Life Day 26759 – Furry, Feral, Feline, Friends

October 16, 2020 at 8:42 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning friends of feral felines. Today is Friday, October 16, 2020. It is the 290th day of the year, and 76 days remain.

Today’s reasons to celebrate are:

National Feral Cat Day (aka Global Cat Day)

National Feral Cat Day is observed on October 16 every year and was created in 2001 by Alley Cat Allies in conjunction with their 10th anniversary to raise awareness about feral cats, promote Trap-Neuter-Return programs, and recognize the millions of compassionate Americans who care for feral cats.
Cats have been domesticated nearly as long as dogs, and have lived alongside humans for over 10,000 years. Every nation in the world has domesticated cats living in homes that are cared for by their humans. Unfortunately, all too often some of these cats, for a variety of reasons, become separated from their human companions and have to survive on their own. Many of these cats wind up in over-crowded animal shelters and are eventually euthanized.
To celebrate National Feral Cat Day, urge your city to adopt a Trap-Neuter-Return policy rather than euthanization. And, of course, if you haven’t already, have your own cats spayed /neutered.
Author’s Note: Sadly, our neighborhood “feral” cat, Hobbes, had to be euthanized a few months ago due to cancer and other ailments. It was the humane thing to do. With that said, he seemed content with his feral life – and why not?

He had 5 households that I know of who regularly fed him, provided him shelter, and human contact – to whatever level his mood dictated. He was well liked and had all his needs met – without any commitment.  Where do I sign up for that life?

Dictionary Day

Dictionary Day is celebrated each year on this date. It honors Noah Webster, born on this date in 1758. Noah Webster is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. Mr. Webster began to write his dictionary at the age of 43. It took him 27 years to finish. In addition to traditional English vocabulary, it contained uniquely American words as well. His comprehensive work is considered to be the first dictionary of American English. It contained 70,000 words.
The goal of this holiday is to emphasize the importance of proper dictionary skills, and the importance of a good vocabulary. Everyone knows that a dictionary will give you the definition(s) of a word. But you would be surprised to know how few people realize how much more information is contained in a dictionary. In addition to its definition, a dictionary will tell you the proper spelling of a word, its etymology, its part(s) of speech, its syllable breakdown, pronunciation, and much, much more. Mastering the use of a dictionary is one of the best ways to improve your communication skills, both verbal and written.
To celebrate Dictionary Day, curl up this evening with a good, interesting book — your dictionary!

Learn a Word Day

Learn a Word Day is celebrated each year on this date. A natural segue from the holiday above, it encourages us to strive to learn a new word every day.
Having a well-rounded vocabulary is the key to successful communication, and Learn a Word Day is a good way to begin increasing your vocabulary. There are many websites from which you can choose that will give you a word each day to learn. Just search “word a day” or something similar in your preferred search engine, find one you like, and bookmark it so you can refer to it whenever you want. Heck, you can even get ‘alerts’ sent to your smartphone or another mobile device that will teach you “a word a day”.
My sources gave no information about the origins or creators of this holiday, but from what I could glean from them, Learn a Word Day is a holiday intended for Elementary School-aged children to encourage them to increase their vocabulary. But since many of my readers are already well into their ‘second childhood’ I suggest that we should all celebrate Learn a Word Day by trying to learn a new word today, and every day hence – regardless of our chronological age. Feel free to share the word you learned today in the comments.

National Department Store Day

Department Store Day is observed annually on this date and celebrates the innovative way that department stores have impacted shopping in our daily lives. None of my sources revealed any information regarding the creator(s) of this holiday.
Department stores came into existence in the early 19th–century and provided a safe, clean environment in which the burgeoning new middle class could shop. They combined services with retail goods and offered a revolutionary level of style and convenience. Many contained lunch counters where shoppers could take a break for a drink, snack, or lunch.
Because of the development of department stores, merchandising and sales became an art form. The brick and mortar stores were often magnificent pieces of architecture, with large clocks, brass, and statuary. Customer satisfaction was the cornerstone of department stores. Some departments filled entire floors, making grand escalators, elevators and plush seating a must.
Alas, times change. With urban sprawl and populations shifting to the suburbs, it often isn’t convenient to head downtown to shop at your local department store anymore. Department stores are rapidly being replaced by impersonal, cookie-cutter type “big box” stores. While these big box stores offer the same goods and services, they lack the character and customer-centric atmosphere of the department stores of yore. Additionally, the new popularity and convenience of online shopping are also leading to the decline of many department stores.
To celebrate Department Store Day, go out of your way to shop at an old-time department store today – if there is even a department store remaining in your community.

National Liqueur Day

A liqueur is a strong alcoholic beverage that has been sweetened with herbs, fruits, nuts, cream, or spices. Liqueurs are traditionally served as after-dinner drinks or mixed with coffee.
The word “liqueur” comes from the Latin word “liquifacere,” which means “to dissolve or melt.” As early as 400 BC, the Egyptians and Greeks distilled wine to produce fortified spirits. They sweetened this concoction with cinnamon and honey—a combination that we still use today to create mead. In the thirteenth century, European monks and alchemists perfected the distillation process used to create liqueur. The liquid was primarily used for medicinal purposes.
Today, there are countless types and flavors of liqueur. Some of the most famous include Kahlúa, Bailey’s Irish Cream, Limoncello, Sambuca, and Jägermeister.
Celebrate National Liqueur Day by [responsibly] imbibing in a shot or two of your preferred liqueur. If you’re not inclined to drink your liqueur straight up, bear in mind that liqueurs can be incorporated into some of your favorite recipes. A simple search in your preferred web browser will yield myriad recipes that contain liqueur in the ingredients.

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