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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXIV

Stinky is doing a happy dance all around the teleportation tunnel waiting for Periwinkle to arrive. He is super excited for today’s adventure. Though they won’t be going anywhere, he knows she will have fun. Suddenly he hears the whoosh from the tunnel, and he runs to catch Periwinkle before she tumbles into the wall. Giggling, Periwinkle gives Stinky a huge hug, and they share some whisker kisses.

Happy Birthday to Dad Tom

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I think you’ll like what we are doing today. It is my dad’s birthday, and I know how much you enjoy planning and attending a good party.”

Periwinkle claps her paws together. “Oh goodie, where do we start?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky replies, “My mom has gotten some of Dad’s favorite foods together, and we can set out the buffet. And Cooper Murphy said we can help him make the cake.”

“Are we going to make a card for your dad, Stinky?”

“No, my fursibs have made a card. You and I are going to make a JibJab greeting,” Stinky tells her.

“I want to do that first. JibJabs are so much fun. Let’s look and see what we can find,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. Stinky agrees and the tabbies head to the JibJab app to see what they can find. They make two cards and then spend several minutes discussing which they should use. When they finally make a decision, Periwinkle asks if they should go ahead and post it. Stinky tells her that he thinks they should share Kitties Blue card first, and Periwinkle agrees.

 

A birthday card for Kitties Blue dad with his photo and photos of the eight Kitties Blue.

 

Baking with Cooper Murphy

“We will share our JibJab a bit later,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. He then suggests, “We better join Cooper Murphy in the kitchen, so we can help with the cake.” When the cake is finished, the three bakers sit back and admire their work while bursting out in a fit of giggles.

 

Periwinkle Stinky: A ginger tabby cat and two cartoon tabby cats wearing chefs hats and sitting at a kitchen counter with a birthday cat for Dad Tom, which looks like Groucho Marx but with a huge grey mustache.

 

“Do you think your dad will like his cake?” Periwinkle asks Cooper Murphy once she stops giggling.

“He’s got to love it. We made it ourselves, and it is unique!” exclaims Cooper Murphy.

Time for Yummy Noms

Stinky tells Periwinkle that it is time to set out the buffet, which the tabbies do next.

 

A buffet of six entrees.
A collage with four different types of beverages.
A birthday cake with bushy eye brows, glasses, a big nose and huge grey mustache for Dad Tom.

 

“Wow, Stinky, this is great, I sure hope your dad likes it. I know I cannot wait to dig in,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“There are definitely several things our kitty friends will enjoy,” replies Stinky.

“Let’s get our JibJab posted,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Good idea. Do we get to sing Happy Birthday after that?” asks Periwinkle.

“I think we can do that as well,” Stinky replies.

JibJab Greeting from Periwinkle & Stinky

 

Two cartoon tabby cats dressed as chickens in party hats with the words, "Twist & Shout."

(Click on graphic to view JibJab.)

Happy Birthday Song

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with party hats singing, "Happy Birthday," in a room full of balloons.

 

“Stinky, this has been oodles of fun. I sure hope your dad likes it.”

“I know he will, and he’ll be excited you helped put this party together. Let’s go have a nap, so we’ll be ready to party when he gets here.”

“That sounds purrfect, I am a little tired.”

The two tabbies head to the bedroom for a snooze and to wait for Dad Tom.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXII

Stinky is excited that Tuesday has finally arrived, and he will be seeing his girlfriend Periwinkle. He is planted next to the teleportation tunnel ready to catch Periwinkle when she comes tumbling out. He doesn’t have to wait long, as Periwinkle is right time to begin the day’s adventure. With the familiar whoosh she tumbles from the tunnel into Stinky’s waiting paws. They spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging.

Bird Brain Cardinal*

Stinky is waiting for Periwinkle to ask what he has planned for this adventure. Instead she asks if she can see the bird-brained cardinal outside the bathroom window. Stinky giggles, takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the bathroom where they find Kizmet is in her usual bird-watching spot and the cardinal pecking on the window. Periwinkle hops up with Kizmet to check out the birdie.

 

Grey cat and cartoon, grey tabby cat watching a cardinal at the window.

 

“Stinky, that is the silliest bird I have ever seen. Do you think he has a concussion and his brain is scrambled?” Periwinkle asks Stinky.

“Who knows what is going on with that silly bird. I think my mom or dad need to do some investigating on the internet.”

Finally, the inevitable question comes, “What have you planned for today, Stinky?”

“Well, we are staying at home again, but before I tell you what we are doing, I wanted to share some news with you. My mom is working on a landing page for us with links to all the adventures I have taken us on. She says it is lots of work, but she promises to get it done soon.”

Periwinkle claps her paws. “That is wonderfully good news, Stinky. I hope when it is finished, our readers will check out
some of the adventures they might have missed. So, now are you going to tell me what we are doing?”

Adventure in A.I.

“Yes, I am. I have been watching my mom make some really fun pictures with A.I., and I know your mom has made some as well. It looks like lots of fun, so I asked if we could try our paws at creating some. My mom said, ‘Yes!'” And any we make that we like, we can turn into jigsaw puzzles for our friends.”

“Stinky, I like your idea. It sounds like oodles of fun,” says Periwinkle.

“Oh, I am so happy you like my suggestion. Would you like to go first. We are going to use the A.I. generator in piZap, as that is the one my mom is familiar with using.”

“Okie dokie, I’d love to go first. What should I do?”

“You just need to tell my mom what you want, and she will type it into piZap’s dialog box. I’ll go get her.”

When Stinky’s mom arrives, Periwinkle tells her that she wants three cats in fancy dresses and tiaras having a tea party at a table with a dining room blurred in the background. Sawyer’s mom types in the directions, and she and the kitties wait to see what they’ll get. Very quickly, the picture appears.

Ladies at Tea

 

A.I. Image: three cats in fancy dresses and tiaras having a tea party

 

“Wow, Periwinkle, you are a pro at this. That came out fantastic,” gushes, Stinky. “Now it is my turn.” Stinky tells his mom that since she and his dad ride a tandem bicycle, he wants to make a picture with two cats riding one. He gives her additional details for the picture, and then the tabbies wait again to see the results.

