Friday, October 29, 2021

Toctober, Little Bit, Abigail, and Little Girlie (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-Ins, and Consequences (Monthly Poetry Challenge)


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.

When i asked Little Girlie, the last of our cats here at home to pose, if she wanted a Toctober picture, this is what she did:

So i've included Abigail and Ms. PA's cat. Little Bit.


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 main concern right now is ______________________.

2. I plan to _____________________for Halloween this year.

3. If I saw a ghost, I would _________.

4. This time of year, _________ is a personal tradition of mine.

1, My main concern right now is   my friend DiDreaming (Di).  She has been back in the hospital, i am concerned that the chemo is too hard on her.

2. I plan to   give out pre-bagged candy  for Halloween this year.

3. If I saw a ghost, I would   start praying!!!

4. This time of year,   pulling out all my heating pads  is a personal tradition of mine.


This month, i am participating in a monthly poetry challenge held by Karen at Baking in a Tornado This month's theme is Consequences.

Twas the second day of a brand new year,

First Officer Simons came on duty.

His first job was peep at the Captain's Log,

The prior day's entry was a beauty.

The Captain had written of New Year's Day,

"First Officer Simons arrived on the bridge drunk."

Simons turned pale upon reading this note,

And went about his duties in a bit of a funk.

When later Captain Laine arrived on the bridge,

Simons asked him aside for a talk.

"Sir, I read your entry for yesterday,

And really, at your note I must balk.

"The fact is I did see the New Year in

With a bit of an extra tot,

But nothing too much for the day of the year,

To call me drunk puts me in a spot!

"Of course I would like to someday soon

Receive a good promotion,

This could hurt my advancement plans

And add to my life much commotion!"

The Captain looked at his First and said,

"The log is correct factually.

If you do not like the consequences,

It's all on your head, actually."

Simons was silent and did his job,

He wouldn't be hangdog,

And as his shift was ending,

He made his note in the Captain's Log.

Captain Laine, coming in to relieve him,

Was surprised to see it say,

"January 2nd, Captain Laine

Came to the bridge sober today."

Links to the other participants:

Baking in a Tornado   

On the Border   


Today is:

Candies Day -- they have to be kidding -- this close to Halloween we need another candy day?!

Coronation Day -- Cambodia (anniversary of King Norodom Sihamony, in 2004)

Cumhuriyet Bayrami -- North Cyprus; Turkey (Republic Day)(1923)

Frankenstein Friday --  a day to celebrate the "mother" and "father" of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley and Boris Karloff

Hermit Day / Hide From Everyone Day -- internet generated, for those who would rather have a peaceful day today than celebrate the other holidays listed; look up how to be a hermit on wikihow

Internet Day -- it's predecessor went live today, see Today in History for detail

Laugh Suddenly For No Reason A Lot Today Day (And end up either getting yourself and everyone around you in a good mood, or yourself being observed at the hospital in a padded room.)

Makoshe's Holiday/Mokosh Day -- an Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar holiday honoring the Mother Earth, and in Ukraine, celebrating the Slavic goddess of "women's work", a wanderer and spinner, still popular as a life giving force and protector of women)

Naming Day -- Tanzania

National Bandanna Day -- Australia (to raise funds for teens with cancer) 

National Cat Day -- US (with the goal of getting 10,000 cats adopted from shelters today)

National Disgusting Little Pumpkin-Shaped Candies Day

National Oatmeal Day

Second Fiddle of the Month -- Fairy Calendar (a very poorly attended event -- who wants to play second fiddle?)

St. Mary of Edessa's Day (Patron against sexual temptation)

World Psoriasis Day  

Birthdays Today:

Gabrielle Union, 1972

Winona Ryder, 1971

Joely Fisher, 1965

Randy Jackson, 1961

Finona Hughes, 1960

Kate Jackson, 1948

Richard Dreyfuss, 1947

Melba Moore, 1945

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, 1938

Dominick Dunne, 1925

Bill Mauldin, 1921

Fanny Brice, 1891

Charles Hercules Ebbets, 1858

Daniel Decatur Emmet, 1815

James Boswell, 1740 (wrote the biography of Samuel Johnson)

Edmund Halley, 1656 (O.S. Date) (yes, that Halley, found the comet)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Internet, 1969 (the first connection between computers that would become the Internet someday was made on this date when bits of data flowed between computers at UCLA and Stanford Research Institute; this grew into ARPANET, and is now the Internet we know and yell at.)

