June 2023


Feline Friday


Grey cat sitting among a pile of chewed up tissue paper.


Do I look apologetic? That wasn’t my intent, as I have no guilt and am not sorry about shredding this paper. My dad left it in plain sight for me to find. I only did what, as a cat, I am instinctually meant to do. And boy did I have fun. Mom told Dad he had to clean up my mess, and he did. It’s great being a furry family member. If I was a kid, Mom would have made me clean it up. Win for me!

I am going to pop over to messymimi’s meanderings. To join me on the blog hop, click on the Feline Friday badge.

Purrs and paw-pats, Kizmet

Friendly Fill-Ins

I am pleased when I can get help completing the fill-ins selected by our blog hop hosts, Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). This week Stinky stepped up and filled in #3. And both Sawyer and I completed #4. We all used teal italics for our completions. Any additional information is in parentheses.

1. When I don’t want to eat, it means that I am sick (or depressed).

2. I really enjoy fireworks. (But I am just as happy now watching them on television as in person. Our upper deck, however, provides a very good spot for watching our city fireworks. I’m not a fan, however, of neighbors setting them off for several days before and after the 4th.)

3. Stinky: I have a newfound appreciation for my mom and Mom Sharon and their ability to find new adventures for Periwinkle and me; even though, we have already shared 190.

4. I think everyone should adopt cats and/or dogs if financially able to care for them so that none ever need to be euthanized.
I think everyone should give their cats as many treats as they want so that their kitties will always feel loved and appreciated.

Those are our fill-ins for this week. Check out either Ellen’s on Lorianne’s blog on Thursday for the Fill-In sentences if you’d like to participate. To join the hop click on the Fill-Ins badge.

Thanks for joining us today.

Please come back tomorrow and help us celebrate Sawyer’s sixth birthday!



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats have provided a wonderful inspiration photo to use for poetry this week.


Woman standing on a street corner with a toddler on a leash and a standard-sized, white poodle in her backpack.


Unfortunately, I did not do the photo justice with my poem. I probably should have tried putting one of Kitties Blue in the photo, as I might have been able to come up with something better.

Ridiculous Mischievousness

I always thought putting a leash on a kid was a crime,
But a dog in a backpack…well, that’s just fine.
This standard-sized poodle, however, looks totally ridiculous.
We think his owner is up to some mischievousness.
But maybe her fancy, white poodle is entered in a dog show
And getting its paws dirty would be a giant no-no.
Perhaps she’s looking for likes on Instagram.
Whatever she’s doing will surely create a traffic jam.
We suspect we’ll never know what this trio is up to,
But we sure had a good laugh and enjoyed the view.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 6/28/2023

If you’d like to join in the fun of writing poetry, click on the poetry badge. That will take you over to Two Spoiled Cats where you can find next week’s inspiration photo. You’ll also be able to check out Angel Sammy’s poem for this week. He transmits it to Teddy each week from the Rainbow Bridge, and it is always a winner.


Thankful Thursday

Thursday is also the day when we like to share with you the things for which we are thankful.

Dad Tom and I are thankful that when Kizmet escaped twice yesterday, she asked to come in the first time and came in when asked the second time. She is one of the sneakiest cats, which is why she wears a tracking device. She, however, has never left our property and always returns to the house.

I am thankful I got up early enough to be one of four first commenters on the Tuesday Teaser at Two Spoiled Cats.

After a very soggy week last week, with four inches of rain, I am thankful to be able to work on some outside projects again this week.  Unfortunately, summer is finally heating up, and we are having poor air quality due to the smoke blowing down from Canada.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for each of you who follow, support, comment and kindly give us your friendship.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian. If you’d like to participate, post on your blog for what you are thankful and then click on the badge below to join the hop.

As always, we are grateful for your joining us today.



Wordless Wednesday


A grey cat is under a turquoise afghan with only one foot, showing off toes beans, and part of her tailio visible.


Kizmet will be participating in the Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can join her there by clicking on the WW badge.

Looking Back

I mentioned a few days ago that this week’s Looking Back post would be from when Sawyer was on his walkabout. The post I selected is actually one of Stinky & Periwinkle’s Adventures minus Stinky. It is from July 6, 2021. You can check it out at, “Stinky Please Come Home: Periwinkle Joins in the Search for Stinky.”

Thanks for joining us today. I hope you enjoy the Looking Back post. Please leave us a comment there if you do!



Periwinkle is quite curious about today’s adventure. Stinky asked her to get to his house before the sun comes up. Not being a fan of missing out on her beauty sleep, she groaned when she got his text. But not wanting to miss out on spending the day with Stinky, she does as he asked.

