One thing I have not mentioned in my family stories here, is that we are a household with pets. Lots of them. I grew up with a cat and a dog, and a small yard. We have a big yard, and soft hearts, leading to more that your average count of pets. I think it helps me feel like I have a large family. They add to the fun, to the work, and to the character of our home. Cookie, he black lab, and all the cats are rescued. We take the dogs to the beach round the corner, and they keep us actively walking. The affection is mutual.
Isabella the animal whisperer, took these portraits of the cats, Sammy, Noel and Fritzi. Max is seen above playing with Molly the Retriever.