Breathe in deeply, kittens.
Can you sense it?
It’s a little like the scent of a new journal, as you smooth open the pages for the first time.
It’s a bit like the sight of a glassy jar of peanut butter when you first ziiiiiiip off the seal.
It’s a lot like the first sip of coffee — o holy elixir — on a Monday morning.
It’s a new year, fresh-born and fresh with dreams — yours, mine and cats’.
But leaping forward requires honoring backward, so let’s tip our books and PBJs and lattes to December:
Arrived: Lucille, Oscar, Emmy, Jabba, Mr. Grey Fluffy Pants, Socks, Martin, Cassandra, Bryce, McNulty
Adopted: Zoey, Tucker, Chocolate, Holly, Eliza, Randy, Clara, Flux, Kima, Baloo, Cricket & Weevil (together), Cosette, Yuri & Kramer (together), Vanilla, Martin
Returned: Binx, Bunny (yes for the third time, yes for the final time, dies irae!)
Readopted: Binx, Bunny (with Binx, who we sent to enforce the permanence of this adoption)
Cleared from Quarantine: Jessie, Sandy, Bunk, Tortini, Olive
Banished to Ringworm: Abby
Promoted to the Lobby: Olive
Promoted to the Community Room: Pasha
Newly sponsorable: Princess Bubblegum
Promoted to Heaven: Gilda (gentle ancient soul who was only with us an hour or so, forever loved no less); Maggie (yes, that Maggie…yes, we are still quite raw…and yes, we will blog her tribute when hearts are ready)
Breathe in. Sigh out the expired regrets — they don’t know your name in 2016. Dream on with us.