Well, to start off, we moved 500 kilometers east across the province. The move was long and tiring because we were homeless for 2 weeks (between houses). My folks were kind enough to let the three of us stay with them during that time, which was great and all, but I gotta say... it's nice to be living with a closet instead of a suitcase again. :P
With the move aside, things have been fairly pleasant going. I was stressed to the max with all the life changes going on this year, but things have calmed down now significantly. We're all moved in, and cozy & happy in our new house.
I still really miss Yoko a ton, and I think about her every day. I can't believe she's been gone 3.5 months already. She would have loved this new place. Lots of little nooks to watch birds from windows, and snuggly areas by fireplaces (mind you, in 38C temperatures, that's not necessary :P). In some ways, I have to admit, it's nice to be out of our old house... because there were so many reminders of her. Starting fresh here has been good to help get through it - even though she's still always on my mind. This blog will always be dedicated to her.
So anyway, as I said before, I want to make some changes to this blog. I can see in my absence that Blogger has changed it's layout, which I'll have to get used to (which is fine for now).. but when I get chances during the day, I'm going to start working on programming my own site on the side. I'm going to give myself a realisitic goal of having it finished by the end of the summer (I know - that sounds ridiculously long, but summers are always crazy around here, especially in a new city that we have to explore! ;))
On to some really good news, which is why people come here (or USED to come here, for that matter). Kitties!
I tossed around the idea of fostering again, because I didn't think I would be ready for another kitty for a while. But, little did I realize, having a house without a cat living in it is really hard for a 'cat lady'. The movers laughed at me because all these cat trees/houses/dishes/toys/etc/etc/etc came into the house on moving day.... even though we had no cat to move in.
After things had settled and we had pictures on the walls and day-to-day routine set in.... I started getting the itch. Especially with my parents, friends, and family members all owning cats.
The other day, my need was strong. I told Doug it was already time, and he was on board.
We set out to look for a kitty at the shelters. Long story short, it took some searching, and it was emotional for me (with Yok on my mind and all)... and then, we fell in love with a little girl tuxie.
Say hello to....
She's a little sweetheart. I knew the moment I saw her that she would make a perfect fit to our family. She's not a typical kitten (I actually didn't set out FOR a kitten either, since I'm very much pro-adopt-older-kitties)... she's an old soul. Sure, she loves to play, but she's so mild-mannered and relaxed around us and our little guy. As I type this, she snoozes belly up on my laptop keyboard (I have a USB one plugged in so I can actually type :P). She's friendly, and sweet, and I just adore her. We all do.
She's no where near a replacement for my Yokee... she's just a nice kitty that needed a home. Her brother was adopted before her and she was all by herself. She needed us as much as we needed her. I picked her up and her motor was so loud as she rolled around in my arms. It was love on both ends :)
Well, that's all I have to report for now. Tomorrow I break out my Nikon for some real picture taking. Lots more kitty pictures are on their way!