Thursday, August 18, 2011


Miss Lizzie is here.

She has brought Hazelnut, part pit bull terrier, part chocolate lab, all personality.

The cats are not amused.

Badlands Blackie has volubly voiced his disapproval, more than once.

Hope has simply sat in a chair and hissed.

Kida, Little Girlie, and Horizon are using avoidance as their technique for dealing with it In fact, i haven't seen Horizon come out from under the bed for hours.

The kittens want to get a bit closer, but she is so playful that she jumps at them and scares them.

She is not consistently house trained, so we are frequently cleaning accidents.

She loves to nip and mouth at things, which is natural, she is a baby. Babies put everything in their mouths.

We have had to draw the line at her attempts to eat Little Girl's socks and kitten chow.

No, we are not sure how long they will be here, but my guess, considering Miss Lizzie's situation, is indefinitely.

Early morning constitutionals, here i come.

Today is:

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival -- Bucyrus, OH, US (through the 20th; food and fun celebration of German heritage)

Bad Poetry Day -- get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that "good" poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!

Kentucky State Fair and World's Championship Horse Show -- Louisville, KY, US (through the 28th)

Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day -- Australia

Mail Order Catalog Day -- the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: )

Little League World Series 2011 -- South Williamsport, PA, US (through the 28th)

National Ice Cream Pie Day

National Science Day -- Thailand

Soft Serve Ice Cream Day

Soldiers' Reunion Celebration -- Newton, NC, US (the oldest patriotic event of its kind in the US, honoring all veterans)

St. Agapitus' Day

St. Helena's Day (Patron Saint of Archaeologists)

Sour Herring Premiere -- Sweden (by law, the year's supply of sour herring may begin to be sold today)

Toge-Pogling Season begins -- Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Poge)

Birthdays Today:

Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
Patrick Swayze, 1952
Elayne Boosler, 1952
Martin Mull, 1943
Robert Redford, 1936
Roman Polanski, 1933
Rosalynn Carter, 1927
Shelley Winters, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Max Factor, 1904
Meriwether Lewis, 1774
Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)

Today in History:

Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293
Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410
Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541
The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834
Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917
19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920
Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963
Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies, 1977
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005

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