Friday, December 6, 2019

Lasers On (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins


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.

Four of the cats were sharing the bed in peace, although lasers were on (just in case of a sneak attack, i guess).


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 look forward to seeing ____________________ at the holidays.

2. I can see _______outside my ___________ window. 

3. _________ always puts me in a festive mood.

4. My favorite holiday tradition is _________.

1. I look forward to seeing the Live Nativity at the church at the holidays.

2. I can see into our neighbor's backyard outside my bedroom window.  (Our neighbors used to put up a creche in their backyard.  The neighbors are African American, and their creche reflected that, and i loved it.  They would put it up for their children to enjoy, and it always made me sad that they didn't feel comfortable for some reason putting it in the front yard, i always wished they had.  Now that their kids are grown and gone, they don't put it up any more, and i miss it.)

3. Holiday music always puts me in a festive mood.  (What really makes me grin are the silly songs, Santa and His Reindeer Usta Live Right Here; The Elves Finally Rap; Santa, I've Been Bad All Year; Oh Little Town of Destrehan; Rusty Chevrolet, stuff like that.)

4. My favorite holiday tradition is cookies and milk for Santa.  All the kids have outgrown Santa, and it takes the fun out of trying to eat the cookies if you aren't trying to sneak around and do it without the kids catching you.   (Yes, it was vegan cookies and almond milk, i even had the kids convinced Santa wouldn't eat any of our animal friends, so the cookies and milk had to be vegan!)


Today is:

Akibasan Gongen Hibuse Matsuri -- Odawara, Japan (ritual giving thanks for fire and water)

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 Quito -- Ecuador (founding of the city in 1534)

Days of Reckoning Begin -- Fairy Calendar (no, they will not tell us what they reckon)

Dia de la Constitucion Espanola -- Spain (Constitution Day)

Dickens on the Strand -- Galveston, TX, US (a Victorian Christmas presented by the Galveston Historical Foundation; through Sunday)

Electric Light Parade -- Lovington, NM, US (over 60 entries, all decorated with Christmas lights)

Farmers' Day -- Ghana

Faux Fur Friday

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

Give a Secret Gift Day -- obviously in honor of the original St. Nicholas

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

Independence Day -- Aland Islands(1917); Finland(1917)

Microwave Oven Day -- patented this day in 1945

Mitten Tree Day -- remembering when mittens, along with maybe a knit cap or scarf, were the big gift to find hanging from the Christmas tree

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women -- Canada

National Gazpacho Day

National Miner's Day -- US

Pawnbrokers' Day -- on St. Nicholas' Day, in his role as Patron Saint of pawnbrokers

Sindhi Topi and Ajrak Day -- Sindh, Pakistan

St. Nicholas of Myra's Day (Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, archers, bakers, barrel makers, boatmen, bootblacks/shoe shiners, boys, brewers, brides, captives, children, coopers, dock workers/longshoremen, fishermen, grooms, judges, lawsuits lost unjustly, maidens, mariners/sailors, merchants, penitent murderers, newlyweds, old maids, parish clerks, paupers/poor people, pawnbrokers, perfumers, pilgrims, prisoners, scholars, schoolchildren, spinsters, students, penitent thieves, travelers, unmarried girls; Greek Catholic Church in America; Greek Catholic Union; University of Paris; Varangian Guard; Greece; Russia; also dozens of cities around the world; against imprisonment, robberies, robbers)
     Christkind -- Central and Southern Europe (the traditional gift giving day, instead of Christmas)

Winterfest -- Luverne, MN, US (winter fun for all, through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Andrew J. Howard, 1969
Macy Gray, 1969
Janine Turner, 1962
Andrew Cuomo, 1957
Peter Buck, 1956
Randy Rhoads, 1956
Steven Wright, 1955
Tom Hulce, 1953
JoBeth Williams, 1953
Craig Newmark, 1952
James Naughton, 1945
David Ossman, 1936
Wally Cox, 1924
Dave Brubeck, 1920
Agnes Moorehead, 1906
Alfred Eisenstaedt, 1898
Ira Gershwin, 1896
Lynn Fontanne, 1887
Joyce Kilmer, 1886
William S. Hard, 1870
John Singleton Mosby, 1833

