Friday, August 3, 2018

The Grass Is Greenest Right Here (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.

Tripod SissyCat loves her grass munching spot:


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 would like tickets to _____________________.

2 Please don’t ask me to _______________________.

3. I’d rather _________ than _________.

4. By this time next year, _________.

1. I would like tickets to a weekend retreat.  One of those silent retreats, where you get to rest and be introspective for a couple of days.

2. Please don't ask me to fold or iron clothes.  Both make my back hurt, and i have to do a good bit of both for work.

3. I'd rather pray than worry.

4. By this time next year, i hope we will have made a good bit of progress on paying our debts.


Today is:

AgriFair -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada ("the best little country fair" and a rodeo; through Sunday)

Armed Forces Day -- Equatorial Guinea

Blueberry Arts Festival -- Ketchikan, AK, US (with a pet and doll parade, slug race, the Gigglefeet Dance Festival, and more; through Sunday)

Boom Days -- Leadville, CO, US (celebrate the mining heritage of the Rockies with a parade and even a celebrity pack burro race; through Sunday)

Braham Pie Day -- Braham, MN, US (a home-made pie festival)

Brat Days -- Sheboygan, WI, US (celebrating bratwurst and more; through Saturday)

Canada's National Ukrainian Festival -- Dauphin, MB, Canada (experience the richness of Ukrainian culture; through Sunday)

Czech Festival -- Wilber, NE, US (to promote the preservation of Czech culture, sponsored by the Nebraska Czechs of Wilber; through Sunday)

Dia de la Bandera -- Venezuela (Flag Day)

Edinburgh Festival Fringe -- Edinburgh, Scotland (the largest art gathering in the world that began on the "fringe" of the Edinburgh International Festival by groups that were not allowed to perform there; through the 27th)

Edinburgh International Festival -- Edinburgh, Scotland (one of the world's most exciting venues for opera, dance, theater, classical music and the visual arts; through the 27th)

Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru (The National Eisteddfod of Wales) -- Cardiff, Wales (preserving the Welsh language and heritage, with music, drama, literature, arts and crafts; through the 11th) 

Fairy Washing Festival -- Fairy Calendar (do the fairies wash themselves, or is everyone supposed to wash his/her fairy?)

Feast of Caligo, the mother of Chaos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate, and this is as good a day to celebrate chaos as any other)

Fete National de l'Arbre -- Niger (Independence Day, 1960)

Fiesta de San Salvador -- San Salvador, El Salvador

Gigglefeet Dance Festival -- Ketchikan, AK, US (today and Sunday, celebrating dance in the community and part of the Blueberry Arts Festival)

Golpe de la Libertad -- Equatorial Guinea (Freedom Day)

Grab Some Nuts Day -- almonds and walnuts are especially good for you

International Beer Day -- Uniting The World Through Beer    

International Friendship Day (original date proposed by Joyce Hall, founder of Hallmark Cards, back in 1935 because it is the center of the largest lull between major holidays; the UN celebrates it on July 30 and many countries celebrate on the second Sunday in August)     

International Tree Climbing Championships and Arbor Fair -- Franklin Park, Columbus, OH, US (sponsored by the International Society of Arboriculture, and designed to simulate working conditions of professional arborists, with five different qualifying events; through August 8)

Kanto Matsuri -- Akita, Japan  (a four day festival, praying for good harvest, purification ceremonies, and feats of skill)

Musikfest -- Bethlehem, PA, US (10 days, 15 stages, over 500 musical performances, so there is something here for everyone!)

National Watermelon Day

Onekama Days -- Onekama, MI, US (family fun, through Monday)

Palio Del Golfo -- La Spezia, Italy (a special, traditional rowing contest over a 2,000m course, plus a festival; through Monday)

Pidjiguiti Day -- Guinea-Bissau (Colonization Martyr's Day; Anniversary of the Killing of Pidjiguiti)

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo -- Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland (display of military color an pageantry; through the 25th)

Satchmo Summerfest -- New Orleans, LA, US (because one jazz festival in this city is never enough; through Sunday)

Sinjska Alka -- Sinj, Croatia (knight tournament that is a celebration of the victory over the Turks in 1715, in which the whole district takes pride in keeping the tradition by making and restoring all the equipment used, with accompanying festivals and fun at home, in church, and in public; through Sunday)

