Friday, November 24, 2017

After Their Morning Nip (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code. 

Dansig and Link after their morning catnip:

Oh, man I think you wanna fight!

You think I wanna fight?  C'mon then!

Take that!  No, you take that!

Ow!  Oof!  Enough!

We okay now, Dude?  Yeah, we're good.


McGuffy's Reader

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 81: November 24, 2017:

1. I start to decorate for Christmas/Hanukkah                                 .

2. I prefer a ________ Christmas tree because                              .

3. The best thing about the holidays is                                              .

4. The worst thing about the holidays is                                             .

1. I start to decorate for Christmas/Hanukkah whenever the mood strikes after US Thanksgiving Day.  My feelings on the matter are summed up rather well here:

2. I prefer a bookcase Christmas tree because it is shaped like a pirogue, painted green, and gives us a place to show off Christmas cards and ornaments that the cats cannot knock over.

3. The best things about the holidays is love, especially love of family and friends.

4. The worst things about the holidays is the traffic.  Even though i'm a teetotaler, i promise if anything could turn me into a drinking woman, it would be the traffic.

Today is:

Belsnickel Craft Show -- Boyertown, PA, US (through tomorrow)

Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day -- US, and i will observe the latter

Brumalia -- Byzantine Empire celebration of Dyonisus and New Wine Festival; until the solstice

Buy Nothing Day -- UK (Shop Less, Live More

Caregiver Rights Day -- UK (with information to help carers available here)   

Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day -- there used to be a website associated with this day, but it closed; that's no reason for you not to celebrate your uniqueness!

Celtic Tree Month Ruish (Elder) begins

Christmas Candlelight Tour -- My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown, KY, US (Christmas as it was in the 1800s; Fridays and Saturdays the first three weekends after Thanksgiving)

Christmas Traditions Celebration -- St. Charles, MO, US (the fun includes authentically costumed Santas from around the world; through Christmas Eve)

D.B. Cooper Day -- anniversary of the 1971 hijacking

Discovery Day -- Tasmania (by Abel Tasman in 1642)

Family Day -- Nevada, US

Feast of the Martyrs of Vietnam -- Roman Catholic Church

Fur-Free Friday -- sponsored by The National Humane Education Society, with lots of other animal organizations joining in and trying to make it a world-wide movement   

Gettysburg Holiday Festival -- Gettysburg, PA, US (fun holiday events weekends through the New Year's Eve Bash)

Guru Tegh Bahadur Martyrdom - Sikh

JuleFest -- Elk Horn, IA, US (a true Danish Christmas festival; through Sunday)

Lachit Divas -- Assam, India

National Day of Listening -- US (sponsored by StoryCorps, encouraging sharing family stories during the holidays; learn how to interview and record those special stories here)   

National Day of Thanksgiving -- Turks and Caicos Islands

National Flossing Day -- US, but a great idea everywhere; help spread peace of mouth!  

National Sardines Day -- wonder how this would go over next to the turkey today?

Native American Heritage Day -- US; related observance
    Maize Day -- US; celebrating the First Nations of the Americas and the role maize/corn played in their cultures

Persephone Day (a/k/a Kore) -- Ancient Greek Calendar (celebration of her as wheel goddess of the underworld; date approximate, but she is often associated with St. Catherine)

Plan Your Dagwood Sandwich Day -- admit you've always wanted to, so build one with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Ragtime Day -- birth anniversary of Scott Joplin

Rally of the Tall Pines -- Bancroft, ON, Canada (an event on the Canadian Rally Car Race Circuit; through the tomorrow)

Sinkie Day -- sponsored by SINKIE, The International Association Of People Who Dine Over The Kitchen Sink, which urges you to combine your Christmas shopping with enjoying a quick meal of Thanksgiving leftovers and become a SINKIE convert!   

St. Colman of Cloyne's Day (Patron of Cloyne, Ireland)

St. Joachim Ho's Day -- a Martyr of China

St. Mary of Cordoba's Day (Patron of martyrs)

Teacher's Day -- Turkey

Third Bash of the Tree-Toppers -- Fairy Calendar (celebrated by the Tree-Toppers, fairy creatures who don't believe in "one" or "two", so start counting at three)

Tree Lighting at Anchorage -- Anchorage, AK, US (Santa and 9 real reindeer help celebrate the annual lighting of the holiday tree, with free cocoa and cookies for all)

Use Even If Seal is Broken Day -- internet generated; observe at your own risk, always!

World Famous Fish House Parade -- Aitkin, MN, US (plus chili cook-off, craft show, and more!)

