Friday, December 11, 2020

Friendly Fill-Ins

It's Friday! Is that not the most wonderful feeling in the world? One great thing about Friday is the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge. Who's here to play along? In case you'd like to join in, I'll share the fill-in statements again below, followed by my answers. Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. My favorite Christmas (or Hanukkah) _________ is _________.

2. This holiday season I will miss _________.

3. I would like Santa to bring _________.

4. You might find _________ under my Christmas tree this year.

My answers are below in bold.

1. My favorite Christmas (or Hanukkah) drink is hot cocoa.
(I'll admit, my stomach answered this one for me. I love me a warm, rich cup of hot cocoa, especially with a peppermint twist to it. I actually haven't had any yet this season. I'll be remedying that very soon.)

2. This holiday season I will miss some of the local festivities.
(I don't enjoy going out on the town all that often, but occasionally there is something that lures me out. A couple of events I actually enjoy are Christmas festivities in my local area. One of these such events that got canceled, or at least majorly altered, was a large Christmas tree showing that my mom and I go to every Christmas season. This is probably the primary thing I'll miss this Christmas season. Both my home and work life allows me to still see my parents and sister on a daily basis. So, despite the pandemic, my family will still be having our usual Christmas festivities, for which I am very grateful.)

3. I would like Santa to bring health and happiness to my loved ones.
(I would like both my human and furry family members and friends to be healthy and happy. Do you hear that, Santa? Can you bottle that up and put it beneath the tree his year?)

4. You might find broken artificial tree limbs under my Christmas tree this year.
(I use artificial Christmas trees, for a variety of reasons. After years of being climbed by cats during the Christmas season, the two Christmas trees I put up are starting to attain permanent damage. The plastic tabs into which the artificial limbs are snapped are cracking and crumbling away, tree limbs are no longer able to remain in place, the limbs bend and sag quite abnormally, I have to rebuild the trees on nearly a daily basis, and all that jazz. It would seem it's about time for these trees to retire and for some new trees to meet my cats.)

Now it's your turn!
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You are also welcome to complete the fill-ins in the comments below,
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It's not time for this month's blooper blog hop yet, but it's bloopers that Eddy has for you today nonetheless.

I've been trying to get photos of Eddy climbing her Christmas tree in my bedroom, but she's simply not cooperating. Story of my life. Hence these bloopers in which she's claiming her tree by rubbing her cheek on it. Eddy wants to make sure no one forgets who owns this tree.

Have a festive Friday, friends!

Festive Flashback of the Day

I love me a good ol' red Christmas truck. I scribbled this one up last year. I'll of course be sure to do at least one, though probably more than one, red Christmas truck doodle this season. We've only just started our Dickensian Christmas series of doodles, the next of which we'll share tomorrow, but after those we'll have some new doodles starring more of our typical Christmas imagery, such as what you see above.

Tip of the Day

We previously mentioned being cautious when using lights on your Christmas tree, due to the various hazards they pose, such as electrocution or a kitty or pup getting tangled. That being said, also be sure to keep this same concept in mind when putting up lights, or other decorations, outdoors. After all, outdoor animals, such as squirrels, birds, or stray or feral cats, can also potentially be put at risk by Christmas decorations. Try to prevent dangerous situations by taking precautions, such as never leaving any parts or pieces of decorations loose, as both indoor and outdoor babies could get tangled up or ingest something dangerous. When it comes to cords, whether indoor or outdoor, try to find a way to safely secure them, such as by taping them to a wall or the ground. You certainly don't have to forego decorations and all things festive, but do keep in mind the safety of both indoor and outdoor critters.


messymimi said...

So many wonderful traditions are being cancelled this year, i am glad your bubble includes your family so you don’t have to miss out on being with them.

Eddy is loving her tree to death, isn’t she.

Thanks for hosting!

Basil and The B Team ~ BionicBasil ® said...

Supurr fill-ins guys, and hot chocolate is the best! Happy weekend! XX

Cathy Kennedy said...


Hot chocolate is my favorite Christmas drink, too. We managed to get out the week before last for a day trip to the mountains. On our way home, we drove through Gatlinburg, TN. The streets were very busy. I would not want to walk on crowded streets but it was nice seeing the lights and decorations displayed. Yes, I'd like Santa to bring health to my family. Our youngest daughter in Maine has Covid and the flu. Poor little dear! Our oldest daughter's boyfriend is having a fit with his asthma right now. My parents suffered with several things this year. It's been super rough on them and still aren't out of the woods yet. So, please Santa bring good health to those I love! No broken artificial tree limbs to worry with here. I remember how our kitty use to break the Christmas ornaments the first year we were married. The only one she couldn't break was a Hallmark Peanuts ornament because its plastic. lol We still have it, too. Thanks for hosting. Have a good weekend and a joyful Christmas!

PS: I love the sketch with the old truck. I illustrated an "antique" pickup last month with a wintry scene for Thursday Art Date with Rain.

The Florida Furkids said...

Great Fill-ins. Our trees are not doing well but Mom hesitates to get new ones because the heat in the garage does them in quickly.

The Florida Furkids

Yvonne said...

Great fill ins as always. Also, love the Eddy pics! Have a great weekend!

Eastside Cats said...

Cats are so very contrary, aren't they?
Maybe that's why we love 'em so; they are their own caving in to a human's whim.

Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Lovely doodle and photos.

Mum loves hot chocolate!

pilch92 said...

Great answers. I love hot cocoa too, especially with lots of whipped cream, I actually keep the can with me and keep adding to it. I am glad you still get to see your family. Eddy is too cute to be a blooper. I like the flashback doodle. Great tips too. Have a nice weekend. XO

Timmy Tomcat said...

Yes this year is difficult without seeing all our friends. Love Eddy even if it is in Bloopers. Great Doodle as always

violaetcetera said...

Hot cocoa is my favorite beverage on cold winter evenings as well.
I hope Santa grants your wish, and your human and furry family stays happy and healthy.
Have a great weekend!

Marvelous Marv said...

OooOOOooOh! Hot Chocolate! Gotta make some of that! We generally have a quiet Christmas, so this years will not be much different. We love Eddy and don't see the photos as bloopers! And The doodle ROCKS!
Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

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

Pawsome bloopers! Sadly I can't remember the last time I had cocoa. Might remedy that this weekend!

The Island Cats said...

I climbed our old Christmas tree so much that I did break some of the branches. The mom and dad had to get a new tree.

Cathy Keisha said...

Hi Eddy! Around the condo, the fave Christmas drink is egg nog. TW has noticed that many more houses around down are decorated to bring cheer in these bleak times. The peeps fave thing to do is check out the decorations and lights on Christmas Eve. We certainly agree with your #3. Thanx for hosting.

Smudge said...

I did what Eddy's doing on our Christmas... Shrub when mom and dad brought the little thing home. Dad says he always looks forward to your artwork.