The Adventures of Stinky & Periwinkle


Meow Like a Pirate Day

When Periwinkle comes tumbling from the teleportation tunnel with the usual whoosh, Stinky greets her with a huge paw hug and an, “Ahoy, matey.” Periwinkle begins to giggle and clap her paws together.

“Oh, Stinky, I was hoping we’d be celebrating Meow Like a Pirate Day. It is such a fun holiday.”

“How could we miss it? Do you think all our readers know that is how you and I got our names?”

“Some may not. You should tell them.”

“Yes, of course,” replies Stinky. “Well, our names were actually our alteregos’, Noelle and Sawyer’s, pirate names. I could not find the reference to Periwinkle, but Sawyer’s pirate name was Captain Stinky One-Eyed Biggs.”

Periwinkle giggles. “That really is a silly name, Stinky. I like that I have a pretty name.”

“You should. It matches your beauty and sweet personality.”

Periwinkle blushes and gives Stinky another big paw hug and a whisker kiss. She then asks him what he has planned for today.

Whydah Gally

Stinky tells her that they are going to West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, to learn about the only authenticated and positively identified pirate ship, the Whydah Gally, which sank off the coast of Wellfleet, MA, on April 26, 1717.

“Wow, Stinky, that sounds really cool. Let’s get going,” says Periwinkle, as she takes his paw and leads him into the teleportation tunnel.”

When they arrive at their destination, the Whydah Pirate Museum, Periwinkle squeals with delight when she sees two of the pirates outside the museum. “Stinky, they look so real. Let’s get our photo with them.”


Periwinkle Stinky Whydah Gally: Two cartoon tabby cats in pirate hats with two pirate statues.


When they enter the museum, Periwinkle begins looking around for the actual ship. When Stinky sees her quizzical expression, he tells  Periwinkle that the ship is still at the bottom of the ocean where it was discovered 30-feet below the surface in 1984 by the shipwreck salvager and underwater archaeological adventurer, Barry Clifford. It is currently buried under 10 to 50 feet of sand, in depths ranging from 16 to 30 feet deep. It’s spread for four miles, parallel to Cape Cod’s easternmost coast. 

“Well, phooey. I thought we were going to get to see and board the ship, Stinky.”

“I’m sorry Periwinkle, we will get to see a model and then a replica of the ship, which we can board.” 

“I guess that’s okay. Let’s go see that model, while you tell me about it.”


Model of the Whydah Gally


“The Whydah Gally was built in 1715 as a slave ship. It was on its maiden voyage when it was hijacked by the pirate, Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, shortly after leaving Jamaica where it had traded and sold 500 slaves from Africa, gold, ivory and jewelry. The ship was carrying precious metals, sugar, indigo, rum, logwood, pimento, ginger and medicinal ingredients back to England when Bellamy hijacked it. Bellamy and his crew used the Whydah to pirate additional ships. The Whydah had the treasure of 53 other ships on board when it sunk.”

Bellamy is best known as the wealthiest pirate in recorded history, and one of the faces of the Golden Age of Piracy.

Sinking of the Whydah

“How did it sink, Stinky?” Periwinkle asks.

“The 100-foot, 300-ton, 28-gun Whydah encountered a Nor’easter with 70 mile per hour winds causing ocean swells of up to 30 feet. Though, the captain and crew were within sight of land, they were unable to navigate in the storm and slammed into a sandbar stern first. The ship broke apart and all but two of the 145 men and one child aboard died. The two survivors were Welsh carpenter, Thomas Davis, and the ship’s pilot, 16-year-old Miskito Indian, John Julian. Julian was sold as a slave to John Quincey, the great-grandfather of president John Quincy Adams after the ship sunk.”

“Even though they were pirates, Stinky, that’s still pretty sad that only two people lived,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“The ship was carrying four and a half tons of stolen treasure. According to cartographer and commander of the Bay Colony’s naval militia, Cyprian Southack, at least 200 men plundered the ship of its bounty, including 180 bags of gold and silver.”

“Holy cow, Stinky, that’s a lot of money. Can we check out some of the artifacts here at the museum?”

“Sure, let’s check out some of the loot found aboard by Clifford.”

Items from the Whydah


Periwinkle Stinky Whydah Gally: two cartoon tabby cats in pirate hats with a trunk of coins.


“Stinky, think of all the stinky goodness and treats and toys we could buy with that money,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“I’m surprised I didn’t think of that Periwinkle.”

“Hey, Stinky, let’s check out that anchor.”


Periwinkle Stinky Whydah Gally: two cartoon tabby cats in pirate hats with a large ship anchor.


“I did not intend for you to climb on it, Stinky. Please get down,” Periwinkle requests. Stinky grudgingly obliges, and the tabbies move to the next exhibit.

They check out the bell from the ship, discovered by Clifford in 1985. It is inscribed, “The Whydah Galley 1716.”


The recovered bell from the Whydah Gally.


“Periwinkle, let’s check out some of the cannons and the ship’s replica.”

“Are you going to climb on the cannons Stinky?” Periwinkle asks.

Stinky giggles and replies, “Probably.” Periwinkle rolls her eyes.


Periwinkle Stinky Whydah Gally: two cartoon tabby cats in pirate hats with a replica of The Whydah Gally.


“Stinky, you can be such a troublemaker. One of these days you are going to get us kicked out of wherever we are visiting.”

“Maybe so, but until I do, I am going to keep having fun,” Stinky replies.

Once again, Periwinkle rolls her eyes. Then she grabs Stinky’s paw and pulls him down. They spend some time exploring The Whydah’s replica.


When they exit The Whydah replica, Periwinkle spies a large and very strange looking object. She asks Stinky if he knows what it is? Having no idea, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her to the object.


Periwinkle Stinky Whydah Gally: two cartoon tabby cats in pirate hats with a concretion from the wreck of the Whydah Gally.


“Periwinkle, the sign says, that this is part of a 3,500 pound concretion. Items encased in this mass of hardened sand and stone include human remains, plus what appear to be a pistol, cuff links, a belt and additional personal items. Taken from the wreck site several years ago, everything inside was protected over the centuries until conservationists started removing the material, and that is when they discovered the bones.”

“That’s cool and creepy at the same time,” says Periwinkle. She adds, “I don’t know about you, Stinky, but my paws are getting pretty tired, and my tummy is growling.”

“Aargh, Periwinkle, I think we should head back to my house and plunder ourselves some grub and grog!”

“Stinky, you are so silly, but I totally agree.”

Home Again

After a quick trip in the teleportation tunnel, the tabbies arrive at Stinky’s House. Stinky’s mom fixes them a snack, and they retire to the catio to enjoy the nice weather and visit with Stinky’s fursibs. Periwinkle tells them all how sorry she is about Misty May getting her angel wings. They all thank her for her consideration.

After their snack, it’s time for Periwinkle to return home. Before she leaves, Stinky tells her that they have shared just a small amount about The Whydah Gally and Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy. He explains that a Google search of either The Whydah or Bellamy will bring up oodles of websites with additional information that their readers might find interesting.

Finally, it is time for Periwinkle to return home. She tells Stinky how much she enjoyed this unique Meow Like a Pirate Day adventure. She and Stinky share lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs. Then Periwinkle enters the tunnel, and with the usual wave, blown kiss and whoosh, she is gone. Stinky retires to the bedroom to nap and dream of his love, Periwinkle.

The End



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A Celebration for Periwinkle

Stinky is ready when Periwinkle comes tumbling from the teleportation tunnel right into his waiting paws. Once she rights herself, her mouth falls open as she sees the room is filled with balloons. Being a smart cookie, Periwinkle asks, “Are these for me for my birthday?” Stinky blushes, says “yes,” and then apologizes for himself and Sawyer missing her and Noelle’s birthdays on September 1. Periwinkle throws her arms around his neck and gives him a big hug and whisker kiss. “Stinky, this is so much better than an online or snail mail card.”

Still embarrassed, Stinky tells her that he can tell time but hasn’t quite figured out the calendar and relies on his mom to remind him of important dates, and he is pretty certain Periwinkle knows that her track record has been pitiful lately.

“Stinky, please stop apologizing, it’s okay. Now, let’s get this party started. I assume there is a party.”

“Yes, of course, but you need to put on your tiara first,” Stinky replies.


Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: Two cartoon tabby cats in a room with color balloons with the face of the girl tabby, Happy Birthday and I 💜 Periwinkle on the balloons.


“Periwinkle, the main reason for our celebration today is your birthday. But we also have something else to celebrate.”

“Oh, goodie, two things to celebrate. What is it, Stinky?”

200 Adventures

“This is our 200th adventure. That is nearly four years of adventuring,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Wow, that is a really big deal. I sure have had a lot of fun on all those adventures and hope we can have at least 200 more!”

“Me too, Periwinkle!”

“So, what are we doing to celebrate?” asks Periwinkle.

In reply, Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her outside. Once again, she is amazed by what is awaiting her, “Stinky, this is beautiful,” Periwinkle exclaims. “Did you do all this for me?”

Lunch in the Garden

“Well, I did have some help from my mom.”

Periwinkle throws her paws around Stinky’s neck and gives him a hug. “You are so romantic, Stinky!”


Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: Two cartoon tabby cats sitting at a fancy table in a field surrounds by candles and Periwinkle plants.


“I love all the Periwinkle plants,” says Periwinkle.

“Soon, you’ll be able to run through an entire field of them. Mom and Dad are having a huge portion of our side yard planted with periwinkles.”

“Is that just for me, Stinky?”

“I am not sure about that. It may be just one of those happy coincidences,” Stinky tells her. He then asks Periwinkle if she is ready for lunch? She tells him, “yes,” and asks what they are having. Without telling her, Stinky motions to his mom to bring out their plates: a shrimp cocktail to share as well as steak and lobster tails.


Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: A feast of shrimp cocktail and steak and lobster.


The two tabbies immediately dig into their meals and do not speak until they have eaten every morsel and licked their plates clean.

“Stinky, that was so delicious. I am absolutely stuffed.”

“Me too, but I do hope you have saved room for cake. Cooper Murphy has baked two beautiful ones for us.”

“Two cakes, why two?” asks Periwinkle.

“One for your birthday and one in celebration of our 200 adventures.”

Nap Time

“Stinky, I don’t think I could eat another bite right now. What would you think about having a little nap first?” Stinky tells Periwinkle that he thinks a nap is a wonderful idea. The two tabbies return to the house and curl up in the bed Noelle gifted Sawyer for Christmas 2022.


Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: Two cartoon tabby cats napping in a heart-shaped, grey, fuzzy bed.


Birthday Cards

When Periwinkle and Stinky wake up they return to their table outside where Stinky has some cards for Periwinkle. He tells her that she has to click on each one to see it. He also tells her that the first one is just for fun!


“Stinky, those were so much fun. We need to make more for other occasions.” Stinky agrees with her and promises they will.


Finally it is time for cakes, and Cooper Murphy delivers the ones he has baked.


Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: grey tabby cat cake.

Periwinkle Stinky birthday 200 adventures: Three-tier, white frosted cake with periwinkle flowers and the words, "Congratulations 200 Adventures."

Periwinkle claps her paws together when she sees the cakes and then gives Cooper Murphy a huge hug. “Thank you, Cooper, these are so beautiful. You have become a masterful baker.”

Cooper thanks Periwinkle for the compliments and cuts both tabbies huge slices from each cake. He asks if it is okay for him to take slices to all the Kitties Blue. Periwinkle and Stinky tell him to please do so.

After finishing their cake and helping each other lick the frosting from their faces, Periwinkle asks to visit with all the Kitties Blue and Stinky’s parents. Periwinkle also takes a few minutes to thank Stinky’s mom and Cooper Murphy for the parts they played in making today so wonderful.

