Friday, December 28, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins and Photo Fails

Happy Friday, friends! Are you ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins? We sure hope so, because here they are. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. On New Year's Eve, I _________.

2. A goal that I have for 2019 is _________.

3. If I had to choose a guide word for 2019, it would be _________.

4. New beginnings _________.

Are you ready for my fill-ins and their, as per usual, long-winded explanations? If so, here you go.

1. On New Year's Eve, I resort to daytime napping in order to be awake at midnight.
(I am one of those who does enjoy being up when the clock strikes midnight for the New Year. When I was in my late teens and early 20s, I could easily stay awake all day and through midnight. Not anymore, though. So, I typically nap a couple hours before midnight, and set an alarm to make sure I'm back in the waking world to ring in the New Year.)

2. A goal that I have for 2019 is to (finally!) try my hand at publishing some of my stories.
(This was actually a goal that I had for 2018, as I think I mentioned at least once here on our blog. But, I obviously failed at that. I do indeed have a number of stories and their illustrations all in the works, I just need to finish them, polish them up, truly finalize them, and then try my hand at publishing. I still have a good deal of effort and time to put in before anything can reach the end game, but I'm okay with aiming for the end of 2019 to achieve this goal.)

3. If I had to choose a guide word for 2019, it would be discipline.
(I once heard a woman give a speech on motivation versus discipline. She did not believe that motivation was something you should wait for or bank on, at least not in most cases. Sometimes, as she said, you're just not going to feel motivated, and you're simply going to have to fall on discipline to get you through. That actually seems to make perfect sense, and in 2019 I'm going to practice some serious self-discipline in order to achieve my goals, such as #2 above.)

4. New beginnings can be a daunting yet rewarding thing.
(I don't really have a long-winded explanation for this one. I guess it sort of speaks for itself.)

Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


Today is one of Eddy's favorite days of every month, and that is day of the Pet Photo Fails! Blog Hop, hosted by Melissa and Mudpie of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows

Eddy is the queen of bloopers around these parts, and so scrounging up a blooper or two is never difficult when it comes to this girl. Of course, we're going for festive bloopers this time around. After all, it's only the Fourth Day of Christmas. Anyway, this series of bloopers was the result of an attempt to catch Eddy posing on the window sill beside the Christmas tree. I found Eddy sitting so prettily on the window sill, just gazing at the tree. When I started snapping pictures, though, she of course went on the move and started trying to find a good entrance point into the tree. After all, this girl will unashamedly tear her way through any Christmas tree she meets.

Within seconds of that last photo being snapped, Eddy sailed onto the bottom branches of the tree. I somehow failed to snap a blooper of that, though. Shame on me.

Our Festive Doodle of the Day:

I've always been fond of angel toppers on Christmas trees. However, due to how the trees at my house are treated, I always figure an angel tree topper would meet an early demise. So, I instead decided to draw myself an angel tree topper. Of course, it's in the form of my Angel Rosie.

Merry Fourth Day of Christmas!

Our Tip of the Day:

We're starting a series of tips on how you can assist strays and ferals during the cold winter months. Today's tip regards feeding strays and ferals, and it is to make sure you understand the pros and cons of feeding dry versus moist food during the winter months. Dry food often takes more energy than moist food to digest, and animals need to conserve as much energy as possible to stay warm in the winter. However, that being said, moist food that is not immediately eaten can freeze during the winter months due to its high moisture content. For this reason, it is typically best to ensure that dry food is offered to strays and ferals in the winter months, as it will not freeze and therefore will be readily available even after sitting out for some time. All in all, though, it is possible and often beneficial to feed both dry and moist food to outdoor strays and ferals. Tomorrow we will further discuss how to successfully feed moist food to strays and ferals in the winter.


Lucia13 said...

it's an interesting linky, I like it, good luck in publishing your stories!

Yvonne said...

Good luck with your publishing! I like to be awake when midnight strikes too. Great answers as always. Happy New Year!

Cathy Kennedy said...


