Thursday, August 13, 2015

Six Sentence Story: How It Often Winds Up

Looking at the red spot over HopeCat's eye and then reading the text from Little Girl, i mentally stifled a sigh, knowing what it all meant; i would wind up making another unscheduled trip to the vet and wind up with another vet bill, to boot.

The text was about SissyCat, also called Tripod, and the fact that she had an angry looking swollen sore on the side of her face that hadn't been there the day before.  After dropping Little Girl at school i went to the store for milk and bread, and then showed up at the vet's office just in time to find the staff walking the dogs and the office manager talking on the phone to yet another person who needed to come in, and they had only been open 3 minutes.

"What's going on?" Ms. Nancy asked, and i explained about the stye over the eye of HopeCat and the serious sore on SissyCat, noting that it was most likely because she and Enigma had been in a huge fight two days prior, and a bite from said Enigma had probably caused a big infection, the way cat bites tend to do.

"Bring them and drop them off, and we'll get them seen between other patients, we are full so I can't give you a specific appointment time," Ms. Nancy said, and so i did, then went back later to pick up HopeCat and get the results.

"Bring HopeCat in on the 21st, and we'll surgically remove the stye," Dr. Bea said, "and as for SissyCat, you were right about it being a bite wound, and we had to sedate her to clean it, it's bad enough that we will keep her here until Friday."

Today is:

Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Right Foot -- Fairy Calendar

Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival -- Bucyrus, OH, US (food and fun celebration of German heritage; through Saturday)

Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Earth Overshoot Day -- according to the Global Footprint Network, this is the date on which humanity has exhausted the Earth's budget of resources for the year

Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)

Festival of Xocotl Huetzi -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)

Great River Tug Fest -- Port Byron, IL, and LeClaire, IA, US (the only tug-of-war across the Mighty Mississippi, this year's theme is "Safari" and the cause supported is King Harvest Pet Rescue; festival through Saturday)

Independence Day -- Central African Republic(1960)

International Left-Hander's Day -- sponsored by Lefthanders International

Jersey Battle of Flowers -- Jersey, Channel Islands, UK (two days of floats and family fun)

Lao Issara -- Laos (Day of the Free Laos)

Lesser Festival of Flora -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Milwaukee Irish Fest -- Milwaukee, WI, US (the world's largest Irish music and cultural event outside of the Emerald Isle; through Sunday)

National Filet Mignon Day

Obon -- Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)

Perseids Meteor Shower peaks

Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)

Skinny Dipping Day -- funny t-shirt:  I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!

Skowhegan State Fair -- Skowhegan, ME (since 1818, ten days of grand fun; through the 22nd)

South Mountain Fair -- Arendtsville, PA, US (celebrating agriculture, arts, crafts, and industry; through Sunday)

St. Cassian's Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)

St. Concordia's day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)

St. Hippolytus' Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)

Wall Day -- anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life

Women's Day -- Tunisia

Birthdays Today

Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Kathleen Battle,
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara"(Voltaire's "Tragedy in Verse"), 1732

Today in History

The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown's first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon", 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013


  1. Well bugger on this. Poor things. They do fight from time to time but usually without any injuries. I hope they get well soon.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  2. Are we living mirror lives in some parallel universe or something? First our A/Cs break down during the same weekend and now we have animal dilemmas. My eldest daughter came to me recently with some horrific thing on our Doberman's neck. A vet visit and a huge vet bill later, it was just a sweat gland,. This week it was a bump on her foot... it looked just like her other foot so I said we'll keep an eye on it.

  3. That vet should be giving you a repeat discount.

  4. I am glad your vet will work with you. Some won't... I am sorry that the kitties were not doing so hot, but at least you will have them up (hopefully not fighting) soon!


  5. Bert Lahr...I once read his book "Notes From A Cowardly Lion". It was wonderful, I highly recommend it.
    (He was listed as one of those that have this as a birthdate.)

  6. Just when I read a post that makes me think about having a cat, I read a post like this...thank you!