Friendly Fill-ins: Week 93

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. Please link your post as directed. You can answer in the comments, if you need to. Remember to visit other blogs. It takes a while, but it is very much appreciated. And, you will be so happy that you visited everyone.

I am taking everyone in one-by-one or two-by-two in for annual visits. So far, so good. Nothing new. George had his shots this week. Precautions were taken, so he had no reactions and sleep it all off. He is very sensitive. Next week, Grizelda and Chloe Jo will go for their annual shots. Chloe Jo will have her usual (frequent) evaluation, too.

I am happy to say that I was a First Commenter and First Right Guesser over at the Tuesday Teaser! A few weeks ago, I knew one, but held back my guess. When I later found out I was right, I regretted not guessing. This time, I quickly blurted it out, and thought maybe I should have waited. But, I was right, and first! So, trust your instinct! Thank you, Angel Sammy, Teddy, and your wonderful Mom, Pam. I have added the coveted badges to my Page.

After nine straight days of measurable snow, we finally have had a break. This week actually got in the 40s two days. We had a big meltdown and fog! But, there is still a month of Winter. It all comes out in the wash, as Granny used to say.

We are still considering our link-up options. If you have questions, ideas, or concerns, please let us know. We no longer have JavaScript, but that won’t stop us!

I look forward to everyone’s fill-in responses. These were fun! Have a wonderful weekend. Stay safe, warm, and healthy. I will see you soon!

1. My Chinese zodiac animal is the Pig. I actually studied Chinese Astrology many years ago. A very close friend was Japanese. I learned everything I could and shared it with family and friends. I still have a couple of very old books about it. Here are Pig facts, for those who are or love a Pig. Please remember, this is just for fun!

In the Japanese and Tibetan zodiac, the Pig is known as the Boar. It is the last of the twelve signs. Legend has it that when Buddha was preparing to leave the Earth, he called to order a great meeting. The Pig was the last one in attendance. Not as fast as other animals, he was deemed slow and lazy.

There are five elements in Chinese astrology: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The most natural element for the Pig is water, commonly associated with emotions and intuition.

The artistic Pig strives for a life of beauty. She is governed by intelligence and centered by philosophy. These traits make The Pig a calm force and natural leader. She is also a romantic soul, known for her sensitivity and compassion. She is known as self-sacrificing and obliging, prudent and sensible. But, she can also be insecure, precise, even meticulous, finicky, and sometimes can be a bit naive.

Pigs do best with the other two signs of the 4th Trine of Chinese astrology. These signs are the Rabbit and the Goat. They are similar in traits and temperament.


2. My zodiac sign is Gemini, in western astrology. Born May 26th, I am the May twin. It is said that The Twins are mirror opposite. That has certainly been my experience.


3. Income tax season is over at our house. We have had the same accountant for over twenty years. Unfortunately, he is now semi-retired. I fear losing him to his full retirement. When that happens, we do plan to see someone who was trained by and worked for him.


4. In hindsight, I wish I had believed in myself and trusted my own intuition more than I did. Many times in my life, I went with what was right for others, out of loyalty. That loyalty was not ever returned. Ultimately, that was a very painful lesson. However, I do believe in karma.



~May Maneki-Neko bring you both happiness & fortune!~

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Fill-in Statements: Week 93


Each Thursday, my sweet co-host, Ellen of 15andmeowing, and I provide Friendly Fill-In statements. On Friday, we post our answers with a link-up for you to join us with your own responses. We hope you will copy and answer these on your blog, but please remember to link up here. If you need help, please let us know. And, if you don’t need help, just say, “Hey there” so I will know you were here.

Week 93: February 16, 2018

1. My Chinese zodiac animal is                     .

2. My zodiac sign is                   .

3. Income tax season                   .

4. In hindsight,                         .





The lake stirs above and roils below,
with stories and secrets no one can know.
The unknown lies in dark abyss,
a deadly risk one can’t dismiss.
Adventures lived, some dreams are lost,
the price of life a higher cost.
Stories, fables, and legends unfold;
history is written as tales are told.

~McGuffy Ann Morris
I am sharing this post with Two Spoiled Cats, for Poetry Thursday. They offered the (above) photo prompt of the sailing vessel.

I have spent most of my life in the Great Lakes region. The history of the Great Lakes and its people is deep and rich. One of the most recent Great Lakes ruins discovered were from an 1803 Great Lakes shipwreck These ruins were found in Lake Ontario. The sloop Washington was built in America, but Canadian owned.

Shipping between the United States and Canada is an important part of the Great Lakes history. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, pays tribute to these lost ships and their crews. In particular, the ruins of the Edmund Fitzgerald are featured there. 

The Edmund Fitzgerald has also been memorialized by Canadian troubador Gordon Lightfoot. The Mighty Fitz, hauling iron ore, went down on Lake Superior in 1974. The song was released a year later.

Friendly Fill-ins: Week 85

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link for sharing. You are welcome to answer in the comments, but if you link up, more people can share.
We had a very busy weekend with family last week. This weekend, it will be all about our family and home. It will be fun to be all together. I am hoping the tree survives Bee and Clyde, but mostly Bee. The others do not really seem very impressed by it. Grizelda and Maggie just work around it. Chloe Jo likes to look at it. George waits under it for his minions. Clyde thinks it is pretty cool. But, Bee…Bee cannot resist the lights, decorations, and the tree itself. She loves this Christmas stuff.

