Friday, March 9, 2018

Shelter Drama (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-ins

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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.

The shelter has had a bit of drama lately.  This is Buddy:

Buddy showed up almost two years ago and established the rules of engagement.  He is friendly, but he does not come inside unless the weather is really, really bad.  Even then, sometimes he finds his own place to weather the storm.  He's neutered now, but he's been on the streets for all of his years and wants to stay where he can greet people outside and sleep under cars.

These are the sisters:

They showed up together as strays about 8 months ago, half grown and refusing to be touched.  They've been trapped, spayed and allowed to remain outside the shelter.

The Tortoiseshell decided when she came that Buddy was the best cat in the world.  She followed him, did everything he did, and it seemed he liked having an adoring follower.

The Black and White did not warm up so fast, but has lately been seen following Buddy, and even touching noses with him.

The Tortoiseshell has since been seen giving her sister the whacky paw any time she sees her with Buddy.

Who will win Buddy's affections?  Does it matter, since they've all been fixed anyway?  Will they all decide to be friends?  Stay tuned, we don't know how this one will end.


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 96: March 9, 2018

1. Before you             , you need to                      .

2. After                                    .

3. Winter                         .

4. Spring                          .

1. Before you gentlemen ever "take out the trash" again and get into trouble for not doing it "right", you need to listen to me and learn the four proper steps that will assure you are never in the doghouse over this subject again.
Step 1:  Get a fresh trash bag from wherever they are stashed and head over to the trash bin.
Step 2:  Remove the old bag.
Step 3:  Put the new bag in the bin.
Step 4:  Take the full bag out to wherever it belongs.
There!  Follow the four-step method and you will be the hero and not the goat!
2. After the rush is over, i am going to have a nervous breakdown; i've earned it, i deserve to have the time for it, and no one is going to deprive me of it!
3. Winter has decided to fight back, and we are having cool temps again.  Not freezing, but cool enough that we won't need to use the A/C again for a while, and i am grateful.
4. Spring will come.  We sometimes have it for a few days, sometimes for a few weeks.  Trust me i will take whatever we get.


Today is:

Armored Warships Day -- the first battle between armored warships, the Monitor and the Merrimac, was this day in 1862

Baron Bliss Day -- Belize

Celebrate Your Name Week -- Friday:  Middle Name Pride Day, established by Jerry Hall as a day in which to tell at least 3 people who don't know it what your middle name is, and be proud of it

Day to Mourn Slavery -- commemorates the day slavery was outlawed worldwide in 1927, and to mourn that it still exists

Finnmarkslopet -- Alta, Finland (the world's northernmost dog sled races, since 1981; through the 19th)

Eid Al Moalim -- Lebanon (Teacher's Day)

Get Over It Day™ -- halfway between Valentines and April Fools, a day to just get over something or someone that is bugging you    

National Crabmeat Day

National Day of Unplugging -- powered by Reboot/Sabbath Manifesto, encouraging recharging your spiritual life by unplugging your technology from sunset today to sunset tomorrow    

National Meatball Day

Panic Day -- a day in which to run around in a panic and tell everyone you can't take it any more, to get it all out of your system, i guess; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Saitousai -- Kashima-shi, Ibaraki-ken, Japan (festival to pray for good harvest that dates back to the Nara period of 710-794, and still includes traditional dress)

Second Day of No Interest to Fairies -- Fairy Calendar

Shabbat Across America/Canada -- sponsored by the National Jewish Out-reach Program, encouraging Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, and Reconstructionist Jews to observe the Sabbath from sundown tonight until sundown tomorrow   

South by Southwest/SXSW -- Austin, TX, US (internationally recognized music, new media, and film conference; through the 13th)

St. Catherine of Bologna's Day (Patron of art, artists, Bologna Academy of Art, liberal arts, painters; against temptation)

St. Dominic Savio's Day (Patron of boys, children's choirs, choir boys, choirs, falsely accused people, juvenile delinquents, and Pueri Cantores)

St. Frances of Rome's Day (Patron of automobile drivers/motorists, cabbies/taxi drivers, lay people, people ridiculed for their piety, Roman housewives, widows)

Strinennia -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (festival to call birds and spring to come back)

Takaosan Hiwatari Matsuri -- Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan  (fire walking festival, usually on this date but can vary)

The European Fine Art Fair:  Maastricht 2018-- Maastricht, Netherlands (The Fine Arts Fair; through the 18th)

