Tuesday, April 10, 2018

A to Z: Incidents, Irrational Cats, and Impact, a Random Tuesday Post

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Incidentally, it’s time for linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked, and today we focus on the letter I.  

Sometimes things are incidental, happening because you are in the right place at the right time.  Such as last night, when i happened to step outside at the perfect moment.  Our neighbor, Mr. M, was pulling out of his driveway when he happened to see me.

He stopped and said, “I am so glad you are out here, it will save me a trip.  Do you want some leftover potatoes and sausage and corn and onions from the crawfish boil this weekend?”  The crawfish boil had been the engagement party in honor of his eldest son’s impending nuptials.

In south Louisiana, asking if you want the leftovers from such a fete is like asking a dog if it wants a treat.  The potatoes make the best spicy potato salad you could ever have.  He was on his way to give it all to a friend who lives a couple of miles away.  Since he saw me, he decided to let it go closer to home.

We are having a bit of trouble with an irrational cat.  Mikey has always been too smart for his own good.  He knows several English words (do not say “outside” in front of him unless you want to take him there and sit with him for a while), and “talks” to #1 Son when he comes over.

Unfortunately, Mikey has chosen peeing on things as his method of letting us know when something is not to his liking.  No food in the bowls?  He pees on something.  He just had a fight with Enigma Sissy Cat?  Time to christen the sink again.  It’s a good method as we certainly cannot just ignore him when he does it.

The day before yesterday, he got upset about something and “went” on the space heater that is usually in our room.  It had been brought downstairs to keep Daughter-in-Law Becky’s chicks and ducklings warm, and it was not until the weather turned unseasonably cold again that we brought it up, plugged it in, and found out the hard way that Mikey had been up to his old tricks.

His irrationality is very irritating, to say the least, and he needs to improve his behavior before i decide to harelip him.

My work with Dr. D seems to be having an impact.  She finally allowed me to go get a bunch of empty boxes and start sorting her massive files, which sit all over the house, into categories, medical, bills, lawsuits, etc.  Getting all related items together will make a huge improvement, as right now there is not a flat surface in the house that is not covered with papers.

It helped that she was out of town this week and i got to go over there and dig and sort to my heart’s content.

That’s about all the news for now, and all of the letter I words i can think to use.


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Today is:

ASPCA Day/Humane Day -- anniversary of founding in 1866

Be Kind to Lawyers Day -- after all, you will need one someday, for something

Birthday of Cybele -- Ancient Roman Calendar (great mother goddess)

Children's Day in Florida -- FL, US

Commodore Perry Day

Dust the Ceiling Fan Day -- before it gets hot and you have to turn it on and find out you forgot how dusty it gets up there the hard way

Encourage a Young Writer Day -- can't find out who started this, but it sounds like a great idea

Feast of Bau -- Ancient Babylonian Calendar (date approximate, around the same time of year the Romans honored Cybele)

Feast of Ezekiel the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Feast of the Rivers and Seas -- Ancient Sumerian Calendar (mother of Ea[Earth]; date approximate, around the same time of year the Romans honored Cybele)

Founder's Day -- Salvation Army (birth anniversary of the founder, William Booth)

Frances Perkins Day -- US (birth anniversary of the first woman appointed to a Presidential Cabinet position)

Golfer's Day -- anniversary of founding of the Professional Golfers' Association of America in 1916

Iroquois Thunder Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (week long ceremonial thanksgiving for the rain, which brings new growth in spring; date approximate, but most tribes celebrate in mid-April)

National Cinnamon Crescent Day

National Equal Pay Day -- US (the date of how far into 2018 a US woman had to work to earn what a US man did in 2017)  

National Library Workers Day -- US (always the Tuesday of National Library Week)

Safety Pin Day -- patented this day in 1849 by Walter Hunt

St. Macarius of Antioch's Day (Patron of plague victims; Ghent, Belgium)

Sun 'n Fun International Fly in & Expo -- Lakeland, Florida, US (preserving and enhancing the future of flight; through Sunday)

Birthdays Today:

Haley Joel Osment, 1988
Mandy Moore, 1984
Ryan Merriman, 1983
Liz McClarnon, 1981
Shemekia Copeland, 1979
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, 1957
Peter MacNicol, 1954
Steven Seagal, 1952
Paul Edward Theroux, 1941
Joe Don Meredith, 1938
John Madden, 1936
Omar Sharif, 1932
Dolores Huerta, 1930
Max Von Sydow, 1929
Chuck Connors, 1921
Robert Burns Woodward, 1917
Harry Morgan, 1915
Frances Perkins, 1880
Joseph Pulitzer, 1847
William Booth, 1829
James Bowie, 1796
Commodore Matthew Perry, 1794
Hugo Grotius, 1583(O.S. date)
Cybele, Roman goddess (traditional, year unknown)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Entertainer"(Play), 1957
House of Wax(Film), 1951 Note:  first full color 3D film from a major studio
The Great Gatsby(Publication), 1925
Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift/A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45(Brahms' Requiem), 1868

Today in History:

Halley's Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equalled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles), 837
the lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma, 1407
The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America, 1606
The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain, 1710
The Mount Tambora volcano in Indonesia begins its peak eruption period that lasts until July 15, 1815
The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive, 1826
The NY "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley, 1841
The safety pin is patented by Walter Hunt of NYC, who sells the rights for only $100, 1849
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh, 1866
The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska, 1874
The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, 1912
Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos, 1919
Warner Brothers debuts the first 3-D movie, "House of Wax," 1953
Adolf Eichmann is put on trial as a war criminal in Israel, 1961
In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit, 1971
A 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars, 1972
H J Heinz, Van Camp Seafood & Bumble Bee Seafood say they would not buy tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins, 1989
A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites, 1991
President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces he will suspend the constitution and assume all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis, 2009
Elon Musk, head of Tesla Motors, Inc., announces that the company will begin selling its luxury electric cars in China this month, 2014


  1. We shared our house with a revenge piddling cat at one stage. It was infuriating. If we talked on the phone for what he considered too long he would march down to the bathroom, pull the towels down and annoint them with attar of cat pee.

  2. Co incidence happens many times when we don't expect things.
    Cats make a big mess in the house. I have experienced it with dog in our house..

  3. That was a great coincidence! I wouldn't mind having such leftovers! Lol! This cat will definitely drive me up the wall!

  4. My cat pees on my bed or recliner if the littler box is not super, duper fresh. Irritating, for sure!
    That was a very kind thing of your neighbor to do.

  5. Mimi,

    We had a cat who sprayed everything....well, in the one room she primarily stayed in got it. We had to pull up the carpet once we gave her to some loving friends before our first child was born. What a mess that was, too. I don't think I'll ever have an indoor cat again after that.

    Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch 'Indians'

  6. What a blessing your young churchgoer survived. Wow. So glad about that. And I enjoyed your updates on the news front. Sorry about Mikey's habits. Yuck. Enjoy those leftovers! I call that karma as you are such a kind and caring person by everything I read. Your comment on my Elvis quote backs that up. Be well!

  7. Mikey your bad little cat. Mikey's probably laughing after peeing. Oh well, I laugh also after peeing. Ha,ha,ha. No I don't Mimi just in case you might think that I do. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. We had a cat like that too. :-( Those leftovers sound fantastic. I wish I had a neighbor like that :-)

  9. I had a male cat like that once too. There's nothing that you can do. They are what they are and that's that. Bless their hearts.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  10. Can you come to Jersey and convince my wife to file some and toss some of her stuff?

  11. Sorry Mikey is being a "problem cat". Is he getting old and cranky?

    How sweet that your neighbor gave you the leftovers from the engagement party! YUM! :)

  12. Love your "Today is" section! Where do you get that info?

  13. That sounds like a great neighbor. My Sammy pees when mad at me- on the bed or couch. I have found putting a calming collar on him helps. They are supposed to be good for a month, but I think it is more like 3 weeks.

  14. Glad you're getting things organised with Dr D. And what good luck to get those leftovers! Sometimes life is serendipitous.

  15. You are far more patient with the peeing cat than I could be.
    Kitty diapers?

  16. I have one or two cats here that will pee at random. It is annoying and I just make them go outside immediately. Don't know it that works or not. Glad you got those yummy leftovers. Have a good evening.

  17. So wonderful that you are so patient with a peeing cat! good for you! Always love knowing what is going on in the world after I read you!