Tandem Riding Kitties

 

A.I. Image: grey cat and black cat riding a red tandem bicycle.

 

“Stinky, that is so cute, but the kitties do look a bit funny. They don’t have any ears,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“Probably inside their helmets,” Stinky replies.

“My turn again,” claims Periwinkle. “I want something to represent me being from Florida.” She then tells Stinky’s mom what to type. Again, the three have very little time to wait, and they have their picture.

Cat with Flamingo Floatie

 

Grey long-haired cat wearing pink swim goggle and lounging in a pink flamingo float in a pool surrounded by palm trees.

 

“Oh, that is meowvolous,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. “It’s you lounging in a swimming pool. My turn again. Since my Dad is involved with volleyball, I want cats playing volleyball,” he tells his mom.

When the picture is done, they all have a good laugh!

Volley Cats

 

Large group of cats playing volleyball in a park before a large crowd.

 

Stinky asks his mom if he and Periwinkle can each make one more, and she agrees. Periwinkle thinks for quite a little while prior to deciding and describing what she wants.

Scouting Cats

 

Five cats wearing scout neckerchiefs on a hike in a forest.

 

When the picture appears, Stinky is tickled, but Periwinkle looks disappointed. Stinky asks her why.

“I asked for three orange tabby cats, one brown tabby cat and one black and white cat to represent Teddy, Cooper Murphy and Angel Sammy as well as Angel Mau and Angel Raz, but it didn’t get the colors right,” says Periwinkle through a pout.

“Periwinkle, it is still totally adorable, and the idea was purrfect,” Mom Janet exclaims and gives Periwinkle a hug. She then asks Stinky to describe the last picture he wants, which he does.

When Periwinkle and Mom Janet see the completed picture, they both have a good laugh.

Dog on Trial

 

A cat judge with a dog on trial.

 

“Stinky, you are so funny. That poor woofie doesn’t have a chance at a fair trial with a cat as the judge. Are we going to make our puzzles now?” asks Periwinkle.

“My mom will do it for us and add them to the post,” replies Stinky.

“It’s such a pretty day here, Stinky, can we go out on the catio and have a snack?” asks Periwinkle.

“Of course, let’s go!”

While Periwinkle and Stinky enjoy a snack on the catio and visit with Stinky’s fursibs, Mom Janet loads up their jigsaw puzzles.

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Unfortunately, the time arrives when Periwinkle must return home. The two tabbies spend time by the teleportation tunnel whisker kissing, paw hugging and giggling about some of the pictures they created. Finally, with a blown kiss and a wave, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky heads to the bedroom for a nap and dreams of his beautiful girlfriend.

The End

 

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXX

At Home Adventure

Stinky is worried that Periwinkle will find today’s adventure boring, but he doesn’t want to leave the house. It is just too cold outside. With Periwinkle being from Florida, he’s fairly certain she will be okay with staying inside, but what they’ll be doing may not appeal to her.

As Stinky worries and paces in front of the teleportation tunnel, he hears its familiar whoosh and sprints to the opening to catch Periwinkle as she tumbles out. They share whisker kisses and paw hugs before Periwinkle asks the inevitable question, “What’s on the agenda today, Stinky? Are we going to visit an exotic locale?”

Stinky hesitates before answering. “Actually, no. We are staying home again today.” Stinky sees a pout beginning to form on Periwinkle’s face but says nothing. Instead he takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the living room where his mom is waiting for them.

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

 

Mom Janet invites the tabbies to sit with her on the couch. That’s when Stinky explains the plan for today’s adventure. “Yesterday was National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day, so my mom is going to answer any questions we have about anything.” He glances at Periwinkle and sees she has a blank look on her face.

Periwinkle replies, “Well as I always say, as long as we are together, it doesn’t matter what we do. And I guess it could be fun asking your mom questions. Who gets to go first?”

“Ladies first, of course,” says Stinky.

“Okay, why don’t our “in the furs” versions, Sawyer and Noelle, have as much fun as we do?”

“Well, Periwinkle, for starters Sawyer and Noelle don’t get the opportunity to visit each other in person, and also because real cats tend to enjoy staying at home napping and not traveling like you and Stinky do.”

“Makes sense I guess,” replies Periwinkle. She then tells Stinky it is his turn.

“Why can’t I have all the treats I want?”

“That’s an easy one, Stinky. If I let you have all the treats you want, you would get too fat to fit in the teleportation tunnel, and you would no longer be able to visit Periwinkle or go on your Adventures. Let me demonstrate for you.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Fat, grey tabby, cartoon cat in red tennis shoes standing in front of a three-way tunnel.

 

“YIKES, that’s awful. Even my whiskers got fat,” shouts Stinky. Periwinkle puts both paws over her mouth to sniffle a fit of giggles. When she finally get’s control of herself, it is her turn to ask a question.

“Why can’t Stinky and I have more Adventures?”

Before Stinky’s mom can answer, Stinky blurts out, “Hey I was going to ask nearly the same thing, but I want to know why we can’t have an Adventure everyday?”

“Stinky, I like that even better…an Adventure everyday,” says Periwinkle, as the tabbies give each other a high five.

“If you two went on an Adventure everyday, they would no longer be special and soon you would run out of cool things to do. Additionally, Periwinkle’s mom and I have other responsibilities as well as impediments. Remember, if you want to share your Adventures with your friends, Mom Sharon and I have to do a lot of typing and photo editing.”

“What’s an impediment?” Periwinkle asks.

“It’s an obstacle, like the one in the photo,” replies Mom Janet.

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Tortoise shell cat napping on top of a person.

Astrid crashed on Mom Janet’s lap.

 

Neither Stinky nor Periwinkle are happy with Mom Janet’s answer with regard to their Adventures but do understand the logistics are just too difficult for them to Adventure more often.

“Stinky, I have another question. Is it okay for me to ask it?” Stinky gives Periwinkle a thumbs up.

“How can we get more friends to visit us?” Periwinkle asks.

