Oliver Opines on Beds, Blankets and Other Stuff

Hello Furiends,
Oliver here. I’m taking on the Friendly Fill Ins this week. I hope you enjoy my answers and I invite you to purrticipate in this blog hop by going to 15andMeowing or Four-Legged Furballs  the hosts of this blog hop. You are also welcome to opine about your fill in answers on this blog post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

This week’s questions:

1. One can _____________.
2. Given the choice of _______________ or _______________,  I would pick _________________.
3. _________ makes me feel _________.
4. I never go a day without _________.

My Answers:

1. One can always count on me to find and hog the best source of heat.  The kitchen heat vent is my purrticular favorite.

2. Given the choice of snuggling with a human or snuggling with one of my feline siblings,  I would pick neither and snuggle alone on my favorite down blanket.
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3. Snuggling in my felted cat bed makes me feel warm and cozy.
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4. I never go a day without guarding the house and snoopervising what’s going on in the woods around us. Here I am watching for leaves to chase. It’s a hard job but some feline has to do it!
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The Tribe Opines on Books, Getting Stuck and Other Stuff

Happy Fur-iday! And when it’s Fur-iday you know one of the Tribe of Five will be opining on Friendly Fill Ins. We couldn’t decide who would get to answer the fill ins so Olilver, Lily and I are all opining this week.  This is a blog hop hosted by our furiends from 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs. You can hop on over to their sites and join the fun or, if you prefer, you can opine in our comment form.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
Siamese cat with blue eyes

Here are this week’s fill ins:

1. I have _______________ for ____________.

2. _________________ make me _____________________.
3. I’m surprised that _________.

4. To make a long story short, ________

Here are our answers:

1. Lily:  I have no patience for felines who are not well-read. The Caticons book is fantastic and we’re reading a new book we’ll be reviewing soon called Prancie’s Prayer.

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2.Alberto: Being interrupted in the middle of my favorite TV show makes me cranky!

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3. Oliver: I’m surprised that giving The Female Human my saddest face has no affect on her when she sits at the counter having breakfast.

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4. Oliver: To make a long story short, I underestimated my girth when I squeezed under the kitchen stool. 

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Oliver Celebrates Feline Friday

In the fall we get some GNARLY thunder and lightning storms around here. I am not a fan and prefer to crawl under something until the crashing and flashing is over! (Note the worried look on my face!)

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Oliver Opines on Sunshine, Dangerous Places and more

Happy Friday Furiends,
We’ve been celebrating #RememberMeThursday and have been quite busy spreading the world about adoption. Many of our online friends joined with us and it made me proud to see all their hard work.

If it’s Friday, you know it’s Friendly Fill In blog hop time #124 hosted by our furiends 15andMeowing and Four-Legged Furballs. We invite you to join the blog hop or, if you prefer, you can opine about your fill ins in our comment section.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

This week’s Fill Ins:

1. A  ________________ will ___________________.
2. The best time of the day is __________________.
3. _________ is not my strong suit.

4. It’s all fun and games until _________.

My Answers:

1. A  good day will always be made better when you find your purrfect sun spot!

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2. The best time of the day is when The Humans go to the pantry and get us food (that’s me in front of the pantry providing a gentle reminder that it’s feeding time.)

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3. Patience is not my strong suit.
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Hello! The water bowl is getting low!

4. It’s all fun and games until someone sits in the rocking chair.
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Whoa Human, don’t sit there!

Oliver Opines on Dangerous Places and other Feline Stuff on Friendly Fill ins #123

Hi There Furiends,
Oliver here. I’m answering this week’s fill ins. I hope you are all well and safe and enjoying a lovely fall, even if it’s from the window sill inside the house (one of my favorite spots). I invite you to join this blog hop hosted by 15andmeowing and  Four-Legged Furballs. If you would prefer to opine about your answers in our comment section, please feel free to do so.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

This week’s questions:

1. The last time I ____________was ____________________.
2. __________________isn’t ___________________.
3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.
4. My favorite word is _________.

My Answers:

1. The last time I faced danger (danger of falling down the stairswas just the other day.  I was once in this dangerous situation when I was just a little guy. You can read about it here.
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2. My felted wool bed isn’t fitting as well as it used to. Hmm, it must have shrunk!
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3. Having glass between me and the great outdoors is a blessing in disguise.

4. My favorite word is “Walk!”
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Oliver Opines on 9th Century Cats, His Luxurious Coat and more.

Hello Furiends,
Oliver here. I’m doing the Friendly Fill Week #122 in answers this week. This is a blog hop sponsored by our furiends 15andmeowing and Four-Legged Furballs.  You join the fun at either one of their blogs or you are welcome to opine about your answers in the comment section of this post.
Purrs & Head Bonks,
black and white cat Oliver

Here are this week’s fill-ins:

1. Being _______________ is _____________________.

2.If ___________________ were worth money, then I would be rich.

3. I am proud of _________.

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year _________.

My Responses:

1. Being a fastidious feline is very rewarding because I receive many compliments on my luxurious fur coat.

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A cat’s work is never done.

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Now to smooth everything out.

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This is rough on the tongue.

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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.

2.If hair balls were worth money, then I would be rich(And that’s the down side to maintaining my luxurious coat.)
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Dear Amazon, I would like to return these hairballs.

3. I am proud of my excellent snoopervising talents. 

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Excuse me Human, you missed a spot.

4. If I could time travel, I would visit the year …well I don’t know the year but I know the century. I would visit the 9th century. The Male and Female Human went to Ireland and when they visited Trinity College in Dublin and saw the Book of Kells The Female Human was fascinated with the story of Pangur Ban. 
Pangur Ban is a white cat made famous by a poem written by a monk  at or around Reichenau Abbey. Some humans say that the poem was a comparison of the monk’s scholarly work with the activity of a cat. Others say that the poem was written by the monk for his cat. I like the second interpretation and can imagine a playful kitty scampering around his human while the monk is working hard at illuminating the pages of the Bible. I would go back to visit that monk and play with his feline friend (and maybe leave some of my paw prints on his manuscript). Here is the poem, I hope you enjoy it as much as The Female Human does.
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I and Pangur Bán my cat,
‘Tis a like task we are at:
Hunting mice is his delight,
Hunting words I sit all night.

Better far than praise of men
‘Tis to sit with book and pen;
Pangur bears me no ill-will,
He too plies his simple skill.

‘Tis a merry task to see
At our tasks how glad are we,
When at home we sit and find
Entertainment to our mind.

Oftentimes a mouse will stray
In the hero Pangur’s way;
Oftentimes my keen thought set
Takes a meaning in its net.

‘Gainst the wall he sets his eye
Full and fierce and sharp and sly;
‘Gainst the wall of knowledge I
All my little wisdom try.

When a mouse darts from its den,
O how glad is Pangur then!
O what gladness do I prove
When I solve the doubts I love!

So in peace our task we ply,
Pangur Bán, my cat, and I;
In our arts we find our bliss,
I have mine and he has his.

Practice every day has made
Pangur perfect in his trade;
I get wisdom day and night
Turning darkness into light.