Thursday – A Little Personal – Slow Day


“Hey, John.”

“Yes, Stella.”

“Where you been?”

“I was out taking photos.”


“With that iPhone?”

“Yes with the iPhone.”

“Pretty low-tech I would say.”

“Want to see one?”

“Well, it is a while before lunch so what the heck. Sure.”

Flag on the beach

“What is that?”

“Someone put a flag on the beach with a stick as a flagpole.”

“Why would they do that?”

“I think they were making a statement about being stronger than Hurricane Harvey.”


“That is a statement for sure.”

“Want another?”

“Not going anywhere, John. Why not?”

After the rain

“Okay. I get the cloud, but I’m sure there is more behind this one.”

“You are very intuitive, Stella. This shot depicts a new day after a storm.”

“I can see that. You know we felines don’t do a lot with symbols.”

“I know. It’s okay. Where are Lucy and Bailey?”

Lucy, Bailey, Stella

“Two guesses, John. If you use the term ‘couch’ you’ll guess right on each”

Β “I see. Well thanks for looking at my photos today”

“Anytime, John. If you’ll excuse me. Since we still have some time before lunch I think I take a lay down. You will call me when lunch is ready, right?”

“You can count on me, Stella.”

“Thanks, John. I know that for a fact.”





  1. I’m so happy you’re back home, John. Such a beautiful shot of the beach and our flag.

    1. Thanks, Jill. I thought it was touching.

  2. I love this! β€πŸ’•

    1. Thank you, Mischenko. I’m so glad you came for a visit. πŸ™‚

  3. Gwen Plano · ·

    Nothin’ like home – and family. Great photos and dialogue. πŸ™‚

    1. It is so true. Thanks, Gwen. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Michael.

  4. What a heartwarming dialogue with fine pictures! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much. πŸ˜€

  5. Fantastic, John – original and brings a smile. You write while you’re asleep too, don’t you?!!! I don’t think you ever take a personal day, do you?

    1. No, I never take day off from writing. I spent about twenty years hoping I could write full time. Now that I’m doing it, I have about twenty years of things to write about. As far as a personal day, I consider what I’m doing to be totally rewarding and therefore each day is a personal day off. Also I have to pay attention to the clock and at 76 years of age (and with cancer in remission ) there is only so much time left. Thanks for the inquiry, GP. Sometimes it is good for me to reflect on what I’m doing too. In answer to the final question, yes, I do write in my sleep. πŸ˜€

      1. Great answers – and I knew you did it in your sleep too – it’s in your blood!

      2. Thanks GP. I got a kick out of our interchange.

      3. You must get a kick out of some of my posts too. There are times I write no better than a four-year old!!

      4. I’ve never seen that side of you.

  6. Great photos. Odd question: Have you seen the crane that usually hung around the area? Forgot her name.

    1. Her name is Peggy. We have not seen her for quite a while. We think old age finally stepped in sad to say.

      1. That’s sad. Well, I will keep hoping she turns up to surprise us all.

      2. Thanks Charles. I hope so too.

  7. It’s nice to have someone to share with.

  8. I love the ‘After the Storm’ picture!

    1. Seems we have had a lot of opportunities to take those kinds of photos. Thanks, Pam.

  9. Trying again… sighs That’s a grand seascape! πŸ˜€ Good to see that the fur babes are right back in the old routine! πŸ˜›

    1. Ha ha ha. Yes old routine for sure. Thanks, Jan

  10. Wonderful pics, John – and always enjoy seeing Stella.

    1. Thank you, Teri. She loves to be seen

  11. You can tell how content the girls are being back home.
    Loved the photos. Thanks for sharing, John, and I hope Stella has a nice lunch.

    1. She always has a nice lunch.

  12. John, I’m delighted to see your cleaned-up beach again, as well as to know you’re back home! It’s been a long haul, hasn’t it? The fur-babies don’t look any worse for the wear, unlike so many others who rode the thing out on rooftops. Bet you’re glad for a slow day now and then (I know I am!)

    1. Yes, we can use slow.

  13. Stella is a beautiful feline and I can tell her job is to keep everyone in line, including you. πŸ™‚ Love the photos. Great way to share.

    1. She does her work well.

  14. Reblogged this on Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti and commented:
    Another adorable episode with author John W. Howell and his three furry kids! Please, enjoy!

    1. Thanks for the reblog, John

      1. You’re most welcome, John!

  15. Always a treat, John! Thank you. πŸ™‚

  16. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Beautiful picture of flag on the beach… Always love the interaction with Stella, Lucy and Bailey:)

  17. Great photos, John. I think you got some real quality time from Stella. I hope you give her a little extra treat with lunch.

    1. I will. Thanks, Dan

  18. Glad to see you are back home, John. I like your symbols.

    1. Thank you, Robbie.

  19. Great photos. And to have a photographer for a cat! Mine just eats and sleeps…

  20. Fun commentary & beautiful photos John!

  21. I’m so pleased to see that your world is beginning to return to some sense of normality, my friend.
    My favorite breed of dog do love their couch time! I can’t wait until my Grandson wakes up Christmas morning this year … although I doubt if we can keep an eight week old boxer in a Christmas stocking for long. 😊

    1. Ha haha. Both will have a ball. Boxers love kids. (And visa versa.)Thanks, Soooz

      1. They surely do love kids, my daughter always had a boxer when she was small, they caused big smiles in my household over the years. The happiest breed I’ve ever met.

      2. This is why when working at boxer rescue some of the cases make the tears flow.

      3. It’s hard to comprehend the cruelty some humans are capable of inflicting, my friend.

      4. πŸ™‚ Peace to you.

  22. Sweet girl…
    Great photos, John. Love the sunrise. Your photos are becoming more inspired. Delightful.

    1. Thank you, Audrey.

  23. John, you just wrapped up looking ahead, overcoming adversity, patriotism, all under the umbrella of humor and pets. And, you did that in a handful of words. It takes a good writer to do that. Terrific post!

    1. Aw, thank you, Jennie. Such a super thing to say. πŸ˜€ ❀

      1. You are welcome, John. πŸ™‚

  24. Cool photos. I love clouds but the one with the flag got me a little choked up. I really love this bantering between you and your furry kids. So much fun and so spot on 😁

    1. Thank you, Marie. You must imagine how I felt when I came upon that flag.

  25. Well done, John. Port Aransas — stronger than Harvey. ⭐
    The photos are marvelous. And Stella is so beautiful.
    Hugs on the wing!

    1. Thank you, Teagan. Stella is sixteen years old and is now showing signs of her age. She is happy and still healthy but slowing down considerably. We worry about her.

      1. I can understand that, John. I’ve been there with a couple who lived long happy lives. It’s not as hard to cope when you know that. Well, a little less hard anyway. Huge hugs.

      2. You are right. Saddens the heart though.

  26. I love reading these!! Honestly makes my day

    1. I’m glad you like my personal posts. I sent you a message. I think your blog has the makings of something great. Take a look at a few suggestions. Good luck.

  27. Oh how I loved these pictures and the conversation ! Really made my night

    1. Thank you for letting me know Bethany.

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