Note, yes that is a cabbage in the little winter garden in front of Ms. RW's house in yesterday's Wordless Wednesday picture. She grows veggies and flowers together.
He first appeared in Ms. G's back yard wary, skinny, dirty and looking like he'd not had a very good start in life; he was one of those skittish cats that hug the shadows and eat furtively from the bowl of every cat in the neighborhood that's fed outdoors.
Ms. G was worried as he didn't seem very healthy at first, and he was a very long time being convinced to stay mostly in her back yard and eat what she gave him, as well as accept a bit of careful petting.
Eventually she trapped him and had him neutered and thoroughly vetted, and thanked her by disappearing for 36 hours as punishment, but by this time he knew what side his bread was buttered on (or where his food bowl was always full).
He now has his own heated kitty house for shelter, as well as a chair with a cat bed covered by a blue tarp to offer protection as well, his food bowl in the plastic dog house on the chaise lounge where it can stay dry, and treats and toys and even catnip once in a while.
Ms. G is using a baby gate at the back door to let him and Buddy get used to each other, although it's slow going as Buddy is used to being the big man cat in charge.
It's okay, though, CatCat has everything he needs for now, and eventually, whether he knows it or not, he's going to be an indoor beloved spoiled pet kitty.
While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!
Mardi Gras/Carnival fences are starting to appear.
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
May I Still Have This Dance?
I remember the first time I asked you, “May I have this dance?”
From the moment you were in my arms no other girl got a glance.
We twirled and spun the night away without another care,
Any guy who tried to cut in I warded off with a glare.
I remember the first time you asked me, “May I have this dance?”
At that moment you swept me off my feet, no other guy had a chance.
We danced and laughed and chatted the entire evening away,
And when I got home I told my mom, “I’ll marry him someday!”
I remember dancing at our wedding, you were the most beautiful bride!
I was nervous and humbled and a little scared and about to bust with pride.
The prettiest girl in the world, after all, had chosen to marry me,
I wanted to give the world to you and be the best that I could be.
When we danced that first dance at our wedding, I could hardly believe!
I was floating on air the whole day through, and when it was time to leave,
It was so exciting to start our new life in our own little two room flat.
We didn't need a fancy honeymoon, we had each other, that was that.
We've danced through job changes and kids and moves and more,
Good times and hard times have both taken turns coming through our door.
With my girl at my side, dancing with me, I knew I could face anything,
We've weathered the storms together, all of what life can bring.
I've always felt like I could face anything, as long as I'm dancing with you,
When you ask for a dance and smile at me, I never can stay blue.
The good and the bad have happened, we've certainly had our share,
I knew we'd get through it together, as long as I know you care.
Now as we're getting older, I want to take every chance
To ask my beautiful bride, "May I still have this dance?"
Our future may hold surprises, we don't know how long it will be,
But every day is a beautiful one if you will dance with me.
We may not be spring chickens, but I think you are just grand!
There's no one I'd rather dance with, in this or any land.
Every day we have together, I want to make it the best,
Yes, you may still have this dance, this day and all the rest!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
This week my thankful is a funny one. Yesterday i was driving with my window down, enjoying the nice weather (it's supposed to get wet and then cold soon, so i wanted to enjoy it while i could) and i heard a funny noise. Since i was in a neighborhood and only doing the speed limit of 25mph, i kept hearing a click-click-click noise that sounded like it was coming from the front of my car, specifically from the tire. Pulling over, i got out and looked, and sure enough, i had a big pebble wedged in the tread of my driver's side tire and i could hear that thing hit the pavement with every turn of the tire! With a laugh, i pried it out and got back in the car, glad i'd solved that annoying click sound and no mechanic needed!
Armed Forces Day -- Mali
Camcorder Day -- five companies agreed, this day in 1982, to cooperate and construct a camera with a built in VCR
Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) ends
Coffee Break Day
Day of National Mourning -- Azerbaijan (a/k/a Martyrs' Day)
Festival of Jubilation for Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, in Busiris)
Heroes Day -- Cape Verde; Guinea-Bissau (death anniversary of Amilcar Cabral)
La Tamborrada de San Sebastian -- San Sebastian, Spain (24 hours of drumming, begun last evening)
National Buttercrunch Day
National Cheese Lover's Day
National Granola Bar Day
National Disc Jockey Day -- listed lots of places, but no particular reason given for the choice of date
Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival -- Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)
Penguin Awareness Day -- lots of celebrating, but no history of who started it
Sacrifices to Athena -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Stay Young Forever Day -- celebrate the child in all of us, do something fun
St. Sebastian's Day (Patron of archers, armorers, arrowsmiths/fletchers, athletes, bookbinders, diseased cattle, dying people, gardeners, gunsmiths, hardware stores, ironmongers, lace makers/lace workers, lead workers, masons, plague victims, police officers, Pontifical Swiss Guards, raquet makers, soldiers, stone masons/stone cutters; several cities, but especially of Rio de Janiero, Brazil and San Sebastian, Puerto Rico, where today is marked with celebrations; against cattle disease, enemies of religion, plague)
Take a Walk Outdoors Day -- unless it's storming, a good way to get some exercise
Tenmangu Kowakamai -- Setaka, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (festival of old style Japanese dances)
Women's Healthy Weight Day -- on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestyle
Skeet Ulrich, 1969
Rainn Wilson, 1966
James Denton, 1963
Lorenzo Lamas, 1958
Bill Maher, 1956
David Lynch, 1946
Dorothy Provine, 1937
Arte Johnson, 1934
Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin, 1930
Patricia Neal, 1926
Otis Dewey "Slim" Whitman, 1924
Federico Fellini, 1920
DeForest Kelley, 1920
Joy Adamson, 1910
George Burns, 1896
Harold Lincoln Gray, 1894
Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, 1889
Carolus Linnaeus, 1778
André-Marie Ampère, 1775
Richard Henry Lee, 1732
"Meet the Beatles"(Album, US release), 1964
Today in History:
The first elected English Parliament is called into session by the 6th Earl of Leicester, and meets in the Palace of Westminster (a/k/a Houses of Parliament), 1265
The present-day location of Rio de Janeiro is first explored, 1502
The Casa Contratacion (Board of Trade) is founded in Spain to deal with American affairs, 1503
The cornerstone of Amsterdam town hall laid, 1648
The third and main part of First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay. Arthur Phillip decides that Botany Bay is unsuitable for the location of a penal colony, and decides to move to Port Jackson, 1788
China cedes Hong Kong to British, 1841
L.A. Thompson patents the roller coaster, 1885
The first full length talking motion picture filmed outdoors is released, "In Old Arizona", 1929
Nazi officials hold notorious Wannsee conference in Berlin deciding on "final solution" calling for extermination of Europe's Jews, 1942
The first atomic submarine, USS Nautilus, is launched at Groton, Connecticut, 1955
Witnesses report sightings of a Bottlenose whale swimming in the River Thames, the first time the species had been seen in the River Thames since records began in 1913, 2006
A three-man team, using only skis and kites, completes a 1,093-mile (1,759 km) trek to reach the southern pole of inaccessibility for the first time since 1958 and for the first time ever without mechanical assistance, 2007
Austria votes to maintain compulsory military service in a referendum, 2013