St. Gertrude’s Day


Celebrating St. Gertrude

Painting of St. Gertrude of Nivelles in a garden holding and orange tabby cat with a white cat and tuxedo cat at her feet.


March 17 is not only the feast day of St. Patrick but also the feast day of another important saint. St. Gertrude of Nivelles, who lived from 621 to 659, is the patron saint of gardeners, travelers, widows, recently deceased people, the sick, the poor and the mentally ill. People call upon St. Gertrude for protection from mice, rats, fever, insanity and mental illness. But first and foremost, St. Gertrude is the patron saint of cats and cat lovers. So while you’re imbibing in a green beer or two today, give a toast to St. Gertrude.

Feline Friday

Small brown tabby cat looking out the window.


Do you think Audrey was looking in the garden for St. Gertrude? Whatever she was watching—most likely a squirrel—she definitely was engrossed.

Audrey also will be participating in the Feline Friday blog hop hosted by messymimi’s meanderings. To participate click on the Feline Friday badge.

St. Patrick’s Day

Being one-half Irish, I didn’t want to ignore St. Patrick completely. So I have convinced Cooper Murphy to come by and dance a bit of a jig for you.

Ginger tabby cat dressed as a leprechaun.


Wishing all a Happy St. Gertrude’s &
St. Patrick’s Day

p.s. Sorry Kitties Blue and I didn’t do the Friendly Fill-Ins this week. Sometimes we just can’t find the right words.




Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

This week’s inspiration photo for Thoroughly Poetic Thursday was purrfect for the addition of a cat. Calista Jo received the honor of joining this woofie and adorable toddler.


Three's A Crowd - photo with cat, dog and toddler trying to climb through a dog door.


I hope you all are enjoying my transgressions from the Two Spoiled Cats’ (Angel Sammy and Teddy) weekly photo, as I am having oodles of fun veering from the anticipated path.

Three’s A Crowd


This is my dog door, and that’s a fact.
First the kid took it over and now the cat.
No one seems to have any respect for me—
Can’t they see I’m biggest of the three.
Kid has diapers and cat has box for pee
But going outside is a necessity for me.
If they don’t hurry up and scat,
I’m going to tinkle on this floor mat.
Then I’ll be in trouble and put in time out
While the kid and the cat frolic about.
I don’t know why I have to suffer.
Time for me to bark to our mother
To banish these two to another room,
So out my dog door I can zoom.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 03/16/2022

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

St. Gertrude’s Feast Day

Painting of St. Gertrude by Mary Donaldson

Kitties Blue and I always take the opportunity to honor St. Gertrude of Nivelles on her Feast Day. She was adopted as the Patron Saint of Cats and Cat Lovers around 1981. She, however, is not officially recognized for this by the Vatican.

I found an article about the history of St. Gertrude on-line and shared it in a post in 2019. This is the link to my post where you can find a link to that article. I know that is a round-about way of sharing it, but there’s a terrific photo of Mau on the post, and I thought some of you might enjoy seeing him as much as I did.

Today, we are praying to St. Gertrude asking here to take care of Sawyer as well as every kitty everywhere, especially those without homes.

Thankful Thursday

We are thankful that our host Brian’s dad, Terry, is improving a little each day after his emergency appendectomy.

I am thankful for getting to work outside cleaning up some of my flower beds.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for your friendship and support.

Thankful Thursday is a blog hop. If you’d like to participate, post on your blog for what you are thankful, then visit Brian’s Home blog to link up. The url is on his badge.


🍀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day 🍀



A Surprise Adventure for Periwinkle

As usual, Periwinkle comes tumbling out of her teleportation tunnel right into Stinky’s outstretched paws. He immediately grabs her paw, and leads her into his teleportation tunnel before she can even meow a greeting to him. 

Stinky sets some coordinates and with a whoosh they are off. This being a teleportation tunnel, it takes them very little time to arrive at their destination; though, it is quite far away. Both tabbies are breathless as they disembark from the tunnel.

