The Adventures of Stinky & Periwinkle

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXXII

It is Tuesday, so Stinky is anxiously waiting by the teleportation tunnel for Periwinkle’s arrival. He is unsure about the plan for their adventure and whether or not Periwinkle will enjoy it. He doesn’t have long to brood about it, as the teleportation tunnel starts to vibrate, and Periwinkle pops out with the usual whoosh. Stinky catches her in his paws and they share some whisker kisses.

After several minutes of catching up on the week’s events, Stinky leads Periwinkle back into the teleportation tunnel.

Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Virginia

Their trip is an especially quick one. They are only traveling about 40 miles from Stinky’s house to Blacksburg, Virginia, and the campus of Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University). Of, course, Periwinkle has no idea where they are but is impressed by all the big buildings.

Stinky leads her to a huge grassy area, which he says is called the Drill Field. They stand in front of 32 stones, each carved with the name of a person. Confused, Periwinkle asks Stinky what the stones are for.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats standing at the Virginia Tech Memorial for 32 individuals shot and killed in 2007.

 

Stinky, explains, “This is the anniversary of the death of 32 individuals here on campus on April 16, 2007. Most were students and five were members of the Tech faculty. They ranged in age from 18 to 76. These markers are for each of those individuals.”

“Oh Stinky, that is absolutely heartbreaking,” replies Periwinkle as she wipes a tear from her fur. “How did they die?”

“A lone gunman, using two semi-automatic pistols, murdered them. Seventeen others were wounded, and six people were injured jumping out of windows to escape the gunman. I will not share his name. I don’t think individuals who commit these senseless crimes should be remembered.”

Periwinkle nods her head in agreement.

“He actually was a 23-year-old Senior here and lived on campus,” Stinky tells her.

“Stinky, I think it is terrible that people can be so mean and hurt and kill others like this,” replies Periwinkle.

“Two students were killed in one of the dormitories and the 30 others in Norris Hall where the shooter chained closed the main entrance doors. The individuals were killed in four classrooms and the stairwell. The assailant shot himself in the head as police were entering the building. His death is number 33, but he is not remembered here in any way,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Well, that’s exactly how it should be,” replies Periwinkle.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats standing in front of Virginia Tech's Norris Hall where 30 individuals were shot and killed in 2007.

 

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “This was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. For nine years it remained so, until the Orlando, Florida, nightclub shooting. It remains the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history and the deadliest mass shooting in Virginia history.”

“That isn’t a very good distinction to have, is it, Stinky?”

“No, Periwinkle, it surely is not. But I think we should all pray that any future events of this kind, and I know there will be some, will not be worse.”

“I know lots more school shootings have occurred in the past 17 years, and the thought that this kind of violence continues makes me very sad,” Periwinkle says.

The Memorial

Dedication of the permanent memorial took place in a ceremony on August 19, 2007, four months and three days after the massacre. Thirty-two pieces of Hokie Stone*, each labeled with the name of a victim, were set in a semicircle in front of the Drill Field viewing stand. (See first photo.) The memorial plaque is behind the hedge row.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with the memorial plaque for 32 individuals killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

Memorial plaque for 32 individuals shot and killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

The Victims

 

We Remember sign with the photos of the 32 individuals who were shot and killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

 

Jamie Bishop (35) German Instructor (Georgia)
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak (49) French Professor (Canada)
Kevin Granata (45) Professor of Engineering (Ohio)
Liviu Librescu (76) Professor of Engineering (Romania)
G. V. Loganathan (53) Professor of Engineering (India)
Ross Alameddine (20) Sophomore (Massachusetts)
Brian Bluhm (25) Masters student (Kentucky)
Ryan Clark (22) Senior (Georgia)
Austin Cloyd (18) Freshman (Illinois)
Daniel Perez Cueva (21) Junior (Virginia/Peru)
Matthew Gwaltney (24) Masters student (Virginia)
Caitlin Hammaren (19) Sophomore (New York)
Jeremy Herbstritt (27) Masters student (Pennsylvania)
Rachael Hill (18) Freshman (Virginia)
Emily Hilscher (19) Freshman (Virginia)
Jarrett Lane (22) Senior (Virginia)
Matthew La Porte (20) Sophomore (New Jersey)
Henry J. Lee (20) Freshman (Virginia/Vietnam)
Partahi Lumbantoruan (34) PhD student (Indonesia)
Lauren McCain (20) Freshman (Virginia)
Daniel O’Neil (22) Masters student (Rhode island)
Juan Ramon Ortiz (26) Masters student (Puerto Rico)
Minal Panchal (26) Masters student (India)
Erin Peterson (18) Freshman (Virginia)
Michael Pohle Jr. (23) Senior (New Jersey)
Julia Pryde (23) Masters student (New Jersey)
Mary Read (19) Freshman (Virginia)
Reema Samaha (18) Freshman (Virginia)
Waleed Shaalan (32) PhD student (Egypt)
Leslie Sherman (20) Junior (Virginia)
Maxine Turner (22) Senior (Virginia)
Nicole White (20) Junior (Virginia)

To read the sign, you need to enlarge the above photo.

*Hokie Stone is a grey dolomite/limestone rock found near Blacksburg. Its name comes from the traditional nickname attributed to students and alumni of Virginia Tech. The stone is quarried by Virginia Tech for campus projects and is displayed on the majority of buildings throughout the campus.

Remembering

“Stinky, do you think we could just sit here quietly for a little while to remember these individuals?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky replies, “Of course!”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at the Memorial for the 32 individuals shot and killed at Virginia Tech in 2007.

After sitting silently and reflecting, the tabbies walk around the semicircle of stones reading each of the names.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats standing at the Virginia Tech Memorial for 32 individuals shot and killed in 2007.

Stinky Cannot Help Himself

“Periwinkle, do you see that huge tree with the squirrel’s nest?” asks Stinky.

“Periwinkle replies warily, “Yes, why?”

“I know this is a solemn occasion, but that is a magnificent climbing tree, and I really would like to get a better look at that nest.”

“Stinky, are you actually asking if it is okay with me for you to climb the tree?”

“Well, sort of, I guess,” Stinky says sheepishly.

