Sleepyhead (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
 
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
 
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
 
We have one kitten at the shelter who sleeps like this:
 
 
 
It never ceases to amaze me how easily cats can get comfortable almost anywhere.
 
 
 
 
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Just because i am in the habit of doing it, here’s an inspiring quote for the week:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
American Red Cross Founder’s Day — established by Clara Barton on this day in 1881
 
Anastenarides Feast — Greece (feast to St. Constantine and St. Helen)
 
Battle of Las Piedras Day — Uruguay
 
Buddha Day/Buddha’s Birthday — dates can vary by country
 
Circassian Day of Mourning — Circassians
 
Día de la Afrocolombianidad — Columbia (Afro-Colombian Day; commemorates Columbia’s abolition of slavery on this date in 1851)
 
Dia De Las Glorias Navales — Chile (Navy Day)
 
Discovery Day — Cayman Islands
 
Festival for Vevodus — Ancient Roman Calendar (god of the dead, swamps, and volcanic movements, and sometimes regarded as the king of the Di Manes)
 
HerrinFesta Italiana — Herrin, IL, US (a whole week of celebrating all things Italian, with a Midwest Pasta Sauce Contest, races, music, grape stomp, and more; through Memorial Day)
 
Honvédelem Napja — Hungary (Day of Patriots and Military)
 
Independence Day — Montenegro
 
“I Need A Patch For That” Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which notes that since everything else has a patch, why shouldn’t you?
 
Lilies and Roses Day — London, England (memorial of the death of Henry VI on this day in 1471; held at the Tower of London with representatives of Eton College and King’s College, which he founded.)
 
National Memo Day — an internet holiday with no known origin, just take a memo
 
National Strawberries and Cream Day
 
National Waitstaff Day 
 
Passion Play Day — the first Oberammergau, Germany, Passion Play was staged this date in 1634
 
Shavuot — Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown today)
 
Sister Maria Hummel Day — birth anniversary of the Franciscan nun and artist
 
St. Constantine’s Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)
 
St. Eugene de Mazenod’s Day (Patron of disfunctional families)
 
St. Helen’s Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)
    St. Helena Day — St. Helena 
 
Sovereign’s Day Holiday / Commonwealth Day– Belize usually24th
 
Victoria Day — Canada
 
Whit Monday/Pentecost Monday
     Dicing for Bibles — All Saints Church, St. Ives, Huntingdonshire, England (a ceremony dating back to a bequest in 1675 that provides Bibles for poor children of the parish; they play a dice game, in which they try to win one of the 6 Bibles provided)
 
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development — UN
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall, 1945
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Sarah Ramos, 1991
Ashlie Brillault, 1987
Lisa Edelstein, 1966
Judge Reinhold, 1957
Mr. T, 1952
Ian McEwan, 1948
Leo Sayer, 1948
Janet Dailey, 1944
Bobby Cox, 1941
Heinz Hollinger, 1939
Peggy Cass, 1924
Andrey Dmitriyevich Sakharov, 1921
Raymond Burr, 1917
Dennis Day, 1917
Harold Robbins, 1916
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, 1909
Fats Waller, 1904
Armand Hammer, 1898
Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1878
Elizabeth Gurney Fry, 1780
Alexander Pope, 1688
Albrecht Dürer, 1471
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Empire Strikes Back(Film), 1980
“Gypsy”(Musical), 1959
“Le Fils prodigue / The Prodigal Son”(Prokofiev ballet, Op. 46), 1929
“Pagliacci”(Opera), 1892
 
 
Today in History:
 
Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily, 878
The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova, 1502
The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, 1674
The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I; it would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky, 1725
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War, 1758
Slavery  is abolished in Colombia, South America, 1851
Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile, 1864
French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting, 1871
The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton, 1881
The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, 1894
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris, 1904
Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1932
Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens, 1934
A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean, 1937
The National War Memorial in Canada is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, 1939
Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1946
The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School, 1951
Michelangelo’s Pietà in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, 1972
Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen, 1990
The Ethiopian Civil War ends, 1991
Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns, 1998
The clipper Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in London, England, 2007
JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket, 2010
The most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn, erupts and triggers 50 small earthquakes, 2011

 

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Soakin’ It Up (Cajun Joke) and Mother’s Day Pretties (Sunday Selections)

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
 
Yesterday Sweetie and i went to see Grandma and Grandpa.  Grandma was a bit subdued.   She only wanted to run one errand, to the bookstore, where she found one book and then decided to sit and let us look around.  Back at the house, we watched her favorite TV veterinarian show, commenting on pet owners and pet maladies.
 
Mostly, she just seemed to want to rest.
 
Boudreaux be wit’ his petit-garçon (grandson), Li’l Tee, one day.  Li’l Tee be runnin’ ‘round de house, he bring his Grand-père a game to play.  Dey get half t’rough playin’ an’ he get up, run an get a book.  Dey read t’ree page, an’ he get up an go ride de rockin’ horse.  Back an’ fort’ he go, from toy to toy, an’ book to book.
 
Den he look at Boudreaux an’ he say, “Grand-père, don’t it be time fo’ us go outside to play?”
 
An’ Boudreaux, who be gettin’ tired, say, “Non, it be too hot to go out.”
 
