So, I bought cute butterflies to stick in my flowerbed.
Problem: The cats like them. Butterfly on stick!
So I decided to take a couple off sticks, and tied to thread, and swung around to annoy them.
Response was copmletely Feline: TOY! JOY!
Now I have Dahlia giving me "play time butterfly!" eyes, and I know she wants the butterfly b/c IT IS IN HER MOUTH.
Note to self: Never buy cat toys. They just don't care if it's labeled "cat toy". If it is labeled "Leo's favorite number three camel hair paintbrush", well, then, THAT is a cat toy!
And so are butterflies and shoe strings, and... Long blades of grass (don't ask, we don't anymore)...
And, fo rsome reason, a wooden dowel. Whatevs. We call that toy "rigor mortis snake".
Google "Christiansburg VA sign war" for a good wholesome grin today. It is possibly the cutest thing this week, other than our pets.
Happy birthday today to Edward Gibbon, in the early 1700s. His epic multivolume work "Delince & Fall of the Roman Empire" shaped historical thinking and views on Rome and modern political thought for ... well, really, they still kinda do. A first edition of his work runs about 28K US dollars.
And it's also Happy Birthday to Edward Whymper, who definitely lived life with a bang ---- becoming the first person know to ascend the Matterhorn, and survive the descent (which, in his party, killed four ---- what goes up WILL come down, and not always at desire speed). Whymper mountaineered in the Canadian Rockies, the Alps, and even in South America. He died, oddly enough, aged 70-plus, in an era when those who dared usually died.
Interesting note: Why can soem people do that and others die? May be subtleties in genetics. So while ONE person is good to go up Everest sans oxygen, his buddy will keel over and die. Weird but true. We cannot actually condition ourselves into needing less oxygen if we don't have the physiological predisposition to start. So if someone says, "Go oxygen-free up that mountain, you wimp!" just reply, "My ancestors evolved at sea level, and I'd like to get back to sea level, thanks."
During the war of 1812, the US captured York, Ontario, which we know better today as Toronto ---- and did so in 1813, b/c the War of 1812 wasn't just in 1812. BTW, the UK sources still often record bafflement that the US was upset at the UK. Well, they were impressing US sailors off US ships to fight on UK ships against Napoleon, on the grounds that they had not yet decided the US was really a country, and still was a colony, and.... if you ever wonder how convoluted the world is? British thinking on that topic sums it up. "We need the sialors, so we'll ignore that war we lost a generation ago, and pretend they're still colonists, and therefore UK citizens!"
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO WEST VIRGINIA, which seceded from Virginia today, due to its reluctance to be part of the Confederate States of America. It didn't really want to join the United States, either, but, well, y'know.... Today, you find a lot of CSA crap in West Virginia. Proving again that historical reality (as mentioend above re: 1812) doesn't seem to *stick* too well!
Dahlia sends her sulky purrs.
Wow, I am doing... well, rotten, really, LOL.Weather change. Stress. PTSD stuff. I am terrified to see Mom this Sunday for Mothers Day. I just don't want to see her. I don't want to see that she needs rescue, and have to walk away from it. I don't want to see her treat us badly for doing better by her than she did by *her* mother. And now our next-door is bitching at Hubby about somethign we do,...
Been awake since 230 am again from nightmares/flashbacks of seeing dad on life support over teh ipad when he was dying. I miss him so bad i keep breaking down..................I want my Daddy back!!!!!!!!!!!!! But heathy!!!!!!! Sunday is mothers day, my angel babies are in heaven all 4. I cant take this pain from losing so many its so hard!!!!!!! My heart is just shattered right now..............