Sunday, June 13, 2021

From Where? (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.


The trip down was "eventful" although safe enough.  Plenty of people are on the road this summer, and we got to see lots of license tags from many states.


Officer Boudreaux done pull over a car fo' speedin', an' when he get to talk wit' de driver, he ax de man, "Where you be from wit' dat accent?"


De driver done say, "Chicago."


Den Officer Boudreaux done go back an' look at de license plate, an' he ax de man, "Mais, if you be from Chicago, what fo' you plate be from Illinois?"



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Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It was hosted by River, who still participates, and is now hosted by Elephant's Child.       


We did not arrive until very late due to lots of circumstances, so these are all the pictures i got yesterday, including of me dipping my toes in the water, because it's not the first day of vacation unless you get to at least dip your toes in the water.







































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Today is:


Abused Women And Children's Awareness Day


Children's Sunday -- many US churches


Day of the Living Children of Nut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)


Feast of Epona -- Ancient Celtic Calendar (Rhiannon in Wales, Macha in Ireland, guardian goddess of horses, stables, horse owners, agriculture, and transportation; date approximate, and disputed, she was the only Celtic goddess worshipped by the Romans, and they celebrated her on December 18)


First-in-Line and Queue-Jumping Tournament -- Fairy Calendar


Ides of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:

     Festival of Jupiter Invictus (Jupiter the Unconquered)

     Lesser Quinquartrus/Quinquatrus Minusculae (festival for those who played flutes at religious ceremonies; through the 15th)


Kitchen Klutzes of America Day


Multicultural American Child Day -- listed as a celebration on the second Sunday in June on many sites, with no way to trace it that i can find


Race Unity Day -- Baha'i sponsored observance promoting racial harmony


Roller Coaster Day -- the world's first "Gravity Pleasure Switchback Railway", patented by LaMarcus Thompson, opened on this day in 1884 on Coney Island, at a cost of five cents per ride


Sewing Machine Day -- why this day is anyone's guess, but we must admit it's a useful invention


St. Anthony of Padua's Day, the "Hammer of Heretics" (Patron of amputees, animals, asses, boatmen, domestic animals, elderly people, expectant mothers, faith, fishermen, harvests, horses, mail, mariners, Native Americans, oppressed people, paupers, poor people, sailors, seeksers of lost objects, starving people, swineherds, Tigua Indians, travel hostesses, travellers, watermen; Amantea, Italy; Anzio, Italy; Brazil; Cianciana, Italy; Dorado, Puerto Rico; Favara, Italy; Ferrazzano, Italy; Giano Vetusto, Italy; Lisbon, Portugal; Nocolosi, Italy; Padua, Italy; Portugal; San Antonio Tiayacapan, Mexico; San Fulgencio, Spain; Sandia Indian Pueblo; against barrenness, shipwreck, starvation, and sterility)

     a municipal holiday in Lisbon, Portugal and parts of Spain


Weed Your Garden Day -- a reminder to get out there and do a little each day, so the little buggers don't get out of hand


Write to Your Father Day -- a week before Father's Day, write him a letter and ask him things like what he finds most enjoyable or exciting or scary or satisfying; encouraging people to stay in touch with Dad on a deeper level than the commercial holidays



Anniversaries Today:


Mission San Luis Rey de Francia is founded, 1798

Martin Luther marries Katharina von Bora, 1525



Birthdays Today:


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, 1986

Raz-B, 1985

Rivers Cuomo, 1970

Jamie Walters, 1969

Ally Sheedy, 1962

Tim Allen, 1953

Richard Thomas, 1951

Ban Ki-Moon, 1944

Malcolm McDowell, 1943

Siegfried Fischbacher, 1939

Christo, 1935

Paul Lynde, 1926

Ralph Edwards, 1913

Red Grange, 1903

Dorothy L. Sayers, 1893

Basil Rathbone, 1892

William Butler Yeats, 1865

Winfield Scott, 1786



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"The Closer"(TV), 2005

Roadie(Film), 1980

"Les vĂªpres siciliennes"(Verdi opera) 1855



Today in History:


Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots, 1249

Ibn Battuta, who was to become the foremost world traveler of his day, seeing most of the known world in his time, begins his first hadj, 1325

Rhode Island becomes the first of Britain's North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves, 1774

Mission San Luis Rey de Francia  is founded, 1798

Meriwether Lewis and four companions sight the Great Falls of the Missouri River, 1803

A fire devastates much of Vancouver, British Columbia, 1886

King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich at 11:30PM, 1886

Yukon Territory is formed, with Dawson chosen as its capital, 1898

The University of the Philippines College of Engineering is established, the largest degree granting unit in the Philippines, 1910

