Friday, January 6, 2017

Shelter Feline 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!

There's a new office mascot cat at the shelter.  She is old and sickly and her elderly owner died and now she lives in Ms. W's office. 

Sasha isn't the prettiest cat on the block, but she's friendly!


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 35: January 6, 2017

1. I have seen ________________ play in concert.

2. I would like to attend a _________________ concert. 

3. In the dead of Winter, I _______________________ .

4. The main ringer on my cell phone is _____________________ . 

1. I have seen Elton John and Chicago play in concert.

2. I would like to attend a TobyMac concert, especially if Mandisa is touring with him..  Or Casting Crowns or MercyMe or Sidewalk Prophets, or Skillet.  Skillet would be cool to see in concert.

3. In the dead of Winter, i keep a heating pad close by all of the time!

4. The main (and only, i'm not smart enough to figure out how to set more than one) ringer on my cell phone is windchimes.  It's easy to tell it's my phone, too.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Iraq

Befana -- Italy (Befana is the fairy who resides in chimneys, flies on a broom, and leaves toys and candy in stockings on Epiphany, their traditional day to exchange gifts.)

Bean Day (Bake a bean or penny into a cake, whoever gets the slice with the bean is king for a day.  A tradition continued in New Orleans and vicinity, especially, all the way through Mardi Gras Day, only now a plastic baby toy, representative of Jesus, is put in the traditional cakes.)

Blessing of the Waters -- Piraeus, Greece; Turkey; among Greek Orthodox worshippers worldwide (on the traditional date of the Baptism of Jesus)

Carnival Season begins -- Christian, through Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday

Children's Day -- Uruguay

Cuddle Up Day -- internet generated, an excuse to get close to your special someone

Daruma Ichi -- Takasaki City, Japan (the largest and most famous daruma market in the city where the good luck dolls originated; through tomorrow)

Deer Dance Ceremonies -- Taos Pueblo, NM, US (Native American celebration of the deer spirit)

Dia de los Reys -- Hispanic Christians(Three Kings Day)

Epiphany / Three Kings Day -- Western Christian

Epiphany of Kore (Persephone/Proserpina) -- Ancient Greek Calendar and Ancient Roman Calendar (a goddess of fertility and germination of seeds)

Feast of Ptah and Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of the Theophany -- Orthodox Christian

Four Freedoms Day -- US (commemorates the FDR speech about the four freedoms:  freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear.)

Greek Cross Day -- Tarpon Springs, Florida (as part of the Greek Orthodox Church celebration of Epiphany/Little Christmas)

Little Christmas -- Ireland

London Boat Show -- London's Docklands, London, England (worth a trip to England for anyone who loves boats; through the 15th)

Maroon Festival -- Jamaica (celebration of descendents of former fugitive slaves)

National Shortbread Day

Orthodox Christmas Eve -- Orthodox Christians following the Julian calendar

Prettandinn -- Iceland (the last Day of Christmas, Epiphany, with bonfires and Elven Dances)

Shorinzan Daruma-Ichi -- Shorinzan, Japan (Good luck daruma dolls are purchased, with no eyes.  One eye is painted on when you make a wish, the other when the wish comes true.  Largest and oldest Daruma doll festival in Japan; through tomorrow.)

Smith Day -- the Smiths and Smythes and Smithes of the world want a day to be recognized; if your name is Smith or one of the variants of it, have a celebration of your very common name today!

Sts. Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchoir's Day (Patrons of travelers)

Surb Tsnund -- Armenia (Armenian Christmas Day)

Take a Poet to Lunch Day -- listed on a few sites, and who doesn't want an excuse to go out to eat?

Turisi -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (holiday of the bull, Jar-tur; a fertility rite)

Wassailing the Apple Trees -- various parts of the UK (from the Old English "waes hael," meaning "be well," a ritual to bless apple trees to ensure a good harvest)

Anniversaries Today:

George H. W. Bush marries Barbara Pierce, 1945
New Mexico becomes the 47th US State, 1912
Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves, 1540 (his 4th wife)

Birthdays Today:

Joey Lauren Adams, 1971
Susan Perabo, 1969
Nancy Lopez, 1957
Rowan Atkinson, 1955
Bonnie Franklin, 1944
Lou Holtz, 1937
E.L. Doctorow, 1931
Vic Tayback, 1929
Earl Scruggs, 1924
Sun Myung Moon, 1920
Eugene T. Maleska, 1916
Loretta Young, 1913
Danny Thomas, 1912
Kahlil Gibran, 1883
Tom Mix, 1880
Carl Sandburg, 1878
Sherlock Holmes, 1854 (As celebrated by the Baker Street Irregulars.)
Charles Sumner, 1811
Jedediah Strong Smith, 1799
Haym Salomon, 1785
Joan of Arc, 1412

