Thursday, July 10, 2014

Good, Not so Good, and Weird

In the good/great news category, The Lorax came through his surgery very well.  He was neutered and his cleft palate fixed at the same time, so he is sore all over, but recovering at the veterinary hospital.  They will keep him on the IV until they actually see him eat, which they will begin encouraging him to do right away.  At four months of age, he will finally get to start eating solids!

In the not so good news category, we had a thunderstorm roll through yesterday that poured rain sideways because the wind was blowing so hard, and lightening knocked out the electricity for many of us.  The generator here had a hard time kicking on, so we turned off the central A/C, we really didn't need it because the temperatures weren't that bad, and we unplugged a lot of extraneous stuff and turned off every light possible.  After that it ran fine.

It did, however, in coming on when the electricity went out, then in shutting down and restarting, and then in having to come back on when the electricity shut down a second time, send some kind of surge that destroyed Sweetie's DVD player.  We don't watch TV, but he has an old, small one in his man cave, and he loves to watch his DVDs -- mostly old westerns, and old action flicks, and concerts that were recorded live of singers like Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison.  So i will hie me to the BigBoxStore once again to get him another cheap DVD player.  It's not worth it to buy and expensive one, they croak as quickly as the cheap ones.

And in the weird news category, #2 Son has come up with another way to eat leftover goulash.  He makes it into a sandwich.

Tomatoey, meaty, noodly goodness.

On whole wheat bread.  Yum!

Well, i guess i deserve to have kids who eat weird stuff.  It's generational and familial, Grandpa taught me to use ice cream as potato chip dip when i was a kid!

Today is

Armed Forces Day -- Mauritania

Clerihew Day -- in honor of the poetic form he invented, the clerihew:
     Edmund's middle name was Clerihew
     A name possessed by very few
     But verses by Mr. Bentley
     Succeeded eminently!

Dinosaur Roundup Rodeo -- Vernal, UT, US (one of the top rodeos in the country; through Saturday)

Don't Step On A Bee Day -- Wellcat Holidays wants to remind you, when going barefoot this time of year, watch out!

Feast Day of Knut the Reaper, Hela, Holda, and Skadi -- Norse deities whose celebration this day is due to their later association with Danish King Canute the Great

Hodag Country Festival -- Rhinelander, WI, US (at the Hodag "50" Track, a large open-air country music festival; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- Bahamas(1973)

International Carthage Festival -- Tunis, Tunisia (the country's biggest arts event and music festival, through Aug. 16)

Lady Godiva Day -- tradition says she took her famous ride on this day in 1040

National Pina Colada Day

Oregon Trail Days -- Gering, NE, US (the oldest continuing celebration of the Oregon Trail; through Sunday)

Pick Blueberries Day -- variously set on different days in July depending on the website; with blueberries being so good for you, find a day to go gather or buy some soon

Pictou Lobster Carnival -- Pictou, NS, Canada (a tail gate party and more;through Sunday)

Silence Day -- followers of Meher Baba

St. Amalburga's Day (Patron of people with fever; Ghent, Belgium; against arm pain, bruises, and fevers)

Teddy Bear Picnic Day -- no idea why today, especially when the author of the song, Jimmy Kennedy, was born on July 20

Turkey Rama -- McMinnville, Oregon (family fun on "Oregon's Favorite Main Street" that includes the "World's Largest Turkey BBQ"; through Sunday)

Worshipful Company of Vintners (Winemakers) of the City of London Annual Procession

Anniversaries Today

Wyoming becomes the 44th US State, 1890

Birthdays Today

Jessica Simpson, 1980
Andre Nolan Dawson, 1954
Arlo Guthrie, 1947
Sue Lyon, 1946
Ron Glass, 1945
Virginia Wade,1945
Arthur Ashe, 1943
Lawrence Pressman, 1939
Jerry Herman, 1933
David Norman Dinkins, 1927
Fred Gwynne, 1926
Jean Kerr, 1923
Jake LaMotta, 1921
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921
David Brinkley, 1920
Don "Mr. Wizard" Herbert, 1917
John Gilbert, 1897
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1875
Marcel Proust, 1871
Nikola Tesla, 1856
Adolphus Busch, 1839
James Whistler, 1834
George Mifflin Dallas, 1792
William Blackstone, 1723
John Calvin, 1509

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Fox And The Hound(Animated film), 1981
"Your Hit Parade"(TV), 1950

Today in History

Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium, BC48
The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, 1212
Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England, 1553
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta, 1789
The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company, 1806
The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain, 1821
Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, rings for the first time, 1859
The eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys the famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces of North Island, New Zealand, 1886
Meher Baba, self declared Avatar of the Age, begins his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration, 1925
In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called "Monkey Trial" begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, 1925
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world, 1938
Telstar, the world's first communications satellite, is launched into orbit, 1962
Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia, 1991
In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution, 1997
Spain opens its first mosque since the Moors were expelled in 1492, in Granada, 2003
France O'Grady is appointed the first female General Secretary by Britain's Trade Union Congress, 2012


  1. oh dear, that Sammy gave me QUITE a turn :)

    Hope VBS is going well this hectic week. I was thinking about the little Lorax at various times throughout yesterday. Glad to hear thinks look promising with him. I will pray for his ability to eat solids quickly. From what you have said, he is just waiting for the chance.

  2. SOOO good to know lorax came through! i read your title and cringed... the dvd player can be replaced. lorax needs to EAT! :)

  3. I will not admit that I ate pickled pigs feet with my dad when I was young....!

  4. I'm so glad The Lorax is doing fine. Bless his little heart. He'll heal up and then he's going to put some weight on because he can eat solid food. Excellent news.

    Sorry about the electricity problem. We have a generator, but it's used when we boat. I can't imagine using it for our home. It could happen though.

    I love that sandwich and I've never thought of ice cream as a dip for chips.

    Have a fabulous day. Gentle scritches to The Lorax. I love that little guy. ♥♥♥

  5. Goulash sammich! My tummy growled right on cue.
    Sorry to hear about the stormy electrical problem. Same thing once happened here and fried some cords.

  6. I would love to join Sweetie in his man cave for a viewing of Roy Orbison concerts. I just love Roy's music. Glad The Lorax is recovering well.

  7. I like Sweetie's music selections. My younger son would make ANYTHING into a sandwich- spaghetti, stroganoff, etc. but IMHO the worst was the dressing and cranberry sauce sandwich. Bread on Bread!!!! Kids are strange.


  8. Sorry to hear about the loss of the DVD player--we have had a few powerful storms pass by as well lately. Hopefully, the DVD players are now much less in price since people use other technology for movies these days.

    Yum with the goulash sandwich (I'd go with white bread though), and nice to hear about Lorax.

  9. thanks for the Lorax update- we all are cheering him to a complete recovery! Goulash sandwich? It's just meatloaf in a different form! Cheers! and oh by the way- recycled glass jars are great glasses!