Spring has Sprung a Daisy

Spring has sprung - 2009After a brief sprout of torrential rain last week, we can now officially declare that ‘Spring has Sprung’. Perfect timing too considering today is the 1st September, Spring Day!

Compared to the weather of late, today was a scorcher of note. I cannot say that I am welcoming the return of the heat. Unlike others, my internal thermostat is somewhat dysfunctional. When people feel cold, I feel warm. When people feel hot, I end up hyperventilating and sweating like a child birthing mother.

Speaking of child birth, we have heard, via the grapevine, that a former tenant of ours had her baby today. A heartfelt and warm congratulations go out to Lezanne and Shaun on the birth of their new son. Mazel Tov!

Everyone seems to be pregnant or having children nowadays. Coincidentally, they are not the only ones, who have added a new addition to their family. We have too.

Daisy - Our new kitty!

After Neige passed away, my mom did not want to get another cat, not because she did not want another but mainly because my father and myself are not really ‘cat’ people. This is largely due to the fact that my father and I are allergic to cats. I am talking about constant running noses, headaches, swollen and puffy eyes… a bit like death warmed up at times. However, the time has come for another cat. Since we live next to a wetland, our home is susceptible to rodents, snakes and large arachnids. All creatures which I unashamedly admit to running away from, often screaming.

Well last week I was paid a visit by a rather curious little mouse. A mouse which had no chagrin for making noise or being seen. So curious was he, that he unabashedly decided to crawl along my windowsill and greet me to my face, while I was in bed, attempting to fall asleep. Short of screaming like a school girl, upon opening my eyes to discover ‘Mickey’ reaching out his claws, in what appeared to be a malicious attempt to blind me, I managed to foil his plan by  frantically swatting at his vile presence. He squeaked in mock-horror and, I swear, managed to ridicule me by performing a little ‘jig’ before scurrying off to what ever decrepit hovel he emanated from. After our encounter I could not sleep, for fear that he would have his way with me while I slept. It was then that I made the conscious decision to get another cat, no matter how congesting the hay fever like consequences will be. I will have my revenge!

Daisy is russet coloured with burnt orange stripes and has Reddish-brown Zircon coloured eyesSubsequently, today marks the arrival and official adoption of Daisy, our new and only feline member of the family. Daisy is russet coloured with burnt orange stripes and has Reddish-brown Zircon coloured eyes. She is only three months old, although we will regard her birthday as that of ‘Spring Day’, 1st September, since it is the day she joined our family and formally became a Haupt. She comes across as a highly intelligent and inquisitive cat who appears to, ironically, have a spring in her step. Daisy was proudly rescued adopted from the Benoni SPCA and will, no doubt like our beautiful dogs, be spoilt rotten.

To conclude, I wish you all a happy ‘Spring Day’ and I cannot wait for Daisy to bring me ‘Mickey’ on a ‘platter’ *evil laugh*.

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!


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Happy ‘Zeroless Pandigital’ day?!

Today we will all be fortunate enough to experience a ‘once in a lifetime event’. At one point today, around midday, clocks and calendars will give a combined consecutive numerical reading of 12:34:56 07/08/09 – Which is believed to only occur once every 100 years.

Thus, at 34 minutes and 56 seconds past 12:00 hours (12 pm), on Friday the 7th of August 2009, we will experience a centennial moment in time in which the first zeroless pandigital number can be used to precisely pinpoint the exact date and time.

In layman’s terms: all nine numerical digits, which hold a value greater than zero and which make up all arithmetic equations, will present themselves at a single point in time, in numerical order from smallest to largest, via the most well known sequence of numbers in existence: 123456789.

12:34:56  07/08/09

12:34:56 07/08/09 = 123456789

Personally I find this to be incredibly interesting. Particularly because I do have an inclination and mild obsession with numerical sequences and geometric symmetry. Consequently, I found a few interesting facts and figures concerning this first zeroless pandigital numbered sequence. For those who do not know, a pandigital number is in fact “an integer that in a given base, has among its significant digits, each digit used in the base at least once” (, 2009).

In most instances, the number ‘777’ is considered to be one of luck. It is also considered to be a symbol of absolute perfection. As it so happens, this number has an evenly symmetrical number of solutions, in both descending and ascending order, using the numbers 123456789 and by only ‘adding’ and ‘subtracting’. The solutions are (Martin Gardner, 02 June 2009):

Ascending                                                          Descending

– 12 – 3 + 4 + 5 – 6 + 789 = 777              – 9 – 8 + 765 – 4 + 32 + 1 = 777

– 12 + 3 – 4 – 5 + 6 + 789 = 777               98 + 7 + 654 – 3 + 21 = 777

Have you ever wondered what it would look like to display all the numbers from 1 through to 9 on an abacus? Well, here is your answer:

How the Chinese represent 123456789 with an Abacus!

How about displaying this ascending zeroless pandigital sequence in Roman numerals? Here we go:


Here are a few interesting facts relating to numbers 1 through 9 courtesy of Richard Phillips’ book ‘Numbers’:

  1. The letters A, B, C, D, E, M, T, U, V, W and Y all have one line of symmetry.

  2. The number 2 is a prime number and is the only even prime number.

  3. There are three barleycorns in an inch, three feet in a yard, and three miles in a league.

  4. The word four has four letters. In the English language there is no other number whose number of letters is equal to its value.

  5. TetronimoThere are only five possible tetrominoes. A tetromino is a shape made by joining together four squares. The game Tetris is based on the assembly of tetrominoes.

  6. There are six feet in a fathom. A fathom is a unit of length used mainly by sailors. It equals 1.8288 metres.

  7. The Seven Deadly Sins are avarice, envy, gluttony, lust, pride, sloth and wrath (listed in alphabetical order).

  8. In the game of pool the Eight Ball is a black ball with the number 8. The expression `behind the eight ball’ means to be in a difficult or baffling situation.

  9. There are nine major planets in the solar system, Beethoven wrote nine symphonies, and a cat is said to have nine lives.

I wish you all a very numerically filled and happy zeroless pandigital day!

Until the next time “Milieunairs”!


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