Comment: It was the same expression

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It was the same expression

as that tabby cat when my own cat goes to the window for his daily sun bath. Truly, it's his daily afternoon ritual. But here's more of what he looks like. https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT_vWBu... Google has lots of red cat images, but mine has these same paws that he bends ~ and uses ~ as if they were hands. I loved what you said about your cat's longevity. It reminded me of this story that someone sent me a while back. (I'm sorry that there was no author listed.) It concerns dogs, but based on my experience, it no less pertains to cats:

A Dog's Purpose

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.

Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said,''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'' The Six-year-old continued,

''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.''

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I checked out your account. How refreshing that window box looks! At the moment we're still without heat or electricity from the hurricane and have basically been housebound because of the gas shortage that's only just now over in my area. Hopefully power will be restored by next weekend and life will go back to normal. I can't wait to get started on this project. Let me ask you a couple questions: 1) Do you just water the plants or also fertilize them? 2) Does it matter if it's incandescent lighting?

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir