Saturday, August 4, 2018

Fairy Tale Ending (Ten Things of Thankful)

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If any of you had your fill of reading about Hibiscus the cat last Monday, you can skip this thankful post.

Hibiscus, or “Biscuits” as i nicknamed her, was a terror.  Sassy, willing to bite, and took orders from no one.  She was truly her own cat.

A young couple fell in love with her and adopted her just as she was, even laughing when she swatted at them.

The reports are in, and i am thankful that:

They brought their own carrier on Monday evening to leave in her room so she could get used to it by the time they picked her up Wednesday evening, and She Spent All Day Tuesday Until Dinner Time Sitting Expectantly In That Carrier!

She then spent all day Wednesday in it, and when they showed up to get her, she marched out and demanded that they feed her.

Once fed, she went right back in that carrier and plopped down, knowing she was going home.

She turned into an angel overnight at their house.

She no longer swats.

She no longer bites.

She whines when they leave the house!

They bought her a cat tree and she adores it.

The cat tree has a butterfly toy that hangs under one level, and she spends a lot of time just playing with it.

She sleeps at the foot of their bed.

She doesn’t demand food and just eats what she is given, which is enough to keep her healthy and keep her weight down.

She woke her beloved new people up at 3am licking them!

She wants to be petted and loved on a lot, and they are wondering what happened to the sassy feline they adopted (although they love her this way, too).

They are being careful, as well, not to pick her up (she never liked that at all), but to always let her climb on their laps, which she is doing often.

That cat is smart, she knew she didn’t belong in a shelter, she knew she wanted a home, and she knew, when the carrier came, that she was going to get what she wanted.

All of us who work or volunteer at the shelter are so thankful for the good news that we are doing happy dances.

If there’s anything you are doing a happy dance over, or simply things for which you are thankful, list them up (it doesn’t have to be ten, we won’t count), and link up at Ten Things of Thankful where our wonderful hostess Kristi makes us all feel welcome.


Today is:

Andorra La Vella Festival -- Andorra (through Monday)

Battle of Bushy Run Reenactment -- Harrison City, PA, US (commemorates the decisive battle of Pontiac's War in 1763; through tomorrow)

Canmore Folk Music Festival -- Canmore, AB, Canada (bringing beautiful folk music and more to the area; through Monday)

Champagne Day -- internet generated holiday, probably created by someone who wanted an excuse to celebrate

Coast Guard Day -- US (anniversary of founding in 1790)

Constitution Day -- Cook Islands

Cowes Week begins -- Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (the largest, longest-running and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world; through August 5)

Fairy Drying-Out Day -- Fairy Calendar (makes sense, as we washed them yesterday. Now it begs the question, how does one dry a fairy?)

Fancy Farm Picnic -- Fancy Farm, KY, US (what a name for a town, and what a good time they have, Southern hospitality at its best!)

Festival of the Dead; Sunset Ceremony -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca -- Vitoria-Gasteiz, Alava, Basque Country, Spain; through the 9th

Fiestas Patronales -- El Salvador (through the 6th)

International Hangover Day -- always the day after International Beer Day, which should tell you something, and sponsored by the same group that does International Beer Day, which should tell you something more!

Ishitori Festival -- Kasuga Shrine, Kuwana City, Japan (called the loudest festival in Japan, with lots of bell ringing and drum beating; through Monday)

League of N.H. Craftsmen Annual Craftsmen's Fair -- Newbury, NH, US ("America's oldest crafts fair," through the 12th)

Matica Slovenska Day -- Slovakia (main Slovak cultural institution, established 1863)

National Lasagna Day

National Mustard Day -- US, sponsored by the National Mustard Museum    

Nicole Robin Day -- St. John, USVI (unofficial celebration her safe return, with the crew, to the Virgin Islands after being held by Cubans.)

Olathe Sweet Corn Festival -- Olathe, CO, US (lots of fun and all the "Olathe Sweet" corn you can eat)

Sagbraw: Schramm's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Wisconsin -- Wisconsin's oldest cross-state bicycle tour; through Aug. 10

Single Working Women's Day

St. John Baptist Mary Vianney's Day (Cure of Ars; Patron of confessors, parish priests; Dubuque, Iowa; Kamloops, BC; Kansas City, KS; Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN)

Vigil of St. Oswald -- Anglo-Saxon holy day, commemorates the day before King Oswald's death in 642

Zuni Corn Dance -- the Zuni Native Americans give thanks to Mother Earth, the Kokos (Nature Spirits), and the Corn Maidens for the maize harvest; through the 7th

Birthdays Today:

Cole and Dylan Sprouse, 1992
Daniel Dae Kim, 1968
Roger Clemens, 1962
Barack H. Obama, 1961
Billy Bob Thornton, 1955
Kristoffer Tabori, 1952
Richard Belzer, 1944
Maurice "Rocket" Richard, 1921
Helen Thomas, 1920
William Howard Schuman, 1910
Glenn Verniss Cunningham, 1909
Louis Armstrong, 1901*
Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, 1900
Louis Vuitton, 1821
Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1792

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Saturday Evening Post"(Magazine, first issue), 1821

Today in History

The destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans, 70
A supernova is observed in constellation Cassiopeia, 1181
The first printing of Zohar (Jewish Kabbalah), 1558
A hurricane in the Carribean kills thousands in Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Christopher, 1666
Dom Perignon invents champagne (traditional date), 1693
First edition of the Saturday Evening Post, which was published until 1969, 1821
The family of Lizzie Borden is found murdered in their Fall River, Massachusetts home, 1892
The Greenwich foot tunnel under the River Thames opens, 1902
The Supreme Court of Japan is established, 1947
The Billboard Hot 100 is founded, 1958
American civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James Chaney are found dead in Mississippi after disappearing on June 21, 1964
The African republic Upper Volta changes its name to Burkina Faso, 1984
Operation Storm begins in Croatia, 1995
Prime Minister Paul Martin announces that Michaëlle Jean will be Canada's 27th Governor General, 2005
California's Proposition 8, the ballot initiative prohibiting same-sex marriage passed by the state's voters in 2008, is overturned by Judge Vaughn Walker in the case Perry v. Schwarzenegger, 2010
Britain has their greatest success in one day at an Olympics since 1908, winning six gold medals and a silver on Day Eight of the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius becomes the first amputee to compete at the Olympic Games in the 400 meters, 2012
Actor Peter Capaldi, of Scotland, lands the role of the Doctor in the twelfth incarnation of the 'Doctor Who' British science fiction show, 2013

*In several interviews, Satchmo claimed to have been born on July 4, 1900. Historians always disputed that claim, saying it was too neat and tidy, and his baptismal records, found in a church basement, proved otherwise. Some biographies still give the July 4, 1900 date in error.


  1. So happy for Hibiscus or Biscuits! I suppose she doesn't want to stay in a home. She wants love and to belong to someone who loves her. She is so blessed.

  2. Great story. Love when parents find their pet!!

  3. Being thankful is the most important thing people should do every day. But today due to the changes going on in this world, people don't show the fact of being thankful. Even a past blogger that was a friend due to some political problems we had, I still thankful for what that person did give me in friendship at that time.
    Peace and thanks are needed the most. See ya Mimi, my wonderful friend, one I;ll probably never see you but just blogging with you is important. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. If I was not a cranky old man I would leave a heart emoji for this story.

    Also, I have no idea how to leave an it called an emoji?

  5. What a lovely thankful post on a terror cat that just wanted a forever home. I smiled thought this entire post.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥

  6. Oh what a wonderful adoption post ~ so happy for all! Xox

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

  7. That is such a sweet story. I love a happy ending, I wish all kitties could have one. XO

  8. What a wonderful tale of the reciprocity of unconditional love. And in a way, not surprising. Having spent a fair amount of time at our local shelter years ago in Florida, you just know that even some of the "problem children" won't be once they get matched with the right family. I wish everyone could have Biscuit's luck in finding the right fit.

  9. What an excellent TToT. (My favorite style of post), which lists things to feel grateful for and reads like a story. (And a happy ending).
    Very cool

  10. I'm very happy to hear that hibiscus is now so happy.

  11. What a crack-up that she came out to eat and then headed promptly back in so she could be on her way home!

  12. What an amazing reversal of behavior! She was just waiting to be found. What a sweet connection.

  13. Sounds like Hibiscus found the perfect family! :-)

  14. I love fairy tale happy endings!


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