Thursday, March 19, 2020

I'm Here but My Lilly is Gone . . .

Hello dear friends.  It's been such a long time since I have written but I am still here.  Lots of things have happened; some good and some not good.  My dear, beloved cat Lilly passed away on January 6, 2020.  She was my sweet kitty for almost 13 years.  She was 15 years old.  She was diagnosed with pancreatitis a year ago and at Thanksgiving, she started to become very ill.  After numerous trips to the vet, it was decided that it was best to say our goodbyes.  It comforts me to know that she is now in a better place and pain free.  I loved that little ball of fur so, so much.  Both my husband and I are now adjusting to life without our Lilly.

As you can see, we still have her here with us every day.  She will always be in our hearts.

It's a scary time out there for all of us right now.  I've never experienced anything like this before.  As both my husband and I are over 65 years old, we are in "home isolation" per the advice of our governor here in California.  We are one of the lucky ones as there are so many people hurting out there.  And, their lives will never be the same once this is over.  I've tried to keep myself busy with my needlework.  Have you ever heard of brioche knitting?  After many, many hours of teaching myself this type of knitting, I had some success.  But the project above is on hold as the yarn frays and fuzzes and looks terrible.  So, I will try again with a different yarn.

I feel bad that I can't be out there and helping others in some way.  I've been trying to reach out to those in need and send them cards.  It's been fun working with my watercolors creating some cards.  Right now, I'm crocheting some filet crochet mats to send along with the cards.  At least is keeps me busy and hopefully will bring a bit of cheer to those in need.

Please be safe dear friends and take care of yourself.  Take precautions and if you can't go out and about, contact a friend of family member who can help you.  It may be a long time until things get back to normal but we can encourage each other and keep in touch.  If you would like to "chat" via my blog, I'm here to listen and write back.  

Keeping each of you in my prayers,


PS - If you wish to comment, I will try my best to reply :)


  1. So sad Lily has left you, it's a heartbreaking time.

  2. dear dear friend! I am still so sorry that your dear Lily has left us! We trust her to God's loving care! It is wonderful to think of others during this time!

  3. It is so very heart-rending to part with a loved pet. In Lily's case you can hopefully find comfort in knowing you did everything possible for her care--and that the difficult choice at the end was a kindly one.

  4. I keep hoping that Lilly has found our Jetsam and Jack and that they are all friends.

    This is indeed a difficult time, but I have found hat knitting and reading help me a lot. And now, after reading this, I think I will start sending some cards too - thank you for the suggestion.

    Take care. xoxo

  5. Pat, I’m so sorry to hear that Lily has left you. We’ve had cats for almost 40 years and it’s never easy when they leave us!
    Your painting is beautiful, well done!
    Stay safe and I keep well.
    Barbara xx

  6. Dear Pat, I care about your loss of Lilly. It is wonderful you enjoyed Lilly for so many years, and I thank you for sharing her perspective on life with us through your posts. During this strange season of life I am glad you are safe and finding ways to share your love and creativity with others. I truly admire your artistry! ((hugs))

  7. I have only just read this Pat, and I'm so sorry you no longer have your lovely cat, Lilly.
    Margaret P

  8. Lovely to find that you have blogged after so long, Pat. But very sad to hear of the passing of Lilly. Years ago my beautiful Golden Retriever died, and later my cat, Milly. It takes some getting used to when they've been such a big part of our lives. I love the box. Never heard of brioch knitting but it looks very interesting. I do hope you will post your progress. I've been crocheting too, though mine is very basic - just some blankets/throws.

  9. Hi, Pat,
    I just realized I don't get to "see" you anymore since I dropped Instagram. I hope you are doing well. I miss seeing your beautiful creations. Hope you are more than surviving the restrictions. God bless you,


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