Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In her natural habitat.

Since her mom really does need a night out once a month to attend her Circle meeting, it looks like i'll be taking care of Gracie regularly, which is a good thing.

It was a great time with Gracie in her natural habitat.

She's as much an acrobat at home as anywhere else:

Gracie got skillz!

Gracie's "brother and sister":

Otis and Matilda.
There was a very nice supper waiting for her, and you should have seen the huge bites she took on that big fork.  She loves sweet potatoes and plowed through a huge bowlful.  Yes, she even eats the broccoli.

Healthy dinner, followed by raisins for dessert.
Her favorite things to do are play tickle games, and read.  So we played tickle games, and we read.

Fun magazines from the library.

A fun evening, except for the dogs, who were upset that they couldn't steal any of her chicken!

Today is

Armed Forces/Amateur Radio Crossband Test Day -- US (ham operators and the US military team up to test ham operators ability and expertise in contacting appropriate military radio stations in an emergency)

Cannes Film Festival -- through the 25th

Carabao Festival -- Pulilan, Philippines (to honor their patron, St. Isidro [St. Isadore the Farmer], hundreds of carabaos [water buffalo] are dressed up and paraded, and eventually blessed in front of the church; through tomorrow)

Dance Like a Chicken Day -- no idea why today, but i'm waiting for wedding season

Donate a Days Wages to Charity Day 2014 --

Drunk Driving Memorial Day -- not sponsored by MADD, or anyone else i can find, but let's all work and pray for the day drunk driving by anyone is just a bad memory

French Fairy Awareness Day -- Fairy Calendar

Full Flower Moon / Corn Planting Moon / Milk Moon
     Buddha Day/Vesak/Waisak  -- Bhuddist's Buddha Day; date varies with many celebrating tomorrow, and some areas already started the celebrations yesterday; sometimes called "Buddha's Birthday"
     Kasone Full Moon -- Myanmar
     Vesak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
     Waisak/Vesak Festival -- Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia (on the day of the full moon, a stunning and spiritual celebration of Buddha's birthday)

Gesta de Independencia -- Paraguay

Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival -- Izumo-taisha, Japan (through tomorrow)

Marshmallow Fluff Day -- Mr. Durkee and Mr. Mower announced, on this day in 1920, that they were in business producing this sweet confection

Mars Invictus Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Midnight Sun at North Cape -- Norway (the sun will not set until July 30)

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Night Shift Workers Day/Third Shift Workers Day -- US (remembering those intrepid souls who keep things running smoothly through the night)

National Receptionist Day -- US (because that first impression is important; National Receptionists Association)

National Unification Day -- Liberia

President Kamuzu Banda's Birthday -- Malawi

Royal Windsor Horse Show -- Windsor, England (through the 18th)

Runic Half-Month Ing (expansive energy) commences

"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day -- first public performance this day in 1897

St. Bonifatius' Day (4th Ice Saint)

St. Matthias the Apostle's Day (Patron of carpenters, reformed alcoholics, tailors; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; against alcoholism and smallpox)

Underground America Day -- Malcolm Wells wants us to imagine what our landscapes would look like if more of our buildings were under ground

Anniversaries Today:

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark marries Mary Donaldson, 2004
Carlsbad Caverns National Park established, NM, US, 1930

Birthdays Today:

Miranda Cosgrove, 1993
Amber Tamblyn, 1983
Dan Auerbach, 1979
Martine McCutdcheon, 1976
Cate Blanchett, 1969
Danny Wood, 1969
Jose Da Silveira, 1965
Suzy Kolber, 1964
Tim Roth, 1961
Valerie Still, 1961
Ronan Tynan, 1960
David Byrne, 1952
Robert Zemechis, 1951
Meg Foster, 1948
George Lucas, 1944
Jack Bruce, 1943
Atanasio "Tony" Perez, 1942
Bobby Darin, 1936
Laszlo Kovacs, 1933
Patrice Munsel, 1925
Otto Klemperer, 1885
Robert Owen, 1771
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727
Gabrile Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Kids Are Alright"(Documentary), 1979
“It’s Time for Ernie"(Ernie Kovacs' TV premier), 1951
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem for those we love"(Hindemith composition), 1946
"Die Hebriden/The Hebrides"(Mendelssohn Op. 26), 1832

Today in History:

Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, 1607
Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox  vaccination, 1796
The Lewis and Clark expedition sets out, 1804
Paraguay  gains independence from Spain, 1811
The first edition of the London Illustrated Times is published, 1842
Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk, 1853
Vaseline, the first petroleum jelly, is marketed, 1878
Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five, 1939
Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established; immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Kuwait joins the United Nations, 1963
Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched, 1973
The Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary, 1986
The last episode of Seinfeld airs, with commercials going for $2M per 30 seconds, 1998
Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa, 2012


  1. they're lucky to have you. and you enjoy being with her, too. :)

  2. I'm thinking you had a better time than Gracie did and she had a ball. That's just what I'm getting from this post.

    Have a fabulous day and thank you for all the wonderful things you do for other. ♥♥♥

  3. Gracie is adorable. Tell me, what's your trick for getting kids to eat broccoli? :-)

  4. I love sweet potatoes! she's got great taste :)
    My kid are big fans of that National Geographic magazine. They always want to see sharks. What? Yeah - no idea. I guess because we don't live near an ocean.
    Off to dance like a chicken! :)

    1. I always dance like a chicken - or so I'm told...

  5. Otis and Matilda are just too cute.

  6. So who had the most fun? I often wonder that after I've spent time with my little grandson. Gracie seems a lovely child.

  7. She is such a little snookums!

  8. I bet Gracie girl cam dance like a chicken! What a cutie!

  9. I never realised there was a National Geographic for kids - how wonderful. Gracie is a lucky girl to have all that attention.
    Now for the serious bit. If I send you an appropriate size box with holes in the top and bowls for drink and food can you please put Matilda and Otis in it and post them, air mail, to the UK? Obviously I'll pay the postage. I'm in love...