Day 2762: The principal ingredient

Because grief for the loss of our principal cat Oscar is a principal ingredient in my life right now, I have only a few new photos to share today.









Since I caught the coronavirus at a group therapy conference in NYC the first week in March, my husband Michael and I have not been able to find my keys.  Apparently, my keys are not a principal ingredient, because I haven’t needed them.

For me, principal ingredients include

  • love,
  • cats,
  • curiosity,
  • kind humans,
  • group work,
  • good food,
  • hope,
  • humor,
  • nature,
  • acceptance,
  • awareness of the current moment.
  • art, and
  • music.

Here‘s “Principal Orchestra Virtual Project” with the Norwalk Youth Symphony:


Other principal ingredients are courage, honesty, dignity, decency, and respect, so here‘s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s recent speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:


Principal ingredients of this blog are your comments and my gratitude.


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28 thoughts on “Day 2762: The principal ingredient

  1. It’s true Ann, thank you for sharing, have a nice weekend!!!

  2. Thank you for being a key ingredient in my life, Ann.

  3. Your photos are so achingly, yet lovingly, missing Oscar.

    The principal ingredient is, you —

  4. puella33

    Ann, I understand how you feel.
    There’s one picture which caught my eye- that of the book, regarding God. I actually, wouldn’t say anything, but have a lot of questions. Perhaps because I don’t understand a lot of things. As the nuns taught me in high school, I should always thank Him before asking. , and they’re right.
    What is your favorie nature picture that you have published this far.? Have a serene day, Ann

    • Thank you for your understanding and your discerning eye. I have published so many nature pictures, it would be difficult to choose a favorite, but I definitely appreciate the question. Thanks for making my day more serene.

      • puella33

        I asked because I wanted to paint a scenery

      • There’s one in today’s blog post with the sun setting and flowers in the foreground that might make a nice painting.

      • puella33

        Thank you, Ann. I found it. Do you like that better than the sunsets in the pictures below?

  5. Many wonderful ingredients make up your blog 🙂

  6. Somehow you always manage to find the one thing that is key to getting by.

    • Somehow you always manage to find that also, Chris. You are a principal ingredient here at WordPress, helping us all get by.

  7. What a powerful speech by AOC, and what a dignified manner in which to rebuff such abysmal, but sadly common, behaviour.

  8. A friend like you is one of the most important ingredients in the recipe of life. Sweet Oscar is your guardian angel now and he lives in your heart forever. Much love and hugs, ♡〜ლ(๑癶ᴗ癶๑)ლ〜♡

  9. The principal ingredent in life is kindness

  10. and i can see that the tigers are grieving as well, it’s very clear. i love how oscar used to line up with them and lay there, just as they did. a key ingredient in the tres amigos, and they are sad.

    • I love how your thoughts and feelings line up so kindly and lovingly, beth. You are such a key ingredient here at WordPress.

  11. As others have indicated, YOU are the glue that holds everything together here, Ann. Holding you close in this time of sorrow.

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