Friday, December 21, 2018

Fun Cat Decoration (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.

A neighbor has this decoration, and since i wasn’t able to get a good shot of it myself, i have this picture of it from here at Amazon.  


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!     

1. Every Christmas, I ________________.

2. The day after Christmas, I ______________________.

3. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and _________.

4. All I want for Christmas is _________.

1. Every Christmas, I rally the troops to get to Grandma and Grandpa's house, and i'm not sure if that was harder when they were all babies or now when they all have their own vehicles and run in all directions.

2. The day after Christmas, I go to work.  The bills don't stop for holidays, so i don't, either.  Also, i thank heaven for leftovers, i don't have to think about cooking for a couple of days.

3. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and we put milk and cookies out for Santa, even after the children knew who Santa really was.

4. All I want for Christmas is for my family and friends to have the deep and abiding joy of The Lord to be with them always.


Today is:

Divalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)

Flashlight Day -- what better day, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order

Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US

Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gluggagaegir -- Peeper, who peeps through the windows and will come steal toys he likes the look of

Kiwi Fruit Day -- California, US (celebrate with them, these are good!)

Look At the Bright Side Day -- Northern Hemisphere, and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!

National Hamburger Day

Pancha Ganapati -- India (through the 25th, a modern Hindu festival honoring of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Culture)

Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day (1872)

Poseidea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor Poseidon; date approximate)

Solstice -- Northern Hemisphere Winter begins/Southern Hemisphere Summer begins at 22:23UCT
    Anne and Samantha Day -- celebrating the lives of Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, a day to work and pray for world peace
    Alban Arthuan -- Druid Festival, 4th Station; through the solstice
    Bruma -- Ancient Roman Calendar
    Dongzhi Festival -- East Asia (literal meaning, "Extreme of Winter")
    Festival of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the seeking of Osiris by Isis and her resurrection of him)
    National Haiku Poetry Day -- US (because haiku is traditionally about the seasons, it's celebrated on the first day of winter)
    Wild Hunt reaches its peak -- various Norse traditions
    Soyala New Year Festival -- Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (a festival of purification as well as celebration, with homes cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint observed)
    Yalda -- Iran (Persian/Zoroastrian winter solstice festival; to celebrate the longest night of the year, many stay up for the fight against dark and evil.)
    Yule/Jul/Jol Festivals begin -- various calendars, religions, countries and observances, both ancient and modern
         Yule -- Wicca/Pagan, northern hemisphere
         Litha -- Wicca/Pagan, southern hemisphere
         from the Old Norse Hjol, meaning "wheel" to signify the year is at its lowest point and ready to rise again
    Ziemassvetki -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (birth of Dievs, highest of the gods; modern Latvians celebrate this on Christmas Eve/Christmas, but it was originally a three day solstice festival)

St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Catholic press, Germany, writers of catechisms)

St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on July 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)
    Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)
    Sao Tome Day -- Sao Tome e Principe (Dia de Sao Tome e Principe)

Underdog Day -- the day to celebrate all the number two people who make the number ones what they are (as in Friday to Crusoe); day founded by by the late Peter Moeller, THE Chief Underdog

Birthdays Today:

Jackson Rathbone, 1984
Jack Noseworthy, 1969
Kiefer Sutherland, 1966
Andy Dick, 1965
Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959
Ray Romano, 1957
Jane Kaczmarek, 1955
Chris Evert, 1954
Tina Brown, 1953
Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944
Frank Zappa, 1940
Jane Fonda, 1937
Phil Donahue, 1935
Joe Paterno, 1926
Paul Winchell, 1922
Heinrich Böll, 1917
Josh Gibson, 1911
Joseph Stalin, 1879
Henrietta Szold, 1860
Benjamin Disraeli, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Billion Dollar Baby"(Musical), 1945
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Disney animated film), 1937
Tillie's Punctured Romance(Silent Film, first full length comedy), 1914
The Crossword Puzzle(First one ever published, 1913
Basketball, 1891 (first game under the direction of James Naismith, by the rules he had published)

Today in History:

A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163
The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620
Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844
The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883
The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913
The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937
Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968
The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995
Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill Meteorite announce it contains the oldest material in the Solar System, 2012
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date, 2012


  1. We really like #3. I think is is terrific to put milk and cookies out for Santa even if the kids are older now. It makes Christmas seem real. You all have a very Merry Christmas.

  2. Really great fill in answers and a darn cool kitty too!

  3. Fun and cute inflatable cat ~ Glad U still put milk and cookies out for Santa ~ Hope you have a very special Xmas ~ Xxx

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

  4. Love the cat.
    Hooray for leftovers. Lots of delicious leftovers.

  5. I am not a fan of the blowups, but I want that one!
    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Very true about it being harder to gather once everyone is grown up. I hope you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a happy, healthy new year! XO

  6. I'm not a fan of blow ups either, but I want that kitty. So cute. I'd put it near a window inside our home and everyone that went by would see my kitty.

    I love all your answers. Wish you didn't have to work the day after Christmas.

    Number 4 is awesome.

    Thanks for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect day and weekend. ♥

  7. The inflatable kitty is cute!
    I prefer the leftovers the next day more than turkey on Christmas Day.

  8. When they are young, we think, "It will be easier when they get older." When they grow up, we think, "It was so much easier when they were young. Have a Merry Jesus Filled Christmas.

  9. I'm sorry I'm so late to comment. Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I often take off the day after Christmas, but this year I worked it because of some deadlines. I completely agree on the leftover situation - it sure makes life easy and yummy for a couple of days! Even as an adult, I have always wanted to put out milk and cookies for Santa as a fun and festive tradition. However, I have not yet found a way to successfully do so with so many curious kitties and puppies running around my house. And, your answer to #4 is beautiful. Merry Christmas season!