“That is a good question, Periwinkle. I need to add your graphic and the date of your next Adventure to The Cat on My Head’s sidebar, like we have for Sunday Selfies. I also will see if I can make you and Stinky your own landing page for your Adventures. The two of you need to ask your readers to tell two friends and those friends need to tell two friends and on and on about how much fun it is to tag along with you. I will try to put a photo from each Adventure on Kitties.Blue Instagram account and ask our readers to visit you on The Cat on My Head and at Friends Furever depending on which of you has planned that week’s Adventure. As you two don’t bring in any money, Mom Sharon and I can’t arrange any paid advertising for you.”

“Mom, I have an idea. You and Mom Sharon can make a puzzle each week from one of the photos of our Adventure. It seems everyone loves puzzles, and that way more people will see us on Jigsaw Planet and maybe look for our blogs,” exclaims Stinky.

“Great idea, Stinky,” says Periwinkle. “Your mom needs to make a puzzle of you being too fat to fit in the teleportation tunnel.” That gets Periwinkle a stink eye from Stinky.

“Mom, I know you have told us before, but how did you decide on our names?” asks Stinky.

“Well, long before you two existed or started having Adventures, your alter egos celebrated Meow Like a Pirate Day, and Stinky and Periwinkle were part of their pirate names. I thought those were cute names, and the rest is history.”

Snack Time

Thanks, Mom for answering our questions. Can we get a snack now?”

“Of course, I think you have some of the Kitties Blue waiting for you,” Mom Janet tells the tabbies.

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Two cartoon tabby cats, a black & white cat, an ginger tabby cat and a tortoise shell cat at a kitchen island with treat jars and bowls of kibble.

 

“Wow, Stinky, your mom sure was right. We have quite a crowd to share our noms today. Good thing we have lots,” exclaims Periwinkle.

After snacking and visiting with Lisbeth, Astrid and Cooper Murphy, it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. The tabbies spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. With final waves, winks and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh is gone.

As usual, Stinky retires to the bedroom to nap and dream of his lovely girlfriend.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXVIII

Periwinkle’s Arrival

Stinky is waiting impatiently for Periwinkle. He hates that they only get to see each other one day a week. But, he knows, they both would have a hard time planning more than two adventures a month.

When Stinky hears the whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, he runs to catch Periwinkle as she tumbles out. After several paw hugs and whisker kisses, Stinky braces himself for Periwinkle’s inevitable question, and she has it at the ready. “So, Stinky, what excitement have you planned for us today. Are we going to help take down the Christmas decorations?”

“No, I put my paw down and vetoed that when my mom suggested it!”

“Good boy! So what is up today?”

National Word Nerd Day

Stinky looks away and whispers, “We are staying right here and celebrating National Word Nerd Day.”

“What the heck is that, Stinky?”

“National Word Nerd Day is a time to celebrate and enthuse about vocabulary and our favorite words as well as the importance of language in our culture. Those who celebrate are encouraged to get a dictionary or thesaurus and learn some new words. After learning them, they should try to incorporate them into conversation. Others who wish to celebrate can do so by doing crosswords and word puzzles.”

“That seems like an odd choice to me. After all, we are cats, and the only reason you and I talk and not meow is because we are cartoon cats,”  Periwinkle tells Stinky.

“Well that’s true. But, you know how difficult it can be to come up with new adventures. And this was the only thing that is celebrated today that had any potential of offering us something to do.”

“Who the heck thought up this day, and what are we going to do?” Asks Periwinkle.

Celebrating National Word Nerd Day

“National Word Nerd Day began in 2007, but its origins and who came up with the idea are unknown. That’s not important. To celebrate, I have a couple of ideas. First, we need to determine our favorite words,” replies Stinky.

“I know yours, Stinky. That’s so easy. It’s TREATS.”

“How do you know my word isn’t Periwinkle?”

“Is it, really? I would love that,” gushes Periwinkle.

“You were right about treats, but for today it is going to be Periwinkle.” Periwinkle throws her arms around Stinky’s neck and gives him a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek.

“So what is your favorite word, Periwinkle?”

“I am going to pick treats as you didn’t.”

“Do you know if your mom has a favorite word?” Stinky asks Periwinkle.

“Yes, it is cats,” she replies.

“Well, that is no surprise. My mom’s is serendipity and my dad’s is mindfulness.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: Two cartoon tabby cats standing in front of a blackboard with the words: mindfulness, treats, serendipity, cats and Periwinkle.

 

“Stinky we need to try to put all our words into a sentence.”

“That’s a cool idea, Periwinkle. Go for it.”

Periwinkle spends a lot of time thinking before sharing with Stinky what ends up as two sentences: “We must practice mindfulness when giving our cats treats, especially Periwinkle. If she gets extra, it is serendipity.”

Stinky applauds Periwinkle’s effort.

“I found a site online that has nineteen words for nerds. I picked four words, and I thought we could make sentences with cats or a specific cat as the subject. And we won’t tell our readers what the meaning of the words.” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Nerd Words and Sentences

“That sounds devious, Stinky. Let’s do it! We each can do two of the words.”

Periwinkle: Callipygian ~ All kitties have callpygian. That’s why we celebrate Tocktober.

Stinky: Truculent ~ Calista Jo is always truculent.

Periwinkle: Lambent ~ Stinky is the king of lambent.

Stinky: Basorexia ~ Periwinkle is famous for her basorexia.

 

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: two cartoon tabby cats in front of a blackboard with sentences using the words: callipygian, truculent, lambent and basorexia

 

“If our readers cannot figure out the meaning from the sentences, this is the web-site where I found them: Nineteen Nerd Words for Dictionary Day. They also can check out the other 15 nerdy words. I bet some of these have been used for spelling bees, Periwinkle. That first one is a real doozy!”

“This feels as if we are in school, Stinky. Can we take a break and visit with some of your fursibs?” asks Periwinkle.

“Sure, let’s see who we can find. They are all going to be somewhere in the house because of the rain and wind we are having.”

Socializing

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: Two cartoon tabby cats with three real cats, a torbie, a ginger tabby and a grey, all surrounding a toy that looks like a wedge of cheese with a mouse peeking out.

