Friday, August 31, 2018

That Incredulous Look, Take Two (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.

That incredulous look you get when you just handed the dog a doggie treat for going potty outside, but you did not simultaneously hand the cat a kitty treat for simply being a cat.

Enigma SissyCat giving me a glare -- the new kitty treat box is right next to her, after all.

Of course, a kitty treat was forthcoming once the picture was taken -- i know who runs the place.


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. The best teacher I ever had was _____________________.

2. The worst teacher I ever had was ____________________.

3. I recently learned how to _________.

4. I think everyone should know how to _________.

1. The best teacher i ever had was — it’s a three way tie.  Mr. Z was my 6th grade teacher, and he was the first teacher i ever had that everyone in the class liked, and he liked all of us.  He taught us well, and rewarded us well.  For getting our work done, at the end of the day while waiting for the bell, he would read to us from The Hobbit as a treat.  He timed it so that he finished the story on the very last day of school  Brilliant and fun, he even made learning easy.  The only class he didn’t teach us was math, which will be covered below.

Then there was Ms. P, my senior high school English teacher, who was simply fabulous.  She expected a lot out of us and got it, too.

Sister Ruth, our high school Physics and Chemistry teacher, was very strict and if you followed everything she said to the letter, you learned and learned well.

2. The worst teacher i ever had was — it’s another tie.  Mrs. Weed, fourth grade, was a horror.  She was not very pleasant to look at, and she resented having to teach in a day when most women were stay at home moms.   She took it out on us, and had no patience whatsoever.

Ms. C, sixth grade math.  Another mean teacher who never took the time to explain anything, and she was the exact opposite of Mr. Z.  If he’d taught me math in 6th grade, i probably wouldn’t have spent the rest of my school years with a phobia about it.

3. I recently learned how to clean stainless steel appliances.  The secret is a microfiber cloth and WD-40.  Use a barely damp rag to get any food off, make sure the appliance is dry, spray the microfiber cloth generously, rub it in and watch the appliance magically come clean and shine.

4. I think everyone should know how to work hard when it’s time to do so, and drop it when the work day is through.  That includes bosses!


Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Forgive Your Foe Friday   

Blackpool Illuminations -- The Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, England (five miles of spectacular lighting; through Nov. 4)

Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)

Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat

Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)

Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star

Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this

Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)

International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance     

Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)

Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National College Colors Day -- US (win money for your favorite college by sporting your colors today and following the rules on this site)   

National Trail Mix Day

Petersfield Antiques Fair -- The Festival Hall, Petersfield, Hampshire, England (one of the best in the nation; through Sunday)

Puyallup Fair -- Puyallup, WA, US (one of the top ten fairs in attendance in the world; through Sept. 23rd)

St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)

Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw And Festival -- Prairie du Sac, WI, US (come try to break the state record of 248 feet; through tomorrow)

World Championship BBQ Goat Cook-Off -- Brady, TX, US (through Sunday))

Zucchini Festival -- Obetz, OH, US (family fun and zucchini; through Monday)

Labor Day, shmabor day!
What a dumb day!
You hire some jerk,
Then send him away,
To celebrate work,
By playing all day!

Garfield the Cat

While i may not agree with his assessment of the importance of Labor Day, Garfield is right in that this upcoming Labor Day Weekend has become a time for play, as evidenced by the following celebrations that always occur on this weekend around the US*:

Benton Neighbor Day -- Benton, MO
Britt Draft Horse Show -- Britt, IA
Bumbershoot: Seattle's Music & Arts Festival -- Seattle, WA
Cal Farley's Boys Ranch Rodeo -- Boys Ranch, TX
Central City Rock 'n' Roll Cruise-in & Concert -- Central City, KY
Cleveland National Air Show -- Cleveland, OH
Clothesline Fair -- Prairie Grove, AR
Colombia River Cross Channel Swim -- Hood River, OR
Colorado Balloon Classic -- Colorado Springs, CO
Commonwheel Labor Day Weekend ARts and Crafts Festival -- Manitou Springs, CO
Daniel Boone Pioneer Days -- Winchester, KY
Eastern Idaho State Fair -- Blackfoot, ID
Fort Bridger Rendezvous -- Fort Bridger, WY
Great Bathtub Race -- Nome, AK
Great Grove Bed Race -- Coconut Grove, FL
Harvest Wine Celebration -- Livermore, CA
Hog Capital of the World Festival -- Kewanee, IL
Hoisington Celebration -- Hoisington, KS
Hopkinton State Fair -- Contoocook, NH,
Iroquois Arts Festival -- Howes Cave, NY
Johnson City Field Days -- Johnson City, NY
Jubilee Days Festival -- Zion, IL
Lifelight Outdoor Music Festival -- Worthing, SD
Mackinac Bridge Walk -- St. Ignace, MI
National Championship Chuckwagon Races -- Clinton, AR
National Hard Crab Derby and Fair -- Crisfield, MD
National Sweetcorn Festival -- Hoopeston, IL
Oatmeal Festival -- Bertram/Oatmeal, TX
Odyssey - A Greek Festival -- Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, Orange, CT
Old Threshers Reunion -- Mount Pleasant, IA
On the Waterfront -- Rockford, IL
Oregon Trail Rodeo -- Hastings, NE
Payson Golden Onion Days -- Payson, UT
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Colonial Festival -- Greensburg, PA
Santa-Cali-Gon Days Festival -- Independence, MO
Scandinavian Fest -- Budd Lake, NJ
Sta-Bil Nationals Championship Lawn Mower Race -- Delaware, OH
Snake River Duck Race -- Nome, AK
Taste of Colorado -- Denver, CO
Taste of Madison -- Madison, WI
Totah Festival -- Farmington, NM
Waikiki Roughwater Swim -- Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, HI
West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival -- Clarksburg, WV
Westfest Czech Heritage Festival -- West, TX
Wisconsin State Cow-Chip Throw -- Prairie du Sac, WI
Woodstock Fair -- Woodstock, CT
World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook-Off and Arts & Crafts Fair -- Brady, TX

