Stinky is even more enthusiastic than usual to see Periwinkle, as he can’t wait to get started on today’s adventure. He is taking Periwinkle to a place that his parents visited some years before he was born. They told him all about it, and it sounded too exciting to pass up. He doesn’t have long to wait for Periwinkle, as she comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel right on time. Hearing its familiar whoosh, Stinky is right there to catch her and wrap her up in a big paw hug. Periwinkle hugs him back and they share some whisker kisses.

Stinky, however, doesn’t even give her time to catch her breath before he leads her back into the tunnel.

Quebec, Canada

Moments later, they arrive at their destination, which Periwinkle doesn’t recognize. She immediately asks, “Where are we Stinky?”

“We are in Quebec, Canada. It is so hot both in Florida and Virginia, I wanted to come someplace a bit cooer. It is forecasted to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit today.”

“That sounds really nice. What are we going to do?”

“We are going to travel from Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park to Baie-Sainte-Catherine (St. Catherine’s Bay) and go whale watching,” Stinky tells her.

“Oh, wow, that will be so exciting,” replies Periwinkle.

Whale Watching

“My parents went on a Whale Watching Cruise on a large boat, but we are going to take a Zodiac Whale Watching Tour.” Just as Stinky finishes telling Periwinkle this, their boat arrives with a few passengers already on board. The guide hands them lifejackets, which they quickly put on, and then they hop on board.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a Zodiac boat.


Periwinkle can barely hide her excitement as they set out. They pick up some additional passengers and then see their first whale. Periwinkle squeals and claps her paws together. The guide tells them it is a juvenile humpback.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with the humpback whale back in the foreground.


Periwinkle asks, “Can you tell us more about the juvenile whales?”


Humpback whale back.


Humpback Whale Facts

The guide tells Periwinkle and Stinky that humpback whales are juveniles until they reach sexual maturity at between six and 10 years of age. Newborn humpbacks weigh about one ton and are 10 to 16 feet in length. Males at reproductive age are between 39 and 52 feet in length. Females measure around 45 to 49 feet. They however can grow to 59 feet.


Humpback whale back.

Periwinkle sees Stinky staring intently at the back of the nearby whale and grabs the back of his lifejacket. “Don’t you get ideas, Mr. Daredevil. If you make a leap to get on that whales back, you will end up as fish food, and I will never speak to you again.”

Chastised, Stinky steps back. As he is doing that, Periwinkle shouts, “Look, Stinky, it is the whale’s tail!”


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with a humpback whale fluke in the foreground.


The guide tells the tabbies that a whale’s tale is called a fluke. They both giggle, finding the word very funny.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with a humpback whale fluke in the foreground.


As they watch open mouthed, the whale lifts its fluke even further out of the water.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: humpback whale fluke


Before the tour ends, the guide apologizes that they didn’t get to see a whale breaching the water. She also tells the passengers that humpback whales grow up to 60 feet long and weigh 80,000 pounds. They can live for 80 to 90 years.

On the way back to shore, the guide serves a little snack. Periwinkle and Stinky are surprised by the variety of cat treats offered.

When they arrive back at shore, Periwinkle and Stinky hand back their lifejackets and head for the teleportation tunnel. Moments after entering, they arrive back at Stinky’s house.

A Surprise for Periwinkle

Stinky asks Periwinkle to close her eyes, so he can fetch something to share with her. When he returns, Stinky shouts, “Surprise,” and tells Periwinkle to open her eyes.

“When she sees what he has, she claps her paws together and squeals, “Oh, Stinky, those are our Certificates Of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association. You didn’t tell me they had arrived. Can we take our photo with them and show all our readers?”

“Of course, that was my plan,” Stinky tells her.


Two cartoon tabby cats holding Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Assoc.

“For which Adventures did we earn our certificates, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky tells her the following:

“The COE in the category WRITTEN ARTICLE: ENTERTAINMENT – SHORT was for our adventure where we helped my mom get ready for Christmas when she had COVID.”

The COE in the category COLUMN/SERIES was for three of our adventures. They are the ones where we visited Tortola BVI, the Balloons Over Rockbridge, Virginia, Festival and our Playdate with the Kittens.”

“Stinky, those were all terrific adventures! I know I really enjoyed each of them. I sure hope we win a Muse Medallion for at least one of our entries.”

“Periwinkle, we should just be happy that we were recognized,” Stinky tells her.

“Of course, you’re right. Sadly, I guess it is time for me to head home. I sure had fun today. You always plan the best adventures.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle.”

The tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave an a whoosh is gone. Stinky retires to the catio for a catnap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

Happy Tuesday

Periwinkle and Stinky will be hopping over to Comedy Plus to join the Happy Tuesday blog hop. If you’d like to join them, click on the badge below.





Caturday Art

tipsy Kizmet


A tipsy Kizmet has her paws crossed that you don’t get too dizzy viewing her art. I took the original photo I used for today’s art for week two of the #ProPetPhotog photo challenge. The challenge was Angles and Lines. It is a photo of Kizmet on the cat tree in the bedroom, which I took shooting upwards from my position on the floor. I was surprised to find the lines and angles were enhanced by the addition of the art effects I used. I began with the Novecento effect from Painnt, then added the Crazy Color Flower Power filter from piZap. The final piece was the frame from favpng.

I will be posting the original photo over on Instagram at kitties.blue if you wish to see it.

I did make a puzzle for those who enjoy them. The link is at the bottom of the post.

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

Sunday Selfies Reminder

Another week has galloped past, and it has been a tough one with both furry friends and human friends receiving their angel wings and flying away. Kitties Blue will remember some of them tomorrow. Which one of them will want to take on this sad task remains to be seen. Regardless all of them as well as your other friends will be looking for you here tomorrow. So please take a few minutes out of your Easy Sunday and join us here on the blog hop.

Until then, the Kitties Blue and I wish you a day filled with sunpuddles and cuddles.
preview108pieceAngles & Lines: Kizmet



Awww Mondays



I took this photo of Cooper Murphy as part of a series for Week One of a photo challenge, entitled Intentional Color. Obviously, the color I selected was orange. I did not stage the photo; though, I had been trying to figure out how I could. The orange butterfly was already in Cooper’s tent, but he got the other orange toy out of the toy box and began playing with it right in front of his tent.

No matter what the situation, Cooper Murphy is always awwwdorable, so he is participating in the Awww Mondays blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to do the same, click on the badge below.


My dad’s birthday was yesterday, which caused me to think about aging. He would have turned 99, but he died in 1998 at the age of 76. I am only four years away from that age, and I find that fact more than a little disquieting. It’s what prompted me to look for a positive Spark dealing with aging.



I am definitely going to do my best to embrace this sentiment.

Betty Friedan was born the same year as by dad. She, however, lived to be 85. Friedan was an American feminist writer, activist and leading figure in the women’s movement in the United States. Her 1963 book, The Feminine Mystique, is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. Friedan co-founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966 and was elected its first president.

Sparks is the creation of Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Sparks began as a blog hop, created by our friend. Annie stated when she began Sparks,“I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world.”

The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

Your favorite, fun-loving tabbies will be sharing another adventure tomorrow. Please stop by Friends Furever to see what the heck they get up to or into. It definitely will be something fun!