Monday, October 6, 2014

My Kentucky Adventure: "Lazy" Sunday

Sunday morning i was lazy.  At home i get dressed before i walk out of my room and start working around the house the moment i'm out.  There's no time to be lost if i'm going to get things done before i have to take Little Girl to school or run errands or go to work or get to church on time.

This Sunday morning was different.  Grace and Script and i were going to go to the 11am service at the local United Methodist Church, so i decided i wasn't going to put on my regular day clothes and then change into church clothes and then change back.  Instead i just stayed in my robe and no slip socks, in fact we all sort of lounged around in our night clothes and had a nice brunch, then got dressed.

While getting ready and dressed, i had an oops moment -- i knocked into the ironing board and the iron fell off and broke.  This would necessitate a trip to a MallMart at some point, but it was just one of those little happenings you deal with and don't worry about it.

Church was a blessing, as it was World Communion Sunday.  The people were so very friendly, and the pastor at this small church has a special ritual i had never seen.  As each person takes communion, s/he goes to the rail and kneels and prays, and he goes to each person and puts his hand on your shoulder and silently prays for you.  The sermon was about Sodom and Gomorrah, and he pointed out how much of their judgment was from their lack of care for the poor.

After church, we met back up at the resort and all of us went to My Old Kentucky Home State Park.  The tour reminded me of the plantation tours back home, but this  house still has almost all of the original furnishings!  It seems it was only owned by the same one family, and when the last owner sold it to the state so it could become a state park, she donated most of the furnishings so it would look as it did in the 1840's and 1850's.

While Stephen Foster, who wrong the song "My Old Kentucky Home" never lived there, the original owner, John Rowan, was his cousin and this was Foster's favorite place to visit.

From there we went about a mile up the road into Bardstown.  We walked and saw some of the sights, and tried to visit the cathedral.  It was supposed to be open until 5pm, but at 4:30 when we got there, it was already locked up.  Apparently someone wanted to knock off early!

Dinner was at the Old Talbot Tavern, which has been in continuous operation since 1779.  We laughed and talked and ate and probably overstayed our welcome, and then went back to the resort where some of us enjoyed the hot tub.

It may not sound like we did much, but for a Sunday, it was plenty.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Egypt

Blue Shirt Day / World Day of Bullying Prevention -- bullying hurts all of us

California Rideshare Week -- California, US (designed to encourage commuters to take personal responsibility for reducing traffic and smog by pledging to rideshare); it all started with
     Ride-Share Week 2014 -- Ventura County, CA, US (encouraging car dependent Californians to drive less, save money, keep the air cleaner, and carpool)

Child Health Day -- US

Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day -- across North America (special events to introduce people to the wonderful world of country inns and bed-and-breakfasts)

Earthquake Remembrance Day -- Turkmenistan

Festival of the Other Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Garlic Lovers Day -- internet generated, unofficial, and delicious

Ivy Day -- Ireland (death anniversary of Irish nationalist leader and Home Rule advocate Charles Stewart Parnell)

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day -- Sandusky, OH, US (anniversary of renaming the local rehab hospital after Sandusky's "favorite daughter", Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963 and stroke survivor, now advocating on behalf of stroke survivors)

Labour Day -- ACT, NSW, QLD, & SA, Australia

Mad Hatter Day -- US (second crazy day in the year, to balance April Fool's Day, and based on the 10/6 on the Mad Hatter's hat in Tenniel's drawing; in English-speaking countries where the day preceeds the month in notation, it is celebrated on June 10)

National Education Day -- Kiribati

National German-American Day -- US (anniversary of the disembarking of the first German immigrants to Pennsylvania in 1683)
     German Pioneer Day -- Pennsylvania

National Noodle Day

National Physician's Assistant Day -- US (anniversary of the first graduating class of physician assistants from Duke University on this day in 1967

Peat-Cutting Day -- Falkland Islands (Spring Holiday)

St. Faith's Day (Patron of pilgrims, prisoners, soldiers)

St. Bruno's Day (Founder of the Carthusian Monks; Patron against demonic possession)

Territory Day -- Christmas Island

Thanksgiving Day -- Saint Lucia

Tishreen Liberation War Day -- Syria

World Day of Architecture -- with a Facebook page

World Habitat Day -- UN (Habitat for Humanity)

Anniversaries Today:

Elizabeth Taylor marries Larry Fortensky, 1991
American Library Association founded in 1876

Birthdays Today:

Jimmy Sisto, 1974
Elisabeth Shue, 1963
David Zucker, 1947
Britt Ekland, 1942
Thor Heyerdahl, 1912
Carole Lombard, 1908
Janet Gaynor, 1906
Helen Wills Moody, 1905
Florence Seibert, 1897
Le Corbusier, 1887
Karol Szymanowski, 1882
George Westinghouse, 1846
Jenny Lind, 1820

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"(TV), 2000
"The Gin Game"(Play), 1977
"I Hear a Symphony"(Supremes single release), 1965
The Jazz Singer(Film, the first "talkie"), 1927

Today in History:

The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman Republic army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus in the Battle of Arausio, BC105
Founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania by 13 Mennonite families from Germany, 1683
The Americans and French begin the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which becomes the last battle of the American Revolutionary War, 1781
Benjamin Hanks patents a self-winding clock, 1783
Louis XVI accedes to the demands of the women of Paris and returns to that city, 1789
Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead begins shortly after midnight, leads to 53 deaths and hundreds of injuries, 1854
The American Chess Association is organized and holds the first major US chess tournament, in NYC, 1857
The American Library Association is organized in Philadelphia, 1876
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture, 1889
Nabisco Foods debuts its Cream of Wheat, 1893
Beatrix Van Rijk becomes the first licensed Dutch woman pilot, 1911
Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie, 1927
Egypt launches a coordinated attack against Israel to reclaim land lost in the Six Day War, 1973
Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom, 1976
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House, 1979
President of Egypt, Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated, 1981
51 Pegasi is discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it, 1995
Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, 2007


  1. and for a sunday...any sounds perfect.

  2. Sounds like a wonderful Sunday to me. And you didn't mention any of your family calling you for one thing or another. That's even better.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. I would have loved to have toured the house in Old Kentucky Home State Park.

    Isn't every day Garlic Lovers' Day???

    I had never heard of the Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead - must look it up.

  4. Interesting that Stephen Foster, who died in poverty, had a rich cousin.