Friday, July 8, 2016

Feline Friday, Give the Kitties Room! and Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday is hosted by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is..
1) post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute)
2) go to Steve's page, linked above, then on the menu bar click on the Feline Friday tab to get the code
3) paste the code under your cat picture
4) add your name and link 
That’s all there is to it! Be sure to check back every so often and visit all the Feline Friday bloggers. Also, please leave a nice comment on their blogs. Nasty comments will be deleted!

The cages for sick kitties are rather small, especially when you add a litter box and food and water bowl and a small bed for them to sleep on.  This is especially cramping for kittens.  Then someone came up with an idea, add another level to the cages.

Like a bunkbed with a play area under it, there's more room!

These guys like it!

These are a brilliant idea!


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:

Friendly Fill-Ins, Week 9, July 8, 2016:

1. Learning to live without a dishwasher was easier than i expected.

2. Bucket list:  (in alphabetical order, not the order in which i figure i can travel to them)
     1. Alaska/Canada (while i'm that far north, i figure i may as well travel through both)
     2. Australia
     3. New Zealand

3. I cannot believe we are still riding around on rubber tires and burning gasoline.  Where are the flying cars?  (Oh, wait a minute, the way people drive around here, never mind!)

4. If i could quit having to work to make a living, i would spend that time doing a lot more volunteering and helping people, including traveling to help friends i know who are out of town.

Today is:

Bear Lake Days --Bear Lake, MI, US (the fun even includes a Venetian boat parade; through Sunday)

Blissfest -- Harbor Springs, MI, US (three music stages, workshop areas, and the preservation of folk and roots music; through Sunday)

Calgary Stampede -- Calgary, AB, Canada (The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth; through the 17th)

Celtic Tree Month Tinne begins (Holly)

Collector Car Appreciation Day -- brought to you by the SEMA Action Network 

Feast of St. Sunniva (Ancient Norse solar maiden Sunna's worship around this time of year was merged with the story of this medieval saint; Patron of Bergen, Norway and the Norwegian west coast)

First Sermon of Lord Buddha -- Bhutan

Dia Feriado Con Fines Turisticos -- Argentina (Public Holiday for Tourism)

Edmonton International Street Performers Festival -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (the finest street performers anywhere; through the 17th)

Kilburn Feast -- Kilburn, North Yorkshire at The Square, England (dating back hundreds of years, it's no longer a horse-fair, but a great many fun events for villagers; the Mayor and Mayoress, both men in costume, are the highlight, handing out "fines" for "crimes" such as carrying an umbrella or having a moustache, with money going to a local charity; through Sunday)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant -- DeSmet, SD, US (get a taste of pioneer life, this weekend Friday-Sunday plus the next two weekends, in the original Little Town on the Prairie she wrote about)

Math 2.0 Day -- celebrating the intermingling of math with technology  

Nagoya Sumo Tournament -- Nagoya, Japan (one of the 6 major tournaments; through the 22nd)

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Old Crafts Day -- it's listed in a few places, but i can't find the history; Old time crafts, or old crafts you've had sitting around the house and never gotten done? If you have the latter, do them or toss them!

Olive Branch Petition Day -- the final attempt, by the 13 Colonies, to avoid a complete break with England in 1775

Pictou Lobster Carnival -- Pictou, NS, Canada (a tail gate party and more; through Sunday)

Savonlinna Opera Festival -- Savonlinna, Finland (one of Finland's most illustrious and internationally significant cultural events; through Aug. 6)

SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama) -- a good habit, on every day

Soapy Smith Wake -- held simultaneously in 5 locations from this evening through noon tomorrow, local time: 1.) Eagles Hall, Skagway, AK, US; 2.) Magic Castle, Hollywood, CA, US; 3.) The Tivoli Club (a reproduction of Soapy's Saloon in Denver, Colorado), Whitehorse Ranch movie lot, Landers, California; 4.) The Wizard's Club, Chicago, IL, US; 5.) The Lumber Baron Inn, Denver, CO, US (held by Soapy Smith Preservation Trust and Friends of Bad Man Soapy Smith, preserving the memory of one of the Wild West and Alaskan Gold Rush's most notorious con men, killed in a gunfight this day in 1898 )*
Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri -- Shounan City, Kanagawa Prefecture (one of Japan's largest Tanabata festivals; through Sunday)

Sts. Aquila and Prisca's Day

St. Kilian's Day (Patron of people with gout or rheumatism, whitewashers; Bavaria, Germany; Paderborn, Germany; Tuosist, Ireland; Wurzburg,Germany)

Three Rivers Festival -- Ft. Wayne, IN, US (Fort Wayne's biggest summer party; through the 18th)

Turkey Rama -- McMinnville, Oregon (family fun on "Oregon's Favorite Main Street" that includes the "World's Largest Turkey BBQ"; through Sunday)

Video Games Day -- do they really need a day?

Vitulatio -- Ancient Roman Calendar (when Vitula was given the first fruits of the earth)

Wayne Chicken Show -- Wayne, NE, US (this year's theme is "Cluck and Roll", and the family friendly fun includes a rubber chicken chuck and National Cluck Off; through Sunday)

Ways with Words -- Dartington, Devon, England (The UK's most stylish literature festival, through the 18th)

White Cloud's Birthday and Tatanka (Bison) Festival -- National Buffalo Museum, Jamestown, ND, US (annual 3 day celebration of bison and their role in American history, near the birthday of White Cloud, the true albino bison born in 1996)

Ziegfeld Follies Day -- his first "Follies of 1907" opened on this day

*If you cannot make it to the Soapy Smith Wake in one of these locations, please at 9:15pm, your local time, have a glass of something grown-up and offer the traditional toast: "Relatives and friends, raise your glass.  Here's to Soapy's Ghost!"

Anniversary Today:

Prince Richard of Gloucester marries Birgitte Eva van Deurs, 1972

Birthdays Today: 

Jaden Smith, 1998
Sophia Bush, 1982
Milo Ventimiglia, 1977
Kathleen Robertson, 1973
Beck Hansen, 1970
Billy Crudup, 1968
Toby Keith, 1961
Kevin Bacon, 1958
Christopher G. Moore, 1952
Marianne Williamson, 1952
Anjelica Huston, 1951
Wolfgang Puck, 1949
Kim Darby, 1948
Raffi, 1948
Cynthia Gregory, 1946
Jeffrey Tambor, 1944
Steve Lawrence, 1935
Marty Feldman, 1933
Roone Arledge, 1931
Billy Eckstine, 1914
Nelson Rockefeller, 1908
Louis Thomas Jordan, 1908
Philip Cortelyou Johnson, 1906
Alfred Binet, 1857
John D. Rockefeller, 1839
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, 1838
Etienne De Silhouette, 1709

Today in History: 

Vasco da Gama sets sail on first direct European voyage to India, 1497
Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island, 1663
Battle of Restigouche – British defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France, 1760
The Olive Branch Petition is drafted by the Second Continental Congress as the Congress' last attempt to get King George III of Great Britain to reason with them, 1775
The Declaration of Independence has its first public reading, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Liberty Bell is rung, 1776
Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom, 1822
Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay, 1853
The initial force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin their March West, 1874
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published, 1889
St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22, 1932
The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF), 1948
Richard Nixon delivers a special congressional message enunciating Native American Self-Determination as official US Indian policy, leading to the Indian Self-Determination Act, 1970
The Conference for Security and Co-operation in Europe creates the office of High Commissioner on National Minorities, 1992
NATO invites the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland to join the alliance, membership to become effective in two years, 1997
The Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, 2011
Pope Francis condemns the 'global indifference' to the plight of immigrants who have drowned trying to reach Europe, 2013
The mission of the NASA Curiosity Mars rover begins, 2013


  1. The cars already fly around here where we live. The freeway speed is 75 and some of the secondary roads are 65 to 75. It is ridiculous.

    Could you please tell me where I could get the banner that you have in your sidebar about not shopping on Thanksgiving? I don't think anyone should have to work that day, either!

    Have a great day!

  2. I remember when I was growing up, we were all told that by the year 2000 we would all have flying cars and wrist radios like Dick Tracy. We are close to the wrist radios with a video phone but still no flying cars.
    Around here people go 85 in the school zones during school hours and complain about getting a ticket.

  3. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, I enjoyed your answers. I agree living without a dishwasher is not hard. We got rid of ours years ago because it was portable and hooked onto the faucet- it ruins the faucet and we had to keep replacing that. And I hope you get to visit all those places. Have a great weekend.

  4. I love the bunk bed idea, and have seen it used up here. It is pretty much the norm, now. Great pictures!

    I am the only dishwasher here. We have never had another. It's okay. I don't want one.

    I have no desire to travel outside the US. There is so much here I have not seen!

    I fear that flying cars would make it worse. There is too much trouble on the ground and above it!

    Thanks for being part of Friendly Fill-Ins, Mimi! Hugs!

  5. Very brilliant idea. They are so cute too.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and a great weekend. ☺

  6. oh these little kitties have such a wonderful beginning with people like you! Have a lovely day!

  7. Somebody was thinking when they came up with kitty bunkbeds.

  8. I always enjoy your history column, but recently I read that the Liberty Bell wasn't rung at the time because the bell tower containing it was rotten and in desperate need of repair, The idea it was rung to celebrate the Declaration came years later, if what I read is to be believed.

  9. Kitty bunk beds, what a neat idea! And it sounds like we both want to do the Alaska thing... I keep hoping!


  10. Aww! they are so irresistible and what a brilliant idea :-)

  11. That totally is a great idea for the kitties considering how much cats love to climb. Loved your fill ins. Flying cars - haha! I wish you could visit those places and also volunteer more. The only dishwasher in our house has two arms and wet hands...

  12. Brilliant idea for those wee kitties!! I bet they are much happier having something to climb and more room.
    Alaska seems a popular destination - we should have a blog convention! LOL
    Honestly, I wish we could go back to horse and buggy.


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