Carolyn Holm

One Dog, Two Cats
Grand Ideas
InterSpecies Memos

Category: Poppy

Red Flags

Dear Mom,What is going on with Puffin???XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Oh dear, now what?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He’s been so weird.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,So, nothing new. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,He went to the vet!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, something was clearly wrong with him. He wasn’t eating, for starters. That’s always a red flag.Love, Carolyn  Dear Mom,Puffin always eats!!!XOXO Poppy Dear […]

The Raincoat

Dear Mom,Rainy days are the WORST. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I know, sweetie. You hate to go outside in the rain.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,It’s too wet.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Rain does have a tendency to make things wet. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I don’t like to get wet. So, we should skip the walk when it rains. XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,That’s […]

Random Screaming

Dear Poppy,You really had us worried!Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,I’m sorry!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,No worries now, sweetie. But it was indeed alarming when you let out a random scream every once in a while. Though you do already have a reputation for being a screamer. You are such a big baby. As Molly would have said, […]

The Contract

Dear Mom,Do the cats have special contracts?XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Contracts?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Like I do. With the Mozarella Cheese packages.XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You mean the privilege of licking them clean after I have emptied them?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yes!!!XOXO Poppy  Dear Poppy,That is a very special contract. Only you have the special Mozarella Package Licking Contract. Love, Carolyn Dear […]


Dear Poppy,Someone is stealing the Cape Gooseberries! I’ve been finding the empty hulls by the garden table. Do you know who is doing this?Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The squirrels? Probably the squirrels!!!!!!!!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,I’ll bet you are right. They are little rascals. This year they’ve started something new, – I think they’re the ones eating […]


Dear Mom,Puffin says that he and Winston get Special Privileges because they are cats.XOXO Poppy  Dear Poppy,You all do, sweetie. This is a very privileged household.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,The cats have more privileges. They get to sleep on the bed!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,There simply isn’t room for everyone to pile onto the bed. You get […]

Garden Rules

Dear Mom,Why are you cutting up your garden? I thought you loved it!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Because it is winter, and where we live, this is the time of year when everything gets cut back.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,But I thought you loved your roses!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,You are a very smart dog to notice. I do […]

Holiday Plans

Mom!!!!!The holiday decoration boxes are out of the closet!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, it’s that time again! We’ll start decorating the tree tomorrow.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,When we have holiday decorations, that means we will have holiday guests!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Yes, it does! Very observant of you. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,And this means your daughter’s two dogs will […]

The Spy, Part 2

Dear Mom,He keeps coming back!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,Let me guess. By “he” you are referring to Louie. Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Yes!!!!! That crazy orange cat who was coming onto our patio to peek in the window at us. Now he’s coming into our garden!XOXO Poppy Dear Poppy,We’ve always had neighborhood cats in our garden, sweetie. Probably […]

The Lobster

Mom,Why am I being punished?Poppy Dear Poppy,You are not being punished, sweetie. That’s just a fun costume. Love, Carolyn Mom,It’s not fun. Even Winston thinks it’s weird.Poppy Dear Poppy,Lighten up, baby. It’s just for one evening. Halloween. I’ll give you lots of treats.Love, Carolyn Dear Mom,Is that the night when kids come to the door and […]