With an exasperated look on her face, Periwinkle nods her reluctant approval. Before she can change her mind, Stinky scampers up the tree. Periwinkle is relieved that he does not try to go to the very top.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats, one on the ground and one sitting in a large tree on the campus of Virginia Tech.

 

“Okay, Stinky, time to get down. Your mom told me you have been having seizures on Tuesdays after our adventures. If you fall out of that tree on your head, I am going to be in big trouble and so are you.”

Stinky climbs down very slowly, and the tabbies head to the teleportation tunnel for the trip back to Srinky’s house.

Back at Stinky’s House

When they arrive at Stinky’s, the tabbies tell the other Kitties Blue about their adventure. They also talk to Stinky’s mom and dad about the event. Dad Tom and Mom Janet cannot explain why human beings commit such heinous acts when Stinky and Periwinkle ask. Disappointed at not being able to understand, they decide to take some time to think about what they learned and saw today. Then they ask to have snacks on the catio. All the Kitties Blue and Periwinkle enjoy their noms. With everyone’s mouths full, it becomes very quiet.

Finally the time arrives for Periwinkle to return home. The tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing. Finally, with a wave and blown kiss, Periwinkle enters the tunnel. With a whoosh she is hurtling home. Stinky retires to the catio for a nap and dreams of Periwinkle.

Links to Additional Information

Stinky and Periwinkle could have provided much more information, but instead included these links to sites you might find interesting and informative. Many others exist. If you would like to watch some of the events taking place at Virginia Tech today, click on the third link.

https://digitalsc.lib.vt.edu/exhibits/show/april16handmade/17thanniversary

https://www.weremember.vt.edu

https://www.weremember.vt.edu/burruss_webcam.html

https://abcnews.go.com/US/room-211-massacre-virginia-tech-remembered-10-years/story?id=46701034

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/list-of-virginia-tech-shooting-victims-19-04-2007/

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXX

Stinky Waits for Periwinkle

Stinky is waiting by the teleportation tunnel. He is happy that Kizmet and Cooper Murphy have vacated it. Yesterday, when he found them both head-first in it looking for Periwinkle, he thought it was some type of April Fool’s joke. (You can see their photo and read their conversation on yesterday’s post, “Gratitude & an Overheard Conversation.” They were confused, however, as to the day of the week. Stinky warned them to stay out of the tunnel today.

Stinky doesn’t have to wait long. He hears the familiar whoosh from the tunnel and hurries to catch Periwinkle as she comes tumbling out. They spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her back into the tunnel. Moments later they arrive at the destination for the start of today’s adventure, the Battery in Lower Manhattan.

Ferry to Liberty Island & Some Facts

Periwinkle looks around and then claps her paws together. “Oh goody, a boat ride. I love to feel the wind in my furs. Where are we going on the boat, Stinky?’ she asks. He tells her to read the name on the side of the boat.

Periwinkle replies, “Wow, the Statue of Liberty! Why did you choose this for our adventure today?”

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: Statue of Liberty ferry with two cartoon tabby cats.

“You know, Periwinkle, this is our 230th adventure, and it becomes more difficult with each week to find new and exiting things to do.” Periwinkle nods her head in agreement, and Stinky continues. “On April 2, 1834, the French sculptor of the Statue of Liberty, Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi, was born. That was 190 years ago today, so it seemed like a good time to check the lady out.”

As Stinky and Periwinkle get on the ferry for the ride to the statue, Stinky tells Periwinkle that when it was dedicated on October 28, 1886, by President Grover Cleveland, the full name of the statue was Liberty Enlightening the World. It was a gift from France to commemorate the friendship between the two countries as well as the centennial of the United States’ Declaration of Independence.

The Statue of Liberty

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: Two cartoon tabby cats on the Statue of Liberty ferry with the statue in the background.

 

As the tabbies approach the statue on the ferry, they are amazed at just how huge it is. Stinky tells Periwinkle that the statue is made from copper and steel and measures 151 feet 1 inch tall. He also tells her that he read on one site that she weighs 225 tons but another said 204 tons. The latter is equivalent to the weight of about 35 elephants.

After they disembark, Stinky and Periwinkle walk to the statue. It is a very long walk, and both tabbies wish Stinky had programmed the coordinates so the tunnel had delivered them directly to the island. Once they reach the statue and have a bit of a rest, Stinky continues to tell Periwinkle about it.

 

Statue of Liberty from a distance.

 

“Periwinkle, the height of Lady Liberty’s face is 17 feet 3 inches, which is approximately three times that of the average human’s total height. It is said to be modeled after sculptor Bartholdi’s mother’s face. Her waistline measures 35 feet, which is just short of the length of a yellow school bus. The statue would need size 879 shoes, as her feet are 25 feet long.

By the time Stinky finishes giving Periwinkle these facts, her mouth is hanging open in awe.

As the tabbies walk around Liberty Island, Stinky tells Periwinkle more about the construction of the statue.

“France and the United States raised the funds to build the statue. Construction took place in Paris, beginning in 1870. It was made from 3/32 inch copper sheets (the thickness of two pennies), hammered into shape by hand and assembled over a framework of four gigantic steel supports. Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duand designed those, and Gustave Eiffel finished them.”

“Stinky is that the same person who built the Eiffel Tower in Paris?”

“Yes it is, Periwinkle.”

“That’s pretty cool! Can we go inside the statue, Stinky?”

“Yes, we can.” Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and they go inside the statue.

A Trip to the Top

“Periwinkle, we can go up in the crown if you like. We’ll be able to see some of Eiffel’s framework and feel the thickness of the copper. We’ll also get a good view of the torch and the tablet Lady Liberty holds. It is the tablets of law, which is inscribed with the date the Declaration of Independence was adopted, July 4, 1776, in Roman numerals: (July IV, MDCCLXXVI),” Stinky explains.

That sounds fabulous, Stinky. Let’s do it.”

“There is one small thing you need to know, Periwinkle, before we do. We’ll have to be a little sneaky. The minimum height for visiting the crown is 42 inches, and we will have to climb up 20 stories, which amounts to 162 steps on a confined spiral staircase.”

“Yikes, that is a lot, and my paws are already smarting. But we cannot come this far and not to it.”

