September 17th

Good Afternoon:) I hope everyone is well today. I was worn out from taking care of a sick cat yesterday. I needed more sleep today so I am getting a late sleep.

I have talked about my cats before and I may be repeating myself, sorry if I am but need to explain.

I have Baby the female cat who eats anything and everything most of the time. She just likes to eat.  Then there is Skeeter , the male cat, who is very picky. He eats very little and if he goes to long without eating he eats to fast. He has a sensitive stomach and pays the price when he devours the food. It happens at least once a month especially if he hasn’t liked the food and is afraid Baby’s going to eat the good stuff.

We’ve tried everything from feeding in small amounts, changing time of day for feeding, Feeding in separate rooms. It doesn’t matter the results are always the same.

Yesterday he was sick to the point he couldn’t jump up on the desk to his box to sleep. That was a first and he scared me.

Finally he slept all day and is doing fine today but I was exhausted from following him around the house cleaning up after him.

Thank Goodness today is quiet and everyone is back to normal.

Both of my cats get babied but in different ways. Baby spends a lot of time sleeping in my lap at night-time when I’m watching tv and when I’m asleep.

Skeeter I referee when he is in trouble with my son or when Baby wants to pick on him. She is the alpha cat.

When Skeeter was young he got out of the house and got sick and almost died. The Vet said either he had been electrocuted or ate something caustic.  After a week of tubes down his throat and intravenous  he survived the ordeal with some damage to his voice. He still is a yowler but only half as loud as he use to be which actually is a blessing in disguise.

Baby we didn’t think had a voice for four years till one day she got made at Skeeter and I heard the loudest Squeak. Now she makes herself known when she wants to but her meow is squeaky.

These are my babies and when they aren’t happy I’m not happy. I love to see them content and playing. They both play ball and love their toy mice.

They have cubicles to dart in and out of. They are fun to watch except at three in the morning when I want to sleep.

Well I am about to start my book on “The Cat in the Box” it will be a book of poetry, facts and stories about cats. I hope you will watch for it when it comes out next spring.

Well enough on my trials and tribulations with my cats. Let’s see what’s happening in the world today.

National Days:

17 National Apple Dumpling Day

September 17 is National Apple Dumpling Day.

When people think of dumplings, often a boiled, starchy mass comes to mind. The apple dumpling is so far from this, that it would more aptly be called a single serve apple pie. It is essentially apple pie filling baked in pastry. Perhaps the pastry got its name from the first recipe for an apple dumpling – credited to Susannah Carter, which did call for boiling. But, as time wore on, the cooking technique changed to baking.

Most recipes call for baking apples (think Granny Smith), cored, sliced and cooked in brown sugar and butter. Some have lemon zest added at the end of this cooking process for some brightness (an addition I highly recommend); almost all call for nutmeg.

That mixture is wrapped in a butter pastry, and sealed with egg wash or melted butter. While making your own pastry is highly commendable, chances are no one will notice if you use the store bought kind.

This traditional New England dessert is best served with a healthy scoop of ice cream.

http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2012/09/17/national-apple-dumpling-day/

17 Citizenship Day

Citizenship Day (also known as Constitution Day) marks the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. It also recognizes all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.

The origin of this holiday dates back to 1940 when “I am an American Day” was celebrated on the third Sunday in May. In 1952, Congress moved the date to September 17 and renamed it “Citizenship Day.” In 2004, the official name changed to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.”

To celebrate this holiday, schools around the country receive federal funding to provide lessons about the Constitution. Take a moment today to reflect on the Constitution and what it means to be a U.S. citizen!

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day is observed each year on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.”

This commemoration had its origin in 1940, when Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing and requesting the President to issue annually a proclamation setting aside the third Sunday in May for the public recognition of all who had attained the status of American citizenship.  The designation for this day was “I Am An American Day.”

In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” and retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

In 2004 under Senator Byrd’s urging, Congress changed the designation of this day to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and added two new requirements in the commemoration of this Day. The first is that the head of every federal agency provide each employee with educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on September 17th. The second is that each educational institution which receives Federal funds should hold a program for students every September 17th.

 

17 Constitution Day

On September 17th, 1787, the Constitutional Congress held its final meeting with only one thing on the agenda – to sign the Constitution of the United States of America. The Constitution is the supreme law of the United States. Have you memorized the Preamble to the Constitution yet?

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

 

On September 17, 1976, NASA introduced the first space shuttle, the Enterprise, at a ceremony in Palmdale, Caliifornia. After many years of testing, four other shuttles were built: Columbia, Discovery, Atlantis and Challenger. The Columbia was the first Space Shuttle launched on April 12, 1981 with a crew of two astronauts, John Young and Robert Crippen. After 9 successful missions, tragedy struck when the Challenger exploded in flight and an entire crew was lost. The program was suspended for a while, but resumed again with the Endeavour replacing the Challenger. Would you want to take a trip on a space shuttle? The last mission of the space shuttle lifted off on July 8, 2011.

When I was teaching English as a Second Language for the College of Southern Idaho I had the fortune to also teach a Citizenship Class. It was one of my most enjoyable classes that I had taught. I hadn’t enjoyed history in High school as it was taught as a dead subject. However, when you are working with people who are wanting to get their citizenship it brings everything to life and the importance of citizenship.

I would like to say congratulations to everyone that has earned their citizenship by the naturalization process. That is how this country was built and people need to continue to have that pride and become part of America’s History.

I hope across the national people will join in celebrating Constitution and Citizenship for they go hand in hand and it is something all Americans should celebrate.

Well I think that is the most important for today so until next time 🙂

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