Can’t Sneak Up On Them Nohow (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.
 
These kittens were all asleep when i tried to quietly open their cage and take a photo.
 
Of course, little missy had to wake up and see what was going on.
 
 
The tag around that orange one means he’s been preadopted and will go home after his surgery.
 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. As a child, I feared ______________.
2. Friday the 13th _____________________.
3. I think _________ is my best quality.
4. You can’t go wrong with _________.
 
 
 
1. As a child, i feared getting lost or being left behind.
 
2. Friday the 13th is just another day, unless it’s the first Friday the 13th of the year.  Then it is officially Blame Someone Else Day, the only day of the year you have a free pass to blame someone else.  We had that back in April this year.
 
3. I think the fact that i try to work hard is my best quality.
 
4. You can’t go wrong with praying about a situation before making a decision.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anne Hutchinson Memorial Day — Portsmouth, RI, US (honoring Anne Marbury Hutchinson, co-founder of Portsmouth, in 1638)
 
Arts in the Park — Kalispell, MT, US (juried arts and crafts show, with food and entertainment; through Sunday)
 
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day — anniversary of the founding of Sweet Adelines International
 
Beans and Franks Day
 
Blissfest — Harbor Springs, MI, US (three music stages, workshop areas, and the preservation of folk and roots music; through Sunday)
 
Collector Car Appreciation Day — brought to you by the SEMA Action Network    
 
Embrace Your Geekness Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, celebrate your love of online dungeon games, comic books, or dressing up like a vampire
 
Feast of Kalimat (Words) — Baha’i Faith
 
Fool’s Paradise Day — a day to figure out how a fool can achieve paradise?  or how it can be paradise if it is full of fools?
 
Gentse Feesten — Ghent, Belgium (a ten day music and theatre festival)
 
Go West Day — commemorates Horace Greeley’s “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.”
 
Gruntled Workers Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; those of us who are gruntled, as opposed to the disgruntled, should unite and pass along some “great work” compliments to those doing a good job
 
International Carthage Festival — Tunis, Tunisia (the country’s biggest arts event and music festival, through Aug. 15)
 
International Puzzle Day — some sites say Jan. 29, but today is Erno Rubik’s birthday
 
La Retraite Aux Flambeaux — France (night watch, before Bastille Day)
 
Lindenfest — Geisenheimer, Rhineland, Germany (a new wine festival in the shade of a 600 year old linden tree; through Monday)
 
National French Fries Day
 
Obon (Ulambana) — Buddhist; Shinto (Festival of the Lanterns, a time of honoring the ancestors, a reunion of them with the living; through the 15th, although Obon festivals are held on various dates in July at temples throughout the world)
 
Rainforest World Music Festival — Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia (music in the jungle, featuring local and international artists performing wild music and dance in the mud and tropical rain; through Sunday)
 
Statehood Day — Montenegro
 
St. Henry the Emperor’s Day (Patron of childless people, disabled people, dukes, handicapped people, kings, people rejected by religious orders, physically challenged people; Bamberg, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Benedictine Oblates; against sterility)
 
St. Joel the Prophet’s Day (Old Testament prophet of the Book of Joel)
 
Targhee Fest — Grand Targhee Mountain, Alta, WY, US (food, games, fun and tons of music in the beautiful Grand Teton mountains; through Sunday)
 
Three Rivers Festival — Ft. Wayne, IN, US (Fort Wayne’s biggest summer party; through the 21st)
 
Turkey Rama — McMinnville, Oregon (family fun on “Oregon’s Favorite Main Street” that includes the “World’s Largest Turkey BBQ”; through Sunday)
 
Vancouver Folk Music Festival — Jericho Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada ( folk music from around the globe, performed in a beautiful outdoor venue; through Sunday)
 
Wayne Chicken Show — Wayne, NE, US (this year’s theme is “Welcome to Fabulous Wayne America”, and the family friendly fun includes a rubber chicken chuck and National Cluck Off; through Sunday)
 
 
Birthdays Today
 
Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb, 1963
Cameron Crowe, 1957
Jane Hamilton, 1957
Michael Spinks, 1956
Louise Mandrell, 1954
Cheech Marin, 1946
Erno Rubik, 1944
Harrison Ford, 1942
Roger McGuinn, 1942
Robert Forster, 1941
Patrick Stewart, 1940
Jack Kemp, 1935
Wole Soyinka, 1934
David Storey, 1933
Bob Crane, 1928
Dave Garroway, 1913
Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1821
Julius Caesar, BC100
 
 
Today in History
 
Capt James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas, 1772
William Wordsworth, on a walking tour through the Wye Valley, visited the ruins of Tintern Abbey and a few miles further on composed a poem about them, 1798
Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeated Ottoman forces at Thermopylae, 1822
Henry R Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River, 1832
After 9,957 unnumbered patents, the U.S. Patent Office issues Patent No. 1, for locomotive wheels, 1836
Queen Victoria becomes the first British monarch to live at Buckingham Palace in London, 1837
First day of the New York Draft Riots in response to President Abraham Lincoln’s Enrolment Act of Conscription, 1863
Horace Greeley publishes his editorial advising young men to “Go West, young man, go west and grow up with the country,” 1865
PT Barnum’s American Museum was destroyed in one of the most spectacular fires in New York City’s history, 1865
Gold was discovered near Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, 1909
The British airship R34 lands in Norfolk, England, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in 182 hours of flight, 1919
Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the Nixon tapes to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break in, 1973
The Live Aid benefit concert, a telecast fundraising concert for famine relief in Ethiopia, was held in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow, 1985
American Thoroughbred racehorse Cigar wins his 16th consecutive top-class race, the first horse to do so since Triple Crown winner citation, 1996
Researchers reveal two studies showing the antiretroviral drugs prescribed to treat AIDS can also prevent HIV infections, 2011

 

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There’s One In Every Family (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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.
 
