Saturday, July 12, 2014


There are times, when July 12 rolls around again, when i'm not so sure whether to publicly acknowledge the anniversary or not.  This time, i will just say it's been 20 years, and if you really want to know 20 years since what, you can go here.  A fair warning, it's not an easy read to some.

Other than that, i will say Vacation Bible School went well.  Little Girl and i served the snacks to all of the other volunteers.  They enjoyed what we served, some things more than others.  The nachos were a hit, as were the chocolate lacey cookies.  The trail mix, to which i added more candy, went over very well  indeed.  The donut holes i brought the last day served to keep them from coming in looking for food before we even had it set out!

The Lorax is continuing to heal.  It seems the cleft was bigger than they thought so the surgery took longer, but he is healing and progressing faster than they expected.  He should come home early next week and he will finish out his recovery time here, then go to his forever home.

The cat shelter was busy yesterday, they did two adoptions while i was there!  One was a kitten, and the other an adult cat that was being chased by a dog.  The owner got the dog to stop in time, and found the cat trembling and hiding in his garage, and didn't know what to do.  We took her in, and she gifted us with 5 kittens!  Not any more she won't, though, we've taken care of that, and she has a great home.

And in "mom is vindicated" news from the world of teens, Little Girl came to me and said, "Mom, you know how you say that the music you listen to affects you for good or for evil?  Well, I think I now know what you mean.  When I'm around people listening to very heavy, very negative music, it's like it brings me down.  Now I know why you like to keep the music in the house positive!"

You become what you think about, kid.  That includes your music.

Today is

Art Fair on the Square -- Madison, WI, US (one of the Midwest's largest juried art fairs; through tomorrow)

Bald In - Bald Out Day -- sponsored by Bald Girls Do Lunch; if men can be bald and brazen, then women and children who cannot grow hair should bring bald INto their lives, and never feel on the OUTs!

Bohemian Club Annual Rites begin -- Bohemian Grove, CA US (if you are into conspiracy theories, this is supposedly when and where the male movers and shakers of the world meet for two weeks and decide the fate of the world for the next 12 months; the members of the club, including former presidents and other high level officials, do meet for a couple of weeks this time of year to have, among other things, a Cremation of Care ceremony)

Carver Day -- George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO, US

Circus City Festival -- Peru, IN, US (did you ever want to run off and join the circus?  This is the week kids age 7-21 get to do just that, so go watch and have fun with them!  through the 19th)

Different Colored Eyes Day -- people with heterochromia, celebrate!

Etch-a-Sketch Day -- the toy was first manufactured on this day in 1960, timed to hit toy shelves for Christmas that year

Fairfest -- Hastings, NE (a parade today, and starting on Monday a full week of traditional county fair fun plus world class stage entertainment)

Galicnik Svadba -- Galicnik, Macedonia (wedding festival, when one lucky couple gets to be married in a traditional "Galichka" style wedding, through tomorrow)

Independence Day -- Kiribati(1979; a/k/a National Day); Sao Tome & Principe(1975)

Kronia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate, a festival for Kronos, part of which included masters and slaves switching places for a meal)

National Pecan Pie Day

Omaha Railroad Days -- celebrating all things track and train, through tomorrow

Orangemen's Day (a/k/a Twelfth Day) -- Northern Ireland (Battle of the Boyne commemoration)

Pori Jazz Festival -- Pori, Finland (a major international music event with world class performances; through the 20th)

Rainmaker Day -- Salem, Oregon (while it is understood that in Salem, you are more likely to rust than sunburn, from 1892 until 2006, no measurable rain fell on this date in this normally wet city)

Simplicity Day -- sponsored by on Thoreau's birthday, highlighting the concepts in the book Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin, and advocating finding sustainable ways to live

Sodbuster Days -- Fort Ransom, ND, US (learn how rural North Dakotans lived in the early 1920s; through tomorrow)

Sourdough River Festival -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Float Fest and a big water fight! with the famous Sourdough Raft Race tomorrow)

