Thursday – A Little Personal – Lucy’s Agenda


“Hey, Bailey. You hear anything?”

“Like what?”

“Listen upstairs. Something’s clomping around.”


“I don’t hear anything? Hey, Pops you hear anything upstairs?”

“I can’t hear anything from here. I’ll go check.”

“Thanks, pops.”


“Excuse me, Stella.”

“Hold on, John. I’m just finishing breakfast.”


“Okay. What can I do for you?”

“Lucy said there was something clomping around up here.”

“I have to say I did walk from the office to my water.”


“John, you are letting those two get away with murder.”

“How so?”

“Ever hear of Carl Sandburg?”

“Of course.”

“His poem “Fog” used the metaphor, “Little cat feet,” to describe how silently the fog moved in.”

“I get it. See you later, Stella.”

“Bye John.”

Lucy and Bailey

“Okay, you two. Um I mean, okay, Bailey. There was no clompingΒ around.”

“Well, we were trying to catch a nap and Lucy heard something.”

“Meaning Stella.”

“Lucy’s agenda not mine. I only reported what Lucy said.”

“Did you ever hear of Carl Sandbβ€” Oh, never mind. Take a nap.”

Lucy and Bailey

“As you can see Lucy follows your direction to the letter. Wait, what is that noise?”



  1. Natural inter-speices antipathy, John. Nothing to worry about.

  2. Did I say speices? I meant, of course, species!

  3. FFS (fat finger syndrome)

  4. Never heard of the ‘fog/cat feet’ thing, but it does make a lot of sense.

    1. Yes it does. At least Carl Sandburg thought so.

  5. Stella is a well read cat. Love these faces!

    1. She was a classic lit major at Harvard. πŸ˜€

  6. Hahaha so cute each talking with each other. Lovely pictures of little darlings.

    1. Thank you, kamal. I loved the story of the little boy and Alligator. πŸ˜€

      1. Yes it sure was a great story.

  7. Funny! There must be something in the air. This is the second consecutive pet post in my feed today.

    1. Yes. But I was here first. πŸ˜€

  8. Gwen Plano · ·

    Your three ladies keep you on your toes, don’t they; I suspect they enjoy distracting you. πŸ™‚ Very sweet photos.

    1. Can you say serving them with hand and foot? Thank you, Gwen

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    John W. Howell gifts us with another hilarious episode with this three furry kids. Please, enjoy…

  10. I agree with Jill – Stella is a well-read cat. The canines are ganging up on the feline.

    1. Always. She has to be quick on her feet.

  11. Mine was growling and barking at the couch yesterday morning. I don’t think we have a ghost.

    1. I would not be so sure. Otto may know something you need to pick up on. πŸ˜€

      1. I’ll make a ring of salt to keep the ghosts outside.

      2. Good idea. Got any Wolfsbane Porter?

      3. No, but now I want some.

      4. Maybe a home brew opportunity.

  12. Canine plan foiled again! You just can’t get one over on a cat πŸ™‚

    1. Stella has a way of cutting through to the truth. Thanks, Mae

  13. And Stella scores again! Always a treat, John. Have a wonderful day! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Natalie. You as well. πŸ™‚

  14. So funny! That is the first poem I remember reading in school (3rd grade) and thinking, “Wow, a poem is cool!” I’d read poetry before at home, but this time it was that light bulb going off. BUT two of my cats are noisy when they “land.” A big UMPH.

    1. It was the first memory for me as well. Thank you Luanne. We’ll call your cats heavy feet.

      1. My mother would ask if they were wearing their clodhoppers.

  15. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite days for your posts. Love the fur babies.

    1. There is not a lot of tension around these posts. I enjoy being able to relax. Sometimes the photos are a challenge. Lucy has taken to turning away when the camera is out. Thank you, Jan.

  16. Loquacious animals you have there, John. And what a nice, tidy home too! Looks comfy.

    1. Thank you, Keven. It is comfy and we love it.

  17. Ah – those foggy little moggie feet. It must have been the noise she made slurping up her water! πŸ˜‰

    1. She does tend to make a lot of noise drinking water.

  18. D.L Finn, Author · ·

    Great pics and glad Stella enjoys poetry. Although, I have a cat who does not move like fog:)

    1. Ha ha ha. Thanks, DL. πŸ˜€

  19. Love that Sandburg quote and its clever juxtaposition between your pets. A comic book writer I used to enjoy wrote: my kitten walks on velvet feet / and makes no sound at all, / and in the doorway, nightly sits, / to watch the darkness fall. / I think he loves the lady, night, / and feels akin to her / whose footsteps are as still as his; whose touch, as soft as fur.

    1. What a beautiful poem. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  20. I love how Stella always seems to win. Haha. “Little cat feet” was clever.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. She is a clever one for sure.

  21. They’re always watching, aren’t they … except when they’re not, of course!

    1. Yes except when they are not.:-D

  22. Just another day with those cuties. πŸ™‚

    1. Yup. Thanks, Audrey

  23. Hysterical! I love looking at dogs’ expressions and wondering what they’re thinking. I think you got it just right here. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Pamela. πŸ™‚

      1. Dogs have enormous souls (at least, that’s my opinion…).

      2. I definitely agree with you. I even take it one more step and believe it is a sin to make their lives anything but peaceful.

  24. Clever Stella! (You too, John!)

  25. It’s so hard being on duty 24-7, John. I think Lucy needs some time off, a new pillow and maybe a treat.

    1. Ha ha ha. You see her at guard position?

      1. I always tell my wife that Maddie sleeps with one eye open and her nose to the wind. Always on!

      2. That is a great way to put it. πŸ˜€

  26. So funny, John. I love this trio.

    1. Thank you, Jennie. πŸ™‚

      1. You’re welcome, John.

  27. They’re so cute, John, and the dialogue is delightful! Each time I see their faces, I think of my sister’s boxer, Braddock. πŸ™‚

    1. Good old Braddock. Great name for a boxer. Thanks, Lauren. πŸ˜€

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