Don’t take a picture of me.
 
Hey, I said don’t take a picture of me!
 
Meanwhile, from the other side of the hammock:
 
Knock it off and let her take the photo, I’m trying to sleep over here!
 
 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. When it is hot, I _____________________.
2. I am looking forward to _______________________ this month.
 
3. The theme song of my life would be _________.
 
4. There is no such thing as _________.
 
 
When it is hot, i stay indoors as much as i possibly can, and feel very sorry for the yard people.
 
I am looking forward to #1 Son’s birthday this month.
 
The theme song of my life would be Amazing Grace.  At least, i hope it would be.
 
There is no such thing as too much onion, because too much is almost enough.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Action Mesothelioma Day — UK (bringing “meso” cancer into the spotlight)
 
Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama / World Tibet Day — Tibetan Diaspora, to bring awareness to the cause of restoring freedom to Tibet
 
Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day — internet sites that list this suggest you then donate it to a child in need
 
Calgary Stampede — Calgary, AB, Canada (The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth; through the 15th)
 
Day of the Capital — Kazakhstan
 
Earth at Aphelion — @17:46 UTC (Earth at its furthest distance from the sun)
 
Ettelbruck Rememberance Day — Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (remebrance of Patton’s 3rd Army liberating the area from the Nazis)
 
Feast of Isaiah the Prophet — Roman Catholic 
 
Fill an Aquarium Day — they are fun and entertaining; probably spread around the internet by an afficionado who wants to share the love
 
Fishermen’s Day — Marshall Islands
 
Independence Day / National Day — Comoros (1975)
 
Independence Day / Republic Day — Malawi (1964)
 
International Kissing Day / World Kissing Day — noted everywhere, but not sponsored; that doesn’t matter, kiss someone you love today!  (and by the way, kissing burns 2 calories a minute)
 
Iriya no Asagao-ichi — Kishibo-Jin Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo (morning glory flower festival, buy one for good luck, through the 8th)
 
Ivan Kupala Day — Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine (through tomorrow; Feast of St. John the Baptist in Orthodox Churches using the Julian Calendar)
 
Jan Hus Day — Czech Republic
 
Kilburn Feast — Kilburn, North Yorkshire at The Square, England (dating back hundreds of years, it’s no longer a horse-fair, but a great many fun events for villagers; the Mayor and Mayoress, both men in costume, are the highlight, handing out “fines” for “crimes” such as carrying an umbrella or having a moustache, with money going to a local charity; through Sunday)
 
King Mindaugas Day / Statehood Day — Lithuania
 
Laura Ingalls Wilder Pageant — DeSmet, SD, US (get a taste of pioneer life, this weekend Friday-Sunday plus the next two weekends, in the original Little Town on the Prairie she wrote about)
 
Los Sanfermines — Pamplona, Spain (bull running, through the 14th; don’t be bored, be gored! a part of the San Fermin Festival)
 
Ludi Apollinares — Ancient Roman Calendar (first day of games in honor of Apollo; through the 13th)
 
Millenial Fairy Olympics — Fairy Calendar (through the 14th)
 
National Fried Chicken Day
 
Old Albums are Frisbees Day — if you have nothing to play them on, and they are scratched anyway, why not?
 
Old-Time Fiddlers’ Jamboree and Crafts Festival — Smithville, TN, US (through tomorrow; with 32 categories of old-time bluegrass music!)
 
Pictou Lobster Carnival — Pictou, NS, Canada (a tail gate party and more; through Sunday)
 
Ra o te Ui Ariki — Cook Islands (House of Ariki[Tribal Chief])
 
Roswell UFO Days — Roswell, NM, US (tons of stuff for the serious and those who just want to have fun with the whole concept; through Sunday)
 
Savonlinna Opera Festival — Savonlinna, Finland (one of Finland’s most illustrious and internationally significant cultural events; through Aug. 4)
 
Shonan Hiratsuka Tanabata Matsuri — Shounan City, Kanagawa Prefecture (one of Japan’s largest Tanabata festivals; through Sunday)
 
St. Godelieve of Ghistelles’s Day (Patron of difficult marriages, healthy throats, in-law problems, throat diseases, victims of abuse, victims of verbal spouse abuse)
 
St. Maria Goretti’s Day (Patron of children, teen girls, martyrs, poor people, rape victims, young people; Albano, Italy; against poverty, the death of parents)
 
Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day — because your online business depends on keeping him/her happy and well fed; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
 
Ways with Words — Dartington, Devon, England (The UK’s most stylish literature festival, through the 15th)
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (King George V) marries Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Queen Mary), 1893
 
 
 
Birthdays Today
 
Matthew O’Leary, 1987
Gregory Smith, 1983
Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978
Jennifer Saunders, 1958
Kenny G, 1956
Allyce Beasley, 1954
Grant Goodeve, 1952
Hilary Mantel, 1952
Geoffrey Rush, 1951
George W. Bush, 1946
Sylvester Stallone, 1946
Burt Ward, 1945
Ned Beatty, 1937
Dalai Lama, 1935
Della Reese, 1932
Janet Leigh, 1927
Pat Paulsen, 1927
Merv Griffin, 1927
Bill Haley, 1925
William Schallert, 1922
Nancy Reagan, 1921
Sebastian Cabot, 1918
Laverne Andrews, 1915
Frida Kahlo, 1907
Beatrix Potter, 1866
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781
John Paul Jones, 1747
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
A Hard Day’s Night(Film), 1964
“Name That Tune”(TV), 1953
“Judith”(Play), 1840
 
