Saturday, April 25, 2015

A to Z: V is for Valuable Valiant Veterinary Victory

April is the month when all of the cats for which i take responsibility go to the vet for an annual check up.

Please note that none of them are mine, strictly speaking -- they all hate me because i am the dispenser of medicine and cat-napper who stuffs them into carriers for various reasons.

No, i am just responsible for taking them all to the vet.

Because there are nine of them, and i do not wish to half kill myself taking them all at once, there were 3 appointments for 3 cats at each.

Mikey, Enigma, and Little Girlie went first.  Mikey and Little Girlie were found easily and stuffed into carriers, but Enigma had to be located and dragged out, howling, from the interior of the couch.

Each of them was the same weight, or a bit less, than last year, and all were passed on their physical easily.  Mikey drooled through the whole exam because he doesn't like car trips, and Enigma howled a lot.  Neither of them enjoy the car, since moving to Kansas and back.  They associate car trips with a long time in a carrier.

Little Girlie, at age 10, is still very healthy, which is nice to have confirmed.

The next appointment was for Dansig, SissyCat/Tripod, and Link.  Dansig just closed his eyes and tolerated whatever happened, in a fatalistic "this has to be over at some point" attitude.  Link was not a happy camper and made it quite clear, doing his best to scrunch down and make the examination as difficult as possible.  He has gained two pounds, and is decidedly more than just "fluffy" now. 

Tripod did pretty well.  She is as healthy as can be expected, and a good weight.  She's one who cannot afford to get overweight.

KidaMosquito, HopeCat, and Horizon/Scaredy Cat, were saved for last.  This was done as part of my strategy.  My thinking was that if any of the other cats proved to hard to find on any particular day, i could grab one of those three, as i always know right where they are.  Then the more recalcitrant victim could be taken in on the last day instead.

This last proved to be the worst appointment of the three.  First, someone had taken one of my three carriers, of course.  So i substituted and box and popped Kida in it, figuring and elderly, asthmatic Siamese wouldn't be going anyplace any time soon.  On that count i was wrong, as she managed to get out in the house, in the car, and at the vet's office.

Horizon got wind of what was up and as i snatched him, he tried to bolt.  It took me, #1 Son, and Bigger Girl, all three, almost 10 minutes to stuff him into a carrier.   (In years past, i would tie the cats up in pillowcases to take them to the vet.  It's actually a very good way to do it, keeping them confined and in a soft, dark place.  Then one year Horizon used his back claws to shred his way out, and i haven't dared try that since.)

HopeCat wasn't happy, either, but i got her in the carrier, and got everyone, volubly angry, to the vet's office.

Dr. Bea, who had done the first two visits, was out, and Dr. Mel was there.  She was swamped and there was not only a dog in the one exam room (it's a small practice), there were two more in the waiting room, and while i was there a gentleman came in with a kitten and three more people came in to buy products or ask questions or make appointments.  This little practice is seldom that busy, but there must have been something in the water that day.

At one point, the office cat came and sat on top of HopeCat's carrier.  Talk about a dominance ploy!

When we finally got in, Kida was still trying to claw her way out (for a while i had put something on top of the box to keep her in).  Horizon and HopeCat were both so ornery they had to be weighed in their carriers, and the approximate weight of the carrier deducted.  Both have gained weight they need to lose.  HopeCat growled so much Dr. Mel could hardly hear what she needed to hear, and both of them scrunched down so much it was difficult to examine them.  You know a vet is good when she can deal with that and still get an exam done.

As for Kida, she is down to five pounds and you can hear her asthma quite well.  For her age and condition, the fact that she can claw her way out of a very deep box and is continually yelling for food means she is doing just fine for now.  If she ever goes off her feed, we need to have the talk.

Altogether, it was a valuable veterinary visit, valiantly carried out, and showing all of our cats to be in good health.

