Friday, January 1, 2021

Brothers (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.

The brothers Sam and Dean got adopted together:


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. My focus word for 2021 is _________.

2. I didn't get to _________ this year, but I hope to in 2021.

3. The year 2020 taught me _________.

4. _________ is one of my biggest goals for 2021.

1. My focus word for 2021 is   grace, as my hope is to live graciously and to give grace often.       

2. I didn't get to   get as much done around my own house as i wanted, especially certain repairs,   this year, but I hope to in 2021.

3. The year 2020 taught me   the importance of community, and of being able to fellowship and church, as well as that i need to protect myself not just from Covid, but from colds and flu and everything, for the sake of my clients.

4. Saving more money   is one of my biggest goals for 2021.


A blessed and beautiful Happy New Year to all!


Today is:

Apple Gifting Day

Bad Hangover Day -- but only for some (she says, trying not to look too virtuous)

Birth of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Black Nazarene Fiesta -- Philippines (through the 9th)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Buckle-Up Day -- the first US mandatory seat belt law went into effect in New York on this day in 1985

Carnival Day/Grand Parade of Troupes -- Saint Kitts and Nevis

Constitution Day  -- Italy

Daydreamers' Day -- take time out today to dream, on paper, what you want this year to hold

Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic -- Slovakia

Days of Volos -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (a time to be thankful to the god Volos for pets and farm animals; through the 6th)

Eighth Day of Christmas

Feast of the Circumcision of Christ -- Eastern Orthodox Church

Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus - Orthodox Christian; Lutheran

First-Foot Day -- make sure an auspicious or good person is the first to set foot in your home for the New Year

Foundation Days -- Taiwan (a/k/a Republic Day, celebrated through tomorrow)

Gantan-sai (New Years) -- Shinto

Get A Life Day -- now even the internet is urging you to use the New Year wisely

Grandfather Frost Day -- Russia; Ukraine (Ded Moroz; an equivalent of Santa Claus who visits on New Year's Day and delivers the gifts in person with his granddaughter, the Snow Maiden, and fighting off Baba Yaga the witch who tries to steal them; in some areas, he comes on "Old Christmas Day", in about a week)

Horan Enya -- Bungo Takada City, Japan (ceremony for safety at sea and large catches)

Independence Day -- Haiti(1804); Sudan

International Get Over It Month -- urging you to let the past go and move forward

Kalends of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Agonalia (giving dates, figs, and honey to Janus, and gifts to family members)

     Day Sacred to Janus, Juno, and Jupiter

     Festival for Aesculapius (god of healing)

     Festival for Vedovus (god of the spirits of ancestors)

     Sacrifice to Fortuna Day (Sacrifice something to the goddess of Fortune so she will give you a good year.)

Kwanzaa, Day 7, Imani (faith)

Liberation Day -- Cuba (a/k/a Triumph of the Revolution)

Mary, Mother of God -- Catholic Christian (Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Octave Day of Christmas)

Mummer's Parade -- Philadelphia, PA, US

National Bloody Mary Day -- um, didn't you get enough of that last night?!

National Tree Planting Day -- Tanzania

New Year's Day

New Year's Dishonor List Day -- Lake Superior State University announces the misused and overused words from the previous year which should be banished from the Queen's English

Polar Swim Day / Polar Bear Swim / Polar Bear Plunge -- various locations throughout Canada, Netherlands, and US

Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State -- Czech Republic

Sacrifices to the Wind Gods -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Scout's Day -- Burma (celebration of Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Burma)

Shogatsu -- Japan (New Year, most important holiday of the year)

Shusho-e Matsuri -- Buddists in Japan go to temple on the first day of the year for a special ceremony

Snake Eyes Day -- no, i won't, it's too obvious

Sovereignty Day -- Iraq

St. Basil's Day / Basil the Great -- Eastern Orthodox (Patron of education, exorcisms, hospital administrators, Liturgists, monks, reformers, and of Russia and Cappadocia; bringer of gifts and inspector of livestock in Greece)

St. Clarus' Day  (Patron of tailors)

St. Zedislava Berka's Day  (Patron of difficult marriages, people ridiculed for piety)

Tewa Turtle Dance -- Tewa Native Americans (celebration of life and the first Creation; through the 4th)

Vienna New Year's Concert -- Vienna, Austria

Z Day -- for all the people whose names begin with Z and always have to wait to be last; sponsored by Tom Zager

Anniversary Today:

Establishment of Bryce Canyon National Monument, UT, US, 1923

Ellis Island opens, 1892

Birthdays Today:

James McAvoy, 1979

Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer, 1969

Michael Imperioli, 1966

Kathleen Casey, 1946

Don Novello, 1943

Helmut Jahn, 1940

Frank Langella, 1940

B. Kliban, 1935

J. D. Salinger, 1919

Hank Greenberg, 1911

Barry Goldwater, 1909

Xavier Cugat, 1900

J. Edgar Hoover, 1895

E.M. Forster, 1879

Betsy Ross, 1752(O.S.)

"Mad Anthony" Wayne, 1745(O.S.)

