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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

What with the holidays, COVID and my site issues, I have not participated in Two Spoiled Cats’ (Teddy and Angel Sammy) poetry challenge for a few weeks. I am back with a poem today and had some fun adding Audrey and Raleigh to the inspiration photo.


A black tabby kitten and an orange tabby kitten on a kitchen counter covered in dirty dishes.

A Dream Come True

Let’s see what tasty morsels these humans left behind.
If we each want something yummy, we must form a line.
One too many cats upon this countertop,
And all these dishes will hit the floor with a pop.
Shards of glass don’t mix well with noms,
So we must be careful where we place our paws.
The humans must not guess our plan,
Or we won’t get any of that pot roast or flan.
This sight is something from every cats’ dreams.
Now we must execute an attack without making a scene.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 1/05/2023

If you haven’t been participating in Teddy and Angel Sammy’s poetry challenge, I recommend you give it a try. It’s the perfect opportunity to get creative. Check out Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, for next week’s inspiration photo. And please read Angel Sammy’s poem. He’s one of our very favorite poets.

Thankful Thursday

Thursday is the day we share the things for which we are thankful. Then we join Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Kitties Blue are thankful for all the Christmas cards they received from their many friends. They received significantly more than Dad Tom and I did, but they are much more social than either of us. At some point they’ll share their cards here.

Sawyer, Dad Tom and I are thankful he’s not had a seizure in a few weeks. This is the first time I have ever lost track of exactly how long it has been. Another fault of combining COVID and the holidays. To Sawyer’s credit, he has been doing a much better job of eating, which means he is getting more of his meds.

Though, I haven’t shared any in a couple of weeks; I am thankful I have been able to continue work on updating older posts that were missing critical SEO data. I will begin sharing links under the heading, “Looking Back,” again next Wednesday.

Lastly Kitties Blue and I are extremely grateful to those of you who have continued to visit while our e-mail notifications have not been working. I continue to try to come up with a solution to this problem. If any of you using for your site are using a subscriber plug-in that works well for you, could you please share that information with us in the comments. (There is a very slim chance you may get a notification tomorrow if you are a subscriber, but I wouldn’t put any money on it.)

Thanks for being followers, friends and supporters.

If you’d like to join Brian’s blog hop, click on his badge.



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

With apologies to Teddy and Angel Sammy (Two Spoiled Cats), I am using Thoroughly Poetic Thursday to repost Kitties Blue letter to Santa Claws from 2018. Regardless, I recommend you visit their blog (by clicking on the poetry badge) to read Angel Sammy’s poem. I know it will be another winner, as the inspiration photo is adorable!

A Cat’s Letter to Santa Claws

Christmas cat graphic with flashing lights and stars.

Dear Santa,

Oh dearest Santa, I promise I’ve been good.
Always used my litter box and eaten all my food.
That broken lamp was a minor transgression.
I don’t think it required that time-out session.
And it wasn’t I who shred the arm of that chair.
Besides, isn’t that why they come as a pair?
The hairball on the human’s pillow didn’t come from me.
I don’t have floofy furs, as you can plainly see.
And all that litter spread throughout the house hither to yon…
It sprang right out of the box long after I had gone.
And you know that sandwich the human left on the table…
I swear it was stolen by a stray mouse named Mabel.
And the Christmas tree that suddenly toppled over…
Was not pushed by me but a marauding gopher.
I have no idea how these critters invaded my space.
I never leave the cat door open or out of place.
Oh. dearest Santa, I’ve truly never ever been naughty.
So please bring me some toys from Jackson Galaxy.
And a big bag of nip to last a whole year…
Please, oh please, oh please Santa dear.
And some nommy treats would be totally pawsome.
I’d eat every one and not leave a crumb.
For I, the cat, have been as good as a cat can be.
So please don’t pass me by this Christmas Eve.
If you’ll stop by my house once again this year,
I promise to leave cookies and a bit of good cheer beer.
And as to next year, I raise my right paw
And promise to be a good cat, oh dear Santa Claws.

Yours truly, The Cat

Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday we like to share with you the things for which we are thankful.

