It’s a lovely Sunday night at our house. We put up the Christmas decorations this afternoon, and Christmas music is on the box. A fire is blazing in the fireplace, and the house smells of wood smoke and the popcorn that The Mrs. just got out of the microwave. It’s been so pleasant for the last couple of hours that I decided to move the laptop down from my office to the chair right next to the fire. This tableau normally includes a couple of cats–Sophie, the white and brown one, and Abby, the gray one, who loved the fireplace especially. Sophie’s in her spot tonight, but Abby’s not.
We put Abby to sleep on Friday, after several months of difficulties. Perhaps we could have taken more measures to prolong her life, but we finally decided that to do so would be to postpone the inevitable. And so, on Friday morning, we built a fire, and she was sleeping in front of it at noontime when our kind veterinarian came. A few minutes later, Abby’s life ended in her favorite spot in the house. She had been with us just a few weeks shy of 16 years.
(I kid The Mrs. that she wasn’t yet 30 when we got Abby. She retorts that I had a lot more hair back then. And I shut up.)
This particular post has nothing to do with music, although I toyed mentally Friday night with a cat-themed Top 5 list (Cat Stevens, “Honky Cat,” “Nashville Cats,” Cat Mother and the All-Night Newsboys, and the Stray Cats). However, almost every post here has had something to do with Abby and Sophie, inasmuch as one or the other of them, and often both, was usually within a few feet of me as the posts were written. They like to be wherever I am. For the last three years, I’ve worked at home, so I’ve spent more waking hours with them than I have with The Mrs.
It will be different around my house from now on. And as lovely as this night has been, it’s not as complete as a night in front of the fire should be.
So that’s why there have been no posts here since Thursday. And since I’ve got lots of actual remunerative labor in my life this coming week, there likely won’t be anything new here until Tuesday at the earliest. In the interim, please read this–a commenter to an earlier post claimed to be confused about how I could legally post mp3s on this blog, so I explained the mp3 posting conventions to which this blog adheres. And then visit some of the music blogs listed in the column at the right, which adhere to the same conventions.
And if you have a cat, spend some extra time with it. Someday, you’ll be glad you did.