Mir Mine, the first diamond mine in the USSR, is discovered, 1955

The United States Supreme Court rules in Miranda v. Arizona that the police must inform suspects of their rights before questioning them, 1966

Thurgood Marshall is nominated to become the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, 1967

Fahd becomes King of Saudi Arabia upon the death of his brother, Khalid, 1982

Pioneer 10 becomes the first man-made object to leave the solar system, 1983

President Kim Dae Jung of South Korea meets Kim Jong-il, leader of North Korea, for the beginning of the first ever inter-Korea summit, 2000

The US withdraws from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, 2002

The Al Askari Mosque is bombed for a second time, 2007

A capsule of Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa returns to Earth with particles of asteroid 25143 Itokawa, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court invalides gene patents held by Myriad Genetics when it rules that isolated human genes are not patentable, 2013

Philae, the first spacecraft to land on a comet in the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission, re-awakes after 7 months, 2015

Volkswagen is fined €1 billion (£880m) by German prosecutors over diesel emissions scandal, 2018

Archaeologists announce Scottish crannogs (fortified settlements on artificial islands in locks) are far older than first thought, as radiocarbon dating puts some of them as being older than Stonehenge, 2019

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Bordering On the Miraculous, a Ten Things of Thankful Post

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It's Thankful Day and Start of Vacation Day -- i love when that happens!


As usual, i have slammed into it full steam ahead, doing some houses early so everyone got done this week, even Grandma. 


This week's thankful list and the week of vacation is brought to you by the miraculous.  As i've been telling The Lord since last Sunday, i'm going to be quiet and expect miracles.


They've happened, at least they are miracles to us.


Much earlier this year, a friend promised us we could use her car to go on vacation.  It was a dream of an offer, and because she kept insisting it was going to happen, we did not save up for a rental car.


Last Sunday she called and said her family has told her she simply cannot lend us her car.  Yes, she is still my dear friend, it's not her fault her family has been harping on this.  No, it's not their fault, i love them, too, they are just looking out for her and think they are doing what's best for her.


It put us in an awful bind, though, but our bind is G-d's playground for providing from places you never expected.


One thing we did was check for rental cars.  The problem is we've had lots of flooding here this year, so there are very few rentals available.  Every time there's a flash flood, people whose cars flooded go snatch up every rental vehicle available.


How does a mid-size car, for Saturday to Saturday rental, with insurance, for $1,200 grab you?


Not in our biggest dream budget.


Several friends were called and asked to pray and think about whether they knew of someone, anyone, who has a spare car they'd let us use for a couple of hundred dollars to cover wear and tear, plus we'd return it freshly washed and full of gas.


As as last resort, of course, we could take GusGus Die Fledermaus (my car), but a Ford Focus is one of the smallest cars ever, at least on the inside, and every time Sweetie has to ride in it he is in pain after about an hour of travel.  He's 6'2" in his stocking feet and spent his youth chopping cotton and throwing hay bales (no joke) and is shaped like a farm boy, broad in the shoulders.  He has to practically fold in half to get in the car, not good with a bad back.  


Here's a good sideline thankful, just in case we needed GusGus, i did clean her out.


Meanwhile, as the week went on, thankful things piled up.  On Monday i got through the day without all of my supplies and still managed to clean for everyone adequately (when you clean out the car, you have to remember what to put back!).


On Tuesday, i got the fabulous news that my jury duty has been postponed until January of next year.  Plenty of time to prepare.


Tuesday was also the only day this past week that i had one job instead of 2 or 3, it's nice to have that break.


Wednesday afternoon, we managed to get the air conditioner from the room Brother-in-Law vacated into our room.  What a blessed relief to have A/C at night again.


Sweetie managed to de-gunk my scissors after using it to cut Gorilla Tape to tape the A/C duct into the window.


As i was leaving the cat shelter to go to work on Wednesday, the director pulled into the parking lot and waved to me to wait.  She asked me if i had time to take on any new clients, as she has a friend in the market for a cleaning person.  Although i'm booked to the gills, it's nice to know people recommend me and i am thankful to have been asked.


When i was leaving Ms. G's later that day, she handed me a check for my work and then said, "You're going on vacation next week, right?"  Yes, i told her, and she pulled a $20 out of her wallet and said, "This is for you.  Not for your husband, not for your kids, not for the cats, this is so you will do something nice for you!"


My clients are gems.


By Thursday we were resigning ourselves to using GusGus when we got two calls.  One was from a member of Brother-in-Law's church who was praying for us to find a vehicle.  He has a truck.  It's 20 years old, it is in great shape and has been very well maintained.  He only uses it for moving and hauling, not for every day transportation to work.  His words, "You're welcome to use the truck if you want, I was just hoping someone would offer you something better!"


