Friday, November 11, 2022

Recovering Tripod (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.

This kitty, a newly-minted tripod thanks to an accident that landed her at the shelter, is recovering very nicely.


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. A veteran I would like to thank today is _________.

2. I can't go a day without _________.

3. _________ is my most frequented _________.

4. This time of year, _________ is _________.

1. A veteran I would like to thank today is   Grandpa (my dad, my children's grandfather).  He is a Vietnam Era veteran who served for two years as the base Ob/Gyn in Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

2. I can't go a day without   prayer.

3. The cat shelter  is my most frequented   place to volunteer.

4. This time of year,    Tripod SissyCat    is    not getting as much time on the porch since it gets dark so early.  It makes her grumpy and she tries to hide under the chairs so i won't bring her in, but it doesn't do any good.


While i originally wrote this poem for Poetry Monday on Memorial Day, i think it fits here, too.

We hope for no more war,

we pray for peace to reign,

for hatred is so evil,

and murder is insane.

We pray for no more madmen,

maniacs spoiling to fight,

wicked in their wanting

to destroy what's good and right.

We pray for all these things to end,

but until they really do,

we pray the Lord will always send

heroes just like you.

A big, heartfelt thank you to all who have served.


Today is:

Armistice Day/Poppy Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Bonza Bottler Day

Canterbury Provincial Anniversary Day -- Canterbury, New Zealand

Christchurch Show Day -- Canterbury, NZ

Constitution Day and King's Birthday -- Bhutan

Day of Remembrance of the Volhvs/Einherjar Feast -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Norse "Feast of the Fallen")

Death/Duty Day

Fasching/Karneval -- Germany; Netherlands (official beginning of next year's pre-lent celebration starts on 11/11 at 11:11, when the Council of Eleven, in colorful fools caps, meet to plan the upcoming festivities)

Four Ones Day -- it is 11/11, after all

Hollantide Day a/k/a Hallow-tide -- Isle of Mann (season of All Saints, first day of Winter, celebrated in conjunction with Martintide, the Feast of St. Martin of Tours)

Independence Day -- Angola(1975); Poland(1918)

Independence of Cartagena City -- Colombia

Lacplesis -- Latvia (Remembrance Day)

Lunantishees Day -- Ireland (Fairies who guard the blackthorn trees, cutting a branch today, the old calendar's November 1, means bad luck.)

National Donor Sabbath Weekend -- US, through Sunday, an initiative to encourage people of all faiths to consider organ donation    

National Sundae Day

Old November Eve -- In the old calendar, this was actually All Hallow's Eve

Origami Day -- Japan

Pepero Day -- South Korea (similar to a Valentine's Day, when couples exchange Pepero brand cookie sticks)

Pocky and Pretz Day -- Japan (see Pepero day, but substitute the Japanese brand cookie sticks)

Republic Day -- Maldives

Singles Day -- China (Guang Gun Jie, literally "bare sticks day", celebrating the single life on the calendar date that has the most 1's)

St. Martin's Day a/k/a St. Martin of Tours's Day (Western), Martinmas (Old England) (Patron of beggars, cavalry, equestrians, geese, horses, innkeepers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, quartermasters, reformed alcoholics, riders, soldiers, tailors, vintners/wine growers and makers; against alcoholism, impoverishment; highly celebrated through Sweden, Switzerland, and the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten and Patron of over 25 diocese, cities, and countries around the world)

     Beggar's Day -- Netherlands (children act as beggars on St. Martin's Day, similar to trick-or-treat in English speaking countries)

     Martinigians -- Sursee, Switzerland (a celebration of the day in front of Town Hall)

     St. Maarten Day -- Sint Maarten

St. Menas of Egypt's Day (Patron of falsely accused people, peddlers, traveling merchants)

Veterans of Foreign Wars Day -- Federated States of Micronesia

Anniversaries Today:

Vietnam Women's Memorial is dedicated, 1993

Route 66 is established by the US Highway System, 1926

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetary is dedicated, 1921

Washington becomes the 42nd US State, 1889

Birthdays Today:

Leonardo DiCaprio, 1974

Peta Wilson, 1970

Calista Flockhart, 1964

Demi Moore, 1962

Marc Summers, 1951

Bibi Andersson, 1935

Jonathan Winters, 1925

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., 1922

Alger Hiss, 1904

Pat O'Brien, 1899

George Patton, 1885

Victor Emmanuel III, 1869

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, 1821

Abigail Smith Adams,1744

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Shadowlands"(Play), 1990

An Early Frost(TV movie), 1985

"Prisoner of Second Avenue"(Play), 1971

"La Plume de Ma Tante"(Revue), 1958

"God Bless America(Song, first public performance)", 1938

"The Tinker's Wedding"(Synge play), 1909

"Society"(Thompson play), 1865

Today in History:

The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Maxentius and Licinius to be Augusti, while rival contender Constantine I is declared Caesar of Britain and Gaul, 308

41 pilgrims land in Massachusetts, sign Mayflower Compact, 1620

Massachusetts passes 1st US compulsory school attendance law, 1647

Gottfried Leibniz demonstrates integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = ƒ(x), 1675

The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, is formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia, as the first college society in the US, 1750

Chrysanthemums are introduced into England from China, 1790

British and Canadian forces defeat a larger American force, causing the Americans to abandon their Saint Lawrence campaign, 1813

Mary Edward Walker, the 1st Army female surgeon, is awarded the Medal of Honor, 1865

The Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act is enacted in Australia, giving the government control of indigenous people's wages, their terms of employment, where they could live, and of their children, effectively leading to the Stolen Generations, 1869

The 11/11/11 cold wave: Many cities in the U.S. Midwest broke their record highs and lows on the same day as a strong cold front rolled through, 1911

The Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated by US President Warren G. Harding at Arlington National Cemetery, 1921

Prime Minister Alexandros Papanastasiou proclaims the first recognized Greek Republic, 1924

U.S. Route 66 is established, 1926

Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator, 1930

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, Australia is opened, 1934

Kuwait's National Assembly ratifies the Constitution of Kuwait, 1962

NASA launches Gemini 12, 1966

Antigua and Barbuda joins the United Nations, 1981

The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests, 1992

New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior is dedicated at the National War Memorial, Wellington, 2004

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveils the New Zealand War Memorial in London, United Kingdom, commemorating the loss of soldiers from the New Zealand Army and the British Army, 2006

The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) sets sail on her final voyage to Dubai, 2008

A strike intended to shut down Nepal's general elections November 19th, is orchestrated by an alliance of 33 opposition parties, 2013

The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April is found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison, 2014

An Italian appeals court overturns a manslaughter conviction against 6 scientists for failing to give adequate warning of a deadly earthquake, 2014

The leaders of China and Japan meet for formal talks after more than two years of severe tension over a territorial dispute, 2014

Mercury makes its closest transit across the Sun that will occur this century, 2019

According to a new study, the near-earth asteroid Kamo`oalewa, about the size of a ferris wheel, is very likely a fragment of the moon, 2021


  1. Great poem. I hope that the new tripod kitty lives a rich and wonderful life.

  2. I'm happy the kitten is healing and doing well.

    Love your fill-ins. So many wonderful veterans to hear about today.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

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

  3. Love all the information in your blog today. The poem is so nice and we like the prayer answer too!

  4. Furrst, the poem rocks! The new tripod kitty is cute, I do hope they are recovering nicely. And we LOVE your fill-ins. #4, Tripod Sissy Cat is a cat after my own heart! I too hate coming in (but I hate the cold we are having right now changes my mind really fast! Mimi, you are AWESOME! Purrs Marv

  5. I hope the kitten finds a great forever home
    my post is up as well. saturday I have a posr ready to go as well.

  6. Aww adorable :-)

    Nice fill ins especially #1

    Have a mintedtastic weekend 👍

  7. I hope the kitty continues to recover well and soon gets a loving forever home.

  8. Cute kitty, glad she is healing. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Please thank your dad for me for his service. That is a beautiful poem. XO

  9. What a beautiful kitty so glad she is recovering well ~ wondefrul fill ins ~ great post ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Those were great answers and a really wonderful poem. I hope that sweet Tri-Pawd kitty finds true love soon.

  11. I'm with Tripod SissyCat, I get grumpy this time of year when it gets dark so early too. And today it was freezing cold and windy, furthering the whole grumpy thing.

  12. I always feel sorry for the tripods. I know they manage, but it just isn't the same.

  13. Good to know that the cute little kitty is healing. So sorry that Tripod SissyCat couldn't get to enjoy much time on the porch. I like the poem. Have a wonderful weekend.

  14. What a beautiful kitty! Poor thing. So glad she's healing nicely! I can't go a day without prayer, either. Beautiful poem!!!


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