It's not yet mid-May (well, not for a day or two) and it's already August weather here. *sigh* Hot, humid, good-bye comfortable sleeping, hello air conditioning. As weather-proofed and insulated as I've gotten this old house of ours, weather *will* be felt, alas.
No animal adventures (yet)!
Wait, no. Ther eis one.
Next door has a third cat, the much-spoiled and tended Spice. We rarely see her.
Suddenly, she's by our front door trying to get into our house for 2 days in a row, and then last night we had to struggle to keep her from walking in the *back* door. (Which leads to our cat B&B owl-habitat screened-in porch.) WTH?! When did this start? Why? Confusion! She's the aging darling of the family, rarely even outside. I smell a Potheaded rat. Of course, I can also smell that he's not vaping tobacco, which may be influencing matters all around.
Meanwhile, LilMiss took shelter from a thunderstorm by hiding somewhere even we couldn't figure out. And I thought I knew every cat hiding place in this house, times ten. Nope. She got somewhere... Oh boy. Two hours after the storm ended, she suddenly appeared, as if beamed in by aliens. Zap! Daintily yawning and then going outside again.
I'm gonna GPS beacon that darn cat someday.
So what went on this day in history? Well, this weekend in history, 26 years ago, I married Hubby. Civil ceremony. Whole thing plus blood tests and new clothes cost about $300. Proving that you don't need a big wedding for a good marriage. You need to not be in debt and stressed out, possibly... (My late sister's wedding, planned for the year before mine, was in the $15K range, as was her funeral, and if she'd lived to be married, the wedding would have been closer to $20K. Where did my family get the money? We didn't have it. I don't know where Dad got it. Mom still won't discuss it. She gets too angry. I think a second mortgage must have been involved. Little else could render Mom that angry over 25 years later.)
In 1847, this date, WIlliam Clayton invented the odometer. To him we owe, indirectly, the 3-years-or-30,000-miles routine, b/c now you can track the miles! Yay! (?)
In 1978, NOAA announced it would no longer name hurricanes only after women. My father ranted about this until, oh, 1980-something. He was quite offended.
And in 1888, going back and forth, Yale's Charles SHerrill became the first runner to use the crouching start position to get off th emark faster in a foot race. It's now the standard, right down to the runners even having little blocks to brace one foot against in some situations. Obviously, it works.
And on that note, I'm off to find breakfast and a nap.
Happy Mother's Day weekend, all!
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