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Auld Lang Syne

The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse await Second Breakfast
The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse await Second Breakfast

Back in late June in one of my posts about losing Mewsette, I mentioned that the day she died I stayed up late at my desk, trying not to fall asleep, I didn’t want the last day of Mewsette’s life, the last hours that she was alive with us, to end.

That’s the way I feel about 2023. I’m not saying I want to kick this old year away and welcome the new one. I want a little more time with the last year that Mewsette, Jelly Bean and Giuseppe were still here, and The Four Housecats of the Apocalypse reigned.

“Auld Lang Syne” is an old Scots phrase that roughly translates to “old long since,” or times remembered, especially with fondness by its usage in language and in song. Of course, time will pass and the new year will come. But part of me will be remembering auld acquaintances who will ne’er be forgot, and days of auld lang syne.

Thanks so much for your sympathy, support, patience and understanding this year.


I’ve had so many things to share before the year’s end, but I’ve also needed new glasses for the past several months. Old glasses strain my eyes to the point of sometimes violent headaches with detail work, so avoiding computer and other device time was kind of a necessity. Despite using voice to text and recording/transcribing, I still need to read and edit. I decided to just keep recording my thoughts electronically and on paper so that later I can finish the articles I’ve wanted to write.

And maybe it’s better that I have some time after losing Giuseppe. I am feeling much more whole, but I don’t know that I am really whole enough yet to share posts about losing him, and then also the whole picture of loss as well.

I saw my ophthalmologist and got my new prescription on December 4, but by that time I knew I’d have some serious expenses for Giuseppe and decided to put off the glasses until…later. I will get them soon, and get back to posting regularly. Love, health and joy to you and all your loved ones of all species.

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15 thoughts on “Auld Lang Syne

  • maru clavier

    From this isde of the Caribbean Sea, human and felines send hugs and purrs for you, all of you, until pain fades and love gets its proper place in the memories.

  • Thomas Hill

    2023 was a bad year for many of us, so let’s hope that 2024 is better. Your dedication to the cat community is seemingly-endless, and I wish you and your kitty family only the best in health and success for the new year and beyond.

    • Thank you so much, Thomas. It’s my love for them all that keeps me going. I wish the same for you and yours for this year and beyond.

  • 15andmeowing

    I understand your feelings. You have had a very sad year.

    • Thank you, Ellen, I know you have had your losses too. This year will always seem like a fog of change.

  • da tabbies o trout towne

    hoping 24 is a better year; sending best fishes that each
    day, something great comes your way

    • Me too, on both accounts. I’ll be looking for the fishes. Hippo Gnu Year to you.

    • Thank you, and love and a happy new year to you and your housepanthers.

  • Bonnie

    Thank you, Bernadette, for sharing so much, especially your kitty family. I feel the same way when entering a new year. I hope it is a gentle passage for you. Peace…

    • Thank you so much, Bonnie. I’m grateful to those who visit and read. Kitties all seem happy and are adapting to new habits.

  • We wish you a 2024 without any losses. Three in one year is too many and not fair. Sending best wishes. XOCK, angels Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta & Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer, Kizmet, Audrey & Raleigh

    • No, it’s really not fair. I hope, and I really feel, that we are done for a while. Happy new year to all of you there.

  • Happy New Year to you and your kitties, Bernadette! I’m so sorry about your losses, those are indeed, so hard to weather. Meows and purrs to you and your kitties.

    • Thank you so much, Leah, and purrs to you and your family human and otherwise.


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