  • I am particularly thankful this week to have my bout with COVID coming to an end. That Dad Tom did not get it truly is a blessing. He has been exposed at least six times, but has continued to remain uninfected!
  • I am thankful that all 13 packages with Christmas gifts that needed to be mailed made it to the post office yesterday thanks to Dad Tom. With priority mail, most should make it to their destinations by Christmas.
  • Kitties Blue and I are grateful for all the holiday cards we have received from our blogging friends. We will share them here after the holidays. We also will share Kitties Blue card on Christmas Day, for those of you who did not receive one via snail mail.
  • Cooper Murphy is thankful to have the opportunity to earn twelve new merit badges at Scouts prior to Christmas. He has earned eight so far by learning about the animals represented on the badges and passing the accompanying quizzes. The ninth badge is for completing the December craft project.

Nine Cat Scout Merit badges featuring sloths, axolotls, reindeer, platypus, smart dogs, raccoons, cane toads, polar bears and Christmas craft project

Here’s a photo of his Christmas craft project.

Christmas tree made from folded magazine pages with star and round gem embellishments.

  • And, finally, Kitties Blue and I are most thankful for your support, following, comments and friendship.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian. To participate, post on your blog for what you are thankful. Then click on Brian’s badge to go to his blog and enter the link to your post.

Thanks for joining us today!




Periwinkle Arrives

Stinky waits impatiently for Periwinkle to arrive. He really needs her help with his planned adventure. Finally he hears the familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, and Periwinkle tumbles out into his arms. Periwinkle throws her paws around Stinky and gets as close to him as she can. “Stinky, it is so cold here. How can you stand it?”

“I stay in the house, silly; though, this isn’t all that cold. Christmas Eve is supposed to have a high of 25 degrees!” Stinky replies. 

“Yikes! I certainly hope we are going somewhere warm today, as I really don’t like the cold,” Periwinkle tells him.

“Don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere, not even outside,” Stinky replies. He continues, “Since my mom is still sick with COVID and has gotten really behind with getting ready for Christmas, I thought we could spend some time helping her out. But first I thought we could make a Christmas card for all our friends and fans.”

“Those are great ideas, Stinky.”

Christmas Greeting for Our Friends & Fans

“Thanks, I am going to gather some supplies to make our card.” Once Stinky has everything, they start cutting and pasting and coloring their card. When they are done they each sign their names.

“Stinky, I really like this. I sure hope all our friends will as well.”

“I’m sure they will, Periwinkle!”


Christmas Card with two cartoon tabbies in gold frames atop a wreath and framed in red.


“I’m going to get everything we need to wrap the gifts. All the boxes with the a presents are on the dining room table, so we can work there.”

“Would it be okay if I visit with some of your fursibs while you do that?” Periwinkle asks.

“Of course. You’ll find a bunch of them on the bed in Mom and Dad’s room,” Stinky tells her. Periwinkle skips off to join them.


Four cats and a cartoon tabby cat on a human's bed napping in a sunpuddle.


“Wow, what a great place to nap. Lots of room for everybody and a giant sunpuddle. It looks as if none of you want to be disturbed, so I’ll just tiptoe out and Stinky and I can get to work.”

Wrapping Gifts

“Stinky, I am really good at untying bows, shredding wrapping paper and playing in the boxes, but I have never wrapped gifts before now. Don’t you think that without opposable thumbs it’s going to be pretty difficult?”

“I’ve never done this before either, Periwinkle, but I think, if we reverse engineer the process, we can get it done. Even though we don’t have thumbs, I think having four paws each will work to our advantage.”

“I’m willing to give it a try, so let’s get started.”


Two cartoon tabby cats wrapping Christmas gifts with a lit and decorated Christmas tree in the background..


“Stinky, this paper with Angel Mau in a Santa hat sure is cute. It’s nice that you are using it on a gift for my mom. You also are so thoughtful to have gotten something for her.” Stinky blushes at the compliment.

Periwinkle and Stinky work diligently and soon have a pile of presents completed. “How many packages have we wrapped, Stinky? My paws are getting pretty tired?”


Cartoon tabby cat sitting among a pile of wrapped gifts.


“Let me count them.” Stinky proceeds to paw through the gifts counting each one. “We’ve completed wapping 18 gifts, Periwinkle.”

“Wow that’s a bunch. Do you think we could stop for a snack?” asks Periwinkle.

“That’s a great idea, but first let me get the tape out of your furs and off my shoes,” replies Stinky.


