Stinky & Periwinkle


An Arrival Obstacle

Right on time, Periwinkle comes half tumbling and half stumbling out of the new teleportation tunnel that Stinky and his fursibs received for Christmas. Stinky is happy to see that Periwinkle received the correct coordinates for the new tunnel. But it certainly looks as if she’s had a rough trip.


Two cartoon tabby cats and a blue and black three-way cat tunnel.


When Stinky is finally able to get his paws on her, he can see she is visibly shaken, and he wraps her up in a giant paw hug. When she is calmer, he asks what happened?

Periwinkle replies, “It was a wonderfully comfortable trip until I arrived. There seems to be a huge obstacle inside your new tunnel.” Unaware of anything that would impede her arrival, Stinky sticks his head into the tunnel and immediately sees the problem. His not so little, little brother, Raleigh is camped out inside. He is fast asleep and doesn’t seem to realize he has caused a problem. Stinky gives him a poke. Raleigh wakes up, freaks and takes off out of the tunnel, as Misty May watches from the sidelines! That is the last Periwinkle and Stinky see of him until it is time for Periwinkle to head home.


Two cartoon tabby cats, one tuxedo real cat and one orange tabby kitten exiting a three-way blue and black cat tunnel.


Once Raleigh has been dislodged, Periwinkle asks Stinky what he has planned for the day. “I hope you don’t mind, but we are staying in again today,” replies Stinky.

“You know I am happy to be with you, Stinky, no matter what we do. I would be happy just to hold paws and chat,” Periwinkle tells him. “We are basically going to do that today,” says Stinky. Periwinkle gives him a quizzical look before he can can tell her his plan.

2023 New Year’s Resolutions

“I thought we could share some New Year’s Resolutions for 2023,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. “Wow, that could be hard. I think we are pretty purrfect just the way we are,” Periwinkle replies.

“Of course, we are, but I bet we could think of a few things. I will go first. I will try to always finish my noms so I get the full doses of my meds,” says Stinky.

“That is a good resolution, Stinky. I hope you can keep it! My first one is that I will try not to catch any Iizards, but just watch them instead. I know that will make my mom happy.”

I will never again try to sneak out for an unauthorized walkabout.”

“Stinky, that is one you better keep, not just for 2023 but forever,” Periwinkle tells him. “With the help of HuggieKitty, your Christmas present to me, I will try not to be afraid of loud noises like fireworks.”

“I am so happy you like you gift, Periwinkle. You know I too get frightened by unexpected noises that occur near me, so I will try not to let those things bother me.”

“Stinky, this is pretty difficult.” “It sure is! Kitties Blue have written resolutions in the past. Their last list was for 2020. Let’s look at it and see if it gives us any ideas,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.” “That’s a really good idea,” Stinky.

Kitties Blue 2020 Mew Year’s Resolutions

1. Get more scritches.
2. Get more belly rubs.
3. Get more treats and nip.
4. Always come when called unless napping, playing, eating, watching bird TV, day dreaming or participating in other cat-approved activities.
5. If in, demand to go out.
6. If out, demand to come in.
7. Don’t wash our butts in front of company unless it is an emergency.
9. Take up as much space in the humans’ bed as possible by sleeping east/west instead of north/south.
10. Clear the kitchen counters of all items whenever possible.
11. Pretend to be deaf whenever a human is speaking to us. (Misty May no longer has to pretend.)
12. Always help Mom with her posts.
13. Don’t be fooled into eating by Mom when she puts her head in my bowl and makes nom-nom sounds. I will only eat when I feel like it. (This is Sawyer’s personal resolution.)
14. When horking, always aim for a rug or shoe.
15. Make certain to always poop in my PTU when being taken to the vet. (Sawyer)

“Well, Stinky, those weren’t much help. Most are like reverse resolutions. You all resolved to be mostly naughty.”

“You’re right, Periwinkle. I guess these were meant to be more in fun; though, I know my fursibs do practice most of these almost everyday. Mom and Dad complain about number nine every morning. I guess we should just resolve to behave better than our fursibs.”

“I like that, Stinky. We’ll cover everything that way!”

Snack Time

“All this thinking has made me hungry. Let’s go get a snack.”

