Phoebe’s Traveling Shades Are Home

When Phoebe sent out her traveling shades in 2016, I had no idea she would no longer be with me when they returned. It was a bittersweet day when they arrived in the mail this week. I want to thank all 19 families that participated. Sadly, several of these families have also lost kitties during this time. I hope they are all playing with Phoebe while waiting for us.

Joanie posing with the shades

  1. Critters in the Cottage (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 )
  2. Canadian Cats part one and two
  3. Pipo and Minko
  4. Lone Star Cats
  5. One Spoiled Cat (Sammy)
  6. Friends Furever
  7. Timmy Tomcat
  8. 4-Legged Furballs
  9. Cat Scout Charles

10 . Annie and Pierrot

11. Toby, Simon and family ( part 1, part 2)

12. Miss Mudpie

13, The Kitties Blue (part 1 , part 2)

14. The Island Cats ( part 1, part 2)

15. Trout Talking Tabbies

16. Eastside Cats

17.Lola and Lexy

18. McGuffy’s Reader

19. Summer ( part 1, part 2)

Phoebe’s shades traveled with an autograph book. Reading all the sweet messages to her made me feel like she was still with me. Thank you all for participating and being great models. The shades and the book are safely tucked away in her memory box now.

We are joining The Cat on My Head’s Sunday Selfie Blog Hop and Ten Things of Thankful ( I actually have 19 thankfuls). Thank you to all who participated and were friends of my Phoebe.


  1. ❤ I love this tribute to Miss Phoebe. It says so much about her and how well loved she still is. It was an honour to wear Miss Phoebe’s shades. Hugs. ❤

  2. What an awesome memory that came home to you! I loved reviewing everyone’s adventure with Phoebe’s shades, and it’s so cool that so many kitties were nice about wearing them. I know I was proud to pose in them.

  3. What a great way to memorialize her. She must have been a very special cat. We did not know her except for Siddhartha Henry’s great love for her. You must be full of all types of feelings right now. Bless you, Patzy and Miss Juliea

    1. She was very special indeed. It has been 4 months since she left us and we miss her very much.

  4. I’m happy that Phoebe’s sunglasses are home along with all those sweet messages that were collected along the way. They sure had quite a journey! I know Phoebe is smiling down knowing how happy those sunglasses made everyone who wore them.

    Hugs, Pam and Teddy too

  5. What wonderful memories of Phoebe and her sunglasses. We miss that Phoebe girl but have some great memories of her too.

  6. Oh my goodness this is truly amazing. We had no idea how long they traveled and that you included a memory autograph book. This is for 100% sure a memory for the records!
    Huds Madi and mom

  7. How precious it must be to have these things to help you remember the good times. It’s also a tangible reminder of just how many great friends you have.

  8. Oh, wow. I didn’t understand just how that tour worked. What a great idea to include a book! However did you come up with such a cool idea? I can only imagine how bittersweet receiving this must feel. ~hugs~ My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones, including my friend in Las Vegas who lost her sweet girl Sammi, a beautiful black cat, to kidney failure.

    1. I am sorry about Sammi, kidney failure is awful. Phoebe got the idea from the book/film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. One year, her bikini traveled and the following year, she sent out the shades, but there were so many that it took a longer time to travel .

  9. What a wonderful thing to do and look at all the wonderful messages to her. So precious indeed.

    Have a fabulous day, Ellen. Scritches to your babies. ☺

  10. Such sadness though so much joy. Phoebe and her glasses, and all the love and pleasure they created are a wonderful memory for you, and it was a pleasure for us to follow.
    Gentle purrs

  11. What a wonderful sad/happy tribute to Phoebe. Those traveling sunglasses are really a treasure.
    Yael from

  12. Angel Phoebe touched us all, and having her traveling shades in our possession for a short time, was a real treat! Hoping that she and our Chuck are romping together in heaven!

  13. This was such a delightful thing to do, Ellen, and I love how it turned out to be a gift to you as well, another precious memory of your beloved Phoebe. <3 Each of the people/felines who participated in the traveling shades must be very special, and I can see why you are thankful for them. The love we feel for our furkids, and the way they return it to us is such a blessing in our lives! XOXO

  14. My heart is happy you have Phoebe’s shades and autograph book in her memory box… ♥ I know all the kitties are playing with Phoebe and I hope Z Cat has met Phoebe. Hugs.

