Friday, December 31, 2021

Cool Cat (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-Ins, and Moods Vs. Attitudes (Month Poetry Group)


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.

We've had unseasonably warm weather, and this is Tripod SissyCat trying to stay cool.

Charles J. Brady: “The real measure of a day's heat is the length of a sleeping cat.”


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 had hoped to _____________________in 2021 but didn’t.

2.A goal I have for 2022 is _____________________.

3. I’ll be _________ when 2021 ends.

4. I hope 2022 brings _________.

1. I had hoped to   finish a couple of more projects around the house  in 2021 but didn’t.

2.A goal I have for 2022 is   get the areas on the back of the house where the paint is peeling repainted.

3. I’ll be   wondering what's next  when 2021 ends.

4. I hope 2022 brings   joy, peace and happiness to us all.


Today is the Monthly Poetry Post, hosted by Karen at Baking in a Tornado.  The theme is Moods.

Which one came first,

Mood or attitude?

It's something i want to know,

Not trying to be rude.

Mood's more than emotion,

It's emotional state of mind,

An emotion's a flash in the pan,

Mood's the sticking around kind.

But can you change emotions

That fuel your longer moods,

By making the kind of choices

That lead to better attitudes?

It's something i want to work on

As this new year goes by,

To keep uplifted moods through attitudes,

At least it's worth a try.

Don't forget to go read poems by the other participants:

Karen at Baking in a Tornado 

Diane at On the Border   


Today is:

Check Your Smoke Alarms Day

Fairy Eve's Year News -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Sharaf (Honor) -- Baha'i

International Solidarity Day -- Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis worldwide

Kwanzaa, Day 6, Kuumba (Creativity)

Leap Second Adjustment Day -- if a second needs to be added or subtracted to coordinate the atomic and astronimical time, it will be done today, by the International Earth Rotation Service of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures at Paris, France

Make Up Your Mind Day/Procrastinator's Day -- you have to make up your mind

National Champagne Day

New Year's Eve -- a selection of related observances

     Allendale Tar Barrel Burning/Baal Fire Festival -- Allendale, England (locals burn out the old year by carrying burning tar barrels on their heads, then use them to light one huge bonfire)

     Feast of Father Time -- because he ultimately overcomes us all

     Festival of Yemaya -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the mother of the sun and moon)

     Fire and Ice New Year's Eve Celebration -- Anchorage, AK (fire jugglers, ice carvers, fireworks, and more)

     First Night -- a non-alcoholic alternative to New Year's Eve

     Fravartigan -- Parsi Zoroastrian (celebration to honor the dead through the night)

     Gamlarskvold -- Icelandic traditions; cows gain human speech, seals take on human form, the dead rise, and Elves move house

                obtain gold from the Elves by sitting at a crossroads and waiting for them to pass

                Housewives greet the Elves by reciting the rhyme of protection

                        Let those who want to, arrive

                        Let those who want to, leave

                        Let those who want to, Stay

                        Without harm to me or mine

                Light a bonfire, and "blow out the year" with fireworks 

     Harvest Day Celebrations -- Benin (celebration of the end of harvest season at the turn of the year)

     Hogmanay Day -- Scotland (Auld Year's Night)

     Japanese Observances (a few, at least)

          Joya no Kane -- Japan (ringing out the old year with temple bells; Buddhists believe humans are born with 108 worldly desires which are removed when the bells are rung 108 times)

          Namahge -- Oga Peninsula, Japan (devil appearing holiday; young men dress as demons and run through the town warning children to behave during the coming year)

          Okera Matsuri -- Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Sacred Fire Rite)

          Omisoka Day -- Japan (the second most important day on the Japanese Calendar; tomorrow is the most important)

     Noche de Pedimento -- Oaxaca, Mexico (Night of the Petition)

     Ritual for Iemanja -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (seaside rituals for the goddess of the sea and carnal pleasure, followed by a swinging party in the city and on the beaches overnight)

     Samoan Fire Dance -- Samoa

     Swinging the Fireballs -- Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland

     Universal Hour of Peace -- begins at 11:30pm your local time, welcome the New Year with peace

     Watch Night -- Christian

     World Peace Meditation Day (International observance of one hour beginning 12:00 PM GMT, focusing thought and energy on peace.)

No Resolution Day / Ditch the Resolutions Day -- if you don't want to, you don't have to!