 
Today in History
 
Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England, 1189
Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting Jews during the Black Death, 1348
Jan Hus is burned at the stake, 1415
Richard III is crowned King of England, 1483
Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River, 1484
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII, 1535
Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, 1573
The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States, 1785
In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held, 1854
Lyman Reed Blake receives the first patent for a machine to sew the sole of a shoe on to the upper, 1958
Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies; the patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog, 1885
David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights, 1887
Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain, 1892
The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, 1919
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago’s Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4–2, 1933
The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed, 1939
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the “Secret Annexe” above her father’s office in an Amsterdam warehouse, 1942
The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America’s worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut, 1944
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France, 1986
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years, 2006
Jadranka Kosor becomes the first female prime minister of Croatia, 2009
Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday as Nepalese authorities fear they will turn into anti-Chinese demonstrations, 2011

 

Grand Dames (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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 two Grand Dames of our cat family are the fourteen-year-olds, Little Girlie and Tripod SissyCat.  Sometimes they argue with each other.
 
Little Girlie thinks Tripod needs to lose weight (she does) and Tripod thinks Girlie needs to mind her own business!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. Fireworks ______________________.
2. My favorite 4th of July picnic food is _____________________.
3. I begin every day with _________.
 
4. _________ is the best thing since sliced bread.
 
1. Fireworks are lovely when professionally done, and dangerous when the kids up the street are setting them off, firing at cars coming down the road.
2. My favorite 4th of July picnic food is vegan mayonnaise and home grown tomato sandwiches on a whole grain seed bread.  Yes, i embrace my weirdness.
3. I begin every day with prayer and Bible study.  If i read your blog (or you have read mine), you have been prayed for.
4. Internet access is the best thing since sliced bread.  After all, without it we wouldn’t have our online friends and communities.
 
 
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Today is:
 
10,000 Crestonians 4th of July Celebration — Creston, IA, US (lots of history and fun, through the 4th)
 
Autonomy Day — French Polynesia
 
Camera Day — internet generated, but a fun one to celebrate
 
Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul — Christian
    St. Paul, Patron of Greece, Malta, rope makers, tentmakers, upholsterers
    St. Peter, Patron of clockmakers, fishermen, Russia; against fever, foot trouble, wolves
    a recognized holiday in Chile; Holy See; Italy; Malta[l-Imnarja]; Peru; GR and TI, Switzerland; Wallis and Fortuna
    Haro Wine Festival — Haro, LaRioja, Spain (a festival that includes a Battle of Wines, where wine is thrown from buckets at opposing teams; on the feast day of the city’s patron, San Pedro)
    Rat-Catcher’s Day — often cited because some of the earliest legends of the Pied Piper claim he took the children on the Feast Day of Sts. Peter and Paul
 
Gettysburg Civil War Relic and Collectors Show — Gettysburg, PA, US (featuring leading collectors and dealers; through tomorrow)
 
Hug Holiday — while the National Hug Holiday Week has been moved to the beginning of May, this is the original day, and was for quite a while, so go give someone a big hug!
 
Independence Day — Seychelles
 
Montreux Jazz Festival — Montreaux, Switzerland (a premier jazz event for music lovers from around the world and one of the world’s greatest music festivals; through July 14)
 
National Almond Butter Crunch Day
 
Oharai/Grand Purification Festival — Shinto
 
Purple Hull Pea Festival and World Champion Rotary Tiller Contest — Emerson, AR, US (the tiny town of Emerson, population 368, puts on a big show that also includes a World Cup Purplehull Pea-Shelling competiton)
 
Runic Half-month Feoh (wealth) commences
 
Waffle Iron Day — don’t know why today, but it’s a great gadget, and if you have one, pull it out and use it today
 
Wicked Fairies Summer Debate — Fairy Calendar (i’d love to hear this!)
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Prince Aristide Stavros of Greece and Denmark, 2008
Amanda Donohoe, 1962
Sharon Lawrence, 1962
Fred Grandy, 1948
Richard Lewis, 1947
Gary Busey, 1944
Robert Evans, 1930
Ray Harryhausen, 1920
Slim Pickens, 1919
Bernard Herrmann, 1911
Nelson Eddy, 1901
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, 1900
James Van Der Zee, 1886
William James Mayo, 1863
George Washington Goethals, 1858
Julia Clifford Lathrop, 1858
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Moonraker(Film), 1979
 
 
Today in History:
 
An Irish monastic chronicler records a solar eclipse, 512
Jacques Cartier makes the European discovery of Prince Edward Island, 1534
The Globe Theatre in London, England burns to the ground, 1613
Alexander Macdonell and over five hundred Roman Catholic highlanders leave Scotland to settle in Glengarry County, Ontario, 1786
Coal is discovered on Vancouver Island, 1850
Ninety-nine people are killed in Canada’s worst railway disaster near St-Hilaire, Quebec, 1864
France annexes Tahiti, 1880
The first known recording of classical music, Handel’s “Israel in Egypt”, is made on a wax cylinder, 1888
Street railway in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, commences operation, 1891
Doukhobors burn their weapons as a protest against conscription by the Tsarist Russian government, 1895
France grants 1 km² at Vimy Ridge “freely, and for all time, to the Government of Canada, the free use of the land exempt from all taxes,” 1922
Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada receives a patent for sprocket and track traction system used in snow vehicles, 1937
Isabel Perón is sworn in as the first female President of Argentina, 1974
The Seychelles  become independent from the United Kingdom, 1976
The space shuttle Atlantis docks with the Russian Mir Space Station for the first time, 1995
Two car bombs are found at Piccadilly Circus, in the heart of London, 2007
News that European Union members agree on a deal to help some struggling Eurozone members causes world stock markets to soar, 2012

 

Catch a Kitten by the Toe (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)   
 
 
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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.
 
