Sunday, April 22, 2018

Understanding (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts Silly Sunday does not mean i will quit telling Cajun jokes.

Yesterday's visit to Grandma and Grandpa's house went very well, and we got to go spend time with my brother, the children's Uncle P, and his wife.  While at their house, we asked if he wanted to come to the flea market with us, and he said that no, he was going to be lazy and spend his Saturday at home sleeping.

His comment reminded me of Boudreaux.

Boudreaux's boss done call him in de office an' say, "Boudreaux, you be my frien' as well as my employee, so I gots to be honest wit' you.  You be de laziest employee I done got here!  You allus be tryin' to get out o' de work, an' you take you extra long lunch breaks, an' I know you rather be home ever' day sittin' an' not workin' at all!"

An' Boudreaux say, "Mais!  You done bring me to tears!  You be my true friend an' de only one dat really unnerstan' me!"


Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.  

My sister-in-law is an artist:


Today is:

Bob Wills Day -- Turkey, TX, US (celebrating Western Swing music and its king; through tomorrow)

Chemists Celebrate The Earth Day -- promoting public awareness of the important contribution of chemists

Discovery Day -- Brazil (landing of Cabral in 1500)

Drive It Day -- England (commemorates the 64 cars that left London on the first day of the Thousand Mile Trial on 23 April 1900)   

Earth Day

Festival of Jupiter and Juno -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA   

Granary Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (offering to the Lady of Granaries; date approximate)

International Mother Earth Day -- UN

Lela's Holiday -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (honoring the goddess-daughter, Lela)

London Marathon -- Greenwich to The Mall, London, England

National Jelly Bean Day

Queen Isabella Day -- Spain and some US states (birth anniversary of Isabella I of Castille)

St. Epipodius of Lyon's Day (Patron of bachelors, betrayal victims, torture victims)

Walpurgis celebrations begin -- through May 1, Norse, Scandinavian, and Germanic celebrations (remembering the sacrifice of Odin upon the World Tree Yggdrasil
    Yggdrasil Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar

Birthdays Today:

Amber Heard, 1986
Francis Capra, 1983
Daniel Johns, 1979
Kim Elizabeth, 1978
Eric Mabius, 1971
Chris Makepeace, 1964
Byron Allen, 1961
Ryan Stiles, 1959
Peter Frampton, 1950
John Waters, 1946
Jack Nicholson, 1937
Glen Campbell, 1936
Aaron Spelling, 1928
Charlotte Rae, 1926
Yehudi Menuhin, 1916
Eddie Albert, 1906
Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev, 1891
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, 1870
Immanuel Kant, 1724
Queen Isabella, 1451

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Who's Tommy"(Rock musical), 1993
"Le Triomphe de Plutus/Money Makes the World Go Round"(Play), 1728

Today in History:

Portuguese navigator Pedro Cabral becomes the first European to sight Brazil, 1500
President George Washington attends a performance of Rickett's, the first circus in the US, 1793
Thomas Stevens sets out from San Francisco on the first round the world journey by bicycle, 1884
The Oklahoma land rush begins at noon; thousands rush to claim land, and the towns of Oklahoma City and Guthrie are formed within hours with populations of over 10,000 each, 1889
Pravda begins publication in St. Petersburg, 1912
The Germans begin using poison chlorine gas as a chemical weapon, 1915
British yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston completes the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world, 1969
The first Earth Day is celebrated, 1970
The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. is dedicated, 1993
Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi apologizes for Japan's war record, 2005
Four Canadian soldiers are killed 75 kilometers north of Kandahar, Afghanistan by a roadside bomb planted by Taliban militants, the worst single day combat loss for the Canadian army since the Korean War, 2006
The Pope, Benedict XVI, becomes the first pontiff to participate in a televised interview session, 2011

Saturday, April 21, 2018

A to Z: Satisfaction (Ten Things of Thankful)

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After we got finished being taken to the cleaners by the Tax Man this past week, i spent a lot of time thinking about the Bible verse Hebrews 13:5, "Be content with such things as you have, for He has said 'I will never leave you nor forsake you'."

Another way to think about contentment is being satisfied, or grateful, or thankful.