Sioux Empire Fair -- Sioux Falls, SD, US (entertainment, concerts, livestock exhibits, farm exhibits, and tons of fun; through the 11th)

Somers Day -- Bermuda (Second Day of Cup Match)

St. Lydia Purpuraria's Day (Lydia the "seller of purple" who was Paul's first convert in Philippi; Patron of dyers)

St. Nicodemus' Day (member of the Sanhedrin and secret disciple who helped bury Jesus)

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally -- Sturgis, SD, US (the grand-daddy of all motorcycle rallies and races; through the 12th)

Tall Timber Days -- Grand Rapids, MN, US (lumberjack shows, chainsaw carvers, and lots of fun; through Sunday)

Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous and Benton Fremont Days -- Lake Benton, MN, US (come to the Hole in the Mountain County Park where they reenact the fur-trading atmosphere of the 1840s, complete with muzzle-loader contest, tomahawk and knife throwing, log sawing, and more; through Sunday)

Twins Day Festival -- Twinsburg, OH, US (no, you aren't seeing double, it's a celebration of multiples; through Sunday)

White Oak Rendezvous -- Deer River, MN, US (reliving the history of a North West Company Fur Post from 1798 and an accompanying Ojibwe Native Village from the same time period; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Evangeline Lilly, 1979
Blaine Wilson, 1974
Isaiah Washington, 1963
John McGinley, 1959
Jay North, 1951
John Landis, 1950
Martha Stewart, 1941
Martin Sheen, 1940
Steve Berkoff, 1937
Tony Bennett, 1926
Leon Uris, 1924
P.D. James, 1920
Margaret "Maggie" Kuhn, 1905
John T. Scopes, 1900
Ernest Taylor "Ernie" Pyle, 1900
Elisha Graves Otis, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Unforgiven(Film), 1992
"Primetime Live"(TV), 1989
"Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)"(Single release), 1963
"Chu Chin Chow"(Musical), 1916
"William Tell"(Opera), 1829

Today in History:

Tiberius, Roman Empire general, defeats the Dalmatians at the river Bathinus, 8
Columbus sets Sail for the "Indes",departing from Palos, Spain, 1492
John Rut, at St. John's, Newfoundland, sends the first known letter from North America, 1527
The "Peace of the Ladies" (Treaty of Cambrai) is finalized between the Holy Roman Empire and France, it was negotiated by Louise of Savoy and Margaret of Austria, 1529
Robert LaSalle builds the Le Griffon, the first known ship built on the Great Lakes, 1678
First ascent of Jungfrau, third highest summit in the Bernese Alps, 1811
Harvard defeats Yale in the first intercollegiate rowing race, 1852*
Second Maori War begins in New Zealand, 1860
The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company is founded, 1900
The nuclear submarine USS Nautilus travels beneath the Arctic ice cap, 1958
President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya of Mauritania is overthrown in a military coup while attending the funeral of King Fahd in Saudi Arabia, 2005
After last months extensive flooding, North Korea finally asks the United Nations for food aid, 2012
The Athens stock exchange reopens after a month and immediately falls by 22%, 2015

*In fact, it was the first American intercollegiate athletic event ever.


  1. Jazz is a grass eater too. It isn't green here though.
    I hope you can pay off your debts. Soon.

  2. Cats love their vegetables too! Have a beautiful weekend!

  3. I see my dogs eat grass but never my cats.

  4. I really, really want to go to the Gigglefeet Dance Festival. (And take a picture of myself under the sign!)

  5. I'm not sure if I should admit this but I don't even own an iron :-)

    Cute kitty - they sure do love to munch on grass.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Tripod SissyCat the grass muncher LOL

    Nice fill-ins :-)

    Have a munchtastic weekend :-)

  7. Cute photos of SissyCat enjoying her grass. Great fill-in answers, thanks for participating. I hope you get to go on one of those retreats. And I hope your debt lessens soon. Have a nice weekend! XO

  8. Awww on Tripod. What a wonderful kitty.

    I'm not a fan of laundry either, but I do it without complaint. It's pretty bad when I'd rather clean the toilets than do the laundry.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  9. Good job getting in your greens, Tripod SissyCat! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! A quiet, peaceful weekend retreat sounds beyond lovely. And you are so right with #3. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  10. The Tribe of Five are big fans of cat grass! Every day at out house is a peaceful retreat, especially while The Humans are at that place they call "work".
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  11. Sweet kitty munching photos! Precious! Xox

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