“Now you’re talking!”

“We are having some unseasonably warm weather after that horrible cold snap, so let’s have our snack on the front porch,” suggests Stinky.


Two cartoon tabby cats sitting on a bench with cat treats and a poinsettia on a table in front of them.


“Stinky, that is a beautiful poinsettia, but you know they are poisonous to cats.”

“Of course, Periwinkle. That is why it is on the porch. The one we have inside is fake! Mom never has live plants of any kind in the house. My sisfur, Lisbeth, is particularly fond of eating plants and flowers.”

“Maybe she should make a resolution not to do that,” replies Periwinkle. Stinky just giggles knowing that Lisbeth is a very stubborn kitty.

Soon it is time for Periwinkle to head home. Stinky tells her that before she goes, he has one final resolution to make. “I promise to do a better job planning our adventures and when it is my turn to plan in two weeks, we will definitely go some place fun.”

“Stinky, though you know I am happy just to spend time together, I do like that resolution,” Periwinkle tells him.

The two tabbies then share some whisker kisses and paw hugs. As they approach the teleportation tunnel, they notice that a certain kitten has returned.


Two cartoon tabby cats and a blue and black three-way cat tunnel with an orange tabby kitten's butt and tail sticking out.


After shooing him away, Stinky tells Periwinkle, “It’s a good thing Raleigh has not figured out how to use the tunnel. Heaven knows where he’d be right now.”

Periwinkle giggles, gives Stinky a final hug, enters the tunnel and with a wave and the familiar whoosh is gone.

Stinky leaves the tunnel to Raleigh and heads to the bedroom for a nap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

Periwinkle & Stinky will be joining Happy Tuesday at Comedy Plus.


Periwinkle & Stinky wish everyone

a happy new year!




Feline/Friendship Friday


Buff colored, tabby kitten looks a little fishy in a brightly colored, fish shaped cat bed.


Raleigh has discovered the fish bed and spends lots of time snoozing in it. Sometimes Audrey tries to stuff herself in with him.

The fish bed was a gift to Lisbeth from her now angel boyfriend, Charles. She also enjoys napping in it as does Astrid.

Raleigh is participating in the Feline and Friendship Friday blog hops at Comedy Plus and Create With Joy respectively.

Friendly Fill-Ins

Two of the Kitties Blue and I are joining the Friendly Fill-ins blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged- Furballs). To do the same, check out either of their blogs on Thursday for the sentences to be filled in. You can join the hop by clicking on their badge.

When I started filling in this week, both Sawyer and Stinky volunteered to assist me. They actually help me quite often, but I had all the fill-ins covered this week. I cannot deny Sawyer/Stinky anything, so #3 and #4 each have two completions.

1. When I turned 45 I felt especially sad and a little guilty to be alive, as my mom died when she was 45.

2. My favorite breakfast is a chocolate croissant.

3. Me: I’m so glad I live in a world where there are kind and supportive pet bloggers.

Stinky: I am so glad to live in a world where I can take weekly adventures with Periwinkle.

4. Me: A life is not complete without having at least one pet (preferably a cat) to love.

Sawyer: My day is not complete without sending love, purrs, paw hugs and whisker kisses to Noelle.

I hope you’ll return tomorrow for some Caturday Art.



Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is one of my favorite days of the week, as writing poetry is what I enjoy most. And the inspiration photos provided by Angel Sammy and Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) always provide a nice challenge. I have been trying to add one or more of the Kitties Blue to the photos recently, so my poems are in keeping with the theme of this blog.

This week our intrepid adventurers, Stinky and Periwinkle, have found themselves in the photo and have actually written the poem today in the form of a conversation. Their initials precede their individual parts of the conversation.


LITTLE HOUSE IN THE WOODS BY PERIWINKLE & STINKY: cartoon tabby cats standing next to a house in the shape of a shoe


The Little House in the Woods

S: Periwinkle, look at this cute little house.
It looks just big enough for a mouse.
P: Or maybe a place for you and me
To hide away among these trees.
We should peak in the windows and check
To see if it’s nice or a terrible wreck.
S: I’m not sure that’s a good plan.
It could be home to the bogeyman.
P: Don’t be silly, I’m sure it’s okay.
After all, have I ever lead you astray?
But, if you insist, we could ring the bell
And ask if they might be willing to sell
To two adorable tabby kitties,
Who would always keep it neat and pretty.
S: I guess that would be okay;
Though, I haven’t brought any money today.
P: Well, it seems as if there is no one here.
Do you think we could wait until they appear?
S: How about we come back another day,
And I will bring along some money to pay
In case we can convince the owner to sell
To tabby cats who want to live happy and well.

