Friday, January 13, 2017

Feline Stink Eye 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!

Dansig is giving me the stink eye over a recent purchase -- a vacuum cleaner!

Did you really have to buy one of these...things!


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 36: January 13, 2017

1. My guiding word for 2017 is _____________________.

2. ________________________ class reunion.

3. Truth be told I am superstitious about ___________________.

4. Lately, I have been ______________________.

1. My guiding word for 2017 is prayer.  Everyone and everything needs some, as far as i can tell, and the kind of work i do lends itself to spending a lot of time praying.

2. No invitations have made their way to my home for the last several class reunions.  Yes, i'm on the mailing list.  Yes, i get a "save the date" notice.  Next thing i get is the newsletter telling me how much fun they had.  Yes, i get all the other newsletters from the school to alumni also.  Being that i wasn't with the popular crowd, my guess is someone really doesn't want me there, and that's fine.

3. Truth be told, i am superstitious about having money in my pocket on New Year's Eve.  Supposedly being broke that night means you will stay broke all year.  While i don't really believe that, i'm not going to take a chance!

4. Lately, i have been wondering how big our tax bill will be this year.  We scrape by month to month, but according to the government, we owe more every single year.

Today is:

Art Deco Weekend -- Miami, FL, US (for die hard fans; through Sunday)

Blame Someone Else Day -- the first Friday the 13 of the year, you get a free pass to blame someone else!

Children's Day -- Thailand

Democracy Day -- Cape Verde

Feast of St. Kentigern (a/k/a St. Mungo) (Patron of Glasgow whose given name meant "head chief" but whose nickname meant "dear one.")

Ides of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Lee-Jackson Day -- Virginia, US

Liberation Day -- Togo

Loop Ice Carnival -- The Loop, St. Louis, MO, US (winter frolics, including the "Frozen Bun" run; through tomorrow)

Maghi -- Sikh

Make Your Dreams Come True Day -- no info on the origin of this; maybe someone who broke their New Year's resolutions by this day used the fact that it's New Year's by the Julian calendar to start over

Midvintersblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (midwinter festival)

National Peach Melba Day

Old New Year's Day -- Belarus; Georgia; Montenegro; Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Srpska (Yes, that's how it's spelled; no, i don't know how to pronounce it); Serbia; Russia; Ukraine; Wales (Julian Calendar)

Pongal begins -- India (thanksgiving festival at the end of the harvest season, honoring Indra, god of clouds and rain)
     first day, Bhogi

Radio Day -- anniversary of the first public radio broadcast in 1910

Recuperation Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar (i think i need one of those!)

Runic Half-month of Peorth (womb) begins

Rubber Ducky Day

Scalloway Fire Festival -- Shetland Islands (viking festival; through tomorrow)

Sidereal Winter Solstice Eve -- celebrations through South and Southeast Asia, including
     Bhogi -- Tamil (first day of Pongal)
     Lohri -- Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
     Uruka -- Assam

Silvesterklausen -- Switzerland ("Old" New Year's celebration, based on the Julian Calendar)

Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo -- Fort Worth, TX, US (the world's first indoor professional rodeo, since 1918; through Feb. 4)

St. Hilarius' Day (according to English tradition, the coldest day of the year; Patron of learning challenged children; Argusto, Italy; Vervio, Italy; against snakes and snake bites)

St. Knut's Day (a/k/a Little Christmas or Twentieth Day or Tyvendedagen among the Scandinavians, it celebrates Canute IV of Denmark and is the day to "plunder" the tree put up on Christmas Eve, eating the candies and cookies that were decorating it, and puting all the other decorations away before the tree is removed.)

Strive and Succeed Day -- Horatio Alger's birth anniversary

The Big Chill Ice and Snow Festival -- Racine, WI, US (formerly the Flake Out Festival, lots of snowy fun; through Sunday)

Theogamia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate, but during Gamelion, the month of marriages)

Tiugunde Day -- Old England (midwinter offering, a celebration picked up from the Norse Midvintersblot)

Tyvendedagen -- Norway (Twentieth day after Christmas, official end of Yuletide or "Juletid")

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival -- Whittlesea, England (the "straw bear" goes through the town collecting gifts and performing, and on Sunday, the costume is burned amid much celebration; a festival celebrated since medieval times)

Birthdays Today:

Joannie Rochette, 1966
Orlando Bloom, 1977
Nicole Eggert, 1972
Keith Coogan, 1970
Patrick Dempsey, 1966
Penelope Ann Miller, 1964
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961
Kevin Anderson, 1960
Jay McInerney, 1955
Richard Moll, 1943
Frank Gallo, 1933
Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931
Frances Sternhagen, 1930
Gwen Verdon, 1925
Army Archerd, 1922
Robert Stack, 1919
Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885
Sophia Tucker, 1884
Horatio Alger, 1832
Salmon P. Chase, 1808

