Friday, September 21, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins

If you're looking for some Friendly Fill-Ins on this Friday, you've come to the right place! In case you missed them yesterday, we'll share the fill-in statements again below. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing is the mastermind behind the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. The last time I _________ was _________.

2. _________ isn't _________.

3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.

4. My favorite word is _________.

Now, if you want to know how I answered these, go ahead and read on.

1. The last time I cuddled a kitty was roughly half a second ago.
(My girl Thimble is the kitty in question this particular time around. When I'm at home, there's usually at least one kitty in reach. All of my kitties seem to have accepted the fact that if I catch sight of them, they're probably going to get hugged on.)

2. The grass isn't always greener on the other side.
(Maybe you just need to water your lawn? Growing up, I remember my mom teaching me that everyone is responsible for their own happiness. You have to water your own metaphorical lawn and your own metaphorical garden before envying how nice your neighbor's looks.)

3. Pain is a blessing in disguise.
(I debated whether to put this as my answer. But, I kept coming back to a song that was popular when I was in high school. This song, "All at Once" by the band The Fray, includes the lyrics, "We'd never know what's wrong without the pain." Those lyrics have always stuck with me, because though they're a bit sad, they're also very true.) 

4. My favorite word is Rosie.
(My angel Rosie's name always was and always will be one of my absolute favorite words. My dad named Rosie, back when my family adopted her in 1993. I've always thought it was such a pretty name, and it means so much to me. Fun fact? Both Rosie and her brother Sammy were named after characters from The Lord of the Rings. Rosie was named after Rose "Rosie" Cotton, and Sammy after Samwise "Sam" Gamgee.)

Now it's your turn!
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Around here, Friday also means that you all get a fix of Eddy. We yet again, miraculously, have a non-blurry to share of this girl!

All of us here are wishing all of you out there a fantastic Friday!

Our Doodle of the Day:

Our Tip of the Day:

Today's National Disaster Preparedness Month tip is to, in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane, do your absolute best to consider the care and safety of animals who may not be your typical indoor companions. For example, do you help care for feral cats, even an entire feral colony? If so, please don't forget them in potential disaster preparedness plans.

Obviously, evacuating feral furbabies may not be anywhere nearly as easy as relocating your tame, indoor kitties or pups. However, do still do all that you can to ensure that you include ferals or strays under your care in the event of an emergency. Especially if there is a known threat of a disaster, try to find a way to access traps or other means of capturing and transporting ferals. And, of course, do your research ahead of time regarding safe areas that would be willing to take in ferals or strays in the event of an emergency. There may indeed be organizations willing to help with this feat. Therefore, also do your research in this regard and reach out to various animal rescue organizations to determine if they can offer assistance.

Another consideration to make are animals such as horses and livestock. As best as absolutely possible, try to always think ahead, even before a disaster is even on the immediate horizon, and make sure that you have access to trailers and other necessities for relocating large animals. And, again, do your research ahead of time regarding where you might be able to safely relocate animals such as horses or livestock.

Trying to orchestrate the relocation of numerous animals in the event of a disaster can indeed be very daunting. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, time or resources are short. In the end, though, you have to simply do the absolute best that you can. The best way to indeed do the absolute best you can is to always think ahead, be prepared, and have a plan. Make sure that you take the time to research safe options for all creatures under your care, and then, accordingly, make plans that could be implemented in the event of a disaster or other emergency.


David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

Erma Bombeck told us that the Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank. She was right. The grass may look greener, but there are often things we are overlooking. We should look at what we have instead of looking at what we don't and others do. Have a blessed week.

Elizabeth said...

I LOVE your description of how you came about your answers. THANKS, and thanks for the questions.

messymimi said...

Grass is greenest where it's taken care of properly, that is so true. As for pain, there was a child born without the ability to feel pain, and she would hurt herself all of the time because it didn't hurt, if that makes sense. Her mother would pray daily that her daughter would be given the gift of pain, but in the end, the child grew up enough to realize what was going on and take precautions herself. Yes, as awful as it can be, pain is a gift.

