Friday, September 9, 2022

Friendly Fill-Ins

Hello, friends! We're ready for the Friendly Fill-Ins challenge, and we'd love for you to join us. My amazing co-host Ellen of 15andmeowing came up with the first two fill-in statements, and I came up with the second two.

1. A pleasant memory that I have from grade school is _________.

2. My plans this month include _________.

3. Please don't ask me to choose between _________ and _________.

4. In _________ years, I see myself _________.

My answers are below in bold, accompanied by their usual and unnecessarily long rambling.

1. A pleasant memory that I have from grade school is going to those wonderful book fairs.
(Remember those book fairs back in school, usually having a lot to do with Scholastic? And those little Scholastic book catalogues from which you could order books the old-school way? My school usually had these book fairs around the same time as parent-teacher conferences, and the students could hang out at the book fair while their parents talked to the teachers. Those book fairs always made my bookworm self so very happy. And my sister and I were always pretty quiet and considered well-behaved kids by our teachers, so as a reward our parents would let us pick out some books at the book fair. Those were the days.)

2. My plans this month include the same ol' same ol'.
(This month, I want to try to get more art done, write more, read more, put out better blog content, and overall try to get my life together. I feel like this is a repeat battle every month, but one of these times I'll win.)

3. Please don't ask me to choose between cats and dogs.
(I know a lot of you who visit our blog only share your homes with cats and probably just generally prefer the company of cats. I'm certainly not going to shame anyone for that, because I love cats. I've shared my life with cats since I was a small child, and I always will share my life with cats. That said, I personally have also shared most of my life with dogs and also love them very much. That's why, when I see polls asking if you prefer cats or dogs, I can never say one or the other. As an animal lover of all sorts, it makes me feel guilty to choose. If I'm being honest, if I really, truly could only choose to have one, I'd probably only have cats, in no small part because they're fare more independent. But that doesn't mean I don't love dogs and don't hope to always share my life with them as well as cats, so please just don't make me pick.)

4. In five years, I see myself having accomplished more of my creative endeavors.
(That's my goal and intention. I've worked in the field of science for over a decade now, and while I appreciate the experience, I'm pretty sure I've come to the conclusion that I'd really rather be using my creative skills in life. Between art, writing, and other such things, I have a lot of personal dreams and plans. I've been working on some of these creative endeavors for years now, such as all the writing projects I've been mentioning here on our blog for an eternity. I unintentionally pushed a bunch of those dreams and goals to the side when my full-time job started picking up a couple years and just never slowed down again, but I've officially decided that I'm going to make the transition to a more creative, preferably entrepreneurial lifestyle. My goals are lofty, but I'm willing and eager to try.)

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Eddy is here to say hello to you all today. Sort of. She apologizes for the butt shot, but the window needed her attention.

Happy Friday, friends!

Flashback Doodle of the Day

Tip of the Day

Today's simple autumnal tip is, when safe and reasonable, for you and your furbaby take outdoor advantage of the fall weather. During this season, we often don't see all those unbearably hot summer days or those frigid winter days. Therefore, while this cooler, crisp weather is here, perhaps use it to take special yet safe trips around the neighborhood, to the park, and so forth. Of course, this part of this tip only applies to those furbabies who are accustomed to going on walks or making other similar trips outside. So, if you have yourself a pup or a kitty who enjoys the outdoors, make the most of autumn, and use these months to take an extra walk or two, to make those walks a little longer than usual, or to simply enjoy extra moments of fresh air by sitting on the porch or in the yard together. Do be sure to take all precautions, though, and make sure your furbaby is safely on a leash, that he or she is wearing identification, that you only visit pet-friendly areas, and so forth.

We're not quite done yet, though. This next part of the tip relates to those furbabies who might not be outdoor or go on walks, but who might still benefit from the weather of autumn. We're referring to using the cool autumn months for vet visits or other trips indoor furbabies might need to take. In other words, when possible, you can schedule vet visits for the season of autumn, so as to avoid sweltering summer or frigid winter trips outdoors. Your furbaby still might not enjoy a date with their doctor, but at least in the autumn they likely wouldn't have to suffer extreme heat or cold during their outing.


Elza Reads said...

Book fairs!! They were the best yes. I am actually trying to plan one for the school library soon.

Ever since we got the new puppy, I also struggle to choose between cats and dogs!!

Our winter is coming to an end here in SA and it's time to start taking the dogs to the beach again. I took the puppy on Wednesday and she loved it!!

Have a good weekend.

Elza Reads

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


1. A pleasant memory that I have from grade school is spinning a top.

2. My plans this month include watching Laz run up to me outside and giving him the scritchies he loves outside but not so much inside.

3. Please don't ask me to choose between cats and not-cats. Cats win every time for me.

4. In 15 years years, I see myself with me and Lori in our elder years.

Yvonne said...

I forgot all about book fairs. I loved them. I remember Scholastic too. Hi Eddy! Cute pic!

Have a great weekend!

pilch92 said...

I enjoyed all your answers. I hope you can achieve your creative endeavors soon. And yes, I remember book fairs and I still have some books from them. :) Eddy is a cutie and I love the drawing. Great tips too. XO

Eastside Cats said...

Eddy cares not for your camera; something out there is much more impawtant!

messymimi said...

Book fairs are great, i love going to the used book sale to benefit the library, too.

Eddy is amazing from every side.

meowmeowmans said...

Oh, I remember loving those book fairs and Scholastic, too! Thank you for that memory -- it certainly made me smile. :)