Last Wednesday (meaning over a week ago, not day before yesterday), Ms. Annie from the shelter went to the local “pound” to pull out cats that are adoptable and bring them to our facility.
 
While she was there, a worker handed her a big laundry basket with, get this, 12 bottle feed kittens!  A whole dozen, from two litters but born within a couple of days of each other.
 
Nine of them were orange tabbies, all boys; the girls were a brown tabby, a tortoiseshell, and a “tabico” (a tabby with some calico markings).
 
Ms. Annie divided them between three foster homes, giving each three orange boys and one girl.  One of the fosters has had to leave town this weekend for a funeral, and so i have taken hers until Sunday when she comes back.
 
It’s not easy getting pictures of kittens that are only about 2 weeks old:


 

 

 

 

 

 

My nicknames for them are Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Maureen.

 

 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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 12:00am on Friday.  Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!     
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
 
1. My favorite scent is ________________.
 
2. I hope to __________________ this weekend.
 
3. _________ is music to my ears.
 
4. Home is where _________.
 
 
1. My favorite scent is sweet olive, with jasmine and gardenia running a close second.
 
2. I hope to find my sanity hiding around here somewhere this weekend, although i am not holding my breath.
 
3. On the order of “no news is good news,” not hearing that any of my cars need repair is music to my ears.  (No, i am not hearing that all of my cars are in good shape right now, i am hearing the “ka-ching” as dollar signs add up again since Jalopy has a serious gas leak.)
   
4. Home is where i get to take my work clothes off and relax.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Anti-Fascist Resistance Day — Croatia
 
Antiques on the Bay — St. Ignace, MI, US (annual show for antique and classic cars at least 25 years old or older; through tomorrow)
 
Bouphoria — Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice of an ox to symbolize social order dissolving and being restored; date approximate)
 
Colorado Brewers’ Festival — Fort Collings, CO, US (celebrate Colorado’s rich brewing history with over 30 breweries; through Sunday)
 
Dairy Queen Day — the first Dairy Queen® opened this day in 1940 in Joliet, Illinois
 
Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Great Patriotic War — Belarus
 
Elfin Music Festival — Fairy Calendar
 
Fes Musiques Sacrees du Monde — Fez, Morocco (Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, with all types of sacred music featured, from Spanish gypsy laments to Sufi chanting and everything between; through the 30th)
 
Festival of 1 Lithe — Hobbit Calendar
 
Grantsville Days — Grantsville, MD, US (annual homecoming weekend, with fun for all; through Sunday)
 
Heidi Festival — New Glarus, Wisconsin (celebrations of the town’s Swiss heritage; through Sunday)
 
Hjemkomst and Annual Viking Festival — Moorhead, MN, US (celebrating all things Nordic, with exhibitions from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweeden and Saami Land; through tomorrow)
 
Kaposia Days — South St. Paul, MN, US (Kaposia, or “Little Crows Village,” was a seasonal American Indian settlement within the city limits of what is now St. Paul, MN, and a family oriented city festival is now held paying tribute to the orignal name; through Sunday)
 
Little Bighorn Days — Hardin, MT, US (celebrating the life and legends of the American West, with battle reenactments at the “Custer’s Last Stand” battle site this weekend; through Sunday)
 
Louisiana Peach Festival — Ruston, LA, US (Ruston grows some peaches worth celebrating! through tomorrow)
 
Midsummer’s Eve Holiday — Aland; Finland; Sweden
 
National Chocolate Eclair Day
 
National Onion Rings Day
 
Newport Flower Show — Newport, RI, US (New England’s premier summer flower show; through Sunday)
 
Soap Microphone Day — grab your soap in the shower and pretend you are on stage! (promise i won’t tell)
 
St. Nicetas’ Day (Patron of Romania)
 
St. Thomas More’s Day (Patron of adopted children, civil servants, difficult marriages, large families, lawyers, politicians/politicos/statesmen, step-parents, widowers; Arlington, VA; Ateneo de Manila Law School; Pensacola-Tallahassee, FL; University of Malta; University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Arts and Letters)
 
Stupid Guy Thing Day — included under protest; “guy things” aren’t necessarily stupid, it should just be Guy Thing Day; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want all women to just not count anything against guys today, but chalk it up to being a Stupid Guy Thing
 
Take Your Dog to Work Day — depending on where you work, what did your dog do to deserve this?
 
Teacher’s Day — El Salvador
 
Ugliest Dog Day — actual day, during the Sonoma-Marin Fair that began two days ago, of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest; will Martha, last year’s winner, keep her title?
 
