That being said, can you believe it's the final Friday of 2017? This week's Friendly Fill-Ins, hosted by Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader, are all about the New Year.
See these fantastic fill-ins to help us ring in the New Year?
1. On New Year's Eve, I _________.
2. One goal I have for 2018 is _________.
3. In 2017, I accomplished _________.
4. I _________ in 2017.
Here's how I fared with these:
1. On New Year's Eve, I always watch While You Were Sleeping with my family while waiting for the clock to strike midnight.
(While You Were Sleeping is a 1995 romantic comedy starring Sanda Bullock. It's one of the only romantic comedies I really enjoy. It takes place around the Christmas and New Year holiday season, and we always save it for New Year's Eve. There are even some kitties in the movie!)
2. One goal I have for 2018 is to improve my blog visiting habits.
(Some days, especially these busy past couple of months, I seem to constantly run us out of time to visit all of you blogging friends of ours. That is simply unacceptable, especially given how much we enjoy visiting all of you. So, one of my goals for 2018 is to better schedule what I do and when. I have already made some changes and made new plans to optimize my time each day. To be honest, just better time management and organization in general is one of my main goals for the New Year. The best part is that I have the Blogging Cats Weekly Planner to help me!)
3. In 2017, I accomplished a lot of new kitchen hacks.
(I would love to put something more profound here, but my mind is just drawing a blank on this one. So, this one stays in the kitchen. This year I found out that I have a variety of newly developed food intolerances, and so I had to learn to cook and bake using different methods and ingredients than I ever have before. It's actually gone better than I expected, and I even found some new favorite recipes.)
4. I am leaving all negativity in 2017.
(I'm determined to be a more positive, half-glass-full kind of person in 2018.)
Can you guess what's up next on this festive Fifth Day of Christmas? Eddy, of course!
Sometimes, very rarely, you'll catch Eddy under the tree rather than in it.
Don't worry, though, she scaled the tree roughly half a second after this photo was taken.
Oh, and for those who might have missed it in an earlier post, we can't easily have a tree skirt in this house, so that's why you see just plain and boring cardboard down there under our tree. Hind limb paralyzed Evan tends to get caught up in tree skirts and drags them around with him. That, or like last year, he just uses the tree skirt to drag the entire tree halfway across the room. With Eddy in it.
Have yet another fun and festive Friday!
Our Twelve Days of Christmas Doodle of the Day:
Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!
Our Tip of the Day:This winter, keep in mind that many commercial ice melts, such as salts, can be potentially dangerous to your furbabies. They often contain components that can irritate skin or cause internal irritation if ingested, which makes for less-than-ideal conditions during walks outdoors during the winter. On your own driveway and sidewalks, use only pet-friendly ice melts, or use another harmless substrate to reduce slippery conditions. If your pup or kitty goes outdoors, always be sure to wipe down their paws and underside afterwards, especially if they've walked on other people's property, as you don't know what types of winter products they might have used. If your furbaby allows it, you can also put booties on their feet to protect them when they go outdoors. Also, remove or wipe down your own shoes upon arriving back home after being outdoors, so that you don't bring questionable materials into the home. Always be aware of where your furbaby's feet have been!