Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy


Dear Mom,I took care of the crow situation for you. I ordered them to get out of the birdbath.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Thank you, sweetie. But they’ll be back.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yesterday you called them a bunch of low-lifes.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Because they left greasy rib bones in the birdbath. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I’d like some rib […]


Dear Mom,What happened last night?????????XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You mean the cats. Yes, that was a lot of drama last night.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,They were unhinged! They were crazy! They were hissing and yowling at each other! XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It was an all-out war, wasn’t it! I’d never seen Winston stand up to Puffin like that. […]


Dear Poppy,Louis was in the garden again this evening. I saw him slip out the gate just as we were coming down the stairs.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,That’s every night this week!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,He must be after the Meadow Mice. I haven’t seen them lately, but someone mouse-sized jumped out of the compost barrel the […]

Night Watch

Dear Poppy,What’s up with you sneaking out of my room every night?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You know about that?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Of course I do! You wait until I stop reading, and I’m just about to turn my light off for the night, and you get up and leave. But you are so funny, you always […]


Dear Poppy,I’m proud of how well you take charge of your feet.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t know what you mean!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’m talking about the burrs your feet pick up on our walks. Your paws are like big puffy slippers. They sweep up everything. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You try walking with burrs between your toes. […]

Cats vs Dogs

Dear Mom,I don’t understand cats. Winston comes up to me and bumps me with his head. He does that a lot. Puffin sometimes does that too. It’s a weird way to say hello.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s a sweet gesture! You don’t think so? Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t know. It confuses me.  I think he wants me […]

Zoom Class

Dear Mom,Winston and I always know when it’s a Zoom Class morning!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You do indeed. You are tuned in to everything around here.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I love it when I know what’s next!!!!!!! XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know you do! So does Winston. The two of you really seem to like the class. […]

Bad News

Dear Mom,I know what this suitcase means. It is bad news. You are going away.Poppy Dear Poppy,We’ll come back!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You may not.Poppy Dear Poppy,We always come back.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,You may not.Poppy Dear Poppy,We ALWAYS come back, Sweetie.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Molly explained it to us. When you go away, predators get you. That’s […]

The Roster

Dear Poppy,Today was such a lovely spring day for our walk! I think Winston wanted to come along.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He wouldn’t know what to do. Cats don’t understand about walks.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,It’s just walking around. I’m sure he could figure that out, if we could convince him to walk on a leash.Love, Carolyn […]

Molly’s Advice

Dear Mom,Dad said that you will start going places again.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Now that we’ve been vaccinated we feel like we can venture out a bit.  This afternoon I’m going to the fish market! That’s so exciting!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Buying fish is exciting?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Fresh fish from one of the best fish shops in the […]