It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.
Last week, a couple of people asked me about the difference between a Siamese cat and a colorpoint cat, and i figure that is a random enough topic for a Tuesday.
The Siamese is a breed that has points; the typical markings on the ears, paws, nose, tail, etc., are called “points”. Other cats can also have these points as well, like the Himalayan, Burmese, Tonkinese, and Colorpoint Shorthair. These cat breeds are all very closely related.
When i said that the kittens at the shelter were colorpoint cats, not true Siamese necessarily, i was simply stating that while they have the color point markings typical of the Siamese and other related breeds, they are not purebred. They obviously have a purebred or two or more in their ancestry, and may have even had one true purebred parent and one typical house cat parent, but they aren’t full blooded Siamese.
Since we don’t have papers for them, we can’t call them Siamese or anything else, just domestic shorthair cats with Siamese type coloring, or points.
Several years ago there was a colorpoint mama who was so feral it took over 3 years to trap and spay her (she was cunning!). Every six months she would put two kittens, a male and female, eyes just opened, on the back door of the house of the lady who fed her, and they were always the most beautiful color point kittens you would ever want to see. They looked like typical lavender point Siamese kittens, but were obviously not pure, so they had to be called colorpoint cats. We bottle raised a few of those litters, and when i tell you they were snatched up faster than hot biscuits and butter at breakfast i mean it.
All of the colorpoint cats we get at the shelter are gone almost before they come in the door. If we do get a purebred, which happens on occasion, the adoption fee is double and people gladly pay it, it’s still cheaper than buying one.
This past Sunday at church, i was walking toward the gym when my water sensor went off — i know i heard a drip in the men’s room. Knocking at the door and yelling, “janitor!” elicited no response, as i knew it wouldn’t because everyone else had gone home.
Sure enough, there was water dripping from one of the faucets. Turning it off, i thought, i am not sure if i should be upset the men/boys are leaving the water dripping or happy they are washing their hands!
Here are a few funnies passed on by Grandma:
Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!
Cheltenham Hunt Festival -- Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (a four day Festival, with the big race on that final day)
Doctor's Day -- Venezuela
Dream Day -- supposedly begun by an instructor at Columbia University as a day to concentrate on how to make your dreams come true
Farvardigan -- Ancient Persia, Zoroastrians (10 day festival for the dead before Nowruz, the New Year)
Festival of Life in the Cracks Day -- internet holiday declared because this is where most of us are, and we deserve to be celebrated!
Harriet Tubman Day -- anniversary of her death in 1913
Hola Mohalla -- Sikh (3 day grand festival)
International Day of Awesomeness -- Celebrate what is awesome about you - always on Chuck Norris' birth anniversary, because no one is more awesome than Chuck
London Book Fair -- Olympia, London, England (one of the world's most important book fairs; through the 12th)
Mario Day -- for gamers, based on the date Mar 10
National Blueberry Popover Day
National Pack Your Lunch Day -- because it's cheaper and healthier
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day -- US
Organize Your Home Office Day -- Lisa Kanarek wants everyone to organize their home office on the second Tuesday in March; my response is: in one day! is she out of her mind!
Purim -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, through sundown today)
Shiogama Jinja Hote Festival -- Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan (mikoshi parades and Shinto music)
St. Kessog's Day (Patron of Lennox, Scotland; Scotland)
Telephone Day -- Bell sent the first message by phone, to Watson in the next room, this day in 1876
Tibetan Uprising Day -- Tibetan Independence Supporters commemoration of the 1959 uprising
Turkey Vultures Return to the Living Sign -- Canisteo, NY (San Juan Capistrano has swallows, and Canisteo has living trees planted to spell out the name of the valley where the turkey vultures/buzzards return each year, traditionally on St. Patrick's Day; celebration goes through the 17th)
Whoopsical Day -- Fairy Calendar
Emily Osment, 1992
Carrie Underwood, 1983
Shannon Miller, 1977
John Hamm, 1971
Edie Brickell, 1966
Prince Edward, 1964
Jasmine Guy, 1964
Rick Rubin, 1963
Pam Oliver, 1961
Sharon Stone, 1958
Shannon Tweed, 1957
Kim Campbell, 1947
Bob Greene, 1947
Tom Scholz, 1947
Chuck Norris, 1940
Dave Rabe, 1940
James Earl Ray, 1928
Pamela Mason, 1918
Bix Beiderbecke, 1903
Clare Boothe Luce, 1903
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer"(TV), 1997
"The Incredible Hulk"(TV), 1978
"Sweet Bird of Youth"(Play), 1959
Today in History:
The Romans sink the Carthaginian fleet bringing the First Punic War to an end, BC241
Jews are excluded from public office in the Roman Empire, 418
King Charles I dissolves Parliament; he calls it back 11 years later, 1629
English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania, 1681
French Huguenot Jean Calas, who was wrongly convicted of killing his son, dies after being tortured by authorities; the event inspired Voltaire to begin a campaign for religious tolerance and legal reform, 1762
John Stone, of Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver, 1791
England begins its first modern census, 1801
In St. Louis, Missouri, a formal ceremony is conducted to transfer ownership of the Louisiana Territory from France to the United States, 1804
The French Foreign Legion is established by King Louis-Philippe to support his war in Algeria, 1831
Abraham Lincoln patents a device to help free ships in rivers from shallow water; he built a small scale model, but no full-size device was ever built, and makes him the only US president to hold a patent, 1849
Alexander Graham Bell makes the first successful telephone call by saying "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you," 1876
Commissioner George Scott Railton and seven women officers landed at New York to officially begin the work of the Salvation Army in the US, 1880
Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the Strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching, 1891
The Courrières mine disaster, Europe's worst ever, kills 1099 miners in Northern France, 1906
After Bob Fitzsimmons KOs much larger Jim Corbett to win world HW championship he says, "The bigger they are, the harder they fall," 1896
China ends slavery, 1910
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested in India, tried for sedition, and sentenced to six years in prison, only to be released after nearly two years for an appendicitis operation, 1922
In Memphis, Tennessee, James Earl Ray pleads guilty to assassinating Martin Luther King Jr.; he later retracts his guilty plea, 1969
Astronomers discover rings around Uranus, 1977
In Haiti, Prosper Avril is ousted 18 months after seizing power in a coup, 1990
The NASDAQ Composite stock market index peaks at 5132.52, signaling the beginning of the end of the dot-com boom, 2000
NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter arrives at Mars, 2006
Carlos Slim becomes the first Mexican and person from an emerging economy to top Forbes Richest Person list, with net worth of US$53.5 billion, 2010
South Korean judges uphold their parliaments' decision to impeach President Park Geun-hye, 2017