And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.
Last Wednesday, we took Lillian and Dahlia to the shelter. On Friday, about two hours before i got there for my shift, they both got new forever homes!
Lillian was taken home by a couple who have recently moved to the area. They moved into an apartment and realized the complex had a lot of feral cats, so they contacted our group and others and helped trap, neuter, and release the cats. They are now in charge of that feral colony, which should stabilize the numbers.
Once they had that situation in hand, they decided they wanted an indoor cat for themselves, and they loved that Lillian is very feisty and playful.
Dahlia was adopted by a family of four that wanted a sweet, laid back cat. They children are now deemed old enough by their parents, so this is their first pet. She will be queen of the house, i am certain.
When we first bought Lunceford the Land Yacht, Sweetie's vehicle, we knew that the main belt in the engine was going to need to be replaced within about 6 months. (All of the other repairs were a surprise.) Since it's getting close to the six month mark, i called Kevin and Lenny to make arrangements.
Holding my breath, i asked how much it was going to cost, and how long it would take.
Less than two hours, total $135. What!?!
If only all of our repairs could be that easy and cheap! It was done on Saturday while we were at a church event.
Yesterday as i was driving from Ms. S's house to Ms. JAI's house, the eclipse had started. We were going to be at about 75% here, more or less, so i didn't expect the highway department to make a big deal about it.
They did, and in a way that takes away all of the wondering about why Louisiana schools are often a shame.
There are permanent signs that give lane closing warnings, let you know if there are accidents ahead, etc. Yesterday, they were saying "Headlights on During Elipse."
America's Cup Day -- the first America's Cup was won this date in 1851 by the yacht America
Be an Angel Day -- Sponsored by Angel Heights Healing Center, encouraging people to be a blessing and perform an act of service for someone
Eat a Peach Day
Feast of the Queenship of Mary & Immaculate Heart of Mary -- Catholic Christians
Flag Day -- Russia
Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere -- Wellcat Holidays says to go outside at noon and call "Hoodie Hoo" to chase away winter and call spring
National Spumoni Day (I don't think I've had really great spumoni since I went to Italy all those years ago -- nothing like getting things at the source.)
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day -- US (started by a vet who declared today a cat's only day for his practice, so his feline patients wouldn't be upset by any dogs in the place; now many vets will only schedule cats on a particular day)
Rumpleskunkskin's Wedding Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin celebration)
St. Symphorian's Day (Patron of children, students; Autun, France; against eye problems, syphilis)
Henry Leland founds the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
Kristin Wiig, 1973
Giada De Laurentiis, 1970
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 1967
Tori Amos, 1963
Cindy Williams, 1947
Steve Kroft, 1945
Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells, 1941
Valerie Harper, 1940
Carl Yastrzemski, 1939
E. Annie Proulx, 1935
Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
Gerald Paul Carr, 1932
Ray Bradbury, 1920
John Lee Hooker, 1917
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908
Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl, 1902
George Herriman, 1880
Dorothy Parker, 1893
Claude Debussy, 1862
Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1836
Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834
Virginia Clemm Poe, 1822
St. Anthony of Padua, 1195
"Later with Bob Costas"(TV), 1988
Today in History:
St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565
The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485
Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639
Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654
The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762
Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849
Gold discovered in Australia, 1851
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention and the Red Cross is formed, 1864
William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885
Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile, 1902
The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906
The Mona Lisa is stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)
Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis, 1950
Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first pope to visit Latin America, 1968
Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies, 1972
The first ring of Neptune is discovered, 1989
A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway, 2004
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day, 2007
Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization, 2012