by Janet Blue on August 31, 2018

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #120

I needed a bit of help again this week in order to complete the fill-ins. Sawyer was my assistant and completed #3. I believe he’s the only one in the household who learned something new this week. I’m a bit embarrassed by that. We all should be learning new things. I’m making a pledge to do better. That said, here are our fill-ins.

1. The best teacher I ever had was Sarah Cooper. She was my high school Home Economics teacher and became my friend and mentor after my mom died. (Miss Cooper was only eight years older than I was.)

2. The worst teachers I ever had were Dr. Burma and Merle Woodward. Burma taught biology in my high school. Stern-faced, he was unwilling to help students (like myself) who weren’t science geniuses. Dr. Burma was a source of amusement, however, as he wore the same tie everyday for the entire school year. Mrs. Woodward was the other worst teacher. She taught advanced English and absolutely hated me. It would take paragraphs to explain.

3. Sawyer: I recently learned how to play with springs. I know you learned this yesterday. Unfortunately, Mom hasn’t taken any photos of me playing, but here’s an “after” photo of me exhausted.




4. I think everyone should know how to swim. If you’ve missed Mau trying his paw at swimming, here is a little video.



Friendly Fill-Ins is a blog hop hosted each Friday by Ellen (15 And Meowing) and Lorianne (Four-Legged Furballs). The sentences to be completed can be found on their blogs each Thursday. This is a great way to learn a bit more about your fellow bloggers. To join, click on the Fill-Ins badge.


We also are joining the Feline Friday blog hop at Comedy Plus. To join click on the badge below.


anh ngoc September 8, 2018 at 9:54 pm

thank for sharing

The Swiss Cats September 2, 2018 at 12:45 pm

Great answers ! Poor Mau, it looks like he didn’t want to swim ! It makes Claire always sad when she ears how bad memories some teachers can leave to their students. Purrs

Suzanne G. McClendon September 2, 2018 at 8:15 am

Mau didn’t seem at all impressed with swimming. I understand completely. 🙂

I am glad that you had such a great friend and mentor after losing your mama. I am very sorry that you lost your mama so young. Cooper is one of the names in David’s family tree, the maiden name of his great-grandmother. She’s one of my genealogy challenges.

Have a blessed week. 🙂
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David E. McClendon September 2, 2018 at 8:08 am

You are right, everyone should know how to swim. When our kids were younger we did not have access to a pool to teach them. The boys went off to service and it was difficult for them to learn survival training without already knowing how to swim. Have a blessed week,

Marv September 1, 2018 at 2:41 pm

LOVE your fill-ins! And Sawyer…You are way ahead of 3 out of 4 cats in this house…I too have not yet figured it out!
Mom here, the only cat who has figured out springs is Kozmo
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Ellen Pilch August 31, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I am sorry you had some bad teachers, but glad you had such a wonderful one too. Springs are fun, glad you like them Sawyer. And I remember Mau earning his swimming badge, so brave. Have a nice weekend! XO
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Jackie Avery August 31, 2018 at 5:20 pm

Playing with springs really did tire you out, Sawyer.
Mau didn’t look very happy with his swimming lesson. Eric used to join us in the bath so may have liked it more.

The Island Cats August 31, 2018 at 4:32 pm

Sawyer, you were a big help with the fill in answers. We like those springs too. Mau, you didn’t look too thrilled with your first swimming lesson. 🙂
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BeadedTail August 31, 2018 at 1:09 pm

That spring sure tired you out, Sawyer! Wonder if they make those for puppies because we have one that we need to tire out.
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Eastside Cats August 31, 2018 at 11:58 am

I am wondering if I should find some springs for Manny and Chili Bruce to play with, Sawyer…what do you think?

Comedy Plus August 31, 2018 at 10:21 am

Love all the answers and I had a teacher in San Diego that hated me. Flunked me the first semester and when I move to central California my new teacher of that subject couldn’t understand how I flunked. Some people shouldn’t be teachers.

Loved the video. I’m not thinking Mau was having a great time. Lots of talking going on there.

Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. my best to your peeps. ♥
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The Menagerie Mom August 31, 2018 at 9:52 am

Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! It’s sad that there are teachers out there so unwilling to help students learn. Teaching isn’t meant for people like that. And, Sawyer, Eddy is so glad you learned how to play with string! That’s one of her favorite toys. Happy Friday, friends!

The Florida Furkids August 31, 2018 at 8:36 am

Allie loves hearing her sweet husband’s voice and we all remember when he got his Swimming Badge at Cat Scouts! Great fill-ins!

The Florida Furkids with bazillion smoochies and tons of love to Mau from Allie
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Brian Frum August 31, 2018 at 7:29 am

We enjoyed your answers, way much more that Mau enjoyed the swimming lesson!

Teddy August 31, 2018 at 6:03 am

Oh Angel Sammy had told me about Mau’s first swim…..it sounds like he’s saying “OUT OUT or NO NO” but for those few strokes in the water he was a natural (even if he didn’t like it!!!). LOL We love the photo of Sawyer guarding the mail too. Mom says it seems like people remember their GOOD and BAD teachers forever and ever. I wonder if they realize the impact they make on their students lasts a LIFETIME!!!!

Hugs, Teddy
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Summer August 31, 2018 at 4:35 am

I don’t think Mau wanted to swim! I don’t think I would like it either… although I may not be quite that unhappy about it.
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Carry Loves Cats August 31, 2018 at 4:24 am

Wow, Mau really didn’t want to learn to swim, huh?!

McLaren agrees with Sawyer. Playing with toys is exhausting!
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