Tabby Tuesday

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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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 CCVI

Stinky had asked Periwinkle to arrive a little early at his house, and he’s hoping she doesn’t mind. Like two weeks ago, they’ll be traveling to a locale with a six-hour time difference. Stinky is waiting next to the teleportation tunnel at the appointed time, and with the familiar whoosh Periwinkle comes tumbling out into his waiting paws. He doesn’t allow her to say or ask anything, but does give her a quick whisker kisse before taking her paw and leading her back into the tunnel.

Moments later they arrive in a beautiful medieval square. “Stinky, this is beautiful. Where are we and what is that yummy aroma?” Periwinkle asks.

Perugia, Italy

 

 

“We are in the Piazza IV Novembre in the old town of the fortified, medieval village of Perugia, Italy. This is the Fontana Maggiore. The building behind it is the Palazzo dei Priori, which was constructed in the 1300s. It’s a little different than most palaces, as it was constructed in the style of a fortress. It once was the seat of the Municipality of Perugia. Now, it houses the main art gallery for the region of Umbria.

Eurochocolate 2023

“What are those things on the steps of the palace?”

 

 

“Those are dark and milk chocolate eggs, and that is what you smell. We are at Eurochocolate 2023. I found out about it when we were in Italy two weeks ago,” Stinky replies. He continues, “Italy is well known for its place in the history of chocolate. The first chocolate in solid form was created in Italy in the 1700s, and Perugia is known as the City Of Chocolate.”

Periwinkle replies, “Well, it’s a good thing we are cartoon kitties, as real cats cannot have chocolate. It could kill them.”

“It is terrific that we can do lots of things real cats cannot.”

Before she can stop him, Stinky scales the wall of the palace.

 

 

“Stinky, is there any place we can go where you won’t feel the need to climb? You always worry me.”

Stinky hops down and apologizes. He then hands Periwinkle her ticket for the festival, and cautions her that the area is crowded with lots and lots of humans, as the event attracts some 900,000 to one million visitors annually. Though, the festival lasts for ten days and is most crowded on the weekends; Stinky knows they need to be careful so no one steps on their paws or tails. He tells Periwinkle, “My mom wanted to come with us and bring the cat stroller, so we would be protected. I know she really just wanted to come for the chocolate, but she’ll have to do that on her own time.”

Periwinkle replies, “I like your mom, but I am happy neither she nor the stroller could fit in the teleportation tunnel. I don’t want a chaperone on our adventures.”

“I’ll second that,” says Stinky.

Chocolate Sculptures

“Let’s check out some of the sculptures, Periwinkle. We won’t be able to see them being created, as that was done two days ago, on the first Sunday of the festival.”

“That’s okay, Stinky, just seeing them will be fun.”

 

 

“Stinky, this giant piano is so cool,” Periwinkle gushes excitedly.

“Yes, it is, but let’s check out that one across the way.” After saying that, Stinky runs off in front of Periwinkle and jumps up on the sculpture. Periwinkle is totally exasperated but follows after Stinky. When she gets to the sculpture, Stinky helps her up on it with him.

 

 

“I’ll admit this is a good vantage point to view the other sculptures, Stinky, but I know we’ll be kicked out of the festival if we are caught.” Stinky begrudgingly agrees and takes Periwinkle’s paw so they can jump down together.

“Stinky, what else can you tell me about the festival?”

Festival History

“This is the 29th year of Eurochocolate. It began in 1994, and is the creation of Eugenio Guarducc, an architect.”

Well, that seems very odd, Stinky, for an architect to start a festival about chocolate!”

“I agree, but that’s what I read. Anyhoo,  it seems he wanted to celebrate all things related to chocolate, as Perugia is home to a wide variety of both chocolate makers and factories. They all focus on the details and production process for creating superb chocolates.

“The Eurochocolate adventure offers tastings and cooking workshops, as well as demonstrations by renowned chefs. There also are  performances and shows related to chocolate.”

Periwinkle points to a huge display from one of the chocolate manufacturers and asks, “Do you mean like the one over there?” Stinky sees where she is pointing and grabs her paw so they can check out the display more closely.

 

 

And, as she expected, Periwinkle could not stop Stinky from climbing atop one of the balloons. When Stinky comes down, she grabs his paw, drags him away and scolds him, saying, “I love you dearly, but you are incorrigible. Do you realize you could have punctured that balloon with your claws and been terribly injured?”

Stinky hangs his head and tells Periwinkle, “I’m sorry. I don’t know what comes over me. When I see things I think would be fun to climb, I can’t help myself.”

Time for Chocolate

The tabbies spend some time wandering through the festival and picking up a few samples from the participating chocolatiers from around the world.

Periwinkle spies some particularly luscious chocolates and tells Stinky they need to buy some for their moms. Stinky agrees and tells Periwinkle they need to get some extra special ones for Periwinkle’s mom, as she celebrated her birthday the day before.

 

 

Once the tabbies select the chocolates for their moms,  Stinky tells Periwinkle there is one more thing they need to do before leaving Perugia. He takes her paw again and leads he toward some stairs.

“That looks like a long hike, Stinky, and my paws are already tired.”

“Jump on my back, and I will give you a ride,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

 

 

Periwinkle hops of Stinky’s back and asks, “So where are we headed?”

“Well, this is the Via dell’Acquedotto di Perugia. The ancient aqueduct was built by the Romans to bring clean, fresh water to the village, and we are making this hike so we can see the gorgeous view.”

 

 

“Stinky this is really a beautiful view. Thanks for helping me get here.”

Stinky replies, “We are only 11 miles from Assisi, where we visited two weeks ago. I don’t know if we can see that far or which direction we should look, but I thought you’d like to know that.”

“Thanks, Stinky, that is a fun fact.”

“I also want to give our readers a website to check out: 13 Facts About the Perugia Chocolate Festival. And, if they missed our visit to Assisi, they can check it out by clicking here.”

“So, are we heading home now?” asks Periwinkle. Stinky tells her they are going to make a tiny side trip first, so they head back down the hill to the teleportation tunnel.

Foligno, Italy

When they arrive at their destination, Stinky tells Periwinkle that they are in the ancient town of Foligno. It is also in Umbria and just 24 miles from Perugia.

“Why are we here? I am really tired,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. He explains that they are there to visit a friend of his Dad’s, Massimo Menghini. Periwinkle just gives Stinky a quizzical look, as Stinky leads her into a garden. Periwinkle squeals and claps her paws together when she sees what is there.

 

 

Oh, Stinky, kittens. I love kittens. Are we here to take them home with us? I want to take one to my mom as a birthday gift.”

“Periwinkle, you know we can’t do that without permission. And I think there is a lot of red tape involved.”

“But couldn’t we just sneak them into the teleportation tunnel with us?”

“Yes, I suppose we could, but that’s not why we came. I know you love kittens, and I wanted you to meet them. They just showed up in Mr. Menghini’s yard, and he is unable to keep them. So, I thought we could meet them and share their photos with all our friends just in case someone might have a friend in Italy who would like to adopt them.”

“Well, fiddle faddle. I know, you and I should stay in Italy and adopt them,” exclaims Periwinkle, though, she knows they can’t do that. Stinky does tell her they can stay a while and visit, but then it is time to head home. Finally, Stinky is able to corral Periwinkle and get her back to the tunnel.

The End of Another Adventure

When the tabbies get to Stinky’s house, it is already quite late in the evening, so Periwinkle says a quick, “hello,” to Stinky’s mom, dad and fursibs before hopping back into the teleportation tunnel. With a wave and a blown kiss she is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky gets his dinner and meds and then is off to bed to dream of his beautiful girlfriend.

The End

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🎂HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY, MOM SHARON!🎂

🎈WE LOVE YOU, JANET, TOM AND KITTIES BLUE🎈

❣️🎁❣️

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCIV

A Conundrum

Stinky is nervous about today’s adventure, as he has two good choices and has been unable to decide which would be the best for he and  Periwinkle. As he paces in front of the teleportation tunnel, he decides to tell Periwinkle the options and let her choose which she prefers.

Just as he comes to his decision, Stinky hears the familiar whoosh from the tunnel and Periwinkle tumbles out into his waiting paws. “Good morning, beautiful,” he says, and then the two tabbies spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. When they stop, Stinky knows the inevitable question is coming next.

“So, what adventure have you planned for today, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“Well,” says Stinky and then takes a long pause. Periwinkle gives him a frown and replies, “Don’t tell me you haven’t planned anything?”

“No, it is just the opposite. There are two adventures to choose from, and I don’t know which we should do. I’d like you to make a choice.”

“I am not sure I like that you don’t have a set plan, but let me know the choices, and I will decide if I like one more than the other,” says Periwinkle with an exasperated tone.

Mickey Mouse Club vs. St. Francis of Assisi

“Okay, first, it is the anniversary of the first broadcast in 1955 of the Mickey Mouse Club on ABC. So we could put on our mouse ears and find out more about the Club. Our second choice would be to celebrate St. Francis of Assisi, who died on this day, October 3, in 1226. And tomorrow is his Feast Day.”

Periwinkle thinks for only a second or two and then tells Stinky, “Well, that’s a no brainer. I think it would be fun to learn about the Mickey Mouse Club, but as St. Francis is so important in the lives of animals, we must celebrate him.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle, I was leaning in that direction. So, we best hop back into the teleportation tunnel, so we can visit Italy.” The two tabbies join paws and enter the teleportation tunnel. 

Assisi, Italy

When they emerge, the tabbies are in the town of Assisi in Umbria, Italy. It is the birth place of St. Francis. He was born there in either 1181 or 1182 and was baptized Giovanni by his mother. His father changed the boy’s name, upon returning from a trip to France, to Francesco. His full name was Francesco di Pietro di Bernardone.

“On the hill above us is the Basilica di San Francesco d’Assisi (Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi),” Stinky tells Periwinkle. 

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi, Italy.

 

“Stinky, it’s huge and beautiful. Are we going to take a closer look?”

“Yes, indeed, but let’s jump back into the tunnel. It’s a very long walk,” says Stinky.

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Two cartoon tabby cats on the lawn at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

 

“The grounds look magnificent, Stinky,” exclaims Periwinkle.

Stinky agrees and tells Periwinkle, “The Basilica consists of an upper and lower church and a crypt where the remains of St. Francis are interred. Construction began in 1928 immediately after the canonization of St. Francis on July 16 of that year by Pope Gregory IX. The Basilica is built into a hill on the west side of Assisi. The hill was known as the Hill of Hell, as it once was the locale where criminals were put to death.”

Periwinkle wrinkles her nose when she hears that. 

Stinky tells her, “The hill is now called the Hill of Paradise.”

“Well, that’s a lot better, as this is definitely an amazingly attractive site,” replies Periwinkle.

“St. Francis was not originally buried here, as the Basilica didn’t exist at the time of his death,” explains Stinky. “He was brought here in a procession from the Church of San Giorgio (St. George) on May 25, 1230. Today the Church of St. George is the Basilica of St. Clare of Assisi, who is the other Patron Saint of Italy. We should go check out the churches and crypt now, Periwinkle.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Two cartoon tabby cats in front of the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy.

 

“I think this is one of the most breathtaking sites we have ever visited, Stinky. I saw a sign that said it’s one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.”

