No Wind No Damage

December 2, 2011


Molly Waiting


Many of you have asked if we had wind and if The Owl Box is okay. We had no wind and The Owl Box is fine. As it has gotton colder Molly has changed her behavior slightly and is spending more time in the box. Molly and McGee had been playing a game of whose turn is it to watch the box tonight but as of the last three days Molly has settled into that job both day and night with an occasional night visit from McGee. We have not observed any bonding but we are not watching the box around the clock. When we are home I take a peek and report it here on the blog.

Donna and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary this month. Fifty years ago we ran off to Las Vegas and got married. I was 18 and we didn’t have even have enough money for a photo. If you want to know how it happened just listen to the song Suds in the Bucket by Sara Evens

We will be running off again in just a few days to Las Vegas, 50 years ago we did not have a honeymoon, no time, no money, not even a photo, but this time I will be treating my lady to a honeymoon cruise of the Caribbean. 

We want to thank all friends and Molly Fans. 

All the best, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Carlos and Donna Royal

P.S. If time permits Chris Adams will be doing The Molly 12 Days of Christmas. It should be fun.

79 Responses to “No Wind No Damage”

  1. Becky Says:

    Carlos, aren’t you the romantic devil. 18 is pretty young to run off to Vegas. It seems to have worked out pretty well, eh. I hope you two have the time of your life. Congratulations. p.s. Love hearing the latest news on the other love birds. Thank you.

  2. Caboval Says:

    Oh Happy Anniversary!!!! How fun to take a “honeymoon” now!!! Oh and to the tropical Carribean!!!
    Its so good to see Molly<3
    Happy Anniversary!!!! Love you!!!! Caboval

  3. Jo Says:

    Love the song to go with the story! Congratulations, you two on your anniversary and all you have accomplished in those wonderful years! A saying I use, and I do not know who wrote it first, is; “Love doesn’t make the world go round…it sure makes the ride worth while!” 50 years is quite a ride and I am thankful to be a small part of it. Have a wonderful Honeymoon! Love and Hugz – dennens

  4. OUBobcat (barb) Says:

    Congrats!! December is a great time for a wedding. Ours is on the 13th…42 years. Where does the time go. Have a great cruise, We just got back from Aruba (great minds think alike). Have a ball!..You are sooo lucky with the Santa Annas, so nice to see Molly and the box looking so great…Have a wonderful time!

  5. Melodie Penton Says:

    My Hubby and I just celebrated our 40th. Happy Anniversary Carlos and Donna! Hugs, Melodie

  6. NancyS Says:

    Happy anniversary Carlos and Donna! Sounds like you’re gonna do it up right this time. Enjoy your cruise!

  7. joyce jamma and littlecat Says:

    congrats to you and Donna…just celebrated hubby and mine in june…52 years and still going strong…have a wonderful honeymoon is the sunny Carribean…best wishes.

  8. Linley Morris Says:

    Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary!

    Have a wonderful time in Las Vegas and on your honeymoon
    trip (and take lots of pictures).

    Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR to your entire family.

  9. GeniaKnitz Says:

    Thanks so much for the Molly news – good to hear all is well.
    And congratulations to you both on reaching your 50th anniversary! Have a wonderful “honeymoon” cruise.

  10. Candy Says:

    Congratulations Carlos and Donna. You’ve done a lot of things right to keep each other happy ( like build the owl box) to enjoy a wonderful, happy and long lasting marriage.

    Enjoy yourselves and thanks for the updates. :)

  11. Treece Says:

    Dear Carlos & Donna…

    Another year to create
    precious memories together.
    Another year to discover
    new things to enjoy about each other.
    Another year to build
    a life rich in love and laughter.
    Another year to strengthen
    a marriage that defines “forever.”
    Happy “Golden” Anniversary!

  12. Vicki Says:

    Congrats to the happy couple (human & avian)!
    My hubby and I are 8 years behind you.
    Have a safe, fun, romantic time. You are 2 of the best people on this earth.

