Friday, April 20, 2018

I Spy Rosie and Something Red

Welcome to the eve of the weekend, friends! There is much to love about Fridays, like the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, hosted by our friends Ellen of 15andmeowing and Annie of McGuffy's Reader.

Here are the clever fill-ins our hosts created for this week:

1. New _________ are _________.
2. I love to _________ on the _________.
3. When I was a child, I loved to play _________.
4. One _________, I _________.

And here are my results:

1. New books are one of my favorite scents.
(Does anyone else sniff books? Surely I'm not the only one. While I have finally learned to enjoy reading ebooks as well, for me nothing will ever beat a wonderfully old-fashioned book.)

2. I love to stay home on the weekends.
(Way to party hard, huh? I honestly love nothing more than parking myself on the couch with my furbabies.)

3. When I was a child, I loved to play "make believe".
(My sister and I used to think up all sorts of scenarios for us to "make believe". We would be doctors, teachers, race car drivers, all that jazz. We especially loved pretending we were detectives. Books like Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy really spurred that, I'm pretty sure. Our childhood kitties and pups, including my girl Rosie, used to play roles in our games, too, of course! When the mood would strike us, my sister and I would pretend Rosie and her brother Sammy were our babies, and we'd push them around in strollers. Poor kitties.)

I've shared that there photo once before, but there it is again. That is, indeed, 
my sweet angel Rosie being pushed around in a stroller by my roughly 
7-year-old self. Rosie had to put up with me for 21 years, bless her heart.

4. One day, I will be owned by another calico.
(Rosie helped me fall in love with calicoes. It's been almost 3 years since my girl Rosie flew to the Rainbow Bridge, and another calico has not yet found me. I will never in a million years be able to replace my Rosie, but I've always known that, someday, another calico will be in my life.)


It 's probably no surprise to most of you that next up is our newest installment in the A to Z Challenge.

Our theme of course still involves putting animal-inspired twists on classic story titles. Today we're at the letter R, and so we went with The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. But, of course we made a bit of an alteration to that.

Do you want to know a secret? I really don't enjoy drawing birds. Why? Because I'm terrible at drawing birds. This was a really tough one for me. But, there it is, The Red Budgie of Courage. Do you want to know something else? I had a budgie bird when I was a small child. His name was Pippin, and he was a great friend.


Don't worry, we didn't forget to give you an Eddy fix!

Don't mind that grumpy face. Eddy is indeed happy for some sunshine, regardless of that expression of hers.

Eddy and all of us here wish you all a beautiful, sunshiny day!

Our Tip of the Day:
Yesterday's tip for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month offered suggestions for reporting animal cruelty that you might witness. To further that, did you know that some areas have cruelty prevention programs or task forces? These are often part of the local animal control, humane society, or other similar organization. Therefore, if you wish to further assist in the prevention of animal cruelty in your area, do your research and see if your area offers a program such as this and inquire as to how to join. If your area does not offer such a program, there are still ways you can help when it comes to preventing cruelty. Over the next couple of days we'll be going into detail about some the ways you can help prevent animal cruelty, so stay tuned.


Lone Star Cats said...

Luv dat face Eddy!

Anonymous said...

That photo of Rosie is adorable - she looks to be quite happy being the baby! I am SURE you will have another calico in your life - probably will pop up at an unexpected time too. The best "gifts" are often SURPRISES.......

Love, Pam and Teddy too

Marg said...

hi there Eddy. We like your fill-ins a lot. You all have a wonderful day.

pilch92 said...

Thank you for these great fill-in answers. I remember that photo of Angel Rosie, she was such a sweetie and so pretty too. I am glad you and your sister had a lot of fun as children. I prefer to be home every day so I understand your wanting to be home on weekends. New book smell is better than new car smell :) I smell them at book sales too just to be sure they are not smoky or too musty.
I love your R creation, you did a great job drawing the budgie. Eddy doesn't look grumpy. And I look forward to more cruelty prevention tips. Have a nice weekend! XO

Sandee said...

Love your fill-ins. I'm with you on the books.

I hope a calico finds you soon.

Have a purrfect day and weekend. ♥

Angel, Kirby and Max said...

I do love the smell of new books. I go to the book store to search for new titles for my ereader and to smell the books. Even though my sister was four years older than me, we played pretend only we called it 'play like'. (lets play like we are.... She was a great teacher in these games). Mr Jinks was a part of it and we dressed him up in doll cloths and pushed him in the doll carriage!

Eastside Cats said...

That's a fine bird drawing! And like Lily, Rosie is a favorite name too! What a cutie!

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

Once again, I could've written practically the exact same answers! Angel Rosie looks adorable in that stroller. I don't think I ever did that with my childhood cat!

Weekends in Maine said...

While I love to go out, every now and then there is nothing better than hanging out at home for a relaxing weekend. Weekends In Maine

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

I enjoy the smell of books, as well. The old ones have a certain scent of nostalgia while the new ones smell of adventure. Have a great week.

Suzanne McClendon said...

It sounds like your Rosie had a long, well-loved life. How blessed you were to have her for so long, though I know your heart hurts that she is gone.

I used to have a calico kitty, too. Her name was Calico. I know, really original, eh? :)

I love the smell of books and will always prefer them over ebooks. We never have to worry about a battery dying mid-sentence with a *real* book!

Have a blessed Sunday!