Friday, March 27, 2020

Friendly Fill-Ins and Photo Fails

We hope you are all having a happy and healthy Friday! Now, are you ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge? In case you missed the fill-in statements yesterday, we'll share them again below. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. My favorite outdoor activity is _________.

2. One positive aspect of social isolation is _________.

3. It's fortunate that _________.

4. I have _________ memorized.

My answers are below in bold.

1. My favorite outdoor activity is walking.
(I love walking pup Astrid, and I also find great joy in taking true nature walks. I live not too far away from a wooded nature center, and I love going there to just walk for a couple of hours. That being said, I much prefer walks in weather that is neither too hot nor too cold. If I can enjoy a nature walk in the early autumn, when the leaves are all golden but also still on the trees, that's my ideal sort of walk.)

2. One positive aspect of social isolation is the isolation.
(I'm an introverted homebody. Isolation is my kind of thing. I am most focused and productive when I'm all alone. I know some people thrive on human interaction, but I'm not that kind of person. I thrive far more on contact with cats and dogs. That being said, since I work at an essential business, I still go to work every day, so isolation isn't really a thing in my life even during this pandemic.)

3. It's fortunate that all of my furbabies are healthy.
(This is a fortunate thing on any day. It's especially fortunate these days, during this pandemic. Even though our state has a shelter-in-place order, our veterinary office is not closed. They are open, but in order to best practice proper pandemic etiquette and social distancing, they are focusing on only seeing pets in more dire need of veterinary care. They are also one of many veterinary offices doing curbside care, where you park in the parking lot, hand off your furbaby from there, and then wait in your car. Since my furbabies are all fortunately healthy, though, we're not in need of any veterinary care. I'm incredibly grateful for that. I feel so bad for the humans of ailing furbabies during these difficult times.)

4. I have our veterinary clinic's phone number memorized.
(How many of you have your veterinary clinic's number memorized? I'm going to guess that quite a few of you do. I don't know my own doctor's number, but I sure know the veterinarian's number.)

Now it's your turn!
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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 extra fun. Why? Because today is the day of the Pet Photo Fails! Blog Hop, hosted by Mudpie and Melissa of Melissa's Mochas, Mysteries, & Meows.

As I've said before, I'm really glad bloopers are a Friday sort of thing. This is because Friday is my girl Eddy's day on our blog. Eddy is also our blooper queen, and so that's a perfect combo.

Ready for Eddy's photo fails? I recently spent a huge chunk of time trying to get photos of Eddy actually looking at me. The photos below are just a tiny fraction of the failed attempts.

If  you ask this tabby girl to look at you and say, "Cheese!", she'll very likely just turn away and laugh instead. I'm pretty sure I heard her snickering as I snapped these bloopers. Such is life with Eddy, and I love it.

Happy Friday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Today is yet another flashback doodle as I try to prepare lots of new doodles for April's A to Z challenge. We're still sharing flashbacks from last year's series of fairy tale drawings. Given that Eddy loves to lie on top of me as I sleep, I thought the flashback below was perfectly fitting for today.

Do you see that brown splotch on the grey cat's back end? I remember when that happened to this doodle. It was simply a smudge from the brown pen used for the brown tabby. I could've tried to blend it in, but that would've changed the grey cat's color, and I wasn't into that option. So, that there is a grey cat with a dirty bum, I guess.

Tip of the Day

In these last couple days of National Pet Poison Awareness Month, we're going to summarize some tips on how to help keep your furbaby safe from potential poisons. First, as obvious as it is, we're here today to remind you to use doors or other obstacles to properly block your kitty or pup's access to potentially dangerous products or areas of the house. For example, if your bathroom, laundry room, or utility closet contain dangerous chemicals, such as detergents, then keep their doors securely closed to bar your furbaby's entrance. Similarly, keep the door to your garage shut, in order to keep your furbaby away from gasoline, antifreeze, and other dangers that might be found in the garage. If you have a shed and your furbaby goes outdoors, keep the shed's door securely closed, especially if it houses fertilizers, pesticides, or other potentially toxic products. And don't forget to consider your garden, where toxic plants might grow, or where dangerous chemicals might be used. In such cases, monitor your furbaby while outdoors, and block your kitty or pup's access to the garden, such as with a secure fence. In short, consider all areas of the house and yard where poisoning or danger might arise, and ensure proper safety against said dangers.


Lone Star Cats said...

My momma hates da isolation. But she's an extrovert and also can't work now. Who knows when she'll be allowed to . . .

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Mum is with you. She loves being at home with me being creative and feeding her mind and soul with books, music, and art.

And that doodle is heaven she says! I'd hate to see her with so many cats though. She has me. That should be Heaven enough :)

messymimi said...

The vets here are having to do curbside, too, and i am grateful we do not need them at this moment.

Eddy is amazing from any angle or pose, of course.

Yvonne said...

We have the same answer for #1. I do love walking. Great fill ins. Stay safe and have a great week!

Eastside Cats said...

Someday, I'd like to be that princess, with cats sleeping all over my bed!
I haven't memorized a phone number in a bazillion years...hehehe!

My Tata's Cottage said...

Oh your artwork is precious! I really loved it. I remember participating with the A to Z challenge. Hmmmm.....lots more time on my hands. Thank you for the reminder.
Thanks for the tips. We bought a beautiful plate one year and found it it was highly poisonous to pets. There is an old gent who walks his chocolate brown poodle and as much as they annoy me I would never hurt a pet. He used our front yard as his potty place without ever cleaning it up. So we dug that thing up and threw it away. I think when purchasing plants and flowers there should be a section PET FRIENDLY. Just my own thoughts.
Love all your answers too to fill in questions. I sure look forward to it each week. Thank you for all you do saving our furry babies. Stay healthy and take care. HUGS across the miles xo

pilch92 said...

I love your answers to the fill-ins. I have the vet number memorized too :) I am glad our vet is still doing things the regular way because my mom's cat had to be seen and I like being right there to explain and ask questions. Eddy never disappoints with her fun bloopers. The drawing is so cute, I love that there is a tortie included. Great tips too. Have a nice weekend and I hope you and your family stay healthy. XO

violaetcetera said...

Love your flashback doodle, I sleep best when a cat is with me too.
I hope all of you stay healthy!

The Island Cats said...

MOL! Those are some excellent fails, Eddy!

Cathy Keisha said...

Eddy outdid herself this month! Bravo! Thanx for co-hosting the fill-ins.

Astrid said...

I have the same answer to #1. I am so glad you’re relatively close to nature. I also find it so amazing that you have a pup named Astrid. Send her extra love from me.