Posts Tagged ‘Nora’

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Murray spent some time with us and he took a lot of photos of our cats, Nick and Nora.  They are brother and sister but don’t look at all alike.  Did you know that a female cat can be impregnated by two different males?  When you look at these two, it’s obvious their mom fell into that category.  Like any mother, I think my fur babies are beautiful and so today I decided to post some of Murray’s photos.

Nicky is my sweet boy, gentle, inquisitive, sleek and serene.  He lets me pick him up, roll him over, brush his teeth and clip his nails.  He’s the alpha cat in the house and he does chase his sister now and then.  He’s my handsome little prince and he likes to pose for the camera too.

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

What's Going On Over There?

What’s Going On Over There?

OK I'm Ready For My Close-Up

OK I’m Ready For My Close-Up

Good Lighting Is Essential

Good Lighting Is Essential

Love His Long Whiskers

Love His Long Whiskers

Nora is a moosh;  She sleeps with us every night, curled up between our pillows or snuggled between legs.  She is a plump softie, quiet, and a major lap-sitter.  Nora knows where all the warm sun spots are and naps in all of them.  She loves to sit in boxes, even those that are too small.  She isn’t as social as Nicky who always greets people at the door.  Nora is more apt to run and hide under the bed for a while.  She doesn’t like the grandchildren and has hissed at Finley and batted her hand.  Naughty girl.

I'm Not A Toy

I’m Not A Toy

Nora As Part Of A Still Life

Nora As Part Of A Still Life

Peek A Boo

Peek A Boo

Nora And The Mouse

Nora And The Mouse

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Nick and Nora patiently wait for dinner BUT they already had it an hour ago!


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Nora Ephron (1941-2012), Thanks and Goodbye

Nora Ephron (1941-2012), Thanks and Goodbye (Photo credit: k-ideas)

The title of this blog post should be Where in the World is Pbenjay?  I’m sorry dear readers, I have been on a forced hiatus.  I’ve been working A LOT and haven’t had any time to write.  There have been so many posts in my head, just jumping to get out.  When Nora Ephron died I wanted to write something…when Ernest Borgnine  died, I wanted to write something, 4th of July party, Diana Krall…  so I’m hoping in the next week I can play catch-up and get back in the groove.

During one of the many tributes to Nora Ephron, I heard that she had written a list of what she would miss and what she wouldn’t in her book, “I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections”.

I found that idea intriguing and certainly  blog-worthy!  I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about this, however,  I’m sure I can come up with a sizable list.  Having read Nora’s lists, I found some that are also in mine -I’m not stealing, I will miss or not miss a few of the same things.

What I Will Miss   (in random order)


My grand-daughters, my daughter and my son

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream cones, ice cream sandwiches, ICE CREAM

Going to the movies

Writing my blog

Ocean Grove and La Vie en Rose

Riding in the “Met”

Nick and Nora

The Great Auditorium

Feeding the squirrels by hand, watching a Blue Jay take a peanut

The Chrysler Building and the Flatiron Building

Living in Manhattan

Popcorn at the movies

The Philarmonic and Carnegie Hall


Hydrangeas, Tulips and Peonies



How green Connecticut is

Hot dogs with sauerkraut and mustard

The smell of low tide

Receiving a letter

Full moons


Making Thanksgiving dinner

Peanut Butter


Decorating the house at Christmas

Jersey tomatoes and corn

Autumn leaves

Chocolate Malts

Starbucks Grande Americanos

Roses, Honeysuckle and Lilacs

Hot Chocolate

What I Won’t Miss

Periodontal cleanings


Bugs/flies in the house

Standing in line for anything

Paying bills

Dead/dying batteries in cell phones, smoke detectors, vibrators, remotes etc


Public restrooms

Pap smears

Dry scrambled eggs, over-cooked steak

Customer service based in India

Grocery store clerks who don’t know how to pack the bags

Movies interrupted by commercials

Alarm clocks

Contact lens issues

Fishy Fish

Mosquito bites

Standing in the subway

Slow computers, crashing computers, the blue screen of death

I think these lists could just go on and on taking on a life of their own BUT I think I’m done (for now) – lately Peter has been telling me I’m negative so I’m glad my What I Will Miss list is longer than What I Won’t Miss!

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Late again! There are reasons… really!!! Some issues at work are distracting me and keeping me pre-occupied and my husband is ill with a horrific attack of the much-dreaded shingles. God, what a nasty condition that is and he is so much pain.  And another family member underwent serious surgery this past week, and my daughter and family moved into their New York apartment which meant I got to babysit Finley Ray for two-day and two nights which are better known as Movie Night for Finley.  I saw Toy Story and I think this is the 8th showing of Cinderella.  I just love those mice!