    Happy holidays to both of you and your wonderful family!
    Vicki (my5kids)

  13. Karen Robinson Says:

    Have a beautiful Anniversary!

  14. Lisa A. Burns Says:

    Happy Anniversary Carlos and Donna!!!!
    Love hearing about Molly and McGee.
    So happy to see our girl….enjoy, be safe,
    and God Bless!
    Love from NE Florida : )

  15. Shirley Charlton Says:

    Happy Anniversary, Donna and Carlos! I wish you many more happy, healthy years together until your 75th!

  16. Betty Says:

    Congrags to Donna and you god bless and enjoy your trip

    Happy Holidays to you and your family Hugs Betty

  17. Diane from Montana Says:

    Carlos and Donna: Congratulations! 50 Years. In this day age that is incredible–something to be very proud of! What a beautiful story!! Have a wonderful 50-years later honeymoon cruise!! Take lots of pictures. Thank you so much for all the updates. Love seeing and hearing about Molly & McGee, and the two of you!!! Take care and have a wonderful holiday season!
    Diane from Montana

  18. Joyce Brownlee Says:

    Carlos and Donna,
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and of course a wonderful 50th wedding anniversary. Do it up big, you guys deserve it. You are a great couple, have a wonderful trip. Michael Harris and Joyce Brownlee

  19. owloverbo Says:

    Happy 50th what a great story and a way to continue the creation of wonderful memories.
    Have fun!
    Thanks to you both.

  20. Elaine & Keith Says:

    Congratulations on your forthcoming 50th wedding anniversary. Have a lovely time on your cruise

  21. Trisha Says:

    Wow!! Carlos you are such a romantic. Happy anniversary to you and your bride of 50 years! You guys demonstrate how it is done in amazing fashion.

    Lajollaseal (Trisha)

  22. Jane Brunzie Says:

    Happy 50th!! Ours was last December 17th. Time goes so fast! I played Suds in the Bucket for my husband and he said, “Did they write that song for Carlos and Donna?” :-) Love you both and M & M so much…you ALL have so enriched my life!
    JBrunzie, San Marcos

  23. Ronni aka Paphappy Says:

    Mazel Tov, Carlos and Donna!!! How wonderful!! May you have many, many more happy years together!

    Are you going to renew your vows in Vegas?? Don’t forget…what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas! ;)


  24. flukestail Says:

    50 years! Congratulations!!! You and “your lady” have a ball on the cruise!

  25. flukestail Says:

    This photo of Molly has such detail. She’s so beautiful. Molly girl, I miss you so much. I’m so glad you’re still coming back to the box where you’re safe…and loved worldwide.

  26. Jes63 Says:

    I would suggest you and Donna renew your vows at perhaps the same place you got married,
    Congratulations to both of you!

    We still talk about Molly at the Vaca chat after all this time!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  27. Lucy Sanders Says:

    Dear Carlos & Donna,

    Happy Anniversary!!! Have a wonderful cruise! I can’t believe, 50 years-Wow! You don’t look old enough to have been married that long. It must be the bird (owl) watching that keeps you both so young.
    What a wonderful picture of Molly, thank you for sharing.
    Take care,
    Lucy (silent MOD from Troy, Ohio)

  28. Marcia Morrison Says:

    I am so glad the Santa Ana winds have spared the Royal “estate” in San Marcos. I’m happy to hear that Molly & McGee are still laying claim to their fine owl box. They loom large in our imaginations, and I have to remind myself that they are small birds after all. We are blessed to still have them around.

    Also, congratulations to you and Donna! I’m glad you can have a honeymoon this time around. Love is so wonderful, and it’s clear how much you care about each other. Have a wonderful trip (well, two trips really – Las Vegas & the cruise), and be sure to post a “postcard” for us here when you get back.

    Marcia Morrison
    in Salem, Massachusetts

  29. Marcia Morrison Says:

    P.S. Thanks for the link to the music–that was a great song!

  30. Kathie Utt Says:

    Thank you once again for providing a Molly update – she looks so beautiful and peaceful!
    Congratulations to you and Donna – Happy Anniversary!
    Hope you have a wonderful time on your cruise – that’s really something to look forward to.

