Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Better Day

It was a better day for me than yesterday. I want to thank everyone who left such kind words and comments yesterday. It helped me make it through the day.  I was diagnosed with chronic depression a few years ago. I found a good therapist and a good doctor and the right medication. It made all the difference it the world to me.  I have good days and bad days, but that is normal. Everyone does.

Thank you all again.

The kitties are demanding that I return their blog back to them tomorrow!

Mom Malinda

Monday, August 13, 2012

Not So Happy Monday (Kitties are Fine)

Please don't panic, all of the kitties are fine! This is mom, Malinda. I've had a very difficult weekend. My dear friend, Richard, took his own life on Thursday. I am still trying to wrap my head around it all.

Richard had suffered with serve depression his entire adult life. He was on numerous medications and was getting professional help. He had a partner who loved him and a ten year old daughter who loved him. But none of these things could pull him out of the dark place he was in.

Richard loved animals. When he and his partner were living in Florida they did rescue and rehabilitation for wild animals. Primarily they dealt with possums and raccoons. Richard had two pet raccoons (not at the same time) that were a result of the rescue program. Both had been abandoned pets and couldn't be released. He loved themed dearly and I know it broke his heart when they passed away.  While in Florida they also had a houseful of cats and dogs (all rescues).

Richard was also a very talented costumer. He had worked with some regional theaters in Florida doing costuming. He had just done some sewing for me in May. He made a couple of Victorian inspired skirts for me for the steampunk convention I was going to. It was then when he told me he had tried to kill himself (again) in March. What do you say to someone who tells you that?  I told him that I loved him and that I'm glad he didn't succeed.

So, I can't say that his death came as a surprise to me. I'm still stunned, my heart aches for him and those he has left behind. I know that there was nothing I could have said or done to stop him. It still doesn't make his loss any easier.

Anthony, Richard's partner of 26 years, is going to hold a healing circle at their house on Friday for their close friends. Richard's parents are having a memorial service at their church next Monday. I am planning on attending both.

I hope that Richard has found the peace in death that he fought so hard to find in life. I will miss him.

Richard Harland-Bennett
May 15, 1962 - August 9, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Easy Like Sunday

This is our friend, Gretel. She lives in Ocean City, MD. Gretel is an only cat and she is about 18 months old now. We know one her favorite toys as a kitten was a ball of yarn! She has two angel kitty sisters, Willow and Holly, and an angel Irish Wolfhound sister named Clara.

It sure looks likes Gretel is having a very easy Sunday!