Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Eighteen and Counting

Kittens, that is.

Yes, really.

The friend of #1 Son who brought us Gabriel, who is actually eating now, and Emma, decided that they could not handle the other two kittens from that litter. So we have two buff females and two smoke points in the house now.

Then, of course, there were the ones that showed up at the pet store. The lady left them for the mama, but it had been more than a day, there are several feral male cats in the area, and there are raccoons. So she scooped them up, and she first approached another rescue that doesn't work with tiny kittens. Anne saw that. knew what the answer would be, and went over, then called me.

So we have:
Maximus and Cinderheart, both weaned and on the schedule for surgery.
Hinata and Festival (new name, now that we know she's a she), both weaned and on the schedule also.
McCartney, Balthazar, Hannah, and Laura, weaned but barely, not quite ready for surgery.
Tara, sole survivor of a litter of 4, a feisty little gal who is trying to learn to eat dry food before she is even big enough to drink from a bowl.
Emma and Gabriel, who barely survived, and now their two sisters, who are looking good.
Jayden and Rosalie, being raised for an individual who wants them back, thus not part of any rescue group i work with.
Three new as yet unnamed barely 3 week olds.

Over the weekend, Hinata and Festival went to the adoption event for pre-adoption, just to get them used to being out there, and see if there was any interest. They were both adopted together, by a lady whose last cat was a stray that finally ran away and who couldn't separate sisters. They will stay here until their surgery date, then go to their new home.

Other people measure whether spring is truly here by the blooms on the trees or the grass needing to be mowed. In this house, we know it is spring when the kitten count changes almost daily.

Today is

Bent Wand-Straightening Day -- Fairy Calendar

Bona Dia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a women's festival)

Childhood Depression Awareness Day / Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Constitution Day -- Poland

Constitution Memorial Day -- Japan

Dia de la Cruz -- Latin America

Garden Meditation Day

Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (through the 6th)

Lumpy Rug Day

National Teacher Day

National Raspberry Popover Day

National Two Different Colored Shoes Day (Be careful with this one.)

Paranormal Day (i have enough trouble with normal, thank you.)

Spring Fair -- Seville, Spain (through the 8th, Seville's premier party of the year)

St. James the Lesser's Day (patron of the dying, hatters, Uruguay)

St. Phillip's Day (patron of Luxembourg, Uruguay)

World Press Freedom Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Christopher Cross, 1951
Mary Hopkin, 1950
Doug Henning, 1947
Frankie Valli, 1937
James Brown, 1933
Sugar Ray Robinson, 1921
Pete Seeger, 1919
Bing Crosby, 1903
Golda Meir, 1898
Niccolo Machiavelli, 1469

Today in History:

Christopher Columbus first sights Jamaica (Santiago), 1494
Francis Bacon is charged with bribery, 1621
A royal charter is granted for Connecticut, 1662
The last total solar eclipse to be observed from London for the next 900 years occurs as predicted by Edmund Halley; called Halley's eclipse as he predicted it to within 4 minutes accuracy and described its path to within 30km, 1715
The Constitution of May 3 (the first modern constitution in Europe) is proclaimed by the Sejm of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, 1791
Washington, D.C., is incorporated as a city, 1802
The Canterbury and Whitstable Railway is opened. It is the first steam hauled passenger railway to issue season tickets and include a tunnel, 1830
The Hudson's Bay Company gives up all claims to Vancouver Island, 1867
The Great Fire of 1901 in Jacksonville, Florida, destroys 1,700 buildings, 1901
Raja Harishchandra the first full-length Indian feature film is released, marking the beginning of the Indian film industry, 1913
The poem In Flanders Fields is written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, 1915
Nellie Tayloe Ross becomes the first woman to head the United States Mint, 1933
Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind is awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 1937
The Kentucky Derby is televised for the first time, 1951
Lieutenant Colonels Joseph O. Fletcher and William P. Benedict of the United States land a plane at the North Pole, 1952
The Anne Frank House opens in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1960
The first "spam" email is sent by a Digital Equipment Corporation marketing representative to every ARPANET address on the west coast of the United States, 1978
The strongest tornado ever recorded, one of 66 tornadoes recorded that day,with winds of up to 313mph, strikes Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 1999
The sport of geocaching begins, with the first cache placed and the coordinates from a GPS posted on Usenet, 2000
New Hampshire's famous Old Man of the Mountain collapses, 2003


  1. Oh. Wow... You have smoke points. Yes, there is my kitty weakness. *sigh* I keep having this image of you with kittens in every pocket, hanging a couple like ear rings, checking shoes so you don't step on a dozing kit... And enough kitten chow to build a house!

    (Would that make it a cat house? Ick. Sorry...)


  2. Yikes.. that's a lot of kitties.

  3. Cat, of course this is a type of cat house, and if you are what you eat, i'm cheap, quick, and easy. ;)

    Hilary, yes it is, and yet we manage to keep everyone fed.

  4. 18. Now that is quite a number I'm imagining all of them calling for your attention at once!