“I totally agree,” declares Stinky, and the tabbies start the trek up the stairs.

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: Two cartoon tabby cats in the crown of the Statue of Liberty.

 

“Stinky, I’m exhausted, but this was definitely worth the climb,” exclaims Periwinkle. Stinky doesn’t reply, but climbs through the opening in crown. Periwinkle gasps and tries to grab him, but he eludes her.

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: One cartoon tabby cat in the crown of the Statue of Liberty and one standing on its shoulder.

‘Stinky, you get your butt in here right this instant, or I will no longer go on any adventures with you and am breaking up with you,” yells Periwinkle. Stinky doesn’t reply and takes a few seconds before he scrambles up the statue’s hair and jumps back inside next to Periwinkle. She doesn’t say anything but smacks Stinky upside the head and starts down the stairs without him.

Stinky hurries to catch up and when the tabbies arrive back at the base, Stinky has a picnic lunch with lots of treats waiting for them.

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: Two cartoon tabby cats having a picnic at the base of the Statue of Liberty.

 

Stinky gives Periwinkle a little grin and apologizes for his inability to control his urge to climb on things. Periwinkle is pouting and begins eating without replying. But, after her tummy is full, she forgives Stinky and gives him a big hug. While the tabbies are resting after their lunch, Stinky tells Periwinkle about the torch in the statue’s hand.

Lady Liberty’s Torch

The head, right arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty. The top of her torch is actually at 305 feet because of the 27,000 ton base beneath the statue. The torch is emblematic of freedom and democracy and stands at the top most point of the statue in its right hand. It is approximately 29 feet in length and weighs 450,000 pounds. The torch is made of copper and rests on a steel framework, which also was designed by Gustave Eiffel. It was designed originally to function as a lighthouse, and was open to visitors until July 30, 1916. That’s when it was damaged by an explosion on the nearby, manmade island, Black Tom. The explosion was an act of sabotage by agents from the German Empire to destroy a munitions depot on the island. At least four people were killed and $20,000,000 ($560 million in 2024 dollars) worth of military goods were destroyed.

“Stinky, I am certainly happy the torch is closed to visitors, our you would have climbed up to the tippy top of the flame,” Periwinkle remarks.

Stinky doesn’t reply but gives Periwinkle a wink, paw hug and whisker kiss.

He continues to tell Periwinkle about the torch. “The torch has undergone several renovations, modifications and restorations. It was converted to electric power in 1916. The original torch was removed in 1984 and the replacement made in 1986 for the statue’s centennial celebration. The new torch is constructed of copper and covered in gold leaf. It reflects the sun’s rays in the daytime and is lit by 16 LED floodlights at night.”

The original torch is in the Statue of Liberty Museum, which we can visit now if you like,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. She agrees and they head to the museum.

Statue of Liberty Museum

 

Stinky Periwinkle Statue of Liberty: Two cartoon tabby cats with the original Statue of Liberty torch.

 

“This looks very different from the current flame, don’t you think, Stinky? The shape reminds me of a teapot,” says Periwinkle.

“Yes, I guess it does look a bit like that,” replies Stinky.

“I’m certainly happy we can get this close without you having to climb on the torch, and don’t you dare climb over this railing,” warns Periwinkle.

Stinky does not reply to her comment but tells Periwinkle it is time to head home, and he takes her paw to lead her back to the ferry.

Heading Home

 

Statue of Liberty with ferry and New York City in the background.

 

On the tabbies return trip to the Lower Manhattan ferry dock, Stinky tells Periwinkle, “The Statue of Liberty received the designations as a National Historical site in 1924 and a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site in 1984.”

“This has been a terrific adventure, Stinky, and I really learned lots. I always appreciate how thoroughly you research our destinations. But, please, will you try to behave yourself. I don’t want to lose you, and you could so easily have a seizure and fall from one of these places you persist in climbing.”

As he always does, Stinky promises to try to behave himself. Of course, he never says he will, just that he will try. Periwinkle accepts this, as she loves Stinky so much.

When the two reach the ferry dock, they hop back in the teleportation tunnel and arrive at Stinky’s house moments later.

It’s been another long and exhausting adventure. After saying,”hi,” to Stinky’s parents and fursibs, Periwinkle heads back to the tunnel. The two share a few more whisker kisses and paw hugs. Then, with the usual whoosh, Periwinkle is off with a final wave and blown kiss.

Stinky has his snack and meds and heads to bed to dream of Periwinkle.

The End

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GRATITUDE & AN OVERHEARD CONVERSATION

Sparks

A few days ago, I saw a terrific quote about aging. Unfortunately I did not copy it, and have been unable to find it again. When searching I found the following quote about gratitude, which “spoke” to me.

 

A quote from Darby Stanchfield on gratitude, "When I'm grateful for all the blessings, it puts away all the stress about things not in my control. It helps me create perspective by just focusing on being grateful. Take that moment twice a day with yourself." This is on a yellow background with pastel flowers.

 

The author of today’s Spark, Darby Leigh Stanchfield is a 52-year-old, American actress.

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

Awww Mondays

 

A three-way cat tunnel with a grey cat butt sticking out of one opening and an orange cat butt sticking out of another with a grey, cartoon, tabby cat in red tennis shoes looking on.

 

Overheard Conversation:

Cooper Murphy: “Kizmet have you seen Periwinkle? I think she’s late.”

Kizmet: “No, I haven’t. Hey, Stinky, where’s Periwinkle? I was hoping we could have a little girl talk today.”

Stinky: “Is this some kind of April Fool’s Day joke? You two are a day early. She comes on Tuesdays. And if you stick yourselves in the teleportation tunnel tomorrow, you are going to get a face full of grey, tabby fur accompanied by black eyes and broken noses. That tunnel is powerful!”

Cooper Murphy: “Yikes, that sounds dreadful! And it’s no joke, we just got our days mixed up. And I sure am happy we did.”

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The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky

That’s right, tomorrow is the special day when Periwinkle and Stinky set out on a new adventure. Stinky has his thinking cap on, and here’s hoping he comes up with a great plan for tomorrow. And here’s hoping that tunnel is available when Periwinkle arrives. I know your tabby adventurers will be looking for you tomorrow. So, please don’t forget to check in here to find out what they get up to and into!

