Friday, September 16, 2022

Escape Artists (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.

One of the kitties in this room at the shelter has learned to open the door to let himself and roomie out.  You can't open the door for a picture, they rush to try to leave as i found when i tried, so this is the best i could do.

One note warns there are ninja cats in the room, the other asks you to put the chair back when you come out of the room.

They rush the door if you try to open it.


The door opener!


First i would like to offer my condolences to Ms. Ellen.  She lost her sister after a long illness this past Tuesday.  My heart aches for her and her family; if you have a moment, you might stop by her blog and let her know you're thinking of her.

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. _________ news is _________. 

2. Sometimes I _________ to amuse myself.

3. _________ is the reason that I _________.

4. _________ would be my superpower of choice.

1. Reading the  news is   like taking a vitamin, you take a vitamin to stay healthier, you read the news so you know what's going on in the world, remembering you can overdose on both!

2. Sometimes I   play word games online  to amuse myself.

3. Needing to buy groceries  is the reason that I   go to work.

4. The gift of healing  would be my superpower of choice.


Today is:

Anne Bradstreet Day -- Massachusetts, US (by Proclamation of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to honor Anne Bradstreet, America’s first poet, who is also recognized as the first published woman poet in the English language)

Chästeilet im Justistal -- Merlingen, Switzerland (dividing of the summer's cheese between the dairy farmers of the area, a weekend celebration that must be tasted to be believed!)

Cherokee Strip Day -- Oklahoma, US (anniversary of the last land run, in 1893, which opened Native American land to white settlers)

Clean Up the World Weekend -- it's a big challenge, but we can try in our own little corners   

Collect Rocks Day -- i guess it means besides all the ones in my head

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 6, Children & Youth (sponsored by We, the World

Festival for Ra, Osiris, and Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Independence Day -- Malaysia(1963); Mexico(1910); Nicaragua; Papua New Guinea(1975)

International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer -- UN (commemorates the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer)

Martyrs' Day -- Libya

Mayflower Day -- the ship left England on this day in 1620

National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day

National Guacamole Day 

National Heroes' Day -- St. Kitts and Nevis

National Play-Doh Day -- unofficial; get some anyway and be a kid again for a little while

National POW/MIA Recognition Day -- US 

National Teach Ag Day -- US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)  

National Teaching Assistants' Day -- UK

National Tradesmen Day -- US

Owain Glyndwr Day -- Wales

Pledge Across America Day -- US (beginning of Constitution Week, every school is invited to join a synchronized Pledge of Allegiance across the whole nation, from 8am Hawaiian time to 2pm Eastern; schools are also encouraged to have an exercise of some kind about the US Constitution)

St. Cornelius' Day (Patron of cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers, epileptics; Kornelimunster, Germany; against earache, epilepsy, fever, twitching)

St. Cyprian of Carthage's Day (Patron of Algeria, North Africa)

St. Euphemia's Day (Patron of Rovinj, Croatia)

St. Ludmilla's Day (Grandmother of St. "Good King" Wenceslaus; Patron of converts, duchesses, widows; Bohemia; Czech Republic; against in-law problems)

Stay Away From Seattle Day -- yes, really 

Stepfamily Day -- US and others who choose to recognize it (if you have stepfamily you love, celebrate it wherever you live)   

     originally founded as National Stepfamily Day in 1977 by Christy Borgeld

Working Parents Day -- internet generated, enjoy if you are a working parent or have a working parent you want to thank

Birthdays Today:

Nick Jonas, 1992

Sabrina Bryan, 1984

Alexis Bledel, 1982

Amy Poehler, 1971

Marc Anthony, 1968

Molly Shannon, 1964

Richard Marx, 1963

Jennifer Tilly, 1961

Orel Leonard Hershiser IV, 1958

David Copperfield, 1956

Mickey Rourke, 1956

Robin Yount, 1955

Mark McEwen, 1954

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 1950

Susan Ruttan, 1950

Ed Begley, Jr., 1949

Elgin Gay Baylor, 1934

Anne Francis, 1932

Peter Falk, 1927

B.B. King, 1925

Lauren Bacall, 1924

Janice Page, 1923

Allen Funt, 1914

James Cash Penney, 1875

Francis Parkman, 1823

Anthony Panizzi, 1797

Hildegard of Bingen, 1098

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Frasier"(TV), 1993

"Miami Vice"(TV), 1984

"Logan's Run"(TV), 1977

"Bridget Loves Bernie"(TV), 1972 (first mixed marriage portrayed on television)

