You are right, sadness is a part of life and we have to deal with it the best we can.
Here are some pictures to show that there is joy all around me, so let me count the ways:
In his old age, Stan has developed severe allergies to all human foods. He insists on finding even the tiniest morsel left after a meal and gets deathly sick after ingesting it. As much as I try, it seems impossible to keep him safe. With a little luck, he will be with us for a while longer.
For a few weeks now I encounter these black-eyed susans on our daily walks. They are a delight to see after several years without them.
And here is Sophia, completely off leash on our daily walks. She has settled in so well that it is a pleasure to have her with us at Sontheim.