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Daily Sketch: A Year in Memories, 2014

sketch of six cats
“A Year in Memories: Emeraude, Kennedy, Smokie, Bella, Ernie and Bert”, Brush markers, 9″ x 5″ © Bernadette E. Kazmarski
A Year in Memories: Emeraude, Kennedy, Smokie, Bella, Ernie and Bert

It’s been some year with fostering.

We lost Emeraude on February 3.

Kennedy arrived on June 16 and left us on August 6.

Smokie arrived on August 27.

Bella arrived on September 17.

Bert and Ernie arrived on November 26.

Thanks to each one of you who arrived out of the universe and brought your unique gifts and challenges.

Lady Emeraude with 19 years of wisdom and wear and tear, we were glad to give you a few months of being the absolute star of the household and our purrs and energy when you were ill, and to grieve you when you left. We know you were happy. You radiated happiness. We still feel it where you slept. We will never forget you.

Kennedy, our brother, we recognized you the moment we saw you, and though you only had weeks left in your journey we were glad you made it before your travels were over. You belonged here, and you are a part of this family, the fifth spirit sharing our age and our furs, forever.

Smokie, Bella, Bert and Ernie, with your great need and desire to learn to trust the human and let go of your fears, we are glad to show you how to be happy housecats, how to play and wrestle and love, and cast you on your journey to a long and happy life.

A year from now, who knows?

Just as I finished this sketch and began my post listing the dates above, watching the ball drop in Times Square on my computer just now, I heard the familiar big band Guy Lombardo And His Royal Canadians’ “Auld Lang Syne” which reminds me of my parents and growing up, followed by Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” which makes me cry no matter what, and by the time Iz Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Over the Rainbow” started I was done.

Happy New Year everyone, health and love to us all in the new year, people and cats and dogs and all animals and living things everywhere, all over the earth.

Auld acquaintance shall ne’er be forgot, nor days of auld lang syne.

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What other sketches did I share on or around this date?


Happy Mew Year 2014!
cartoon of five cats
Happy Mew Year!

This about says it all! Giuseppe, Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine, Jelly Bean and Mimi—
and, of course, their human too—all wish you a healthy and prosperous 2014.

May all your dreams come true,
and may you find more to pursue!

. . . . . . .

Happy Mew Year! (2013)
cartoon of five cats
“Happy New Year!”

This about says it all! Giuseppe, Mewsette, Mr. Sunshine, Jelly Bean and Mimi—
and, of course, their human too—all wish you a healthy and prosperous 2013.

May all your dreams come true,
and may you find more to pursue!

Click here to see other daily sketches.

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“Mewsette on the Afghan” desktop calendar 2560 x 1440 for HD and wide screens.

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25 thoughts on “Daily Sketch: A Year in Memories, 2014

  • Happy New Year Bernadette, I really like your sketch of all the cats.

    I love my painting of the Grey Wolf – it is beautiful and reminds me of Snoopy and wintertime.

    Best of health, happiness, and kitties in the New Year

    Take Care

    • Sharon, I’m really glad to know “His Majesty” is in your home! I wore my Christmas sweater too. Happy New Year!

  • A very happy new year to you and your beautiful brood, Bernadette. You have a heart of pure gold. oxoxoxoxox

    • Thank you dear! I hope your new year has started well!

    • We hopes everyone in Trout Towne has the same! Bella might be disappointed without burds, but we’ll manage.

  • Lovely sketches (as always) and sweet (bittersweet) memories…. Happy HAPPY Mew Year to you!

    • Happy Mew Year to you three and your humans, and the memories are very sweet, no matter the outcome.

  • What Beautiful Art you do!! Have a very Happy New Year!
    Your TX furiends,
    Samantha & Mom

  • Lovely art, wonderful hearts!…Wishing all of you a very Happy New Year filled with great health, great joy and great love!…xoxo…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

    • Jacqueline, we wish the same for you! Thanks for visiting, and thanks for rescuing Mommy Cat and Daddy Cat, and Jax <3 too.

  • A beautiful sketch, B – so many paw prints in your heart! May 2015 see all your wishes fulfilled beyond your most wildest dreams.

    • Chris, those pawprints have made up an awesome pattern all over me. I hope your year is a continuation of last year with all your marvelous discoveries!

  • Awww! That sketch of Bert looks like my Jazmine! Happy New Year and blessings to you and yours from the Zee and Zoey Gang!

    • Deb, OMG, there’s a cat in the house who is NOT BLACK! Does this portend a new color scheme for 2015? Hope your year started out right and continues.

  • Happy New Year! I hope 2015 only brings amazing things your way!

    • To you too, Hilary, thanks for visiting, and thanks for adopting Lucy!

  • Some sadness this year! Your art still brings much joy and many smiles! Happy New Year, Bernadette x

    • Carolyn, the sadness is tempered by joy that I had the chance to meet those characters. And I do look for that special moment before I create!

    • Thanks Island Cats–happy new year, and we hope your first day is as sunny and bright as ours!

  • We are in awe of your art … it touches ones heart and soul and brings a smile. May the new year bring that back to you and yours.

    • Thanks, Zoolatry, I owe my career as an artist to the cats I’ve fosters so I always try to give back my baking them a bunch of stars!

  • Beautiful sketch, beautiful words. Thank you for sharing your year with us. We wish you and all your family a safe and wonderful 2015. Happy New Year!

    • Thank you, Colehaus Cats, and thanks for saving cats in your shelter too!


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