Words by the Water: a Cumbrian Literature Festival -- Lake District, The Theatre by the Lake at Keswick, Devon, England (a lively literary festival; through the 18th)

World's Largest Rattlesnake Roundup -- Sweetwater, TX, US (begins with a parade and "Miss Snake Charmer" pageant tonight, and continues with lots of fun through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Napoléon Bonaparte marries his first wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, 1796
Gustav Mahler marries Alma Schindler, 1902

Birthdays Today:

Emmanuel Lewis, 1971
Juliette Binoche, 1964
Terence John "Terry" Mulholland, 1963
Linda Fiorentino, 1960
Jeffrey Osborne, 1948
David Hume Kennerly, 1947
Bobby Fischer, 1943
Trish Van Devere, 1943
Raul Julia, 1940
Marty Ingels, 1936
Mickey Gilley, 1936
Joyce Van Patten, 1934
Yuri Gagarin, 1934
Keely Smith, 1932
Ornette Coleman, 1930
Wally Bronner, 1927
Irene Papas, 1926
Mickey Spillane, 1918
Samuel Barber, 1910
Will Greer, 1902
Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, 1890
Amerigo Vespucci, 1454

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Family"(TV), 1976
"Rising of the Moon"(Play), 1907
"Hamlet"(Opera), 1868
"Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor/The Merry Wives of Windsor"(Opera), 1849 
"Ernani"(Opera), 1844
"Nabucco"(Opera), 1842
"Horace"(Play), 1640

Today in History:

Liu Che, posthumously known as Emperor Wu of Han, assumes the throne over the Han Dynasty of China, BC141
First known mention of Lithuania, in the annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg, 1009
Jews are expelled from Carintha Austria, 1496
Nicolaus Copernicus makes his first recorded astronomical observation, 1497
Marten Luther preaches his first Invocavit sermon, 1522
Kissing in public is banned in Naples, punishable by death, 1562
Publication of the economics book The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, 1776
Prussian government limits work week for children to 51 hours, 1839
The Amistad Ruling:  The US Supreme Court rules that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally, and were to be set free, 1841
The first documented discovery of gold in California occurred at Rancho San Francisco, six years before the California Gold Rush, 1842
Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox, 1858
The Westmoreland County Coal Strike, involving 15,000 coal miners 
represented by the United Mine Workers, begins, 1910
Pancho Villa leads nearly 500 Mexican raiders in an attack against Columbus, New Mexico, 1916
Pink's War: The first Royal Air Force operation conducted independently of the British Army or Royal Navy begins, 1925
President Franklin D. Roosevelt submits the Emergency Banking Act to the Congress, the first of his New Deal policies, 1932
CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy", produced by Fred Friendly, in which Edward R. Murrow criticizes the senator, 1954
The Barbie doll makes its debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York, 1959
Dr. Antonia Novello is sworn in as Surgeon General of the United States, becoming the first female and Hispanic American to serve in that position, 1990
Observers in China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia are treated to a rare double feature as an eclipse permits Comet Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day, 1997
Space Shuttle Discovery makes its final landing after 39 flights, 2011 
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) spacecraft transmits images that for the very first time, allow scientists to create a 3D reconstruction of ancient water channels below the surface of Mars, 2013


  1. Loved reading about the 'outside cats' and that they are safe, fed, and no longer breeding. Shelters rock.

  2. I hope all 3 cats will be good friends!

  3. A kitty soap opera, that is cute :)I hope they can all live in harmony.Great answers to the fill-ins. I understand the trash one, my hubbby never puts a new bag in- how hard is that? I hope you get some time to relax. Have a nice weekend!XO

  4. Mimi,

    Yeah winter has rebounded lately and while it's not freezing, it's cooler than I like for it to be. Maybe after a few more days, we'll return to spring-like conditions. The kitty drama is funny. It'll be interesting to see who wins. :) Thanks for visiting and have a good weekend!

  5. Your shelter is fabulous! Taking care of cats that otherwise would not have such a peaceful life. I bet in the end they all get along! At least I hope so!

  6. Loved all the kitties and there are cats that don't want to live indoors. I've had one and I had to let him out. He'd come home to eat, but he loved to prowl. He couldn't reproduce so I just let him live the life he wanted to live.

    Loved all your answers and had to laugh over he trash one. I'm guessing there is a story here.

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

  7. Maybe Buddy is flattered by them both, it sure is a sweet little story.

  8. Buddy is so sweet looking and you take great care of him ~ hugs to you both and wonderfully informative post as always ~

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)