Tuesday, June 16, 2015


In this house, you never know what you will see.

Thus when i walked in and saw Sweetie with his foot in the sink and the rubbing alcohol (surgical spirits) in his hand, i just kept going.

"Hey!" he called.  "Don't you want to know what's going on?"

No, i said.  After all, i can figure you hurt your foot, and you are pouring alcohol on it, since that's your treatment for every injury.

"Well, anyway, there's a ton of cat hair under my dresser in the bedroom..."

Of course there is, i said.  You have seventeen thousand pairs of shoes under there, more or less.

"Less, considerably less," he said drily.  "Well, I got all of them out, and cleaned any that were dirty, and while I was digging around under there I accidentally stepped on Link's tail and he bit my big toe!"

Of course he did, i said.  So, what did you do with all the shoes?

"Two pair I threw away, and the rest are cleaned and on that new shoe holder thingie you got me at the garage sale!"

So, his shoes:

Shoes.  Plenty of them.  The green pair is for Christmas.  Yes, really.
His Beatle Boots:

Two pair -- made in England.  One he wore at our wedding!
His Vietnam Era war surplus jungle boots:

He likes his boots!

And still not pictured, his newest deck shoes, his flip flops (that were on when his toe was attacked, thus making the attack possible), and his two pair of cowboy boots, which are probably out in his man cave.

As usual, i own one pair of heels, one pair of ballet flats, one pair of flip flops, two pair of Sketcher Go-walks, and an old, holey pair of tennies that i use for dirty work outdoors.  All of them are black so they can go with anything.

Day and Night, that's what we are.

Today is

Bloomsday -- commemoration of James Joyce and his novel, Ulysses

Day of Third-Hand Reports and Shaky Evidence -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Ludi Piscatari -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for fishermen; some sites say it was on the 17th)

Fresh Veggies Day -- before you have that fudge later

International Day of the African Child -- Organisation of African Unity 

Ladies' Day (Baseball) -- anniversary of the first ever Ladies' Day baseball game, hosted by the New York Giants in 1883

Martyrdom Day of Guru Arjan Dev -- Sikh

National Fudge Day

National Morticians Day -- honoring the last people to ever let you down

National Vinegar Day

Petit Jean Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet -- Morrilton, AR, US (sponsored by the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, and the place to be if you love old cars; through Saturday)

Royal Ascot -- Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, England (a unique event bringing together the best of fashion, style, sport, and entertainment for five days)

Steamboat Days -- Burlington, IA, US (fun on the Mississippi Riverfront; through Sunday)

St. Benno's Day (Patron of anglers, fishermen, weavers; Dresden-Meissen, Germany; Munich, Germany)

St. John-Francis Regis' Day (Patron of embroiderers, lace makers, social workers; Sisters of Saint Francis Regis; against plague)

Sussex Day -- West Sussex, England (on St. Richard's Day as celebrated in this area [current feast day is April 3 elsewhere]; he was Bishop of Chichester from 1245 to 1253, and his shrine was an important pilgrimage site)

Youth Day -- South Africa

Birthdays Today:

Abby Elliott, 1987
Diana DeGarmo, 1987
Phil Mickelson, 1970
Laurie Metcalf, 1955
Sonia Braga, 1950
Joan Van Ark, 1943
Joyce Carol Oates, 1938
Erich Segal, 1937
John Howard Griffin, 1920
Stan Laurel, 1890
Geronimo, 1829

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Ghostbusters II(Film), 1989
The Blues Brothers(Film), 1980
Psycho(Film), 1960

Today in History:

The Zoroastrian Religious Calendar begins with the ascension of Yasdegerd III of Persia, the start of the Persian Era, 632
Battle of Stoke Field, the final engagement of the Wars of the Roses, 1487
British troops take Cape Breton Island, which is now part of Nova Scotia, Canada, 1745
The French surrender Fort Beauséjour to the British, leading to the expulsion of the Acadians, 1755
Abraham Lincoln delivers his House Divided speech in Springfield, Illinois, 1858
The Victoria Hall theatre panic in Sunderland, England kills 183 children, 1883
John Abbott becomes Canada's third prime minister, 1891
The Ford Motor Company is incorporated, 1903
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
Rudolf Nureyev defects at Le Bourget airport in Paris, 1961
Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space, 1963
The largest single-site hydro-electric power project in Canada starts at Churchill Falls, Labrador, 1972
Soweto uprising: a non-violent march by 15,000 students in Soweto, South Africa turns into days of rioting when police open fire on the crowd and kill 566 children, 1976
Israel complies with UN Security Council Resolution 425 after 22 years of its issuance, which calls on Israel to completely withdraw from Lebanon, 2000
The 9/11 Commission, contradicting White House claims, determines Saddam Hussein had no strong ties to al-Qaeda, 2004
British Petroleum agrees to finanace a $20 billion fund to compensate those whose livelihood was damaged by the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010
Prince Harry of Wales is cleared to return to active duty in the Afghan War, 2011
Egypt's voters go to the polls for a second round of voting in their first presidential election, 2012


  1. i love it. take that, male/female stereotypes!

  2. There is always the exception to the rule. My wife and I easily balance out the stereotype.

  3. I have three pairs of shoes; sneakers I wear every day, dress shoes I wear infrequently, and a pair of leather sandals I sometimes wear in the summer. That's it.

  4. I have a lot of shoes and most I don't wear. I need to toss most of them. Just taking up space.

    Men usually don't have that many pairs of shoes. Usually.

    I do love your family though. Never a dull moment.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Hahaha. Of course Link bit his tail. Good on him for getting rid of 2 pairs and tidying up the shoes he kept. My boyfriend was just getting on me about all my shoes. Pfft. I was just looking for my nicer flip flops. You gotta have boots and do roller skates count?

  6. Ha - I have to go check under my shoe rack now. I don't think I have ever cleaned under there, and for some reason our cat does crawl under. he falls asleep with his face in someone's shoe - usually the stinkiest pair. like..why? but like you mine all easily fit on the one rack. I used to have a very extensive and expensive shoe collection when I was single: but pregnancy enlarged my feet a whole size and I had to get rid of all those beautiful shoes. but once they were gone.. I didn't really care to restock.


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