Friday, September 2, 2016

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 17

Welcome to "Friendly Fill-Ins"! You can find the fill-ins here or at each Thursday. The first two fill-ins are provided by my co-host, Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. We have posted a link so we can all share the completed fill-ins.

We thank you for joining us each week. Your participation is very important. Sharing with you and getting to know you better through your answers is what it is all about. Please remember to visit everyone on the list. 

Here are my completed fill-ins for this week:

1. My favorite way to exercise is walking, especially with Stella and Kenzie. When Bill joins us, it is even nicer. We see a lot of nature this way, too.

2. Something I learned last week was how to make a “zucchini boat”. We took a large zucchini and cut it lengthwise, cleaned it out, and stuffed it. We then baked it in the oven. It was so good that we made another one this week, but with a different stuffing. While the cats were not impressed, we were.

3. I am sentimental about all of the many critters that have blessed my life. I remember each who stayed for things special to them and their lives: birthdays, milestones, and memories made. But, I also remember each critter that I rescued, fostered, nurtured, rehabbed, and loved. It was with that love that I sent them on to their forever home, or released them to their natural life in the wild. I was their mother and those feelings forever remain.

4. Some people might find it surprising to know that when I converted to Catholicism, I seriously considered entering the convent. I was working at a Catholic retirement home and became very close to the nuns who operated it. They were an inspiration. I was drawn to their faith and simple way of life. But God had other plans for me.

St. Gertrude~Patron Saint of Cats

Let us always be thankful 
for our many blessings.

 Now, it's your turn. Please link up with us here. Or, you can answer in the comments


  1. Thanks for hosting the fill-ins, Annie and Ellen!

    What did you stuff the zucchini with? I love zucchini.

    I think it is cool that you wanted to be a nun. I had thought about being one, too, before David and I started dating. I figured that I was never going to get married, that nobody would ever want me. The only problem was, I was not Catholic. Then, I decided I would join the Navy, but David came along and I married him instead and he dressed me in sailor suits. haha

    Awww Moon is a precious kitty. So sweet. :)

  2. Every critter that comes into our lives is special.

  3. Such wonderful answers, as always. I also love walking my pup, but at just 3 years old I'm always surprised at how little stamina she has for long walks. I think she gets so excited preparing for a walk while still at home, that she just wears herself out before we even make it outside for the real deal. Your #2 sounds delicious, and your #3 is so true and perfect. I was born and raised Catholic, and I'd be lying if I said that entering the convent wasn't also on my list of considerations in life. As you said, though, sometimes God has other plans. Thank you so much for hosting this fun challenge every week! We always look so forward to it.

  4. Nice answers, I had no idea you converted to Catholicism
    and thought of being a nun. I am glad you didn't become a nun, you were definitely meant to care for all the critters you have and have had.I love zucchini boats too, we usually stuff ours with a mac and cheese with hamburger mix.
    Walking is nice in the Fall when it is cool and bugless :) Have a great weekend. XO

  5. Those were most interesting answers and we enjoyed reading them.

  6. I knew about your conversion to Catholicism, but wanting to be a nun is a surprise. I was raised a Catholic as my mom was one. My dad was not, but he converted many years later after my Mom had died and he married another Catholic. My faith was a great comfort to me after my mom died. I was 16. After marrying Tom, I have become what they call a lapsed Catholic, but my faith remains and the same beliefs. You always find the purrfect photos to accompany your answers. Moon was precious. I always wish I could foster, but I have my hands full with my eight. Have a great weekend. Sure hope things are settling down for you. Love and hugs, Janet

  7. We didn't know about your conversion or wanting to be a nun. Our Auntie El actually WAS a nun when she was young.

    Great Fill Ins!!

    The Florida Furkids

  8. Annie, walking is a great form of exercise. I like getting out when we take trips to the mountains or to the foothill towns. It's fun to stroll around casually enjoying the sights and landscape. Wow, that's interesting you almost became a nun. I didn't see that one coming, so I'm very surprised. :) Thanks for hosting the fill-in fun!