"Let's Face It"(Musical), 1941

"Don Giovanni"(Mozart K. 527), 1787

Today in History:

Cyrus the Great entered the city of Babylon, BC539

First trial for witchcraft in Paris, 1390

Sir Walter Raleigh, adventurer, writer, and courtier, is beheaded, 1618

A severe earthquake shakes New England, 1727

Mozart's opera Don Giovanni receives its first performance in Prague, 1787

The first Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans, 1811

Queen Victoria grants Cecil Rhodes rights to Zambezia, 1889

The first intercity trucking service, from Colorado City to Snyder, Texas, begins running, 1904

Turkey declares its independence as the successor state to the Ottoman Empire, 1923

Israeli forces invade the Sinai Peninsula and push Egyptian forces back toward the Suez Canal, 1956

Cassius Clay wins his first professional fight, 1960

Syria exits from the United Arab Republic, 1961

Montreal's World Fair, Expo 67, closes with over 50 million visitors, 1967

The American Galileo spacecraft makes its closest approach to 951 Gaspra, becoming the first probe to visit an asteroid, 1991

In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities, 1998

Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space, 1998

In Rome, European heads of state sign the Treaty and Final Act establishing the first European Constitution, 2004

The 3G wireless transmitters at Mt. Everest make coverage available to the summit, 2010

Random House and Penguin merge to become Penguin Random House, the largest publisher in the world, 2012

Turkey opens the first underwater rail tunnel linking Europe to Asia, 2013

China ends its one child policy after 35 years, 2015

New research is published indicating that the cacao tree was not first cultivated in central America, but in Ecuador by the Maya Chinchipe culture about 5,000 years ago, 2019


  1. Love the cats - and am smiling at Consequences.

  2. Laughin at Little Girlie's tail pose. If I were to see a ghost, there is possibility I would freeze or scream. Great poem.

  3. A little revenge for First Officer Simons :)
    Little Bit is a cutie.

  4. Cuteness galore aww!

    I would run like mad if I saw a ghost heheh!

    Have an eerietastic Halloween and weekend 👍

  5. Little Girlie's picture really made me laugh! If I saw a ghost I'd assume it was a Halloween costume, give it some pre-bagged candy and sent it on its way!

  6. Love the tocks. October flew by.

    Prayers for your friend. It's so hard when your friends are so sick.

    Love the poem. Well done.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Hugs. ♥

  7. Hi Mimi.

    1, My main concern right now is getting my shed built on Monday.

    2. I plan to let my wife give candy to the little monsters for Halloween this year.

    3. If I saw a ghost, I would laugh and say where is your mummy. LOL.

    4. This time of year, Christmas is a personal tradition of mine. I love Christmas.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Fun poem, Mimi, you made me laugh. I like both your and the officer's sense of humor!

  9. Such sweet kitties! Those were good answers and a fun poem!

  10. I love the pictures! I find great similarities between taking pictures of kitties or grandkids! All I seem to get is a blur of movememt!
    Praying for your friend.
    Great poem! Perfect consequence!

  11. Little Girlie let you know what she thought of having her photo taken.

  12. Little is a free spirit ~ all cute photos of the kitties and prayers for your friend ~ Chemo is awful ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Nice tocks! Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I just gout out Penny's heating pad and Emmy's heated blanket. Nice story too. Have a wonderful weekend. XO

  14. Mimi! Terrific TOCS! Terrific Fill Ins and the consequences had me rolling on the floor! My sides hurt from laughing so hard! Have a marvellously happy weekend!

  15. I liked your poem. Your friday fill ins made me sad, I feel sorry for Di, prayers on their way.

  16. Darling kitties, purrfect poem and I am sending lots of prayers to your friend. Take care!


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