Thursday, October 21, 2010


Just when we thought it was safe to answer the phone. Kitten season should be winding down.

I was trying to get out the door to go pick up Bigger Girl and Best Friend when Ms. D called. More kittens. Three this time, quite a distance away. The lady was so clueless she was trying to feed them human formula with a baby bottle. She said she switched to a syringe when that didn't seem to work too well. (Insert eye roll here.)

Meg actually went to pick them up, and brought them over to trade me out a few of my bigger ones. Athena and Silverstream are now back with Ping, the 3rd sister from that group who was supposed to be adopted by the lady who found them. Unfortunately the nice lady has been diagnosed with cancer, and cannot take on another pet right now. Tawnykit is with them also. I will call to get the 4 of them on the schedule for surgery, and this weekend they will go up for preadoption.

The new ones are about 3 weeks old, healthy and beautiful. Two calico girls, one with a black spot above her mouth that looks like half of a Groucho mustache. The boy is orange tabby and white, and loud. Eating well.

One problem now is that I only have two that are weaned to help the others learn to eat and drink. Yes, I have to wean them, technically, but it helps to have older kittens that are drinking from a bowl and eating dry food to pique the curiosity of the younger ones and give demonstrations. They help a great deal.

Still, this way I only have 12 kittens. Only. Ah, well, that's the business.

Today is:

Apple Day -- U.K.

Armed Forces Day -- Honduras

Babbling Day

Compact Day -- Marshall Islands

International Credit Union Day

International Day of the Nacho -- Mexico; U.S.

National Nurses Day -- Thailand

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

National Youth Health Awareness Day

Overseas Chinese Day -- Taiwan (Republic of China)

St. John of Bridlington's Day (patron against complications in childbirth)

St. Ursula's Day (patron of teachers, schoolgirls, orphans, tailors, universities; against the plague)

Support Your Local Chamber of Commerce Day

Trafalgar Day -- British Empire

Anniversaries Today:

Juan Peron marries actress Evita (MarĂ­a Eva Duarte), 1945

Birthdays Today:

Jeremy Miller, 1976
Carrie Fisher, 1956
Benjamin Netanyahu, 1949
Judge Judy Sheindlin, 1942
Celia Cruz, 1925
Joyce Randolph, 1925
Dizzy Gillespie, 1917
Alfred Nobel, 1833
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772

Today in History:

Constantinople emperor Constantine the Great rules laws against Jews, 335
Sultan Kilidj Arslan of Nicea defeats 1st Crusaders, 1096
Martin Luther joins the theological faculty of the University of Wittenberg., 1512
Ferdinand Magellen arrives at Tierra Del Fuego (Pacific Ocean), 1520
Sea battle at Dunes, Lt Admiral Maarten Tromp defeats Spanish armada under De Oquendo, 1639
First display of the word "Liberty" on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America, 1774
US Navy frigate Constitution, Old Ironsides, launched in Boston, 1797
Battle of Trafalgar, Adm Nelson defeats French & Spanish fleet & dies, 1805
The Penang Free School is founded in George Town, Penang, Malaysia, by the Rev Hutchings. It is the oldest English-language school in Southeast Asia, 1816
Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England), 1824
Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb, 1879
First transatlantic radiotelephone message, Arlington, Va to Paris, 1915
Women are allowed to vote in France for the first time, 1945
Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun, 1965
The European Patent Institute is founded, 1977
The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second, 1983
Images of the dwarf planet Eris are taken and subsequently used in its discovery by the team of Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz, 2003


  1. Man, as much as I love kittens, I don't entirely envy your doings of late. We have had to care for unweaned kittens, and even though I know how, it seems like it is a surprisingly hard job. And messy, on occasion.

    You mentioned Pumpkin Cheesecake day, so did the comic Blondie, and Dizzy Gillespe's birthday on Google. Personally, I like the nachos, myself...


  2. Yes, they can get messy Some of them we have to bathe them daily.