Vikingespil Frederikssund (Viking Festival) — Frederikssund, Denmark (the most famous Viking cultural event in Denmark, with two weeks of plays based on Danish Viking legends and a three day festival this weekend, as well as two markets and a Viking camp recreation)
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Harry Houdini marries Wilhelmina Beatrice “Bess” Rahner, 1894
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Eric Stretch, 1980
Donald Faison, 1974
Carson Daly, 1973
Mary Lynn Rajskub, 1971
Kurt Warner, 1971
Amy Brennenman, 1964
Dan Brown, 1964
Randy Couture, 1963
Tracy Pollan, 1960
Freddie Prinze, 1954
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
Todd Rundgren, 1948
Meryl Streep, 1949
Lindsay Wagner, 1949
Pete Maravich, 1947
Klaus Maria Brandauer, 1944
Ed Bradley, 1941
Michael Lerner, 1941
Kris Kristofferson, 1936
William Ralph “Bill” Blass, 1922
Joseph Papp, 1921
Billy Wilder, 1906
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906
John Dillinger, 1903
Captain George Vancouver, 1757
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Rescuers(Animated film), 1977
Lady and the Tramp(Animated film), 1955
 
 
Today in History:
 
Ptolemy IV of Egypt defeats Antiochus III the Great of the Seleucid kingdom, BC217
Bilbo Baggins returns to his home at Bag End, (Shire Reconning), 1342
The  Jewish quarter of Prague is burned and looted, 1559
Galileo Galilei is forced by Inquisition to “abjure, curse, & detest” his Copernican heliocentric views, 1633
A poisonous cloud from Laki volcanic eruption in Iceland reaches Le Havre in France, 1783
The British Parliament abolishes feudalism  and the seigneurial system in British North America, 1825
Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee procession in London, 1897
The Flag of Sweden is adopted, 1906
The Flag of the Faroe Islands is raised for the first time, 1919
Erwin Rommel is promoted to Field Marshal after the capture of Tobruk, 1942
The Cuyahoga River catches fire, which triggers a crack-down on pollution in the river, 1969
The Canadian  House of Commons  abolishes capital punishment, 1976
Charon, a satellite of the dwarf planet Pluto, is discovered, 1978
The largest hailstone ever recorded falls in Aurora, Nebraska (7inch diameter, 18.75 inch circumfrence), 2003
Eastman Kodak Company announces that it will discontinue sales of the Kodachrome Color Film, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon, 2009
UNESCO officially names Mount Fuji a World Heritage Site, 2013

 

Z Kitty (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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.
 
This is Z Kitty, who lives with my friend Di Dreaming, not far from where we vacation.


You can tell by her tummy she loves her chow.



Z Kitty is also known for loving to play in the rain, especially rolling on the outdoor glass table when the water is pouring down on it.

 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
 
1. My favorite Disney character is ____________________.
 
2. If I could stay any age for life, I would choose to be age _________________.
 
3. _________ is my secret talent.
 
4. Life is like a _________.
 
 
1. My favorite Disney character is Jacques the Mouse from Cinderella.  He’s so funny!
2. If i could stay any age for life, i would choose to be age 35.  Old enough to know better, young enough to still do just about anything i would want to do.
3. Escaping and disappearing from Sweetie’s view, then reappearing where he doesn’t expect me is my secret talent.   He thinks it’s hilarious that i can “go poof” as he says, then come up behind him and he doesn’t know how i did it.
 
4. Life is like a meal at the school cafeteria — you don’t know ahead of time what’s on the menu, and you’ll probably like some of it and hate some of it.
 
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Today is:
 
A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed Day — simply a good day to remember this, and thank a friend
 
Blues on the Fox — Aurora, IL, US (celebration of the historical blues recordings made in Aurora, with blues musicians from around the country performing; through tomorrow)
 
Dia del Arbol — Costa Rica (Tree Day/Arbor Day)
 
Dulcimer Days — Coshocton, Ohio, US (enjoy the restored 19th Century Roscoe Village and the charming music of dulcimers; through Sunday)
 
Eid al Fitr — Islam (celebration of the end of Ramadan; began sundown yesterday, runs through sundown on the 28th, although local dating and official government observances may vary)
 
Fly A Kite Day (on the anniversary of Ben Franklin’s kite experiment)
 
Fulton County Historical Power Show — Rochester, IN (featuring tractors, engines, antique power equipment, and food, music, and fun; through Sunday)
 
Global Wind Day — to celebrate wind energy    
 
Goettafest — MainStrasse Village, Covington, KY, US (a celebration of goetta, a favorite regional food, plus entertainment, and arts and crafts; through Sunday)
 
Jumatul Bidah — Bangladesh
 
Magna Carta Day — UK (King John set his seal on the document this day in 1215)
 
Mangaia Gospel Day — Mangaia, Cook Islands
 
Midnight Sun Festival — Nome, AK, US (celebration of the solstice, when there is almost continual daylight, with a parade, raft race, folk fest, and more; through tomorrow)
   Polar Bear Swim — Nome, AK, US (since 1975, as soon as they can break through the ice! the intrepid swimmers gather on the shore of the frigid Bering Sea to swim; if they can’t break through the ice yet, it may be rescheduled; part of the midnight sun festival)
 
Native American Citizenship Day — US (passage, in 1924, of the legislation recognizing citizenship of Native Americans in the US)
 
National Flip Flop Day — sponsored by Tropical Cafe Smoothie to raise funds for its national charity partner, Camp Sunshine    
 
National Lobster Day
 
Nature Photography Day — sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association   
 
Queen’s Birthday — Solomon Islands
 
Salvation Day/National Day of Salvation — Azerbaijan
 
Separation Day — Delaware, US (date of declaration of separation from England and Pennsylvania)
 
Smile Power Day — test out smile power today, it’s free!
 
