MISS PEACH'S COZY COTTAGE

Welcome to the COZY COTTAGE. This is the furever home of the memory of Miss Peach, our 18 year old Devon Rex angel kitty. I am Miss Hunny Bunny, she asked me to pour you a cuppa catmint tea as you read our old fashion mewsings about this and that. Please come by often...one lump or two? Now our precious Hunny Bunny is also an angel cat...please let me be your hostess at the cozy cottage...my name is Miss Hope.



Remember...only in our tomorrows will we realize what we had in our yesterdays.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

ONCE UPON A TIME...A LITTLE RED CAT

came to live at the cozy cottage. That was exactly 10 years ago this month. She was a senior at 8 years old but we wanted her. She needed to do an important work for my dying mother. To fill her final days with a tender distraction. Miss Peach became a HOSPICE worker and made mother fall in love with her. Not an easy job because mother hated cats! They shared seven weeks together before the Lord released mother from her earthly pain. My brother Tony and sister Patty are all the family I have left...we live in the same town but seldom see each other due to work and life just happening. John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans."My sister Patty called to see how things are going and I told her about sweet Peachy slowly failing. She loves this tiny cat...the last living connection to our mothers last days of happiness. Patty came right over and brought the beautiful purple blanket she made. We had coffee and chatted...then her cell phone rang. It was our brother Tony. Patty asking him to come over and see Peachy but he said he could not. Soon Patty had to go home and as she was leaving, we heard a voice in the driveway...it was my brother Tony! He came! I nearly cried...the three of us have not been together for 10 years since mother's last summer.
Then something really amazing happened...yes it gets better! For 10 years two boxes have sat on the top shelf in the auntie room...boxes that belonged to our mother that we have never unpacked. It seemed like the purrrrfect time to get them down and look inside. One box had a Japanese tea set in it and a German china set. The other box had the treasured photo albums that we thought had been lost many years ago!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pictures of long lost days came flooding back into our minds. Our hearts shouted prayers of thanks for this family reunion and the recovery of memories long buried under cobwebs of our past.
My sister Patty with my Oma's photo album from the 1950's and my brother Tony with the little sled I used to pull him on during the winter's we spend living at our Oma and Opa's house in Bavaria...he could not believe I still had it in my garden shed.
This most unexpected amazing day was a gift to me...to all of us...from my beloved little Miss Peach. She brought us all together...she gave us unforgettable moments that we will always treasure. Miss Peach will leave a legacy of love that will sustain me during sad gray days with smiles in my heart...thank you my precious Peach.
UPDATE:
Tuesday evening: A tiny update...Miss Peach and I are resting on the sofa...most of the evening she lay with her Lapdaddy and that was so wonderful for all of us. I bathed her late this afternoon with just water and held her until she was dry infront of the fireplace. I told her what a good girl she has been to us here at the cozy cottage all these years. She then crawled up onto my arms and snuggled into my neck...I nearly lost it with happy tears. Later she ate and drank another little bit. But she can not go poop...she has no energy and strained so hard...it broke my heart to watch. I fear her system might be shutting down...but I do not know really. She did pee...that is good. I am waiting for her to wake up and I will put her into the little girls room and hope for more. A little food is waiting in the saucer too...it has been a good evening.Thank you all for your sweet thoughts and prayers...we can feel them. Love Karla and Lapdaddy

76 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour dear friends,
I have tears in my eyes, this post is so lovely.I'm also so worried about the sweet Misses Peach, we were out since last week visiting Berlin ( without internet access so I couldn't visit blogfriends and see the news).
Now we are back home. I understand your feelings, we all love Peach very much.She is an adorable friend.
I'm praying and sending love to you all and many lights to her heart.
Léia and little LUNA - WE LOVE LUNA

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Vidock said...

To be surrounded by so much love is like wafting on a cloud of happiness. Miss Peach, you are a lucky lady, whichever direction you end up taking this time around. And so are those around you who let themselves feel and show all that love for you.

Purrs,
The Chans

Parker said...

(((hugs))) Miss Peach did give you a wonderful gift!

Jacqueline said...

A lovely post and a beautiful reunion in honor of your precious girl...Wishing you all the very best...purrs and prayers, big hugs and much love...J, Calle, Halle, Sukki

Admiral Hestorb said...

Precious Miss Peach. Your love is a lasting thing and gives your family much joy. Please be comfortable darling and rest in your daddy's arms.

Sweet Purrfections and Angel Praline said...

What a wonderful, touching story of Miss Peach bringing your family together. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, but especially Miss Peach.

Mom Paula

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz said...

