April 30th, 2017

I’m terribly hurt right now. Not by anyone or anything, but rather just circumstances beyond my control. It’s God’s Will and it shall be.

Bella, our lovely feline daughter of nearly 15 years, went to heaven at Rainbow Bridge on April 27th, 2017.

After a long illness, this was not a surprise but this does not make the hurt any less. We do, however, have great comfort knowing that she is no longer in any pain and she is continuing to share her awesomely perfect spirit in pet heaven at Rainbow Bridge.

Bella had a tough life in the beginning as a kitten being a ferial cat, a runt and malnourished before we were blessed with her presence. So, we were truly blessed with her presence as long as we had her in the physical world, although this certainly wasn’t long enough. I will be writing much more about Bella’s beautiful legacy in future blog posts.

Right now, I feel so horribly helpless to do anything. There is nothing to do other than to double-down on my love of family and friends. Therefore, I have made a commitment to even more cherish each moment with my wife and Bella’s younger canine brother, Jackson. Also, I want to share and document Bella’s legacy in writing, photos and videos so that hundreds of years in the future that people can still realize how special she truly was.

I mentioned Rainbow Bridge a few times above. If you are not familiar with The Rainbow Bridge then I encourage you to research this comforting poem and heartwarming story of pet heaven where animals have perfect health, play in vast beautiful fields and wait to cross ‘the bridge’ with their loved ones. Knowing that Bella is pain-free among dearly beloved passed loved one’s including my such as my terrific Dad and Brandee’s wonderful Mother is truly comforting.

Bella, we love you SO much and miss you dearly.

Until we meet again.

Love,

Daddy

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April 27th, 2017

To:

The Rainbow Bridge, Pet Heaven

c/o: Isabella Annamarie Neal

 

From:

Your loving Mommy, Daddy and Brother

 

Dear Bella-Ringa,

You are such a beloved daughter to Brandee and I, as well as a wonderful sister to your younger brother, Jackson. We trust that your lovely spirit has made the well-deserved safe passage to the most beautiful pet heaven one could ever imagine called The Rainbow Bridge.

While we miss you tremendously since you went to wait for us at Rainbow Bridge on April 27th, 2017, we have much comfort that you are no long in pain. It is comforting to know that at Rainbow Bridge you have great friends, family and a peaceful environment while we wait to see each other again before crossing the bridge together to live for eternity as a family.

The [Rainbow Bridge] story describes a bucolic place “just this side of heaven,” where dogs and cats, bunnies and birds, all live peacefully among the gentle meadows and hills, running and cavorting together in the lush green grass.

They are all young again, in perfect health, and want for nothing – except the humans they loved. One by one, they wait for us at the Bridge, and when our time comes their eyes light up in indescribable joy as we join them, to cross the Rainbow Bridge together.”

Baby-Furr, you provided our family with nearly 15 years of beautiful times, great lifetime memories and your unwavering love. For this, Brandee, Jack and I can never thank you enough.

You entered our lives’ as a scrawny, nearly hair-less, wide-eyed baby at roughly 6 weeks of age. When we first introduced you to our backyard lawn and this thing called ‘grass’ you were frightened beyond belief. Do you remember? After a little time then you became very adjusted to the grass and, in fact, in the warm summer days you would go frolic in the lawn and roll around enjoying the coolness of the grass blades.

In your younger days, you spent much of your time sitting on Brandee’s laptop in our office just watching us work. Remember those nice summer days we spent together working hard together? Do you recall your strange interest in sleeping in Mommy or Daddy’s work chairs in your youth?

After becoming a young-adult, you certainly established your independent spirit that is forever your legacy. Did you know that Mommy setup a Facebook page for you where you became an international sensation with so many people that cared about your every activity? Maybe not since computer keyboards aren’t so conducive for your pretty-paws to type, they are much better for pawtograph’s.

The limited details of your upbringing that Brandee and I hardly even know is that you, as compared to your litter-mates, had to always fight for everything. And this you did well! This includes your early days as a kitten just to get healthy and survive at only a few weeks old. Then you had to fight to protect your naturally-instinctive territory (which was our collective home) where you might get it cat-fights occasionally. Lastly, when Brandee, Jack or I did something awful to you like touch your sensitive-tummy, you would lash-out with a vengeance. Mommy, Daddy and Jack have the scars to prove it! Do you feel that you owe us any apologies? Seriously, none needed, and we now wear these battle scars with as forever memories of your beautiful spunkiness until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge.