Today is "S" day on A to Z, so i am thinking that i am satisfied.

Yes, i could envy those who have nicer cars, but i am satisfied with and thankful for the Jalopy and Lunceford the Land Yacht.

Sure, i could have more clothes, and more stylish clothes, but i am satisfied with and thankful for my jeans and t-shirts and my two dresses for special occasions.

We could wish for a bigger house, but i am more than satisfied with and thankful for the size of this one.

Some people dine at fine restaurants all of the time, but i am satisfied with and thankful for the food in our pantry and fridge and freezer.  Also, i know that we have more from one grocery trip than some people in this world will get in a month.

There are those who are in much better physical shape than i am, but i am satisfied and thankful that yesterday i was able to climb into Ms. G's attic and get the inflatable bed down for her, and haul in all of the cat litter.  She just had knee surgery and couldn't do it, and she didn't have to because i am at least fit enough to do that.

Ms. G also has a brand new vacuum cleaner that has all of the bells and whistles on it (the crack and crevice tool lights up!) and i could covet it, but i am satisfied with my modest Shark that does a good enough job for me.

Reading is one of my passions, and i could be cranky about not being able to buy every book i want to read, but instead i am satisfied to get a good used one sometimes and go to the library for the rest.

Most of my furniture is older and a bit shabby and worse for the wear after years of children and cats.  Still i am satisfied with it and thankful for it because it works for us and our lifestyle, and i don't have to be always on pins and needles that a cat will destroy something.

The latest technological gadgetry is something that some people just have to have.  Me, i will be quite satisfied with and thankful for the big tablet that Sweetie can see to use and the smaller one that i can see to use, and our phones that we got cheaper because they were out of style.

There are jobs that are a lot more glamorous than being a janitor, but i am satisfied that i can help people and they are really thankful to have me do the jobs they cannot do or don't have time to do.

While i could sit and wish for more, i am satisfied and thankful.  Yes, some things i will work to change, or to eventually replace some worn items with better things, but that does not take away from my being thankful and grateful for the now.  Nothing says i cannot be content and satisfied with where i am while still striving to get where i want to be.

Josie Two Shoes is the delightful hostess of Ten Things of Thankful, and it would make all of us thankful if you would work up a list (it doesn't have to be ten, that's just a suggestion, a goal to shoot for) and link up.  That way we can all be thankful along with you.


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Today is:

Administrative Professionals Day (original date)

Aggie Muster -- Texas A&M University

Astronomy Day 2018 / Spring Astronomy Day -- Saturday at or before the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May    
    sponsored by The Astronomical League; find out what your local astronomy society is doing today, and go enjoy

Banyan Tree Birthday Party -- Lahaina, Maui, Hawai'i (celebrating the "birthday" of Lahaina's most important landmark, their banyan tree planted back in 1973, which now covers over 2/3 of an acre; cake, nature displays, kid activities, history exhibits and more, through tomorrow)

Birthday of Rome -- Rome, Italy (753 BCE)

California Poppy Festival -- Lancaster, CA, US (two fun days celebrating California's State Flower)

Feast of Wadjet (a/k/a Udjet or Buto) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

First Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i (began sunset yesterday; through May 2)

Grounation Day -- Rastafari (one of the Rastafarian's most important festivals, in honor of Haile Selassie's 1966 visit to Jamaica)

Hatsume Fair -- Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden, Delray Beach, FL, US (celebrating the culture and beauty of Japan; through tomorrow)

Healthy Kids Day® -- YMCA    

Heroica Defensa de Veracruz -- Mexico (Heroic Defense of Veracruz)

Historic Garden Week in Virginia -- VA, US (enjoying some of Virginia's finest homes and gardens; through next Saturday)

Homecoming of the Elves -- Fairy Calendar (Singing Festival)

Huband Appreciation Day

International Marconi Day -- a 24-hour amateur radio event annually near the birth anniversary of Marconi

Iroquois Corn Planting Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (three day celebration, always around this time of year)

John Muir Day -- US (American conservationist)

Kartini Day -- Indonesia (honoring a leader who helped emancipate women)

Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day -- Norfolk, VA, US (citywide volunteer cleanup effort that i would love to see duplicated everywhere)

Kindergarten Day -- Germany; US (birth anniversary of Friedrich Froebel, in 1782, who began the first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837)

Make a Quilt Day -- obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus' Make a Blanket Day     

Mibu Dainembutsu Kyogen -- Mibu Temple, Kyoto, Japan (nine day festival of kyogen performances which dates back to 1299)

National Auctioneers Day -- recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce    

National Chocolate-Covered Cashew Truffle Day

National Tree Planting Day -- Kenya

Paralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (shepherd's festival of Pares, goddess of herders)

Queen's Birthday -- Falkland Islands; St. Helena(except Tristan da Cunha)

Record Store Day -- celebrated by independent record stores everywhere, find one near you    

San Jacinto Day -- Texas, US

St. Anselm of Canturbury's Day

St. Bueno Gasulsych's Day (Patron of diseased cattle, sick animals, and sick children)

Taro Festival -- East Maui, Hawaii, US (celebration of Hawai'ian culture; through tomorrow)

Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day -- encouraging awareness of volunteerism, but the original sponsor of the day is no longer online

Tiradentes Day/Brasilia Day -- Brazil (honors Joaquim José da Silva Xavier, called "tooth puller", who fought for Brazilian independence)
    Inauguration of Brasilia, Distrito Federal -- Brazil (anniversary of the 1960 inauguration of the new federal capital)

Creativity and Innovation Day -- final day of World Creativity and Innovation Week, which always begins on DaVinci's birth anniversary

Birthdays Today:

Robert Smith, 1959
Andie MacDowell, 1958
James Morrison, 1954
Tony Danza, 1951
Patti LuPone, 1949
Iggy Pop, 1947
Charles Grodin, 1935
Elaine May, 1932
Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom, 1926
Anthony Quinn, 1915
John Muir, 1838
Charlotte Bronte, 1816
Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel, 1782
Catherine the Great, 1729
Jan van Riebeeck, 1619

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Annie"(Musical), 1977
"Inherit the Wind"(Play), 1955
"Arms and the Man"(Play), 1894

Today in History:

Traditional date for the founding of Rome by Romulus and Remus, BC753
Marc Antony continues to battle the senators who assasinated Julius Caesar in the Battle of Mutina, which he loses, BC43
Henry VIII ascends the throne of England, 1509
Hernan Cortez lands in Veracruz, 1519
The Maryland Toleration Act is passed, granting religious freedom to all in that colony, 1649
Catherine the Great ends noble privileges in Russia, 1785
Tiradentes, leader of the independence movement in Brazil, is executed, 1792
Republic of Texas forces under Sam Houston defeat Mexican troops under Santa Ana, winning the Battle of San Jacinto and the independence of Texas, 1836
The first train crosses the first bridge over the Mississippi River, crossing from Rock Island, Illinois to Davenport, Iowa, 1855
Alexander Douglas patents the bustle, 1857
Baha'u'llah, the founder of the Baha'i' faith, declares his mission, 1863
The first firehouse pole is installed in a firehouse in NYC, 1878
The Red Baron (Manfred von Richthofen)is shot down, 1918
The first Aggie Muster is held, a remembrance of fellow Texas A&M graduates who had died in the previous year, 1922
Brasilia is officially inaugurated as the capital of Brazil, 1960
In Beijing, around 100,000 students gather in Tiananmen Square to commemorate Chinese reform leader Hu Yaobang, 1989
Alexander Wolszczan announces his the discovery of extrasolar planets, 1994
The ashes of Timothy Leary and Gene Roddenberry are launched into orbit, 1997
By order of an Egyptian court, the name of Egypt's former President, Hosni Mubarak, is stripped from public spaces, schools and streets, 2011
Playing against the Seattle Mariners, Chicago White Sox pitcher Philip Humber pitches the 21st perfect game in MLB history and the third perfect game in team history, 2012
The Astronaut Hall of Fame inducts three new members; Curtis Brown, Eileen Collins, and Bonnie Dunbar, 2013

Friday, April 20, 2018

A to Z: Rest (Feline Friday) and Really Cool Fill-ins!