Today is

Adonia -- Greece (women's festival mourning the death of Adonis; date approximate)

ANZAC Day -- Australia; Christmas Island; Cocos (Keeling) Islands; Cook Islands; New Zealand; Niue; Norfolk Island; Tonga

Army Day -- North Korea

Bob Wills Day -- Turkey, TX, US (celebrating Western Swing music and its king; through Sunday)

DNA Day -- structure of DNA first published this day in 1953; human genome project ended today in 2003

Duck Appreciation Society Day -- The Duck Appreciation Society (some sites say May 10; either way, go feed the ducks if you like them, but not stale white bread, it's no better for them than it is for us)

East Meets West Day -- Allies from the East and West finally met up this day in 1945 about 75 miles from Berlin

Eeyore's Birthday -- Austin, TX, US (Eeyore never need feel forgotten again; Austin celebrates his birthday as a fundraiser for local charities, with fun for all)

Festival of Robigalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to protect against corn blight; festival of Robiga and Rogibus, the brother and sister fertility gods)

Flag Day -- Faroe Islands; Swaziland

Foxfield Races -- Charlottesville, VA, US (annual steeplechase)

Hairstylist Appreciation Day -- if you have a good one, let him/her know (some sites put this on the 30th)

Healthy Kids Day® -- YMCA

International Marconi Day -- a 24-hour amateur radio event annually near the birth anniversary of Marconi

Liberation Day -- Italy; Portugal

Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival -- Nagasaki, Japan (sailing festival, commemorating the 16th century opening of Nagasaki as Japan's sole foreign trade port; through the 29th)

National Crayola Day -- no one claims starting this holiday, observe it with your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews/kids down the street, and remember how fun it is to color pictures

National Go Birding Day -- US (but feel free to participate wherever you are, birding is fun!)

National Herb Day -- different from the HerbDay in May, and unsponsored

National Plumber's Day/Hug a Plumber Day -- US (because if we didn't have plumbers, we'd be in deep you-know-what)

National Rebuilding Day -- US (270,000 volunteers help rebuild and repair homes for the elderly and disabled)

National Sense of Smell Day -- US (sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, encouraging museums and science centers to focus on how the sense of smell plays an important role in daily life and how it interacts with other senses)

National Zucchini Bread Day -- they hold this at a time when you are not yet sick of all that zucchini you grew in the garden

Parental Alienation Awareness Day -- raising awareness of Parental Alienation or Hostile Aggressive Parenting

Redbud Trail Rendezvous -- Rochester, IN, US (living history along the Tippecanoe River; through tomorrow)

Red Hat Society Day -- first Red Hat Tea Party held this day in 1998

Save the Frogs Day -- Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action

Sinai Liberation Day -- Egypt

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival & Highland Games -- St. Leonard, MD, US (competitions in fiddling, bagpipe, Celtic harp, and dancing, heptathlon, Celtic marketplace and foods, parade of clans, and more)

St. Mark the Evangelist's Day (Patron of attorneys/barristers/lawyers/notaries, captives, glaziers, imprisoned people/prisoners, lions, stained glass workers, struma patients; Egypt; Boretto, Italy; Creazzo, Italy; Infanta, Philippines; Ionian Islands; Pordenone, Italy; Sonnino, Italy; Venice, Italy; against impenitence, insect bites, scrofulous diseases, struma)

Tag des Baumes -- Germany (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

Taro Festival -- East Maui, Hawaii, US (celebration of Hawai'an culture; through tomorrow)

World Malaria Day / Malaria Awareness Day -- WHO and the International Community

World Penguin Day -- because they begin migrating on or around this day

World Veterinary Day -- World Veterinary Association

20-Something Service Day -- can't find who started this one, but it's a good idea, whomever it was, whether you are 20 or older to do some community service or volunteer work regularly

Anniversaries Today:

Theodore Roosevelt National Park is established, ND, US, 1947
The United Negro College Fund is founded, 1944

Birthdays Today:

Jacob Underwood, 1980
Emily Bergl, 1975
Jason Lee, 1970
Renee Zellweger, 1969
Hank Azaria, 1964
Jeffrey DeMunn, 1947
Talia Shire, 1946
Stu Cook, 1945
Bjorn Ulvaeus, 1945
Al Pacino, 1940
"Meadowlark" Lemon, 1932
Paul Mazursky, 1930
Albert King, 1923
Ella Fitzgerald, 1918
Edward R. Murrow, 1908
William Joseph Brennan, Jr., 1906
John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, 1884
Guglielmo Marconi, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Little Murders"(Play), 1967
"Romulus the Great"(Play), 1949
"Another Language"(Play), 1932
"Turandot"(Opera), 1926
Robinson Crusoe(Publication date), 1719

Today in History:

Lysander's Spartan Armies defeated the Athenians and the Peloponnesian War ends, BC404
German geographer and mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller publishes his Cosmographiae Introductio map in which he gives the American continents their name, 1507
Highwayman Nicholas Pelletier becomes the first person executed by guillotine, 1792
Charles Fremantle arrives in the HMS Challenger off the coast of modern-day Western Australia prior to declaring the Swan River Colony for the United Kingdom, 1829
The last survivors of the Donner Party arrive back in civilization, 1847
The Governor General of Canada, Lord Elgin, signs the Rebellion Losses Bill, outraging Montreal's English population and triggering the Montreal Riots, 1849
British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal, 1859
New York State becomes the first US state to require automobiles to be licensed, 1901
First DC Comic with Batman is published, 1939
Fifty nations gather in San Francisco, California to begin the United Nations Conference on International Organizations, 1945
Francis Crick and James D. Watson publish Molecular structure of nucleic acids: a structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid describing the double helix structure of DNA, 1953
The St. Lawrence Seaway, linking the North American Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, officially opens to shipping, 1959
Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit, 1961
Israel completes its withdrawal from the Sinai peninsula per the Camp David Accords, 1982
American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader Yuri Andropov after he read her letter in which she expressed fears about nuclear war, 1983
Pioneer 10 travels beyond Pluto's orbit, 1983
The Hubble Telescope is deployed, 1990
The Human Genome Project comes to an end 2.5 years before first anticipated, 2003
The final piece of the Obelisk of Axum is returned to Ethiopia  after being stolen by the invading Italian army in 1937, 2005
Bulgaria and Romania sign accession treaties to join the European Union, 2005
The U.S. government 'condemns' international media outlets, including 'The New York Times' for publishing confidential files, 2011 

Friday, April 24, 2015

A to Z: U is for Unbelievable, a Feline Friday Post

Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
Feline Friday is simple to join. All you have to do is..
1) post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (They may be silly or cute)
2) go to Steve's page, linked above, then on the menu bar click on the Feline Friday tab to get the code
3) paste the code under your cat picture
4) add your name and link
That’s all there is to it! Be sure to check back every so often and visit all the Feline Friday bloggers. Also, please leave a nice comment on their blogs. Nasty comments will be deleted!

Pet me, please!  Your hands are softer than rubbing on the bars!

The blurry cat pictured above is named Fuzzy, although i call her Fuzz-pot.  She wants to be petted, right now!  It was very difficult to get her to stay still for a picture.

When you are petting or loving on her, she is the sweetest cat in the world, snuggling and making friends with everyone.

When she has to be given medicine, wrap her in two towels and grab the forceps to get it into her or she will do a good job of trying to take your hand off.

That's not the only reason this Fuzzy is unbelievable, at least to us at the shelter.

She had a prolapsed rectum.  It didn't bother her, she snuggled and loved on people, and she was too loving to give up on.  She had surgery.

The first surgery didn't hold.  The vet said a second surgery would do it.  Then the third would do the trick, and a fourth...

By the time we took her to a different vet who specialized in this problem, and he had to try three times (on his dime, we can't afford to pay for that much medical care for one cat), we had all but given up hope for her.

