Category Archives: Pandora Carroll

TBC Updates…

Was feeling a bit too much gut pain last night, so Joanne schlepped the cans to the curb for Tuesday morning pick up. When she came back in, she mentioned there was a rat tail (only) on the far end of the porch… maybe Mom-cat was leaving us a present (or asking us to clean up the place a bit – you make the call). Haven’t seen Mom-cat around (nor any other cats), but am happy for her efforts / rewards if she’s policing the grounds and grabbing a meal @ the same time. Go Mom-cat!

(Speaking of Mom-cat, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, I’m visiting the kittens this week and will post fresh pics of them soon after our visit.)

We (and I mean that in the loosest sense of the word) picked the remaining cherries yesterday. OK, Joanne picked all but 3 cherries (it hurt too much for me to do it)and also harvested the apricots… birds’n’squirrels got 95% of the cherries and there really weren’t too many ‘cots this year.

The garden is flourishing and I hope to post some pics of that over the next few days. Joanne has just planted some, ahem, “late” carrots – they ought to be ready about Christmas – hey, just in time for Carrot Claus to come down the chimney, right? (It’s Monday – gimmeabreak.)

The latest Lil’ Bob (baby dove from the nest outside our bedroom doors) fledged over the weekend and we watched it being fed / moving about the yard, interacting with its parents. Lots of posturing and wing-flapping going on all weekend; Interestingly enough, Mom-Bob appears to have taken up residence in the nest (after re-stocking it with new materials) after doing the hey-baby dove dance of love on my fence.


Based on the finch nests with moms nesting, I’d say we’re down to our final two batches of eggs / chicks to hatch. This year we’ve had (as best we can tell) a total of 7 finch families return to the nests to lay eggs; as best we can tell, they haven’t lost any babies as we’ve seen fledgling’s from each family as they’ve taken flight. It’s been great watching / listening to them participate in flight school around the property. I’ve recorded ~3 hours of HD video and audio of all of this… someday it’ll make it to The Legend of the Two Big Cats. (some day….)

That’s it for now. Drop a note, give a call or stop by if / when you’re in the neighborhood.

Sunday, Memorial Day weekend…

And it’s a lovely day here. At 5PM it’s ~81F, light humidity and 5-15mph breezes… it’s just about perfect. “Just about” because I’ve just completed my initial steps of exporting the TBC blog to a word doc that I’ll then massage in to the hard cover version of the journal of our activities that I’ve intended it to be.

Update: We had a lovely dinner this evening with Ellen, Al, Maureen and Jules @ Ellen’s place – thx, Ellen! Great to see Simon settling in and becoming so social 🙂

Welcome Homeless Cat Network people…

I am doing a bit of maintenance on the blog and noticed the many visits from up and down the peninsula today. Glad you’re visiting and I hope the photos of Calvin and Cherry serve as a reminder (and encouragement to continue) of the good work you folks do in working to save / connects homeless cats and their caretakers-to-be.

Calvin and Cherry are settling in nicely and seem to be feeling as though they’re home. Good thing, too, because (as I tell them daily) we’re glad they’re with us 🙂

They’re both eating well and have acclimated to the house nicely. They’re both social with our friends and neighbors… in fact, when someone comes to the door, I have to keep an eye out for Calvin because he’s usually nearby and waiting to greet them with head butts and fanny/tail rubs. Everybody loves Calvin’s upfront and in-your-face friendliness, and everyone loves how sweet and friendly Cherry is with them… she’s quite a love.

That’s it for today!

Two Maines on a rug…

The other day as I was reviewing pics we’ve taken over the years, I came across these two… of Pandora and Cherry in the sunroom looking up at me with all the love you can imagine.

This pic of Pan was taken one day after I’d been playing guitar for a while. It was pretty normal for Pan to come in to wherever there was fresh music being played… she seemed to enjoy the activity level and just being with people.

I remember as I was readying to take this pic, she was turned slightly away from me so I said to her, “You know I love you, CatGirl”… and she turned back for me to take this lovely pic. What a creature was Pandora.

And this was Cherry about a week after she came to live with us. She had been out and about, exploring the house and found herself in the sunroom, just outside my office. She chirped / squeaked (it sounded like, “Little help out here, I think I’m lost.”)so I grabbed my camera on the way out to see her and this is what I found looking up at me:

Kittens and mom-cat (Trinity) update…

An eventful weekend, that’s for sure. (If you’re interested but can’t see it just yet, scroll down and there’s a pic of me and the kittens on Sunday morning as I was preparing to take them to their new foster home – they are as cute as they get!)

