09/29/2017 – Zuzu and Our Hearts

Love Bug Zuzu in the morning - © Colehauscats.com

Love Bug Zuzu in the morning – © Colehauscats.com

We apologize for not being a bright, positive spot on the Internet today.

Former foster, happy-go-lucky sweetheart, mama to Viola and all Niblet babies, Pixie bobtail ginger girl, and the very best bed cat to wake up to each morning, Zuzu (Erinn) Niblet suddenly went into previously undetected renal failure last weekend. No amount of fluids administered or syringe feedings or vet care could help, no amount of snuggles or brushies or kisses or sweet nothings whispered in her ears would help. When just last week, she brought smiles to our faces and delighted us with her daily scampering up and down the stairs, sitting on Mom’s lap during tea time each morning, and patiently waited to be carried into the master bedroom suite she shared with us and Ruby each night, now a ragged hole resides in place of our hearts.

Zuzu, lethargic and near comatose, was beyond saving, and while we held and cuddled her at 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon, in a beautiful, quiet room, she passed on to run scampery-fast and free at the warm, forever summerlands beyond the Rainbow Bridge, where we will meet again, someday, to snuggle once more, and for ever.

We love you, Zuzu, our sweet mama Niblet, our Mama Bun. We are so sorry we couldn’t help and so sorry we couldn’t have had more years together. Thank you for giving all of us Viola. We promise to take good care of her. We will never, ever forget you, our dearest Zuzu. Until we meet again… just love, all our love.

Mom and Dad
Written Monday evening, September 25, 2017

Zuzu’s first photos at Colehaus – 2013 © Colehauscats.com

Erinn Zuzu and her Niblets – 2013 © Colehaus Cats

Our bobtail girls Zuzu and Viola – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Hey, my name’s on this! – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Serious play time – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Zuzu Bee 2014 – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Zuzu and her Dad – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Mama Zuzu – © Colehauscats.com

Conversation with Dad – 2015 © Colehauscats.com

*slurp* – 2016 © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu's blanket - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s blanket – © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu's Ring o' Sleepytime - © Colehauscats.com

Zuzu’s Ring o’ Sleepytime – © Colehauscats.com

Napping Zuzu, mid September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Napping Zuzu, mid September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Napping is exhausting, mid September 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Napping is exhausting, mid September 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

Last photo taken of Zuzu, September 20, 2017 - © Colehauscats.com

Last photo taken of Zuzu, September 20, 2017 – © Colehauscats.com

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A Colehaus Cats flashback:

2016 – No post
2015 – Ruby Tuesday
2014 – Pillow Dreams
2013 – No post
2012 – No post

118 responses to “09/29/2017 – Zuzu and Our Hearts

  1. heartbroken

  2. We’re so sorry to hear this. She was such a joy to read about. All cats are wonderful, but oranges have a certain extra quality. We grieve with you.

  3. We are heartbroken for you. Zuzu was clearly a beautiful girl inside and out.We know that our angels Mitalee and Esme will welcome her with love. Our hearts are with you during this sad time. We send you love and our sincere condolences.

    Sophie and the critters in the cottage xo

  4. OMC – we are so very sorry and heartbroken…. purrs to all of you

  5. It breaks our hearts that beautiful Zuzu had to go to the Bridge. We’re so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and purrs are with you.

    Angel, Isabella and Sharla

  6. I am so very sorry. Sending purrs of healing and condolence

  7. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. I wish I could say something to take the pain away. Please know that you gave Zuzu the happiest, most loving life, as is so obvious in all of these happy memories of her. She will always be with you and watching over you. Until you meet again.

  8. Oh no, I am so very sorry for this sudden, heartbreaking loss of your precious Zuzu…There are no words really…But I’m thrilled you guys kept her and gave her such a wonderful, loving home…Wishing you all peace and comfort at this time of deep sorrow, sending love and big hugs, dear friends…xoxo…J, Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat

    “Always the years between us…Always the years…Always the love…Always the hours…”~Virginia Woolf
    I have had my babies cremated and this is the quote written on the lovely box I keep their ashes in…XO…J

  9. No! Oh, I’m heartbroken for you. She was such a beauty and will be missed so much 🙁

  10. Oh no, we are so very sorry to read that Zuzu has departed fur the Rainbow Bridge… R.I.P. Beautiful ZUZU

    Sending mew many hugs, soft purrs and gentle nose bumps.