© Periwinkle & Stinky – 09/07/2022

If you are unfamiliar with Periwinkle and Stinky, you can check out their adventures on alternate Tuesdays here and at Friends Furever. They will be right here next Tuesday.

Poetry is lots of fun to write. If you haven’t tried it, and don’t know where to start, the web-site, Shadow Poetry, is a great resource.

Check out Two Spoiled Cats for next week’s inspiration photo by clicking on the poetry badge. When you visit, please take time to read Angel Sammy’s poem. He transmits it to Teddy from the Bridge, and it is always meowvolous!

Thankful Thursday

Today is also when we share our thankfuls for the week. I am delighted to report that all the Kitties Blue are well. Sawyer has not had a seizure in 15 days, and Audrey and Raleigh are thriving. Misty May is holding her own and looking forward to her 18th birthday in ten days.

I am getting around a bit better, my pain level has dropped some, and I have an appointment with the P.A. in my orthopedist’s office tomorrow.

Finally, Dad Tom and I are thankful we have continued to avoid getting COVID. Being retired definitely has its advantages.

We’d like to thank Brian for hosting Thankful Thursday. It is a blog hop. You can participate by entering the URL from the badge below in your browser.



Friendly Fill-Ins

This week our fill-ins are filled with apologies. It seems my brain is a little fuzzy, and I have not been remembering things I should. I also had to ask for help again, and I am grateful Sawyer (and Stinky) once again stepped up to assist. We all used teal italics for our fill-ins, and explanatory information is in parentheses.

1. Sawyer & Stinky: I am not always so forgetful and inconsiderate. (Yesterday was Friends Furever’s, Noelle and Periwinkle’s, birthdays, and we blew it…no cards and no gifts! Yikes! So, today, we at least have a card.)
forgetfulness & forgiveness: birthday card with bouquet of pink while and purply flowers as a birth card for a great tabby cat waring a pink flower and a grey cartoon tabby cat wearing a purple flower


1. Mom Janet: I am not always so forgetful and inconsiderate. (Yesterday was Ginger Cat Appreciation Day, and I did nothing for my boys [though, I did post something on Instagram], Cooper Murphy and Raleigh. I am pretty ashamed of myself and hope they will forgive me.)


forgetfulness & forgiveness: background of yellow flowers for a belated Ginger Cat Apreciation Day with two ginger cat photos cut into heart shapes.
Our friend Teddy (Two Spoiled Cats) was the representative for Ginger Cat Appreciation Day, which makes me even more embarrassed at forgetting it.
2. I refuse to eat okra and a bunch of other stuff.
3. Sawyer: I would happily accept a job offer at The Temptations factory.
4. Acrobat is a job I could never do.
The kitties are joining the Friendly Fill-ins blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). To do the same, check out either of their blogs on Thursday for the sentences to be filled in. You can join the hop by clicking on their badge.

Feline/Friendship Friday

Kitties Blue also will be participating in the Feline Friday (Comedy Plus) and Friendship Friday (Create With Joy) blog hops.


If I can remember what day it is, we’ll be back tomorrow with some Caturday Art!




Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is our day here at The Cat on My Head for poetry. I participate (sometimes with the help of Kitties Blue) in the poetry challenge hosted by Teddy and Angel Sammy from Two Spoiled Cats. They provide an inspiration photo, and participants provide a poem. This being a blog about cats, I have been trying to add one or more of the Kitties Blue to the inspiration photo. Unfortunately, this has not been possible the past few weeks and wasn’t again this week.

Nonetheless, I do have a poem, entitled, “Party Pooper.”


party pooper poem photo: groom sleeping on bride's shoulder while she drinks coffee and talks to guests.