We're thankful, as it's the best offer we've gotten and it's a sturdy, reliable vehicle.


The second call was from a member of our church.  He'd made a few calls, talked to a few people, and they wanted to offer us some money to help us rent a car.  When we told them we had received the offer of a vehicle to borrow, he said, "We're giving you the money anyway, for you to use any way you need to on your vacation."


Wow.


Thursday, my phone started to act up, and i am thankful i played with it and learned how to take the battery out.  It's behaving now, another thankful thing.


Sweetie and Brother-in-Law picked up the truck Thursday evening so we drove it to NOLA on Friday to clean Grandma and Grandpa's house.  This gave me practice at driving a big truck again.  Since i learned to drive in a full size van and a Lincoln Continental (the old, huge kind) back in the stone age of my youth, it was like riding a bike, you practice a bit and you are back with it.


Side thankful, i learned to drive in big vehicles because, as Grandpa said, if you learn to drive in these big things, you can always drive a smaller one, but it's not so easy the other way around.


Little Girl is going to be on cat care duty for us this week, and i'm thankful she can do it.


Bonus thankful, i got the money into the bank for our quarterly tax payment, i've already paid the state income tax that is due mid-month, and we have enough to cover the bills that come due this week even though i won't be working.


Vacation=thankful.  That we are getting to go at all this year is miraculous.



Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Dyanne and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   



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Today is:


Crowded Nest Awareness Day -- for those whose problem is the opposite of the Empty Nest, a day to remind you to keep your sense of humor and get support when you need it


Festival of Mut -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)


Ghost in the Machine Day -- the internet holiday that explains everything!


Helsinki Day -- Finland


Independence Day -- Philippines


International Cachaca Day -- the once illegal cocktail now has its own day of celebration 


Loving Day -- US (commemoration of Loving vs. Virginia decision by the Supreme Court which struct down all anti-miscegenation laws) 


National Jerky Day -- begun a couple of years ago, possibly by one of the jerky manufacturers (no one can track it down, sounds suspicious to me)


National Peanut Butter Cookie Day


Peace of Chaco Day / Chaco Armistice Day -- Paraguay and Bolivia (commemorates the end of a war between the two)


Queen's Birthday -- Tuvalu


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


Red Rose Day -- found all over the internet, with June 12 as the most common date cited; may have begun with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Australia, which has Rose Days as fundraisers


Russia Day -- Russia


Sovereign's Day/Queen's Birthday -- Pitcairn Island


St. Anthony's Eve -- Brazil; Portugal

     Dia dos Namorados -- Brazil (Lover's Day, celebrated on St. Anthony's Eve)


St. Onuphrius' Day (Patron of weavers; Centrache, Catanzaro, Italy)


Trooping the Colour -- UK (military celebration of the monarch's birthday)


Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (through tomorrow)


World Day Against Child Labour -- The UN, Education International and the International Labour Organization


World Juggling Day (sat closest to 15th


World Wide Knit in Public Day -- better living through stitching together!   



Birthdays Today:


Frances O'Connor, 1969

Timothy Busfield, 1957

Marv Albert, 1941

Chick Corea, 1941

Jim Nabors, 1932

Anne Frank, 1929

Vic Damone, 1928

George H.W. Bush, 1924

David Rockefeller, 1915

Alexandre Tansman, 1897



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"Doctor Doctor"(TV), 1989

Raiders of the Lost Ark(Film), 1981

You Only Live Twice(Film), 1967

Cleopatra(Film), 1963



Today in History:


Joan of Arc leads the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau, 1429

The French begin their colonization of Algeria with the landing of 34,000 troops, 1830

The world's first Fingerprint Bureau opens in Calcutta, India, after the Council of the Governor General approves a committee report that fingerprints should be used for classification of criminal records, 1897

Shooting begins on Paramount Pictures' Dr. Cyclops, the first horror film photographed in three-strip Technicolor, 1939

Anne Frank gets her diary as a birthday present, 1942

The United States Supreme Court in Loving v. Virginia declares all U.S. state laws which prohibit interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, 1967

The first man powered flight across the English Channel is performed by Bryan Allen in the Gossamer Albatross designed by Paul MacCready, 1979

At the Brandenburg Gate U.S. President Ronald Reagan publicly challenges Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall, 1987

Russia Day – the parliament of the Russian Federation formally declares its sovereignty, 1990

Queen Elizabeth II reopens the Globe Theatre in London, 1997

A disputed presidential election in Iran leads to widespread protests, 2009

Ending an extensive study on the wooly mammoth, scientists conclude that they were wiped out by multiple things, including climate change, human hunters, and shifting habitats, 2012

AT&T's $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner is allowed to proceed by a US District Court Judge, 2018