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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.
Many times, cats from the same litter look nothing alike, but these cats seem to me to have a family resemblance:
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 could use some suggestions for _________________________.
2. I never refuse _________________.
3. I hope _________ never changes.
4. I would rate _________ a 10 out of 10.
1. I could use some suggestions for how to fit more hours in the day.
2. I never refuse watermelon.
3. I hope sunrise at the beach never changes.
4. I would rate this year's vacation a 10 out of 10.
Baby Boomer Recognition Day
Father's Day -- Egypt; Jordan; Lebanon; Palestine; Syria; Uganda (always June 21 in these countries)
Festival of the Tarasque -- Tarascon, France (celebration of the legend of the dragon tamed by St. Martha; through Monday)
Go Skateboarding Day -- and break something? leaving this to the young; sponsored by the International Association of Skateboard Companies (IASC)
Hjemkomst and Midwest Viking Festival -- Moorhead, MN, US (celebrating all things Nordic, with exhibitions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweeden and Saami Land; through tomorrow)
Little Bighorn Days -- Hardin, MT, US (celebrating the life and legends of the American West, with battle reenactments at the "Custer's Last Stand" battle site this weekend; through Sunday)
Louisiana Peach Festival -- Ruston, LA, US (Ruston grows some peaches worth celebrating! through tomorrow)
Martyr's Day -- Togo
Midnight Sun Festival -- Nome, AK, US (celebration of the solstice, when there is almost continual daylight, with a parade, raft race, folk fest, and more; through tomorrow)
Polar Bear Swim -- Nome, AK, US (since 1975, as soon as they can break through the ice! the intrepid swimmers gather on the shore of the frigid Bering Sea to swim; if they can't break through the ice yet, it may be rescheduled; part of the midnight sun festival)
Midsummer's Eve Holiday -- Aland; Finland; Sweden
National Aboriginal Day / First Nations Day -- NT, Canada
National ASK Day -- prevent gun violence and accidental deaths, ASK if there is an unlocked gun anywhere that your child plays, because Asking Saves Kids!
National Flip Flop Day -- sponsored by Tropical Cafe Smoothie to raise funds for its national charity partner, Camp Sunshine
National Peaches & Cream Day
Newport Flower Show -- Newport, RI, US (New England's premier summer flower show; through Sunday)
Reaping Machine Day -- Cyrus McCormick was granted a patent for his mechanical reaper this day in 1834
Solstice -- 15:54pm UTC/11:54am EDT; related observances:
Aimless Wandering Day -- use the extra daylight to wander someplace with nothing particular to do
Anne and Samantha Day -- remembrance for Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, and their contributions to our world
Daylight Appreciation Day -- celebrating the benefits of sunshine
Finally Summer Day/Finally Winter Day
Hump Day -- Tasmania (because it is the shortest in the year, Taswegians today feel they are over the "hump" of winter.)
Inti Raymi -- Inca (festival of the sun god Inti, ongoing);Sacsayhuamán Andes Mountain Natives (winter solstice and New Year festival)
Litha / Yule -- Wicca/Pagan (northern hemisphere / southern hemisphere)
Midnight Sun Baseball Game -- Fairbanks, AK, US (begins promptly at 10:35pm local time, and played without any artificial lights allowed)
Midsomarsblog -- Norse Viking celebrations (time of fishing, trading, and raiding)
Midsummer -- Midsummer Festivals begin -- Juhannus Day in Finland and Midsommar in Denmark and Norway, celebrated over the next several days in many Scandinavian traditions; often this time is also associated with betrayal, as the sunlight begins to decrease, this is when Baldur was betrayed, as well as Sigurd.
Midsummer -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan
Midsummer Baal -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
Polar Bear Swim -- Nome, AK, US (if they can break through the ice!)
Solsticio de Invierno / Ano Nuevo Aymara -- Bolivia (Winter Solstice / Aymara Indiginous People's New Year)
We Tripantu -- Chile (Mapuche natives winter solstice festival)
Wadjet Summer Solstice Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, it may have been a multi-day ceremony that began on Midsummer's Eve)
St. Alban's Day (Patron of epileptics, people with hernias; against epilepsy, hernias, kidney stones)
St. Aloysius Gonzanga's Day (Protector of young students, young men; Patron of AIDS care-givers and patients; for relief from pestilence; Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy; Valmonte, Italy; against sore eyes)
Take Your Dog to Work Day -- depending on where you work, what did your dog do to deserve this?
Tiger-Get-By's Third Birthday -- Fairy Calendar
Ulloortuneq -- Greenland (National Day)
World Handshake Day -- no one likes them fishy, and it's not a contest; practice a firm grip and a smile! not to be confused with National Handshake Day, today's sponsor is here
World Music Day -- begun in the UK, now celebrated everywhere
Ugliest Dog Day -- actual day, during the Sonoma-Marin Fair that began two days ago, of the 2019 World's Ugliest Dog® Contest; will Quasi Modo, last year's winner, keep his title?
Vikingespil Frederikssund (Viking Festival) -- Frederikssund, Denmark (the most famous Viking cultural event in Denmark, with two weeks of plays based on Danish Viking legends and a three day festival this weekend, as well as two markets and a Viking camp recreation)
New Hampshire becomes the 9th US State, 1788
Kris Allen, 1985
Prince William (William Arthur Philip Louis), 1982
Juliette Lewis, 1973
Larry Wachowski, 1965
Sammi Davis-Voss, 1964
Doug Savant, 1964
Berkeley Breathed, 1957
Rick Sutcliffe, 1956
Benazir Bhutto, 1953
Nils Lofgren, 1951
Meredith Baxter, 1947
Michael Gross, 1947
Ray Davies, 1944
Mariette Hartley, 1940
Joe Flaherty, 1940
Bernie Kopell, 1933
Maureen Stapleton, 1925
Jane Russell, 1921
Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905
Al Hirschfeld, 1903
Reinhold Niebuhr, 1892
Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1859
Daniel Carter Beard, 1850
Daniel D. Tompkins, 1774
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington, 1731
Increase Mather, 1639
"Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg"(Wagner opera), 1868
Today in History:
Jews are expelled from Nurenberg Bavaria by Emperor Maximillian, 1498
The Incident at Honno-ji takes place in Kyoto, Japan, 1582
In Montreal in New France, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Angélique is put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city, 1734
Halifax, Nova Scotia, is founded, 1749
The first Victoria Cross is awarded during the bombardment of Bomarsund in the Åland Islands, 1854
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police fire a volley into a crowd of unemployed war veterans, killing two, during the Winnipeg General Strike, 1919
The first successful west-to-east navigation of Northwest Passage begins at Vancouver, British Columbia, 1940
Columbia Records introduces the long-playing record album in a public demonstration at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, 1948
Ellen Louks Fairclough is sworn in as Canada's first woman Cabinet Minister, 1957
In handing down the decision in Miller v. California 413 US 15, the Supreme Court of the United States establishes the Miller Test for obscenity in U.S. law, 1973
SpaceShipOne becomes the first privately funded spaceplane to achieve spaceflight, 2004
Pluto's newly discovered moons are officially named Nix & Hydra, 2006
Greenland assumes self-rule, 2009
The U.S. officially charges Edward Snowden with espionnage, 2013
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden becomes the second world leader to give birth in office, to a daughter, 2018