Monday, November 8, 2010

I have created monsters.

The kittens that still have the runs, to keep them from dehydrating, have continued to eat from the bottle instead of being weaned to drink their formula from a bowl.

All of them eat solid food, and all of them drink water from the bowl. It is just the sick ones, that are also the smallest, and a couple of which were dehydrating to the point of needing subcue fluids, that still demand a bottle. Vociferously. Ferociously. Pushing each other out of the way, climbing my legs as I cringe in pain, needle like claws digging in, me yelling, "I am not a jungle gym!" to no avail.

Brat kittens. Sweet, cute, deceptive. Don't get me started about keeping them off the table. I have to keep the squirt bottle handy now, too.

Ah, well, those sweet little eyes, those plaintive voices -- I guess I will keep working with them. They are knuckleheads, and I am an old softy.


Today is:

Cooking Something Bold & Pungent Day

Dunce Day

Feast of the Four Crowned Martyrs (patrons of stonemasons, Freemasons)

Merchant Sailing Ship Preservation Day

National Parents as Teachers Day

National Harvey Wallbanger Day

St. Claude's Day (patron of sculptors)

Saints, Doctors, Missionaries, and Martyr's Day (Church of England)

Synaxis of the Archangel Michael and the other Bodiless Powers of Heaven -- Eastern Orthodox Church

Wish-Granting Championship -- Fairy Calendar

World Urbanism Day


Anniversaries Today:

Opening of the Louvre, 1793
Mount Holyoke Seminary for Women is founded, 1837 (considered by many to be the first true college for women in the US)
Montana becomes 41st US State, 1889


Birthdays Today:

Masashi Kishimoto, 1974
Parker Posey, 1968
Leif Garrett, 1961
Mary Hart, 1951
Bonnie Raitt, 1949
Morley Safer, 1931
Patti Page, 1927
Esther Rolle, 1920
Margaret Mitchell, 1900
Milton Bradley, 1836


Today in History:

Emperor Theodosius declares Christianity to be the state religion, 392
Uprising against Piero de' Medici in Florence, Italy, 1494
First meeting of Montezuma and Hernando Cortez in Mexico, 1519
The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public, 1602
Benjamin Franklin opens the first US library, in Philadelphia, PA, 1731
Elijah Craig, of Bourbon, Kentucky, US, first distills Bourbon whiskey from corn, 1789
Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY's Booth Theater, 1880
The New Orleans general strike begins, uniting black and white American trade unionists in a successful four-day general strike action for the first time, 1892
Wilhelm Roentgen of Germany discovers X-rays, 1895
The New Testament Gospels are translated into Demotic Greek (as opposed to the Koine Greek of ancient texts), resulting in bloody clashes in Athens, 1901
The first Washington state elections in which women could vote take place, 1910
Operation Grapple X, Round C1: Britain conducts its first successful hydrogen bomb test over Kiritimati in the Pacific, 1957
Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke becomes the first African American elected to the United States Senate, 1966

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