Miss Velvet passed away quietly in my arms a little after ten. She had a calm and quiet morning and perked up on the way to the vet, but was very much ready to let go.
I'd spent a lot of time this last month trying to nurse her back to health but time was not with us. I am at once relieved for her and feel a terrible emptiness in that part of my awareness that always paid attention to where she was in the room or house that I know will take time to get used to. Your well wishes mean a lot to me.
And it's a brilliantly sunny day, first one in days. I'll take that as a good sign.