Saying Good-Bye

Finally it is time for Periwinkle to depart. She tells Stinky, “Thank you for such a beautiful and thoughtful celebration. I loved every moment of it. I am so happy you are my boyfriend.” She then adds, “Would it be okay for me to take my tiara home as well as some cake for my mom, Noelle and Reesie?” Stinky hands her a box. “Cooper Murphy has already wrapped up some of both cakes for you to take home, and, of course, you may keep your tiara.”

Periwinkle and Stinky spend several more minutes whisker kissing, paw hugging and whispering, “I love you,” to each other. Then with tears in her eyes, Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel, blows Stinky a final kiss and is gone in a whoosh.

As he always does, Stinky heads to the catio for a nap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

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Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

Stinky has planned a nice quiet adventure for today and is looking forward to Periwinkle’s arrival. When he hears the familiar whoosh from the tunnel, he sprints to its opening and is ready to catch Periwinkle when she comes tumbling out. They spend several minutes whisker kissing, paw hugging and catching up on the occurrences of the past week.

Stinky is ready when Periwinkle asks what the plan is for the day, but he doesn’t tell her immediately. First he tells her that they have a PSA. “Today is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day. Actually Misty May is going to the vet today, as she has some kind of growth on her left eye. Mom says that she’ll keep everyone posted after she is seen,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“I am so sorry to hear about Misty May,” Periwinkle says.

“Thanks, Periwinkle. I am certain not every cat will be going to the vet today, but it is a good reminder for people with cats needing check-ups to call and get an appointment. You and I are definitely lucky that we never have to see a vet.”

Be An Angel Day 

Stinky continues, “It is also Be an Angel Day. My mom thought we could have an adventure where you and I shared all the angels from both our homes with our readers. I thought that was a great idea, but with the huge gathering of cats we had two weeks ago, I thought that would just be too much. So I planned something for just the two of us.”

“Stinky, I like the way you think! So, what’s the plan?”

“Let’s hop back into the teleportation tunnel. We are not going too far, so it will be a quick trip, and you can see what I have planned.” The tabbies do just that, and moments later arrive at their destination.

Beaver Dam Farm – Buchanan, VA


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: field of sunflowers


When Periwinkle sees what is stretching out in front of them, she is unable to speak, which rarely happens. She finally regains her voice and says, “Stinky, I have never seen so many sunflowers. This is beautiful! Where are we?”

“This is Beaver Dam Farm in Buchanan, Virginia. Every year they have a Sunflower Festival. It was started in 2016 to help diversify the Beaver Dam Farm dairy income. This year’s festival is from September 8 to 18. I asked if we could come early, so we wouldn’t be trampled on by all the people who come to the festival every year.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: field of sunflowers with two cartoon tabby cats


“It’s really cloudy, Stinky. Do you think it’s going to rain?” asks Periwinkle.

“No, it’s supposed to clear up,” Stinky tells her. “I see you have found a sunflower for your furs. You look lovely. ”

“Thanks,” says Periwinkle and gives Stinky a kiss on the cheek.

Stinky takes her paw and leads her into the flower field.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: A large sunflower in the foreground of aa field of sunflowers.


“Stinky, look, they have corn planted among the sunflowers. I wonder why they do that?”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Sunflower and a corn stalk with two ears of corn


Planting Corn and Sunflowers Together

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I noticed that in some of the photos my dad has taken here in past years, and looked up the reason: Sunflowers attract ladybugs, which eat aphids, fruit flies, mites and other insects that plague corn. Both the corn and sunflowers produce chemicals that increase corn production and enhance the taste. In addition, the roots of the corn plants can go after and utilize nutrients and water deeper in the soil than any other crop. The sunflowers take advantage of these root channels and follow them to extend further into the soil to find even more nutrients and water.”

“Thanks, Stinky, that is very interesting, and I can always depend on you to do the research for our adventures,” Periwinkle tells him.

Getting Up Close

“Look, Periwinkle, I’m almost as tall as this sunflower.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Field of sunflowers with male cartoon tabby. cat in the foreground


“Stinky, you climbed the stalk didn’t you? You better be careful. I am not certain that stalk can support you.” Stinky jumps down before the sunflower bends over and dumps him on the ground.

“Stinky will you boost me up so I can get close to the flowers like you did?” Stinky helps periwinkle climb up on his shoulders.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers; Field of sunflowers with female cartoon tabby cat standing on the shoulders of male cartoon tabby cat.


“Thank you, Stinky. My head is almost as big as this sunflower.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Closeup of a sunflower with head of female cartoon tabby cat


“Stinky, this really is wonderful to get to enjoy these happy flowers out in the fields and fresh air.”

“I totally agree, Periwinkle. We always have sunflowers in our yard every summer, as the birds drop the seeds everywhere. Unfortunately, unless they are in the window box or the containers where Dad grows herbs and his peppers, the groundhogs eat them.”

“That is too bad, Stinky.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: large sunflower in foreground with field of sunflowers behind.


“Stinky, it sure would be nice if we could each take a flower home to our moms.”

“We can, Periwinkle. The owners of the farm have one for each of us.”


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Two cartoon tabby cats in front of a field of sunflowers and each holding a sunflower


“It looks as if the fog and clouds are returning, so I guess it is time to return to my house, Periwinkle. I don’t know about you, but I could use a snack.”

“Me too, Stinky!” Periwinkle and Stinky reenter their tunnel for the trip to Stinky’s house.

At Home

When they return to Stinky’s house, he gives his mom the sunflower, and she fixes a snack for the two tabbies. When they finish, they go out to the catio to visit with Stinky’s fursibs. While on the catio, Periwinkle notices not only a sunflower in the yard but also a bunny. Can we visit with the bunny?” Periwinkle asks.

Stinky tells her, “of course,” and leads Periwinkle to the yard. The two cats spend a few minutes visiting with the bunny.


Periwinkle Stinky sunflowers: Two cartoon tabby cats, a live bunny and a live sunflower.


