Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Gas Caps and Pets and Checks, a Random Tuesday Post

Stacy Uncorked

And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.

You know you spend too much time and money getting your cars fixed at the garage when you pull your car in and they ask if anything is really wrong or if it's just that the kids left the gas cap off again.  Yes, they hadn't secured the gas cap again.  It's okay, Kevin and Lenny know we will be back with a real problem soon enough.  Sooner than we want, anyway.

Score one for procrastination.  Grandpa made reservations for the kids to stay at the hotel on campus again this year for a weekend.  As usual, when they went to check out, the front desk wouldn't charge Grandpa's card on file.  (Why they give this much trouble to a big donor every year boggles my mind.)  Little Girl just gave them her debit card, and Grandpa wanted to pay her back.  She said that no, it was her treat this year.  He sent a check anyway.

Because of Hurricane Nate and the threat to the coast, she was called up to her duty station to be ready of the Guard was needed.  Because she has never found the time to take my name off of her checking account, i was able to deposit the check into her account and text her that, by the way, because you are out of town, i went ahead and deposited your check for you.  Grandpa is happy, and she will get over it.  She will probably also make the time now to change that account, so it is a one time shot.

Dumpling now weighs a whole two pounds and is at the vet today getting spayed.  She and Comeaux will be going to the shelter to be put up for adoption tomorrow.  It's one of those happy/sad/glad/wistful things, but i cannot keep them all and now i will have a free space to take a bottle feed litter next time they need me.


Dumpling, with her two white toes showing.

Pepe and Buff are going to the vet today, too.  Buff needs his second "puppy shot" and i want to get both of them on the heartworm preventive on the same day of the month to make it easier.  Buff has grown, and we need to weigh him so we get the dose right, and he might also be ready for his first rabies shot, we will see.  Grand-dogs seem to grow up as fast as children/grandchildren do.

Mr. BA, who sometimes has me come to his house on Saturdays to weed the garden or work on sorting tools and such in his workshop, had been suffering much indigestion the past few months.  Last weekend it turned out not to be indigestion, and he will have bypass surgery tomorrow following the very mild heart attack he suffered.  A full recovery is expected.

That's about all the news, so i leave you with this random thought from Bigger Girl:  Do not cross an old person.  Old people have time and intelligence and they can dedicate all of it to getting even.

Today is:

Alex Kivi Day a/k/a Kivi Day -- Finland (The Day of Finnish Literature)

Arbor Day -- Poland

Bonza Bottler Day

Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Squid Day/Cuttlefish Day -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; today, celebrate the tentacular species

Curacao Day -- Curacao

Double Tenth Day/National Day -- China; Taiwan (In remembrance of the revolution against the Imperial Manchu Dynasty.)

Face Your Fears Day -- Stephen Hughes encourages you to use this as a day to try to do something you've always been afraid to do

Festival for Juno Moneta -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno as goddess of money)

Independence Day / Deed of Cession Day -- Fiji(1970)

Journee Nationale de la Femme Marocaine -- Morocco (National Women's Day)

Kruger Day -- South Africa

KWP Foundation Day -- North Korea (1945)

Maroons Day -- Suriname (celebration of indigenous peoples)

Moi Day -- Kenya

National Angel Food Cake Day

National Cake Decorating Day -- some websites say today, some say the 17th

National Handbag Day -- started by www.PurseBlog.com

Naval Academy Day -- US

St. Francis Borgia's Day (Patron of Portugal; Rota, Marianas; against earthquakes)

St. Paulinus of York's Day (Patron of Rochester, England)

Tag der Volksabstimmung -- Austria (Referendum Day)

War of Independence Anniversary -- Cuba

World Day Against the Death Penalty -- International

World Homeless Day -- no one should be homeless 

World Mental Health Day -- International

World Porridge Day -- celebrating Scotland's traditional national dish 

Anniversaries Today:

Edward M. Kennedy, Jr., marries Katherine Anne "Kiki" Gershman, 1993
Richard Burton marries Elizabeth Taylor, 1975 (second time)
The United States Naval Academy opened with 50 midshipmen and 7 professors, 1845

Birthdays Today:

Adrian Grenier, 1976
Bob Burnquist, 1976
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 1974
Mario Lopez, 1973
Brett Favre, 1969
Daniel Pearl, 1963
Tanya Tucker, 1958
David Lee Roth, 1955
Nora Roberts, 1950
Jessica Harper, 1949
Charles Dance, 1946
Ben Vereen, 1946
Harold Pinter, 1930
Richard Jaeckel, 1926
Thelonious Monk, 1917
Edward D. Wood, Jr., 1924
Helen Hayes, 1900
Giuseppe Verdi, 1813
Henry Cavendish, 1731 (discovered hydrogen)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Upstairs, Downstairs"(TV), 1971
"The Bob Newhart Show"(TV), 1962
"Milk and Honey"(Musical), 1961
"Porgy and Bess"(Folk opera), 1935
"Die Chinesische Mauer/The Great Wall of China"(Play), 1946
The Tuxedo, 1886 (introduced at The Tuxedo Club in New York)

Today in History:

The Great Hurricane of 1780 kills 20,000 to 30,000 in the Carribean, 1780
The first non-Native American settlement is founded in Oklahoma, 1802
William Lassell discovers Neptune's moon Triton, 1846
The first "Dinner Jacket" is worn to the Autumn Ball at Tuxedo Park, NY, 1886
President Woodrow Wilson triggers the explosion of the Gamboa Dike thus ending construction on the Panama Canal, 1913
Ho Chi Minh enters Hanoi after the French pull out of the city, 1954
U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a Dover, Delaware restaurant, 1957
The Windscale fire in Cumbria, U.K. is the world's first major nuclear accident, 1957
The opening ceremony at The 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, is broadcast live in the first Olympic telecast relayed by geostationary communication satellite, 1964
The Outer Space Treaty, signed on January 27 by more than sixty nations, comes into force, 1967
In Montreal, Quebec, a national crisis hits Canada when Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte becomes the second statesman kidnapped by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
Sold, dismantled and moved to the United States, London Bridge reopens in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, 1971
After having closed borders for about two hundred years, Armenia and Turkey sign protocols in Zurich, Switzerland to open their borders, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI adds Arabic to the languages in which the weekly Vatican address is broadcast, 2012


  1. Your kids can be so witty! It is not our cars, but everything in my kitchen seems to be on its last legs and with no appliance store nearby, I have gotten friendly with the repairman rather than garage people.

  2. So much going on! Best wishes to all. You are a mensch, my dear.

  3. Your Dad and your daughter both sound sweet. You are very sweet to , I love that you take care of kittens and give them up when they are ready so you can do it all over again.

  4. Aww, the kittens are adorable. Both of them are so little and so precious.

    Your kids rock. They really do. So does Grandpa.

    I love the last paragraph. Spot on.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Wow, you sure keep busy! And so much of your time is spent selflessly helping others in need. I so admire that.

    And I love that in your family, the "squabbles" are about who gets to be nicer and pay for things!