An’ L’il Tee say, “But Grand-père, don’ you want get out dere an’ soak up de sun fo’ a while?”
 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, non, dis ol’ grand-père want to stay him in an’ soak up de shade!”
 
 
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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.   
 
Mother’s Day saw Grandma get flowers:
 
 
 
And i got flowers:
 
 
 
My children also got me this — they have quite a sense of humor:
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Aunt’s Day — you honored your mother last week, if you have an aunt who has been good to you and a good influence, call today and let her know
 
Bay to Breakers 12k Race — San Francisco, CA, US (the oldest and largest footrace in the world, with 70,000+ runners, followed by a festival)
 
Be a Millionaire Day – now we all can go for that
 
Blue Jeans Day — Levi Strauss and David Jacobs received the patent for their denim pants with riveted pockets on this day in 1873
 
Dainty-Four Remembrance Day  — Fairy Calendar
 
Eliza Doolittle Day* — in honor of Shaw and his famous fictional character, to encourage proper use of one’s native language
 
Emancipation Day — Florida, US
 
Festival of Mjollnir — Ancient Norse Calendar (feast of Thor’s Hammer, date approximate)
 
Flying Solo Day — Lindberg began his historic flight on this day in 1927
 
Frigga Blot — Slavic Pagan/Asatru (honoring Frigga)   
 
Grudie Rosnoe — Slavic Pagan/Asatru (ten days of sacrifices to Rod for rain and good harvests)
 
Independence Day — East Timor(2002)
 
Hari Kebangkitan Nasional Indonesia — Indonesia (Indonesian National Awakening Day)
 
Mecklenburg Day — North Carolina, US (commemoration of the signing of a declaration of independence from England by the citizens of Mecklenburg County on this day in 1775)
 
Mifune Matsuri — Kurumazaki Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Boat Festival, with over 20 different kinds of traditional Japanese performing arts and costumes of the Heian Period)
 
National Day — Cameroon
 
National Emergency Medical Services Week begins — US (this year’s theme is “Stronger Together”)      
 
National Geographic Geography Bee — National Geographic Society Headquarters, Washington, D.C., US (through Wednesday, with the final round streamed on the 24th)
 
National Stationery Show — NYC, NY, US (if you love beautiful paper, or quirky cards, or all forms of stationery, this is a show for you; through Wednesday)
 
National Quiche Lorraine Day
 
Neighbor Day — Rhode Island, US (a “Day of Special Observance” here, and they encourage everyone, before summer starts, get to know your neighbors so you will have more people with whom to enjoy the season)
 
Norman Rockwell Day — his first Saturday Evening Post cover appeared this day in 1916
 
Pick Strawberries Day
 
Stepmothers’ Day — the too often overlooked and unsung heroines of families; if you have one, and she has been there for you, thank her today
 
St. Bernadine of Siena’s Day (Patron of advertising and advertisers, communications personnel, compulsive gamblers/gambling addicts, public relations work and personnel; Italy; Aquila, Italy; Capri, Italy; Castelspina, Italy; Trevignano, Italy; the diocese of San Bernardino, California; against compulsive gambling, chest, lung, and respiratory problems and hoarseness of the throat)
 
St. Ives’ Day (an honest lawyer; in the Anglican tradition, Patron of abandoned children and orphans, advocates, canon lawyers, judges, lawyers, and notaries; in the Roman Catholic tradition, Patron of Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)
 
T’veer Chong Kamhaeng — Cambodia (Day of Remembrance, anniversary of Khmer Rouge regime takeover in 1975, a day to remember all who died at their hands and work for peace)
 
Weights and Measures Day / World Metrology Day — anniversary of the treaty in 1875 which established the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France
 
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day — The International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis sponsors an online virtual convention in all time zones around the world from today through Wednesday   
 
*”One evening the King will say, “Oh, Liza, old thing,
I want all of England your praises to sing,
Next week on the twentieth of May,
I proclaim Liza Doolittle Day.”
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Tahmoh Penikett, 1975
Tony Stewart, 1971
Tony Goldwyn, 1960
Bronson Pinchot, 1959
Ronald Prescott Reagan, 1958
David Paterson, 1954
Cher, 1946
Joe Cocker, 1944
Stan Mikita, 1940
Anthony Zerbe, 1936
George Gobel, 1919
Jimmy Stewart, 1908
Henri Julien Felix Rousseau, 1844
William Fargo, 1818
John Stuart Mill, 1806
Honore de Balzac, 1799
Dolly Madison, 1768
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Elegie für junge Liebende / Elegy for Young Lovers(Opera), 1961
Norman Rockwell’s First Saturday Evening Post Cover, 1916
 
 
Today in History:
 
The first Ecumenical Council in the Christian Church, the Council of Nicea, opens, 325
An earthquake kills about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia, 526
John Cabot sets sail from Bristol, England, on his ship  Matthew looking for a route to the west, 1497
Cartographer  Abraham Ortelius issues the first modern atlas, 1570
Shakespeare’s Sonnets  are first published in London, 1609
Napoleon Bonaparte reinstates slavery in the French colonies, revoking its abolition in the French Revolution, 1802
Otto is named the first modern king of Greece, 1835
HMS Erebus and HMS Terror with 134 men under John Franklin sail from the River Thames in England, beginning a disastrous expedition to find the Northwest Passage in which all hands are lost, 1845
U.S. President Abraham Lincoln signs the Homestead Act into law, 1862
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets, 1873
The Triple Alliance between Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy is formed, 1882
Krakatoa begins to erupt (the volcano’s final and most notable explosion will occur on August 26), 1883
The first public display of Thomas Edison’s prototype kinetoscope, 1891
Cuba gains independence from the United States, 1902
The Saturday Evening Post publishes its first cover with a Norman Rockwell painting (“Boy with Baby Carriage”), 1916
Montreal, Quebec radio station XWA broadcasts the first regularly scheduled radio programming in North America, 1920
By the Treaty of Jedda, the United Kingdom recognizes the sovereignty of King Ibn Saud in the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Nejd, which later merge to become the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1927
At 07:52 Charles Lindbergh takes off from Roosevelt Field in Long Island, New York, on the world’s first solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, 1932
In a referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a 60% vote the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1980
First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier and Robert Gallo individually, 1983
The Chinese authorities declare martial law in the face of pro-democracy demonstrations, setting the scene for the Tiananmen Square massacre, 1989
In a second referendum in Quebec, the population rejects by a slight majority the proposal from its government to move towards independence from Canada, 1995
The independence of East Timor is recognized by Portugal, formally ending 23 years of Indonesian rule and 3 years of provisional UN administration (Portugal itself is the former colonizer of East Timor until 1976), 2002
Scientists at the Craig J. Venter Institute announce they have successfully created the world’s first artificial lifeform by transplanting a synthesized genome into an existing cell, 2010

 

Share and Share Alike (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Is there anything that can happen for which there is no silver lining?
 
Well, yes, there are a few things, we all know that, the devastating things that tear a world apart for a person, or for many people.  (Moment of silence for ten slain and ten injured in Texas, please.)
 
Most events, even bad ones, do not fall into that category.
 
That’s why, when i found myself getting just a little bit too blue about the Jalopy, i decided this isn’t a life shattering event and i need to find reasons to be thankful.
 
Lunceford the Land Yacht and Jalopy
 
Here’s my list of reasons to be thankful, even when a car needs a major repair so you and your spouse have to share.
 
We have a second car to share.  What a blessing!
 
It’s a car that needs fixing, not a marriage.
 
It’s a car that needs repair, not a family member facing serious illness.
 
We are working more closely together to coordinate where we have to be and how we are going to get there.
 
Other people who have always expected one or the other of us to show up at the drop of a hat are having to either wait for a turn or come get one of us,  or make other arrangements.
 
We are taking turns driving each other around, meaning each of us gets a chance to feel a bit pampered in the passenger seat as the other deals with traffic.
 
Also we are getting more practice at being respectful of each other’s driving.  (Most of the time, the only time we drive together is on Sunday to church, when there’s little traffic, or on long distance trips.)
 
He’s starting to appreciate how many hours she works, and how long she spends in traffic getting there.
 
She’s starting to appreciate more how many errands he can and is willing to run while she’s at work, instead of feeling like she has to do them all herself.
 
The mechanic will get started on it next week, so it’s not like this will be forever.
 
Some things are small stuff, and when you look through the lens of gratitude, a broken down Jalopy is small stuff.   Of course, i am also going to be very thankful when she is up and running again, but that’s a different post.
 
Get some practice looking for the good things in your life.  Make a list of things for which you are thankful and link them up at Ten Things of Thankful.  Josie Two Shoes is our hostess, and we are not picky about it having to be ten.  The point is to share the good things that are happening, brightening everyone’s days as we celebrate together.
 
 



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Today is:
 
All Wright Housewalk — Oak Park, IL, US (formerly called Wright Plus, The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s annual house walk features rare interior tours of privately owned homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in the historic community of Oak Park)
 
Armed Forces Day — US (honoring those currently serving in the US military)
 
Boy’s Club Day — founding in 1906
 
Celebrate Your Elected Officials Day 2018 — unless you don’t like them, then get to work electing better ones; if you know of a good one, take time today to thank her/him
 
Cheung Chau Bun Festival — Cheung Chau Island, Hong Kong (one of Hong Kong’s liveliest and most coloorful festivals, coincides with Buddha’s Birthday celebration, with the procession on the final day; celebration through the 23rd)
 
Circus Day — the four Ringling Brothers opened their first circus on this day in 1884
 
Dance to Mark the Third of January — Fairy Calendar (Third of January is when the Founding Fairy Fathers and Mothers arrived in what is now called Fairyland [no one knows where they lived before, or what lived in Fairyland before], so it is one of their most important days; no one knows why it is celebrated in May, either)
 
Do Dah Day — Rhodes and Caldwell Parks, Birmingham, Alabama (fun while fundraising for local animal charities)
 
Greek Genocide Remembrance Day — Greece
 
Iris Festival — Greeneville, Tennessee, US (the community’s major festival of the year, featuring artists, craftsmen, merchants, food vendors and entertainers from across the country; through tomorrow)
 
May Ray Day — to celebrate being able to go out into the sun’s rays as summer nears
 
Morel Mushroom Festival — Muscoda, WI, US (the “Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin” celebrates the end of the peak morel season in style, with everything including an antique tractor pull, Fireman’s Steak Feed, and even a parade; through tomorrow)
 
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — US (information at Banyan Tree Project)    
 
National Devil’s Food Cake Day
 
National Learn To Swim Day — US (with summer just around the corner, remember that drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14, so please, learn to swim and teach your kids!)    
 
