Sunday, August 21, 2011

Those 4AM Calls Are the Worst.

Miss Lizzie is desperately trying, despite a severe degenerative neck condition, to get all of her stuff out of her former apartment.

It is in a town over an hour's drive away.

Sometimes she spends so much time packing that she doesn't get back with a load until very late at night.

The other night, she couldn't make it home. The disk problem started causing muscle spasms in her hands, and she couldn't drive.

Thus the 4AM phone call to come get her.

Bigger Girl and i went down there, and with Miss Lizzie in the car, Bigger Girl drove her vehicle home, following me through the early-morning-truckers-flying-through-the-construction-zone traffic.

Got home in time to take Hazelnut for her morning walk, then it was time for shopping, taking the kittens to adoption day, and all the other stuff that just has to get tended.

Somehow i think it's going to take a truck and a couple of strong guys to get the job done.

Or, as i told her, if you can't get it all, at the end of the day, it's just stuff. She and Hazelnut are safe, that's what matters most.

Today is:

Consualia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Consus, god of grain and silos)

National Senior Citizen's Day -- US

National Spumoni Day (I don't think I've had really great spumoni since I went to Italy all those years ago -- nothing like getting things at the source.)

Ninoy Aquino Day -- Philippines

Poet's Day

Schuebermess Shepherd's Fair -- Luxembourg (a fair held each year since 1340; through Sept. 3)

St. Bernard Tolomei's Day (Patron Saint of Olive Growers)

St. Jane Frances de Chantal's Day

Youth Day/King Mohammed VI's Birthday -- Morocco

Anniversaries Today

Seminole Tribe of Native Americans is legally established and recognized, 1957
Hawai'i becomes the 50th US state, 1959

Birthdays Today

Ozma, Queen of Oz, year unconfirmed
Jackie DeShannon, 1944
Clarence Williams III, 1939
Kenny Rogers, 1938
Wilt Chamberlain, 1936
Shimon Peres, 1923
Friz Freleng, 1906
Count Basie, 1904
William Murdoch, 1754
Francis de Sales, 1567

Today in History

Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shogun and therefore de facto ruler of Japan, 1192
Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt, 1680
James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales, 1770
The Nat Turner slave revolt in Virginia leaves 55 dead, 1831
Mighty Casey (Dan Casey) is struck out! In a game against the N.Y. Giants, 1887
William S Burroghs patents the adding machine, 1888
Oldsmobile is incorporated as a division of General Motors Corp., 1897
Arthur Rose Eldred becomes the first Boy Scout to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, 1912
Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1945
James Anderson, Jr., posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine, 1968
Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport, 1983
Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range, 1986
Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses, 1991
The Red Cross announces the famine in Tajikistan and calls for international aid there and in Uzbekistan, 2001
Hurricane Dean becomes the first storm to make landfall as a Category 5 since Hurricane Andrew, 2007


  1. Hilary, it's either that, or an invisible except to desperate people sucker sign over me.

  2. I am just glad it wasn't a 4 am... "Mom?" one. Those, well, from what I have been told, can get amazing very quickly.

    And yes, you have a big heart, be nice! ;)


  3. Cat, you are right, those can be much worse.


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