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Awww Mondays/International Cat Day


krazy kittens, brown tabby on LOVE shaped scratcher, grey cat checking her out and orange tabby kitten looking on.


The seven older Kitties Blue have been getting to know Audrey and Raleigh through the mesh of the kitten enclosure. Yesterday, however, Audrey ventured outside a bit, and Kizmet made a brief trip inside. If you look closely, you can see Raleigh’s head in the little orange tent behind Kizmet. He is a bit more timid than his sister.

The kittens also got to try out their harnesses for the first time yesterday. They have been wearing collars for the past week, which they haven’t seemed to mind. They seemed perfectly content in the harnesses as well. I am hoping to get them comfortable enough to go outside on leashes for some walks, adventures and exploration.

Kizmet and the kittens are taking part in the Awww Mondays blog hop hosted by Comedy Plus. You can join them there by clicking on the Awww badge.



Sunflowers with a bee on the largest and a quote from Luther Burbank: Flowers always make people better, happier & more helpful; they are sunshine, food & medicine for the soul.


Dad Tom took this beautiful photo of sunflowers growing in a pot in our backyard. Did you notice the bee on the right side of the largest sunflower?

I wanted a Spark that would compliment the flowers and found this one from Luther Burbank. (An interesting fact with reference to Luther Burbank: We were both born on March 7, exactly 100 years apart.)

The sunflowers remind me we still need to pray for and support the Ukranians.

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 cartoon tabbies, Periwinkle and Stinky, are ready for their next adventure. These two comical and fun-loving youngsters visit all types of interesting places and have oodles of fun when they’re together. One of the best things is that they enjoy taking you along with them. Please plan to meet them tomorrow at Friends Furever for their next adventure!




Audrey & Raleigh

Stinky paces by the teleportation tunnel awaiting Periwinkle’s arrival. He’s always anxious and excited to see her. Finally he hears the familiar whoosh and notices the new kittens, Raleigh and Audrey, almost jump right out of their furs. He hadn’t thought about their enclosure sitting near the tunnel. Stinky grabs Periwinkle as she’s ejected from the tunnel, and they share some paw hugs until she notices the kittens and squees.



“Oh my cat, Stinky they are so adorable and so tiny. Will you please introduce me?” Periwinkle asks. Though, a bit miffed that their hugging session is cut short, Stinky makes the introductions, and Periwinkle continues to “ooh” and “ahh” at their cuteness. “Are we staying here and playing with Raleigh, Audrey and Kizmet?” asks Periwinkle. “I see Kizmet is guarding them.” Stinky tells her that they are not staying, and she looks totally disappointed.

“I planned our adventure prior to my mom and dad adopting those little interlopers. If you really want, maybe we can stay here and tease them when you come again in two weeks,” says Stinky, his voice dripping with sarcasm. Periwinkle gives him a good hard whack on the head with her paw. “You better not be mean to them, or you can expect a lot more slaps from me,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. “You need to be a good big brother to them!”

“Okay, I promise to be nice! Now let’s get a move on. We’re burning daylight. Not that it matters.” Periwinkle gives Stinky a quizzical look as he takes her paw and leads her back into the teleportation tunnel. When they emerge, all Periwinkle sees is a parking lot filled with cars, and she gives Stinky another quizzical look. Then she sees the building and sign.

Luray Caverns



“I remembered how you took me to the Florida Caverns State Park and how cool it was underground. Since we continue to have such hot weather, I thought it would be nice to visit some caverns here in Virginia. The temperature is a constant 54 degrees; though, the humidity makes it feel like 65. I thought that would be quite comfortable with our furs,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. She agrees that she likes his idea, and they enter the caverns paw in paw.

Stinky gives Periwinkle a little history as they explore. “Once called Luray Cave, the caverns were known to Native Americans. They were officially discovered, however, by Euro-Americans on August 13, 1878. So, it is almost the anniversary of the discovery. The cavern system consists of speleothems such as columns, mud flows, stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone and mirrored pools. All formations in the caverns are calcite, which is limestone in its crystalline form. Calcite’s purest form is naturally white.” 

Titania’s Veil

This is Titania’s Veil, which is a prime example of pure calcite.



“Wow, Stinky, that is incredible and so beautiful!”

“Come on, Periwinkle, I want to show you the largest formation in the caverns.”

