Mar 01-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: March: Mar 01-05
Me and my shadow    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Joyce Tormala

Mary Drew basking on beaches of the Sunshine State on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:24 am:

This little kitty seems to be trying to figure out what that propped up Silver Bear Yooper Scooper is. Or maybe it's just putting on a bit of a shadow boxing show. Either way, Joyce Tormala's feline friend is colored just right to blend into the black and white scenery that the U.P. takes on this time of year. If he's not careful, when that scoop gets put to use, he could be swept away with the accumulation of snow being moved about.

Our 'NEW ADDITIONS' feature is still in its infancy itself, a page where you can share the news of the stork's arrival, including a picture if you so desire. By popular demand, we continue to share the list on the first day of the month, naming those bouncing bundles of joy in our...

New Arrivals Honor Roll

Kalle Maria Carlton
Laura Innerebner
Julie Innerebner
Davin James Raasakka
Kimberly and Jacob (Ohio)
Leslie James LaFernier
Zander Nordmark
Emeline Li Fa Martin
Jewel Cassidy Laux

Congratulations to all the proud relatives and friends!

Even with having a wireless card for my laptop, it's still not always available wherever we go. Thank goodness for the reliability of and the Nationwide Dial-In, keeping me hooked up and able to access news from UP North!
Margaret, Amarillo TX on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:28 am:

Mornin', here kitty, kitty

By smf in troll land on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:30 am:

What a cute kitty!

By Garth mn on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:30 am:

Good Morning Cold in Mpls this morn// Hope this finds Gary and Marsha well and planning there move to the UP

By RD, Iowa on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:35 am:

Happy Birthday to the Pasty Cam!

Thanks for 7 years of
daily archives to explore. Glad to see another year begin :)

By Brent, 7 on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:49 am:

Hey Kitty, I double dare you to put your tongue on that yooper scooper.

By j A P E i or j A R M O i on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:58 am:

Funny,beautiful and extremely sunny morning for all those who are awake manage.. . cold its about -17 Celsius in FINLAND and ALAHÄRMÄ commune.

I am may two e-mail from there - THANK´s.. .

Magnificent picture - two different figures and same KATTI(Finn!)..

Who know from where I order T-shirt??!
I am write email from me controllerperson, but perhaps he was travels somewhere, because not can answer!?.. .
Well - optimal and best day for all, keeping flag high up!

By moi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:25 am:


By Sue, Calumet on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:29 am:

It's Sylvester Junior. His Dad must be somewhere else, hiding from a giant mouse.

By Roudy Mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:34 am:

Coupla woodpeckers looking in opposite directions.

By Sarah, Central WI on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:42 am:

Too cute...wonder what he/she is looking at?

By John / New Hampshire on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:00 am:

Does this kitten have six toes? The shadow of the right front foot is amazing!

By Marsha, Genesee/Aura on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:29 am:

Roudy, Roudy, Roudy . . .

And to Garth: You're funny, too. Snow day down here and no school. It's blowin' and driftin'.

By Fran,Ga on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 11:41 am:

Kittens are so cute. They are so curious and frisky. It is a cold morning in N.Ga(35 degrees) and we had a few flurries.

By Deb on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:01 pm:

John, this kitten just might have an extra "toe". I know Joyce has one cat with extra "toes". Check this out:
Maybe this is a kitten with inherited toes.

By Bruce / Bessemer on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:18 pm:

Awhile back you found out how many dog lovers there are out there including me when you featured the golden retriever chasing snowballs. I also love cats and all animals. There is a saying that says dogs think they are human. Cats think they are God. Again I wish more people would check out their local animal shelters and bring home a companion that will give them "Unconditional Love" without asking for that much in return!

By P.S. on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 12:19 pm:

Cute picture! I have 2 cats with the same
"footprints". They each have 7 toes on each
front paw (as well as 5 on each rear paw).