His bride’s the life of the party,
Entertaining their wedding guests.
He’s the one who needs that coffee
Or instead a good long rest.
Why is the groom sleep deprived?
Did bachelor pals keep him up all night?
Perhaps he still can be revived
By a kiss from his beautiful bride.
And they can begin their honeymoon.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 08/31/2022

If you’d like to try some poetry check out Two Spoiled Cats for next week’s inspiration photo. You can get there by clicking on the poetry badge. When visiting, please read Angel Sammy’s poem. He is one of our favorite poets.

Thankful Thursday

Sharing the things for which we are thankful is another Thursday tradition. This week we have several items on our list. Sawyer is up first.

⭐️ Sawyer is thankful that after having a seizure every seven days for the past three weeks, he has made it to day eight without one. He has his paws crossed that this streak will continue.

⭐️ Dad Tom and I are thankful we have finally devised a way to keep Audrey and Raleigh from under the bed. After not getting Raleigh out until about 11 p.m. Tuesday night, I stayed awake for quite a while trying to think of a method of closing off access. The photo below shows the unattractive, makeshift solution. Audrey still managed to get UTB two more times, until I got all the overlaps taped shut.


photo of cardboard taped to bottom of bed


⭐️ I am thankful that after “blowing out” my knee on Saturday and an early morning trip to the E.R. on Sunday morning that I am starting to get around a little better. I have ditched my wheelchair in favor of my walker, and while still in pain and on pain meds, I am able to stand on that leg as long as I keep most of my weight on the opposite leg. Along with that, I am thankful I had completed my minimum goal of 200 miles per month for August on the Peloton prior to messing up my knee.

⭐️ Stinky is thankful that Periwinkle enjoyed their 150th adventure on Tuesday. They spent it playing with the kittens. if you missed it and would like to see lots of adorable kitten photos, check out the post, “The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky: Part CL.”

You can find more cute kitten photos as well as a video on Instagram. Just click on the mouse on the sidebar with the Instagram symbol.

Brian hosts the Thankful Thursday blog hop. If you’d like to participate, enter the URL from Brian’s blog in your browser.


Thanks for joining us today. We are always thankful for your support, following and friendship!




Periwinkle’s Arrival

Anxious for today’s adventure, Periwinkle arrives at Stinky’s house super early. As she tumbles from the teleportation tunnel, she slides across the floor right into the wall. She hollers, “ouch” followed by “fiddlesticks,” before she slaps her paw over her mouth. She knows all the Kitties Blue as well as Dad Tom and Mom Janet are asleep, and she fears she’s awakened them all. Periwinkle is miffed at herself, as she realizes Stinky is always at the tunnel waiting to catch her when she comes tumbling out.  

As Periwinkle is picking herself up and straightening her furs, Lisbeth comes into the foyer. “Hey, what’s going on here? The sun isn’t even up yet!”

Periwinkle explains that she wants to be waiting for Stinky when he gets up so they could have the entire day together. She tells Lisbeth, “I really didn’t intend to make such a noisy entrance!” Before she can say anything else, Cooper Murphy comes wandering into the room, rubbing the sleep out of his eyes. He asks, “What’s all the kerfuffle out here?” before he notices Periwinkle.

Cooper shakes his head, but gives Periwinkle a wink, and asks, “Should I go wake the man of the day?” Periwinkle blushes and nods yes. Cooper Murphy trots off to find Stinky, who is asleep upstairs. As he’s doing that the remainder of the Kitties Blue join Lisbeth and Periwinkle in the foyer. When Sawyer comes down the stairs and sees Periwinkle, he’s totally surprised. He runs up to her and gives a huge paw hug and oodles of whisker kisses, only stopping when Periwinkle starts to giggle.

“Wow, I didn’t expect you so early today. This is terrific,” Stinky tells her. “I didn’t know if you would remember that this is a special day.”

Periwinkle replies, “Of course, I did. How could I forget something so special.” After she replies, Periwinkle gets Cooper Murphy to help her pull a huge banner out of a shopping bag she’s brought from home. As they unroll it, she tells all the Kitties Blue that she and Noelle made it together.

10th Blogoversary

milestone celebrations: cartoon grey tabby cat and ginger tabby cat with balloons and a banner that reads, Congratulations 10th Blogoversary.


