I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change…
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back. – Erica Jong
Unless you’re dead, change is inevitable. Everything changes; some things more slowly than others. If we are afraid of the changes we initiate we can slow them down perhaps but not stop them.
- Life goes on with or without our consent!
To fully embrace life means to know that it’s finite, that every choice has a consequence, and that change CAN be good. It’s all in your perspective. What comes after a change CAN be better than what was before, and if we choose the change and the rate at which it occurs then all the better.
I will be undergoing personal and physical renovation for the next few years and will not be putting up new posts in the foreseeable future. I send my sincere thanks to all followers and readers, known and unknown to me.
In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
One year while we were vacationing on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina we went into a quaint little shop and found this amazingly appropriate kitchen plaque with cats. Chef Maura bought it immediately!
The back has mice and stars on it. So cute.
Kitchen wall, cat plaque at bottom
My favorite cat calligram was this poem from “Cat Fancy” magazine which I wrote out starting at the tip of his tail:
“He walks my length at six a.m.,
the house is deep in slumber.
He fixes me with slit-eyed stare,
he knows he has my number.
I open a reluctant eye to gaze in his direction.
He undulates a throaty purr,
sure of my attention.
We tiptoe through the quiet house,
both knowing where we’re headed.
The sooner he has breakfasted,
the sooner I’m rebedded.
I tuck my weary body in to sleep until eleven,
but just as I drift off (you guessed)
he walks my length at seven!”
- © M. E. Wilson, January 1991 CAT FANCY Magazine
I had it matted in purple (of course!) on a purple mount. (Yes, I know it looks blue here. Trust me, it’s purple.) It now lives between the front door and a window. Oh, it’s on paper I made.
I’ve done many a calligram in my time, where the words make the shape, and mostly of cats. For quite a number of years when we lived in Pennsylvania I went over to cat calligram postcards for holiday greetings which I had printed in green or red or both so all I had to do was address them on the other side and plonk down a stamp. Easy peasy and less money than regular cards in an envelope. Everybody loved ‘em. I made the outlines from cat photographs on my cat-a-day desktop calendars.
This last one was printed with the box in green and the cat in red.
(Can’t find one now!)
Merry Christmas everyone, from our family to yours.
Not one but TWO sets!! (Both presents.)
These are our large coasters for going under mugs.
We use them all the time.
And then there are the napkin rings which my brother
– who is *highly* allergic to cats!! –
as one of
our housewarming presents.
How is it possible he’s so allergic to cats????