Two cartoon tabby cats, with tape in their furs, sitting in front of a stack of wrapped gifts.


“That’s better. Thanks Stinky, it only hurt a little bit when you pulled off the tape.”

“I’m sorry it hurt, Let’s go get that snack, and we’ll both feel better.” Stinky and Periwinkle enjoy some Temptations and Fancy Feast. When finished, Periwinkle asks, “Can I see your tree with all the glass ornaments. You promised you would show me when I was here two weeks ago.”

The Glass Ornament Christmas Tree

Two cartoon tabby cats sitting in front of a nine-foot decorated Christmas tree with glass ornaments.


“Stinky, this is the prettiest tree I have ever seen, and I understand why your mom won’t let you all spend any time in here. Thanks for sharing it with me and our readers. Is there anything else we can do to help your mom? I am pretty tired from all the wrapping”

“I was hoping we could do some baking for her. She usually makes cookies for several of our neighbors. I’m not certain she’ll get to do that this year,” Stinky explains to Periwinkle. “But I don’t think we have time for that today, and I know we are both tired.”

“That would have been fun, but I do agree that I am a bit too tired. And I do know it is time for me to head home,” Periwinkle tells Stinky.

“I wish the time hadn’t passed so quickly, Periwinkle! Thank you for all your help today. I know my mom really appreciates it as do I.”

“I had fun, as I always do when we are together, Stinky, and I am happy we could help your mom.”

Periwinkle and Stinky share lots of paw hugs and whisker kisses and tell each other how much they love one another. Then it is time for Periwinkle’s departure. The two tabbies say their final farewells and wave to each other as Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel. And with the usual whoosh, she is gone.

Stinky heads to the sunpuddle in his Mom and Dad’s bedroom for a nap and to dream of his sweet girlfriend.

Stinky and Periwinkle are joining Happy Tuesday at Comedy Plus.

Thanks for joining Periwinkle & Stinky this week.



Sunday Selfies: Week #435

I almost escaped taking a selfie today but was caught in the act, which is why it is blurry. I do apologize for that. Mom tried to offset the blur with a fancy holiday frame. In my opinion, she shouldn’t have messed with it, but I didn’t get a vote.


Ginger tabby cat caught in a blurry photo trying to escape a cardboard box without having photo taken.


If you only join us on Sundays, you may not know that our mom has COVID. So, this will be a short post, and we won’t be staying up until midnight to join our own hop. We’ll join after Mom gets up in the morning. Please don’t let that stop you. We’ll be excited to see how many of you have shared your selfies when we check in on Sunday morning. If you’d like to jazz up your photo with a bit of holiday bling, please do.


On behalf of all the Kitties Blue thanks for following us, commenting and being our friends. Your support is what keeps us blogging.

Purrs and paw-pats, Cooper Murphy




Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

I had so much fun writing my poem for today’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. This week, Kizmet is joining the two dogs in the inspiration photo provided by Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats. It’s a narrative poem in the voice of the large, white dog.


Dog vs. Cat: Large white dog staring at puppy with grey cat by its side.


Dogs vs. Cat: Safety in Numbers

Hello little puppy. I hear your name
is Cosmo. My name is Ralph. I am
your big brother. We are dogs.
This furry, grey thing is the cat.
She too has a name, but I just
call her cat! Don’t worry about
the names for now. You’ll learn
them in time. I do think the cat
knows her name, but she doesn’t
come when called. The big, two-legged
creatures don’t care. But when
you learn your name, you must
come when called. That’s what dogs
do—we are people pleasers.
If you don’t obey, you’ll be in the dog
house aka time-out! There are some other
rules as well. Do not bite or scratch the cat
even if she annoys or taunts you, and she will!
If she wants to play and you don’t, walk away.
If she wants to sleep with or on you, close
your eyes, pretend she’s a furry pillow.
And stay out of that box with the granulated
stuff. That’s where she does her business. If you
eat the poop, that too will land you in time-out.
She will definitely try to eat your food and steal
your toys. Whatever you do, don’t get annoyed.
Why we must obey, and she can do what she
wants has something to do with her being
royalty. I don’t know what that means, but
it definitely works in her favor. I’m just happy you
are here. There’s always safety in numbers!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 04/20/2022

Writing poetry is oodles of fun. If you’ve never tried it, check out Two Spoiled Cats by clicking on Angel Sammy’s poetry badge. That’s where you’ll find next week’s inspiration photo as well as Sammy’s poem. He transmits it to Teddy from the bridge, and it is always terrific.