Restoration Day -- Geneva, Switzerland

Seventh Day of Christmas

St. Sylvester's Day (Patron of Feroleto Antico, Italy; Poggio Catino, Italy) related observances

     Saint Sylvester's Day Celebrations-- Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland

     Silvesterklause -- Urnäsch, Switzerland

St. Zoticus of Constantinople's Day (Patron of the poor; often titled Feeder of Orphans)

You're All Done Day -- sponsored by something i haven't been able to pin down online called The Long Haul Committee (and it's more like "all done in" if you are like me!)

Anniversaries Today:

Gregory Peck marries Veronique Passani, 1955

Rocky Marciano marries Barbara Cousins, 1950

Bette Davis marries Arthur Farnsworth, 1940

Birthdays Today:

Joe McIntyre, 1972

Nicholas Sparks, 1965

Val Kilmer, 1959

Bebe Neuwirth, 1958

James Remar, 1953

Donna Summer, 1948

Tim Matheson, 1947

Barbara Carrera, 1945

Diane Halfin von Furstenberg, 1945

John Denver, 1943

Ben Kingsley, 1943

Andy Summers, 1942

Sarah Miles, 1941

Anthony Hopkins, 1937

Odetta, 1930

Simon Wiesenthal, 1908

George C. Marshall, 1880

Henri Matisse, 1869

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The London Eye(World's Largest Ferris Wheel), 1999

"Lost in Yonkers"(Play), 1990

"Pirates of Penzance"(Comic Opera), 1879

Today in History:

80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians attack the Rhine at Mainz, crossing into and beginning the invasion of Gallia, 406

Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year, 535

Ch'an monk Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China, 765

James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca, 1229

100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily, 1492

The British East India Company chartered, 1600

The first Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope, 1687

A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax, 1695

Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors, 1776

Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada, 1857

The cornerstone is laid for Honolulu, Hawai'i's Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US, 1879

Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp, 1879

Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot, 1890

Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898), 1897

Boers & British army sign peace treaty, 1902

The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York, 1904

For the first time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year, 1907

The last San Francisco firehorses are retired, 1921

The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC, 1923

Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test, is introduced in Indiana, 1938

The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom, 1960

The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia, 1963

The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government, 1983

All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved, 1991

Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1992

This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones, 1994

The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency, 1998

The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama, 1999

The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, 2004

Italy's ban of plastic bags goes into effect, 2010

A ship abandoned by human traffickers who deliberately set it on a collision course with the Italian coast is brought to shore safely by the Italian Coast Guard with 900 Syrian refugees on board, 2014

A ban on the ivory trade in China comes into effect, 2017


  1. Tripod Sissycat looks so relaxed. I too must work toward better attitude and better mood. Wishing you Happy New Year 2022 filled with love, peace and happiness.

  2. A very, very Happy, Healthy and Hopeful New Year - to you and to the world.

  3. I love your line in the poem about changing emotions to alter your moods. Something I need to work on too.

  4. It's amazing how cats can take up most of the bed. I think they do it on purpose.

    Love your fill-ins and I hope next year rocks for you. You deserve the best.

    Love the poem. I've found it's our approach to things that's key. We can be positive or negative.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and a fabulous New Year. Big hugs. ♥

  5. Aww! Tripod SissyCat can I join you heheh! 👍

    Have a very Happy New Year & all the best for 2022 ;-)

  6. That is very true about the length of a sleeping cat.
    Happy New Year to you.

  7. I remember when the USA broke up ATT...I ws working for PNWBell at the time. Weird.
    Your poem is quite clever- and I never sense that you have a "tude" as you are always upbeat- even with Carl! Happy new Year!

  8. SissyCat is a cutie. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I hope you have a happy and healthy 2022! And that you get that painting done. I enjoyed your poem too. XO

  9. Such a sweet and cozy kitty. Those were good answers and a fun poem. Happy New Year's Eve!!!

  10. 1. I had hoped to do more walking in 2021, but didn't.
    2. A goal I have for 2022 is more walking.
    3. I'll be 20 pounds lighter when 2021 ends (well that didn't happen!)
    4. I hope 2022 brings an end to Covid.
    I like your mood poem.

  11. Sweet kitty photo and great post ~ Xo

    Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. I snuck up on 2022, even though it didn't sneak up on me. I saw the New Year in, as I always do; and as I always do, I saw it in very quietly. No shenanigans...just me and my two furry best mates.

    I hope 2022 treats you and your loved ones kindly, messymimi. May everything you wish fore come true...take good care. :)

  13. I'm playing catch-up again today. It's actually a lot of fun, filling my time with lots of 'Mimi'!
    Love your Mood poem. I think I'll adopt that same goal. It's a goodie!


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