Paul Revere, 1735

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Profiles in Courage(publication date), 1956

Modern Times(Film), 1936

Traveler's Checks(first issued by the London Exchange Banking Company), 1772

Today in History:

The Julian Calendar takes effect for the first time, BC45

Origin of the Christian Era, 1

The last gladiator competition in Rome, 404

Muhammad sets out toward Mecca with his army, 630

Jews of Sicily are no longer required to attend conversionist services, 1430

Portuguese navigators become the first Europeans to see the Guanabara Bay, which they thought was the mouth of a river and first called Rio de Janeiro (River of January), 1502

Scotland begins its numbered year on January 1 instead of March 25, 1600

German astronomer Simon Marius first sees Jupiter's moons (he did not report them, though, Galileo did, on July 10 of the same year), 1610

Samuel Pepys makes his first diary entry, 1660

The first traveler's cheques go on sale in London, for use in 90 European cities, 1772

The Irish Parliament votes to join the Kingdom of Great Britain, forming the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1801

The dwarf planet Ceres is discovered by Giuseppe Piazzi, 1801

Emperor Gia Long orders all bronze wares of the Tay San Dynasty to be collected and melted into nine cannons for the Royal Citadel in Hue, Vietnam, 1803

Haiti gains independence from France (National Day), 1804

Import of slaves into the US is banned, 1808

The first homestead under the Homestead Act claimed, near Beatrice, Nebraska, 1863

Japan begins using the Gregorian Calendar, 1873

England's Queen Victoria proclaimed empress of India, 1877

Twenty-five nations adopt Sanford Fleming's proposal for Standard Time and Time Zones, 1885

The first Tournament of Roses is held, 1900

The British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia, 1901

Vancouver, BC starts driving on the right side of road, 1922

Turkey adopts the Gregorian calendar: December 18, 1926 (Julian), is immediately followed by January 1, 1927 (Gregorian), 1927

Emperor Hirohito of Japan announces he is not a god, 1946

The European Community is established, 1958

United States Navy SEALs established, 1962

The Internet's Domain Name System is created, 1985

The first British mobile phone call is made by Ernie Wise to Vodafone, 1985

A single market within the European Community is introduced, 1993

The North American Free Trade Agreement comes into effect 1994

The World Trade Organization goes into effect, 1995

The European Central Bank is established, 1998

The Euro currency is introduced in 11 countries, 1999

Euro banknotes and coins become legal tender in twelve of the European Union's member states, 2002

Taiwan officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Chinese Taipei, 2002

The Open Skies mutual surveillance treaty officially comes into force, 2002

Sydney, Australia swelters through its hottest New Years Day on record. The thermometer peaked at 45 °C (113 °F), sparking bushfires and power outages, 2006

Bulgaria and Romania officially join the European Union. Also, Bulgarian, Romanian, and Irish become official languages of the European Union, 2007

Malta and Cyprus officially adopt the Euro currency and become the fourteenth and fifteenth Eurozone countries, 2008

Estonia officially adopts the Euro currency and becomes the seventeenth eurozone country, 2011

Portuguese politician and diplomat Antonio Guterres becomes United Nations Secretary General, replacing South Korean Ban Ki-Moon, 2017 

Qatar withdraws from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) after 57 years of membership, 2019 


  1. I am so glad that Sam and Dean were adopted together and wish them a long and happy life.
    A very, very Happy and Healthy Year to you and your family - and thank you for your heartwarming and informative posts.

  2. Happy and blessed new year to you and yours.
    I got to check this one out: New Year's Dishonor List Day! It sounds like a great idea! Thank you for your never ceasing optimism and all those lists!

  3. I am glad those boys were adopted together and hope they have a good long life in their new home.
    Happy New Year!

  4. Glad to know the brothers got adopted together. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

  5. 1. My focus word for 2021 is safety.
    2. I didn't get to have family gatherings this year, but I hope to in 2021.
    3. The year 2020 taught me there are ways to be happy at home.
    4. Continued exercise is one of my biggest goals for 2021. (I have lost 24 pounds so far!)

  6. 1. My focus word for 2021 is LIVE.

    2. I didn't get to have a family BBQ this year, but I hope to in 2021.

    3. The year 2020 taught me how much people love one another and respect what GOD has given us .

    4.To see all of my relatives is one of my biggest goals for 2021.

    Happy New Year Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul
    ( I think I'm finished cruising )

  7. I wish you well with your statements! Thanks for reminding me to watch the Vienna New Year Concert - one of the musical highlights of my year. Wishing you everything you wish for yourself in 2021.

  8. I like Daydreamers Day!
    Happy New Year. :-)

  9. I am so glad those cuties got adopted together. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I think you already do have grace, which is rare in most people. I hope you can save some money, everything is so expensive. Happy New Year my friend! XO

  10. Sam and Dean are so cute and I'm glad they stayed together. Those were good answers too. Happy New Year from all of us!

  11. I'm happy Sam and Dean got adopted together. That's a wonderful thing.

    Love your fill-ins. I hope you get to all those things in 2021. You are a very busy person.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend.

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  12. Concatulations to Sam and Dean! And we LOVE you Friendly Fill-ins! It is a New year, and it will bring new adventures my friends. I can’t wait to see what 2021 brings us!
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

  13. Sam and Dean are sooo cute! Hmmm... Excellent goals for the new year! My Friendly Fill-ins for today? Hmmm...
    1. My focus word for 2021 is accelerate.
    2. I didn't get to publish this year, but I hope to in 2021.
    3. The year 2020 taught me patience.
    4. Using my time more wisely is one of my biggest goals for 2021.
    And just FYI, Karen of Baking in a Tornado is joining us on Monday for our Poetry! I'm so excited!

  14. Your fill ins were purrfectly spot on! Have a very Happy New Year and may we all soon see the end of Covid. Hugs and Cheers!

  15. Yay for Sam and Dean! Happy New Year!

  16. So nice for the brothers to be adopted together, they'll help each other adjust to new surroundings.

  17. Oh so wonderful that Sam and Dean got adopted ~ sweet photos and wonderful fill-ins ~ may they are come to be so ~

    Wishing you a Happy, Creative and Healthy New Year,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  18. Hooray for Sam and Dean! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! Your answer to #1 is so inspiring. Many blessings to you in 2021!


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