In your seriously rebellious years, you would disappear from dusk ‘till dawn. Mommy and Daddy will never ask wherever, or whatever, you were doing for all these hours each day because you always came home safe to us which was the most important thing in the world to us. Maybe you will share your secret after we all cross Rainbow Bridge together?

Oh, little-baby-furr-of-all-furrs, I will never forget the sweet sounds of Brandee calling you home because it was getting late and nearing your curfew. As you recall, Brandee would go into the backyard, shake a canister of your cat food and bellow, “Here kitty, kitty. Bella, here kitty, kitty. Time to come home.” And, right on cue, you would come prancing like a little princess and have dinner in the house with us.

Bellaringamoskadoody, did you ever really fight hard when we shaved you down like a little lioness for the summertime? We know that you are completely capable of putting up a significant resistance when you wanted to, but you seemed a little tame on these occasions. It seemed that you put-up a fake resistance to us just so that you let us know that you were still the boss. I hope you know Mommy and Daddy only did this for your personal comfort. In fact, we thought you looked quite sexy in your summer outfits.

In your elderly years, Ringin’-of-Rocka, this was actually the most precious of times for me, personally and selfishly. Although you had slowed down to never leave the yard anymore, Brandee, Jack and I got to spend more time with you which was such a precious prize for all of us. Brandee and you became so close that it was absolutely heartwarming to witness. You also were so “cuddly” with Jack and we loved to hold you so tight, so often. It was these past few months of forever moments that I will never forget and that I cherish most.

Our beautiful Bella, in summary, you are terribly missed because you were, and always will be, such an important part of our lives. We have all these questions posed above for you, as well as millions more. Your loving family so much looks forward to the future where we can be with you once again to ask you these questions to your pretty, furry-whiskery face personally as we often did with ‘bella-speak’. It’s such a refreshing thought that eventually we can spend eternity together! We love you SO much for your perfect companionship, wonderful personality as well as spunky spirit.

 

Love you the most until we meet again at Rainbow Bridge,

Daddy, Mommy and Brother

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Neal Family Update

Brandee, Jack, Bella, the fish and myself continue to live a quiet life during our ‘home time’ together with each other over the past few months. As much as I’d like to share a wonderful story of happiness each time I share one of these Life Update blogs, the truth of the matter is this always can’t be the case.

Bella continues her slow journey to Rainbow Bridge eventually. She continues to have a spunky-spirit, at times and, that alone, motivates me to live out her days however she sees fit without my intervention. Of course, if she becomes in any obvious pain or distress we will certainly not let her suffer. However, until then Brandee, Jack and I are spoiling Bella rotten (as should be). Jack is such a terrific younger brother that senses something is amiss with his sister and he’s such a good boy. Please pray for Bella’s comfort.

 

Preparing for Summer 2017

In the Neal Family Casa, we absolutely love the summer time, probably like most of you, and we are starting to prepare some fun-in-the-sun come Summer 2017! We have a lot to do include cleaning the pool, preparing the yard and even re-configuring the house for entertaining. We really enjoy it and are looking forward to a great time with family and friends again this year.

Our typical summer consists of many BBQ’s, swimming and friendly socializing. I don’t expect that this year would be too unlike previous years but we must add something special each year. For this year, I think the concept of ‘Fun in the Sun” should be the theme. This simply means that the Neal’s will move our hospitality to pool-side, or close as we can to the pool. Previously our guests had to come into our house to gets items such as refreshing drinks, swim towels or snacks. For Summer 2017, we will move everything poolside to enhance the experience and make everyone’s visit even more enjoyable.

 

P3iD Cloud Business Update

There have been many significant updates on the business. Firstly, as we promised to potential investors when we officially launched the business on April 25th, 2016, we will act like a public Company with quarterly business updates; which we have done each quarter for the past year.

Secondly, it’s been fantastic to meet with, as well as re-connect with, so many great potential business partners to explore mutual business interests. As a general theme, I think it’s clear that no matter what size of Company you are, or how much resource is available to you or what vertical market you might think you own; the fact of the matter is that not one size fits all. An agile Company such as P3iD Cloud, using modern technology tools with an experienced team is precisely what the market demands. Especially in this era of cloud-computing and web-services mashup.

