Friday, December 8, 2023

Chance Gets Another Chance (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins


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!

When i was caretaking at the shelter, Chance had managed to tie his bottom cage door closed with the string portion of a wand toy.  I got it released and put it where he could play with it while I was out there taking care of all the kitties and could keep an eye on him.

(Please remember these toys need to be given to your cat only when you can supervise.  Chewing and swallowing the strings or cords can be dangerous.)


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. Some of my favorite Christmas songs are _________ and _________.

2. I like to watch _________ every year at Christmastime.

3. I would call this the most _________ time of the year.

4. If I were on Santa's naughty list, it would probably be because _________.

1. Some of my favorite Christmas songs are _________ and _________.   Two of my favorite serious Christmas songs are   O Holy Night and Mary Did You Know (with an honorable mention going to What Child is This).   Two of my favorite silly Christmas songs are   I'm Gettin' Nuttin' For Christmas and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.

2. I like to watch   A Charlie Brown Christmas   every year at Christmastime.

3. I would call this the most   busy   time of the year.

4. If I were on Santa's naughty list, it would probably be because   the traffic around here almost always has me on the verge of losing my religion.


Today is:

Battle Day -- Falkland Islands

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) -- Buddhism (especially among Zen Buddhists, and in Japan, a celebration of the Buddha's enlightenment)


Constitution Day -- Northern Mariana Islands; Romania; Uzbekistan(Konstitutsiya Kuni)

Dia de las Playas -- Uruguay (Day of the Beaches, a/k/a Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day; official opening day of beach season, marked with a ceremonial blessing by a priest, as well as sailing regattas, horse races, and more)

Dita Kombetare e Rinise -- Albania (National Youth Day)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation; recognized holiday in Andorra; Argentina; Austria; Chile; Columbia; East Timor; Equatorial Guinea(Patrona de Guinea Ecuatorial); Holy See(Vatican City); Italy; Liechtenstein; Macau; Malta; Monaco; Nicaragua(Fiesta de la Griteria); Paraguay; Peru; Portugal; San Marino; Seychelles; Spain; Switzerland; special observances

     Dia de las Playas -- Uruguay (Day of the Beaches, a/k/a Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day; official opening day of beach season, marked with a ceremonial blessing by a priest, as well as sailing regattas, horse races, and more)

     Festa da Conceição da Praia -- Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (syncretic celebration of Yemanjá, Queen of the Ocean and the Immaculate Conception)

     Festival of Lights -- Lyon

Festival of Tiberinus -- Ancient Roman Empire (guardian of the Tiber River)

Fetes de l'Escalade -- Geneva, Switzerland (Scaling, or Climbing Day; celebrating the defeat of the Duke of Savoy's troops; through Sunday)

Hanukkah -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday; through sundown Dec. 15)

Mother's Day -- Panama

National Chocolate Brownie Day

National Salesperson's Day -- US (begun by Maura Schreier-Fleming, and listed on various days depending on whom you ask)

National Students' Day -- Bulgaria (studentski praznik)

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day -- any country that dares to celebrate may claim this one, and you can order your ugly sweater here

Official Lost and Found Day -- why is this one official?  information here

Popeye Day -- birth anniversary of his creator, Elzie Crisler Segar

Pretend to Be A Time Traveler Day -- although some sites say this day was actually cancelled in 2015, others suggest dressing up as if you are from a dystopian future and running up to people, asking them what year it is, when they answer say, "Then there's still time!" and dash off.  Just don't get arrested if you try it at home, okay? 

Santa Marian Kamelen -- Guam (Our Lady of Camarin Day)

St. Kliment Ohirdski -- Macedonia (St. Clement of Ohrid's Day)

Virgin de Caacupe -- Paraguay (Nuestra Senora de Caacupe/Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupe, patroness of Paraguay)

Winter Flowers Day -- internet generated, a day to find and enjoy whatever flowers are still blooming right now

Anniversary Today:

American Federation of Labor founded, 1886

Birthdays Today:

Ian Somerhalder, 1978

Dominic Monaghan, 1976

Sinead O'Connor, 1966

Teri Hatcher, 1964

Ann Coulter, 1961

Kim Basinger, 1953

Sam Kinison, 1953

Gregg Allman, 1947

Mary Woronov, 1946

Jim Morrison, 1943

"Red" Berenson, 1941

James Galway, 1939

James MacArthur, 1937

David Carradine, 1936

Flip Wilson, 1933

Maximilian Schell, 1930

Sammy Davis, Jr. 1925

Richard Fleischer, 1916

Lee J. Cobb, 1911

James Thurber, 1894

Elzie Crisler Segar, 1894

Diego Rivera, 1886

Jean Sibelius, 1865

Willam C. "Billy" Durant, 1861

Eli Whitney, 1765

Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman writer, BC65

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"(Musical), 1949

"Green Grow the Lilacs"(Musical; precursor to "Oklahoma"), 1930

Today in History

Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi, 1326

Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe, 1609

The Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco, 1659

Margaret Hughes becomes the first actress to appear on an English public stage, playing the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello, 1660

Vienna's Ring Theater is destroyed by fire, killing over 600, 1881

The American Federation of Labor is formed by 26 individual craft unions, and Samuel Gompers is elected its first president, 1886

The Japanese military police launch a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, 1935

The Chinese Nationalist government moves from mainland China to Formosa, 1949

John Lennon is murdered, 1980

The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1991

The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations, 2004

Kirsty Williams is elected the first female leader of a political party in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, 2008

With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, 2010

Japan's Government apologizes to Canada for the treatment of its POWs during WWII, 2011

Egyptian President Morsi agrees to not expand his powers but declares the referendums on a new constitution will be enacted, 2012

In Kiev, Russia, protestors topple the last surviving monument to Lenin, 2013

The Vienna State Opera stages its first show by a female composer, Olga Neuwirth’s “Orlando,” 2019

Sanna Marin becomes Finland's youngest-ever Prime Minister at the age of 34, 2019

UN investigation in the DR Congo finds 131 people were massacred in November by the M23 rebel group, 2022


  1. Chance is a beauty.
    I am over Christmas songs blaring from the malls (which I try and avoid).

  2. Oh, I like your friendly fill-ins. The traffic could probably make even a saint lose his religion sometimes.

  3. Some people don't realize the trouble cats can get themselves into. Just like puppies or dogs, they will eat things and it can be dangerous.

  4. There is no doubt that the Charlie Brown movie gives us all a good chuckle. Sweet kitty with the toy in your pictures. I'll never forget one Precious first moved in with us that she had a string toy in the next day I realize that she ate that toy on the end of the string and part of the string. I was in a panic for days. Thank goodness it all worked out okay.

  5. Oh holy night, the stars are brightly shining... Such a beautiful song.

  6. Cute kitty. Important warning about those toys. Thanks for hosting Feline Friday and for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. Beautiful song choices. I could never deal with traffic. XO

  7. That silly kitty locking himself in like that! Those were good answers too!

  8. Chance is lucky to have you looking out for him, especially when there's something fishy going on!
    Boy, that's some set-up he has with the splashy hammock and all. He's a very handsome kitty and I hope he finds his furever home very soon.

  9. Mom always worries about things with strings.

  10. Cute kitten pictures were exactly what I needed to see this morning.

  11. Adorable kitty. Great fill ins. We had the same answer for #3. It's definitely a busy time of year. Have a great weekend!

  12. Ahhh the dreaded strings, our P.A. is the same, no unsnoopervised play is allowed at BBHQ! What a cute kitty and a supurr hammock, we're jealous of the hammock for sure! MOL

  13. I can understand your answer to #4 completely.
    Hello sweet kitty
    Hugs Cecilia

  14. Chance is very mischievous. I agree, anything with strings can be dangerous. When Eric was half grown I heard him hissing which he never did. He had been playing with a ball on a string attaches to the cat tree and the string had wrapped around his leg and the more he pulled the tighter it got. I cut it off and made sure there was nothing else anywhere similar. Thankfully he wasn't hurt, only frightened.

  15. Cute kitty photo ~ Agree that stringy toys can be dangerous for kitties and doggies ~ Xo

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

  16. Chance is beautiful. i haven't ever seen the Charlie Brown Christmas movie. We haven't heard too many Chrustmas songs in the stores yet, but if I hear Mariah Carey, I'll be walking out with an empty trolley!

  17. What a smart cat! And that's a good reminder about the toys. Our cat toys like that are packed away when they're not supervised. Have a wonderful weekend! :)

  18. We are so glad you were there to help Chance out, and to make sure he got some supervised play time with that string toy. Good reminder!


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