Friday, March 31, 2023

Just Chillin' in the New Digs (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was originally started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude (who no longer blogs), and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.

He handed hosting duties off to Sandee at Comedy Plus, and now she's entrusting it to me. 


Feline Friday is simple to join.  All you have to do is: Post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (they may be silly or cute).  Then add your link!


One thing for sure is this is a fun and easy meme to do.  So come and join us in Feline Friday.


What better way to start the weekend than with a feline!


More babies at the shelter.  They stay in the intake room for a bit, then get moved to a cage up front when they're cleared (meaning the staff are pretty sure they don't have anything catching to spread around).












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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. _________ down, _________ to go.


2. It's all fun and games until _________.


3. By some miracle, I _________.


4. Unless _________, I rarely _________.


1. Three months  down,   nine  to go   in this year.


2. It's all fun and games until   you hear how much the Janitor will charge to clean it up.


3. By some miracle, I    survived pregnancies 3, 4, and 5.  My doctor refused to take a chance that there would be a 6, and he was right.


4. Unless   something unusual has happened,  I rarely   don't have a book handy.  Yes, there's a book in one of the pockets of my janitor's apron, why wouldn't there be?



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Today is:


Bunsen Burner Day -- on the birth anniversary of its inventor, Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, in 1811


Buy Some New Socks Day -- because all the websites that list it agree you are worth it


Cesar Chavez Day -- Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, & Wyoming, US


Culture and Traditions Day -- Micronesia


Day Everyone Says "31" a Lot -- Fairy Calendar


Eiffel Tower Day -- inaugurated this day in 1889


Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar (moon festival)


Hot Guitar Day -- the day Jimi Hendrix first set fire to his guitar in 1967


Jum il-Helsien (Freedom Day) -- Malta


King Nangklao Memorial Day -- Thailand


National Clams on the Half Shell Day


Oranges and Lemons Day -- St. Clement Danes Church, London, Enlgand (traditional children's service based on the rhyme that begins "Oranges and lemons/say the bells of St. Clement's")


"She's Funny That Way" Day -- pay tribute to the women in your life, and how they keep you laughing; sponsored by Brenda Meredith of Dahomey Publishing, Inc.


St. Balbina's Day (Patron of those with scrofulous diseases or stroma)


Take Down Tobacco Day (formerly Kids Kick Butts Day) -- Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids  


Thomas Mundy Peterson Day -- New Jersey, US (the first African-American to legally cast a vote in the US, this date in 1870)


Transfer Day -- US Virgin Islands


Vigil to Mourn China's Annexation of Tibet -- anniversary of the day in 1959 when the Dalai Lama fled to India


Wear a Hat Day -- UK (a brain tumour awareness event and fundraiser) 



Birthdays Today:


Pavel Bure, 1971

Ewan McGregor, 1971

Marc McClure, 1957

Angus Young, 1955

Edward Francis "Ed" Marinaro, 1950

Al Gore, 1948

Rhea Perlman, 1948

Gabe Kaplan, 1945

Christopher Walken, 1943

James Earl "Jimmy" Johnson, 1938

Herb Alpert, 1935

Richard Chamberlain, 1935

Shirley Jones, 1934

John Jakes, 1932

Gordie Howe, 1928

Cesar Chavez, 1927

William Daniels, 1927

Leo Buscaglia, 1925

Henry Morgan, 1915

John "Jack" Johnson, 1878

Andrew Lang, 1844

Mary Boykin Miller Chesnut, 1823

Edward Fitzgerald, 1809

Nikolai Vasilevich Gogol, 1809

Joseph Haydn, 1732

Andrew Marvell, 1621

Rene Descartes, 1596



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"'night, Mother"(Play), 1983

"The Shadow Box"(Play), 1977

"The Best Man"(Play), 1960

"The Glass Menagerie"(Play), 1945

"Oklahoma!"(Musical), 1943

"Le Chasseur Maudit/The Accursed Huntsman"(Symphonic poem), 1883



Today in History:


Bernard of Clairvaux preaches his famous sermon in a field at V├ęzelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade; Louis VII is present, and joins the Crusade, 1146

King Ferdinand & Queen Isabella sign decree ordering Jews to convert or be expelled from Spain, 1492

