Thursday – A Little Personal – Stella’s Lament


“Hello, John.”

“Why hello Stella. Long time no talk.”

“Do you have a minute?”

“Sure. What’s up?”


“You know I hate to complain.”

“Uh. Okay.”

“But things have gotten out of hand.”

“Let me guess. Bailey and Lucy.”


“Not so loud. I think Lucy is lying around over there.”

“So what is the issue?”

“First of all, Bailey is a saint. I have nothing to say about her.”


“Let me tell you.”


“Here I am in your office. All I want to do is cross the floor.”

“Okay, go ahead.”



“See that?”

“I see you and Lucy.”

“I’ll show you again.”


“Did you see it?”


“She looked at me.”

“That’s it?”

“Isn’t that enough? You never look at a diva. Everyone knows that.”

“I’ll talk to her.”

“You are a mensch.”

“Lucy. About looking at Stella.”


“Boss. I love you butΒ pfff TTT.”



  1. If a cat can look at a king, why can’t a dog look at a cat?
    Answer: depends on the dog (are you listening, Trevor?)

    1. Thanks, Keith. Trevor are you listening?

  2. So true and funny! My Max (pup) is the Diva at my house and he lives in fear of my cat Suzy rubbing against him… you can see the dread all over his face when she does it πŸ˜‚

    1. I can imagine Stella trying a rub on Lucy. πŸ˜€

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Love these “Little Personal” stories….and the accompanying photos. There just might be more than one diva; the ladies rule in your household (as they should LOL). Delightful! πŸ™‚

    1. Ha ha ha. So true, Gwen. I’m thinking of naming this place Estrogen Manor. Thanks. πŸ˜€

  4. I’m surprised Stella hasn’t already written her book of rules John. Maybe she’d feel better if you told her Lucy looks at her in admiration.

    1. Good idea, David. I’ll have a chat with her. πŸ˜€

  5. Good response, Lucy. Break the rules! Except the ones John makes.

    1. Pay attention to Charles, Lucy. Good advice. πŸ™‚

      1. Funny how Bailey seems to just stay out of this.

      2. She is on Island time. Nothing rattles her.

  6. John – I think you seriously need to consider introducing another male into your domestic environment if only to have some support on the b*tching front… πŸ˜‰

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, Jan. Some days I think the same thing. πŸ˜€

  7. Do you think that Stella thinks she was actually named Stellar…this might be the root of her narcissism… as for Lucy… I am with her… xx

    1. Ha ha ha. Could be. Thanks, Sally. By the way she is. (stellar that is.)

  8. Adorable furry faces! You can read the expressions so well, John.

    1. Thanks, Jan. They take direction very well.

  9. Ahhh, Stella! She is the epitome of my favorite quote about felines:

    A dog looks at you and says “You give me food and shelter. You must be a god.”
    A cat looks at you and says. “You give me food and shelter. I must be a god.”

    It’s all in interpretation πŸ™‚

    1. Love this, Mae. Thank you. πŸ™‚

    2. This is absolutely the truth – hadn’t seen this quote, Mae!

  10. These always make my day.

    1. Thoughts like this keep me going. Thanks, Craig.

  11. Always a treat, John! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Natalie.

  12. Hilarious as always, John!

    1. Thank you, Phillip.

  13. Excellent, John. Cats – sheesh – they do have to have things just so. How could you have a problem with Lucy – I love that look.

    1. Me too. It’s my favorite.

  14. LOL. Loved this, John. 🐱 Tell Stella that Crystal’s got her back. Have a thriving Thursday, my friend.

    1. I will tell her. Thank you, Teagan.

  15. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    John W. Howell has gifted us with another delightful conversation with Stella and Lucy… you really don’t want to miss this!

    1. Thank you, John

      1. My pleasure, good sir!

  16. I’m dyin up here, John! These get better every time. Kudos, good sir!

    1. Thank you, John

  17. Oh dear. This sounds just like my sis and me when we were kids traveling to grandma’s in the back seat of the car. We used to draw an imaginary line and dare each other to cross it. Poor Stella (but you’d think a diva would relish the dog’s appreciative glances, right?!)

    1. Her contract says minions are to keep their eyes downcast.

  18. Oh, John, I am still laughing! And Bailey’s face – priceless. Cats rule!

    1. Thank you, Jo. I love them all.

  19. Awesome, John! Thanks to this blog post…after a straining day at the office – there is finally a big smile on my face. πŸ˜€

    1. Happy am I. (Yoda said that) πŸ˜€

  20. Lucy is curious that’s all. Smiles

    1. Until she decides to have a game of tag.

  21. ROFL!! That’s funny and so true! Great images and story/dialogue to go with them. hehehe. I’m still chuckling!

    1. Thank you, Deborah. I’m glad it brought some chuckles. πŸ™‚

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