  31. Nancy Harp Says:

    How wonderful, 50 years! You are such a remarkable team. Enjoy that Anniversary Celebration. A very special thanks for all you have done for so very many Molly watchers. Nancy

  32. Debby Lyons Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!! Have a wonderful anniversary cruise.
    Thanks for continuing to update us on Molly & McGee. I know everyone loves to see your photos.

  33. pelicangirl Says:

    Congratulations on the 50th! I am sure the cruise will be wonderful, too.

    Thanks for all the updates on Molly; think of you all so much (both owls and Royals +extended family!)

  34. Sherry Kelly Says:

    So glad to know that The Owl Box is okay. That was the first thing I thought about when I saw the news about the winds. I wish you and Donna a wonderful time on the cruise and hope to hear from you when you return! I will be watching for the 12 days of Christmas.

  35. Congratulation! Enjoy your trip. Glad to hear the owl box is ok. I was wondering the same thing. Thanks for the update.

  36. FloridaSkye Says:

    Happy Anniversary, Donna and Carlos. I hope you have a wonderful and safe honeymoon cruise. Thanks for giving us an Owl Box update in the midst of your celebration.

  37. debbie Says:

    **throws confetti**

    yay, carlos and donna…
    yay, molly and mcgee…
    yay, chris and the molly 12 days of christmas!!



  38. Michaele Says:

    Those wise old owls know when they have a good thing
    going, always happy for the updates.

    Happy 50th to the Royal family, we’re not
    far behind and have a similar story of our own.
    Enjoy the honeymoon.

  39. moniq50 Says:

    Thank you for letting us know that our precious Molly and McGee are doing great, and still coming “home”.
    Happy 50th Anniversary Carlos and Donna!!! Have the time of your life on your Caribbean Cruise honeymoon..
    Have a wonderful time, and a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New year to the Royal family.

  40. Donna Koski Says:

    Thanks for the update,glad you are all ok and not in that wind.
    Congratulations on your annv. I hope you have many more good ones. Have fun on your trips and have safe ones.

    I did the same thing in the 50’s, it did not last. But I did get five wonderful kids.

    Have a great time

    Donna Koski (bingodabber)

  41. Congrats on your 50th anniversary. You two are so fortunate to be together for so long. I wish you many more!!!

    Have a wonderful “second” honey moon, take lots of photos this time.

  42. ldgreene123 Says:

    Have a great time Donna and Carlos on your “honeymoon cruise”!! Thanks so much for the update on M & M. Molly looks great. Will be thinking of you and yours during the holidays!!!

  43. Sandy Field Says:

    Happy Anniversary Donna and Carlos!! 50 years together that is wonderful! Thank you for keeping us updated about Molly and Mcgee! I just ordered a Molly necklace from Cafe Press :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Sandy Field (joisey38)

  44. SARose69 Says:

    Have wonderful honeymoon, you two crazy kids! Thanks for the updates on Molly!

  45. Sherrie Says:

    Congratulations on your Golden Anniversary! Obviously the two of you were made for each other! Have a wonderful time on your trips. And thanks for the M&M update. Molly looks so content in her fine home…. Merry Christmas and have a happy, healthy New Year! Sherrie (Sharoot)

  46. Cindy Says:

    From no photos at your marriage to your beautiful photos, not only of natures creatures and flowers but of Donna . . .
    Happy 50th. Big deal.
    Welcome to the “family” of 50 year marriages Carols and Donna.
    Be safe, enjoy.


  47. Cindy Says:

    I hope you understand I mean it is a “big deal” to reach 50 wonderful years of marriage. Time does fly doesn’t it!


  48. Donna Says:

    Happy 50th anniversary to you both and have a wonderful time! Thank you for the beautiful picture of our Molly, miss you all so much!

  49. Joan from Colorado Says:

    I am always so plesed to get news about Molly and McGee thank you once again.
    Happy Happy 50th anniversary to Carlos and Donna
    It has been a pleasure to know you

  50. donna smith Says:

    Dear Carlos and Donna,
    Thank you for all the joy you have brought into all of our lives and Thank you for keeping us updated on Molly and McGee. What a great picture it is! We married seven years ahead of you and I wish you as much happiness as we have had.

