Friday, January 19, 2018

Excuse me! (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code.

Enigma SissyCat was not amused at being interrupted at dinner to have a picture taken.

Do you mind?  Can't you see I'm desperate for nourishment?

McGuffy's Reader

Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy's Reader. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts! 

My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:

Week 89: January 19, 2018:

1. I have never been able to                           . 

2. I wish I could still                       .

3.                  is my ideal winter night. 

4.                      and                      .

I have never been able to sing, make music, dance, draw, paint, or do creative things like that.  Other people's creative talents fascinate me, especially as i cannot emulate them at all.

I wish i could still go to school.  Learning is such fun!

Keeping warm, enjoying a cup of hot tea or decaf coffee, and reading is my ideal winter night.

Sweetie has finally decided that, while he does enjoy colder weather, he does not enjoy bitterly cold weather and snow, so he does not want to move to Alaska or Montana, and i am very glad and relieved!


Today is:

Annual Visit of the Poe Toaster -- the mysterious person who, for almost 75 years, dressed in black with a wide brimmed hat and scarf, annually visited Poe's grave on his birthday, leaving roses and cognac; has not been seen since 2009

Arbor Day -- Florida and Louisiana, US

Brew A Potion Day -- internet generated, no reasons given

Confederate Heroes Day -- Texas, US 

Feast of Sultan (Sovereignty) -- Baha'i

Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day -- for Poe's birth anniversary

La Tamborrada -- San Sebastian, Spain (begins in the evening, a 24 hour drum jam session and the city's biggest fiesta)

Little Ricky Day -- marking the date of his arrival on "I Love Lucy"

Milwaukee Boat Show -- Milwaukee, WI, US (where boys can find their big toys; through the 21st and again the 24th-28th)

National Popcorn Day

Neon Sign Day -- patented this day in 1915

Porri Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (the name means Middle of Winter, and personifies him as Old Man Winter; often the harshest month, so greet him kindly, to soften his heart and hasten spring)
    Bondadagur (Husband's Day) -- first day of Porri (various traditions honoring the man of the house; these days, women often give the men flowers)

Sacrifices to Apollon -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Slamdance -- Park City, UT, US (an independent film festival by and for film makers; through the 25th)

St. Canute's Day a/k/a St. Knud (Patron of Denmark)

St. Henry of Uppsala's Day (Patron of the Catholic Cathedral of Helsinki; Finland; against storms)

Theophany/Epiphany -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians who still follow the Julian Calendar
    Timket -- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (with huge, colorful festivals through the whole country)
    Blessing of the Waters -- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, Bayswater, London, UK

Tin Can Day -- patented this day in 1825

Tip-Up Town USA -- Houghton Lake, MI, US (Michigan's largest family winter festival, through Sunday and next weekend, Friday-Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Shawn Johnson, 1992
Jodie Sweetin, 1982
Frank Caliendo, 1974
Drea de Matteo, 1972
Shawn Wayans, 1971
Wendy Moniz, 1969
Junior Seau, 1969
Paul McCrane, 1961
William Ragsdale, 1961
Thomas Kinkade, 1958
Simon Rattle, 1955
Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953
Dewey Bunnell, 1952
Robert Palmer, 1949
Paula Deen, 1947
Dolly Parton, 1946
Shelley Fabares, 1944
Janis Joplin, 1943
Michael Crawford, 1942
Phil Everly, 1939
Richard Lester, 1932
Robert MacNeil, 1931
Tippi Hedren, 1931
Fritz Weaver, 1926
Jean Stapleton, 1923
Guy Madison, 1922
John H. Johnson, 1918
Lester Flatt, 1914
Edgar J. Helms, 1863
Paul Cezanne, 1839
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809
Robert E. Lee, 1807
James Watt, 1736 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"48 Hours"(TV), 1988
"The Millionaire"(TV), 1955
"Woman of the Year"(Film), 1942
"Il Trovatore"(Verdi Opera), 1853
"Faust Part I"(Goethe tragic play), 1829

Today in History:

Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy, 1419
San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines, 1607
The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope, 1806
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtain a patent for a process of storing food in tin cans, 1825
Goethe's Faust Part I premiers, 1829
Verdi's Il Trivatore preniers in Rome, 1853
The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey, 1883
Ibsen's play The Master Builder premiers in Berlin, 1893
Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising, 1915
The US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations, 1920
Coopers Inc. sells the world's first briefs, 1930
For the only time in recorded history, snow falls in Miami, Florida, 1977
The last VW Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant, 1978
United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity, 1981
The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced, 1983
Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations, 1993
The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto, 2006
Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, 2013


  1. POOR Enigma SissyCat (brilliant name). Undernourished moggies should never have their dinners interrupted.
    Love your friendly fill-ins.

  2. I think someone needs to step into the shoes of the Poe Toaster...

  3. Aww!SissyCat just wants to eat in peace, she looks like she has a blue hat on LOL

    Have a sissytastic day :-)

  4. I can see from the look that Enigma SissyCat is not amused! She wants to eat in peace!

  5. lol. Love that you interrupted her dinner time!

    Have you considered looking at any online classes? I realize time may be a factor, but online classes are a great way to continue learning without the high cost of tuition. :)

  6. Sissy is adorable, but she does look annoyed. Thank you for these great fill-in answers. I bet there is something creative you could do. And it is never too late to learn,a lot of towns have night classes to learn something fun. Have a nice weekend! XO

  7. I don't blame her one bit. She's having dinner. Cats are so independent when it comes to what they want to do and what they don't want to do.

    I'm with your husband about the bitter cold.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and a great weekend. ♥

  8. Interruption during dinner is a no no! Have a lovely weekend!

  9. Oh, she's definitely not amused! I don't like to be interrupted when I'm eating either, so I guess I understand where she's coming from :-)

  10. That was one intense cat photo. She has a personality.

  11. Of course she was upset to be interrupted for a silly picture, lol

  12. I love the way cats are able to convey their thoughts and emotions so clearly without a word! SissyCat is clearly starving... much like mine. LOL

    I don't have any artistic talents either, and I wish I did. But God gave me a gift for encouraging people, and I am happiest when I am doing that.

    I love to learn new things, but school was stressful for me even though I did well.

    Your idea of a perfect winter night sounds great to me!

    I totally agree that bitter cold and snow are not a fun way to live, I did that in Dakota for all my growing up years. I was young then now slipping and sliding on the ice and trying to get warmed up are not that much fun! :-)

    Josie Two Shoes ~ Friendly Fill-ins