Monday, June 17, 2013


"Really?  Are you serious?  You called me for that!"  Little Girl was yelling into the phone in the kitchen when i walked in, with an incredulous look on her face.

"Okay," she said into the phone a moment later, then hung up.  As she turned to me, she said, "I can't believe it!"

Who was that?

"It's Festus, calling me from downstairs to tell me to make them some mac' and cheese!  Can you believe it, too lazy to either come up here and make their own or even to come up here and ask me in person!"

Sounds like them, all right, i muttered drily.

"Well, I'm going to fix them, that's for sure.  They want mac' and cheese, and that's what they will get!"  With this dire threat, she disappeared from the kitchen to go find her older sister and hatch a conspiracy of some sort.

When i saw her next, she walked into the kitchen and grabbed a slice of American cheese out of the refrigerator.

"We went to McDonalds," she said, holding up a Big Mac and the slice of cheese.  "I'm giving them exactly what they asked for, Mac, and cheese!"

She stalked down the stairs and handed them the items, and the next thing i heard was roars of laughter coming up the stairs.

"One of my best pun tricks ever!" she noted as she came back up.


Today is

Bake Your Own Bread Day -- it's really not that hard

Bunker Hill Day -- Suffolk County, MA, US (actual date)

Celebration of the Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen -- Antigua

Eat All of Your Vegetables Day / Fresh Veggies Day -- yes, i have this listed yesterday, too; internet sites disagree about the actual date, and you need your veggies today, as well!

Independence Day/National Day -- Iceland

International Violin Day -- Stravinsky's birth anniversary

National Apple Strudel Day

National Cherry Tart Day

National Heroes' Day -- Bermuda

National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest and Festival -- Weiser, ID, US (through Saturday)

Okinawa Day -- Japan/US (remembrance of signing the treaty, in 1971, to return Okinawa to Japan)

Organic Act Day -- US Virgin Islands (commemorates the organization of how the islands are governed)

Pirate Radio Day -- no actual pirate (i.e., unlicensed) radio stations will admit to declaring this a holiday, but what do you expect?

Queen's Birthday -- Cayman Islands; Gibraltar; Montserrat; Norfolk Island

Ride to Work Day -- ride your motorcycle!  if you don't have one, watch for

Soviet Occupation Day -- Latvia

St. Botulph of Ikanhoe's Day (Patron of agricultural and farm workers, sailors, travellers; Bossal, England; Boston, England; Boston, MA, US; Botesdale, England; Botolph Bridge, Huntingdonshire, Englad; Botolph's Bridge, Kent, Englad; Botolph, Sussex, England)

St. Herve's Day (Patron of the blind; against eye diseases and problems)

Toadstool-Squatting begins -- Fairy Calendar (Leprechauns)

Vice President's Remembrance Day -- not officially, just a day to see how many vice presidents you remember

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought -- UN

Anniversaries Today

Orpheus marries the nymph Eurydice, Ancient Greek traditional date

Birthdays Today:

Mark Walker, 1999
Lee Ryan, 1983
Venus Williams, 1980
Dan Jansen, 1965
Joe Piscopo, 1951
Barry Manilow, 1946
Art Bell, 1945
Newt Gingrich, 1943
Gene De Paul, 1919
Ralph Bellamy, 1904
M.C. Escher, 1898
Igor Stravinsky, 1882

Today in History:

Vlad III the Impaler (a/k/a Vlad Dracul or Count Dracula) attempts to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia, 1462
Matsunaga Hisahide assassinates the 13th Ashikaga shogun, Ashikaga Yoshiteru, 1565
Sir Francis Drake claims a land he calls Nova Albion (modern California) for England, 1579
Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth; her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, then spends more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal, 1631
The Battle of Bunker Hill, 1775
In the Kingdom of Hawaii, Kamehameha III issues the Edict of toleration which gives Roman Catholics the freedom to worship in the Hawaiian Islands, 1839
1,500 Sioux and Cheyenne led by Crazy Horse beat back General George Crook's forces at Rosebud Creek in Montana Territory, 1876
The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor, 1885
The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the forerunner to the SAT, 1901
 "Barney Google" cartoon strip, by Billy De Beck, premieres, 1919
Iceland declares independence from Denmark and becomes a republic, 1944
The Wooden Roller Coaster at Playland, which is in the Pacific National Exhibition, Vancouver, Canada opens; it is still open today, 1958
The New Democratic Party of Canada is founded with the merger of the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and the Canadian Labour Congress, 1961
Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel, 1972
With the death of the last individual, the Dusky Seaside Sparrow becomes extinct, 1987
The South African Parliament repeals the Population Registration Act, which had required racial classification of all South Africans at birth, 1991
Australian scientists report that they have "teleported" a laser beam, breaking it up and reconstructing it in another location, 2002


  1. we must make "PUN TRICKS" a thing :-)

  2. Ha ha! Even though I'd rather have HER Mac and cheese instead of what they were expecting.

  3. Tabor, they were partly teasing her, and she knew it, it's why teasing back is expected. Plus, they cook other things they like themselves, but they love the way she makes the mac' and cheese.

    Carla, we should!

    Stephen, i'm not sure that either is a healthy choice, but you are welcome to come by and have one of hers.

    Thank you, Josie.

  4. LOL! I will be laughing at that one for awhile. Thanks for sharing. LOL again.

  5. LOOOOVE IT! I was thinking of cheese on raw macaroni for some reason...


  6. Ha.. I thought she'd put the cheese in a raincoat pocket.. or on an apple or their Apple laptop. ;) Fun stuff.