Sparks

Grief is the deepest emotion I have ever felt; a combination of devastation, despair, powerlessness, and existential fear. But it was not all bad, for in that dark time I still found moments of light: the beautiful memories that remained of her life. I wanted to hold the memories. I wanted to touch them. I wanted them to materialize.

I was overcome with an immeasurable desire to tell and retell to everyone who would listen about every moment I could remember spending with her. I saw this happening to our family and friends. We desperately needed to keep her memories alive. Memories were all we had left of her.

But I encountered a conundrum that many others did not. I realized that much of what we were sharing as memories had probably never happened. They were imaginative figments placed on the ephemeral pages of the interweb. But during the summer, a SPARK of light appeared. It was MARVELOUS!

I think McGuffy’s Reader‘s Sparks idea is fabulishious!

When I knew that Queen Penelope’s days were numbered, we shared a daily gift. I have asked her if she will share a weekly SPARK with you and she has agreed. Look for Nellie’s Sparks on Marvelous is Marvelous, starting next Monday!

Today I leave you with one of her previous gifts!

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Love Barb

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Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day

RemembranceDay-8.28.2016

Today I am dedicating my blog to Queen Penelope

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Queen Penelope was a very tiny cat. She did, however have a HUGE personality! When she was living with Mommy, she was exactly as Mommy portrayed her on her blog. She appeared thorny (she hisses, swatted and would bite gently) but she was mostly all bluster and actually was a cream puff.

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She actually LOVED road trips! Her first one was about 5 days after she went to live with Mommy and Daddy. Hissy old Licorice was singing the songs of our People, and Nellie chimed in! She continued to sing on all the trips until Hissy old Licorice went over the bridge. When he was no longer singing, she quit. laid back and enjoyed almost all of her trips after that.

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She LOVED to go camping! Her favorite place was Lassie Lake (where she camped for 17 years). lassie Lake is where she got “lost” for a week. Mommy and Daddy were sure that she had become Owl lunch. 6 days after she went missing, they went back up and found her sitting on the picnic table. She yelled at them for half an hour about how she went for a walk and they disappeared. After that incident, whenever they went camping, NellieĀ  was ALWAYS in sight and would immediately go into the tent if they headed towards the boat!

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She was a prodigious Mouse Hunter!
She used to lay them in front of the door to the garage. One morning Mommy found 23 dead mice all in a row. She also liked to catch birds. Alas, she caught several humming birds when she was younger, precipitating Mommy to get rid of the humming bird feeder.

She loved to “visit” her friends. In the evenings, she would sit with Mommy when she was reading our friend’s blogs and Nellie would watch closely. Some of her favorites were:

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Speedy (especially his videos)

As a matter of fact, Speedy was her favorite Man Furrend!

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Austin!

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Eric & Flynn

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Merlin (the only man cat she married!)

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Katie Isabella

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On a VERY Sad note – Allred – the Devil Cat at the Canine Country Club went over the bridge today! He was Nellie’s partner.

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Allred, Vickie will miss you, but I am sure you and Nellie are having a rip roaring time!

There were so very many more, but I have run out of room!
I am sorry that I never met Queen Penelope in the fur… but if it had not been for her, I would not be here. I am helping you all remember her with LOVE

Purrs

Marvelous