Friday, January 15, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins

It's Friday, which means we're ready to fill in some fill-ins. If you'd like to join us for the Friendly Fill-Ins but 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. I learned _________ the hard way.

2. Everyone should _________ at least once in their lives.

3. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about _________.

4. I'll never be too old to _________.

My answers are below in bold.

1. I learned the importance of wearing eye protection when doing yard work the hard way.
(It's common sense that eye protection should be worn anytime your eyes could be injured, and that includes when doing yard work such as trimming trees. I got bold one time, though, and ignored that bit of common sense. A few years ago, my elderly neighbor needed help trimming a couple of low branches on one of her small trees. I went over to help her, and I of course didn't take any eye protection with me, not even sunglasses. I figured it would be fine, because we only had a couple of simple branches to cut. And that's when I learned my lesson. My left eye got to know a tree branch pretty well that day, and I was lucky that the worst I ended up with was a nasty corneal abrasion. I couldn't fully open my eye for days, and it felt bruised and had to be treated with ointment for months after that. Ever since then, I have always worn eye protection when doing yard work, especially trimming tree limbs.)

2. Everyone should experience the unconditional love of an animal at least once in their lives.
(Animals can offer an unconditional form of love that most humans cannot offer, and I think everyone should feel that sort of love at some point in their life.)

3. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about the future.
(I know there are people out there who have a tendency to dwell on the past. I'm the opposite. I'm pretty good at putting the past behind me, but I do constantly find myself pondering and attempting to predict or plan the future. Especially with how the world is turning these days, I find myself not only contemplating my own personal future, but also the future of my nation and the world.)

4. I'll never be too old to enjoy children's stories.
(Whether it be in the form of books or movies, there are many children's stories I enjoy despite the fact that I'm an adult.  Perhaps children's stories have more inspiring themes. Perhaps they're filled with more innocence. Perhaps they're just fun. No matter the reason, whenever I need something lighthearted and lively, I find myself reading books meant for middle graders and watching animated movies aimed at kids. I'll never outgrow that. Want a fun fact? One of my favorite animated movies aimed at kids is How To Train Your Dragon, and my calico angel Rosie used to love chasing the movie's flying dragons around on the TV screen. Nowadays, Thimble does the exact same thing.)

Now it's your turn!
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Can you believe that the photo Eddy is sharing today isn't even a blooper? Just look!

In order to get at least a couple viable photos of Eddy, I recently opened the window to distract her. So what if it was below freezing outside? We'll be sharing more photos from that frigid photo shoot over the next couple of weeks.

Happy Friday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

Yesterday, we discussed wiping off furry feet and human shoes after going outdoors in the winter, in order to reduce exposure to products such as salt, or ice melt. There is another good reason to wipe off those furry feet after going outdoors, and that is to remove snow and ice from the paws and the toes they contain. When a dog or cat goes outdoors into the snow, their paw pads, the fur on their feet, and the areas between their toes can all collect snow and ice. This can of course be cold and uncomfortable, so when they come in from outdoors, be sure to wipe off their feet so that they can remain dry and warm. Especially if your furbaby is short or if the snow is deep, also wipe off their belly and anywhere on their body that might have collected cold snow. Also thoroughly wipe off your own feet when you come inside, or remove your shoes, in order to keep the floors dry and warm for your furbaby's paws.

In line with the above thoughts, if your pup or kitty goes on walks, consider taking a dry towel with you when there is snow on the ground. Snow and ice can clump up and get stuck between your furbaby's toes, and those with especially furry feet can attract extra snow and ice on their feet. So, if your furbaby is outdoors for an extended period of time, do consider taking a dry towel with you and removing snow and ice from on and between their toes throughout the walk. This will allow them to remain as dry and comfortable as possible when outdoors in the snow.


Kinley Westie said...

Momma's a bit obsessive about wearing sunglasses, so luckily she hasn't had anything nasty get in her eyes when doing yardwork. Ouch!

Yvonne said...

Great answers. I especially agree with #2. There are many people who never experience it and don't always understand it either.

The Florida Furkids said...

Great Fill-ins! Mom needs to remember to wear glasses. She finally learned to wear elbow-length thorn-resistant gloves!

The Florida Furkids

Eastside Cats said...

Actually, I wear glasses all day, but forget to find my safety goggles when out there! I have no depth perception, so walking into a twig or branch is very easy for me to do.
I cringe when I see folks cutting their lawns with mowers, but there are children nearby. Those machines can really throw rocks; I've seen it happen!

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

Epic fill-ins and #1 is so impawtant, the P.A. once got an eyeful of foxglove seeds when deadheading a plant, they got trapped under her top eyelid and it was a trip to the eye hospital to remove them - safety glasses are now worn at all times when working in the garden. Happy Friyay fluffies! XX

pilch92 said...

Great fill-in answers, but I am sorry you had an eye injury. I never thought about eye protection, my hubby and I need to start doing that when trimming the pussy willow trees as the branches come flying down when we use the telescoping pruners. I had a similar answer for #2. And I am like you in leaving the past in the past. Eddy is a cutie, nice whisker shot. And that is a great flashback and excellent tips.

Timmy Tomcat said...

Love those fill ins. Dad worked with power tools for years but the one time he got a nasty in the eye it was at a rental property where he had just put a new latch on a screen door. He was all done and the wind picked up a bit of metal and it went in his eye. Luckily Wills Eye Phila was near and there he went. It was out in a second with a magnet. Thing is Dad WAS wearing protective glasses. He used the wrap around kind from then on. Hi Eddy

2 gators said...

enjoyed your answers first time to visit your blog very nice indeed . I now wear eye protection when working in the yard (experience) hope you have a great week

violaetcetera said...

I answered #2 in a similar way. I feel very sorry for fellow humans who never felt this kind of love!
Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Mudpie enjoys open windows in the middle of winter too! Completely agree with you on 2 and 3, and OUCH to #1!

messymimi said...

With Eddy, as with most cats, you just have to do what works.

Your answer to #4 and mine were very similar.

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

1. I learned how to get off a tall ladder the hard way. THUD!

2. Everyone should be moderately injured at least once in their lives just to understand what it is like.

3. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about my Will.

4. I'll never be too old to be stupid.

Sandee said...

Love your fill-ins. I wear glasses all the time, but need to wear safety glasses when out doing yard work. Excellent advice.

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

Have a fabulous day and week ahead. ♥