Friday, December 1, 2017

Fill-Ins and Festive Fun

Hello, friends! We love Fridays. Who doesn't? One of our favorite things about this fantastic day of the week is the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our wonderful friends over at 15andmeowing and McGuffy's Reader.

Here are the fun fill-ins for this week:

1. I can't believe _________ is still sold.
2. I have ___________ on Craigslist.
3. Going into December, the weather outside is _________.
4. My current weakness is _________.

And here's what I managed to say for myself:

1. I can't believe cigarettes are still sold.
(I don't mean to preach here. I know some people smoke, and that is of course a personal decision. It does make me sad, though, to know what damage this can cause to both humans and animals.)

2. I have bought a vacuum cleaner on Craigslist.
(Actually, my sister bought it for me. I am notorious for being the death of vacuums, no matter how careful I am when using them.nAfter the death of a recent vacuum cleaner, my sister found and bought me another for $10 on Craigslist. The best part is that this one works like a charm and has also managed to survive me for quite some time now.)

3. Going into December, the weather outside is unseasonably warm.
(We had some extremely cold days a couple of weeks ago. The past few days, though, have been anywhere from 50°F to 70°F. I will admit that though bitter cold and icy conditions are not always ideal, I am one of those people who likes having seasons. I also quite enjoy having a white Christmas. So, I wouldn't mind if it finally decided to be winter soon.)

4. My current weakness is sweet potatoes.
(This is one of those weird answers, isn't it? Sweet potatoes are a food that I think a lot of people associate with the holidays, yet I have been addicted to them for months now. I love to cut them up in cubes, bake them, and then eat them as finger food, hot or cold. I eat them every day.)

Now it is time for your Eddy fix. You're going to be seeing a lot of festively blurry photos like this over the next few weeks.

I don't think we've mentioned yet that this year, for the first time ever, we have two Christmas trees in our house. This is because my grandma no longer wanted hers, she she knew I would use it, and so she gave it to me. (Thanks, Grandma!) So, now we have a Christmas tree in the library and one in the back sitting room. Needless to say, Eddy is ecstatic and often can't decide which one to climb first. Her selfie from this past Sunday was taken by our old tree, which is currently set up in the library. This picture today is in my Grandma's tree, in the back sitting room.

I was so worried that, no matter what precautions I took, Eddy would knock over the new tree, because it's far skinnier and lightweight than our original tree. But, Eddy climbs it all the time, I'll admit, and never does anything more than knock an artificial branch or two (or three, or four, or five) loose. Then again, that's really all she can do, as after last year, I no longer hang ornaments on the trees. They hang from strands of garland attached to the wall, out of Eddy's reach.

For those who might like a view of Eddy's victims our Christmas trees, here is the tree we've been putting up for years:

The lighting scheme of this one might look strange to some. It's supposed to resemble a candle, going from white to orange on top. This is how my church decorates their trees, and I've always loved it.

And, here is our newest tree addition:

See the size difference? That's why I was worried my grandma's tree would not survive Eddy. But, thank goodness, it is holding its own just fine. Way to go, oh Christmas tree!

So, are any of our furry friends Christmas tree climbers? Eddy hopes she's not the only one!

Lastly, we have our festive doodle for today. It is another one in our Tails of Tiny Tim series, which honors specially abled furbabies in A Christmas Carol sort of way.

We also meant to post our positive thought for the Sparks blog hop on Wednesday, with our first Tails of Tiny Tim doodle. This here human's brain forgot, though, so we're posting it today instead, with this pup of a Tiny Tim. Our Sparks is plain and simple, and here it is:

"You don't have to perfect to be amazing."

Do be sure to visit McGuffy's Reader to see all of the Sparks for the week!

Happy Friday!

Our Tip of the Day:
This time of year, we're thinking that some Christmas tree tips might be in store. To begin, if you put up a Christmas tree, make sure it is securely in place. This is especially important if you have a kitty or pup who enjoys climbing or otherwise giving the tree lots of attention. You can try putting the tree in a corner of a room, if that helps to keep it safe and upright against furbabies. Moreover, to be extra safe, you can find a way to anchor the tree to the floor or wall. Another option, especially if your furbaby is overzealous in their love for the Christmas tree, is to block their access to it altogether, whether that be with baby gates, closed doors, or another means. Whatever it takes, if you put up a Christmas tree in a home with a tree-loving furbaby, do be sure to try and find a way to prevent a fallen tree and potential injuries.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful fill-ins - lots of people are mentioning that they can't believe cigarettes are still sold and I ALMOST said that myself! Love your photos too.....I'm wondering if Ted will be a tree-climber since this is his first Christmas. Also really like your HOLIDAY HEADER. Happy December 1st!

Hugs, Pam (and Teddy too)

Sandee said...

Eddy is adorable and I linked this post to Feline Friday.

Okay, you're the third person that talked about cigarettes still being sold. I don't think they will go away, but they are sure unhealthy and they stink.

Have a purrfect day Eddy. My best to your peeps. ♥

pilch92 said...

Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I had the same for #1, I lost my father to COPD from years of smoking. I have trouble with vacuums too, I am glad your sister found you a good one. Sweet potatoes are yummy- especially sweet potato fries. I have been thinking of getting an air fryer so they will be healthier and tastier.
Eddy looks so cute and happy in her tree. That was nice of your Grandma to give you her tree. We have a skinny artificial tree here and luckily no one climbs it. When we had a regular width one, Phoebe did get in that one for a nap :) Your trees look great. Adorable Tiny Tim drawing. And excellent tree tips. Have a nice weekend! XO

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I NEVER had sweet potatoes growing up ... NEVER. So I completely understand - I can't get enough of them either. For our Thanksgiving, I made a few just for myself as The Boy doesn't like them either. Very unusual for me to make something just for myself - but I'm glad I did. Eddy looks hard at work in her "office." ;)

Eastside Cats said...

Love that doodle! I LURV sweet potatoes! Being vegan, they fit right into our meal planning, and with some black bean hummus, I can eat them all day, all night! Cigarettes are gross, just sayin'

The Daily Pip said...

I love that photo of Eddy - too cute! I love sweet potatoes, too. I could eat them every day of the week.

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

I love the idea of a tree in your library! Your trees are just beautiful. (You kill vacuums too? I blew one up was smoking and everything! LOL)

Mark's Mews (Marley, Lori, Loki, and Binq) said...

TBT here: I have 5 vacuum cleaners, LOL! One real one, one cordless bagless upright for light work, one shop vac, one small canister type for non-floor surfaces, and a handheld for really small work.

I bought a 6' artificial prelit tree 5 years ago, but it is a pain to re-pack. I have a 3' one no assembly required. With careful picture-taking and small ornaments and small gift-wrapped empty boxes, it will look full-size, LOL!

Cathy Keisha said...

Love Eddy in the tree! Way to go, Eddy! The peeps don't know what happened one night in the old house but they awoke to find the tree on it's side in Autumn's room.

Anonymous said...

Essy! You have 2 BIG trees to choose from! You are one lucky lady! We oly have I, small tree...I have not tried to climb it. I also like your lighting scheme! Very cool!
And Today's Tiny Tim is excellent! There is a dog in our complex that is missing a front leg.

The Island Cats said...

Oh Eddy! You're so cute in the tree. You're the best ornament ever!

Anonymous said...

I am sorry that I am so late. There were some unplanned things over the weekend.
I love your holiday header and your cheer! thank you for sharing your wonderful spirit.
I had to laugh...I have a weakness for sweet potatoes too! I just got some to cook for myself while Bill is out on the road.
I hope your week is filled with joy. Hugs!