Lower Church and Crypt

Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her inside the lower church where the saint’s remains were concealed in order to prevent them from being stolen and dispersed. Stinky explains that the remains were rediscovered in 1818 beneath the floor of the Lower Church, and the crypt was rebuilt so pilgrims could visit it. Unfortunately, two earthquakes and an aftershock in September, 1967 caused the collapse of the vault and destruction of many of its original frescos.

“We are standing in the restored crypt,” Stinky informs Periwinkle.

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Two cartoon tabby cats in the crypt of St. Francis of Assisi.

 

“I don’t know how this looked before it was restored, but it certainly is stunning now. Don’t you think so, Stinky?”

“Yes, Periwinkle, I do. Let’s go visit the Upper Church now.”

Upper Church

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Two cartoon tabby cats in the Upper Church of the Basilica of St. Francis.

 

“This is amazing, Stinky.”

“Periwinkle, I cannot possibly tell you and our readers everything about the Basilica, so I suggest they check out the Wikipedia site about the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.”

“Stinky, do you know how St. Francis became the Patron Saint of Animals?” asks Periwinkle.

“St. Francis of Assisi thought that all creatures, including humans, were equal in the eyes of God, and he spent a good portion of his time preaching sermons about animals. Some of his sermons were about fish, birds and rabbits. Then in 1979, Pope John Paul II proclaimed St. Francis the Patron Saint of Ecologists,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. He continues, “Tomorrow on his feast day, the people of Assisi and Christians around the world will conduct Blessings of the Animals.”

“I know all about that, Stinky. Mom Sharon always takes the Friends Furever pets to get blessed.”

“I have another web-site our readers should check out Periwinkle. It is St. Francis of Assisi’s Prayers for Pets. They also can read more about Assisi and St. Francis at Britannica and National Today.”

“I know I will be checking out all those sites, Stinky.”

“I think it’s time for us to head back home, Periwinkle. Are you ready?”

“Yes, my tummy is rumbling!”

The tabbies enter their teleportation tunnel and quickly arrive back at Stinky’s House.

In the Garden

“Periwinkle, I have a great idea. Let’s head out to the garden where Mom has a statue of St. Francis. We can see if any of the critters that live on our property will take a photo with us.”

Periwinkle claps her paws together in delight and replies, “Oh yes, let’s do that. It’s a wonderful idea.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky St. Francis of Assisi: Two cartoon tabby cats in the garden with a statue of St. Francis as well as a chipmunk, rabbit, squirrel, groundhog and finch.

 

“Oh, Stinky, look at all our friends that have joined us, a squirrel, bunny, finch, groundhog and chipmunk. Do you think we could say one of the prayers for the animals.”

“That’s a great idea Periwinkle. Should we say the one for pets. The one for animal friends is really long, and I am afraid I won’t remember all the words.”

Periwinkle agrees with Stinky, and together they recite, “Good St. Francis, you loved all of God’s creatures. To you they were your brothers and sisters. Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness. St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals, watch over my pet and keep my companion safe and healthy. Amen.”

“That was very nice. Now let’s get a snack,” says Stinky.

The tabbies retire to the catio where they have a snack, and Periwinkle visits with Stinky’s fursibs. Then it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky say their good-byes by the tunnel and share paw hugs and whisker kisses. Then Periwinkle enters the tunnel and with a final wave and blown kiss is gone in a whoosh.

As usual, Stinky returns to the catio for a nap and dreams of his lovely Periwinkle.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXXXIV

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Periwinkle’s Arrival

Stinky is fairly certain that even though today’s adventure is going to be very helpful for pet owners, it may not be that much fun for Periwinkle and him. Nonetheless, they will get to spend the day together, which is always enjoyable. As Stinky waits for Periwinkle, he is thinking about all the supplies they will need for today. He is caught off guard when the teleportation begins to shake, but he’s ready when Periwinkle comes whooshing out.

The two tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing before Periwinkle asks the inevitable question: “So what’s on the agenda today, Stinky?”

National Pet First Aid Awareness Month

“Something that may not be much fun, but I think important to share with our readers,” Stinky replies. Periwinkle gives him a quizzical look before he can explain. Stinky quickly continues, “April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. It’s the American Red Cross’s way of drawing attention to the need for pet owners to know specialized pet first aid.”

“Okay, so what is the plan with regard to pet first aid?” asks Periwinkle.

“Well I thought we could let our friends’ humans know what to put in their cat-specific first aid kit.“

“Stinky, you are right, that doesn’t sound like much fun, but it is important. And, even though, our fursibs and most of our friends are inside cats, it doesn’t mean they’ll never get hurt or sick.”

“Very true, Periwinkle. You know my big brother, Angel Mau, was bitten by a neighbor cat in 2017. He was an inside/outside cat, but it is still possible to get bitten or scratched by one of your fursibs. Here’s a couple of photos to show how serious injuries like this can be.

 

Black cat with bites on back.

Tuxedo Cat with white bandage around torso.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My mom and dad cleaned him up really well and put antiseptic on the wound before bandaging it up.”

Pre-Made First Aid Kits

“Lots of retailers like Chewy, Amazon, Walmart and even Etsy have first aid kits for pets, but I think we should let our readers know what kind of things to include if they want to make one for their cat,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“That’s a good idea, Stinky, but, most importantly, we need to remind pet parents that a first aid kit is for just that…first aid. Humans always need to take their pet to the vet if they are sick or injured. And that may mean the emergency vet if it is after hours or on a weekend.”

“That’s right, Periwinkle. Though my mom and dad gave first aid to Mau, they took him to the vet the first thing the following morning.”

