Friday, July 28, 2017

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 64


We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at 15andmeowing.com each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the linky for sharing. The first two fill-ins are always provided by Ellen. The final two statements are offered by myself. You are welcome to answer in the comments. If you link up, people can share more easily!

Busy time here! Bill is looking into alternative scheduling, so he can have his weekends back. His musician friends are all for it, as am I. He works too hard, and music is his healthy, creative outlet. We all need that, don’t we?

Please visit Eli at Coach Daddy for his monthly Six Word post. July is about one's greatest adventures. I found this month's posts very moving. 

I hope you have met Bonnie & Clyde, our new foster babies. I am not always able to share our rescues. Rules and regulations vary, depending upon who I am assisting. However, I will be sharing this pair with you.

Chloe Jo is feeling her naughty self, again. She is such a kitten at heart…and mind. I adore her, just as she is. Maggie is sleeping her Summer away, which is fine. Her appetite is good. George is even able to get her to walk fast (play) once in a while. Grizelda is George’s best buddy; they wrestle! Stella and Kenzie have discovered the peaches are coming ripe. The dog days of Summer can be sweet. Life is good.

I hope you are enjoying the “dog days” of Summer where you are. May yours be sweet, too.

Here are my completed fill-ins:

1. As a child, my favorite playground activity was the swings or merry-go-‘round. There was a sense of abandon and freedom in both of these. I was blessed when Uncle Eddie made me a tire swing. There was nothing better than that! 


2. For breakfast, I have coffee and then I have…more coffee. I really don’t eat breakfast when I am alone. I will usually eat about lunchtime; I think it is my preferred meal. When Bill is home, he tends to make me eat breakfast, especially if he cooks. He is an excellent cook of gourmet caliber.


3. An instrument I would like to play is the dulcimer. I have been fascinated with this instrument since I heard my sixth-grade music teacher play it. The sound of the dulcimer speaks to me.

"Grey Cat on a Tennessee Farm" on the Dulcimer

4. I always try to accept even when I do not understand, because there is joy there. I try not to judge because we each have a different path and purpose. We should try to be accepting of others without judging or assuming the worst. There is joy in acceptance. I choose joy.


~Appreciate the simple joys!~

Now, it's your turn. Please join us by linking up with us here...
   

37 comments:

  1. Dulcimers are beautiful, and choosing joy is the only way to live. Thanks for hosting!

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    1. Thanks, Mimi. I loved your answers. We are so similar that it amazes me. I have kinfolk in your neck of the woods. Sometimes, I wonder. Hugs.

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  2. Cute pictures. The old fashioned folk instruments have a quality all their own. Have a great week.

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    1. I think our American heritage is closely woven with these instruments and their music. My Grampy loved it, too.

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  3. So you and I were both fans of the swings huh? That feeling of the air flying by and I remember giving my Mom heart palpitations when I practiced jumping off the swing on the forward motion - she would get rather upset with me! The dulcimer is one of those old instruments that speaks to our past and rattles the hidden memories we all have of our ancestors. A lot of people feel that vibe I think. Have a wonderful Friday and weekend........

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Yes; I love to swing! When we retire up North, I want a big porch and porch swing. You can come visit! You were brave, too, eh? I agree with you about the dulcimer. I love it. Hugs!

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  4. Love your answer to #4. We need fewer bad feelings toward one another and more joy. And more time on the swings! Have a happy Friday! :)

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    1. Yes...more acceptance and more swing time! Hugs.

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  5. MOL our first two answers are the same as yours!!!

    The Florida Furkids

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  6. I hope Bill gets a better schedule so he can enjoy his music more- and spend more time with you. Great answers, I have never heard of that instrument before. I wonder if you could find lessons on how to play on youtube? I like your #4 , that is the best attitude to have in life. My great niece has the same swing as in the first photo, I wonder if any of my cats would be wiling to pose in it? Have a great weekend! Hope the kittens are doing well. XO

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    1. I bet your niece is adorable in that swing. Maybe Emmy would like it, too! Thanks, Ellen. HUGS!

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  7. I'm with Bill, you should eat a good breakfast. It's like putting gas in your tank. I deviated from the norm this morning and had toast with butter and raw honey, an organic banana and some coffee with 10% cream.

    We didn't had swings at my school but had a large yard to play baseball.

    I love the dulcimer and it doesn't look hard to play. It would be fun to learn to play it. You should go ahead and buy one. It would make an awesome Christmas gift. Hint to Bill...wink

    Great answer to #4
    Hugs, Julia

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    1. Your breakfast still sounds good. Bill is saying he is going to cook breakfast as I type this. He got home early this weekend, but is leaving out early on Sunday. He has a Canada run. I wish he could take me by your place! HUGS!