When Stinky sees the banner, his smile turns to a frown and all he can say is, “Oh, right! We are celebrating that milestone! I guess it is a pretty big deal; though, I have been a Kitties Blue for less than half the time.”

Misty May, Astrid and Lisbeth begin to hoot and holler and applaud when they see the sign. Being around at the start of The Cat on My Head, they are thrilled to be celebrating such a momentous occasion. Being the actual “cat on my head,” Misty May is proud to report that this is the 2,948th post on the blog. She says, “Frankly I am amazed our mom has stuck with this for so long. She normally has a very short attention span.”

All the Kitties Blue laugh at that, except Stinky. He’s sitting in the corner by himself pouting. When Periwinkle sees him, she asks Cooper Murphy to help her again. She pulls flowers, a cake, treats and another huge banner from her bag. 

1st Anniversary of 2nd Gotcha Day


milestone celebrations: grey cartoon tabby cat with a cake and potted periwinkle plant with balloons and happy anniversary sign.


When Sawyer sees what she has, he runs to Periwinkle and again showers her with whisker kisses. “Oh you are the best girlfriend ever. I really thought you forgot that this is a special day for me!”

Periwinkle presents Stinky with a special cake Cooper Murphy helped her bake. She also gives him a periwinkle plant in a kitty pot as well as two huge containers of treats.

“Stinky, how could I ever forget that one year ago today is when you returned from your three-and-a-half-week, unauthorized walkabout. I will never forget how worried and frightened we all were that we’d never see you again. Nor will I ever forget how hard your mom and dad and I worked to find you. And I will especially never forget how grateful we were to the many people around the world praying for you.”

“I’m sorry I was being selfish and a grump,” Stinky tells her and his fursibs.

Periwinkle hugs him and says, “Even though you were less than nice to your mom when she brought you home, everyone was so happy to see you, and they all forgave you for taking off. So it is a day to celebrate both you, the ten years of your blog and the friendships you’ve made. Besides, if your mom and my mom didn’t have blogs, we never would have met. And, if you had not been found and brought home, your mom would not have been able to keep writing this blog. So, as you can, see both occasions are super important. Are you ready to celebrate both?”

All the Kitties Blue shout in unison, “Come on Stinky, let’s celebrate. Open up those treats Periwinkle brought.” Stinky does just that!


milestone celebrations: spilled treats and grey cartoon tabby cat


“Dive in, everybody. Let’s eat until we hork,” shouts Stinky.

Thankful Thursday

So we are thrilled to have two giant thankfuls today: our blogoversary and the anniversary of Stinky’s homecoming. Additionally we are thankful for Stinky being six weeks seizure free! We would not have made it to ten years without the support and friendship of so many animal lovers and followers from around the world. Surviving the weeks when Stinky was missing with our spirits and hopes for his return intact would have been unfathomable without the support.

Thank you to everyone who visits and is always praying for Stinky and his alter ego, Sawyer.

All Stinky’s fursibs gather with he and Periwinkle in the yard for a final photo to celebrate the day.


milestone celebrations: group photo with two cartoon grey tabby cats and six other cats


After naps on the catio, all the cats gather around Periwinkle to tell her, “thank you” for such a fabulous celebration. She and Stinky spend lots of time paw hugging, whispering and sharing whisker kisses before Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel for the trip home. With a final wave and a whoosh Periwinkle departs.

Brian hosts the Thankful Thursday blog hop. Periwinkle, Stinky & Stinky’s fursibs are joining the hop. If you’d like to participate, enter the URL for Brian’s blog in your browser.





Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #292


takeover fill-ins


Sawyer/Stinky volunteered to do the final fill-ins of 2021. I am grateful, as I was having difficulty figuring out how I was going to fill in the blanks. Sawyer did the first three and Stinky the final fill-in. They both used teal italics.

1. I had hoped to stop having seizures in 2021 but didn’t.

2. A goal I have for 2022 is to have fewer seizures.

3. I’ll be 4 1/2 years old when 2021 ends.

4. I hope 2022 brings me lots of wonderful adventures with my girlfriend Periwinkle.

Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). You can find the sentences to fill in on both blogs on Thursdays. To join the hop, click on the badge.