New England’s Dark Day*
 
Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival — Lahaska, PA, US (strawberries in every form imaginable; through tomorrow)
 
Plant Something Day — because it’s fun, and summer is coming so you can!
 
Praia Municipal Day — Praia, Cape Verde
 
Preakness Stakes– Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD, US (141st annual; the second jewel in horseracing’s Triple Crown)
 
Shavuot — Judaism (Feast of Weeks; begins at sundown, through sundown on May 21)
 
Skerpla Month begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Sharpness)
 
St. Dunstan of Canterbury’s Day (Patron of armourers, blacksmiths, blind people, gold workers and smiths, jewellers, lighthouse keepers, locksmiths, musicians, silver workers and smiths, swordsmiths; Charlottetown, PEI, Canada)
 
St. Peter Celestine’s Day (Patron of bookbinders; Aquila, Italy)
 
Wisconsin Dells Automotion — Noah’s Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, WI, US (showcase of more than 1,000 classic cars, music, food, and family fun; through tomorrow)
 
Youth and Sports Day / Commemoration of Atatürk — North Cyprus; Turkey
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd, 1979
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Rachel Appleton, 1992
Jordon Pruitt, 1991
Eric Lloyd, 1986
Kevin Garnett, 1976
Kyle Eastwood, 1968
Grace Jones, 1952
Joey Ramone, 1951
Archie Manning, 1949
Andre the Giant, 1946
Pete Townshend, 1945
Nora Ephron, 1941
James Fox, 1939
Francis R. Scobee, 1939
David Hartman, 1937
James Lehrer, 1934
Malcolm X, 1925
Ho Chi Minh, 1890
Nancy Astor, 1879
Johns Hopkins, 1762
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith(Film), 2005
Smokey and the Bandit,(Film), 1977
“Room Service”(Play), 1937
Gone With The Wind(Publication date), 1936
“L’heure espagnole / How They Keep Time in Spain”(Ravel comédie musicale), 1911
 
 
Today in History:
 
Jacques Cartier sets sail on his second voyage to North America, 1535
Anne Boleyn is beheaded, 1536
Queen Elizabeth I orders the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots, 1568
French forces under the duc d’Enghien decisively defeat Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power, 1643
The Long Parliament declares England a Commonwealth, and England remains a republic for the next 11 years, 1649
King George II of Great Britain grants the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River, 1749
*A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover causes complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M, 1780
Napoleon Bonaparte founds the Légion d’Honneur, 1802
Mexico ratifies the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo thus ending the Mexican-American War and ceding California, Nevada, Utah and parts of four other modern-day U.S. states to the United States for $15 million USD, 1848
Jan Matzeliger begins the first mechanized shoe production, 1885
Oscar Wilde is released from Reading Gaol, 1897
White women win the right to vote in South Africa, 1930
Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind is published, 1936
Churchill and Roosevelt set May 1, 1944 as their goal date for D-Day (it had to be delayed over a month because of weather), 1943
The Soviet Venera 1 becomes the first man-made object to fly-by another planet by passing Venus, 1961
Croatians vote for independence, 1991
The Sierra Gorda Biosphere, the most ecologically diverse region in Mexico, is established as a result of grassroots efforts, 1997
Hundreds of Albert Einstein’s scientific papers, personal letters and humanist essays were make available on the Internet. Einstein had given the papers to the Hebrew Universtiy of Jerusalem in his will, 2003
A rare 19th century torpedo is discovered off the coast of California by the US Navy dolphins, 2013

Food Does It (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
 
The Charismatic Enigma SissyCat, a/k/a Little Sissy or Quadpod, doesn’t stand still often for pictures. 
 
To get her to hold still, it usually takes food.

 

 
 
 
 
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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
 
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
 
 
 
1. Happiness is _________.
 
2. Ten years ago, I _________.
 
3. _________ is the best medicine.
 
4. Most people don’t know that I _________.
 
 
Happiness is elusive, and what makes us happy changes with time.  Right now, having two good working vehicles would make me happy.
 
Ten years ago, i was ten years younger than i am right now.  Really, i was.  Ten years ago, my eldest child was still a minor!
 
Gratitude is the best medicine.  Try it and see.
 
Most people don’t know that i had a lot of allergies as a child, including to cats!
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Apollon Day — Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)
 
Art Fair and Winefest — Washington, MO, US (the largest tasting if state wines, juried art show, and more; through Sunday)
 
Asakusa Sanja Matsuri — Tokyo, Japan (sake and processions of elaborate mini shrines celebrate the goddess of mercy and the three fishermen; through Sunday)
 
Battle of Las Piedras Day — Uruguay
 
Bike to Work Day 2018 — the League of American Bicyclists have urged you to celebrate this day the third Friday of May ever since 1956   
 
Dermott’s Community Fest — Dermott, AR, US (formerly the Dermott Crawfish Festival, it still proves mud bugs aren’t just for Cajuns any more! carnival, music, street dances, tons of crawfish and more through tomorrow)
 
