Thursday, May 5, 2011

Kitten Shuffle

Doing the kitten shuffle means two different things in this house.

First, it means how we walk. Don't lift your feet. Shuffle like your mama told you not to when you were a child. Only when you are around the kittens, of course. That way, if you do accidentally catch one with your foot, you won't be actually stepping down on it full force, with all of your weight.

Second, it means kittens getting adopted or moved to other foster homes. Festival and Hinata have been moved t0 a foster home until they can go to their adoptive home over the weekend. So we "only" have 16 kittens in the house right now. Their new foster is thrilled with them, her son is having a ball, and they love being able to run around and explore a whole new place.

So, our first successful launches of kittens into the wide world for this year. Hope the rest go as smoothly, although this road is never really totally smooth.

In other news, i will be delivering flowers for Mother's Day both Friday and Saturday.

Bigger Girl, #2 Son, and Little Girl will be going to Grandma and Grandpa's house for the weekend. That will make the cooking lighter for Friday night, when Sweetie has to work anyway, and for Saturday. It will have no effect on Brother-in-Law The Mouth's demands for a huge meal on Sunday.

Today is

Bevrijdingsday (Liberation Day) -- Netherlands

Bonza Bottler Day

Cartoonists Day -- celebrates the first color cartoon ever published, The Yellow Kid, on this day in 1895.

Childhood Stroke Awareness Day

Children's Day -- South Korea

Cinco de Mayo -- Mexico, and anyplace that beer brewers want to make a minor battle into a big deal to increase beer sales today

Constitution Day -- Kyrgyzstan

Coronation Day -- Thailand (crowning of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1950)

Europe Day -- Council of Europe

Fairy Ring Day -- Fairy Calendar

International Midwives Day

Kodomo-no-hi (Children's Day)-- Japan

Liberation Day -- Denmark

Lusophone Culture Day -- Community of Portuguese-speaking countries

Martin Z. Mollusk Day, Ocean City, NJ (if the hermit crab sees his shadow, summer comes a week early)

Martyr's Day -- Albania

National Chocolate Custard Day

National Day of Prayer -- USA, Interfaith

National Day of Reason

National Hoagie Day

Oyster Day

Patriot's Victory Day -- Ethiopia

Procession of the Snake Catchers -- Cocullo, Italy

Senior Citizens Day -- Palau

St. Judith's Day (patron of Prussia)

Totally Chipotle Day

Ziua Barbatului(Men's Day) -- Romania

Birthdays Today:

Danielle Fishel, 1981
Tina Yothers, 1973
Brian Williams, 1959
Tammy Wynette, 1942
Pat Carroll, 1927
Ann B. Davis, 1926
Alice Faye, 1915
Tyrone Power, 1913
James Beard, 1903
Nelly Bly, 1864
John Batterson Stetson, 1830
Karl Marx, 1818
Soren Kierkegaard, 1813

Today in History:

Rebel barons begin a chain of events that leads to King John of England's eventual signing of the Magna Carta, 1215
Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire, 1260
Jews are expelled from Speyer Germany, 1430
Christopher Columbus lands at Jamaica and claims it for Spain, 1494
In France, the Estates-General convenes for the first time since 1614, 1789
Citizenship is denied to Jews of Canton of Aargau Switzerland, 1809
Mary Kies becomes the first woman issued a US patent, for a method of weaving, 1809
The American Bible Society organizes in NY, 1816
Emperor Napoleon I dies in exile on the island of Saint Helena, 1821
In Belgium, the first railway in continental Europe opens between Brussels and Mechelen, 1835
The American Medical Association forms in Philidelphia, 1847
Cinco de Mayo in Mexico: troops led by Ignacio Zaragoza halt a French invasion in the Battle of Puebla, 1862
The first train robbery in the US occurs in North Bend, Ohio, 1865
Sitting Bull leads his band of Lakota into Canada to avoid harassment by the United States Army, 1877
The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor, 1891
Cy Young pitches the first perfect game in modern baseball history, 1904
Coco Chanel introduces Chanel No. 5, 1921
John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching evolution in violation of Tennessee's Butler Act, 1925
West Germany gains full sovereignty, 1955
Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, 1961

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