Grandma Rosie was the one who taught me to make cornbread correctly among other things, so i love that name, too.

Marg said...

Your fill-ins are just great. I like them all. Eddy, what a great picture of you.Thanks for holding still. You all have a super weekend.

Cathy Kennedy said...


Your doodle of the day is so cute. :)

I couldn't agree with you more about the grass NOT being greener on the other side. Also, without knowing pain we can't appreciate the rest of life and truly not know just how good we have it until difficulties fall on us. It a hard lesson to learn but a valuable one nonetheless. Thanks for hosting the Friday fun!

pilch92 said...

I love all your fill-in answers, especially the story of how Rosie got her name. I like your mom's teaching about taking care of our lawns, that is very accurate. Your folks sound like amazing people. I am always hugging kitties too. Great photos of Eddy, I am glad she cooperates sometimes so we can enjoy her beauty. Cute drawing and more great tips. I always worry about ferals in cold weather and storms. Have a wonderful weekend! XO

Yvonne said...

Great fill ins! I love your answers. Have a great weekend!

Cathy Keisha said...

Whoa! No wonder why you're always moving Eddy if your mom likes to maul you guys. TW used to try to be touchy-feely too. Gramma always told TW "life is what you make it" and TW says she's made a mess of it. I'm guessing you mean emotional pain and not physical pain.

World of Animals, Inc. said...

Your fill-ins are always great. We would love to hug a kitty all day. It's wonderful to hear that a kitty is in reach at all times. Eddy, you look wonderful as ever. So happy to see you today. Thanks for the share and always thank you for the safety tips. Have a great upcoming weekend. Have fun.
World of Animals

Pam and Teddy said...

Teddy is not a cuddler unfortunately......however we do have a head-bonking ritual that he excels at so that probably counts as cuddling. Love all of your fill-ins including the one about pain. We learn a lot about our friends, family and ourselves through painful experiences: physical and emotional. Another pile of un-blurred photos of Eddy - YAY!

Hugs, Pam

The Island Cats said...

Great fill in responses. You gave us a new way to look at pain. ;) Eddy, you're looking adorable as always.

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Eddy is getting very good at posing for the camera.

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

Great answers! Love your #4...I loved the name Truffles so much and it kills me that I only got to use it for a couple years.

CRYSTAL said...

We just love your answers. Daisy Mae did our own set of answers. Our link is in. Enjoy

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

We like your answer to number 2. Sometimes people need to be reminded of that.

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

Eddy never disappoints. Did you ever read Candide by Voltaire? Most of it is just ... weird. But my favorite part is this line from the end, "We must cultivate our own garden." I have several interpretations of that. Of all the books I've read, that line sticks with me the most - it's been over 20 years since I read it - and I didn't appreciate it at the time - but I'm so glad I remembered it.

Anonymous said...

Fabulishious Fill-ins! Sorry mom has been so busy we have not pawticiated for a couple of weeks, look marvelous darling! And I gotta say...the doodle ROCKS!

Suzanne McClendon said...

I think that Rosie is a beautiful name and all the more special since your daddy chose it.

I love your doodles!

I saw a great article in my SC hometown newspaper regarding animal rescue during Hurricane Florence. I'll be right going to find that link! I couldn't find it on my hometown paper anymore, but I did find where it was on a news site. Here it is: Animal Rescue.

Have a blessed weekend. :)

Eastside Cats said...

Well, I'm not allowing The Hubby to name any kitties, since he came up with the name Squeegee today! AS IF! 'Rose' has always been a favorite of mine too. Rose is the name of the mother in "Moonstruck", that wonderful movie with Cher, Vincent Gardenia, Nicholas Cage, etc.

Feline Opines, the World from a Feline Point of View said...

We love #2! The Female Human says people are too busy meowing about what they don't have or what others have. Just water your own grass and you might be surprised how much better things turn out when your eyes are on your own lawn and not someone elses!
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Oliver and The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines

Sandee said...

I'm glad you get to cuddle kitties often. That's a good thing.

The grass is rarely greener indeed. Let's tend to our own grass.

Have a fabulous day. ❤