Thanks for joining us today.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXVIII

Where to Go and What to Do?

Stinky had been wringing his paws for several days trying to come up with an idea for his adventure with Periwinkle. He read that today is National Backyard Day, but he knew he didn’t want to go outside to pull weeds with his mom, and he was pretty certain Periwinkle would not have a good time doing that. They had helped his Mom do some spring planting in Adventure 83,”Playing In the Dirt,” but that was fun!

When Stinky discovered it was the anniversary of the opening on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, he knew that’s what they had to do. His dad had been to Sydney and could give him some pointers. And Periwinkle enjoyed their trip to the Golden Gate Bridge, so his mind was finally made up. They would be teleporting to Australia.

With the decision made, Stinky was able to get a good night’s rest.

Adventure Day in Australia

The following morning Stinky is up early to pack some provisions and give his furs a good grooming. He heads to the teleportation tunnel to wait for Periwinkle and is delighted when she arrives right on time. The tunnel delivers her right into Stinky’s waiting paws with the usual whoosh. He gives her a quick whisker kiss, tells her that they’re burning daylight, takes her paw and leads her right back into the tunnel.

Moments later they arrive at their destination. Periwinkle takes a few minutes to catch her breath and then looks around. She asks Stinky, “Where are we?”

“Sydney, Australia,” Stinky tells her.

“That’s cool, but why did you select here for our adventure?”

Stinky explains that it is the anniversary of the 1932 opening of the Harbour Bridge, and that his dad said it would be a good place to visit.

“Sounds good to me. Are you going to tell me a bit more about the bridge?”

Francis Howard Greenway

“Of course! The idea for the bridge originally came from a convict and noted architect, Francis Howard Greenway. In 1814, he proposed to Governor Lachlan Macquarie that a bridge be built from the northern to the southern shore of the harbour.”

“Wait a minute, Stinky. A convict proposed that! Was he trying to escape?”

“Stinky chuckles. No, but between 1788 and 1868 the British penal system transported about 162,000 convicts from Great Britain and Ireland to various penal colonies in Australia.

Greenway had been convicted of forgery after pleading guilty. He was sentenced to death but later his sentence was commuted to 14 years in prison. Greenway arrived in Australia to serve his time and designed and constructed several projects while still a convict. He eventually became the first official government architect and worked for the governor. (Our readers can read more about Greenway on Wikitree.)

That bridge, however, was not built. It was redesigned several times but no bridge was constructed for more than 100 years for a variety of reasons.”

“Very interesting, Stinky. So let’s go check out what was finally built as you tell me about it.”

Sydney Harbour Bridge

 

View of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000 with the Olympic rings.

 

Stinky explains, “The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a through-arch bridge constructed of steel. It spans the harbour from the central business district to the North Shore. The bridge is nicknamed ‘The Coathanger’ because of its arch-based design. It carries rail, vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The bridge was designed and built by a British firm, Dorman Long, under the direction of John Bradfield of the New South Wales Department of Public Works.

“That’s a funny name for a bridge. I guess it sort of looks like a hanger,” replies Periwinkle. She continues, “Are we going to get to actually walk on the Bridge.”

“Yes, you bet. There’s a boat waiting to take us around the harbour.” says Stinky.

 

Two cartoon tabby cats in life jackets on a boat in Sydney Harbour with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.

 

“This is wonderful. What else can you tell me about the bridge, Stinky?”

Additional Bridge Details

Stinky explains that the piers are made of concrete and faced with granite. The total length is 3, 770 feet with a width of 160 feet. The height is 440 feet, and the clearance beneath at mid-span is 161 feet. It is the tenth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel arch bridge. It took from July 1923 to January 1932 for the bridge to be built.

 

Girl cartoon tabby cat with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House in the background.

 

“Oh goodie, Stinky, we are getting closer. What’s that cool looking building in the background?”

“That’s the Sydney Opera House. We’ll visit the outside a bit later.”

Cimbing the Bridge

 

Two cartoon tabby cats on the Sydney Harbour bridge.

 

“Stinky, please get down. I am always afraid you will have a seizure and fall, but you continue to climb on everything!”

“Don’t worry, Periwinkle, I am fine. Besides, look at all the people on the very top of the bridge. My dad did that, but I promise not to go any further.”

“Sheesh, like that makes me feel any better,” Periwinkle says under her breath.

Though, Stinky has not heard Periwinkle; he comes down to join her. “Let’s head toward the Opera House, Periwinkle. I promise to stay on the ground,” Stinky says and takes her paw.

Sydney Opera House

 

Sydney Opera House

 

“That sure is impressive, Stinky. I can’t wait to get a closer look.”

 

Close-up of the Sydney Opera House with the heads of two cartoon tabby cats in the lower right corner.

 

“Stinky, what can you tell me about the Opera House?” asks Periwinkle.

“The original cost to build the Sydney Opera House was estimated at $7 million. The final cost, however, was $102 million. A State Lottery largely funded it. There was an international design competition in 1956, and 233 designs were submitted. Jørn Utzon from Denmark had the winning design and received a prize of ₤5000. Work began in 1959 and was expected to take four years, but it took 14 years. The Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on October 20, 1973,” Stinky informs Periwinkle.

“Stinky, maybe we can come back in October to actually check out the Opera House,” suggests Periwinkle.

“Good idea. Now I have a surprise for us!”

 

Sydney Opera House with two cartoon tabby cats in the left foreground with a picnic basket.

 

“Yippee, a picnic. Thank you, Stinky,” says Periwinkle and gives him a whisker kiss.

The tabbies enjoy their picnic, and then it is time to head home. They take a ferry back to where they left the teleportation tunnel, talking and giggling the entire way.

 

Ferry in the Sydney Harbour with the bridge in the background.

 

“It sure was a beautiful day for this trip, Stinky,” Periwinkle exclaims.

Stinky gives her hug and tells her he’s happy she enjoyed herself.

