Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Work, Wires, and Knowing Where It Is, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post



It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus 

Carl had been testing negative for Covid for 3 days and was cleared to go back to work.  His parents, thank heaven, didn't get it this time.

Ms. V wanted to keep him home for one more day to recover, but it was deemed safe for me to come, wearing mask, shield and gloves, and clean his empty room.

Safe for whom? i thought to myself as i tripped over the shoes he'd pulled out of his closet and that were everywhere.  Please note, he has not left the house for almost ten days, does not wear shoes in the house in any but the coldest months, and his slippers were still on the shoe shelf.

That, however, was later in the morning.

First, because he wasn't going to work so i wouldn't need to rush him out the door, i went to Ms. G's and tended her cat and fed all the outdoor critters.

When i arrived at Carl's place, he heard me unlock the door (he has hyperacute hearing, just like my Bigger Girl), stuck his head out of his apartment into the hall to the main house and said gleefully, "I have one more sick day!"

Yes, you do, i told him, but i have to clean that room of yours so you'll have to have your nap on your chair in the living room.

With that, i headed to laundry room and he got into his robe to head for the main part of the house and further snoozing.  He stopped for a snack in the kitchen and i was able to ask him about the state of cleanliness of certain items in said laundry room.

Through the morning he only came in his room once, to grab his toothbrush and take it to the hall bathroom.  He also stopped me as i was getting cleaning supplies and said, "Did you see my X-box?"

Yes, i told him, and i have not touched it, i have cleaned around it and it's still right where you left it.

At least he's been keeping himself entertained.

I also found plenty of evidence his parents had been making him stay mostly in his room.  There was food, extra condiments, and the usual lids all over, some of which needed to be reunited with the items they are supposed to seal.

He's obviously been well stocked.

His table, with the requisite crumbs and a lid that belongs on top of something.

Now, where can it be?

Reunited and it feels so good!
(sorry, i couldn't resist the song lyric)

He'd had plenty of time to get everything into disarray, so everything that belongs here

See the empty spots?

was here

There it all went!

and so it went through the room.

Carl had also managed to loosen the screw on one of his chair legs again.  It comes loose on a regular basis, so as always i grabbed an Allen wrench/hex key and got it tightened up again until next time.

He mostly napped the whole morning away, and when i left after 5 hours he was back in his sleep chair, a smile on his face.  No one in that family likes early mornings, i think they want the morning to start at noon.

Meanwhile, my Sweetie was having his problems with Slow-Moe the car.  Some of you may remember it was giving us fits off and on, on when with us and off when with the mechanics at Kevin and Lenny's.

It went haywire again Friday right after the shop closed for the weekend.  Yesterday morning, it wouldn't start at all, total silence.

Then, ten minutes later, Sweetie got in to try again and it fired right up and no warning lights on.  He drove it to the shop and they said they'd try to track it down.

It was a loose wire!  When we'd had all the computer work done on it last year, the panel over where all that computer stuff is wasn't properly attached and so a wire had loosened and now it's all put back together.

Poor car, i think i've had a few loose wires and screws myself for years now.

In honor of loose screws, sick days and "everything in it's (wrong) place,” some funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Festival of Bacchus/Dionysus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the old and new wine and celebrating the harvest)

Independence Day -- Iraq,

Kae Chun Jul -- Korea (National Foundation Day, BC 2333)

Morazan Day -- Honduras (Soldier's Day, trad.)

National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day -- internet generated; celebrate these beauties today, no matter where you are

National Carmel Custard Day

Nobel Conference 59 -- Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, US (annual two-day symposium, this year, Insects: Little Body, Big Impact)

Oschophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (in honor of the return of Theseus after killing the Minotaur; deities celebrated were Dionysius and either Athena or Ariadne, depending on the source cited; date approximate)

Relief of Leiden Day -- Netherlands

Reunification Day/Unity Day-- Germany

Sts. Ewald the Black and Ewald the Fair's Day (Patrons of Westphalia)

Techies' Day -- give your techies some well-deserved appreciation

Birthdays Today:

Neve Campbell, 1973

Gwen Stefani, 1969

Janel Maloney, 1969

Clive Owen, 1964

Jack P. Wagner, 1959

Dennis Eckersley, 1954

Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1954

Dave Winfield, 1951

Lindsey Buckingham, 1949

Roy Horn, 1944

Chubby Checker, 1941

Erik Bruhn, 1928

Gore Vidal, 1925

James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), 1916

Harvey Kurtzman, 1902

William Crawford Gorgas, 1854

George Bancroft, 1800

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"L.A. Law"(TV), 1986

"Scarecrow and Mrs. King"(TV), 1983

"Quincy"(TV), 1976

"The Dick Van Dyke Show"(TV), 1961

"The Andy Griffith Show"(TV), 1960

"The Pat Boone Show"(TV), 1957

"The Real McCoys"(TV), 1957

"Captain Kangaroo"(TV), 1955

"The Mickey Mouse Club"(TV), 1955

"Father Knows Best"(TV), 1954

"Our Miss Brooks"(TV), 1952

"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"(TV), 1952

"The Maltese Falcon(Film, NYC release), 1941

Today in History:

The state of Gojoseon (modern-day Korea) is founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese emperor Yao, BC2333

The siege and battle of Alesia is ended by the surrender of Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, to Julius Caesar, BC52

Julius Caesar's assassins suffer a decisive defeat at the First Battle of Phillipi, BC42

Jews are expelled from Eger, Bohemia, 1430

The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, 1712

British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska, 1778

General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters, 1795

George Washington proclaims the first national Thanksgiving Day will be held on Nov. 26, 1789

American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death, 1849

J.S. Thurman patents a motor-driven vacuum cleaner, 1899

The first conference on wireless telegraphy agrees to adopt SOS as the warning signal and sign of distress, 1906

Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna, Austria, found the Pravda newspaper, 1908

Mrs. W.H. Felton, of Georgia, becomes the first woman seated in the US Senate, 1922

A V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany is the first man-made object to reach space, 1942

The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon, 1952

Germany is reunified, 1990

Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show's tigers, 2003

Archaeologists on the Egypt-Gaza border find the first evidence of a 2,000-year-old city, 2010

The Nobel Prize for Physics is awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves," 2017

The first exomoon, a moon outside of this solar system and about the size of Neptune, is discovered 8,000 light-years away by astronomers at Columbia University, 2018

Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Svante Pääbo for research into the genomes of extinct hominids and sequencing the genome of Neanderthals, 2022

Monday, October 2, 2023

Butterfly and Bee (Awww Monday), Inspiring Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday


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!

I took a ton of photos (as shown in the first 3) but managed to get two awww- and awe-worthy creatures, at least i think they are.


Sparks is the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy's Reader, who wanted us to post something positive and uplifting at the start of the week.  While she no longer blogs, i like to post an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.     


Poetry Monday was started by Diane at On The Alberta/Montana Border Charlotte/Mother Owl participates, and now Karen at Baking in a Tornado is jumping in at least once a month, too.  Anyone else is welcome to join in the fun, just let Diane know!

This week the theme is Birthdays.                        

Birthdays for the young are fun,

but soon you're on the brink

of realizing they're not "all that,"

they get a bit old, don't you think?


As many birthdays as I've had,

years of cookin' and cleanin' and washin,'

when the doc tells me I'm old and out of shape

I say, "My only exercise now is caution!"


Don't be sad because you're older

and the cake needs a bigger dish,

after all with more candles

you get a bigger wish!


If you want to be a really good friend

said the very wise sage,

you will remember your friend's birthday

but never remember their age.


Today is:

Batik Day -- Indonesia (UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage)

Buttering-Up Quarter Finals -- Fairy Calendar (I have no idea what this means, but anything to do with butter sounds good.)

Child Health Day -- US (as established by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928)

Country Inn, Bed-and-Breakfast Day

Day of Appearance of the Primordial/Eight Great Netjers -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Gandhi Jayanti -- India (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary)

Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night -- because it's healthy

Guardian Angels Day -- recognize and thank your own Guardian Angel

     Feast of Guardian Angels -- Spain (patrons of the police force)

Independence Day -- Guinea(1958)

International Day of Non-Violence -- UN, in honor of Gandhi's birth anniversary

King's Birthday -- QLD, Australia

Labour Day -- ACT, NSW, & SA, Australia

Mehregan -- Iran (pre-Muslim Zoroastrian festival of Persia to honor Mehr, which means friendship, affection, and love; also called Persian Festival of Autumn)

Name Your Car Day (and i hope you don't have to name it "Old Unreliable")

National Custodial Workers Day -- US

National Fried Scallops Day

Old Man's Day -- Braughing, Herts, England (in honor of a 16th-Century man's escape from premature interment; he left money for a street sweeping and celebration on this day which is still observed)

Pageantry in Oslo -- