Friday, January 24, 2020

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello and happy Friday! It's time for the Friendly Fill-Ins. If you'd like to give them a go but 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 am particular about _________.

2. My _________ is _________.

3. _________ is a moment I will never forget.

4. Have you ever heard of _________?

My answers are below in bold.

1. I am particular about the texture of food.
(I try not to be a picky eater, but when it comes to texture, I am admittedly and unfortunately picky. Except for when it comes to spicy dishes, flavor isn't often what drives me away from a food. It's almost always texture. My weird food texture issues are why I can't stand to eat the likes of mushrooms, olives, sauteed onions, Thanksgiving stuffing, and whatever the slimy mess is that's the result of me trying to cook rice.)

2. My priority is my furbabies.
(They are always my priority. I'm certainly not a perfect cat mom or dog mom, but at the end of the day, the health and happiness of my kitties and pup is my main focus. I want them to have the best life possible, because they deserve it.)

3. Meeting my angel Rosie for the first time is a moment I will never forget.
(I was 4 years old when my parents adopted calico Rosie and her tuxedo brother Sammy. My mom and I were the first two to meet them. My dad was at work and my sister, who is one year older than me, was at kindergarten. My mom took me with her when she found out a local veterinary clinic had two kittens needing adopted, as our family was looking to adopt two kittens. My 4-year-old self was too short to see into the topmost cage the kittens were in, but I was wearing a red ribbon in my hair, and Rosie reached through the bars of their cage and grabbed it. I certainly don't remember everything from when I was 4 years old, but I remember that moment. I still have that red ribbon. I keep it in my angel Rosie's keepsake box.)

4. Have you ever heard of the cat who faded away because they could see the bottom of their food bowl?
(A certain black cat named Winky told me the story of a cat like this. Do you think I should believe her?)

Now it's your turn!
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Your Eddy fix on this Friday comes in the form of photos turned into an animation. Google creates these animations for me sometimes since I store my photos in the Google Drive. Today's animated photos go along with one of the images I shared of Eddy last week, when you saw how she and Evan like to keep me company in bed at night. Because the photos were taken at night, the lighting is completely artificial and atrocious. But, the photos contain cats, so there's that.

As a bit more explanation, Eddy loves Evan. He is the only cat Eddy actually likes. That being said, she also sort of trolls him. For example, Eddy loves to wake Evan up when he's sleeping, such as by poking him or sometimes outright slapping him. In the photos you'll see in the animation below, Eddy was caught reaching out to a snoozing Evan, who remained blissfully unaware of Eddy's attempt to disrupt his sleep.

Do you see what Eddy tried to do there? That was actually a very mild version of what she does to Evan nearly every night. She likes to wait until Evan's snoozing, and then she pokes, slaps, and sometimes even pounces him. Evan is usually pretty good at ignoring her, but if he's in a certain mood he will fight for his right to sleep.

Warm wishes to all!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Earlier this week I shared some flashback doodles inspired by my angel Rosie. I realized I had one more wintry doodle in the same realm as those other doodles, though this one isn't in that exact same series of doodles. So, here's yet another flashback doodle inspired by my angel Rosie and the friendship she always offered me.

Tip of the Day

We've given a variety of tips regarding today's topic, but we're going to compile them and mention them again today. Today's tip is to keep a close eye on your kitty or pup's water bowl and food bowl during the cold winter months. What do we mean by this? To begin, make sure the water bowl remains full and fresh. To keep warm on cold winter days, we of course run the furnace, or turn on heaters or the fireplace. This is of course crucial for helping our furbabies and ourselves remain warm when it's cold, but this can also lead to increased evaporation of water. This is just one reason to regularly check on your furbaby's water bowl, even on, or especially on, cold winter days. In addition, the furnace and other heat sources can lead to dryness, such as of your kitty or pup's coat and skin. This is another reason why it is crucial to ensure they have sufficient fresh water, as they very well may drink more in order to remain moisturized and comfortable in the dry winter air.

