Friday, May 18, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

Who's ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins? As we mentioned last week, Annie of McGuffy's Reader is taking a much-needed and very well-deserved blogging break. So, I am excited to be serving as the co-host to Ellen of 15andmeowing.

In case you missed the fill-ins yesterday, here they are again. Ellen crafted up the first two, and I came up with the last two.

1. Happiness is _________.

2. Ten years ago, I _________.

3. _________ is the best medicine.

4. Most people don't know that I _________.

And here are my completed fill-ins, with a solid dose of my usual rambling as well.

1. Happiness is sometimes a choice.
(In some cases, due to certain circumstances, I understand that happiness may not always come easy. However, in other cases, I really do believe happiness is something we can choose. I know far too many people who are unhappy because their house isn't big enough for their taste, because they don't have their dream job, or because something else in their life isn't exactly how they want it. In those cases, I think you simply have to realize how blessed you are for all that you do have, and then choose to be happy for those blessings.)

2. Ten years ago, I was counting down the semesters until I was finished with college.
(Ten years ago, I was finishing up my freshman year of college. In grade school and all the way through college, I always put extreme pressure on myself to get perfect grades. I was the only one putting that pressure on myself, but because of it I spent all of my school years ridden with self-induced stress. That's probably why I could not wait until my days of homework and exams were over.)

3. A purring cat is the best medicine.
(Best. Cure. Ever.)

4. Most people don't know that I was home-schooled for three years.
(I went to kindergarten at a local private school. Then, for first, second, and third grades, I was home-schooled. Then I went back to the same private school for fourth grade, and stayed in a traditional school setting for the rest of my schooling days. I've actually never asked my parents why they chose to home-school myself and my sister for three years. I remember my mom and sometimes my dad teaching us at home, and taking us on field trips to all sorts of museums and other educational programs. It was a unique experience.)

Now it's your turn!
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Don't worry, we didn't forget to give you your Friday dose of Eddy. We have a couple more miraculously non-blurry shots of Eddy, snapped while she was enjoying some window whiffies.

Eddy doesn't just have that lovely shot of her to share, though. Just like Thimble did yesterday, today Eddy is partaking in a fun little musical challenge. We are very late to the Curious as a Cathy Mewsic Moves Me blog hop, but we recently learned of one of these on our friend Stunning CK's blog. The one she recently shared involved the simple task of spelling out your name using song titles. All of the furbabies around here decided to have fun with this, with the help of their music-loving Auntie (aka, this here human's sister). So, here is what Eddy and her Auntie came up with for Eddy's name!

E:    "Edelweiss" from the musical/movie "The Sound of Music"
D:    "Dancing Queen" by ABBA
D:    "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult
Y:    "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones

Eddy and all of us here hope that you all have a fabulous Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our newest series of doodles is all about food. Because, well, food.

Our Tip of the Day:
Today's summer safety tip is all about sunburn. Just like us humans, our furbabies can get sunburned. This can happen during time outdoors, or even by sunbathing in windows or doors. And, just as with humans, sunburn can result in skin cancer in our cats and dogs. This is why it is incredibly important to be aware of this and to take precautions.

Keep in mind that cats and dogs with little to no fur are of course more susceptible to sunburn. In addition to this, those with light fur and skin, such as those that are white or orange coats, are also more susceptible. That doesn't mean furbabies of other colors are not at risk, though. In addition, the areas of the body most likely to get sunburn are the ears, nose, and belly, as in most furbabies these areas have less hair coverage. Again, though, this doesn't mean sunburn or skin cancer cannot occur elsewhere on the body.

What are the signs of sunburn in your furbaby? They are very similar to those in humans. A cat or dog with sunburn will typically develop pink or red skin, which is often inflamed as well. The sunburn is often painful, and the affected skin can also become dry and flaky. Hair loss can also occur around the sunburned area. These are all signs to be aware of, but they are also things that you want to try to prevent from happening in the first place.

So, what can you do to protect your furbabies from sunburn and potential resulting skin cancer? You can of course minimize their time in direct sunlight, whether that be while outside or while sunbathing in a window or door. You can opt for outdoor activities when the sun is not at its peak, as well as opting for shade when outdoors. When it comes to indoor furbabies, you can close doors and curtains to help protect against sunburn during the sun's prime time of the day. In addition to this, there are certain window types and window covers that can help block UV light. These could certainly be useful for frequented windows and doors, but this also of course may not guarantee full protection against sunburn or resulting skin cancer.

