October 2, 2023


 Sparks by Lisbeth

Yesterday, I ventured about one foot into the bedroom again. Mom did everything, except breaking out the treats, to try to entice me to join her. She told me no other cats were present, but as I was unable to see into every corner of the room, I could not take the chance to proceed any further. Calista Jo is my nemesis, and she spends lots of time in the bedroom, and could easily have been hiding somewhere.

That got Mom thinking about bravery and how Astrid and I could use a bit more of it. As we are now the eldest of the Kitties Blue, she’s looking for us to step up and become more courageous.

There are two times each day when I do show my ability to be brave as well as tenacious—breakfast and lunch.  (I don’t do dinner, as Calista Jo is normally in the chair next to Dad.) But like the quote in today’s Spark, it really is all about curiosity more than bravery.


bravery vs curiosity: White and black cat sitting on a counter with a bag of potato chips, with the quote, "Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery."


I am always determined to find out what Mom and Dad are eating and whether or not it is something I enjoy. I will doggedly (MOL) continue to get out of my chair and onto the island to investigate no matter how many times Mom and Dad tell me to get down, even if my favorite thing to nom (Brummell & Brown buttery spread) in not being served.

Misty May’s Favorite

As you can see, it was also one of Misty May’s favorites. Now I no longer need to fear interference from her. Does that make me brave?


bravery vs curiosity: Tuxedo cat licking the inside of a Brummell & Brown buttery spread container.


Astrid Nomming

Astrid has become more bold as well about checking out what is being offered without having to worry about Misty May chasing her away. And she is much less picky than I am. This photo is from dinner last night. Mom and Dad had gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. She also likes milk, black beans, cheese, ham, turkey and just about anything else she can get her paws on.


bravery vs curiosity: Tortoise shell cat licking the inside of a Polish pottery bowl.


Oops, I think I may have gotten a tad off track with this post, so I hope you will forgive me. Whatever, I do know Mom is looking for both Astrid and me to develop our confidence and not just act on curiosity. After all, we all know that old proverb about curiosity and cats.

Mom says I have to tell you who the author of this Spark is. That would be James Stephens, an Irish novelist and poet who lived from 1880 to December 1950.

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.”

Awww Mondays

I will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus. If you would like to be a part of the hop, click on the Awww badge.

Thanks for joining me on this circuitous journey.

Purrs and paw-pats, Lisbeth

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

It’s time again for our two fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, to take-off on another adventure. Stinky is busy planning it, which means you can find them right here tomorrow. I know the kitties will be looking for you, so don’t forget to pop on over tomorrow.