I backed off the drinking yesterday, trying to get a grip on myself, and went to bed at 1900. The house was creaking throughout the night, strange sounds I had never heard before, but I managed to sleep fairly well and had some good dreams.

I was laying on my right side in the early morning, in that half awake, half asleep state, when Piper's sweet little meow came into my left ear, clear as a bell, like she was right here.

I rolled over and looked at my clock and it was 0400. This is the time she came into my room every morning. Over the years she got used to my 0400 habit and her internal clock was set to it. She wouldn't let me slide past it.

My sister sent me a very kind email recently about her dog Nana, that she had to put down. She said Nana was still with her all the time. I'm a believer, what I heard this morning was real.