    Basil & Co xox

  11. Oh, beautiful Zuzu–the earth is a lesser place without your orange zestiness. You gave the world your beautiful babies and then were loved and cared for every single minute of your warm and safe and happy life. Your Humans must be heartbroken beyond words. We loved you from afar, sweet girl, and we wish you Godspeed and send comforting thoughts to your family. XOXOXO from Spitty and the Human

  12. We are so sorry to hear about Zuzu.

    Ichiro, Gemini, and Ham

  13. Oh no, I’m so so sorry. <3 <3 <3

  14. We are so so sorry. Just know that Zulu was so lucky to have found your wonderful home and knew all that love that you gave her. So glad that you kept Viola. Big hugs coming your way.

  15. We are so sorry for your loss of Zuzu. The time we have is never enough. Purrs to you all.

  16. We are so very very sorry to read of Zulu’s unexpected passing.
    Run free sweetest kitty and Mama cat to the niblets
    Madi your bff and Mom

  17. I’m here to pay my respects to Zuzu. *bows head* She was so young. Comforting purrz to all she left behind especially Viola, who’s had her mom with her all her life.

  18. Such heartbreaking news! We are so very sorry to hear this. Fly free, sweet one. Hugs and comforting purrs to your family.

  19. Godspeed your journey to heaven Zuzu ♥♥♥ We want to say how terribly sorry we are to your mom, dad, viola and the rest of your family there, and to all the nibblets. We have cheered with them, we have cried with them, we have shared good times with them, we have said good bye with them; but this time we won’t say..good bye….just..until we meet again. You are and always will remain a gorgeous gal… and our friend……..with hugs and love

    dai$y, tuna, dude, sauce and boomer ♥♥♥♥♥

  20. I am so sorry that Zuzu has crossed over. Many hugs and purrs and purrayers from all of us at Forty Paws.

  21. Oh, no! We are so sorry to hear this. She had the best life a cat could ever want with you, and we can’t imagine how heartbroken you must be. Sending purrs and hugs from all of us.

  22. Prayers for you, purrs for your beautiful girl on her journey beyond the Rainbow. I am so very sorry for your loss.

  23. I am so, so sorry! What a shock. Acute renal failure is crushing, especially for such a young cat. I just can’t believe it. She had a wonderful life with you–imagine if she had been tossed outside as an expectant mom and no one had cared. So glad you have the chance to love her and give her a good life.

  24. Oh no! We’re so sad to read this and our hearts break for you. We send you lots of healing purrs to you at this time. Godspeed, beautiful ZuZu. Run free at the bridge.

  25. So very sorry to hear Zuzu has gone to the Rainbow Bridge. She knew love for her time on Earth thanks to you.

  26. We are shocked and saddened to hear this news about ZuZu. We know how your hearts are breaking….ours are too. Sending you all comforting purrs. RIP, sweet ZuZu…you will be missed. 🙁

  27. Katie Isabella

    I am deeply sincerely saddened by this news about Zuzu. I know how heartbroken you are. She was happy to the time she traveled to the Bridge and her life with you was filled with love. She loved you all just as much. Love and prayers to you.

  28. I am so very sorry about Zuzu. I wish I could say something to ease the pain in your heart. I hope the memories you have and the knowledge that you gave her the best life will comfort you. Run free, Zuzu. I know you will watch over your family.

  29. Oh no ,we are sorry to read this new and are terribly sorry for your loss,many snuggle and hugs from ,Speedy and Mum Rachel

  30. I’m so sorry for your loss. My little orange girlcat passed in January from the same illness, and sometimes it feels like yesterday. Many hugs to you.

  31. There’s something so crushing, almost debilitating, about losing a loved furbaby so suddenly. Our hearts are with you … I so wish words could take away the pain! Holding you close as you grieve…. Hugs.

