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GRATITUDE, OPTIMISM & TOE BEANS

Sparks

A field of poppies with a quote from Michael J. Fox: "With gratitude optimism is sustainable."

 

On April 30, 2023, Michael J. Fox appeared on CBS’s Sunday Morning. Jane Pauley interviewed him. During the interview he made this statement. It struck me as so true and profound. Fox has been dealing with worsening Parkinson’s disease since 1991, yet he remains upbeat and considers himself a Lucky Man, which is the title of his 2002 memoir.

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 photo is one of Dad Tom’s.

Awww Mondays

 

Orange, tabby cat showing off rear foot toe beans.

 

Cooper Murphy’s been showing off his toe beans a lot lately. He just graced you with them on Friday in “Double Dangle With Toe Beans & Fill-Ins.”

Cooper Murphy will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can do the same by clicking on the Awww badge.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Your favorite, fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be setting off on a new adventure tomorrow. You’ll be able to find them on Periwinkle’s blog, Friends Furever. I know whatever Periwinkle has planned will be loads of fun, and you’ll definitely want to join them. Adventures are always more exciting when you come along, so they’ll be waiting for you.

 

 

BREAKFAST IS LATE!

Sunday Selfies:Week #456

Today’s guest host is one of our resident squirrels. This is the look he gave Dad Tom when he was late filling the bird feeders.

 

Closeup selfie of a squirrel's face.

 

He’s sharing a second photo today showing off his acrobatic prowess once the feeders were full.

 

Squirrel being acrobatic while getting sunflower seeds from the bird feeder.

 

Mr. Squirrel had a demand prior to agreeing to share his photos. He ordered me to create a puzzle of him showing off his acrobatics. Hope you enjoy completing it.

preview128pieceSquirrel acrobat

Hopping Time

Kitties Blue are hopping with happiness, as they dodged, for the second week in a row, having to take any selfies. They hope those of you who visit will not be too disappointed that they are taking another week off. One of them will be here tomorrow for Awww Mondays.

Since today is Mother’s Day, we know many of you will be busy celebrating your moms by giving them extra love, cuddles and purrs. So, we’ll understand if you can’t get here today. The hop remains open through Thursday.

Thank you for being our followers and friends.

 

🌸 Happy Mother’s Day 🌸 

 

 



KIZMET’S PAPER BAG REFUGE

Caturday Art

During the Roundup last week, Kizmet took refuge in a paper bag after her turn at being poked and prodded. The photo of her came out a bit blurry so it was a purrfect candidate for today’s art. To create it, I used the Cortazar effect from Painnt. The frame is from favpng.

 

Cat in a paper bag in a photo that has been turned into art.

 

This is not my favorite piece of art I have created. Nonetheless, I did create a puzzle for those of you, like me, who enjoy doing them.

preview120pieceCat in a paper bag art

Kizmet will be participating in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena Cat Goddesss Wise Kitty. If you’d like to do the same, click on Athena’s badge.

Sunday Selfies Reminder

Another week has flown by, and it’s time once again to get your selfie snapped for tomorrow’s hop. Kitties Blue are fortunate that for the second week in a row, we will be having a guest host tomorrow. As usual, you’ll have to stop in to see who it is, as I am not giving any hints.

Kitties Blue and I hope to see your smiling faces tomorrow. Until then, have a terrific Caturday.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXXXVI

Stinky is anxious for Periwinkle’s arrival. Before they embark on their adventure, he has something really cool to show her in the yard. He knows she’ll squeal and clap her paws, and it always makes him happy to see her excited. He doesn’t have to wait long for her arrival. After the familiar whoosh, Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel right into Stinky’s paws. They share several paw hugs and whisker kisses. Then Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her outside before she can even ask about his plans.

Baby Robins

 

Birds nest with three baby robins.

 

When Periwinkle spies what Stinky brought her to the yard to see, she reacts just as he predicted. Hopping from back paw to back paw and clapping her front paws together, Periwinkle squeals and says, “Oh Stinky, they are so adorable. Look at their little mouths are wide open as they wait to be fed. Do you know what kind of birds they are?”