Then it is time for Periwinkle to head home with her sunflower for Mom Sharon. Stinky leads her to the tunnel. They share whisker kisses and paw hugs, and with a wave and a blown kiss, Periwinkle is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky returns to the catio for a nap with the other Kitties Blue as well as dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

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Thoroughly Poetic Thursday

The part of my brain that has an aptitude for writing poetry has been on hiatus for the past several weeks. Regardless, I have come up with a poem for this week’s inspiration photo provided by Angel Sammy and Teddy from Two Spoiled Cats. I find the photo almost frightening, as individuality and diversity is so important in the creation of a vibrant and creative society. I think my poem says this in a very basic way.


Suburban neighborhood with street after street of identical white houses.


Trapped in the Suburbs

These identical houses are absurd,
But that’s what you get in the suburbs.
I love my 100-plus year old house in the city.
It’s unique and large enough for all the kitties.
You couldn’t pay me to live in this neighborhood.
I would be depressed and never feel good
About driving in circles trying to find my house.
It would feel like a maze, and I was the mouse.

© Janet Buickerood Blue – 08/09/2023

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Thankful Thursday

Kitties Blue and I like to share our thankfuls each week and participate in Brian’s Thankful Thursday blog hop.

Periwinkle and Stinky are thankful to those of you who visited with them on International Cat Day. If you didn’t join them on their adventure, I do recommend you check it out. Twenty-one of their feline friends who live outside the United States participated in the adventure. Here’s the link: “THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CXCVI.”

Audrey is thankful for one of the toys (especially the feathered part) from the most recent Cat Lady Box.
TABBY CAT PLAYS WITH FEATHERS ON A CATNIP TOY SHAPED LIKE A PHONE HANDSET.Kitties Blue and I are thankful for all of you who visit, read our posts and comment. And we thank you for joining us today.

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A Surprise for Periwinkle

Stinky is super excited for Periwinkle’s arrival. He thinks this is going to be one of their best adventures ever. When Periwinkle arrives, he quickly gives her a whisker kiss and paw hug and then ushers her back into the teleportation tunnel before she can ask any questions. Moments later they arrive at their destination. Stinky tells Periwinkle to put her paws over her eyes before exiting the tunnel.

When she opens her eyes, Periwinkle immediately recognizes where they are. “Stinky, we’ve been here before, when we went on our Mill Mountain adventure and again when we visited the Mill Mountain Zoo. Are we going to visit the animals again?” she asks.

“Not today. But we are going to have a visit with some special animals,” Stinky tells her.

International Cat Day Celebration

“Whatever do you mean?” asks Periwinkle. Stinky tells Periwinkle to turn around. When she does, she exclaims, “Oh my gosh, Stinky, where did all these other cats come from?”


International Cat Day: Twenty-one cats gather under a sign reading, International Cat Day Celebration 2023 and in front of two bicycle sculptures.


Stinky explains that it is International Cat Day, and he has invited some of their friends from other countries to join them in a picnic featuring foods from their countries.

“Stinky, what an amazingly fabulous idea. Who all is here?”

“I hope I can get this right…here goes. From the Netherlands we have Peachy and Stippie. Caspurr, Trixie and Shimshi are joining us from Israel. From the UK, we have Athena and Erin and the entire B Team (Amber, Smooch, Parsley, Pandora, Fudge, Melvyn). Toulouse, Sienna, Miranda and Jack are here from New Zealand. Loulou is joining us from France. From Switzerland, Pixie and Zorro are here, and our North American neighbor, BellaDharma, is here from Canada.”

“Stinky, I will never be able to remember all their names,” bemoans Periwinkle. “And, I don’t speak any foreign languages.”

Stinky replies, “I wanted to get nametags for everyone, but I was worried they’d lose too much fur when they removed them. You don’t have to worry about what language to speak. I am fairly certain everyone can meow in English; though, in some cases we may not understand because of their accents. But stop worrying, we are all here to have fun and enjoy some noms from our various countries. I expect our mouths will be too full to do a lot of talking.”

Periwinkle leans toward Stinky and whispers in his ear, “Do you think our U.S friends will be upset we did not invite them to the party?”

Stinky replies, “I certainly hope not. We’ll just have to cross our paws that doesn’t happen.”

Periwinkle nods and decides to stop worrying and just enjoy herself. As all the kitties wait for the noms to be delivered, they visit with each other and do some sightseeing.

The Roanoke Star

First stop is Roanoke’s famous neon star.


Sign with information about the Roanoke (Mill Mountain Star) in Roanoke, Virginia.


Stinky reads the sign to everybody and then giggles when he realizes the star and his mom are the same age. Periwinkle gives him a quizzical look, but he just winks at her and suggests they all have their photo with the star.


International Cat Day: Twenty-one cats and two cartoon tabby cats gather beneath the neon Roanoke Star.


Roanoke Valley Overlook

When they finish with the photo, they head to the overlook to check out the view of the Roanoke Valley and pose for another photo.



Periwinkle is happy Stinky has decided to behave himself and has not climbed on anything. She panics, however, when Pixie and Shimshi jump up on the railing. She politely asks them to get down. They agree to do so right after their photo is taken.

Mill Mountain Zoo Photo Op

Stinky tells the gang he wants to show them the Mill Mountain Zoo, that he and Periwinkle visited in a previous adventure. He says that they do not have time to visit today, but he and Periwinkle hope each of them will return for a visit there in the future.



They all agree that they’d like to return another time to visit the zoo.

After their photo at the zoo entrance, the felines head toward the spot Stinky has selected for their picnic. It is nice and shady; though, the day is very warm. Stinky is just happy that the really, really bad storms of the past few days have moved on.



What’s for Lunch?

Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I asked each individual or cat family to bring a dish from their country to add to our picnic.”

“That sounds cool. I usually like trying new things,” she replies.

