A to Z: Satisfaction (Ten Things of Thankful)

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After we got finished being taken to the cleaners by the Tax Man this past week, i spent a lot of time thinking about the Bible verse Hebrews 13:5, “Be content with such things as you have, for He has said ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.”
Another way to think about contentment is being satisfied, or grateful, or thankful.
Today is “S” day on A to Z, so i am thinking that i am satisfied.
Yes, i could envy those who have nicer cars, but i am satisfied with and thankful for the Jalopy and Lunceford the Land Yacht.
Sure, i could have more clothes, and more stylish clothes, but i am satisfied with and thankful for my jeans and t-shirts and my two dresses for special occasions.
We could wish for a bigger house, but i am more than satisfied with and thankful for the size of this one.
Some people dine at fine restaurants all of the time, but i am satisfied with and thankful for the food in our pantry and fridge and freezer.  Also, i know that we have more from one grocery trip than some people in this world will get in a month.
There are those who are in much better physical shape than i am, but i am satisfied and thankful that yesterday i was able to climb into Ms. G’s attic and get the inflatable bed down for her, and haul in all of the cat litter.  She just had knee surgery and couldn’t do it, and she didn’t have to because i am at least fit enough to do that.
Ms. G also has a brand new vacuum cleaner that has all of the bells and whistles on it (the crack and crevice tool lights up!) and i could covet it, but i am satisfied with my modest Shark that does a good enough job for me.
Reading is one of my passions, and i could be cranky about not being able to buy every book i want to read, but instead i am satisfied to get a good used one sometimes and go to the library for the rest.
Most of my furniture is older and a bit shabby and worse for the wear after years of children and cats.  Still i am satisfied with it and thankful for it because it works for us and our lifestyle, and i don’t have to be always on pins and needles that a cat will destroy something.
The latest technological gadgetry is something that some people just have to have.  Me, i will be quite satisfied with and thankful for the big tablet that Sweetie can see to use and the smaller one that i can see to use, and our phones that we got cheaper because they were out of style.
There are jobs that are a lot more glamorous than being a janitor, but i am satisfied that i can help people and they are really thankful to have me do the jobs they cannot do or don’t have time to do.
While i could sit and wish for more, i am satisfied and thankful.  Yes, some things i will work to change, or to eventually replace some worn items with better things, but that does not take away from my being thankful and grateful for the now.  Nothing says i cannot be content and satisfied with where i am while still striving to get where i want to be.
Josie Two Shoes is the delightful hostess of Ten Things of Thankful, and it would make all of us thankful if you would work up a list (it doesn’t have to be ten, that’s just a suggestion, a goal to shoot for) and link up.  That way we can all be thankful along with you.