 

“Hey, Stinky, Audrey, Cooper Murphy and Kizmet are playing with the cheese/mouse toy. It’s just like the one Sawyer sent Noelle for Christmas. I’ve been playing it a lot and have gotten really good. Let’s play with them!”

Stinky agrees, and Periwinkle discovers that Kizmet never misses whapping the mouse when she gets a turn.

Cooper Murphy tires and hops to the cat tree for a nap and finds Raleigh already there acting silly. Cooper Murphy looks at Raleigh with destain when Periwinkle gets on the tree to visit with him.

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Word Nerd Day: One cartoon tabby cat with two ginger tabby cats on a cat tree.

 

Periwinkle spends a little time visiting with Raleigh until she hears Stinky calling her to the kitchen for a snack. She heads to the kitchen with Calista Jo and Kizmet hot on her heels.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at a kitchen island with a dilute tortoise shell cat and a grey cat sitting on the counter and cartons of Temptations and Friskies Treats.

 

“I see we won’t be nomming alone,” says Periwinkle.

“When it’s time for treats, everyone comes running,” replies Stinky.

“I totally understand,” Periwinkle tells him.

When the kitties have finished their treats, it is time for Periwinkle to head home, and Stinky walks her slowly to the teleportation tunnel. As they always do, the tabbies spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then with final waves and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky heads to the bedroom to nap with his fursibs and dream of Periwinkle.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXVI

Stinky is, of course, waiting for Periwinkle by the teleportation tunnel. He’s always happy to see her and is excited to spend the day together. When he hears the familiar whoosh and Periwinkle comes tumbling from the tunnel, Stinky is ready and catches her in his paws. They both begin giggling and then share some paw hugs and whisker kisses. They also spend a bit of time telling each other about their Christmas Day activities.

Party Planning

Before Periwinkle can ask what Stinky has planned for them, he tells her, “I hope you won’t be disappointed in today’s adventure. Sawyer asked if we could do him a favor.”

“Stinky, you know I’d do anything for you and him. What does he want us to do?”

“Well, he is very sad, as he missed planning a celebration for Noelle for her Gotcha Day last week, and he would like us to put a little party together for her.”

“I think that would be very nice, Stinky. I know she and I celebrate the same birthday, but my Gotcha Day came a couple years after hers. And I always enjoy a good party and also have fun planning them. When we have everything ready, I can call my mom and tell her to send Noelle through the teleportation tunnel.”

“Good plan, Periwinkle. My mom already has the food prepared, and Cooper Murphy has made another cake. I know Sawyer has created a card. So, let’s start decorating.”

Periwinkle gets busy setting everything up and then tells Stinky, “I think I am finished. What do you think?”

“Everything looks purrfect, Periwinkle. Call your mom and have her send Noelle. I will go get Sawyer, so he will be waiting when she arrives.”

Periwinkle calls her mom and tells her to send Noelle but not to tell her where she is going.

 

Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Cartoon tabby cat in an elf hat making a cell phone call while sitting on a table next to a Christmas tree.

 

Stinky searches for Sawyer and finds him napping. “Hey, Sawyer, wake up, Noelle will be here any minute.”

 

Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Napping grey tabby cat.

 

Sawyer jumps up and follows Stinky to the teleportation tunnel.

Noelle Arrives

Moments later Noelle arrives and looks around in confusion. She sees Periwinkle and asks, “Hey, Periwinkle what’s happening? Where am I?”

Then Noelle sees Sawyer and starts hopping up and down and runs into his arms. “Oh, wow, are we going to share Stinky and Periwinkle’s adventure?” Noelle asks Sawyer.

“I guess in a way we are, but this is actually a Gotcha Day party for you,” replies Sawyer.

“That is so cool. Thanks you so much,” gushes Noelle.

Sawyer leads her to the living room, shows off the decorations Periwinkle has created and gives Noelle a sparkly headband to wear.

 

Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Two grey tabby cats, one wearing a Christmas tree hat and the other in a snowflake headband, in front of a colorful background, which includes balloons.

 

Periwinkle whispers to Stinky, “They’re almost as cute as we are, don’t you think?”

Stinky giggles, but he does agree.

Noelle tells Periwinkle how beautiful the decorations are and gives her a big paw hug.

Gifts for Noelle

“Noelle, I have a couple of things for you,” says Sawyer and presents her with some flowers and a card.

 

Bouquet of purple/pink roses.

 

Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Gotcha Day Greeting Card with two grey tabby cats in formal attire and dancing.

 

“Oh, Sawyer, I love them both. Those are the most beautiful and unusual roses I have ever seen. And that card is so elegant,” exclaims Noelle.

“I am so happy you like them. I know it isn’t much, and I am late with this celebration, but I do love you and wanted to show you,” Sawyer tells her. They share some additional whisker kisses.

Noms

Stinky tells everyone that a buffet is set up in the dining room. The four tabbies head in, and Stinky invites all the Kitties Blue to join them. After singing a rousing, off-key rendition of “Happy Gotcha Day,” all the kitties fill their bowls with the seafood stew, salmon pate, seafood buffet and filet of beef. And then they help themselves to beverages.

 

Collage featuring seafood stew, salmon pate, seafood buffet and filet of beef.

Collage featuring hot chocolate, lemonade and iced teas.

 

When everyone thinks they cannot eat another bite, Cooper Murphy brings out the cake and some champagne.

 

Noelle Gotcha Day Party: Grey tabby cat wearing a tiara cake.

pink champagne

 

Noelle cannot believe her eyes when she sees the cake Cooper has created. She runs up to him and throws her paws around his neck and gives him a huge hug. “That is the best cake I have ever seen. Mau would be so proud of you. Thank you so much!”

Cooper blushes and thanks Noelle for her kind words.

All Stinky and Sawyer’s fursibs are so full that they retire to the bedroom and various cat trees for naps while the four tabbies sit and chat about what a wonderful day it has been.

Time to Head Home

Regrettably, the time comes for Periwinkle and Noelle to head home. Cooper Murphy boxes up what little of the cake remains for Noelle to take home along with her card and flowers.

Noelle and Sawyer and Periwinkle and Stinky spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging before the girls enter the teleportation tunnel. Then with final waves and a whoosh the girls are gone. Stinky and Sawyer decide they should help their mom with the clean up chores before joining their fursibs for a nap.

