Friday, February 14, 2020

Friendly Fill-Ins on Valentine's Day

We made it to Friday, friends. Do we get an award for that? We should get an award. At the very least, we have the fun Friendly Fill-Ins today. In case you need a refresher on what the fill-in statements are this week, I'll share them below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. I always carry _________ with me.

2. I would love to know why _________?

3. I express my love in the form of _________.

4. _________ makes me feel like the luckiest individual alive.

My answers are below in bold. Some of my answers have distressingly long explanations. Feel free to skip the long-winded explanations if you're short on time. It's amazing how much more I have to say when typing than when having a conversation with an actual human being standing in front of me.

1. I always carry lip balm with me.
(I have stubbornly dry lips. No matter how much water I drink or how much I moisturize my lips, they still just like to be dry. And I can't stand chapped lips. So, I always have lip moisturizer with me. I actually most often use just straight up petroleum jelly on my lips, because that has proven to work best for me. I also get hives from certain other types of lip balms, so it's generally just good ol' petroleum jelly that I carry with me.) 

2. I would love to know why Toby will eat the dog's canned food, but not canned cat food of the exact same brand and flavor?
(Lately we are struggling with 16-lb Toby stealing 80-lb Astrid's food while she's trying to eat it. The brand she eats has identical flavors in a cat variety, so we got that for Toby. No luck. He refuses the cat version and still steals the dog's. Why, Toby?)

3. I express my love in the form of gifts.
(I know that giving gifts probably seems like such a superficial way of expressing love. It is very superficial. I'll honestly admit, though, that I have never been one to easily express love verbally or physically. I am not a hugger, I am not touchy-feely, you get the idea. This isn't from any sort of dark or depressing past. I had a wonderful childhood with a mother who loves to give hugs. I'm simply more like my dad, though, and have a deep desire for personal space. So, giving gifts, even in the form of giving my time or help, is how I've learned to show love and appreciation to those in my life. All of the above being said, I will absolutely hug and love on cats, dogs, and any other willing furbabies at every chance I get. I am completely different around animals than I am around people.)

4. My furry family makes me feel like the luckiest individual alive.
(Of course, my human family makes me feel lucky, too. But, my furbabies make me feel extra special. My kitties and pup all express their love in such sweet and special ways, and I love it. I love when they choose my lap, and when they come find me just to cuddle. Many of my furbabies follow me everywhere when I'm home. They don't even make me go to the bathroom alone. Isn't that sweet of them? Privacy is a thing of the past, but I love my furbabies for that.)

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 you Friday Eddy fix? Today she wanted you all to see how much she enjoys her favorite treats. She often gets these for the purpose of getting her to sit halfway still for the camera. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

Don't worry, Eddy will be getting lots of extra treats today for Valentine's Day.


Speaking of Valentine's Day,


Our Valentine's doodle above stars Astrid and Toby. Why? Because they're the primary love story at our house. Toby absolutely loves to shower pup Astrid with affection. She's not so into it, but she's a good dog and tolerates his advances. I'm not sure how much of a love story it really is if it's so one-sided, but there you have it anyway.

We hope your day is filled with love and lots of sweet treats!

Tip of the Day

Today's National Cat Health Month tip is in honor of Valentine's Day. On this day of love, be sure to keep your furbaby's health in mind. For example, Valentine's Day often includes gifts in the form of chocolate or flowers, and it also might include a little alcohol and the like. All such items can be dangerous to our furbabies, though. As you all certainly know, keep chocolate, alcohol, any potentially hazardous food items, and lilies or any questionable plants well out of your furbaby's reach. Also consider items such as wrappers, ribbons, balloons, and cellophane. All of these can pose risks such as choking, intestinal perforation or obstruction, and other potential dangers. So, also keep these items out of your furbaby's reach. We're sure none of these tips are anything new to you animal lovers, but do still keep all such considerations in mind on days like Valentine's Day, and every day.


messymimi said...

Happy Valentine’s Day! Please do not think that giving gifts is a superficial way of showing love. In the book The Five Love Languages, the author points out that giving and receiving gifts is simply some people’s love language, and for them it is not superficial at all.

Love the doodle and Eddy pics, and thanks for hosting the fill-inns!

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Gorgeous doodle :)

Erin the Cat Princess said...

Love the doodle of the day; I'm hoping I get some of those heart-shaped biscuits :) I'm sure Eddy will the tons of extra stuff aka food she'll get from you all, and her countless admirers, on this one of the years most special days.

Marg said...

Happy VAlentine's day to all of you.The doodle is just great. Have a super fine day.

Catscue Catmom said...

Happy Valentine's Day! Enjoy your treats sweet Eddy! I'm with you on the lip balm - I have one in my purse, one at my desk at work, one on the bedside table and one in the living room - MOL!

Eastside Cats said...

The Hubby is adverse to gift-giving, so I ask him what he wants so I can buy that exact item, and for me, I just buy what I want!
However, I think the bestest gifts that I ever purchased and received, were Da Boyz. They are simply the best, and The Hubby is in 100% agreement.
Whisker kisses!

Yvonne said...

Great fill ins! We had the same answer to #4 of course :) Happy Valentine's Day and have a great week!

Sandee said...

Love all your answers and gifts are a wonderful way to show you care. Especially handmade ones. Those are the ones I cherish the most.

Thank you for co-hosting the Friendly Fill-ins.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. Happy Valentines Day. ♥

violaetcetera said...

I think giving gifts (or time) is a wonderful way to show love, because you show that you care.
Our pets make me happy as well. So much love!
Have a great weekend!

Cathy Keisha said...

I'm like you. I don't like showing love so I bite instead. All human advances are denies unless I'm sleeping. Happy Valentine's Day.

The Island Cats said...

Happy Valentine's Day! And Eddy, we hope you get extra treats today on this day of love.

pilch92 said...

Great answers to the fill-ins. I completely understand about not being touchy feely except with furbabies. That is odd about Toby wanting poor Astrid's food. Cute shots of Eddy. And
the drawing is cute too. And excellent tips, as always. Have a wonderful weekend. Happy Valentine's Day! XO

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

LOL about Toby's food choices...they love to drive us crazy, don't they? Hope you're having a purrfect Valentine's Day!

Lone Star Cats said...

Happy Valentine’s! Hope ya get LOTSA treats!

Smudge said...

Happy belated Valentine's Day! I get treats, and I've learned to sit up tall and gently, very gently take them right from mom's and dad's fingers.