Friday, April 21, 2017

R for Runty, and Friendly Fill-in Fun

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!

Today's feline picture is a blast from our past in honor of the letter R, a picture of our cat Runty.  He was a runt, but he grew up to take over the whole house!

He was a gray cat, although it's called blue in the cat world.


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 50: April 21, 2017

1. The most interesting museum I have been to is _____________.

2. The most interesting historical place I have been to is _______________.

3.                            is back!

4. I was surprised                             .

  1. The most interesting museum i have been to is The Louvre.

  1. The most interesting historical place i have been to is pretty much anywhere i went in Europe would count.

  1. The love bugs are back!  No, i don't like them much.

  1. I was surprised and pleased when everyone turned up for Easter dinner, and surprised and disappointed when the food at the restaurant wasn't really as good as i remembered from years ago.

Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day (original date)

Aggie Muster -- Texas A&M University

Birthday of Rome -- Rome, Italy (753 BCE)

C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) -- Chicago, IL, US (through Sunday) 

Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)

Global Youth Service Day -- annual campaign to mobilize children and youth to make a difference (through Sunday)

Grounation Day -- Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian's most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica)

Heroica Defensa de Veracruz -- Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)

Homecoming of the Elves -- Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)

Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)

John Muir Day -- US (American conservationist)

Kartini Day -- Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)

Kindergarten Day -- Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)

Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest -- Washington, MO, US (professional BBQ competition, plus music and fun; through Sunday)

Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen -- Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)

National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day

National Skipping Day -- UK (a fun and healthy way to exercise) 

National Tree Planting Day -- Kenya

Paralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd's festival of Pares, goddess of herders)

Queen's Birthday -- Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)

San Jacinto Day -- Texas, US

St. Anselm of Canturbury's Day

St. Bueno Gasulsych's Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)

Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day -- Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called "tooth puller", who fought for Brazilian independence)
     Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal -- Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)

World Creativity and Innovation Day -- final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary

Birthdays Today:

Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Annie"(Musical), 1977
"Inherit the Wind"(Play), 1955
"Arms and the Man"(Play), 1894

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i' faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997

By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011


  1. I have somehow ended up visiting your blog from the A to Z page just on the feline fridays. I rather like cats- it is a bit of a coincidence :P

    Rowan of Rin

  2. MessyMimi, We had a chiluahua puppy who was a runt that we named Tiny. He barely survived but grew to be a normal size. :) What this you say, the Red Baron was shot down in 1918? Did Snoopy do it? :D lol The Louvre would be an incredible place to visit. I put my answers in Annie's post yesterday. Be sure to come over to visit my Art Sketching Through the Alphabet "R" (realist rabbit & rascally roadrunner). I seriously doubt you'll ever find my works in a museum or art gallery someday. Have a good weekend and happy A2Zing!

  3. Aww! Runty looked very comfy there :-)

    Have a comfytastic weekend :-)

  4. Runty was a cute kitty. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. You are so fortunate to have been to Europe and the Louvre. I am glad your family was together on Easter, sorry the food wasn't great though Have a nice weekend!

  5. It's good to remember those special kitties from our past. They remain embedded in our hearts forever.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and an even better weekend. ☺

  6. I need to do some skipping to wear off the effect of all those chocolate covered cashew truffles! Oh, and Happy Birthday Ma-am.

    Another day in Amble Bay!

  7. I love "blue" cats, Runty was a handsome guy! You were so blessed to have all of your family together for Easter! It is disappointing though when the food isn't as good as you expect. I really don't feel there's an excuse for restaurants to serve food that is of poor quality. I hope the desserts were at least good! :-)

  8. It seems that several of us are posting pictures today of beloved pets.

  9. oh, the Louvre, I agree that place is amazing! And I do think that Europe pretty much counts as an entire awesome historical place, if you just know where to look. Love your fill in answers, blessings!


  10. Yes, a Russian Blue! I had one, but sadly she didn't get along with the rest of my cats. The Louvre! Too cool! I find things often aren't as good as I remember them. Are things really getting worse or are we just jaded? Food often disappoints, but movies and TV shows are usually as good as I remember them. :)

  11. Gray or blue, your kitty was a handsome boy. I think the Louvre beats my American Museum of Natural History, but I will settle for the dinosaur skeletons and the mummies. I can't imagine a restaurant serving inferior food for Easter inner. You should've booked dinner at our house ;)

  12. Those runts have a way of taking over. Chloe Jo was a runt. MY first Maine Coon, Bob, was a Blue Smoke. We have had a few greys/blues. I always loved that colour for cats.
    We went out for Easter dinner. It was our first time to do so. We were pleased. I am happy your loved ones all came to yours! Hugs!
    I remember love bugs from when I was a kid in SE Texas. They were also "popular" in the Love & peace culture at that time. Ha!

    1. P. S. Thank you for you really nice comment to me. Hugs.

  13. Happy Birthday Rome!
    Chocolate covered cashews truffles sound delish, have never tried any.
    R is for Rann of Kutchch

  14. I once had a pet cat which got along well with my pet dog. They ate from the same bowl. Have a happy weekend!

  15. It is sad when places decline in value. We have an icon restaurant in our town, Larry's Mexican Restaurant. At one point people would drive hundreds of miles to eat there. Now, it is just a little sad place on the side of the road.

  16. We have a zillion lovebugs around here, too.

    I'm sorry that the restaurant was a disappointment, but very glad you had everyone there for Easter.

    We are Aggie parents. I didn't know about Aggie Muster Day. Thank you for sharing that. I will have to learn more about it.

    Have a blessed weekend. :)

  17. I LOVE the name 'Runty'! :)

    I'm glad you had everyone show up for Easter Dinner - sorry the restaurant didn't hold up to the memories of how good it was in the past.

    One of these days I'm determined to get to Europe!! I'd love to visit the Louvre - and everywhere else! :)

    Friendly Fill-Ins with Historical Places, Museums, & more while we Celebrate the Small Things for Friday Fun!

    Home Winemaking – ‘R’ for Racking, and Riddle me this…I mean Riddling! #AtoZChallenge

  18. Oh I am so jealous you've been to the Louvre! That must have been incredible. And I would love to go to Europe anywhere too -- I feel like I've seen quite a bit on this side of the pond, but I'd love to go see some real history.


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