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  • a happy, ordinary, middle-aged, suburban woman who paints odd pictures, gardens in a straw hat, lives with the love of her life, is owned by one cat and the ghosts of several others, and walks a little funny 'cause she has a fake leg. She started this website because there's more to life than what we lose, and we need to let each other know what's possible, even if it's only a happy, ordinary life.

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Yes, I am interested in Sam. I like to read about
Sam, he has no idea how lucky he is. And i like
to follow how you are coping. I hope your bodily
problems fade into remission, and your digestive
troubles clear up soon. I was quite concerned a
while ago, when you did not post for a long while
its good to see you back.

John (UK)

Ron Sullivan

Well hell. A surfeit of decent news!

kathy a.

ooh, svelte spoiled cat! glad sam's doing fine!

we can't even catch 2 of our 4; they came a year ago as feral rescue kittens, and they've gotten all domesticated except for the humans-holding-them part. i'm still working on them. they will eat out of my hand -- gingerly, and with scardyness -- if i am sitting in the "magic safe chair." one even sleeps on me, so long as i act asleep. progress, i tell you.

i know they need shots and stuff. if i get them to the vet and hear anything at all about tooth-cleaning, i will be humming a lot and not listening.

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso

I'm so happy to read that Sam is doing so well! You are fabulous kitty caretakers :)


Thanks for a good laugh, (I needed it!) When I got towards the end of the IKEA description, I was literally laughing out loud so hard, that it took a long time to continue reading. Then I would start laughing again at the next paragraph.

You know, we have several IKEAs around here. When my little girl was very small, and could not stand to ride in a car more than one hour; we used to travel from IKEA to IKEA and take breaks at the stores. When she had finished running around and playing, and could face more of the journey by car, we would resume our trip.

Everything at IKEA is small. It reminds me of Israeli furniture made to fit in small Israeli apartments. I can't figure out why it is such a hit in the US with our big houses and the need for big furniture to accommodate big people.

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