I'm going to change a few minor details, but this is a true story and if you ever think your life is spinning out of control, remember you aren't alone, because this is what Ms. G and I did yesterday (and be warned, it's a very sad, hard story).
While one of her best friends was with the doctor, finding out the results of her genetic tests to see if she has the breast cancer genes her daughters have already been shown to have and deciding with that doctor whether she'd have a full hysterectomy with her double mastectomy for the cancer she already knows she has to fight, Ms. G and i took care of business for her extended family (son-in-law) with another matter.
It seems one of the daughters mentioned above, who because of those positive genes might not be able to have more children, already has a one-year-old who has been in the hospital for several days with a serious viral illness and dehydration, and a few days ago, when her husband/father of the child finally got home after a very long day of working and then sitting at the hospital with the baby, it was to find the sheriff's deputy waiting to tell him his drug addict estranged mother had been found dead in her home with a note, she'd OD'd on purpose.
His mother, a hermit who shunned everyone, including her only child, was found when across the street neighbor noticed a package hadn't been brought in the house; this woman was shot multiple times 18 years years ago by her husband who, thinking she was dead, then killed himself, and this has brought back her trauma and she's in full PTSD flashback mode.
The whole thing has the neighborhood in quite a state and someone, meaning Ms. G, is having to arrange the cremation and deal with getting the biohazard people to go in today to properly and fully clean the place, so yesterday was spent trying to get access through the garage with the garage door opener that only works sometimes because no one has been able to find the woman's keys to her house, and yes, it finally opened and Ms. G has changed the front door bolt lock so now they do have a key to one door.
Please, hold your loved ones close, don't close those doors, get help if you need it, remember there's no substance or thing worth taking you away from your family, and live your life to the fullest with zest and be thankful for every blessing because when it comes to things like this, soap operas have nothing on what turns life can take and you can't make stuff like this up.
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!
Azaleas make the best fence decorations.
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
My human, you need to listen,
I will make this very clear.
I am a cat, Felis catus,
there is no baby here.
I like canned food and catnip,
I'll purr, and nap, and play,
and continue to amuse and love you,
but this high chair goes away!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
The conclusion to the above story, i am thankful that Ms. G found the deceased woman's cat, alive but weak, hiding in the house. She's at the vet and will recover.
It's time to cut loose,
Celebrate Dr. Seuss!
So grab your hat
and read with the cat!
It has again happened that my work has kept me from being able to get to everything, and instead of writing a Dr. Seuss tribute, i am simply saying i hope you have a wonderful Dr. Seuss day. Go read and have fun!
Adwa Victory Day -- Ethiopia
American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting -- Washington, D.C., US (a meeting of top scientists; who knows what these people will come up with next, because science is amazing! through Sunday)
Feast of 'Ala (Loftiness) -- Baha'i (first full day of the 19 day fast)
Going Forth of Set, Son of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Highway Numbers Day -- US (a joint board of state and federal highway officials created the first uniform system for numbering interstate highways, as well as standardizing design of road signs, in 1925)
James Ronald Webster's Birthday -- Anguilla
March Nymph's Parade -- Fairy Calendar
National Banana Cream Pie Day
NEA's Read Across America Day -- on or near Dr. Seuss' birth anniversary; "Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat"
Old Stuff Day -- if you are doing the same old stuff, think about how you can change that
Peasants' Day -- Myanmar
St. Chad of Mead's Day (Patron of St. Chad's College of the University of Durham in England; Birmingham, England; Lichfield, England)
Texas Independence Day -- Texas, US (anniversary of declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836)
World Book Day -- UK and Ireland (most other countries celebrate this on April 23; more information is here)
Mt. Rainier National Park is established, 1899
Henrik Lundquist, 1982
Bryce Dallas Howard, 1981
Chris Martin, 1977
Daniel Craig, 1968
Jon Bon Jovi, 1962
Ken Salazar, 1955
Laraine Newman, 1952
Karen Carpenter, 1950
Eddie Money, 1949
Lou Reed, 1944
John Irving, 1942
Mikhail Gorbachev, 1931
Tom Wolfe, 1931
John Cullum, 1930
Doc Watson, 1923
Jennifer Jones, 1919
Desi Arnaz, 1917
Martin Ritt, 1914
Mel Ott, 1909
Theodore Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss), 1904
Bedrich Smetana, 1864
Carl Schurz, 1829
Melissa Burton Coray, 1828
Sam Houston, 1793
"Bubbling Brown Sugar"(Musical), 1976
"The Sound of Music"(Film), 1965
"Bus Stop"(Play), 1955
"King Kong"(Film), 1933
"Morning Chronicle"(London daily newspaper), 1769
Today in History:
The Loves of Mars and Venus becomes the first ballet performed in England, 1717
A semaphore machine that will speed communication is introduced in Paris, 1791
The US Congress outlaws the import of slaves, 1897
The Republic of Texas declares its independence from Mexico, 1836
Aleksandr Romanov becomes the tsar of Russia, 1855
Tsar Aleksandr outlaws serfdom in Russia, 1861
The Convention of Constantinople is signed, guaranteeing free maritime passage through the Suez Canal during war and peace, 1888
In New York City the Martha Washington Hotel opens, becoming the first hotel exclusively for women, 1903
The original film version of King Kong premiers, 1933
Captain James Gallagher lands his B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II in Fort Worth, Texas after completing the first non-stop around-the-world airplane flight in 94 hours and one minute, 1949
The first automatic street light is installed in New Milford, Connecticut, 1949
In Toulouse, France the first test flight of the Anglo-French Concorde is conducted, 1969
Rhodesia declares itself a republic, breaking its last links with the British crown, 1970
The Pioneer 10 space probe is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida with a mission to explore the outer planets, 1972
Czech Vladimír Remek becomes the first non-Russian or non-American to go into space, when he is launched aboard Soyuz 28, 1978
CD players and discs are released for sale for the first time outside of Japan, 1983
Twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century, 1989
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, San Marino, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan join the United Nations, 1992
Data sent from the Galileo spacecraft indicates that Jupiter's moon Europa has a liquid ocean under a thick crust of ice, 1998
In his book 'Jesus of Nazareth Part II', Pope Benedict XVI exonerates the Jewish people for the responsibility of the death of Jesus, 2011
New findings from the University of Leicester indicate decreasing sitting time by 90 minutes each day can result in major heath advantages, including reducing the risk of Type II Diabetes, 2013
The longest non-stop scheduled commercial flight by distance, Emirates A380 flies 14,200km (8,824 miles) Dubai to Auckland, remains in the air for 17 hours, 15 minutes, 2016
The oldest known land fossil (Tortotubus - 440 million years old) from Gotland, Sweden, is revealed by British scientists, 2016
Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko and US astronaut Scott Kelly return to earth after nearly a year (340 days), setting an ISS record, 2016
Australian wonder horse Winx sets the world record for Group 1 wins in the Chipping Norton Stakes in Sydney, stretching her unbeaten run to 31 races, with this being her 23rd in the highest class of thoroughbred racing, 2019
Dr. Seuss Enterprises announces that six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published because they are now considered racially insensitive, 2021
Dolly Parton receives her first Moderna Covid-19 vaccine that she donated $1million to help develop, 2021