ML and I thought this would be this purrfect place for all of us to share our "Judi" stories. How did you first "meet" Judi and her cats? What is your favorite "Judi" recollection? Do you have a special message for her? Judi will be reading this blog and we thought that she would enjoy reading your words. Just use your fingers, paws, hoofs, tails and any other phalanges capable of typing! Prose, anecdotes, poetry, tall tales, yarns, favorite quotes and prayers -- any and all are welcome.

JUST LEAVE A COMMENT AND WE WILL TURN IT INTO A POST.

THANKS!!!



1.6.12

JUDI - I LOVE YOU SO

"Hey Gal!"  That is the greeting I get every day when I call Judi.  I have been so very lucky to have her in my life.  We met via the Cat Blogosphere (insert gasp of surprise).  We CB'ers are so very fortunate.  We share a unique connection because of the CB.  Judi and I shared blog posts and then went on to share emails.  Emails led to telephone calls and telephone calls led to meeting in person.

I am from Houston, Texas.  I go back as much as I can to visit with ML -- the amazing woman who "is" the Cat Blogosphere.  On one visit a few years ago, I went to meet Judi in San Antonio.  Judi was not born in Texas, however,we know that she got to Texas as quickly as she could.     

After one hug, she and I became very close friends.  I visited with her and her daughter, Traci.  I met Lauryn and Korinna (Judi's beautiful granddaughters).  I also got to meet Sammy and Andy - at that time, they were the only cats in residence.  What a wonderful visit I had with them all.

Every morning, Sassy (my very talkative kitty) comes to me and starts fussing at me:  "MEOW MEOW MEOOOOOWWWWW!"  Translation:  "CALL MY AUNTIE JUDI-BUG RIGHT THIS MINUTE!"  So, of course I comply with Sassy's wishes and call Judi.  I don't get to talk as much as I would like, Sassy dominates the conversation.  She and Judi share many secret conversations.  I am not privy to them.  After Sassy has finished talking, I have my turn to talk to Judi.

Judi and I have shared many conversations.  She always listens to me and offers advice, humor, prayers and love.  When we lost our beloved Seaborne last November, I called Judi.  She knew the exact words to say and helped me get through that very difficult time. 

I went to Texas about a week ago.  ML and I set out on a road trip to San Antonio to see Judi.  It was a race between us to see who got to hug Judi first.  We ended up sharing a wonderful group hug!  The kind of hug that you never want to end.

ML and I got to meet Sammy, Andy and Sierra.  Shelly finally ran through the room and we got to see a little blur!  It is obvious that these fur babies are deeply loved!

Judi loves all of the beautiful cards that you have sent to her.  She asked ML and me to hang them in her bedroom.  Little did she know that she asked two crazy people --well okay....I was actually the crazy one, although I did have support from ML -- to attempt this feat!  It is well known throughout the CB that I am not exactly  graceful.  ML is very graceful....although, when you combine us together with Judi and her daughter, Traci, zany antics abound!

Picture this:  Cards, Ribbon, Thumbtacks & A Hot Glue Gun

Now, I have used a hot glue gun before, but ML has not and she finds it very fascinating!  What a useful tool!  Wow, this glue gun is fun!  WOW....THIS GLUE GUN IS HOT!!!

Now, picture me confiscating said Hot Glue Gun from a certain person who shall remain nameless (ML)!  Really, it was for her own good!  Of course, after I got the glue gun, I promptly glued my fingers together!  Hey, did you know that a hot glue gun gets VERY hot???  Be warned my friends.....IT DOES!

Judi, Traci, ML and Me!  Our antics had us all laughing. At one point in the decorating process, I could not reach high enough to hang a card.  Now, I am 5'7".  Traci is about 5'3".  She promptly took said card and reached up to hang it perfectly.  "How did you do that?"  I asked.  "I used my arms" Traci replied!  Gales of laughter followed.  Of course I was mocked incessantly for the remainder of the evening.  Telling me to "Use your arms" was a guaranteed response to any of my questions.

Judi and I relaxed on her bed and shared some private words.  ML had her private time with Judi as well.  We shared may prayers, hugs and kisses.  We surrounded her with as much love as we possibly could.

We passed along to Judi all the love that everyone had asked us to give to her. She is getting so much comfort from all of that love and light that you are all sending to her. She is enjoying all the cards and other sweet gifts that you have sent to her.

The hardest thing ML and I had to do was leave her.  We love her so very much!  How fortunate we are that we have her in our lives!

Judi, I don't know how much longer we will be privileged to have you here on earth, but I do know that heaven will receive an amazing soul and will be more glorious because of you, my beloved friend.  Thank you for enriching my life.  I will keep you to your promise to visit me.  Every time I see a Ladybug, I will know it is you.

I'll LOVE YOU FOREVER!

