It’s been a weekend of quiet – yet mind-searing memory-like – moments that I want to chronicle here, simply stated, yet some quite powerful for me.

…the feeling of utter support and emotion that I felt reading all of your comments and words from Friday’s poignant and tough-to-write post about Nala. A moment…

…accomplishing my longest run to-date (about 7 miles, I believe, roughly) on Saturday morning, breathing in the salty seabreeze, and fresh, yet soon-to-be-humid air, and being thisclose to giving up about a mile from the end. The rush at finishing and accomplishing. A moment…

…my second trip to the beach this season (two more than the last FOUR YEARS…) with my sister and brother-in-law and “honorary” sister-in-law on one of those top 10 beach days…not too hot, not too cold, nice breeze, simplicity. A moment…

..having an absolute blast at a birthday bash for a friend redefining epic-like parties, with sangria flowing, beer pong (yes, beer pong!) playing, a 21-year-old hitting on me (um, yeah, now that was funny) and a summery evening with great friends (few pics here over at my sister’s blog). This is what summer is all about for me…the mixture of heat, long summery nights, grillin’ food and quenching beverages. A moment…

…laying on my bed this morning, post-workout, next to Nala when she gets up, crawls onto my chest, right up close to my face, starts to purr (something she hasn’t done a lot of lately), and nuzzle/lick/nibbles my hand, her eyes half-closing in a “kitty kiss” and sleeping there, momentarily, sprawled on my body. I whisper softly that I love her, that I know she wants to live, that I will protect her and keep her as comfortable and happy as I can. I drink it in. A moment…

Couch-laying amid an afternoon rain storm and looking around, one kitty at my feet (Kayla) and one kitty in the chair next to me (Nala). Bliss. A moment…

Nals...and stretched out in her glory.Look at that tiger belly!fluffy, rolly-polly Yoda-like Kayla, flat out!

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