Monday, April 6, 2015

A to Z: E is for Enigma

Hello, again!  My full name is The Charismatic Enigma SissyCat, but you may call me Enigma.  I co-own #1 Son with Mikey.
I love windows!

Last year I wrote a bit about my younger days, and I don't want to be repetitive so I'll let you click over there if you wish.

What I wish is that my pet human and Mikey and I could move again.  This house is where I was raised, but I'm tired of being one of 9 cats.  Mikey and I got used to being the only two that year we spent in Kansas, and I'd love to get back to that.

Lately I follow #1 Son everywhere, any time he's home.  When he's on the computer, I sit right behind him.  When he's on the couch, I sit next to him.  If he gets up and leaves the room, I follow him.  He complains he can't even use his litter box room without me!  It's because I really want to move into a place where it's just the three of us again.

He tries to lock me out of his room sometimes, but I've learned how to break in.  I'm a smart little cookie!  He never locks me out at night, though, so I can sleep with him.  At least he's good about that.

As for all the other cats, some I like okay, and some I really don't.  I'd love to have the pampering KidaMosquito gets.  Yes, I know, she's old and thin and not absorbing her food right and all that, but I still want her canned food and I'm going to keep snitching as much of it as I can!  After all, a cat's gotta do what a cat's gotta d

This is what I gotta do to get sustenance!  Snitch a bite when I can!

That's enough about me, I guess, to hold everyone for a while.  If you want me, I'll be next to #1 Son!

Today is

Animated Cartoon Day -- date of release, in 1908, of Humorous Phases of Funny Faces, often considered the first actual animated cartoon

Army Day -- US (by proclamation of FDR in 1942)

California Poppy Day -- California, US (state flower)

Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia -- Philadelphia, PA, US (in conjunction with the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia; through the 12th)

Chakri Dynasty Day and King Rama I Memorial Day -- Thailand

Drowsy Driver Awareness Day -- please pull over and take a nap when you need to

Easter Monday -- Christian; related observances
     Dyngus Day
     Egg Races -- Rural Northwestern Switzerland (traditional Easter Monday races with competitors carrying large numbers of eggs from village to village)
     Emaishen -- Luxembourg (traditional market)
     Family Day -- South Africa
     Hallaton Hare Pie Scramble & Bottle Kicking -- Hallaton, Leicestershire, England (traditional celebrations dating back at least 600 years)
     Memorial Day -- Republic of Georgia
     Seu Harvest Parade -- Curacao
     Sham el-Nessim -- Egypt (Smell the Breezes Day, a spring celebration for all religions; celebrated by getting outside, greeting neighbors, enjoying spring, and eating salty raw fish)

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace -- UN (on the anniversary of the date of the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896)

Jump Over Things Day -- probably started by the same people who brought us Walk Around Things Day on the 4th; as if friends and family aren't looking at you strangely enough after that one

Mule Day Celebrations -- Columbia, TN, US (the "mule capital of the world" has mule shows, entertainment, dancing and music, food, and fun; through Sunday)

National Caramel Popcorn Day

National Student Athlete Day -- US

New Beer's Eve -- US (unofficial celebration of the end of Prohibition; beer became legal to sell again on tomorrow's date in 1933)

North Pole Day -- Peary and Co. arrived there this day in 1909

Plan Your Epitaph Day -- figure out how you want to be remembered, and then live that way! (some sites celebrate this on Nov. 1)

President Ntaryamira Day -- Burundi (anniversary of assassination)

Sorting-Out of the Doggets Day -- Fairy Calendar

St. Sixtus' Day (Patron of Alatri, Italy)

Tartan Day -- Scottish diaspora of Canada and the US (anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320)

Tater Day -- Benton, KY, US (old fashioned family fun centered around the sweet potato, with a parade, a mule pull, a carnival and more)

Teflon Day --  Polytetraflouroethylene resin was developed by Roy J. Plunkett while working for  E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company in 1938

Think About Spring Cleaning Day -- don't do it, just think about it

Twinkie Day -- the snack cakes that will never go away were invented on this day in 1930

Birthdays Today:

Candace Cameron, 1976
Zach Braff, 1975
Ari Meyers, 1969
Paul Rudd, 1969
Marilu Henner, 1952
John Razenberger, 1947
Barry Levinson, 1942
Philip Austin, 1941
Roy Thinnes, 1938
Merle Haggard, 1937
Billy Dee Williams, 1937
Andre Previn, 1929
James Watson, 1928
Gerry Mulligan, 1927
Lowell Thomas, 1892
Rose Schneiderman, 1882
Butch Cassidy, 1866
René Lalique, 1860
Raphael, 1483

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barney & Friends"(TV), 1992
Post-It Notes(first day of sale), 1980
"Entertaining Mr. Sloane"(Play), 1964
"Little Orphan Annie"(Radio series), 1931
"La Double Inconstance / Double Inconsistancy"(Play), 1723

Today in History:

Julius Caesar defeats Caecilius Metellus Scipio and Marcus Porcius Cato (Cato the Younger) in the battle of Thapsus, BC46
The Roman army under the command of Stilicho stymies the Visigoths under Alaric in the Battle of Pollentia, 402
Charlemagne confirms his father Pepin the Short's "Donation of Pepin," which had established the Papal States, 774
King Richard I, The Lionheart, of England dies from an infection following the removal of an arrow from his shoulder, 1199
The Scots reaffirm their independence by signing the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320
The Italian poet Petrarch first sees his beloved Laura, 1327
At the Cape of Good Hope, Dutch sailor Jan van Riebeeck establishes a resupply camp that eventually becomes Cape Town , 1652
An earthquake devastates Dubrovnik, then an independent city-state, 1667
Peter the Great of Russia ends the tax on men with beards in that country, 1722
Rama I succeeds King Taksin of Siam (modern day Thailand), who is overthrown in a coup d'état, 1782
The Committee of Public Safety becomes the executive organ of the republic in France, and the period known as the Reign of Terror begins, 1793
John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company, 1808
Celluloid, the first plastic, is patented, 1869
The city of Vancouver, BC, is incorporated, 1886
The Mormon Temple in Salt Lake City is dedicated, 1893
In Athens, the first modern Olympic Games are opened, 1,500 years after being banned by Emperor Theodosius I; James Connoly of the US becomes the first gold medalist of the modern games, 1896
The Kishinev pogrom forces thousands of Jews to seek refuge in Israel and the West, 1903
Robert Peary and Matthew Henson allegedly reach the North Pole, 1909
Governor Huey P. Long is impeached by the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1929
Mohandas Gandhi raises a lump of mud and salt and declares, "With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British Empire." Thus he starts the Salt Satyagraha, 1930
Launch of Early Bird, the first communications satellite to be placed in geosynchronous orbit, 1965
The American League of Major League Baseball begins using the designated hitter, 1973
Pakistan tests medium-range missiles capable of reaching India, 1998
Rolandas Paksas becomes the first president of Lithuania to be peacefully removed from office by impeachment, 2004
Scientists announce the discovery of three new animal species that spent their entire lives without oxygen, 2010
In England, lawmakers ban the display of tobacco products, hoping the move will lead to a reduction in the number of youths who smoke, 2012


    and here? enigma is one of my fave words.
    especially when used to describe someone and ended with...WRAPPED IN A RIDDLE ;-)

  2. oh, sweet kitty. i hope you can get your wish, soon, then.

  3. " Charismatic Enigma SissyCat ", now that is one colorful name for a colorful cat. Mikey is my son's name but he wants to be called Michael and that's what I call him, Michael. Have a wonderful charismatic day. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Awww, I linked you to my Awww Mondays post. You're adorable and your post made me want to make your dreams come true.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. ☺

  5. AWWW what a gorgeous cat. Lucy is like Enigma- she's the only cat in our home for good reason. Other cats make her have conniption fits....and she gets very hissy and fights. So she's an "indoor only me" kind of cat! Big hugs to Enigma.

  6. I once had a kitty like Enigma. Her name was Saucy and I think she wanted to have my kittens. She never left my sight.

  7. Ohhh yes yes yes. I vote for more blogging from the cats. Sorry, mimi but you're all washed up now. The cats are about to take overrrrr!

  8. You are a great writer! Love hearing these stories and I have a kitty who is always snitching food from the older girl kitty! Nice photos too! Thanks for the share. Have a wonderful week.

  9. Awww, I do love these kitty stories. And of course I am team Tabby all the way. Sounds like Enigma just really loves his boy.

  10. you are beautiful Enigma!!! and I don't just say that because you look exactly like our Cashew! who also goes crazy for wet food and follows my son - his person, around constantly.