Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday: Kitten Help and 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!

Sometimes it's hard to clean the kitten cages at the shelter when the kittens are trying to climb out on you while you do it.

But I think I can help if you just let me climb on you!


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 45: March 17, 2017

1. The oldest item in my home is __________________________.

2. The oldest item in my refrigerator is _____________________.

3. My family heritage is _____________________.

4. My favourite family tradition is ____________________.

1.  The oldest item in my home is probably the rosebud vase.  It has been passed down through the women in the family for seven generations.

The rosebud vase.

2. The oldest item in my refrigerator is most likely to be the take out packets of soy sauce, as those never really go bad.  At least, i hope they don't, because they just collect in the door and never go away.

3. My family heritage is complicated.  A sign i saw in a store the other day summed it up well with "My family tree has some crazy twisted roots!"  Part of my family is British and Scots/Irish, part is Italian, but through an Italian who settled in Palestine and married a Christian Palestinian (as best we can tell), so there's Middle Eastern in there, too.  Then there's Sweetie, whose biological father was part German, part Scot, and whose biological mother was half German and half Wichita Native American.  It means our kids are Heinz 57 Varieties, indeed!

4. My favourite family tradition is the entry and exit hugs when gathering for holidays.  No matter how long it takes, you hug everyone on the way in and on the way out, and when someone else arrives, everyone gets up and hugs everyone again.  We even hug the people we are going home with!

Today is:

Charleston International Antiques Show -- Charleston, SC, US (world class show with museum quality objects in every category; through Sunday)

Cherry Blossom Festivals -- Japan (from now through mid-April, every city will welcome spring at some point with a Sakura Matsuri or Hanami, where people sit under the trees and enjoy beer or sake; scheduling in each place depends on weather and the blossoms themselves)

Ennensai -- Kyoto, Japan (festival and traditional performances)

Evacuation Day -- Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US (day the British troops left the city in 1776)

Festival of King Amenhotep I -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals dramatizing his death and burial, held in the Valley; date approximate)

Jonquil Festival -- Washington State Park, Arkansas, US (through Sunday)

Kustonu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (no planting today, to ward off insects)

Liberalia -- Ancient Roman Empire (fertility festival in rural areas)

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day 

Rubber Band Day -- patented in England this date in 1845 by Stephen Perry

Saint Patrick's Day (Patron of engineers, excluded people, ophidiophobics; Ireland; Nigeria; over 20 other towns/dioceses around the world; against fear of snakes, snakes and snake bite)
     a public holiday in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Montserrat, and Ireland, and widely celebrated throughout the world
     Trefuilnid Treochair (Feast of Triple Bearer of the Triple Key) -- Ireland (Ireland's National Day)
     while many English speaking areas hold a parade tomorrow in honor of the Saint, the New York parade is today

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Anniversary -- Bangladesh

Sherlock Holmes Weekend -- Cape May, NJ, US (a weekend of mystery for amateur sleuths and fans of A.C. Doyle)

St. Gertrude's Day (Patron of cats, for accomodations and lodging while traveling, gardeners, mentally ill people, pilgrims, poor people, sick people, suriphobics, travellers, widows; Nivelles, Belgium; against fear of mice and rats, fever, insanity and mental disorders, mice and rats)

St. Joseph of Arimathea's Day (Patron of funeral directors, morticians/undertakers, pallbearers, tin miners, tin smiths; Glastonbury Cathedral)

Submarine Day -- the sandwich or the submersible, your choice

World Sleep Day -- sponsored by the World Association of Sleep Medicine, aiming to lessen the burdens of sleep problems on society; this year's theme is "Sleep Soundly, Nurture Life" 

Anniversaries Today:

Franklin D. Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt, 1905
Wellesley Female Seminary is established, 1870

Birthdays Today:

Caroline Corr, 1973
Mia Hamm, 1972
Rob Lowe, 1964
Arye Gross, 1960
Vicky Lewis, 1960
Gary Sinise, 1955
Lesley-Anne Down, 1954
Kurt Russell, 1951
Patrick Duffy, 1949
John Sebastian, 1944
Paul Kantner, 1941
Rudolf Nureyev, 1938
Paul Horn, 1930
Nat "King" Cole, 1919
Bayard Rustin, 1910
Bobby Jones, 1902
Shemp Howard, 1895
Jim Bridger, 1804
Roger B. Taney, 1777

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Camino Real"(Play), 1953
"Kiss and Tell"(Play), 1943
"Welded"(Play), 1928
"The Girl Friend"(Musical), 1926
"Wilhelm Tell"(Play), 1804

Today in History:

In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda, BC45
Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire, 180
Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr, 624
Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England, 1337
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern), 1756
George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence," 1780
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King, 1805
Henry Jones of Bristol patents "self-raising" flour, 1845
Stephen Perry of London patents the rubber band, 1845
John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight, in Otay, California, 1884
The first practical submarine leaves the dock at NYC and submerges for one hour forty minutes, 1898
A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation, 1901
Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte found Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA), 1910
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "Californium", 1950
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India, 1959
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel, 1969
A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%, 1992
President Bush delivers an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack, 2003
Scientists discover that a large number of bacterial life forms live in the deepest part of the world's oceans, the Mariana Trench, which is about 6.831 miles, 2013


  1. Aww! what a cute kitty heheh!

    You do such good work there :-)

    Have a naughtykittentastic weekend :-)

  2. Do you really get nasty comments about cute cats?

  3. Very cute kitten, I would be tempted to take him home. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, I always enjoy your answers. I LOVE that you have a hugging tradition, so sweet. That is a beautiful vase and how impressive that it has survived your children growing up. I have a lot of ceramic bunnies with broken ears ( my niece's fault). Happy St. Patty's Day! Have a great weekend.

  4. What a cute kitten who just wants attention and love. I hope it finds a forever home soon.

    The hugging on the way into a family function, and hugging on the way out is very Italian/Sicilian. I so remember. I was married to a Sicilian long ago.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ☺

  5. I wonder how old your rosebud vase is. It looks very interesting.

  6. I would want to take all the kittens home!! The rosebud vase is beautiful, and so amazing it has survived so nicely for all this time!

    I love the hugs tradition, you never know when it could be the last time you get to hug someone you love!

  7. Submarine day, how cool! Our oldest son is in the silent service. That is what the submarine corps is called. Have a great weekend.

  8. I had a cat that liked to ride on my shoulder when she was a kitten. I think they like to be high, like a dog likes going fast in a car! Your 57 Varieties family are TRUE Americans. We all benefit from our cultural diversity and different ethnic backgrounds. Have a great weekend!

  9. I love your hugging tradition. My family always practice the going and coming hugs, too. :)

    Your vase is beautiful. Imagine the stories that it could tell. Beautiful!

    My family has some pretty twisted roots, too. I have one 3rd great-grandpa that I can't think of his arrangements without getting a headache. haha He was married twice and had several sons from his first wife (my 2nd great-grandpa being one of them). When his first wife died, he remarried to a lady named Tabitha King. A year later, one of his sons (my uncle) from the first wife married Susan King...the sister of Tabitha. So, my 3rd great-grandpa is both uncle and grandpa to my uncle's children and I get a headache well before I get it figured out what the children from both marriages are to each other. AND Tabitha was both mother-in-law and sister to Susan. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want my sister to be my mother-in-law. We had enough with sister arguing. I wouldn't want to add in-law arguing in on top of that. haha

    I enjoyed your post. Have a blessed weekend!

  10. That is a beautiful vase! How cool it's been passed down for 7 generations!!

    Heh, we have a take out packet collection in our fridge door, too... ;) I'm pretty sure soy sauce never expires!

    I love love love your entry and exit hug tradition! We do the same thing! :)

  11. What a cute little kitten! Makes my day. Your heritage sounds as complex as mine. I think that is fine, though. I really love the rosebud vase and all that it represents. Yes, we understand those soy packets. Ha! We have them, too! Oh, Mimi, I am a hugger. I would love your family. Hugs!


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