Friday, July 29, 2022

Mama and Babies (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-Ins, and Monsoon (Monthly 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.

Mama and babies are rather shy and spend a good bit of time in their "den."

Mama is only about 6 months, barely larger than her 8-week-old kittens!


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 would rather hear nails on a chalkboard than   water running for no reason or water running and i don't know where it's coming from.

2. The best part of   the week  is   Sunday!

3. I wouldn't mind if   evil in every form  disappeared.

4. If I could create one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, it would be   obey the Golden Rule, treat other people the way you would want to be treated in that situation.

1. I would rather hear nails on a chalkboard than _________.

2. The best part of _________ is _________.

3. I wouldn't mind if _________ disappeared.

4. If I could create one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, it would be _________.


It's time for the Monthly Poetry Group, hosted by Karen at Baking in a Tornado.  Participants write a poem about a topic one of us chose.  This month, yours truly chose Weather.  Be sure to go check out all the poems.

It can be a team effort,

driving in a flooding rain,

'cause sometimes you can't pull over

and it really is a pain.

Yesterday on our way home

from cleaning Ms. SE's house,

the sky cut loose in buckets

any quick trip hopes to douse.

The rain thick and obscuring,

the streets filling up so fast,

it often leaves you wondering

just how long this can last.

With the wiper blades a-going

as quick as they could be,

we really had a hard time

the road at all to see.

Sweetie concentrated

on staying in his lane

while i watched out to tell him

when to stay and when to change.

'Cause when our streets are flooding

you scuttle to the side

that has less standing water,

or else, oh, woe betide!

So far no one had gotten stuck

and all cautiously crept along

as we got around the water

where water does not belong.

Such stormy monsoon weather

and driving in't makes my hair gray,

that's why with the little ones i sing,

Oh, rain, rain, go away!

The other participants:

Karen at Baking in a Tornado     

Diane at On the Border     \


Today is:

Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day (Buy your cheese that will be sacrificed on Cheese Sacrifice Day, and no, I never have found out why there is a Cheese Sacrifice Day anyway or to whom you are supposed to sacrifice it.)*

Chicken Wings Day -- Buffalo, NY, US (they want it to be a national day, and maybe someday it will be)

Feast of St. Martha, Virgin, Dragon Charmer, Sister of Lazarus (Patron of butlers, cooks, dieticians, domestic servants, homemakers, hotel keepers, housemaids, housewives, innkeepers, laundry workers, maids, manservants, servants, servers, single laywomen, travelers; Villajoyosa, Spain, which village she saved on her feast day by sending a flash flood to wash away the Moorish invaders in 1538)

Fiesta de Santa Maria Ribarteme (a/k/a Festival of Near Death Experiences) -- As Neves, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain (festival of Mary in which those who have come back from near death are carried to the shrine in open coffins, or walk there clad in shrouds)

International Tiger Day

Lumberjack Day -- for no reason that i can fathom, but there it is; not as famous as the one in September, which has its own website

Mary Prince Day -- Bermuda (Second Day of Cup Match)

NASA Day -- marking the day President Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act into law, creating NASA

National Anthem Day -- Romania

National Lasagna Day

National Thai Language Day -- Thailand (Wan Phasa Thai Haeng Chat)

Photograph Your Children When They're Not Looking Day -- get a good, candid shot to enjoy

Rain Day Festival -- Waynesburg, Pennsylvania (yes, it has rained at 113 out of the 140 observances of this festival on this date) 

Runic Half-Month Thorn begins (defense)

Schools Tree Day -- Australia (because National Tree Day is always a Sunday, the schools participate in planting trees the Friday before)

St. Lazarus' Day -- date given in the Martyrologium Romanum; celebrated on Lazarus Saturday by most Eastern Churches and on Dec. 17 in most Western Churches

St. Olaf's (Olav) Day (Norway's Viking king; patron of carvers, difficult marriages, kings; Norway)related observances

     Olavsokadagur -- Faroe Islands (opening of Logting, or Parliament; a National Day, on the Feast Day of St. Olav)

     Oslok Eve -- Norway (celebrating the valiant death of their hero on this evening at the battle at Stiklestadt in 1030)

     sometimes associated with Thor's Day among the Norse and Thunor of the Anglo-Saxons

System Administrator Appreciation Day -- the day to thank your system administrator for keeping your computer up and running

Talk in an Elevator Day -- help break the taboo!

