Black and white photo of black cat
Our cat, Sam, being nonchalant

This is Sam, short for Samantha. My husband and I adopted her three years ago from our local shelter. We arrived there on the day after Christmas. Her given name was Licorice. She was the last kitten left because she was black, and she was blind in her under-developed left eye (caused by an eye infection at birth). All the other kittens had been adopted. But when my husband picked her up, she instantly purred and nuzzled him as if she knew him already, so we had to take her home.

One afternoon, during this past December, she was relaxing at my feet. She looked so grown up and peaceful in the streaming sunlight. I grabbed my iPhone and took a few shots. This photo didn’t quite come out of my iPhone as you see it here (I did some post-production in Photoshop), but this is how I saw her in my mind’s eye.

I can’t believe it’s been five weeks since my last post. I apologize for the long absence.

The month of December turned out to be very busy for me. I had time only to work and sleep and not much else really. My work schedule was unexpectedly grueling. So when the month was over, I was exhausted and had to take time to rest. I did not open my laptop nor did I pick up my camera.

But now, I’m feeling almost myself again.