. And it worked. Everything about the surgery was as good as it could be. Her surgeon was even able to do it laparoscopically, which we didn’t think would be possible. We were all very lucky, or blessed, depending on how you look at it, and that made me very happy. And more than a little exhausted, as many of the emotions I’d been holding in for months could finally break through. But still, happy. Happy and grateful.
2. And then a very sad thing happened. Last weekend, we lost our cat, the love of our lives. Jesse adopted my boyfriend Brad 15 years ago, and then (somewhat begrudgingly) adopted me when Brad and I started going out. I’d known cats before, but I grew up in a dog family. I’d never lived with a cat before, so I didn’t understand how very special it can be to be adopted by a cat. There are so many special moments that I will always carry with me, and his love expanded my heart in ways I will never be able to explain. I’m so sad that he’s gone, but I will always be grateful and cherish the time I got to spend with him. He will always be my first cat, and my best cat, and one of the great loves of my life.
3. It’s that time of year again—Cadbury Creme egg time. And while I love them for their own sweet tastiness, I also love them because they remind me of my grandmother. She had a sweet tooth until the end, and every Easter she had Cadbury eggs around. With the hint of warmer weather, lots of bunnies, and Cadbury eggs (and the sweet memories of my grandmother), the thought of Easter coming soon makes me very happy.
*what is making me happy this week