Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A to Z: Oh, Gracious and OMG, a Random Tuesday Post

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It's Tuesday, time for linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  

We interrupt this week to say, Oh, Gracious!  Yesterday i received a call from the shelter.  A foster who was bottle raising three kittens got word a relative had been in a serious accident and she needed to fly home immediately.  Could i take the kittens, since it was such an emergency?

Can we say of course? 

The orange tabby boy is so small i am almost convinced he is not from the same litter as the other two.  If he is, he is way behind in development.

The larger of the two calico females will not drink milk but insists on getting canned food.  In over thirty years of bottle raising kittens, this is a first for me.

They do seem healthy and happy, which is the most important thing.  Because i could only find one heating pad in the house (i think Bigger Girl moved out with the other one), i gave it to them and went to the store to get myself another.  As i always say when i have to give up something to the babies, they are worth it.

Yes, it is still cool enough at night here that i need a heating pad.  Since such cool weather means no A/C is needed yet, i will take it.

If i can get them to cooperate, i will try to get better pictures by Friday.

Dr. D kept me hopping yesterday.  While i agree with the mother who said she was too smart to stick her hand under her son's bed, i am willing to stick a broom under Dr. D's.  Seldom do i use the expression OMG, but i think it applies when you find twenty-seven pairs of shoes and a ton of Persian cat hair under one small bed.


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Today is:

American Academy of Arts and Letters Charter Day

Bat Appreciation Day -- sponsored by Bat Conservation International, at the time of year when bats begin awakening from hibernation

Blah, Blah, Blah Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Eighty-Niner Days Celebration -- Guthrie, OK, US (commemoration of the Oklahoma Territory Land Run of April 22, 1889, celebrating their heritage with chuck wagon feeds, "gunfights", a parade and carnival; through Sunday)

Ellis Island Family History Day -- US (by proclamation of the nations governors and in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, a day to celebrate the achievements and contribution of the immigrants and their descendants who came through Ellis Island; on the anniversary of the day, in 1907, when 11,747 immigrants were processed through the island, the most in one day)   

Equality Day -- Canada (the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force on April 17, 1985, guaranteeing equality without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability)

Flag Day -- American Samoa

Ford Mustang Day -- International (on the "birthday" of the vehicle)

Income Tax Pay Day -- US
    related observances:
    Freak Out Day 
    National Griper's Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes)
    Tax Resistors' Day -- good luck!
    That Sucks Day (appropriate, isn't it)*

Independence Day / Evacuation Day -- Syria

International Day of Peasants Struggle

Myanmar New Year -- Myanmar

National Cheeseball Day

National Haiku Poetry Day -- sponsored by The Haiku Foundation     

Nimble Fairies' Scattering -- Fairy Calendar

Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day -- to be celebrated, if you dare, by greeting and thanking your neighbor for being nosy

Nothing Like A Dame Day -- a day to pay homage to the unique wit, wisdom, style and strength of dames past and present, and to cultivate the dame in you or in your life

St. Kateri Tekakwitha's Day (Patron of ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, exiles, people who have lost their parents, people ridiculed for their piety)

St. Stephen Harding's Day (Co-founder of Cistercian Order)

Thargelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (two day festival for the birthday of Apollon and Artemis; date approximate)

Toothbrush Appreciation Day -- think of what it would be like without one!

Verrazano Day -- New York, US (Celebrates discovery of New York harbor by Giovanni Verrazano, Florentine navigator)

Women's Day -- Gabon

World Hemophilia Day

*If you want to add others reasons why today should be considered "That Sucks Day", please go share your horror story of the day at www.thatsucks.net

Birthdays Today:

Victoria Beckham, 1974
Jennifer Garner, 1972
Liz Phair, 1967
Lela Rochon, 1966
Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason, 1961
Sean Bean, 1958
Olivia Hussey, 1951
Don Kirshner, 1934
Cynthia Ozick, 1928
Harry Reasoner, 1923
William Holden, 1918
Thornton Wilder, 1897
Nikita Krushchev, 1894
Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson, 1852
J.P. Morgan, 1837
Samuel Chase, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Caveman(Film), 1981
"McCartney"(Album), 1970 (first solo album)
"No Time for Comedy"(Play), 1939

Today in History:

Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales for the first time, at the court of Richard II, ten years to the day after the pilgrimage actually began, 1397
Christopher Columbus signs his contract with Spain to find the Indes, 1492
Martin Luther stands firm and refuses to recant before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America, 1797
The first Sino-Japanese War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, 1895
A one day record 11,747 immigrants are processed at Ellis Island, 1907
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed by the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company, 1924
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut, 1937
At midnight, 26 Irish counties officially break with the British Commonwealth and form the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco begins, 1961
Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang, 1964
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air, 1964
The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely, 1970
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 1982
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends, 1986
NJ Devil Martin Brodeur becomes the 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game, 1997
The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain; Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend, 2005
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, causes 15 deaths and major damage to nearby buildings, residences, a nursing home and middle school, 2013


  1. Thank you for the work you do with animals.
    And definitely OMG about that under bed haul.

  2. A ton of cat hair I understand, but 27 pairs of shoes? The kittens are adorable.

  3. Mimi,

    OMC, I can't stand cat hair! It would make me sneeze and my throat would close up. That's why I can't have indoor cats anymore. *stiff-stiff* 27 pairs of shoes is a lot but I betcha I have that many if not more. You see, when DH found a good deal on classic pumps years ago he'd buy them in various colors and I'd put them away for backups which is actually kinda good now because I cannot find them made the same way anymore. So, I'm careful with each pair I put into circulation and will wear a pair to death before they get tossed. You won't find my shoes under my bed. They are tucked safely away in plastic storage boxes. :)

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  4. Aww! Those kittens!!!!! So adorable! I have a friend that used to foster kittens. It was so much fun to go to her house and see all of her new fosters. I just don't have the patience to bottle feed kittens, though… Arg.

    27 pairs of shoes?!?!?!?! I may have that many but 90%, if I do that is, are probably $2 flip flops from Old Navy.

  5. I fight enough dog hair. All my cats live in the barn.

  6. How cute of these kittens Mimi. Thanks goodness that you aren't here with these kittens. This morning it was SNOWING , April 17th, can you believe it and the temperature should be 63 degrees but is only 33 degrees. I'm freezing. Keep those kittens warm. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Awww on the kitties. I know you will take great care of them. It's how you roll.

    I laughed out loud with the ton of cat hair under a small bed. That's a lot of cat hair.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  8. Those kittens are precious. I'd like to take them in myself. BTW calicos can be very persnickety so I'm not surprised by their special demands.

  9. I don't think I could raise three kittens, I am too selfish, but oh dang they are cute!

  10. We need a Canterbury Tales Day.
    The universe was cooperating - it gave us shoures soote aplenty today...

  11. Thanks so much for taking care of those kittens. That is so nice of you. Seems like they need the help a lot. Hope they do all right.

  12. Oh, how sweet :-) You're wonderful for taking care of them. I hope they find fabulous homes.

  13. Ohhhh! Those itty bitty baby kitties are so adorable!!! How sweet of you to take them in for the lady with the emergency - and give up your heating pad for them. :)

    TWENTY SEVEN pairs of shoes under a bed? Holy moly!! I have a lot of shoes - I wonder if I get to be Dr D's age, if I'll end up with 27 pairs of shoes under my bed! ;)


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