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Today is:
Administrative Professionals Day (original date)
Aggie Muster — Texas A&M University
Astronomy Day 2018 / Spring Astronomy Day — Saturday at or before the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May    
    sponsored by The Astronomical League; find out what your local astronomy society is doing today, and go enjoy
Banyan Tree Birthday Party — Lahaina, Maui, Hawai’i (celebrating the “birthday” of Lahaina’s most important landmark, their banyan tree planted back in 1973, which now covers over 2/3 of an acre; cake, nature displays, kid activities, history exhibits and more, through tomorrow)
Birthday of Rome — Rome, Italy (753 BCE)
California Poppy Festival — Lancaster, CA, US (two fun days celebrating California’s State Flower)
Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
First Day of Ridvan — Baha’i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)
Grounation Day — Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian’s most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie’s 1966 visit to Jamaica)
Hatsume Fair — Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, FL, US (celebrating the culture and beauty of Japan; through tomorrow)
Healthy Kids Day® — YMCA    
Heroica Defensa de Veracruz — Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)
Historic Garden Week in Virginia — VA, US (enjoying some of Virginia’s finest homes and gardens; through next Saturday)
Homecoming of the Elves — Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)
Huband Appreciation Day
International Marconi Day — a 24-hour amateur radio event annually near the birth anniversary of Marconi
Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony — Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)
John Muir Day — US (American conservationist)
Kartini Day — Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)
Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day — Norfolk, VA, US (citywide volunteer cleanup effort that i would love to see duplicated everywhere)
Kindergarten Day — Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)
Make a Quilt Day — obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus’ Make a Blanket Day     
Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen — Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)
National Auctioneers Day — recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce    
National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day
National Tree Planting Day — Kenya
Paralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd’s festival of Pares, goddess of herders)
Queen’s Birthday — Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)
Record Store Day — celebrated by independent record stores everywhere, find one near you    
San Jacinto Day — Texas, US
St. Anselm of Canturbury’s Day
St. Bueno Gasulsych’s Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)
Taro Festival — East Maui, Hawaii, US (celebration of Hawai’ian culture; through tomorrow)
Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day — encouraging awareness of volunteerism, but the original sponsor of the day is no longer online
Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day — Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called “tooth puller”, who fought for Brazilian independence)
    Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal — Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)
Creativity and Innovation Day — final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci’s birth anniversary
Birthdays Today:
Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Annie”(Musical), 1977
“Inherit the Wind”(Play), 1955
“Arms and the Man”(Play), 1894
Today in History:
Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i’ faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997
By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt’s former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011
Playing against the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber pitches the 21st perfect game in MLB history and the third perfect game in team history, 2012
The Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts three new members; Curtis Brown, Eileen Collins, and Bonnie Dunbar, 2013

A to Z: Rest (Feline Friday) and Really Cool 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.
As i suspected, the litter of kittens i am bottle raising is actually a litter of one and a litter of two that animal control stuck together and handed to the shelter.
The orange tabby boy, whom i simply call Little Brother, is at least a week younger than the two girls.  He has adapted well to being with them, and can rest no matter what they do.  He even sleeps at times when they step over him!


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 McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy’s Reader. 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:
Week 102: April 20, 2018
1. New                  are                           .
2. I love to                   on the                    .
3. When I was a child, I loved to play                   .
4. One                   , I                      .
1. New shoes are more stylish than the old, but the old are more comfortable.  It’s the same with opinions.  Aunt Jimsie  said that in Anne of the Island, and she was right!
2. I love to walk on the beach at sunrise.  It never grows old.
3. When i was a child, i loved to play school  Yes, i was weird.  Still am.
4. One day, i am going to retire and let someone else do my cleaning!
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Today is:
Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten Day — Fairy Calendar
Global Youth Service Day — annual campaign to mobilize children and youth to make a difference (through Sunday)    
Go Around Humming “You Light Up My Life” Until Everybody Screams Day — the person who thought this one up should be tied down and forced to listen to Barry Manilow songs for 12 hours straight!
Harvest Offering to Renenutet — Ancient Egypitian Calendar (offering to the Lady of the Fertile Fields; date approximate)
Lima Bean Respect Day
Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest — Washington, MO, US (professional BBQ competition, plus music and fun; through Sunday)
National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day
National Take a Break to Reset Your Mind Day — because everyone needs a day like this
National Teach Children to Save Day — sponsored by the American Banking Association    
Ridvan begins — Baha’i (begins at sunset)
St. Caedwalla of Wales’ Day (Patron of converts, repentant murderers)
Birthdays Today:
Danny Granger, 1983
Joey Lawrence, 1976
Carmen Electra, 1972
Shemar Moore, 1970
Crispin Glover, 1964
Don Mattingly, 1961
Clint Howard, 1959
Luther Vandross, 1951
Jessica Lange, 1949
David Leland, 1947
Steve Spurrier, 1945
Ryan O’Neal, 1941
George Takei, 1937
Nina Foch, 1924
Ernesto Antonio “Tito” Puente, 1923
John Paul Stevens, 1920
Lionel Hampton, 1908
Harold Lloyd, 1893
Joan Miró i Ferrà, 1893
Holland McTyeire “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, 1882
Daniel Chester French, 1850
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Annie Hall(Film), 1977
“Your Hit Parade”(Radio), 1935
Today in History:
The last naval battle in Byzantine history, 1453
Jews are expelled from Orange Burgundy, 1505
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage in which he will claim Canada and Labrador for France, 1534
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam, 1657
Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1657
Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales, 1770
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou, 1828
Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder in the Rue Morgue becomes the first detective story ever published, 1841
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete their first pasteurization tests, 1862
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride, 1902
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the next day, 1918
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film, 1926
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon, 1972
Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years, 1986
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race, 2008
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010
Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tahrir Square against continuing military rule in Egypt, 2012 