Home Again

When the ferry docks, they hop into the teleportation tunnel and are back at Stinky’s house in the blink of an eye. It’s been a long day, and both tabbies are quite tired. Periwinkle says a quick, “hello” to Stinky’s parents and fursibs before heading back to the tunnel. The tabbies share a few more paw hugs and whisker kisses. Then with the usual blown kisses and waves, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky heads to the kitchen for a quick snack with his meds and then heads to bed to dream of Periwinkle.

The End

Note: Periwinkle and Stinky would like to thank Dad Tom for the use of his photographs from 2000 when he spent three weeks in Sydney to officiate indoor volleyball at the Olympics. That is the reason for the Olympic rings on the bridge.

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXVI

Stinky’s Lack of a Plan

Stinky paces nervously past the teleportation tunnel. He knows he is going to disappoint Periwinkle. Though she always tells him it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they are together, he knows she enjoys visiting exotic and fun places and doing exciting things. But to his dismay, he has not come up with someplace to visit today. And he knows they have been having an abundance of at home adventures.

It is National Procrastination Week, and he fears Periwinkle will accuse him of procrastinating. He knows that is his mom’s specialty, and though she does help report on Periwinkle’s and his adventures, he knows this is not her fault.

He thought maybe they could celebrate National Cheese Doodle Day, but though those doodles are mighty tasty, they can stain one’s furs very badly.

His dad suggested celebrating National Poutine Day with a trip down the street to a local restaurant that serves it. But after seeing a photo of it and reading a description, Stinky is pretty certain he’d hork if he tried to eat it.

As it is National Aardvark Week, a visit to one could have been arranged, but Stinky has no idea where to find one.

He has tried to think of something they could do for Celebrate Your Name Week. But, as he’s already taken Periwinkle on an adventure to Periwinkle Park and no one would want to celebrate having Stinky as a name, he nixes that idea.

His mom suggested they enjoy the day outside helping her pull weeds out of the flower beds and driveway. That got a huge paw down from Stinky.

Stinky thought celebrating Professional Pet Sitters Week could be an option, but he had no idea how to do that, as his and his fursib’s pet sitter is Chris, their housekeeper.

Stinky’s Decision

Stinky finally makes a decision, but he is not excited about it. He and Periwinkle will celebrate International Rescue Cat Awareness Month and also write a letter to each other for National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week. It means they’ll be staying at Stinky’s house again, but he just can’t help that.

Stinky makes his decision just in time, as he hears the whoosh from the teleportation tunnel. He sprints to the opening and catches Periwinkle before she can roll into any furniture. They spend some time catching up on the past week and whisker kissing prior to Periwinkle asking what Stinky has planned for the day.

When he explains, he can see Periwinkle trying to hide her disappointment. She asks Stinky which of his plans they should tackle first, and he tells her that she can choose. Periwinkle selects the letters. Stinky runs to his mom and asks for paper and pencils. When he tells his mom what Periwinkle and he are going to do, she finds some nice stationary for them, so they can add the letters to their scrapbooks.

 

Periwinkle Stinky International Rescue Cat Awareness: Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at a counter with letters to each other and pencils.

 

Letters of Appreciation

Letter of Appreciation

 

“Wow, that is a great letter Periwinkle. Thank you so much. I’m not sure mine will measure up,” says Stinky before he begins reading his letter.

 

Letter of Appreciation

 

When they finish reading, the tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging. Then Periwinkle says, “We certainly are two lucky cats to have each other to love and support.” She adds, “By the way I like your snazzy bowtie, Stinky. Is there a reason for your dressing up today.”

Stinky agrees he and Periwinkle are fortunate to have each other and tells Periwinkle that he just wanted to look nice for her. Stinky then complements her on her hair bow. Periwinkle blushes and thanks him.

Finished with their letters, the tabbies decide to move on to celebrating International Rescue Cat Awareness Month.

International Rescue Cat Awareness Month

“Stinky, how are we going to celebrate International Rescue Cat Awareness Month?” asks Periwinkle. 

“That’s a good question, Periwinkle. You and I cannot really rescue another cat; though, we have had the orange, un-neutered tabby hanging out around here a lot lately. Cooper Murphy gets very upset whenever he comes around; he puffs up all over and hisses and growls.”

“How does Cooper know he’s here?”

“He comes up the back steps to the catio door,” replies Stinky.

“Do you have a photo of the interloper, Stinky?”

“Yep, Dad took one.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky International Rescue Cat Awareness: Stray, orange tabby cat interloper.

 

“He sure looks as if he fits right into your family, Stinky. Maybe you all should adopt him.”

Stinky starts laughing. “Don’t quote me, as I never know what my mom might do, but that is not going to happen!”

Periwinkle just giggles. Stinky tells her they are going to make a big banner with suggestions for how to celebrate. Once again the kitties get to work. “Stinky, This looks terrific. Shall we share it with our readers?”

“Yes, let’s do it. Then we can have a snack.”

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with a sign with suggestions for how to celebrate International Rescue Cat Awareness.

 

“Stinky, these are all terrific suggestions.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle. Some of them I found on the National Service Animal Registry web-site. They have oodles of information about International Rescue Cat Awareness Day/Month. If our readers would like to check it out, they can click on the link.”

Good idea, Stinky. Now, let’s go get a snack.

The tabbies retire to the catio where all of Stinky’s fursibs are waiting to visit with Periwinkle and enjoy a snack with her and Stinky.

Soon, it is time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky spend several minutes whisker kissing, paw hugging and giggling. Then she enters the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh and a wave is gone.

Stinky returns to the catio for a nap and to dream of his lovely girlfriend.

The End

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PERIWINKLE THE BRAVE & THANKFULS

Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

This is the day when I like to participate in the poetry challenge at Two Spoiled Cats. They provide us with an inspiration photo, and along with Angel Sammy, participants write and share a poem. Here’s this week’s inspiration photo, with a very small addition, followed by a tongue-in-cheek poem from Stinky.

 

Periwinkle The Brave: A rafting trip with the addition of a small cartoon tabby cat wearing a helmet and life vest.

 

Periwinkle The Brave

This really doesn’t look like fun.
Can we please just lie in the sun?
Then we can wade up to our knees
and enjoy this delightful breeze.
Perhaps you would reconsider?
I’m frightened I’ll fall in the river.
What if my life vest doesn’t inflate?
As a swimmer I’m not that great.
I guess I’m really not one for adventure,
especially one involving danger.
If you want to go, I’ll wait here
and when you paddle by give a cheer!
As I can now plainly see…
you are much braver than me.

