Friday, August 17, 2018

Lettin' My Tail Hang Down (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.

Mikey, don't you care where your tail lands when you are eating?

No, why?  Is something wrong?

It's a good thing Dansig is patient.


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 am going_________________.

2. I want to be more ______________.

3. Once in a blue moon, I _________.

4. I have a large collection of _________.

1. I am going to have my  yearly check-up soon.  It takes two visits, and both are scheduled, about a month apart.

2. I want to be more fluent in Spanish, and i am working on it.  It is slow going for me, i want to know how the grammar of what i'm learning equates to in English because that's how my mind works.

3. Once in a blue moon, i have a day off.  Don't know when that will happen again, thus once in a blue moon.  (By the way, if anyone is interested, that expression does not mean the second full moon in a month, but the fourth in a quarter, which is much, much rarer.  Had to get that out, it's been bugging me.)

4. I have a large collection of dust bunnies.  By the time i get home from cleaning for others, the last thing i want to do is clean up around here, but i always get to it before the dusties become sentient and start a rebellion.  After all, these cats, three of which have long hair, shed enough that i could knit myself a litter of kittens if i ever needed one.


Today is:

#2 Pencil Day -- internet generated, but since a pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write under water, in zero gravity, or upside down, what's not to celebrate!

Black Cat Appreciation Day -- they deserve a day! black cats even have a Facebook page      

Day of Rituals in the Temples of Ra, Horus, and Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Drink Coffee at the Office from A Sippy Cup Day -- begun by someone with a sense of humor, who wants you to see how long it takes people to notice

Elwood Glass Festival -- Elwood, IN, US (glass factory tours and so much more; through Sunday)

Festival of Diana -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival of the Little Hills -- St. Charles, MO, US (largest festival of the year, a great time for all; through Sunday)

Jari Kemerdekaan RI -- Indonesia (Independence Day)(1945)

Linwood National Pickle Festival -- Linwood, MI, US (tons of fun, tons of pickles; through Sunday)

Lucerne Festival In Summer -- Lucerne, Switzerland (through Sept. 16, over 100 events)

Machias Wild Blueberry Festival -- Machias, ME, US (blueberries and fun, in the place that has lobster, too; through Saturday)

Meaning of "Is" Day -- thank you, Clinton!

National Men's Grooming Day -- US (sponsored by American Crew, participating salons and barbershops host a day of grooming events for men)

National Thrift Shop/Thrift Store Day -- no history on it, probably started by a thrift store having a summer sale; still a good idea, celebrate a thrift store near you

National Toy Truck 'N Construction Show -- Indianapolis, IN, US (dealers, auctions, and tons of toys; through Sunday)

National Vanilla Custard Day

Northeastern Wisconsin Antique Power and Machinery Show and Thresheree -- Sturgeon Bay, WI (continuous display of operating antique machinery and lots of fun; through Sunday)

Odin's Ordeal begins -- based on the Ancient Norse legend, Modern Odinists and some Asatru practice silence for nine days, through the 25th

Portunalia -- Roman Empire (honoring the god of locks, keys, ports, and harbors)

Prekmurje Union Day -- Slovenia (celebrates the Slovenes in Prekmurje being Incorporated into the Mother Nation)

Qi Xi -- China (Double Seventh or Chinese Valentine's Day, the 7th day of the 7th moon, the day all the magpies in the world form a bridge so the cowherd and the weaver can meet across the Milky Way, which separates them.)

San Martin Day -- Argentina (death anniversary of General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, chile, and Peru)

Statehood Day -- Hawaii, US

St. Hyacinth's Day (Patron of Camalaniugan, Philippines; Ermita de Piedra de San Jacinto, Philippines; Kradow, Poland; Lithuania; Poland; against drowning)

The World's Greatest Carrot Festival -- Bradford, Ontario, Canada (unleash your inner Bugs Bunny! through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Mark Salling, 1982
Donnie Wahlberg, 1969
Sean Penn, 1960
Jonathan Franzen, 1959
Belinda Carlisle, 1958
Guillermo Vilas, 1952
Robert Joy, 1951
Robert DeNiro, 1943
Francis Gary Powers, 1929
Maureen O'Hara, 1920
Harrison V. Chase, 1913
Mae West, 1892
charles I, last emperor of Austria-Hungary, 1887
Samuel Goldwyn, 1882
Davy Crockett, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Life of Brian(Film), 1979
"Symphonie Liturgique"(Honegger's Third Symphony), 1946
Animal Farm(Publication date), 1945
"Gotterdammerung/Twilight of the Gods"(Opera WWV 86D), 1876

Today in History:

The Peace of Bergerac gives political rights to the Huguenots, 1577
John White returns to Roanoke, Virginia, to find no trace of the colonists he had left there 3 years earlier, 1590
Robert Fulton's steamboat Clermont begins its first trip up the Hudson River, 1807
Solymon Merrick patents the wrench, 1835
The first bank in Hawaii opens, 1858
Patent granted for an electric self starter for automobiles, 1891
Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opens in Seattle, 1907
Fantasmagorie by Émile Cohl, the first animated cartoon, is shown in Paris, 1908
First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California, 1953
Quake Lake is formed by the magnitude 7.5 1959 Yellowstone earthquake near Hebgen Lake in Montana, 1958
East German border guards kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin becoming one of the first victims of the wall, 1962
Category 5 Hurricane Camille hits the Mississippi coast, killing 248 people and causing $1.5 billion in damage, 1969
Venera 7 launched. It will later become the first spacecraft to successfully transmit data from the surface of another planet (Venus), 1970
Double Eagle II becomes first balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean when it lands in Miserey near Paris, 137 hours after leaving Presque Isle, Maine, 1978
The first Compact Discs are released to the public in Germany, 1982
The first forced evacuation of settlers, as part of the Israel unilateral disengagement plan, starts, 2005
Afghan archeologists discover the remains of a Buddhist site located south of Kabul, 2010
Trogloraptor marchingtoni, an unusual spider discovered in 2010 is determined to be a new family of spiders previously unknown in the world of science; the new spider family has been named Trogloraptor, meaning 'cave robber', 2012


  1. I hear you on the dust bunnies.
    And hope you get a day off before the next blue moon.

  2. LOL patience is a virtue they say heheh!

    Nice fill-ins I hope your check ups go ok

    Have a patienttastic weekend


  3. Those big fluffy tails can be annoying when waved at you, but the owner seems oblivious.

  4. Mikey has a big bushy tail. Hope everything goes well for your check ups and that you will get a well deserved day off soon.

  5. I love a good custard... but I promised myself I wouldn't crack another egg for at least a week, and there are still 2 more days to go on that. :-D

  6. Ugh! Cleaning up cat hair! My house is always starts clean on Monday, but by Friday it's a disaster. lol. At least I feel better going to work on Monday morning knowing I get to come home to a clean place.

    I'm like you with language learning. SO many languages I want to learn and not enough time. And the struggle is certainly real. I follow a blog entitled Fluent in 3 Months which definitely provides suggestions for learning new languages. Sometimes they pertain to particular languages (Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, etc…) and sometimes you can use the suggestions no matter which language you are learning (like watch Youtube videos in your chosen language, read books out loud in your chosen language, find a pen pal, etc…). I recommend checking it out. It may help. Then again, if you struggle to find time like me, it may not.

    I always find it amusing how animals stick their tails in other people's/animal's faces and don't seem to be phased by it. Reminds me of little children that will step all over you and not even notice despite the fact that they are practically falling on you.

  7. #2 pencil day? Cool! Best wishes on the check-ups. And that photo is fantastic. Too cute.

  8. Almost forgot that meaning of IS day Is today! It is today, isn't it?

  9. That is a fine tail, so puffy. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I bet I have more dust bunnies that you :) Thank you for clearing up the blue moon, I had that wrong. Have a nice weekend! XO

  10. Love that tail. I'm eating and nothing else matters. I get that.

    Love your fill-ins. I hope you can have a day off soon. You need some ME time.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend, my friend. ♥

  11. Good luck with your medical appointments. Enjoyed your answers.

  12. Oh we know about those dust bunnies! The Female Human is constantly chasing them and dragging out the dreaded vacuum monster, especially during the summer shedding season.
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  13. Oh both kitties are so handsome and what a tail! LOL

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

  14. I think Danzig is just biding his time! Cheers!

  15. Great answers. TW should learn more Spanish too cos we live in Little Cuba by the Hudson. she took 4 years in school but still doesn't know more than a few phrases.

  16. Mikey, you look just like our Toby here. I can tell that you even have white toes like him. And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I took Spanish lessons in school for over 5 years, and now I am so ashamed that I let my Spanish get very rusty. And I know exactly what you mean with #4. Sometimes it's hard to keep with those dust bunnies. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  17. National Pencil Day is interesting. The number 2 pencil was the only one we ever knew about after first grade. We called the other ones "First Grader Pencils". We weren't very creative kids. There is a story, I don't know if it is true or not, that NASA engineers met with those from Russia and the NASA folks were so proud of their zero gravity pens. The engineers went into great detail about all the trials and errors with creating this pen. A Russian engineer spoke up and said, "We just use a pencil." Have a blessed week.

  18. I hope that all goes well with your yearly check-up.

    I like to know the ins and outs of things, too. Especially when it comes to things like math, I have to know the way in order to apply. Some of the foreign languages seem to be written/spoken backwards from English and that is always confusing to me. Good luck to you!

    Days off are a rarity here and I don't even work outside the home. I hope that you will have one very soon.

    Your answer to #4 made me laugh! There are folks out there that knit with kitty and puppy fur. We're getting a pretty good collection of critter fur around here, too!

    Regarding National Thrift Store Day, there is one here that we'd love to visit. But, they are never there when the sign says they will be. It is very hit or miss. The couple of times I have caught them there, I saw that they do have some really cool things in there.

    Ok, now, I don't want anything at all to do with a spider that has 'raptor' in its name. Somehow I think I would need a much bigger shoe. NOPE and DOUBLE NOPE!

    Have a blessed week. :)


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