A to Z: Quickly! (Six Sentence Story) and Quaint (Good Fences)

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“We have to hatch a plan, and quickly!”
“What’s the rush?”
“The deadline is tomorrow!”
“Wha…how…I can’t come up with a good plan in under 24 hours!”
“Well, we have no choice, it snuck up on us as usual, and besides, we should get a refund, I don’t know why we procrastinate like this.”
“Okay, okay, pass the W-2s and 1099s and I’ll get started on our taxes!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Hatch.     
(And no, i did not wait until the day before, nor did i get a refund!)
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.
To me, picket fences are the epitome of quaint.
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Today is:
Bendideia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Bendis; date approximate)
Dogwood Festival — Camdenton, MO, US (a rite of spring festival under the beautiful dogwood trees; through Saturday)
Dutch-American Friendship Day — anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the US, America’s oldest continuously peaceful diplomatic relations
Fiesta San Antonio — San Antonio, Texas, US (annual celebration that honors the memory of Texas heroes who fought in the Texas war for Independence. More that 150 events, with sporting events, fireworks, dances…all culminating with the traditional “Battle of Flowers” parade! through the 26th)
Get to Know Your Customers Day (celebrated the 3rd Thursday quarterly)
Harpa Month Begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Harp, dedicated to young women as last month was dedicated to young men)
    Sumardagurinn Fyrsti — first day of summer, a legal holiday
Independence Declaration Day — Venezuela
John Parker Day — many US States (anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where Parker said “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”)
King Mswati III’s birthday — Swaziland
Lozenge Competition — Fairy Calendar (no, i don’t know what they do with the lozenges that makes it a competition)
Nagasaki Tall Ships Festival — Nagasaki, Japan (sailing festival, commemorating the 16th century opening of Nagasaki as Japan’s sole foreign trade port; through the 24th)
National Amaretto Day
National D.A.R.E Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation)
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day — Project Laundry List and other organizations promote bringing back the clothesline to save energy and the planet!
National High Five Day — raising money for cancer research
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
Okoshi Daiko Festival — Furukawa, Japan (today, hundreds of men in loincloths fight to touch a wooden frame supporting a huge taiko drum as it is carried through the streets, and tomorrow is an elegant parade with lion dancers and traditional music)
Primrose Day — UK (anniversary of the death of Disraeli)
Spring Fair in Puyallup — Puyallup, WA, US (fun for the family, every year since 1900; through Sunday)
St. AElfheah’s Day (Patron of kidnap victims; Greenwich and Solihull, England)
St. Expeditus of Melintine’s Day (Patron of merchants, navigators; for expeditious and prompt solutions; against procrastination)
St. Leo IX’s Day
Anniversaries Today:
Grace Kelly marries Ranier III of Monaco, 1956
Cheyney University is founded as The Institute for Colored Youth, 1837
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy Marriage, 1770
Birthdays Today:
Maria Sharapova, 1987
Hayden Christensen, 1981
Kate Hudson, 1979
James Franco, 1978
Luis Miguel Basteri, 1970
Ashley Judd, 1968
Al Unser, Jr., 1962
Tony Plana, 1954
Paloma Picasso, 1949
Tim Curry, 1946
Alan Price, 1942
Elinor Donahue, 1937
Dudley Moore, 1935
Jayne Mansfield, 1933
Dick Sargent, 1930
Hugh O’Brian, 1925
Eliot Ness, 1903
Lucretia Rudolph-Garfield, 1832
David Ricardo, 1772
Roger Sherman, 1721
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope”(Musical revue), 1972
“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”(Musical), 1951
“Carousel”(Musical), 1945
“Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder/Mother Courage and Her Children”(Play), 1941
“National Barn Dance”(Radio), 1924
“The Bing Boys are Here”(Musical revue), 1919
“Revizor/The Government Inspector”(Comedy), 1836
“Iphigenia in Aulis,”(Opera), 1774
Today in History:
Sir Francis Drake sails to Cadiz and sinks the Spanish Fleet, 1587
Because he has no male heirs, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, assuring Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would go to his daughter, Maria Theresa, 1713
Captain James Cook sights Australia, 1770
John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States, and his home in The Hague becomes the first American Embassy, 1782
Venezuela achieves home rule, 1810
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy, 1839
Charles Duryea claims to have taken the first automobile built in the US for a spin, 1892
The first Boston Marathon is won by John McDermott of NY in 2:55:10, 1897
Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute  jump, 1919
The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, 1928
Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations, 1948
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders, 1961
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, 1971
India’s first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched, 1975
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, 1995
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, 1999
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Benedict XVI, 2005
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba’s central committee after 45 years, 2011