Feline/Friendship Friday

A person cannot sit or lie down at our house without being surrounded by or covered in cats or both.



Three of the Kitties Blue gang, Cooper Murphy, Misty May and Astrid, and I are participating in the Feline Friday blog hop at Comedy Plus and the Friendship Friday blog hop Create With Joy.


We’ll see you tomorrow for some Caturday Art on the first day of 2022.



Show and Tell

Stinky is super excited for Periwinkle’s visit, as he has a new friend he wants her to meet. He bounces from paw to paw next to the teleportation tunnel until he hears the familiar whoosh. Then he opens his arms and catches Periwinkle as she tumbles out. They both giggle, then share some whisker kisses.

“Stinky, I am so happy to see you, and it looks as if you have put some of your weight back on,” Periwinkle tells him.

“I am happy to see you too. I have been eating better since coming home. Thanks for noticing.”

“So what excitement do you have planned for us today?” Periwinkle asks.

“Well, we aren’t going anywhere,” Stinky tells her, and then notices Periwinkle’s disappointment. “But don’t worry, I think you’ll still have fun. I have a new friend for you to meet. But first I want to show you something really nice.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her out the front door to the yard.



“Wow, Stinky, that is so beautiful and nice. A plaque for your brofur and my sisfur. Where did it come from?”

“Angel Charles’ mom sent it to my mom. Then my mom added the little purple hearts and pink flowers and green leaves. If you remember, Mau’s burial site is right behind us.”

“Oh, I do. I bet this is making Mau and Allie’s hearts smile. Charles’ mom is so kind.”

Meeting a New Friend

“Now I have something else to show you,” Stinky tells Periwinkle and takes her paw again. He leads her to the front yard and into the grass where he points out the next surprise.


Woodland Box Turtle


When Periwinkle sees what’s in the grass, she gasps. “Wow, Stinky, who is this?”

“This is our new friend. It’s a Woodland Box Turtle.”

“How did he get here? Can I touch him? Are you going to keep him?”

Stinky tells Periwinkle the turtle is not a him but a her, and she came from the neighbor’s yard on the other side of the alley. His dad posted the turtle’s photo on the Neighborhood Forum and got a message from the neighbor. The turtle walked to Kitties Blue yard by itself.

“How do you know the turtle is a her?” asks Periwinkle.

Woodland Box Turtle Facts

“Because she has brown eyes and her underside is flat,” Stinky explains. He tells Periwinkle that he and his mom read lots about the turtle after his dad found her and that he has a website where people can learn more about the Woodland Box Turtle.


Woodland Box Turtle


“What a cute face she has, Stinky, and such beautiful markings.”

“Supposedly, no two are alike.”

“Are you going to keep her for a pet?”

“No, we will leave her alone to go where she wants. My mom did name her though. Yesterday was her step-mom’s birthday. She passed away eight years ago, and my mom decided to name the turtle after her.”

“So, what is her name, Stinky?”


“Oh, that’s cute, Stinky. Terry the turtle. What I don’t understand is how she was brave enough to come to your yard, especially since your sisfur, Misty May, gets to go in the yard.”

“That is a mystery, Periwinkle. I have to show you something else that makes it even more strange for Terry to have come to our yard.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw again and leads her to the back of the house.



“Terry came from the yard where the red fence is, which means she had to pass right by our Beware sign and cat flag. I think maybe she isn’t too bright,” says Stinky.

Periwinkle begins to giggle uncontrollably. When she finally stops, she tells Stinky she is pretty certain turtles cannot read.

Before leading Periwinkle back to the front porch for a snack, Stinky tells her that the garden they are in is where angels, Thelma, Louise and Daphne are buried. Periwinkle tells him it is very pretty, especially with the St. Francis statue.

Snack Time



“The porch looks really nice, Stinky. Has your mom made some changes?” asks Periwinkle.

“Yes, we have new rugs, curtains, plants and a new wall hanging. And today we are getting a ceiling fan. It will make it much more comfortable out here when it’s really hot. Now let’s have some treats. We have Party Mix and Temptations. Would you like some of each?”

“Oh, yes please.”