Stinky responds, “I didn’t until yesterday. Mom saw the mother bird come to feed them yesterday. They are baby robins.”

“They certainly are crammed into that nest. I bet they will be flying soon,” says Periwinkle.

“Probably so,” replies Stinky. “So, are you ready for our adventure?”

“Well, I could watch these cute little birdies all day, but, sure, let’s get cracking,” replies Periwinkle.

Stinky leads her back into the teleportation tunnel and moments later they arrive at what looks like a quaint little village. Stinky tells Periwinkle that they are in Old Salem in North Carolina.

Old Salem, North Carolina

Stinky gives Periwinkle a little information about their locale: “This is an historic district of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Moravian community originally settled it in 1766. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The district exhibits the culture of the Moravian settlement during the 18th and 19th centuries, which includes communal buildings, churches, houses and shops. The history of the district is quite interesting. I suggest our readers check it out on Wikipedia. If I try to tell them about it, it will take me all day.”

The tabbies begin walking around the district stopping often to take photos.

T.  Bagge Merchant

 

Stone building with reddish/brown shudders and bench in front with two cartoon tabby cats.

 

“Periwinkle, I like your new fur adornment. You look very pretty.”

“Thank you, Stinky. I got it inside. This store has the funniest name. It is T. Bagge Merchant. I think if using my initial sounded like what someone uses to make tea, I would use my first name.”

“Do you know the person’s first name?” Stinky asks.

“Yes, it is Traugott,” replies Periwinkle.

“Well, there is your answer, Periwinkle. That is definitely a weird name!”

Periwinkle tells Stinky, “He came to the United Staes from Sweden. If our readers would like to know more about him, they should check out NCPedia.”

A. Butner Hat Shop

 

Two cartoon tabby cats sitting on a bench in front of a shop with a sign with a top hat and the words, "A. Butner 1825."

 

Finding another cute shop, the tabbies go inside to see what they can find out about it. The nice lady working there tells Periwinkle & Stinky that the proprietor, Adam Butner, first opened the hat shop when he came to the area, but he was best known as the operator of the Salem Tavern, which he purchased in 1850.

“Too bad he wasn’t around in the late 1700s, as George Washington visited the establishment in 1791,” Stinky remarks.

Frederick Edward Belo Sculptures

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with iron sculptures of a dog and a lion.

 

“Stinky, please get down. As usual, you are making me nervous,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. She then asks him what he knows about the sculptures.

“This fellow Belo…” Periwinkle starts to giggle before Stinky can say anything else. He gives her the stink eye, and she puts her paw over her mouth.

“As I was saying, Belo was trained as a cabinetmaker. However, he built a brick store on Main Street. He and his family lived on the second floor. At a later date, a third floor was added to accommodate staff. This guy was really multi-talented. He created the dog and lion sculptures in his foundry along with iron railings and grills for his home. Originally there were two dogs. Oh, and he helped build a railroad between Winston-Salem and Greensboro, North Carolina.  He also was a farmer and raised flowers as well. If our readers would like to know more about Belo and his house, they can find that info at Salem Congregation and Winston-Salem Time Traveler.”

“Wow, Stinky, I wonder when he found time to sleep?”

Salem College

“Stinky, this is beautiful. Where are we now?”

As Stinky hops to the top of the fountain, he tells Periwinkle, “This is Salem College.”

 

Two tabby cats in a courtyard garden with a fountain and a bench between brick buildings.

 

Periwinkle considers asking Stinky to get down but knows he won’t listen, so she just tells him, “If cats attended college, I’d like to go here; it’s so beautiful.”

“You could, but I wouldn’t be able to come with you.”

Periwinkle asks, “Why not?”

“Well, Salem College is a private women’s liberal arts college. It was founded in 1772 as a primary school, then became an academy and ultimately the college was added. My mom found the coolest old photos of the college and students on-line and says that they are definitely worth looking at. Here’s the link if our readers want to check them out: Winston-Salem Journal.”

“Your mom’s right, Stinky. Those are great photos!”

