Friday, December 19, 2014

Feline Friday: The Only Flat Surface

Feline Friday was begun by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.

KidaMosquito, the aging, asthmatic Siamese, lives for one thing, and that is her canned food.

There is only one difficulty, and that is the only flat surface where i can feed her and keep an eye on her so the other, younger cats don't steal from her is here:

Kida and her Friskies.

Yes, that's right, the only flat surface is the top of the trash can.  Yes, we have to label it, and the recycle bin next to it, so that i don't get trash in the recycling.

Kida gets up there and eats, and then stops and stares into space.  Red-headed Alec says when she does that, she is communing with the spirit world, telling it she isn't ready, she still has more eating to do!

Today is:

Build a Snowman Day -- occupy your mind, as Christmas seems too far away still; if you have no snow, make snowball cookies

Chocolate Pizza Day -- yes, really

E-Mail Santa Claus Just in Case He Didn't Get Your Letter Day --

Festival for Juventas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of youth, protector of young soldiers)

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Skyrgamur -- Curd-glutton, who loves skyr (milk curd) so that he sneaks in the pantry to try to get it all

I've Got My Big Fat Guy Pants On Day -- someone tired of tight clothes started this, a day to wear whatever you like, so long as it is comfortable -- and roomy

Look for an Evergreen Day -- although if you haven't bought your tree by now, you may have waited too long

National Hard Candy Day -- this time of year, it probably means candy canes

National Heroes and Heroines Day -- Anguilla

National Oatmeal Muffin Day

Opalia -- Roman Empire (feast of Ops, goddess of abundance; 3rd day of the Saturnalia)

Quincy Preserves Christmas Candlelight Tour -- Quincy, IL, US (walking tour of beautiful homes in a different neighborhood each year; also next weekend)

Riddle-Making Trials -- Fairy Calendar

Robinson Crusoe Rescue Day (1686)

St. Bernard Valeara's Day (Patron of Teramo, Italy)

St. Samthann (Samantha) of Meath's Day (Patron of the spiritual life)

Underdog Day -- the day to celebrate all the number two people who make the number ones what they are (as in Friday to Crusoe); day founded by by the late Peter Moeller, THE Chief Underdog

United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation -- UN

Anniversary Today:

First radio broadcast from space, a Christmas greeting from President Eisenhower, 1958

Birthdays Today:

Jake Gyllenhall, 1980
Alyssa Milano, 1972
Tyson Beckford, 1971
Amy Locane, 1971
Kristy Swanson, 1969
Criss Angel, 1967
Jessica Steen, 1965
Jennifer Beals, 1963
Kevin Edward McHale, 1957
Janie Fricke, 1952
Robert Urich, 1946
Richard Leakey, 1944
Alvin Lee, 1944
Tim Reid, 1944
Cicely Tyson, 1939
Al Kaline, 1934
David Susskind, 1920
Leonid Brezhnev, 1906
Ralph Richardson, 1902
Carter Godwin Woodson, 1875
Minnie Maddern Fiske, 1865
Mary Ashton Livermore, 1821
William Edward Parry, 1790

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Titanic(Film), 1997
The Man with the Golden Gun(Film), 1974
"Homecoming A Christmas Story"(TV introduction of "The Waltons"), 1971
"The Music Man"(Musical), 1957
"La Folle de Chaillot/The Madwoman of Chaillot"(Giraudoux play), 1945
"A Christmas Carol"(publication date), 1843
"American Crisis"(publication date of the Thomas Paine essay in which he wrote, "These are the times that try men's souls."), 1776
Poor Richard's Almanack (publication of first issue by Benjamin Franklin), 1732

Today in History:

Licinius abdicates his position as Roman Emperor, 324
The Seldjuken under Toghril Beg occupy Baghdad, 1055
The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery depart England carrying settlers who found, at Jamestown, Virginia, the first of the thirteen colonies that became the United States, 1606
Benjamin Franklin, under the name Richard Saunders begins publication of "Poor Richard's Almanack", 1732
Thomas Paine publishes his first "American Crisis" essay, in which he wrote that "These are the times that try men's souls," 1776
Chinese troops occupy the capital Thang Long Vietnam, 1788
The US state of Kentucky becomes the first to appropriate money for road building, 1795
The US state of Georgia becomes the first to pass a birth registration law, 1823
Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents a sewing machine that can sew a curved seam, 1854
Albert L. Jones patents corrugated cardboard, 1871
The first black US Catholic priest, Charles Uncles, is ordained in Baltimore, 1891
The first city ordinance requiring separate neighborhoods for blacks and whites is passed, in Baltimore, 1910
Robert Ripley begins his "Believe It Or Not" column in the NY Globe, 1918
The British Broadcasting Corp begins transmitting overseas, 1932
The US Earth satellite Atlas transmitted the first radio voice broadcast from space, US President Eisenhower saying,
"To all mankind, America's wish for Peace on Earth and Good Will to Men Everywhere", 1958

The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returns to earth, 1972
The Sino-British Joint Declaration, stating that the People's Republic of China, in 1997, would resume the exercise of sovereignty over Hong Kong, is signed, 1984
Mikhail Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union, releases Andrei Sakharov and his wife from internal exile in Gorky, 1986
A record high barometric pressure of 1085.6 hPa (32.06 inHg) is recorded at Tosontsengel, Khövsgöl Province, Mongolia, 2001

UBS becomes the second bank after Barclays, to be fined for attempting to manipulate the Libor interbank lending rate; the company is fined $1.5 billion, 2012


  1. But is it warm? that's usually the thing :D

  2. Alec's comment is funny - and probably true. My cats sometimes did that. And good for you for protecting Kida from those thieving youngsters!

  3. We have a sweet old girl here too. Just keep telling the spirit world you've got lots more eating to do.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday. ☺

  4. Siamese cats are so beautiful. It used to have one as a kid. And been that long since I've seen one in person. I need to pet me a Siamese. Maybe even own one again?

  5. Thats what the kitty world is about EATING so carry on the good work LOL

    Have a trashtastic weekend :-)

  6. awww good kitty- Kida looks like a very sweet cat!

  7. when our fur babies were alove we would have to keep an eye on them as well.

  8. Kida doesn't look that old. She must take a good picture.

  9. Aw, it's wonderful how kind you are to this lovely senior! :-)
    Most of my cats are indoor only, but I have one semi-feral cat who has to go outdoors or I will never get any sleep because she fights with the others. I live in a fairly quiet neighborhood and she is a tough old girl. She is going on 15 years old and is still scrappy as they come.

  10. LOL. I still have a lot of eating to do, too :) I love siamese cats. My cat from age 13 to after I left home was a siamese and he was the best cat ever. He lived to 19 and remains the favorite family cat to this day (don't tell the others).

  11. Cashew climbs up my leg when I open the pantry door now -- he knows that's where the can food - the good stuff!! - is kept. And yes! what is it with the staring into space cats do? freaks me out. there is one corner in my daughters room and he just sits and stares. I mean, do I have a ghost?


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