Stinky is waiting with open paws when she comes tumbling from the teleportation tunnel with the usual whoosh. After a brief whisker kiss and paw hug, Stinky leads her back into the tunnel. Moments later, they arrive at their destination.


two cartoon tabby cats standing on a rock cliff beneath and cable-hung swinging bridge.


Immediately Periwinkle sees why Stinky wanted her to arrive so early at his house. The sun is just coming up over the mountain.


The sun coming up behind a mountain with a swinging bridge in the foreground.


“Stinky, this is breathtaking. Where are we?”

“That is Grandfather Mountain in the distance. It is 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina and is part of the United Nations’ Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve. The mountain is estimated to be 300 million years old, and certain rock formations date back 1.2 billion years.”

Mile High Swinging Bridge

“Wow,” is all Periwinkle can say. Stinky asks her is she would like to go across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, as it will give them a 360-degree panoramic view. She declines but asks Stinky to tell her about it.

“Well, it is America’s highest suspension bridge. It is more than one mile in elevation, in other words 5,280 feet above sea level, and is 228-feet long. The chasm below is 80 feet.”

“Yep, I definitely don’t want to go out on it,” says Periwinkle.

Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw as if to drag her toward the Bridge. She swats him away, and he grabs her in a big hug. He whispers to her that he’d never force her to do anything.

Stinky continues to tell Periwinkle about the bridge. “The original bridge cost $15,000 to construct and was fabricated in Greensboro. It was erected atop the mountain, which took three weeks. It was dedicated in 1952 and rebuilt in 1999. The rebuild used its original towers. Galvanized steel was used to replace the flooring, cables and side rails. The cost to rebuild it was $300,000. Unlike the original bridge, this one swings very little due to its improved construction. It does, however, sing—somewhat like a harmonica.”

The thought of that makes Periwinkle giggle.

Exploring Grandfather Mountain

The tabbies spend the next few hours exploring the area.


Two cartoon tabby cats among trees and foliage with a mountain in the background.


Stinky has to do a little climbing, and Periwinkle, as usual, admonishes him to be careful.


Purple rhododendron plants in foreground with mountains in the clouds in the background.


“Stinky, look how gorgeous these rhododendrons are. I wish we could pick some to take home to our moms.” 

“That would definitely get us in trouble. We have some blooming at my house. They aren’t as colorful, but if you like, you can take some of those home to Mom Sharon.”

“Thanks, Stinky.”


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats and having a picnic at the foot of a mountain.


“Oh boy, thanks for planning a picnic, Stinky. I am famished from all this hiking.”

“Me too.”

After lunch and a short nap, Periwinkle asks Stinky, “What’s next?”

“We are going to see Mildred the Bear.”

Periwinkle gives Stinky a quizzical look, as he takes her paw.

Wilson Center for Nature Discovery


Statue of a mother back bear standing on her hind legs with three cubs at her feet and two cartoon tabby cats.


Outside the Center, Stinky and Periwinkle find Mildred the Bear.  Stinky immediately climbs up on her front leg. Periwinkle decides not to say anything and jumps on the back of one of the cubs. “Oh Stinky, I thought Mildred was going to be a real bear,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“She was at one time. Mildred was born in 1966 at the the Atlanta Zoo. Two years later, Mildred needed a home in the wilderness and was brought to Grandfather Mountain to help increase the black bear population. She came with a male bear, but the moment he was released he disappeared. Mildred lived to age 26 and during that time birthed her own cubs as well as cared for orphaned cubs.”

“That is very cool, Stinky.”

“There is a lot more to the story. If our readers would like to read about Mildred, they can check out the website, Only in Our State, or read the book, Mildred the Bear, by Hugh Morton.

“Let’s go inside, Stinky.”

“Good idea. There is loads to see here, but it’s about time for us to head home. My dad, however, who has been here before, told me about something we should see. This is part of the Fauna Wall, which shows the diversity of species in the area with bird sculptures and animal imagery.


Collage with four different types of birds.

Clockwise from upper left corner: Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, Eastern Screech Owl and Downy Woodpecker.


“These are really beautiful, Stinky. I don’t know if we have these birds in Florida, as I have never seen them around my house.”

“I have seen woodpeckers at my house, but I don’t know about the others, As I said, there is lots to see here. Our readers can find a list at Grandfather/Wilson Center.

Heading Home

“So, Periwinkle, it does seem to be time to head home,” says Stinky, as he takes her paw and leads her to the teleportation tunnel. Moments later they arrive at Stinky’s house. After a quick visit with Stinky’s fursibs and parents, Stinky and Periwinkle head to the yard to collect some rhododendron flowers for Mom Sharon. Finally, it is time for Periwinkle to head back to her house. She and Stinky spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing before Periwinkle enters the tunnel. And then with a wave and a whoosh she is gone.