The best of luck in your publishing pursuits for the new year. I think you're right about discipline and that's the purrfect guide for all of us. Thanks for sharing that! Here's to a wonderful and blessed 2019, my friend. XO

Sandee said...

I hope you succeed in publishing your stories. I'm sure that discipline will help a lot.

Have a purrfect day and weekend. ♥

pilch92 said...

Excellent fill-in answers. I almost chose discipline as my word because I lack in self-discipline big time. I am certain you can be very successful with your stories and I can't wait to purchase them. I need a nap to stay up late too :)
Very cute Eddy bloopers, she is always willing to help you with those.
Beautiful drawing of Angel Rosie. We have an angel on our tree, so far she has not fallen. Excellent tips too. I am glad there are no strays/ferals around us, but if there were I would be trying to get them inside. Have a wonderful weekend! Thank you for being my co-host and always coming up with such excellent fill-ins. XO

Elizabeth said...

Best of luck in the publishing of your stories. That is a great 2019 goal.

Happy New Year!!

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

We hope you publish your stories because we'd love to read them. And than you for sharing tips on feral cat care. Our mom really worries about them in the winter.

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Yay, it's great you'll be publishing soon. You'll be joining a few of us bloggers that are going, or have gone down that route.
Now as to the bloopers,I have to say missing the finale of of an adventure or tree felling is something Mrs H does regularly especially with Radio programs. She waits and waits and waits then nips out and when she comes back it's all over. I don't suppose you're related, are you?

The Swiss Cats said...

Fun photo fails ! What a wonderful goal for 2019 ! Purrs

messymimi said...

Motivation follows action. Use discipline to get yourself to make one small step, and you will find your motivation.

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

Thank you for participating in the bloopers! Those are some great ones :) Four paws WAY up to your #2! You are ultra talented and can't wait to see what's ahead for you. As for #1, I would be worried about myself if I wasn't awake at midnight! I'm a total night owl and 2AM is nothing for me.

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

TBT: Wishing you all good in 2019 on the stories! I've read that some people write deliberately every day and revise as they go, and some go months and then get a great idea and pound it out fast with little editing.

I'm the latter. I used to write short stories about Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals 20,000 BC "all at once and nothing first". I started a story with a first idea and never knew where it would go. Some of the best stuff I ever wrote. I had a flair for the dramatic twist... LOL!

Cathy Keisha said...

Focus, discipline, motivation, three things that TW is lacking. Oh she was certainly motivated when she used to go to clubs to dance NYE away but not for my blog. I think Eddy is my hero.

Marg said...

We hope you publish more of your stories. Sounds like a good plan. Eddy, we think you are great with all your antics. Have a really good day.

David E. McClendon, Sr. said...

Suzanne and I just tend to be night people naturally. We were both born at night so that might be a part of it.

Back when I was much younger, I could go to school all day, work till close at the family store, and stay up most of the night with no real problems. Now, I am good for maybe twelve hours before the need for a nap overtakes me.

Our oldest son is in the submarine corps of the U. S. Navy. We got used to submarine time when his boat was in port. They work for six hours, recreate for six hours and sleep for six hours. Since they are underwater anyway, there is no such thing as day or night on a submarine. I could not do that. Have a safe and blessed New Year.

Suzanne G. McClendon said...

I love being up at midnight to ring in the new year, too. A nap might be necessary here these days, too. :)

Best wishes to you on your publishing goals. You can do it!

I think this idea of discipline over motivation makes sense. I am severely lacking in both right now!

As always, I love the Eddy photos and your doodles. :)

Have a blessed weekend and a very happy New Year!

Pam and Teddy said...

Very happy to hear you will continue to pursue publication of your wonderful stories and artwork! If you intend to self-publish, believe me, it's really not difficult at all - in fact it's a lot of fun. However you do it - - DO IT!

Hugs, Pam

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

We felines don't understand the concept of discipline but we think our Female Human could use a bit more in the coming year.

Wishing you all a happy and blessed 2019.
Purrs & Head Bonks,|

The Tribe of Five & The Female Human