The phone cut in as I was trying to scoop the fillings into the twice baked potatoes.
"Mimi, this is Meg. How are all of your babies?"
It was the kitten intake coordinator for the cat rescue. I gave her the report about Tailless and told her how the rest were doing.
Somehow, though, I knew she hadn't called just to pass the time of day, and I was right.
"Feel up to a litter of 5?" she asked.
I thought for about a nanosecond. "Sure, my 4 bigger ones are weaned. What's the story?"
It is always interesting to hear where they came from. This time, it was one of those "makes you so mad you could scream" stories.
"Some kids out in the Hargreaves area found them tied in a plastic bag with dirt and rocks, thrown in the road to get run over."
I will tell this story to many people, and they will be shocked. I'm not.
Yes, I can believe this one. I've heard it before, and I've heard worse.
Four classic tabbies, one marble tabby. One male, four female. Eyes open, about 3 weeks old, the same age as Tailless. She now has a litter to keep her company.
Sweetie's comment was, "Wow, another box of trouble! Thank Jesus! Good thing the monster who threw them away didn't have me there to catch him."
And yes, we are nuts. Ten foster kittens. Full house, happy home.
In honor of national humor month
RED SKELTON'S RECIPE FOR THE PERFECT MARRIAGE
1. Two times a week, we go to a nice restaurant, have a little beverage, good food and companionship. She goes on Tuesdays, I go on Fridays.
2. We also sleep in separate beds. Hers is in California and mine is in Texas.
3. I take my wife everywhere..... But she keeps finding her way back.
4. I asked my wife where she wanted to go for our anniversary. "Somewhere I haven't been in a long time!" she said. So I suggested the kitchen.
5. We always hold hands. If I let go, she shops.
6. She has an electric blender, electric toaster and electric bread maker. She said "There are too many gadgets and no place to sit down!" So I bought her an electric chair.
7. My wife told me the car wasn't running well because there was water in the carburetor. I asked where the car was; she told me " In the lake."
8. She got a mud pack and looked great for two days. Then the mud fell off.
9. She ran after the garbage truck, yelling "Am I too late for the garbage?" The driver said "No, jump in!"
10. Remember: Marriage is the number one cause of divorce.
11. I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always.
12. I haven't spoken to my wife in 18 months. I don't like to interrupt her.
13. The last fight was my fault though. My wife asked "What's on the TV?" I said "Dust!"
Book Day and Lover's Day, Spain --women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes (author of "Don Quixote") and in observance of St. George's Day
Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar
Children's Day, Turkey
Ewe's Day, Bulgaria
Festival of Jupiter and Venus -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Independence Day, Turkey (a/k/a National Sovereignty Day)
International Special Librarians Day
Global Youth Service Day, through the 25th
National Cherry Cheesecake Day
National Zucchini Bread Day - they hold this at a time when you are not sick of all that zucchini.
Peppercorn Ceremony, Bermuda
Read To Me Day
Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day
St. Adalbert's Day (patron of Prussia)
St. George's Day -- Christian (patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, the Boy Scouts, cavalry, equestrians, farmers, horses; against leprosy, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*
Take a Chance Day
Talk Like Shakespeare Day
World Book & Copyright Day
World Laboratory Animal Day
*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)
Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Sandra Dee, 1942
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564
Today in History:
The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Facing History and Ourselves
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