The End

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HAPPY THIRD GOTCHA DAY TO KIZMET

Kizmet Then & Now

It doesn’t seem possible to me that Kizmet has been with us three years now. She is officially our COVID cat and has brought us so much joy.

This is the first photo I saw of Kizmet (known as Janet at the time) on Petfinder. I could tell immediately when I saw her face that she was full of purrsonality and needed to become one of the Kitties Blue. And I was right!

 

Gotcha Day Kizmet: grey kitten staring at the camera while being held.

 

And this is Kizmet’s most recent photo, taken yesterday by my friend, Mary Jane. She absolutely loves people.

 

Gotcha Day Kizmet: profile portrait of a grey cat

 

Mary Jane was here for lunch, and Kizmet barely left her alone for a moment.

Card & Cake

I made a card for Kizmet and Cooper Murphy made her a cake. Mau taught him well!

 

 Gotcha Day Kizmet: Chorus line of cartoon cats singing and wearing tutus and cakes on their heads.

 

Gotcha Day Kizmet: Cake with a grey cat face with a lavender bow and bad around the bottom of the cake.

Celebration Time

We have lots of food and beverages, so please help yourself and stay as long as you like.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Tuesday

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The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

If you have not yet stopped by Friends Furever to check out what Periwinkle planned for today’s adventure, the two tabbies sure hope you do. They always have fun and enjoy sharing their antics with you. Click on the link to head on over to Periwinkle’s blog to see what they are up to.

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXIV

Periwinkle Arrives

Stinky stands by the teleportation tunnel with paws poised to catch Periwinkle on her arrival. He doesn’t want her to go crashing into Twinkle’s tree. His mom upgraded Twinkle’s tree from a four foot tall one that Stinky’s fursibs knocked over at least twice each holiday to a 7 1/2 foot tree. He knew if Periwinkle went tumbling into that, she would hurt herself.

Stinky doesn’t have long to wait. He hears the familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, and Periwinkle tumbles out into his paws. After several paw hugs and whisker kisses, she exclaims breathlessly, “I know we are staying at your house today. My mom read it on your blog yesterday and told me. I always enjoy spending time at your house, as I get to visit and play with your fursibs. And I cannot wait to see all the decorations. Are we going to help wrap gifts again like we did last year.  That was super fun?” (Here’s a link to last year’s post if you missed it: Christmas 2022 with Periwinkle & Stinky.

“No, I have another plan for us. It too will help my Mom, and it is something we already know how to do!”

“Ooh what? We know how to do oodles of things!”

Gingerbread Decorating Day

Stinky tells Periwinkle they are going to help his Mom bake cookies, especially gingerbread ones. He continues, “Today in the USA is Gingerbread House Day and Gingerbread Decorating Day.”

“Do we get to build a gingerbread house?”asks Periwinkle.

“Unfortunately, no. Mom says they take a long time for the frosting to set up, and we wouldn’t be able to finish it. We’ll just make and decorate the cookies.”

“Well that sounds like fun. Let’s get started.”

“Good idea. We are going to make Sally McKenney’s My Favorite Gingerbread Cookies. If our friends would like to make them, they can click on the link,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Have you made these before, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“No, these are special because of Gingerbread Decorating Day,” Stinky explains. He then tells Periwinkle that his mom and some of her friends like Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies, which his Mom will make another day. He leaves a link for those who would like that recipe.

Making the Dough

“Let’s get this dough made, Periwinkle. It has to chill before we can cut out our cookies. While it is doing that, we can look at all the decorations and maybe have a nap under Twinkle’s tree.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the kitchen where they put on their aprons and chef’s hats and get busy mixing up the gingerbread dough.

“Wow, Stinky, the recipe said this dough would be sticky, and it sure is. I don’t think I’ll ever get it out from between my toes.” Stinky giggles and promises to help Periwinkle with that chore.

Once they have the dough mixed, they wrap it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. After getting help from Stinky’s mom to clean their paws, they head back to the foyer to check out Twinkle’s Tree.

Twinkle’s Tree

 

Periwinkle Stinky Gingerbread Decorating Day: Christmas tree with cat ornaments and two cartoon tabby cats.

 

Periwinkle hops on the table to get a better view of the tree. “Wow, Stinky, there sure are a lot of kitty ornaments on this tree. I even see one of Mau. But I see other ornaments too.”

Stinky explains that Twinkle’s tree originally had metal ornaments with a variety of subjects, as well as snowflakes and clear plastic prisms. But as the tree is now bigger, his mom was able to add all her cat ornaments that aren’t breakable.

“I know our dough has longer to chill, Stinky, so let’s go hang with your fursibs for a while.” They find most of them in the bedroom, napping in sun puddles. Periwinkle wakes up Audrey and Kizmet for some girl talk while Stinky has a quick snooze.

When they hear Stinky’s mom call out that it is time to cut out their cookies, Periwinkle and Stinky hop up and head back to the kitchen.  Mom Janet has everything set up for them. They make quick work of cutting out gingerbread kitties and putting them in the oven.

Bear Tree

While the first batch of cookies is baking, Periwinkle and Stinky check out the bear tree in the dining room along with the mantle where all the stockings are hanging.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Gingerbread Decorating Day: Christmas tree with bear ornaments and two cartoon tabby cats.

 

“Stinky, this is another beautiful tree. I love all the different types of bears and all the other ornaments as well. Your mom sure has lots of ornaments.”

“She’s been collecting them for 50 years and has received lots of them as gifts from my dad and her friends,” Stinky explains.

Baking Progress

When the tabbies hear the timer on the oven go off, they head back to the kitchen. They get their cookies out of the oven, prepare another batch to go in and get ready to roll out more dough.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Gingerbread Decorating Day: Two cartoon tabby cats making gingerbread kitty cookies.

 

“Stinky, we sure are making good progress. Once we finish with the baking and cooling, we will be able to decorate our gingerbread kitties. Did you notice I made a couple without tails just for you?”

“I did, Periwinkle. That is so sweet. Thank you,” Stinky replies and gives her a whisker kiss.

After getting all their cookies baked, the tabbies leave them to cool. Periwinkle asks Stinky, “Can we check out the tree that Kitties Blue are not allowed near?”

“Yes, but we must be very careful to close the door behind us,” he replies.

The Off-Limits Tree

 

Periwinkle Stinky Gingerbread Decorating Day: Christmas tree with glass ornaments and two cartoon tabby cats.

 

“Stinky, I definitely can see why Kitties Blue are not allowed in here. That’s a lot of breakable ornaments. And look, there’s one with my angel sisfur, Allie, and your angel brofur, Mau.”

“That was good spotting, Periwinkle. I’m not certain anyone else will be able to pick it out.”

“I bet my mom will be able to find it. I know it was a gift from her,” replies Periwinkle.

Decorating Cookies

Gingerbread kitty cookies“I guess we should get our cookies decorated, Periwinkle,” says Stinky, taking Periwinkle’s paw and leading her back to the kitchen.

“Yikes, Stinky, our cookies don’t look very nommy. I didn’t know we would be so bad at decorating. Maybe we should have asked Cooper Murphy to help us.”

“Mom says that it’s not our fault, Periwinkle. She didn’t look to see what she needed for the icing when my dad went shopping, so she had to improvise.”

“Well, I am super happy she is posting a very small photo of them,” Periwinkle exclaims.

“Let’s pack up some of the undecorated ones for you to take home. I know you and Mom Sharon can do a better job with decorating.”

“Thanks, Stinky,” says Periwinkle and gives him a kiss on the cheek. “I guess it’s time for me to head home. I sure had fun baking with you, visiting with your fursibs and seeing all the pretty decorations.”

After several whisker kisses and paw hugs, Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel, and with a final wave and a whoosh she is on her way home. Exhausted from his day of baking, Stinky retires to the bedroom to nap with some of the other Kitties Blue.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXII

Stinky is super excited to see Periwinkle and share their next adventure. It’s only going to be in the 30s today at his house, so he has planned a destination with warmer temperatures. It will even be a bit warmer than at Periwinkle’s home in Florida. While contemplating their adventure, Stinky hears the familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel. He rushes to catch Periwinkle in his paws, and they spend several minutes whisker kissing. Finally, Periwinkle asks the familiar question: “So, Stinky, what do you have planned for us today?”

“I had considered helping my mom with the Chirstmas decorations, but she hasn’t even put up the trees yet. So, I am taking us someplace warm, but you’ll have to wait until we get there to find out.” Stinky then takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the teleportation tunnel. Moments later they arrive in Teotihuacan (“The City of the Gods”), Mexico. It is the site of architecturally significant pyramids from the pre-Columbian Americas: the Pyramid of the Sun and the Pyramid of the Moon.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

Stinky tells Periwinkle that in the first half of the first millennium (between 1 and 500 CE), Teotihuacan was the largest city in the Americas. It was considered the first advanced civilization as well as the cultural, political, economic and religious center of ancient Mesoamerica. At the time, the population was estimated to be 125,000 or more. That made it at least the sixth-largest city in the world. “Today we will see the city and the pyramids.

“That sounds like fun. Let’s get started,” replies Periwinkle.

“Periwinkle, you know that I like to tell our readers about the places we visit. There is just too much information, however, to share in a short post,” Stinky explains. “I am suggesting that our readers check out sites on the internet dedicated to information about the Teotihuacan civilization, the Sun and Moon pyramids and the Feathered Serpent pyramid. I will try to stick to some general information.”

Stinky tells Periwinkle that the ruined city is the first American city built on a grid plan. It contains 2,000 single-story apartment compounds as well as plazas, temples, a canalized river and the palaces of nobles and priests. The main buildings of the city are connected by a 130-foot-wide road. This is the Avenue of the Dead (“Calle de los Muertos”). It is 1.5 miles long and points directly at the sacred peak of Cerro Gordo (“fat hill” in Spanish).

Before exploring the city, the tabbies take a walk around the perimeter.

They first see the Feathered Serpent Pyramid.

 

 

Next is the Pyramid of the Sun.

 

 

Finally, they see the Pyramid of the Moon.

 

 

Periwinkle and Stinky then head to The Avenue of the Dead to visit the sites.

Temple of the Feathered Serpent

 

 

They begin at the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, the third largest pyramid at 75-feet tall. Stinky tells Periwinkle that the structure is notable for some of the earliest known representations of the Mesoamerican “feathered serpent” deity, which covered its sides. It’s known as well for the discovery in 1980 of more than 100 possibly sacrificial victims, dating from 150 to 200 CE, buried beneath the structure. The feathered serpent is more often associated with the much-later Aztec god Quetzalcoatl, and the temple is also known as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl.

Pyramid of the Sun

 

After a hard climb up the Pyramid of the Sun, the tabbies stop to catch their breath. When rested, Periwinkle says to Stinky, “I know you must be enjoying this adventure with the opportunity to climb all over these pyramids.”

“I will admit, I am having a pretty swell time,” Stinky replies. He then tells Periwinkle a bit about the pyramid. “The Pyramid of the Sun is not only the largest building in Teotihuacan but also one of the largest in Mesoamerica and the third largest in the world. Built in two phases in about 200 to 250 CE, the completed pyramid is 738 feet across and 246 feet high. The second phase included the construction of an altar atop of the pyramid. It has not survived to the current day. And though, the thinking is that the pyramid venerated a deity of the Teotihuacan society, little evidence exists to support this due to the loss of the temple.

“The exterior of the finished pyramid consisted of lime plaster, which was painted with brightly-colored murals. Unfortunately the paint and plaster are no longer visible. Jaguar heads and paws, stars and the rattles of snakes are among the few images associated with the pyramids.

“It too is on the Avenue of the Dead and lies between the Pyramid of the Moon and the Ciudadela (ancient courtyard). The name of the pyramid comes from the Aztecs. The name used by the Teotihuacans is unknown.”

Pyramid of the Moon

Before visiting the Pyramid of the Moon, the tabbies get a good look at it from atop one of the smaller structures.

 

 

“Stinky, this is really an incredible view,” exclaims Periwinkle.