DEB

10 comments:

  1. Dear Judi, I do hope you know just how many of us truly love you and there isn't a day that goes by that we don't think of you. I wouldn't be Brian without my hat that you so purrfectly place on my head. Every time we see it we say love ya Judi. Sascha, Gracie, Zoe, Dolly, Precious, Dad, Mom and I send our love to you.

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  2. We don't remember how we got to know you and the kittehz, but want you to know you are in our thoughts every day. Praying for your comfort and peace. Hugs and kisses from all of us at Prancer Pie.

    Pee Ess - seeing a ladybug will hold a special place in our hearts from now own.

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  3. Judi,

    Everything I had to say I wrote to you in that short letter, but I want you to know you're in my thoughts and prayers every day, and I continue to send you universal Light and Love.

    We humans have learned to fear death, but I read long ago that "death" is the opposite of "birth," not the opposite of "life."

    Peace and Blessings,

    Kim

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  4. Such wonderful thoughts and memories. Judi - I first got to know you through Sweet Praline. My little southern diva was hatted by you in the way she should be. I always looked forward to who would be hatted next and what type of hat they would wear and you always knew just the right hat to fit the personality of each woofie or kitty. Then, you began designing those amazing pages for the blogs. Even though we've never met on the phone or in person, I feel as though you'll always be my friend. Here are a few words from a song I love to sing:

    All around us things are changing
    Seasons come and seasons go
    Very few things las forever
    Deep inside our hearts we know

    We're forever friends
    Bound by love that time can't take away
    Forever friends caring in a special kind of way
    Heart to heart and hand in hand
    We'll stand until the end
    Love's forever when your forever friends

    We're all children of the father
    In his keeping and his care
    And the spirit that he gives us
    Is the love we're meant to share

    We're forever friends
    Bound by love that time can't take away
    Forever friends caring in a special kind of way
    Heart to heart and hand in hand
    We'll stand until the end
    Love's forever when your forever friends

    And though we know it's time to say goodbye
    We will always be together
    And here's the reason why.

    Bound by love that time can't take away
    Forever friends caring in a special kind of way
    Heart to heart and hand in hand
    We'll stand until the end
    Love's forever when your forever friends


    Paula

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  5. Hi Judi ~ and a warm hug from Ann and from Vic. I know it was a long time ago that you and Vic met through blogging ~ even before SASS came along! Then through him, I had the pleasure to meet you. We both have treasured our friendship with you, we both keep you close in thoughts and in prayer with each new day. I want to thank you for being a friend to us. I certainly recall our sharing of "artistic" information as we each learned to work with online graphics! I remember the help you gave me on finding new type fonts, and of course, our joint project: the wordy wednesday challenge. It was fun to have a talented partner! I've appreciated it all!
    As the days ahead come and go, I hope with the rising sun you will be blessed with comfort and joy, the love of family and friends. God bless you, and yours.
    Ann and Vic, and the Zoolatry Girls, Maggy and Zoey

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  6. What a beautiful loving and heartfelt post. I am weeping with joy and sadness. Joy because you were lucky enough to meet Judi ~ and sadness as we must ALL eventually let her go ~ even though we don't want to. Sending love to Judi, and all her family , and all her friends.
    I only know Judi from the CB ~ but I know what a very special person she is. Hoping you have quality life for as long as possible Judi.

    Love Jan (Milo and Alfie's mom). xx

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  7. I can't remember the exact first time I met you, Judi, but I do remember noticing how very sweet you are. The special posts and beautiful graphics for me and my kitties birthdays, the encouraging comments and the adorable nicknames (Sweepy haha) are uniquely you. Your blog was always one of the first ones I visited. There is no one like you in this world and I love you very much. Please know that I am thinking about you daily and sending you positive thoughts and love.

    Karen xoxo

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  8. P.S. I wanted to add that I've been in denial about losing you and have not been able to face it until very recently. Even though we have never met face to face, you're very important to me and I love you like family. Fortunately (and unfortunately sometimes) it seems that I am a lightening rod for visits from souls on their way to other places, and, if you have time on your journey, I would love it if you could stop by. I'd love to feel one of your famous hugs.

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  9. I loved reading this tribute.
    well, we love all of you and Judibuggie is in our prayers every day.
    She is a gem.

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  10. Hello from It's All About the Cats. We just found this journal and think it's a great idea! We're not sure if Judi ever saw the post our cats dedicated to her in early March. Here is the link: http://aboutthecats.blogspot.com/2012/03/we-dedicate-this-post-to-auntie-judi.html We hope it gives her a smile.

    We think of you often and pray for you too. In the past year, we've lost two family members and one long-time family friend to cancer, so it hurts us deeply to know another friend is suffering too. Please know how much you've touched us--and many others--with your love of cats and concern for others. Big hugs and kitty purrs are coming your way!

    Rene and the gang

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