Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Four Down

One to go.

Mikey and Datsig are both going to be adopted by #1 Son. He will take them as his cats when he moves out next year. He has already marked them, literally. He painted Mikey's head with pink non toxic paint. Poor cat didn't even realize it.

Akira found a home this past weekend. Nice couple looking to adopt a lap cat. She is that.

Alise went to her new home yesterday; i was sent a text with a pic of her in the arms of a very excited 6-year-old boy. She will do great there.

That just leaves Lucy to find a home for. We are hoping this weekend, but it shouldn't be long. She's small and cute and loving.

Meanwhile, we should have a break from the bottle feeding until spring. Cross fingers.

Today is:

Alban Arthuan -- Druid Festival, 4th Station; through the solstice

Crossword Puzzle Day

Divalia -- Roman Empire (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)

Feast of Winter Solstice begins -- China

Festival of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Flashlight Day -- what better day, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order

Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)

Hanukkah -- Jewish (through the 28th)

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US

Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations

Look At the Bright Side Day -- and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!

Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)

National Hamburger Day

Pancha Ganapati -- India (Through the 25th, Hindu honoring of Lord Ganesha.)

Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day

Soviet Dissolution Day

St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Germany)

St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on June 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)

Winter Solstice Eve

Yalda -- Iran (Persian/Zoroastrian winter solstice festival; to celebrate the longest night of the year, many stay up for the fight against dark and evil.)

Ylir Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (the name means "whiner" and refers to the whining of the Northern winds, which pick up this month)

Birthdays Today:

Jack Noseworthy, 1969
Kiefer Sutherland, 1966
Andy Dick, 1965
Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959
Ray Romano, 1957
Jane Kaczmarek, 1955
Chris Evert, 1954
Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
Frank Zappa, 1940
Jane Fonda, 1937
Phil Donahue, 1935
Joe Paterno, 1926
Paul Winchell, 1922
Joseph Stalin, 1879

Today in History:

A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163
The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620
Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844
The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883
The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913
The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937
Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968
The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995


  1. Fantastic. You do such kind and loving work, MM. Thanks for that.

  2. Thank you, Hilary, for your kindness and supportive words.

  3. Lucy, is this a different one from Lucy Fur? Anyway, I love the pink paint biz. It reminds me of a book store I used to haunt, they had two cats, one grey rumpy, the other a Holstein colored long tail. I walked in, and thought my eyes had gone wacko. The Holstein cat, all the white was Day-Glo PINK. The manager said that an employee was very bored, the cat was asleep, and nefarious deeds ensued. After checking that the pen was non-toxic, she decided the guy wasn't going to be fired. The cat didn't seem to care, but there seemed to be a lot more visitors in the store when the cat was in the window!

    I hope that Lucy gets a loving home soon, too!


  4. I'm glad they all found a place. Fingers crossed for Lucy!

  5. Cat, that is hilarious. It was just on Mikey's head and neck, though.

    Thank you, and you also, Merry, for the good wishes.