Friday, April 15, 2011


The kittens' situation is a mix at the moment.

The four little ones we got on Sunday all stopped eating completely. Three of them started up again soon enough to be doing better. The tabby runt, despite subcue fluids and everything i could do, didn't start up again at all.

The 8 older kittens are eating like pigs, have the runs and aren't showing signs of it stopping, and have the kitten equivalent of diaper rash. Three of them are sneezing, four of them have weepy eyes, and Balthazar is starting to show signs of the same neurological problems that took little Tsula.

So eleven kittens, lots of meds, lots of litter, lots of love. That's what matters most.

In honor of National Humor Month:

If all is not lost, where is it?

One day Thibodeaux went up to Boudreaux. "You know Boudreaux, I think somethin' wrong wit me."
Boudreaux said, "Mais, Thibodeaux, tell me what's your problem.?"
"Well, Boudreaux," Thibodeaux said. "My whole body is in pain. Everywhere I press on my body it hurts."
"Thibodeaux, I think I know what's wrong with you." Boudreaux replied.
"Tell me Boudreaux, what could it be?"
"Thibodeaux, you need to see the doctor because your finger's broken."

Today is

Celtic Tree Month Saille (willow) begins

Dogwood Festival -- Atlanta, Georgia, through the 17th

Education and Sharing Day

Festival of Heru and Festival of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Fiesta San Antonio, Texas -- through the 30th*

Fordicalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (cow sacrifice to the earth mother)

Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated quarterly)

Global Youth Service Days -- through the 17th

Income Tax Pay Day (most years, US; this year, we have until Monday)

Kentucky Derby Festival begins

Jackie Robinson Day -- Major League Baseball

National Contest of Paso Horses -- Peru

National Glazed Ham Day

National Griper's Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes!)

Rubber Eraser Day

Semana Santa --
Seville, Spain (Holy Week, with hundreds of shuffling pointy-hooded penitents and torchlit processions, until the 24th)
Mexico, especially Chiapas (processions, costumes, fireworks, music, dance and weird rituals)

Spinach Festival -- Alma, Arkansas

St. Aristarchus' Day

Swallow Day -- England (traditional date of the return of chimney swallows)

Take a Wild Guess Day -- just not on your taxes, please

Tax Resistor's Day

Tellus Mater -- Ancient Roman Calendar (mother earth festival)

That Sucks Day (appropriate for tax day, I would say)

Tipsa Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the start of plowing)

Titanic Remembrance Day

*Annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances...all culminating with the traditional "Battle of Flowers" parade!

Birthdays Today:

Emma Watson, 1990
Seth Rogen, 1982
Patrick Carney, 1980
Emma Thompson, 1959
Claudia Cardinale, 1939
Roy Clark, 1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
Leon Schotter, 1922
Hans Conried, 1917
Bessie Smith, 1894
Sam Rodia, 1875
Henry James, 1843
Joseph E. Seagram, 1841
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452

Today in History:

Pope Innocent III refuses to grant permission to the Jews of Cordova, Spain, to build a synagogue, 1250
Samuel Johnson's A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London, 1755
The first school for the deaf in the US opens in Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
The last day US silver coins are allowed to circulate in Canada, 1870
Harley Proctor begins producing Ivory Soap, 1878
General Electric Company is incorporated, 1892
The Titanic sinks, 1912
Insulin becomes available to diabetics, 1923
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, 1924
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city, 1957
Tokyo Disney Resort (and the Tokyo Disneyland park) opens in Tokyo Bay (Japan), 1983
Upon Hu Yaobang's death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People's Republic of China, 1989
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization, 1994
Astronomers at San Francisco State University announce the discovery of the first multiplanet solar system besides our own, three planets around Upsilon Andromedaie, 1999
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe, 2010


  1. Awww poor wee things. It must be heartbreaking when they're not well. :(

  2. I must say, I would be in a funk if I had all the little ones ill... But, that's what we pet folk are there for, helping them get better! Good thoughts!

    (On your joke, I was half expecting Boudreaux to say don't do that. After all, when I had an ache when I bent my arm, that's what my doctor said. Told him not to quit his day job, either...)


  3. Thanks for the comments! As long as they keep eating, it's not so bad. It's when they stop that you really worry. It's just so messy when they have "digestive upset".

    Cat, that was a good thing to tell the doctor.