Friday, December 28, 2018

Relaxing While Waiting (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.  

This one is just relaxing while waiting for a new home in the new year:


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. On New Year’s Eve, I __________________.

2. A goal that I have for 2019 is ________________.

3. If I had to choose a guide word for 2019, it would be _________.

4. New beginnings _________.

1. On New Year’s Eve, I try to take a nap early, since there will be no going to bed until the noise dies down, and i have work the next day.

2. A goal that I have for 2019 is to make time to exercise more.  Housework is fine to an extent, but i really do need to do more strength training if i can.

3. If I had to choose a guide word for 2019, it would be lovingkindness.  It really is all about treating other people the way you want to be treated.

4. New beginnings can be bittersweet sometimes.  It often means something old has had to be left behind.


Today is:

Bairns Day -- Scotland (Begins the runic half-month of Eoh, the yew tree, which signifies the dead, and is now associated with the Slaughter of the Innocents of Christian tradition, so today is considered by some the unluckiest day of the year, and no work should be undertaken today.)

Call a Friend Day -- just to catch up a bit

Card Playing Day -- internet generated, enjoy a fun game with friends and family; "Go fish!"

Childermas a/k/a Holy Innocents Day -- (Patrons of babies, children's choirs, foundlings)
    various Christian traditions celebrate under many names and in various ways
    Els Enfarinats -- Ibn, Valencia, Spain (flour fight, and if it's anything like the tomato throwing in other towns of Spain, it's probably lots of fun)
    French Childermas tradition interpreted what the Norse saw as evidence of the Wild Hunt of Odin as the spirits of the Holy Innocents running from King Herod
    Inocentes -- Mexico, and sometimes celebrated as Mexican December Fool's Day (Herod fooled himself into thinking he had gotten rid of his rival king born in Bethlehem.)

Dyzemas Day -- Northhamptonshire, UK (an unlucky day to begin any new undertaking, "what is begun on Dysemas Day will never be finished")
    origin unknown, but often translated as Tithe Day, being very close to the Portugese word for tithe

Eat A Vegetarian Day -- an internet generated joke; yes, the vegetarian in question can be a cow

Endangered Species Act Day -- US (act passed 1973; a day to mourn species already extinct)

Fairy Academy of Window-Frosting Winter Exhibition -- Fairy Calendar

Fourth Day of Christmas

Incwala Day -- Swaziland (the biggest day of the 8 week Ncwala Festival, which loosely translates as "first fruits", although today's tasting of the first of the harvest by the King is only a portion of the many days of ceremonies)

King Taksin Memorial Day -- Thailand

Kwanzaa, Day 3, Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

National Chocolate Candy Day

Proclamation Day -- South Australia (trad.)

Return a Gift for the Cold Hard Cash Day -- and good luck, these days

Runic Half-month Eoh (yew) commences

Take a Drive and Enjoy the Christmas Lights Day -- before they are gone for another year

Unluckiest Day of the Year -- various traditions state no work should be started today, for whatever is started today will never be finished!  In Olde England, nothing of importance was ever undertaken on Childermas, because it would prove unlucky

Anniversaries Today:

Billy Ray Cyrus weds Leticia Finley, 1994
The US Pledge of Allegiance is formally adopted, 1945
Iowa becomes the 29th US State, 1846

Birthdays Today:

David Archuleta, 1990
Sienna Miller, 1981
John Legend, 1978
Joe Mangianello, 1976
Todd Richards, 1969
Malcolm Gets, 1964
Denzel Washington, 1954
Edgar Winter, 1946
Don Francisco, 1940
Maggie Smith, 1934
Nichelle Nichols, 1933
Martin Milner, 1931
Johnny Otis, 1921
Sam Levenson, 1911
Lew Ayres, 1908
Cliff Arquette, 1905
Earl "Fatha" Hines, 1905
Hendrik Meijer, 1883
Woodrow Wilson, 1856
John Molson, 1763

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Gulag Archipelago(Publication date), 1973
"Last of the Red Hot Lovers"(Play), 1969
"Night of the Iguana"(Play), 1961
"On the Town"(Musical), 1944
"Tip-Toes"(Musical), 1925
"St. Joan"(Play), 1923
"Cyrano de Bergerac"(Play), 1897

Today in History:

The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster, a/k/a Westminster Abbey, is consecrated, 1065
The reign of Emperor Hanazono of Japan begins, 1308
Galileo Galilei becomes the first astronomer to observe the planet Neptune, although he mistakenly catalogued it as a fixed star, 1612
King Taksin is crowned as king of Thailand and establishes Thonburi as a capital, 1768
Construction of Yonge Street, formerly recognized as the longest street in the world, begins in York, Upper Canada (present-day Toronto, Ontario), 1795
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes Echigo, Japan, killing 30,000+, 1828
John Calhoun becomes the first US Vice President to resign (over differences with President Andrew Jackson), 1832
Spain recognizes independence of Mexico, 1836
South Australia and Adelaide are founded, 1836
Rangoon Burma, destroyed by fire, 1841
The United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits, 1867
The Lumière brothers perform for their first paying audience at the Grand Cafe in Boulevard des Capucines, marking the debut of the cinema, 1895
The first municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California, 1912
The Peak District becomes the United Kingdom's first National Park, 1950
Alexander Solzhenitsyn publishes "Gulag Archipelago", 1973
Winnie Mandela is banished from South Africa, 1976
The first American "test-tube baby", Elizabeth Jordan Carr, is born in Norfolk, Virginia, 1981
U.S. retail giant Montgomery Ward announces it is going out of business after 128 years, 2000
At 115 years old and 266 days, Jiroemon Kimura of Japan becomes the world's oldest living person, 2012


  1. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to relax like a cat?
    And your fill-in 4 is so very right.

  2. I want to give that relaxed cat a home. Such an appealing little feline. I hope you're enjoying this special period between Christmas and New Year.

  3. Aww! having a nice deserved rest heheh!

    I liked your fill-ins very heartwarming :-)

    Have a relaxingtastic day :-)

  4. I hope this cutie pie finds a new home and soon. So cute.

    Love all your fill-in answers. We both want kindness. Great minds.

    Thanks for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  5. We all need to give and receive some loving kindness. Life would be easier if we have enough to go round. Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Mimi,

    Why not get some weighted arm bands (1 or 2lbs) for while you're cleaning? I'd go with the 1-pound ones until you it's snap to use them. You'll be surprised at how that small of difference can help in your daily chores. I need more strength training,too. Thanks for your friendship in 2018 and I look forward to being friends throughout the coming new year with you, my dear. God bless! XO

  7. I hope that little cutie gets his/her home. Great Fill Ins, particularly #3.

  8. That little sweeties sure looks cozy!

  9. That is a cute kitty. I hope he/she gets a forever home soon. Thank you for these great fill-in answers. That is a guide word we could all use. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! XO

  10. That kitty looks so cozy in its hammock! Praying that he/she goes to a forever home very soon. And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I am with you on the whole nap situation on New Year's Eve. I'll certainly be scheduling one in. Wishing you and your entire family a Happy New Year!

  11. Oh kitty is so adorable and precious ~ wishing for a home soon for her ~ and love your 'fill ins' ~ ^_^

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

  12. I need to try to exercise more, too. I really don't do anything except read and write reviews. Suzanne does all the rest because I am not supposed to walk.

    Have a blessed and safe New Year.

  13. We love your answer to #3. If everyone extended lovingkindness to all they encounter (2 and 4 legged) 2019 would be a pawsome year!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,
    The Tribe of Five & The Female Human