Sunday, January 14, 2018

You Can Call Me..., and Sunday Selections

Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday meme doesn't mean i'm going to stop telling Cajun jokes.

Yesterday we were talking with Grandma about her own grandmother and step-grandfather, as well as cousins and other relatives.  The talk about what name to have the children call their grandparents came up.

When Boudreaux done fin' out he goin' to be him a gran'father, he an' Clothile get to talkin' 'bout what dey want de bebe to call dem when it get big 'nuff to talk.

Den dey get to talkin' 'bout de frien's dey know dat be raisin' de gran'chil'ren an' Boudreaux say, "Mais, since we already done raise our chil'ren, I don' much care what de gran'chil' call me, as long as mos' de time it be callin' long distance!"


Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It has been hosted by River at Drifting Through Life but she is taking a blog break for now.  Elephant's Child is keeping the meme warm for her.

Picture of a picture -- Grandma's grandmother and step-grandfather.
A few random pet pictures:

Lulu asking for a game of "throw the ball."

Enigma SissyCat indulging in her love of shoes.

Tombstone, the guest pup, relaxing.


Today is:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon -- Carlsbad, CA, US

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2 million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

Hunt for Happiness Week begins -- sponsored by the Secret Society of Happy People, who want you to join this week; the celebration runs through Saturday 

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

Meitlisonntag -- Meisterschwanden and Fahrwangen, Switzerland (procession and festival celebrating the role of women in the victory of a battle in 1712)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
    Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka
    Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Santos Tour Down Under -- Adelaide, Australia (a world class cycling event; through the 22nd)

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Anniversaries Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976
"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972
"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953
"Today Show"(TV), 1952
"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

General Siyaj K'ak', a Mayan warlord, conquers Tikal and increases the domain of Teotihuacan, 378
The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005
The MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby, 2008
American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson become the first to successfully free-climb the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, a climb of 3,000 feet (the men started the climb on December 27th, 2014), 2015


  1. LOVE those pet pictures. A house is not a home without a pet in it.

  2. I wish our travel allowed us to have a dog. I also fear Lyme's disease which is abundant here. I want my grandchildren next door, not long distance.

  3. I enjoyed your random photos. Do have other animals? See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Love the joke. It's great to see the grand-babies, but it's good to see them go after a spell. They can wear you out.

    Love all the photographs. Treasured memories.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  5. So true, most of the grand children will be calling long distance. Lovely pets!

  6. As long as it's long distance? Is this a reference to leave them alone? Haha.
    Today Henry Ford created the first assembly line, interesting. Learn something new every day!