When it’s snow and -20°C outside, it is good to have a fire and a cuddly friend within…
With the warmest wishes for a Happy New Year!
As the rain fell rather drearily outside, I was a little surprised when the cat went out the door – and didn’t come straight back in. Peeking out, I realised that he was making the most of our little roofed porch, lying snugly on the fleece I keep on one of the seats and watching the birds at the feeder, safe from the drizzle. I went in to fetch the camera.
As I came sneaking out low to catch this, however…
“Hey, what are you doing down there? Hmm…”
“Now, let’s see…”
“Yep, much better, thanks. Perfect spot!”
I couldn’t find the time to enter this month’s Photo Art Friday, but the theme was collage and I thought that was a good idea… People around me have been asking for shots of the new place, so here’s a collection!
And obviously, there has to be one with the happy cat as well!
Right, that’s it for the family photo album. Back to business… 🙂
Well… the best thing I’ve opened in a long time was something that actually started here, with PAF. So I obviously have to share it with you!
Perhaps you recognize the book on top? 😉
Thing is, it’s a longish story, but I’ve been living this entire year more or less expecting to lose Lo, my cat, any day or week… He means a lot to me, so it’s been tough.
During this time, the wish to get that book together has obviously taken on a new urgency, while at the same time becoming a bit of a monster – I’ve felt like I’ve distanced myself to get pictures, and thinking of paper copies of the cat, when I should just embrace whatever time I have left with the actual, living Lo… Anyways, all part of the process, I guess.
When it all came together, I enjoyed it. I was working with the photos with Lo in front of – or wrapped around – me as often as not, and now it’s such a great feeling to have it done! Now, before he’s gone. Now I can enjoy it (or them, as ‘the book’ turned into two books 🙂 ) with Lo draped across my shoulder, or curled up in the crook of my arm. The memories can become good memories, and when the cat’s gone that’s what the books will remain – good memories. Then they won’t be a too late attempt to bring him back to life in some – any! – form…
Oh well, that’s just to say that without the idea born from a previous PAF challenge, I might not have made it. So thank you, Bonnie, for providing the leg up, and thank you fellow PAFers for the encouragement! And let me repay your kindness with the mild suggestion that if you’re constantly putting off that photo project about a loved one – don’t.
As my sister-in-law would say: Just do it!
(Oh, and the observant visitor will notice that there’s a difference between the envisioned cover and the final result, but that’s because the book in the end took the number 9 as its guiding theme… 9, as in nine lives. Obviously…)