In this great time of mashup web service applications, the highest quality of Enterprise-type applications can be created in a fraction of the time, with greatly reduced deployment times as well as drastically decreased integration and maintenance costs.

The P3iD Cloud team is excited for the future and have a logo enhancement suggestion. We would like your opinion. Do you prefer the new P3iD Cloud logo of (A) or the current P3iD cloud log of (B)? Please leave your vote below.

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Kevin Neal Life Update 2/26/2017

It’s given me a whole new perspective when people use terms such as “absence makes the heart grow fond” or “you never know what you are missing until it’s gone” because the truth in each statement is so true.

Why? Because every time I hear such a phrase uttered any more I immediately reflect on my wonderful father, Floyd Neal, and his beautiful attitude towards life and family. Dad is such a great man and left an incredible legacy such that the rest of my life, and the sincere passion for which I do things, are a direct result of my promise to him.

 

Determined Spirit

I have to be honest that although the past holiday season was great with Brandee and my children, there was certainly a void in the enjoyment because I couldn’t speak with Dad. Nevertheless, Dad provides motivation to me on nearly an hourly basis.  Almost every major decision I make these days has a prerequisite of ‘what would Dad do?’. His common sense is such a terrific blessing that I cannot express enough canadianviagras.com.

I miss talking to him about sports, politics or life in general. He was such a compassionate person with absolute great morality.  I have not been able to talk to him about the Cubs winning the World Series for the first time in 108 years, the surprising election results or the current flood waters in California and it pains me greatly.  But it makes me determined more than ever to make my wonderful Dad so proud of me, my accomplishments and determined spirit to build a great business just like he did.

 

 

Get Onboard or Get Left Behind – The Train is Leaving the Station

From a business perspective things are going very well with everything ahead of schedule and below budget. You would think this is great, however my personal involvement requires too much of my time so I have to find a way to delegate and we are working through these challenges now. It’s typical growing pains and to be expected.

This said, I’m a team-player and a very transparent person (as evidence of this life event blog website) so I won’t accept anyone trying to derail my business purpose! Anyone that knows me understands that I am very willing to share whatever knowledge, materials and friendships I can. I am absolutely a pay-it-forward sort of attitude.

In the next month or so you will see some significant announcements of products and services that we have been working on. It’s a very exciting time for me personally to launch the realization of my dream and I encourage anyone interested to contribute. Others that want to suck blood can go pound sand.

 

 

Jack and Bella updates

Jack continues to be such a supportive younger brother to his elderly sister, Bella. Both Brandee and I feel such awful neglect for not paying enough attention to Jack because Bella is consuming so much of our time, however we do what we can for him.  He is certainly patient and understanding.

To be very honest, Bella is on the human equivalent of hospice care. We keep her as comfortable as can be and, of course, comfort her as much as we can with lots of cuddling.  Brandee and I love every precious moment we have with her. She is such a precious daughter and we love her greatly.

She continues to have a healthy appetite and great spirit for life. Every now-and-then when she gets a little punchy she’ll even make the effort to jump on the couch or jump up onto my chest to get more attention!

 

Fired-up for the Future

As I write this message I am so grateful for many things including my Dad, my wife, my furry children and my colleagues. Of course, there will be many difficult decisions and challenges ahead of us and I look forward to building something terrific. I am so fired-up for the future that you cannot believe it! Anyone, or anything, in my way of achieving this vision is an obstacle that I will overcome.

 

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Sicario: Movie Review (2015)

This was a pretty intense movie with lots of good drama.  The plot is about an elite team of American special force troops sent into Juarez, Mexico to avenge 20-30 murders committed in the United States (Phoenix, Arizona) by a Mexican drug cartel.  Kate, who is the main actress in the movie, clearly a skilled DEA officer but she has never been on such a top-secret mission before.

She is recruited (technically she volunteered but under some duress) to join this elite team to go into Juarez and get the evil drug lord. As the team makes the journey to Juarez the tension of the movie builds because something just doesn’t feel right with this lady. The other team members seem to not be telling her the complete story. The mystery of what’s really happens builds throughout the movie.

The photography in the movie is amazing with lots of cool scenery of attack helicopters, military bases and other rugged action. The soundtrack is exciting and keeps you on the edge-of-your-seat.

Overall, Sicario was entertaining and I will give this movie an 8 out of 10 potential Steelers Stars.

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