Friday, November 17, 2017

Zippy Zipping (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. 

Zippy is recovering from his bouts with digestive upset and it’s now almost impossible to get a picture of him.  He won’t hold still:


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 80: November 17, 2017:

1. I can't wait to eat                       on Thanksgiving.

2. My favorite kind of pie is                                 .

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for                                    .

4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is                                   .

1. I can’t wait to eat fresh Brussels’ sprouts sautéed in olive oil on Thanksgiving.  (What else do you expect of a weirdo vegan?)

2. My favorite kind of pie is whatever i can find at a health food store that is vegan and sweetened only with fruit juice.  (See above.  Yes, i have an odd diet, it’s okay, they know me in my world and i’m fine here.)

3. This year, i am particularly thankful for our excellent veterinarians, Dr. Bea and Dr. Mel.  They do so much for us, and are willing to go above and beyond to help when we need them.

4. A funny holiday tradition in our house is the hello/goodbye hug.  When someone new arrives at the house, everyone gets a hug from everyone, even those who were already there.  When it’s time to go home, everyone hugs everyone, even the ones they are going home with.  It’s funny if you are not used to it and confusing until you figure out that you are just supposed to hug everyone every time there are hugs going around.

Today is:

Army Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo

Canterbury Provincial Anniversary Day -- Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch Show Day -- Canterbury, NZ

Children in Need Day -- UK and Ireland (telethon begins)

Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival -- Yuma, AZ, US (through Sunday)

Coping With Uncertainty Day -- of uncertain origin, as it should be

Electronic Greeting Card Day -- internet generated, and of course probably started by the electronic greeting card websites

Grand Illumination Celebration and Gingerbread House Competition & Display -- Lahaska, PA, US (the holiday fun begins at the Peddler's Village, through the New Year)

Greater Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Show -- Monroeville, PA, US (through Sunday)

Holiday Folk Fair International -- Milwaukee, WI, US (featuring costumes, dancing, entertainment, exhibits, and more from 65 cultures; through Sunday)

Holiday Lights on the Lake -- Altoona, PA, US (51 acres of lights, animations, gift shops, food, model train displays, and more; through the Sunday after New Year's Day)

Homemade Bread Day -- use the bread machine, it's fun and easy, i promise!  sponsored by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Ann Arbor, MI, US

Inasa Puppet Festival -- Hamamatsu, Japan (a rarity in Japan, 3 days of performances by professional puppeteers from around Japan)

International Students Day -- International (meant to celebrate all students around the world, not specifically students studying in countries other than their own; anniversary of the Nazi storming and closing of the University of Prague)

John Peter Zenger Day -- marking his arrest in 1734 for libel; he continued to edit his newspaper from jail and was acquitted, an early victory for freedom of the press

National Baklava Day

National Farm Joke Day

National Unfriend Day -- all those people on Facebook you regret accepting as friends?  Jimmy Kimmel suggests you unfriend them today!

Polytechneio -- Greece (anniversary of the 1973 student protests against the junta)

Presidents' Day -- Marshall Islands

Public Restroom Hand Dryer Appreciation Day -- internet generated, and why?  they've been proven less sanitary, blowing germs everywhere; i will not appreciate this one

Ranch Hand Festival and Breakfast -- King Ranch, Kingsville, TX, US (the festival begins today, and tomorrow morning there will be a real ranch hand meal, cooked and served outdoors, on a working cattle ranch where you can watch cowboys round up longhorns)
    kickoff of the celebration La Posada de Kingsville, with special holiday celebrations through December

Shogi Day -- Japan (celebrating shogi, a chess-like game)

Silver Bells in the City -- Lansing, MI, US (the capital city sparkles as the business district lights up for the holidays)

St. Elizabeth of Hungary's Day (Patron of bakers, beggars, brides, charitable societies, charitable workers, countesses, exiles, falsely accused people, hoboes, homeless people, hospitals, lace makers/lace workers, nursing homes, nursing services, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, tertiaries, tramps, widows; Sisters of Mercy; Teutonic Knights; Erfurt, Germany; Jaro, Philippines; against in-law problems, the death of children, toothache)

St. Hilda's Day (Patron of learning and culture)

St. Hugh of Lincoln's Day (Patron of sick children, sick people, swans)

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day -- Czech Republic; Slovakia

Substitute Educators Day -- US (the NEA encourages everyone to recognize those hard working substitute teachers, especially the ones who work most or all of the school year)   