  51. Diane Erdely Says:

    Happy Anniversary, lovebirds!

  52. Linda Stauffer Says:

    Hi Carlos and Donna,

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! Have a wonderful time on your trip. Thanks for the update on Molly. We always look forward to updates. By the way, we had a baby girl on August 5th named Ashley Marie. She has been keeping us very busy. Enjoy the holidays.

    Best wishes,

    Linda Stauffer
    Harrisburg, PA

  53. Liela M. Maielua Says:

    Congratulations on your 50th, have a wonderful cruise you both deserve it.

  54. Sue Couch Says:

    CONGRATULATIONS,Carlos and Donna! Have a joyous and fun-filled time on your colorful cruise. Glad to hear M&M are doing fine. Dec. has now started off perfectly with a lovely photo of Miss Molly. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing it.

  55. OC Says:

    Happy Anniversary…. 50 years is so wonderful and packed full of memories. Wishing the best to both of you, now and for all the years to come. Have a great time in Vegas and on the cruise. Thanks for letting all of know Molly and McGee are okay, I was concerned about the wind. Have a very Merry Christmas and a healthy fun filled New Year. XOXO Looking forward to the photo’s.

  56. Linda Brown Says:

    I love that song “Suds in the Bucket”!! What a romantic way to run off and get married!!! Have a wonderful anniversary!

  57. Jo-Ann Says:

    Thank you Carlos and happy 50th anniversary to you and Donna. I remember when you told us before about what your elopement was… “Suds in the Bucket” I smile when ever I hear the song.. I think of you then. Have a wonderful honeymoon in the caribbean. Thanks for the update on our favorite Owls…

  58. Bonnibell Says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! You both are an inspiration to us all! Love you, Molly,McGee, all their kin and all the wonderful experiences are just enhancements to our lives. Thank you!!!

    Happy 50th Anniversary Donna and Carlos!!!!

  59. BJ Says:

    What a treat to hear of your successful marriage….going out of town to have some fun and celebrate your love still going strong after all these years. You two are an inspiration!
    Happy 50th Anniversary to you both.
    BJ Utgard

  60. Congratulations on 50 years !!! Wow, you just don’t hear of that anymore ! Carlos, you are one of a kind. You and Donna are just the best people. Donna, I hope you have a wonderful 50th and celebration on your cruise! Thank you for letting us know about the wind (or no wind) I was so worried for Molly and McGee and all the other owl and tree dwelling birds and animals when I saw the extensive damage on the news here in Seattle. We love you guys and talk of you often amongst the family. Until we see you again !!!!! Take care :) Love you guys !

  61. Annette Light Says:

    So glad to hear that all is well with Molly and Mcgee just love them so much and so glad that I “got to be a part of it”…!! What wonderful memories you have given to us! So awesome to see how they live in the wild…how they really live. Really special. Congrats to you and Donna on 50 years! How wonderful. Hope that you have perfect weather for your cruise and make some more wonderful memories together! You two deserve it ssoooo much! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family!

  62. drsballou Says:

    Congratulations! I love the story, but I sure do wish there was a photo! The Caribbean is lovely in December, I used to live there (but never went on a cruise!), gets chilly on a boat at night though so bring a light sweater.

    Thank you for all of the updates on the Royal family, feathered and other, I love opening my email and having notifications from you.

    Happy 50th!


  63. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Second Clutch

    December 3, 2010 – Hear Wedding Bells

    Last year, this time, Royal fans were treated to more family news! Carlos and Donna shared with us the happy announcement of the engagement of their granddaughter, Ashley, to Spencer. The photos and captions are a delight to savor, and include sunny portraits, rainbows, dolphins and some good food!

    Congratulations to all celebrating anniversaries during this Royal Anniversary Month! And, we are forever grateful to the Royals, for you so graciously adopted by proxy (via Molly) a world of followers, fans and MODs as part of your extended family.

