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Mary's Miscellanea: Cats, falls and more rain

Mary Phillips Modified: July 15, 2013 at 2:05 pm •  Published: July 15, 2013
• Cat people will sometimes tell you they and their furry friends can communicate on a high level. Not so much me.
Recently, I took an unexpected leave of absence from my two cats, JoJo, a solid seal Tonkinese, and Footsie, a champagne Burmese.
Both breeds are very people-oriented and are related to the Siamese, which makes both of them excellent talkers.
While I was away, a good friend they know fed and petted them, saving them from being boarded.
When I returned after a week of recuperation after a fall, Footsie took one look at me and fled.
I wasn’t terribly offended or surprised. My little Burm had suffered an ear infection when a kitten. While she recovered physically, Foots has always held her head at a cant and is flighty when approached, suggesting neurological damage.
Eventually, she came out of hiding, chatted a bit and let me pet her.
JoJo,on the other hand, I expected to greet me at the door, yowling, and she did.
She does it every day when I return home for work.
She lives by her stomach and expects to be fed immediately when I appear.
JoJo, however, five days since my return home, has been telling me something.
I sure wish for just a little bit, I could understand cat and know what is so important.
The people of Purina Cat Chow have  put together a page about “The meaning behind the meows.”
According to them, my cat’s constant low-pitched meow is a complaint, more likely, about my abrupt leaving, but when does it stop?
• Falls are dangerous, and the older you get the more dangerous they are.
My fall took place walking across a lawn and tripping over some edging, causing me to hit the concrete walkway to the house.
After resting a moment and accepting help from concerned onlookers, I regained my footing and was determined to walk the pain out.
Within 10 minutes, I knew I was in trouble and a vist to Mercy’s Urgent Care confirmed it.
A sprained right ankle, a twisted left knee and an injured left forearm left me with needing help to get around.
I required a week of rest and recuperation with my aunt, Grace Helms, who at nearly 90 years old, was suffering her own badly bruised shinbone.
We joked that between the two of us we had one good leg.
After the week, I returned home with ankle brace, wrist brace and cane in hand.
Now, two weeks after the fall, I am feeling better and still hobbling about.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has an excellent page about adult falls at


• 50 years ago in The Oklahoman
“City’s Big Rain Worst Since ’32, originally published July 15, 1963
Oklahoma City’s Saturday afternoon deluge may not have caused the damage the famous rain of ’32 did, tow city ”oldtimers said Sunday, but there was every bit as much water.
“The city had about as much rain Saturday as in ’32, deputy fire chief John C. Soergel, whose first son was born during the earlier flood, said.
On June 2 and 3, 1932, the city received a record 6.75 inches of rain. The North Canadian River overflowed flooding downtown Oklahoma City nearly five days and forcing the evacuation of hundreds.
If we didn’t have as good storm drains as we do, and if the river hadn’t been straightened and widened,” Soergel said, quite a lot of the downtown area might still be under water.  
Capt. J. C. Brown, on the Oklahoma City police force for 22 years, called Saturday’s rain easily the worst in 30 years.  
“It rained about as hard Saturday as I’ve ever seen,” Brown said. ”We’ve had storms that did more damage–like the hail storm in 1960–but I’ve never seen water come down like it did Saturday afternoon. 
Brown also credited improved storm drains and flood control measures for keeping Saturday’s hard rain from becoming a serious threat to downtown Oklahoma City.
“We’d have another flood like ’32, endangering the lives of many citizens,” he said, if river and drainage problems had not been improved so much. 
This story from the front page of The Oklahoman for Monday, July 15, 1963, also contained a weather forecast brief of “clear to partly cloudy skies, continued warm and humid weather through Tuesday.”
Find more history in The Oklahoman Archives at
If you come across the interesting or the odd or if you just have a question on Oklahoma history I might be able to answer, e-mail me at


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