Jean Claude, the black Bombay and Roxie, the Japanese bobtail are no longer semi-permanent residents of my house. They reside full-time with CCL They joined my other family members and friends for a lovely Christmas Day feast which included roast beef, chicken and an awesome chocolate cake made from scratch by CCL. Later after all the guests left Roxie emerged from her spot behind the living room sofa, a sofa, I must add that used to be mine. Much, much later Jean Claude jumped from the top of the electric fireplace to the ground, knocking down candles and causing a small disturbance before retiring to his spot in the basement.
Monthly Archives: December 2011
I just finished watering snapdragons. Beautiful, pink, flourishing, it’s December 22. Jean Claude was enjoying the warm weather, nestled in the grass and quietly observing his surroundings. No birds really to chase. My neighbors have not let the dogs out. It’s just quiet. Just two days before Christmas. Two days before Roxie and Jean Claude go to what will now become their primary resident at CCL’s house. But for now we are all now taking a much needed rest. Roxie for her part spends a lot of time watching the Christmas tree and listening with me to TD Jakes.
Clearly Jean Claude and Roxie are fascinated by the Christmas tree in my living room. They’ve spent endless hours just watching it. Years ago they used to knock the tree down but now their play in the living room and dining room centers around removing the colorfully wrapped candy pieces out of the Christmas bowls and batting the pieces around on the floor . JC is particularly found of playing with the foiled wrapped candy as well as a grape I must of dropped when I was getting food out of the refrigerator. The grape has moved from under a dining room chair to under my living room couch – I guess so it can get a better view of the Christmas tree too!!
I am blessed in so many ways, with friends and family, and staff I enjoy. It’s easy to overlook those things with life challenges and people whose inner demons make it hard for them to relate or care. I think the trick is to focus on those who do care about themselves, so they care about others. Friends help you love you better. Roxie and Jean Claude of course have limitless love for me and CCL – because they know they are royalty.
There’s a lot of Christmas this year. My neightbors have outdone themselves with decor including moving Reindeer, lights, talking Santas and the like Roxie and Jean Claude for the time being remain at grandma’s house. Currently Roxie is sitting on my bed enjoying the sounds of Christmas music blasting from the television. She is also fascinated by the Christmas tree. Jean Claude, well yes, but he really liked playing with his cat Christmas toys as well as the foiled wrapped candies and admiring the neighborhood Christmas lights.
Listen here to Dave Francis’s “Auld Lang Syne”
I have no excuse for not blogging. I really don’t, other than a lot has been going on with me in my life. Holidays always seem to be a time of transition and reflection. Many people are sad about the holidays but if we remember a few things such as no matter what, we are alive. We are here and tomorrow does not have to be yesterday. In fact, today does not have to be yesterday. Too many people get trapped in the commercialism of the holidays and forget what truly makes this time of year special. Today, let’s take some time to reach out to those family and friends and take a moment to truly connect with them. Tell them you miss them, tell them you are thinking about them, tell them you love them.
So on to this blog title. Free JC & Roxie! Both have now been at Azeena’s house even though I have been home and off the road. She keeps pushing back their transfer date. I’ve now officially given up custody but still retain hope that they will come back to my house. However, they love Azeena and Azeena loves them. At some point we’ll work out a custody agreement although my version of custody means either they stay at one house and the other person visits.