Mancat Monday : Many Moons Ago

cat calender vintage

Cat calendars are a dime a dozen but back in 1892 they were a novelty. Time, then and now is marked by days, weeks and months, hours, minutes and years, moments and seconds. What we value hasn’t changed or has it?

Many moons ago Odin fit into his kitty bed but then…

Odin cat















something happened. Odin cried, “Mommy make it fit!”

Odin cat bed too small-001

Of course Layla couldn’t make it fit. Odin had outgrown it. We can’t force anything that no longer fits. Life is nothing but change, moon after moon after moon.

Odin cat bed

It’s been exactly one moon since Gris Gris died. Odin has taken to spending time on the window perch overlooking Gris Gris’s grave. His mood, captured above is suitably somber. The first signs of sadness lifting happened a couple days ago when Domino and Odin began playing with each other again. A good sign. Change and healing happens one moon at time. Like giving birth or after any arduous undertaking, I’d forgotten how exhausting grieving is. We forget in the soft passing of time only to remember again. Be kind to yourself this week.

cat memorial moon

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40 thoughts on “Mancat Monday : Many Moons Ago”

  1. I know so well the passage of time and how it marks us as we watch it pass. Again I find myself wishing to hold back time and it will trickle through my fingers as easily as running water. (hugs)

  2. What a neat calendar. One moon but almost like yesterday for all of you, I’m sure. Odin is such a soulful cat. We really hope things will be even a little bit easier after another moon passes. Our thoughts to you all.

  3. We understand and know how exhausting the grieving process is. It’s especially hard when the purrs, thoughts and prayers from friends fade away. Everyone grieves on their own timeline and the pain can still sting months and years later.
    (((purrs & hugs)))
    ~Glogirly, Katie & yes, even Waffles

  4. That is so good to hear they have resumed playing. My Kona was bereft for a long time when Dusty passed…when I saw her grooming her sisters again I was so pleased. Be kind to yourself.

  5. You are so right, Layla. Grieving IS exhausting. We are glad change is happening, and that Domino and Odin are playing again. Be good to yourselves, dear ones. We love you all.

  6. For everything there is a season……if we cannot allow ourselves to feel this raw,devestating, soul tearing thing called grief and mourning then we can never allow ourselves to know what complete,pure total love is either. They are yin and yang and one cannot exist without the other. It seems the thing that sometimes makes it all a little easier to bear is knowing that others share your pain,understand it and have felt it themselves. We most certainly wish to help bear the grief for all of you and we have and will again know that shattering pain as well.
    With our love to anyone who mourns a loss.
    Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang + Twig and Peanut and Romeo >^..^<

  7. Glad to hear the 2boys have played. Odin does look so somber. So sudden, still hard to believe he’s gone. And I’m an outsider looking in. Still feel so close to affect me, how your doing is what’s important. Too bad, the pics didn’t come thru on my cell.

  8. Change can take so long to accept sometimes. Flynn still often has the sad faraway look in his eyes. It makes me wonder if he will ever be able to accept. The calendar is lovely.

  9. That was so sad when Gris Gris had to go to the bridge. Odin, you have grown to be a good boy and we are glad to hear that you are playing with Domino again. You all take good care.

  10. Adorable vintage calendar. Thanks for sharing it.

    Odin does look sad.

    Just thinking about Gris Gris makes me sad.

    Thanks for sharing, Layla.

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