Happy American Thanksgiving!

Or you could paint the cat on the table.

I have so much to be thankful for this year of my hip replacement, from all those who helped me get things done and who checked on me and my felines before and after my surgery, and the safety net that made the surgery and surrounding medical care possible. I am also very grateful that, during this time when I was less able to care for them and I had far less income than usual, my household of 10 stayed healthy and I didn’t have to worry about managing care and costs, always a concern with so many, but even moreso this year.

I am thankful for every frightened cat who finally finds a place of comfort in my home. I am grateful for my ability to see inspiration just about everywhere I look, and something beautiful in everything I see, and to be able to create things with images and words that can share that inspiration and beauty with others. I am grateful to have the means and the ability to help others in many ways, and I am equally grateful for those who remember me when I have needs too, especially when my car is off the road, a pretty regular theme lately, and especially for those who offer me a space at their table on a holiday. Have a beautiful day, even if you’re not celebrating our Thanksgiving!

My felines and I hope you find something to be thankful for in every day!

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"Dinnertime!", pencil © BernadetteE. Kazmarski
“Dinnertime!”, pencil © Bernadette E. Kazmarski

Here is one of my favorite sketches, the third daily sketch of over a thousand, from way at the beginning of my series of sketches beginning on December 4, 2011, and one of the few to include Cookie. It’s Kelly, Mimi and Cookie enjoying dinner on the evening of December 7, 2011. Read more and purchase.


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