Monday, November 18, 2019

Just Kittens (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and My Neighbors (Poetry Monday)

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee at Comedy Plus.

Join us every Monday for Awww...Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww... and that's it.

Make sure you get the code from Sandee's site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!

Just a couple of sweet kittens at the shelter:


If this kitten could talk, he'd say he doesn't really look this goofy, the lady just doesn't take good pictures!






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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, is on hiatus, so here's an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.      



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Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border She and Jenny at Procrastinating Donkey take turns providing a theme each week. Mother Owl  and Merry Mae almost alway participate, too.  This weeks theme is Neighbors.           
                
Your neighbors don't look like you,  
Some unobservant people might say.
My response would be that they
Are bipeds with brains, just as we are.

Each has two eyes, one nose, one mouth,
Two ears, hair, arms, legs, they look just like us.

But, they might argue, the ones over there
Have much darker skin.

And, they might add, the ones on the other side
Are a different religion than most of us.

Also, there are the ones a few doors down
That speak another language as well as English!

My response would be, so what?
It just so happens that i like them that way.

We all get along.  We all have jobs.
We all have kids and lives and loves.

Our kids grew up playing together,
Were on the same neighborhood swim team.

We all have cars that break down,
And we have given each other rides.

All of us have had good times and bad times 
and shared them, graduations and weddings and funerals.

And we are neighbors who like each other and if you don't like it,
Then please don't move here.  Thank you.


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Today is:

Constitution Day -- South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)

Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars -- Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)

Dia de la Soberania Nacional -- Argentina (Sovereignty Day)

European Antibiotic Awareness Day -- ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance)   

Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirį -- Maracaibo, Venezuela


Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day -- Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)

Lhabab Duechen -- Buddhism (Descending Day of Lord Buddha)
     a public holiday in Bhutan, although the exact day off may vary

Married to a Scorpio Support Day -- remembering those married to Scorpios (like me!) and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Day -- Oman (trad.; will be observed Nov. 28)

National French Vichyssoise Day

Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day -- internet generated, but enjoy!  i know i will

Proclamation of the Republic -- Latvia (1918)

Push-Button Phone Day -- launched this day in 1963

Revolution Day -- Mexico (obs.)

St. Odo of Cluny's Day (Patron of needed rain)

Total Disregard for Taste Day -- marking the debut of Howard Stern's radio show on this day in 1985

Vertieres Day -- Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)

William Tell Day -- the famed apple-off-his-son's-head-shot was today in 1307



Birthdays Today:

Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Sinbad, 1956
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon "Johnny" Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786


Debuting/Premiering Today:

Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
"See It Now"(TV), 1951
"Skin of Our Teeth"(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn't legally mandated until 1918)


Today in History:

Old St. Peter's Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son's head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, "Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers", is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee's home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman's club in America, 1805
Mark Twain's story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman's Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City's Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2012
NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars, 2013

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Mine Alone (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.

Yesterday was Toddler Lee's birthday party, he turned two this past week.  It was mostly adult relatives standing around talking, with a couple of cousins (one a year older, one a year younger) in attendance.  He had fun opening the toys with his older cousin's help, and it was so funny to watch how he eats cake.  Most littles dive in, he pinches off tiny pieces of cake and puts them delicately in his mouth, enjoying each thoroughly before pinching off another.

Clothile done be plannin' de party for Tee when he be jes a petite garçon, an' she be havin' trouble gittin' Boudreaux to 'gree he goin' be dere to he'p.

"What fo' you don' wan' he'p wit' de party fo' you own fils[son]?" she ax.

"Mais, you know how I be, I t'ink chil'ren be like when you pass gas, you can only stan' you own!"


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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 is now hosted by Elephant's Child.    

A few pictures to illustrate my thankful list from yesterday.

Abigail was not going to move for any fool vacuum cleaner!

An excellent fire.

The hook we hope will save us the grief of a lost phone.

Three brothers adopted together (one wouldn't come out from the back for his photo, but he is there).


It was quite a cake.

Balloons were his favorite part, Toddler Lee hauled them all over by the strings.

He delicately eats his cake.

As a bonus, Mr. BA has finished the porch and the swing is back in action, just in time for winter!



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Today is:

Alascattalo Day -- Anchorage, Alaska (A salute to Alaskan humor, a parade in honor of the "alascattalo", a cross between a moose and a walrus; the longest running, shortest parade in the world, held in the alley behind Club Paris from 12:03 to 12:07 pm.  A prize is given to the smallest and ugliest float -- yes, it must be both small and ugly.  An anonymous queen will be crowned, if she has the bad sense to show up.)

Army Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo

Coping With Uncertainty Day -- of uncertain origin, as it should be

Electronic Greeting Card Day -- internet generated, and of course probably started by the electronic greeting card websites

Homemade Bread Day -- use the bread machine, it's fun and easy, i promise!  sponsored by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Ann Arbor, MI, US

International Students Day -- International (meant to celebrate all students around the world, not specifically students studying in countries other than their own; anniversary of the Nazi storming and closing of the University of Prague)

John Peter Zenger Day -- marking his arrest in 1734 for libel; he continued to edit his newspaper from jail and was acquitted, an early victory for freedom of the press

National Baklava Day

National Farm Joke Day

National Unfriend Day -- all those people on Facebook you regret accepting as friends?  Jimmy Kimmel suggests you unfriend them today!

