Friday, June 10, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins Fun!

McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy's Reader and Ellen of 15AndMeowing host the Friendly Fill-Ins each week.  They provide statements with blanks, and participants fill them in.  Head over to their blogs to see what they have to say, and get links to others in the blog hop.

Their statements are underlined, my fill-ins are not, doesn't that make it easy!

1.  I used to love to eat lots of sugar, but now it repulses me.  It was a hard addiction to break, too!

2. I would never eat avocado when i was a child, but now I love it.

3. I always cry from the moment Ophelia comes in with invisible flowers to hand out, and i cry until the end of the play, whether i am watching Hamlet or reading it, same reaction.        

4. My Bigger Girl always makes me laugh.  She can say some things that take me by surprise no matter what.

Today is:

Abolition Day -- French Guiana

Alcoholics Anonymous Founders Day
Army Day -- Jordan

Bachfest Leipzig -- Leipzig, Germany (celebrating the great composer in the city where he composed some of his best-known works; through the 19th)

Badger State Summer Games -- Appleton, WI, US (Wisconsin residents of all ages and skill levels can compete this weekend and the next two in a fun Olympic-style sports festival)

Ball Point Pen Day -- date, in 1943, Biro patented one of the early models of a ball point pen (it was as awful as the other early ones, though!)

Banana Split Festival -- Wilmington, OH, US (through tomorrow, in the city claiming to be the birthplace of the banana split)

Bell Tower Festival -- Jefferson, IA, US (shows, entertainment, parade, and more all in the shadow of the Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower; through tomorrow)

Bunker Hill Day -- Suffolk County, MA, US (parade date)

Celtic Tree Month Duir (Oak) commences

Chicago Blues Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (the largest free blues festival in the world; through Sunday)

Dia de Portugal e de Camoes -- Portugal (National Day)

Herbs & Spices Day

Holiday of the Wan Thing -- Fairy Calendar (the Wan Thing arrived in Fairyland this day and has sat there looking wan ever after, so the Fairies decided to give it its own holiday)

Huck Finn's Jubilee -- Mojave Narrows Regional Park, Victorville, CA, US (river-raft building, country and bluegrass music, an old-time tent circus, and more; through Sunday)

National Black Cow Day

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers -- on the second Friday of June, sponsored the last couple of years by Wives Behind the Badge

National Iced Tea Day

National Lemonade Days -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation wants everyone to either run or patronize a lemonade stand this weekend to help fight childhood cancers, one cup at a time

Queen's Birthday -- Solomon Islands

Rape of Lidice/Lidice Memorial Day -- Czech Republic and Slovakia/New Jersey, US (in one of the most-remembered atrocities of WWII, the small town of Lidice, Czechoslovakia, was invaded by Nazi troops who murdered every man, burned every house, and sent all the women and children for "reeducation.")

Reconciliation Day -- Republic of the Congo

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival -- Oklahoma City, OK, US (more than 100 tribes meet to pow wow and celebrate their heritage, through Sunday)

Riverbend Festival -- Chattanooga, TN, US (nine days of fun on the banks of the Tennessee River)

Senior Race Day -- Isle of Man (final day of the Tourist Trophy races which is for Seniors only)

Show-Me State Games -- Colombia, MO, US (Olympic-style sports festival for all ages and skill levels, to encourage people to develop their physical and competitive abilities to the height of their potential through participation in fitness activities; through Sunday, and again July 22-24 and 29-31)

St. Brigid of Ireland's Day (Patron babies/infants/newborns, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, cattle, children whose parents are not married, dairymaids/dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, poultry farmers, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ireland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)

Tano (Dano) Festival -- Korea (start of a 3 day traditional festival of spring and farming, with summer food offered at the household shrine of the ancestors; 5th day of 5th lunar month)

Tecumseh! the Epic Outdoor Drama -- Chillicothe, OH, US (Mon-Sat, until Sept. 3; spectacular reenactment of the life and death of the great Shawnee leader)

Texas Folklife Festival -- San Antonio, TX, US (the signature event of the Institute of Texan Cultures; through Sunday)

The Strawberry Festival -- Crawfordsville, IN, US (historic Lane Place hosts three days of fun, and all the city museums are open; through Sunday)

Versailles Poultry Days -- Versailles, OH, US (fun for the whole family, with parades, 5K, and even a Miss Chick contest; through Sunday)

Where the Wild Things Are Day -- birth anniversary of Maurice Sendak

Windsurfing Regatta/Unvarnished Music Festival -- Worthington, MN, US (windsurfing, swap meet, and music on the beach; through Sunday)

Anniversary Today:

Alcoholics Anonymous is founded, 1925

Birthdays Today:

Joey Zimmerman, 1986
Tara Lipinski, 1982
Leelee Sobieski, 1982
Hoku Ho, 1981
Shane West, 1978
Doug McKeon, 1966
Elizabeth Hurley, 1965
Linda Evangelista, 1965
Jeanne Tripplehorn, 1963
Michael Burger, 1957
John Edwards, 1953
Jeff Greenfield, 1943
F. Lee Bailey, 1933
Maurice Sendak, 1928
Nat Hentoff, 1925
Judy Garland, 1922
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, 1921
Saul Bellow, 1915
Frederick Loewe, 1904
Hattie McDaniel, 1889

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tales from the Crypt"(TV), 1989
"Paperback Writer"(UK song release), 1966
"Tristan und Isolde"(Opera), 1865

Today in History:

Frederick Barbarossa drowns leading his troops across the Saleph River to attack Jerusalem in the Crusades, 1190
The first American log cabin is built, at Fort Christina in Wilmington, Delaware, 1639
Bridget Bishop becomes the first person hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
Captain James Cook runs aground on the Great Barrier Reef, 1770
A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China, 1786
The Jardin des Plantes museum opens in Paris; a year later, it becomes the first public zoo, 1793
The first Boat Race between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge takes place, 1829
Myall Creek Massacre in Australia: 28 Aboriginal Australians are murdered, 1838
The first class of the United States Naval Academy students graduate, 1854
Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 153 people and destroying the famous Pink and White Terraces, 1886
Americus Callahan of Chicago patents the window envelope, 1902
The inaugural service for the United Church of Canada, a union of Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist churches, is held in Toronto Arena, 1925
Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson, 1925
Six-Day War ends: Israel and Syria agree to a cease-fire, 1967
Apple ships its first Apple II personal computer, 1977
The Spirit Rover is launched, beginning NASA's Mars Exploration Rover mission, 2003
Twenty inches of rainfall in Escambia County, Florida damages roadways and bridges, and leaving parts of the Florida Panhandle and coastal Alabama under water, 2012
German authorities are forced to evacuate 10 villages as heavy rains swell the Elbe River, breaching its banks, 2013
Heavy monsoon rains cause the collapse of a partially-finished building on a residential block in Mumbai, India, 2013


  1. "Where the Wild Things Are Day" - We have 365 of those every year in our home courtesy of moggies Mac and Annabel.

  2. Thank you for joining in the friendly fill-ins. Great answers, I wish I could break the sugar addiction. I love the list of today's events. I live in Mass. and had no idea it was Bunker Hill Day. Have a great weekend.

  3. I especially love your Ophelia answer! Awesome! I am so glad you joined us, Mimi. Have a great weekend! Hugs! Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

  4. Sugar addictions are common. I'm so glad you've overcome yours!

  5. Those are good answers. I think carbs are hard to curtail, but I'm usually more of a savory fan. Once in a while though I do get tempted by the sweet side and it's not wise to stand between me and a cheesecake.

    Your Ophelia answer was touching. Me, I always get misty when Spock dies in "The Wrath of Khan."

  6. :) That's the first "Happy Face" I've ever posted. Have a terrific weekend.

  7. I think I would have to go into therapy/rehab to break my sugar addiction.

  8. You switched blog hops! This one's a lot of fun. I don't eat as much sugar as I once did, and I like avocados, but too much sets off my allergy to potassium -- and that's something no one wants to see, believe me! Now where can I go to get my cat pic fix?

  9. I used to like sugar till I became diabetic now I avoid it like the plague heheh!

  10. Yes to the avocado!! Why why did I resist it for so long? Now I want it more than I want the sugar! That part in Romeo and Juliet when she says "Go! Get thee hence, for I will not away." Ugh - gets me every single time.


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