Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A to Z Challenge: G is for Grill

There's nothing quite like the taste and smell of food from an outdoor grill.

In our house, #2 Son took over the grill when he was 9, and Grandpa loved having him as a grill buddy.  They would both rather be out there, even if the weather isn't right for it (there's a good, protected overhang at Grandpa's house), cooking and having fun, than in a kitchen, as much as they also love cooking indoors.

A family that lives a good way out in the country thought the same, so when they found a grill they had always wanted on CraigsList, they snapped it up.  It was way out in another parish, but they knew the trip would be worth it.

They got more than they bargained for, though.  The grill was bought, loaded in the truck, brought home and unloaded, and the next day, they went out there to set up to grill that night's dinner.

That's when they heard the noises from inside the grill.

You know me, so you know where this goes.  That's right, a mama cat had decided that grill was the perfect nursery.

Not charcoal, although found in a grill.

Yes, four.  Yes, they are black.

Only about 2-3 days old, two boys, two girls.  More than anyone bargain's for when buying a used grill.

Today is

Aerosol Day -- John D. Lynde receives a patent for an early aerosol dispenser on this day in 1862

All is Ours Day -- an internet holiday to remind us of what we do have

Be Kind to Lawyers Day -- after all, you will need one someday, for something

Buddah's Birthday -- Mahayana Buddhism in Japan (based on Gregorian Calendar, other Buddhists use a different dating system)
     Hana Matsuri Flower Festival

Children's Day in Florida -- FL, US

Counter Stool Memorial Day -- when was the last time you got to sit on the stool at a diner counter and spin?  if you can find such a place, go take a spin today

Craft Brewers Conference & Brewexpo America® -- Denver, CO, US (through the 11th)

DAB(Draw a Bird) Day -- a movement begun in Britain in the 1940's, encourages everyone to draw a picture of a bird, and share it with friends

Feast of the Hummingbird -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (date approximate)

Hammerin' Hank Day -- anniversary of his 715th homer in 1974, breaking Ruth's record

International Day of the Roma -- a celebration of Romani culture

Invocation of Lumps and Cysts -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration)

London Book Fair -- Earls Court, London, England (one of the world's most important book fairs; through the 10th)

Milk in Glass Bottles Day -- prior to this day in 1879, milk was sold in the container you brought with you to the seller

National Empanada Day

National Equal Pay Day -- US (the date of how far into 2014 a US woman had to work to earn what a US man did in 2013)http://www.pay-equity.org/day.html

Ramnawami / Ramanavami /
Ram Navami/Chaitay Dashain/Smarta -- India; Nepal (Hindu celebration of thebirth of Rama, avatar of Vishnu; local festivities may vary) also
     Swaminarayan Jayanti -- birth of Lord Swaminarayan for followers of the Swaminarayan tradition

Scottsdale Culinary Festival -- Scottsdale, AZ, US (six days, ten events, 20 wineries, 30 chefs, and 100 restaurants, all to raise money for arts education in the community)

Sealing the Frost -- Guatemala (Cuchumatan Indians ritual to protect their corn from frost; date approximate, always early in April)

St. Julie Billiart's Day (Patron against bodily ills, disease, and poverty)

Trading Cards for Grown-Ups Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and i got this out of my system dealing with Pokemon cards when my kids were young

Tutor Appreciation Day -- because some people need that extra boost

Zoo Lovers' Day -- go support your local zoo

Anniversary Today:

Voyageurs National Park established, Minnesta, US, 1975

Birthdays Today:

Kirsten Storms, 1984
Katee Sackhoff, 1980
Patricia Arquette, 1968
Robin Wright, 1966
Julian Lennon, 1963
John Schneider, 1960
Gary Carter, 1954
James Augustus “Catfish” Hunter, 1946
Stuart Pankin, 1946
Kofi Annan, 1938
Seymour Hersh, 1937
Shecky Greene, 1926
William D. Chase, 1922
Carmen Mcrae, 1920
Betty Ford, 1918
Sonja Henie, 1912
Mary Pickford, 1893
O. Raymond Knight, 1872
William Williams, 1731
Lewis Morris, 1726

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Twin Peaks"(TV), 1990
"White Horse Inn"(Musical), 1931
"The Bolt"(Shostakovich ballet), 1931 *Note: sometimes translated as "The Arrow"
"La Gioconda"(Ponchielli opera), 1876

Today in History:

Sultan Baybars conquers the Krak des Chevaliers in Syria, 1271
The first Jewish congregation in the US forms the Shearith Israel synagogue in NYC, 1730
The first fire escape, a wicker basket on a rope and pulley system, is patented, 1766
The statue Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo) is discovered on the Aegean island of Melos, 1820
John D. Lynde patents the aerosol dispenser, 1862
William Ewart Gladstone introduces the first Irish Home Rule Bill into the British House of Commons, 1886
The first recorded college basketball game occurs in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, 1893
Longacre Square in Midtown Manhattan is renamed Times Square after The New York Times, 1904
Auguste Deter, the first person officially diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, dies, 1906
The last meeting of the League of Nations is held, 1946
Hammerin' Hank Aaron hits his 715th home run, beating Babe Ruth's record, 1974
Retired tennis great Arthur Ashe announces that he has AIDS, acquired from blood transfusions during one of his two heart surgeries, 1992
The Republic of Macedonia joins the United Nations, 1993
The construction of the world's first building to integrate wind turbines is completed in Bahrain, 2008
The U.S. Department of Justice admits that it has probed WikiLeaks-related Twitter accounts, defending the practice and dismissing privacy and freedom of speech concerns, 2011
Wikileaks released 1.7 million U.S diplomatic and intelligence documents from 1973-1976 when Henry Kissinger was U.S. Secretary of State, 2013


Sunday Visitor said...

Grill reminds me of Grilled chicken. Food cooked on grill smells amazing!!

TexWisGirl said...

oh, that poor mama cat! bless her frantic self...

Sandee said...

I'm glad they are okay and taken care of. Bless their hearts.

I too love anything grilled and hubby grills year around here. It's just sooooo good.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

stephen Hayes said...

You mean they bought a grill without even looking inside? Still, I'm glad there was a happy ending for these kittens. There was, right?

Unknown said...

I hope the mama cat was found. It's hard to raise kittens when they're that small. I tried to raise an abandoned kitten once, using a syringe with milk, but the poor little thing died. :(

Suldog said...

Reminds me of a saying MY WIFE's Mother used a lot...

"Just because a cat has kittens in the oven that doesn't make them biscuits!"

(Alternate, which she also used: "Just because a cat has kittens in the linen closet, that doesn't make them washcloths!")

Simply Sarah said...

Aw, those kittens look like the one I brought home a few months back :)
I want to have a grill someday. My husband enjoys grilling and I think my oldest son would too. He likes anything that Daddy does.

Multi-tasking Mama said...

My girls and I just read your cat posts and we loved them! Thanks for sharing. They sound like real characters.

Slamdunk said...

Whoa, that would be quite a surprise to find. We do always check the grill before heating up though.

Scriptor Senex said...

I learn so much from your blog. Whoever knew there was a Draw a Bird Day or a Be Kind to Lawyers Day!

Jean said...

That poor mama cat!

Jean, visiting for the A-Z Challenge from Rantings and Ravings of an Insane Writer