Saturday, June 23, 2012


The night wasn't as sleepless as the previous had been and the morning passed as usual.  Then the doctor came in to say that the MRI was clear, no bone involvement, no tendons punctured.  That meant i could go home and finish the original antibiotic prescription and follow up the next week with my own doctor, who came to see me each day in the hospital also.

The rest of the swelling, they said, was fluid and trauma, and would go down soon.

They also ordered me to try to use the hand as little as possible.

Yeah, right.

Sweetie brought me home to dishes piled high, screaming kittens, and not so fresh litter boxes.

Then the kids flooded the upstairs bathroom again.

Ah, home, sweet chaos.

Today is

Anubis Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

ARRL Field Day -- amatuer/ham radio operators practice and drill for communications during emergencies; through tomorrow

Dandruff Dance -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins and Gnomes)

Dano -- Korea (traditional festival of spring and farming, 5th day of 5th lunar month)

Duan We Jie -- China; Macau; Taiwan (Dragon Boat Festival, main celebrations)

Father's Day -- Nicaragua; Poland

Festival of the Purple Void -- only one internet reference, and not explained there, either, but since purple is my favorite color, and a Purple Void sound like something fun to celebrate, i'm including it!

Galesburg Railroad Days -- Galesburg, IL, US (annual festival dating back to 1854; through tomorrow)

Great American Backyard Campout -- sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation

Grand Duke's Birthday & National Day -- Luxembourg

Kupala -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (Summer Solstice celebration, always on St. John's Eve, as the pagans hid their celebration by naming it "Ivan Kupala", their name for John the Baptist)

Let It Go Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; whatever you are holding on to, just let it go and the day will get better

Mermaid Parade -- Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, US

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism -- Canada

National Pecan Sandy Day

National Pink Day -- the color or the flower, your choice

Night of the Fairy Goddesses Aine and Finnen -- Ireland (watch out for the antics of the little people on Midsummer's Eve)

Pixie Day -- Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England (reenacting of the "Revenge" of the Pixies who bothered the town until midsummer, 1454)

Polar Bear Swim -- Nome, AK, US (since 1975, as soon as they can break through the ice!)

Poop Out Early Day -- act pooped out, see if you can cut out early; your success at pooping out early may vary

Public Service Day -- UN

St. Agrippina (Patron against bacterial diseases and infections, evil spirits, leprosy, storms and thunder; of Mineo, Italy)

St. Ethelreda's Day (Patron of those with neck and throat ailments, widows; University of Cambridge)

St. John's Eve -- start or culmination of many midsummer festivals, including:
     Dragaica Fair -- Buzau, Romania
     Golowan Festival -- Cornwall
     Jaaniohtu -- Estonia  
     Kupala Days begin -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine
     Ligo / Lani -- Latvia (pagan midsummer celebration originally dedicated to the god Janis
     Midsummer Eve -- Denmark; Sweden
     Midsummer Festival -- Portugal

St. Joseph Cafasso's Day (Patron of captives, prisoners, prisons)

Typewriter Day -- patented this day in 1868 by Christopher Latham Sholes

Victory Day -- Estonia

Viking Festival -- Frederiksund, Denmark (the most famous Viking cultural event in Denmark, with two weeks of plays and festival, as well as two markets and a Viking camp recreation)

Birthdays Today:

Jason Mraz, 1977
Selma Blair, 1972
Frances McDormand, 1957
Clarence Thomas, 1948
June Carter Cash, 1929
Bob Fosse, 1927
Alan Turing, 1912
Edward VIII, King of England, 1894
Alfred Kinsey, 1894
Johannes Gutenberg, 1400 (estimated)
Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar, BC47 (Son of Cleopatra VII and Julius Caesar)

Today in History:

The world's oldest parliament, the Icelandic Althing, is established, 930
First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan, 1180
First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn, south of Stirling, begins, 1314
The mutinous crew of Henry Hudson's fourth voyage sets Henry, his son and seven loyal crew members adrift in an open boat in what is now Hudson Bay; they are never heard from again, 1611
The French residents of Acadia are given one year to declare allegiance to Britain or leave Nova Scotia, Canada, 1713
Empress Catherine II of Russia grants Jews permission to settle in Kiev, 1794
Christopher Latham Sholes receives a patent for Type-Writer, 1868
The Rocky Mountains Park Act becomes law in Canada, creating the nation's first national park, Banff National Park, 1887
The International Olympic Committee  is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, 1894
The College Board administers the first SAT exam, 1926
Wiley Post and Harold Gatty take off from Roosevelt Field, Long Island in an attempt to circumnavigate the world in a single-engine plane, 1931
The 1946 Vancouver Island earthquake strikes Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 1946
The Antarctic Treaty, which sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent, comes into force, 1961
Title IX of the United States Civil Rights Act of 1964 is amended to prohibit sexual discrimination to any educational program receiving federal funds, 1972
Himmy, of Australia, weighs in at domestic cat record 20.7 kg (45 lb) , 1982
Nintendo 64 goes on sale in Japan, 1996
Japan's Iwate prefecture experiences a 6.7 magnitude earthquake, 2011


  1. I'm happy that this unpleasant ordeal is coming into its final stage for you, and extremely impressed that your regular doctor came to see you every day. That would be considered unusual where I live.

  2. Welcome back home, MM. Now tell hubby and those kids to get the dishes done each day for the next week. Yeah, right.

  3. Stephen, he's a great guy, and unusual anywhere. Wears very colorful bow ties all the time.

    Hilary, they do some things, but are so often out of the house, it does tend to pile up. That's okay, someday they will be grown, and the house will stay clean(er), and i'll probably miss them.


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