Stinky heads to the catio to nap and dream of Periwinkle.

The End

Periwinkle and Stinky will be participating in the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can join them there by clicking on the badge below.





Sunday Selfies: Week #462

If you visited us yesterday, you were expecting to see Lisbeth here today. But Mom said that I could be your host in recompense for last night. You see, I had a seizure.




Usually I will sleep for 40 minutes to hour afterward. That is called the postictal phase. Last night I never transitioned into that phase, but refused to be held any longer,  So, Mom let me leave her lap, and then I had another tiny episode a bit later. Then I did move into the next phase. I just had my bedtime meds as Mom writes this for me. So, hopefully, by the time you read this I will be totally okay.

Mom had another reason, as well, for having me do the selfie today. Tomorrow, Monday, June 26, marks the two year anniversary of the start of my unauthorized three-and-a-half-week walkabout. Yikes, time sure does fly by! I have never tried another escape and am pretty certain I won’t in the future.

Anyhoo, please excuse my less than terrific ability to take a selfie. I do seem to be missing my right front foot.

Time to Hop

I hope you are not too disappointed that I am your host instead of Lisbeth. I really am looking forward to you joining me by sharing a selfie. As you know, you don’t even need to post today to join. And if you cannot participate today, our hop remains open through Thursday.

Once you’ve got your selfie taken and linked up with us, you’ll be able to have a nice, easy Sunday, preferably by napping in a sunpuddle. I plan to spend the day on the catio, as the rain has stopped for now.

Thank you so much for hopping with us, supporting and following us and especially for being our good friends.

Purrs & paw-pats, Sawyer (with whisker kisses for Noelle)



Caturday Art


Dilute tortoise shell cat with laser (high beam) eyes in a colorful piece of artwork surrounded by a wooden frame.


Calista Jo is back today for Caturday Art. The photo was taken on her birthday right after I gave her the blue octopus toy. She didn’t want it then nor when I gave it to her later on the bed. I had to use the flash to take her photo, so she ended up having high beam eyes.

I did use Painnt again for the art. The effect is Amateur Crochet. I increased the saturation by about 50 percent, as the colors looked a little muddy. I used piZap to add the Pop filter at 50 percent. The fame is from the favpng app.

And here’s the link to C.J.’s puzzle.

preview120pieceLaser Eyes Cat

C.J. will be joining the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. You can do the same by clicking on her badge.

Sunday Selfies Reminder

This week has not flown by like it usually does, as we have been inundated with rain for the past several days. The days have seemed unending. Anyhoo, we’ve finally made it to the day prior to selfie day. So, that means it is time for Kitties Blue and I to remind you to snap your selfie and join our hop tomorrow. I think our sweet Lisbeth may be your host.

Have a terrific Caturday. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow.




Feline Friday

Seven years ago today at the BlogPaws Conference, two absolutely adorable kitties were married in absentia.


Cartoon-type portrait of a tortoise shell cat and a tuxedo cat dressed as a bride and groom.


Our Astrid and Sampson (aka Sampy) of Kitty Cat Chronicles and now, Kitty Cat Go, became husband and wife. If you were unaware of this or have never read the post, here’s the link, “Introducing the Newlyweds.”

These two have had many fun times through the years as well as anniversary celebrations. You can check any of those out by entering Astrid Sampy in the search feature near the bottom of the sidebar. Also, you can find out more about Sampy by clicking on The Felines tab on our menu bar.

The adorable drawing above was created by the talented Lorianne of Friendly Fill-Ins fame and the blog, Four-Legged Furballs.

Astrid made Sampy a card.


Anniversary card with a photo of a tortoise shell cat and a tuxedo cat surrounded by a rainbow colored heart.


The two sweethearts will be jumping over to celebrate at messymimi’s meanderings. To join them on the blog hop, click on the Feline Friday badge.

Friendly Fill-Ins

I was happy to have help again this week to complete the fill-ins selected by our blog hop hosts, Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). I sort of thought Astrid might help me, but she passed. All nine of the Kitties Blue, however, put their heads together to fill in #1. We all used teal italics for our completions. Any additional information is in parentheses.

1. All Kitties Blue: Never underestimate the power of a well-timed stink eye.

2. Days of constant rain and no sun makes me depressed and useless.

3. I need to continue to follow the Noom program so that I can lose ten more pounds. (I am down 16 pounds since March 31.)

4. I didn’t realize how expensive it would be to adopt Raleigh and Audrey until I had taken them for their first vet visit. (When we adopted Kizmet, she had already had her vaccines and spay surgery, and we only had to pay an adoption fee.)

