a new direction…

Direction hey bloggers.  i can't thank you all enough for the kind words, prayers, and thoughts you've shared with us this past week.  they were so heartfelt and unconditional and are appreciated more than you will ever know.  it was tougher than we ever could have imagined, but as they say, time heals…  we are cherishing the happy times we had with cooper, and things around the studio are starting to feel inspiring again, day by day – it's a good feeling… moving forward…a new direction…t!m

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132 Comments to “a new direction…”

  1. EthanMellor says:

    Great picture. It fits the theme of our senses. You are very right, it’s a wonderful feeling to move forward and realize that there are a lot of beauty.

  2. barinm@aol.com says:

    This is my first time on your blog and my first ever comment to a blog. So sorry to hear of your loss. Interestingly my grandson names every stuffed dog he gets “Cooper” tho we don’t know why. I hope that you are comforted by memories of your times together
    Renee from NJ

  3. Cathy says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Tim. Pets definitely do become part of the family and it is a very hard time when we lose them.

  4. Oh, Tim… my heart goes out to you and Mario…. I just read about Cooper…. so sorry to hear.
    It’s one of the toughest things anyone has to do….
    Sending positive vibes…

  5. Vicki says:

    Time heals is soooo true, and keeping the good times in your heart will last forever!!!
    Hugs, Vicki

  6. Jennifer shipley says:

    My heart goes out to you Tim. It is so hard to let them go. Our pets become part of us. I home with time you will heal and be left with wonderful happy memories of Cooper.

  7. Maria Jesus says:

    you are right time heals. I’m glad that you are feeling better πŸ™‚
    MJ

  8. Deana in No. CA says:

    I pray God gives you peace.

  9. Jana says:

    Take all the time you need, Tim. I can only imagine the sadness you have felt. I’m so glad you have taken the time you need to remember Cooper and take care of yourself.

  10. Lynn Barwald says:

    We’re here for you Tim! Thinking of you all of the time, especially during hard times. Keep your head up! Lynn B

  11. Lisa says:

    Glad you’re back!

  12. Lizzy says:

    I’m glad to hear that your heart is healing, and that you’re starting to move past the pain of losing Cooper. Take care of yourself!
    Lizzy
    lizzy.simpson@gmail.com

  13. LenaS says:

    Glad to hear you are doing a little better. Take care.

  14. Kathy F says:

    Tim- I loved your pic with the compass! πŸ™‚ WOW! πŸ™‚ Also, all of us that have been reading your blog and your journey for a while have grown to not only like your work (which is beautiful), but you as a person! πŸ™‚ Hang in there…we are ALL here to support you!
    Hugs-

  15. jo says:

    although Cooper is gone from the physical world, the bond you all had with him transcends the physical realm and he will always be with you in your heart and your soul and your memories and thoughts … peace to you all …

  16. I have been thinking about how difficult it must be. I’m glad that you are feeling creative again. Take care!

  17. colleen says:

    TIM AND MARIO
    SO GLAD TO KNOW YOUR DOING A BIT BETTER. COOPER WAS A VERY LUCKY BOY TO HAVE YOU 2 WHO LOVED HIM SO VERY MUCH, WE TANK YOU FOR SHARING HIM WITH US SO MUCH, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE PHOTOS.THE TEARS WILL TURN TO LAUGHTER. SMILE AND KNOW HE BARKING BACK AT YOU. LOTS AND LOTS OF HUGS TO YOU BOTH
    COLLEEN IN ROSEVILLE

  18. Jing-Jing says:

    Hang in there.

  19. scrapfaerie says:

    Tim, thank you for sharing. Your last post and this one are especially dear to me. I just lost my 11 year old cat very early yesterday morning and am trying to get thru it. I am glad that you are feeling better. I know that it will take time to recover from a loss such as this.

