Thank you Scott, Sharon, and Christine, and Jeff.
My goodness, I started this post eons ago and then never posted it!
It's so strangely quiet. 4 years ago, I had 3 kitties keeping me occupied: Margaux, Celia, and Mr. Casper the stray. I lost Margaux in December 2014 after almost 13 years together, and Mr. Casper we presume passed away some time in September 2015, the last time I saw him. He showed up on my doorstep on my second day down here in July 2010.
When I lost Margaux, having Celia was such a comfort. Now the emptiness is really hard. I think it's also much more difficult because I spent so much time caring for Celia in her last 4 months or so. She occupied much of my actual time but also all of my emotional and mental energy, so the loss is still quite raw right now. I know it will just take time for the roughest edges to soften.
I have taken a peek at some kitty pics on online adoption sites/shelter websites, and there are just so many who need homes.
I don't think I'm quite ready yet, and I also need to at least start a serious job hunt before thinking of adopting more kitties. There is a 20-year-old kitty at the local no-kill, and that breaks my heart. But he is likely to have some degree of kidney failure at that age, and I just don't think I can do that again right now.