Friday, December 17, 2021

Happy Things (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.

Thing One and Thing Two will entertain you:


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. ________________made me smile recently.

2. I am looking forward to seeing ___________________over the holidays.

3. During the holiday season, my home _________.

4. _________ is my favorite way to get in a festive mood.

1. Listening to silly Christmas songs  made me smile recently.

2. I am looking forward to seeing   Bigger Girl    over the holidays.  (She’s flying in from California.)

3. During the holiday season, my home   doesn’t look any different from other times, my cats are Christmas decoration destroyers so i just go enjoy everyone else’s decorations.

4. Going to see Christmas lights and decorations  is my favorite way to get in a festive mood.


Today is:

Christmas Festival in Salvador -- Salvador, Brazil (one fun party, with many different activities, that begins around now, lasts until New Year's Day)

Clean Air Act Day -- US (passed this day 1963; a day to give thanks for the air we breathe)

Cookie Cutter Day

Daniel the Prophet's Day -- Orthodox Catholic Feast Day

December 17 Anniversary -- Tunisia

Feast of Babalu Aye -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the healer of deadly diseases)

Feast of the Fairy Godmothers -- Fairy Calendar

Hagoita Ichi -- Sensoji Temple, Japan (sale of specially decorated paddles, called hagoita; through the 19th)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Askasleikir -- Bowl-licker, who hides under the bed and snatches bowls set on the floor to lick them clean

Kasuga Wakamiya Festival -- Nara, Japan (rarely performed traditional dances at a festival held every year since 1136)

National Day -- Bhutan

National Heroes and Heroines Day -- Anguilla

National Maple Syrup Day

Procession of Agnios Dionysios -- Zakynthos, Greece (one of the biggest festivals of the year, when the relics of this island's patron saint is honored)

Saturnalia begins (through Dec. 23) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Saturn, the planter god)

Sow Day -- Orkney Islands, Scotland (ritual slaughter of a sow for the Yule feast)

 St. Lazarus of Bethany's Day

Take a New Year's Resolution to Stop Smoking -- Tanyrtss, the annual campaign goes through February; make the decision now to improve your life and health next year 

Underdog Day -- the day to celebrate all the number two people who make the number ones what they are (as in Friday to Crusoe); day founded by by the late Peter Moeller, THE Chief Underdog

Wright Brother's Day -- US

Anniversary Today:

Tiny Tim weds Miss Vicky, 1969

Birthdays Today:

Milla Jovovich, 1975

Duff Goldman, 1974

Sean Patrick Thomas, 1970

Mike Mills, 1958

Bill Pullman, 1954

Wes Studi, 1947

Eugene Levy, 1946

Chris Matthews, 1945

Ernie Hudson, 1945

Bernard Hill, 1944

Tommy Steele, 1936

Bob Guccione, 1930

William Safire, 1929

Willard Frank Libby, 1908

Arthur Fiedler, 1894

John Greenleaf Whittier, 1807

W. L. Mackenzie King, 1874

Joseph Henry, 1797

Deborah Sampson, 1760

William Floyd, 1734

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Simpsons"(TV), 1989

Turner Broadcasting System(Cable TV Network), 1976

"El Pessebre"(Casals' Oratorio), 1960

"On The Beach"(Film), 1959

Today in History:

The Ostrogoths of King Totila conquer Rome by bribing the Byzantine garrison, 546

Sultan Nasir-u Din Mehmud's armies in Delhi are defeated by Timur, 1398

Pope Paul III excommunicates England's King Henry VIII, 1538

Go-Yozei becomes Emperor of Japan, 1586

Shimabara Rebellion: Japanese peasants led by Amakusa Shiro rise against daimyo Matsukura Shigeharu, 1637

Congregation Shearith Israel of NY purchases a lot on Mill Street in lower Manhattan, to build NY's first synagogue, 1728

France recognizes independence of English colonies in America, 1777

Aztec calendar stone discovered in Mexico City, 1790

NYC traffic regulation creates first 1-way street, 1791

Opening of the first legislative assembly of Lower Canada in Quebec city, 1792

The US state of Kentucky abolishes debtors prisons, 1821

General Ulysses S. Grant issues General Order No. 11, expelling Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky, 1862

First performance of the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert, 1865

Violent riots in Montreal, as workers demand work or bread,1875

France declares Madagascar a protectorate, 1885

George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine, 1895

A first prize of 100,00 francs offered for communications with extraterrestrialsbut Martians are excluded - considered too easy, 1900

The Wright Brothers make their first successful flights, 1903

First flight of the Douglas DC-3 airplane, 1935

Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and dummy Charlie McCarthy first appear on TV, 1936

The SALT I talks begin, 1969

Fernando Collor de Mello defeats Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in the second round of the Brazilian presidential election, becoming the first democratically elected President in almost 30 years, 1989

SpaceShipOne flight 11P, piloted by Brian Binnie, makes its first supersonic flight, 2003

NASA completes a successful mission to map the Moon’s gravity field, 2012

French sailor François Gabart sets the round-the-world record for the fastest solo navigation of the globe in 42 days 16 hours, 2017

Astronomers announce they have identified the furtherest object in the solar system, 2018 VG18 (nicknamed Farout); it is 120 times further from the sun than Earth, 2018

Scientists announce they've been able to extract human DNA that is 5,700 years old from a piece of birch sap that was used as a type of chewing gum, 2019

China's Chang'e-5 mission successfully returns from collecting rock samples from the Moon, 2020


  1. Are the playful kitties siblings? No Christmas decoration for me too because too lazy to put up any for just the 2 of us. Our boys came back to visit recently and so won't be back for Christmas.

  2. Thing One and Two are gorgeous.
    I am so glad that you are going to see Bigger Girl over the holiday period. I know you have missed her.

  3. Happy cats. Decorations destroyers.

    God bless.

  4. Those are beautiful cats. We have very few decorations here.

  5. Black cat, bad luck... What abaout two black cats?

  6. LOL @ Thing One & Thing Two :-)

    Nice fillins #3 made me laugh heheh! ��

    Have a tinseltastic weekend ��

  7. I hope you have a great time with Bigger Girl. My son came home for 2 weeks over Thanksgiving and it was so great to have him here.

  8. I'd love to have those two black kitties. They are adorable.

    Love your fill-ins.

    We don't decorate anymore either. No ladders for us.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  9. Yay for Bigger coming home for Christmas! Those two are dynamite- but Lucy would have a hissy fit! Have a great weekend!

  10. SUch cute kitties. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am lucky that my cats are good with the tree, even the ferals. I am glad your daughter will be home for Christmas. Have a wonderful weekend. XO

  11. Those kitties are so cute! Those were all good answers!!!

  12. Sweet kitties. I like your answers.

  13. Sweet kitty photos and I agree Xmas lights are the best of the season ~ and family and friends ~ except Covid numbers are increasing in New England ~ drat! Xo

    Happy Day to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Checking out the lights around town is an excellent way to get into the festive Christmas season. I remember when we had our kitty. She loved to knock one particular ornament off the tree and bat it around the house. I suspect the reason being is it was plastic and unbreakable. She destroyed all the glass ones in her attempt to get to it, too. Cats are so funny. I miss having one around the house but our allergies are so much better since we're not pet owners any more. Have a wonderful Christmas, my dear!

  15. Thing One and Thing Two! Bwahahaha! Great names!
    I always enjoy your Friendly Fill-Ins. Sooo clever!


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