Territory Day -- Wallis and Futuna

*"A cheese may disappoint. It may be dull, it may be naive, it may be oversophisticated. Yet it remains cheese, milk's leap toward immortality." Clifton Fadiman

Anniversaries Today

Andy Taylor marries Tracey Wilson, 1982

Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Lady Diana Spencer, 1981

Mary, Queen of Scots, marries Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, 1565

Birthdays Today

Danger Mouse, 1977

Josh Radnor, 1974

Wanya Morris, 1973

Wil Wheaton, 1972

Julian McMahon, 1968

Martina McBride, 1966

Alexandra Paul, 1963

Patty Scialfa, 1956

Ken Burns, 1953

Tim Gunn, 1953

Marilyn Quayle, 1949

David Warner, 1941

Peter Jennings, 1938

Elizabeth Dole, 1936

Paul Taylor, 1930

Chester Bomar Himes, 1909

Melvin Belli, 1907

Clara Bow, 1905

Dag Hammarskjold, 1905

Stanley Kunitz, 1905

Benito Mussolini, 1883

Newton Booth Tarkington, 1869

Alice Hathaway Lee Roosevelt, 1861

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1805

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Friday Night Videos"(TV), 1983

Help(Film), 1965

"Steamboat Willie"(Animated short, first appearance of Mickey Mouse), 1928

Today in History

King Olaf II fights and dies trying to regain his Norwegian throne from the Danes, 1030

James VI is crowned King of Scotland at Stirling, 1567

English naval forces under command of Lord Charles Howard and Sir Francis Drake defeat the Spanish Armada off the coast of Gravelines, France, 1588

John Graves Simcoe decides to build a fort and settlement at Toronto, having sailed into the bay there, 1793

Inauguration of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 1836

In Tipperary, an unsuccessful nationalist revolt against British rule is put down by police, 1848

The First Hague Convention is signed, 1899

Sir Robert Baden Powell sets up the Brownsea Island Scout camp in Poole Harbour on the south coast of England; this is regarded as the foundation of the Scouting movement, 1907

The International Atomic Energy Agency is established, 1957

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and President of France François Mitterrand sign the agreement to build a tunnel under the English Channel, 1987

The film Cry Freedom is seized by South African authorities, 1988

Astronomers announce the discovery of Eris, the largest dwarf planet in the solar system, 2005

South Sudan becomes the 54th member of the African Union, 2011

Scientists reveal new research identifying a mechanism by which Earth-warming carbon is pulled deep into the Southern Ocean, and locked away, and scientists claim this process may be threatened by climate change, 2012

Microsoft launches Windows 10, 2015

A scaled back Hajj pilgrimage begins in Saudi Arabia, with no foreign visitors permitted, 2020

Sunisa Lee becomes first Hmong-American Olympic champion in any sport when she wins the women's artistic individual all-around gymnastics gold in Tokyo, 2021


  1. I used to hate being in a vehicle when the rain is so thick you can't see at all. Now I'm lucky I get to stay home if the weather looks bad.

  2. I do hope that young mama has had her last litter. Being driven in torrential rain scares me.

  3. Sweet little mama and her babies. She is just a baby herself!
    I hate driving in heavy rain. I try to be so careful but there are always idiots who zoo past you.

  4. Such awwdorable kitties. :)


  5. They are sooooo cute heheh!

    I liked your replies esp #4

    Have a fill-intastic weekend 👍

  6. I wrote about rain too! Even though our lawn needs it, I much prefer a day without it.

  7. Aw on the shy kitties. They will come out for love when they are ready.

    Love your fill-ins. We are much alike.

    Love your poem. I would share some of that rain with you. It's mighty dry here and there won't be any rain for several more months.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  8. Aww cute Momma and babies.I love al your answers to the Friendly fill-ins

  9. Poor mama cat - I'm with EC, I hope this is her last litter. Glad you made it home through the rain; that can be dangerous especially if there are idiots on the road.

  10. Oh, that sweet baby-mama! So glad she's in good hands now!
    Here's my take on the Friendly Fill-Ins:
    1. I would rather hear nails on a chalkboard than voices raised in anger.

    2. The best part of my day is sunrise.

    3. I wouldn't mind if disrespect disappeared.

    4. If I could create one rule that everyone in the world had to follow, it would be: BE KIND!

    Great work on the poem, Mimi! When the sky opens up like that I always wonder how that much water could have floated high overhead in clouds?!

  11. Poor kitty, way to young to be a Mommy, they're adorable though. Good poem and good answers!

  12. Precious kitties. Have a great weekend. :)

  13. Adorable mama and babies. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am with you on 3 and 4. Excellent poem too. have a wonderful weekend. XO

  14. Sweet kitties ~ Mama so young ~ 2nd one I have heard of recently becoming pregnant so young ~ Some humans should not have animals ~ they abuse them ~

    Lovely fill ins and poem ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explrores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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