Nick and Nora

JUST in case you didn’t already know, I have two cats whose names are Nick and Nora. They are brother and sister and are rescue cats.  We spent a lot of time coming up with a set of names, not too cutsie, not too highbrow (I mean they’re not Persians or Siamese) and eventually Peter and I knew exactly what they should be named.  They are named after Nick and Nora Charles , the martini-drinking couple from the movie series The Thin Man.

Nora, my computer writing a blog

NORA - Just a little something on my paw

Christmas '10, Nicky

Nicky - You handsome devil!

photo by Murray Head


Nora hiding in the flower basket.

cat bed, Ocean Grove, Nick and Nora

Nick and Nora cuddle up to stay warm

Christmas '10, Nicky,Susan Taylor

Nicky learns all about knitting

Photo by Murray Head


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And so the shoveling began.   A knock at the door surprised us and it was a young man who offered his services for snow removal.  Everybody is a capitalist at heart and his prices were too high for us so we bargained for $20 worth of shoveling – which meant a path from the front porch to the car and single shovel wide clearance along the front sidewalk.  It was a good deal for both of us, the snow was very powdery.

I got dressed and went out to tackle the car.   After about 5 minutes I realized shoveling out the car was a task beyond me, the drifts almost covered the car and there was no place to throw the snow since there were drifts all around the car too.

AND behind me was the MONSTER snow drift leading to the back door – it was now or never…. all the time I’m thinking of my heart because Peter reminded me that I’m taking Lipator for a reason, Geez!!

Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose, Monday snow storm Dec 27th
THE Drift Almost As High As the Fence
2010 Blizzard, Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose

Working His Way Thru the Drift

Finally the Back Door!

Nicky Ocean Grove, December 27th

One Small Paw Print for Catkind

Nick and Nora, Ocean Grove, La Vie en Rose

Thinking About Taking the Next Step

These photos were taken about noon today. Now it’s almost 3:30pm and once again the wind is howling, predicted to reach 50 mph.  Soon all our work will be covered with snow again.😦

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I don’t know why I ever try to define anything that is my favorite.  It goes so against my Gemini twin-like indecision!  Like I could ever pick ONE movie that was my all time favorite.  Noooo I am the poster-child, er in my case, woman of Variety is the Spice of Life. I can’t make up my mind quickly when I’m in my favorite ice cream shop so I always get two scoops in two different flavors.

I don’t think I have a favorite song, I have a couple.  And now this??  What is your favorite sound? This is an attempt, an avenue, an opportunity to get more readers more involved in the blog postings.  Blatant? Maybe, but I’m pretty up front about it!.

So please send me your favorite sound or sounds because honestly I have more than one and I’m going to tell you all of them, so you can do the same.  I would love to post them and you can leave them here on the blog or email me at pbenjaytoo@gmail.com.

And how does someone choose a favorite sound?  Is it because that particular sound engenders a nostalgic memory or feeling?  Does the sound serve some need of yours?  Well let me tell you about my favorite sounds and maybe you can relate to them or you’ll get to thinking about the sounds in your life and what they mean to you.

I love the sound of ocean, the crashing of waves and the gentle lapping of waves on the shore.  However best of all I like the sound of the water splashing up against a bell buoy when you’re sleeping on board a boat.  That sound along with the gentle rocking and rolling of the boat surely must be a memory embedded from the womb.

I love the sound of thunder!  The rolling, rumbling gathering of nature’s forces that climax in a vibrating thunderclap really excites me.  There is a majestic power in this lightning-charged explosion of air and the booming, banging, cracking and crashing of thunder puts me ever in awe of Mother Nature.

I love the sound of silence. The deep, dark, thick silence that surrounds the cottage on a winter night.   The stillness is secure, safe and cozy to me.  Peter hates it-well, born and bred in the City, this kind of silence is totally foreign to him.  He can’t fall asleep, he says it’s too quiet.  I say, “that’s how it’s supposed to be”.  I can snuggle my head into my down pillow and let the darkness and silence envelope me and drift into sleep…the sound of the silence filling my head until dreams replace it.

And I love the  sound of a cat purring! As an adjunct to my love of the  sound of silence, when in the City, I love to have Nora sleep on top of my pillow and purr and purr.  She is my very own sound machine.  All I have to do is rub her belly or stroke her head and she is off and running on another round of a fairly loud purrrrring.  Sometimes she purrs herself to sleep before me!

And so I ask you again, What Is Your Favorite Sound? Please share them with us.


purring, Nora


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Rescue cat, The Three Kittens, Nora, tabby cat

Nora Finds a New Nesting Place

Sleepy cat,

Nora Naps

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Snowed in Also!

Then again there’s more than one way to pass the afternoon.  Nick and Nora took this opportunity for a well-deserved cat nap.  So while I was watching the movie, they were  warming themselves next to the radiator. Oh to be a cat for one day in this house!

We were snowed in also.

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