St. John Gualbert's Day (Patron of foresters and forest workers, park services and parks)

St. Veronica's Day (Patron of laundry workers and photographers)

Stone House Day -- Hurley, NY, US (tour of several 250+ year old stone houses within 150-yards of each other)

Anniversaries Today

Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, 1543 (the lucky wife who outlived him)

Birthdays Today

Erik Per Sullivan, 1991
Michelle Rodriguez, 1978
Brock Lesnar, 1977
Anna Friel, 1976
Kristi Yamaguchi, 1971
Lisa Nicole Carson, 1969
Rolonda Watts, 1959
Mel Harris, 1957
Paul Guilfoyle, 1955
Cheryl Ladd, 1951
Jamey Sheridan, 1951
Richard Simmons, 1948
Denise Nicholas, 1945
Christine McVie, 1943
Bill Cosby, 1937
Van Cliburn, 1934
Andrew Wyeth, 1917
Curly Joe DeRita, 1909
Milton Berle, 1908
Pablo Neruda, 1904
R. Buckminster Fuller, 1895
Oscar Hammerstein II, 1895
George Washington Carver, 1861
George Ohr, 1857
George Eastman, 1854
Henry David Thoreau, 1817
Josiah Wedgwood, 1730

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Northern Exposure"(TV), 1990
"Family Feud"(TV), 1976
"Evening At Pops"(TV), 1970
"Baseball's Sad Lexicon (Tinker to Evers to Chance)"(Publication date), 1910

Today in History

England is unified by Athelstan of England, 927
Saladin's garrison surrenders to Conrad of Montferrat, ending the two-year siege of Acre, 1191
Fray Diego de Landa, acting Bishop of Yucatan, burns the sacred books of the Maya, 1562
Ostrog Bible, the first printed Bible in a Slavic language, is published, 1580
The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario, 1812
The Commonwealth Franchise Act, granting women's suffrage in Australia, is given royal assent and takes effect, 1902
Pune, India floods due to failure of Khadakvasala and Panshet dams; half of the city is submerged and the death toll exceeded 2000, 1961
A fire destroys the entire 6th floor of the National Personnel Records Center of the United States, 1973
Boris Yeltsin quits the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1990
Israel invades Lebanon in response to Hezbollah's kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, 2006
A ticket holder in Britain wins the largest EuroMillions jackpot in history, 161,653,000GBP, 2011
The Rolling Stones, English rock band, celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its first performance at the Marquee Club in Oxford Street, London, 2012


  1. It is 4:00 in the morning here and with my insomnia I have been up since 3:00. Sometimes I will nap for about 30 minutes in the afternoon, but mostly I muddle through. I did not know about your birthday story and I read it more amazed at how strong you are and how you face life head on. I have never been tested as you have and know I am not as strong because of that. I am not religious but glad that your beliefs give you such comfort and peace. This is your birthday and I hope it is happy.

  2. i went back and read your post. bless you.

  3. I, like Tabor, did not know about your birthday story, either. It is very profound and it is an amazing story. It really makes you sit back and wonder about life and the tragedies we endure. How very fragile life is and we are reminded to take the time every now and then and appreciate those we do have and hold them close.

  4. I read the post you linked to. Yes, it was hard to read. I feel you're unlucky and lucky for so many different things. At the end, even with the problems you still face, you have four wonderful children -- and one just paid you the compliment of telling you you were right about something! That's a big score in parent-land! I'm very happy to hear Lorax is doing well and about the other adoptions. Have a good weekend! :)

  5. I too read your post. I've always felt your home is such a positive place. Your kids are awesome. I know why now. You gave your all for your babies. Yes indeed. You treasure them and it shows almost every single post you write.

    I'm so glad The Lorax is doing well. I hope we'll still get to see him from time to time when he goes to his forever home.

    Have a terrific weekend. :)

  6. I did go back and read that post. It was a hard read but I think I now know you a little better. So sorry you had to experience this. I am fortunate that I can only imagine what it's like to lose a child. Take care.