Monday, September 22, 2008

Jenny


I had mixed feelings about whether this was appropriate to post or not, then I remembered why I started blogging in the first place. I started blogging to share my adventures in quilting and Jenny had been a huge part of that journey. She was there with every quilt I made and she loved to be in my sewing room with me, her hair is sewn into all my quilts. She was there to watch me pick fabrics, cutting (sometimes getting ever so close to the blade), she'd walk in front of my sewing machine while I'm feeding fabric through or sometimes she was happy to just watch me. Jenny's favourite spot was sleeping in the middle of my ironing board. I didn't mind working in the small space she left for me. Jenny was a very verbal cat, when I walked in a room and said "Hi Jenny" she always popped her head up with a welcoming "Meow, meow, I'm so glad to see you". She verbalized everything from when she is hungry, wanted outside to play and even when she needed a lap to sleep on. Jenny was a very needy cat and was a big part of my daily routine. She spent most of her time following me around the house, jumping on my lap every opportunity she could get, racing me down the stairs for breakfast every morning (doing her best to try and trip me) and fighting me for the most comfy chair. She loved it when she could get a taste of something sweet, Jenny loved licking up the sweet milk left over from our morning oatmeal. She'd stick her paw in my glass of egg nog to get a taste and watch out if anyone was eating cream cheese. Jenny was a week away from her 17th birthday and lived a very happy and playful life. My quilting routine will never be the same without her. DH and I miss her terribly.

57 comments:

Yvette said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

Carole said...

OMG ((((((Wendy))))))! Words could not convey what I feel at the moment. Okay, so I'm crying for your loss! I am so sorry to read this. Sending you my deepest sympathy! Hugs my friend!

StitchinByTheLake said...

My heart hurts for you. May God give you comfort in your sorrow. blessings, marlene

Tamara said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. I do not know what I would do if my 16 yr old were to passaway. So I truly understand the pain of losing a friend/family memeber.

quilterpolly said...

I am very sorry for your loss...I can't say anything else but have an ear to listen...
Polly

Candace said...

Wendy, May sweet Jenny rest in peace. Our animals are such a part of our life. She was so lucky to have you as kitty parents. Take care.

Jen said...

What a beautiful post about Jenny. I'm so sorry, my heart breaks for you. ((hugs))

Floss said...

Sorry for your loss, I know what a part of the family cats become. What a lovely post for Jenny. Hugs to you.

Jackie said...

I know how that is and am sorry for your loss. I had 2 17 year old cats that passed a few years back and they were great friends and companions. Now I still have 2. They are a little younger, 8, but they do their routines with me every day and we love them dearly. My thoughts are with you. Jenny was lucky to have someone who cared about her and kept her company too!

Thimbleanna said...

Oh Wendy, I'm so sorry. You've brought tears to my eyes. I sure wish we could have cats and dogs whose lifespans more closely matched ours.

Michelle said...

Awww...I'm so sorry to hear about your kitty. I know what a joy they are to have by your side. I'm sure she was a happy and well loved baby! Hugs!

Jeanne said...

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about Jenny, but very happy you had almost 17 wonderful years of memories with her. Sending hugs your way. I know how difficult it is to lose a treasured pet.

Carol said...

Oh Wendy I am so sorry...what a beautiful post to honor your sewing companion and very special part of your family.
((((((HUGS))))))

Doodlebug Gail said...

So sorry to read about your dear Jenny. (((Hugs))) for your heart.

Gail

nicolette said...

Hugs are send your way from me to say I’m sorry for your loss.

You’ve written a beautiful post to remember Jenny by.

Take care!

Mad about Craft said...

How you will miss her!!

I so sorry for your loss. Our cats are very beloved members of our families and are much missed!

Libby said...

I'm so sorry to hear the news about Jenny. I'm sure you must be feeling so lonely and sad for her. I'm sending hugs your way *s*

Quilt Hollow said...

Jenny was a member of your family...the loss hurts the heart something fierce. I've been there....thinking of you and hoping you remember all those wonderful memories of Jenny for years and years to come.

Audrey said...

It is so hard to lose a pet - so much reminds you of them when they are gone. I understand your sadness. Take care and cherish those memories.

Julia said...

Of course, you had to share your heartache with us. We are your friends.

I am so sorry for your loss. ((((HUGS))))

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Oh Wendy....I am so SO sorry about your beautiful baby. I love my animals too and I will be devastated as their times come. My heart goes out to you, my dear bloggy friend. Your tribute was beautiful to her.

Karen said...

My thoughts are with you. What a beautiful post. Jenny will always be with you.

Pam said...

I am so sorry for your loss Wendy. They sure do leave a big hole in your heart when they go don't they!! My heart goes out to yours.
Pam

Dawn said...

So sorry for your loss. It is a touching post. Hugs

Catherine said...

Oh, I am so sorry!! It is so hard to lose a beloved pet.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

I am sorry your Jenny has moved on, from your post I know she had a wonderful life with you and you and your family will miss her very much...

Guðrún said...

I am so sorry to hear this.

Linda said...

OH Wendy, I am so sorry about your loss. I am glad you did share this with us. Our pets become a real part of us, don't they? I hope your memories of Jenny bring you some comfort. hugs, Linda

Deb said...