Giant’s Hall




“This column in Giant’s Hall is 47 feet high. It’s a double column and an example of the two basic cave formations (the stalactite and stalagmite) coming together.”

“Stinky, this is amazing. You don’t think we’ll get in trouble for leaving the path to get a closer look?” Periwinkle asks.

“No, I was a good cat and asked permission. As long as we are careful, it’s okay for us to explore places the humans can’t,” Stinky replies. “Just don’t try to take any souvenirs.”

“Stinky, you know I would never do that,” Periwinkle replies.

Dream Lake

“Where are we now?” Periwinkle asks Stinky.



“This is Dream Lake. It’s the largest body of water in the caverns but not the deepest. It is not more than about 20 inches deep. The lake, made up of spring water, reflects a mirror image of the massive number of stalactites hanging from the ceiling.”

“I didn’t know lakes existed underground,” replies Periwinkle.

Pluto’s Ghost

“What’s this one called, Stinky?”



“This is Pluto’s Ghost. To the original explorer’s of the caverns, this sparkling formation appeared to be following them. They actually thought it was a ghost until one of them was brave enough to approach it. It is the main formation in Pluto’s Chasm, which is 0ver 500 feet long and from 70 to 90 feet in depth. You can see this from numerous places in the caverns.”

Ice Cream Cone

“Stinky, this is so cool. It looks like a gigantic Christmas tree! Where are we now?”



“Wow, this is a really giant stalagmite. I am not positive, but I think it’s called the ice cream cone. But I wouldn’t lick it.”

Periwinkle giggles. “I think it would be nice with some colored Christmas tree lights,” she tells Stinky.

Now Stinky giggles but also nods in agreement.

Skeleton’s Gorge

“That sounds scary, Stinky. I don’t know if I want to see it,” says Periwinkle. “It’s no big deal now, Periwinkle,” Stinky replies.



Stinky tells Periwinkle a bit more about Skeleton’s Gorge. “When the caverns were discovered bone fragments were found embedded in calcite. Also, the remains of what is thought to be a Native American girl were found in a chasm here. The skeleton was estimated to be no more than 500 years old based on the current rate of stalagmitic growth. But I think that’s old enough so you don’t need to be frightened.”

“Well, I am certainly happy to hear that,” says Periwinkle as she gives Stinky’s paw a squeeze.

“The thinking is that her remains may have slipped into the cavern after her burial plot collapsed due to a sinkhole. Traces of charcoal and flint pieces as well as other bone fragments also point to early human occupation,” Stinky explains.

Some Additional Photos from the Caverns



“Periwinkle, there’s so much more to see, like the stalactite organ, but I am getting tired and hungry. How about you? I know they have a snack bar up top.”

“That sounds like a great idea. My paws are tired from all the walking and climbing. Our visitors can find out more about the caverns on-line and maybe even plan a visit,” Periwinkle replies.

“I think that’s a great idea. And we are going to come back as well, so we can visit The Car & Carriage Caravan Museum, which has more than 140 items related to transportation, including 50 motor vehicles.”

“Purrfect,” purrs Periwinkle. “Now let’s go get some noms.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and they head off to the snack bar.

The End

Periwinkle & Stinky are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.





When I saw this photo of stargazer lilies from our garden that Dad Tom took, I knew I needed a Spark about beauty. I found this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson to be perfect. Nature truly presents us with beautiful visions.

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.”

An Announcement from Periwinkle & Stinky

Your favorite cartoon tabbies, Periwinkle and Stinky, want to let you know they will not be here tomorrow. They are postponing this week’s adventure until Thursday. July 21 is a super important day here at Kitties Blue house with two special events. Periwinkle & Stinky personally invite you to join them when they celebrate. Looking forward to seeing you then.



Anxiously Waiting

Stinky paces nervously around the teleportation tunnel. As usual, he is anxious for Periwinkle’s arrival. He’s hoping she didn’t get too freaked out by last night’s fireworks and is hiding in the closet at home. It seems to take forever, but finally Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the tunnel with the usual whoosh. The tabbies share lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs before Stinky leads Periwinkle back into the tunnel. When they emerge, they are in a huge field. 

Balloons Over Rockbridge, Lexington, VA

Periwinkle looks around and sees colorful balloons everywhere. She asks Stinky if they are going on another balloon ride like they did in their April, 2014, adventure “Flying High”?

