Saturday, December 19, 2009


Today feels very random and miscellaneous for some reason.

It's close to Christmas, but the festivities are so far from my mind. The water continues to leak in through our faulty foundation, and we continue to vacuum it up to make sure our downstairs does not become soggy and uninhabitable.

Today is the last Pet Adoption Day before Christmas, and only 2 of the 3 kittens I had hoped to have there for it will be able to go. The third has conjunctivitis, so will have to wait to go up for adoption.

It is the day to pick up our Angel Food Boxes, so we can have dinners for the coming month.

The neighborhood civic association will be selling the luminaries again this morning, and once again this year my pantry runneth over with lots of plastic grocery bags for them to use for the sand they send home with you for the bottom of the bags. After today, I can quit collecting them and go back to my reusable grocery bags.

Somehow, I need to coordinate getting the Angel Food during the distribution time, and get the kittens to PAD (along with Bigger Girl, who is helping with adoptions today), and get the bags over to the club parking lot, all at the same time.

Meanwhile, I'm not sure there will be anyone here to cover keeping up with the water.

Like the waves of the ocean, there will be nothing going on, then wham! everything has to be done at the same time. Then, little or nothing again. Often I will have a couple of weekends in a row with nothing major scheduled, then the next I will be turning people down because everyone wants their event that weekend.

Today, it is picking up and dropping off people, pets, and other things all at the same time, in 3 different areas of town, as well as getting someone to cover water duty.

No wonder it feels so random, and not like a season of peace. There is just too much going on.

Today is:

Fiesta de Santo Tomas, Guatemala (festivities last through Dec. 25)

Look for an Evergreen Day

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Riddle-Making Trials -- Fairy Calendar

St. William of Fenoli's Day

Birthdays Today:

Alyssa Milano, 1972
Tyson Beckford, 1971
Amy Locane, 1971
Criss Angel, 1967
Jessica Steen, 1965
Jennifer Beals, 1963
Robert Urich, 1946
Richard Leakey, 1944
Alvin Lee, 1944
Tim Reid, 1944
Al Kaline, 1934
Cicely Tyson, 1933
David Susskind, 1920
Ralph Richardson, 1902

Today in History:

Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor, 324
The Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad, 1055
Benjamin Franklin, under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack", 1732
Thomas Paine publishes his first "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls," 1776
Chinese troops occupy the capital Thang Long Vietnam, 1788
The US state of Kentucky becomes the first to appropriate money for road building, 1795
The US state of Georgia becomes the first to pass a birth registration law, 1823
Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents a sewing machine that can sew a curved seam, 1854
Albert L. Jones patents corrugated cardboard, 1871
The first black US Catholic priest, Charles Uncles, is ordained in Baltimore, 1891
The first city ordinance requiring separate neighborhoods for blacks and whites is passed, in Baltimore, 1910
Robert Ripley begins his "Believe It Or Not" column in the NY Globe, 1918
The British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas, 1932

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