|This kitty isn't Emmi Sue, but she's so adorable that I couldn't help but use this today.|
|Emmi Sue's display on my mantle, including two of her favorite toys, my beanie teddy bears!|
|My dad burned her name, probable birth date and day of passing into the wood, all written in my handwriting.|
|My Emmi Sue's beautiful back paw print, including a few claw marks. I added her name and heart to it.|
For the first time EVER, my family will be at my house on christmas eve and I can't wait. My parents will be bringing most of the food, while I'll bake a couple apple cakes for dessert while Mom, Dad and my brother Gonzalo are here. Is it silly that I'm excited for them to be here? Nah, it's kind of a special occasion, even for us Atheists. Having my family in my home is something I never experienced until my brother was home a few weeks ago, and it was spectacular. He has allergies and was never able to tolerate being in my home for too long, but I think my new "homemaker" Kim's three times per week vacuuming has made the difference. Yes, Dorraine is still my homemaker, too, but since she was diagnosed with COPD, she isn't able to breathe too well and is not able to do too much when she comes over. I love that she was reassigned to me as I missed her so much, as did Jinger and Allie. The moment she steps into my home, Jinger practically attacks her! Yeah, it's a love-fest and it's great to have her back and doing pretty well.
In case I don't write again until after xmas, I would like to extend my sincerest wishes to everyone and may you have a very safe, happy, magical, fantastic holiday season. On a final note, keep those who are less fortunate, not only in your thoughts but give them a helping hand. I, for one, am going to donate food and kitty litter to our local No-Kill animal shelter, where I adopted Emmi Sue. It won't be until after the New Year as funds are extremely tight at the moment, but it will be done in her name and I know she would be proud. Happy Xmas to all!