Friday, December 7, 2018

Herding the Cat (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.

Getting Mikey to pose for pictures is like, well, herding a cat:

Outtake 1

Outtake 2

Outtake 3

With a raspberry, no less.

Finally, cooperation!

This is where i would paste Sandee's Code so the links would appear, but i tried several times and couldn't get the code to work, sorry.


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 love buying gifts for ____________________.

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for ____________________.

3. It’s the most wonderful time _________.

4. There’s no place like _________ for the holidays.

1. I love buying gifts for small children.  They love simple toys and are grateful for everything they are given.

2. I have a hard time finding a gift for any child over about 12, so i usually just give them cash.  They are always happy with it, and sometimes i do something silly like put it between two slices of bread or in a container of play dough.

3. It's the most wonderful time to make goodies for people.

4. There's no place like NOLA for the holidays.  Even though i'd love to travel and see other places, i want to be back for holiday time.


Today is:

Armed Forces Flag Day -- India

Christmas Walk and House Tour -- Geneva, IL, US (with appearances by St. Lucia and Santa Claus, lighting the tree in the Courhouse Square, home tours, and special events sponsored by local businesses; through tomorrow)

Day of Mourning for Dingle-Fritter, Gooseberry-Humple, Tiger-Get-By, LoneFolding, But Not Zimber-Quattor -- Fairy Calendar

Día de las Velitas -- Columbia (Day of the Little Candles, a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)

Farmers' Day -- Ghana

Faux Fur Friday

Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fetes de l'Escalade -- Geneva, Switzerland (Scaling, or Climbing Day; celebrating the defeat of the Duke of Savoy's troops; through Sunday)

Flag Day -- Saba Island, Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba

Gospel Day -- Marshall Islands (Kamolol, a day of Thanksgiving)

Hang a Wreath Day -- after all, by now it's about time

Human Rights and Peace Day -- Kiribati

International Civil Aviation Day -- UN

Letter Writing Day -- no origin info found, but think of how happy someone will be to get a letter if you write one!

National Cotton Candy Day

National Heroes' Day -- East Timor

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  -- US

Quema del Diablo -- Guatemala (Burning of the Devil, to cast out impurities before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)

Sarsodaw Pwe -- Myanmar (Writers' Day/Literati Day, especially celebrated by the press, and includes The National Literary Award Presentation Ceremony as well as public lectures, essay contests, and story-telling events)

St. Ambrose of Milan's Day (Patron of bee keepers, bees, candle makers/chandlers, domestic animals, learning, schoolchildren/students, wax refiners; French Commissariat; Milan, Italy)

Students' Day -- Iran

Spitak Remembrance Day -- Armenia

Anniversaries Today:

National Fire Safety Council founded, 1979
Delaware becomes the first US State, 1787

Birthdays Today:

Aaron Carter, 1987
Tino Martinez, 1967
C. Thomas Howell, 1966
Edd Hall, 1958
Larry Bird, 1956
Tom Waits, 1949
Johnny Bench, 1947
Harry Chapin, 1942
Ellen Burstyn, 1932
Ted Knight, 1923
Eli Wallach, 1915
Louis Prima, 1910
Willa Cather, 1873

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"City of Angels"(Musical), 1989
"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (UK release date)
"The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria"(Savoy Opera), 1889

Today in History:

Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated, BC43
Chinese Emperor Lo-Yang makes notation of a supernova (MSH15-52), 185
Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the US, is completed to Trumbull, 1696
The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, 1732
Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general, 1776
The New York Philharmonic plays its first concert, 1842
Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission, 1900
Leo Baekeland of Yonkers patents the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, 1911
The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, 1941
Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils, 1962
The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats, 1970
The final Apollo mission is launched, and takes the photo now called The Blue Marble as they take off, 1972
Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist, 1988
The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched, 1995
The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement, 1999
The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, 2003
Scientists in Tanzania discover the oldest-known dinosaur fossil, and 243-million-year-old Nyasasaurus, 2012
NASA reports the GRAIL probes studying the moon reveal unexpectedly deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures, 2012
Beijing issues its first ever red alert for pollution, 2015
Naples' pizza spinning, Germany's organ music, Kyrgystan's Kok boru and India's Kumbh festival are all given UNESCO intangible heritage status, 2017


  1. I have been baking. And baking. And baking. I hope the recipients like their treats.

  2. The dog in my life does much the same thing - except it's only his head he moves. Maddening animal!

  3. You get much better pictures of your delightful cat than I ever get of my dogs who hate cameras

  4. Mikey is cute, and after making his feelings known, at least he eventually co-operated.

  5. LMAO I think Mikey was more interested in what was in the bowls thinking this is kibbletastic :-)

    I liked your fill-ins I usually just give cash too it's easier and they can get what they prefer

    Have an outtaketastic weekend :-)

  6. Those are terrific photos and great answers too!

  7. Mikey does what Mikey wants to do. It's all good. Finally got the purrfect shot.

    I love your fill-ins and feel the same way about buying for kids. It's too hard when they get a certain age.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  8. He looks like he is saying Paparazzi...Humph.

  9. Mikey is so adorable. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I bet NOLA is beautiful with Christmas lights everywhere. I love buying gifts for kids too. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  10. nice

  11. What a 'free spirited' cat ~ love the photos with the various expressions of 'don't bother me' it seems ~

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

  12. Mikey sure takes mighty cute blooper shots! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I also enjoy buying gifts for little children. I don't have children of my own, but I always enjoy buying gifts for my cousins' children and for the young neighbor kids. Have a wonderful day!


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