By John / New Hampshire on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 01:03 pm:

Deb, thanks for the back-up and explanation. When I first noticed the shadow I wondered if the kitten had a second head? But now I know it is just a shadow puppet.

By Roudy Mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 01:33 pm:

With extra toes they'd be good snow cats. AR AR AR

By Joyce Tormala on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 01:41 pm:

Hey,it's PASTY Paws! I made the mistake of just going to look at the kitten -doesn't hurt to look- and knew we had to make room for one more. He has won many boxing matches against the dog. I guess they have an agreement because teeth and claws aren't used. He has 7 toes on each front paw and 5 on the hinders. The Charlie Chaplin mustache adds to his charm. As he grows,he is finding more ways to use those mitts to his advantage and we are afraid,very afraid...
Thanks for the lift!

By LZ, MI on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 01:46 pm:

Cats with extra toes are termed polydactil. Pretty much meaning extra toes and big feet. It is thought to be a trait brought on my in-breeding. Whatever the cause I had two fine cats with big feet!

Roudy, I believe you are correct, their feet made me think of snow shoe hares and they did move across snow like bobcats.

By Jim up on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 01:55 pm:

Seeing that the cat can't be on a hot tin roof.
Maybe he wants to be on a cold tin scoop.

By Dr. Nat in Nevada on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 02:38 pm:

Cute kitty. Makes me remember when I had just moved up to Calumet. After the first good snowstorm I took my old cat, Morgan (a kitty from New Mexico), outside. She did this weird dance like she wanted to lift all four paws off the ground at once. She ran back inside quickly and hid from me for the rest of the day. She never went outside again. I don't think she liked the snow.

By John,mi. on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 02:44 pm:

I think the cat's paw shadow looks large because the tail shadow is on top of the paw shadow. It's left paw looks normal.

By j A P E i on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 02:52 pm:

Good evening from Finland!
jAPEi write a few words and also FINN & english language.. . I go at work
We manufacture windows tree- and aluminiummaterials. Windows goes England,Germany,Russia,Spain etc. to land!

Hyvää iltaa Suomesta! jAPEi kirjoittaa muutaman sanan suomen ja engalannin kielellä.. . Minä käyn työssä SKAALA ikkunatehtaalla. Me valmistamme ikkunoita puu- ja alumiinimateriaalista. Ikkunoita menee Englantiin,Saksaan,Venäjälle,Espanjaan ja moniin muihin maihin!

By PS, keweenaw on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 03:14 pm:

This year we have had 2 stray cats show up at our place. That makes 3 for us. The new one is very shy, and is now letting us pet/pick him/her up. As soon as it comes to trust us more, we will have it fixed. Please, everyone, have your pet spayed or neutered.

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 03:34 pm:


I too, cannot say enough about adoptions from our animal shelters. That is how we got our precious dog, Abbi.

Abbi started out as a really she did. The girls had been outside playing one day and came across a baby bunny...and instead of leaving it alone, you guessed it, they brought it home.

So I had to go to the pet store to get some bunny formula. When I walked in the door of the store, there was this little puppy just sitting on the floor whining and whining...and whining. She was so precious and my heart went out to her.

I found out from the store owner, that earier that morning that a woman came into the store with this little puppy and literally handed her to the store owner, "here take her...if you don't I'll just take her to the dog pound." know it...I loaded bunny formula and our newest addition into my truck and drove home. A couple of days later, I took our newest addition to the vet for her check up and shots...and the vet informed me that it appeared that she had been abused. I guess the best thing her previous owner had done for her was to get rid of her, eh.

Needless to say, Abbi is 'da baby' of da house and is spoiled rotten.

By BCT,mi on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:09 pm:

Sur5er: Did Bunny and Abbi grow up together? How'd that work for everyone?

By Sherry in N FL on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:20 pm:

Cute kitten playing with his/her shadow. I too am a human owned by 3 cats(all from a shelter). My husband gave me a poster that says "Cats are smarter than dogs. Try to get 8 cats to pull a sled through the snow." Have a great day everyone.