“We need to make one more stop, Periwinkle, and then I have a great place for us to have a picnic before we head home. Let’s pop back into our tunnel, as where we are going is about four miles from here.

“Sounds great, Stinky.”

Reynolda Gardens

These are Reynolda Gardens. The grounds were part of the Reynolda estate established in 1917 by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband R. J. Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. The Gardens are now part of Wake Forest University. They serve as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural site and are open to the public from dawn to dusk all year-round. There are colorful gardens, scenic walking trails and a waterfall.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats on a path between rows of red and white tulips.

 

“Stinky, this is gorgeous and so peaceful. We could have our picnic here.”

“We could, but I think you’ll enjoy where we are going after this. We’ll need to go back to the teleportation tunnel, as it is about 72 miles away by car.”

Lover’s Leap

“You are right, Stinky, this is the purrfect place for our picnic. The scenery is fabulous. Where are we?”

“This is Lover’s Leap in Meadows of Dan, Virginia,” replies Stinky.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats, on a cliff with a pole with locks left by lovers, having a picnic.

 

“Why is it called Lover’s Leap and what are the locks for?” Periwinkle asks.

Stinky tells Periwinkle that there is a legend about a settler’s son who fell in love with an Indian maiden, Morning Flower, who was the Chief’s daughter. The couple would meet secretly, and their love grew. The couple was shunned and threatened, so they decided to jump from the spot and ensure they would always be together.

“That is very romantic, Stinky, but let’s not do the same. Now, what about the locks?” asks Periwinkle.

“Couples put their names or initials on the padlocks. Then they lock them on the pole to symbolize that their love is unbreakable. The key is thrown off the cliff. It is a tradition that is practiced all over the world. Often the padlocks are placed on bridges and the keys thrown in the river.”

“Wow, Stinky I wish we’d brought a lock to add to the pole.”

“What makes you think I didn’t?” asks Stinky.

Periwinkle looks again at the pole and sees a fuchsia padlock with Stinky and her logo on it. She gasps, gets tears in her eyes and throws her paws around Stinky’s neck. “When did you do that, Stinky?”

“While you were unpacking the treats.”

“You are the best boyfriend in the whole world. Thank you!”

After more hugging, the tabbies settle down to have their snacks and admire the view. When they finish, the tabbies pack up and return to the teleportation tunnel for the trip back to Stinky’s house.

Stinky’s House

“Stinky, let’s go check out the baby robins,” suggests Periwinkle. “Hey, there’s only one in the nest now.”

“My mom says two of the babies left the nest right after you and I departed on our adventure. I guess they are now on an adventure of their own,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Hope it’s a good one! This has been a terrific day, Stinky, Thank you. I guess it’s time for me to head back home.”

The tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave and a whoosh leaves for home.

Stinky retires to the catio to tell his fursibs about the day’s adventure.

The End

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

 

 

CAUGHT IN THE ACT!

Missing Raleigh Returns

If you weren’t with us yesterday, you will probably want to check out that post. The link is at the bottom of this one. And, if you joined the hop prior to 3:30 a.m., you may not know that Raleigh returned home. I heard frantic scratching at the locked cat door at 3:30 a.m., seven-and-a-half hours after he disappeared into the darkness. I assume the rain we had last night as well as his hunger were the impetus for his return.

Which of the Kitties Blue Is to Blame?

We had no idea how Raleigh escaped the catio. But, now, I must rat out the sneaky cat who brought about his daring escape. The photos, sort of, tell the story…or rather the aftermath!

 

grey cat trying to escape through a boarded up screen door

 

When Tom was on the catio yesterday morning, he caught Kizmet in the act of letting herself in through the loose screen on the screen door. We didn’t know the screen was no longer attached to the door. Wonder who did that? We’d already had to tape up Misty May’s electronic cat door when Kizmet figured out if she was right on Misty May’s heels when she went through, she too could get outside. We knew we would need to replace the door at some point.