Meanwhile, she lived at the vet's office and became their mascot for a while.

Now she's back, and unbelievably, the final surgery seems to be holding her hind end in where it belongs.

She has to be on special $80/bag food for the rest of her life, and of course quite believably, she isn't crazy about it.  Any other food, and she could go right back to the same problem, so we have to be strict.

Meh, it's edible, I guess!

She still, unbelievably, is as sweet and loving as ever, as long as you aren't doing anything medical to her.  She holds no grudges about it.

Someone get me out of here and adopt me!

Today is

Ambivalence Day -- a holiday to tell your friends about, or not

Arbor Day -- US

Austin Food and Wine Festival -- Austin, TX, US (superstar chefs and sommeliers, over 40 cooking demos and wine seminars, private grand tastings and more; through Sunday)

Cape May Spring Festival -- Cape May, NJ, US (ten days of spring activities highlighting the Victorian lifestyle)

Concord Day -- Niger

C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) -- Chicago, IL, US (through Sunday)

Dandelion Day/Springfest Weekend -- University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, US (annual celebration used as a respite to diffuse tension around exam time)
DNA Day -- a day for teachers, students, and everyone to learn more about genetics and genomics sponsored by and the Smithsonian

Feast of Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs' Day-- Armenia

Hairball Awareness Day -- sponsored by Furminator (which product actually does work, by the way) and Hills Pet Nutrition

Happenstance and Coincidence Evening -- Fairy Calendar

Interstate Mullet Toss / The Gulf Coast's Greatest Beach Party -- FloraBama Bar, Gulf Shores, Alabama, US (fish flingers stand on the Alabama side of the property and toss them onto the Florida side, with proceeds going to charity; through Sunday)

Kapyong Day -- Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)

Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day)

Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive -- Mississippi River valley of southeast Missouri, US (several scenic small towns along the valley have homemade goodies, quilt shows, history tours, entertainment, and more; through Sunday)

National Dream Hotline® -- sponsored by the School of Metaphysics, any time from this evening until Sunday night, call in and get your, or someone else's for that matter, dream interpreted 

National Teach Children to Save Day -- sponsored by the American Banking Association

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -- NOLA, US (the best music and food festival around! through May 3)

Panoply® -- Huntsville, AL, US (comprehensive arts festival, including music, theater, dance, and a juried art show; through Sunday)

Pigs in a Blanket Day

Spring Cat Cleaning Day -- because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful

St. Ives' Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)

St. Mark's Eve*

Undiagnosed Children's Day -- sponsored by SWAN UK (Syndromes Without A Name), supporting families of children with undiagnosed genetic conditions; this year's theme is "It's A Mystery"

Vallenato Legend Festival -- Valledupar, Colombia (one of Colombia’s most important music and folk festivals; through May 2)

World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival -- Ocean City, MD, US (carvings and sculpture of all sizes, for competition and for sale; through Sunday)

World Meningitis Day 

*A young lady may eat a boiled dove's egg sprinkled with salt and place
a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will 
dream of the man she will marry.

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558

Birthdays Today:

Courtnee Draper, 1985
Kelly Clarkson, 1982
Eric Balfour, 1977
Chipper Jones, 1972
Cedric the Entertainer, 1964
Djimon Hounsou, 1964
Michael O’Keefe, 1955
Eric Bogosian, 1953
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
Doug Clifford, 1945
Barbra Streisand, 1942
Richard M. Daley, 1942
Sue Grafton, 1940
Jill Ireland, 1936
Shirley MacLaine, 1934
Stanley J. Kauffmann, 1916
Robert Penn Warren, 1905
Michael J. Dady, 1850
George N. Bascom, 1836
Anthony Trollope, 1815
Robert Bailey Thomas, 1766
Edmund Cartwright, 1743

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dancing at Lughnasa"(Play), 1990
"Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons"(Oratorio, Haydn H 21/3), 1801
The Boston News-Letter(Newspaper), 1704 (first successful newspaper in the British colonies)