Stinky agrees and tells Periwinkle that the Pyramid of the Moon is the second largest structure in the city. It is 141-feet high and the base is 426 by 511 feet. This pyramid has seven different layers of buildings from at least six renovations. Each addition was larger and covered the previous structure to update the building’s religious power. The structure was used for public, ritual sacrifices. It consists of five burial complexes labeled two through six. They contained sacrificial victims, both human and animal (felines, birds of prey, rattlesnakes and canids, including domestic dogs, wolves, coyotes, foxes, jackals and other species), figurines and obsidian objects. A platform atop the pyramid was used to worship the Great Goddess of Teotihuacan, who served as a deity of water, fertility and creation. A tomb dedicated to the Great Goddess was discovered in 1998.

Stinky continues, “Mesoamerican cities, like Teotihuacan, used plazas as the core of social life. The public plaza of the Pyramid of the Moon also was used for astronomical observation activities related to the calendar. The complex contained small pyramidal structures, rooms, porticoes, patios, corridors and low platforms. Moon plaza served as a ceremonial, political and socioeconomic center.”

Surprise for Periwinkle

The tabbies were growing tired after so much walking and climbing, but before leaving for home, Stinky has planned a picnic with a great view of The Avenue of the Dead and the Pyramid of the Sun.

 

 

“Stinky, this is a terrific place to enjoy a view of the entire city. Thanks for planning this terrific adventure. I know I am going to read more about Teotihuacan when I get home. It is fascinating.”

“I totally agree, Periwinkle. And I certainly did enjoy the opportunity to do some climbing without you constantly telling me not to.”

Periwinkle giggles, squeezes Stinky’s paw and gives him a kiss on the cheek. “I guess you will just need to plan more adventures like this one where climbing is a requirement.”

Soon it is time for the tabbies to return to Stinky’s house. They enter the teleportation tunnel and are gone in a whoosh.

Back at Stinky’s House

When the tabbies arrive back at Stinky’s they notice that his mom has put up lots a garlands and wreaths around the house. Periwinkle claps her paws in delight as she sees all the twinkling lights. She tells Stinky’s mom, “I can’t wait to see how the decorations have progressed in two weeks. The house is already looking magical.” Stinky’s mom thanks Periwinkle for the compliment and gives her a big hug.

After a quick visit with Stinky’s fursibs, it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky share several paw hugs and whisker kisses. Then with the usual final wave and blown kiss, she enters the tunnel and is gone.

Stinky retires to the bedroom for a long nap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCX

Date Night

Stinky was waiting by the teleportation tunnel for Periwinkle. It was late Friday afternoon, four days early for their adventure. He bounced from paw to paw in excitement. He couldn’t believe what he and Periwinkle were going to do thanks to his mom. As he hopped around the foyer, he heard the familiar whoosh from the tunnel. Periwinkle popped out and into his waiting paws. He was delighted to see that Mom Sharon had told her what to wear for their date.

After a few whisker kisses, Periwinkle asked her usual question along with a couple of others, “So, Stinky what is on the agenda for tonight? Why am I here four days earlier than usual? And why are we so dressed up?”

Stinky replied, “Well, my mom got tickets for a special event for the two of us as well as for my dad and herself. I am really sorry that they will be tagging along, but Mom said she had no intention of missing this.”

“Are you going to tell me what this is?” Periwinkle asked.

“Nope.”

Periwinkle began to pout when she heard Stinky’s reply, but he just winked at her and giggled. Then he took her paw and led her to the garage and his mom’s car. Dad Tom buckled the kitties into the back seat, and they went for a short drive to their destination.

Periwinkle Continues to Wonder About Stinky’s Plan

Dad Tom let the two cats and Mom Janet out at The Jefferson Center and went to park the car. Periwinkle still had no idea what was happening. She saw lots and lots of old people, some even older than Stinky’s parents. It made her feel as if this certainly wouldn’t be an adventure she and Stinky would enjoy.

When Dad Tom caught up with them, they went into a large auditorium. Mom Janet led them to seats in the very center of the front row. Periwinkle had no idea what to expect. She was fairly certain they were going to see some kind of concert, as band instruments were set up on the stage. She gave Stinky a quizzical look, but he just winked at her again and squeezed her paw.

The Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist

Soon an emcee came on stage. Periwinkle discovered they were going to see Cote Deonath, a world-renowned Elvis Presley tribute artist. The emcee also told the audience that the 26-year-old Deonath competed at Graceland’s Elvis Week in August 2023 at the Ultimate Elvis Contest. It was the seventh year in a row he had competed, and after placing in the top ten several times and twice in the top three, he finally earned the Ultimate Elvis title. This achievement made him the #1 Elvis tribute artist in the world, as recognized by Graceland and Elvis Presley Enterprises.

 

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

Periwinkle had heard of Elvis Presley, but still wasn’t too certain of what was going to happen. But then, suddenly, a man in a gold, sparkly jacket appeared on stage and began singing and dancing. He had an amazing voice, Periwinkle and Stinky sat and watched, mesmerized as the man sang and moved around the stage as if he was an acrobat. After a couple of songs, Cote/Elvis noticed them in the front row. Surprised to see the well-known, Periwinkle & Stinky, at his performance, he invited them on stage where they remained throughout the concert.

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

The tabbies discovered that the back-up musicians, The Infinit-E Tribute Band, were quite talented and super fun to watch as well, including  the base player.

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

While Cote/Elvis performed, Stinky noticed his parents and what appeared to be most of the audience singing along to a lot of the songs, like Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog, Suspicious Minds, Burning Love, Return to Sender, All Shook Up and so many more of the 700 songs Elvis Presley recorded. Both Stinky and Periwinkle wished they knew the words to the songs just like Stinky’s parents.

Costume Change

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

The Ultimate Elvis made a few costume changes. Periwinkle & Stinky had a good giggle when the ladies in the audience became giddy when he appeared in the black leather outfit.

The tabbies were having so much fun dancing around the stage; though, they soon discovered they needed to stay pretty far away from Cote/Elvis most of the time. They could be kicked or smacked with a microphone stand if not careful. The performer, however, took care to watch out for the two cats as well as to invite them often to join him.