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Star Trek VI- The Undiscovered Country(Film), 1991
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"(TV special), 1964
"Talent Scouts"(TV), 1948
"Du Barry Was a Lady"(Porter musical), 1939
"La damnation de Faust"(Berlioz opera, Op, 24), 1846

Today in History:

The Mongols under Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kiev, 1240
Don Alfonso V of Aragon grants Barcelona the right to exclude Jews, 1424
The first edition of the Encyclopedia Brittanica is published, in Scotland, 1768
Harriet Tubman escapes slavery, 1849
The 13th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery, 1865
The first crematorium in the Us begins operation, in Washington, Pennsylvania, 1876
London becomes the first city to license taxicabs, 1897
One year to the day after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the Irish Free State comes into existence, 1922
U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that the James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene, 1933
The Vanguard rocket, the first US attempt to launch a satellite, fails, 1957
The Canadian province of Newfoundland is renamed Newfoundland and Labrador, 2001
NASA reveals photographs taken by Mars Global Surveyor suggesting the presence of liquid water on Mars, 2006
Belgium's new federal government is sworn in after 541 days of negotiations, 2011
Pope Francis gives his ascent to a proposal to create a permanent post on the Pontifical Commission on cases of sin and sexual abuse of minors, 2013 
President Trump officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announces plans to move the US Embassy there, 2017 


  1. Sad that eaven a creche has tobe white! I hope that family continue to have a great Christmas.

  2. Since Flynn died and we have no close family we have gone to an all inclusive hotel with all entertainment geared up to Christmas with a pantomime as well. This will be our third year. Last year on Christmas morning there was a sack from Father Christmas outside everyone's door. It was wonderful, just like being a small child again! It was the highlight of the holiday for me.

    1. Itchy finger and I published to quickly!
      The above is my new favourite holiday tradition.
      I love to hear the Christmas music and see all the outdoor decorations too.
      That is a sweet photo of all the cats together on the bed.

  3. "Shotgun Shells on the Christmas Tree"? That's one of my favorites. :-D

  4. LOL @ sneak attack

    I liked your replies especially no.2

    Have a tanfastical weekend :-)

  5. Those bed cuties sure do look cozy. We are enjoying Christmas tunes here!

  6. Awww.that is a great shot of your kitties on the bed. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That is funny that you convinced your kids that Santa would not eat regular cookies :) Have a nice weekend. XO

  7. lazerz at reddy....steddy now.....

    FIRE !!!!!!

    wavez two everee one frum de land oh trout !!! ☺☺♥♥

    N whoa....speekin oh rayz....who new de micro wavez bee that old !!!

  8. All resting nicely on the bed. No one touching anyone else. That's a rule sometimes. Love the laser eyes.

    Love all your fill-ins. Well done.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  9. I love the lazar eyes and fantastic list as well!!🙂🎄🎄🎄 🎁🎁🎁🎅🎅🎅

  10. I remember going to a neighborhood to see all their amazing Christmas decorations....we lived in the country and houses were far apart. Wonderful memories.

  11. I love church plays even though I have not been directing involved or taken part in any of them. Over here, we celebrate our Christmas low key and most of us will be in church and spending some quality time over meals with friends and love ones. I used to be so scared of those eyes in the dark when I was a kid.

  12. Oh such a happy group of fur persons ~ they obviously love.
    Wonderful fill-ins ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Look at you kitties with your laser beams turned on high! Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins, and I'm sorry I'm so late to visit! I really appreciate that your church has a live Nativity. When I was a kid my church also did something along these lines, but they've since stopped doing it and that makes me so sad. Merry Christmas season!


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