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code.

As i suspected, the litter of kittens i am bottle raising is actually a litter of one and a litter of two that animal control stuck together and handed to the shelter.

The orange tabby boy, whom i simply call Little Brother, is at least a week younger than the two girls.  He has adapted well to being with them, and can rest no matter what they do.  He even sleeps at times when they step over him!


Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy's Reader. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts! 

My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:

Week 102: April 20, 2018

1. New                  are                           .

2. I love to                   on the                    .

3. When I was a child, I loved to play                   .

4. One                   , I                      .

1. New shoes are more stylish than the old, but the old are more comfortable.  It’s the same with opinions.  Aunt Jimsie  said that in Anne of the Island, and she was right!

2. I love to walk on the beach at sunrise.  It never grows old.

3. When i was a child, i loved to play school  Yes, i was weird.  Still am.

4. One day, i am going to retire and let someone else do my cleaning!


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Today is:

Anniversary of Something That Happened So Long Ago Everyone Has Forgotten Day -- Fairy Calendar

Global Youth Service Day -- annual campaign to mobilize children and youth to make a difference (through Sunday)    

Go Around Humming "You Light Up My Life" Until Everybody Screams Day -- the person who thought this one up should be tied down and forced to listen to Barry Manilow songs for 12 hours straight!

Harvest Offering to Renenutet -- Ancient Egypitian Calendar (offering to the Lady of the Fertile Fields; date approximate)

Lima Bean Respect Day

Main Street BBQ & Bluesfest -- Washington, MO, US (professional BBQ competition, plus music and fun; through Sunday)

National Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Day

National Take a Break to Reset Your Mind Day -- because everyone needs a day like this

National Teach Children to Save Day -- sponsored by the American Banking Association    

Ridvan begins -- Baha'i (begins at sunset)

St. Caedwalla of Wales' Day (Patron of converts, repentant murderers)

Birthdays Today:

Danny Granger, 1983
Joey Lawrence, 1976
Carmen Electra, 1972
Shemar Moore, 1970
Crispin Glover, 1964
Don Mattingly, 1961
Clint Howard, 1959
Luther Vandross, 1951
Jessica Lange, 1949
David Leland, 1947
Steve Spurrier, 1945
Ryan O'Neal, 1941
George Takei, 1937
Nina Foch, 1924
Ernesto Antonio "Tito" Puente, 1923
John Paul Stevens, 1920
Lionel Hampton, 1908
Harold Lloyd, 1893
Joan Miró i Ferrà, 1893
Holland McTyeire "Howlin' Mad" Smith, 1882
Daniel Chester French, 1850

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Annie Hall(Film), 1977
"Your Hit Parade"(Radio), 1935

Today in History:

The last naval battle in Byzantine history, 1453
Jews are expelled from Orange Burgundy, 1505
Jacques Cartier begins the voyage in which he will claim Canada and Labrador for France, 1534
Freedom of religion is granted to the Jews of New Amsterdam, 1657
Admiral Robert Blake destroys a Spanish silver fleet under heavy fire at Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1657
Captain Cook arrives in New South Wales, 1770
René Caillié becomes the first non-Muslim to enter Timbouctou, 1828
Edgar Allan Poe's Murder in the Rue Morgue becomes the first detective story ever published, 1841
Louis Pasteur and Claude Bernard complete their first pasteurization tests, 1862
Pierre and Marie Curie refine radium chloride, 1902
Manfred von Richthofen, aka The Red Baron, shoots down his 79th and 80th victims marking his final victories before his death the next day, 1918
Western Electric and Warner Bros. announce Vitaphone, a process to add sound to film, 1926
Apollo 16, commanded by John Young, lands on the moon, 1972
Pianist Vladimir Horowitz performs in his native Russia for the first time in 61 years, 1986
Danica Patrick wins the Indy Japan 300 becoming the first female driver in history to win an Indy car race, 2008
The Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion kills 11 and causes rig to sink, initiating a massive oil discharge in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010
Tens of thousands of people demonstrate in Tahrir Square against continuing military rule in Egypt, 2012