At first, Dad Tom tried taping the screen. That only stopped Kizmet for a nanosecond. So, we decided to block the screen with cardboard, thinking if we put it on the outside, Kizmet couldn’t pry it off. You can see in photos one and two that wasn’t going to stop her. So cardboard went up on the inside as well. No additional escapes followed, but we will be shopping for a new screen door today.

Kizmet is too smart and too sneaky for her own good. She makes Sawyer’s previous Houdini acts look like third-rate imitations. She did lose her tracking collar on one of her forays, but Dad Tom was able to track it to our side yard.

Awww Mondays

Kizmet will be joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can do the same by clicking on the Awww badge.

 

Sparks

I had a wonderful Spark for today’s post, but I am saving it for next week. It’s too special to include with this post.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

 

Your favorite, fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be setting off on a new adventure tomorrow. You’ll be able to find them on Periwinkle’s blog, Friends Furever. I know whatever Periwinkle has planned will be loads of fun, and you’ll definitely want to join them. Adventures are always more exciting when you come along, so they’ll be waiting for you.

 

 

TORTOISESHELL CAT APPRECIATION DAY & A SPARK

Awww Mondays – Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day

Astrid and Calista Jo are here today to celebrate this special day for torties and to join the Awww Mondays blog hop.

 

tortoiseshell cat encircled with label reading, April 17 Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day"

Dilute Tortoiseshell Cat in a frame reading, Tortoiseshell Cat Appreciation Day"

 

Our two gorgeous torties will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can do the same by clicking on the Awww badge below.

Awww Mondays badge.

Sparks

 

 

I wanted to use this photo Dad Tom took of some of our azaleas for my Spark, which is the opposite of how I usually do them. Normally, I would select the Spark first. When I found the quote by Wayne Dyer, I knew it was purrfect. For me, our gardens are my happy place and give me the opportunity to think a lot about my life.

The author of today’s Spark, Wayne Dyer, (1940 to 2015) was an American self-help author and a motivational speaker. His first book, Your Erroneous Zones (1976), is one of the best-selling books of all time. An estimated 100 million copies have been sold. He also wrote 20 more best-selling books and produced a number of popular specials for PBS. He was a frequent guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

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

 

Your favorite, fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be setting off on a new adventure tomorrow. You’ll be able to find them on Periwinkle’s blog, Friends Furever. I know whatever Periwinkle has planned will be loads of fun, and you’ll definitely want to join them. Adventures are always more fun when you come along, so they’ll be waiting for you.

 

KONA AMONG THE DOGWOODS

Caturday Art – In Memory of Violette Grant Blue

Though it is Caturday, my art today is of woofie, Kona. Kona is a white Golden Retriever. I am sharing Kona as a way of remembering our nephew Brent’s wife Violette.

 

White Golden Retriever with an overlay of pink dogwoods and a border of pink dogwoods.

 

Violette posted on her Facebook page, along with this photo, the following, “Who needs anything else in life when your puppy stares into your eyes like this?”

Violette lost her life yesterday at age 48 after suffering a cardiac arrest last week.

I enhanced Kona’s photo by overlaying a photo taken by Dad Tom. It’s of pink dogwood blossoms from our yard. The border of dogwood blossoms is from favpng.

I did make a puzzle.

preview108pieceKonadogwoods

If you can offer some prayers for Brent and his and Violette’s children, Gavin (10) and Ella (8), Dad Tom and I would be so grateful.

Kona will be participating in the Caturday Art blog hop hosted by Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty. You can do the same by clicking on Athena’s badge.

Sunday Selfies Reminder

Tomorrow is a special Sunday—Easter. I haven’t a clue which of the Kitties Blue will be here as your host, but I am fairly certain they’ll ask for a fancy, Easter-themed frame for their selfie. Feel free to add some bling to your selfie if you desire. And we’d love it if you would invite some friends to participate as well. We enjoy  meeting new anipals and making new friends.

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

 

 

AUDREY IS DISGRUNTLED & A BIRDY SPARK

Awww Mondays

 

Tabby cat atop an open suitcase looking disgruntled.