Thankful Thursday

I have the thankfuls this week for Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop.

  • Dad Tom and I got our second COVID, vaccine booster this week.
  • After a week of having a totally messed up e-mail account, making it impossible for subscribers to get notifications of posts and me only being able to send e-mails from a webmail account that was a pain to use, everything is back to normal. It only took six hours yesterday, which consisted of a “chat” with my hosting company and me reconfiguring everything. If you are a subscriber, you should have gotten an e-mail notification with regard to this post.
  • Astrid somehow managed to get herself outside yesterday. When she didn’t show up for dinner, I discovered her outside the screen door to the catio. She was loudly requesting to be let in. I am super thankful she didn’t wander off and decide to take a walkabout.

That’s it for the week, except for the Kitties Blue and my continued thanks to those of you who follow and support us and give so freely of your friendship.

Kitties Blue and I are joining Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. If you would like to do the same, enter the URL on his badge in your browser.


Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Kitties Blue and I enjoy Thursdays, as we get to participate in Teddy and Angel Sammy’s weekly poetry challenge. As I did last week, I took a tiny bit of poetic license with the inspiration photo they provided. Today, Misty May has joined the photo and is the complaining cat of my poem.


Tuxedo cat with pink bow descending stairs in medieval castle.

Photo from Wikimedia Commons by “Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA”


The Complaining Cat

Where or where can my human be?
Has she forgotten it’s time for my tea—
A saucer of milk and a warm tuna scone?
I fear she has left me here all alone
To roam the halls of this scary estate
While my tummy growls and I begin to lose weight.
I suppose I could search for a chubby mouse
Among the dark corners of this dreary house,
But I am accustomed to being waited upon
And served tasty morsels of salmon and capon.
Should I now be forced to live all alone
And turn into nothing but skin and bone?
But wait, are those footstep I now hear?
Why yes, it is my human and she’s drawing near.
I must remain aloof and walk away,
So she won’t suspect I missed her today.
I will make her come to me and apologize.
Then I’ll request a juicy burger from Five Guys!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 03/02/2022

If you’d like to try writing some poetry, check out Two Spoiled Cats on Thursdays for the following week’s inspiration photo. And while you’re visiting, please read Angel Sammy’s poem. He transmits it to Teddy from the Bridge, and he is a masterful poet. You can click on the poetry badge to go there now.

Thankful Thursday

On Thursdays we also like to share the things for which we are thankful. Here’s what we’ve got for this week.

Dad Tom and I both completed 1,900 Peloton rides on Tuesday.

Cooper Murphy and I finally completed his Cat Scouts Valentine craft project. It is a wreath made from puzzle pieces. Scout Sammy Pilch from 15 And Meowing and his mom, Ellen, have been instructing Scouts in craft projects for the past few months.



Cooper Murphy is thankful for earning two additional merit badges at Cat Scouts.



Dad Tom and I are super thankful we have had no COVID exposures this week. Though mask mandates are being lifted everywhere, we will continue to wear our masks when in public places.

As we are each week, Kitties Blue and I are thankful for your friendship and support. Without each of you, we would not be here trying to entertain you!

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by everybody’s friend, Brian. If you’d like to participate in the hop, post on your blog for what you are thankful, then click on Brian’s badge to go to his blog and enter your link.



Thankful Thursday

Each week we try to reflect on what has happened the past seven days and share those things for which we are thankful.

As this winter drags on, Kizmet and Misty May are thankful for Dad Tom’s warm lap.

dad's warm lapdad's warm lap


Cooper Murphy is delighted and thankful he was able to spend the day before Valentine’s Day with his beautiful girlfriend, Canadian Cat Tyebe. They got all dressed up and attended the Hearts and Flowers dinner dance at Cat Scouts.



Dad Tom again tested negative for COVID, after his most recent exposure, for which we are most thankful.

As we are each week, everyone here at the Kitties Blue house, including the humans, are thankful for your friendship, support and kind comments. We do our best to keep you entertained, and we appreciate it every time you visit us.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop hosted by Brian. To participate post on you blog for what you are thankful and then click on his badge to join the hop.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

If it’s Thursday, it’s time for some poetry. Thoroughly Poetic Thursday is hosted by our pals, Angel Sammy and Teddy over at Two Spoiled Cats. They provide an inspiration photo, and participants provide a poem.

