Friday, August 26, 2022

They Can't Hold Still (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.

Trying to take a head count in the juvenile cat room (6 months to one year) is an exercise in patience, and sometimes futility.


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 collect _________.

2. I recently treated myself to _________.

3. I used to _________ back when _________.

4. Though I have never _________, I have _________.

1. I collect   books and trivia.

2. I recently treated myself to   raw cashew nut butter (don't ask how much it costs now).

3. I used to   bottle raise orphaned kittens  back when   i wasn't working full time, and i taught the children to take care of them, also.

4. Though I have never   become fluent,   I have   continued to study Spanish, and am making slow progress.


(ETA -- i updated, or thought i did, to make sure the poem appeared and it didn't!  Doggone it, i'll get the hang of technology someday, or more likely of checking behind myself to make sure it actually worked)

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, Diane at On the Border chose the topic, Furniture.  Be sure to go check out all the poems.

Though sofas can be comfy,

and useful when friends drop by,

you won't catch me looking at it,

with sentiment in my eye.

My table's very helpful,

especially in this great way,

i get to sit when writing,

not stand at the counter all day.

Then there's the chair i sit on

that i wouldn't be without,

it has a special cushion to keep

my back from going out.

We mustn't forget the bar stools

which provide conveniently

a place to drop the grocery sacks

for unloading more easily.

None of these hold a candle

to my favorite of all,

it's the bed up in my bedroom,

in it i happily fall.

Yes my bed's my very favorite

of all my furnishings,

'cause after a busy day,

back to bed's my favorite thing!

The other participants:

Karen at Baking in a Tornado     

Diane at On the Border     


Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Forgive Your Foe Friday 

Birthday of Set -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Heroes Day -- Namibia

Ilmatar Day -- Finland (Water Mother, goddess of the heavens)

Make Your Own Luck Day -- for those who refuse to sit around and wait for it

National Cherry Popsicle Day

National Day of Repentance -- Papua New Guinea

National Dog Day -- sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation

St. Adrian of Nicodemia's Day (Patron of butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)

Women's Equality Day -- US (commemorates Women's Suffrage)

Yoshida no Hi Matsuri -- Yoshida, Japan (fest to mark the end of Mt. Fuji climbing season; through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today:

Chris Pine, 1980

Macaulay Culkin, 1980

Christopher Burke, 1965

Branford Marsalis, 1960

Leon Redbone, 1949

Ben Bradlee, 1921

Mother Teresa, 1910

Albert Bruce Sabin, 1906

Christopher Isherwood, 1904

Peggy Guggenheim, 1898

Lee de Forest, 1873

Albert "Bertie" von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria, 1819

Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, 1743

Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1740

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Doubleheader(first MLB games televised), 1939

"Lightnin'"(Play), 1918

"Elijah"(Mendelssohn Op. 70 MWV A25), 1846

Today in History:

Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, 1498

The Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran denomination in North America, is founded in Philidelphia, 1748

John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat, 1791

Charles Thurber patents a typewriter, 1843

The first news dispatch by telegraph is made, 1858

Major eruption of Krakatoa, 36,000 dead, 1883

19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the vote, takes effect, 1920

The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, 1939

The USSR announces the first successful test of an ICBM, 1957

The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec, 1977

John Paul I is elected Pope, 1978

The agreement on how to divide the Czech Republic and Slovakia is signed, 1992

Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, 2008

Israel requests that Germany arrest Klaas Carel Faber, a Nazi war criminal who killed 20 Jews at Westerbork concentration camp, 2010

Burger King agrees to purchase Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion, 2014

Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona after terrorist attacks, 2017

Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld, age 29, becomes the youngest to win the International Booker prize for the debut novel "The Discomfort of Evening", 2020


  1. That cat room looks like fun.
    You totally deserve your treat. I hope it is delicious.

  2. Looks like so many little kittens in the cat room. Raw cashew nut butter is new to me.

  3. Heheh! that looks like hard work but fun too

    I liked your fillins I love peanut butter was looking at the cashew butter recently I must try it

    Have an espanolatastic weeknd ...Adios 👍

  4. Great fill-ins! I love raw cashew butter. It's my nut butter of choice due to allergies to most others. Have a wonderful day! :-)

  5. It's sad, how many things we used to buy at the grocery store fairly regularly that have now become a splurge.

  6. Aw on the kitties. They are trying at times, but that's what happens with most juveniles.

    Love your fill-ins. The grocery store is a place to spend lots of money anymore. We have dropped many things we once enjoyed because of the high prices.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  7. sweet kitty photos! Bless you for helping there! Cheers!

  8. Such cuties- I love that orange one. Thanks for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. That was sweet of you to raise kittens and teach your kids how to as well. Glad you are still learning Spanish. XO

  9. Fun! Fun! Fun! The gorgeous little cats. They bring a smile to my face and warmth to my heart. :)

  10. Oh my, the kitten counting sure can't be easy. Those were good fill-in answers too!

  11. I have quite a few pieces of furniture that I love, but at the end of a long day, my bed is my favorite too.

  12. I like your poem, my bed is my favourite too. counting kittens is hard when they are all busy playing.

  13. Adorable kitty photos and am sure they keep one busy ~ such energy ~ love them ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  14. Counting kitties. An exercise in futility indeed!
    Great poem! And I have to admit, my bed is my favourite furnishing as well!


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