Friday, July 27, 2018

Feed Us, Quick! (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.

Buddy and his two girlfriends are still being stalked for their food by the duck mama and her 10 babies.  Just a moment before i snapped this shot, they were all hard at it, gobbling.  Then they heard a noise and scattered, realized it was me, and headed back to it.

It's okay, she just wants our picture, not our food.


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 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. I deserve a gold star for _________ today.

2. Right now, I am loving _________.

3. The best advice I've ever been given is _________.

4. If I had to choose a new first name, it would be _________.

Sweetie and i both deserve a gold star for making it to our 33rd wedding anniversary today.  

Right now, i am loving fresh tomatoes from the gardens of friends who grew too many.

The best advice i've ever been given is worry doesn't change anything but working on a solution just might.

If i had to choose a new first name, it would be mimi.


Today is:

Aberdeen International Youth Festival -- Aberdeen, Scotland (talented young people in all areas of performing arts and from around the world participate; through Aug. 4)

Antique Power and Steam Exhibition -- Burton, OH, US (over 100 antique engines show they can still cut the mustard -- or saw the logs, thresh the grain, etc.; through Sunday)

Asalha Puja Day -- Buddhism (Buddhist "Lent" begins)

Barbie-in-a-blender Day -- while i get why we do it to Barbie, what did your blender do to deserve this?  originally thought of by, to defend our rights to comment on cultural icons, whether they are trademarked/copyrighted or not     

Bugs Bunny Day -- the "wascally wabbit" made his debut in A Wild Hare, released on this day in 1940

Day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus -- date on the Julian Calendar, these are the legendary saints who, upon persecution by the Emperor Decius and being walled up in a cave to die as martyrs, instead slept for over 200 (in the Koran, yes, they are mentioned there, it is 300) years; based on an even more ancient legend and the prototypes of Rip Van Winkle; related observances 
    National Sleepy Head Day -- Finland (the last person in the house to wake on this day is awakened with water, either thrown on him/her or the person is thrown into water; in honor of the story of the Saints of Ephesus)
    Seven Sleepers Day -- Ancient Latvian Calendar
    Siebenschlafer -- Germany (a weather prognostication day, if it rains today, there will be rain for seven weeks more)

Farm Heritage Days -- American Farm Heritage Museum, near St. Louis, MO, US (celebrating America's farm heritage; through Sunday)

Full Buck Moon a/k/a Full Thunder Moon or Full Hay Moon; related observances
    Adhi-Esala Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
    Waso Full Moon / Dhamma Cakka Day -- Myanmar

Gilroy Garlic Festival -- Gilroy, California (the part of the world that grows more of our garlic than anywhere else, where you can almost marinate a steak just by hanging it on the clothesline in the breeze, celebrates the stinky rose; through Sunday)

Iglesia Ni Cristo Day -- Philippines

Ipip Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (festival for working on the king's tomb; date approximate)

Jose Celso Barbosa Day -- Puerto Rico

Langholm Common Riding -- Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland (a traditional riding of the bounds, with lots of celebrating, begins 5am and ends 9:30pm)

Lumberjack Day -- for no reason that i can fathom, but there it is; not as famous as the one in September, which has its own website

Mutomboko Ceremony -- Luapula Province, Zambia (among the Lunda of the Kazembe kingdom, a rich celebration of African cultural heritage, traditional dances and music, and sponsored by the Royal Family; through tomorrow)

National Blunt Object Day -- this one is just weird, and no one wants to take the blame for starting it, either

National Creme Brulee Day

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day -- US

National Scotch Day

Over-The-Moon Night (Cows and Spoons) -- Fairy Calendar

Schools Tree Day -- Australia (because National Tree Day is always a Sunday, the schools participate in planting trees the Friday before)

System Administrator Appreciation Day -- the day to thank your system administrator for keeping your computer up and running     

St. Pantaleon's Day (Patron of bachelors, physicians, torture victims; against tuberculosis)

Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which claims doing this will orient them to their position on the earth and make them healthier (some websites mistakenly call it take your pants for a walk day!)

Talk in an Elevator Day -- help break the taboo!

