JennyO - how's the fire situation near Sydney? Still had those rainclouds on my mind as I fell asleep last night.
I agree that these situations often happen for a 'bigger reason' that we don't understand right away. In fact I was going to mention that in my post yesterday, but it wouldn't have sounded very helpful at the time.
Sonetimes it's wiser to focus on the trees, not the whole forest, so to speak.
Gary Z's books have often caught my eye - I'll check them out!
Meantime, hope all is well for you and your kitty ....
Hope my positive energy is as long and stretchy as your tongue!