“Yes and no,” he replies. Stinky continues, “I heard on the television that they need volunteers for the event and thought it would be a cool thing for us to do. Balloons Over Rockbridge is a non-profit community group that helps raise funds and awareness for local charities and non-profits through its annual festival. I think when we finish with our volunteering duties, we’ll be able to take a ride.”

“Oh goody,” replies Periwinkle. “I certainly enjoyed our last balloon ride.”

“Me too. Let’s go ask those two men what we can do to help.”



hot air balloons with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky


“It seems they need us to help hold the ropes while they test this balloon,” says Stinky.

“That got a little warm being so close to the fire,” exclaims Periwinkle. “Let’s go out in the field and see what they need.”

“Good idea,” replies Stinky.


hot air balloons with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky


Stinky tells Periwinkle, “They just need us to be spotters and meoyowl really loudly if any balloons get too close together. That should be easy and much cooler. Plus, we’ll be able to see lots of the balloons in the air. There are 19 balloons this year. The most ever.”

Suddenly, Periwinkle shouts, “Stinky, come quickly. This nice man has asked if we will help him check if his balloon is ready to offer some tethered rides.”

Up in the Air

Stinky starts sprinting in the direction of Periwinkle. They are helped into the balloon and are soon floating in the air.


hot air balloon ride with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky


“Stinky, this is an absolutely purrfect day for ballooning,” exclaims Periwinkle, clapping her paws together.

Stinky points out two really pretty balloons floating high above them, and both tabbies wave at the passengers.


two colorful hot air balloons


After their tethered ride, Periwinkle & Stinky walk among the balloons on the ground helping out when asked and making lots of new friends. They discover, however, that the humans have been allowed to bring their doggies to the festival. Though the woofies are required to be on leashes, the tabbies decide it might be a good time to get another ride, and this time without a tether.


hot air balloon ride with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky


“Stinky, I just love floating along and seeing the beautiful countryside. Do you think we’ll be able to see your house? Maybe we could fly over and wave at your fursibs.”

Stinky giggles and tells Periwinkle that they are about 50 miles from his house, and he’s pretty sure they won’t be getting close enough for them to see it.

After their ride, the tabbies are watching the balloons when Periwinkle gasps, starts jumping up and down and pointing in the air. “Stinky look what the peeps did for us as a thank you for our help”


hot air balloons with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky: tabbies spot a balloon with their logo


“Wow, Periwinkle, that is so cool! We are really lucky kitties to have so many opportunities for fun and adventure.”

Periwinkle and Stinky continue to walk among the crowd and balloons, while avoiding the doggies, helping out wherever and whenever asked. After a while Periwinkle complains about her paws being tired and tells Stinky she is getting hungry.

Snack & Nap Time

Always being prepared, Stinky gets the picnic basket and blanket he brought along and leads Periwinkle to a great place to watch the balloons.


comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky, have a picnic in a field


After the tabbies finish their snack. they lie back on their blanket and watch the balloons float by overhead.


hot air balloons with comic tabbies, Periwinkle & Stinky


Before they know it, Periwinkle and Stinky have fallen into a deep sleep wrapped in each others arms. When they awake, it’s time to return to Stinky’s house, and the tabbies gather up their gear and head to the teleportation tunnel. Within moments they are exiting at Stinky’s house.

After some catio time and a visit with Stinky’s family, it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. The tabbies share oodles of whisker kisses and paw hugs before Stinky leads Periwinkle to the tunnel. With a whoosh and a wave she is gone.

Realizing he needs another nap, Stinky curls up and sleeps until dinner, dreaming of Periwinkle the entire time.

The End

If you missed Cooper Murphy and Tyebe’s recent balloon trip and Cooper’s poem for Tyebe, check it out at “Up in the Air with Cooper Murphy & Tyebe.”

Stinky & Periwinkle are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. Why don’t you click on the badge and join them. It’ll be fun!


Awaiting Periwinkle’s Arrival

Once again Stinky had asked Periwinkle to arrive before sunup for their adventure. They would be traveling to France. He wanted to arrive there by noon, so they would have plenty of daylight for their adventure.