Wendy, I am so very sad for you on the passing of Jenny. I was crying when reading your blog as our dear sweet baby passed away a few weeks ago and she used to spend time in my sewing room and on the ironing board in the sun also. I am positive your Jenny and our Nala are spending time now on a much warmer ironing board and smiling contently.

Karen said...

Wendy I'm sending you a big cyber hug. What a sweet and precious post in honor of your sweet Jenny. It's obvious that she lived a wonderful and pampered life with people who loved her tremendously.

BIG HUGS - Karen

Alice I. said...

Wendy,

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful Jenny. May you find some comfort in the sweet quilty memories you and Jenny made.

Hugs,

Alice I.
Maryland

Cheryl said...

Sending ((hugs)) to you... I feel so bad for your loss. So many wonderful years of memories you have to carry with you.

KSedlak said...

Oh, Wendy
I am so sorry to read about Jenny's passing. Your tribute about her is so sweet. She looks so much like my Molly, who is almost 17 1/2.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your husband and I'm sending along a hug too.
God bless you and Jenny too.
Hugs,
Karen

Gina said...

I'm truly sorry. Our pets play a large part in our lives and as such they leave a vast hole when they leave us.

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Kate said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your beautiful cat; loosing a pet is like loosing a member of the family.

Darlene said...

OH Wendy, I'm so sorry to read that Jenny is no longer with you and yours. Keep her memory alive and remember she'll be waiting for you on the Rainbow Bridge. ((HUGS))

Sew Create It - Jane said...

It is completely appropriate to share this sad news....she was a huge part of your life and I can tell she will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you all at this difficult time.

em's scrapbag said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your dear friend and family member. Take it easy today and know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bernie* said...

I'm so sorry. I am getting all teary here. Bless our animals because we have such joy with them and such loss when they leave us. I wouldn't trade the animals in my life for anything.
((((( hugs )))))

Linda said...

Your post made me cry, I'm so sorry to hear your friend is no longer with you. Big Hugs.

Judy said...

I think you did an excellent job expressing how you felt about Jenny and telling her story. I think you'll be glad you posted about her!

Still sending hugs!

Ginger Patches said...

(((((Wendy)))) My heart goes out to you and your hubby. That was such a moving and loving tribute to Jenny and brought tears to my eyes. I had my Tinkerbell for 19 years and I still think about her, they become such important members of the family when they are with you for so long and have such personality. I'm so glad you decided to share, it was very appropriate.

Knot Garden said...

So sorry about Jenny, she was obviously a very special and individual cat and companion. She was a part of your family for so long and you will keep her with you in your thoughts. I know you will miss her.
Hugs x

Karol-Ann said...

Oh Wendy, just reading this now and thinking how sad to lose such a dear friend (and fellow quilter!)
You will have an empty space from such a perfect companion, I hope you feel better soon. xka

Quilt Nut said...

oh i am so sorry! i lost one of my quilting helpers back in February and still miss Pepper every time i venture into my sewing room

((hugglies))

Gretchen said...

I am so sorry for your loss. She had a long and wonderful life and was such a lucky kitty to have a loving home. Sending hugs from Atlanta.

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Wendy I am soooo sorry about your Jenny. I know how hard it is to loose a pet. They become part of the family and it's devastating when they are gone. Sounds like she had a good life with you.
Hugs!

swooze said...

Hugs sweety. Sorry for your loss.

Lyn said...

Hi Wendy, my thoughts are with you. It is not easy.Regards lyn

Stephanie said...

It's not easy losing a member of the family. I have a 15 year old cheese-eating cat and I can't imagine what it will be like without him. Sorry for your loss.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh goodness. I'm sending support for you and your loss. I'm glad you shared this.

Sherry said...

Wendy, I'm so sorry for your loss!

pudge's girl said...

Thank you for posting about Jenny. I don't know if being a cat person or a quilt person comes first but they are inseparable in my book.

And she will be inseparable from your heart. Remember no one is ever going to love you as unconditionally or think as much of you as Jenny.

God bless, Mary

Katie said...

What a wonderful tribute you made to a dear friend. It is sad that she is gone but I hope you can smile through the tears as you remember. Very Big Hugs!

Chocolate Cat said...

I am feeling for you so much. We lost Marty (the chocolate cat) earlier this year and it still hurts. She sounds so special.

a simple quilter said...

I'm sorry to read about Jenny. I'm certain that you must miss her dearly.

As soon as I saw her picture, she reminded me of the cat Chessie that was used in by one of the railroads in the early 1900's.

HUGS,
christine

Tami in Tucson said...

Such sweet words about your sweet friend, Jenny, and such sweet memories - hold them dear, never let them go , remmeber her always, with a laugh at silly antics, or tears because your heart aches so for her not being with u anymore!!! I have lost in my lifetime of 40 yrs -evewrything from hamsters to kitties to doggies to horses! The pain is always near - of xourse it gets better ,but (esp, with some) it never goes away, nor should it, for those that mean so much to us in their precious lives should mean much to us at their loss!!! May you be refreshed and remmber the good times fondly and soon not cry at every thought as im sure u do!

Tami from tucson