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Asheville, North Carolina
Hi. I'm Cleo. After being surrendered at Orange County Animal Services in Chapel Hill, NC I found myself being gawked at by a couple of humans whom I eventually adopted. I let them refer to themselves as "mom" and "dad", and they couldn't have found a better home than one filled with... me.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Well, here we are.  The end of one year, almost the beginning of the next.  This will be, lets see... somewhere around my twentieth or twenty-first year of existence on this planet (the old guy who, together with mom waits on me hand and foot, my companion for all but a few of those in between), and I'm thankful for the chance to live and be as healthy as I've been for this long.
     Though I won't admit it out loud I'm grateful for the brief time I got to spend with that little tyke, Grayson.  I'll quietly admit he wasn't really that annoying
     I've seen and heard a lot in my twenty-whatever-the-hell years here, and I'll be grateful for however many more I'm granted. I've learned to live with less, learned to slow down some (although I can't really imagine I ever did anything at a pace different than that of my current way) and breath deep and enjoy what I have.
     In the approaching new year I hold out great hope;  for the discovery of cures for diseases and pain that have caused suffering and death for too long; for more people to take a good, hard look at the way they live, what they have and what they really need; for loves lost and faltered relationships rekindled.  
     I have high hopes that a child I know of will change the way she feels enough to contact the parent she mistakenly believes doesn't know or love her.
     I hope that the great (and some not so great) minds in Washington can get their shit together and come up with a solution to the looming mess we'll all have to pay for. 
     I long to see a family I know (several, actually) learn to be more forgiving and come to the realization some day that life is way too short to be so selfish (good luck on THAT one).  
     I hope a bulldozing canine I know someday realizes that bullying is neither effective nor attractive, and that such corrosive behavior can haunt like a rolled newspaper if left unchecked
     I hope dad will be able to adjust his daily schedule so that he can sleep past 5 a.m. and stay awake at least a little later than six-thirty in the evening.  
     I hope mom will learn to give up her dependence on Diet Coke. She's working on it.  Really.
     I hope a cure will be discovered for a most common ailment- that of obsessive feline grooming- and its less than pleasant after effects.  
     In short (who am I kidding already?) I hold out lots of hopes- some beyond reach, I'm sure.    
     So anyway, Happy New Year.  I'm being forced to put this ridiculous f*cking picture in here for your amusement.  Certainly not mine.  Mom went and dressed me up for a card and made it look like I partied too much.  Whatever. May the coming year be good to you all...



Mark's Mews (Ayla, Marley, and Laz) said...

Enjoy the years!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely Orbit!! You are so amazing!! We have everything crossed for all your hopes for this new year! Our hope is that you continue to be as you are! Yay! Happy happy New Year!! take care

Kjelle Bus aka Charlie Rascal said...

LOVELY post Orbit !
Me hope ALL your hopes for the new year will come true !
Wish you and your peeps a HAPPY NEW 2013 :)

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Awww.... I hope that ALL your wishes and dreams for 2013 come true. But first things first... no more embarrassing pictures, huh? purrs

Angel Prancer Pie said...

Happy New Year, Orbit! We hold out lots of hopes for the new year, too. But if not for hope, what do we have? Not pee-diddly. We think your card is lovely. XOXOXO

Cat and DOG Chat With Caren said...

20 something years? You are blessed my furiend, truly blessed! Hope all of your wishes for the New Year come true!

Ann Boyajian said...

Lovely post, Orbit. We didn't realize you had that many years under your paws. Lookin' good! Here's to many more filled with good health, lap time and head skritches.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

A perch in everee pocket
A salmon in everee sock
Hope yur new yeerz eve
Trooly doez rock
A whitefish in everee wagon
A bass in everee bowl
Hope yur new yeerz day
Trooly doez roll
A herring N everee hammick
A trout in everee tanx
High pawz N headbonkz
For yur friendship we due thanx

We hope everee one haza pawsum
awesum soooper grate happee healthee
2013; may yur lives bee enriched with
loves N thanx for putting up with all
R burd non cents de live long yeer

Katnip Lounge said...

Well, you are a Cat, Orbit--aim high in your wishes! We hope this year brings you continued health and happiness.

Happy Mew Year from all of us at The Katnip Lounge!

Colehaus Cats said...

Happy New Year! Hoping that you get some of your hopes at least 'cause we all thinks they're good ones. Purrs...

Ivan and Izzy from WMD said...

Aw, I bet you really *did* party too much and just got caught! Very nice year end post, Orbit. I hope they all come true for you.

Happy New Year, bud. And to your dad and mom, too. NY's Day calls for a trip to Wrightsville Beach!

Sasha + Saku said...

Happy New Year Orbit!

We hopes 2013 sees all your wishes come true!

Just Ducky said...

Happy New Year.

Marilia said...

Have a great New Year!

About This Blog

Created in July 2011 this blog chronicled the everyday life of a well-seasoned, spoiled house panther named Orbit. He was a nearly constant companion for almost 22 years, and ruled our roost until he passed away in December 2014, and the loss of his companionship hit us like a ton of bricks.
After more than 2 years without a live-in feline friend we found this senior Tortie gal at a local shelter and just couldn't leave without her. Cleo certainly came with an abundance of purrsonalitude, and has staked her claim on our hearts and in our home since day one. It took some long, deep thought, but I decided to pick up where Orbit left off and let Cleo tell her stories. Of course from time to time I'll add some non-Cleo posts, but she'll get over it.