  20. Nikki Sher says:

    I’m so sorry for you both. I’m thinking of you both. Hugs!
    Nikki

  21. bobbie leas says:

    Tim,
    We found this message/rememberance right after we lost our little Oliver a 3 1/2 lb Yorky after 17 years as our companion and motorcycling buddy. He was the center of our world and we still miss and talk about him almost everyday. Take comfort in knowing you did the right thing.
    Dogs Don’t Have Souls, Do They?
    By Chuck Well, Palmyra, NY
    I remember bringing you home. You were so small and cuddly with your tiny paws and soft fur.
    You bounced around the room with eyes flashing and ears flopping. Once in a while, you’d let out a little yelp, just to let me know this was your territory.
    Making a mess of the house and chewing on everything in sight became a passion, and when I scolded you, you just put your head down and looked up at me with those innocent eyes, as if to say, “I’m sorry, but I’ll do it again as soon as you’re not watching.”
    As you got older, you protected me by looking out the window and barking at everyone who walked by.
    When I had a tough day at work, you would be waiting for me with your tail wagging just to say, “Welcome home. I missed you.” You never had a bad day, and I could always count on you to be there for me.
    When I sat down to read the paper and watch TV, you would hop on my lap, looking for attention. You never asked for anything more than to have me pat your head so you could go to sleep with your head over my leg.
    As you got older, you moved around more slowly. Then, one day, old age finally took its toll, and you couldn’t stand on those wobbly legs anymore. I knelt down and patted you lying there, trying to make you young again. You just looked up at me as if to say you were old and tired and that after all these years of not asking for anything, you had to ask me for one last favor.
    With tears in my eyes, I drove you one last time to the vet. One last time, you were lying next to me.
    For some strange reason, you were able to stand up in the animal hospital; perhaps it was your sense of pride.
    As the vet led you away, you stopped for an instant, turned your head, and looked at me as if to say, “Thank you for taking care of me.”
    I thought, “No, thank you for taking care of me.”

  22. CK says:

    glad to know that your’ve gradually pick up yourself. take care…*hugz*

  23. Pat from Chicago says:

    Tim,
    Good to have you back. Take it slow and take time to remember Cooper. Maybe you can put a picture up–I have a photo of my first cat in my “studio” and she watches me create. Of course, Cooper is already watching over you.
    Pat

  24. Jenni G. says:

    I am truly sorry for your loss.

  25. Jessica says:

    I’m happy you’re feeling better! I’m sure you guys have enough happy memories of Cooper to last a lifetime πŸ™‚
    I’m going to make sure I take lots of photos of my new babies so I can make a memory book to look at when they’re gone.

  26. Terri Harmon says:

    Tim,
    My prayers are still with you but wanted you to know how much your bloggers have also brought comfort to me with their poems and special thoughts. I’ve been holding Patty in my arms to help her rest and know her time is near, too. She has been a wonderful friend for 16 years.
    God Bless,
    Terri H.

  27. Barbara Greve says:

    You’re so right when you say time will heal. Hugs to you both.
    Barb

  28. Dawn says:

    Glad to hear that you are feeling somewhat better- I have been thinking of you and your loss- My prayers are with you.
    Dawn in SC

  29. tanya watts says:

    glad you are feeling a bit better! it is hard to let go and harder to be happier about the good times than sad about the loss. time and art does heal!
    xox t

  30. Mary Lib says:

    Hi Tim. Glad to see you are back in the studio. We have missed your blogging but glad you took some time away. I made a donation to A Place to Bark in memory of Cooper and in honor of you and Mario for loving him.I can’t think of a bettter way to honor his love and his life. May the days get easier soon.
    ~~ Mary Lib

  31. Dolly/scrapthat says:

    So glad to hear that your heart is starting to mend. Not all journeys are easy ones but sometimes they take us to places we may not have gotten to if we didn’t hit the bump.
    Hope your heart heals quickly T!m.

  32. pam chiasson says:

    I wanted to share that another artist that i follow lost her long time companion as well and she is such an inspirational writer as well. thought you may take comfort in her words. You may even know her Nina Bagley http://ornamental.typepad.com/
    have a bright day peace and light Pam

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