Friday, September 14, 2018

Bad Influence (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.

We all know that Mikey, the half Maine coon, is about the laziest cat in the world.  He won't stand or sit to eat, he lies down and uses his paw to bring the kibbles to his mouth he is so lazy.

Now i have proof his laziness is spreading to the other cats:

Dansig has been corrupted by his brother Mikey!


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. Being _______________ is _____________________.

2.If ___________________ were worth money, then I would be rich.

3. I am proud of _________.

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year _________.

1. Being short is sometimes a challenge.  When there is something on the top shelf at the grocery, i have to climb to get it (i learned to climb shelves fast so no one at the store will catch me and make me stop!).  It can also be a good thing.  When a child is stuck in one of those play places or refuses to come out when called, and the thing is built for children 12 and under, the parent assigned to rescue or retrieve is this one that stopped growing at age 12.

2. If cat fuzzies on the floor were worth money, then i would be rich.  After all, we sweep up enough cat hair around here to knit a litter of kittens every week, if we ever needed any more kittens, which we do not.

3. I am proud of how my children are willing to work hard to get what they want and need.

4. If i could time travel, i would visit the year i turned 12 and give my younger self a lot of advice.  The two problems would be if i took the advice, and also if i didn't take it!


Today is:

Battle of San Jacinto Day -- Nicaragua

Cherokee Strip Days -- Enid, Oklahoma (parade that includes Longhorn steers, arts and crafts, food, and gunfight reenactments; through Sunday)

Cochabamba Day -- Cochabamba, Bolivia (festival of the founding of the city)

Creston/Southwest Iowa Hot Air Balloon Days -- Creston, IA, US (hare and hound races, parade, marching band contest, balloons and more; through Sunday)

Eat a Hoagie Day

Egremont Crab Fair and Gurning Championship -- Egremont, Cumberland, UK (ancient fair given a charter in 1267, includes throwing crabapples from a cart for children to catch and the gurning [making ugly faces] competition; through tomorrow)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 4, Economic Justice (sponsored by We, the World)    

Feast of the Triumph of the Cross/Elevation of the Life Giving Cross/Holy Cross Day -- Christian

Festivals and Matsuri of Japan -- several throughout Japan, today and for the next several, most as harvest festivals or traditional horseback archery rituals)
      including the O Sannomiya Autumn Festival, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Festival, Tono Matsuri, Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri, Tsurugaoka-hachimangu Reitasai, Yachi Donga Festival, and Furusato Hyappei Festival

Goroka Show -- Goroka, Papua New Guinea (a cultural festival and showcase of over 100 clans and tribes and their customs; through Sunday)

Great British Beach Clean -- UK (the Marine Conservation Society knows the coast needs this extra special focus; through Monday)    

Harrogate Autumn Flower Show -- Harrogate, England (Britains finest blooms show off; through Sunday)

Hug a Crabby Stranger Day -- okay, as long as i don't end up on the evening news

Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony -- Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US (each winner has done improbable research, something that makes people laugh, then think)

King Turkey Day -- Worthington, MN, US (includes a turkey race; through tomorrow)

National Cream-Filled Doughnut Day

National Hug Your Boss Day (some claim this began in the UK, others say it was started by and is to be celebrated everywhere, but no matter what nation you live in, be careful with this holiday!  website here)    

Nutting Day -- British Isles tradition, the hazelnuts are supposed to be perfectly ripe on this day

Ohio River Sternwheel Festival -- Marietta, OH, US (a three day riverfront extravaganza)

Pilgrimage to the Black Madonna of Einsiedeln -- Switzerland

Riverfest -- Eden, NC, US (a celebration of art, history, and river heritage; through tomorrow) 

St. Notburga's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, husbandmen, peasants, restaurant servers)

Telluride Blues and Brews Festival -- Telluride, CO, US (nationally touring bands and microbreweries make for a fun weekend; through Sunday)

The Big E -- West Springfield, MA, US (one of New England's largest fairs; through the 30th)

Unclear Ideas Display -- Fairy Calendar (Imps celebration)

Wo-Zha-Wa Days Fall Festival -- Wisconsin Dells, WI (fall festival; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Amy Winehouse, 1983
Dan Cortese, 1967
Faith Ford, 1964
Wendy Thomas, 1961 (Namesake of Wendy's Hamburgers)
Mary Crosby, 1959
Sam Neill, 1947
Joey Heatherton, 1944
Nicol Williamson, 1938
Walter Koenig, 1936
Kate Millett, 1934
Harve Presnell, 1933
Zoe Caldwell, 1933
Constance Baker Motley, 1921
Clayton Moore, 1914
Stanley Ketchel, 1886
Margaret Higgins Sanger, 1879
Ivan Pavlov, 1849
James Wilson, 1742

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Golden Girls"(TV), 1985
"The Waltons"(TV Series), 1972
"Ironside"(TV), 1967
"Have Gun Will Travel"(TV), 1957
"The Turn of the Screw"(Opera), 1954

Today in History:

Domitian becomes emperor of Rome upon the death of his brother Titus, 81
Harun al-Rashid beomes Abbasid Caliph upon the death of his brother, al-Hadi, 786
The first lighthouse in the US, in Boston, is lit, 1716
George Frederick Handel finishes "Messiah" oratorio, after working on it non-stop for 23 days, 1741
Napoleon occupies Moscow; fires begin that will not be fully extinguished for 5 days, 1812
Francis Scott Key witnesses the battle which inspires him to write "The Defense of Fort McHenry", later retitled "The Star Spangled Banner", 1814
George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon, 1886
President of the United States William McKinley dies after an assassination attempt on September 6, and is succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt, 1901
Groundbreaking for the United Nations headquarters in New York City, 1948
The Soviet probe Luna 2 crashes onto the Moon, becoming the first man-made object to reach it, 1959
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded, 1960
The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, is canonized by Pope Paul VI, 1975
President-elect of Lebanon, Bachir Gemayel, is assassinated, 1982
Joe Kittinger becomes the first person to fly a hot air balloon alone across the Atlantic Ocean, 1984
The Toronto Blue Jays set a record for the most home runs in a single game, belting 10 of them, 1987
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
Historic National Prayer Service held at Washington National Cathedral for victims of the September 11 attacks; a similar service is held in Canada on Parliament Hill, the largest vigil ever held in the nation's capital, 2001
In a referendum, Estonia approves joining the European Union, 2003
NASA reveals the Space Launch Program to replace the Space Shuttle program, 2011
The Bodleian Library reveals earliest evidence of the zero symbol in 3rd or 4th Century Bakhshali (Pakistan) manuscript, through carbon dating, 2017


  1. And I thought our cats were lazy...
    I have been short, and then grew. And grew. And grew. Both have pluses and minuses.

  2. That was amusing andd now the others are copying him haha!

    Have a lazytastic weekend :-)

  3. It's a cat's life! RIP Amy Winehouse. She should have been 35 today.

  4. I once saw a very short older woman eyeing something on a shelf way above her head. I asked her if she'd like me to get that for her.
    "Oh yes, please!" (a pause while I retrieved the item) and then she gestured at the bottom shelf and said, "Anything down here I can get for you?"

  5. I have never seen such lazy cats...ha ha ha! I am of average height and there are times I need help to get something from the top shelf.

  6. I agree with your #4 answer. Wouldn't it be great if we could give our younger self the wisdom we know have? Have a fantastic weekend!

  7. Those were terrific answers and a nice and cozy kitty meal too!

  8. So I have your cat to blame because my cat lays in front of his water bowl dipping the water to his face? Good to know. lol

    If I could go back in time, I just wish I could take the knowledge I have today with me.

  9. That is funny :) My Twiggy will scoop food from plates, but she stands when doing that, but it's mainly to steal from the brother and sister when they are eating.

  10. Good for Mikey ~ laid back and enjoying life in his own way ~ precious photo!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  11. Now that's a lazy cat and he's getting away with it. Oh well, cats are cats.

    Love your fill-ins. I'll be playing again next week.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  12. That is too funny that your cat's laziness is spreading :) Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am tall and always wished I was short so I wouldn't stand out. I am the one everyone asks to get stuff off the high shelf :) I always offer too if I see someone struggling. Have a nice weekend! XO

  13. My daughter once had a cat that ate like that! It is funny what they learn from watching each other, Tiggy has taught ours how to pull open drawers! I also could knit kittens with the fur I collect off the floor each day... and off the furniture, and off of me! 😊

    I think twelve would be a very good point to have begun making better choices. We will always wonder about the road not taken.

  14. Oh yes, the classic paradox of time. If we went back and altered ANYTHING, it would change practically everything in the future. I think about that sort of thing a lot. The movies Final Countdown and Back to the Future give us good examples of that. Have a blessed week.

  15. Dansig, your candid laziness has me smiling! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! My mom would completely agree with you on #1. And I am right there with you on #2. I wish I could cash in all this cat hair! And I really like the idea of going back and giving your younger self advice. My younger self could have used some help sometimes. Though, like you, I'm not sure how that would pan out now. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. At least Dansig isn't lying on his side and sticking his tongue out sideways to lap up water! I hope that you are clear of the hurricane I have been reading about.

  17. Our Female Human said "ditto" to the short problem and Amen! to the "cat fuzzies". Those little things seem to appear out of nowhere right after The Female Human cleans, MOL
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    Oliver & The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines

  18. Our cat was a stalker. Scuba hid below a chair that had a shirt hanging on it and wait until someone walked by. Then he'd pounce. We miss him.

    Cherokee day and Hug a crabby person. those are great.

  19. Oh to darn funny! Learned behavior! Have a blessed weekend!

  20. I better not let Rosie see this. I don't want her getting any ideas!

  21. Grat answers. Everyone seems to want to get rich off our poop and our fuzzballs.
    On my blog you mentions TNR people taking the opened bags of food. They are the ones who turned it down. They said someone gave them opened food and the cats got sick. It wasn't me.


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