Electra Goat BBQ Cook Off & Craft Show — Electra, TX, US (with a salsa dance contest, Cow Patty Drop, live bands, games, a Jackpot Steak & Beans Competition, there is something here for everyone; through tomorrow)
 
 
Fishing Has No Boundaries, Hayward Event — Hayward, WI, US (sponsored by Fishing Has No Boundaries, Inc., a non-profit with the goal of opening the great outdoors through the sport of fishing to the disabled; the Hayward event is their biggest each year, and runs through tomorrow) 
 
Flag and University Day —  Haiti
 
 
I Love Reeses Day — as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago
 
International Museum Day — International Council of Museums (ICOM
 
International Virtual Assistants’ Day — acknowledging the dedication, experience, expertise, and determination of virtual professionals; no longer sponsored, but the The International Virtual Assistant’s Association is still around
 
Magnolia Blossom Festival and World Championship Steak Cook-Off — Magnolia, AR, US (all the usual fun, with a steak eating contest, live entertainment, and an art show;through tomorrow)
 
Maifest — Mainstrasse Village, Covington, KY, US (celebrating German tradition and welcoming the first spring wines; through Sunday)
 
Moonbeam Hopping Gala — Fairy Calendar
 
National Cheese Souffle Day
 
National Defense Transportation Day — US (remembering the contributions of people working in the transportation industries)
 
National Pike Festival — Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)
 
National Pizza Party Day — as declared by Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza, on the 3rd Friday of May; Garlic Jim’s holds a contest for school students to nominate their favorite teacher, and the winning teacher gets a free pizza party for the class on this day
 
No Dirty Dishes Day — spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, break out the paper plates just on this day
 
Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day — Somaliland Region, Somalia
 
Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day — Turkmenistan
 
Rhododendron Festival — Florence, Oregon, US (parades, flower show, car show, carnival and more; through Sunday)
 
Rhubarb Festival — Intercourse, Pennsylvania (come on out and enjoy the music, games, rhubarb-inspired foods, and lots of family fun, including the Rhubarb Race Car Derby and best pie contest; through tomorrow)
 
St. Eric’s Day (Patron of Sweden)
 
St. Theodotus’ Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)
 
Syttende Mai — Stoughton, WI, US (come celebrate the Norwegian heritage of this town with a three day colorful gala named after Norwegian Constitution Day; through Sunday)
 
Visit Your Relatives Day — if they are great, go have fun; if awful, go remind yourself why you moved so far away!
 
World Goodwill Day — commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Tina Fey, 1970
Jari Kurri, 1960
Chow Yun-Fat, 1955
Rick Wakeman, 1954
George Strait, 1952
James Stephens, 1951
Tom Udall, 1948
Reggie Jackson, 1946
Brooks Robinson, 1937
Dwayne Hickman, 1934
Robert Morse, 1931
Pernell Robers, 1930
Pope John Paul II, 1920
Margot Fonteyn, 1919
Perry Como, 1912
Big Joe Turner, 1911
Meredith Willson, 1902
Frank Capra, 1897
Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836
Omar Khayyam, 1048
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself”(Opera), 1887
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498
Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593
John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631
Rhode Island passes North America’s first anti-slavery law, 1652
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763
The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804
The destruction of Saturdays forever after:  Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830
The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843
The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896
A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation  of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896
Bram Stoker’s Dracula is published, 1897
The Earth  passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910
Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953
Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974
Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980
In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990
Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005
A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009

 

The Way to a Man’s Heart (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“My love for you is constant, you know this much is true, for when I think of home-cooked meals, I only think of you!”
 
The face he made as he recited his poem made her laugh even as she said, “That’s not very romantic, is that all I am, the chef?”
 
“No, but you do cook better than my mother does,” he grinned, then added, “please don’t ever tell her I said that!”
 
“Don’t worry, I won’t, especially since she invited us to her house for dinner tonight.”
 
“Noooo,” he wailed, “she’ll probably make her Famous Company Spaghetti that isn’t so famous and always gives me indigestion and do we have to go?”
 
His expression went from devastated to delighted when she answered, “Yes, we have to go, but I promise to make it up to you tomorrow night — I have all the makings of your favorite pot roast ready!”
 
 
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Constant.   
 
 
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Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.
 
The white flowers against the fence drew my eye:
 
 
 
 
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Today is:
 
Birthday of the Raja — Perlis, Malaysia
 
Brown Bag-It Thursday — it’s cheaper and healthier, and you might like it enough to start a new habit
 
Calaveras County Fair and Frog Jumping Jubilee — Calaveras Fairgrounds, Angel’s Camp, CA, US (the “Super Bowl” of frog jumping contests; through Sunday)
    Frog Jumping Day — for those of us who don’t live in Calaveras County, you can still celebrate Mark Twain’s famous story and go play with a frog
 
Constitution Day — Nauru; Norway; Svalbard and Jan Mayen
 
Dea Dia Festival — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of growth)
 
Dia de las Letras Gallegas — GA, Spain (Galician Literature Day in Galacia, an autonomous region of Spain)
 
Falling Off a Log Night — Fairy Calendar
 
Feast of Azamat(Grandeur) — Baha’i
 
Grand Spring Festival — Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (through tomorrow; includes horseback archery, processions in costume, and more)
 
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
 
Liberation Day — Democratic Republic of the Congo
 
Merry-Go-Round Day — the first merry-go-round, powered by horses, opened this day in 1620
 
Miles City Bucking Horse Sale — Miles City, MT, US (a celebration worthy of the city that inspired “Lonesome Dove;” through Sunday)
 
National Cherry Cobbler Day
 
National Walnut Day — declared in 1949 by the Walnut Marketing Board
 
Navy Day — Argentina (anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Montevideo in 1814)
 
Pack Rat Day — come on out and admit it, you are a pack rat, too!
 
