Here are a couple cat toys I made last June. I made a companion cube out of felt and embroidery thread. The nice thing about the companion cube is that it's large enough that it doesn't get lost under the couch, like so many of the cat toys. It still gets lost, but it also turns up every once in a while.
It's filled with pillow stuffing (fluffy stuff bought from JoAnn's), empty candy wrapping (for the crinkly noise), and catnip.
I also made a dorky little mouse from some fabric scraps, with the same filling.
She was so little then... the kittens are over a year old now (their birthday was three days ago). I didn't celebrate their birthday - just don't care to mark the day, as DeForest should be here to mark it with me. If he were alive, I'm sure I would've made it into a big day for the kids, with presents and treats and all, but this year they're not getting anything. They're cats, so it's not like they know the difference. Hopefully by next year I'll care and do a big production of their birthday. I'm going to assume for now it's similar to how I didn't care about The Hobbit coming out last December (still haven't seen it) and how I'm actually really excited for Star Trek to come out next month, and not worry about it.
There's a part of me that wonders about talking about grief and the struggles with it online, but there's another part of me that reminds me that I always like it when other bloggers talk about their realities, too, and not just the shiny parts. I also continually wish that our culture talked about grief more - there's a large part of me that's amazed that I got to be 24 without having any clue how grief can affect people. I mean, yeah, I knew people would be sad when someone close to them died, but I had no idea that it was such an all-body experience, and that it would last so incredibly long and affect me in so many ways. I'm still struggling with it every day. Some days are better than others, and overall there is a definite upward trend, but it's still takes me over an hour longer to get myself out of bed every day than it used to, before he died. It's still hard being by myself most of the time, though I've gotten to the point where I can sometimes distract myself into having a decent time for a few hours by listening to podcasts and focusing on a craft project really hard. But it's still a daily struggle. And from talking to other widows and reading their words on the Young Widows Bulletin Board (ywbb.org, if you need it), I'm doing really well, and this is normal. That's what's weird for me - that this is so completely normal, and I had absolutely no clue that this is how grief works, because it had never touched close to me. Maybe, just maybe, if our culture talked about this more, it would be a little easier to bear. Maybe the fear that there's someone out there, just waiting to judge me and tell me to get over things already, that so many people must just not get it, would be a little less. Thankfully, that's only happened a little, and most of the people in my life have been wonderful. But I know not everyone gets that, either, and that's sad, too.
So I suppose I'll just leave my grief-inspired ramblings in, when I have the courage to.