The atmosphere in the house has been difficult to adjust to. It has been a week since Poppy passed away and for the first time in seventeen years there hasn’t been a cat in the house to get under my feet, yell at me for breakfast or test out the acoustics of the bathroom by singing their favourite songs at 3.00am. I have found it difficult not to walk up and down the stairs in a certain way to accommodate a feline zooming past me, or to open a door slowly just in case their was a cat sitting behind it, and for the first few days the sight of an empty kitty bed made me break down in tears. My lovely neighbour works with an animal sanctuary and so she very kindly agreed to pass all of Poppy’s things on so that they can go to help another animal in need, which has made me feel a little better.
It’s the first day of October and I realised this morning that we are in the final quarter of the year. Seemingly overnight it has turned from summer to autumn outside – the air is colder, the leaves are turning and for the first time in months I’ve had the urge to pull out a blanket and put the heating on. This is one of my favourite times of year – it is still light enough to enjoy the evenings but cold enough to enjoy comfort food and cosy weekend afternoons.
The changes have also seemed to have prompted a change in my mindset. There has been so much sadness this year, I am determined that the next few months are going to be positive, even in the smallest of ways. We might be in confusing and contradictory circumstances, but there are always lots of things to be grateful for…
What about you guys? What are your plans for autumn?
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