A to Z: Peace (Wordless Wednesday) and Play While You Can (Words for Wednesday)

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by Elephant’s Child.   
This week’s prompts are:
  1. tick
  2. fresh
  3. droplet
  4. magnificent
  5. juice
  6. appeal
  1. clue
  2. cancel
  3. cheap
  4. purple 
  5. whales
  6. love
“Gracious, child!” his grandmother exclaimed.  “You splash in your bath worse than the WHALES in the ocean!”
Bailey looked at her Nonnie and grinned as only a six-year-old with no front teeth can.  She knew the LOVE behind the mock scolding, that her grandmother really didn’t care that almost every surface of the bathroom had a sheen of DROPLETS on it.  
Besides, if there was one thing Bailey enjoyed almost as much as splashing in the tub, it was wiping down the surfaces with the towel after.  Truth be told, she loved wiping down everything except herself, and would run around wiping things until her towel was so wet she had to have a FRESH one to dry herself.
This MAGNIFICENT game had been going on for so long it had become their habit, a ritual neither was willing to miss out on.  Like all children, Bailey reveled in the love and nurturing without having a CLUE what it actually cost.
She was not supposed to be here right now, although she had no way of realizing the forces beyond her that had brought her to this point.  Her father’s lost job, then the house taken, the months in a CHEAP apartment while he tried to get their lives back on track, and finally his APPEAL to his mother to take the girl “for a while, so I can work in the oil fields — I can’t take her there with me, it’s no place for a child and I can send money home.”
Nonnie thought about these things as she coaxed her granddaughter into her favorite PURPLE pajamas.  Time for the glass of JUICE before bed, which Bailey “sucked down like a TICK on a hound dog” as Nonnie put it.  Then prayers and tucking in and a story and a kiss, and when Bailey finally fell asleep, Nonnie would finish cleaning up from supper and take her own weary self to bed.
As difficult as it was to care for a grandchild after raising her own kids, Nonnie knew the secret of being grateful for this time that would not last forever.  She would not CANCEL a moment of it, or wish it away.  Her son had sent word, he had a job offer near her, after almost a year away, he was coming home soon.
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Today is:
Adult Autism Awarenes Day — sponsored by aheadd.org 
Army Day — Iran (Rouz-e-Artesh)
Ebertfest/Roger Ebert’s Film Festival — Virginia Theatre, Champaign, IL (in the best show biz tradition, the show will go on; through Sunday)
Feast of Pak Tai — Macau (Pak Tai who conquered the Demon King, celebrated the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)
Goddess Month of Maia begins
Independence Day — Zimbabwe(1980)
International Amateur Radio Day/World Amateur Radio Day — celebrating “ham radio” around the world; ARRI 
International Day for Monuments and Sites — UNESCO
Invention Day — Japan
Laundromat Day — the first self-service “washateria” opened on this date in 1934 in Fort Worth, TX, US
Look-Alike Day — internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire; some sites list it on the 20th
National Animal Cracker Day
National CPA’s Goof Off Day — US, the day after tax day because they deserve it!
National Stress Awareness Day — sponsored by the Health Resource Network (always on the first workday after paying taxes)
Newspaper Columnists’ Day — The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle    
Pet Owners Independence Day — the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilies of your pet; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Shangsi Festival — China (ancient Double Third festival, on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month)
Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day — if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose
St. Agapitus Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)
St. Agia’s Day (Patron against lawsuits)
“Third World” Day — the phrase was first used on this date in 1955
Ushibuka Haiya Matsuri — Furukawa, Japan (one of the liveliest dance festivals, with elements of dance styles from around the country; through the 20th)
Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day — US (the day after you pay your taxes, bring the comforts of home to the office; sponsored by PajamaGram) 
Anniversaries Today:
The University of Alabama is founded, 1831
Birthdays Today:
America Ferrara, 1984
Cheryl Ann Haworth, 1983
Melissa Joan Hart, 1976
Eli Roth, 1972
David Tennant, 1971
Maria Bello, 1967
Conan O’Brien, 1963
Eric McCormack, 1963
Jane Leeves, 1961
Eric Roberts, 1956
John James, 1956
John Pankow, 1954
Rick Moranis, 1954
Dorothy Lyman, 1947
James Woods, 1947
Hayley Mills, 1946
Robert Hooks, 1937
Barbara Hale, 1921
Leopold Stokowski, 1882
Samuel Earl “Wahoo Sam” Crawford, 1880
Clarence Darrow, 1857
Lucrezia Borgia, 1480
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Beauty and the Beast”(Musical), 1994
“Real People”(TV), 1979
“Call Me Mister”(Musical), 1946
Today in History:
Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter’s Basilica is laid, 1506
The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738
The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that “The British are coming!” 1775
Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881
The St. Andrew’s Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899
Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902
Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906
The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912
“The House that Ruth Built,” Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923
Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924
The first “washateria” (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934
The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958
The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007
Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface, 2013