Stinky asks Miranda what the Dash Kitten Crew has contributed. She tells him she has brought two dishes, Southland Cheese Rolls, also known as Southland Sushi, which consist of a slice of bread with cheese rolled up like sushi with a generous helping of butter and then grilled. They’ve also brought Paua fritters, which are made from edible sea snails, also known as abalone.



Next, Periwinkle asks Pixie what she and Zorro have brought from Switzerland. Zorro tells the tabbies, he and Pixie have Rösti, a kind of potato cake that can be combined with almost any ingredient. Their Rosti is prepared with smoked salmon.



Next up are the J-Cats from Israel. They too have two contributions: Rugelach (one of Stinky’s mom’s favorites) and Limonada, fresh lemonade spiked with mint.



Next Loulou presents what she has brought from France: Bouillabaisse and Creme Brûlée.



Erin steps forward with Fish and Chips. And Athena has brought Shepherd’s Pie.



By this time, Stinky’s mouth is watering, and Periwinkle hands him a napkin to wipe his chin.

Peachy and Stippie present their offerings from the Netherlands: Bitterballen, croquette-type snacks created from thickened meat stew, rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried; and fresh herring filets.



Finally, it is BellsDharma’s turn. “I bet you thought I would bring Poutine, but I didn’t. I have Sushi pizza. It consists of a fried rice patty topped with salmon, tuna, crab, avocado slices and spicy mayonnaise. I left off the soy-wasabi sauce, as I think that would be too hot for us.”



“Wow, this is going to be quite a feast,” says Periwinkle, and the asks, “What did we bring Stinky?”

“Some traditional American fare, hamburgers and hot dogs,” replies Stinky.



“Wow, Stinky, I sure hope everyone is hungry. This is quite a feast,” exclaims Periwinkle.

All the cats gather together to lay out the blankets Stinky has brought to sit on. When they’ve finished, the felines fill their plates and pick spots to enjoy their meals and conversation with their friends.



After all the kitties have had seconds, and in some cases thirds, and cleaned up the area, they agree it is time for a nap. They all settle down for a nice rest.

Time to say, “Good-Bye”

Unfortunately, once everyone is awake, it’s time to say, “good-bye.” The felines spend quite a long time hugging, exchanging recipes and promising to keep in touch. And everyone agrees they would like to make this an annual event.

Finally, the individuals and families head to their teleportation tunnels for trips home to their own countries. Periwinkle and Stinky make certain all their friends are off safely before entering their tunnel for the quick trip back to Stinky’s house.

When Periwinkle and Stinky arrive at his house, all his fursibs and Mom and Dad want to hear about the day, and the tabbies animatedly tell them all about it. When they are finished regaling them with news of the delicious food and the wonderful new friends they have made, it’s time for Periwinkle to head home. She and Stinky spend several more minutes whisker kissing and paw hugging. Then with a blown kiss and wave, Periwinkle enters her tunnel and is gone in a whoosh. Exhausted, Stinky heads to the bedroom where sleeps until the following morning.

The End

We’d like to thank all our kitty friends for their participation in today’s festivities. If you would like to visit any of them, here are the links to their blogs.

Pixie & Zorro (The Swiss Cats)

Jack, Miranda, Toulouse and Sienna (Dash Kitten)

Peachy & Stippie (Angelswhisper2011)

BellaDharma (The Purrfect Pad)

Caspurr, Trixie and Shimshi (Purr-sonally Speaking)

Amber, Pandora, Fudge, Smooch, Melvyn and Parsley (Bionic Basil and the B Team)

Athena (Athena Cat Goddess)

Erin (Erin the Literary Cat)

Loulou (Living with Loulou)

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Stinky is even more enthusiastic than usual to see Periwinkle, as he can’t wait to get started on today’s adventure. He is taking Periwinkle to a place that his parents visited some years before he was born. They told him all about it, and it sounded too exciting to pass up. He doesn’t have long to wait for Periwinkle, as she comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel right on time. Hearing its familiar whoosh, Stinky is right there to catch her and wrap her up in a big paw hug. Periwinkle hugs him back and they share some whisker kisses.

Stinky, however, doesn’t even give her time to catch her breath before he leads her back into the tunnel.

Quebec, Canada

Moments later, they arrive at their destination, which Periwinkle doesn’t recognize. She immediately asks, “Where are we Stinky?”

“We are in Quebec, Canada. It is so hot both in Florida and Virginia, I wanted to come someplace a bit cooer. It is forecasted to be 75 degrees Fahrenheit today.”

“That sounds really nice. What are we going to do?”

“We are going to travel from Saguenay-St-Lawrence Marine Park to Baie-Sainte-Catherine (St. Catherine’s Bay) and go whale watching,” Stinky tells her.

“Oh, wow, that will be so exciting,” replies Periwinkle.

Whale Watching

“My parents went on a Whale Watching Cruise on a large boat, but we are going to take a Zodiac Whale Watching Tour.” Just as Stinky finishes telling Periwinkle this, their boat arrives with a few passengers already on board. The guide hands them lifejackets, which they quickly put on, and then they hop on board.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a Zodiac boat.


Periwinkle can barely hide her excitement as they set out. They pick up some additional passengers and then see their first whale. Periwinkle squeals and claps her paws together. The guide tells them it is a juvenile humpback.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with the humpback whale back in the foreground.


Periwinkle asks, “Can you tell us more about the juvenile whales?”


Humpback whale back.


Humpback Whale Facts

The guide tells Periwinkle and Stinky that humpback whales are juveniles until they reach sexual maturity at between six and 10 years of age. Newborn humpbacks weigh about one ton and are 10 to 16 feet in length. Males at reproductive age are between 39 and 52 feet in length. Females measure around 45 to 49 feet. They however can grow to 59 feet.


Humpback whale back.

Periwinkle sees Stinky staring intently at the back of the nearby whale and grabs the back of his lifejacket. “Don’t you get ideas, Mr. Daredevil. If you make a leap to get on that whales back, you will end up as fish food, and I will never speak to you again.”

Chastised, Stinky steps back. As he is doing that, Periwinkle shouts, “Look, Stinky, it is the whale’s tail!”