Cat First Aid Guides

“Most kits will include a first aid guide, but if not or if pet parents want to create their own kit, I found some guides at Amazon,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

Here are three:

😺 The Cat First Aid book by the American Red Cross, includes the symptoms and care for more than 60 feline health conditions.
It also includes instructions for putting together a pet first aid kit as well as how to administer medications and recognize what constitutes an emergency.

😺 First Aid for Cats: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet by Stefanie Schwartz, DVM

😺 The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats by Amy Shojai. (My mom knows her. She is the founder of the Cat Writers’ Association and an award winning author who has written 35-plus pet care books.)

Assembling Your Own First Aid Kit

“Stinky, what should our humans include in their cat first aid kit?”

“Here’s a list of suggestions for a cat first aid kit, Periwinkle. These are based on what I found included in some pre-made kits as well as the Red Cross site and the Pet Poison Helpline.

∗ alcohol wipes/prep pads
∗ antiseptic wipes, lotion or spray
∗ latex-free, disposable gloves
∗ sterile saline
∗ cotton balls or swabs
∗ styptic powder or pencil
∗ iodine prep pads
∗ sting relief pads
∗ adhesive tape
∗ sterile, non-stick gauze pads in multiple sizes and gauze rolls
∗ 5 x 9 inch sterile trauma pad
∗ two-inch elastic bandage
∗ instant cold packs
∗ thermal foil emergency blanket
∗ blunt-tip scissors
∗ tweezers
∗ tongue depressor
∗ bottle opener
∗ flexible rectal thermometer with petroleum jelly or other pet-safe lubricant
∗ eyewash
∗ ear-cleaning solution

Additional Important Information

I addition, if purchasing a first aid kit that is not cat specific, items may be included that should not be used for cats, such as hydrogen peroxide.

It is also a good idea to have the phone numbers of your veterinarian, the local 24-hour emergency vet and the ASPCA Poison Control  Center inside the kit.

“Wow, Stinky, you really did your research. I hope our readers will save this post so they can make their own Cat First Aid Kit if they don’t already have one.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle. Maybe, if our readers have any other items they think should be in the kit, they can let us know in the comments.”

“That’s a great idea.”

Visiting Mau & Allie’s Garden

“Stinky, what would you think about going outside in the fresh air and enjoying a snack?” asks Periwinkle.

“That also is a great idea. Since Mau was a part of our post, let’s visit him,” Stinky suggests.

 

First Aid: Cat Three purple tulips and a garden stone with the words: Mauricio and Allie's Garden Forever Loved & In Our Hearts.

 

“I always love visiting this beautiful place, Stinky. It’s so peaceful!”

“I agree, Periwinkle. Let’s have our picnic here.”

 

Cat First Aid: Cartoon tabbies sitting on a bench with a pineapple motif along with jars of treats and with a red plaid picnic blanket on the ground.

 

“Stinky, this is a wonderful end to our day. I know the information we provided our readers today was super important, but relaxing with you outside in the sunshine is my definition of a purrfect day.”

“I totally agree, Periwinkle!”

After their snack and a little nap, Stinky and Periwinkle spend time whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then it’s time for Periwinkle to return home, and Stinky accompanies her the the teleportation tunnel. With final waves and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky heads to the catio to spend time with his fursibs.

The End

 

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXXXII

A Lame Plan

Periwinkle arrives slightly early for this week’s adventure taking Stinky by surprise. He doesn’t have any time to even worry about whether or not Periwinkle will enjoy what he’s planned. Unfortunately he’s not near the tunnel when she comes tumbling out. But when he hears the whoosh, he quickly hurries to help her up.

After several whisker kisses and paw hugs, Stinky asks, “Periwinkle, did you know that today is National Pet Day?”

“No, I didn’t. Are we going to spend the day petting each other and your fursibs?”

“No, and celebrating it isn’t what I originally planned, but my mom said what I wanted to do is lame.”

“What was that Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

“I had colored some Easter eggs and asked one of our resident bunnies to hide them for us to find,” explains Stinky.

 

Cartoon tabby cat with a real bunny and an Easter basket with decorated eggs.

 

“I think that would have been fun Stinky, but if we aren’t going to do that, what is the plan?”

National Pet Day

National Pet Month/Day badge.

 

“National Pet Day is an annual event celebrating all of our friends with fur, fins and feathers. I thought we could give our friends some ideas of how to spend it. We’ll concentrate on cat activities, as you and I are felines,” Stinky explains.

“Oh, I think that is an excellent idea! Can I go first?”

“Of course,” replies Stinky.

Treat Time

“This is especially for you and my brofur, Raz. Pet parents can give their cat a few extras of his favorite treat, but they shouldn’t let him help himself. He might hork. I know both you and Raz have helped yourselves on more than one occasion.”

“Periwinkle, I am certain I have never done that,” exclaims Stinky.

“Then what is this?” asks Periwinkle showing him the evidence.

 

Cartoon tabby cat with jars of cat trees, which have been knocked onto the floor.

 

“I’m certain those fell off the counter all on their own,” argues Stinky. Periwinkle just rolls her eyes.

“Periwinkle, how about getting your cat some fresh or dried catnip?”

“That’s a good one, Stinky. Let’s see if Astrid will share some of her’s with us!”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with a real tortoise shell cat and a sprig of catnip.

 

“I think we’re going to have to sneak some while she’s looking away, Periwinkle.”

Play Time

“Spending additional time today playing with your cat is another good idea,” suggests Stinky. Your human can throw your favorite mousie or other toy for you to retrieve. Mau liked doing that,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. The red dot (laser) toy and wand toy are fun as well. One of our favorite toys at my house is a bird that hangs from an elastic cord in the doorway. Raleigh particularly likes to play with it.”

