Saturday, April 19, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Q is for Quiet

One thing about Lorax, he's a very quiet kitten.  Besides one big yell out of him when someone accidentally stepped on his tail, i've only heard him purr, and one little squeak when he was hungry.  I was even a closed mouth squeak!
Mr. Fluffypants is getting so big!

It's nice having a quiet kitten.  The others have no trouble yelling at the tops of their lungs.

He's getting big, and i'm having to feed him a lot.  If he were a typical kitten, he would be weaned by now.  To get enough calories into him, i have to blend canned food into the formula in a type of gruel.  His bottle's nipple has a split in the side, rather than a hole in the tip.  The rounded end of the nipple acts in place of the roof of his mouth.

He still follows me around, silently, as if he were a puppy.  The others chase me and holler for food.   We like them, we love our quiet boy.

He will be ready for the cleft palate surgery in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, i really am glad for our quiet boy.

Today is

Banyan Tree Birthday Party -- Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i (celebrating the "birthday" of Lahaina's most important landmark, their 139-year-old banyan tree which now covers over 2/3 of an acre; cake, nature displays, kid activities, history exhibits and more, through tomorrow)

Bendideia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Bendis; date approximate)

Dutch-American Friendship Day -- anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the US, America's oldest continuously peaceful diplomatic relations

Feria Nacional de San Marcos -- Palenque, Mexico (through the May 11; feast of San Marcos, with rodeos, bull fights, folk dancing, parades, mariachi and muchos mas)

Georgia Renaissance Spring Festival -- Atlanta, GA, US (weekends through June 8)

Holy Saturday -- Christian (a/k/a Black Saturday, Holy Saturday, Easter Saturday, or Easter Eve)

Husband Appreciation Day -- 3rd Saturday

Independence Declaration Day -- Venezuela

John Parker Day -- many US States (anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where parker said “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”)

King Mswati III's birthday -- Swaziland

Landing of the 33 Patriots Day -- Uruguay

Lozenge Competition -- Fairy Calendar (no, i don't know what they do with the lozenges that makes it a competition)

Ma Zu, Goddess of the Sea’s Birthday -- Buddhism; Taoism

National Amaretto Day

National Auctioneers Day -- recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce

National Garlic Day

National Hanging Out Day -- Project Laundry List and other organizations promote bringing back the clothesline to save energy and the planet!

Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day

Okoshi Daiko Festival -- Furukawa, Japan (today, hundreds of men in loincloths fight to touch a wooden frame supporting a huge taiko drum as it is carried through the streets, and tomorrow is an elegant parade with lion dancers and traditional music)

Primrose Day -- UK (anniversary of the death of Disraeli)

Record Store Day -- celebrated by independent record stores everywhere, find one near you

Spinach Festival -- Alma, AR, US (celebrating one of my favorite greens with music, food, crafts, carnival and more)

St. AElfheah's Day (Patron of kidnap victims; Greenwich and Solihull, England)

St. Expeditus of Melintine's Day (Patron of merchants, navigators; for expeditious and prompt solutions; against procrastination)

St. Leo IX's Day

World's Biggest Fish Fry -- Paris, TN, US (parades, auto shows, arts and crafts, and of course, all-you-can-eat catfish dinner; through the 27th)

YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Anniversaries Today:

Grace Kelly marries Ranier III of Monaco, 1956
Cheyney University is founded as The Institute for Colored Youth, 1837
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy Marriage, 1770

Birthdays Today:

Maria Sharapova, 1987
Hayden Christensen, 1981
Kate Hudson, 1979
James Franco, 1978
Luis Miguel Basteri, 1970
Ashley Judd, 1968
Al Unser, Jr., 1962
Tony Plana, 1954
Paloma Picasso, 1949
Tim Curry, 1946
Alan Price, 1942
Elinor Donahue, 1937
Dudley Moore, 1935
Jayne Mansfield, 1933
Dick Sargent, 1930
Hugh O'Brian, 1925
Eliot Ness, 1903
Lucretia Rudolph-Garfield, 1832
David Ricardo, 1772
Roger Sherman, 1721

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope"(Musical revue), 1972
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"(Musical), 1951
"Carousel"(Musical), 1945
"Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder/Mother Courage and Her Children"(Play), 1941
"National Barn Dance"(Radio), 1924
"The Bing Boys are Here"(Musical revue), 1919
"Revizor/The Government Inspector"(Comedy), 1836
"Iphigenia in Aulis,"(Opera), 1774

Today in History:

Sir Francis Drake sails to Cadiz and sinks the Spanish Fleet, 1587
Because he has no male heirs, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, assuring Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would go to his daughter, Maria Theresa, 1713
Captain James Cook sights Australia, 1770
John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States, and his home in The Hague becomes the first American Embassy, 1782
Venezuela achieves home rule, 1810
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy, 1839
Charles Duryea claims to have taken the first automobile built in the US for a spin, 1892
The first Boston Marathon is won by John McDermott of NY in 2:55:10, 1897
Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute  jump, 1919
The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, 1928
Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations, 1948
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders, 1961
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, 1971
India's first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched, 1975
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, 1995
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, 1999
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Benedict XVI, 2005
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years, 2011


  1. What a precious kitten! And I love the image of him following you around so quietly! God bless you for caring for such tiny creatures, you have a special crown in HEAVEN, I just KNOW it! xx

  2. What an adorable kitten! I hope his surgery goes well, and I commend you on keeping him healthy with the cleft palate. Kisses!

  3. Because of you, this purring lucky soul will end up having a good life. How rewarding this must be for you.

  4. And you've allowed me to watch him grow. I thank you for that. He's a handsome mancat.

    Have a purrfect day Lorax. My best to your wonderful mom. ☺

  5. I love that little face. And I have so much admiration for you for looking out for him and all the others. Please give that cute little head a nuzzle for me.

  6. He is totally adorable! Those eyes speak volumes. You were very clever with the bottle nipple. I hope his surgery goes ok. :)

  7. do you have any size medium in "I Love Lorax" T-shirts?
    I so do love Lorax- Happy Easter honey- big hugs from all of us here on top of Mt Shasta!

  8. Happy belated Easter to you and the family. I saw people gathering for a sunrise service at the cemetery behind our house. Those are big hits as well here.


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