Afternoon, Friends.

We began a different routine here this past week with the launch of exciting work ventures, presenting opportunities for growth and welcome professional challenges. More new collaborations on the horizon mean more change and upheaval at home. I’m full of gratitude, but also of guilt, because I fear these home-life disruptions are the cause of our cat’s distress.

Sad Clawde

You don’t need to be around him for very long to realize something isn’t right.

On the heels of a particularly stressful period of transition last month, it took a trip to the vet, a course of antibiotics and some pain meds to bring Jean-Clawde around from a sickly funk. This morning the symptoms returned in earnest, and with them the most pitiful mews and yowls. His version of “Help me, I’m sick.

Clawde is my furry little family, and my heart drops every time he nuzzles against my feet and cries or curls up next to me on the couch, feebly resting his head and paws on my leg. There’s no way I can convey to him what’s going on, or that I’m doing my best to comfort him and make it better. It’s such a helpless feeling.

Please send thoughts and prayers of healing for him and patience for me as we ride out what’s sure to be a rough weekend. And if you have any magical methods for soothing an ailing cat, please send those as well. In the meantime, scroll down for a new batch of favorite (cheerier) links.

Cheers, Heather

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Some interesting, fun, delicious reads:

  • I learned this week about an incredible charity in my own (home) backyard. Based in Grafton, Wisconsin, Camp Hometown Heroes is a free week-long camp created to help kids who lost a parent serving in the U.S. military deal with this terrible transition. Spread the good word on social media, or consider donating to sponsor a child!
  • Are you as totally in love with the This Girl Can campaign as I am?
  • Rethinking my (over-)use of the phrase “no problem.”
  • For anyone curious about what downhill skiing sounds like… without having to actually go downhill skiing. (Though I highly recommend it.)
  • Pink heart meringues for Valentine’s Day! Make a bunch of tiny hearts, or one large heart to top with whipped cream + fresh berries!
  • This week’s pinned words of wisdom.

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