© Stinky Blue – 2/28/2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy writes amazing poetry, which is always worth reading. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thankful Thursday

I always look forward to the opportunity to share Kitties Blue and my thankfuls with you.

I am not certain the kitties agree, but Dad Tom and I are super thankful that the bird brain cardinal has moved on.

 

 

This week I was the First Right Guesser on the Two Spoiled Cats‘ Tuesday Teaser. That is a very rare occurrence. I received this badge.

We have signs of spring popping up in the yard. A patch of small lilac flowers from bulbs I planted on Giulietta’s grave in fall of 2022 are blooming and some purple crocus. Several daffodils will be opening soon. I will try to get Dad Tom to take some photos when it stops raining.

Stinky is thankful I am making some progress on the landing page which will give our readers easy access to all The Adventures of Periwinkle & Stinky.

As always, Kitties Blue and I are thankful for everyone who visits our blog, comments and joins our Sunday Selfies blog hop. Don’t forget that this Sunday will be a special hop dedicated to Dr. Seuss. You can find frames to use for your selfie photos (if you like) here.

The Kitties Blue and I will be participating in the Thankful Thursday blog hop hosted by Angel Brian. Click on the badge below to join in the hop.

Thanks for stopping by today. We hope to see you again tomorrow for Friendly Fill-Ins and Feline Friday.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXIV

Stinky is doing a happy dance all around the teleportation tunnel waiting for Periwinkle to arrive. He is super excited for today’s adventure. Though they won’t be going anywhere, he knows she will have fun. Suddenly he hears the whoosh from the tunnel, and he runs to catch Periwinkle before she tumbles into the wall. Giggling, Periwinkle gives Stinky a huge hug, and they share some whisker kisses.

Happy Birthday to Dad Tom

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I think you’ll like what we are doing today. It is my dad’s birthday, and I know how much you enjoy planning and attending a good party.”

Periwinkle claps her paws together. “Oh goodie, where do we start?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky replies, “My mom has gotten some of Dad’s favorite foods together, and we can set out the buffet. And Cooper Murphy said we can help him make the cake.”

“Are we going to make a card for your dad, Stinky?”

“No, my fursibs have made a card. You and I are going to make a JibJab greeting,” Stinky tells her.

“I want to do that first. JibJabs are so much fun. Let’s look and see what we can find,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. Stinky agrees and the tabbies head to the JibJab app to see what they can find. They make two cards and then spend several minutes discussing which they should use. When they finally make a decision, Periwinkle asks if they should go ahead and post it. Stinky tells her that he thinks they should share Kitties Blue card first, and Periwinkle agrees.

 

A birthday card for Kitties Blue dad with his photo and photos of the eight Kitties Blue.

 

Baking with Cooper Murphy

“We will share our JibJab a bit later,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. He then suggests, “We better join Cooper Murphy in the kitchen, so we can help with the cake.” When the cake is finished, the three bakers sit back and admire their work while bursting out in a fit of giggles.

 

Periwinkle Stinky: A ginger tabby cat and two cartoon tabby cats wearing chefs hats and sitting at a kitchen counter with a birthday cat for Dad Tom, which looks like Groucho Marx but with a huge grey mustache.

 

“Do you think your dad will like his cake?” Periwinkle asks Cooper Murphy once she stops giggling.

“He’s got to love it. We made it ourselves, and it is unique!” exclaims Cooper Murphy.

Time for Yummy Noms

Stinky tells Periwinkle that it is time to set out the buffet, which the tabbies do next.

 

A buffet of six entrees.
A collage with four different types of beverages.
A birthday cake with bushy eye brows, glasses, a big nose and huge grey mustache for Dad Tom.

 

“Wow, Stinky, this is great, I sure hope your dad likes it. I know I cannot wait to dig in,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“There are definitely several things our kitty friends will enjoy,” replies Stinky.

“Let’s get our JibJab posted,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Good idea. Do we get to sing Happy Birthday after that?” asks Periwinkle.

“I think we can do that as well,” Stinky replies.

JibJab Greeting from Periwinkle & Stinky

 

Two cartoon tabby cats dressed as chickens in party hats with the words, "Twist & Shout."

(Click on graphic to view JibJab.)

Happy Birthday Song

 

Two cartoon tabby cats with party hats singing, "Happy Birthday," in a room full of balloons.

 

“Stinky, this has been oodles of fun. I sure hope your dad likes it.”

“I know he will, and he’ll be excited you helped put this party together. Let’s go have a nap, so we’ll be ready to party when he gets here.”

“That sounds purrfect, I am a little tired.”

The two tabbies head to the bedroom for a snooze and to wait for Dad Tom.

The End

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THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXXII

Stinky is excited that Tuesday has finally arrived, and he will be seeing his girlfriend Periwinkle. He is planted next to the teleportation tunnel ready to catch Periwinkle when she comes tumbling out. He doesn’t have to wait long, as Periwinkle is right time to begin the day’s adventure. With the familiar whoosh she tumbles from the tunnel into Stinky’s waiting paws. They spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging.

Bird Brain Cardinal*

Stinky is waiting for Periwinkle to ask what he has planned for this adventure. Instead she asks if she can see the bird-brained cardinal outside the bathroom window. Stinky giggles, takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the bathroom where they find Kizmet is in her usual bird-watching spot and the cardinal pecking on the window. Periwinkle hops up with Kizmet to check out the birdie.

 

Grey cat and cartoon, grey tabby cat watching a cardinal at the window.

 

“Stinky, that is the silliest bird I have ever seen. Do you think he has a concussion and his brain is scrambled?” Periwinkle asks Stinky.

“Who knows what is going on with that silly bird. I think my mom or dad need to do some investigating on the internet.”

Finally, the inevitable question comes, “What have you planned for today, Stinky?”

“Well, we are staying at home again, but before I tell you what we are doing, I wanted to share some news with you. My mom is working on a landing page for us with links to all the adventures I have taken us on. She says it is lots of work, but she promises to get it done soon.”

