by Janet Blue on October 28, 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins: Week #25

FriendlyFillInsWe are once again participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins hosted by 15 And Meowing‘s Ellen and Annie from McGuffy’s Reader. Ellen always selects the first two fill-ins and Annie the second two. If you’d like to join in this blog hop, you can add the link to your post on Annie’s blog.

My completions are in teal italics.

1. The first thing I check when I go online is usually e-mail. I scan it to see if there is anything that requires an immediate reply.

2. My signature dish is macaroni and cheese. I make it with sour cream.

3. My Halloween night is usually over by 8 p.m. when we turn off our outside lights.

4. Trick or treaters are not polite like they were when I was kid. They rarely say, “Trick or Treat” or “Thank you.” They just hold out their bag or pillowcase and expect it to be filled with candy with no words exchanged. That drives me crazy. I’ll usually just stand in the door and do nothing until they say something.


trick or treat


I think Mauricio might be fibbing just a bit. I cannot remember the last time any of the Kitties Blue said, “Thank you!”



Hairballs and Hissyfits October 29, 2016 at 9:59 pm

I always love the art you do! You always manage to look scary and beautiful at the same time!
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Josie Two Shoes October 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

I think kids tend to be short on manners in all situations nowdays, but we know that’s their parent’s fault! It will make life harder for them when they are grown up. I make a special point of acknowledging children and young adults who show excellent manners, say please and thank you, hold doors, etc, and I thank their parents too! Macaroni and cheese with sour cream in it sounds really good!
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Pipo/Minko/MrJackFreckles October 29, 2016 at 3:58 am

THose were interesting answers!
We don’t get trick or treaters here furry much if at all. We have a semi rural den and not many kids like to stomp long distances for a candy prize. IE The ‘pickings’ are slim out here:)

The Florida Furkids October 28, 2016 at 9:50 pm

Allie says she is sure her husband is always polite and has super manners.

The Florida Furkids with bazillion smoochies and tons of love to Mau from Allie

ps -nope….that’s not part of her costume…..Mom made a special one for her that we’ll post on Halloween!
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Raven October 28, 2016 at 8:54 pm

The only trick or treaters who I “help” through the process are the little ones who get shy when you open the door.
Yours is the second pasta/cheese dish of the fill-ins I’ve seen. Yummy comfort food.
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Jean Dion October 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm

I can just see you standing in the doorway, candy in hand, waiting for the kids to speak up! Good for you! That drives me around the bend as well. Although we rarely answer the doorbell these days. Blind cat Lucy can’t stand the bells and the screaming kids and the dog barking. We just put candy out on the stoop and call it good.

Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

The Island Cats October 28, 2016 at 5:35 pm

The mom wants your mac and cheese recipe!
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Flynn October 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Celebrating Halloween isn’t done as much in the UK, and also we live to far out for trick or treaters.
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Toby October 28, 2016 at 3:58 pm

Mmmm!! Mac n cheese. Yum. You’re right about rude trick or treaters. Blame the parents for not raising them with grace and gratitude.

The Swiss Cats October 28, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Great fill-ins ! Claire sees everyday at school how rude some kids are getting… Purrs
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Canadian Cats October 28, 2016 at 3:24 pm

I never noticed if the kiddies were rude and didn’t say anything. The youngun’s look petrified when they bring their bag to the door. They look like mom’s going to beat them and then are off the front porch with their candy and run to their mom. The others seem very vocal. One kid last year liked our house and wanted to come in. That was a bit nervy I thought.

We enjoyed your fill-ins.

Shoko and Kali
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The Menagerie Mom October 28, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Great fill-ins! I love making mac and cheese, and will only ever use “real” cheese (no Velveeta or powder mixes here). I’ve never tried sour cream, though, and it sounds delicious. I am completely with you on #4. How sad that manners have sort of just disappeared. I give more candy to the polite kids, because I’m all about positive reinforcement. And, you are looking quite dapper, Mauricio! Purrs!
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Brian October 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

We enjoyed your answers and we don’t enjoy rude trick or treaters either!
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McGuffy's Reader October 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

I LOVE THIS! Excellent graphic, my friend.
I would love to try your mac & cheese. Sour cream is really a great thing to add to many dishes.
Bill starts his new job this week. I will talk to you then. HUGS!
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Three Chatty Cats October 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm

Oh my, I may have to get your mac and cheese recipe! We haven’t had any trick or treaters here in years, so I have no idea if they’re polite anymore! Our city hosts a trick or treat night through the community businesses before Halloween. So I wonder if parents choose that route instead of neighborhoods.
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Ellen Pilch October 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers! I don’t get trick or treaters , but I notice in general that kids don’t know about please and thank you. I am already trying to instill that in my great niece who is about to turn one ( it is never too early).
Your mac and cheese sounds really good.
Have a great weekend! XO
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mommakatandherbearcat October 28, 2016 at 9:05 am

And cats bite the hands that feed them 😉 But they ARE cuter …
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Roby Sweet October 28, 2016 at 8:04 am

Mac and cheese–yum! Most of the kids around here say “trick or treat” and “thank you,” so I guess we’re lucky. It’s mostly the really young ones who don’t say anything, and I chalk that up to shyness. Happy Halloween!
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Sammy October 28, 2016 at 6:30 am

Great filling in………things sure have changed since my Mom was a kid (she tells me that all the time!)…..Mom says they made costumes and didn’t buy them….they always thanked people for their treats too. The good old days!

Love, Sammy
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JeanneP of bichonpawz October 28, 2016 at 4:52 am

What a fun post! We totally agree with you about the rudeness today! We don’t get any trick or treaters at our house because we live in a somewhat rural area…but when I used to hand out candy at my daughter’s house or my mom’s house…I experienced the same thing…very rude! No respect for elders. Certainly not like it was when I was young. Sad state of affairs it is, isn’t it?
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Hannah and Lucy October 28, 2016 at 4:30 am

No one does trick or treats around here.
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Summer October 28, 2016 at 2:13 am

The humans don’t do trick or treat handouts here. So they didn’t know how rude the kids are getting. Maybe it’s just as well.
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