Wednesday, July 2, 2014

How far in?

"Mom, we had an exciting day today!"  Bigger Girl came in from work and school ready to share the fun.

"First, last year they inseminated one of the mares, and they forgot!  They were supposed to remove the embryo and freeze it, but didn't, and so we now have a foal they weren't expecting.  The named her 'Oops'!"

Yes, i can understand that, i noted.

"Also, today, one of the stable hands noticed a skunk was hanging around.  He said he didn't want it to scare Ms. Sonya, but you know her!  She's fearless, except when it comes to spiders.  So, anyway, he tried to chase the skunk, and he got skunked!"

He found out the hard way that skunks don't hurry, they just spray you, i said.

"Yes, but it was so funny watching him try to chase a skunk!"

The smell wasn't funny, i'm sure, i said drily.

"No, but something Vera said to me at school was.  We were talking about a couple of mutual acquaintances who are afraid to come out to their families and so are in the closet.  Vera's comment was, 'They are so far in the closet, they're in Narnia!"

That's pretty far in, i said, shaking my head.

Today is

Adonia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (date approximate, but always in July, a ritual to honor Adonis)

Distressed Elves' Creditors' Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dixon Petunia Festival: The Pink. The Proud. The Petunias. -- Dixon, IL, US (food, entertainment, fun, and petunias! through Sunday)

Flag & Anthem Day -- Curacao

Freedom From Fear of Public Speaking Day -- as proposed by Beverly Beuermann-King, because you don't want to blow it when your big opportunity comes because you are afraid to speak out!

I Forgot Day (the day to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or other special days that you forgot during the first half of the year)

National Anisette Day

Palio di Provenzano -- Siena, Italy (horse race and pageant, named after the Madonna di Provenzano, whose church is in Siena)

Rebild Festival/American Independence Day Celebration -- Aalborg, Denmark (the town dresses in red, white and blue, celebrating with BBQ, American beer, and more; through the 4th, with an After Party through the weekend)

Remember to Feed the Hummingbirds Day -- internet reminder to be nice to these beautiful creatures

St. Swithin's Day (Patron against drought; of Stavenger, England; Winchester, England)

The North American Tournament -- Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (show jumping tournament, through Sunday)

Try to Find Your Slinky Day -- the weird holiday of the day!

Violin Lovers' Day

World UFO Day -- unfortunately, a real day observed by many around the world (on the "anniversary" of the UFO crash in Roswell, if such a thing even happened, which i doubt*)

*i believe that if there's life elsewhere, it shows its intelligence by staying away from us!

Anniversary Today:

Prince Albert of Belgium marries Paola Ruffo di Calabria, 1959

Birthdays Today:

Lindsay Lohan, 1986
Ashley Tisdale, 1985
Johnny Weir, 1984
Jose, Jr., and Ozzie Canseco, 1964
Jimmy McNichol, 1961
Ron Silver, 1946
Vicente Fox Quesada, 1942
Richard Petty, 1937
Polly Holiday, 1937
Dave Thomas, 1932
Medgar Evers, 1925
Dan Rowan, 1922
Ken Curtis, 1916
Thurgood Marshall, 1908
Jean René Lacoste, 1904
Hermann Hesse, 1877
Thomas Cranmer, 1489

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Andy Williams Show"(TV), 1957
"The Lawrence Welk Show"(TV), 1955
"Finlandia"(Sibelius' Op. 26), 1900

Today in History:

Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine, 1698
Vermont  becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery, 1777
Charles J. Guiteau shoots and fatally wounds U.S. President James Garfield, who eventually dies from an infection on September 19, 1881
Twenty miles off the coast of Cuba, 53 rebelling African slaves led by Joseph Cinque take over the slave ship Amistad, 1893
Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi obtains patent for radio in London, 1897
The first zeppelin flight takes place on Lake Constance near Friedrichshafen, Germany, 1900
Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight 1937
The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas, 1962
North and South Vietnam, divided since 1954, reunite to form the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 1976
The AbioCor  self contained artificial heart is first implanted, 2001
Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world nonstop in a balloon, 2002
Planetoid Pluto's fourth and fifth moons officially receive the names Kerberos and Styx from the International Astronomical Union, 2013


  1. Such creative conversations. I love the way your children share so freely. That last one was very creative.

  2. Bwahahahahahahaha. Your kids are awesome. Yes indeed.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. OMG - "in Narnia" - that's hilarious! Your Bigger Girl has a wonderful sense of humor. I loved her stories. She's put the biggest smile on my face today! :-D

  4. And now I wonder how many children clawed at the backs of their closet walls when that movie was out. Does Narnia really exist? I heard they have good snack foods there.

  5. I'm sure lots of people would like to escape to Narnia. That was a funny line from your daughter.

  6. Whoa, that's a lot of information! Funny about national I forgot day. Maybe they should have a national I forgot minute at the end of every day :-)

  7. Just love the Narnia comment. So refreshing to follow a mother who actually listens to and appreciates what her children say. :)

  8. Ha - Narnia! that's hilarious. course it's not hilarious that people have to live that way. Shameful that we still have such hate and intolerance towards those who live differently then us. You don't have to agree with them --- but you can still absolutely be respectful and even love them.

  9. But Narnia isn't a bad place to be. Maybe they are in the in-between. But the comment made me smile. I know a few people residing there.