Today in History:

Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479
Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184
The appearance of Halley's Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066
The Boston "News-Letter" becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704

"La Marseillaise" is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792
The Library of Congress is established, 1800
A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833
William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897
The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cosmonaut  Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog is born in South Korea, 2005
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007
Scientists in Kamchatka, Russia, report sighting the first adult white orca to be seen in the wild, 2012

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A to Z: T is for Tired

On Monday, the same day the Jalopy decided she wouldn't work in drive but only in D2, the messages started coming in from The Big Boss.

His Even Bigger Boss was coming into town, he and Ms. P would need me Wednesday evening, and all day Thursday, and Friday evening.

Did i have other work scheduled?  Yes.  Would i be able to change it all?

Somehow i would work it all in.  And somehow, so far, i have.  The Big Boss loaned Sweetie the truck he isn't using right now, so i can have Sweetie's car and get it all done.

Do the other work, run home just long enough to pull clothes off the line or get the garbage out or do other chores, go to the next job.

In between, can i run errands?

Somehow.  And somehow, so far, i have.

The whole situation is running me ragged and leaving me tired.

As the writing on one of my coffee cups says, "I am wearing my big girl panties, but they're starting to bunch, okay!"

Today is

Alfred G. "Alferd" Packer Day -- Colorado

Book Day and Lover's Day -- Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of "Don Quixote"] and in observance of St. George's Day)

Buccaneer Days Festival -- Corpus Christi, TX, US (rodeo, festival, parade, and fun; through May 3

Canada Book Day

Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- North Cyprus; Turkey

Community Day -- CL, Spain

English Language Day -- UN (information here

Fiddlers' Frolics -- Hallettsville, TX, US (home of the Texas State Fiddler Championships; through Sunday)

Harpa Month Begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Harp, dedicated to young women as last month was dedicated to young men)
     Sumardagurinn Fyrsti -- first day of summer, a legal holiday

Harrogate Spring Flower Show -- Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, England (Britain's premier spring flower show; through Sunday)

Impossible Astronaut Day -- if you are a Dr. Who fan, you know, and if not, go here and find out

Independence Day -- Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceeded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day -- on St. George's Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed "webscabs", posting their stories free on the internet

International Sing Out Day -- no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!

Jurgi Festival -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Picnic Day -- US

National Sovereignty Day -- Turkey

Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day -- because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George

St. Adalbert's Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)

St. George's Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*

Take a Chance Day -- internet generated encouragement to try something different

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day -- US (begun by the Ms. Foundation for Women in 2003, the day is designed to expand opportunities for girls and boys, expose them to what adults do in their daily lives during work hours, show them the value of education, and teach them about the challenges of balancing work, family, community, and personal responsibilites, with this year's theme being "#MPOWR Knowledge + Choice - Strength"; children are encouraged to return to school tomorrow and discuss what they have learned)

Talk Like Shakespeare Day -- on The Bard's birth anniversary

Vinalia Priora -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)

Washington State Apple Blossom Festival -- Wenatchee, WA, US (more than 40 fun events showcasing the greater Wenatchee Valley, it's people, products, and heritage; through the first Sunday in May)

World Book & Copyright Day -- UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George's Day, with books)
     World Book Night -- Germany; Ireland; UK; US (anniversary of the birth and death of Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes; over 20 book titles have been specially chosen for this year and special editions of those books printed so you can share books and your love of reading with those who don't read much)

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)

Birthdays Today:

Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Kal Penn, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
Melina Kanakaredes, 1967
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Judy Davis, 1955
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, 1947
Sandra Dee, 1942
David Birney, 1940
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, 1897
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858
Granville T. Woods, 1856
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564(attributed -- only the day of his baptism, April 26, is known for certain)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Baywatch"(TV), 1989
"No Man's Land"(Play), 1975
"She Loves Me"(Musical), 1963
"Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride"(Opera), 1881
"Il re pastore/The Shepherd King"(Mozart opera, K 208)1775
"The Tender Husband"(Comedy), 1705