Polytechneio -- Greece (anniversary of the 1973 student protests against the junta)

Presidents' Day -- Marshall Islands

Public Restroom Hand Dryer Appreciation Day -- internet generated, and why?  they've been proven less sanitary, blowing germs everywhere; i will not appreciate this one

Shogi Day -- Japan (celebrating shogi, a chess-like game)

St. Elizabeth of Hungary's Day (Patron of bakers, beggars, brides, charitable societies, charitable workers, countesses, exiles, falsely accused people, hoboes, homeless people, hospitals, lace makers/lace workers, nursing homes, nursing services, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, tertiaries, tramps, widows; Sisters of Mercy; Teutonic Knights; Erfurt, Germany; Jaro, Philippines; against in-law problems, the death of children, toothache)

St. Hilda's Day (Patron of learning and culture)

St. Hugh of Lincoln's Day (Patron of sick children, sick people, swans)

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day -- Czech Republic; Slovakia

Take A Hike Day -- internet generated, and some websites say it's actually "Tell Your Boss to Take a Hike Day", but i don't recommend that unless you've recently inherited a fortune or won the Lotto

Volkstrauertag -- Germany (National Day of Mourning for all victims of National Socialism and the dead of both world wars)

Winter Welcome Quadrilles and Dainty-Sixes -- Fairy Calendar

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims -- UN

World Prematurity Day -- International (raising awareness about premature birth, the leading cause of newborn death each year, and what can be done to prevent it)       



Birthdays Today:

Isaac Hanson, 1980
Laura Wilkinson, 1977
Matthew Settle, 1969
Daisy Fuentes, 1966
Sophie Marceau, 1966
Dylan Walsh, 1963
RuPaul, 1960
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, 1958
Danny DeVito, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1944
Lorne Michaels, 1944
Tom Seaver, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1943
Martin Scorsese, 1942
Gordon Lightfoot, 1938
Rock Hudson, 1925
Sichiro Honda, 1906
Lee Strassberg, 1901
Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887
August Mobius, 1790
John Peter Zenger, 1734
Atahualpa, last Emperor of the Inca, 1502
Flavius Claudius Julianus, Roman Emperor, 331
Vespian, Roman Emperor, 9


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Sunset Boulevard"(Musical), 1994
"Rumors"(Simon play), 1988
"The Elephant Man"(Play), 1977
"The Sorcerer"(Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera), 1877
"Andromaque"(Racine tragedy), 1667


Today in History:

Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers, 284
England and Spain sign an anti-French covenant/treaty, 1511
Elizabeth I ascends the English throne, 1558
France and Spain sign the Peace of the Pyrenees treaty, 1659
The Church of England organizes in New England, 1785
Congress holds its first session in the still incomplete Capitol Building of Washington, D.C., 1800
The Delta Phi fraternity, America's oldest continuous social fraternity, is founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York, 1827
Ecuador and Venezuela separate from Greater Colombia, 1831
Street signs are first authorized at San Francisco intersections, 1853
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, 1855
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March is given its premičre performance in Moscow, 1876
Japan and Korea sign The Eulsa Treaty, 1905
The first US dental hygienist course is formed, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1913
US declares the Panama Canal Zone to be neutral, 1914
Lenin defends the "temporary" removal of freedom of the press, 1917
American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th Century, 1947
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse, 1970
In Czechoslovakia, the Velvet Revolution that would overthrow the communist government begins when student protests in Prague are quelled by riot police, 1989
Brian May of the rock band Queen was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 2007
In Sweden, divers find the wreckage of the Svardet, a warship sunk in 1676 during the Battle of Oland, 2011
The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops, 2014
A smaller pyramid found within 2 known Kukulkan "nesting" pyramids dating from 550-580 AD is announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, 2016

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Every Single Day (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It's been a great week to be thankful.

Of course, every week is a great week to be thankful.

It began great, with a beautiful Sunday that included a nap.  Any Sunday that includes attending Bedside Baptist in the afternoon is a day for thankfulness.

Then i was thankful on Monday when The Big Boss picked Sweetie up to take him to work out at the farm for the day which means a day's pay, and i was thankful that this meant i got the car for the day, no need to be dropped off for work or wait for a ride to the next job!

Having the car also means i can do the shopping i need without troubling anyone else, again a thankful.

All the time i was with her on Monday, Dr. D talked about how the weather on Tuesday was going to be so awful, and predicting sleet and other horrors.

On my day off Tuesday, a thankful in itself, the weather was perfect, the skies deep blue and the wind brisk.  While i can't speak for anyone else, i can say that i am very thankful when a weather system moves through in the night and we wake to such beauty.

On Wednesday, one of our clients had a party and we were invited.  It was such a lovely event, i am always thankful for being able to dress nicely and enjoy good food and good company.