Periwinkle claps her paws. “That is wonderfully good news, Stinky. I hope when it is finished, our readers will check out
some of the adventures they might have missed. So, now are you going to tell me what we are doing?”

Adventure in A.I.

“Yes, I am. I have been watching my mom make some really fun pictures with A.I., and I know your mom has made some as well. It looks like lots of fun, so I asked if we could try our paws at creating some. My mom said, ‘Yes!'” And any we make that we like, we can turn into jigsaw puzzles for our friends.”

“Stinky, I like your idea. It sounds like oodles of fun,” says Periwinkle.

“Oh, I am so happy you like my suggestion. Would you like to go first. We are going to use the A.I. generator in piZap, as that is the one my mom is familiar with using.”

“Okie dokie, I’d love to go first. What should I do?”

“You just need to tell my mom what you want, and she will type it into piZap’s dialog box. I’ll go get her.”

When Stinky’s mom arrives, Periwinkle tells her that she wants three cats in fancy dresses and tiaras having a tea party at a table with a dining room blurred in the background. Sawyer’s mom types in the directions, and she and the kitties wait to see what they’ll get. Very quickly, the picture appears.

Ladies at Tea

 

A.I. Image: three cats in fancy dresses and tiaras having a tea party

 

“Wow, Periwinkle, you are a pro at this. That came out fantastic,” gushes, Stinky. “Now it is my turn.” Stinky tells his mom that since she and his dad ride a tandem bicycle, he wants to make a picture with two cats riding one. He gives her additional details for the picture, and then the tabbies wait again to see the results.

Tandem Riding Kitties

 

A.I. Image: grey cat and black cat riding a red tandem bicycle.

 

“Stinky, that is so cute, but the kitties do look a bit funny. They don’t have any ears,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“Probably inside their helmets,” Stinky replies.

“My turn again,” claims Periwinkle. “I want something to represent me being from Florida.” She then tells Stinky’s mom what to type. Again, the three have very little time to wait, and they have their picture.

Cat with Flamingo Floatie

 

Grey long-haired cat wearing pink swim goggle and lounging in a pink flamingo float in a pool surrounded by palm trees.

 

“Oh, that is meowvolous,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. “It’s you lounging in a swimming pool. My turn again. Since my Dad is involved with volleyball, I want cats playing volleyball,” he tells his mom.

When the picture is done, they all have a good laugh!

Volley Cats

 

Large group of cats playing volleyball in a park before a large crowd.

 

Stinky asks his mom if he and Periwinkle can each make one more, and she agrees. Periwinkle thinks for quite a little while prior to deciding and describing what she wants.

Scouting Cats

 

Five cats wearing scout neckerchiefs on a hike in a forest.

 

When the picture appears, Stinky is tickled, but Periwinkle looks disappointed. Stinky asks her why.

“I asked for three orange tabby cats, one brown tabby cat and one black and white cat to represent Teddy, Cooper Murphy and Angel Sammy as well as Angel Mau and Angel Raz, but it didn’t get the colors right,” says Periwinkle through a pout.

“Periwinkle, it is still totally adorable, and the idea was purrfect,” Mom Janet exclaims and gives Periwinkle a hug. She then asks Stinky to describe the last picture he wants, which he does.

When Periwinkle and Mom Janet see the completed picture, they both have a good laugh.

Dog on Trial

 

A cat judge with a dog on trial.

 

“Stinky, you are so funny. That poor woofie doesn’t have a chance at a fair trial with a cat as the judge. Are we going to make our puzzles now?” asks Periwinkle.

“My mom will do it for us and add them to the post,” replies Stinky.

“It’s such a pretty day here, Stinky, can we go out on the catio and have a snack?” asks Periwinkle.

“Of course, let’s go!”

While Periwinkle and Stinky enjoy a snack on the catio and visit with Stinky’s fursibs, Mom Janet loads up their jigsaw puzzles.

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Unfortunately, the time arrives when Periwinkle must return home. The two tabbies spend time by the teleportation tunnel whisker kissing, paw hugging and giggling about some of the pictures they created. Finally, with a blown kiss and a wave, Periwinkle enters the tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Stinky heads to the bedroom for a nap and dreams of his beautiful girlfriend.

The End

 

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∗ If this is the first you are hearing about our crazy cardinal, check out yesterday’s post, “Kizmet & the Cardinal.”

THE FIXER UPPER & THANKFULS

Thankful Thursday

Each Thursday, Kitties Blue and I share some things for which we are thankful. I mention the first one quite often in the winter.

Audrey, Kizmet and Cooper Murphy are thankful for a heated floor on a cold morning.

 

Three cats, a grey, torbie and ginger tabby lying on rugs.

 

Stinky is thankful I have started to construct a landing page of his and Periwinkle’s adventures, which will contain links for all the adventures they have shared here on The Cat on My Head.

I am thankful I discovered the Stevie Nicks concert from 2017 on Tubi. She’s always been one of my favorite artists. Dad Tom and I were fortunate to see her live in concert with Fleetwood Mac some years ago.

I also am thankful that at least some of those who subscribe to our blog are getting e-mail notifications of our posts.

Kitties Blue and I are thankful for everyone who follows, comments and supports us.

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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

Thursday is also poetry day. Teddy and Angel Sammy from Two Spoiled Cats provided another super fun, inspiration photo for this week’s poetry challenge.

 

fixer upper thankfuls - Photo of a shack with a front porch atop a rock in a river.

 

I kept adding to this poem in an attempt to bring it to a conclusion and am only partially satisfied with how I ended it. I also am not thrilled with all the ands and buts I included.

