Friday, December 14, 2018

Cats Love Boxes (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.

Cats in a colony room love when we give them boxes.


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 really need to ___________________. 

2. My favorite Christmas ( or Hanukkah) decoration is __________________________. 

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like _________. 

4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of _________. 

1. I really need to get with Grandma and decide what she wants me to cook for Christmas so i can go get the ingredients

2. My favorite Christmas ( or Hanukkah) decoration is the one i don't have to put up or take down.  Not trying to be a Grinch, i just really do not have the time

3. It’s beginning to look a lot like rain; after all, this is wet season.  (We only have two seasons, wet is one, hurricane is the other.)

4. This time of year, I eat my fair share of vegan chocolate treats


Today is:

Ako Gishi sai -- Ako, Japan (traditional dances and warrior parades honoring the 47 Ronin)

Buy a Tree Day / Deck the Halls Day -- internet generated, and if you are going to decorate, why did you wait this long?

Christmas Bird Count begins -- sponsored by the National Audubon Society (through Jan. 5; since 1900, the longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations)

Free Shipping Day -- with hundreds of participating merchants at 

Halcyon Days begin -- a time of calm and tranquility (beginning seven days before the winter solstice, lasting until December 28, seven days after the solstice; named for an ancient fabled kingfisher bird [or halcyon], which hatches and raise her young during this time)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Stufur -- Shorty, who is also known as Ponneskefill, the pan-scraper, who will scrape food scraps from the pans left out

Khoiak Ceremony for Ploughing the Earth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Le Foire aux Noix -- Bastogne, Belgium (annual "Nuts Fair", commemorating the liberation of the city from the Nazis and the Rights of the Child; through Sunday)

Monkey Day -- unofficial, by animal groups, to draw attention to the plights of simians kept in labs and as pets 

National Bouillabaisse Day

National Energy Conservation Day -- India

National Salesperson's Day -- US (begun by Maura Schreier-Fleming, and listed on various days depending on whom you ask)     

Official Lost and Found Day -- why is this one official?  information here 

Play An Old Song That You Didn't Like To See If You Still Don't Like It Day -- internet generated, and don't bother, bad songs don't improve with age

Precalentines Day -- an unofficial holiday for math lovers begun by a precalculus class at a Nova Scotia high school

South Pole Discovery Day -- thank you, Roald Amundsen

St. John of the Cross' Day (Patron of contemplative life, contemplatives, mystical theology, mystics, Spanish poets; Ta' Xbiex, Malta)

St. Spyridon's Day (Patron of Corfu, Greece, and potters)

Winterfest Boat Parade -- Ft. Lauderdale, FL, US (The Greatest Show on H2O; through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Alabama becomes the 22nd US State, 1819
Princess Mary Stuart is crowned Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542

Birthdays Today:

Samantha Peszek, 1991
Vanessa Hudgens, 1988
Paul "Beakman" Zaloom, 1951
Bill Buckner, 1949
Dee Wallace Stone, 1948
Patty Duke, 1946
Jane Birkin, 1946
Ernie Davis, 1939
Leonardo Boff, 1938
Lee Remick, 1935
Charlie Rich, 1932
Don Hewitt, 1922
Shirley Jackson, 1919
Morey Amsterdam, 1914
Spike Jones, 1911
Margaret Madeline Chase Smith, 1897
James Harold Doolittle, 1896

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Saturday Night Fever(Film), 1977
Diamonds are Forever(Film), 1971
"Il Trittico"(Puccini opera), 1918

Today in History:

Osman ibn Affan is appointed the third kalief of Islam, 644
The Zuider Zee seawall collapses, 50,000 lives are lost in the floods that follow, 1287
The first artificial pearls, made of gypsum pellets covered with fish scales, are manufactured by M Jacquin in Paris, 1656
The Montgolfier brothers' first balloon lifts off on its first test flight, 1782
David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a machine that cuts nuts and bolts, 1798
The American Academy of Political and Social Science is organized in Philadelphia, 1889
The Commercial Pacific Cable Company lays the first Pacific telegraph cable, from Ocean Beach, San Francisco to Honolulu, Hawaii, 1902
Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first to reach the South Pole, 1911
Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Laos, Libya, Nepal, Portugal, Romania, Spain and Sri Lanka join the United Nations, 1955
The United Republic of Tanzania joins the United Nations. 1961
NASA's Mariner 2 becomes the first spacecraft to fly by Venus, 1962
Kiribati, Nauru and Tonga join the United Nations, 1999
The Millau viaduct, the tallest bridge in the world, near Millau, France is officially opened, 2004
China's first lunar rover, the Yutu, lands successfully on the Moon, 2013


  1. Even big cats like tigers love boxes.
    I hope that you get at least some rest over Christmas.

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  3. Boxes are always the best presents. Buy the kitties a nice gift and they ignore it and dive straight into the box.

  4. I love watching cats playing they are so funny

    LOL @ your fill in 2 heheh

    Have a tinseltastic weekend

  5. Kitties and boxes just go together. Cute.

    I love all your answers. This is a busy time of the year indeed. And you're very busy all the time.

    You can used the linkies if you like. At the bottom of today's linkies on Feline Friday click on the "Get The Code" and it will take you to the code. Just copy and paste into your post and we'll all have the same links. They work too.

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

  6. Oh precious kitties ~ hope they find a 'forever' home soon ~

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

  7. Yup, we have to agree, boxes are the favorite toy of all times for kitty kats. Have a great day.

  8. Kitties are curious and will have plenty of fun with boxes. These days we don't put up any Christmas decorations but I do enjoy the decorations put up by others.

  9. I hope those little sweeties get fun boxes for Christmas...and a home too!

  10. Oh, Mary Stuart...shoulda stayed in Scotland and lived a simple life!

  11. Those kittens are so cute, I wish I could adopt the calico. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. My mom and I were just discussing our menu too. Have a nice weekend! XO

  12. There is nothing at any price more beloved by our cat than a cardboard box. Go figure.

  13. I will never tire of seeing kitties and their beloved boxes. And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I completely understand where you're coming from with holiday decorations and the time they require. I love decorating my house, but doing it in between work and other commitments means it sometimes takes me far longer than I'd like, and not everything gets put out every year. I still have some outdoor decor to put up, but I figure I still have a week until Christmas. Merry wishes to you!


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