Sunday, April 3, 2011

Between Times

Spent a good bit of time with Turbo-Tax so The Mouth's taxes are done.

Between bouts on the computer, i fed kittens. And fed kittens. And fed kittens. And cleaned kittens. And cleaned kittens.

They have the runs, almost all of them.

We had an unfortunate loss Friday. Ravenpaw, despite tons of medication and fluids, just wasn't able to get over the nasty diarrhea.

There are 8 kittens now, from 3 litters. Dr. Paula called and asked us to take two that showed up at a school. Cinderheart is a gray tabby with a couple of almost creamy spots -- looks like she had a calico mother. Her brother Maximus has a stub tail. It's about 1/3 the length of a normal tail.

Everyone has a touch of the runs, it's not unusual when they get on formula instead of mama's milk. The trouble this time is the stubbornness of it. Even the reglan is barely touching it. Dr. Paula had to cough up a good bit of the stuff when i went to get these babies from her. Consider it my fee -- yes, i work for kitten meds. (insert eyeroll here)

So taxes are finished, the kitchen is full of kitten boxes, and the pantry reorganization is next on the agenda.

In honor of National Humor Month:

It's amazing that some people from the 40's, 50's, and 60's are still alive. These generations heard such fun statements from their parents as, "I don't care if you roll the mercury from that thermometer around in your hand as long as you don't drop it down the sink!" and "That machine at the shoe store will show the bones when you put your foot it it."

Boudreaux is walking down the road when he's approached by his friend, Thibodeaux, who is carrying a very long bamboo fishing pole, and a yardstick. They stop and talk awhile, when Thibodeaux stands the pole straight up in the air, and attempts to reach the very top with the yardstick. Seeing it won't work, ole Boudreaux yanks the pole from Thibodeaux's hands , lays it on the sidewalk and measures it. "There you go; it's 12 feet long", says Boudreaux . Thibodeaux, upset and very irritated, grabs the yardstick and yells to Boudreaux ," You fool!! I don't want to know how long it is!! I want to know how high it is!

Today is

Akitu Festival -- Ancient Babylonian Calendar (new year festival, began at the first new moon after the vernal equinox)

Anniversary of the Second Republic -- Republic of Guinea

Blue Ribbon Week begins -- wear a blue ribbon to raise awareness of child abuse

Festival of Megalesia begins -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Cybele)

Iroquois Thunder Ceremony -- thanksgiving for rain, through the 6th

Laetare Sunday -- Western Christian
Carnaval de la Laetare -- Stavelot, Belgium
Mothering Sunday -- UK and other European Christians

National Chocolate Mousse Day

National Find-A-Rainbow Day -- a day to paint bright and colorful wishes for your friends, family, and sweetheart

Pony Express Day

Sechselauten (Six Ringing Festival) -- Zurich, Switzerland (driving out winter festival, through tomorrow)

Shower Dance -- Fairy Calendar

St. Irene's Day (patron of peace)

St. Richard of Chichester's Day (called Ricardus, ri for ridens meaning "laughing", car for carus meaning "dear", dus for dulcis meaning "sweet"

Tweed Day -- A day to consider the costs of political corruption, on the birthday of "Boss" Tweed

Birthdays Today:

Picabo Street, 1971
Robert Chapin, 1964
Eddie Murphy, 1961
David Hyde Pierce, 1959
Alec Baldwin, 1958
Tony Orlando, 1944
Marsha Mason, 1942
Wayne Newton, 1942
Jane Goodall, 1934
Virgil "Gus" Grissom, 1926
Jan Merlin, 1925
Marlon Brando, 1924
Doris Day, 1924
Herb Caen, 1916
William Magear "Boss" Tweed, 1823
Edward Everett Hale, 1822
Washington Irving, 1783

Today in History:

Edward the Confessor is crowned king of England, 1043
The US Pony Express begins its first run, 1860
Gottlieb Daimler receives a German patent for his engine, 1885
Trial of the libel case instigated by Oscar Wilde begins, eventually resulting in his imprisonment on charges of homosexuality, 1895
The US House of Representatives accept the "American's Creed," a patriotic contest winner by William Tyler Page, as the official creed of the US, 1918
The building of the RMS Queen Mary is commissioned, 1929
President Harry S. Truman signs the Marshall Plan, 1948
Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, 1968
The first portable cell phone call is made in New York City, 1973
Bobby Fischer refuses to play in a chess match against Anatoly Karpov, giving Karpov the title of World Champion by default, 1975
Conventional-Train World Speed Record: a French TGV train on the LGV Est high speed line sets an official new world speed record, 574.8 km/h (357.2 mph), 2007
Australia formally adopts the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 2009


  1. We were pretty fortunant, when we've had to switch kittens over, (we had one or two Moms get killed around our place. I really hate cars, sometimes...), and they seemed to do okay, not too much kitty trots. I have to agree, they seem to have a terrible time getting over it, if they get it, however.

    YAY! TAXES DONE! Here, too! I managed to stay out of the house, so Husband was in a good mood, and all was nice and finished. This is a good thing. And there are even cookies left, so the taxes must not have been THAT bad this year...


  2. Cat, i'm glad the taxes didn't require the whole batch of cookies. That must be an interesting way of determining the situation.

    Yes, once kittens get used to it, they do well on the formula, but once they get sick, getting them well is not easy.