  32. I am so sorry to hear this. My heart breaks for all of you. She is waiting for you across the Rainbow Bridge. Rest in Peace sweet Zuzu.

  33. We are so sorry to read of you losing Zuzu. This is a beautiful tribute. Peace.

  34. Memories of Eric and Flynn

    I am so sorry. My heart breaks for you. I can’t find the words, it was so sudden. Beautiful Zuzu, life is so unfair.

  35. So very sorry for your loss. Thank you for loving her so much.

  36. So very sad and sorry for your loss of gorgeous Zuzu……it sounds like life with her in it was wonderful and it’s quite special you have so many grand memories of her. We know the Rainbow Bridge territory is a lovely place as we had to send off our darling Sammy in December – he is part of the welcome team so I’m sure he hugged Zuzu when she got there. I hope time helps your pain…….it’s sometimes almost unbearable isn’t it. We know.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  37. Oh my, so sorry. Sending soft purrs and and we are so sorry for your loss.

  38. Joan Ryan (KitKat)

    Carole, so very sorry to hear Zuzu has left for the Bridge so unexpectedly. She had a wonderful life with you and your family and was the best Mom to Viola. We remember the niblets and waiting for them to be born. Seems just like yesterday.
    Heartfelt condolences and hugs,
    Angel Normie, Angel Mika, Sasha & Grady Lewis

  39. Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song

    We are very orry to rea about this tragic loss.

  40. Our hearts are with you.

  41. I’m sorry for your loss. Sending comforting thoughts.

  42. Oh no. I’m so very, very sorry and so very heartbroken for your loss of your beautiful Zuzu. Rest gently, sweet little one. You are so loved, and always will be.

  43. I’m so sorry. I loved Mama Zuzu from afar through all of your posts. Thank you for fostering her and her babies and taking care of her once she entered your home and hearts.

  44. I know I don’t comment often but I always visited when I’d see Zuzu ‘s name. We loved her like part of our family. Soft purrs to help your aching hearts

  45. Oh no! My human and I are heartbroken. We loved Zuzu so much, and my human and Sparkle followed her journey as foster mom. We are so very sorry you lost her so suddenly, and too soon.

    You never know how much time you will have with a kitty, but no matter how hard you try to appreciate the goodness in every minute, it never seems like enough.

  46. I am so sorry for the loss of beautiful Zuzu. We never get enough time with our beloved kitties. Sending you love and hugs.

  47. We are so very sorry to hear about dear sweet Zuzu. Love and hugs from all of us to all of you.

  48. We are just heartbroken to hear this very sad news. Zuzu was such an inspiration as a foster mom and so loving! Sending our gentlest purrs and love and hugs ❤️

  49. I am shocked and so sorry this happened. Sending love from our house.

  50. Oh ! I am so sorry to read this ! Run free, sweet Zuzu ! You will never be forgotten , You were much loved, Purrayers,

  51. Our hearts reach out to you in this time of sorrow. Zulu was a wonderful girl.

    Jean, Shoko and Kali

  52. Oh my we are so very sad to hear this news. Dear Zuzu was so lucky to have been such a part of the Colehaus and we know she was dearly loved. We hold you in special extra warm hugs in your time of sadness…
    Mark, Carolyn and the kitties.

  53. I’m so, so sorry to hear this. Sending hugs and purrs.

  54. I am so sorry to hear that sweet Zuzu has left for the bridge. She will be missed by all that love and know her. Hugs and prayers <3

  55. Awww man, we are so sorry, she was one of the prettiest ginger ladies.

  56. We’re so sorry for the sudden loss of your sweet Zuzu. We send you comforting purrs and gentle headbonks. Purrs

  57. So very sorry. Zuzu was so sweet – she should have had more time with you. She waits at the Bridge and I am sure her spirit remains a loving presence in your home. Hugs and purrs to you all.

  58. What a lovely tribute to your sweet Zuzu. It is so painful to lose one of our furry family. Warm hugs of comfort.

  59. My heart is breaking for you! I’m so sorry for your loss. I believe that sweet sweet Zuzu is still watching over her little Viola and the rest of her Colehaus family from the bridge. Sending you lots of headbutts and purrs.