 

Ginger tabby cat playing with a hanging yellow bird toy and being watched by two cartoon tabby cats.

 

“Hey, Raleigh, give us a turn,” Periwinkle shouts. Raleigh totally ignores them.

TV Watching

“That really does look like fun, Stinky. You know, lots of cats like to watch TV. I know there are lots of shows on about animals that any cat would enjoy. Here’s a few: The Zoo from Inside, My Pack Life, The Aquarium and Too Cute Cats. All are on Discovery+. World’s Funniest Animals is on The CW, and Animal Clips is on National Geographic. There are dozens of others.”

“They also should check out Animal Planet as well as YouTube and Instagram,” says Stinky. “Also, my sisfur, Kizmet, enjoys sports shows with lots of movement and balls, like volleyball, basketball and soccer. She even enjoys Paralympic tennis.”

 

Grey cat sitting with paws outstretched and resting on the television while it watches Paralympic tennis.

 

“Stinky, I can see that Kizmet actually has her eyes right on the ball. That is so cool! I bet lots of other cats would enjoy sports as well.”

Going Outside

“Some cats like to go for a walk on a leash or a ride in a stroller. That would be fun for our readers who live in places where spring has actually arrived. And both Misty May and Kizmet have gone for bike rides with our dad,” adds Stinky.

“Stinky, Kizmet just invited me to go with her for a stroller ride.”

“That’s cool. Can I come too?”

“Nope, this is just for girls,” Periwinkle replies.

 

Grey cat with a cartoon tabby cat in a purple stroller.

 

“Wow, Stinky, that was really fun. You need to try it sometime. I’m sorry we left you out today.”

Video Games

“I guess it’s okay, Periwinkle. I did come up with another idea while you were gone. There are fun video games for cats, like Mouse for Cats, Cat Fishing 2 and Cat Fishing Simulator.”

“I saw your mom’s post, ‘Can Cat’s Cooperate,’ from yesterday with Cooper Murphy, Astrid and Audrey playing Mouse for Cats. It really looked like fun. Hey, Stinky, it looks like Cooper is playing now. Maybe he’ll let me join him.”

 

Cartoon tabby cat and a sleeping orange tabby cat with a nearby iPad displaying the Mouse for Cats game.

 

“Cooper Murphy appears to have fallen asleep. Come play with me, Stinky.”

“I think we should finish our list first and then we can do whatever you want,” Stinky replies.

“You’re right,” Periwinkle tells him.

“I have a sort of silly idea, Periwinkle. Some animals really love snuggling down into warm laundry, like my sisfur, Calista Jo. Humans could do a load of laundry today so their kitty could curl up when it comes out of the dryer nice and warm.”

 

Cartoon tabby cat looking on as a dilute tortoise shell cat sleeps on a pile of socks.

 

“She sure does look warm and snuggly. But, you know, Stinky, the very best thing pet parents can do today is spend time snuggling and cuddling their cat if s/he enjoys that. And look, Misty May is in your dad’s lap right now. I think you should join her.”

Cuddle Time

“Good idea,” Stinky tells Periwinkle before joining Misty May.

 

Man cradling a tuxedo cat in his arms with a cartoon tabby cat sitting on his other arm.

 

“Stinky, I think we came up with some really great ideas, but I know humans can come up with lots more.”

“I agree, Periwinkle, and they can even help animals that don’t have homes by donating money, food litter or toys to their local shelter.”

“Stinky, I think that’s the best suggestion of all.”

“And after pet parents do some nice things for their animals, they can treat themselves. It’s Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.”

Periwinkle giggles and gives Stinky a big paw hug before the two head to the kitchen for some of those extra treats.

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to head home. The two tabbies spend several minutes cuddling and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave and whoosh is gone. As he always does, Stinky heads for a cozy spot to nap and dream of his beautiful girlfriend.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXXVI

Train Trip

Stinky is anxious for Periwinkle’s arrival so they can get started on today’s adventure. They will be making a whistle-stop tour around Stinky’s home state of Virginia. When he hears the familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel he is waiting with open paws to intercept Periwinkle. After some whisker kissing and paw hugs, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the tunnel for a a very quick trip to the train station in downtown Roanoke. 

When they arrive at the station and Periwinkle sees what Stinky has planned, she claps her paws together & exclaims, “Oh goody, a train trip. This is so exciting.”

“I hope our friends will think so,” says Stinky.

“Why wouldn’t they?” asks Periwinkle.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats dressed in warm coats and hats at the Amtrak Station in Roanoke, VA.

 

USA/World Spay Day

“Well, because they aren’t coming along. You know, Periwinkle, those who adventure with us are well aware of how important it is to spay and neuter their pets and companion animals as well as feral cats living in colonies. And last year, over on your blog, we did a special PSA for USA/World Spay Day. In fact, if our followers want to read more about it, they can click on the link to that post.  So, while we are busy spreading the word around my state, we are going to give our readers the opportunity to revisit some of our favorite past adventures from my blog.”

“I like the idea that I get to spend the day with you riding on a train, so I hope our readers won’t mind that they won’t actually be joining us today,” replies Periwinkle.

“Periwinkle why don’t you select a favorite adventure first,” says Stinky.

Tea Party

“That’s easy. I loved the Tea Party you had for me on June 8, 2020!”

(To visit any of the past adventures, click on the photos.)

 

A ground hog, rabbit, squirrel and robin at a tea party with two cartoon tabby cats.

 

“That was a great adventure, Periwinkle. I got to invite some of the woodland creatures who hang out in our yard.”

“I loved meeting all of them. They were so kind to me.”

Double Date with Tyebe and Cooper Murphy

“I really enjoyed our trip to Sandstone Falls in West Virginia on March 30, 2021, when we went hiking, fishing and picnicking with Cooper Murphy and his girlfriend Tyebe.”

