Keep Your Inner Light with the Help of your Cats

cat with candle

We have been quiet the last week as we try to keep our inner light burning. Just before Christmas we unexpectedly lost a dear friend. We are still processing the loss and are going through each day trying to adapt to the new path without our friend.

2017 was a tough year for many of us that care about wildlife, the environment, women’s rights, I could go on but you know too well what last year brought to us.  It was like being shoved back down a steep hill of progress after years of hard-fought forward momentum. This continued blast of setbacks makes it hard for even die-hard optimists like myself to hold on to hope but hope we must keep.

Crow in winter

We are now experiencing the arctic blast of cold and today the high was about 9 degrees.  Super cold.  Too cold to go out for very long even bundled up and this makes it a bit harder to keep that inner light burning.

So we decided to light the fire in the fireplace.  Get out our blankets and snuggle with the cats.  Annie and Eddie beat us to the sofa and took over a new blanket given to us by a good friend. But look at them, they warm our hearts every time we see their faces.

Annie and Eddie on blanket

Eddie really misses the sunroom but on these minus zero days, it is just too cold to open up those doors.  But….


Eddie wanting to go into the sunroom

How could we deny Eddie the chance to go out into the sunroom when he looks at us with this face?  We ran the heater for over an hour and as soon as we unlocked the doors, Mercy zipped past Eddie and found his way to the sofa.

Mercy with the Joy pillows

Mercy looks quite handsome against the red JOY pillows.  Annie and Eddie quickly jumped to the top of the Cat Power Tower and enjoyed the twinkling snowflake lights and I caught a bit of them on this video.

I am embarrassed to tell you how many times we have watched this video. Annie, Eddie and Mercy bring joy into our lives every single day.  We are going to keep our JOY light lit past New Year’s Day.  We are going to need to remind ourselves to seek the light and joy in each day.  We wish you Peace, Love and Joy in 2018.  Thank you for being our friends and a part of The Tiniest Tiger community.

Joy with lights

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  1. Natalie McKee says:

    2017 was definitely a challenging year. I am so sorry for your loss 🙁 It’s so important to keep that joy even in the hard times like this, but yet it’s so important. It’s frigid here too right now — I tried to go for a walk and had to turn around. I can’t wait for the temperature to warm up. Your sunroom looks like the place to be <3

  2. so sorry to hear of your recent loss…what a wonderful sentiment you express in this post xoxoxo

  3. Tracy Moorhead says:

    I Love the photo of Mercy and the sweet video of Annie and Eddie…you’re right watching the video once was not enough!! Bless you all in 2018!

  4. Cat Fleming says:

    I’m so very sorry you lost your friend! I don’t why it’s especially hard around Christmas. I lost my mother last year just 1 week before Christmas, (it was her Birthday also), and it’s been a hard and trying year since. Find comfort in your fur babies, as mine have done for me all year!

  5. Marianne Ray says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May this year be a better year.

  6. catchatcaren says:

    so terribly terribly sorry about the loss of your friend. So deeply sorry. 2017 was not a good year and I pray that 2018 is kinder and gentler (((hugs)))

  7. Mary Friedling says:

    I struggle daily to find hope, but my cats never fail to help me find it. They are my joy. May this year be a better one for you.

  8. Shelley Jean Fredenburg says:

    I’m so sorry to learn about losing your friend. It has been a crummy year for me too, but I am thankful for what I have and just choose to believe things will get better. Love your furbabies, they are a great comfort. I enjoyed your story about your cats and also watched the video several times. Thank you so much for this post!

  9. Our heartfelt condolences for your loss.
    Yes, it certainly has been a harsh year in so many ways — and for us personally, a very good year. So it’s kind of strange balancing that knowing so many have lost so much. But we are very much “keep the inner light” devotees and so, we are very grateful for all of our blessings, while praying for others to have blessings as well, and keep their inner light glowing strongly.
    May 2018 bring healing, comfort, health, prosperity, success, and Love to all.

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s passing. I will keep you, the family and loved ones in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Sorry for your loss. Happy New Year to you.
    Sue B