Yesterday afternoon was dreadfully sad, Grace and I took our sick cat Spot to the vet and ended up having to put him to sleep.  We both held him, petted him, and cried as we said our goodbye.  I’ve never had to put an animal to sleep before and it was awful, but there is some small relief in knowing he is no longer suffering.  We brought him home in a white box, all curled up pretty, like he really was just sleeping.  Rich buried Spot in the yard here at home, where he loved to be, and loved to catch all sorts of tasty, furry creatures.  He was a good hunter and used to come home meowing with his mouth full of mouse, so I could properly praise him.  I am especially sad because my Grandfather, who has since passed away, gave me Spot.  He is a kitten from the farm, from “up on the hill” where I grew up. 


Rich came home from work last night with two bouquets of carnations in his arms.  One for me and one for Grace.


This morning, Ethan had an orthodontist appointment at the unusual hour of 8 am.  (He makes his own appointments).  After his appointment I went to Target and left him in the car with Seth and Sarah so I could run in and get Seth’s birthday presents.  He turns four on Saturday.  He turns four on Saturday.  I got him an Edward train, a basketball, a soccer ball, and a Frisbee.  He delights in anyting sports related, and requested Edward specifically, so I think he will be very happy.  I even remembered wrapping paper.

After our outing, we took Ethan to school and came home and it was still only 9:45.

I did something fun yesterday.  I read about this winter project in a magazine and decided to try it. 

You take an old plastic tray (this one held mushrooms) and fill it half way with water, decorate it with *whatever* (I used fruit) and then freeze it with a ribbon on top, to hang outside.

It’s like a pretty stained glass window.  I hung it outside with the birdfeeders. 

It’s a drippy, foggy, wet, slushy day today.

Yes, the snow is melting a lot and the chickens ventured outside their coop.  (I gathered eight eggs yesterday!) When I walk down later I will have to wear my rubber boots.

I read these two books to Seth and Sarah before their naptime.

“Mrs. Tittlemouse was a most terribly tidy particular little mouse, always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors.”  The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse

“Mrs. Tabitha Twitchit came down the garden and found her kittens on the wall with no clothes on.”  The Tale of Tom Kitten

Children’s literature at it’s very finest!


They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing.  Psalm 34:10b



(so thankful for spot’s last picture::I love it)


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  1. Awww, so sorry about Spot. I have been reading books that are set with Beatrix Potter and the community around Hill Top Farm. It is fun that the animals talk to one another in the books. I enjoy the small community life portrayed.

  2. So sorry about Spot. =( We love Beatrix Potter around here. I think Hunca Munca is my favorite, I think. ;)My sister just gave me a movie to watch, Miss Potter. It’s the story of Beatrix Potter’s life.It was slushy and rainy here yesterday…61 degrees! Crazy for January. Today we have snow and tonight below zero temps.I like your frozen fruit, very pretty. Fun idea.I think I’ll try that with my girls in the next day or so.Hope you have a better day today.

  3. Sorry about your loss. When someone loves an animal it really is a loss to see them go:( hope you all will feel back to normal soonYour a busy mama and u even rememebered the wrapping paper!! Pod job! I often forget:)There is a birthday here too… My husbands. Dinner and movie tonight!

  4. It is a sad time when you have to say good bye to a very loved pet. I am sorry for this ache you feel in your heart. I have felt it, too. Your Winter decoration is so pretty! I thought maybe I would try it, but then I remembered that we live in an upstairs apartment, and that whatever I put in mine will end up dropping into the first floor neighbor’s yard! So… guess not. So sweet of your lovely husband to bring his sad girls flowers. Blessings and a hug

  5. I’m so sorry about your kitty. He looks like he was a lovely cat. Many hugs! I love the nerf bullet on Grace’s dresser. Those things have a way of popping up everywhere, don’t they? I can’t believe Seth is turning four already. Where does the time go? And your ice/fruit creation is so pretty, the colors are so vivid. So bright on this dreary day (here, winter is coming back)

  6. I am so sorry about Spot. We recently had to put our precious cat Maxx to sleep. He was 15 years old. So, so hard and I miss him. I didn’t go to the Vet, my husband did. It’s so hard to lose a precious part of the family. Blessings.

  7. Dear, I am so ill by the time I reached your place – got stomach bug for nearly a week. Now, cannot sleep, I pass by to read on everyone`s blogs and just realized this sad news of your cat. I hope that the kids are quite strong and very brave on this because I know I was hell sad when my cat died when I was a kid … You take care! And HUGS the kids too!

  8. so sorry about the loss of “spot.” and when i read that your grandfather gave this cat to you…i realize spot was more than special. like a little tangible connection to someone you love as well.

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