Year End

I always look forward to the time after Christmas, when the festivities have died down and we get to spend time at home by ourselves. Yes, I do have to do my tax return and 12 months’ worth of filing, but at a fairly lazy pace and with all the yummy leftovers to help my motivation. This year, however, it has gone crashingly wrong.

Our lovely Phoebus, our beautiful golden boy, is gone. He became seriously ill on Sunday and on Monday had to be put to sleep. He was not quite ten years old. Who cares about filing now? Not me. And how can I manage without his help? After all, my guilty secret is that it was really Phoebs who earned a PhD, not me.

Phoebus on my work

And who really designs all the weaving, eh? And thinks all those big weaverly thoughts?

Phoebus 5

We are heartbroken without him, and Polly is baffled.

Rest in peace, dearest Phoebles.

Phoebus sleeping

Weaving content will resume on Loomsday.

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16 Responses

  1. fancythreads

    Oh Cally, I am so sorry to hear about your Pheobus. What a horrible end to the year. I am sending you big {{Hugs}}

  2. Barbara Scott

    So sorry! Loss of a pet and constant companion can be so hard. Sounds as though you are there now. Been there, done that and remember the pain. Please be kind and patient with yourself.

  3. Betty Bell

    Hard hours, but so many happy memories that last and last. True sympathy ………. bb

  4. Sampling

    So sorry to hear about Pheobus. He is at peace and will always be in your heart and mind.

  5. Lisa

    What a handsome fellow he was, and what an enviable cat life he had.All the other cats are in awe of the yarn ball abundance he luxuriated in. Heartfelt condolences.

  6. Kathy Silva

    I watch for your blogs and look forward to seeing your lovely work. However, I am saddened by the loss of your dear kitty, Pheobus and felt the need to send my heartfelt wishes to feel better. Our pets are our family too.
    Kathy Silva, Gilbert, Arizona

  7. Sandra Rude

    Polly will need company, eventually, as will you and Stuart. In the meantime, I wish you a peaceful and serene New Year, although I know you won’t stop missing Phoebus for a long while.

  8. Harris

    Very sorry to hear your sad news.

  9. Vicki

    He looked like such a sweetheart. I am sorry for your loss.

  10. Amy Norris

    May the Spirit of Pheobus continue to inspire and comfort you. I will miss him too as his appearance reminded me so much of my Tucker, who also departed much too soon.

  11. Debbie Stohn

    So sorry, to hear about your Phoebus. We love our cats dearly, don’t we? I know your heartache and send you my sympathy with lots of hugs and a nice cup of soothing tea. My Makita and I will keep you and your family in our hearts and prayers.
    Debbie, Campton, NH, USA

  12. Martha

    Callie, I am very sorry to hear about your dear Phoebus. Rest assured you two will be together again in the future, until then keep him in your heart. Hugs and warm thoughts are winging their way to you.

  13. Cally

    Thank you all for your lovely kind comments. We are spending New Year’s Eve quietly in front of the fire with Polly, remembering our sweet-natured Phoebus.

  14. Dot

    How very sad that 2014 ended with saying farewell to Pheobus. Poor dear Polly.

  15. Kate Rudy

    I’m so sorry about Phoebus.

  16. Marcella

    I am so sorry about your loss. Although he is not there with you, you will always have him in your heart.