"Mannix"(TV), 1967

"Shindig"(TV), 1964

"The Outer Limits"(TV), 1963

"Broadway"(Play), 1926

Today in History:

The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston, 1630

Handel's "The Messiah" premiers in Dublin, 1741

The Great Seal of the United States is used for the first time, 1782

Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight – the city burns down completely days later, 1812

Slavery is abolished in all French Territories, 1848

The Cherokee Strip, in Oklahoma, is opened, making land available to white settlers, 1893

Roald Amundsen discovers the magnetic south pole, 1906

William Durant, carriage-maker, founds General Motors Corp., 1908

Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina, 1955

Malaysia is formed, 1963

Cape Verde, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe join the United Nations, 1975

Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir, 1976

An earthquake measuring 7.5-7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people, 1978

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations, 1980

The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion, 1987

The Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the German mark, 1992

Mexico celebrates its 200th anniversary of independence, 2010

Denmark elects its first female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 2011

NASA scientists announce the discovery of a circumbinary planet - a planet the orbits two stars instead of one, 2011

The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., announces a successful artificial insemination as Mei Xiang gives birth to her second giant panda cub, 2012

The brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, is found in tap water near New Orleans, the first time ever detected in the U.S. water supply, 2013

The cycling land speed record for men and women is broken by Denise Mueller Korenek, riding at 183.932 mph (296.010 kph) at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, US, 2018

Britain's Kew Gardens sets world record for the largest living plant collection (16,900) on a single site according to Guinness World Records, 2021


  1. Jazz learned to open the fridge door - and taught Jewel. For a while our fridge had to be locked.
    Love your fill-ins, and my condolences to your friend.

  2. LOL Ninja cats how funny "Do Not Open The Door" heheh!
    I liked your replies, I rarely watch the news these days too depressing most of the time :shock:

    Have a McNinjatastic weekend 👍

  3. That cat is quite a character! #4 would be a wonderful gift to have.

  4. Wanted to let you know that 16 September 2022 has been declared the Inaugural Cloud Appreciation Day.

    Look for the Cloud Appreciators Society - there will be groups in your state/province/county [the Society is based in the United Kingdom].

    I found this out from a friendly meteorologist.

    And I know that felines are often fascinated with clouds.

    There is a worksheet from Cloud Appreciators about cats; rabbits and other entities which can be imagined and seen and perceived in clouds.

    Thinking of Ms Ellen and condolences.


    PS: I will never forget the devaluation 30 years ago.

    I was visiting with a great friend when the news percolated. The most I remember is that we were near one of the family trees and I was being picked up to come home.

    Stepfamily Day and Working Parents' Day have great meanings for other reasons too.

    And what? It was Hildegarde von Bingen's birthday? I must be very careful these days not to write HILDEGARDE VON BLINGEN because the people behind her make a genre called Bardcore. If your pets appreciate medieval music and ways...

  5. I'm impressed by door-opening cats, and I sure hope people listen to the signs.

    1. PS: I would appreciate the skies much more if they stopped raining on me - looking up in the rain hurts your eyes - I think a summer day would be better for this - or taking the hemispheres in consideration a day in Northern spring time.

  6. Those cats are crazy. I've seen dogs open doors but never cats. I like the ninja cat warning. - I am so not a fan of the news anymore. You can't tell who's telling the truth. It's so frustrating. - Holy guacamole! It's guacamole day??? One of my absolute faves. :)

  7. Some kitties are most talented on escaping rooms they are in. Very clever. Cute too.

    Love your fill-ins. Yes we go to work to buy groceries.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  8. Sometimes avoiding the news is as healthy as taking a vitamin.

  9. Oh my goodness- I am glad Lucy doesn't know how to open doors! Great fill-ins- have a lovely weekend!

  10. Wow! Smart kitties opening doors ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. That is a smart kitty. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I can't even imagine your having time to play a word game- you are the busiest person I have ever known. Thank you for the condolence for my sister. XO

  12. Those kitties sure are enjoying the challenge! Those were good answers too.

  13. Some cats are just too clever. Angel knew the lever handle opened the door but could never jump high enough to reach it, thank goodness.

  14. It sounds to me like the felines are slowly taking control of the humans. Don't let them get the upper paw, a cat will never surrender it back!

  15. Smart kitty to figure out how to open the door! So sad about Ms. Ellen's sister. Going over to wish her well. Healing IS your superpower!


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