Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Few Things

The big 8 kittens are all, finally, drinking from the bowl and nibbling dry food! Hooray!

It took little Laura until yesterday to figure out how to drink from the bowl, when her siblings had been doing it for a week. Whew. There is usually one hold out in each group, and it gets frustrating.

Of the four in the small litter, only one is left. She is very fussy because she is alone, and seems healthy. Then again, so did the others until they just quit eating and tanked quickly. It's been very sad, and i don't know what happened to them that they would get sick, seem to get well, do better a while, and then go downhill and be gone in a day.

My burn is doing better. The first night, i slept with it in a glass of icy water, which i refreshed several times in the night. Then i used vinegar, as Leah suggested. After that, coconut oil to help it heal.

#1 Son has learned that they really love him at his work. He pulled his first 10 hour shift, and was there alone, taking orders on the phone with one hand and trying to keep up with the pizzas coming out of the oven with the other. He came home worn out and glad that school starts again next week.

Little Girl has asked for a haircut. Her hair is not very long, she wants it shorter for summer, however. As a side note, i haven't cut my hair since June '94. Really.

#2 Son has been mostly quiet the last couple of days. Yes, of course i'm suspicious. He'll do something crazy before spring break is over, for certain.

Bigger Girl is making lots of plans with her friend this week. Looks like it will be just as busy as a school week, only at different times. So much for getting the library sorted out.

Oh, and for those who are still wondering where spring is, it's down here. The high temp today should be 84F/29C.


In honor of National Humor Month:

Two parrots were sitting on a perch when one said to the other, "Do you smell fish?"

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux are neighbors in Breaux Bridge, and Boudreaux is in need of a new milk cow.
He hears about a nice one for sale over in Lafayette. He drives over to Lafayette, looks at the cow, and reaches under to see if she gives milk.
When he grabs her closest teat and pulls, the cow farts. Boudreaux is very surprised, looks at the farmer who is selling the cow, and reaches under the cow to try again.
So, he grabs another teat, pulls, and the cow farts again. Milk does come out however, so after some discussion Boudreaux decides to buy the cow anyway and take it home.
Boudreaux calls his neighbor Thibodeaux over and says, "Come here and look at dis new cow I just bought. Pull her teat, and see what happens."
Well, Thibodeaux reaches under and pulls, and the cow farts. Thibodeaux looks up at Boudreaux and says, "Did you buy dis cow in Lafayette, Boudreaux?"
Boudreaux is very surprised and says, "Dats right, how did ya know that?"
Thibodeaux says, "My wife...she's from Lafayette, too!



Today is

Contraband Days Pirate Festival -- Lake Charles, Louisiana (through May 8, a celebration of the colorful life of Jean Lafitte)

Day of Remembrance of the Chernobyl tragedy -- Belarus

Fairy Laughter Convention -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Individual Sovereignty -- an internet holiday that i think is a good idea!

Hug an Australian Day

Mayan Rain Festival -- through May 3

National Pretzel Day

Remember Your First Kiss Day

Richter Scale Day

Shuffleboard Day

Static Cling Day

St. Marcellinus' Day

Union Day -- Tanzania

Vallenato Legend Festival -- Valledupar, Colombia (through the 30th)

World Intellectual Property Day -- International



Anniversaries Today:

Prince Albert (future George VI) marries Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon


Birthdays Today:

Jon Lee, 1982
Jason Earles, 1977
Tom Welling, 1977
Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, 1970
Kane, 1967
Jet Li, 1963
Michael Damian, 1962
Bobby Rydell, 1942
Duane Eddy, 1938
Carol Burnett, 1933
I.M. Pei, 1917
John James Audubon, 1785
Marcus Aurelius, 121


Today in History:

Copernicus makes his first observations of Saturn, 1514
William Shakespeare is baptized, 1564
English colonists of the Jamestown settlement make landfall at Cape Henry, Virginia, 1607
Napoleon Bonaparte signs a general amnesty to allow all but about one thousand of the most notorious émigrés of the French Revolution to return to France, 1802
Paul von Hindenburg defeats Wilhelm Marx in the second round of the German presidential election to become the first directly elected head of state of the Weimar Republic, 1925
In Libya, amendments to the constitution transform Libya (United Kingdom of Libya) into one national unity (Kingdom of Libya) and allows for female participation in elections, 1963
Tanganyika and Zanzibar merge to form Tanzania, 1964
A Rolling Stones concert in London, Ontario is shut down by police after 15 minutes due to rioting, 1965
The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization enters into force, 1970
A nuclear reactor accident occurs at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union (now Ukraine), creating the world's worst nuclear disaster, 1986
Physicists announce first evidence of the top quark subatomic particle, 1994

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