When Periwinkle catches her breath, she asks Stinky, “Where are we?”

Instead of answering her, Stinky asks Periwinkle a question: ”Do you what is special about tomorrow, March 17th?”

“Of course,” Periwinkle replies. “It is St. Patrick’s Day.” Without even taking a breath, she squeals, “Oh boy, are we in Ireland? Raz was just there on the weekend with Cat Scouts.”

When Stinky tells her, “no,” Periwinkle gets a sad look on her face. Stinky asks her if she knows what other Saint celebrates a Feast Day on March 17?

St. Gertrude’s Day

Periwinkle thinks for a second and replies, “Oh, yes, it is the Saint of Cats, Saint Gertrude of Nivelles.” Again, without taking a breath, Periwinkle squeals, “Does that mean we are in Belgium?”

Stinky tells her, “yes,” and continues to explain the St. Gertrude is also the Patron Saint of travelers, so it is nice to have her on their side as they travel so much.

“So what are we going to do today?” Periwinkle asks Stinky.

“We are going to explore the Collegiate Church of Saint Gertrude and learn a little bit more about her. How does that sound to you?”


St. Gertrude's Day


“That sounds great to me,” replies Periwinkle, and then adds, “Can we find a chocolate shop before we go home and get something for our moms?”

“Of course, Periwinkle, we cannot go home without something special for them.”


St. Gertrude's Day


Stinky tells Periwinkle how St. Gertrude was not associated with cats until 1980 or 1981; though, she died way back in 659. He also tells her how she died really young at 33 years old, as she was in poor health from fasting and going without sleep for long periods of time.    

“That will never happen to us. We get plenty of noms and naps,” says Periwinkle.

Stinky giggles at Periwinkle and asks, “Did you know that St. Gertrude and St. Patrick actually have a connection?”

“No, how did that happen?” asks Periwinkle.

“It is said that St. Patrick looked over St. Gertrude on her deathbed. I do not know if that is true or not, but it sounds nice.”

St. Gertrude & Cats

“Stinky, do you know how St. Gertrude became associated with cats?”

Stinky tells her that it probably came out of her association with rodents and a reputation for praying for the souls in purgatory, often portrayed as mice in art. Later she became the Saint asked to intercede in the case of a rodent infestation. It was thought that the water from her abbey’s well would chase away rats and mice.

“She is often depicted with rodents climbing on her robes like in this statue,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.




“Now she is often depicted with a cat or cats like in this picture,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.



“Hey, Stinky, look at that cat. It could be you or me or even your sisfur, Kizmet.”

Stinky smiles and nods at Periwinkle and continues, “Saint Gertrude was canonized by Pope Clement XII in 1677; and though, she is often referred to as the Patron Saint of Cats, St. Gertrude does not have a designated patronage for cats, as she does for travelers and gardeners.” 

“Wow, Stinky, isn’t it amazing how things come about,” says Periwinkle.

“Yes, it certainly is. Let’s show our readers a photo of the replica of St. Gertrude’s Shrine. The original was destroyed by bombs during World War II. This one is in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.”




“Stinky, that is gorgeous. I wish we could see it for ourselves. The replica here is not nearly as nice.”

Chocolate & Homeward Bound

Stinky agrees and then says, “Now let’s go find a chocolate shop. I found 20 near here listed on my phone.”

After a short walk, the tabbies find a shop, buy some treats for their moms, have a snack and then return to their teleportation tunnel. 

Very quickly Periwinkle and Stinky find themselves back at Stinky’s house. After a chat with Stinky’s parents and fursibs, Periwinkle and Stinky say their good-byes with lots of snuggles and whisker kisses. As Periwinkle enters her tunnel, Stinky says a prayer to St. Gertrude for Periwinkle’s safe travel home. 

Finally he heads to his Dad’s chair to nap and dream about his beautiful girlfriend Periwinkle.

The End 



Periwinkle and Stinky asked me to wish everyone on their behalf:


Happy St. Gertrude’s Day &


🐭 🐈


Happy St. Patrick’s Day




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