Jews are expelled from Prague, 1745

Commodore Matthew Perry signs the Treaty of Kanagawa with the Japanese government, opening the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to American trade, 1854

Thomas P Mundy of Perth Amboy, NJ, becomes the first African American to cast a vote, 1870

The Eiffel Tower, commemorating the French Revolution, opens, 1889

Richard Pearse allegedly makes a powered flight in an early aircraft, 1903

Serbia accepts Austrian control over Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1909

Construction begins on the RMS Titanic, 1909

Construction of the RMS Titanic is completed, 1912

The United States takes possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, and renames the territory the United States Virgin Islands, 1917

Daylight saving time goes into effect in the United States for the first time, 1918

The Royal Australian Air Force is formed, 1921

The Dominion of Newfoundland joins the Canadian Confederation and becomes the 10th Province of Canada, 1949

Remington Rand delivers the first UNIVAC I computer to the United States Census Bureau, 1951

In the Canadian federal election, 1958, the Progressive Conservatives, led by John Diefenbaker, win the largest percentage of seats in Canadian history, with 208 seats of 265, 1958

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, crosses the border into India and is granted political asylum, 1959

The Soviet Union launches Luna 10 which later becomes the first space probe to enter orbit around the Moon, 1966

Explorer 1 re-enters the Earth's atmosphere after 12 years in orbit, 1970

The USS Missouri, the last active United States Navy battleship, is decommissioned in Long Beach, California, 1992

Netscape releases the code base of its browser under an open-source license agreement; the project is given the code name Mozilla and is eventually spun off into the non-profit Mozilla Foundation, 1998

Amid unrest in the Mideast, activists claim China has launched the largest crackdown on dissenters in recent years, 2011

The International Court of Justice at the U.N. agrees that Japanese whaling is conducted for commercial purposes, not scientific research; Japan accepts the order to cease all whaling activities in the Antarctic, 2014

Robert Weighton of Great Britain becomes the world's oldest man at 112 years, 2020

The first truly complete sequence of a human genome is published by the Telomere-to-Telomere (T2T) consortium, 2022

Syrup, a Monthly Poetry Group Post

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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 chose Syrup.  Be sure to go check out all the poems.






S is for the way it makes everything sticky.

Y is why do I give it to my kids?

R is them sugar rushing like busy bees.

U is up, how children leave syrup jar lids.

P is all the pretty ants in the pantry.

Put them all together they spell SYRUP,

The stuff that will put Mama on the skids!



The other participants:


Karen at Baking in a Tornado     

Diane at On the Border     



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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Beyond the Screen (Six Sentence Story), Good Fences, Sammy's Poetry Day and Brian's Thankful Thursday

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I know her beyond the screen.


Oh, that's how i first met her, several of us got acquainted online and we decided to meet in person.


Until Covid, we tried to meet up every year, every one of them is a delightful person and i'm glad to have them as friends, both online and in real life.


My friend "Di Dreaming" has had a rough couple of years, loss of family, loss of a beloved pet, illness, having to move suddenly.


It can be difficult getting entangled in the real life beyond what's tapped out on the keyboard, but it's worth it for the friendship, the love.


If you have a prayer to spare, please remember my friend, she could use it.



Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Screen.      





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While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!


This little fence almost looks to me like it's trying to hide.






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It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day This week's image and my poem:    





When Grandpa was eleven,

he needed money to earn,

he became a paper boy,

hard work he did not spurn.


He bought food for the family,

gave little sister her spending cash,

and paid for her piano lessons,

his spending was not rash.


When he started earning more

from his bigger jobs in summer,

he decided not having a TV set

was getting to be a bummer.


He scrimped and saved and plotted,

and was walking on a cloud

when the day finally came,

he'd work hard and his family was proud.


It was a black and white tube set

about like you see here,

it sat in a place of honor and

the family held it dear.


Now Grandpa is almost 86,

he and Grandma have 3 big screens,

but I know the first meant more,

than those or all between.


(Yes, Grandpa's dad left, and even as a boy he felt he needed to be the man of the house and go earn money as soon as he could.  He really did pay for many things, including the family's first TV.  Please note, though i call him "Grandpa" on my blog, he's my father, my children's grandfather.)



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Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.   It's time to share something for which i am thankful.  