Sneak a Kiss Day — observe the usual litany of cautions with this internet generated holiday
 
St. Vitus’ Day (Patron of actors, comedians, dancers, dogs, epilepsy sufferers; against animal attacks, dog bites, epilepsy, lightning, oversleeping, rheumatic chorea, Saint Vitus’ Dance, snake bites, storms, wild beasts; Badia Calavena, Italy; Czech Republic; Forio, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Recanati, Italy; Vacha, Germany; Wetsens, Netherlands; Zeven, Germany)
 
Valdemar’s Day and Reunion Day — Denmark (an official Flag Day)
 
Vestalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (main and final celebration, in which the Temple of Vesta was swept clean)
 
Work @ Home Fathers’ Day — special kudos to the dads who work from home by telecommuting, or care for house and kids while the wife works outside the home; sponsored by Jeff Zbar    
 
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day — because our elders deserve to be protected and cared for properly; this year’s theme is Seniors Aging Safely     
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
King Hussein of Jordan marries Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor), 1978
Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden marries Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905
Arkansas becomes the 25th US State, 1836
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
William Dean Martin, 1981
Neil Patrick Harris, 1973
Leah Remini, 1970
Ice Cube, 1969
Lisa McCall, 1969
Dina Meyer, 1969
Courtneney Cox Arquette, 1964
Helen Hunt, 1963
Julie Hagerty, 1955
Jim Belushi, 1954
Simon Callow, 1949
Nicola Pagett, 1945
Waylon Jennings, 1937
Mario Cuomo, 1932
Erroll Garner, 1921
Muzaffer Tema, 1919
Bob Wian, 1914
Edvard Grieg, 1843
Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, 1767
Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, 1519
Edward the Black Prince, 1330
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
The Lion King(Animated film), 1994
Dick Tracy(Film), 1990
“Hee Haw”(TV), 1969
“My Little Margie”(TV), 1952
 
 
 
Today in History:
 
The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history, BC763
King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta, 1215
The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, 1667
Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, 1752
Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania, 1776
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel, 1785
Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber, 1844
The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1846
Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II and is the last emperor of the German Empire, 1888
The most destructive tsunami in Japan’s history kills more than 22,000 people, 1896
A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City’s East River kills 1000, 1904
Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated, 1911
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter, 1916
A German expedition led by Karl Wien lost sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat (9th highest mountain), the largest single day loss of life on an 8,000m peak, 1937
In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America, 1944
Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations, 1994
Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, 2002
In Bulgaria, remains that some believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, are scientifically proven to be from a Middle Eastern man and dated to be from the first century AD, 2012

 

The Best Naptime (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
 
 
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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.
 
Dansig says it’s the time of year to take naps to stay cool.
 
Of course, he also says it’s time to take naps in winter to stay warm.  He likes naps.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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!      
 
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
 
 
1. My favorite subject in school was _________.
 
2. An extracurricular activity I participated in was _________.
 
3. I want to learn _________.
 
4. It takes courage to _________.
 
 
1. My favorite subject in school was English literature, with history and science close behind.  Math was fine once i figured out how and got away from mean elementary teachers.
 
2. An extracurricular activity i participated in was service through several organizations.  
 
3. I want to learn Spanish — i’ve been at it for years, i seem to have a mental block and can’t quite get past the basics.  It doesn’t help that most native speakers are so fast i cannot distinguish the words.
 
4. It takes courage to confront someone who has done something wrong to you, especially if it’s a person who doesn’t ever want to see him/her self as doing anything wrong.
 
 
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Today is:
 
Bachfest Leipzig — Leipzig, Germany (celebrating the great composer in the city where he composed some of his best-known works; through the 17th)
 
Banana Split Festival — Wilmington, OH, US (through tomorrow, in the city claiming to be the birthplace of the banana split)
 
Bell Tower Festival — Jefferson, IA, US (shows, entertainment, parade, and more all in the shadow of the Mahanay Memorial Bell Tower; through Sunday)
 
Best Friends Day — as declared by the ecard people
 
Bounty Anniversary Day — Norfolk Island (celebrates the arrival of the Bounty descendents from Pitcairn Island)
 
Chicago Blues Festival — Chicago, IL, US (the largest free blues festival in the world; through Sunday)
 
Coal Miner Days — Sparwood, BC, Canada (festival and fun! through Sunday)
 
Feast of Bona Mens — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of right thinking, the personification of the mind)
 
Judgement Day — Fairy Calendar (The Good and Evil are given their just rewards)
 
Jumat-ul Wida — JK, UK, & UP, India
 
Lilac Festival — Mackinac Island, MN, US (largest summer event on the Island; through the 17th)
 
Lindisfarne Day — Asatru/Slavic Pagan (commemorating the Viking raid on Lindisfarne in 793)
 
Name Your Poison Day — just another wacky holiday with no explanations
 
National Caribbean-American Health and Aids Awareness Day — with events all over the US    
 
National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers — on the second Friday of June, begun by National Alliance for Law Enforcement Support (formerly Wives Behind the Badge)    
 
National Jelly-Filled Doughnut Day
 
Old Fort Days and Billy the Kid Tombstone Race — Fort Sumner, NM, US (fun for all, including a rodeo, dance, demonstrations by Native Americans, and a race through an obstacle course carrying an 80lb tombstone! through tomorrow)
 
Primoz Trubar Day — Slovenia (birth anniversary of the author of the first Slovene language books and consolidated the Slovene language)
 
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival — Oklahoma City, OK, US (more than 100 tribes meet to pow wow and celebrate their heritage, through Sunday)
 
Riverbend Festival — Chattanooga, TN, US (nine days of fun on the banks of the Tennessee River)
 
Sacred Heart of Jesus — Catholic Christian
 
Senior Race Day — Isle of Man (final day of the Tourist Trophy races which is for Seniors only)
 
