Friday, June 8, 2018

The Best Naptime (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.

Dansig says it's the time of year to take naps to stay cool.

Of course, he also says it's time to take naps in winter to stay warm.  He likes naps.


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 the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. 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!      

Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:

1. My favorite subject in school was _________.

2. An extracurricular activity I participated in was _________.

3. I want to learn _________.

4. It takes courage to _________.

1. My favorite subject in school was English literature, with history and science close behind.  Math was fine once i figured out how and got away from mean elementary teachers.
2, An extracurricular activity i participated in was service through several organizations.  
3. I want to learn Spanish — i’ve been at it for years, i seem to have a mental block and can’t quite get past the basics.  It doesn’t help that most native speakers are so fast i cannot distinguish the words.
4. It takes courage to confront someone who has done something wrong to you, especially if it’s a person who doesn’t ever want to see him/her self as doing anything wrong.


Today is:

Bachfest Leipzig -- Leipzig, Germany (celebrating the great composer in the city where he composed some of his best-known works; through the 17th)

Banana Split Festival -- Wilmington, OH, US (through tomorrow, in the city claiming to be the birthplace of the banana split)

Bell Tower Festival -- Jefferson, IA, US (shows, entertainment, parade, and more all in the shadow of the Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower; through Sunday)

Best Friends Day -- as declared by the ecard people

Bounty Anniversary Day -- Norfolk Island (celebrates the arrival of the Bounty descendents from Pitcairn Island)

Chicago Blues Festival -- Chicago, IL, US (the largest free blues festival in the world; through Sunday)

Coal Miner Days -- Sparwood, BC, Canada (festival and fun! through Sunday)

Feast of Bona Mens -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of right thinking, the personification of the mind)

Judgement Day -- Fairy Calendar (The Good and Evil are given their just rewards)

Jumat-ul Wida -- JK, UK, & UP, India

Lilac Festival -- Mackinac Island, MN, US (largest summer event on the Island; through the 17th)

Lindisfarne Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (commemorating the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793)

Name Your Poison Day -- just another wacky holiday with no explanations

National Caribbean-American Health and Aids Awareness Day -- with events all over the US    

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers -- on the second Friday of June, begun by National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (formerly Wives Behind the Badge)    

National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day

Old Fort Days and Billy the Kid Tombstone Race -- Fort Sumner, NM, US (fun for all, including a rodeo, dance, demonstrations by Native Americans, and a race through an obstacle course carrying an 80lb tombstone! through tomorrow)

Primoz Trubar Day -- Slovenia (birth anniversary of the author of the first Slovene language books and consolidated the Slovene language)

Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival -- Oklahoma City, OK, US (more than 100 tribes meet to pow wow and celebrate their heritage, through Sunday)

Riverbend Festival -- Chattanooga, TN, US (nine days of fun on the banks of the Tennessee River)

Sacred Heart of Jesus -- Catholic Christian

Senior Race Day -- Isle of Man (final day of the Tourist Trophy races which is for Seniors only)

St. Medard's Day (Patron of brewers, captives, imprisoned people, mentally ill people, peasants, prisoners, vineyards; for good harvests, good weather, and rain; against bad weather, imprisonment, sterility, and toothache) related event:
    Festival of the Rose -- Salency, France (on St. Medard's Day, and supposedly begun by that saint before the year 545)

Tecumseh! the Epic Outdoor Drama -- Chillicothe, OH, US (Mon-Sat, until Sept. 2; spectacular reenactment of the life and death of the great Shawnee leader)

Texas Folklife Festival -- San Antonio, TX, US (the signature event of the Institute of Texan Cultures; through Sunday)

The Strawberry Festival -- Crawfordsville, IN, US (historic Lane Place hosts three days of fun, and all the city museums are open; through Sunday)

Upsy Daisy Day -- the day to remind people to get up joyfully and gratefully each morning (tell that to my sleep-til-noon family!)

Vacuum Cleaner Day -- Ives W. McGaffee obtained a patent on this day in 1869 for the first carpet cleaner that worked on a vaccuum priciple

Versailles Poultry Days -- Versailles, OH, US (fun for the whole family, with parades, 5K, and even a Miss Chick contest; through Sunday)

Watch Day -- the sign that you are over 30, you still wear a watch!

