by Janet Blue on December 22, 2020

Fashions for Evergreens

Stinky, as usual, paces back and forth by the teleportation tunnel waiting for Periwinkle’s arrival. With Christmas so close, he’s worried the teleportation system may be backed up with lots of travelers. But right on time, Periwinkle comes tumbling out of the tunnel straight into his waiting paws. The snuggling and whispering begins immediately followed by hugs and whisker kisses. Stinky could happily make this the entire adventure.

Stinky, however, has been planning this adventure for months never expecting it would turn into a virtual adventure. He never expected the pandemic would mess up so many of Periwinkle’s and his adventures. 

“I wanted to share this adventure other than virtually,” says Stinky, and adds, “but that is all that is available this year. We would have been going to The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center’s Fashions for Evergreens.

Stinky explains the annual tree-decorating competition is being held virtually, in adherence with COVID-19 safety precautions. They will be looking at the trees on-line.

Periwinkle gives Stinky a wink and reminds him that time with him is all she wants.

He thanks her for being so flexible but explains not only is the visit going to be on the computer, but only a fraction of the normal number of trees were entered. With his paws crossed behind his back, Stinky promises Periwinkle they will attend the event in person in 2021. Stinky, however, is not hopeful that the virus will have gone away by then.

Together Stinky and Periwinkle read about the event before looking at the trees. Abby Hamilton, President & CEO of United Way of Roanoke Valley, writes that during the past decade Fashions for Evergreens has raised more than $62,000 for United Way of Roanoke Valley and its nonprofit partners.

He continues by writing that this timeless holiday tradition is especially relevant this year as families and the community work to stay connected and help each other through tough times. Visitors make donations to vote for their favorite tree, which helps the United Way extend a hand to many families throughout the Roanoke Valley who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on their tables.

The Trees

Once they read all the information, the tabbies begin viewing the trees. 














“They were all really nice Stinky, but I think your mom’s trees are prettier,” Periwinkle tells Stinky. Stinky asks her to tell his mom that before she goes home. 

“Do you have a favorite one of those we saw on-line?” Stinky asks. 

“Oh yes,” Periwinkle replies and continues, “I like the Sweet Baby Blue Boutique tree. Do you have a favorite?”

“I think I like the tree decorated by the American Legion/Woodmen Life tree, but they are all great” says Stinky. Periwinkle agrees.

Meeting Kizmet

With their viewing finished, the tabbies go looking for Stinky’s new little sisfur, Kizmet, so Periwinkle can meet her.

They find her in the kitchen with Stinky’s mom.




Periwinkle gives Kizmet a head bonk and says, “Wow, Stinky, she sure is cute.”

“She’s okay, I guess,” he replies as he crinkles up his nose.

Periwinkle giggles and assures Stinky that he and Kizmet will be best pals by the time she visits again in two weeks. Stinky just shrugs. If he had pockets, he would put his paws in them.

By then it is time for a quick snack before Periwinkle must return to her house. They have the usual Fancy Feast and Temptations and share a wee bit of the bounty with Stinky’s brofur and all his sisfurs. The two then head to the teleportation tunnel and through tears, hugs and whisker kisses, they wish each other a Merry Christmas and say their good-byes.




Periwinkle & Stinky wish you all a Merry Christmas!

The tabbies also are joining the Happy Tuesday blog hop at Comedy Plus.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan from Bucks County December 23, 2020 at 11:11 pm

Merry Christmas Periwinkle and Stinky and families!!


Meezer'sMews&TerrieristicalWoofs December 23, 2020 at 3:35 am

Such pretty trees, all of them! Its hard to pick a fave!

How sweet to meet you again, Kizmet! You are going to have a wonderful Christmas in your new home, we are SURE of that!


meowmeowmans December 22, 2020 at 11:03 pm

Wow, you two. Those trees are so beautiful!

We think Kizmet is cute, and we do think she and Stinky will be good friends, eventually. 🙂



Ellen Pilch December 22, 2020 at 8:25 pm

That was a fun trip. I love all those trees. Hope Stinky and Periwinkle have a nice Christmas . XO


The Island Cats December 22, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Wow, those Christmas trees are beautiful! And we agree with Periwinkle. Stinky and Kizmet are going to be good friends in no time!


Mary McNeil December 22, 2020 at 4:43 pm

What beautiful trees ! Even a virtual trip sure was fun !


Brian Frum December 22, 2020 at 3:25 pm

We sure enjoyed your festival of trees and we hope Kizmet is settling in nicely!


Canadian Cats December 22, 2020 at 2:14 pm

We liked the first one best……Junior League tree. We love red. The Energy color. What a lovely visit with Stinky. We so enjoyed seeing Kizmet again…..she is a sweetheart.



Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon & and Mom Barb December 22, 2020 at 2:05 pm

We could not choose a favorite tree! They are all so beautiful! And thanks for showing aus a picture of the new sisfur Kizmet! We think she is adorable! (But not as adorable as you two)
Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb


Timmy Tomcat December 22, 2020 at 11:32 am

There are so many things messed up with that bad Covid this year *Sigh* We took a vote and our family chose the baby blue one too. Yeah we Man Cats voted for it and Miss Fitz wanted the American Legion. Go figure. We are so glad to see Kizmet and she will be Stinky’s best pal soon we bet. Love your Christmas outfits you two


Sandee December 22, 2020 at 10:41 am

This year is indeed different, but virtual works for me. I so enjoy your adventures. Love all the trees. I like the Junior League one the best. Okay, red always pulls me in.

Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Scritches to all the kitties and a hug to the mom. ♥


Eastside Cats December 22, 2020 at 8:27 am

Years and years and years ago, kitties, I had a dear friend who entered a tree-decorating contest, and I would visit to cast my vote. There were over a hundred trees then, and each one more dazzling than the last! Folks who enjoy making these displays are amazing.


The Florida Furkids December 22, 2020 at 8:10 am

What a wonderful adventure and so purrfect for this week. the trees were all beautiful and we know Periwinkle loved every minute. So nice that she got to meet Kizmet too!!

The Florida Furkids


mommakatandherbearcat December 22, 2020 at 5:38 am

Welcome, Kizmet! Those trees are sure fancy – especially for someone who doesn’t put up a tree!


Teddy December 22, 2020 at 5:22 am

What a wonderful Christmas visit these two had! A bonus was another adorable photo of the newest Blue – Kizmet with her Mom. She’s such a cutie. We loved the trees that were decorated and our favorite was the same one that Stinky liked – that color is just plain WOW! This was a lovely pre-Christmas visit for Stinky and Periwinkle. I’m sure Santa is going to be VERY good to them.

Hugs, Teddy


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