Saturday, July 21, 2018

Cat Saturday (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Saturday = Thankful Day, because there is always something for which to be thankful.

This past week, it was at the cat shelter that i particularly noticed these things.

There's the fact that there is even a cat shelter around here.  Several parishes only have their "pound" or "animal control center," and even though they do everything they can to save animals, those are just too crowded and underfunded and understaffed to make much headway.

The adoption board is full of names, always a sign that things are going well.

June on the left, July on the right.

Hibiscus hasn't bitten anyone lately.  (She is a nipper, not a true biter, or she wouldn't even be there.  Biscuits, as i call her because she is at least two biscuits shy of a Pillsbury tube, is perfect if you've always wanted to have an abusive relationship with your cat.  After all, she never means to bite, and she always promises it will never happen again...)

Andie is healing up well.  This is one of those stories to make you angry before you get thankful.  She was found with a gaping wound which turned out to be from a .22 slug.  Yes, she had been shot.  We have good veterinarians, it doesn't look like she will lose that leg.

While we were cleaning yesterday, there were three families with childen there, each looking to find the perfect cat.  Parents who teach children early to care for pets are being very good parents (at least most of them are).

Clean kitchen, courtesy of Sweetie:

Oh, and i'm thankful i was able to get the dusty carrot out from under the fridge with the tool we use to clean lint out of the dryer trap.  No, i didn't take that picture, and you are thankful, i promise.

Our shelter staff is a family, and we rejoice with each other.  All of us are thankful that Ms. S's granddaughter, born at only 24 weeks, is going home tomorrow.

Fresh Step company sent us a big donation of cat litter, hooray!

And of course, you have to be thankful for the cats.

Kristi of ThankfulMe is the hostess with the mostess at Ten Things of Thankful.  Work up a list (of up to ten, we aren't picky), link it up, and let's all rejoice with each other over the good things in our lives.


Today is:

Bannack Days-- Bannack, MT, US (through tomorrow; explore the territorial capital now turned ghost town and celebrate the pioneer spirit)

Carousel Day -- Johnson City, NY, US (Kids won't want to miss all the fun at this family event, and grown-ups, come be a kid again for a day!)

Chincoteague Pony Round Up / Pony Swim -- Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA, US (lots going on here through the 27th, the actual swim day is the 25th)

Coldest Day Ever -- the lowest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 *C (-128.6 *F; 184.0 *K) at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica on this day in 1983

Feast of Damo -- Ancient Greek Calendar (keeper of secrets of philosophy; daughter of Greek sages, Pythagoras and Theano, date approximate)

Hemingway Birthday Celebration -- Hemingway Museum, Oak Park, IL, US

Independence Day / National Day -- Belgium(1830)

Kazanskaya -- Russia (Feast of Our Lady of Kazan)

La Festa del Redentore / Feast of the Redeemer -- Venice, Italy (procession of gondolas and other craft to commemorate the end of the epidemic of 1575; through tomorrow)

Lakota Sun Dance -- Lakota Native Americans (festival of the sun god Wi, with offerings to Maka (mother earth) and Haokah (father sky), both aspects of Creator Tukaskanskan; dating approximate, as outsiders are usually no longer allowed at these multi-day ceremonies)

Liberation Day -- Guam (1944; from Japan)

Long Beach Island Foundation Fine Art Festival -- Loveladies, NJ, US (juried arts and crafts show, entertainment, food and more; through tomorrow)

Lucaria -- Ancient Roman Calendar ("Feast of Clearings", with prayers said as land was cleared for planting)

National Junk Food Day

No Pet Store Puppies Day -- ASPCA sponsored this day in previous years, and while i can't find a confirmation of another campaign, you can still Take The Pledge to not shop at any pet store that sells puppies, because they are almost certainly from puppy mills    

Prince Lot Hula Festival -- Moanalua Gardens, Hawai'i (through Monday)

Racial Harmony Day -- Singapore

Route 66 Summerfest -- Albuquerque, NM, US (a free celebration)

Sandcastle and Sculpture Day -- Jetties Beach, Nantucket, MA, US

Sapporo Summer Festival -- Odori Park, Sapporo, Japan (through Aug. 20, the park becomes a beer garden)

