Reflections: A cat’s tale for the New Year

Nancy Ritzema

A year and a half since my second open-heart surgery to fix a leaky mitral valve (the first was in 2013) I felt energetic and enthused enough to have family Christmas this past year at our farmhouse near Ellsworth.
With everyone in the family – there are 19 of us including married children and grandchildren and my husband and me – pitching in to help, our gathering was everything we had hoped it would be: good food, happy gift-givers and receivers and plenty of snow for grandchildren to slide down hills on the farm.

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