St. Medard’s Day (Patron of brewers, captives, imprisoned people, mentally ill people, peasants, prisoners, vineyards; for good harvests, good weather, and rain; against bad weather, imprisonment, sterility, and toothache) related event:
    Festival of the Rose — Salency, France (on St. Medard’s Day, and supposedly begun by that saint before the year 545)
 
Tecumseh! the Epic Outdoor Drama — Chillicothe, OH, US (Mon-Sat, until Sept. 2; spectacular reenactment of the life and death of the great Shawnee leader)
 
Texas Folklife Festival — San Antonio, TX, US (the signature event of the Institute of Texan Cultures; through Sunday)
 
The Strawberry Festival — Crawfordsville, IN, US (historic Lane Place hosts three days of fun, and all the city museums are open; through Sunday)
 
Upsy Daisy Day — the day to remind people to get up joyfully and gratefully each morning (tell that to my sleep-til-noon family!)
 
Vacuum Cleaner Day — Ives W. McGaffee obtained a patent on this day in 1869 for the first carpet cleaner that worked on a vaccuum priciple
 
Versailles Poultry Days — Versailles, OH, US (fun for the whole family, with parades, 5K, and even a Miss Chick contest; through Sunday)
 
Watch Day — the sign that you are over 30, you still wear a watch!
 
Wear It. Beat It — UK (formerly Rock Up in Red Day, raising awareness of heart health and educating people about heart disease)   
 
Windsurfing Regatta/Unvarnished Music Festival — Worthington, MN, US (windsurfing, swap meet, and music on the beach; through Sunday)
 
World Brain Tumor Day — International
 
 
 
Anniversary Today:
 
Christopher O’Neill marries Princess Madeleine of Sweden, 2013
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Kim Clijsters, 1983
Kayne West, 1977
Julianna Margulies, 1966
Keenen Ivory Wayans, 1958
Scott Adams, 1957
Tim Berners-Lee, 1955
Griffin Dunne, 1955
Kathy Baker, 1950
Sara Paretsky, 1947
Boz Scaggs, 1944
Don Grady, 1944
Andrew Weil, MD, 1942
Nancy Sinatra, 1940
Bernie Casie, 1939
James Darren, 1936
Joan Rivers, 1933
Jerry Stiller, 1927
Barbara Bush, 1925
Robert Preston, 1918
Byron Raymond White, 1917
Francis Crick, 1916
Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
Trading Places(Film), 1983
Malaeska; The Indian Wife of the White Hunter(First “dime novel”, Publication date), 1860
 
 
Today in History:
 
Vikings raid the abbey at Lindisfarne in Northumbria, commonly accepted as the beginning of the Scandinavian invasion of England, 793
Richard the Lionheart’s Crusade begins with his arrival at Acre, 1191
American attackers are driven back at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, 1776
The volcano Laki, in Iceland, begins an eight-month eruption which kills over 9,000 people and starts a seven-year famine, 1783
Mr. Hall of NYC advertises the first commercially made ice cream, 1786
Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents the first vacuum cleaner, 1869
Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punched card calculator, 1887
Theodore Roosevelt signs the Antiquities Act into law, authorizing the President to restrict the use of certain parcels of public land with historical or conservation value, 1906
Carl Laemmle incorporates Universal Pictures, 1912
Milton Berle hosts the debut of Texaco Star Theater, 1948
The United States Supreme Court rules that Washington, D.C. restaurants could not refuse to serve black patrons, 1953
The first World Ocean Day is celebrated, coinciding with the Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1992
The first Transit of Venus since 1882 takes place, 2004
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, is hit by the State’s worst storms and flooding in 30 years, 2007
Australia bans live cattle exports to Indonesia for up to six months in response to reports of cruel treatment at Indonesian slaughterhouse, 2011
World leaders at the latest G7 meeting reinforce their commitments to reduce carbon-based emissions, reaffirm support for sanctions against Russia in light of the Ukraine conflict, and discuss issues related to Greece’s debt load, 2015

 

Big, Brave Red (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
 
 
***********************************
 
 
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.
 
Somebody is getting bolder:
 
He’s playing a lot more, too.
 
 
 
 
 
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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, Lorianne 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. My neighbors_____________________.
2. The last thing I purchased online was __________________.
3. I have never _________.
 
4. Anything is possible if _________.
 
 
My neighbors are great people, all of them.  Yes, i know my neighbors, and not just next door.
 
The last thing i purchased online was a used book, The Gratitude Diaries.
 
I have never made it a habit to say “never”.  My saying is that “i hope suchandsuch does not ever happen”, or “i pray i will never have to do thusandso”, but i try very hard to not use the word never.  A long time ago, i figured out that as soon as i say i have never done something or i have never had to do something, or worse, i would never do something, a few minutes later i am doing that very thing!
 
Anything is possible if you have enough bread.  Let me explain.  Years ago, there were philosophers, and they generally didn’t make a very good living at it, so they turned to comedy.  They can spout their philosophy and make a living because now their profundity is also funny.  One of the greatest of these philosopher/comedians was Jonathan Winters.  His best philosophic/comedic line was (edited for language) “Life is a crap sandwich.  If you have enough bread, you don’t have to taste the crap!”
 