A to Z: Oh, Gracious and OMG, a Random Tuesday Post

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It’s Tuesday, time for linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
We interrupt this week to say, Oh, Gracious!  Yesterday i received a call from the shelter.  A foster who was bottle raising three kittens got word a relative had been in a serious accident and she needed to fly home immediately.  Could i take the kittens, since it was such an emergency?
Can we say of course? 






The orange tabby boy is so small i am almost convinced he is not from the same litter as the other two.  If he is, he is way behind in development.
The larger of the two calico females will not drink milk but insists on getting canned food.  In over thirty years of bottle raising kittens, this is a first for me.
They do seem healthy and happy, which is the most important thing.  Because i could only find one heating pad in the house (i think Bigger Girl moved out with the other one), i gave it to them and went to the store to get myself another.  As i always say when i have to give up something to the babies, they are worth it.
Yes, it is still cool enough at night here that i need a heating pad.  Since such cool weather means no A/C is needed yet, i will take it.
If i can get them to cooperate, i will try to get better pictures by Friday.
Dr. D kept me hopping yesterday.  While i agree with the mother who said she was too smart to stick her hand under her son’s bed, i am willing to stick a broom under Dr. D’s.  Seldom do i use the expression OMG, but i think it applies when you find twenty-seven pairs of shoes and a ton of Persian cat hair under one small bed.
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Today is:
American Academy of Arts and Letters Charter Day
Bat Appreciation Day — sponsored by Bat Conservation International, at the time of year when bats begin awakening from hibernation
Blah, Blah, Blah Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Eighty-Niner Days Celebration — Guthrie, OK, US (commemoration of the Oklahoma Territory Land Run of April 22, 1889, celebrating their heritage with chuck wagon feeds, “gunfights”, a parade and carnival; through Sunday)
Ellis Island Family History Day — US (by proclamation of the nations governors and in conjunction with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, a day to celebrate the achievements and contribution of the immigrants and their descendants who came through Ellis Island; on the anniversary of the day, in 1907, when 11,747 immigrants were processed through the island, the most in one day)   
Equality Day — Canada (the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force on April 17, 1985, guaranteeing equality without regard to race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability)
Flag Day — American Samoa
Ford Mustang Day — International (on the “birthday” of the vehicle)
Income Tax Pay Day — US
    related observances:
    Freak Out Day 
    National Griper’s Day (after all, you have to pay your taxes)
    Tax Resistors’ Day — good luck!
    That Sucks Day (appropriate, isn’t it)*
Independence Day / Evacuation Day — Syria
International Day of Peasants Struggle
Myanmar New Year — Myanmar
National Cheeseball Day
National Haiku Poetry Day — sponsored by The Haiku Foundation     
Nimble Fairies’ Scattering — Fairy Calendar
Nosy Neighbor Appreciation Day — to be celebrated, if you dare, by greeting and thanking your neighbor for being nosy
