Monday, May 30, 2016

This and That

It's been a really busy couple of weeks. My dad randomly showed up right as we were getting ready for the grand opening of my brother's brewery. I did all the food for the opening and was the grill-master, so between the work, the drinking and the socializing, I'm pretty much wiped out.

The big party was fun (other than the hang-overs) and the doggies did great. I was really worried that having 100 people standing next to my trailer freaking the dogs out, but they were fine. I even passed Zoey around a crowd of people. She's so smart--she calms down when I take her outside to see what noises she's scared of. Ty even got to run around the party on his own steam, and he had a great time roving through the crowd introducing himself.

I've been gaming, too, with a new set of friends I met online. We use team speak, which lets a group of people talk voice chat with each other, and it's been a blast. And of course I built a web site for our new gaming group. It's great to have some new friends with nothing to do with my previous life.

The grill master, peering through the haze...

Johnny passed away yesterday. My sister is in Peru and had to tell her assistant to take him in, since it was clear he was in so much pain. He actually looked pretty good other than being miserable, so I understand completely. My little sister took me to visit him last week, and he seemed really happy to see me. His new friend Satin was curled up to him trying to comfort him. Satin is 15 and has lost her last 4 best friends.

It's funny, as I'm looking for some photos of Johnny as a kitten, I'm seeing that in almost all of those photos, he was following Salem around. Him and Salem ended up having 12 years where they were literally never apart, so it's touching to see that it was that way from day one. When we got Johnny, our house in Anaheim was up for sale and it was a colossal venture even moving all our animals. There was a lot of little moments we missed, so I'm glad my camera was there to catch some of it back in 2004.

So it's been a roller coaster of highs and lows the last couple weeks. It's hard not to see my scattered family coming together in spiritual terms. I told my brother that I want to be with my siblings whether I'm building his web site or making potato salad, or both.

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