In Memory of Kay

Kay’s Garden of Love & Chester the Cat.

{—-This blog is dedicated with  Sweet love to Chester’s Mama, Maryellen.  Thank you for giving shelter to unwanted kitties & for always remembering our Angel, Kay. xxXX} 


—After Kay’s murder, several friends brought over lovely ornaments and plants for the family: 


Granite Stones with poetry inscribed.     Pink roses.    Chrysanthemums.    Hydrangeas.    Ornamental Lights.


But one of my all time favorite gifts was a Cat made from smooth stone named Chester.


If you’re from West Duluth and walk or run the Waterfront Trail, you may have encountered Chester already with his high tail, black/white fur,  &  groovy personality.


He lives with 7 other rescued cats and a few doggies.


He hunts mice and snakes and squirrels and god ony knows what.


He jumps out at the most unexpected times from the deep woods and scares the shit out of you.


But mostly, he desires to be petted & rubbed & caressed .


I mean……Don’t we all?


Kay loved loved loved that cat.


She’d phone me to exclaim excitedly,  “I saw sassy Chester on the trail today, Kimmie!”


Or I’d call her to inquire,  “Hey, did Chester leap out to greet you on your walk?”


You could say, he’s a bit of a Feline Freaking Super Star on the Waterfront.


Oh!  And recently, Chester left a beautiful planter of crimson petunias at Kay’s grave-site.

Yes, I know it was you, Chester!!  I know your purr.


This is the garden that  Saint Shirley & Daddy created in their back yard  for our sweet Angel, Kay. 


—–Notice Chester the Cat in the center……

—Kay Kissing Chester on The Waterfront Trail.

My sister, Kay- was murdered by Mike Peterson   yesterday. a million years ago.    415 days ago.  The Clocks Stopped.

Read More About Kay Here:   In Memory of Kay 

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  • Reply
    July 18, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful garden for Kay. I can feel the love your family has for each other from where I am. What a blessing.

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      BitterSweet, Tots.
      —My family is a great blessing.
      Kiss from West Duluth for U. xxxxx

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    July 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What a precious picture of Kay & Chester ! Can’t wait to visit Kay’s Garden too! Mom & I
    Will do that very soon. Love u girl

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 7:12 pm

      —love U 2, Kimmy.
      I love Kay’s pink leaves 🙂 xxxxxxxx

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    July 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Kim, I’m with Totsy. Across the miles it’s easy to perceive the great love both you and your family have for Kay. It is an amazing thing! The garden is absolutely beautiful, and Chester enhances its beauty! I can imagine your sister smiling down from heaven as she watches her garden grow and prosper. What a lovely and heartfelt tribute to your sister’s memory!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      I wish she were here to enjoy it herself!…
      But I know she knows how much we LOVE her.
      Always. Forever. Xx x

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    Theresa Sonoda
    July 18, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Awwwwww this made me miss my cat Simon. We had to give her away after Joan’s stroke because she was underfoot and we just had too much going on. I found her a good home, though. She was such a sweet companion when I just wanted to sit around and read. She was all about being lazy. My kinda kittty!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      Kitties give so much looooove and comfort.
      I’m glad you found Simon a good home…..
      —-Chester was very special to Kay. Meooooooooow. xxxx Kiss for U.

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    July 18, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Kim, Love your blog about Kay & Sir Chester A. Maryellen says the A stands for A——-?
    You better bring Dave over here tomorow. Saint Shirley made another chcolate cake.
    Love You More Than That Cake

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Love You More than all the chocolate cake in the Universe, Daddy……. xxxxxx

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    July 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Love both Chesters – but especially LOVE the picture of Kay on her stomach laying one on him!! Tell your dad I’ll be over right away… for a slice of that chocolate cake! Hey, you don’t want strange company, you shouldn’t chat about CHOCOLATE.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 10:09 pm

      –Come on over, Nan…
      Daddy has a big peice of Chocolate Cake waiting for you. xxxxxxx

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    July 18, 2011 at 9:43 pm

    I LOVE the garden, I LOVE the picture, I LOVE that you keep Kay alive in every one’s heart. I recently read James Van Praague’s book “Talking to Heaven”……….I thought of you and your family a thousand times while reading it……I think you would like it…….Peace……..