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  8. Annie, I absolutely love dulcimer music. We have a friend who plays in a group, No Strings Attached. They are quite successful with many albums. Anytime I see they are playing, I try to go see them. Perfect answer for #4. I feel exactly the same way. I goofed and forgot to schedule my post yesterday so just got it published, but I am here early to hop. I truly hope Bill can rearrange his schedule so he can do more of what makes him happy. Sending lots of love and hugs. Hope you have a great weekend. Janet

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    1. I love folk music, especially the very early pieces. I love Blue Grass, for that reason. Thanks for joining us! The Outlaws will see you Sunday! Hugs.

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  9. Oh, Bonnie and Clyde are too cute! Are you bottle feeding them? My girl Thimble and her brothers came to us so young that we bottle fed them for weeks, and I loved it.

    I sure do hope that Bill can get weekends off and enjoy music. You are so right, that people should get some downtime to foster their creativity.

    And your fill-ins are perfect! I loved the swings as a child. I would love to have a swing set even now, as an adult. I can honestly say that I never skip breakfast. Even if I'm not all that hungry, I know that I'll later regret not eating breakfast, because I'll start to lose steam midway through the day. And what beautiful music the dulcimer makes. I am a huge fan of folksy type music, and so I also really enjoyed the video you posted here. And your answer to #4 is so true and profound. Thank you for hosting these fantastic fill-ins each week!

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    1. Yes, I am bottle feeding. I have done this for 40 years, with many kittens, wild bunnies, etc. Grizelda Chloe Jo, and George were my bottle babies. Their siblings went on to forever homes, while they stayed with us.
      I want a porch swing when we retire up North. Maybe I will learn the dulcimer then. Hugs!

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  10. Glad your summer is going well. Mine too. I picked swings too. I'm not really sure why, but I think that was my favorite :) As always you have great answers and great kitty pics. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Yvonne, thanks for always joining us here. Hugs!

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  11. Thise were terrific answers! We hope Bill gets that scheduling thing worked out!

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  12. Mine are up!!! summer is going great here, in need of rain, but it is summer. Loved your answers ann!
    always love this hop

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    1. I am happy to know you love it here. Thanks! Hugs.

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  13. Hooray for Chloe Jo! TW thinks she needs a "Bill" cos she hates to cook. Joy and acceptance are good. I accept that I have to live with humans.

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    1. I love Bill's cooking. But, he is so messy! Hugs.

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  14. Best wishes on Bill's schedule! I have a friend who plays the dulcimer. I'm so glad you can share the new babies. Thank you for fostering! I'm not sure I could be a temporary caregiver. I'd get too attached. ~grin~ Happy Caffeinating!

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    1. Bill will be making some changes, and I am happy for him.
      We have had many stay with us long past the age of independence. *wink*

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  15. Now that we know what a dulcimer is, we love it too. Looking forward to hearing about the new kittens.
    I was late today, My fill ins here:
    https://carolmaewy.wordpress.com/2017/07/28/friday-fill-ins-4/

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    1. I love the dulcimer. I hope to start photographing the kittens. They are so wild right now. Food and sleep. *sigh*

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  16. I have never heard of a dulcimer, but it sounds interesting.

    I like the swings too, but the see saw was my favorite.

    Love your answer to #4.



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  17. Oh my goodness! The cats in swings! I can't imagine I'd survive trying to put Bear in a swing. We're so glad that Chloe Jo is back to her fabulous self ... that made our Friday to hear.

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  18. Swings were my favorite, too, not so much the merry-go-round. Now that I am retired breakfast is more like brunch. Coffee for me is an early afternoon pick me up. Love the cat swinging video...looks like there is a smile there.

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  19. The kitties in the swings are cute, but I think the cutest of the pics is the kitty with the coffee.

    I don't particularly like to eat breakfast either, at least not at breakfast time. My tummy likes to start the day off slowly.

    I hope things work out for Bill's rescheduling.

    Have a blessed weekend.

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  20. I am glad to hear all your furry kids are enjoying the summer, Annie. I'm so with you on #2 - I like breakfast and all, but coffee is what's in order every morning.

    I hope Bill's alternative schedule works out. It would be awesome if you all had weekends together on a regular basis again!

    Hugs!

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  21. Yep, the mom is a coffee for breakfast person too. She doesn't like to eat early in the morning and usually waits until after 10am to eat anything. We hope Bill can get his scheduled changed. :)

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