Take A Hike Day -- internet generated, and some websites say it's actually "Tell Your Boss to Take a Hike Day", but i don't recommend that unless you've recently inherited a fortune or won the Lotto

Winter Welcome Quadrilles and Dainty-Sixes -- Fairy Calendar

World Prematurity Day -- International (raising awareness about premature birth, the leading cause of newborn death each year, and what can be done to prevent it)   

York International Postcard Fair -- York, PA, US (over 100 international dealers in post cards show, sell, and trade their finest cards; through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Isaac Hanson, 1980
Laura Wilkinson, 1977
Matthew Settle, 1969
Daisy Fuentes, 1966
Sophie Marceau, 1966
Dylan Walsh, 1963
RuPaul, 1960
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, 1958
Danny DeVito, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1944
Lorne Michaels, 1944
Tom Seaver, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1943
Martin Scorsese, 1942
Gordon Lightfoot, 1938
Rock Hudson, 1925
Sichiro Honda, 1906
Lee Strassberg, 1901
Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887
August Mobius, 1790
John Peter Zenger, 1734
Atahualpa, last Emperor of the Inca, 1502
Flavius Claudius Julianus, Roman Emperor, 331
Vespian, Roman Emperor, 9

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Sunset Boulevard"(Musical), 1994
"Rumors"(Simon play), 1988
"The Elephant Man"(Play), 1977
"The Sorcerer"(Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera), 1877
"Andromaque"(Racine tragedy), 1667

Today in History:

Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers, 284
England and Spain sign an anti-French covenant/treaty, 1511
Elizabeth I ascends the English throne, 1558
France and Spain sign the Peace of the Pyrenees treaty, 1659
The Church of England organizes in New England, 1785
Congress holds its first session in the still incomplete Capitol Building of Washington, D.C., 1800
The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, is founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York, 1827
Ecuador and Venezuela separate from Greater Colombia, 1831
Street signs are first authorized at San Francisco intersections, 1853
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, 1855
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March is given its première performance in Moscow, 1876
Japan and Korea sign The Eulsa Treaty, 1905
The first US dental hygienist course is formed, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1913
US declares the Panama Canal Zone to be neutral, 1914
Lenin defends the "temporary" removal of freedom of the press, 1917
American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th Century, 1947
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse, 1970
In Czechoslovakia, the Velvet Revolution that would overthrow the communist government begins when student protests in Prague are quelled by riot police, 1989
Brian May of the rock band Queen was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 2007
In Sweden, divers find the wreckage of the Svardet, a warship sunk in 1676 during the Battle of Oland, 2011


  1. Lol. I've known kitties like Zippy. It's going to take a lot of love to bring him around but it can happen. I know.

  2. Aww! LOL Zippy is making up for lost time and what an apt name heheh!good that he has recovered well.

    Have a energestictastic day :-)

  3. Mimi,

    Poor Zippy! I understand digestion issues all too well. Saying prayers he's well soon. We always hug family when we arrive and leave but not each other. That's an interesting tradition that sounds rather fun. I'm glad I don't have a special diet, other than to try not stuff myself. Over the years I learned how to not over eat but even cutting back, it's still a bit much because I'm not used to eating a big meal plus dessert. I like waiting to have pie but DH is like, "Can we have pie now?" Have a joyful, blessed Thanksgiving, my friend!

  4. Oh, Zippy is cute! Cute name, too. Of course, most kittens are zippy! We cook our brussel sprouts that way! YUM.
    We do the hug thing, too! I never thought it as weird...maybe it is. do it, too. I am a hugger! It looks like you are, too. HUGS!

  5. Zippy is adorable and the name suits him. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I love brussel sprouts, we grow our own and they are especially good after the frost hits them. I am glad you are able to find a vegan pie. I love your tradition, that is so sweet. Have a nice weekend! XO

  6. I'm glad the little one is feeling better. I knew you knew what to do for this little one. Kitties can move fast and they do.

    I love your hugging tradition. How fun and it doesn't surprise me that you do this.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  7. Zippy is quite the cutie- I see he likes the table top also- have a splendid day!

  8. Zippy says that he is just a kitten, so he is supposed to be moving all the time until it is time to collapse into a deep sleep. You all have a fantastic weekend.

  9. Do you make exceptions for the hug-avoidant?
    (I'm asking for a friend...)

  10. Zippy is adorable. :)

    I think that your hugging tradition is just great. We have always done the hello/good-bye hugs in my family, too. It is wonderful!

    Homemade Bread Day sounds like a totally yummy day to me. :)

    Have a blessed weekend and a very Happy Thanksgiving. :)


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