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      —I will check that book out…
      Thanks for stopping inside my wild world, Helen! Kiss xxxxxxxxxx

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    July 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Van Praagh. Oopsie.

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    July 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Kim – you have such a wonderful and loving family. It’s your secret weapon and something that I know you treasure every single day. As for the garden, words are not enough. I suspect your sister is ever smiling from the heavens.

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    kim sisto robinson
    July 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    “““I know she is, Brenda.
    SHe would be quite pleased with it…
    wish she was here to enjoy it 🙂 xxxx

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Chester looks like a sweet darling cat with a lot of personality and spirit. I’m sure he adored Kay and he adores you Kim! xxx

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Such a sweet Kitty Kat 🙂 w/ a dynamic personality….xxxxx

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    July 19, 2011 at 3:51 am

    so beautiful. So sad. I cant wait for ‘someday’ when we will all see God!

    Love you like errm, okay, i donno if this is the right place to say this, but I bought a small pink computer today…i love you like that small pink computer! True story…

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 7:37 am

      African Queen….
      Pink computer??!!
      I will add that to my pink collection!
      Almost love you more than Chester…..HA HA

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    Lady Fi
    July 19, 2011 at 5:11 am

    What a lovely lovely garden of remembrance.

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 7:38 am

      —Saint Shirley said,
      No! Wait to take the photo when the flowers are blooming!
      I COULD NOT.
      xxx Kiss for you, Lady Fi.

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    July 19, 2011 at 6:38 am

    What a beautiful garden Kim. I know Kay loves it and is so happy that little Chester is there.

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

      —Kay Likes i! 🙂 when the garden becomes colorful,
      it will be more Grand…
      luv to you, Charlene. xxx

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    Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
    July 19, 2011 at 8:04 am

    Kim, I LOVE Chester and the garden your folks made for Kay is beautiful! Please tell them from me.
    🙂 Mandy xo

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 8:31 am

      I shall tell them, Mandy.
      Hope you are settling into your new home.
      South Africa?
      R U African or British? xxx

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        Mandy - The Complete Cook Book
        July 22, 2011 at 7:33 am

        Sorry for the late reply! I don’t get notifications when you reply to my comments. 🙁
        Yip South Africa and South African. It is so strange that we are connected all these millions of miles or how ever many away through technology – not sure we would have met otherwise. 😉

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          Kim Sisto-Robinson
          July 22, 2011 at 7:57 am

          i don’t have that feature on my
          site. Sorry!!
          looove technolgy.
          It has Rocked my Universe.
          And look, we met…and
          My fab pen pal is from Kisumu, Kenya.
          she is like my best friend.

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    July 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Love you!!!

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Love you, 2 xxxx

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    Adriana Iris
    July 19, 2011 at 11:17 am

    love that pic of Kay and love love the garden.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

      —-Yes! i love love love that photo of Kay.
      That epitomizes her beautifully.
      xxx Kiss Adrianna.

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    Beverly Diehl
    July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I’m so sorry about your sister. It hurts to lose anybody we love in this lifetime, even though we know that’s the natural course of things.

    But you didn’t “lose” Kay. She was STOLEN from you and your family, and I can only dimly imagine, how much that must hurt.

    At least you do have beautiful memories of her, and pictures, like the marvelous one of her and Chester – of both Chesters. A beautiful spirit shines out of that picture of her and Chester, even to someone like me who never met her.

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      Kim Sisto-Robinson
      July 19, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      Yes, it hurts horribly…
      I’ve been writing my journal of mourning &
      lamenting for over a year now…
      and still….there is NO possible
      way to explain the pain….
      except to say one’s heart
      actually experiences pain & darkness.
      —-Many lovely memories…
      one day we will be together again.
      I look forward to that day.
      Thanks for popping in. 🙂 xxx

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    Blond Duck
    July 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Awww. I’m sure Chester knew it was her garden.

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    Alison@Mama Wants This
    July 20, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Love Kay’s garden, simply beautiful.

    And the photo of Kay with Chester? Priceless.

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      kim sisto robinson
      July 20, 2011 at 7:03 am

      Absolutely Priceless, Alison.
      Kay’s pleased with the garden.
      wish she were here to enjoy it on

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