When we got back from said event, Sweetie was convinced he had lost his phone.  How thankful we both were when he found it in his jacket pocket after he'd hung the jacket back in the closet!  He went and bought a hook for the phone case so he can attach it to his belt loop now, and i am thankful that his keys and phone are now both hooked to him and therefore harder to lose.  (Now if only i could get him to put one of those straps that go around your neck on his glasses, life would be much smoother!) 

Thursday morning, Sweetie set his breakfast on the table and went over to pour himself a cup of coffee only to realize he'd forgotten to turn on the machine.  He said, "I'm so thankful all mornings aren't like this, with an empty coffee pot!" and i have to agree.

Thursday evening at a small group study, the chill in the air was driven away by a fabulous roaring fire built by the family's 11-year-old son.  We were all thankful for his skill and the warm coziness the fire added to the room.

On Friday, Abigail was especially entertaining.  She has zero fear of the vacuum cleaner, and simply would not get up from her warm spot on the couch so i could vacuum the upholstery there.  This led to an exchange with Ms. GA about how her majesty didn't want to move, and i am thankful for laughter and beautiful, friendly cats as well as a boss who understands that sometimes the cushion will not be vacuumed.

The shelter Friday evening was its own brand of special, i was thankful for the whole evening.  Ms. Mae, who usually does the rooms while Sweetie and i do cages, offices, and isolation areas, had heart surgery totally out of the blue.  We turned to and did all the areas, all the while answering doors, answering questions for potential adopters, and watching as five cats found forever homes, three of them with one lady.  She had come in wanting to adopt two males, she wanted siblings that would already get along, and when she saw the three boys in the cage together she just couldn't leave one behind.

It's just been a wonderful week, and it is not over, today i am thankful to be going to Red-Headed Alec's son's 2nd birthday.  Yes, Toddler Lee is now two, and i will try to get a few pictures for Sunday Selections.


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Today is:

Birth of the Blues Day -- birth anniversary of W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues"

Button Day -- internet generated; a day to collect, or reminisce about collecting, buttons, with information about buttons here  

Dagur Islenskrar tungu -- Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)

Day of Declaration of Sovereignty / Day of National Rebirth -- Estonia

Famous San Diego Chicken Day -- a day to celebrate anyone who has ever slugged a purple dinosaur

Flag Day/Statia and America Day -- St. Eustatius

Have a Party with Your Bear Day -- no comment, it's too obvious

Hecate Night -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; celebrated still by some Wiccans)

International Day for Tolerance - UN

International Games Day @ Your Library -- libraries in many countries are sponsoring a local Games Day, check with yours!

National Fast Food Day -- why?

National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week -- US (remembering those who have little or nothing during the upcoming holiday celebrations, and making time to share our bounty with them; through the 24th)      

PCS Day and Homeplace Festival -- Waretown, NJ, US (a family affair with country, bluegrass, and traditional music)

St. Gertrude the Great's Day (Patron of nuns; Naples, Italy; West Indies)

St. Margaret of Scotland's Day (Patron of learning, parents of large families, queens, widows; Scotland; against the death of children)

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Eastern Churches)

Surin Elephant Round-Up -- Surin, Thailand (includes elephant football, elephant tugs-of-war, and parades; through Sunday)


Anniversaries Today:

Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907


Birthdays Today:

Maggie Gyllenhall, 1977
Oksana Baiul, 1977
Martha Plimpton, 1970
Lisa Bonet, 1967
Diana Krall, 1964
Dwight Gooden, 1964
Susanna Clarke, 1959
Marg Heigenberger, 1958
Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952
Elizabeth Drew, 1935
Daws Butler, 1916
Burgess Meredith, 1908
W.C. Handy, 1873
Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42


Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Roman Catholic Church issues the first new Universal Catechism since 1563, to address modern issues, 1992
"The Real Thing"(Stoppard play), 1982
"The Sound of Music"(Musical), 1959


Today in History:

The second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published, 534
Francisco Pizarro captures the Incan emperor Atahualpa after the victory at Cajamarca, 1532
The first colonial prison is organized, in Nantucket, Massachussetts, 1676
Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress, 1798
The New York Evening Post publishes its first edition, 1801
An earthquake in Missouri causes the Mississippi River to flow backwards, 1811
Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail, 1821
Napoleon Guerin of NYC patents a cork life preserver, 1841
Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities; sentence is commuted to hard labor, 1849
Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens, 1856
William Bonwill patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities, 1875
6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan, 1894
Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera, 1908
US Federal Reserve System formally opens, 1914
LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, 1938
UNESCO is founded, 1945
NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission, 1973
The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, 1992
After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons, 1997
The People's Republic of China begins to implement the "Great Firewall," filters which make it impossible to connect to internet sites the government deems illegal or unhelpful to the communist ideal, 2006
Hostess Brands reveals plans to file bankruptcy because of a baker's union strike, 2012
Chocolate manufacturers state that a cocoa-pod fungus and dry weather in cocoa-growing regions has created a shortage of cocoa that may increase in the future; world chocolate demand already exceeds production capacity, 2014
The largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone, is found in the Karowe mine, Botswana, 2015
French President Francois Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament, 2015
Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork, 2017
Nineteen countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, 2017