By Dave, laurium on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:37 pm:


By Frank,,,,,,Milw........ on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 04:45 pm:

Now if kittens could re-main kittens, I might be tempted.......

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 05:49 pm:


After the bunny was able to eat solid food, we released her back into the wild.

Abbi is being raised by my companion dog, who thinks she is Abbi's mommy. Every evening, before bedtime, my companion dog will wash Abbi's ears, face, and's hilarious.

By Carole on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 07:36 pm:

Talking about adopted pets, Charlie how is Buddy doing? We haven't seen any pictures lately?


Time has a way of slipping past. The last pictures I took of Buddy was around Christmas. Here he is with his almost-twin, "Bear", which Jonathan and Katriina (in the picture) found a couple of years ago wandering near their home in Eagle River. The way I tell them apart: Buddy has that little white patch on his rear foot.

Buddy and Bear
Next time we're playing in the snow, I'll try to get some shots. He's gotten quite big (66 pounds) and still does his
Happy Dance.


By FLYIN on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 08:09 pm:

PS and know the drill....preach da spay and neuter till it hurts......cause if you don't it will. We run an inner city Detroit animal shelter dating from the 30's. We intake almost 12,000 animals per year and adopt about 12% thru satellite adoption centers, fosters, etc. Sound low....We have the highest adoption rate of any real animal shelter. Some "no kill" shelters claim higher, but the animals you drop off there may linger in cages for years. WE make the hard decisions, and if people would spay and neuter their pets, we wouldn't have to....thanks PS and Surfer for being responsible pet owners.......

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:15 pm:


Thanks for your dedication to our four legged friends. 'Pet ownership'....nah, I think it is more like adding another member to the family. When you start hanging Christmas stockings for you pets, you know they have their paws in you. :)

By sur5er on Tuesday, March 1, 2005 - 09:21 pm:

Check out the link that Bruce sent me from the H.O.P.E. animal shelter.

I'm in love with China, the Chow Chow. Bruce said that she just had a puppy the other night. C'mon, someone has got to fall in love with her and adopt her. Hubby's run is east from Indiana to NJ...if someone wants to adopt her from out of state and we need to get a 'doggie' train going.

By Lisa, Ypsilanti, MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 12:07 am:

By Lisa, Ypsilanti, MI on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 12:07 am:

Sorry, I don't know how to post photos here...but that kitty looks so much like my Elsie!!

By sur5er on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 02:15 am:


The pic of Elsie is so precious. I am not generally a cat person...but in my book, Elsie is definately a keeper :)

By Bruce on Thursday, March 3, 2005 - 05:06 am:

I'm glad I checked your link to "Elsie". What a cutie!!!

By Kathi, Ferndale/Detroit on Friday, March 4, 2005 - 02:46 pm:

Flyin -

Please give info re: your Detroit shelter. I live in the area and work in the inner city and am heartbroken by the strays I see on the streets. I keep dog food in my car for them, and I've been known to whip into a local White Castle and toss a couple of burgers to 'em, too...

My email address is included in this posting, by clicking on my name. Thanks!

By Priscilla Calumet, MI on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 07:13 pm:

Love Ms Tormala's picture of the tiny kitten see-
ing his shadow against the snow scoop! Precious!
I wonder it the kitten belongs to her?

By Joyce T on Sunday, March 13, 2005 - 02:09 am:

Yes,the kitten belongs to me. I can claim ownership because I clean up after him,rescue him from all sorts of predicaments and defend him when I KNOW he's done wrong. He is almost 5 months old now; almost ready for a trip to the vet for the rite of passage-another reason to fuss over him. He was born in Calumet. I promised Luke and Dylan Kupari he'd remain in good hands and so far,so good. Thanks for the kind words-the kind I like!

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