Saturday, September 21, 2013


It was our usual Friday evening shift at the cat shelter.  We give everyone food and water, medicate those that need medicating, sweep the floors, and generally make sure every cat is present, accounted for, and not in any type of distress (or plotting to murder one of its room mates, sometimes if cats don't get along, you can hear some language!).  That latter is most important when we are the first ones in on a morning shift, not so important if we are coming in at the end of the day and there are still several people up there.

This particular evening there were not just a few people there, but a slew.  The rescue was having a garage sale, and members/volunteers were given the chance to come in and get first choice.  Since we members and volunteers were the ones who had donated all the items for the sale, it really means that we were all just trading our junk with each other, but whatever.  It's for a good cause.

While there, of course, Bigger Girl, Little Girl, and i had to take a peek.  Little Girl found a sword for $2 and four books in the Game of Thrones series for $1 (paperbacks, not hardbound, but still a bargain).  Bigger Girl found a party game to play with friends, only $2.

Sweetie has been asking me to make his favorite breakfast sometimes, a home made version of an egg sandwich found at what he jokingly calls "Mickey D's," and i found a biscuit cutter that will be just the right size to get the egg round and able to fit on an English muffin.

But the "Yeeeaaaaah! moment came when i spotted, from several paces, something i've been looking for over the last several months.

A few years ago, i was given two ceramic travel coffee mugs.  They are my favorite color, and have cats on them.  One of them, of course, fell and the outside broke rather soon after.  The inner lining of the cup was intact, but the outer wall was in pieces, which i saved to glue back together.  The cracks were obvious, and there was a chip missing, but i set that one aside and started using the other.

A few months ago, the other slipped and both the inner and the outer parts shattered.  It was a complete loss, so i swept it up, threw it out, and went back to using the cracked one.

Since then, i've kept my eyes out, including online, for a replacement.

When i saw it, that yelp came out, and then a squeal of glee, and the whole story about how the others broke and i'd been looking for one came out in a big jumble, and now i have a nice, new one.

My favorite coffee mug!

And you can't beat the price, either!


 Today is:

Arbor Day -- Brazil

Big Whopper Liar's Contest and Kunstfest -- New Harmony, IN, US (a German Festival, with traditional German foods, beer, and entertainment, plus the Big Whopper Liar's Contest, always a good time; through tomorrow)

Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins)

Covered Bridge Festival -- Washington and Greene County, PA, US (arts, crafts, entertainment, and food at each of the 11 featured covered bridges; through tomorrow)

Egremont Crab Fair -- Egremont, Cumberland, UK (ancient fair given a charter in 1267, includes throwing apples from a cart for children to catch)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 11, Peace (to coincide with the International celebration; sponsored by We, the World)

Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

German-American Steuben Parade/Von Steuben Day -- New York City, and other smaller parades in US

Heritage Weekend -- Blue Ridge Parkway Cultural Heritage Center, Ashville, NC, US
     featuring the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Championships today

Idaho Spud Day 2013 -- Idaho, US, wants the 3rd Saturday of September as a day to celebrate their favorite crop

Independence Day -- Armenia(1991); Belize(1981); Malta(1964)

International Coastal Cleanup -- join volunteers around the world in helping remove debris that harms marine life and ruins our oceans

International Day of Peace -- UN

International Eat An Apple Day -- a celebration of the fruit of the season, on the third Saturday of every September

Johnny Appleseed Festival -- Fort Wayne, IN, US (an 1800 style period festival; through tomorrow)

Kharisteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; feast of Aremis Agrotera[the huntress] that became a thanksgiving for the victory of the battle of Marathon)

Kwama Nkrumah's Birthday/Founder's Day -- Ghana

Levi Coffin Days -- Fountain City, IN, US (celebrating Levi Coffin, the "President of the Underground Railroad"; through tomorrow)

Miniature Golf Day -- golf the fun way! (separate from National Miniature Golf Day in May)

National Book Festival -- National Mall, Washington, D.C., US (the Library of Congress celebrates "Books that Shaped the World"; through Sunday)

National Neighborhood Day 2013 -- US (a group used to sponsor this on the 3rd Saturday in September, but their website expired, so celebrate your neighborhood if you want, without sponsorship)

National Pecan Cookie Day

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (check it for what, sagging? i'm old, of course it is! Oh, make sure car seats are secured -- my kids finally outgrew those, phew)

National Tradesmen Day -- US

Norskedalen Thressing Bee -- Norskedalen Nature and Heritage Center, Coon Valley, WI, US (antique engines and pioneer demonstrations, as well as cream separating, butter-making, a thresher's meal, and more)

Oktoberfest -- Germany (through Oct. 6)

Pause the World Day -- because we've all wanted to do this at one time or another

Peddler's Village Scarecrow Festival -- Peddler's Village, Lahaska, PA, US (start celebrating the fall with scarecrow making, pumpkin-painting, and more; through tomorrow)

R.E.A.D. in America Day -- sponsored by CheeREADing, because Reading helps Everyone Accomplish Dreams

Responsible Dog Ownership Day -- sponsored by the AKC

Rettir -- Iceland (around this time of year; a traditional sheep round up celebrated in Iceland during September, actual round up dates may vary from region to region)

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, money managers, security forces, security guards, stock brokers, tax collectors; Salerno, Italy; Trier, Germany; Villa d'Ogna, Italy)

Student's Day and Spring Day -- Argentina

Throw Away Something Day -- you have the internet's permission to get rid of that hideous gift; if you can't bring yourself to throw it out, donate it

Thrue Bab -- Bhutan (Blessed Rainy Day)

Trail of Courage Living History Festival -- Rochester, IN, US (frontier life in Indiana when it was Native territory; through tomorrow)

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® -- Bridgeport, AL to Waterloo, AL ( ride along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations)

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)

World Alzheimer's Day

World Gratitude Day

Birthdays Today:

Faith Hill, 1967
Darva Conger, 1965
Rob Morrow, 1962
David James Elliot, 1960
Dave Coulier, 1959
Bill Murray, 1950
Stephen King, 1947
Henry Gibson, 1935
Leonard Cohen, 1934
Larry Hagman, 1931
Chuck Jones, 1912
H.G. Wells, 1866
Maurice Barrymore, 1849 (family patriarch)

Today in History:

Richard the Lionheart captured, 1192
Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge, 1451
John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent a fire extinguisher, 1677
Nathan Hale arrested for spying, 1776
The Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser becomes the first successful US daily newspaper, 1784
Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the Angel Moroni gives him the gold plates from which he translates the Book of Mormon, 1827
The Duryea Motor Wagon Company becomes the first auto manufacturer, 1895
"Kit Carson", the first cowboy film, premiers in the US, 1903
Publication of Tolkien's "The Hobbit", 1937
Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations, 1971
Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female US Supreme Court justice, 1981
Brunei joins the United Nations, 1984
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly, 2001
The Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, 2003


  1. What a lucky find on that coffee mug. I am guessing you are going to be very careful with this. Funny how we can get attached to a certain dish or mug.

  2. I love the coffee mug part the very best. Awesome find for a very small price.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  3. A dollar is a very good price, especially when it's exactly what you want. Nice find!

  4. Thank you, all of you, and yes, i'll be careful with it.