Update 2020

Hey all, it’s been a long time! I’ve been busy working full time at a local liquor store—in fact I just hit my one year mark there a couple of weeks ago, which now that I think about it tells me just how long its been since I’ve posted here…oops. It isn’t something I ever imagined myself doing but I’m enjoying it; I’m learning a lot and I love the people I work with. Really, I’m considering myself blessed right now, liquor stores are considered essential in Tennessee and I’m lucky enough to have a secure job in this crazy and precarious time. Hopefully you’re all staying safe and doing well too.

2020 hasn’t been very kind outside of work. Back in January I had to say goodbye to my eighteen-year-old cat Shadow. Shadow was my first cat and he’s been part of my family for most of my life. He was a grouchy old man and up until a year or so ago we were never as close as I would’ve liked—I was an annoying kid to him when we met and I think it took him (and me) a while to outgrow that image of me. But he was a good, gentle boy who loved face and belly scratches and his family—even me in his own way. He especially loved his brother Rascal and I know Rascal misses him every day. Rascal, my best friend in the entire world, isn’t doing very well since his brother died. He’s always had health issues; including being born with only one functioning kidney, and after his big scare a year and a half ago his health has been nothing but ups and downs. More downs lately than ups. I’m not sure how much time I have left with him before he goes to be with Shadow but I’m doing my best to make the most of what we’re given.

I guess that’s all any of us can do. Stay safe y’all.

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