UFO Days -- Elmwood, Wisconsin, US (Wisconsin's UFO capital, visit the petting zoo, shop at the community wide thrift sale, take part in the fun run, softball games, medallion hunts, bed races, and dances; watch the crowning of Miss Elmwood, the tractorcade, the car and truck show, the nightly fireworks, and stage bands; let the kids have a ball in the greased pig race and kiddie water fight; enjoy the Knights of Columbus pancake breakfast and the bake sale; and no need to miss church Sunday morning, bring a lawn chair for the ecumenical service so you don't miss a moment of the fun and excitement! through Sunday) 

Victory Day -- North Korea

Walk on Stilts Day -- at your own risk always; sponsored by Bill "Stretch" Coleman, the Nine Foot Clown, who encourages everyone to walk on stilts to foster a chance to develop self-confidence, master balance and coordination, enjoy the challenge, and celebrate daring accomplishments at all ages     

War Martyrs' and Invalids' Day -- Vietnam

Birthdays Today

Ashlyn Sanchez, 1996
Cheyenne Kimball, 1990
Courtney Kupets, 1986
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, 1977
Alex Rodriguez, 1975
Maya Rudolph, 1972
Triple H, 1969
Julian McMahon, 1968
Maureen McGovern, 1949
Peggy Fleming, 1948
Betty Thomas, 1947
Bobbie Gentry, 1944
James Victor, 1939
Gary Gygax, 1938
Jerry Van Dyke, 1931
Norman Lear, 1922
Leo Ernest Durocher, 1905
Joseph Bert "Joe" Tinker, 1880
José Celso Barbosa, 1857
Alexandre Dumas, fils, 1824
Queen Hatshepsut, BC1508

Today in History

Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan; Macbeth is defeated at Dunsinane, 1054
Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan, 1549
The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports, 1663
A Royal Charter is granted to the Bank of England, 1694
The Russian Navy defeats the Swedes atthe Battle of Grengam, 1720
The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (later renamed Department of State), 1789
Robespierre is finally arrested, 1794
The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time, 1866
Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin, 1921
The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny, 1940
RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic, 1987
A pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, US, during the Summer Olympics, 1996
Photograph negatives purchased at a garage sale prove to be early works by photographer Ansel Adams, 2010
The first Przewalski’s horse (whose wild populations were believed extinct in 1969) is born via artificial insemination at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as part of a worldwide effort to rebuild the wild herds, 2013
Liberia shuts down most of its borders over fears about the spread of Ebola, 2014


  1. As a chronic worrier I need to remember that excellent advice.

  2. The cats are growing big! You just reminded me to keep tab and I am thankful that hubby and I are into our 38 years of marriage! I totally agree with you about the worrying thing!

  3. LOL love the caption, good one :-)

    A very Happy 33rd Anniversary to you both

    Best wishes


  4. You DO deserve a star!
    Lots of them, in fact. :-)
    You guys enjoy your special day, I'll be celebrating from afar by walking on stilts and eating creme brulee. (But not at the same time.)

  5. Happy Anniversary to you two. Have a wonderful day. We like your fill-in answers.

  6. ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary Dear Sweetie and Mimi, ♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you.♪♪

    Love the kitties. So adorable.

    Love all your answers. You and I think so very much alike.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥♥♥

  7. Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 33 years! I would give you a gold star for each year :) Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That is excellent advice. Have a nice weekend! XO

  8. Congratulations on your 33 years! You guys are relative lightweights... just wait until you reach our 36th in September, then we can talk ;)

    Fresh tomatoes are the best. We've had years where we had to give many bunches away 'cause you can only eat so much. Everybody wins.

  9. Oh love the kitties photo and caption!

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

  10. Our Alberto loves fresh tomatoes too. Whenever The Female Human brings them home and puts them in the vegetable basket, he loves to gnaw on them. The Female Human is always annoyed and says she wishes that he would at least eat them and not destroy them. MOL
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  11. Fresh, home-grown tomatoes. It just doesn't get any better than that. You slice them and then get two slices of fresh Sunbeam Bread, spread on a couple gallons of Duke's Mayonnaise, and you have the perfect tomato sandwich. Have a blessed week.

  12. Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! First of all, I hope your anniversary was wonderful. Here's to 33 more years! And I really like the advice you shared. It reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, which goes something like, "My philosophy is that worrying means you suffer twice." I hope your weekend was wonderful and worry-free!

  13. Happy Anniversary! We will celebrate 27 years this Friday! Love your little kitties, too!