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Sopranos"(TV), 1999
"Mickey Mouse"(Comic strip), 1930

Today in History:

Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria, 1099
Sicut Didum, the papal bull prohibiting the enslavement of Canary Island natives who had converted to Christianity, is promulgated, 1435
The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison, 1605
The Bank Of Genoa fails after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain, 1607
Jonathan Swift is ordained and Anglican priest in Ireland, 1695
James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, 1733
John Walter publishes the first issue of the London Times, 1785
The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins, 1830
Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole European survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, 1842
Anthony Foss patents the accordion, 1854
A chenille manufacturing machine is patented by William Canter of NYC, 1863
A circus fire in Poland kills 430, 1883
 The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting, 1893
U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution, 1893
The first radio set is advertised, a Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American; claimed to receive signals up to one mile, 1906
The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, 1910
An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800, 1915
The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people, 1939
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car, 1942
Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 1964
Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American  US Cabinet member, 1966
Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison, 1968
A passenger train plunged into a ravine at Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa, 1985
L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American US governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia, 1990
Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, 1991
An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800, 2001
The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy, 2012


  1. Dansig is no dummy. He knows that contraption is going to make tons of noise and scare the dickens out of him.

  2. Messymimi, Everyone needs prayers! As my belated Mother-in-law would say, "You can't get too many prayers!" Now, ain't that the truth? I've not heard the superstition about having money in your pocket New Year's Eve and I'm with you, why take chances? :) I love all the tid-bits you shared at the end of your post. My favorite is about Friday the 13th - Blame Someone Else Day. That's a good one! Can I use that every day? Have a good weekend and be blessed, my friend! ;)

  3. Your kitty is adorable. He does look upset about the vacuum though :) Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Prayer is an excellent guiding word. I hope you don't own more in taxes than usual. Have a nice weekend!

  4. Our Little Bit hated the vacuum too. Hated it. I can see why you got the stink eye.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ☺

  5. None of my four like the vacuum cleaner, to them it's a noisy, scary monster that interrupts their peaceful naps! I have no desire to return for class reunions, though I have a few friends from school I stay in touch with. Quiet time while cleaning is great prayer time, anytime is great prayer time! We all have a lot to pray about these days, including government, and taxes too! One day at a time, we will make it thru by God's grace!

  6. I don't blame him they are soooooo noisy heheh!

    Have a suctiontastic weekend :-)

  7. St. Paul said to pray without ceasing. I know I talk to God all of the time, about everything. I think as long as we keep the people in our lives who truly care, that is what matters. The ones who expect too much and then fall away show their colours.
    Cute photo! It amazes me how even the tiny rescue kittens always hate the vacuum cleaner! Hugs!

  8. Never knew a cat that enjoyed a vacuum cleaner.

  9. Never, heard the the one about money in your pocket on NYE....just gives you more for the IRS to take away in April.

  10. Those people on the committee that sends out the invitations to the reunions should be horsewhipped if they are not sending you invitations. It is their loss anyway. Have a great weekend.

  11. I'm sorry that you owe more and more in taxes each year. That stinks.

    I'm sorry the reunion people are being so rude to you. Like David said, it is there loss. You're a great gal!

    Thank you for sharing this idea of money in your pocket on New Year's Eve. I don't remember hearing that one before. I had some in my Stuart bank, does that count? :)

    We've always heard that one should have greens and black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. That is how we grew up and that is what we do. We also generally have ham with it. The greens represent regular money and the peas represent the jingly money. We always have collard greens, but turnip or mustard greens are acceptable substitutes.

    Prayer is a perfect guide word. :)

    All of those history snippets about radios were really interesting. I don't have any recollection of a cruise ship sinking in 2012. How sad and another good reason to not go on a cruise. That Italian earthquake must have been tremendous to take so many lives. How awful that must have been.

    Have a blessed weekend. :)

  12. My cats hate the house monster. As soon as it comes out of the closet they disappear. Can't go wrong with prayer as your guiding word!

  13. A vaccuum! The eternal enemy of cats everywhere! I'm sorry to hear your tax bills is so annoying. I always worked for others, so the taxes were taken out and April saw a refund. I hope the money in your pocket on New Year's Eve helps you through 2017!

  14. Money in your pocket on New Years??!!! Well then, that explains everything!!! And yeah, 3 kids, one income, everything is taxed from our pay to anything we buy... and still every year we owe. even?!


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