“That was great. It’s fun to include friends in our adventures occasionally; though, I do prefer when it is just the two of us,” Periwinkle tells Stinky.

 

A white cat, and orange tabby cat with two cartoon tabby cats (all wearing hats and holding fishing poles) at Sandstone Falls in West Virginia.

 

Tortola, BVI

“Stinky, visiting your parents favorite vacation spot on Tortola in the British Virgin Islands on May 10, 2022, was one of the most exciting and romantic adventures ever! I’d like to visit there again.”

“It really is beautiful there, Periwinkle. We can definitely go back sometime,” Stinky tells her.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats sitting on a roof over looking Long Bay in Tortola, BVI.

 

Eagles

“Our trip on the James River on April 27, 2021, to visit the Eagles was one of my all time favorites,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Oh, Stinky, me too. We were so lucky they liked us and didn’t try to eat us for their lunch!”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats, wearing hats, and sitting on a branch with two eagles.

 

Preparing for Thanksgiving

“My turn again, Stinky. I had so much fun when we went to Mau’s Bake Shop on November 26, 2019, and he helped us make Thanksgiving pies, and we made you a Gotcha Day Cake.”

“That was a great one, as Mau was still with us then. And I really liked my cake,” replies Stinky.

 

A collage of two tabby cats wearing chef's hats and a tuxedo cat in an apron and chef's hat in front of a bakery and with a cat face cake.

 

“Those really were great adventures, Periwinkle. I hope our friends had fun revisiting them.”

“I sure know I did, Stinky. We have had so many great adventures…176 to be exact! And I am happy we were able to remind everyone how important it is to spay and neuter their pets.”

“It looks like it’s time to return to my house for a snack and a visit with all my fursibs.”

“Sounds good to me, Stinky,” replies Periwinkle.

After a snack, visit and quick nap, it is time for Periwinkle to return home. She and Stinky spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. With a final wave, Periwinkle hops into the teleportation tunnel for the trip home.

Stinky heads to the bedroom for a nap already thinking about seeing Periwinkle next Tuesday.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLXII

Stinky anxiously awaits Periwinkle’s arrival. He knows time is flying by and it will soon be Christmas, but for him the individual days seem to drag on and on. He finds having to wait an entire week to see his girlfriend Periwinkle is agonizing. When he hears that familiar whoosh from the teleportation tunnel, he begins bouncing up and down on his back paws and spreads out his front ones to catch Periwinkle as she comes tumbling out. The two tabbies share their usual paw hugs and whisker kisses, and then Periwinkle asks the inevitable question, “What’s on the agenda today?”

Thanksgiving Traditions

Stinky tells her that he doesn’t think it’s a good time to travel anywhere because of the Thanksgiving holiday and because so many places are having super bad weather. He explains that he has planned an at home, educational adventure. Periwinkle rolls her eyes. She likes learning about new places when they travel, but sitting at Stinky’s house learning “stuff” doesn’t get her excited.

Luckily for Periwinkle, Stinky does not see the eye roll, as he begins telling Periwinkle what they are going to do. “As Thanksgiving is just two days away, I thought it would be fun to learn about Thanksgiving traditions in other countries.”

Periwinkle gives him a curious look, and replies, “I didn’t know other countries celebrate Thanksgiving. I thought that was totally an American tradition.”

“It is not called Thanksgiving in all the other countries. They have their own name and traditions for the celebration. The places that actually call it Thanksgiving are the United States, Canada, Grenada, Saint Lucia and Liberia,” Stinky explains.

Periwinkle puts her paws over her mouth to stifle a yawn. “Stinky, this might be interesting, but to be truthful, I am really bored by the idea. And I bet our readers will be as well. Is there something else we can do?” asks Periwinkle.

“What would you like to do?”

Thank You to Friends and Family

“Can we make some cards for our friends and family to thank them for being in our lives?” asks Periwinkle.

“Periwinkle, that is a great idea. To be honest, I was that excited about just talking about Thanksgiving. I’ll collect some supplies for us!”

The tabbies get busy making cards and chatting about some past adventures. When finished, they share their creations with each other.

Periwinkle shares her first card, which is for her mom.

 

 

“Periwinkle, your mom is going to love that,” says, Stinky. “Here’s the one I made for my mom. We pretty much had the same idea for what we wanted to say.”

 

 

“Good job, Stinky, I think our moms are going to be so excited when they see what we have made for them. I need to thank my dad too, as he helps us with lots of our adventure photographs. Should we thank our fursibs next?”

“Definitely! I’ll go first this time.”

 

 

“That’s nice, Stinky. Now it is my turn. ” says Periwinkle.

 

 

“Reesie, Raz and Noelle are really going to appreciate that, Periwinkle. You are a great sisfur. I have the most special card to share now.”

 

 

Periwinkle blushes when she sees Stinky’s card. “Stinky, it is beautiful. Thank you so much, I love it and I love you,” says Periwinkle as she throws her paws around Stinky’s neck and gives him a big hug and whisker kiss. “Here’s my card for you.”

 

 

“I love you too, Periwinkle. We are fortunate to be together and have the opportunity to travel and do so many fun things.”

Periwinkle replies, “We also are blessed to have friends and followers who enjoy our adventures as much as we do. Let’s make a card for them as well.”

“That’s a terrific idea,” says Stinky.

 

 

“Stinky, I am not too sure about that pilgrim hat, but I do think we made a nice card. Do you think our friends will like it?”

Happy Tuesday

“Yes, I am certain they will. And let’s not forget to join the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus, as our Tuesdays are always happy.”

 

“Purrfect, now let’s go visit those kittens and the other Kitties Blue,” says Periwinkle.