Nothing Like A Dame Day — a day to pay homage to the unique wit, wisdom, style and strength of dames past and present, and to cultivate the dame in you or in your life
St. Kateri Tekakwitha’s Day (Patron of ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, exiles, people who have lost their parents, people ridiculed for their piety)
St. Stephen Harding’s Day (Co-founder of Cistercian Order)
Thargelia — Ancient Greek Calendar (two day festival for the birthday of Apollon and Artemis; date approximate)
Toothbrush Appreciation Day — think of what it would be like without one!
Verrazano Day — New York, US (Celebrates discovery of New York harbor by Giovanni Verrazano, Florentine navigator)
Women’s Day — Gabon
World Hemophilia Day
*If you want to add others reasons why today should be considered “That Sucks Day”, please go share your horror story of the day at http://www.thatsucks.net
Birthdays Today:
Victoria Beckham, 1974
Jennifer Garner, 1972
Liz Phair, 1967
Lela Rochon, 1966
Norman Julius “Boomer” Esiason, 1961
Sean Bean, 1958
Olivia Hussey, 1951
Don Kirshner, 1934
Cynthia Ozick, 1928
Harry Reasoner, 1923
William Holden, 1918
Thornton Wilder, 1897
Nikita Krushchev, 1894
Adrian Constantine “Cap” Anson, 1852
J.P. Morgan, 1837
Samuel Chase, 1741
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Caveman(Film), 1981
“McCartney”(Album), 1970 (first solo album)
“No Time for Comedy”(Play), 1939
Today in History:
Geoffrey Chaucer tells his Canterbury Tales for the first time, at the court of Richard II, ten years to the day after the pilgrimage actually began, 1397
Christopher Columbus signs his contract with Spain to find the Indes, 1492
Martin Luther stands firm and refuses to recant before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Sir Ralph Abercromby attacks San Juan, Puerto Rico in what would be one of the largest invasions of the Spanish territories in America, 1797
The first Sino-Japanese War ends with the signing of the Treaty of Shimonoseki, 1895
A one day record 11,747 immigrants are processed at Ellis Island, 1907
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios is formed by the merger of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and the Louis B. Mayer Company, 1924
Cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J Fudd & Petunia Pig, debut, 1937
At midnight, 26 Irish counties officially break with the British Commonwealth and form the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Bay of Pigs Invasion fiasco begins, 1961
Ford Motor Company unveils the Mustang, 1964
Jerrie Mock becomes the first woman to circumnavigate the world by air, 1964
The ill-fated Apollo 13 spacecraft returns to Earth safely, 1970
Patriation of the Canadian constitution in Ottawa by Proclamation of Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, 1982
The Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years’ War between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly ends, 1986
NJ Devil Martin Brodeur becomes the 2nd NHL goalie to score in a playoff game, 1997
The 5th Summit of the Americas takes place in Port of Spain; Trinidad, thirty-four heads of government attend, 2005
An explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of West, Texas, causes 15 deaths and major damage to nearby buildings, residences, a nursing home and middle school, 2013


A to Z: Night Guard (Awww Monday) and Nice (Sparks!)