Today i am thankful Charismatic Enigma SissyCat did not run away when she managed to slip out of the door the other day, she just went to the lawn to nibble grass and i was able to watch her as she ate, then bring her back in.






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Today is:


Check for Change in Every Coin Return You Pass Day -- because someone has a sense of humor and put it on the internet


Culture and Traditions Day -- Micronesia


Doctors Day -- US (begun by Eudora Almond in 1933 because she thought her husband, Dr. Charles B. Almond deserved recognition for his hard work; www.doctorsday.org for ideas on how to thank your doctor)


Fairies of the First Wand Reunion Dinner -- Fairy Calendar


Feast of Janus and Concordia -- Ancient Roman Calendar


Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (cat goddess; date approximate)


Festival of Reality Fabrication -- internet holiday to celebrate your imagination


Festival of Salus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of health)


Grass Is Always Browner On The Other Side Of The Fence Day -- remember how good you have it; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays


I am in Control Day -- remember Alexander Haig's words on this date in 1981? well today, if you find the phones won't stop ringing, the kids got into the glue again, the coffee maker is on the fritz, and somebody dyed the poodle purple, stand up and declare that you are in control!


Land Day Commemoration -- West Bank/Palestinian remembrance


Limited Liability Day -- because no one can be responsible for everything


Pencil Day -- the pencil with an eraser top was patented this day in 1858 by Hyman Lipman


Ramnawami / Ramanavami / Chaitay Dashain -- India; Nepal (Hindu celebration of the birth of Lord Rama, avatar of Vishnu)

     Swaminarayan Jayanti -- birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition


Runic Half-Month Ewhas (Horse) begins


Spiritual Baptist/Shouter Liberation Day -- Trinidad and Tobago


St. Leonard Murialdo's Day (Patron of apprentices)


Take a Walk in the Park Day -- begun by someone who wanted to get out of the office


Turkey Neck Soup Day


Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day -- US (information here 



Birthdays Today:


Scott Moffatt, 1983

Jason Dohring, 1982

Norah Jones, 1979

Matt Doran, 1976

Mark Consuelos, 1971

Celine Dion, 1968

Ian Ziering, 1964

Tracy Chapman, 1964

M.C. Hammer, 1962

Paul Reiser, 1957

Robbie Cotrane, 1950

Eric Clapton, 1945

Astrud Gilberto, 1940

Warren Beatty, 1937

John Astin, 1930

Rolf Harris, 1930

Peter Marshall, 1930

Richard Dysart, 1929

Peter Marshall, 1927

Frankie Laine, 1913

Sean O'casey, 1880

Anna Sewell, 1820

Vincent Van Gogh, 1853

Francisco Jose De Goya, 1749



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"Agnes of God"(Play), 1982

"Applause"(Musical), 1970

"Jeopardy"(TV), 1964

"Verkaufte Braut/The Bartered Bride"(Comic opera), 1866



Today in History:


The first recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, BC240

Ketsugan, Zen teacher, performs exorcisms to free aizoji temple, 1422

Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon, 1533

British and coalition forces march into Paris after the defeat of Napoleon, 1814

Dr. Crawford Long of Georgia, US, performs the first operation with anesthesia (ether), 1842

A pencil with attached eraser is patented by Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia, 1858

Alaska is purchased from Russia by US Secretary of State William Seward, for $7,200,000 (about 2 cents per acre), 1867

Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, 1932

Einstein announces his revised unified field theory, 1953

The Yonge Street Line, the first subway in Canada, opens in Toronto, 1954

President Ronald Reagan is shot in the chest outside a Washington, D.C., hotel by John Hinckley, Jr., 1981

The oldest copy of Codex Holmiensis, dating from 1280, is returned to Denmark from Sweden after 300 years, and 45,000 Inca artifacts are returned to Peru's Machu Picchu after spending 100 years at Yale University, 2011

North Carolina repeals its controversial bathroom law that restricted transgender use, 2017

Pope Francis arrives in Rabat, Morocco, on his first-ever visit to the Magreb region of Northern Africa, 2019

Zuzana Caputova is elected President of Slovakia, becoming the country's first female head of state, 2019

The computer world's Turing Award is given to American programmer Jack Dongarra, whose work paved the way for the current generation of supercomputers, 2022