  15. I know how bittersweet it must have been when Phoebe’s shades came home. But they did get home safely to her…and the autograph book was a dear addition that will being smiles. Phoebe…I miss you. I am blowing smoochies all the way to the Bridge for you and for Admiral. xxxx

  16. Miss Ellen, what a grr-eat thing Phoebe did by sharing her shades. I would have luved to have purr-ticipated – sorry my human didn’t know about it or get with the purr-ogram. What a wonderful thing you’re doing by adding the kitty autographs book to Phoebe’s memory box. I can imagine her and all the kitties that have gone before us playing in the beautiful white fluffy clouds. Kisses.

    1. Thank you. I am sorry you didn’t get to try them, you would have looked adorable. XO

  17. What a lovely memory filled momento to have. It is a very special one and it will be deeply treasured I know in your heart. We miss sweet Phoebe.

  18. Mee iss so glad thee sunglassess are home with you Aunty Ellen. Mee iss sorry mee not pawticipate butt mee could not bring meeself to see them or wear them. Mee hopess you not hold that against mee? Mee just wanted thee glassess home where they beelong now.
    Mee iss all teery eyed now lookin at Purrincess Phoebe’ss foto so mee will stop now **sniffullsss**
    Luv an **nose kissesss** Siddhartha Henry =^,.^=

    1. Thank you, I am glad they are safe at home and in her memory box. I wish we could have seen you in them too, I know you would look very cool. I cried when they arrived, but when I started reading the autograph book it felt like Phoebe was with me. XO and love to you and your mum too.

      1. Mee wood have worn them with pride…butt mee just could not do it. An mee wanted the glasses to get back to you. An Purrincess Phoebe iss all wayss with you Aunty…all wayss….

        1. Thank you, I would have been nervous to send them out again, but I would have just for you my sweet nephew. XO and love to you and your mum

  19. How wonderful for you Ellen that Phoebe’s shades came home to you safe and intact after all that time and travel! We are happy that you have the autograph book as well to add to Phoebe’s memory box. I’m glad that we were able to participate in the traveling shades because I am left with a sweet memory of Phoebe, Mitalee and Esme that I would not have otherwise had. I hope these three angels are laughing, dancing , singing together somewhere where the sun is always shining and where they each have a pair of their very own, cool, Phoebe shades. XO

    the critters in the cottage xo

  20. We are so happy that your sweet angel Phoebe’s sunglasses are back home with you, safe and sound and part of the wonderful collection of memories you share with her. We had such a fun time during our turn with her sunglasses, and we will always cherish the memories. Purrs and hugs!

  21. So bittersweet. Lily Olivia was one of those at our house who donned the sunglasses. We forgot all about the autograph book. Bet that was really nice to read. Mom is really hoping that Phoebe, Lily and Ellie have started a Crotchety Cougars Club at the bridge. Thanks for sharing these great memories on the selfie hop. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer

  22. We were honored to be able to pawticipate in the Traveling Shades. Ernie had a blast wearing them. And we loved seeing all the other kitties that wore them too. 🙂

  23. Once we relate to our pets/animal companions, whatever term you prefer as members of our families, they become so much more than merely dogs, cats or whatever.
    Not everyone is fortunate enough to have that kind of relationship.

  24. I was with great anxiety that we tried on those shades, but then we relaxed and had some fun with them!
    Now all the posts and the shades themselves have become a memorial to your Dear Phoebe and her love of fun things.

    How cool to get that autograph book with all those loving messages for Phoebe.
    Its kind of bittersweet there, too, because Minko also had to go and join with Phoebe and so many others…

    Now petcretary has to go and get some tissues…sniff….

  25. Oh your post moved us so much. I remember Phoebe’s passing with sadness but her sunglasses (or sunnies as they are called here!) brought such fun, and joy to people that you will treasure the memories.

    We miss you Phoebe.

    Marjorie and the Dash Kitten Crew.

  26. We were so thrilled to be able to participate. Said that our Ellie is now an angel too. We hope all of our angels and our daddy are together and happy and watching over us.
    The Florida Furkids

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