  60. Angel Zuzu, what a bright light you were here on Earth! Now, you are a star in the night sky. Hugs and purrs to your humans and fellow kitties.

  61. We are so very sorry Zuzu had to go to heaven. We know you feel empty and lost without her. She will live on in the memories and luv you shared. We’re sendin’ lots of hugs and purrayers.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi, Raena and mommy A

  62. We’re so sorry. We’re sending you all purrs and hugs.

  63. I was so very sad to read about Zuzu! She was beyond a bright spot and illuminated not only your lives but her antics in your posts illuminated mine as well. Though right now you have a Zuzu shaped hole in your heart, her memories will fill you with love and slowly that hole will be less painful. I send you many condolences, much love and strength.
    Love Barb

  64. We’re so very sorry. It’s not fair that we get so little time with our furbabies –
    yet the hole they leave is there for a lifetime. You do an incredible job of taking pictures of your kitties so that we truly feel that we know them and love them. You capture their souls and their personalities – and that’s so very hard to do. I can’t get enough of Zuzu and her Niblets. Thank you for sharing her with us – brightening our day with pictures and stories of her. We love her too and won’t forget your special ginger girl.

  65. I am so sorry for your loss. Dearest sweet Zuzu.

  66. We are so very sorry for your loss, purrs of comfort and paws of sympathy from all of us here at Alasandra, The Cats & Dogs

  67. We send respect, and gentle wooooos,

    NukNuk & Family

  68. Sending snuggles and purrs on your loss of Zulu. Charles and I will keep you all in our thoughts.

  69. Oh, what a beauty, what a mama, and those little black kitties, save for one, are just too darling. I wish we had known Zuzu better, and I’m so sorry for your loss. She must have had a magnificent life with you, her family, or she wouldn’t look so incredibly happy and lively in all of her photos.
    Love from Loulou

  70. So so very sorry. We will miss you much darling mama Zuzu. Run free precious one.

  71. We are shocked and saddened at this sad news. Dear Zuzu was a joy to you and all who visited to see her happy face smiling at us so sweetly, We will miss you Zuzu and only knowing that someday we will all meet again makes this bearable. Watch over us as you fly on your new wings and say hello to our family angels as they greet you to your new home. We will send purrs and prayers of support to your loving family
    Timmy, Dad Pete and Family

  72. Words cannot express how shocked and saddened we all are for you all. We we truly miss Zuzu. She held a special little spot in our hearts. Sending you love and support.
    Marty, Mom and the Gang

  73. I am so very sadden by this news about ZuZu. I will certainly miss her beautiful ginger face and sweet bobtail. I remember how close I got to adopting Viola but it worked out the best for everyone. Still feel such a connection. My deepest sympathies and I know how the hole on the bed and in your heart feels. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  74. We’re very sorry for your loss. We loved seeing how happy she was being part of your wonderful family, and were so happy that she and Viola got to stay together. We send comforting hugs and purrs to your family and extra purrs to Viola.

  75. So sorry to hear about Zuzu taking off for The Bridge. Derby had renal issues that came on quickly as well. He couldn’t be helped as well. So me and mum know your heart ache.

  76. We are all so sorry to hear about Zuzu. You gave her such a loving, happy home. You gave her just what she needed to raise her niblets. She was such a wonderful cat and you were the perfect family for her. We here all hope that she looks up Shakespeare on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge and that she lets him know we are fine. Mom says she wishes she could just fly out there and give you (Carole) a big hug. She’s gone through the sadness you have. Just remember that even though our fur people leave this earth, they don’t leave our hearts.
    Hugs and purrs to all of you…..
    Pam, Hemingway and Steinbeck

  77. We are so sorry for your loss…soft purrs and big hugs coming your way from all of us at The Lounge. xx

  78. I’m very deeply sorry. Reading your testimony to her, I come away with how very much you love her. She’s so beautiful. I’m sorry for the sadness and how much you miss her.