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with a humpback whale fluke in the foreground.


The guide tells the tabbies that a whale’s tale is called a fluke. They both giggle, finding the word very funny.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: Two cartoon tabby cats on a zodiac boat with a humpback whale fluke in the foreground.


As they watch open mouthed, the whale lifts its fluke even further out of the water.


Periwinkle Stinky whale watching: humpback whale fluke


Before the tour ends, the guide apologizes that they didn’t get to see a whale breaching the water. She also tells the passengers that humpback whales grow up to 60 feet long and weigh 80,000 pounds. They can live for 80 to 90 years.

On the way back to shore, the guide serves a little snack. Periwinkle and Stinky are surprised by the variety of cat treats offered.

When they arrive back at shore, Periwinkle and Stinky hand back their lifejackets and head for the teleportation tunnel. Moments after entering, they arrive back at Stinky’s house.

A Surprise for Periwinkle

Stinky asks Periwinkle to close her eyes, so he can fetch something to share with her. When he returns, Stinky shouts, “Surprise,” and tells Periwinkle to open her eyes.

“When she sees what he has, she claps her paws together and squeals, “Oh, Stinky, those are our Certificates Of Excellence from the Cat Writers’ Association. You didn’t tell me they had arrived. Can we take our photo with them and show all our readers?”

“Of course, that was my plan,” Stinky tells her.


Two cartoon tabby cats holding Certificates of Excellence from the Cat Writers' Assoc.

“For which Adventures did we earn our certificates, Stinky?” asks Periwinkle.

Stinky tells her the following:

“The COE in the category WRITTEN ARTICLE: ENTERTAINMENT – SHORT was for our adventure where we helped my mom get ready for Christmas when she had COVID.”

The COE in the category COLUMN/SERIES was for three of our adventures. They are the ones where we visited Tortola BVI, the Balloons Over Rockbridge, Virginia, Festival and our Playdate with the Kittens.”

“Stinky, those were all terrific adventures! I know I really enjoyed each of them. I sure hope we win a Muse Medallion for at least one of our entries.”

“Periwinkle, we should just be happy that we were recognized,” Stinky tells her.

“Of course, you’re right. Sadly, I guess it is time for me to head home. I sure had fun today. You always plan the best adventures.”

“Thanks, Periwinkle.”

The tabbies spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing. Then Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel and with a wave an a whoosh is gone. Stinky retires to the catio for a catnap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End

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Stinky is busy gathering supplies for today’s “adventure” when he hears rumbling from the teleportation tunnel and scampers to the foyer to catch Periwinkle as she tumbles out with the familiar whoosh. She is giggling and throws her paws around Stinky’s neck. She gives him a big whisker kiss and, as usual, asks, “What is the plan for today’s adventure?”

“I hope you won’t be disappointed, but we are staying right here. It is so dang hot, I really don’t feel like going anywhere,” Stinky replies.

“Are we just going to hang out on the catio?”

“Nope, I do have a project for us. We are going to make something for our moms.”

“Cool, what is it?”

All American Pet Photo Day

Stinky explains that today is All American Pet Photo Day, and since they are all-American cats, he wants to make some scrapbook pages for their moms with some of their favorite photos of themselves and their alter egos, Noelle and Sawyer. Stinky tells Periwinkle, “I know my mom posted some scrapbook pages previously, but it was two years ago when I was on my walkabout. So I know we have lots of other photos from more recent adventures.”

Periwinkle treplies, “I think that is a great idea for such a hot day. Let’s get to work.”

“Thanks for understanding. You can use my mom’s laptop to select photos you want to use, and I will use the iPad. I have them set up on the kitchen island.”

Periwinkle and Stinky head to the kitchen and get busy selecting photos and creating their scrapbook pages. They chatter as they work, telling each other about their week.

Scrapbook Pages

When they each have finished three pages, the tabbies take turns sharing with each other. Stinky lets Periwinkle go first.


Scrapbook page with multiple photos of cartoon tabby cats.


“That is really pretty, Periwinkle, and I your photo selections are purrfect,” exclaims Stinky. “Now it’s my turn.”


Scrapbook page with multiple photos of two cartoon tabby cats and two actual, grey tabby cats.


“Stinky, I love that you included Noelle and Sawyer. And that Tortola adventure is one of my very favorites. I’ve included a photo from it on my next page. I also included Sawyer and Noelle.”


Scrapbook page with multiple photos of two cartoon tabby cats as well as two live chickens, two actual tabby cats and an hot air balloon.


“Very nice, Noelle. Here’s my second page.”


Scrapbook page with two cartoon tabby cats as well as four actual tabby cats and a cat made of legos.


“Oh goody, you included Raleigh and Audrey. We sure have had a lot of fun adventures, Stinky, but I always loved visiting with the kittens. It is hard to believe their Gotcha Day is in just a couple of weeks. Here’s my last page.”


Scrapbook page with multiple photos of two cartoon tabby cats, two actual (grey) tabby cats and a Cheshire Cat created from flowers at Disney World.


“That was so nice of you to include a photo of us in Mau and Allie’s garden. I know our moms will really like that,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. I have my final page to share.”



Scrapbook page with multiple photos of two cartoon tabby cats and antique car, dinosaur eggs and six real cats.


“What wonderful times we have had together, Stinky. I know I am looking forward to lots more adventures. I think this was purrfect for All American Pet Photo Day. Is it time for a snack?”

“Yep. Let me clear off the island.”


Two cartoon tabby cats having cat treats at a kitchen counter.


“Excellent selections. When we finish, we can share some with your fursibs.”

After their snack, Periwinkle and Stinky take treats to the catio to share, and Periwinkle visits with Stinky’s family. Unfortunately, after that, it is time for Periwinkle to head home. The two tabbies spend a very long time paw hugging and whisker kissing before Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel. As she enters, the two blow each other a kiss, and she is gone in a whoosh.

