Saturday, May 23, 2015


There are two memos i'd like to write, if only i knew to whom to send them.

First memo:  getting stuff squirted into your eyes doesn't feel good at all!  When it's done to dilate your eyes, it's even worse.

Having that done yesterday so i could find out why i have been seeing an occasional flash of light in the corner of my eye gave me a new appreciation of why so many of the cats at the shelter, when they know we are putting drops or ointment into their eyes, try to take our hands off.

(And all is well with my eyes, says Sweetie's eye specialist.  Optic nerves are fine, retinas are properly attached and the cataracts i am developing are nowhere near being of concern.  The flashes are caused by moving my head or eye so rapidly that for a moment the vitreous humor, or liquid in the eye, pulls away from the retina for a split second.  Not anything to worry about.)

Second memo:  yes, i know, i am to stay flexible and able to turn on a dime, as far as plans and dealing with life are concerned.  However, sometimes dealing with rapid changes is ridiculous!

Take yesterday, for example.  First The Big Boss wanted me to be there to babysit Ms. P's Youngest Boy for the evening.

Then it was, i was going to meet up with the Ex to get Youngest Boy.

After that, Ex had changed his mind, he would keep Youngest Boy himself, so i was to stand down, they wouldn't need me.

Next came, could Little Girl go to a big concert at the stadium, in one of the suites, to babysit Youngest Boy and Ex's New Honey's youngest daughter?  She and they would get to see the concert, and she was to keep the kids out of the adults' hair while they also enjoyed the concert.

Little Girl said yes, and was making plans to go, then came the call that while The Big Boss was trying to arrange Little Girl to babysit at the concert, Ex had called his own mother and gotten her to agree to do it!

All these changes came in the space of just over half an hour.

(Yes, this is the same New Honey who had thrown Ex out a few weeks ago, and yes, the mother called in to babysit was the Ex's mother who had picked him up when New Honey had thrown him out.  Apparently, they've made up and his mother hasn't gotten tired enough of his shenanigans, either.)

So, if i can ever figure out where to send these, i just might.

Today is

Alma Highland Festival and Games -- Alma College, Alma, Michigan (annual celebration of Scottish heritage, with world class entertainment and fun; through tomorrow)

Ancient Roman Festivities today:
     Festival for Vulcan -- god of fire, volcanos, and smiths
     Rosalia -- rose festival
     Tubilustrium -- ceremony to purify the trumpet used in sacred rituals

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day) 

Bluebell Day -- Fairy Calendar

Declaration of the Bab -- Baha'i

Go For A Walk in Your Swim Fins Day -- no, i don't know who comes up with this stuff, and i don't want to

Grubstake Days -- Yucca Valley, CA, US (parade, carnival, races, horseshoes tourney, beard growing contest, fun!)

International Blacksmith's Day

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day today)

Linnaeus Day -- Stenbrohult, Sweden (birth anniversary of Carolus Linnaeus on the OS calendar)

Lucky Penny Day -- just a fun one, see if you find a penny today

National Labour Day -- Jamaica

National Taffy Day

Sacrifices to Leto, Pythian Apollon, Zeus, Hermes and the Dioscuri in the deme of Erchia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Skerpla Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Sharpness)

St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk's Day (Patron of Belarus)

Students' Day -- Mexico

St. William of Rochester's Day (Patron of adopted children)

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri -- Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako, Japan (Iris Flower Festival, with over a million blooms of 500 species, special dance and demonstrations on weekends; through the end of June)

Taste of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH, US (6 blocks of Downtown Cincinnati is turned into a big food extravaganza; through Monday)

Tivoli Fest -- Elk Horn, IA, US (annual celebration of the area's Danish roots; through tomorrow)

Utica Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival -- Utica, OH, US (local artisans, pony rides, antique gas engines, car show, motorcycle show, magic show, and more, plus tons of ice cream! through Monday)

War of Jenkin's Ear Living History Demonstrations -- Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, GA, US (a colonial living-history event with musket demonstrations, military drills, tomahawk throwing and more; through Monday)

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

World Turtle Day -- sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue

Anniversaries Today:

South Carolina becomes the 8th US state, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Monaco, 1976
Ken Jennings, 1974
Jewel, 1974
Mitch Albom, 1958
Drew Carey, 1958
“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, 1954
Marvin Hagler, 1952
Charles Kimbrough, 1936
Robert Moog, 1934
Joan Collins, 1933
Barbara Barrie, 1931
Rosemary Clooney, 1928
Helen O'Connell, 1920
Scatman Crothers, 1910
Artie Shaw, 1910
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 1883
Belle Aurelia Babb Mansfield, 1846
Margaret Fuller, 1810
Franz Mesmer, 1734
Carolus Linnaeus, 1707
Emperor Qinzong of China, 1100

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tommy"(Album), 1969
"Shuffle Along"(Musical comedy revue), 1921
"Il bugiardo / The Liar"(Comedy), 1750

Today in History:

Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne, 1430
The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void, 1533
The Netherlands declare their independence  from Spain, 1568
The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War, 1618
After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, 1701
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals, 1785
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy, 1805
South American independence  leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, 1813
The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism (the Baha'i Faith), 1844
Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, 1863
The Canadian  Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1873
The fist transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC, 1887
The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released, 1929
American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana, 1934
Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China, 1951
Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured, 1960
The first version of the Java programming language is released, 1995
The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes, 1998
The fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure, 2005
Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts, 2006
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute, 2008
Fifteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Egypt by a revolution, voters go to the polls for a presidential election, 2012


  1. thanks for explaining the ex's situation as i wondered if he had gotten himself a new-new honey, but it's the same old-new honey as before. :)

    glad your eyes are okay! (i need to get mine checked)

  2. Oh the drama and you appear to be right in the middle of some of it. I'd be doing a couple of memos too.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ☺

  3. Number one...your eyes are important! Good to hear all is well with them. AS for those memos? Sometimes all you can do is vent to us! Have a lovely Sunday!

  4. I agree, that drops in the eyes are not fun, and those that dilate your pupils seem to burn. It would be fun if we could at times respond like cats do when they are being forced into something they don't like, a good nip or scratch to get the point across! :-). Grateful though, that your vision issue is not something to be concerned about, you were wise to get it checked out!

    As for that next scenario, I would have lost my cool about half way through that circus... make up your minds people!! There is a reason Ex's are Ex's... and this is a good example. :-)

  5. I have a few memos I would like to write also!! And I think sometimes, just that act of getting them out of your head space, can do the trick of letting go quite nicely. because my brain is noisy and crowded enough as it is! :)