After picking her up post-spaying on Saturday, I took mom-cat to Jeanee’s home for socialization evaluation. Yesterday ~ noon, I took the kittens to Jeanee’s and they did wonderfully with the transfer. While their time here had been full of (new to me) stress – was I feeding them enough, did they have enough water, how much should I socialize with them…??? shoot, sooooooooooo many things to think about – I was sad to see them go. By Sunday morning, each time I walked in to the guest bathroom where they were living they would come running to the sound of my voice. I’d get down on the floor with them and they’d crawl all around and over me… licking me in to submission until I gave them wet food (Wet Food, he’s got Wet Food – Get Him!!!) So it was with real mixed emotions that I took them to Jeanee’s… (had we not yet added cats to the house, we certainly would have kept these three 🙂 Jeanee was thrilled to see them – she’s great with kittens – so I said my good-byes and headed home.

Jeanee wrote me last night to say mom-cat wasn’t doing so well… not eating, not drinking… head down… eyes w/blank stare – you know, like AL GORE 😉 but this morning to say the kittens were doing **great** – eating, litter box training wonderfully, etc – but that mom-cat (named “Trinity” due to her three colors AND 3 surviving kittens) and mom-cat is doing better, eating, drinking and using the litter box, but Jeanee is going to keep her under close scrutiny and if she doesn’t brighten up considerably between now and tomorrow (Tues), I’ll go pick her up and release her on our property in the area she’s been residing… we want her to survive and since she knows this area and knows food sources / how to hunt here, this is probably the best place for her.

This will likely be my final Kittens Under the Porch post, but you’ll read about them in The Legend late this summer / early fall. In the meantime, here’s a pic that Joanne took of me and Butterscotch, Smokey and Patches just before I took them to Jeanee’s.

Why women shouldn’t take men shopping

(sent to me by long-time female friend, Suzanne C.)

“After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Target. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunate, my wife is like most women – she loves to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Target.

Dear Mrs. Samuel,

Over the past six months, your husband has caused quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both
of you from the store. Our complaints against your husband, Mr. Samuel, are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.

1. June 15: Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in other
people’s carts when they weren’t looking.

2. July 2: Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute

3. July 7: He made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the
women’s restroom.

4. July 19: Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice,
‘Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away’. This caused the employee to
leave her assigned station and receive a reprimand from her Supervisor that
in turn resulted with a union grievance, causing management to lose time
and costing the company money.

5. August 4: Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&Ms on

6. August 14: Moved a ‘CAUTION – WET FLOOR’ sign to a carpeted area.

7. August 15: Set up a tent in the camping department and told the children
shoppers he’d invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from
the bedding department to which twenty children obliged.

8. August 23: When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and
screamed, ‘Why can’t you people just leave me alone?’ EMTs were called.

9. September 4: Looked right into the security camera and used it as a
mirror while he picked his nose.

10. September 10: While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked
the clerk where the antidepressants were.

11. October 3: Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming
the ‘Mission Impossible’ theme.

12. October 6: In the auto department, he practiced his ‘Madonna look’ by
using different sizes of funnels.

13.. October 18: Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through,
yelled ‘PICK ME! PICK ME!’

14. October 21: When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed
a fetal position and screamed ‘OH NO! IT’S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!’

And last, but not least:

15. October 23: Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile,
then yelled very loudly, ‘Hey! There’s no toilet paper in here.’ One of
the clerks passed out.

If you don’t send this to 12 of your dearest friends, your property taxes
will go up, your stocks will go down, and your middle will spread. (How’s
that for a curse?!?) What? It’s already come true? Then send it
anyway–you’ve got nothin’ to lose!”

It’s our pleasure to introduce…

(remember to click the pic – these are beautiful creatures and the detailed pics are pretty nice.)




Here’s Cherry sitting with me on the bed. Displayed on the TV behind her is what she wanted done with her “Return this cat to the rescue center.” bus ticket she was given. 😉

As you can see from these pics, they’re in a private room of their own with lots of climbing / hiding places, have been eating and, um, doing “natural” things right on schedule. They’re both very curious about what’s outside the door of their room, so later this evening I’ll likely open their bedroom door to let them cruise through the foyer and bathroom of that suite area. They’re settling in very nicely.

(I’ll write and post the details about them and how they BOTH came to be with us later this evening.)

A month ago yesterday

It is worth noting that it was a month ago yesterday that Pan passed away.

We want to thank each of you for your friendship and extra attention specifically to Pan before she passed away… Pan was loved by everyone who knew her and from watching her interact with you, she knew it – and returned your love and affection in spades. And we also want to say “thank you very much” for the extra hand-holding in the time since she passed… truth is, the lights in our home aren’t as bright as they were when she and Dee were here with us.

We will always – always – remember the wonderful creature and presence that Pan was in our lives.

Out in the backyard, under the apple tree in the fall… enjoying the leaves and fresh air.

Several years ago in our kitchen, making sure the jars of goodies were properly inspected, sealed and stamped with her TBC seal of approval.

Luv you and miss you, CatGirl!