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Wheel of Fortune"(TV), 1975
"Schoolhouse Rock"(TV), 1973
"Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"(TV), 1963
"Hallmark Hall of Fame"(TV), 1952

Today in History:

The first Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in the "New World," at La Isabela, Hispaniola, 1494
All Jews are expelled from Syria, 1497
The city of Lima, Peru, is founded by Francisco Pizarro, 1535
The first recorded boxing match of the style now called English Boxing is held -- the Duke of Albemarle's butler versus his butcher, 1681
Massachusetts slaves petition the legislature for freedom, 1773
Samuel Morse makes his first public demonstration of the telegraph, 1838
The most damaging storm in 300 years sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin, 1839
A patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill of Pennsylvania, 1857
The Washington National Cathedral is chartered bu the US Congress and signed by President Benjamin Harrison, 1893
The first telephone call is made from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake, 1898
Maria Montessori opens her first school and day care for working class families in Rome, 1907
The Great White Fleet passes through the Suez Canal, the largest group of ships to pass through up to that time, 1909
Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her work among the poor of India, 1929
The first diesel-engined automobile trip is completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City, 1930
Thomas Edison submits his last patent application, for a  "Holder for Article to be Electroplated," 1931
Barbara Hanley becomes Canada's first woman mayor, of the city of Webbwood, Ontario, 1936
The Pacific Clipper lands at Pan American's LaGuardia Field, completing the first around the world flight, 1942
The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II, 1978
The Ady Gil, a ship owned by Sea Shepherd, is sunk during a skirmish with the Japanese Whaling Fleet's Shonan Maru, 2010


  1. Hi, I'm visiting from Friendly Fill-ins. Chicago is perhaps my favorite 70s band. I like Elton John, too but Chicago more. It's nice meeting you. Here are my Friendly Fill-ins for you. Have a good day!

  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am out of the music loop though as I have never heard of any of the bands you want to see in concert. My cats would love to sit near you with that heating pad. We have one for the cats that I turn on low when it is cold. Have a great weekend!

  3. Aww! Sasha looking very happy and contended :-)

    Have a tanfasti weekend :-)

  4. The older animals who end up in shelters just break my heart. I hope Sasha lives out her days being loved.

  5. And she probably has a broken heart too. I hope the rest of her days are happy days.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ☺

  6. So glad she is being taken care of in her best years.

  7. When I was in college, one of my floor residents was a die hard Chicago fan. He had all their albums and could tell you everything there was to know about them.

  8. Blessings to the shelter for keeping this elder kitty in a safe, warm and loved environment. Imagine how hard it would be to lose your home and person of many years. Elder animals have a soft spot in my heart. I am always cold in the winter too, and keep a lap blanket and fingerless gloves on whenever I am sitting. They really are great for cold hands!

  9. When my phone rings "old telephone" only when the number calling is not in my phone. I love that the shelter is keeping the lovely lady in the office.

  10. I bet she has a very broken heart- missing her buddy. I am sure she is very well loved at the shelter.

  11. Oh so many great things in your today in history section. Cuddle Up Day sounds wonderful as does Little Christmas (which is also Women's Christmas). AND, the funniest part for me was seeing that David is older than one of my favorite shows from childhood and I, of course, am younger than the show. That show was Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. I loved it! I can still hear the song. :)

    Your ringtone sounds like a pretty one.

    Have a blessed weekend!

  12. My first thought was that this was a pharoh cat.

  13. Oh, my. That photo reminds me of a cat a friend of mine had. The cat was 24(ish), bald as a cue ball, and just wanted to sit. Worst gravelly growling meow I'd ever heard. I sat down, she sat on my lap, and I dubbed her Misses Gollum. We were friends instantly. I still miss her.

    Oh, my ring tone is a Madrigal March, which is pretty distinctive, with the proviso, that when you have a brand new phone, you actually REALIZE that your phone is ringing, not music that is playing near by. Pbbt.

  14. Wonderful that Sasha is being cared for. She probably felt so forsaken when her person died.

  15. Sasha is adorable! xo! I would choose her! We chose Kenzie because she is a senior, as we have many cats and dogs.
    I agree, cell ringers always need to be easy to know if it is yours.
    Hugs. Thanks for playing with us!


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