The food bowl might also be affected by the cold weather in the winter. This concept more heavily relates to furbabies who live outdoors or who spend time outdoors in the winter, such as ferals, strays, or those who go outdoors to use the restroom or go on walks. Those who spend time in the cold will often eat more in the winter. This is because when the body breaks down consumed food, it produces energy and heat, which can be crucial for helping a furbaby remain warm in the cold. Therefore, if your furbaby spends time outdoors, keep an eye on their food intake. They may require more food in the winter in order to remain warm and comfortable. Of course, if you have any concerns regarding your furbaby's diet, weight, and overall food and water intake, then do discuss this with your veterinarian.


messymimi said...

Mikey used to tell us he was going to starve to death if he could see the bottom of his food bowl, too. In fact, he would tell us by improperly eliminating on something. His bowl stayed full.

Do you love a steam bath or sauna? So does your rice. Put rice in a pot. it doesn’t matter how much rice or what size pot. Then add water until it is about an inch above the level of your rice (you can measure using your thumb, when the top of your thumb is touching the rice and the water is up to the first knuckle of your thumb, it’s enough water).

Put the pot on to boil. Let it boil until the water and rice are even with each other in level. Then turn the heat off, put the top on the pot, and leave it alone for 40 minutes to an hour, or even longer. You can move it to the back of the stove and let it steam itself while you are cooking the rest of the meal, i’ve left it back there for a few hours.

When you uncover the pot, you will have very happy rice that has steamed itself to perfection!

Cathy Kennedy said...


Eddy reminds of the boys from my school days, how they'd wait until a kid on dosed off on the bus and then flip the fella's ear. It was a funny spectacle to watch I admit.

Food textures don't bother me too much. I don't like mushrooms mainly because DH and I have a mild food allergy to them. I also think they are tasteless and add no value to what I'm eating. I love olives, especially green ones! Black olives I usually prefer on pizza or my Black Olive and Onion spread. Yum! I find sauteed onions tastey and love them on just about anything. A few years ago I discovered some burger joints serve sauteed onions on their burgers and that's the way I like getting my hamburgers now. :)

Thanks for hosting the fillins fun. Have a funtastic Friday!

Yvonne said...

Why would Winky lie? It must be true :) Have a great weekend!

violaetcetera said...

What a wonderful, life changing memory of meeting angel Rosie for the first time.Thank you for sharing, and have a great weekend!

pilch92 said...

Those are all great fill-in answers. I do think you are a perfect mom to your furbabies and I am glad they are top priority. My rice is always slimy too, never light and fluffy like in a restaurant. That Rosie story is so sweet, she chose you. I think Winky is telling you a little fib to get more food :) Eddy is adorable , but I feel bad that poor Evan gets taunted by her. Cute drawing and excellent tips too. Have a wonderful weekend. XO

Cathy Keisha said...

A food dish with a bald spot is an empty food fish. Just remember that. Pop's the fussiest eater we know. He won't eat anything that looks creamy or in white sauce but he loves ice cream. He also doesn't like garlic.

World of Animals, Inc said...

Thank you for sharing your friendly fill-in answers. We are the same with food also. If the texture feels weird. We won't eat it. It was lovely seeing the animation of Eddy with Evan. They are just too cute together. We hope you have a beautiful upcoming weekend.
World of Animals

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

I always love reading your answers! I guess we've found another (rare) instance of how we differ...I love rice, mushrooms, olives and Thanksgiving stuffing. But I do dislike sauteed onions.

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

TBT laffed at #1. He agrees about texture. He can't stand soft stuff on a salad (like cheeses), but he loves most of the other stuff you mentioned you don't. In their proper place.

My Tata's Cottage said...

I seem to be playing catch up but I would rather be late than not participate in the Friendly Fill-Ins. Always love seeing the great answers to such great questions. Thank you for sharing. ENjoy your weekend. HUGS

Lone Star Cats said...

Seeing the bottom of the food dish would be a tragedy!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

What a wonderful story about meeting your Rosie for the first time!

Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat said...

I love seeing the different side to Eddy. I'm weird about texture too - olives, yuck. Tofu, super-extra yuck. But I dig mushrooms and onions.