The End

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Wordless Wednesday


A grey cat is under a turquoise afghan with only one foot, showing off toes beans, and part of her tailio visible.


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Looking Back

I mentioned a few days ago that this week’s Looking Back post would be from when Sawyer was on his walkabout. The post I selected is actually one of Stinky & Periwinkle’s Adventures minus Stinky. It is from July 6, 2021. You can check it out at, “Stinky Please Come Home: Periwinkle Joins in the Search for Stinky.”

Thanks for joining us today. I hope you enjoy the Looking Back post. Please leave us a comment there if you do!



Periwinkle is quite curious about today’s adventure. Stinky asked her to get to his house before the sun comes up. Not being a fan of missing out on her beauty sleep, she groaned when she got his text. But not wanting to miss out on spending the day with Stinky, she does as he asked.

Stinky is waiting with open paws when she comes tumbling from the teleportation tunnel with the usual whoosh. After a brief whisker kiss and paw hug, Stinky leads her back into the tunnel. Moments later, they arrive at their destination.


two cartoon tabby cats standing on a rock cliff beneath and cable-hung swinging bridge.


Immediately Periwinkle sees why Stinky wanted her to arrive so early at his house. The sun is just coming up over the mountain.


The sun coming up behind a mountain with a swinging bridge in the foreground.


“Stinky, this is breathtaking. Where are we?”

“That is Grandfather Mountain in the distance. It is 5,946 feet above northwest North Carolina and is part of the United Nations’ Southern Appalachian Biosphere Reserve. The mountain is estimated to be 300 million years old, and certain rock formations date back 1.2 billion years.”

Mile High Swinging Bridge

“Wow,” is all Periwinkle can say. Stinky asks her is she would like to go across the Mile High Swinging Bridge, as it will give them a 360-degree panoramic view. She declines but asks Stinky to tell her about it.

“Well, it is America’s highest suspension bridge. It is more than one mile in elevation, in other words 5,280 feet above sea level, and is 228-feet long. The chasm below is 80 feet.”

“Yep, I definitely don’t want to go out on it,” says Periwinkle.

Stinky takes Periwinkle’s paw as if to drag her toward the Bridge. She swats him away, and he grabs her in a big hug. He whispers to her that he’d never force her to do anything.

Stinky continues to tell Periwinkle about the bridge. “The original bridge cost $15,000 to construct and was fabricated in Greensboro. It was erected atop the mountain, which took three weeks. It was dedicated in 1952 and rebuilt in 1999. The rebuild used its original towers. Galvanized steel was used to replace the flooring, cables and side rails. The cost to rebuild it was $300,000. Unlike the original bridge, this one swings very little due to its improved construction. It does, however, sing—somewhat like a harmonica.”

The thought of that makes Periwinkle giggle.

Exploring Grandfather Mountain

The tabbies spend the next few hours exploring the area.


Two cartoon tabby cats among trees and foliage with a mountain in the background.


Stinky has to do a little climbing, and Periwinkle, as usual, admonishes him to be careful.


Purple rhododendron plants in foreground with mountains in the clouds in the background.


“Stinky, look how gorgeous these rhododendrons are. I wish we could pick some to take home to our moms.” 

“That would definitely get us in trouble. We have some blooming at my house. They aren’t as colorful, but if you like, you can take some of those home to Mom Sharon.”

“Thanks, Stinky.”


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats and having a picnic at the foot of a mountain.


“Oh boy, thanks for planning a picnic, Stinky. I am famished from all this hiking.”

“Me too.”

After lunch and a short nap, Periwinkle asks Stinky, “What’s next?”

“We are going to see Mildred the Bear.”

Periwinkle gives Stinky a quizzical look, as he takes her paw.

Wilson Center for Nature Discovery


Statue of a mother back bear standing on her hind legs with three cubs at her feet and two cartoon tabby cats.


Outside the Center, Stinky and Periwinkle find Mildred the Bear.  Stinky immediately climbs up on her front leg. Periwinkle decides not to say anything and jumps on the back of one of the cubs. “Oh Stinky, I thought Mildred was going to be a real bear,” exclaims Periwinkle.

“She was at one time. Mildred was born in 1966 at the the Atlanta Zoo. Two years later, Mildred needed a home in the wilderness and was brought to Grandfather Mountain to help increase the black bear population. She came with a male bear, but the moment he was released he disappeared. Mildred lived to age 26 and during that time birthed her own cubs as well as cared for orphaned cubs.”

“That is very cool, Stinky.”

“There is a lot more to the story. If our readers would like to read about Mildred, they can check out the website, Only in Our State, or read the book, Mildred the Bear, by Hugh Morton.

“Let’s go inside, Stinky.”

“Good idea. There is loads to see here, but it’s about time for us to head home. My dad, however, who has been here before, told me about something we should see. This is part of the Fauna Wall, which shows the diversity of species in the area with bird sculptures and animal imagery.


Collage with four different types of birds.

Clockwise from upper left corner: Rose Breasted Grosbeak, Wood Thrush, Eastern Screech Owl and Downy Woodpecker.


“These are really beautiful, Stinky. I don’t know if we have these birds in Florida, as I have never seen them around my house.”

“I have seen woodpeckers at my house, but I don’t know about the others, As I said, there is lots to see here. Our readers can find a list at Grandfather/Wilson Center.

Heading Home

“So, Periwinkle, it does seem to be time to head home,” says Stinky, as he takes her paw and leads her to the teleportation tunnel. Moments later they arrive at Stinky’s house. After a quick visit with Stinky’s fursibs and parents, Stinky and Periwinkle head to the yard to collect some rhododendron flowers for Mom Sharon. Finally, it is time for Periwinkle to head back to her house. She and Stinky spend several minutes paw hugging and whisker kissing before Periwinkle enters the tunnel. And then with a wave and a whoosh she is gone.

Stinky heads to the catio to nap and dream of Periwinkle.