Schoelcher Day -- French West Indies; Martinique (Schoelcher worked for abolition)

Sourdough River Festival -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Float Fest and a big water fight! with the famous Sourdough Raft Race tomorrow)

St. Lawrence of Brindisi's Day (Patron of Brindisi, Italy)

St. Praxedes' Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Tisha B'Av -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through tomorrow; fast in remembrance of the destruction of the First Temple in 586BCE and the Second Temple in 79AD)

Touch Hammer's Birthday Bargain Day -- Fairy Calendar

Tug-Of-War Tournament Day -- if you have a problem with someone today, solve it with an old fashioned tug-of-war!

Virginia Lake Festival -- Clarksville, VA, US (fun for the family, including tethered hot air balloon rides; through Saturday)

Whitstable Oyster Festival and Blessing of the Waters -- Whitstable, Kent, England (celebrating the areas famed and protected oysers, Ostrea edulis, with the blessing ceremony at Reeves Beach, a ceremony held each year since 1657, to appease the cruel seas and give thanks for its bounty; the Oyster Festival istelf is today and Monday)

Wrong Days in Wright, Minnesota -- in honor of "Wrong Way" Corrigan (through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today

Hatty Jones, 1988
Josh Hartnett, 1978
Justin Bartha, 1978
Lance Guest, 1960
Matt Mulhern, 1960
Jon Lovitz, 1957
Michael Connelly, 1956
Robin Williams, 1951
Garry Trudeau, 1949
Cat Stevens, 1948
Kenneth Starr, 1946
Tony Scott, 1944
Edward Herrmann, 1943
Janet Reno, 1938
Norman Jewison, 1926
Don Knotts, 1924
Kay Starr, 1922
Isaac Stern, 1920
Marshall McLuhan, 1911
Ernest Hemingway, 1899
John Joseph "Johnny" Evers, 1881

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Guardians of the Galaxy(Film), 2014
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows(Publication date), 2007

Today in History

Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, BCE 356
A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt, 365
The first landing of French troops on the coast during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight, 1545
Twenty-four-year-old Scottish physician and explorer Mungo Park became the first European to see the Niger River, the third longest river in Africa, 1796
In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown, 1865
At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West, 1873
Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, becomes the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land, driving a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium, 1904
In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100, 1925
Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission, 1969
After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed, 1970
The world's lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -82.9*C (-129*F), 1983
The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years, 1997
NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135, 2011


  1. Your Sweetie did a great job keeping the kitchen sparkling clean. nice to see the cute kitties sleeping so soundly.

  2. Someone shot that kitty with a .22? May 10 million cockroaches infest his brain. Awful.

    Sweetie is a keeper. We both have keepers.

    Have a fabulous weekend, My friend. ♥

  3. I love your shelter stories. The world is full of kind souls taking taking care of innocent animals.

    I've been caught up with Tiny Kittens a shelter out in Canada. It's all good no matter from where you originate.

  4. How sad that a kitty was shot, glad she will be OK. I am already in an abusive relationship with Polar Bear and KaTwo, they are both sweet to me until they change their minds.

  5. Shooting a small cat is totally despicable.

  6. Glad kitties are getting adopted and love the photo of the two cats in the orange hammock!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. really? they like to sleep in hammocks?! (lol... never had a cat, only dogs so it is a genuine question).

  8. Thank you, for being so involved in your local shelter. They need you! Sad there's such a need for them but I'm so glad they exist. Whether canine or feline (or other?), they all need/deserve another chance at life.
    The sleeping cats. LOL. Cats can sleep anywhere in any position!
    I've made many trips to Assateague Island. It is a very cool and beautiful place:)

  9. Oh, a 24-weeker going home from the hospital is definitely a huge thankful! Two of my children were 30-weekers, and that was scary enough, but 24 weeks is so early! Congratulations to her family!

  10. Imagining the dusty carrot made me laugh. It was probably a little shriveled as well. LOL
    I love how Biscuits came to be called that name!
    HaHa - Wrong Days in Wright Minnesota. Very clever celebration which I read includes an activity called the "chicken pooping contest." That makes one wonder. :-)

  11. Lots of things to be thankful for!


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