Sparks will be open on Monday. The link always stays open Monday -Friday. Please link up whenever you have a chance. I really feel that each post makes the world a little bit better. Your energy has the power to change people’s outlook, make their day, help them through a rough patch. I know you all make a difference for me. Thank you. Hugs.
Please be good to You this holiday season. And, to all of your loved ones, including those furry kids. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
1. I can’t wait to see Bill open my gift(s) to him. Just seeing him relax in his own chair, surrounded by all of the furkids will be wonderful! This is the first Christmas in years that we have truly been at home together. He has either been away, or coming, or going. Last year he came home but we rushed off to be with his sister’s family. This year we will be at home as a family! It will be great to see him able to relax and enjoy the holidays.

2. I have had the same Christmas mug for many Christmases. It says, “This is my Bah Hum Mug”. I start using it the day after Thanksgiving, as I celebrate Black Friday with Chloe Jo. The mug is a reminder of the importance of true Christmas spirit.

3. I would not mind if Santa were to bring me time in a bottle. There just never seems to be enough time to accomplish things the way I want to. It seems that no matter how organized I get, (with detailed lists) there is still not enough time to do it all. I try!

4. On Christmas Eve, I always go to Mass. This takes precedence over anything else. It is Jesus’ birthday, so He comes first! Another tradition is homemade oyster stew for dinner. These are traditions that we have had since our first married Christmas, thirty-six years ago.

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~Merry Christmas to One & All!~
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Friendly Fill-ins: Week 80

We are happy you are here for another week of friendly sharing! As always, you can find the fill-ins here and at each Thursday. On Fridays, we post the link 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, but if you link up, even more people can share!
Internet gremlins persist. This is not to be confused with Joanie’s gremlins, unless she has connections that I don’t. I truly do not understand what the problem is with the connection, other than at my end. My connection is off and on. Sometimes, the wi-fi blinks like a frog in a hail storm. Just when I think it has settled down, it starts to flicker. Then when I am about to give up, it settles back down. So, when it works, I try to make the most of it, to try and keep up with blogging. When it goes out, I call Comcast to chat.
Bonnie & Clyde are four months old today. Yes, she is still Bonnie B. Good. The B stands for Beatrix. But, she will not be fooled. It’s just Bee. She only acknowledges Bee. Clyde is Clyde, and has been from the very start. He has always been very responsive, including answering to his name.
Thank you to everyone for supporting Sparks! It seems that many are enjoying finding and reading the good thoughts. It is all about positive energy. This is a great season for sharing good, so let’s do it! If you haven’t, maybe you will think about joining us. Sharing always brings about good feelings. So, I thank you all.  
I look forward to your holiday fill-ins this week. I am thankful for each of you!
1. I can’t wait to eat homemade cranberry-apricot sauce on Thanksgiving. This is a recipe from Bill’s childhood. It is the best addition to Thanksgiving dinner!

2. My favorite kind of pie is pecan pie. I like several fruit pies and some specialty pies, but pecan pie…yum. That is a holiday treat.

3. This year, I am particularly thankful for Bill’s regional routing. This is getting him home more, which is healthier for him. There seems to be a rapport with his boss, too. While it isn’t perfect, we are all pretty happy about this situation.

4. A funny holiday tradition in my/our house is watching the Macy’s parade, then the dog show, and finally football. Even when Bill was on the road, I did these and told him about them. We think he will get home late this year, but at least he will be coming home!

May you have a bounty of food and love!
~Happy Thanksgiving!~

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The Legend Lives On…

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore, twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
With a crew and good captain well-seasoned
Concluding some terms with a couple steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ship’s bell rang
Could it be the north wind they’d been feelin’?

The wind in the wires made the tattle-tale sound
And the wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the captain did too
T’was the witch of November come stealin’
The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashin’
When afternoon came, it was freezin’ rain
In the face of a hurricane west wind.

When supper time came, the old cook came on deck sayin’
Fellas, it’s too rough to feed ya
At 7 P.M. a main hatchway caved in, he said
Fellas, it’s been good to know ya’
The captain wired in he had water comin’ in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they’d have made Whitefish Bay
If they’d put fifteen more miles behind her
They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the rooms of her ice-water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man’s dreams
The islands and bays are for sportsmen
And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go, as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors’ Cathedral
The church bell chimed ’til it rang twenty-nine times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call ‘Gitche Gumee’
Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early!

Written By: Gordon Lightfoot

~I was raised in (and still live in) the Great Lakes region. I remember this tragedy. I have been to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, just beyond where the Fitzgerald went down. The museum continues to remember the most famous Great Lakes shipwreck with an annual ceremony. The bell is rung 29 times, once for each member of the Edmund Fitzgerald crew, and a 30th time for all who have lost their lives on the Great Lakes. It is with great respect that I remember and honour the crew of The Edmund Fitzgerald, lost to the gales of November 10, 1975.~