Friday, September 6, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

We did it! We made it to Friday! That of course means it's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I joined _________ in _________.

2. I wish I'd asked _________ about _________.

3. _________ had the biggest impact on who I am today.

4. _________ is the most beautiful place I have ever been.

My answers are below in bold.

1. I joined the cat blogging community in 2014.
(To be honest, I thought our first post on this blog was in 2015. I was an entire year off before I fact checked for this very fill-in. Shame on me. It would even seem that we made our first post on September 19, 2014, which would mean we're coming up on our blogoversary. To celebrate, I soon plan on going back and sort of cleaning up all of our old posts. Way back then, I somehow knew even less than I know now. I'm far from an expert these days, but I'd still like to make our old posts a little less novice and embarrassing.)

2. I wish I'd asked my great-grandfather about his life.
(My great-grandfather, my paternal grandmother's father, was a World War II veteran. He was at Normandy and drove a tank in the war. He was a firecracker with Irish roots, and I was blessed to know him for the first 10 years of my life. I regret, though, that my young self was never wise enough to ask him the questions that really mattered. I wish I could go back in time and ask him to help me connect better to his history and life experience.)

3. Rosie had the biggest impact on who I am today.
(All of my furbabies and angels have had a huge impact on my cat lady life. My calico angel Rosie, though, as most of you know, was with me from the time I was 4 until I was 26 years old. There was scarcely a milestone in my youth that she did not help me through. I cannot even begin to express how much of an inspiration she has been and always will be for me.)

4. Home is the most beautiful place I have ever been.
(As they say, home is where the heart is. It's also where my cats and pup are, and that seals the deal.)

Now it's your turn!
To add your link to the Friendly Fill-Ins Linky list, just click HERE!
You can also click on the badge below to add your link.

You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
or in the comments on Ellen's blog, 15andmeowing.


Are you ready for your Eddy fix? Eddy was jealous that Thimble got to show off her whiskers yesterday. So, today Eddy is showing off hers!

Happy Friday, friends!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Friday

I'm all about the autumn doodles these days. After all, it's September, which means no matter what Mother Nature says, it's autumn. Obviously, I decided to pick one of my favorite autumn doodles from last September to share as our flashback today. I went with this one here:

I remember that doodle took me a relative eternity to scribble up last year. I tried to get the house and its little porch decor just right. Drawing a cat as small as the one in that doodle is also never an easy thing, especially since I use markers that don't have the smallest of tips. Finally, when all was said and done, I realized I had drawn the house all crooked and titled to one side. I kind of tried to fix it by altering the drawing's angle after scanning it, until I got to a point where I just figured, eh, good enough.

Did you know?
Did you know that a cat will more likely hiss out of defense rather than as a form of aggression? The sight and sound of a hissing cat can be intimidating, but it's most likely not the sign of an aggressive cat. Rather, a fearful or stressed cat might hiss in order to tell another cat or animal to keep their distance. If the opposing cat or other animal heeds the hiss and stays away, aggression could very likely be avoided. That's not to say a hissing cat won't become aggressive if they deem it necessary, but hissing in itself is likely not a direct sign of aggression. In fact, a hissing cat is likely the more vulnerable one in a confrontation.


Pam and Teddy said...

Great job of filling in. I never had a chance to ask grandparents about their lives - they were all gone before I was old enough to ask. My parents were very private too so they never talked about family even when I DID get old enough to ask. Maybe they were all space aliens? LOL It would explain a lot! I too love my home - I am the MOST comfortable right here even though I love adventures away from home. My heart will always be HERE.

Happy Friday
Hugs, Pam

messymimi said...

Home is where the heart is.

Eddy's whiskers are beautiful, she can be very proud of growing a fine set.

Cathy Kennedy said...


It looks like many of us are thinking along the same line with #2. Thanks for hosting the Friday fun. I've been MIA for months and am now getting back into the blogging groove again. Have a furtastic weekend, my furriend!

Kitty Cat Chronicles said...

Love the doodle. It's perfect for fall (which will hopefully be here soon...)
Thank you for your kind words on our Caster's memorial post. We miss our boy so much, but being a part of such a supportive community of cat bloggers has been a big comfort. So thank you.

Eastside Cats said...

Eddy is a cutie!
The Hubby tries to hiss at Da Boyz, when they appear to be ready to jump on the kitchen counter. I tell him to put away the stuff that attracts them, but that falls on deaf ears...*sigh*

Sandee said...

Love your fill-ins and Rosie being the biggest impact on your life is ever so sweet. I had a kitty like that long ago. I still think of her fondly.

Thank you for co-hosting the Friendly Fill-ins. I look forward to participating each week.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to your babies. ♥

My Tata's Cottage said...

I LOVE your fill ins! I wish I had asked more questions of the phamily too. Thank you for sharing with me. Happy Weekend! Happy Friday! HUGS

pilch92 said...

I love your answers :) The last 2 are similar to mine, but I got my KaChoo when I was an adult. Sounds like your great-grandfather was a nice man, how blessed you were to have him in your life for 10 years.
Great doodle. That cabin looks so inviting. And that is a beautiful shot of Eddy. Noel was a hisser, but the other cats know to stay away so she no longer hisses. And Joanie is our growler which she does out of fear. Have a nice weekend! XO

Elizabeth said...

I commented on the wrong post, but I'm sure you figured it out. :)

Have a great weekend.

The Island Cats said...

We love your fill in answers. And how nice to see that close up of Eddy today.

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

That doodle is pure purrfection! Those whiskers are too :) Happy upcoming blogoversary!

Cathy Keisha said...

Great whiskers Eddy.
I wonder if your mom knew my Grampa. He was in Normandy during WWII only he was in communications. TW regrets that not only didn't she find out more about his WWII days but when they moved, she left his army books that she meant to bring with her in the basement and didn't remember about them for over a year.