Friday, May 17, 2019

Abigail (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.

Abigail belongs to Mr. BA and Ms. GA.  She got caught in a tree once and was truly stuck, and by the time they got her out it cost her one of her back legs.

She is a very happy and extremely friendly cat who never, ever met a stranger.


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. _________________is my _____________ of the _________________.

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is _____________________.

3. I could set a world record for _________.

4. _________ is the craziest thing I’ve ever done.

1. Lovingkindness is my focus word of the year.

2. My favorite character on Big Bang Theory is _____________________. (Leaving this blank because i have never seen the show, although reading up on it, i can understand why many people did watch regularly.)

3. I could set a world record for procrastination, unfortunately.

4. Getting in my car and driving across two states to meet up in person with people i'd only previously met online is the craziest thing I’ve ever done.  It was also one of the best, i am so glad to have them as friends now both online and IRL.


Today is:

Art Fair and Winefest -- Washington, MO, US (the largest tasting if state wines, juried art show, and more; through Sunday)

Asakusa Sanja Matsuri -- Tokyo, Japan (sake and processions of elaborate mini shrines celebrate the goddess of mercy and the three fishermen; through Sunday)

Bath International Music Festival -- Bath, UK (with musicians from more than 30 countries, this is truly a premier festival; through the 26th)

Bike to Work Day 2019 -- the League of American Bicyclists have urged you to celebrate this day the third Friday of May ever since 1956   

Birthday of the Raja -- Perlis, Malaysia

Constitution Day -- Nauru; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen

Dea Dia Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of growth)

Dermott's Community Fest -- Dermott, AR, US (formerly the Dermott Crawfish Festival, it still proves mud bugs aren't just for Cajuns any more! carnival, music, street dances, tons of crawfish and more through tomorrow)

Dia de las Letras Gallegas -- GA, Spain (Galician Literature Day in Galacia, an autonomous region of Spain)

Electra Goat BBQ Cook Off & Craft Show -- Electra, TX, US (with a salsa dance contest, Cow Patty Drop, live bands, games, a Jackpot Steak & Beans Competition, there is something here for everyone; through tomorrow)

Falling Off a Log Night -- Fairy Calendar

Fishing Has No Boundaries, Hayward Event -- Hayward, WI, US (sponsored by Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc., a non-profit with the goal of opening the great outdoors through the sport of fishing to the disabled; the Hayward event is their biggest each year, and runs through tomorrow) 

Feast of Azamat(Grandeur) -- Baha'i

Grand Spring Festival -- Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (through tomorrow; includes horseback archery, processions in costume, and more)

International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia

International Virtual Assistants' Day -- acknowledging the dedication, experience, expertise, and determination of virtual professionals; no longer sponsored, but the The International Virtual Assistant's Association is still around    

Liberation Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo

Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off -- Magnolia, AR, US (all the usual fun, with a steak eating contest, live entertainment, and an art show;through tomorrow)

Merry-Go-Round Day -- the first merry-go-round, powered by horses, opened this day in 1620

National Cherry Cobbler Day

National Defense Transportation Day -- US (remembering the contributions of people working in the transportation industries)

National Pizza Party Day -- as declared by Garlic Jim's Famous Gourmet Pizza, on the 3rd Friday of May; Garlic Jim's holds a contest for school students to nominate their favorite teacher, and the winning teacher gets a free pizza party for the class on this day

National Walnut Day -- declared in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board

Navy Day -- Argentina (anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Montevideo in 1814)

Pack Rat Day -- come on out and admit it, you are a pack rat, too!

Rhododendron Festival -- Florence, Oregon, US (parades, flower show, car show, carnival and more; through Sunday)

Rhubarb Festival -- Intercourse, Pennsylvania (come on out and enjoy the music, games, rhubarb-inspired foods, and lots of family fun, including the Rhubarb Race Car Derby and best pie contest; through tomorrow)

Rubber Band Day -- patented this day in 1845, and aren't we pack rats glad.

Shunki Reitaisai -- Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (Grand Festival of Spring, through the 18th)

St. Madron of Cornwall's Day (Patron against pain)

Store Bededag -- Denmark; Faroe Islands; Greenland (Great Prayer Day)

Syttende Mai -- Norway (Constitution Day)

Syttende Mai -- Stoughton, WI, US (come celebrate the Norwegian heritage of this town with a three day colorful gala named after Norwegian Constitution Day; through Sunday)

Tell An Umpire "I Love Your Outfit" Day -- only if he has a sense of humor or you can duck quickly

Watch a Baby Fall Asleep Day -- because few things in the world are as funny and precious

World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day --  for information about neurofibromatosis click here or here    

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day -- UN

Birthdays Today:

Nikki Reed, 1988
Tahj Mowry, 1987
Drew Roy, 1986
Andrea Corr, 1974
Sendhil Ramamurthy, 1974
Mia Hamm, 1972
Jordan Knight, 1970
Trent Reznor, 1965
Craig Ferguson, 1962
Enya, 1961
Sugar Ray Leonard, 1956
Bob Saget, 1956
Bill Paxton, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Christian Lacroix, 1950
Dennis Hopper, 1936
Maureen O'Sullivan, 1911
James "Cool Papa" Bell, 1903
Joseph Norman Lockyer, 1836
Edward Jenner, 1749

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Information Please!"(Radio), 1938
"Shéhérazade"(Ravel song cycle), 1904
Comic Cuts(Comic Paper, first publication), 1890
"Cavalleria rusticana/Rustic Chivalry"(Opera), 1890

Today in History:

Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi becomes the first to see 2 belts on Jupiter's surface, 1630
Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founds the Ville Marie de Montréal, 1642
Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada), 1672
Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River, 1673
England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions, 1733
The US Continental Congress bans trade with Canada, 1775
The New York Stock Exchange is founded, 1792
John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine, 1803
Napoleon I of France  orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire, 1809
Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian, 1814
Antoine Joseph Sax patents the saxophone, 1846
Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language, 1863
Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby, 1875
Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer, 1902
The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the first-ever televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City, 1939
The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954
Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere  of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure, 1969
Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean, 1970
Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru, 1980
Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, 1983
After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France, 1995
Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown, 1992
Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997
Massachussetts becomes the first US State to legalize same-sex marriage, 2004
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef, 2008
Dalia Grybauskaite is elected the first female President of Lithuania, 2009
The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA, 2013
Gina Haspel is confirmed as the first female director of the CIA by the US Senate, 2018


  1. Abigail looks a very sweet girl.
    I always look down your list of birthdays and today I recognised 8 names. I am improving!

  2. Aww! what a trauma for Abigail, she is looking very content and happy now :-)

    Have a tanfastical weekend :-)

  3. Today we're celebrating Store bededag, eating hot buns and relaxing. Your lists are always a good read.

  4. I can't celebrate Pack Rat Day because I might lose my momentum. (It's rare, I must leverage it while I can!)
    I'll eat some cherry cobbler, instead. :-D

  5. That is one lucky kitty to have a great family and to live a normal life on 3 legs. Happy National Pizza Party Day!

  6. Mimi,

    Poor little Abigail! Cats are so silly. They climb high up a tree and then can't get down. I enjoyed your fill-ins. That was cool that you ventured to see a once online pal two states away. I have not met any of my bloggy friends but did meet a few penpals over the years which was cool. I was thinking about ordering pizza for dinner and now seeing that it's National Pizza Day then I definitely will! Wasn't Debra Winger on yesterday's celebrity bday list? Every time I think of Bill Paxton, I think of his role in 'True Lies' as the used car salesman. Have you seen that movie? If not, I highly recommend it. It's full of great laughs with an all star cast Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jami Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Eliza Duskhu, Tia Carrere, Grant Heslov, & Charlton Heston. :)

  7. poor little Abigail....lucky she can get around ok! Such a sweetie.

  8. Abigail sounds such a lovable cat.

  9. Abigail is a beautiful girl. Cats are so amazing at adjusting to disabilities, they never feel sorry for themselves as people do. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. You don't strike me as being a procrastinator. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  10. She's a pretty girl and I'm glad she's still with her peeps. Trees can be very dangerous.

    Love all your fill-ins. Looks like the both of us are queens of procrastination.

    I have met many bloggers in person. I've lost count of how many.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  11. Abigail is such a sweetie. We've driven a ways to meet blogging pals too.

  12. I think Abigail takes her disability easier than the humans around her. Good for her. We're on the same page when it comes to the Big Bang Theory. My husband pesters me about watching, but I never have. And when it comes to procrastination, I think I'm going to have you beat. You are a whirlwind of activity while I'm just a mild breeze.

  13. Poor Abigail, to lose a leg like that. But she looks like she's adapted fine. Like others have commented, animals adapt better than humans, I think.

    As for procrastination, you know my blog name :)

  14. Beautiful kitty and so focused ~

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

  15. Abigail is a beauty! I have such a fondness for specially abled furbabies, and it is so wonderful to see kitties like Abigail so happy and adapted. And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I feel like I both am and am not a procrastinator. In school, I never procrastinated and was that kid who had assignments done way ahead of time. As an adult, I don't typically procrastinate on necessary deadlines, but when it comes to my least favorite chores and such, that's when I am a huge procrastinator.


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