Wear It. Beat It -- UK (formerly Rock Up in Red Day, raising awareness of heart health and educating people about heart disease)   

Windsurfing Regatta/Unvarnished Music Festival -- Worthington, MN, US (windsurfing, swap meet, and music on the beach; through Sunday)

World Brain Tumor Day -- International

Anniversary Today:

Christopher O'Neill marries Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 2013

Birthdays Today:

Kim Clijsters, 1983
Kayne West, 1977
Julianna Margulies, 1966
Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1958
Scott Adams, 1957
Tim Berners-Lee, 1955
Griffin Dunne, 1955
Kathy Baker, 1950
Sara Paretsky, 1947
Boz Scaggs, 1944
Don Grady, 1944
Andrew Weil, MD, 1942
Nancy Sinatra, 1940
Bernie Casie, 1939
James Darren, 1936
Joan Rivers, 1933
Jerry Stiller, 1927
Barbara Bush, 1925
Robert Preston, 1918
Byron Raymond White, 1917
Francis Crick, 1916
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Trading Places(Film), 1983
Malaeska; The Indian Wife of the White Hunter(First "dime novel", Publication date), 1860

Today in History:

Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England, 793
Richard the Lionheart's Crusade begins with his arrival at Acre, 1191
American attackers are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, 1776
The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine, 1783
Mr. Hall of NYC advertises the first commercially made ice cream, 1786
Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents the first vacuum cleaner, 1869
Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punched card calculator, 1887
Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value, 1906
Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures, 1912
Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater, 1948
The United States Supreme Court rules that Washington, D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons, 1953
The first World Ocean Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
The first Transit of Venus since 1882 takes place, 2004
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, is hit by the State's worst storms and flooding in 30 years, 2007
Australia bans live cattle exports to Indonesia for up to six months in response to reports of cruel treatment at Indonesian slaughterhouse, 2011
World leaders at the latest G7 meeting reinforce their commitments to reduce carbon-based emissions, reaffirm support for sanctions against Russia in light of the Ukraine conflict, and discuss issues related to Greece's debt load, 2015


  1. We live on the Gulf Coast of Texas where Spanish is more common than English. You are right, most native speakers speak it very fast. Also, they are taught to not enunciate, so there is no break between words. I don't know why that is.
    After almost 14 years here, I can understand and speak enough Spanish to sell you a beer, cigarettes, and ice. I can tell you where the restroom is by pointing. That is just about it. I can also ask you if you need anything else by saying, "No mas?" which means "no more?" If you say it as a question most will take pity on you and say something that sounds like estodo. I do understand the word for card like phone card.

    Once we were working at a local convenience store when a Mexican guy came in and started talking only Spanish. I have no idea what he said.

    Then, our street fighter friend and the head of the local Hispanic gang came in. I don't know what he said to the guy, but the guy started talking perfect English and apologized to me, using the name the gang gave me, Papa.

    I really want to know what was said.

    Have a blessed week.

  2. How I would like to have a cat's napping mojo.
    Your final fill-in is right on the money. Sadly.

  3. I'm sort of the opposite. I can read other languages and hear them just fine. ("Just fine" being, of course, relative!) It's getting my brain to formulate phrases (and my tongue to spit them out!) that kills me.

  4. I'm with Dansig - naps are always a good thing :-)

  5. Naps are indeed a good thing. For cats and for people.

    I know some folks that fit your #4 question. They are a waste of time for the most part. They live in their own bubble and it's the only right bubble in the universe.

    Have a fabulous Feline Friday, my friend. ♥

  6. You are such a cute napper, Dansig! And thank you for participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins! I also really enjoyed English and literature in school. I took Spanish courses in middle school and high school, and I really enjoyed learning the language. During my last couple years taking it, I had the best teacher, and she really helped me advance in speaking Spanish. I really regret not keeping up with using it much after graduating high school, and I hope to pick it back up again in the future. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Dansig is a cutie, he looks comfy. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Have a nice weekend! XO

  8. Dansig is such a good napper....awdorable!

  9. I went to the Bachfest once in Leipzig and it was terrific. In fact I would like to return but was too tied up with other stuff this June


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