While we have not visited in a while, we have been reading your posts and our hearts just squeeze with sadness knowing Miss Peach is close to the bridge.

But the tears in our eyes today are from the very touching experience that your family had just because Miss Peach brought you together.

Treasured memories are forever, as is your (and our) love for Miss Peach...

You are in our thoughts...

Team Tabby said...

Thank you for sharing with us Miss Peach's amazing gift. It is so heart warming and touching.

hugs and purrs from all of us.

Fuzzy Tales said...

Karla, this is such a beautiful, bittersweet post. How truly wonderful to have had this family reunion, all because of Miss Peach.

We're continuing to send you all purrs and purrayers and universal Light...Whatever happens will be for Miss Peach's Highest Good, this we know.

Blessings and Peace.

-Kim and the boys

Clarissa said...

We are purring for Miss Peach and know she will make the decision that is right for her. We are so happy to read that she brought your family together. Our human mom has tears in her eyes. You see, her own mother passed 11 years ago in July.

Purrs and Love,
Clarissa & Co.

Jan's Funny Farm said...

What a wonderful reunion! We're teary thinking of the memories that were made and revisited. Miss Peach and you are in our thoughts!

Meowers from Missouri said...

dearest peach, karla, and lapdaddy--we are sending you pink billows of love to enfold you all at this bittersweet time. we rejoice that y'all are so blessed in haffin' each other, but we are askin' god to heap even more of his tender care on you now an' efurrafter.

warm hugs, gentle purrs, an' a soft grrr--

edmund, nitro, xing lu, igmu, an' the dbd (an' of course, meower mom)

Everycat said...

The power of the Peach is mighty! How wonderful that you had such a happy reunion with your brother and rediscovered so many lost treasures.

We continue to send Misses Peach much love and many warm purrs

Oliver
Gerry
& Jane

Hannah and Lucy said...

Misses Peach how wonderful that you brought your mom's brother and sister to visit her after many years. It is a memory they will always think of when they think of you. It made mum all teary with the thought of you all being together again.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

KitKat said...

Karla, what a beautiful reunion and story. Peachy gave you a wonderful gift. Just lovely Peach is truly loved.
Angel Normie, Mika, Sasha & Grady

Michelle said...

I saw your title in my Blogger Reader and expected the worst! Quickly I scanned through and saw the note at the bottom, and my heart calmed to read that Miss Peach is still with you. Then I went back and read the post and shed the tears I expected to shed, but for entirely different reasons. That one tiny little cat could bring such huge blessings to the people in her world makes me think that I could do so much more to be a blessing, too. Thank-you for sharing this very personal story, and your very special blessings....

Cathy Keisha said...

I came here from the Admiral. hat a touching post. I'll be purring for Misses Peach. My peeps remember how sad when Autumn went OTRB because Autumn was the last thing remaining of Gramma. Healing purrz.

The Island Cats said...

What a wonderful story!! We continue to purr for beautiful Miss Peach.

oxoxo

Shaggy, Scooby and Scout said...

You continue to be in our hearts and prayers. We love you, dear Peach.

Angel and Kirby said...

It is wonderful that you and your siblings came together and found such treasures.

We are sending love and tears to all of you!

Sabrina, Sam and Simon said...

Karla, that is just so awesome that you, Patty and Tony got together after so long, your post brought happy tears to my eyes! The Meezers and I continue to pray for Misses Peach, and you and Lapdaddy too ♥
Hugs,
Momma Jan

Junior and Orion said...

Oh Misses Peach, what a wonderful thing you have done for your Mom, Aunt and Uncle!!! You are such a powerful little bit!!!!! No wonder we all love you so much!!!

Karla, we are so very glad you had a little family reunion!!! We hope you all find some time to get together more often.

And what a lovely blanket for you Misses Peach! You look lovely surrounded in all that purple!

Dr Tweety of da Fab Five said...

Dear Miss Peachy,
We so lovez you & all your fambly... so we were nots sooprized to learn howze oyu managed to bring evfurrybody togedder.
We iz hopin' fur da bestest possybull outcome, fur all of you.
Da momee here couldz feel da leaky eyeballz startin' when she waz reedin' abouts da mirrycullz dat you haz performed.
We know, becuz we hadz your good frend da Angel Auntie Stinkie do da same fur us.
Our ourrz will be non-stop, fur all of you.
We adorez you,
Dr Tweety, Maximillian, Iris, Delilah, Ella, Momee, Dadee, & of course your old frend Angel Auntie Stinkie

ML said...

