Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The War Is On

The war between Hazelnut and the kittens.

Not literal war. And not on Hazelnut's part.

But the kittens are not enamored with huge slobbery dog kisses and her trying to get into their nest with them.

If i turn my back, i'll sometimes find kittens on the floor in various spots and the dog occupying their bed.

Hazelnut really does love them, but she gets excited, and starts to paw at them, and scares them, and so they just really want her to stay away.

She looks for every opportunity to sneak around the barriers, like a secret agent, and get into the kitchen with them.

It's funny to watch her, and when she does get in, first stick her nose in their nest bed, then her head, then wiggle her way all the way in as they wiggle their way out.

Mikey, the black and white kitten, has also decided his favorite place to sleep is on my foot, anyway, so maybe he doesn't care as much.

Datsig is quite obvious in his objection, hissing at Hazelnut if she gets all the way in.

Hazelnut's puppy enthusiasm is not waned in the least by these objections.

How this will play out over the next few weeks, well, i can hazard a guess. The kittens will get used to Hazelnut, and, as they get bigger, be more willing to actually play with her. Then they will leave to get adopted, and we will start again with more tiny bottle feeds, and it comes full circle.

It's nice to know some things never change. Much.

Today is:

Ayathrem -- Zoroastrianism (feast of bringing the herds and flocks home, a five day feast, dates approximate)

Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work Day (At your own risk.)

Children's Day / Feast of Our Lady of Aparecida -- Brazil

Cloud-Stamping Pentathlon -- Fairy Calendar

Columbus Day -- US Traditional Date

Cookbook Launch Day

Day of Fortuna Redux -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of lucky homecomings, favored by travelers and soldiers)

Day of Giving the Black Land to Horus and the Red Land to Set -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

"Discovery" of America by Columbus observances:
Descubrimiento de América -- Mexico
Día de la Hispanidad or Fiesta Nacional de España -- Spain
Dia de la Raza -- Latin America (Day of the Race, or Day of the Natives)
Día de la Resistencia Indígena -- Venezuela (Day of Indigenous Resistance)
Dia de las Americas -- Uruguay
Dia de las Culturas -- Costa Rica (Day of the Cultures)
Discovery Day -- Bahamas

Emergency Nurses Day

Fortuna Redux -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of successful journeys & safe returns)

Freethought Day -- celebration of the effective ending date of the Salem witch trials

Global Scream Day (30 second scream at 1200 hours GMT) a/k/a Moment of Frustration Day a/k/a International Moment of Frustration Scream Day (No matter what you call it, we all get a free yell at the universe for life's little frustrations.)

Independence Day -- Equatorial Guinea

International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

International Top Spinning Day

Mother's Day -- Malawi

National Gumbo Day

Native American's Day -- often celebrated on both the observed and the traditional Columbus Day; a day to mourn Native American victims of conquest and oppression, make peace, and celebrate the empowerment of Native Americans

St Edwin of Northumbria's Day (Patron of converts, hoboes, homeless people, kings, parents of large families, and tramps)

St. Ethelburga's Day

Sukkot -- Jewish (begins at sundown)

Birthdays Today:

Kirk Cameron, 1970
Hugh Jackman, 1968
Carlos Bernard, 1962
Susan Anton, 1950
Chris Wallace, 1947
Luciano Pavarotti, 1935
Dick Gregory, 1932

Today in History:

The army of Cyrus the Great of Persia takes Babylon, BC539
King John of England loses his crown jewels in The Wash, 1216
Nichiren, Japans Buddhist monk who founded Nichiren Buddhism, inscribes the Dai-Gohonzon, 1279
Christopher Columbus' expedition makes landfall in the Bahamas, 1492
Massachusetts discontinues all witch trials, 1692
America's first asylum for "Persons of Insane and Disordered Minds" opens in Virginia, 1773
Bavarian royalty invites the citizens of Munich to join the celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen; this celebration becomes the founding of the first Oktoberfest, 1810
Charles Macintosh, of Scotland, sells the first raincoat, 1821
Criminal Tribes Act (CTA) is enacted by British rule in India, which named over 160 local communities 'Criminal Tribes', i.e. hereditary criminals, 1871*
President Theodore Roosevelt officially renames the "Executive Mansion" to the White House, 1901
An iron lung respirator is used for the first time at Children's Hospital, Boston, 1928
The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 1 into Earth orbit as the first spacecraft with a multi-person crew and the first flight without space suits, 1964
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series by Douglas Adams is published, 1979
The lowest recorded non-tornadic atmospheric pressure, 87.0 kPa (870 mbar or 25.69 inHg), occurred in the Western Pacific during Typhoon Tip, 1979
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh visit the People's Republic of China, 1986
NASA loses radio contact with the Magellan spacecraft as the probe descends into the thick atmosphere of Venus, 1994
The proclaimed 6 billionth living human in the world is born, 1999
The second Chinese human spaceflight Shenzhou 6 is launched, 2005

*Not repealed until India's independence in 1949


  1. Aw, damn it! I wish I had known it was bring your teddy bear to work day. Some of them have been dying to have an excuse for an outing...

  2. It happens every year, Sully, next year i'll let you know ahead of time.

    By the way, there is also a Teddy Bear Picnic Day, when they sneak off by themselves for an outing, so don't worry, they'll get out of the house at some point.;)