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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!
Little Girl, who is in the Army National Guard, had a training weekend, so she spent her nights here.  She brought Coda the German shepherd, and the dog slept on the cot with her.  When i had to sneak down in the middle of the night, Coda jumped up in protection mode, a faithful night guard: 
Halt!  Who goes there?




The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
My “Spark” for the day


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Today is:
Boston Marathon — Boston, MA, US (121st running)
Day of Mushroom Encouragement — Fairy Calendar
Dronningens Fodselsdag — Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)
Emancipation Day — Washington, D.C., US
Holiday of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Jim Thorpe Day — US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)
Jose de Diego’s Birthday — Puerto Rico (Father of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement, a/k/a Dia de Reafirmacion del Idioma Espanol)
National Eggs Benedict Day
National Healthcare Decision Week begins — US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; “It always seems to early, until it’s too late.”)    
Offering to Demeter Khloe — Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)
Patriot’s Day — US (in observance of the first battles of the Revolutionary War)
Sechselauten — Zurich, Switzerland (Six Ringing Festival, traditional driving out of winter through the symolic destruction of the Boog – Old Man Winter – in the form of a snowman)
St. Bernadette of Lourdes’ Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)
St. Padarn’s Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint’s day)
World Entrepreneurship Day
World Voice Day — if you’ve ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice    
Anniversaries Today:
Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910
Birthdays Today:
Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Brown Sugar”(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
“Fibber McGee and Molly”(Radio), 1935
“Mazeppa”(Symphonic poem, Liszt’ S 100), 1854
“The Contrast”(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)
Today in History:
Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of “prayer and fasting” in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term “Cold War” to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
For the first time since 1977 no Pulitzer Prize is awarded for fiction, 2012
The Vatican ends a five-year investigation into a key organization of U.S. nuns two years ahead of schedule and recommends no major changes; the group was under scrutiny for practices considered out of line with Catholic Church teaching, 2015


Fancy Words (Cajun Joke) and A Hidden Message (Sunday Selections)

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i will quit telling Cajun jokes.
Boudeaux’s cousin, Gauthier, be de editor o’ de local paper.  
One day Gauthier call Boudreaux an’ say, “Boudreaux, I needs fo’ you to talk to you boy, Tee.”
“Mais, what he done did now?” Boudreaux ax.
An’ Gauthier say, “He done come by de paper office after school an’ pay fo’ a classified ad.”
“What fo’ he did dat?” Boudreaux ax.
“Dat be what we want to know,” say Gauthier.  “He done come in an ax us how much it be to print ten words, an’ when we tol’ him, he say ‘Dat goin’ be my whole ‘llowance fo’ de month, but it be worth it.’  Den he done ax us to print de words, ‘Authenticate, Perspicacious, Tertiary, Insolent, Unmediated, Plenipotentiary, Bifurcated, Contentious, Obstreperous, Extolled.’  We goin’ do it ’cause he done paid an’ dey don’ be words we cain’t have in de paper, but we all want know why he want dem words enough to pay fo it.”
So Boudreaux call Tee come in an’ he tell him, “Gauthier done call me an’ tell me ’bout you wantin’ de ad in de paper.”
“Do I be in trouble?” ax Tee.
“Mais, no, you ain’t done nothin’ wrong, we jes’ want know what fo’ you be willin’ to pay for all dem big, fancy words to be in de paper.”
An’ Tee say, “Well, you know we get a paper in de school fo’ to read an’ discuss in de English class, an’ my English teacher done say whoever can find dem ten words in the paper dis semester is goin’ get an A, so now I know I be goin’ find dem!”
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.  
One of the children at rEcess showed me this is it numbers/is it letters trick.  If you cover the top of the paper, it shows something different than when you see the whole thing:


A hidden “I love you”
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Today is:
Celtic Tree Month Saille (willow) begins
Cleaning for a Reason Week begins — raising awareness of Cleaning For A Reason, which helps provide free residential cleaning to women fighting cancer   
Day of the Sun — North Korea (Kim Il Sung’s Birthday Holiday)
Fast Food Day — the first franchised McDonald’s opened this day in 1955 in Des Plaines, IL, US
Father Damien Day — Hawaii, US (Patron of lepers)
Festival of Heru; Festival of Bast — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fluff Appreciation Day — internet generated
Fordicalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (cow sacrifice to the earth mother, Tellus Mater)
Guangzhou (Canton) Spring Trade Fair — Guangzhou (Canton), China (a month-long spring trade fair held the same dates each year)
Hillsborough Disaster Memorial — Anfield at Liverpool, England
Income Tax Pay Day — Philippines
Jackie Robinson Day — Major League Baseball
National Glazed Ham Day
National Pet ID Week — the third full week of April, you are reminded to make sure your pets are microchipped or have an ID tag, just in case
Rubber Eraser Day — today in 1770, Joseph Priestly described a vegetable gum which had the ability to rub out pencil marks
St. Hunna’s Day (Patron of laundresses, laundry workers, washerwomen)
Swallow Day — England (traditional date of the return of chimney swallows)
Take a Wild Guess Day — sponsored by Jim Barber as a day to honor guesses, hunches, inspirations, speculations and other forms of “intuitive intelligence”  
Tipsa Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the start of plowing)
Titanic Remembrance Day
Volunteer Recognition Week/National Volunteer Week begins — sponsored by Points of Light   
World Creativity and Innovation Week — always begins on DaVinci’s birth anniversary
   World Art Day — because he was an artist as well as inventor
Anniversary Today:
Gallaudet University is founded, 1817 (first US public school for the deaf)
Birthdays Today:
Emma Watson, 1990
Ilya Kovalchuck, 1983
Seth Rogen, 1982
Patrick Carney, 1980
Anna Torv, 1978
Emma Thompson, 1959
Evelyn Ashford, 1957
Heloise Cruse Evans, 1951
Amy Wright, 1950
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, 1947
Claudia Cardinale, 1939
Roy Clark, 1933
Elizabeth Montgomery, 1933
Leon Schotter, 1922
Harold Washington, 1922
Hilda Simms, 1920
Hans Conried, 1917
Bessie Smith, 1894
Thomas Hart Benton, 1889
Sam Rodia, 1875
John Munroe Longyear, 1850
Henry James, 1843
Joseph E. Seagram, 1841
Charles Willson Peale, 1741(O.S. date)
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“In Living Color”(TV), 1990
“Driving Miss Daisy”(Play), 1987
Today in History:
Pope Innocent III refuses to grant permission to the Jews of Cordova, Spain, to build a synagogue, 1250
Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London, 1755
The first school for the deaf in the US opens in Hartford, Connecticut, 1817
The last day US silver coins are allowed to circulate in Canada, 1870
Harley Proctor begins producing Ivory Soap, 1878
General Electric Company is incorporated, 1892
The Titanic sinks, 1912
Insulin becomes available to diabetics, 1923
Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, 1924
Jackie Robinson debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947
White Rock, British Columbia officially separates from Surrey, British Columbia and is incorporated as a new city, 1957
Tokyo Disney Resort (and the Tokyo Disneyland park) opens in Tokyo Bay (Japan), 1983
Upon Hu Yaobang’s death, the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 begin in the People’s Republic of China, 1989
Representatives of 124 countries and the European Communities sign the Marrakesh Agreements revising the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade and initiating the World Trade Organization, 1994
Astronomers at San Francisco State University announce the discovery of the first multiplanet solar system besides our own, three planets around Upsilon Andromedaie, 1999
Volcanic ash from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland leads to the closure of airspace over most of Europe, 2010
In a Schrodinger’s cat experiment, researchers in Japan and Australia successfully teleport wave packets of light; this is the first transfer of quantum information from one point to another, 2011
Nokia announces that it will purchase Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion, creating the second-largest manufacturer of mobile communication products behind Ericsson, 2015