Rubber Band Day — patented this day in 1845, and aren’t we pack rats glad.
 
Shunki Reitaisai — Toshogu Shrine, Nikko, Japan (Grand Festival of Spring, through the 18th)
 
St. Madron of Cornwall’s Day (Patron against pain)
 
Syttende Mai — Norway (Constitution Day)
 
Tell An Umpire “I Love Your Outfit” Day — only if he has a sense of humor or you can duck quickly
 
Watch a Baby Fall Asleep Day — because few things in the world are as funny and precious
 
 
World Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day —  for information about neurofibromatosis click here or here    
 
World Telecommunication and Information Society Day — UN
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Nikki Reed, 1988
Tahj Mowry, 1987
Drew Roy, 1986
Andrea Corr, 1974
Sendhil Ramamurthy, 1974
Mia Hamm, 1972
Jordan Knight, 1970
Trent Reznor, 1965
Craig Ferguson, 1962
Enya, 1961
Sugar Ray Leonard, 1956
Bob Saget, 1956
Bill Paxton, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Christian Lacroix, 1950
Dennis Hopper, 1936
Maureen O’Sullivan, 1911
James “Cool Papa” Bell, 1903
Joseph Norman Lockyer, 1836
Edward Jenner, 1749
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Information Please!”(Radio), 1938
“Shéhérazade”(Ravel song cycle), 1904
Comic Cuts(Comic Paper, first publication), 1890
“Cavalleria rusticana/Rustic Chivalry”(Opera), 1890
 
 
Today in History:
 
Italian Jesuit Niccolo Zucchi becomes the first to see 2 belts on Jupiter’s surface, 1630
Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve founds the Ville Marie de Montréal, 1642
Frontenac becomes governor of New France (Canada), 1672
Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette begin exploring the Mississippi River, 1673
England passes the Molasses Act, putting high tariffs on rum & molasses imported to the colonies from a country other than British possessions, 1733
The US Continental Congress bans trade with Canada, 1775
The New York Stock Exchange is founded, 1792
John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine, 1803
Napoleon I of France  orders the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire, 1809
Occupation of Monaco changes from French to Austrian, 1814
Antoine Joseph Sax patents the saxophone, 1846
Rosalía de Castro publishes Cantares Gallegos, the first book in the Galician language, 1863
Aristides wins the first Kentucky Derby, 1875
Greek archaeologist Valerios Stais discovers the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient mechanical analog computer, 1902
The Columbia Lions and the Princeton Tigers play in the first-ever televised sporting event, a collegiate baseball game in New York City, 1939
The United States Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, 1954
Soviet Venera 6 begins its descent into the atmosphere  of Venus, sending back atmospheric data before being crushed by pressure, 1969
Thor Heyerdahl sets sail from Morocco on the papyrus boat Ra II to sail the Atlantic Ocean, 1970
Maoist guerrilla group Shining Path attacks a polling location in the town of Chuschi, Ayacucho, starting the Internal conflict in Peru, 1980
Lebanon, Israel, and the United States sign an agreement on Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, 1983
After 18 years as the mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac takes office as President of France, 1995
Three days of popular protests against the government of Prime Minister of Thailand Suchinda Kraprayoon begin in Bangkok, leading to a military crackdown, 1992
Zaire is officially renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo, 1997
Massachussetts becomes the first US State to legalize same-sex marriage, 2004
The aircraft carrier USS Oriskany is sunk in the Gulf of Mexico as an artificial reef, 2008
Dalia Grybauskaite is elected the first female President of Lithuania, 2009
The brightest lunar meteor impact ever observed is recorded by NASA, 2013

 

Shelter Kitten Names (Wordless Wednesday) and Thinking (Words for Wednesday)

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.   
 
 
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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This week, the prompts are photos by Bill, and are posted by Elephant’s Child.      


 

                 

 
 
The ride to the sea was not very scenic until you got right to the end of it, but he was a thoughtful child and always making up stories in his head.
 
When they came out of the tunnel and the water was finally visible, that’s when he would sit up and take notice.  Once they were passing sandy beaches, he looked out for the birds, especially his favorites, the gulls.
 
“Look!” he called out when two especially fine specimens came into view.  His mother glanced out of the window, said, “Yes, I see, gulls,” and went back to her book.
 
He knew better than to try to get anyone’s attention again, so he started making up a story about the two gulls.
 
They are cousins, he decided, cousins who pick on each other like Luke and I do, and then he went on to imagine out their conversation.
 
“It’s so hot today!” says Cousin 1.
 
“Of course it’s hot today, what do you expect!  It’s summer!” replies Cousin 2.
 
“Well, I know that!  It’s just, this sand is burning my feet,” Cousin 1 continues.
 
“You’re a bird, you bird-brain, if your feet are burning, why don’t you fly?” askes Cousin 2.
 