Today in History:

The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009
Despite an initial ban on the film 'Borat,' Kazakhstan issues and official 'thank you' to actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his character, Borat Sagdiyev, 2012

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A to Z: S is for SissyCat

Humph, the lady wants me to talk to strangers.  She should know better by now, I get grumpy around people I don't know.  My name is SissyCat, but don't let that fool you.  If the other two dogs hadn't jumped into the fray I would have taken that German shepherd instead of him getting my leg.
I like to sit so that it's hard to tell my left front leg is gone. 

Anyway, now they've nicknamed me Tripod and I own Red-headed Alec, although that fuzzy headed friend of his, Festus, thinks it's fun to call me Dopirt.  He's a bit on the odd side.

Actually, I own Red-headed Alec now, but I used to own a girl who is a friend of this family.  She couldn't take care of me and sort of abandoned me here.  I got lucky, it's a good place.

A favorite spot where I can see outdoors.

The one thing I don't like about this place is Mikey.  Link tries to mess with me, but he's a kid compared to me and I can let him know who's the boss.  Mikey jumps me, though, and I resent it.  The lady who feeds watches out for me and makes him leave me alone most of the time.

Always looking behind my back for Mikey.

They let me outside each day to eat grass, which I love.  I don't go after dogs any more, because I can't jump on their backs and give them what-for with only three legs. I used to attack people, too, but I've realized these people like me and won't hurt me, and as I said, they let me in the front yard to eat grass and chase shadows.

Nom!  The best grass grows over here at the corner of the house.

In some ways I resent being a cat, people seem to get all of the breaks.  The lady who feeds and sits outside with me says to just be glad I don't have to pay bills.  I guess it is a good life, even if I do only have 3 legs now.

It's so nice, sitting outdoors.

Today is

American Quilter's Society Quilt Show -- Paducah, KY, US (auction, workshops, and prizes for the best quilts; through Saturday)

Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day -- promoting public awareness of the important contribution of chemists

Discovery Day -- Brazil (landing of Cabral in 1500)

Earth Day

Festival of Jupiter and Juno -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA

Granary Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offering to the Lady of Granaries; date approximate)

International Mother Earth Day -- UN

Lela's Holiday -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (honoring the goddess-daughter, Lela)

National Jelly Bean Day

Peppercorn Ceremony -- St. George, Bermuda (commemorates the renting of what is now the Old State House by the Masonic Lodge to the governor of Burmuda for the cost of one peppercorn per annum)

Polk County Ramp Tramp Festival -- Polk County, TN, US (come out and celebrate with the 4-H club the ramp, a local wild leek, and enjoy the Bluegrass music and games; through Saturday)

Queen Isabella Day -- Spain and some US states (birth anniversary of Isabella I of Castile)

St. Epipodius of Lyon's Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)

USA Film Festival -- Dallas, TX, US (major showcase of new studio and indie films; through Sunday)

Walpurgis celebrations begin -- through May 1, Norse, Scandinavian, and Germanic celebrations (remembering the sacrifice of Odin upon the World Tree Yggdrasil
     Yggdrasil Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; ends at sunset)

Yom Ha'Atzmaut -- Israel (Independence Day; beings at sunset, through tomorrow sunset)

Birthdays Today:

Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Daniel Johns, 1979
Kim Elizabeth, 1978
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Byron Allen, 1961
Ryan Stiles, 1959
Peter Frampton, 1950
John Waters, 1946
Jack Nicholson, 1937
Glen Campbell, 1936
Aaron Spelling, 1928
Charlotte Rae, 1926
Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
Eddie Albert, 1906
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1870
Immanuel Kant, 1724
Queen Isabella, 1451

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Who's Tommy"(Rock musical), 1993
"Le Triomphe de Plutus/Money Makes the World Go Round"(Play), 1728

