Sunday, August 1, 2010

Turtles and Cats

What do turtles and cats have in common?

Not much that I can think of, besides being air breathing vertebrates, but yesterday I combined thoughts of turtles and cats in a unique way.

I got rid of all of the old litter boxes, and bought a nice, new, fresh one that has a scooping screen built in. Then I Turtle Waxed the inside.

Yes, I used the same kind of Turtle Wax you use on the car to keep it shiny. I waxed the whole inside, buffed it, and I hope it will help make cleanups easier.

I did this in stages as I fed kittens, cooked dinner, folded laundry, sorted school supplies, and various and sundry other chores.

So, cats and turtles may not have much in common, but here's hoping a slick coating will do a litter box some good.

August 1

Today is

Carnaval del Pueblo -- Burgess Park, London, through the week

Cross-Quarter Day

Document Delivery Day

Emancipation Day -- Barbados; Bermuda; Guyana; Jamaica; Trinidad and Tobago

Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus -- Orthodox Christian

Feast of Kamal (Perfection) -- Baha'i

Fiesta Day, Nicaragua

Girlfriend's Day

Gule of August, Wales (Their name for Lammas Day.)

Homowo, Ghana (A festival of thanksgiving and remembrance.)

Imps Charity Scramble -- Fairy calendar ( Do they scramble the imps, or do the imps scramble for something?)

International Friendship Day

Lady Day Eve

Lammas Day/Lughnasa (Celtic Feast of Bread)

Lanmac Tide (Beginning of the harvest season.)

Laughter Day, Southern California (May we spread this one around? We need more of this everywhere.)

National Day -- Benin

National Mustard Day (Sweetie had an uncle who would have loved this. Ate mustard on everything, including his apple pie. Bigger Girl also eats lots of mustard.)

National Night Out

National Non-Parent Day

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

National Sweet Corn Day

Pod Body Day, Portland, Maine

Respect for Parent's Day (Now, come on. On the same day as Non-Parent Day? Let's let the non parents have a day to themselves, shall we? They are too often peppered with the "Why don't you have kids/have kids yet?" question that is so disrespectful of their life choices. Parents get lots of other days and don't need to hog this one. I will personally forgo it.)

Rounds Resounding Day (Grab your friends and sing a few songs that go in rounds, like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Frere Jacques".)

Sports Day (They need a day for this? When the seasons for every sport already overlap?)

St. Ethelwold's Day

Swiss Confederation Day (Celebrates the formation on this day of the Everlasting Confederation, their Day of Independence.)

U.S. Air Force Day

Wattle Day -- Australia

Yorkshire Day -- Yorkshire, England

Anniversaries Today:

Colorado becomes the 38th US State, 1876
MTV begins broadcasting, 1981

Birthdays Today:

Tempestt Bledsoe, 1973
Robert Cray, 1953
Jerry Garcia, 1942
Yves Saint Laurent, 1942
Dom DeLuise, 1933
Herman Melville, 1819
Francis Scott Key, 1779
William Clark, 1770

Today in History:

The future Caesar Augustus, Octavian, enters Alexandria, Egypt, and brings it under the control of Rome, BC30
Japan sends Ono no Imoko to the Sui court in China as envoy, 607
The Swiss Confederation is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter, 1291
Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile drive the Jews out of Spain, 1492
Henry Tudor, soon to be Henry VII, sails with his army to England, 1495
The first black Americans arrive in Jamestown, Virginia, 1619
Oxygen is "discovered" for the 3rd time, by Priestly, 1774
The Act of Union is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1800
Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire, 1834
First coast to coast automobile trip, from San Francisco to New York, is completed, 1903
The first Jeep is produced, 1941
Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary, 1944
The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), 1957


  1. Well at first I was about to answer "Tortoise shell!" as I used to have a beautiful tortoise shell feline named Topaz. She was a great cat.

    Then when you were talking about a change of litter boxes, I thought you were going to say you bought a Turtle pool to use as one large litter box.

    So I guess there are a few things they have in common but I never would have guessed about Turtle Waxing a litter box. Let me know how it works out. :)