Periwinkle tumbles out of the teleportation tunnel yawning, but she is right on time. As usual, she and Stinky share lots of paw hugs and whisker kisses before Stinky takes her paw and leads her back into the tunnel. He doesn’t even give her the opportunity to ask where they are headed.

D-Day: Omaha Beach

When they emerge, they are on a beach near a large sculpture. Immediately Periwinkle asks where they are. Stinky explains that yesterday, June 6, was D-Day, a turning point during World War II and that they are on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France. Of course, Periwinkle wants to know something about D-Day.

Stinky gives her a brief history: D-Day (Codename: Operation Overlord) took place on June 6, 1944. It was the largest amphibious invasion in the history of warfare. Allied forces commenced a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied France. The Allies made use of 5,000 ships and landing craft to land more than 150,000 troops on five beaches (Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword) in Normandy. The landings marked the beginning of a long and costly campaign in north-west Europe. At the end of the day, the Allies secured their position along the coast and could begin advancing into France.

“What does the ‘D’ stand for?” asks Periwinkle. “The ‘D’ in D-Day stands simply for ‘day.’ The term described the first day of any large military operation,” Stinky replies. Periwinkle thinks that’s a bit silly, but Stinky assures her it is true. 

Les Braves

Periwinkle then asks about the sculpture.


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: cartoon tabbies on Omaha Beach with sculpture.


Using his best French accent, Stinky tells her, “It is called Les Braves and is a tribute to the Allies that landed on Omaha Beach.” Stinky also informs her that the sculptor was Anilore Banon. He then proceeds to explain the meaning behind the three elements of the sculpture. First are the Wings of Hope, which represent the spirit which carried the Allies that day and hopefully continue to inspire people and remind everyone that it’s always possible to change the future if they work together. The next is Riare the se, Freedom!. It represents those who rose against the brutality of war to help humans remain strong against all types of inhumanity. Finally, there are the Wings of Fraternity to remind everyone of their personal responsibility toward others and themselves. 

American Cemetery and Memorial

Periwinkle is quite impressed with Stinky’s knowledge and tells him so as he leads her to the American Cemetery and Memorial. Stinky tells her, “The cemetery contains 9,386 graves on 172.5 acres. Most of the individuals buried here were killed in the D—Day landings and resulting operations.”


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: cartoon tabbies in cemetery with Jewish and Christian grave markers.


“Why do some graves have crosses and some have stars?” asks Periwinkle.

“The ones with crosses are for the Christians soldiers, and the one’s with the Star of David are for the Jewish soldiers,” Stinky explains.

After wandering through the cemetery, Stinky takes Periwinkle to the memorial, which contains the Walls of the Missing inscribed with 1,557 names. Those whose remains have been recovered and identified since the memorial was erected have rosettes added next to their names. The semicircular colonnade also has maps and narratives of the military operations. 


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: cartoon tabbies at semicircular memorial.

Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: cartoon tabbies with a different map of military operations


Periwinkle points to a bronze statue and asks Stinky about it. “That’s the ‘Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves.’ It was created by Donald Harcourt De Lue and resurrected in 1951. It represents the soldiers buried here.” Together they read aloud the words made of bronze letters on the red granite base: “MINE EYES HAVE SEEN THE GLORY OF THE COMING OF THE LORD.” 


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: Cartoon tabbies with statue: Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves


The Chapel

“Stinky this is an amazing remembrance of all those soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom as well as for those in other countries. They certainly were brave,” Periwinkle remarks. She then asks about the circular structure at the opposite end of the reflecting pool and midway through the cemetery. The tabbies join paws and walk toward it as Stinky tells her that it’s a chapel. 


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: Cartoon tabbies in front of reflecting pool with cemetery and chapel in the background
Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: Cartoon tabbies outside chapel


Upon entering the chapel, Periwinkle and Stinky read together the inscription on the black and gold marble altar: I GIVE UNTO THEM ETERNAL LIFE AND THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH”. They admire the etched glass behind the alter, which depicts a Latin cross and a star of David, as well as an alpha and an omega symbol, to represent all other religions.


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: Cartoon tabbies inside chapel in front of black and gold marble alter 


Periwinkle notices and points to the mosaic on the ceiling. She and Stinky discover it was completed in 1953 and contains 500,000 tiles. It is meant to represent the story of war and peace.


