Saturday, October 1, 2011

Ah, October.

Start of the last quarter of the year.

Where did it all go?

No, i'm not going to get all philosophical about it, it went where all time goes. Wherever that is.

The orange kitten is getting bigger, but has ringworm. While i was gone, the girls didn't continue to let it drink from the bowl, and now it is unweaned. It won't go near a bowl, give me that bottle NOW!

Laundry mountain, a/k/a Mt. Washmore, continues to be chipped away at, with 4-6 items ironed each day.

The car won't be ready until Monday. They have had it for a month.

Time to get back to it.

Today is:

Albuquerque International Balloon Festival -- Albuquerque, NM, US (through the 9th)

Armed Forces Day -- South Korea

Bat Appreciation Month -- hooray for Bat Conservation International!

Children's Day -- Singapore

Christmas Seal Campaign begins

Cut Out Dissection Day -- let's find alternatives for school kids taking biology class!

Fall Astronomy Day -- International

Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux a/k/a Therese of the Child Jesus or The Little Flower of Jesus (Patron of florists, foreign missions, France, pilots; against tuberculosis)

Festival of Juno Sororia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno the Sister, protector of young women at puberty)

Festival of Penha -- Rio de Janiero, Brazil (through the 31st; pilgrimages to the Church of Our Lady of Penha)

Fire Pup Day -- have fun learning fire safety from Fire Pup;

Fluttering Finals -- Fairy Calendar

Founding of the Republic -- China

Global Diversity Awareness Month begins -- to foster and further our understanding of the value of people of all races, genders, nationalities, ages, religions, sexual orientations, classes, and physical disabilities

Homemade Cookies Day

Independence Day -- Cyprus; Nigeria; Palau; Tuvalu

Inter-American Water Day

International Day of Older Persons -- UN

International Frugal Fun Day -- because fun doesn't have to be expensive

Johnny Appleseed Days -- Lake City, MN, US (through tomorrow)

Kalends of October/Day Sacred to Fides -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of faithfulness and keeping your word)

Month of Freethought -- inspired by Freethinkers who emigrated to the US in the 19th century

Pancasila Sanctity Day -- Indonesia

Pudding Season begins (Time to preserve meat from slaughtering for the winter by making meat puddings.)

Ram Mating Ceremony -- various towns and villages in Turkey (through the 20th, each village setting its own date; after being separated from the females for two months, the rams are returned with ceremonies to ensure good luck and lots of babies next spring)

Right-Brainers Rule Month begins

St. Remigius' Day

St. Romanos' Day

Teacher's Day -- Uzbekistan

Unification Day -- Cameroon

US Fiscal Year begins (Why in October? Never have gotten that.)

Woofstock -- Wichita, KS, US (celebrate peace, love and pets; bring your pup and participate as all proceeds go to the Kansas Humane Society)

World Card Making Day -- Paper Crafts Magazine suggests you have fun and make a card today

World Vegetarian Day

Anniversaries Today:

South African College is founded, 1829 (Now University of Cape Town)
Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Park are founded, 1890
Stanford University opens, 1891

Birthdays Today:

Mark McGwire, 1963
Randy Quaid, 1950
Julie Andrews, 1935
Richard Harris, 1932
George Peppard, 1928
Tom Bosley, 1927
Jimmy Carter, 1924
James Whitmore, 1921
Walter Matthau, 1920
Bonnie Parker, 1910
Vladimir Horowitz, 1903
Henry III, King of England, 1207

Today in History:

Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia, BC331
The Russian Parliament accepts the annexation of the Ukraine, 1653
First session of the new French legislative assembly is held, 1791
Spain cedes Louisiana to France in a secret treaty, 1800
The first steamboat to sail the Mississippi River arrives in New Orléans, Louisiana, 1811
Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet, 1847
A cyclone strikes Calcutta, India, killing 70,000, 1864
Karl Marx' "Das Kapital" is published, 1867
The world's first postcards are issued, in Vienna, Austria, 1869
John Philip Sousa becomes the new director of the USMC Band, 1880
Thomas Edison opens the first electric lamp factory, 1880
The USPS begins special delivery mail service, 1885
Jews are expelled from major Russian cities, 1898
Arab forces under T.E. Lawrence, a/k/a Lawrence of Arabia, capture Damascus, 1918
An oil field accident cost aviator Wiley Post his left eye, but he used the settlement money to buy his first aircraft, 1926
The Pennsylvania Turnpike, often considered the first superhighway in the United States, opens, 1940
Mensa International is founded in the United Kingdom, 1946
First broadcast of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1962
The Concorde supersonic transport plane breaks the sound barrier for the first time, 1969
Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, United States, 1971
The United States returns sovereignty of the Panama canal to Panama, 1979
EPCOT Center opens at Walt Disney World, 1982
William Gibson's groundbreaking novel Neuromancer is published, introducing the word "cyberspace" to the English language, 1984
Denmark introduces the world's first legal modern same-sex civil union, 1989
The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over the judicial functions of the House of Lords, 2009


  1. Meat puddings? What the heck are meat puddings? Is that something made with suet?

  2. It's where you take the "everything but the squeal" parts and make something we wouldn't want today, but back then, it was sometimes all you had at the end of a harsh winter.