You're Welcomegiving Day -- US, the day after Thanksgiving, started by Richard Ankli to give everyone a reason for a 4-day weekend

Birthdays Today:

Katherine Heigl, 1978
Brad Sherwood, 1964
Stanley Livingston, 1950
Rudy Tomjanovich, 1948
Dwight Schultz, 1947
Oscar Palmer Robertson, 1938
William F. Buckley, Jr., 1925
Howard Duff, 1913
Charles "Lucky" Luciano, 1897
Dale Carnegie, 1888
Erich von Manstein, 1887
Alben William Barkley, 1877
Scott Joplin, 1868
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864
Bat Masterson, 1853
Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849
Bram Stoker, 1847
Zachary Taylor, 1784
Laurence Sterne, 1713
Charles Theodore Pachelbel, 1690
Baruch Spinoza, 1632(O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Guys and Dolls"(Musical), 1950
Softball, as a sport, invented this day as a spur of the moment game at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago, IL, US, 1887

Today in History:

Theodosius I makes his formal entry into Constantinople, 380
Rabbi Nathan ben Yehiel of Rome completes his Talmudic dictionary, 1105
The Thames River freezes, 1434
First observation of transit of Venus occurred (only 2, record event), 1639
Abel Janzoon Tasman becomes the first European to see Van Damien's Land, later renamed Tasmania, 1642
First Lutheran pastor ordained in America, Justus Falckner at Philadelphia, 1703
Mt. Vesuvius erupts, 1759
Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species", 1859
Luik-Visé-Maastricht railway opens, 1861
Joseph F Glidden patents his improved barbed wire, 1874
The first US absentee voting law enacted by Vermont, 1896
Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter, 1903
Radio Belgium makes its first transmission, 1923
The first woman pilot on a transcontinental air flight, Miss Ruth Nichols (Mineola, NY to Calif), in a Lockheed-Vega, took 7 days, 1930
In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens, 1932
Lee Harvey Oswald is murdered by Jack Ruby, 1963
During a severe thunderstorm over Washington state, a hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (AKA D. B. Cooper) parachutes from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money, and is never seen again, 1971
A national speed limit is imposed on the Autobahn in Germany due to the 1973 oil crisis; it lasts only four months, 1973
The communist party resigns in Czechoslovakia, 1989
By a margin of only 50.28% t 49.72%, Ireland votes to end the 70 year old ban on divorce, 1995
Ireland presents its austerity package to the European Union and IMF, 2010
Palestinian officials announce their plan to exhume the body of Yasser Arafat too determine if he was poisoned, 2012


  1. I hope Dansig and Link are friends now! Have a lovely day!

  2. Ha! Sometimes you just have to have a kerfuffle to get it out of your system.
    Your #4 made me laugh. I do not know how Bill drives a truck every day, for hours, in all kinds of weather, terrain, and traffic! *augh* I could not do it. HUGS, my friend!

  3. Amusing to look at the cat fighting photos, you can somehow tell it's only play even from still pictures. I wonder why that is!

  4. Awww on the kitties. Such bravado.

    I hear you about the traffic and the holidays. It's bad enough the rest of the year, but between Thanksgiving and Christmas the traffic is horrible.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ♥

  5. Lucy just takes a nap after catnip! Enjoy your weekend!

  6. LOL look like they are enjoying it heheh!

    Have a catniptastic week :-)

  7. Catnip makes our cats get mellow, but it's a very rare treat at our house. Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one for all.

  8. Such cute kitties. Linx and my Brody could be twins :) Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I guess I am lucky my cats leave our 6 foot artificial tree alone. I am glad there isn't a lot of traffic near me or I would start drinking too ( but not while driving). Have a nice weekend! XO

  9. Around here drinking and driving is the norm, not the exception. On the written part of the driver's license test, there are many questions about how long you will lose your license for each drunk driving offense. There does not seem to be any jail time for drunk driving. Just loss of license temporarily and hefty fines. Most people around here don't care. They drive drunk anyway.

    I don't drive. We try to stay home as much as possible. When Amazon gets food delivery worked out better price-wise, we may never leave the house again except for doctor's visits. Have a Merry Christmas.

  10. Oh, I know it! The driving around here, especially in Houston, is enough to make anyone down a gallon of the finest Smirnoff Vodka available! Those folks appear to have never gotten near a driver's handbook or teacher of any sort!

    We are observing the Buy Nothing Day, too. We (Laynie and I) only left the house to go into the yard and walk the dog. The neighbors have their Christmas lights up now so we oohed and ahhed over those, too. David has been inside all day.

    Thanks for the history tidbits. I enjoy those very much.

    Have a blessed weekend. :)


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