Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Random Rambling Tuesday

Stacy Uncorked

Once again it is Random Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  

Guest pup is back because of the super cold and the fact that he has a Very Special Appointment today.  (He's getting neutered.)  We have managed to secure him better, making it harder for him to escape inside the house and tear things up.  When he does manage to get his paws on something he shouldn't, he is outdoing himself and has started eating books.

Because of the cold, i went on a draft hunt.  Every draft i could find was covered with duct tape.  Someday i think my whole house is going to be made of that stuff.

Bigger Girl spent this past weekend in North Carolina.  A friend from there bought her a plane ticket to go up for a visit.  Now it's back to school and working in the lab.  This semester she and her lab partner are in charge of reviving certain strains of bacteria from the freeze stasis, growing them, and experimenting with them to see what use they can be in eating petrochemicals.  It should be interesting, i know she will keep me posted.

It's almost tax season, and i'm not going to panic.  No, i'm not going to panic.  Okay, too late, i'm going to panic.  Yes, i paid all of my quarterlies.  Yes, i can sit down and add up what i've earned, what my mileage is, and figure our deductions.  Yes, i'm going to go to the church and talk to them about why two of our donations were not included in the tax letter they sent.  Yes, i kept track (mostly) of everything else we donated and did that has to do with taxes.  It's time to panic anyway, and get it over with.  Once i finish a panic "i can't do this!!!" session, i will take a breath and do it anyway.

We have finally acquired enough cat beds that every cat that wants one has one.  They seem happy snuggling in their own beds at night, and it has cut down on Mikey and Enigma SissyCat fussing with each other.

Sweetie is finishing off the banana bread, and all of the frozen Christmas treats will be gone.  He pretends he never really wants dessert, then goes and gets a little something.  Once we are out of the treats people give us and that i freeze for him to grab later, he will be back to sneaking off to the store to buy Klondike bars.  Say what he will, he's not happy until he's had a nibble of something "naughty" every evening.

Today is:

Appreciate a Dragon Day -- share stories of your favorite dragons from literature; begun by author Danita K. Paul

Concordia --  Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of harmonious relations)

Day of Offerings to the Shemsu of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Inflatable Tire Day -- birth anniversary of Andre Michelin

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Laurent Kabila -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes' Day)

National Day of Peace -- El Salvador (anniversary of 1992 peace treaty)

National Fig Newton Day

National Good Teen Day -- which really is most of them, isn't it

National Nothing Day -- created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”

National Work At Home With Your Spouse Day -- internet generated; try if you dare, i won't, as much as i love him, i'd have to kill him.

National Religious Freedom Day -- US (anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom)

Religious Freedom Day -- US (in 1786, the Virginia legislature adopted a statute guaranteeing religious freedom to citizens of that state, and protecting them from discrimination for their religious choices)

St. Anthony's Eve -- Abruzzo, Italy (Fires of Saint Anthony -- Anthony the Great)

St. Honratus of Arles' Day (Patron for rain; against drought, misfortune)

Teacher's Day -- Thailand

There's No Business Like Show Business Day -- Ethel Merman's Birth Anniversary!

Uzhavar Thirunal -- PY, TN, India (Farmer's Day portion of the Pongal celebrations)

Birthday's Today:

Kate Moss, 1974
Sade, 1959
Debbie Allen, 1950
John Carpenter, 1948
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947
Ronnie Milsap, 1944
A.J. Foyt, 1935
Dian Fossey, 1932
Dizzy Dean, 1911
Ethel Merman, 1908
Frank Zamboni, 1901
Harry Carey, Sr., 1878
Robert W. Service, 1874 (Poet, The Cremation of Sam McGee)
Andre Michelin, 1853

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hello, Dolly"(Musical), 1964
"A Pastoral Symphony"(Ralph Vaughan Williams' third symphony), 1922

Today in History:

The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Casesar Octavian by the Roman Senate, BC27
The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison, 550
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt, 1362
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy, 1412
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella, 1492
Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia, 1547
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism, 1581
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, 1605
The Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks, 1776
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson, 1786
The refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, 1868
The Pendleton Act creates the basis of US Civil Service system, 1883
The British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole, 1909
The British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland, 1913
Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia, 1914
The US ratifies the constitutional amendment on Prohibition, to take effect one year later, 1919
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, 1920
The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida, 1936
Benny Goodman plays the first jazz performance at Carnegie Hall, 1938
Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard, 1942
Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk, 1969
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects, 1970
The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt, 1979
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force., 1986
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war , 1992
The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban, 2002
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, but disintegrates 16 days later on reentry, 2003
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president, becoming Africa's first female elected head of state, 2006
The first ever flower is grown in space - a zinnia aboard the International Space Station using NASA Veggie system, 2016


  1. Love your randoms. When we had more than one cat they always wanted each other's beds. Or ours.

  2. Sounds like lots of randoms around your house. We play musical beds around here most of the time or just sleep on Mom's bed. Have a great day.

  3. We are enjoying some cool days before the hot days are on us again. Reading about what you wrote about your Sweetie makes me smile. I love to nibble too!

  4. Taxes is pretty easy around here. That's what happens when you're retired. We do pay quarterlies like you do and that helps the shock a great deal too.

    Duct tape cures many issues but stopping drafts wasn't in my wheelhouse until now. Great thing to use.

    I went downstairs to turn on the coffee pot this morning and hubby had opened the chocolate covered almonds he swore he wasn't going to eat. They are half gone. Bless their hearts.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  5. I think it is great that you are getting the dog neutered, maybe he will calm down. My hubby is down to his last cherry wink cookie from Christmas.

  6. Mimi,

    Yep, it's tax season. I guess we'll get ours done early next month. We have to wait for DH's employer to send his W-2 (is that right?). Once we have that then we can do ours. We don't have a complicated tax return but it still eats up a couple of hours of our evening to do it. I wish Uncle Sam would do away with this program. We're still nibbling on our Christmas goodies, too. But, we have a freezer full of ice cream. DH has to snack on something every evening after dinner. I'll be glad to have it all gone, so neither of us are tempted by these things.

  7. I bet there will be some mellowing out after the snip-snip appointment. ;) And duct tape fixes everything, doesn't it? Even drafts!

    Bigger Girl sounds like she has some interesting stuff going on!

    Tax season - yep, I'm not yet in panic mode, but have been procrastinating on pulling everything together I need to pull together to get ready - still trying to get the IRS to 'fix' the issue of them thinking we're claiming too many dependents and saying we owe them money. We still have fall-out from our previous tax accountant NOT filing our taxes for several years - haven't been able to get all our paperwork back from her to do amended returns since we did quick-and-not-complete ones to make the IRS happy. Well, as 'happy' as they can be - now I'm doing our taxes annually to make sure they get done *right*. ;)

    Your hubby sounds just like my hubby! His big thing is having a chocolate craving and having to go down to the local store to get something to satisfy that craving if we run out of that in the house. Which happens often, since he's the big chocoholic in the house. :)