Periwinkle & Stinky D Day: chapel ceiling

A Bit More History

When leaving the chapel, Periwinkle and Stinky decide they need to have a snack and rest for a bit. Stinky gets the Temptations and Fancy Feast from his backpack. While the tabbies rest Stinky tells Periwinkle that by 1944 in excess of 2 million troops from more than 12 countries were in Britain preparing for the invasion. Allied forces on D-Day were mainly those from America, Britain and Canada but included Australian, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French, Greek, New Zealand, Norwegian, Rhodesian and Polish naval, air or ground support.

“Wow, Stinky, wouldn’t it be wonderful if all our nations could unite again to end the war in Ukraine,” Periwinkle remarks. Stinky, of course, agrees with her. 

German Fortifications

When they finish resting, Stinky suggest they take a look at the various fortifications occupied by the Nazis when the invasion took place, and they head in that direction. Stinky explains that the Germans built powerfully armed, coastal, artillery batteries along the coast. The entirety of the installations was referred to as the Atlantic Wall. 



After climbing around on the cliffs checking out the various fortifications, both Periwinkle and Stinky agree they are totally exhausted. They know they’ve missed seeing several things, but their legs are aching and their toe beans scratched. The tabbies agree it’s time to say farewell to France and head home. They return to the teleportation tunnel, which remained on the beach.

Stinky’s House

When they arrive at Stinky’s house, both collapse for a nap. When they awake, they visit with Stinky’s fursibs and parents and have another snack. Before Periwinkle reenters the teleportation tunnel she tells Stinky, “Normandy was a great place to visit, especially as we just celebrated Memorial Day. It reminds us of how grateful we should be to those who fought and lost their lives to ensure our freedom.” They share some whisker kisses and paws hugs. Before entering the tunnel Periwinkle tells Stinky how proud of him she is. He gives her a quizzical look before realizing she’s referring to the fact that he didn’t climb on the statues or grave markers. Stinky winks at Periwinkle as she enters the tunnel. With a final wave and whoosh of the tunnel Periwinkle is on her way home.

The End

Periwinkle and Stinky took lots more photos and would be happy to share them on another adventure if anyone is interested. Let them know in the comments.

The tabbies are participating in the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.



Sleeping In & Another Surprise for Periwinkle

Periwinkle is happy she didn’t have to awaken before first light for today’s adventure; though, she has no idea know why not. When she does get up, she has a little extra time to groom her furs to look extra nice for Stinky. At the appropriate time she enters her teleportation tunnel and moments later lands in Stinky’s waiting paws. The two share several whisker kisses and paw hugs before Periwinkle asks about today’s adventure. As usual, Stinky’s lips are sealed. He just takes her paw and leads her back into the tunnel.


Cartoon tabby cats, Stinky & Periwinkle, visit Golden Gate Bridge.


When they arrive at their destination and emerge from the teleportation tunnel, Periwinkle’s eyes light up with amazement when she sees the structure looming in front of them. She immediately starts to panic as she fears Stinky is here to climb the behemoth. She gives him a worried look, and he immediately knows what she is thinking. Stinky hugs her and assures her he has no intention of doing any climbing. He doesn’t want to go swimming and does not think he would survive the more than 75-foot drop to the water below should he lose his balance.

So, where the heck are our two adventurers today? They are standing on the San Francisco side of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Golden Gate Bridge

Periwinkle says, “Now I know why I got to sleep in today. It’s three hours earlier here than at home. But why have we come to this scary place?”

“In two days the Golden Gate Bridge will celebrate the 85th anniversary of the first people crossing the bridge. May 27, 1937, was Pedestrian Day and some 200,000 people walked across the bridge that day. Lots of people were striving at being the first to do something historic, like run or roller skate across the bridge. One person actually walked across on stilts.”

“Do you think any cats crossed the bridge that day?” asks Periwinkle.

“I don’t know, Periwinkle. Maybe someone carried one across in a basket. I don’t think any kitty would have taken the chance of being trampled by one of the pedestrians. That is sort of why we are here today. We are going to leisurely stroll the 1.7 miles across on the sidewalk before crowds show up two days from now. That will take us to Marin County. I set the coordinates for the teleportation tunnel to meet us there.”

“Wow Stinky, that is a really long walk. It’s almost double the distance you went on your walkabout. Do you think we are up for it?”


