Saturday, November 5, 2011


The Hazelnut is tired.

One might even say exhausted.

She spent a huge part of the day yesterday at "the happy doggy place," our name for the dog park. We use that so she won't hear us say something about parking the car or the park across the street and get excited thinking she's going somewhere.

She was so tired she came in and lay down before her harness was off. When i joked that she got in bed still "dressed", she looked at me, and just rolled over.

So Miss Lizzy took the harness off, and the Hazelnut rolled over again and went to sleep.

She slept so soundly that, when she dreamed a little while later, she gently barked in her sleep!

It was funny to watch her twitching and hear the gentle "wuffs" that she made.

Tired, but still dreaming of fun.

Oh, to be so free from care and have such a life.

Today is:

Burning of the Tar Barrels -- Ottery St. Mary, Devon, UK (17 barrels soaked in tar are lit outside 17 taverns and carried through the town)

Conmemoracion Patriotica en la Ciudad de Colon -- Panama

Day of the First Shout for Independence -- El Salvador

Egyptian Day -- Medieval Europe day of bad fortune (common saying on this day was, "Notwithstanding, I will trust the Lord.")

Guy Fawkes' Day -- Canadian province of Newfoundland & Labrador; New Zealand; UK; a/k/a Gunpowder Day, bonfires celebrate that Guy Fawkes' plot did not succeed

Kanakadasa Jayanthi -- Karnataka, India

Lewes Bonfire Night -- Lewes, East Sussex, UK

National Doughnut Day -- well, it's better than buy a donut day, that one's too obvious

Nones of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Popes Day -- US name for the remembrance of Guy Fawkes' Day

Sadie Hawkins Day -- US (based on Li'l Abner comic, a day for women to ask out the man of their choice; also widely observed on Feb. 29)

St. Elizabeth's Day and St. Zechariah's Day -- parents of John the Baptist (Elizabeth is Patron of pregnant women)

Turning the Devil's Stone -- Shebbear, Devon, UK (erratic stone, possibly from an Ice Age deposit, turned every year on this day to assure good fortune)

Wet Wellington Day -- Fairy Calendar (Imps and Gremlins; they really love it when this falls on a Wednesday)

Wuwuchim Fire Ceremonies begin -- Hopi Native American (celebration of Masaw, god of death, and Spider Woman, the earth mother; a 16 day festival and manhood ceremony for adolescent boys)

Birthdays Today:

Judy Reyes, 1967
Tatum O'Neal, 1963
Tilda Swinton, 1960
Bryan Adams, 1959
Peter Noone, 1947
Sam Shepard, 1943
Art Garfunkel, 1941
Elke Sommer, 1940
Ike Turner, 1931
Vivien Leigh, 1913
Roy Rogers, 1911
Joel McCrea, 1905
Strom Thurmond, 1902

Today in History:

Wu MeKuan, a collection of 48 Zen koans, compiled in China, 1228
Publication of the Catholicon in Treguier (Brittany); it is the first Breton dictionary as well as the first French dictionary, 1499
St. Felix's Flood ravages the Dutch coast and destroys the city of Reimerswaal in the Netherlands, 1530
The Gunpowder Plot, in which Catholics were trying to blow up the English Parliament, is foiled, 1605
Susan B. Anthony is arrested for trying to vote in Rochester, NY, 1871
The first US patent for a gasoline driven motor car is granted to George B. Selden, 1895
Calbraith Rodgers arrives in Pasadena from Sheepshead Bay, NY, completing the first transcontinental plane flight, in 49 days, 1911
Colombia joins the United Nations, 1945
USS Rentz, USS Reeves and USS Oldendorf visit Qingdao (Tsing Tao) China — the first US Naval visit to China since 1949, 1986
André Dallaire attempts to assassinate Prime Minister Jean Chrétien of Canada, but is thwarted when the Prime Minister's wife locks the door, 1995
Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial, 2006
China's first lunar satellite, Chang'e 1 goes into orbit around the Moon, 2007


  1. Our pets don't know how lucky they have it. Then again, we're just as lucky to have them in our lives.

  2. I have seen Rudee do that, and I have seen both the dog and the cats "chase" in their sleep, little feet twitching. I sometimes wish I could see that dream... ;)


  3. Yes, we are lucky, Hilary.

    Cat, their dreams must be very interesting indeed.


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