So that’s it for today. Thanks for joining us. I apologize for not posting yesterday. See #2 above for the explanation.

We will be back tomorrow for some Caturday Art and a puzzle. We’ll hope to see you again then.



Belated Birthday Wishes

So, my mom is an idiot. Did you know that yesterday was my birthday? My mom had to visit the Cat Blogosphere to find out. As it  was Periwinkle’s turn to plan her and Stinky’s adventure, our mom didn’t even post anything yesterday. I am more than a little hurt. And now she says I have to share my birthday post with National Selfie Day, and I’m not even on the badge for that. Pffft! You’d think she’d treat me better. After all, I sleep smushed up against her as close as I get every single night!

Here’s the cheesy card she made me to make up for the slight.


Pink and purple birthday card with photo of red haired woman and tiny dilute tortoise shell kitten.


Hey, that’s me and Mom right after I was adopted. I was so tiny, I made Astrid (who is the next to smallest Kitties Blue) look like a giant. Mom recently reshared the post with that photo as part of her Looking Back series. If you missed it, here’s the link, “Rolling, Sliding and Somersaulting.”

I also got one of the toys from the most recent Cat Lady Box. If you follow us regularly, you know that Kizmet claims those about 90 percent of the time. But, on occasion, Mom is able to hide them away before she sees them.

National Selfie Today

Badge for National Selfie Day featuring six cats.


As I am one of the three Kitties Blue missing from this beautiful badge created by Ann from Zoolatry, Mom said I should have a selfie today with my new toy. As you know, none of us here are big fans of taking selfies, but I thought I better oblige her. It did, however take me more than 25 tries to get something she agreed to use. Oh yeah, that blue octopus is my new toy. I have absolutely no interest in playing with it.


Heart-framed photo of an adult dilute tortoise shell cat and a blue octopus cat toy.


If you are participating in National Selfies Day but do not regularly join our Sunday Selfies blog hop, we hope you will link to it with your today’s selfie. The hop always remains open through Thursday. Here’s the link to this past Sunday’s hop, “Father’s Day 2023 Selfies.”

Wordless Wednesday/Looking Back

As I got extra wordy for Wordless Wednesday, Mom decided not to share a Looking Back post this week.

But, we are still going to join the Wordless Wednesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can join be there by clicking on the WW badge.

Thanks for joining us today.

Purrs & Paws pats, Calista Jo

p.s. I am now 11 years old. I better get treated lots better on my Gotcha Day in October!
p.p.s. Mom’s not as forgetful and mean as I make her out to be.




Awww Mondays


Grey cat sitting on a wrapped gift.


Kizmet parked herself on top of her dad’s Father’s Day gift and did not want to move, as you can see by the expression on her face. I suspect she knew that his gift was wrapped in a Cat Lady box, and she could smell the catnip toys that had once been inside.

Even if Kizmet appears disapproving, I still think she is awwwdorable enough to join the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you would like to meet her there, click on the Awww badge.


Kizmet is also participating in International Box Day

International Box day badge




Purple Asian clematis with the following quote porinted on the photo, "I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death." by Robert Fulghum


I found this Spark after our friend, Raz (Friends Furever), got his wings. I think you can intuit why it spoke to me.

The author of today’s Spark, Robert Lee Fulghum, is an 86-year-old, American author and Unitarian Universalist minister. Fulghum is best known for his first collection of writings, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.

The photograph is one of Dad Tom’s.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks, “I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


It’s time again for our fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, to take-off on another adventure. You can catch up with them tomorrow over at Friends Furever. It is Periwinkle’s turn to select what they are going to do. Whatever it is, you know the two have more fun when you join them. So, they’ll be looking for you tomorrow.

Thanks for joining us today.


Sunday Selfies; Week #461


Selfies of nine cats and one man, their dad, on a Father's Day greeting.


I bet you didn’t expect to see all of us here today, but we couldn’t miss the opportunity to wish Dad Tom a Happy Father’s Day. He is really a terrific dad, and takes extra special good care of us. We all feel as if we hit the jackpot, except for maybe Raleigh, when we became one of the Kitties Blue. We know all our predecessors felt exactly the same. Of course, we also included a selfie of our dad.

Hopping Time

We certainly hope if you have a dad that you are celebrating and honoring him today. If that is the case, please share a selfie of him or maybe a photo of the two of you or even more if you have lots of fursibs.

If you are too busy today, we hope you will join the hop sometime before it closes at midnight Thursday.

Thanks for joining us today and all the other days you come by to visit. We appreciate your following and supporting us, commenting on our posts and being our friends.