Cartoon tabby cats, Stinky & Periwinkle, visit Golden Gate Bridge.


“I believe we can do it. I brought snacks, so we can stop often, rest and have a nibble. And I am certain if we get too tired, we can flag down a motorist to take us across.”

“Okay, let’s get started. We’re burning daylight,” says Periwinkle. The two join paws and begin their journey. “Are you going to tell me some facts about the bridge?” Periwinkle asks.

Stinky giggles. Periwinkle knows him so well. “You bet, Periwinkle. What would you like to know?” She tells Stinky to pick what he thinks is most interesting.

“Okay, how’s this? You know my dad and mom were both born and raised in California. As a young girl, along with her mom, dad and sister, she crossed the bridge often. You see an aunt and uncle and cousins lived on the Marin side of the bridge, and Mom lived on the San Francisco side. She told me she was always frightened when they were on the bridge. She was certain it would collapse, their car would plummet into the water and they’d all die.”

“Stinky, I feel so bad that she thought that. Could it actually happen?”

Some Facts

“I don’t think so. At the fiftieth anniversary celebration in 1987, 800,000 people showed up. With 300,000 people crammed onto the bridge it began to sway. The middle of the bridge actually flattened and sagged seven feet. It was closed to the remainder of the crowd.”

“Boy, Stinky, I bet your mom really would have been scared if she’d been here then!” exclaims Periwinkle. Stinky agrees.

“Why do you think they painted the bridge orange?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky tells her that when they get home she can read all about that on this website: “6 Things You May Not Know About the Golden Gate Bridge.” He does tell her, however, suggestions for paint colors included yellow and black stripes or red and white stripes to improve visibility in the fog. Periwinkle giggles as she imagines the bridge as a huge candy cane.

About a third of the way across, Periwinkle asks Stinky if they can rest. He pulls the Temptations and a bottle of water from his backpack. They sit and eat their snack with their backs to the cars so they can watch the bay and the seagulls.


Cartoon tabby cats, Stinky & Periwinkle, visit Golden Gate Bridge.


After their snack, they feel refreshed and begin walking again. Periwinkle asks Stinky the height of the towers that carry the suspension cables. Stinky replies, “The towers are 746 feet high, and the bridge is 90 feet wide.”

“I sure am happy you have no desire to climb one of the towers,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. Stinky explains that he has the desire but is using his willpower and common sense not to do so.

Hendrick Point

Cartoon tabby cats, Stinky & Periwinkle, visit Golden Gate Bridge and view it from Hendrick Point.


When the tabbies finally reach the Marin County side of the bridge, they head to Hendrick Point for another snack and rest.  While enjoying their Temptations and Fancy Feast, a local kitty looking for a handout approaches the tabbies.


Cartoon cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, meet a long-haired, ginger and white tabby cat at Hendrick Point.


They happily share their noms with the friendly fellow and visit for a while before settling down for a nice nap. When they awake, they take time to admire the view.


Cartoon tabby cats, Stinky & Periwinkle, visit Golden Gate Bridge and view it and San Francisco from Hendrick Point.


“Wow, this is such an incredible view. You always find the best places for adventures,” Periwinkle tells Stinky while giving him a big paw hug and whisker kiss.

After hugging Periwinkle back, Stinky leads Periwinkle to the teleportation tunnel, which is waiting a few yards away. Before Periwinkle can ask where they are going, the tunnel whisks them away with a whoosh.

Treasure Island

Upon exiting the tunnel, Stinky tells Periwinkle they are on Treasure Island, which was a naval station from 1937 until its closure in 1997. Dad Tom and Mom Janet were married in the chapel there in 1973. The tabbies have come to view the sunset before heading back home.

They find a good place to wait, and Stinky gives Periwinkle a list of websites where she and their readers can find out lots more  about the Golden Gate Bridge.

Finally the sun begins to set. Stinky puts his paw around Periwinkle’s shoulders, and she drops her head to his.


Collage of three sunsets viewed from Treasure Island.


They watch the sunset together and “ooh and aah” over the beauty. When the sun is finally down, the kitties head for the teleportation tunnel for the quick trip back to Stinky’s house. The three hour time difference makes it very late when they arrive at Stinky’s house. Unbeknownst to Periwinkle, Mom Sharon has given permission for Periwinkle to spend the night. So after another quick snack with some meds for Sawyer, the tabbies retire for the night.