Here’s this week’s photo followed by my poem.



Danger Zone

Is this an antique store
Or a hoarder’s house—
This cluttered hodgepodge?
Buddha, fu dogs, Mickey Mouse,
Crystal chandeliers, Bakelite phones,
Clocks and vases of every
Color, shape and size—
A huge eclectic collection
With years of accumulated dust.
Just one sneeze could send down
An avalanche of tumbling stuff,
Burying the curious browser.
Treasures may be hidden among
This intriguing collection,
But I’ll stay on the sidewalk
Safe and sound, marveling at
This outrageous sight from afar.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 02/16/2022

After completing this poem, it crossed my mind that quirky shops like this often have a resident cat. In this instance, I certainly hope that isn’t true. With all the places to hide and the precarious placement of objects, I fear kitty would have a short life.

If you’d like to try writing some poetry, check out Two Spoiled Cats on Thursdays for the following week’s inspiration photo. And while you’re visiting, please read Angel Sammy’s poem. It is always terrific. You can click on the poetry badge to go there now.



Feline/Friendship Friday

In the winter on the few days when we get sun, the best place to hang out is on Mom and Dad’s bed. Consequently, it is often crowded with as many as five of us.


sunpuddle snoozers - Calista Jo and Sawyer


Sawyer and Calista Jo not only found a sunpuddle but a comfy spot on our Mau pillow. For some reason Sawyer likes to snuggle with C.J. She doesn’t like it! If he tries it while she is awake, she will hiss and growl at him. She was already asleep when he plopped down almost on top of her.

The sunpuddle snoozers are joining both Comedy Plus‘ Feline Friday and Create With Joy‘s Friendship Friday blog hops. You can do the same by clicking on the links in the previous sentence.

Purrs & paw-pats, Kitties Blue

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #296

Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). They provide the four sentences with blanks for your responses. Often I have difficulty completing the fill-ins and need to ask for a little help from Kitties Blue. This week, however, I completed all four sentences without any help. I used teal italics to fill in.

1. I get my exercise from riding Peloton.

2.  It’s a good thing I don’t mind staying at home with Kitties Blue most of the time, as that is what has been required the last two years due to COVID.

3. Dealing with Sawyer’s seizures when he first started having them required me to muster a lot of courage.

4. My younger self would be proud to know that I now am not shy and lacking in self-confidence.

If you would like to participate, both Ellen and Lorianne post the sentences to be filled in each Thursday on their blogs. To join the hop on Friday, click on the Fill-Ins badge.

That’s it for today. We’ll be back. tomorrow with some Caturday Art.



Thankful Thursday

Last week, I reported that Dad Tom had been exposed to COVID and was waiting to take a test. He did that last Friday, and tested negative.

Kitties Blue are thankful for warm laps during these cold and snowy winter days. Misty May and Kizmet like Dad Tom’s lap. Astrid prefers my lap unless she’s in the kitchen and then she’ll settle in with her dad.


warm laps


The kitties as well as Dad Tom and I are thankful to have a new thermostat for the heated bathroom floor. It has been out for a couple of weeks. With the bathroom above the unheated garage, the floor has been 20 degrees colder than usual. It is a favorite napping place for the furries, so they are especially delighted to have the heat back.

And, as always, Kitties Blue and I are grateful for your support and friendship.

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

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

In addition to being thankful on Thursday, I try to participate in the Two Spoiled Cats’ (Angel Sammy and Teddy) poetry challenge. I am enamored with this week’s inspiration photo. It is perfect as is, so I didn’t want to spoil it with too many words.



True love knows no age
And this dance needs no stage
Just a recalled tune

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 01/20/2022

If you haven’t tried writing poetry, I suggest you check out Two Spoiled Cats for next week’s inspiration photo. If you’d like some tips for writing poetry, check out this web-site: Shadow Poetry.

Please don’t forget to read Angel Sammy’s poem for this week’s photo. I know you won’t be disappointed, as he is a magnificent wordsmith. Just click on the poetry badge to pop over to his and Teddy’s blog.


We’ll see you tomorrow for Friendly Fill-Ins.