  9. Walking is such good therapy for body and spirit, if you are blessed with the company of Bill, Stella and Kenzie it's even nicer! I saw a video yesterday of a cat that liked to go walking on a leash with the family dogs :-)

    Your stuffed zucchini sounds wonderful, we love zucchini! I am thinking I will try that this coming week!

    It is true that each spirit we share a part of our life with, be it human or animal, touches our hearts forever. I think. You should write a book including a story about each one!

    I can actually see you as a nun, you have the faith and accepting spirit to do that. But it seems that God needed you even more to take care of His critters... and Bill, and those works of love have been in service too!

  10. We always enjoy your thoughtful fill-ins, Annie. We can really relate to your answer for number three. Those amazing connections with so many amazing animals are true blessings.

  11. Great answers! I told Princess Nagger that when we get to the P.E. requirements for her Virtual Academy, we might instigate walking the dogs for some fit activity. ;) Especially since the dogs will be walking us vs. the other way around. ;)

    Ooooh! I'm not a huge fan of zucchini, but I'm trying to embrace it - now I'm going to have to look up zucchini boats and see how the fam likes them.

    Oh yes! I'm sentimental about all my critters, too - past and present (and future)! They are totally worth being sentimental about.

    Wow! I think you're the first person I've known that contemplated becoming a nun! Glad you follow where God leads. :)

  12. Awww, the little begging kitty is so cute. I love walking in Nature too... I consider it almost more meditation than exercise. A work out for your soul I guess. :)
    Zucchini boats are awesome!! I used to make a Cajun shrimp one with a dirty rice stuffing, and then I would hang the shrimp off the sides -- they looked just like oars!! ha.

  13. Loved your fill-ins. Hope you don't mind but we St. Gertrudes picture for future use.


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    2) eye due knot like foodz with gardin greenz in de can
    3) me street life….sum timez
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    heerz two a lake whitefish kinda week oh end guys~~~~ see ya twoozday ~~~~~~♥♥♥♥

    pea ess......what kinda fish can ya catch when ya take that boat out...just curree uz ☺☺☺

  15. My favorite way to exercise is to think about exercising... BUT I really need to get back to walking. I used the HEAT as an excuse for not getting out there and getting it done.
    Something I learned last week was you can have too many peach milkshakes from Chick-fil-A!
    I am sentimental about so many things... many things make me emotional.
    Some people might find it surprising to know that I have had a thing for cars ever since I can remember... my Dad loved cars!

    Thanks Annie! I wanted to be a nun too but it didn't last long. I could see that nuns didn't have time to ride horses! Sister Ellen Marie always talked horses with me though.. :)

  16. I think most Catholic girls think about being a nun somewhere along the way. I did but the no boys things killed that thought. I'm going to try the zucchini boats next week.

  17. Great answer for #3 and I share your sentiment about all the furries who have been in my life. My aunt is a retired Catholic nun (School Sister of Notre Dame). Interesting life, but not one for me.

  18. My favorite way to exercise is walking with my hubby and son at night after eating a good dinner. Loved the fill ins this week. Thanks for the first In's and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. :)

  19. We enjoyed reading your fill in responses. We learn so much about others this way! Like the fact you thought of becoming a nun. The mom is Catholic...went to Catholic schools all her life, but never thought about becoming a nun. Maybe because she had to deal with them all her life. :)

  20. I am a walker as well, its easy and peaceful. And I am a big fan of all my critters, without them, life is just a little too quiet.

    Have a great weekend!

  21. I'm late reading the posts - both munchkins are down with the flu & both cats have been drafted for nursing duty...
    Great answers for the questions. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  22. Oh, a zucchini boat! Sounds interesting... Great post!

    : )

  23. You rock. Thank you for being such a wonderful friend to animals.