Friday, July 3, 2020

Stealthy Cats (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.

There’s a new sign at the shelter to let us know to watch for cats that escape:

Peywacket, who likes to escape.
(And if you think that’s an odd name,
we have 3 kittens named
Green Bean
Tater Tot, and

And the place is full with adoptions going strong:


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!      

Before i get to the fill-ins, a note to Ms. Ellen.  Recently, your comment format changed, and now i cannot leave comments on your blog.  Every time i try, i am blocked as spam.  Please know i have tried to leave comments and can’t.    Let me know if they are showing up in your spam folder or not, if they are i will continue to comment and let you approve them when you have time.  If not, please know that i am most certainly not ignoring you, and let me know if you have a solution available, i’ve tried everything.

Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:

1. My plans for the weekend include ____________________.

2. I ________________fireworks.

3. I’m grateful I have the freedom to _________.

4. _________ make(s) a house a home.

1. My plans for the weekend include    going to clean Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and Sweetie is coming along. 

2. I   have two opinions about   fireworks.   The first is that i love the professionally done shows, and the second is that i do not like people setting them off themselves.  It is dangerous, scares pets and people with PTSD, and if it goes on all night, exhausting.

3. I’m grateful I have the freedom to   worship as i see fit, and you are welcome to do the same, or not at all if you choose.

4. Love, from and for people and pets,     make(s) a house a home.


Today is:

Action Mesothelioma Day -- UK (bringing "meso" cancer into the spotlight)

Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin -- Northern Hemisphere (around here, they last until Thanksgiving!)

Birthday of Cheng Huang -- Taiwan (the gods that are city guardians are celebrated with a procession of actors on stilts doing dragon and lion dances on this 13th day of the fifth moon)

Compliment Your Mirror Day -- remind your mirror how great it is to have an owner like you, and look at other mirrors to meet to see if they greet you with a smile

Dipolieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus as god of the city)

Disobedience Day -- internet generated, but if you have a bone to pick, use your civil disobedience today to let it be known! 

Distressed Elves' Creditors' Pets' Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dog Days of Summer begin (according to the almanac, but not in all cultures)

Eat Beans Day -- bring the humble legume up to main dish status!

Fiesta del Fuego -- Santiago, Cuba (festival of fire, through the 9th)

Fishermen's Day -- Marshall Islands

Guan Sheng Di Jun Dan -- Taoism (Heavenly Sage Guan Di's Birthday [god of war])

Independence Day -- Belarus(1944)

International Plastic Bag Free Day -- working toward a plastic bag free world  

National Chocolate Wafer Day

Stay Out of the Sun Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; for health's sake, give your skin a break!

St. Thomas the Apostle's Day (Patron of architects, blind people, builders, carpenters, construction workers, geometricians, masons, people in doubt, stonecutters, surveyors, theologians; against blindness, doubt; Certaldo, Italy; Ceylon/Sri Lanka; East Indies; India; Pakistan)

Virgin Islands Emancipation Day -- US Virgin Islands

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Alois of Liechtenstein marries Duchess Sophie of Bavaria, 1993
Ted Kennedy marries Victoria Anne Reggie, 1992
Idaho becomes the 43rd US State, 1890

Birthdays Today:

Moises Alou, 1966
Thomas Gibson, 1962
Tom Cruise, 1962
Montel Williams, 1956
Alan Autry, 1952
Betty Buckley, 1947
Dave Barry, 1947
Kurtwood Smith, 1942
Tom Stoppard, 1937
Pete Fountain, 1930
Ken Russell, 1927
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, 1908
Franz Kafka, 1883
George M. Cohan, 1878
Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, 1870
Samuel Huntington, 1731(O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"ITV News at Ten"(TV), 1967
"Mister Peepers"(TV), 1952

Today in History

Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792, 987
Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain, 1608
Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret, 1767
Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published, 1767
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1775
The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens, 1819
The last pair of Great Auks is killed, 1844
Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans, 1848
Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average, 1884
Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile, 1886
The New York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting  by hand, 1886
World speed record for a steam railway locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h), 1938
The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad, 1969
First mention in the New York Times of a disease that would later be called AIDS, 1981
The Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland, 1996
Asteroid 2004 XP14 flies within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth, 2006
New Zealand sustains a major earthquake, with minor damage reported, 2012
In El Paraiso, Peru, property developers destroy a 4,000-year old pyramid, 2013
In Belgium, King Albert II abdicates his throne to son, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, due to health reasons, 2013
Health insurance company Aetna announces that it will pay $37 billion to acquire rival commpany Humana, 2015
Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia, 2018


  1. I have certainly known a ninja cat or two - escapologists who make Houdini look like an amateur.
    I share your very mixed feelings about fireworks.

  2. We are lucky where we live that we have no close neighbours with fireworks. The village is about a mile away so not too loud. There is another village across the river we look down on and we get a good view of their fireworks without the noise. Ideal!
    I also have a problem commenting on Ellen's blog. I can comment but not see my comment or anyone else's until the following day. I thought I was the only one having a problem, but now I know I am not alone! :)

  3. Thank you for your good works with cats.

    God bless.

  4. Glad to hear the adoptions are going strong I liked that sign and some humour thrown in

    I liked your replies have a great weekend and stay safetastic 😷😷😷

  5. I've known a few escape kitties. Faster than a speeding bullet they were. Love that first sign. It made me laugh out loud. "Don't let him out not matter what he tells you."

    Love all your fill-ins. I've been around you so long that none of your answers ever surprise me.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. ♥

  6. Cute sign and names. I imagine it is tough to keep thinking of new names. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I thought Grandma was going to pick out a new housekeeper? I guess that is you :) Have a nice 4th! XO

  7. "Ninja cat" made me laugh, they can be indeed clever like Ninjas!
    Yes, fireworks can be dangerous when handled wrongly, so I agree most should leave that to professionals, especially when alcohol is involved.
    Have a fabulous weekend!

  8. That little ninja is a cutie! Those were good answers, we're not looking forward to the next several nights with the fireworks in our neighborhood.

  9. It's a special talent to be able to take something bad, like an accident, and turn it around. Have a great 4th!

  10. Your shelter sounds like such a wonderful place that helps a great many kitties. I could not help but smile at the ninja cat sign, and at adorable Peywacket. And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I completely agree on #2. Especially as a kid I loved when I my family would drive out to the professional fireworks display in town. This year it was canceled because of the pandemic, and as a result a bunch of people in town are illegally setting off fireworks in their yards and in parks. Last night the house behind mine was setting them of in their yard and giant fireworks were arcing over my house, which concerned me since we haven't had rain in quite a while and all the trees in our yards are very dry. Wishing you a happy safe and Independence Day!


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