 
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Today is:
 
Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir — Switzerland
 
Beypazari Havuç Güveç —  Turkey (weekend festival celebrating a traditional carrot dish)
 
Buffalo Days Celebration (with Buffalo Chip Throw) — Luverne, MN, US (parade, arts in the park, and the throwing contest; through Sunday)
 
Centralia Anchor Festival — City Square, Centralia, MO, US (anchor driving, archery shoot, tractor show, carnival, crafts, softball and more; through Sunday)
 
Derby Festival begins — Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England (today is Surrey Ladies Day, with Derby Day tomorrow)
 
Dia da Crianca — Cape Verde (Youth Day)
 
Dia de la Marina — Mexico (Day of the Navy)
 
Early Bird Day — an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
 
Famadihana — Madagascar (from now until November, various areas celebrate the Malagasay culture’s “turning the bones,” a fascinating reburial of the dead ceremony)
 
Farmington Country Days — Farmington, MO, US (fun for the family, celebrated the old country way; through Sunday)
 
Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)
 
Festival of Non-Linearity — another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!
 
Festival of the Oak Nymph — Celtic/Pagan (around this time of year, the Celts took a day to honor all hamadryads, the female nature spirits who inhabit oak trees)
 
Flip a Coin Day — as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)
 
Gawai Dayak — Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)  
 
Global Day of Parents — UN
 
Go Barefoot Day — originally sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none; while i cannot find if they are sponsoring a day or week this year, it’s a good reminder not to let your old shoes end up in a landfill  
 
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival — Little Chute, WI, US (celebrate with other Cheeseheads; through Sunday)
 
Hari Lahir Pancasila — Indonesia (Pancasila Day)
 
Harvard Milk Days Festival — Harvard, IL, US (parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, and more, all as a salute to hard working dairy farmers, and this year’s theme is “Believe in the Future”; through Sunday)
 
Heimlich Maneuver Day — Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with “subdiaphragmatic pressure” on this day in 1974
 
Helen Keller Day — sponsored by the Lions Clubs
 
Hen-Peeler’s Holiday — Fairy Calendar
 
Independence Day/National Day — Samoa
 
International Children’s Day
 
International Horseradish Festival — Collinsville, IL, US (lots of fun in the “Horseradish Capital of the World”; through Sunday)
 
Kalends of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
    Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
    Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality, and also of doors and locks, which were to be repaired today)
 
Labour Day / Sir Randol Fawkes Day — Bahamas
 
Madaraka Day — Kenya (National Day or self-rule/responsibility day)
 
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival — Fruita, CO, US (it all started with a chicken that kept trying to eat even after the farmer lopped off his head to prep him for the stew pot; Mike’s indomitable spirit and will to live is a legend here and the basis of a two day festival celebrating the fact that you can live a normal life even after you have lost your mind!)
 
Mint Julip Day — Oxford University, England (the drink was introduced there this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)
 
Mothers’ and Children’s Day — Mongolia
 
National Donut Day — US (successor to the original Donut Day begun by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI and as a fundraiser in Chicago, and it is still used as a fundraiser there for Salvation Army projects; look for a doughnut shop to give out freebies near you)
 
National Hazelnut Cake Day
 
National Leave the Office Earlier Day — sponsored by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, who urges people to maximize productivity so they can leave the office earlier every day     
 
National Tree Planting Day — Cambodia
 
Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival — West Plains, MO, US (celebrating the unique culture and old time music of the Ozark Highlands; through tomorrow)
 
Oscar the Grouch Day — according to the Sesame Workshop, today is his birthday
 
President’s Day — Palau
 
Route 66 Summerfest — Rolla, MO, US (citywide kick off to summer, celebrating the famous roadway with a Route 66 cruise, Miss Route 66 Pageant, drummers competition, street dance, movie under the stars and much more! through Sunday)
 
Say Something Nice Day — as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time
 
Shirone Takogassen — along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Japan (kite flying and kite fighting; through the 5th)
 
South Carolina Festival of Flowers — Greenwood, SC, US (thirty-six events, something for everyone; through Sunday)
 
Stand for Children Day — stand.org founded by a rally this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school
 
St. Theobald Roggeri’s Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)
 
Summer Farm Toy Show — National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA, US (farm toys, parade, tractor rides, and more; through tomorrow)
 
Summer Library Book club Season begins — anywhere that school is out, check your local library for a summer book club for children or adults; you never know what world you will discover when you read
 
Superman Day — publication of the first Superman comic was this day in 1938
 
Telluride Balloon Festival — Telluride, CO, US (volunteer to help with the festival and you may get a free balloon ride! through Sunday)
 
Victory Day — Tunisia (anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959)
 
Yobuko Otsunahiki — Higashi Matsuura, Saga prefecture, Japan (two day Big Tug-of-War Festival, with one team representing the land and the other the sea; victory for the land means good crops, for the sea means good catches)
 
 
 
Anniversaries Today:
 
Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, 1934
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen Consort of England, 1533
 
 
Birthdays Today:
 
Justine Henin, 1982
Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Mark Curry, 1964
Lisa Hartman Black, 1956
Ron Wood, 1947
Jonathan Pryce, 1947
Frederica von Stade, 1945
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Cleavon Little, 1939
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
James Hadley Billington, 1929
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801
Jacques Marquette (Père Marquette), 1637
 
 
Debuting/Premiering Today:
 
FX(TV channel), 1994
Gremlins(Film), 1984
Cable News Network/CNN(TV network), 1980
“Live and Let Die”(Song release), 1973
“The Prisoner”(TV), 1968
“Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”(Album release), 1967
 
 
Today in History:
 
Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: “Don’t give up the ship!” 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand’s first official television broadcast commences at 7.30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
The Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, 1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in 600 years, 1991
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, Killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Russia enacts a country-wide smoking ban, effecting most public places, 2013