First of all, thank you all so much for your excellent advice and caring messages. What wonderful forums here. One kittie (Meadow) came home this afternoon - the mom of the bunch. Her daughter Bella (one year old) and mine (Artee, two yrs.) plus the boy tomcat that originally impregnated Meadow are still 'out there' somewhere. One thing that has also struck me as strange is that so many squirrels have disappeared. I must 'let go and let god' - I am hoping that because a lot of rain is on the way, Artee will come home. She's not fond of water (I just remembered, she was named after a hunter, for heaven's sake - so, maybe she's just enjoying the fresh air and beautiful surroundings - I can't blame her for that! Also, to my knowledge, she has never had a boyfriend before). This is the first time she's gone off on a trip without asking or giving me a clue and I guess it may not be the last - I have a feeling I'll just have to 'get used to it'!!
Thanks again everyone - especially for the wonderful advice - I have ruled out a number of the suggestions made, but a few are still definite possibilities I'm checking into. I'll post results. I just have a lot to learn, which I'm sure she'll tell me when she gets in.