Stinky and Periwinkle spend time enjoying their treats and visiting with Stinky’s fursibs and his mom and dad. Before Periwinkle leaves, Stinky tells her that this is their 100th adventure. Both are surprised and proud of the fact and promise to share 100 more adventures with each other.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle’s departure. After one last visit to Terry, and lots and lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs, Periwinkle enters her tunnel and is gone with a wave and a whoosh.

Before going inside for a nap and to dream about Periwinkle, Stinky shares one last thing. His mom registered Terry with the Virginia Herpetological Society, which requested she post this badge on our website.


Woodland Box Turtle

The End


Periwinkle and Stinky are participating in the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. If you’d like to do the same, click the badge below.



 Adventure Away from Home

Stinky is even more excited than usual about the adventure he has planned for Periwinkle and himself this week. After his walkabout and being grounded, his mom and dad finally have agreed that he and Periwinkle can visit someplace new; though, with a few caveats. Dad Tom will be taking them part way, meeting them at their destination and bringing them home. Stinky decided that was way better than staying at home.

He impatiently waits for Periwinkle to arrive. When she tumbles out of the teleportation tunnel, Stinky grabs Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to his dad’s car without even a paw hug or whisker kiss. Once inside and buckled into their seat belts, Stinky apologizes and gives Periwinkle a huge whisker kiss. 

He tells Periwinkle, “I am so anxious for us to have a new, real adventure, I want to get on the road. I hope it’s okay.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw in his, gives it a squeeze and then settles in for the car ride. Periwinkle places her head on Stinky’s shoulder, content to be together.

Both tabbies nap until they arrive at the Clifton Forge railway station. Dad Tom gets Stinky’s new backpack, which Periwinkle gave him last week; the tabbies release their seat belts and hop from the car. Dad Tom gives them each a hug, tells them to be careful and reminds them he will meet them at the train depot in Thurmond, West Virginia.

Riding the Rails

Periwinkle asks, “Are we going on a train trip?”

Stinky giggles and tells Periwinkle they are going on a special train trip. After a short wait the train arrives and makes a brief stop to pick up the tabbies.

Periwinkle gasps when she sees the train. “Oh my cat, Stinky, are we going to ride the rails like hobos?”

“Maybe not like hobos, but definitely like two tabbies on an adventure,” Stinky tells her as he grabs her paw and helps her up the ladder.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


“Hold on tight, Periwinkle. I don’t want you flying off into the woods.”

“I promise,” Periwinkle replies and adds, “I love the feel of the wind in my furs, Stinky. This might be the best fun I have ever had!” Stinky beams with delight at Periwinkle’s declaration.

The tabbies admire the scenery as the train heads toward their destination. Talking isn’t possible as the noise from the wheels on the rails is much too loud.

Much too quickly for Periwinkle and Stinky, the train arrives at their pick-up point where Dad Tom will meet them.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


As they wait for Dad Tom, Periwinkle and Stinky share some treats, and Periwinkle asks Stinky if he knows anything about where they are. He tells her a little about what he read before today’s trip.

Thurmond Depot

“From 1900 to 1920, Thurmond was among the greatest railroad towns along the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway. Coal brought from area mines gave the town the largest revenue on the railway line. Banks were the richest in West Virginia. Fifteen passenger trains passed through town each day. The depot served as many as 95,000 passengers per year. Stores and saloons were always busy, and the hotels and boarding houses were bursting with patrons.

“Unfortunately, with the arrival of diesel locomotives and less coal coming from local mines, the town began to steadily decline. The Thurmond Depot has been restored and serves as a visitor center. It’s exhibits and historic furnishings recreate the days when the railroad and coal were major themes in America’s history.”

“Are we going to visit the depot?”

“Not today, Periwinkle. But let’s plan to do that on a future adventure.”

Dunloup Falls

As Stinky is telling Periwinkle about Thurmond, Dad Tom arrives to take them to their destination: Dunloup Creek where they will visit the falls, which drop from a 20-foot high sandstone ledge into the New River Gorge. Dad Tom will be taking photos while the tabbies explore the surroundings.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


“Wow, Stinky, this is so beautiful. I love waterfalls, and it has been a really long time since we visited any. But would you please be careful and not climb any further out on that limb.”