*Note:  Some of these begin today, some begin Saturday or Sunday, and all go through US Labor Day

Birthdays Today:

Jeff Hardy, 1977
Chris Tucker, 1972
Debbie Gibson, 1970
Glenn Tilbrook, 1957
Edwin Corley Moses, 1955
Richard Gere, 1949
Itzhak Perlman, 1945
Van Morrison, 1945
Jack Thompson, 1940
Marva Collins, 1936
Frank Robinson, 1935
James Coburn, 1928
Buddy Hackett, 1924
G.D. Spradlin, 1920
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
William Saroyan, 1908
William Shawn, 1907
Arthur Godfrey, 1903
Maria Montessori, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Argo(Film), 2012
"Alice"(TV), 1976
"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941
"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142
Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803
A nuts and bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842
The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895
Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897
Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902
Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946
Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006
In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010
Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan, 2012
Protests erupt after China issues a decision to not allow free elections in Hong Kong, instead requiring government approval of any candidate running for office, 2014
The International Organization for Migration states 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have fled from violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state after 110 deaths, making for Bangladesh, 2017


  1. The teachers we had somehow affected our lives and who we turned out to be. I too have very good teachers and very lousy teachers. Thank God for the good ones and I really appreciate them.

  2. Of course the cats rule the roost.
    And yes, I too have had both wonderful and abysmal teachers. And remember them both.

  3. Another good use for WD-40. We used to sell tons of it at the Western Auto Store. People would swear that it helped their arthritis. Some would say it cured all sorts of other things. A good redneck doctor has WD-40, Windex, and duct tape in his medicine bag at all times. Have a blessed week.

  4. The kitties around here also give incredulous looks if they aren't given treats on command. Of course, that usually results in them getting said treats.

    And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I immensely enjoyed your answers. You made my day by saying that your teacher read The Hobbit to your class. The Hobbit was probably my absolute favorite childhood book. One of the teachers at my grade school would read it every year with her students, and I was devastated when I didn't get her as my teacher. If I had gotten her, she probably would have been my answer to #1. Have a beautiful day!

  5. Aww, what a great shot of Enigma SissyCat. I'm glad she got a treat.

    Love all your answers. Didn't know that about cleaning stainless steel appliances. I do now.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  6. LOL Queen of the realm looking in absolute disgust haha!

    Have a regaltastic weekend :-)

  7. hahah very familiar look....Lucy gives me that also!

  8. Sissy Cat is awesome with those eyes! Neat photo!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  9. It's amazing when you ask a person who was your best & worst teachers and it's easy to answer. My best teacher in grade school was a nun called Sister Ludmille. She was mean looking but the best who loved her students. High school it was My french teacher, Ms Sibue. I needed French to go to teachers' college and I was lousy in French. She would help me after school each day but I found out that she was told to rest after school because she had cancer.That woman helped me even though she was very sick. I loved that lady and when I became a teacher ( I taught 31 years )each day I told me that my teaching was to be like Ms. Sibue and to this day I still remember her. I had hoped that I would be like her and my students to this day cared about me.
    It meant so much to me.
    See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. Lots of inneresting birthdays. TW met Richard Gere once. Very thorough fill ins.

  11. Cats definitely rule the home :) Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am glad you had a lot of good teachers to balance out all the bad ones. Thanks for the tip on cleaning stainless. Have a nice weekend! XO

  12. Great answers but what is this "work hard" you speak of? It's a foreign concept to felines!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Oliver and The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines


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