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.
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.
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!”
“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.
“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.
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.
Periwinkle & Stinky will be joining Happy Tuesday at Comedy Plus.
Periwinkle & Stinky wish everyone
a happy new year!