Today in History:

Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil, 1500
President George Washington attends a performance of Rickett's, the first circus in the US, 1793
Thomas Stevens sets out from San Francisco on the first round the world journey by bicycle, 1884
The Oklahoma land rush begins at noon; thousands rush to claim land, and the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed within hours with populations of over 10,000 each, 1889
Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, 1912
The Germans begin using poison chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, 1915
British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
The first Earth Day is celebrated, 1970
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated, 1993
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record, 2005
Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War, 2006
The Pope, Benedict XVI, becomes the first pontiff to participate in a televised interview session, 2011

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A to Z: R is for RRRRRR!

This post is a Rowdy Rant, Rave, and Rail against the Rampant forces of Ridiculousness that seem to Require that i be Rendered unable to Run the Roads.

Yesterday i Raced Little Girl to school as is our Regular Routine, and while Returning to the exit of the parking lot the Jalopy, despite my every Rebuke and Roar of threatened Retribution, Rudely jerked and Refrained from Running another inch. 

Reaching over for the emergency lights to tell the others Returning parents who had Released their Rug Rats and wanted to Retire from the Region to Route themselves around me, i put her in Reverse and Retreated into a parking space.

Then i Researched by Resetting her in drive -- no Response, save the Roar of the Rubber-Band upon which she is Reliant to proceed Revving.  Drive 3 -- nothing.  Drive 2 -- she Responded and Rallied by moving, slowly.  So in gear D2 i Returned to our Residence.

After Renewed Reconnaissance, it has been Resolved that Rant, Rave, and Rail against it as i may, the transmission is Ravaged and possibly Ruined on the Jalopy.

D2 is Respectably Reliable for me to get Little Girl to school, or Reach the smaller MallMart store, and a few other Relatively close Regions, or it shall Remain so as long as that jerry-Rig doesn't Refrain from Running also.

It is not Right or Relevant for all of the Running around  to which it is Requisite that i  Resort each week.

It's never a Reasonable time to make Repairs that previous work should have Rendered Redundant.  Tax time is worse, and the Requirement of Resources means we have no Recourse.

This Result is Rank, and thus i Resolve hereby to go on Record as Registering this Rowdy Rant, Rave, and Rail against the Recurrence of such a Reversal of fortune!

Today is

Administrative Professionals Day (original date)

Aggie Muster -- Texas A&M University

Ancestors' Day -- Russian Christians (Radunitsa, a Slavic tradition after Thomas Sunday)

Basava Jayanti -- KA, India (birth anniversary of 12th century philosopher Basavanna)

Birthday of Rome -- Rome, Italy (753 BCE)

Commemoration Day -- Transdniestria

Feast of Pak Tai -- Macau (Pak Tai who conquered the Demon King, celebrated the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)

Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)

Grounation Day -- Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian's most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica)

Heroica Defensa de Veracruz -- Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)

Homecoming of the Elves -- Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)

Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)

John Muir Day -- US (American conservationist)

Kartini Day -- Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)

Kindergarten Day -- Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)

Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen -- Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)

National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day

National Tree Planting Day -- Kenya

Paralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd's festival of Pares, goddess of herders)

Queen's Birthday -- Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)

Radunitsa -- Belarus (Ancestors Veneration Day)

Sandburg Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (a festival for the mind, celebrating their two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning native son, Carl Sandburg; through Saturday)

San Jacinto Day -- Texas, US

Shangsi Festival -- China (ancient Double Third festival, on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)

St. Anselm of Canturbury's Day

St. Bueno Gasulsych's Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)

Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day -- Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called "tooth puller", who fought for Brazilian independence)
     Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal -- Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)

World Creativity and Innovation Day -- final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary

Yom HaZiKaron -- Israel (Memorial Day; begins at sunset)

Birthdays Today:

Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Annie"(Musical), 1977
"Inherit the Wind"(Play), 1955
"Arms and the Man"(Play), 1894

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i' faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997
By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011