Wednesday, March 23, 2011

They're Ba-ack

We knew they were coming. In fact, the kids have been excitedly anticipating.

"Mimi, a little boy found a couple of kittens and brought them to his mom, thinking he was helping," Meg told me. "The mom explained that they should be left, and they were put back, but mom never came back."

This was about a half hour before dark, and if left out, the two kittens would be raccoon food. The area was wooded enough, and there was no way we would let that happen, as nice as raccoons can be.

So we now have two 10 day old kittens. Female brown tabby named Willowshine, and a male marble tabby named Hephaestus (Festus for short). Both came equipped with fleas, of course, and diarrhea. Both eat wonderfully well. Didn't have to convince either of them that formula is just fine.

Because they eat well, we've been able to feed and go back to bed quickly for the middle of the night feedings. Hope that trend continues.

So, they're back. and life is good.

Today is:

Dandelion Dance -- Fairy Calendar

Day of Hungarian-Polish Friendship -- Hungary and Poland

Day of the Sea -- Bolivia

Festival of Esus the Hunter, Lord of the Hunt and of the sap of trees -- Celtic Calendar, hang an offering in the first fork of a tree

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death Day

Lieldienas -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (Big Days, four day celebration of spring, each day devoted to a different deity)

National Chip and Dip Day

National Puppy Day

Near Miss Day -- commemorates the asteroid that was a near miss on this day in 1989

Rally for Decency Day -- Commemorates the first Rally for Decency, prompted on this day in 1969 by Jim Morrison

Republic Day -- Pakistan

St. Turibius de Mongrovejo's Day (patron of Latin American bishops)

Toast Day -- a recent article says it takes 6 steps to make it "right"; i say if you can't put bread in the toaster and butter it when it comes out and need long sets of instructions, you shouldn't be let loose in society!

World Meteorological Day

Anniversaries Today:

The University of California is founded in Oakland, California, 1868

Birthdays Today:

Michelle Monaghan, 1976
Keri Russell, 1976
Chaka Khan, 1953
Roger Bannister, 1929
Wernher Von Braun, 1912
Akira Kurosawa, 1910
Joan Crawford, 1905

Today in History:

Eighteenth recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. 1066
The first dated edition of Maimonides "Mishna Torah" published, 1490
George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Messiah" premieres in London, 1743
Patrick Henry delivers his famous speech – "Give me Liberty, or give me Death!" – at St. John's Church in Richmond, Virginia, 1775
After traveling through the Louisiana Purchase and reaching the Pacific Ocean, explorers Lewis and Clark and their "Corps of Discovery" begin their arduous journey home, 1806
Elisha Otis's first elevator is installed at 488 Broadway New York City, 1857
The Boers and Britain sign a peace accord that ends the First Boer War, 1881
President Benjamin Harrison opens Oklahoma to white settlement starting on April 22, starting a Land Run, 1889
The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes, 1903
Pakistan becomes the first Islamic republic in the world, 1956
NASA launches Gemini 3, the United States' first two-man space flight (crew: Gus Grissom and John Young), 1965
Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador gives his famous speech appealing to men of the El Salvadoran armed forces to stop killing the Salvadorans, 1980
Taiwan holds its first direct elections and chooses Lee Teng-hui as President, 1996
The Russian Mir space station is disposed of, breaking up in the atmosphere before falling into the southern Pacific Ocean near Fiji, 2001


  1. Much as I appreciate the idea of National Puppy Day, I trust that there is also such a thing as National Kitty Day?

  2. Thank you, darlin' for rescuing those kits.
    You get a bunch of gold stars from me.
    Love, Lo

  3. Thanks, Lo and Hilary.

    Yes, Merry, there is.