And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.
The kittens were not quite big enough to go get spayed last Thursday, so they are on the docket for this Friday. Lily, the black and white, was two ounces shy of two pounds, and Dahlia was 4 ounces shy. They've been getting a lot of canned food since their weigh-in last Wednesday, and will be weighed again tomorrow. If they can't gain that much in a week, something is wrong.
Once spayed, as soon as a cage is open at the shelter, off they go, to be adopted to forever homes. It's always a joy to raise them, and it's a joy to see them bring smiles to a new family.
In crazy stuff my kids do, the other day #1 Son said to me, "Mom, we put Nat in the dumpster today!"
Why on earth would you do that? i asked.
"Well, you know how he takes lessons at the martial arts studio across the street from the restaurant? He's been telling us for years that he's a martial artist and he's going to show us what he can do, and I keep telling him I'm going to put him in the dumpster.
"So today, he was trying to play fight me using his 'martial arts,' and I looked at Chuck and said, 'Let's do this, I've got the arms' and Chuck knew just what I meant. I grabbed him around the arms and pinned him, and Chuck picked up his legs, and we dropped him feet first into the brand new dumpster we got yesterday. It didn't hurt him any, he didn't even get dirty, but I don't think he's going to brag about being a martial artist any more."
It sounds like you have a crazy workplace, i noted.
"It's fun, we all like each other."
Speaking of work, Ms. S has me cleaning out her food cabinets. She is not happy with how many items i am throwing away.
"Don't you think that might still be good?" she asks.
Ms. S, a few hints. If it's so old it has no expiration date, it's not still good. If it expired more than six months ago (and most assuredly if it expired back in 1999), it is not still good. If it has an old fashioned price tag on it, put on there the way price tags used to be, one at a time with the little hand held machine, it's not still good.
If it is no longer the color that particular stuff is supposed to be (like brown ranch dressing) or the can is bulging, it's not still good.
By the time i'm done, she will have only currently edible food in her cabinets.
Anjin Matsuri -- Ito City, Japan (commemorations William Adams (1564-1620), a naturalized British shipwright, called "Anjin Miura" in Japan, a great contributor to the early development of Japanese ship-building industry; through the 10th)
August Tuesday / Culturama -- St. Kitts and Nevis
BaBa Day -- Taiwan (ba ba is Mandarin for both "father" and "8-8")
Bonza Bottler Day™
Carnival Tuesday -- Antigua and Barbuda (Last Lap Jump Up)
Dalek Day -- on the birth anniversary of the creator of these Scifi baddies, Terry Nation
Festival for Venus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (sunset to sunset)
Festival Tuesday/Horse Races -- British Virgin Islands
Finest Fairy Finals -- Fairy Calendar (Do only the finest fairies take finals? How do the others get a final grade? :D )
Fourteen Holy Helpers' Day (Patrons against diseases)
Fox Hill Day -- Nassau, Bahamas (final day of their Emancipation celebrations)
Happiness Happens Day -- sponsored by the Secret Society of Happy People, to encourage sharing happiness and discourage parade raining; on the anniversary of their founding in 1997
Hot August Nights -- Reno, NV, US (celebrate cars and music of the 50's and 60's at the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the United States; through Sunday)
Kranti Diwas -- Mumbai (former Bombay), India (a/k/a Freedom Day or Quit India Day; anniversary of Gandhi's Quit India speech to the British authorities in 1942)
Namesday of the Queen -- Sweden (Queen Sylvia; an official Flag Day)
National Frozen Custard Day
Odie Day -- Garfield's pal Odie, who first appeared in the strip on this day in 1978
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Night -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and i love the stuff but can't grow plants to save my life, i'll leave the porch light on for you if you will bring me some!
St. Cyriacus' Day (Patron of the eyes; Altidona, Italy; against diabolical possession, eye disease, and temptations, especially temptations at the time of death)
St. Dominic's Day (Founder of the Dominican Order[Friars]; Patron of astronomers and astronomy, falsely accused people, scientists; Batanes-Babuyanes, Philippines; Bayombong, Philippines; Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo Indian Pueblo; Valletta, Malta)
St. Mary MacKillop's Day (First native-born Australian saint; Patron of Australia; Wagga Wagga, Australia)
The Date To Create -- can't find anything on this one, just listed at a couple of sites, but go have fun creating something!
Wakulima ya Nane Nane -- Tanzania (Peasants' Day/Farmers' Day)
World Cat Day / International Cat Day -- begun in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal rights groups
Roger Federer, 1981
Michael Urie, 1980
Drew Lachey, 1976
The Edge, 1961
Deborah Norville, 1958
Randy Shilts, 1951
Roberta Cooper Ramo, 1942
Keith Carradine, 1949
Connie Stevens, 1938
Dustin Hoffman, 1937
Mel Tillis, 1932
Esther Williams, 1923
Rory Calhoun, 1922
Dino De Laurentis, 1919
Russell Markert, 1899
Fredric March, 1897
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1896
Emiliano Zapata Salazar, 1879
Matthew Henson, 1866
Emperor Horikawa of Japan, 1079
Today in History:
The Romans destroy the Tower of Antonia, 70
Otto I (The Great) crowned German king, 936
Vijayanagara Empire is rebegun with the crowning of emperor Krishnadeva Raya, 1509
The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe's Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven, 1576
John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage, 1585
The first known ascent (indoors) of a hot-air ballon by Bartolomeu de Gusamao, 1709
Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first to ascend Mont Blanc, 1786
Metal bullet cartridges are patented by Smith and Wesson, 1854
Mimeograph is patented by Thomas Edison, 1876
Wilbur Wright makes the brother's first public flight, at a racecourse in Le Mans, France, 1908
The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire, 1911
The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight, 1929
The United Nations Charter is signed by the United States, the 3rd nation to join, 1945
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, 1967
Richard Nixon announces his resignation as President of the United States, effective the next day, 1974
The lights go on at Wrigley Field for the first time, making it the last staduim in the majors to host a night game (which was subsequently rained out!), 1988
Iraq occupies and annexes Kuwait, leading to the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait within a couple of weeks, 1990
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor, 2000
Archeologist excavating the Templo Mayor, one of the Aztec's main temples in their capital city of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico city), make an unprecedented find - the full skeleton of a young woman inside a burial, surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones, 2012