Saturday, December 4, 2010

Kitten Messes

Mike, Fuzz, and John got neutered this past week, so they are up for adoption today. I'm not being mean when I say that I hope I never see their fuzzy little faces again. It's a good hope, not a bad one.

Meanwhile, Hummingbird, Tiger, Dawnflower, Kaitlynn, and Buster are scheduled this month, if they are all big enough.

Ming and Nightpelt, about 4 weeks old, are trying desperately to nibble kitten chow, but can't quite get it. They have gotten over the runs, and are growing like weeds.

They youngest four in the house, Shockolate, Gladys Knight, Ferncloud, and Ashfur, all have the runs now. Ashfur, the smallest, is very sick, and receiving fluids.

There is something about not having mama that leads to this. Even with the good bacteria I add to the milk, they get that overgrowth of bad bacteria in the gut, and this happens.

For the next couple of days, kitten messes will be the order of the day. So, what else is new?

Today is:

Day of Shango -- SanterĂ­a religion (various Carribean islands)

Eid il-Burbara -- Lebanon, Palestine, Syria (special celebrations of St. Barbara)

First day that rain is prayed for -- Diaspora Jews (only Jewish holiday tied to the civil calendar)

Grange Day -- US Grange founded, 1887

National Cookie Day

National Dice Day

Navy Day -- India; Italy

Pallas Athena Celebration -- Ancient Greek Calendar (goddess of wisdom)

Santa's List Day

St. Barbara's Day (patron of firemen, architects, mathematicians, fireworks, miners, sailors; against lightning, fire, explosions, sudden death) - A young woman may place the twig of a cherry tree in a glass of water today. If it blooms by Christmas Eve, the girl is certain to marry in the following year.

St. Maruthas' Day (patron of Iran)

Thai Environment Day -- Thailand

Wear A Beard of Bees Today Day (only for the bold and fearless, and not allergic!)

Wear Brown Shoes Day

Wind Whirling Bacchanalia -- Fairy Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Tyra Banks, 1973
Marisa Tomei, 1964
Jozef Sabovcik, 1963
Jeff Bridges, 1949
Dennis Wilson, 1944
Max Baer, Jr., 1937
Wink Martindale, 1934
Victor French, 1934
Francisco Franco, 1892
Crazy Horse, 1840
Thomas Carlyle, 1795

Today in History:

Upon the death of Carloman, Karel the Great (Charlemagne), his brother, becomes king of all France, 771
The Syrian harbor city of Saida (Sidon) surrenders to the Crusaders, 1110
After 18 years, the Council of Trent holds its final session, 1563
Father Marquette begins to build the first dwelling in what is now Chicago, 1674
Britain's Observer, oldest Sunday newspaper in world, first published, 1791
Britain abolishes the practice of the "suttee" in India, 1829
The American Anti-Slavery Society is founded in Philadelphia by Arthur Tappen and William Lloyd Garrison, 1833
Oliver Hudson Kelley founds The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, (the Grange), 1867
"Boss" Tweed escapes from jail, 1875
The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published, 1881
Lucille Atcherson becomes the first woman legation secretary in the US Foreign sService, 1922
Cecil B. DeMille's first version of "The Ten Commandments" (the one in which he flooded Hollywood Blvd. without permit 3 times to get the Red Sea Scene right, and had to bail his crew out of jail 3 times, too!) premiers, 1923
The first Burger King is opened in Miami, Florida, United States, 1954
Suriname joins the United Nations, 1975
The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched, 1998
An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, 2006