Oct. 11, 2013 - International You Go Girl! Day
October 12, 2013
Dear friends in the Cat Blogosphere and of this blog, around the world:
Nikita, here and, as you know, for the past 3 years my health has been getting progressively worse; from arthritis in my joints, to possible inflammatory bowel disease, liver and kidney disease or something else, that has caused me to lose my appetite, thus going from a robust 17 lbs. to a fragile 9 lbs.
I have not been able to explain to Daddy Kiril how I feel or why I treat eating as such a chore, making his shopping life a guessing game, I just know I don't feel right. I can still be frisky and playful, and have been my usual creative and outspoken self on this blog, but all the tests and meds daddy could afford have made no dent in my condition.
The passing of Cokie the Hollywood Insider, on the first, coupled with all that has happened in the aftermath of my last medical visit on 9/26, caused me to spend more than a week using my napping and snoozing time to do some serious thinking.
Elvira knew something was seriously up so, from what daddy told me, she has spent all month frequently napping and keeping watch, under my favorite chair, as I slept.
I have decided to retire, turning the reigns and everyday responsibility, of this blog, over to my young protege, Elvira Mistress of Felinity, the sassiest lady cat on the internet!
She has come a long way from her very first post (includes link to the follow-up, too!), in Sept. 2010 and, in my view, is more than ready to carry the torch forward in new and better ways.
I know that friends and followers, of this blog and my own long career (Online since 1998, blogging since 2002, blogging seriously, since 2004/2005) will support and encourage her, as you have done me.
Tomorrow, I will post Carnival of the Cats #500.
I also am working on the introductions to the last 2 entries in our series about Ideal Balance cat food.
Over the summer, Elvira and I began to, at last, read a few more of the cat books in our large collection, writing reviews that we have not yet shared. Soon, my contributions will be posted, I promise, as will hers.
What will I do, in my retirement? As Blogger Emeritus and retired Professor of the Nikita Institute for Feline Studies?
Aside from advising and encouraging Elvira in her efforts with this blog, I will be working with Daddy Kiril on eventually doing more with his years of blogging archives, including all of my own contributions.
I will also encourage Elvira to submit things for publication elsewhere than this blog, thus developing a more varied presence as a writer.
In between all of this I will nap, snooze, and continue to worry over Daddy Kiril, encouraging HIM to also submit for publication, too.
My retirement will be made so much easier when I can stop worrying about daddy but, like him, I trust in a higher power to look out for our little family, guiding us safely, prosperously, creatively, into the future.
Written: October 13, 2012
****UPDATE - 10/25/13****