  79. Please accept our sincere condolences. We are saddened to hear that Zuzu is now at the bridge. She looks totally healthy in that last photo. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve this sudden loss of a beloved and sweet girl. We are happy Viola is there to carry on her memory. We believe with all our hearts that you all will be together again. Love and hugs, Mom Janet, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  80. We are sorry to hear of your loss of Zuzu.
    Sending you our pug prayers for comfort at this sad time
    Hazel & Mabel

  81. We are so sorry. Our hearts just hurt for you. Zuzu will always be the sweet, precious, love bug kitty. This is a beautiful post for her. Our love, hugs and kitty kisses to you.

  82. it breaks our hearts to read this. we are so sorry for your loss. bless you for loving Zuzu. sending our purrs and prayers of comfort.

    pip, smidgen, minnie hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

  83. I’m so sorry for your loss of your beloved Zuzu. It was heart broken news.
    I’m sending comfort purrs & hugs to you.

  84. I am in shock. Complete and total shock. I was gone all day and just heard the news. I am stunned. Zuzu was an exceptional cat in so many ways. Her face, cherubic and loving, she had the most unique, loving, gentle and kind expression on her face. I am just stunned. Looking at her last photo I would never, ever have thought she was ill. This is just so unfair. I think she had to be relatively young, wasn’t she? I am just stunned and my heart is breaking for you. I so wish I were there to hug you. Thank you for keeping Viola, for sharing the Niblets with us and for giving Zuzu the best home she could ever have. I am so deeply, deeply sorry…………there is a giant hole in my heart. Zuzu will be deeply and profoundly missed. Sending you prayers of strength and much love.

  85. We are sending purrs, gentle head bumps, hugs and Mommy’s prayers and love to all of you, humans and critters. We know that this will not fix your broken heart, but maybe it will lighten your pain. Run free and without any pain or suffering as you go across the Rainbow Bridge Zuzu. So sorry for your

  86. We are devastated to learn of Zuzu’s sudden and unexpected journey to the Bridge. We have loved her from afar, and are so grateful that she had such a wonderful life there with you, where she knew what it was to be truly and totally loved. Surely that had everything to do with her transformation from Patrol Sergeant Zuzu to Love Bug Zuzu. Thank you for loving her so much, and so well, and for sharing her with all of us. We are so, so sorry. Sending you all much love and comforting purrs and prayers.

  87. WE are so sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful Lady cat.

  88. please know how sad I am for your loss…may this poem from a long ago blogger comfort you right now…purrs Karla

    ~Flying Poem~
    ~written by Gretchen Bumber~

    There is a place I know
    Called the land of in-between,
    It’s only found at that hour
    Between wake and dream.
    When dusk has come
    And filled the land with shadows,
    Faeries emerge from wood and fern,
    Filling all the glades and hollows,
    Their arms are filled to overflowing;
    With silver beads of dew,
    And fine, fine threads of spiders silk,
    And drams of golden hue.
    They weave, they spin, they toil;
    All the long night through.
    Until they’ve cast the perfect spell
    And made my cat dreams true.
    They’ve given me a pair of faerie wings,
    So very light and new.
    I’ll practice flight once a day,
    So I can come see you.

  89. We are so deeply sorry for the loss of your beloved ZuZu and bring Pawkisses to comfort you all <3 Fly Free beautiful Soul <3 <3 <3

  90. I am so sorry for your loss. May it merely be temporary and not be too awfully long before you-all will be spending all of eternity together in our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom of Heaven. Now, I cannot say, “Thus saith the Lord,” about this as I can other things, but I cannot imagine Heaven being nearly as joyous without our beloved pets being there with us.