In his thoughts, he imagined Cousin 1 saying, “I believe I will!” and then flying off only to come around and peck Cousin 2 on the back of the head.
 
Smiling to himself, he continued to play out their antics in his mind for the remainder of the ride.
 
Yes, he always was a very thoughtful child.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Biographer’s Day — anniversary of the day Boswell met Johnson in 1763
 
Hires Root Beer Day — pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires created it on this day in 1866
 
Love a Tree Day — and read about the love of a tree, in Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree
 
Middlesex Day — Middlesex, England (although it is only a postal county now, many celebrate the heritage of what was once the county that included London)
 
National Coquilles St. Jacques Day
 
National Employee Health & Fitness Day — US (originally the 3rd Wednesday in May, but now spreading around the world as Global Employee Health & Fitness Month)    http://www.healthandfitnessmonth.com/about
 
Ramadan — Islam (began sunset yesterday, through June 14)
 
Sing “Row Row Row Your Boat” in Rounds Day — but not around me, please, or i might do something drastic
 
Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day — because of pollen levels, as declared by Karen Richmond, of Eastport, MI, US
 
Spaghetti-Os Day — they were first sold on this day in 1966
 
St. Brendan the Voyager’s Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, travellers, whales; Ardfert, Ireland; Clonfert, Ireland; Kerry, Ireland)
 
St. Honorius of Amiens’ Day (Patron of bakers[especially bakers of communion wafers], cake makers, candlemakers, chandlers, confectioners, florists, flour merchants, oil refiners, pastry chefs; against drought)
 
St. John of Nepomuk’s Day (Patron of bridges, bridge builders, confessors, discretion, good and right confession, running water, silence; Bohemia; Czech Republic; Slovakia; against calumnies, floods, indiscretions, and slander)
 
Sudan People’s Liberation Army Day — South Sudan
 
Teachers’ Day — Malaysia
 
Turn Beauty Inside Out Day — the day to remember what really counts is who you are, not just what you look like
 
U.S.Nickel Day — the first U.S. five-cent nickel was minted on this day in 1866
 
Wear Purple for Peace Day — the idea being that until we become a peaceful species, the aliens won’t visit
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, marries Marie Antoinette, 1770
Edgar Allen Poe marries his cousin Virginia Clemm, 1836 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Megan Fox, 1986
Matt Ryan, 1985
Jim Sturgess, 1981
Tori Spelling, 1973
David Boreanaz, 1971
Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
Tracey Gold, 1969
Janet Jackson, 1966
Mare Winningham, 1959
Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1957
Olga Korbut, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Pierce Brosnan, 1953
Bob Edwards, 1947
Bill Smitrovich, 1947
Billy Martin, 1928
Liberace, 1919
Woody Herman, 1913
Louis “Studs” Terkel, 1912
Margaret Rey, 1906
Henry Fonda, 1905
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, 1804
William Seward, 1801
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Top Gun(Film), 1986
“McCartney II”(album release), 1980
“Listen to What the Man Said”(Single release), 1975
“Annie Get Your Gun”(Musical), 1946
“Dalibor”(Opera), 1868
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence is re-established as a republic, 1527
Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England, 1532
Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer, James Boswell, in London, 1763
Denmark abolishes slave trade, 1792
The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail, 1843
Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer, 1866
A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight, 1919
Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc, 1920
Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel, 1948
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines, 1951
Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, 1960
China’s Cultural Revolution begins, 1966
The Soviet Venera 5 spacecraft lands on Venus, 1969
India annexes Sikkim  after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favour of merging with India, 1975
Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1975
The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain, 1986
A report by United States’ Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine, 1988
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the US Houses of Congress, 1991
Kuwait permits women’s suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote, 2005
The oldest water ever found is discovered in a Canadian mine; the water dates back 2.6 billion years, 2013

 

Musical Cars and Kitten Naps, a Random Tuesday Post

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Tuesday means it’s time to get Random and link up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.    
 
Dr. D was in the mood to clear some things out yesterday and she let me tackle the refrigerator.  Whereas before it was so packed i could barely find room to put in one more item, now it is just mostly full, and everything in it has (mostly) not expired yet.
 
She went out of town to spend time with her son and daughter-in-law for Mother’s Day, and she noted that it often leaves her feeling tired now when she gets home from a trip.  She said she wanted an energy drink, and i told her she’d have more energy if she ate fresh food (as i threw away a solid-as-a-brick, very old breakfast sandwich from a fast food place that shall not be named) instead.  She laughed and said that was true, then ate toast from day old bread with jam and drank leftover coffee from the day before — coffee with cream and sugar no less.
 
She is a hoot, and will never change.
 
Ms. JAI was not feeling well at all.  One of her grandchildren had a graduation from college party this past Saturday, and she overdid it with the celebrating.
 
The Jalopy is still awaiting repair, so yesterday got very complicated.  Sweetie dropped me at Dr. D’s, she took me to Ms. JAI’s, he picked me up from there and took me to help Carl, and Carl’s dad took me home.
 
Sweetie got his errands run, our state taxes in the mail (state is a month after federal, thank goodness), and his ear doctor appointment in.  His ears are in good shape, he goes back in two months as usual.
 
Today i get Lunceford the Land Yacht mostly to myself.  That is a must if i am to get to the laundromat.  Tomorrow we may be playing musical cars again or perhaps even tug-of-war, who knows.
The kittens, meanwhile, are a constant source of hilarity when they are not sleeping.
 
