Fried Rice for Ickey

Approximately one year ago, my wife and I were sitting at a Chinese restaurant. While we were waiting for our food,  we saw a couple leave the restaurant. When I looked over at their table, I saw that they had left behind a plate of fried rice that was virtually untouched.

I pointed out the plate of fried rice to my wife and we both laughed. We both had the same thought in our heads.

Heidi, Michelle, and Ickey at Duck Creek
Heidi, Michelle, and Ickey at Duck Creek

If Michelle, Ickey, and Heidi went to the Chinese restaurant, the owners would have definitively tried to sell the plate of fried rice to Ickey.

Chinese restaurant owner: Ickey, you should get the fried rice. It’s today’s special

Ickey: oh okay

:::Owner hands Ickey the fried rice:::

Ickey: that was quick.

I think I remember this story today because I knew that Heidi loved Ickey and that she would have wanted us to look after Ickey.

Belated New Year Post

In memory of Heidi –



Michelle, Heidi, and Ickey at the park
Michelle, Heidi, and Ickey at the park

Michelle: I don’t like 2014 anymore. I liked 2012 better when it was the year of Michelle. Back then, all the toys belonged to Michelle.

Ickey: What year was my year?

Heidi & Michelle: 2013

Ickey: But I didn’t know that was my year

Heidi & Michelle: Tough luck Ickey

Golden Butterflies

When P- passed away, my wife and I felt some comfort when we saw rainbows and golden butterflies.

The day after P-‘s passing, we saw a golden butterfly in our front yard dancing around our front door and among the bushes before flying away into the trees. When we went to P-‘s favorite park, we saw a rainbow. To be fair, the sprinklers were on. Nevertheless, before our eyes was a pair of golden butterflies dancing with a gorgeous rainbow in the background.

This morning, I felt the same comfort when I saw a black hummingbird fluttering outside the bushes in our front yard before flying away into the trees.

Heidi and Michelle hanging out at our friend’s house.

Thanks for dropping by to say goodbye. I will miss you Heidi.


P sleeping in the grass

P- waits under the palm frond for his friend. They had a date for afternoon tea but P-‘s friend was running late.

Luna, who was a tabby cat that thinks she is a golden retriever, was roaming the neighborhood. Luna lost track of time when she caught hold of some exciting news. Luna sashayed down the block with her nose in the air to and fro lamp posts to fire hydrants. The message was transmitted as a multi-part message. Part of the message was lost when a home owner took a hose on the lamp post outside his house.

P- waits ever so quietly for his friend. A pleasant breeze sweeps the area.

P- takes a cat nap and waits.