“Periwinkle, it is perfectly safe and sturdy, and there is room for two,” Stinky tells her.

Periwinkle hesitates, but finally climbs out to join him.


The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky


The tabbies sit for a long time just enjoying the falls and each other’s company. After Stinky’s misadventure, they are happy to be together again for their weekly visits. Finally, Periwinkle asks Stinky if they will be doing anything else while Dad Tom is taking photos. As a reply, Stinky leads her down from the tree and closer to the creek. He then opens his backpack and takes out and unfolds their fishing poles.

“I have no idea if this creek has any fish, but I know how much fun we had fishing with Cooper Murphy and Tyebe, so I decided to bring our poles with me,” Stinky tells her.



“Stinky, this was a great idea. Fishing is so relaxing. It doesn’t matter if we catch anything.”

When their arms get tired of holding their poles, Stinky and Periwinkle share a snack and then a nap in the sun until Dad Tom retrieves them for the trip home.

Both kitties immediately fall asleep in the car and nap the entire way back to Stinky’s home.

Home Again

Upon arrival, Dad Tom shows Periwinkle, Stinky, Stinky’s fursibs and Mom Janet the photos he has taken, including the ones of Periwinkle and Stinky, He then makes copies for Periwinkle to take home to show brofur Raz and Mom Sharon.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky share oodles of whisker kisses and paw hugs and tell each other, “I love you!” Periwinkle steps into her tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky goes through the cat door to the catio to nap and dream of Periwinkle and all the fun they had on today’s adventure.

The End

Stinky & Periwinkle are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus. Click on the badge below to do the same.



Thankful Thursday

Sawyer gets to start today’s post with his thankful for Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop. Stinky and then Mom and Dad will follow.


I have not had a seizure since I have been home (three weeks). Most days I have been really good about eating all my noms and getting my meds. I have my paws crossed that I can keep this seizure-free streak going.


Do you remember that in last week’s fill-ins, I told y’all I wanted to tell Periwinkle that I love her, and I asked you to keep it a secret? Well, I did it, and she told me that she loves me too. Woohoo! I wrote her this nice letter, and Mom made a cute graphic of us to put on it. Periwinkle and Mom Sharon liked it so much they decided they would put it on their sidebar. So, my mom used it to make us an entirely new badge for our adventure posts.



What do you think? Do you like it?

Mom & Dad

They have been trying hard to get some projects completed around the old homestead, but it isn’t easy these days. Yesterday, installation began on the new fence they contracted for a few months ago. It is just about 90 percent finished and will be completed today along with repairs to our pergola. And the window box Mom bought and painted a couple months back will be installed as well.

We finally had a good soaking rain yesterday. Like so many others, we are in a several inch deficit for 2021.

Mom commented first, along with two others (including Periwinkle’s mom), on the Tuesday Teaser over at Two Spoiled Cats. She didn’t guess right on the Teaser, but she did have the correct country.

We think that’s pretty good for a week’s worth of thankfuls. There could be more, but Mom’s short-term memory just isn’t what it used to be.

We’ll be hopping along with Brian and lots of our other friends. If you’d like to do the same, post on your blog for what you are thankful and then click on his badge.

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

So Mom did get her act together this week and wrote a poem for Angel Sammy and Teddy’s Thoroughly Poetic Thursday. Here’s the inspiration photo followed by her poem.


No Longer Fashionable! 

These shoes were once the height of fashion,
But wearing them would be something I’d take a pass on.
They cannot possibly be comfortable
And the time it would take to button them is unconscionable.
A special hook was needed for those tiny buttons.
Can you imagine being late for work and realizing you’d forgotten
Just where you’d placed that hook when you removed your shoes?
I can guarantee you’d be hopping mad and singing the blues!
In the attic or a museum is where these shoes should remain,
As wearing them today would be a gigantic pain!

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 08/11/2021

If you think you’d like to try your paw at writing some poetry, click on Angel Sammy’s poetry badge. You’ll be whisked away to Two Spoiled Cats where you can find next week’s inspiration photo as well as Sammy’s poem for this week. He’s a terrific poet, so make sure you read his poem while you are there.

Thanks for coming to visit.

Purrs and paw-pats, Misty May, Giulietta, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet