Saturday, February 12, 2011

Too Many Kittens, Not Enough Territory

The kittens are getting really big.

Yes, they are still cute. They are still fun and playful and loving. They are also getting bigger and into and onto everything.

They have learned the joy of climbing on counters and trying to sneak food. My one plant seems to be a source of sincere pleasure, as i find dirt dug out of it each morning. One of them decided that my dishrag smelled delicious and snagged it, running with it and growling as if he had caught his favorite prey.

They take up more "territory" in the house when they get this big and this numerous -- 7 of them, with Fuzz and Hummingbird at the adoption center but slated to return home if they aren't adopted soon.

So the big cats, our 5, are not happy. They don't like it when their "territory" in the house shrinks and there are babies everywhere. They show their displeasure by messing on my bed.

This weekend is a huge adoption event, citywide. If the 4 that are up for adoption could all get a forever home, that would leave us with the 5 that will be spayed/neutered next week. That would be much more manageable.

Keep your fingers crossed.

Today is:

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday -- US

Borrowed Days (through the 14th) -- Scottish Highlands (Gaelic Faoilteach, days supposedly borrowed from January, and if the weather is bad, the rest of the year will be good.)

Darwin Day -- International

Daytona Pole Day

Downers Grove Ice Sculpting Festival, through the 13th

Feast of Diana/Artemis (goddess of the hunt)

Festival of Pitooyage -- Oaxaca, Mexico (god of gaming and chance)

Georgia Day -- Georgia, US

Lost Penny Day -- collect all those pennies you have hanging around and donate them to a good cause

Oglethorpe Day

Plum Pudding Day

Red Hand Day -- UN (Drawing attention to the plight of child soldiers.)

Royal Hobart Regatta Day -- Tasmania (through the 14th)

Runic Half Month of Sigel (Sun) begins

Safety Pup Day

St. Julian the Hospitaler (patron of travelers, innkeepers, boatmen, circus performers)

St. Meletius' Day

Toka-machi Yukimatsuri -- Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan (snow fest and kimono festival)

Union Day -- Myanmar

Birthdays Today:

Jennifer Stone, 1993
Christina Ricci, 1980
Naseem Hamed, 1974
Arsenio Hall, 1955
Joanna Kerns, 1953
Michael McDonald, 1952
Steve Hackett, 1950
Ray Manzarek, 1939
Judy Blume, 1938
Bill Russell, 1934
Joe Garagiola, 1926
Franco Zeffirelli, 1923
Dom DiMaggio, 1917
Lorne Greene, 1915
Ted Mack, 1904
Omar Bradley, 1893
John Graham Chambers, 1843
Charles Darwin, 1809
Abraham Lincoln, 1809
Cotton Mather, 1663
John Winthrop the Younger, 1606
John Winthrop the Elder, 1588
Kujo Yoritsune, Japanese shogun, 1218

Anniversaries Today:

Maria Therese Habsburg marries Emperor Francios I, 1736
Michigan State University is founded, 1855

Today in History:

Vasco da Gama sets sail from Lisbon, Portugal, on his second voyage to India, 1502
Santiago, Chile, is founded by Pedro de Valdivia, 1541
A year after claiming the throne of England for nine days, Lady Jane Grey is beheaded for treason, 1554
The Onderlinge van 1719 u.a., the oldest existing life insurance company in the Netherlands is founded, 1719
Englishman James Oglethorpe founds Georgia, the 13th colony of the Thirteen Colonies, and its first city at Savannah, 1733
The first US fugitive slave law, requiring the return of runaway slaves, is passed, 1793
The Teatro di San Carlo, the oldest working opera house in Europe, is destroyed by fire, 1816
The Creek Indian treaty is signed, requiring the tribes to turn over all of their land in Georgia to the government and migrate west by Sept. 1 the following year, 1825
Ecuador annexes the Galapagos Islands, 1832
Official proclamation sets April 15 as last day of grace for US silver coins to circulate in Canada, 1870
The US Congress abolishes bimetallism and authorizes $1 and $3 gold coins, 1873
King David Kalakaua of the Sandwich Islands/Hawaii becomes the first king to visit the US, 1874
The first news dispatch by telephone takes place, between Boston and Salem, Massachusetts, 1877
News of the Battle of Isandlwana, the single greatest defeat for the British Army at the hands of a native army, reaches London, 1879
The New York to Paris auto race, via Alaska and Siberia, begins; George Schuster wins after 88 days behind the wheel, 1908
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms, 1909
The last Ch'ing (Manchu) emperor of China, Hsuan T'ung, abdicates, 1912
A meteor creates an impact crater in Sikhote-Alin, in the Soviet Union, 1947
U.S.S.R. launches Venera 1 towards Venus, 1961
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1970, is exiled from the Soviet Union, 1974
Carmen Lawrence becomes the first female Premier in Australian history when she becomes Premier of Western Australia, 1990
NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft touchdown in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid, 2001
The city of San Francisco, California begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in response to a directive from Mayor Gavin Newsom, 2004


  1. The fingers, they are crossed.
    I am being overrun with cats, but only in my backyard. My neighbor doesn't believe in spay/neuter, or else he simply doesn't care. I have fantasies of trapping and neutering all his cats. Just one neighbor with this mindset can result in a multitude of cats.

  2. Merry, yes! TNR! Get any and every local shelter or rescue to help, get them trapped and fixed. Otherwise those poor animals are going to be in a world of hurt, and will continue to cause trouble until enough neighbors complain and local Animal Control authorities trap and kill them.


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