The End

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Periwinkle’s Arrival

Stinky is super excited for today’s adventure, especially as he and Periwinkle didn’t have one last week. He’s bouncing around the foyer waiting for Periwinkle’s arrival when she comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel. Before she can say a word, Stinky grabs her paw and leads her back into the tunnel for a quick trip to downtown Roanoke. When they arrive, Periwinkle is breathless from the quick turn-around. She is finally able to ask Stinky, “Where are we?”

The Virginia Museum of Transportation

“This is The Virginia Museum of Transportation, and we are going to visit the Queen of Steam,” Stinky replies.

Periwinkle gives him a quizzical look, to which Stinky does not respond. He just takes her paw and leads her through the building to the railroad tracks behind. That is when Periwinkle sees what he is referring to, and her mouth falls open in awe. ”Holy cow, Stinky, I think that is the biggest thing I have ever seen.”

The Queen of Steam

“That is the Norfolk & Western (N&W) Class J 611 Steam Locomotive, which was built here in the N&Ws East End Shops 73 years ago. It originally carried passenger cars between Norfolk, Virginia, and Cincinnati, Ohio, and also ferried the Southern Railway’s (SOU) passenger trains between Lynchburg, Virginia, and Bristol, Tennessee. The 611 has been in Pennsylvania for the past four years. It arrived back in Roanoke just 10 days ago,” Stinky explains.


Two cartoon tabby cats standing in front of a Class J #611 stream locomotive.


A Tour & a Few Facts

As they walk toward the locomotive, Stinky tells Periwinkle that of the 14 J Class locomotives built between 1940 and 1950, the 611 is the only one still in existence. It was first retired from service in 1959. All the others were taken out of service in 1958 and 1959, as the railroad began to experiment with diesel-fueled locomotives. Upon retirement, the 611 was donated to the Museum.

In 1982, J611 was restored to operation by the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), N&W’s successor. It became the main line star of the NS steam program. It pulled excursion trains throughout the eastern United States.


Two cartoon tabby cats standing by the wheels of the Class J #611 locomotive.


“Wow, Stinky,  these wheels are huge. How much do you think the locomotive weighs? It must be a lot if it needs such huge wheels.”

“Just the locomotive weighs 494,000 pounds which is equivalent to 224.1 tons,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“That number is so big, I find it incomprehensible,” replies Periwinkle

“Come on, Periwinkle, let’s check out the front.”


Two tabby cats sitting on the front of the Class J #611 locomotive


“Stinky,  do you really think it is okay for us to climb up here?”

“These are actually steps behind us, and I don’t see any signs telling us we can’t,” Stinky tells Periwinkle. He also tells here that the streamlined appearance was designed by N&W Tool Supervisor, Franklin C. Noel.

The tabbies hop down after a few minutes to check out the inside of the locomotive.


Two tabby cats inside the engine room of the Class J #611 locomotive.


Periwinkle starts to get nervous when she sees Stinky eyeing the controls. “Don’t you dare touch those. You do not know how to drive a train, and I am certain that would get us in trouble,” Periwinkle admonishes Stinky. She then asks him how fast the locomotive can go? Stinky tells her that the maximum speed is 80 to 110 miles per hour.

Restoration & Excursions

Stinky explains that the 611 was retired again in late 1994, when NS ended its steam program. But, in early 2013, the Museum helped raise $3.5 million from 3,000 donors to once again restore J611 to operating condition. After a year of restoration work at the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina, the locomotive returned to excursion service in mid-2015.

In 2017, the Virginia General Assembly designated the 611, also known as the Spirit of Virginia, as the official state steam locomotive. In 2019 and 2021-2023, No. 611 visited the Strasburg Rail Road (SRC) in Strasburg, Pennsylvania, running short tourist excursion trains in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside.

“I don’t know if the 611 is now back in Roanoke permanently, but the plan is to begin offering excursions again later this summer. If that happens, I know my parents would want to take one,” Stinky tells Periwinkle.

“Oh, so would I,” replies Periwinkle.

“Okay, I promise to watch for news of any scheduled trips,” Stinky tells her.

Other Railway Cars at the Museum

“Stinky, can we check out a few of these other train cars?” asks Periwinkle.

“Sure, where do you want to start?”

Periwinkle points to a green passenger car.


Two cartoon tabby cats sitting on the back step of a vintage, green railway passenger car.


“Periwinkle, did you know that politicians used to take trains when they were campaigning. These trips were called ‘whistle stop tours.’ The politician would make a series of quick appearances or speeches at small town railway stations over a short period of time. They would stand on the platform above us and give their campaign speech.”

“That is super interesting, Stinky. Let’s go check out that caboose next,” suggests Periwinkle.


Two cartoon tabby cats standing in the doorway of a caboose.


“Stinky, why don’t most trains have cabooses anymore?”

“There are a few reasons. Trains became really long and the conductor could no longer see the entire train from the caboose. Also, ends of freight trains now are monitored by remote radio equipment called ‘End of Train’ devices, or EOTs. The small boxes fit over the rear coupler and are coupled into the train’s air brake line.”

“That sounds very technical, but I think I understand,” replies Periwinkle.

A Final Memory Photo

“Periwinkle, I am not exactly sure what this sign means, but I think it would be a fun place for a memory photo.”

“That sounds cool. Let’s do it.”


Two cartoon tabby cats in front of a sign painted on the Class J #611 locomotive, which reads, "Stocker Slides Removed from This Tender Be Careful of exposed and Black Smoke is Waste Be Careful"


After their photo, the tabbies hop down and head to the teleportation tunnel for the return trip to Stinky’s house.

At Stinky’s House

When Periwinkle and Stinky arrive at his house, they tell his parents and fursibs all about their adventure. Then, Stinky’s mom fixes them a snack, which they enjoy on the front porch. Finally it is time for Periwinkle. to return home. The tabbies share lots of whisker kisses and paw hugs before Periwinkle enters the teleportation tunnel. Finally, with one last wave, she enters and is gone in a whoosh.

Stinky heads to the catio for a nap and dreams of Periwinkle.

The End



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