Christmas is such a wonderful time. We feel so blessed to be sharing the season with family and friends. This Christmas is my first without a certain friend who always *brightened* my Christmas. My funny, silly, lovely friend, Christine.
We met through volunteering for our local animal shelter 18 years ago and became instant friends.
She loved to share Christmas with my kids and our shopping sprees were an adventure. 2005 - modelling our 'bad Christmas sweaters'.
Attending our local animal shelter's fundraising dinner. 2007. How she loved her dogs and cats.
In 2008, Christine was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. It all seems like a bad dream to me now but the next 2 years would be a time of fear, hope, bonding between friends and her family, sharing, crying and eventually acceptance.
Christine lost her battle on Feb. 8, 2010.
"If I had a day that I could give you, I'd give to you a day just like today"
I'll always miss her
Christine's cat Polly
Christine adopted her when she was diagnosed with cancer. While we were out for breakfast one Saturday, she said to me "I want to save one more cat before I go". Once I caught my breath I said "Let's go now" and we were off to our local pound where the cats very seldom were adopted. Polly was waiting for her and became her little angel for the next 2 years. Now Christine will watch over her. She lives with Christine's partner, Rob & 3 other kitties.
I started my Just Cats blog on Feb. 17th, 2010, just days after Christine passed away.
I needed something 'new' to begin, something fun and a bit of a challenge. It has been all of that and more. I have loved meeting through our blogs so many creative and interesting people. And so many cat-lovers :) It's been a lot of fun and great therapy.
Hope you are now ready for Christmas. It's been a real pleasure sharing Christmas preparations with all of you. You have certainly made this Christmas more special.
By this time, we have to just throw up our hands and say "Ready or not....here it comes."
Merry Christmas to you all.
with love, Deb