The tabbies hunt down all the other Kitties Blue, give them their cards and paw hugs as well. Then Stinky’s mom gets treats for everyone while they visit.

Too soon it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky wish each other a happy Thanksgiving and share lots of paw hugs and whisker kisses. As Periwinkle enters the tunnel, they give each other final waves. And with a whoosh Periwinkle is headed home, and Sawyer retires to his mom and dad’s bed for a nap so he can dream about Periwinkle.

The End

 

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLVl

An At-Home Adventure

Stinky is pacing in front of the teleportation tunnel. Once again, he is worried Periwinkle will be disappointed in their adventure when she finds out they are staying at his house. Before he has time to work himself into a frenzy, however, the teleportation tunnel starts rumbling and ejects Periwinkle with the familiar whoosh. Stinky grabs her before she tumbles head first into the kitten enclosure.

She’s giggling as he wraps her in a huge paw hug. “What’s so funny, Periwinkle?” he asks.

“Oh, the teleportation tunnel was a bit wonky today and it kept tickling me,” she replies with another giggle.

“Well, I am happy you are in such a good mood, as I am afraid we aren’t going any place fun for today’s adventure,” Stinky tells her.

Periwinkle takes Stinky’s paw and replies, “How many times do I have to tell you, I don’t care what we do as long as we are together.”

“I know, but I like to take you to interesting places,” bemoans Stinky.

“I bet you have figured out something fabulous even if we are staying put.”

Miscellaneous October 11 Holidays

“You know I often try to plan something significant for the date of our adventure, but that didn’t work out this week. But I do have a couple of fun things to do before we get to my actual plans, as there are a few ‘miscellaneous’ holidays today.”

Periwinkle claps her paws and bounces up and down. “Oh goody, I love holidays. Will there be presents?”

“Not really that kind of holidays.”

“Phooey,” replies Periwinkle. “Whatever it is, let’s get on with it!”

Pet Peeve Week

“Okay. The first is Pet Peeve Week. Do you have any pet peeves?”

“I sure do, and it actually happens to be a pet. Reesie! Raz and I were doing just fine without her,” replies Periwinkle.

“Well, at least you don’t have eight furblings! What a pain in the tush. It peeves me when they try to take my place on the bed or steal my treats. And Astrid and Misty May really set me off when they go after my food. They are not supposed to have my medicine. But my biggest peeve is when Mom and Dad forget about 11 a.m. treat time. The really gets my dander up!”

“Wow, Stinky, that’s a lot of things to be peeved about.”

“I know, but like I said, try living with eight other cats!

International Face Your Fears Day

So, today is International Face Your Fears Day. What are your fears?”

”I don’t like loud noises or strangers. I usually hide from both of those things. How about you, Stinky, what are your fears?”

“I also don’t like loud noises. I don’t hide, but I always jump.”

“Aren’t you afraid of having seizures?”

“Not really. When they are over, I don’t remember anything about them. However, that is the reason Mom asked me to stay home today. I had another one at 2 a.m. Monday morning. I only made it one week again, which really sucks.”

Periwinkle wraps Stinky in a huge paw hug. “I am so sorry. It really stinks that you have those nasty things. I wish I had a magic potion that would take them away. But then, if you’d eat your noms, I know you’d have fewer of them.”

Take Your Medicine Americans Week

“Nice segue, Periwinkle. This week is Take Your Medicine Americans Week, which definitely pertains to me. And I promise to try to do better with my eating.”

“Thank you, replies Periwinkle.

Veterinary Technicians Week

“Finally, it is Veterinary Technicians Week. Now, I personally don’t care for anybody at the veterinarian’s office, but I know my mom and dad are partial to Tomika. And she does treat all of us very well.”

“Is that it? Are we going to have our at-home adventure now?” Periwinkle asks with a look of exasperation on her face.

Playing Dress-Up for Halloween

“Yep, and it does involve something you like,” Stinky tells her.

“Oh, goody. What is it?”

“Dress-up. We are going to try on several Halloween costumes and let our readers pick which one they like best for each of us. Then when we visit Walter and the black cats in two weeks to get their Halloween Trick or Treat wish list, we can wear what our readers selected.”

“Sounds like it might be fun,” says Periwinkle and gives Stinky a wink. “You do know what I like.” Periwinkle and Stinky get busy trying on several different costumes.

Recycled Mardi Gras Costumes

 
Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed in Mardi Gras costumes.

 

Lion and Flower

 
Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a lion and a pink flower.

 

Baby Yoda and Raggedy Ann

 
Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as Baby Yoda and Raggedy Ann.

 

Bee and Mouse

 
Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a bee and a mouse.

 

Pumpkin and Unicorn Princess 

 
Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky in a Halloween setting dressed as a pumpkin and princess unicorn.

 

“Of course, you might like to wear the ballerina outfit you wore last Thursday for our ‘Modern Dance Misadventure.’ I know you liked that one. I’ve given our readers a link to that post, so they can check you out and vote for that costume if they’d like.”

“Good idea, Stinky. I do like that outfit. I wore it for Halloween one other year, but I bet no one remembers. Stinky, do you have a favorite of the costumes you tried on today?”

“I do, but I am not going to say. I don’t want to influence the voting.”

“Good thinking. I won’t tell my favorite either. Is it time for a snack and a visit with Raleigh and Audrey?”

“You bet. The sun’s out, so let’s have our snack on the catio.”

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky sitting on a cat tree with tabby kittens, one buff colored and one grey.The tabbies take their snack out to the catio where they share with all of Stinky’s furblings. When they finish, Periwinkle plays with Raleigh and Audrey for a little while, but soon it is time for her to head home. After many whisker kisses, paw hugs and whispered, “I love yous,” Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh is on her way home.