What a beautiful day you all shared, and all because of the magical Miss Peach.
We feel honored to know such an amazing kitty and her family.
We are sending purrs and purrayers to each of you, and especially our beloved Miss Peach.
Perhaps some day you might collect some of Peachy's wisdom and love into a book and share her with the world. The world desperately needs it!!!
Love,
Mom ML

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Oh that is a beautiful story of all of you. Purrs to you and to Miss Peach-

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Misses Peach is still passing the love around! We'z glad she made a fambly reunion happen. Maybe she isn't pooping because she haf not eaten enuff. We'z still purring and purraying fur her to get better, or to not suffer if she decides it's time to go. We know your mom and her Mickey are waiting for her along with all the others that have gone before. We also know how much it hurts for you.

Samantha, Clementine and Maverick said...

Oh what a wonderful Reunion!! And we are so glad Miss Peach gave you such a wonderful gift!! Miss Peach we love you and are praying for you!!
(((((((((HUGGGGGSSSSS))))))) from your TX furiends,

TK and Squashies said...

It took us a very long time to get this read to us, our mommy kept stopping to wipe away tears. What a rare and beautiful treasure of time! Misses Peaches sure has shared her heart-love with you and your fambily.

We are all purring so very hard, even as our tiny hearts are breaking fur you.
Love- TK and Squashies

ABBY said...

Miss Peach
You are still making beautiful magical memories happen.
We are all in our paw circle sending healing purrs to you and much love to your LapDaddy and Mommy.
Purrs
Abby

Garden Cats + Crafts said...

I have tears in my eyes dear Karla. What a wonderful story!!!
Ich wusste gar nicht, dass Peachy schon 10 Jahre alt war, als sie zu Euch kam. Es ist eine schwere Zeit jetzt für Euch alle. Das wichtigste ist jedoch, dass die ganze Familie nun zusammen hält und für einander da ist.
Das ist so schön zu lesen.
Viele liebe Grüße, I think of you all,
Birgit

Camie's Kitties said...

What a wonderful story of your reunion. We are purring so much for Miss Peach. We all adore her, and we are sure everyone else in the CB feels the same way.

Cody, Gracie and Tara (mom)

Sparkle said...

Misses Peach is such a magical kitty, bringing something special into your life, and I think her mission with you has been as a reminder to hold dear all those closest to you. Thank you for the gift of your post.

Marg said...

Good gracious that is such a wonderful story. Miss Peach has a lot of strong pull to get all of you together. That is such a good thing. Glad you all had such a good time. Many purrs to Miss Peach. And big hugs to all the humans.

Rene said...

Oh no! We have been away (funeral) and missed so much! We are sorry Miss Peach is ailing. We hope you treasure every moment you have together, and we know you will spoil her rotten until the end. Hugs to you.

Helena said...

Oh yes, they love to be washed with a 'lick dab' when they can't manage it themselves. I get a face flannel, made of terry cloth, not sure if you know what I mean as you may have different names for them over there. ANyway I'd rinse it out inn warm water, then wring it till it was barely damp. Then I dab dab round Fluffy's ears and snout, ending on her eyebrows where she just loved it.

Fluffy got too weak to poop, but as she had eaten so little it might not have been something she needed.

Are you in touch with a vet? Mind you, taking Miss Peach to one will jsut cause her stress. She needs to be snug and safe and secure right now, and snuggling her loved ones.

I know you will instinctively know what to do for her. Trust your tummy vibes!

WIshing strength for you all and for Miss Peach, and hoping she either gently climbs out of this or gently lets go of all her aches and troubles whilst sleeping soundly.

She is such an adorable giver of love. I'm sure she is totally aware that she brought you 3 together, then led you to the boxes. This was her gift to you all. She maybe saying, hey, you have each other, don't forget that.

Fingers toes and paws still crossed...

Helena, Luvbug, Bob & Dilly

Roberta said...

Tears were streaming down my face as I read your sweet and touching story. Misses Peach has reunited your family. She truly is a blessing from above. I know this is breaking your heart as it is mine. Misses Peach is so loved and such a special kitty.

Amy and The House of Cats said...

Oh what a story - I knew that Miss Peach had originally come to you to be with your mother in her final days, and oh, it is amazing that she was able to bring your family together again.

We are still sending her tons and tons of purrs and prayers!

The Zoolatry Girls said...

Karla, you are all close in our thoughts and our prayers.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Gentle headbutttss to Tony, Patty, Karla, and Lapdaddy.

We wish dear Miss Peach well as she starts on her journey to The Bridge. May the trip be quick and painless.

ppuurrrrrrrrrr

The Meezers or Billy said...