  91. Oh my, I am truly so sorry for Zuzu’s sudden passing. We are sending purrs and prayers to you all, and know that with such a life well lived and so much joy given, and received, she will always have a special place in your heart. Let that love and sweet memory be your staff and drive the pain from thy heart to bring sweet memories to lighten your days…
    Soft and gentle purrs to you all at this time

  92. We are so sorry that you lost your sweet girl.

    The Chans

  93. I am so sorry for your loss.

  94. That’s a nice tribute to a nice and sweet girl.
    I’m really sorry for you loss. I know how painful it is.
    I’m sure that someday, somewhere, you and her will meet again.
    Now she is free to fly, little angel.
    Douce soirée

  95. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to Zuzu, and I hope that someday you’ll be able to smile through your tears as you remember her. <3

  96. We are so sorry to hear the loss of your sweet Zuzu. Sending purrs your way. xo

  97. We are so sorry, sending hugs and purrs

  98. We are so sorry for your loss.
    We know the pain of saying goodbye to a beloved kitty.
    They are just so precious.
    Comforting purrs to you and your family.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ
    and mum Nancy

  99. Oh NO! NOT Mama Zuzu! im so so sorry! my heart breaks for you! we all loved her anx none more tha you guys. im just so sorry for your loss. xoxo

  100. We’re so sorry to hear this news. love and *hugs* for your sads.

  101. What terrible news! So so sorry! She will indeed be missed. Frodo, Zulu (aka ZuZu) and Amarula are sending you lots of love!

  102. I’m so very sorry for your loss. She was a special cat and couldn’t have been more loved. Thank you for sharing her with us.
    With love and sympathy,

  103. * Heartbroken *

    I remember the arrival of the Niblets and Zuzu. I am so sorry. Life is bloody unfair sometimes and our hearts break with yours.

    Marjorie and Dash

  104. There comes a time…

    We offer our BEST PURRS OF COMFORT at this loss of love and companionship.

    Sometimes, you know it is coming. Skeeter lingered for months of tender loving decline at 16+ til one day he couldn’t stand up. Sometimes you don’t; LC just suddenly died one night after seeming just fine at the same age.

    We understand and feel the sadness…

  105. I’m so, so sorry. What a precious, beautiful cat she was. Her memories will remain forever in your heart and my prayers go out to you and yours. Purrs from Deb and the Zee/Zoey gang.

  106. We are so sorry to hear that Zuzu has died and we know you will be very sad and we hope Viola will gradually recover from her loss.

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  108. I am so sorry to hear about Zuzu. I know she has left such an emptiness in your life. Sending love and purrs.

  109. How very sad to read this news about Zuzu. We are sending healing thoughts to everyone at Colehaus Cats, because we know this loss is overwhelmingly sad for all of you, and for each there is an individual grief to address as well. She certainly was a beautiful ginger girl, and while her days on this plane were too few, she new boundless love. This is among the greatest gifts we humans can bestow, in my humble opinion. May there be some peace in knowing that love is eternal, and she will be forever connected to you. Sending warm thoughts from Laura and the gang at Squeedunk Cats

  110. Oh no! We just heard. Our hearts are broken today. So very sorry for your loss. We are sending our very best purrs to everybody.

    Emma and Buster

  111. I don’t know what is worse: for a friend to leave suddenly or to have warning that she is going. I just know they are both terrible, heart-wrenching departures. Godspeed, Zuzu, until you and your family meet again.

  112. What a precious kitty was Zuzu.
    We are so sad you had to say goodbye to her, your beloved ‘MamaCat’.
    May she rest well, then fly strongly with all her fellow angels over endless catnip meadows.

    We made you a card:


    You can copy/paste that code to save/post it anywhere. Its also in an email we just sent.

    Sending huge hugs and many purrs.

  113. I’m so sorry for your sudden loss of sweet Zuzu. You created a wonderful photo collection and I’m sure you have many more photos and memories of your beautiful kitty.

  114. Stephanie B.

    I am so sorry for your loss…..

  115. Oh, we are so very sad to see this heart-breaking news about the unexpected passing of your dear Zuzu. We have been partial to her and her unfolding story and will really miss her. What a special tribute to her you have done; she was so fortunate to have been loved by you in the way she was. We hold you in our hearts as you grieve the loss of your precious girl and send you gentle purrs and much love.

    Be Well Sweet Zuzu

    Clooney, Neytiri, Karyn

  116. Literary Feline

    I am so sorry for your loss. Zuzu was lucky to have such a loving family. I feel your heartache. Thank you for your kind words on my own loss of my Parker. I do believe that Zuzu and Parker are having a great time together right now. Maybe even catching some sun as I right this. Sending you a virtual hug.