Friday, January 22, 2021

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello and happy Friday! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. We'll share the fill-in statements below, in case you missed them yesterday. My co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two, and I came up with the second two.

1. _________ is a mystery I would love to know the answer to.

2. _________ is the farthest I have ever been from home.

3. I've lost count of how many times _________.

4. _________ reminds me of _________.

My answers are below in bold.

1. Where missing socks go is a mystery I would love to know the answer to.
(I have so many single socks missing their partners. I read somewhere that sometimes washers, or maybe even dryers, can have areas where items like socks can end up sucked in and out of sight. I don't know how true this is, but I'm not writing it off as impossible. Just the other day I put a bunch of paired up dirty socks in the wash, and one of the pairs came out of the dryer as just one single sock all by its lonesome self. Where is its partner? I don't know, but I sure wish I did. My family sometimes jokes that there are sock gremlins, and I'm also not writing that off as a possibility.)

2. The East Coast is the farthest I have ever been from home.
(I live in Central Illinois. I've been over to the East Coast, which occurred in the form of an eighth grade field trip to Washington, D.C. The farthest I've been to the west of my home state of Illinois is Missouri, which is indeed a neighbor to Illinois. I'm fine with this. I'm not much of a traveler, at all. As I've said before, I'm a major homebody. Leaving my home and my furbabies just isn't something I enjoy.)

3. I've lost count of how many times I've thought of something different to put for this answer.
(I've been trying to think of just the right answer to put for this, but instead I just keep coming up with a plethora of random ones. Thanks to my furry family, I've thought of relating my answer to how many piles of cat vomit I've stepped in or cleaned up. I've thought of putting something about the number of loads of laundry my furbabies have created for me. I've even thought of putting how many times I've watched my favorite movies or read my favorite books. I couldn't narrow it down, so you get the pathetic answer above.)

4. Eddy reminds me of Rosie.
(Some of you may remember my calico angel Rosie. She was the kitty who was in my life from the time I was 4 years old until I was 26. Rosie was an independent girl who knew what she wanted, when she wanted it, and how she wanted it. It used to be that Thimble reminded me a bit of Rosie, but these days Eddy reminds me more of her. Like Rosie, Eddy knows what she wants, and she'll let you know when and how she wants those things. And she'll let you know that loudly. Eddy often wants cuddles, but she wants them on her terms. Sometimes she likes belly rubs, and other times that tummy is majorly off limits and you only touch it at your own risk. If she wants something while you're sleeping, she'll step on your sleeping head and trample you until you wake up and get the hint. All of these are things that Eddy does, and they're also things that Rosie did.)

Now it's your turn!
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Your Eddy fix for today is yet another shot that was snapped while Eddy was looking out the open window. It was cold outside, but if I wanted some non-blurry shots of Eddy I had to open the window to distract her. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I love the color of Eddy's eyes. They remind me of an aquamarine gemstone. I might be biased, but I'm okay with that.

Happy Friday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

This is another old flashback doodle, scribbled up all the way back in 2018. It was a silly winter doodle I drew in association with the fact that I currently work in a chemistry lab. I handle test tubes and chemicals and all that jazz on a daily basis, so I decided to make all that feel more wintry in this old doodle. I'm now hankering to scribble up a recreation of this doodle. Anyway. Here it is.

Tip of the Day

As you all certainly know, cats often seek out heat. Those pups out there sometimes do, too. For this reason, when it's cold this winter, monitor your furbaby around any sort of heat source. This of course goes for fireplaces, which should be sufficiently blocked so that kitties and pups can't directly access it or end up with burns. But, this also goes for various space heaters, radiators, and even floor or wall registers for the furnace. Especially if your cat or dog is known to park themselves incredibly close to, or even on top of, such heat sources, be sure to keep a very close eye on them when heaters are being used, or when the furnace is running. If they are near a heat source, check on them regularly, and feel them to make sure that they, and their fur, are not getting dangerously hot. Depending on the kind of heat produced by various heat sources, burns and other injuries can occur if a kitty or pup sleeps on or near it. If needed, such as if your kitty or pup insists on keeping a heater or furnace register company, consider blocking direct access to them. For example, there are safe, fire-proof covers for furnace registers on the floor or wall. When it comes to space heaters, if needed, place them in areas where your kitty or pup does not have access. In other cases, you might be able to find a way to safely block direct access to heaters and radiators, so that your furbaby can enjoy the heat without the risk of burns. Of course we want our furbabies to stay warm in the winter, but it is also important to ensure that your kitty or pup does not end up with burns or other injuries.


Athena Cat Goddess Wise Kitty said...

Beautiful eyes. Very similar colour to mine!

Smudge said...

What a fabulous close-up of dear Eddy! So beautiful, and those eyes!!

Cathy Kennedy said...


If you EVER discover where missing socks go then do publish your findings! I wonder the same thing. For awhile it seemed I didn't have this problem and then it began again. There are four laying on top of my dryer waiting for the matches to turn up. Maybe, I should just pair them together to make a new pair. :)

Your flashback doodle is whimsical and fun. I love how the test tubes chemical mix releases snowflakes into the room. lol Thanks for sharing and for hosting FF. Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Yvonne said...

Great fill in answers. What a beautiful picture of Eddy. Have a great weekend!

pilch92 said...

Great answers to the fill-ins. I almost had the same answer for #3 as I do clean a lot of vomit and do a lot of kitty laundry. That is funny about the socks. Whenever I have lost them, I find them hiding in the fitted sheets. That is cute that Eddy has a lot of ways similar to Rosie. That is a nice shot of Eddy's beautiful eyes. I like the flashback too. Have a nice weekend. XO

Timmy Tomcat said...

Thanks for the fun Fill-Ins this week and some really fun answers too

Eastside Cats said...

All of my missing socks are in The Hubby's laundry basket, and vice versa...hahaha!
He does the laundry at the laundromat, and over time, he's learned to double check the washers and dryers for leftover socks. I used to do the laundry, which I enjoyed because it's warm and humming...very soothing! But, we had to reassign some household chores when our jobs changed.

Sandee said...

I had to laugh at the cat vomit we've all stepped in. I've lost count as well.

Thank you for co-hosting the Friendly Fill-ins. I always enjoy participating.

Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

messymimi said...

Socks disappear into the hozone layer. Actually, they do end up caught outside the drum of the machines, so if you take the backs off the machines, you can clean out the lint and the missing socks.

Also, there are little doodads you can use to clip socks together before you throw them in the wash so they don’t get lost, and they do work.

Eddy does have very pretty eyes.

violaetcetera said...

I never have travelled very far as well. Like you, I prefer to be home with our furbabies.
Have a great weekend!

cat9984 said...

I totally agree about the socks. I bought a package of 10 pairs of socks with varying patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I had 10 single socks. I have since made one match. Honest