Friday, November 18, 2016

Felines Settle In and Thanksgiving 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!

Before we left town, the kittens were settling in:

A few minutes later, they all got up and started playing!


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 28: November 18, 2016

1. One Thanksgiving tradition I have is __________________________.

2. Black Friday _______________________.

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is ___________________________.

4. One Thanksgiving, ___________________________.

1. One Thanksgiving tradition i have is that i make the gravy.  First, you make a roux... *

2. Black Friday has become too much in my view.  There is no "deal" so good that i would want to knock people over or wait in such lines.

3. The best part about Thanksgiving Day is having the whole family there.

4. One Thanksgiving, many, many years ago, my Papa wanted a duck for Thanksgiving as well as a turkey.  My poor Nana was going crazy trying to deal with six adults and six children in a house with only one bathroom, and he just wouldn't drop the idea of roast duck.  So Nana got someone to take her to the store for last minute things (back in the day when stores all closed on Thanksgiving), and when she came home, she was pulling items out of the bags, slamming them on the table.  Nana never slammed anything, and never, ever used a bad word, ever, but that that moment she was so mad she said, as she slammed it on the table, "And I bought your f***ing duck, too!"  Papa knew he had gone too far, and never pushed her to do that again!

*the joke about Cajun recipes is that almost all of them start with, "First, you make a roux..."

Today is:

Children in Need Day -- UK and Ireland (telethon begins)

Constitution Day -- South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)

Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars -- Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)

European Antibiotic Awareness Day -- ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance

Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá -- Maracaibo, Venezuela

Grand Illumination Celebration and Gingerbread House Competition & Display -- Lahaska, PA, US (the holiday fun begins at the Peddler's Village, through the New Year)

Greater Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Show -- Monroeville, PA, US (through Sunday)

Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning -- Fairy Calendar

Holiday Folk Fair International -- Milwaukee, WI, US (featuring costumes, dancing, entertainment, exhibits, and more from 65 cultures; through Sunday)

Holiday Lights on the Lake -- Altoona, PA, US (51 acres of lights, animations, gift shops, food, model train displays, and more; through the Sunday after New Year's Day)

Inasa Puppet Festival -- Hamamatsu, Japan (a rarity in Japan, 3 days of performances by professional puppeteers from around Japan)

Independence Day -- Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)

Magal de Touba -- Senegal (commemoration of the departure into exile of Ahmadou Bamba to Gabon, a Sufi religious festival)

Married to a Scorpio Support Day -- remembering those married to Scorpios (like me!) and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Day -- Oman (trad.; will be observed Nov. 27)

National French Vichyssoise Day

Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day -- internet generated, but enjoy!  i know i will

Proclamation of the Republic -- Latvia (1918)

Push-Button Phone Day -- launched this day in 1963

Ranch Hand Festival and Breakfast -- King Ranch, Kingsville, TX, US (the festival begins today, and tomorrow morning there will be a real ranch hand meal, cooked and served outdoors, on a working cattle ranch where you can watch cowboys round up longhorns)
     kickoff of the celebration La Posada de Kingsville, with special holiday celebrations through December

Silver Bells in the City -- Lansing, MI, US (the capital city sparkles as the business district lights up for the holidays)

St. Odo of Cluny's Day (Patron of needed rain)

Substitute Educators Day -- US (the NEA encourages everyone to recognize those hard working substitute teachers, especially the ones who work most or all of the school year)

Total Disregard for Taste Day -- marking the debut of Howard Stern's radio show on this day in 1985

Vertieres Day -- Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)

William Tell Day -- the famed apple-off-his-son's-head-shot was today in 1307

York International Postcard Fair -- York, PA, US (over 100 international dealers in post cards show, sell, and trade their finest cards; through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Sinbad, 1956
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
"See It Now"(TV), 1951
"Skin of Our Teeth"(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn't legally mandated until 1918)

Today in History:

Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son's head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers", is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America, 1805
Mark Twain's story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010


  1. I always like to shop for meaningful Gifts, no TVs or electronics here for Christmas, so no need to look for deals.

  2. They are so cute. I'm sure they will find forever homes soon.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ☺

  3. Those kittens are so cute. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am glad you wrote about gravy because i use corn starch and had forgotten that I needed to add it to the grocery list. :) I go out black Friday, but nothing is worth fighting over. By the time we go at 7 am all the limited items are gone, but we get some deals and coupons. Have a great weekend!

  4. The kittens are absolutely adorable! I really miss having cats, but in an apt with a balcony and too much past baggage, I just can't take the strain of responsibilities anymore. The story about your Nana is hilarious!! Have a great weekend!

  5. These kittens probably won't like going to different homes.

  6. It sounds like Papa crossed the line. My recipe for gravy starts, "Open jar..." Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. kittens are sleep experts! Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

  8. Soooooooo, did Papa enjoy that duck after upsetting Nana so much? I can understand her being upset about having one more thing to deal with, extra work, etc.

    Those kitties are just beautiful! We've had a few white kitties come into our lives. The profile pic of me that has Suz written down the right side with a blue eye and ear showing is of a white kitty we used to have named Vain. All the other, bigger, kitties were afraid of this little spitfire. haha

    I love the bits of history that you add to your posts. They are great! I can imagine that a tuna sandwich might get me caught in a trap, too. haha

    Have a blessed weekend and a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I have already made a roux and it's in the fridge in a mason jar waiting to become gravy.

  10. Well, I knew the roux story, as Bill love Food network and was always a Justin Wilson fan.I am usually the gravy maker these days, though. I agree with you about Black Friday, too. *augh*
    Happy Thanksgiving! Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

  11. Oh our gravy definitely starts with a roux!! No arguments there, at all.
    Ha - now I am rather feeling like we should have duck one year for Thanksgiving. Maybe that will be how I celebrate American Thanksgiving - ha.


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