Sunday, July 17, 2011

Requiem to Kitty Bosse

He will not be waiting by the glass door.  He will not rub against my leg, looking up at me begging for that herring.  Nor will he sleep next to Ralle and David for an after the dinner snooze as he so often did.

He went exploring just like Columbus did.  Christopher Columbus left from Port of Palos in Spain, to go looking for "The New World".  Bosse left from the Palos home, not exactly a port but still his harbor, to seek bigger and more exciting things like fatter mice and new territories.

While Linnea was here he slept first IN her suitcase.  Then she decided that closing the lid was a good idea, so he slept on top of it.  It was also great to trim the claws on, that suitcase.  Then he left one night and was gone for several days.  Worry, worry, worry we did as so many times before, starting with the May trip to Uppsala, now seemingly such a long time ago.  His times away varied from a night or two, to ten days or so.

He was "fixed" so as to not go searching for ladies, he had a number tattooed in his ear, registered with the Swedish Kennel Registry so if lost and found he would be returned to us, hopefully.  Or at the least we would be notified if he was found.

Well, Linnea left, her suitcase with cat hair attached!  Once she was in the air we distributed fliers all around our area, concentrating on the little village of Mjöhult a couple of miles away.  emma (with a small e) had mentioned that she had seen Bosse there.  I had seen him come from that direction on a few occasions, but had hoped he was not wondering THAT far away!  After placing fliers with Bosses picture in well over  a 100 mailboxes and on some of the bulletin boards in the village, we received calls.  A young woman had reportedly "hit" a cat by that description with her car.  We were guided to the spot where the accident occurred and sure enough, there he was our "explorer".  No mistaking those markings even though................

No, no one took the time to look for any I D markings, ( even though it is common to tattoo here ) so our helping was not in the cards.  Why did he wonder so far away? Why could he not have stayed in the near by fields hunting for mice?  Why did he have to be at the side of or on the road?

He was a cat with a super personality.  Shining coat, happy disposition, a joy to live with and love!  We miss him much.  Funny how such a small being can get so BIG. Ralle his best friend mourns him too. Somehow I still look for him at the glass door even though I KNOW he is not going to be there.

Farewell Bosse. Bet you found another world!  Yet you will be part of ours for a long time.

A tribute to a life well lived and loved.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What does one do?

Suddenly extremely empty around here! Several things were attempted in an effort to stave off the empty and the lonely feeling, some more successfully than other.
Walk the beautiful dog!
Weed whack!
Cook Soup with early summer veggies!
Pull weeds!
Make a Peach Tart!
Have lunch in the sun!
Walk the dog!

Linnea is back where she belongs.  We Skyped Friday morning........ what a miraculous medium, the computer!  Found out all is well in central California.

Fredrik too is back in work mode.  In good old So.Cal seems he is way too far away just of a sudden!  The children and their Mom will be spending the rest of the summer in Southern Sweden, so hopefully we will have more opportunities to be together.

The little "rug rats" were here for  a couple of short visits, one of which the parents went off to celebrate a wedding anniversary ALONE.  Went to dinner and actually ate while the food was warm, imagine that!

Student sailing ships.
Two were in Helsingborg for the day.
What an adventure for the students.

Days pass all too quickly, the countryside is absolutely wonderful.  Walking in Jonstorp this morning along the water, continuing through the old shrimp fishing village with gardens around the quaint little houses in full bloom, so abundant with color and fragrance it is breathtaking!

Jonstorp.  The water is cool.
Jonstorp.  A boat would be nice sometimes.
Near Viken.  Coastal meadows.
Always amazing.
Can sit here for hours.
Always changing.
Always new.

Glorious weather.  Perfect!  Tomorrow will be a good day to wash the bedding and hang the sheets to dry in the sun and the wind.

Maud comes next.  Can't wait!

That is it for now, "Love what is"  as Rich said, since there is nothing else......

Sunday, July 3, 2011

The Visit

Oh joy!  It was just way too short we thought, yet realize how lucky we were to have had her here at all.
There were many walks with Ralle, we went on a few little trips, checked out some nice parks and lucky for us you do not have to go far to do that.  Some shopping was done here and there, at Väla, at Råå, as well as in Helsingborg.  A speed trip to Copenhagen, Denmark for window shopping primarily.
There was a Student Fest to attend, a movie to see with a friend, a pizza night, a party at the beach, a dinner in Nyhamnsläge, among some of the highlights.  Hard for us "old fogies" to stay up so late.  It used to be so easy, didn't it?

Loved every second! Want more! Soon !
Who's  next ?

Here is a smattering, a "picture rain" of some of the highlights........... pictures that  are worth more than a thousand words.

Arrival at Copenhagen Airport
High School graduation party at our neighbors.
Helping out in the kitchen.
She wants to be a Chef.
A BBQ with our neighbors on our deck.
A visit to a candle factory.
Much to choose from.
A picnic stop.  Ralle likes it too.
Ralle and Linnea became very good friends.
We got the situation under control.
Enjoying the ride.
At Hovdala castle.
Neta and Linnea in step.
At Sofiero.
Sofiero ceramic art exhibit.  Which dress do I like best?
Meeting Freddy and his family at CPH airport.
Visiting Mölle.
A walk in Jonstorp.
At Viken.
Viken pier.
Playing in Viken