Friday, April 23, 2021

Tiny Kittens, Big Messes (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins, an A to Z Post


To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.     


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 tiniest kittens at the shelter this past week had the biggest mess in their cage, they’d knocked over a whole food bowl.


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 a non-cat related blog I follow.

2. My favorite place to shop online for __________________ is __________________.

3. _________ has been keeping me busy lately.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self _________.

1. Many blogs (are)  is a  non-cat related blog(s) I follow.  There’s no way for me to list them all.

2. My favorite place to shop online for   used books  is   Abe Books

3. Work  has been keeping me busy lately.  Actually, that’s the story of my life in this chapter.

4. If I could go back in time, I would tell my younger self  stay in school and get a degree that will get you a desk job!  


Today is:

Alfred G. "Alferd" Packer Day -- Colorado

Book Day and Lover's Day -- Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of "Don Quixote"] and in observance of St. George's Day)

Canada Book Day

Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- Nepal; North Cyprus; Turkey

Community Day -- CL, Spain

Community Day/St. George's Day -- AR, Spain

English Language Day -- UN    

Global Youth Service Day -- annual campaign to mobilize children and youth to make a difference (through Sunday)    

Impossible Astronaut Day -- if you are a Dr. Who fan, you know, and if not, go here and find out      

Independence Day -- Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceeded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day -- on St. George's Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed "webscabs", posting their stories free on the internet

International Sing Out Day -- no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!

Jurgi Festival -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Picnic Day -- US

National Skipping Day -- UK (a fun and healthy way to exercise)   

National Sovereignty and Children's Day -- Turkey

Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day -- because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George

St. Adalbert's Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)

St. George's Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*


Take a Chance Day -- internet generated encouragement to try something different

Talk Like Shakespeare Day -- on The Bard's birth anniversary   

Vinalia Priora -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)

World Book & Copyright Day -- UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George's Day, with books)     

     World Book Night -- Germany; Ireland; UK; US (anniversary of the birth and death of Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes   

*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew

A pretty tale, if all is told be true

Most say, there are no Dragons, and 'tis said

There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.

-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)

Birthdays Today:

Dev Patel, 1990

John Cena, 1977

Kal Penn, 1977

Scott Bairstow, 1970

Melina Kanakaredes, 1967

George Lopez, 1961

Valerie Bertinelli, 1960

Craig Sheffer, 1960

Jan Hooks, 1957

Judy Davis, 1955

Michael Moore, 1954

Joyce DeWitt, 1949

Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, 1947

Sandra Dee, 1942

David Birney, 1940

Lee Majors, 1940

Roy Orbison, 1936

Shirley Temple Black, 1928

Vladimire Nabokov, 1899

Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, 1897

Sergei Prokofiev, 1891

Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858

Granville T. Woods, 1856

James Buchanan, 1791

William Penn, 1621

William Shakespeare, 1564(attributed -- only the day of his baptism, April 26, is known for certain)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Baywatch"(TV), 1989

"No Man's Land"(Play), 1975

"She Loves Me"(Musical), 1963

"Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride"(Opera), 1881

"Il re pastore/The Shepherd King"(Mozart opera, K 208)1775

"The Tender Husband"(Comedy), 1705

Today in History:

The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348

William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597

The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635

Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662

Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851

The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896

Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990

Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993

Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003

The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009

Despite an initial ban on the film 'Borat,' Kazakhstan issues and official 'thank you' to actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his character, Borat Sagdiyev, 2012

Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General, 2015

The WHO begins distributing the world’s first malaria vaccine to children in Malawi, 2019


  1. Cute tiny kittens. Desk job can be boring and not so life touching job.

  2. Oh those cheeky, gorgeous kittens. I never had a desk job, never had a degree either, but I think I would go nuts sitting at a desk all day. I always worked in jobs where I moved around a lot.

  3. Those are gorgeous kittens and I bet they were having fun!
    I am an outdoor type and an office life would not have suited me. My first job was as a vet's assistant and that was before qualified vet techs, so I did a bit of everything. That included helping in operations, removing sutures, home visits, cleaning the surgery at the end of the day, and even a bit of poodle clipping. I did do a stint in a factory, but being indoors all the time drove me nuts so I left and started up our horse livery yard. I used to do full liveries which I loved, but as I got older and the big C visited me I have changed to DIY liveries. I do get carried away with my comments sometimes and end up telling my life history. Sorry.

  4. LOL aww I bet they had a great time heheh!

    I am so with you on your #4 fill-in 👍

    Have a fantabulosatastic weekend 👀

  5. I have seen (and cleaned up) worst kitteh messes than that one.
    I have a degree and have had desk jobs. I think they are over rated. If I had my time again I would probably still study (for a different degree) but would not want to spend my time behind a desk. Or not much of it anyway.

  6. What? National Skipping Day in the UK? No one told me that. I'll skip it until tomorrow.

    God bless.

  7. The one response I disagree with you on is the last one. I jumped out of school a year before I should, and consequently I missed out on all the exams and gained no qualifications! I'm really glad I did because I've had a wonderfully varied and rewarding career doing this, that and the other without sticking to the path that a degree in a certain subject would have dictated.

  8. Aw, kitties do knock things over. That's how they roll. So adorable.

    Love your fill-ins. I came to the conclusion to get my degree too and did get that desk job in my later years. I could have done it sooner, but I was to busy partying. I finally woke up.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Big hug. ♥

  9. Those kittens are cute little messers! Those were good answers. Desk jobs are a literal pain in the behind!

  10. Such adorable kittens. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Abebooks is a good website. You are such an excellent writer, degree or not, you could make money with that skill. XO

  11. Adorable kittens but wondering if they are a bit crowded in that crate ~ XX

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Those kittens are so cute. Just the smile I needed today.

  13. Kittens can be very messy! At least the food did not fall into the litter box! Have a great weekend!