Friday, September 13, 2019

Friendly Fill-Ins

We do have some fill-ins to fill in today. That being said, this week the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge will only be found on my blog, as my co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing is taking a blogging break to spend time with her sweet cat Noel, whose health is sadly declining. Please send your purrs and prayers to Noel and Ellen.

In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, I'll share them again here.

1. _________ never fails to improve my bad mood.

2. I feel out of place _________.

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with _________.

4. If you ask me, _________ keeps the doctor away.

My answers are below in bold.

1. A purring cat never fails to improve my bad mood.
(I'm sure this is the case for most of you as well.)

2. I feel out of place when I'm away from home.
(I've mentioned before that I'm a diehard homebody. One of my future goals is to work from home, because leaving the comfort of my home and my furbabies for work every day is not really my cup of tea. I don't mind the occasional outing for shopping and to go on walks and the like, but aside from that I just really like being home. I have enough hobbies, like art and writing, to keep me busy and happy at home. I'm even such a homebody that I don't like vacations, though I do enjoy staycations. Just like last year, my aunt is currently planning a family vacation to Florida for an entire week in November. My aunt even pays for everyone's room and board in a giant house on the beach, so the vacation ends up being low cost for anyone who wants to go. That being said, though I really appreciate my aunt being so kind, I never go. I can't imagine a week away from home, though that might sound strange to some.)

3. I would like to find a treasure chest filled with resources for the homeless.
(I don't even fully know what a treasure chest could be filled with to truly help the homeless of both the furry and human sort, but I'd sure like to find this solution nonetheless. Perhaps this treasure chest would be filled with oodles of money? Tickets to forever homes? Food supplies? I'd take anything that would help homeless kitties, pups, and humans find safe and sound homes.)

4. If you ask me, the unconditional love of a cat or dog keeps the doctor away.
(After all, science says kitties and pups can help us feel happier and live longer!)

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.


Ready for Eddy? Believe it or not, on rare occasion you can catch a snoozing Eddy with the camera.

This is very rare, though. So rare that these photos are from many months ago, and I haven't achieved any photos of a snoozing Eddy since then.

These photos really aren't all that clear and focused. I can't even get a non-blurry shot of this girl when she's sleeping. That's probably my fault, because I'm certainly no professional photographer.

Due to her facial nerve paralysis, Eddy literally always sleeps with one eye open. Her right eye never fully closes. Luckily, it never dries out, in large part because the third eyelid does function properly, as you can see in the second photo above.

Happy Friday, friends!

Doodle of the Day: Flashback Friday

Today's flashback doodle is from last year's Talk Like a Pirate Day. This momentous day falls on September 19, which this time around is next Thursday. That's why I figured I had a good enough excuse to share this pirate doodle as today's flashback. Of course, I obviously had to drown the doodle in autumn.

For at least the past two years, my one-eyed angel Rosie has starred in my Talk Like a Pirate Day doodles. I remember last year feeling inspired to also throw in a confused pup Astrid, since the day is often called Meow Like a Pirate Day as well as Bark Like a Pirate Day. I didn't want any pups feeling left out.

In case you were wondering, Rosie was most definitely the boss of Astrid when the two lived together. Astrid always knew to give Rosie her space, otherwise the whappy paws would come out. I wonder what this pup would do if she found herself on a boat with Rosie and an entire crew of kitties. Astrid loves her some kitties, but boy that would be an interesting crew of pirates. Then again, Rosie always despised other cats, so she'd likely be the most displeased with a whole crew of them.

Did you know?
Did you know studies have found that the mere act of looking at your cat or dog can stimulate your brain to release oxytocin, a neurochemical that makes you feel joy? Just the sight of a kitty or pup is enough to improve your mood! Interacting with your cat or dog can also reduce cortisol, which is a stress hormone. As we've mentioned in previous factoids, studies have also found that life with cats and dogs can help reduce your blood pressure and your risk for cardiovascular disease, just to name a couple more examples. The power of a companion animal's unconditional love, of course in addition to their sensory abilities, is also why dogs and cats have been found to offer many emotional, mental, social, and physical benefits to individuals with PTSD, autism, and a variety of ailments. What would we do without cats and dogs in our lives? 


Suzanne McClendon said...

David and I are both homebodies. We do not think it is weird at all that you do not go on the vacation your auntie so sweetly provides. We would more than likely decline, too. As we've gotten older, we just prefer to stay here. They have to practically drag me out to go grocery shopping. :)

Eddy is a sweetheart and, as always, I love your doodles.

Have a blessed weekend!

Purrseidon said...

Meowser Ms. Lorianne I like your answers. Thank you for hosting this blog hop.

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Yes, I'm a homebody too. Looking back, I always have been. Going out and being social has always caused me so much anxiety so now that I'm older I don't put pressure on myself to go out anymore. I've never felt that I fitted in.

Like you, I enjoy my alone time and I have so many hobbies to be getting on with. I'd love to be able to earn a full-time income from home. I hate leaving Athena, even for an hour or so.


messymimi said...

Home is great, and sometimes a few days away helps me remember that a little better;

Eddy is special asleep or awake.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday!

Pam and Teddy said...

I'm a homebody too although I do love vacations with my husband to "happy" places we both love. Love all of your fill-ins. Thanks for doing all the fill-in sentences this week to give Ellen and Noel some special time together!

Hugs, Teddy and Pam too

Tyler (Staff Writer) said...

Precious Eddy. I like to imagine she sleeps with one eye open to keep a watch on everyone and make sure they're safe.

Marg said...

I am totally a home body. It is fun being here with all the cats. Eddy, glad we got to see you today. Have a super day.

Eastside Cats said...

When I'm home, I think about traveling.
When I travel, I wish I was home!
A paradox! Am just lucky that The Hubby doesn't want to go anywhere, so I have choices.
And I would have to sit beside Eddy while sleeping, just so I could gaze into her open eye.

Sandee said...

I love all your answers. What a wonderful meme this is.

Thank you for hosting the Friendly Fill-ins.

Have a purrfect day and weekend. My best to your mom. ♥

pilch92 said...

All your answers are great! Mine would have been pretty much the same. I don't like to vacation either. I would think the Harry Potter place at Disney would tempt you to go to Florida. Thank you for hosting alone and coming up with all the statements. And for the prayers for Noel. Eddy is adorable and I like the flashback drawing. XO

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

You're so adorable, Eddy! We are so much alike on #2 it's scary. I'm exactly the same way. I could work from home although I don't, but I'm only 5 minutes away so that's very comforting. Go away on vacation? That would make me crazy! Vacation to me is being able to stay home.

Cathy Keisha said...

Great 3rd eyelid pics! I see it in the first tone too. How about a treasure chest of kitties? MOL!