Stinky heads to his dad’s chair for a nice, long nap.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CLIV

Stinky is ready and waiting when the teleportation tunnel shoots Periwinkle right into his paws with that familiar whooshing sound. As they often do, the tabbies begin giggling and then whisker kissing. After a few moments, Periwinkle pulls back and looks Stinky up and down. She asks, “Are you okay? I heard you had a seizure on Sunday!”

Stinky replies, “I am fine. I had all day yesterday to rest, and I am ready to have some fun.”

Periwinkle claps her paws together and says, “Oh goodie, I am too. What’s on the agenda?”

“Do you remember when we visited the caverns in Luray, Virginia?”

“Of course I do. They were so gorgeous!”

“Well, we are returning there to go to the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum. I thought it might be a fun tie-in to an event that occurred on September 27, 1908. That’s when the First Ford Model T was produced.”

“I remember you mentioning we would return to see the cars. Sounds like fun. Let’s go,” says Periwinkle and leads Stinky back into the teleportation tunnel.

They arrive moments later.

Car and Carriage Caravan Museum

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum

 

“I know that we won’t be able to see everything today, Periwinkle, as there are more than 140 modes of transportation on display, dating from 1725 to 1941.”

“Well, we better get a move on then, so we can at least see a few,” Periwinkle says as she takes Stinky’s paw and marches into the museum.

Stinky tells Periwinkle that the museum opened in October, 1957, and is one of America’s most exceptional displays of rare, vintage vehicles. H.T.N. Graves, the former president of Luray Caverns Corporation built the museum. In the early 1950’s he and his staff set out to find and purchase a collection of modes of transportation important to the history of travel.

1931 Pierce-Arrow

“Stinky, I never heard of a Pierce-Arrow. Do they still make these somewhere?”

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a yellow 1931 Pierce-Arrow car.

 

“Not anymore, but they were made in America, in Buffalo, New York, from 1901 to 1938. They were best known for large, luxury cars like this one, but they also made commercial trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, boats, camp trailers and fire trucks.”

“Well, this car definitely looks luxurious, and I really like the color and that it’s a convertible.” says Periwinkle. Then she takes Stinky’s paw and leads him to a really luxurious car.

1927 Mercedes Benz

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with 1927 Mercedes Benz.

 

“Oh, Stinky, look at the vintage bride and groom. I think it is amusing how so many of the cars and displays have these mannequins. But I definitely like the looks of this car.”

“It is supposedly one of the rarest in the collection, Periwinkle. Only eight were ever built!”

“Wow, that sure does make it special,” Periwinkle replies.

1925  Rolls-Royce

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1925 Rolls-Royce.

 

“Stinky, I wonder why this was called the Silver Ghost Town Car?”

“The only info I could find, Periwinkle, said that the name came about because of its ghost-like quietness. I also discovered that production began in England in 1907 but was stopped during World War I. After the war, a second plant was opened in Springfield, Massachusetts, and a total of 7,874 Silver Ghosts were produced from 1907 to 1936, including 1,701 built in the Springfield plant. Supposedly some 1,500 are still around.”

“Can you imagine a car from today lasting that long, Stinky?”

“Not a chance, Periwinkle!”

“Hey, Stinky, look at this,” Periwinkle says while tugging Stinky toward a different type of vehicle.

1914 Ford Model T Milk Truck

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1914 Model T Ford milk truck

 

“Stinky, this is so cool, as we are celebrating the production of the first Model T today. And it operated right here in Virginia.”

“Winchester is less than 40 miles from where Teddy lives. I bet they had trucks just like this delivering there.”

“That’s fun to think about, Stinky; though, he and his parents wouldn’t have been around then.”

Stinky rolls his eyes at Periwinkle. He’s lucky she doesn’t see him.

1935 Hispano-Suiza

“Hey, Periwinkle, look at this one. It makes me think of a gangster’s car.”

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a 1935 Hispano-Suiza car.

 

“Do you think there are any bullet holes in it?” asks Periwinkle.

“I doubt it. I don’t know if there were gangsters in Spain, which is where the company started in 1904 in Barcelona. The brand is owned by four generations of the Suqué Mateu family. They are still making cars today, and they are super cool looking. If any of our readers want to seem them, they should check out the official website.”

1927 Bugatti Grand Sport

 

Cartoon tabby cats, Periwinkle and Stinky, in front of the Car and Carriage Caravan Museum with a yellow 1927 Bugatti Grand Sport.

“Stinky, I like this one. Do you think we can drive it back to your house?”
“I don’t know how to drive, Periwinkle. Do you? I cannot believe you climbed in there. You are always the one getting after me for climbing on and in things.”
“I just couldn’t help myself. This car is so cute. Do you think it will fit in the teleportation tunnel?”
Stinky just giggles and tells Periwinkle about the Bugatti. “The car you are in could reach 100 mph. The original company was founded in 1909 in the German town of Molsheim. They built race cars and won lots of races. They also built road cars, like this one, and airplane engines. Due to money problems the company was forced to shut down in 1952. In 1987 the company was bought by an Italian who built one supercar. The company shut down again in 1995. It is now owned by Volkswagon.”
“Stinky this has been a really terrific adventure, but I can see we’ve barely seen a fraction of what’s here. My paws are getting tired, however. Do you think we could get a snack and revisit this museum again sometime?”asks Periwinkle.
“Of course, sweetie.”
Periwinkle replies, “Let’s go back to your house, so I can visit with the kittens and the other Kitties Blue. We can get a snack there if that’s okay?”
“Sounds purrfect to me,” Stinky tells her and takes her paw. They head back into the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh are on their way back to Stinky’s house.
The End

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