  64. CAequuslvr Says:

    Congrats, Donna & Carlos, The Caribbean is beautiful (the water is spectacular), I know you will have a great time. When you think about it Donna was a real, “bad girl” 50 years ago. …and you know what they say “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”.
    BIG chuckle.
    You guyz are the best. Please be sure to post photos for us MODs.
    Yes, Carlos, when I looked at pics of Molly when we first saw her compared to today, you can really see how she has matured — always beautiful. Just goes to show how smart our Molly staying cozy the owlbox.

  65. Holly Sue Says:

    Dear Carlos and Donna,
    My dearest good wishes and prayers for you as you celebrate fifty wonderful years together! Enjoy your Vegas vacation and your terrific cruise – they will be so special because you are with your beloved. I know you’ve had your ups and downs like all of us but you’ve certainly been blessed by being together for all of your adventures through life!
    Many thanks for the Molly and McGee update and lovely photo. I miss them (and you) terribly and appreciate any news that you share.
    Have a great Christmas and New Year – God bless you and your family!
    With Love, Holly Sue

  66. PegRod Says:

    Carlos, I am curious if your ship will have satellite connections on your cruise, and if your iPad will connect while, I imagine, you are lounging on deck chairs, holding hands with Donna, looking at the starry Carribean skies of the West Indies and identifying constellations of the Western Hemisphere. From Disney Cruises to a Royal Cruise with Molly On Board!

  67. OwlyKats Says:

    Donna And Carlos,
    Happy 50th Anniversary!!! I sure hope you two have a wonderfull Celebration of your years together. What a fantastic way to celebrate. Make sure to take in The Sunsets at Sea. I do Hope you and Donna have a Glorious Christmas and Grand New Years.
    Thank You for the Update on our Beloved Molly & Leggs McGee. We sure do miss them and You and Donna!

    Kathleen Stevenson

  68. Ginny Says:

    Have a great time. You are wonderful people.

  69. Congrats on your 50th! Have a wonderful time in Vegas!
    XOXO Roz in Tacoma

  70. Kim Gorman Says:

    What a wonderful milestone, Carlos and Donna! All of us here are so happy for you and wish you a wonderful “delayed honeymoon”. Love to you both,

    Kim and Dave Gorman

  71. PegRod Says:

    Memory Lane
    Molly and McGee
    Second Clutch

    December 5, 2010 – Last Day of Sale Tomorrow

    The headline points to sales (this year they are more often, bigger and better!), but fans were treated to some more marvelous Royal photographs.of Roark, the red-shouldered hawk in the rain, and another of a coral red and turquoise parrot perched at the Wild Animal Park in Escondido, a hop, skip and a jump from San Marcos, CA – a great place to visit and to stay awhile! The final photo is a classic one of our beloved First Clutch owlets. Whooo can name them all?

    This time last year fans were voting for the California Audubon Bird of the Year and filling in write in votes one-by-one for the “un”common barn owl (aka Molly). Guess whooo won?

    I heard a rumor in VacaChat last night that Molly has been nominated for the International Bird of the Year, but don’t have further information on organization, etc. Anyone out their know more?

  72. LoveYourDNA Says:

    Donna & Carlos,

    50 years of wedded bliss is definitely worth a Honeymoon!!

    Enjoy the cruise. And thank you for the updates on M&M. Hope to see another clutch next year!


  73. Ginger Says:

    Happy Anniversary, Carlos & Donna! Have a great honeymoon and cruise!

    Thanks for keeping us updated on Molly & McGee! Have to admit I was wondering how the winds affected all the owl boxes in the area. Glad to hear everyone is ok!

    <3 & Hugz,
    Ginger (FinnWV)

  74. Diana Briscoe Says:

    Happy Anniversary you two Love birds!!! Have a wonderful & safe trip. So glad that you are getting some much needed time away and together. Enjoy!
    Love & Blessings,

  75. sandy/Racoona Says:

    How wonderful! Happy Anniversary and enjoy the “honeymoon”!

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