Learning More About Cote

Between songs Cote told the audience a bit more about himself. He was an hyperactive child. To entertain him, his grandmother sat him in front of the TV and played the Elvis movie, “Follow That Dream.” He has loved Elvis and his music ever since, and began imitating The King at age three.

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

When Cote changed into his costume for the portion of the concert that addressed Elvis’ time performing in Las Vegas, Stinky was super impressed.

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

During much of the program, snippets of Elvis’ movies, TV appearances, stage shows as well as still photos from throughout his life appeared on the screen behind the performer, like the one above.

As the concert came to a close, Cote/Elvis introduced the tabbies to the audience.

 

Cote Deonath as The Ultimate Elvis

 

The Concert Ends

The two-plus hour concert had been amazing, and Periwinkle and Stinky thanked Cote/Elvis profusely before he helped them off the stage.

Periwinkle, Stinky and his parents left the auditorium. The tabbies danced all the way to the car. When they arrived home, Stinky got his meds and both tabbies had a snack As it was so late, it was suggested that Periwinkle spend the night. Mom Janet had already cleared it with Mom Sharon.

Before they went off to bed, Periwinkle suggested that they share information about Cote’s upcoming concert dates. Stinky agreed, and here is a link to his website: Cote Ultimate Elvis. There are also two videos on the site that you should watch. If they won’t play for you, you can find lots of videos on YouTube.

Periwinkle and Stinky said “Goodnight,” to Stinky’s parents and fursibs and headed off to bed.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCVIII

Costume Reveal

Stinky is waiting by the teleportation tunnel for Periwinkle’s arrival. He is wearing the costume which received the most votes from last week’s Costume Contest on Periwinkle’s blog (Friends Furever). He’s looking forward to seeing Periwinkle in her costume. Stinky is surprised that the costumes selected by their readers are the ones his Mom liked best.

Right on time, Periwinkle comes tumbling from the tunnel into Stinky’s arms. She’s giggling as she rights herself. “That was fun. I imagined I actually was a bat and flying here using by wings,” exclaims Periwinkle. After sharing paw hugs and whisker kisses, the two tabbies step back to admire each other’s costumes. “Oh, Stinky, you make a very cute gnome.” “And you, Periwinkle, are an adorable bat.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Cartoon tabby cats. One dressed as a bat and the other as a gnome.

 

 

Delivery Truck Reveal

After complimenting each other, Stinky tells Periwinkle that he and his dad have all the goodies for Walter and the black cats in a truck that Dad Tom leased for them. Dad Tom is going to drive them to Walter’s house. Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her outside to see the truck. “I made a big sign for the side,” Stinky tells her.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Cartoon and costumed tabby cats with a Halloween delivery truck for black cats.

 

“Oh, Stinky, this is meowvolous. What a wonderful idea,” Periwinkle gushes. She continues, “Do you remember when we were able to deliver all the supplies in our wagons?”

“That was super fun, but as Walter has taken in more cats, his list of needs has grown so long, we can no longer do that,” Stinky replies.

As Periwinkle and Stinky are reminiscing, Dad Tom joins them at the truck and helps them inside.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Cartoon and costumed tabby cats with a Halloween delivery truck for black cats and a male driver.

 

Anxious to see all the kitties again, Periwinkle and Stinky urge Dad Tom to get in so they can get going.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Cartoon and costumed tabby cats with a Halloween delivery truck for black cats and a male driver.

 

The truck is not as fast as the teleportation tunnel, but the trip goes quickly as the tabbies sing songs and play the license plate game. Stinky even refrains from asking his dad, “Are we there yet?” as he knows that is annoying.

Arriving at the Home of the Black Cats

Finally they pull up in front of Walter’s house.

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Haunted house with a Halloween delivery truck.

 

When Walter sees the tabbies’ truck, he runs right out and directs them behind the house. He has them park in front of a shed. Dad Tom helps Periwinkle & Stinky from the truck, and they excitedly introduce him to Walter. Walter then explains that he and the older cats erected the shed over the summer, as there are so many residents, room for supplies is no longer available in the house.

As Dad Tom goes around to open the back of the truck, Periwinkle pulls Walter’s Wish List from her sleeve so she can check off the items as they are unloaded.

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Halloween delivery truck and shed with cases of cat food inside.

 

After all the supplies are loaded in the shed and checked off the list, Walter invites the tabbies and Dad Tom back to the house for a snack and to visit with some of the residents.

Visiting with the Black Kitties

 

Periwinkle Stinky Halloween: Haunted house with lots of black cats and two cartoon tabby cats in costumes.

 

“Stinky, now that it is dark, it is almost impossible to see our friends.”

“I know, Periwinkle, night time is good camouflage for black cats. They are safe here when they are outside. But all other kitties should be inside, especially tonight, as it is Halloween. Some people can be mean to black cats. Most rescues and shelters won’t let anyone adopt black cats near the holiday just to make certain they stay safe.”

“That’s a good idea, but I sure hope lots of them get adopted afterward,” replies Periwinkle.

“Me too,” replies Stinky.

While Periwinkle and Stinky are visiting with their friends, Walter shows Dad Tom around the house, including all the cozy rooms and beds set up for the residents. Dad Tom is quite impressed and compliments Walter for what he is doing for the homeless black cats year after year.

Time to Head Home

Finally it is time to head back to Stinky’s house. Dad Tom helps the tabbies back in the truck and before he even starts the engine, they are fast asleep. He enjoys the quiet ride home.

When arriving at Stinky’s, it is time for the trick-or-treaters to begin coming to the house, so Stinky and Periwinkle agree to spend time with all the Kitties Blue to keep them distracted from the goings on at the front door. Kizmet, the social butterfly of the group, needs lots of distraction so she won’t run to the door whenever she hears the bell.

It is finally time for Periwinkle to return home. She and Stinky spend several minutes discussing their day followed by paw hugging and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the tunnel and with a wave and blown kiss to each other, she’s gone in a whoosh.

Stinky is exhausted and heads to the bedroom for a good night’s sleep and to dream of his adorable bat cat, Periwinkle.

The End

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