Misses Peach is a tiny little miracle worker! We love you very much Misses Peach, and you too MomKarla and Lapdaddy!!!

FURKIDSMOM said...

What a beautiful post. Even though we are all worried about Miss Peach, it's so nice to see that she's brought some extra happiness to you at this time.

The Florida Furkids and Angel Sniffie

Carolina Cats said...

Deer Misses Peach, we are purring owr hardest for you. We kno you mite be reddy to go be wif yore beloved Mr Mickey at the Rainbow Bridge, so let yore mama and Lapdaddy kno that we will take care of them wif owr purrs and love until you see them agane.

PUrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr purrrrrrrrrrrrrrr purrrrrrrrrrrrr love from Finnegan Buddy & Princess Jazzy

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Misses Peach has always been a giver of great love, just like her Mommy & LapDaddy. I am having trouble expressing just how much I love that little sweet Red-head! Please know that I am thinking of you. Kiss that beautiful little head for her Auntie Deb.

Ginger Jasper said...

I am crying as I read this, mixed tears of happiness that you had such a reunion and found those memories and sad tears that our darling little Peach is so frail. I remember how I came to meet you when Miss Peach was so ill and how she brought so many people together. Miss Peach you are doing it again and bringing together so many who love you and want thee best for you and your loving family. We send love, purrs and know we think of you.. HUgs Carol and GJ xx

Brian said...

My sisters and I just stopped by with tons of loving purrs for sweet Miss Peach. Everyone loves ya girl.

Anonymous said...

Dear Misses Peach the love that you have given your family will stay with them no matter what decision you need to make. You are so special and so beloved. Thanks to you, there are many others that will continue to share the wonderful memories you have created for your family. It is time for you to do what is best for you.

We know you have all the love that you deserve and send our prayers for you.
Maeve,Kira,Siobahn,Padraic and me.

Patty Roggenkamp said...

You all don't know how much all of your wonderful comments have meant to all of us and especially for me. Karla is my sister you see and little Peachy is the most special kitty ever. Peachy made my mom's final journey easier and she helped me to try to cope with the awful loss of my mother. When I went to my big sister's house my heart was so broken. I held Peachy in my arms and told her how much I loved her and how truly special she is. I thanked her for being such a great cat ambassador and for still being a wonderful companion. You see, Peachy gave me a Great Gift that day, a reunion with my brother and sister. As we looked at precious pictures and laughed I swear I saw Peachy smiling at us. God Bless You Peachy! From your Auntie Patty

William said...

What a wonderful, beautiful story. Miss Peach is truly a magical girl and always has been.

The Lee County Clowder said...

Just checking in. Purrrrrrring that no noos means at least no bad noos.

Tina T-P said...

Will she eat some pumpkin? Or maybe some petromalt - that always helped Sinda.

I'm so glad you and your sibs got together. What a wonderful memory. You are in my thoughts. XOX T.

Laura and Jet Dragon said...

What a lovely story! We continue to purr our hardest for you, dear Peach. Purple is your color.

Laura and Taffy

Forty Paws said...

We are so glad that you and your brother and sister got together and had happy memories of earlier times. Miss Peach truly gave you a wonderful and loving gift. She is a true gift of love from up above.

Luf, Us and Maw

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

Mom is weeping a little in a happy/sad way ~ about your family stuff. (((((hugs)))))
We are sending more love and purrs for Miss Peach and you all. It's comforting to know that Oma is waiting in Heaven and wil be there when eventually you all get there (hopefuly not for many years though) xxx

HotMBC aka The Hotties said...

Bless yoo Miss Peach. Yoo has blessed everybuddy yoo camed neer.
Lots of luvs and purrrrrrrrrrrrrs,
Sanjee and tha resta tha Hotties

MoMo said...

Cats can and do do wonders!

Our purrs and thoughts are with you and Miss Peach. Enjoy your quiet time together. Each moment is precious, as always!

Poppy Q said...

Big little kitten kisses to you Miss Peach, and hugs to your special mommy and lapdaddy.

love
Julie and Poppy Q
xxxx

Father Tom said...

Hi, Karla, Lapdaddy & Miss Peach,

Julie says...Your story brought tears to my eyes this early Thurs morning. And the sled...! I had one just like it in Austria! I'm so glad you all could get together and share some wonderful memories. Sweet, precious baby, Miss Peach.

Thank you so much for sharing this story and truly brightening my morning, even if it was through tears.

Love, hugs, kisses and purrs from us for you, dear one. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as I sit on the windowsill today (from Tom).

Hugs,
Tom & Julie

Kwee Cats said...

