Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Verdict is In

Last Sunday, I agreed to clean the cat rescue shelter 2 times this week for our beleaguered coordinator. Instead of my usual Thursday, we took Wednesday morning and Friday night. It seems it is much easier to find substitutes for weekdays than weekends.

On Wednesday, I took one look at Ben and knew it was ringworm. I called, spoke to the person in charge of cat health, she said it might not be, they were watching it, etc.

Friday night, I got there to clean and could smell the bleach from the parking lot.

Ben, Clint, and Duke all have ringworm, for certain. Inga and Cloe don't seem to have it yet, but are isolated in a cage to make sure they are clear, and if so, to make sure they don't get it. Joey was also exposed, and seems clear now, but he has an eye infection, so is isolated.

Meanwhile, they bleached the tar out of those two rooms. No one will be allowed in but us caretakers, and we will have to care for them last, and bleach our shoes and hands afterward.

Angel's eyes are looking infected again. Frieda spent the evening hissing and purring at the same time (Frieda is weird, even more so than most cats). Willy still seems depressed, but the proof that he is eating some is in the litter box. Miss Prissy loves to nip and swat at you, very, very gently. No damage when she does, but she is so playful that you can't clean anything without her under you or rolling in whatever you are sweeping, swatting and trying to gently nip at the same time.

Everybody else is doing well, as far as I could tell.

In honor of national humor month:

Women over 50 don't have babies because they would put them down and forget where they left them.

A friend of mine confused her Valium with her birth control pills... she has 14 kids but doesn't really care.

One of life's mysteries is how a 2-pound box of chocolates can make a woman gain 5 lbs.

My mind not only wanders, it sometimes leaves completely.

The best way to forget your troubles is to wear tight shoes.

The nice part about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you are doing, someone else does.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight because by then, your body and your fat are really good friends.

Just when I was getting used to yesterday, along came today.

Sometimes I think I understand everything, and then I regain consciousness.

I gave up jogging for my health when my thighs kept rubbing together and setting fire to my knickers.

Amazing! You hang something in your closet for a while and it shrinks 2 sizes!

Skinny people irritate me! Especially when they say things like...'You know sometimes I forget to eat!' ....Now I've forgotten my address, my mother's maiden name and my keys, but I have never forgotten to eat. You have to be a special
kind of stupid to forget to eat!

The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing and then
they marry him.

I read this article that said the typical symptoms of stress are eating too much, impulse buying, and driving too fast. Are they kidding? That's my idea of a perfect day!

Today is

American Academy of Arts and Letters Charter Day

Auctioneer's Day

Blah, Blah, Blah Day

Children's Protection Day, Japan

Constitution Day, Canada

Ellis Island Family History Day

Feast of Random Walks

Flag Day, American Samoa

Ford Mustang Day

Husband Appreciation Day (third Saturday)

Independence Day, Syria

National Cheeseball Day

Nimble Fairies' Scattering -- Fairy Calendar

Nothing Like A Dame Day

Pet Owners Independence Day

Record Store Day (remember those?)

St. Stephen Harding's Day

Teach Your Daughter To Volunteer Day

Verrazano Day, Italy

Birthdays Today:

Victoria Backham, 1974
Jennifer Garner, 1972
Liz Phair, 1967
Olivia Hussey, 1951
Harry Reasoner, 1923
William Holden, 1918
Nikita Krushchev, 1894
J.P. Morgan, 1837

Today in History:

Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales for the first time, at the court of Richard II, ten years to the day after the pilgrimage actually began, 1397
Christopher Columbus signs his contract with Spain to find the Indes, 1492
Martin Luther stands firm and refuses to recant before the Diet of Worms, 1521
The first Sino-Japanese War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, 1895
A one day record 11,747 immigrants are processed at Ellis Island, 1907
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut, 1937
At midnight, 26 Irish counties officially break with the British Commonwealth and form the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco begins, 1961
Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang, 1964
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 1982
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends, 1986*

War was declared 335 years before, settled without a shot being fired, and no one though of an official peace treaty until the '80s -- one of the longest wars on record, with the fewest casualties.

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