What was your most significant expenditure in 2012? It doesn't have to be necessarily the biggest expenditure, just the one with the most impact. What difference has it made to your life?
Dear PILGRIMS! I struggled with my answer to this question about biggest 2012 expenditure with significant impact. I have the good fortune to travel throughout the year, and I thought I might select my trip to the United Kingdom or the one to Newfoundland as being important since JOURNEYING to different places profoundly affects our pedestrian lives. Experiencing life beyond cultural and geographical boundaries is life altering. Yet, I chose something else....
The addition of our two feline family members, Tao and Sapelo, in the past year have been a huge financial expense with profuse and rewarding results.Last November, my Chiboogamoo and I lost our 17-year-old Siamese feline family member, Misha, and his death crushed our hearts and we sorrowed over his departure (You can read about his life with us here).
Tao, came into our lives in December 2011, after finals concluded at the Language Institute at Georgia Tech, and I found him posted for adoption on Craig's List. He was a four-month old Siamese being nurtured in Peachtree City! When my darling Chiboogamoo asked me what I wanted for our anniversary (December 18), I responded this kitty named Tao, who needed rescuing!
|TAO, COMPUTER ASSISTANT. Tao quickly integrated himself into our daily lives. Where we were, so was he! We became the recipients of his adoring attention and entertaining cat-antics! Just look at that mischievous face!(photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
In my internet searches for a female Siamese, I had come across a cattery--yes a breeder of Siamese cats, Kittentanz. I had even contacted the owner, Michelle Harrison, and we had talked about my getting a retired queen or stud at the price I could afford. I was determined to get a kitten, one that would grow up with Tao.
Time passed. And I could not find the "right" feline family member I was looking for. Until I happened on Michelle's discounted kittens, ones that were young, 6 months, but getting too old to sell at maximum price. I FOUND a soulful-eyed female Tonkinese, one that was not being purchased because she had a genetic kink in her tail!
My Dear Chiboogamoo and I got Sapelo from Kittentanz around Valentine's Day 2012. We named her Sapelo after one of Georgia's barrier islands, where we have spent a significant amount time for Chiboogamoo's authoring of his book, Life Traces of the Georgia Coast. Her "release" from Michelle's cattery was not cheap, but again, the expense has been worth the JOY that this dear little female Tonkinese has brought to our home.
We are a family now. Tao, Sapelo, Chiboogamoo, and I. We have paid for boarding at Camp Kitty when we travel. This is a big expense, but we want our cat children to be safe while we are gone. These feline family members have healed our hearts over the loss of Misha. And...they have made us laugh innumerable times. They give us love, warmth, meows. They break porcelain housed on top of the fridge, and knock books of tops of shelves. They escape into the great outdoors and make us hunt them down. They play and leap and chase toys. And one of the most wonderful things? When we come home from work, they gallop to the front door to great us, and we revel in each other's presence!
Hallelujah for the expense of our cat babies, Tao and Sapelo! We can mourn the loss of a beloved feline member, and at the same time go on to love new cat SOULS! That's Coffee with Hallelujah! What significant expense have you had in your life that made an important impact on you? SOUL BLOG with Hallelujah! Let me know!
|ART ASSISTANT. Tao has many talents. Among them, the ability to make me stop from my ferocious art making and listen to him. "Play" he says. "Pet me." I welcome the opportunity to be with him! (photo by Chiboogamoo)|
|IN THE BEGINNING. Tao lacked some welcoming skills initially.(photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
|INVESTIGATING THE WARM DRYER. (photo by Chiboogamoo)|
|BIRD WATCHING. Yes, our babies are indoor cats. And bird TV is one of their favorite activities.(photo by Chiboogamoo)|
|LIFE AT THE HOUSEHOLD OF TAO, SAPELO, CHIBOOGAMOO, AND HALLELUJAH. We are all smiling! Worth the dollar expense! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)|
THANKS TO KAT MCNALLY for HOSTING REVERB12
Hurray for Kat who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and blogs at "I Saw You Dancing." and is hosting Reverb12. Pilgrims, I suggest you go there and sign up to blog with others from around the world!