Valentine’s Day

Periwinkle has no idea why, but Stinky has asked her to arrive right at midnight on Valentine’s Day. She has no intention of disappointing him and comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel right on time. The moment she lands in his arms, he gives her a quick whisker kiss and leads her right back into the tunnel. Moments later they arrive at their destination. Periwinkle gasps when she sees what lies before them. She is unusually speechless as she takes in the scene. Finally finding her voice, she asks Stinky, “Did you do all this for me?”

Glamping at Alila Ventana


Glamping tent decorated with hearts and several bouquets of periwinkles and red roses.


Stinky blushes and replies, “Of course. You are so special and important to me, and I want you to know how much I love you. I hope you like it.”

Periwinkle throws her paws around Stinky’s neck and covers him with kisses. “Of course I like it, and I love you too. Now tell me where we are.”


Two cartoon tabby cats in a glamping tent decorated with hearts and several bouquets of periwinkles and red roses.


“We are back in Big Sur, California. I remember Mau talking about how much fun he and Allie had when they went glamping, so I thought we’d give it a try. This is part of the Alila Ventana resort. As it is only 9 p.m. on February 13 here, we have the night to get a good rest and then set out for some adventuring in the morning. I hope this is okay, as I know we visited Big Sur on our Carmel- by-the-Sea adventure.”

“Stinky it is purrfect,” replies Periwinkle as she moves around the platform smelling all the roses and the periwinkle flowers.

“I probably would have just filled the space with periwinkles, but after learning all about roses from you on our last adventure, I thought these red ones would be appropriate,” Stinky tells her.

Now it is time for Periwinkle to blush knowing that the red roses signify love.

Cocoa, Treats & Conversation


Two cartoon tabby cats in a glamping tent decorated with hearts and several bouquets of periwinkles and red roses.


“I had some hot cocoa and treats delivered, which we can enjoy by the fire before we go to sleep,” says Stinky. The two tabbies hop up into the adirondack chairs to enjoy their cocoa and treats. After discussing what they’d been doing since they were last together, Periwinkle and Stinky decide it is time to get some rest so they can explore in the morning. As they are heading to bed, Periwinkle notices an envelope near one of the bouquets of roses. When she asks Stinky about it, he tells her she can open it in the morning.

The two tabbies retire for the night.


Two cartoon tabby cats in bed in a glamping tent decorated with hearts and several bouquets of periwinkles and red roses.


Periwinkle wakes up and is delighted to see breakfast waiting for them. She sneaks out of bed and gets the envelope off the table. She’s tempted to open it but thinks she should wait for Stinky to wake up. Being really anxious to see what’s inside, Periwinkle starts nudging Stinky until he wakes up. When she asks if she can open the envelope, he groggily tells her, “yes.”

A Poem for Periwinkle

After ripping the envelope open, Periwinkle reads aloud,

Dear Periwinkle,

Roses are red, periwinkles are blue.
I pledge my love for you is true.
Having you in my life is a pleasure and a treat.
You are super beautiful and extra sweet.
You turn any cloudy days sunny,
And ones that are depressing funny.
You fill my heart with happiness everyday
And by my side I hope you will stay.
I will always be here whenever you need me
Because to my heart you hold the key.

Happy Valentine’s Day 💖
With all my love, paw hugs and whisker kisses, Stinky

When Periwinkle finishes reading, she has tears in her eyes and throws her paws around Stinky’s chest and gives him a big squeeze. “Stinky, I love this and you. You are so romantic. Thank you.”

Stinky blushes and tells Periwinkle, “I know I am not as good of a poet as my mom, but I am happy you like it. I love you too.  Would you like to have our breakfast and then head out for the day?”

“That sounds good. Where are we going today?”

Point Lobos State Reserve

“We are going back to the Point Lobos State Reserve, which we visited on our other adventure.”

“Oh, I remember how beautiful it was there. It is perfect for Valentine’s Day,” replies Periwinkle.

The tabbies enter their teleportation tunnel and exit in a field of wild flowers above the ocean.


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats and in a field of wild flowers in Big Sur, California.


“I love this place, Stinky. It is so beautiful.”

“Yes, it is. I read that the special purpose of a reserve is to protect forever a locale of unique natural beauty and ecological importance. It’s given a higher level of protection. As visitors, we are expected to protect this landmark for generations to come.”

The tabbies leave the field to look around more.


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats on cliffs in Point Lobos State Reserve in Big Sur, California.


“The view is spectacular, Periwinkle. I am really happy I decided we should revisit Big Sur. The hiking, however, has made me hungry. How about you?”

“I could eat,” replies Periwinkle.

“That’s good. I have another little surprise,” says Stinky as he takes Periwinkle’s paw and leads her closer to the ocean.

Picnic by the Water


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats having a picnic lunch in Point Lobos State Reserve in Big Sur, California.


“Yeah, a picnic. I love picnics. We’ve had so many wonderful ones. Thank you, Stinky.” Stinky and Periwinkle have a leisurely lunch while enjoying the view and the sound of the surf. When full, they are lulled by the sound of the waves and have a little nap. Upon waking, Stinky suggests they head down to the beach.


Two cartoon tabby cats wearing hats on the beach in Big Sur, California.


“Stinky this has been the best Valentine’s Day. You are such a thoughtful boyfriend.”

“I’m so happy you’ve had a good time. Unfortunately, I think it’s time for us to head home,” says Stinky as he leads Periwinkle back to their teleportation tunnel. They enter and moments later arrive at Stinky’s house.

As she always does, Periwinkle spends some time visiting with Stinky’s fursibs and parents and telling them a little about their adventure. All too soon it is time for her to head home. She and Stinky spend several minutes hugging and whisker kissing and wishing each other a happy Valentine’s Day.

But the time finally arrives for Periwinkle to enter the tunnel. As she does, the tabbies wave good-bye, and in a whoosh she is gone. Stinky heads to the bedroom for a nap and dreams of his beloved Periwinkle.

The End


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