Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Random Tuesday, With Pictures

Stacy Uncorked

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

File this under it never rains but it pours.  Mr. BA, husband of Ms. GA and one of my clients, as well as a prayer partner at church and Friday morning Bible study group member, had a very mild heart attack a couple of weeks ago.  He has finally had his bypass surgery and should be going home today for a month of rest and recuperation before he can go back to work.

His poor wife, while dealing with him being in the hospital, also had to deal with the dryer quitting and her car refusing to start, as well as keeping up at work.  We are offering to let Sweetie go stay at the house with him during the day for the next few days so she will feel comfortable enough to leave him, as her boss needs for her to catch up (it's a financial services company with strict deadlines, the boss is not an ogre, he's just under the gun since another of his employees is in the hospital now, too).

Another member of our church had a minor heart attack the day after Mr. BA and her bypass surgery was on the same day as his.  She's a member of the choir and only her son still lives at home.  Some of us are juggling to get people to stay with her, too.  It will work out, though.

File this under people are odd (and sometimes very lazy):

Am i seeing what i think i'm seeing, on the church grounds?

Is that a dental floss holder/toothpick in the pine mulch?

Yes, right there behind a bush in the garden.

Behind a bush, on the other side of which is a perfectly handy trash can!

Of course i picked it up and threw it away, the janitor in me couldn't leave it.

Little Girl has introduced me to a new term:  Voluntold.  It is apparently a military word for "we are not asking you to volunteer, we are telling you that you already have volunteered, even if you didn't know it."  She got voluntold all of last week.  This week, she is back and decorating for Halloween has been kicked into high gear.

Our first two pumpkins.

Finally, an observation from Bigger Girl.  Sushi, she claims, is the perfect food for aficionados as it is complicated, foreign, and expensive.

Today is:

Black Poetry Day -- birth anniversary of the USA's first published black poet, Jupiter Hammon (some sites say this is on the 3rd Friday each year)

Dessalines Day -- Haiti

Doburoku Matsuri -- Oita Prefecture, Japan (one of the few sake festivals at a shrine; through tomorrow)

Festival of Hengest -- Asatru (approximate date of the Norse celebration of Hengest and Horsa, who fought to establish Norse settlements in Eastern Britain)

Four Prunes Day (only if you dare!)

Gaudy Day a/k/a Wear Something Gaudy Day 

Information Overload Awareness Day -- we all get bombarded, take stock of how it affects you; sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group  

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty -- UN

Large Fairies Come First Day -- Fairy Calendar (because the rest of the year they let the little ones go first)

Loyalty Day -- Argentina

Mulligan Day -- C. Daniel Rhodes wants you to give yourself or someone else a free do-over today

National Pasta Day

National Pharmacy Technician Day -- because pharmacy technicians "Help America Feel Better" 

Paint a Mural on a Sidewalk Day -- let your inner child go a bit wild (but if it's not your sidewalk, use temporary paint, please)

St. Ignatius of Antioch's Day (Patron of the Church in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa; against throat diseases)

St. Richard Gwin's Day (Patron of large families, parents of large families, torture victims)

Work on Your Charisma Day -- because what else are you going to do on a lazy October afternoon?

Anniversaries Today:

Radio Corporation of America (RCA) is founded, 1919
Composer Johann S. Bach marries his niece Maria Bach, 1707
Crown Prince Fernando of Aragon marries Princess Isabella of Castile, 1469

Birthdays Today:

Eminem, 1972
Ermie Els, 1969
Norm MacDonald, 1963
Richard Roeper, 1959
Alan Jackson, 1958
Mae Jemison, 1956
Howard Rollins, 1950
Margot Kidder, 1948
George Wendt, 1948
Michael McKean, 1947
Ronn Owens, 1945
Evel Knievel, 1938
Beverly Garland, 1926
Jimmy Breslin, 1930
Tom Poston, 1921
Montgomery Clift, 1920
Rita Hayworth, 1918
Arthur Miller, 1915
Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I, 1912
Jean Arthur, 1905
Spring Byington, 1893
Buck Ewing, 1859
Jupiter Hammon, 1711

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical"(Musical), 1967
"The Hollywood Squares"(TV), 1966
"On a Clear Day You Can See Forever"(Musical), 1965
Jailhouse Rock(Film), 1957
"Chayka/The Seagull"(Chekhov play), 1896
"Don Sanche"(Liszt opera), 1825

Today in History:

King Cyrus the Great of Persia marches into the city of Babylon and releases the Jews from their 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration, BC539
Battle of Neville's Cross, the defeat of King David II of Scotland by Edward III of England, 1346
German astronomer Johannes Kepler observes a supernova in the constellation Ophiuchus, 1604
Boston blacks petition the legislature for equal school facilities, 1787
The political rights of Jews are suspended in the Duchy of Warsaw, 1808
Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie), 1888
Guglielmo Marconi's company begins the first commercial transatlantic wireless service between Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Clifden, Ireland, 1907
Albert Einstein arrives in the US as a refugee from Nazi Germany, 1933
The first commercial nuclear power station is officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Sellafield,in Cumbria, England, 1956
Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies opens the artificial Lake Burley Griffin in the middle of the capital Canberra, 1964
Botswana and Lesotho join the United Nations, 1966
Quebec Vice-Premier and Minister of Labour Pierre Laporte murdered by members of the FLQ terrorist group, 1970
OPEC starts an oil embargo against a number of western countries, considered to have helped Israel in its war against Syria, 1973
Mother Teresa is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1979
The pinnacle is fitted on the roof of Taipei 101, making it the World's tallest highrise, 2003
Australia's first Saint, Mary MacKillop, is canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Astronomers confirm the identification of the nearest planet outside of our solar system, orbiting Alpha Centauri B, 2012


  1. Good to know that both your church member has recovered from the surgery and is now been taken care of by kind people like you and hubby and other church members. Have a blessed week!

  2. You and your church members are so good to help others in need which is as it should be, but doesn't seem to happen often. I love those blue pumpkins :)

  3. I'm sad to hear of the people who were taken ill. It must help somewhat to have such kind hearted souls around - the feeling of "caring" must help them.

  4. Voluntold? Mrs. C. could have used that word before she retired as a volunteer coordinator.

  5. I feel so badly for Mr. BA and Mrs. GA. Glad there is someone who will be able to help out. Sometimes we don't realize how lucky we are to have our health.

    I can hardly believe we are already halfway through October! Halloween will be here before we know it!