Sunday, November 11, 2018

If Only Humans Had Nine Lives

I was in shock when I read on Facebook Friday night that one of our sweetest blogging friends left us much, much too soon. Known to the cat blogging world as "Roby Sweet" or "old SoLT", as SHE liked to call herself which stood for  "She of Little Talent", which couldn't be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. SHE WAS BEYOND TALENTED!  She was the author of Miss C's cozy mysteries and wrote her blog,  The CuddlywumpsChronicles.  When I saw that Sarah Andrews had passed, at first I had no idea who that was. I only knew her as "Roby Sweet". "Sweet" is purrfect to describe her, to Cody and I and to the entire cat blogging community, she was sweet, funny, kind, oh so intelligent, thoughtful.....and so much more.

To read Sarah's Obituary
and sign her guestbook

CLICK HERE

I am just heartbroken. I barely have the words to convey how sad this is.

Last year, after having taken a year or so break from participating in Secret Paws, Cody and I had missed participating so much that we decided to return. Ironically, our Secret Paws was Roby and her kitties. I remember being totally over-the-moon with her generosity to Cody as well as her thoughtfulness, (we are Jewish and Roby made sure to include Chanukah wishes in our card, which was so thoughtful.) I think what I would like to do, and please indulge me, is copy/paste some excerpts from that blog post because her gifts were so carefully and thoughtfully selected for Cody, that we will never forget it. I am just posting certain excerpts from it.  Please enjoy.

Everything was so nicely wrapped! I didn't know what to go to first but Mom said it was impawtant to read my card first. She said that is the polite thing to do, that one should ALWAYS read the card first. Mom said how in the world would I know who everything was from if I didn't read the card first? (Mom is actually not that bright cause I could have opened everything and THEN read the card, I still would have known who sent everything...but I digress).
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Mom got all teary-eyed because the card I received was personal and they also included Chanukah on the card which Mom thought was extremely thoughtful.
If you look closely you can see who my presents were from, can you see? Wait! I will make sure that you can see!!!
Now you can see it for sure!!!! It was from Real Cats Paisley & Webster from The Cuddlywumps Cat Chronicles!!!  I was sooo excited and so happy! I love Paisley & Webster !!

See the red blanket that everything is on? That is a really cozy blanket/mat with a pouch to put catnip in! Mom immediately put it on the armrest of the couch where I like to sit when I watch TV with Mom (UPDATE NOVEMBER 10TH 2018: Cody uses that red mat EVERY SINGLE DAY. It is either on the arm rest or on another chair that he loves)


I want to give a HUGE thank you to Real Cats Paisley and Webster and to their Mom for helping them select these most pawesome prezzies!! Mom and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! You made us both so happy! We love you and we hope the prezzies you get from your Secret Paws are as pawtastic as the ones you got me!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Love, Cody


Roby, (Sarah), we will miss you.........thank you for the many, many kind comments you left on our blog and for your friendship, kindess and the many, many laughs you brought to us. It seems so unfair that you were taken so young. I guess Heaven needed a new Angel..........we sure hope you can see us from Heaven.

If only humans had nine lives........

with much love today and always,
and with broken hearts,
but with hearts that are grateful to have known you,

Caren and Cody

24 comments:

  1. How fortunate you were to be the recipient of Sarah's Secret Paws gifts! This is a very sad Blogosphere loss.

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  2. I was shocked and saddened when I heard of Sarah's death. Like most people, I had no idea she was so ill. In her last post she had said she felt very unwell but was hoping she would soon be feeling better. Taken far too young, she will be greatly missed by so many people.
    Cody, you are very fortunate to have received those lovely gifts and card from her. It is something to treasure forever in her memory.

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  3. We didn't know Sarah - in this big world of the internet we simply never met her but she sounds like an extraordinarily kind, thoughtful and talented lady. I know all her friends will miss her. You have lovely memories of her and they will keep your hearts warm.

    Love, Pam (and Teddy too)

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  4. I didn't know her in the blog world either, Caren, but I was saddened to read of her passing, and even more so when I read her obituary and found she was only 49. Far too young. Having just gone through my own health scare, I realize even more how precious each day is, and how unfair the Fates often are. My thoughts and condolences to all who knew her, in person or via blogging. Peace.