Finally, another option for sun protection is, of course, sunscreen. This is especially important for furbabies who frequently go outdoors in the summer sun, or even for those who frequently sunbathe indoors. There is pet-safe sunscreen available on the market. Many sunscreens designed for humans can contain ingredients that are potentially toxic to cats and dogs, so it is indeed important that you look for products formulated especially for your kitty or pup. What's more, as we always say, if you have any questions at all regarding sunburn and skin cancer in your kitty or pup, be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian.


Unknown said...

Love those nice clear shots of Eddy, and the choice of songs for her name. You are so right that we can choose to be happy or unhappy in nearly any circumstances. And of course a purring cat can make anything seem better! :)

Cathy Kennedy said...


I'm so glad you're helping Ellen with Friendly Fill-ins. Making purrrfect grades is something I tried to do in college but I never quite made the mark. Homeschooling is a huge job. I homeschooled ours from K-12. Sometimes I wonder if I did the right thing but overall I am happy that I did. Being empty-nesters is bittersweet, I miss having my children at home but am also glad to have my alone time. You did a great job spelling Eddy with your song title choices. If you want to hit the dance floor on Monday, don't ever worry about the theme cause as long as you got mewsic then we're ready to boogie with you! Thanks for hosting the Friday fun and have a good weekend, my friend!

pilch92 said...

Great answers to all the fill-ins. I did not know your folks had home schooled you for a few years. They clearly did an excellent job and put a lot of effort into it. I had the same answer for #3 and I completely agree with #1. We can't always change our circumstances, but we can always change our thoughts. I love these close ups of Eddy's beautiful face. And that drawing is adorable. Excellent tips too. Have a great weekend! XO

CMash said...

I agree...Happiness is a choice. Have a nice weekend!

Eastside Cats said...
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Eastside Cats said...

Kitty with ice cream cone...adorable! I too pressured myself to get good grades, then dropped that to just get through my last semesters in college! Made it!

Sandee said...

Thanks for co-hosting Friendly Fill-ins with Ellen.

I so remember college. I too went for the perfect grades. What stress. I was amazed by those that didn't care as long as they pass a class. They just wanted their degree.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to Eddy. ♥

Savannah's Paw Tracks said...

such pretty eyes Eddy

messymimi said...

You are so right about happiness being a choice. Some people i know are miserable because they seem to want to be.

Home school can be a great option, and it’s a lot of work.

Eddy is beautiful!

Cathy Keisha said...

Looks like the doodle cat got what he wanted. Is that Evan? Yo Eddy! Great fill-ins and answers. Right now TW is very unhappy that our neighbor has been vibrating our common wall with his surround sound movies. Thinking about how mucky she's been with our neighbors too this point just makes her madder.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I agree about happiness being a choice. Most un-happiness is manufactured in one's own head. Seeing what you truly have, being satisfied with what you have (even if you desire more), challenging self-limiting beliefs and not sweating the small stuff are all keys to happiness. We love Eddy! And she loves that window!

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

I agree with your answers about happiness and purring cats. Those photos of Eddy are beautiful.

Kathe W. said...

Eddy is a doll!

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

Great answers! I've always been fascinated by home schooling. That ice cream looks yummy too :)

Suzanne McClendon said...

We homeschooled our kids, too. The two older ones were in middle school and elementary school when we started. The two younger ones never set foot in a public school until they started college. Here in Texas, homeschools are considered private schools.

Spelling out your name in songs looks like fun. I love The Sound of Music and the song Edelweiss.

Let's see, for Suzanne:

Suzanne by Journey
Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
Zero My Hero (Schoolhouse Rock)
Angels Among Us by Alabama
Nearer, My God, to Thee by Mahalia Jackson
Neutron Dance by The Pointer Sisters
Ebony and Ivory by Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney

That is a cute doodle. I love ice cream. :)

As always, Eddy is adorable. Have a blessed weekend.

Lone Star Cats said...

Luv da Eddy closeups!

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

Great song choices. I love you, my Zing!

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

We homeschooled our kids for a while. The two babies never attended a public school. Our older ones were not learning how to read. One science teacher marked a paper wrong that our oldest son brought home. I asked her how he was supposed to determine what the answers were so I could help him figure it out. Her response was, "To tell you the truth, I don't know myself." We thought we needed to change things. Private school was no longer an option since we had four kids.
Have a blessed week.

Unknown said...

I was homeschooled all my life

PJ said...

Love your fill ins, especially #3 - cats are always the perfect remedy to life. I wasn't homeschooled but my mum was my primary school teacher for the first few years.
Eddy is absolutely beautiful and very serene looking.
Have a really lovely week.