THE ADVENTURES OF PERIWINKLE & STINKY: PART CXXVIII

by Janet Blue on March 29, 2022

A Third Adventurer

With a whoosh, Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the teleportation tunnel. Stinky gives her a quick whisker kiss, grabs her paw and leads her back into the tunnel.  Periwinkle asks, “Why are we in such a hurry.”

Stinky explains they are meeting someone, and he doesn’t want to be late.

Periwinkle is, of course, curious as to who they are meeting but doesn’t have time to ask. She follows Stinky back into the tunnel, and before she can even blink they are at their destination. 

When Periwinkle disembarks from the tunnel and sees who is waiting for them, she runs and throws her paws around his ginger neck.

 

Two cartoon cats and a ginger tabby cat look at cherry blossoms.

 

She gushes, “Oh, Teddy, this is so exciting. Stinky wouldn’t tell me who we were meeting. I am so happy it is you. But, this is Tuesday. How are you here? Don’t you have to teach class for Tuesday Teaser at Ding Dong Fish School on your blog at Two Spoiled Cats?” 

Teddy chuckles and tells Periwinkle that he got the day off to spend it with her and Stinky. Angel Sammy is handling class by himself. 

“So where are we?” asks Periwinkle. “It sure is cold. It looks like spring, but it doesn’t feel like it.“

D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival

Teddy tells Periwinkle that they are in Washington D.C. to see the famous cherry blossoms. He explains how the weather can be quite unpredictable in spring.

Periwinkle tells Stinky and Teddy, “I’m certain you two man cats can keep me warm if we stick close together!” Both boys promise to do just that, and the three tabbies set out to look at the beautiful blossoms. They begin “oohing and ahhing” as they go.

 

Two cartoon cats and a ginger tabby cat look at cherry blossoms and the Washington Monument.

 

“Look, there’s the Washington Monument,” Teddy tells Stinky and Periwinkle.

“That’s cool, but I want to know about these pretty blossoms. Stinky, you usually research any information about our destinations, what can you tell me about the cherry trees?” asks Periwinkle. 

Stinky replies, “Actually, Teddy has done the research this week. Being a professor of geography and familiar with locales all around the world, it seems fitting for him to fill us in. To top it off, he lives quite close to here.”

Teddy takes his cue from Stinky and begins to tell him and Periwinkle about the origin of the cherry trees and the Festival.

“The National Cherry Blossom Festival pays tribute to the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, D.C. It commemorates the long-lasting friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or “Sakura,” is an important flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a symbol with rich meaning in Japanese culture.

Teddy explains that these were not, however,  the first cherry trees planted in Washington D.C. He then gives his companions the website for the National Park Service, which has a wonderful article about the entire history of the cherry trees: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/cherryblossom/history-of-the-cherry-trees.htm

Stinky tells Periwinkle and Teddy that he wants to get a closer look at the flowers, and starts to climb one of the trees. Periwinkle isn’t surprised, but Teddy is. Nonetheless, he and Periwinkle follow Stinky up the tree.

 

Two cartoon cats and a ginger tabby cat climb a cherry blossom tree.

 

“Wow, Teddy, you really got up there high,” says Periwinkle.

“I know. I think I am a little nervous,” Teddy replies.

“You’re fine, Teddy. Just don’t look down. Scoot along that branch and come down to us. We will all get down together,” Stinky tells him.

Teddy does as instructed and soon all three are on the ground again, and they continue their trip around the Tidal Basin.

 

Two cartoon cats and a ginger tabby cat look at cherry blossoms and the Jefferson Memorial.

 

Teddy points out the Jefferson Memorial to Stinky and Periwinkle. They are both impressed, but Periwinkle tells Teddy that she is enjoying the flowers more than the buildings.

After Periwinkle’s comment Stinky and Teddy are surprised when she makes a request. She asks, “Can we visit the Lincoln Memorial after we finish our trip around the Tidal Basin?” Stinky asks why, and Periwinkle explains to him how she read what Cooper Murphy had written about President Lincoln and cats at Cat Scouts. She tells the boys that she wants to sit on Lincoln’s lap.

Lincoln Memorial Visit

Teddy chimes in, “I remember what Cooper wrote: It said that Abraham Lincoln was a “crazy cat lady.” He regularly took in strays at the White House. He also was gifted two kittens, Tabby and Dixie, by a cabinet member. President Lincoln was so in love with the duo that he fed Tabby under the table at a state dinner. He was heard exclaiming, ‘Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore she doesn’t talk back!'”

Stinky replies, “Cooper Murphy did not share that with me. What a stinker!” He explains to Periwinkle that it is quite a long walk. The Lincoln Memorial is not at the Tidal Basin but rather at the end of the Reflecting Pool. Periwinkle thinks about this for a moment and then strikes a deal with Teddy and Stinky. They will start out walking, but if Periwinkle gets too tired, Teddy and Stinky will take turns giving her “piggy-back” rides. If they all get too tired, they will call an Uber.

Shortly after beginning their trek, however, all three tabbies start giggling in unison, as they each realize they only need to pop back into the teleportation tunnel for a quick trip to the memorial.

When they arrive, Periwinkle scampers up the steps. Before climbing up to Lincoln’s lap, she tells Stinky and Teddy, “I will need you two to keep a look out, as I am sure climbing on the statue could get me arrested.”

They tabby boys both scoff and follow Periwinkle up to Lincoln’s lap, telling her they’re certain they all can run faster than the cops. The three settle in for a quick nap.

 

Two cartoon cats and a ginger tabby cat sit on the lap of the President Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial.

 

Awakened by giggles from onlookers, Teddy, Stinky and Periwinkle, hop down. They realize it’s time to head home and walk back to the teleportation tunnel. After paw hugs all around and lots of whisker kisses between Periwinkle and Stinky, the three head off to their own homes with final waves of their paws.

The End

 

Periwinkle & Stinky are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Ellen Pilch March 31, 2022 at 5:35 pm

That was a fun date. My hubby and I went to see the cherry blossoms around this time in 2011. XO
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Lucy and Xena March 30, 2022 at 4:13 pm

That was a fun and an educational adventure this week. Mom says she visited DC once and had her Dalmatian, Alice, with her. When she started up the steps to the Lincoln monument with Alice, the police made her leave! Maybe they like cats better. XOX Xena, Lucy and Chia

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meowmeowmans March 29, 2022 at 10:26 pm

Ooh! That was so much fun, Periwinkle and Stinky! And how great that Teddy came along, too. Cherry Blossom time anywhere is one of our favorite times of year, and DC sure does look beautiful with those Sakura a-blooming. 🙂
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Brian Frum March 29, 2022 at 6:59 pm

That was a fun trip and I’m glad you two got to see all those cherry blossoms!
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Mary McNeil March 29, 2022 at 5:47 pm

What a great adventure ! We’re sure that somewhere Abraham Lincoln enjoyed it too !

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Lillian March 29, 2022 at 3:17 pm

So amazing flowers!
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Sandee March 29, 2022 at 1:06 pm

Oh what a wonderful adventure. All the blossoms are breathtakingly beautiful. Having Teddy join you is so pawsome too. What a fabulous adventure.

Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches all around, a smooch to Cooper Murphy and Sawyer and a big hug to moms Janet and Sharon. ♥
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da tabbies o trout towne March 29, 2022 at 11:39 am

A PAWZ A PAWZ A PAWZZZZZ 🙂 🙂 🙂

we troo lee N joyed thiz toor guyz … N ted o nator~~~~ wavez two ewe dood….how awesum two see ewe KNOT IN SKEWL !!!

periwinkle we gotta agreez that we liked de flowerz better az well …tho we iz
glad ya got ta chillax with President Lincoln whooz one total lee awesum dood..
we cracked UP at: “certain they all can run faster than the cops.”

oh, and bet yur tunnelz cheeper than de GASOLINE uber uzez now a dayz 😉

hope ted o nator can visit yur homez sum time fora nother add venturez !!♥♥

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Susan fr March 29, 2022 at 11:32 am

Another fun filled learning adventure – with Teddy as an added bonus!!
I did not know that Abe Lincoln was a cat lover. If he were here today, he would have enjoyed having the 3 of you on his lap.
The cherry trees are beautiful. I have wild cherry trees on my property (very sour!!) and they look so pretty in the spring. We are having a cold spring here in Bucks County, PA – in the 20s at night. My poor daffodils are not happy.

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Leah March 29, 2022 at 10:49 am

A most charming and fun tour, of Washington, DC, kitties!
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Robin March 29, 2022 at 9:20 am

Such an amazing trip, kitties! It was really beautiful even though it was chilly. I love the look of cherry trees. It’s cool that you got to sit in Lincoln’s lap too. Not everyone gets to do that!
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mommakatandherbearcat March 29, 2022 at 8:10 am

Those cherry blossoms are so much more amazing in person (or catson)!
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Katie Isabella March 29, 2022 at 8:03 am

OH! What real fun that was I know. And I want to tell you Mom and I both are sitting here smiling at the fun you three had! TEDDY of all kitties! How wonderful that you all three got together! And what a beautiful sight Teddy took you to!

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Periwinkle March 29, 2022 at 8:03 am

OMC this is certainly one of the BEST Adventures we have ever had. So much fun with Teddy along with us and I think I will have Mom print out the photo of us with Lincoln and frame it!!

Love and whisker kisses,
Periwinkle
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Teddy March 29, 2022 at 4:39 am

Oh I just had the BESTEST time EVER with Stinky and Periwinkle and I was more than happy to give them a bit of a tour around the Tidal Basin. DC is so pretty this time of the year. It’s been extra cold here this Spring so it’s amazing the blossoms cooperated and were still pretty as ever. Thank you two for the FUN day. It’s been a long time since I didn’t have to teach with Angel Sammy on a TUESDAY!

Hugs, Teddy
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Loulou March 29, 2022 at 4:31 am

OMC, WHAT NEXT???

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Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs March 29, 2022 at 2:22 am

Oh wow! What a glorious sight! Somehow we think that Lincoln’s lap was not too comfy, LOL!!! But it must have been a real thrill to sit there.

We have been there at Cherry Blossom time a few times, when the inlaws were still living…so this brings back many memories.
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