Advertisement: Private Isle with Fixer Upper

I wanted a place I could call my own,
as I was extremely tired of living at home.
I saw an ad for my own private isle
and knew that was just my style.
It said the place was a fixer upper,
but I had conquered projects much tougher.
I gathered together my hard-earned dough
to make an offer, as the price was so low.
Mind you, this was sight-unseen,
but I was certain it would fulfill my dream.
I finally saw my new retreat and was shocked:
My isle turned out to be only a rock!
The promised covered porch with a view
was real but seemed too good to be true,
when I discovered I had no bath or kitchen
and no space on my rock for an addition.
This itty bitty shack may not be perfect,
and it may seem as if I’ve been tricked,
as it’s more of a tear down than a fixer upper,
but I assure you I am no sucker!
I can make the best of any situation
and will merely use this for the occasional vacation.
My parents will be happy to have me home.
They never wanted me to go out on my own.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – January 31, 2024

Each week Angel Sammy transmits his poem from the Rainbow Bridge to Teddy for publication. Sammy writes dynamite poetry, which we always love. Please stop over to Two Spoiled Cats, by clicking on the poetry badge, to check out Sammy’s poem and get the photo for next week’s challenge.

Thanks for joining us today. We plan to be right back here tomorrow. So, we’ll hope to see you again then.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CCXX

At Home Adventure

Stinky is worried that Periwinkle will find today’s adventure boring, but he doesn’t want to leave the house. It is just too cold outside. With Periwinkle being from Florida, he’s fairly certain she will be okay with staying inside, but what they’ll be doing may not appeal to her.

As Stinky worries and paces in front of the teleportation tunnel, he hears its familiar whoosh and sprints to the opening to catch Periwinkle as she tumbles out. They share whisker kisses and paw hugs before Periwinkle asks the inevitable question, “What’s on the agenda today, Stinky? Are we going to visit an exotic locale?”

Stinky hesitates before answering. “Actually, no. We are staying home again today.” Stinky sees a pout beginning to form on Periwinkle’s face but says nothing. Instead he takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the living room where his mom is waiting for them.

National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day

 

Mom Janet invites the tabbies to sit with her on the couch. That’s when Stinky explains the plan for today’s adventure. “Yesterday was National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day, so my mom is going to answer any questions we have about anything.” He glances at Periwinkle and sees she has a blank look on her face.

Periwinkle replies, “Well as I always say, as long as we are together, it doesn’t matter what we do. And I guess it could be fun asking your mom questions. Who gets to go first?”

“Ladies first, of course,” says Stinky.

“Okay, why don’t our “in the furs” versions, Sawyer and Noelle, have as much fun as we do?”

“Well, Periwinkle, for starters Sawyer and Noelle don’t get the opportunity to visit each other in person, and also because real cats tend to enjoy staying at home napping and not traveling like you and Stinky do.”

“Makes sense I guess,” replies Periwinkle. She then tells Stinky it is his turn.

“Why can’t I have all the treats I want?”

“That’s an easy one, Stinky. If I let you have all the treats you want, you would get too fat to fit in the teleportation tunnel, and you would no longer be able to visit Periwinkle or go on your Adventures. Let me demonstrate for you.”

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Fat, grey tabby, cartoon cat in red tennis shoes standing in front of a three-way tunnel.

 

“YIKES, that’s awful. Even my whiskers got fat,” shouts Stinky. Periwinkle puts both paws over her mouth to sniffle a fit of giggles. When she finally get’s control of herself, it is her turn to ask a question.

“Why can’t Stinky and I have more Adventures?”

Before Stinky’s mom can answer, Stinky blurts out, “Hey I was going to ask nearly the same thing, but I want to know why we can’t have an Adventure everyday?”

“Stinky, I like that even better…an Adventure everyday,” says Periwinkle, as the tabbies give each other a high five.

“If you two went on an Adventure everyday, they would no longer be special and soon you would run out of cool things to do. Additionally, Periwinkle’s mom and I have other responsibilities as well as impediments. Remember, if you want to share your Adventures with your friends, Mom Sharon and I have to do a lot of typing and photo editing.”

“What’s an impediment?” Periwinkle asks.

“It’s an obstacle, like the one in the photo,” replies Mom Janet.

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Tortoise shell cat napping on top of a person.

Astrid crashed on Mom Janet’s lap.

 

Neither Stinky nor Periwinkle are happy with Mom Janet’s answer with regard to their Adventures but do understand the logistics are just too difficult for them to Adventure more often.

“Stinky, I have another question. Is it okay for me to ask it?” Stinky gives Periwinkle a thumbs up.

“How can we get more friends to visit us?” Periwinkle asks.

“That is a good question, Periwinkle. I need to add your graphic and the date of your next Adventure to The Cat on My Head’s sidebar, like we have for Sunday Selfies. I also will see if I can make you and Stinky your own landing page for your Adventures. The two of you need to ask your readers to tell two friends and those friends need to tell two friends and on and on about how much fun it is to tag along with you. I will try to put a photo from each Adventure on Kitties.Blue Instagram account and ask our readers to visit you on The Cat on My Head and at Friends Furever depending on which of you has planned that week’s Adventure. As you two don’t bring in any money, Mom Sharon and I can’t arrange any paid advertising for you.”

“Mom, I have an idea. You and Mom Sharon can make a puzzle each week from one of the photos of our Adventure. It seems everyone loves puzzles, and that way more people will see us on Jigsaw Planet and maybe look for our blogs,” exclaims Stinky.

“Great idea, Stinky,” says Periwinkle. “Your mom needs to make a puzzle of you being too fat to fit in the teleportation tunnel.” That gets Periwinkle a stink eye from Stinky.

“Mom, I know you have told us before, but how did you decide on our names?” asks Stinky.

“Well, long before you two existed or started having Adventures, your alter egos celebrated Meow Like a Pirate Day, and Stinky and Periwinkle were part of their pirate names. I thought those were cute names, and the rest is history.”

Snack Time

Thanks, Mom for answering our questions. Can we get a snack now?”

“Of course, I think you have some of the Kitties Blue waiting for you,” Mom Janet tells the tabbies.

 

Periwinkle Stinky National Answer Your Cat’s Question Day: Two cartoon tabby cats, a black & white cat, an ginger tabby cat and a tortoise shell cat at a kitchen island with treat jars and bowls of kibble.

 

“Wow, Stinky, your mom sure was right. We have quite a crowd to share our noms today. Good thing we have lots,” exclaims Periwinkle.

After snacking and visiting with Lisbeth, Astrid and Cooper Murphy, it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. The tabbies spend several minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. With final waves, winks and blown kisses, Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a whoosh is gone.

As usual, Stinky retires to the bedroom to nap and dream of his lovely girlfriend.

The End

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