 

Like most kitties, Audrey finds her human’s suitcase irresistible. And, as always happens, she was not invited along on the trip, thus her disgruntled look.

If you enjoyed this photo, check out another displeased, suitcase cat at, “Dad Tom Gets Kizmet’s First Stink Eye.”

Though Audrey didn’t get invited to join her dad for a night out of town, she is joining the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

Sparks

 

Male house finch on a bird feeder with the quote, " Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except the ones that sang the best."

 

Growing up I always strived for perfection. Of course, I never achieved it, and I am trying to learn that just doing my best is okay.

The author of today’s Spark, Henry Jackson van Dyke Jr. (1852 – 1933) was an American author, educator, diplomat and Presbyterian clergyman. He graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1873 and Princeton Theological Seminary in 1877.

Dad Tom took this photo of a male house finch on one of our bird feeders.

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

Those two fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be setting off on a new adventure tomorrow. You’ll be able to find them over at Friends Furever, as it is Periwinkle’s turn to plan their adventure. Adventures are more fun when you join in, so they’ll be waiting for you.

 

SPRING SPARK & RALEIGH

Sparks

 

PHOTO OF PURPLE TULIPS WITH THE FOLLOWING QUOTE, "Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems," by Rainer Maria Rilke

 

When I discovered this quote, it made me happy, and I knew I had to share it. I have placed it on one of Dad Tom’s photos of tulips in our yard.

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

 

Ginger kitten lying on his back with a yellow bird on a string.

 

Raleigh and I apologize for his blurry photo. I took it from a video. I think he is darn awww-adorable, but I wish he wasn’t afraid of Dad Tom and I and would let us touch him. He will be participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to do the same, click on the Awww badge.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Those two fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, will be setting off on a new adventure tomorrow. You’ll be able to find them right here, as it is Stinky’s turn to plan their adventure. Adventures are more fun when you join in, so they’ll be waiting for you.

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXXVIII

Snow or Pie?

Stinky is excited for today’s adventure and hopes Periwinkle will enjoy it. He doesn’t have much time to fret about it, as Periwinkle comes flying out of the teleportation tunnel and into his waiting paws right on time. She’s out of breath but manages to say, “Wow the tunnel was fast today. I’m feeling a bit dizzy. Thanks for catching me.”

The two tabbies share some whisker kisses before Periwinkle runs to the window to look outside. “Where’s the snow? My mom told me you finally got your first snow of winter.”

Stinky replies, “I’m sorry but it has already melted. I don’t think we had even an inch.”

“Darn, I was hoping to see it,” exclaims Periwinkle. She then asks, “What’s the plan today if we aren’t going to play in the snow? Are we going to eat pie?”

Stinky giggles at this, as it is Pi Day*, and lots of people celebrate it by eating pie. Stinky tells Periwinkle that they may have pie later but his plan is for a walk in Vic Thomas Park, which is part of the city’s Roanoke Valley Greenway system. He explains that it’s just two blocks from the house but it’s super windy, so they’ll teleport there as they’ll be doing a lot of walking when they arrive. Not wanting to waste anytime, Stinky grabs their coats and hats and then takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the tunnel.

∗ Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π. Pi Day is observed on March 14 as 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant figures of π. It was founded in 1988 by Larry Shaw, an employee of the Science Museum’s Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.

Vic Thomas Park

On arrival at the park, one of three (Vic Thomas Park, Wasena Park and Smith Park), which lie next to each other and the Roanoke River, Stinky asks Periwinkle if she remembers their last adventure at the river?

 

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats and standing on a bridge.

 

“Oh, Stinky, how could I forget. That’s when it was flooded, and we had fun canoeing with your dad’s help. The water was all the way to this bridge. It was fun but a little scary.”

“As that happened almost three years ago, let’s give our friends the link to that post, ‘A Day on The River,’ so they can check it out.

“Great idea, Stinky! Now that we’re here, what’s on the agenda?” asks Periwinkle.