One asleep in the play tunnel, two on the rug.
 
It is a bit frustrating that the only time i can photograph them properly is when they are sleeping.  Any other time and most of the shots are blurry, if not total misses.  That never stops me from trying.
 
May you all have a wonderful Tuesday!
 
 
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Today is:
 
Aoi Matsuri — Kyoto, Japan (Hollyhock Festival, a pageant reproducing ancient imperial processions)
 
Cold Sophie’s Day (5th Ice Saint; according to Nordic legend, this day may be very cold, but there will be no more frosts after this)
 
Flip Your Mattress Day — because it’s a good thing to do
 
Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day — bringing attention to morning sickness that becomes life-threatening    
 
Ides of May — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances
    Feast of Maia and Vesta
    Mercuralia — festival for Mercury
    Sacrifice day to the Tiber River
 
Independence Day — Paraguay(1811)
 
International Conscientious Objectors’ Day
 
International Day of Families — UN
International MPS Awareness Day — click here for details about these inherited diseases   
 
Kan Phuetchamongkhon — Thailand (Royal Plowing and Farmers Day) 
 
La Corsa del Ceri — Gubbio, Italy (festival on the eve of the saint day of the city’s patron, St. Ubaldo)
 
Mother’s Day — Paraguay
 
National Chocolate Chip Day
 
National Safety Dose Day — cannot confirm they sponsor a day any more, but the Safety Dose people still want us to remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to taking medicines, and to dose them correctly for children
 
Nylon Stockings Day — they went on sale at stores around the US this date in 1940
 
Over the Rainbow Day — birth anniversary of Lyman Frank Baum
 
Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day — US (National Association of Chiefs of Police sponsor the main memorial event at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL, but there may be services where you are also)
 
Ramadan begins — Islam (at sunset, through the evening of June 14)
 
Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day — no, i can’t find out who started this, or why; maybe we should all take a pass at this one
 
Sea Monkey Day — because somebody really loves theirs, and wants you to love them, too
 
St. Dymphna’s Day (Patron of epileptics, family happiness, incest victims, martyrs, mental asylums/hospitals, mental health caregivers and professionals/psychiatrists/therapists, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, princesses, rape victims, runaways, sleepwalkers, those who have lost parents; against sleepwalking, epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness)
 
St. Hallvard’s Day (Patron of Oslo; protector of innocence and virtue)
 
St. Isidore of Madrid’s Day (a/k/a Isidore the Farmer; Patron of agricultural workers/farm workers/farmers/field hands/husbandmen/ranchers, day laborers, livestock, rural communities; Angono, Philippines; Asturias, Cebu, Philippines; Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines; Carampa, Peru; Castalla, Spain; Cuz Cuz, Chile; Digos, Philippines; Estepona, Spain; La Celba, Honduras; Leon, Spain; Lima, Peru; Lucban, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Malaybalay, Philippines, diocese of; Morong, Philippines; Nabas, Philippines; Orotava, Spain; Pulilan, Philippines; Pulupandan, Philippines; Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico; San Isidro, Argentina; Saragossa, Spain; Sariaya, Philippines; Seville, Spain; Tavalera, Philippines; Tayabas, Philippines; United States National Rural Life Conference; against the death of children)
    Carabao Festival — San Isidro, Pulilan, and Angono, Philippines (second day and main festival; on St. Isidore of Madrid’s Day; the farming communities celebrate their beasts of burden and have them blessed)
    Municipal Holiday — Madrid
    San Isidro Day — Mexico
 
St. Sophia of Rome’s Day (considered by some to be among the Ice Saints, and invoked for protection against frost)
 
Straw Hat Day — just as you don’t wear white after Labor Day, you don’t wear straw hats before today, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of straw hat season    
 
Teacher’s Day — Mexico; South Korea
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567
Airmail service begins between NYC, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, 1918 
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981
David Krumholtz, 1978
David Charvet, 1972
Sam Trammell, 1971
Emmit Smith, 1969
Giselle Fernandez, 1961
Dan Patrick, 1956
Lee Horsley, 1955
George Brett, 1953
Chazz Palminteri, 1951
Brian Eno, 1948
David Cronenberg, 1943
Lainie Kazan, 1942
Madeleine Albright, 1937
Trini Lopez, 1937
Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
Jasper Johns, 1930
Richard Avedon, 1923
Eddy Arnold, 1918
Max Frisch, 1911
James Mason, 1909
Joseph Cotten, 1905
Abraham Zapruder, 1905
Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1860
Pierre Curie, 1859
L. Frank Baum, 1856
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
“Esclarmonde”(Opera), 1889
 
 
Today in History:
 
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536
Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602
Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world’s first machine gun, 1718
The Seven Years’ War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for “about 360 meters”, at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793
George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817
Francis Baily observes “Baily’s beads” during an annular eclipse, 1836
Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851
Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman’s Suffrage Association, 1869
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905
The United States Supreme Court  declares Standard Oil to be an “unreasonable” monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911
The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919
In an attempted Coup d’état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932
The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958
Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990
Edith Cresson becomes France’s first female prime minister, 1991
California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008
Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010
U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators, 2012
Carl Icahn invests $100million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service, 2015