Our hearts are just aching with you and sweet Misses Peach. She is on our Purr Page, and we have big purrs going here at the Kwee Cat home for pretty Misses Peach. We are also purring for you, her family, as we know this is so trying for you too.
(((Hugs))) kitty-kisses and gentle purrs to you.

Maggie May said...

We are purring and purraying very hard for you sweet Miss Peach!!
XOXO
Maggie May and The Creek Cats

Pierro said...

Dear MissiePuffPeachypants,
We are praying for all of you.

MissieCurlyFuzzyPeachie, you have had the most lovely life imaginable.
we know your days here with us are short, but isn't that with every bean and beastie. We love you so much.
Your mom and dad are the sweetest, your Cole is the finest boy.

We love you so much and are so glad to know you are a friend.

bonks for a peaceful day.

(ps: you look like Prinnie, only orange :-D )

Cats~Goats~Quotes said...

A beautiful reunion because of Miss Peach!
She has our love and purrrs..
~ The Bunch

ArtemisiaFSS said...

Perhaps if she will eat a little pumpkin it will help her poop without straining. Healing purrs for Misses Peach and comforting purrs for all of you.

What a lovely memory Misses Peach helped you create with the family reunion.

Asta said...

Miss PEach
I love you and am so gwateful to know someone wif youw heawt and sweetness and ability to bwing so much joy to youw family
I know you awe tiwed , but evewy moment you awe hewe love is coming youw way fwom all ovew the wowld
I send you gentle smoochie kisses to help comfowt you and youw family
west my little bootiful fwiend
smoochie kisses
ASTA

Mr. Nikita & Elvira Mistress of Felinity said...

We are very late to the goings on, but, after reading this post, are sending our Purrs & Purrayers, to all of you, and dear Miss Peach.

Daddy Kiril especially loved this post because he is his Family Genealogist.

Lorraine said...

Oh my goodness, the tears are flowing here for everyone there. What an incredible gift dear Ms. Peach has bestowed upon mom and her family. The pictures are terrific and the stories so precious. Visits from siblings, found treasures, Ms. Peach showing her love to mom and Lapdaddy. Oh, it makes me hear sing while it is breaking. Such love and happiness amidst the sadness.

Sending warm wishes and heart felt thoughts to you all.
Lorraine

The Cat From Hell said...

You brought both tears of happiness and sadness to us. We has recently lost our dear hairy slobbery sister Sam and 6 months ago, our wonderful Licorice passed over the bridge at 18. Life is so bittersweet. Me loves yous and send yous kitty kisses and headbutts
Nellie and Kozmo

Meowers from Missouri said...

we're still purrin' an' purrrayin' fur you all, dear furriends. (loving hugs)

Trixie said...

Dearest Miss Peach, I haven't been around to visit very often. I'm so sorry that you aren't feeling well and sending you my bestest strongest purrs and good wishes.

Purrs,
Trixie

Tillie and Georgia said...

Dear Sisterkitty, we are purring so hard for you.
It is so nice that your Mom and her siblings came together out of their concern for you. We bet it was a great reunion!!! It was a great gift for your Mom too!! But then, you are the most giving kitty we know.
Hugs and Purrs,Tillie & Georgia

Au and Target said...

Ann told us you needed purrs. We're 3 kitties in Malaysia and we're purring for you. This sounds funny but may Miss Peaches pee and poop today.

caspersmom said...

What a beautiful reunion you brought Miss Peach. Such a wonderful cat you are. It is not easy getting old, is it. I am experiencing it myself. Mom can see the change in me and it concerns her. She says she wants me to live forever, bet your Mom and Lapdaddy says the same. But alas, it cannot be. Purrs and Prayers for you Miss Peach and your family.

Love,
Casper

Cory said...

Such a beautiful story!

Purrs,

Cory and family

Clooney said...

It sounds like that was a very special reunion you had with your sister and brother. We have Dear Misses Peach in our purrs and prayers and are sending you all the best of thoughts, light and love.

DaisyMae Maus said...

Karla, I wish younstrength at this challenging time. Your post is lovely and so heartfelt. Blessings to you and Miss Peach.
DMM

Milo and Alfie Marshall said...

We just popped over to leave a heap of love and purrs for the weekend ~ as we don't blog at the weekend. Please get well Miss Peaches. xx

B'ham said...

God Bless you Miss Peach... still bringing comfort and joy to your Mama !!
You have such a sweet spirit...


And to you Mama... Not sure if anybody mentioned in the comments above- too teary to read them- but if your Baby hasn't eaten very much lately, she might not have much to poo. Good that she is making peepees tho !!
In my Thoughts & Prayers.♥