Ann Davey Master Memorial Sculpture Garden

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “We are going to explore the Ann Davey Master Memorial Sculpture Garden.” He further explains that the goal of the project is to provide public art to blend with the park’s design. The intention is for it to represent Master’s commitment to the arts, as the former director of the Art Museum, as well as her dedication to the environment with the Clean Valley Council.

“Oh, I know what’s happening. You want to climb on the sculptures, don’t you? It will be like our ‘Elmwood Park Art Walk’ adventure when you climbed on those sculptures.”

“Well, maybe,” admits Stinky.

Calling the Flowers

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats with the sculpture of a girl kneeling with her head back and hands in the air, entitled, Calling the Flowers.

 

“See, I knew it. Don’t you dare actually climb up and get in her hand,” Periwinkle admonishes Stinky.

“Gee, Periwinkle, you’re no fun. I guess I’ll just tell our readers about the sculpture. It’s called Calling the Flowers. It was sculpted by local writer and artist, Lawrence Reid Bechtel. I think our readers might enjoy checking out his website here.”

When Stinky gets down, the two tabbies head back on the path until they arrive at the next sculpture.

In Flux

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats with a sculpture of made of recycled light poles and entitled, In Flux.

 

Stinky tells Periwinkle that the sculpture is called, In Flux, and was created in 2010 by Bland Hoke and Matt Rink (All Creations) from recycled lamp poles. The tabbies spend some time exploring it, and Periwinkle is delighted when Stinky decides to remain on the ground with her.

When they come to the next sculpture, Stinky hops right up on the rock where it sits. Periwinkle rolls her eyes but jumps up on the other supporting rock. She asks, “Is this supposed to be an animal?”

Rigsby the Raccoon

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats with the sculpture of Rigsby the Raccoon made from tires pulled from the Roanoke River in Virginia.

 

“Yes, his name is Rigsby the Raccoon. Polly Branch created him in 2020 from tires that were discarded in the river. Rigsby is the mascot of the Clean Valley Council.”

Periwinkle points to another sculpture and asks Stinky about it.

Annie’s Peace

Sculpture of an orb with wings entitled Annie's Dream.

 

“That’s called, Annie’s Peace. It was sculpted by famous, local artist, Betty Branch. It’s in memory of Ann Davey Master.”

“It’s beautiful, Stinky. Thanks for not climbing the pole and getting on top,” Periwinkle says as she squeezes his paw. Stinky continues to hold Periwinkle’s paw and tells her he wants to show her one more thing that isn’t part of the Sculpture garden.

Bridge Mural

After a short walk, the tabbies find themselves under a bridge. “Stinky, this is so colorful and beautiful,”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats under a bridge with a colorful mural.

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing winter coats and hats under a bridge with a colorful mural.

 

Stinky tells Periwinkle that the bridge is going to be replaced beginning in the spring, and he doesn’t know what will happen to the mural then. “However, there are murals all along the Greenway. Dad says he’ll take us out on his bike when the weather warms up so we can see them,” Stinky explains.

“That will be really cool, Stinky. Speaking of cool, I’m getting sort of cold. Are we ready to go back to your house?”

“Yep, let’s head back to our tunnel. I have a surprise at home,” Stinky replies.

Periwinkle gives Stinky a quizzical look, but he doesn’t say any more.

Pi Day

When they arrive at Stinky’s, he takes Periwinkle’s coat and hat and hands her her apron and chef’s hat. “Does this mean what I think, Stinky?Are we going to make a pie?” asks Periwinkle.

“Yep, let’s go!”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats wearing chef's hats and aprons, sitting at a kitchen counter with baking supplies for Pi Day.

 

Periwinkle and Stinky get busy making a tuna pie. While it’s baking, they clean up the kitchen. And when it comes out of the oven, they share it with all of Stinky’s fursibs. There’s lots of pushing and shoving among all the Kitties Blue to get the biggest piece. Audrey, aka The Hoover, is especially aggressive. But everyone enjoys their fare share.

Finally it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. The tabbies spend about a half hour whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel, and with a wave and whoosh she is gone. Stinky heads to the bedroom to nap and dream of Periwinkle.

The End

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