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  5. We didn't know Sarah either but as a fellow blogger, I feel a keen loss. May her memory be a blessing xo

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  6. This was very sad news indeed, and you are so fortunate to have received such wonderful gifts that I'm sure you will cherish extra extra, Cody. We didn't know Sarah too well either, but that doesn't mean we don't feel the pain of loss for everyone who did. And so young...

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  7. I didn't know Sarah but she sounds like an amazing person. I'm so sorry to hear she has passed. She certainly touched many lives and brightened so many hearts-your and Cody's included. Sending hugs.

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  8. That was such a wonderful tribute to a truly. wonderful lady. She sure touched so many lives

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  9. Lovely tribute. I didn't think Daisy Mae and I knew her either but now that you mention she went by "Roby Sweet" most of the time. I remember the blog she ran. Sorry she passed.I signed the guest book.

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  10. What a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. Sarah was so special, and she will be missed by so many friends around the world.

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  11. Beautiful tribute. We knew Sarah as Roby, blogging colleague in the cat blogosphere. We enjoyed her writing skills and her humor. She will be missed by many. Purrs

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  12. Thank you for writing this nice post about Sarah. I am so, so sad about her loss. I had been very worried about her when her blog had gone silent, but had no idea that it was so bad. We had come to know each other through our blogs, and when I headed to BlogPaws SC I was happy to find out she would be there so we could meet! I found her at lunch one day, and funny thing, I wasn't sure it was her at first, because I also only knew her as Roby Sweet! It was a pleasure to meet her and her Mom and I enjoyed visiting with her. We are going to miss her blog and her sweet furry family.

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    1. Jan Hi, I am still in shock and sooo sad too. You are so lucky that you got to meet her in person, I never did :( I didn't know her that long, but in that much too short time period, I knew how warm, funny, sincere, caring, loving, talented, etc. that she was. I knew about her kidney stones, and the reason why I didn't notice her blog wasn't updated was because sooo many blogs stopped coming to me via email that I just assumed hers was one of them that wasn't coming. I was just so shocked. We are going to miss her terribly, now, when I see Cody sitting on that red matt she gave him that he sits on EVERY DAY, I will smile thinking of her. He also has some of the toys she had given him. I will cherish those. Thank you for your heartfelt comment xoxo

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  13. Thank you for this lovely tribute . I read many blogs and hers was one I enjoyed - so much that I feel so sorry, not only for her human family, but for Webster, Paisley, and Laila.

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    1. we are deeply, deeply saddened. Our hearts break for her babies but I am hopeful that her family is taking care of them and I am sure they are giving them tons of love.

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  14. It was such a shock to see the obituary, devastating, and I have cried a lot since trying to make sense of it all. That was a lovely tribute for a truly great and gifted writer, editor and educator, and also friend to all who came her way. Such wonderful gifts and chosen with the same care fun and thoughtfulness that she showed in all she did. A lady I would so dearly have loved to meet in person, but never had the chance. I hope someday, when my time comes, we will get to meet her and say how much she helped and inspired me.
    Purrs
    ERin

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    1. Erin (((hugs))) to you, I so feel the same. At first, when I saw it, I didn't know who it was because I didn't know her by Sarah, in fact, she sent me a friend request a few months ago on Facebook and I remember joking with her telling her I will forget and have no clue who that was. It has depressed me so much and has me heartbroken. I would have loved to have met her in person too, and sadly, I never did either. Your comment was heartfelt and beautiful, thank you for your kind words (((hugs))) and sympathy to YOU.......xoxo

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  15. The passing os Sara is such heartbreaking news. You're so lucky to have such special gifts and cards from the Cuddlywumps gang. We're going to miss them all very much.

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  16. Very sweet tribute for a sweet lady. She will be missed by all. XO

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  17. We are so sad to hear about Miss Sarah. You and Cody have such special memories of her. We send comforting purrs to her family and friends.

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  18. What a beautiful tribute. She had been mentioning in her last 3-4 posts that she was in a lot of pain and now we know why. We will miss her and her cats who I hope are being cared for very much. Just what we need, one less blog visitor and comment we say in jest to keep from crying.

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  19. This is a beautiful tribute to her, we still can't believe she is gone. She will be missed by all of us here.

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  20. What a wonderful tribute to Roby. I didn't know her, but it's clear how much she was/is loved in the blogging community and beyond.

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  21. Oh my goodness, I didn't know this.

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