Friday, April 26, 2019

A to Z: Wanderer (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.

When we got to Ms. SE's house yesterday, we were greeted with the usual barking from Cookie, but went in and heard a distinctly new sound, a meow.

A kitten had hitched a ride in the engine compartment of the truck from all the way up in Arkansas!  They had a bit of litter and food for it, but not being set up for a cat (and not really wanting one at this time, what with a puppy to train), they took it to the shelter where it will be tested and vetted and put up for adoption.


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 got my first cell phone in ____________.

2. I wish the word __________________ could be removed from the English language.

3. I’ll never outgrow _________.

4. _________ make(s) me feel old.

1. I got my first cell phone in the early 2000's at some point, i really do not remember the year.  It was small and had limited minutes and was only in case there was an emergency or if i was out without the children, Sweetie or whoever had them could call me if needed.

2. I wish the word literally could be removed from the English language, unless what you claim did in fact actually occur.

3. I’ll never outgrow leaning back and relaxing in the bathtub with a good book, which i've been doing since i was able to read.

4. Not a whole lot make(s) me feel old because i simply won't let it!


Today is:

America's Family Pet Expo -- Costa Mesa, CA, US (includes displays on any type of domesticated pet you can imagine, as put on by the World Pet Association; through Sunday)    

Arbor Day -- US

Audubon Day -- birth anniversary of John James Audubon

Austin Food and Wine Festival -- Austin, TX, US (superstar chefs and sommeliers, over 40 cooking demos and wine seminars, private grand tastings and more; through Sunday)

Dandelion Day/Springfest Weekend -- University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US (annual celebration used as a respite to diffuse tension around exam time; through Sunday)

Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy -- Belarus

Delphinia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Apollo; date approximate)

Fairy Laughter Convention -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Individual Sovereignty -- an internet holiday that i think is a good idea!

Festival of Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (as Lady of the Robes, who invented the bandages in which to wrap mummies; date approximate)

Hairball Awareness Day -- sponsored by Furminator (which product actually does work, by the way) and Hills Pet Nutrition

Hug an Australian Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Interstate Mullet Toss / The Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party -- FloraBama Bar, Gulf Shores, Alabama, US (fish flingers stand on the Alabama side of the property and toss them onto the Florida side, with proceeds going to charity; through Sunday)

Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest -- Washington, MO, US (professional BBQ competition, plus music and fun; through Sunday)

Mayan Rain Festival -- to honor the rain gods and welcome the fruitfulness of the earth; date approximate

National Dream Hotline® -- sponsored by the School of Metaphysics, any time from this evening until Sunday night, call in and get your, or someone else's for that matter, dream interpreted 

National Help A Horse Day -- US (Join the ASPCA in several rescue events)   

National Pretzel Day

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -- NOLA, US (the best music and food festival around! through May 5)

Panoply® -- Huntsville, AL, US (comprehensive arts festival, including music, theater, dance, and a juried art show; through Sunday)

Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival -- Polk County, TN, US (come out and celebrate with the 4-H club the ramp, a local wild leek, and enjoy the Bluegrass music and games; through Saturday)

Remember Your First Kiss Day

Richter Scale Day -- birth anniversary of Charles Francis Richter

Sacrifice to Zeus Epacrios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Shuffleboard Day -- on the adopted birthday of the game (no exact date of origination can be pinned down, and fans want a day to celebrate, so here it is)

St. Rafael Arnaiz' Day (Patron of diabetics and against diabetes)

St. Stephen of Perm's Day / Old Permic Alphabet Day -- Russian Orthodox Church (inventor of the alphabet used for Russian before the Cyrillic was developed)

Undiagnosed Children's Day -- sponsored by SWAN UK (Syndromes Without A Name), supporting families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions  

Union Day -- Tanzania

Vallenato Legend Festival -- Valledupar, Colombia (one of Colombia’s most important music and folk festivals; through Apr. 30)

World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival -- Ocean City, MD, US (carvings and sculpture of all sizes, for competition and for sale; through Sunday)

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Albert (future George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, 1923
The Independent Order of Oddfellows, American branch, is established in Baltimore, MD, US, 1819
Moscow State University opens, 1755

Birthdays Today:

Jon Lee, 1982
Jason Earles, 1977
Tom Welling, 1977
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 1970
Kane, 1967
Kevin James, 1965
Jet Li, 1963
Joan Chen, 1961
Michael Damian, 1962
Giancarlo Esposito, 1958
Boyd Matson, 1947
Gary Wright, 1943
Bobby Rydell, 1942
Duane Eddy, 1938
Carol Burnett, 1933
I.M. Pei, 1917
Hans Detlef "Douglas" Sierck, 1897
Anita Loos, 1889
Gertrude Bridget "Ma" Rainey, 1886 (Some say April 3)
Frederick Law Olmsted, 1822
John James Audobon, 1785
Marcus Aurelius, 121

Debuting/Premiering Today:

“The Handmaid’s Tale”(TV), 2017
"Jelly's Last Jam"(Musical), 1992
"Dinosaurs"(TV), 1991
"China Beach"(TV), 1988
"Company"(Musical), 1970
"Grand Polonaise Brillante"(Chopin Op. 20), 1835

Today in History:

Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn, 1514
William Shakespeare is baptized, 1564
English  colonists of the Jamestown settlement  make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, 1607
Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, 1802
Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election  to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic, 1925
In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections, 1963
Tanganyika  and Zanzibar  merge to form Tanzania, 1964
A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting, 1965
The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force, 1970
A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster, 1986
Physicists  announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle, 1994
Under international pressure, Syria withdraws the last of its 14,000 troop military garrison in Lebanon, ending its 29-year military domination of that country, 2005
During the second day of evidence at the Leveson Inquiry, Rupert Murdock reveals there was a 'cover-up' at 'News of the World' but that he had no knowledge of it, 2012
The CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya, announces that he will be giving his employees 10% of the shares in the company, 2016


  1. Lucky kitten.
    I can no longer get into and out of a bathtub safely so have given up the delightful treat of reading in the tub. Enjoy it while you can.

  2. Very brave little hitch hiker kitten! Hope it gets a good home. I have never used a bath tub. My first few hand phones were handed down from my son.

  3. I hope the kitten is healthy and finds a home quickly.

  4. Aww! hope the lovely kitten finds a loving home :-)

    Could you literally add Basically and Obviously to be removed heheh!

    Have a tanfasticallytastic weekend :-)

  5. Dang - another year with me not at the mullet toss!
    Some day, Mimi..!

  6. Oh that sweet little kitten. They should have kept it as a friend for the puppy. Kittens don't need much training. So adorable.

  7. I'm an Aussie so I'll consider myself hugged =)

    Visiting from A-Z
    AJ Blythe

  8. I sure hope that wee one gets a home soon. I wonder who is missing a kitten.

  9. I'm glad the kitty is going to be taken care of properly. Precious little thing.

    Love all your fill-ins. Yes literally is way overused.

    I won't let anything make me feel old either.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  10. Such a cute kitten. I am glad he was rescued. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins. I always enjoy your answers. Literally is used incorrectly so often. Have a nice weekend- hopefully you can squeeze in a long bath while reading. XO

  11. Such an adorable must have gone through about 7 of its lives already.

  12. Can't believe you read in the tub?! Aren't you afraid of dropping it?

    And I totally agree with you about the word "literally". WHY?!?!

    1. I got my first cell phone in 1999. I was going into high school and my mom was going back to work.

    2. I wish the word irony could be removed from the English language. Alanis Morisette's song comes to mind.

    3. I’ll never outgrow my excitement at seeing the ocean. I get excited every. single. time. (And I don't live that far from it either!)

    4. My age make(s) me feel old. The kids I watch are like "how old are you?" I'm like "take a guess. Sometimes they guess way under, sometimes way over. They are NEVER on target. The nice thing is that they always forget and have to ask me again. haha.

  13. Our very first pet when me moved to Florida, (from NYC) was a kitten who hitchhiked in the engine of my Dad's car. We didn't know it at the time, but he was the progenitor of a long line of cats in my family. Lucky kitten.

    My love of a hot bath and a good book ended literally when my girls came along 😉

  14. Oh such a precious little kitty ~ do hope it finds a forever home soon ~

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

  15. I'm yet again late to visit, but I want to thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I love your attitude in #4. I try to remind myself every day that age is just a number.


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