Monday, August 1, 2011

The Things We Resort To

Because of his failure to really thrive, i have had to resort to feeding BlueBoy canned foot.

Gads but i hate to do that.

It's almost impossible to get them back on the dry stuff once you do this.

He, however, is about 1/3 smaller now than the runt of his litter, and he was the biggest of them when we got the litter.

The real fun is giving it to him without every cat in the house fighting for it, including Hope, the sausage on legs.

We just hope it beefs him up a bit, he was sick for so long.

Today is

Armed Forces Day -- Lebanon

August Monday -- Antigua and Barbuda

British Columbia Day -- British Columbia, Canada

Carnaval del Pueblo -- Burgess Park, London, through the week

Civic Holiday -- Cananda

Cross Quarter Day

Emancipation Day -- Barbados; Bermuda; Guyana; Jamaica; St. Lucia; Trinidad and Tobago; Turks and Caicos Islands

Farmer's Day -- Zambia

Fast in Honor of the Holy Mother of Jesus -- Orthodox Christian

Feast of Kamal (Perfection) -- Baha'i

Festival for Victoria -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Fiesta de Santo Domingo -- Managua, Nicaragua (patron saint)

Frídagur Verslunarmanna -- Iceland (Commerce Day)

Girlfriend's Day -- a day to celebrate the women who enrich your life

Gule of August, Wales (Their name for Lammas Day.)

Harriet Quimby Day (Early American Aviator, 1st to earn pilot's license, on this day in 1911)

Hirosaki Neputa Matsuri -- Hirosaki, Japan (through the 7th, parade and purification ritual to rid the the town of future illness and bad fortune)

Homowo, Ghana (A festival of thanksgiving and remembrance, among various groups of Ga peoples, all through August and September.)

Imps Charity Scramble -- Fairy calendar (Do they scramble the imps, or do the imps scramble for something?)

Lammas Day/Lughnasa (Celtic Feast of Bread)

Lammac Tide (Beginning of the harvest season.)

Liberation of Haile Selassie -- Rastafari

Loch-mo-Naire Pilgrimage -- Loch-mo-Naire, Scotland (healing ritual that lived through the 18th century, come bathe here at midnight)

Minden Day -- British Armed Forces

Nagaoka Festival -- Nagaoka, Japan (through the 3rd, samuri procession, traditional music and dances, fireworks)

National Day -- Benin; Switzerland (where it is also called Swiss Confederation Day)

National Non-Parent Day -- sponsored by The National Organization for Non-Parents and No Kidding!

National Raspberry Cream Pie Day

New Brunswick Day -- Canada

Picnic Day -- Australia

Procession of the Cross and beginning of the Dormition Fast -- Eastern Orthodox Church

Ramadan begins -- Muslim

Respect for Parent's Day (Now, come on. On the same day as Non-Parent Day? Let's let the non parents have a day to themselves, shall we? They are too often peppered with the "Why don't you have kids/have kids yet?" question that is so disrespectful of their life choices. Parents get lots of other days and don't need to hog this one. I will personally forgo it.)

Rounds Resounding Day -- sponsored by Rounds Resounding Society (Grab your friends and sing a few songs that go in rounds, like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Frere Jacques".)

St. Ethelwold's Day

Tampere Theatre Festival -- Tampere, Finland (through the 7th, largest such festival in the Nordic countries)

Tools of the Trade Days -- Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, and Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown, VA, US (through the month, hands on demonstrations of farming, fishing, hunting, defense, navigation, and building tools and implements used in the 17th and 18th centuries.)

World Scout Day

Yorkshire Day -- Yorkshire, England

Youth Day -- Zambia

Anniversaries Today:

Colorado becomes the 38th US State, 1876
MTV begins broadcasting, 1981
World Wide Web

Birthdays Today:

Tempestt Bledsoe, 1973
Robert Cray, 1953
Jerry Garcia, 1942
Yves Saint Laurent, 1942
Dom DeLuise, 1933
Herman Melville, 1819
Francis Scott Key, 1779
William Clark, 1770

Today in History:

The future Caesar Augustus, Octavian, enters Alexandria, Egypt, and brings it under the control of Rome, BC30
Japan sends Ono no Imoko to the Sui court in China as envoy, 607
The Swiss Confederation is formed with the signature of the Federal Charter, 1291
Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile drive the Jews out of Spain, 1492
Henry Tudor, soon to be Henry VII, sails with his army to England, 1495
The first black Americans arrive in Jamestown, Virginia, 1619
Oxygen is "discovered" for the 3rd time, by Priestly, 1774
The Act of Union is passed in which merges the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Kingdom of Ireland into the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, 1800
Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire, 1834
First coast to coast automobile trip, from San Francisco to New York, is completed, 1903
The first Jeep is produced, 1941
Anne Frank makes the last entry in her diary, 1944
The United States and Canada form the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD), 1957
Israel annexes East Jerusalem, 1967
Peat cutters discover Lindow Man, Lindow Moss, Cheshire, England, 1984
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Malta, Slovenia and Slovakia join the European Environment Agency, 2001


  1. Thank you for sticking up for non-parents.

  2. Mimi, I agree w/Leah. Thanks. It's especially difficult for people who lost a child and decided (for whatever personal reasons) not to have more children. People can be brutal w/their nosiness and busybodiness (I think I made up that last word....) Just caught up reading your last week. Lots always happening (smile). Love the circus, too. I haven't been since high school. Hope this posts. All my last attempts have failed. Thinking of you.

    August 1, 2011 11:29 AM

  3. Leah and PonyGirl,

    People have every right to choose to be or not be parents, and all of their reasons should be respected.