The End

Periwinkle and Stinky are participating in the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.






Awww Mondays


Dilute tortoise shell cat lying on her back on the catio for Awww Mondays.


Calista Jo claims there’s nothing better than enjoying a warm and sunny day on the catio. The other Kitties Blue totally agree with her. I suspect all you other felines do as well.

C.J. is participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. Click on the Awww badge to do the same.



Photo of irises, peony and buttercups with the following quote from Joseph Addison: "Three grand essentials to happiness in this lifetime are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."


I know we all have plenty to do, and we love our families and pets. Personally, my hope is that you all stay healthy and that Russia leaves Ukraine and ends this brutal war.

The photograph for today’s Spark is from our garden. It was taken by Dad Tom.

This is not our first Spark by Joseph Addison. We used a quote from him in the post, “Spark of Humanity for Ukraine,” using one of Dad Tom’s sunflower photos. You can learn more about Addison in that post.

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

graphic of cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle & Stinky

Our two fun-loving tabbies, Periwinkle and Stinky, will be heading off on their next adventure tomorrow. These two youngsters have a terrific time when they’re together and love taking you along with them. So please join them at Friends Furever on Tuesday!


Awww Mondays


Grey tabby cat enjoys breakfast al fresco on catio


Sawyer enjoys his breakfast al fresco on the catio. He also participates in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to join him, click on the badge.



With yesterday being Mother’s Day and the war still raging in the Ukraine, I think the Spark I selected for today is appropriate, and I totally believe it to be true.


sunflower with quote from E.M. Forster about mothers and war.


I used one of Dad Tom’s sunflower photos from 2017, as the sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine.

The author of today’s Spark, E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879 – 1970) was an English fiction writer, essayist and librettist. His novels include, A Room with a View, Howards End and A Passage to India. The latter brought him his greatest success. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 20 separate years.

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

Our awww-adorable tabbies, Periwinkle and Stinky, will be taking their next adventure tomorrow. These two active youngsters have lots of fun when they’re together and love taking you along with them. So please plan to meet them right here tomorrow!



Feline/Friendship Friday

This is what a cold, rainy day looks like at our house: a gathering of snoozing cats.


Five cats gathering on bed with their mom on a cold, rainy day.


The missing Kitties Blue are Astrid and Lisbeth. Astrid was in my lap until she saw Dad Tom was going to take a photo. Lisbeth never comes in the bedroom. If you missed Misty May, she is in the chair.

The whole gang of us are participating in the Feline Friday (Comedy Plus) and Friendship Friday (Create With Joy) blog hops. Click on the link(s) if you wish to join one or both.

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #310

On Fridays Kitties Blue and I fill-in, along with friends, Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs) and Ellen (15 And Meowing), who jointly host the blog hop and select the sentences to be filled in.

I am super thankful Stinky and Sawyer jumped in to help me with the fill-ins this week. We all used teal italics for our fill-ins.

1. Stinky: I am running low on ideas for “The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky.” (If anybody has any suggestions, I will be happy to hear them.)

2. Sawyer: I never run out of the desire for treats, and my dad always makes certain we have a good supply.

3. I work best when I have a deadline.

4. Stinky: Falling in love with Periwinkle caught me by surprise.

If you’d like to participate in this hop, check out either Ellen’s or Lorianne’s blog on Thursday for the sentences to be completed. To hop, click on the Fill-Ins badge.

Thanks for visiting. Happy Friday!




Peaceful Spark from Buddha: Blue heron on rocks in Greenbrier River, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in The Great Smoky Mountains


I wanted a Spark about peacefulness and found this quote from Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama) to be perfect. Our world, in which we live today, is a complicated place, and we all can use the guidance of Buddha. (I am sorry it is a bit hard to read.)

The background is one of Dad Tom’s photos. It is the Greenbrier River, near Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in The Great Smoky Mountains. It’s definitely peaceful.

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 think Calista Jo is the absolute picture of peacefulness, making her photo appropriate for both Sparks and the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. You can go there by clicking on the Awww badge.

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Our two fun loving tabbies, Periwinkle and Stinky, will be enjoying their next adventure tomorrow over at Friends Furever. These two youngsters have lots of fun when they are together and love taking you along with them. So please plan to join them tomorrow!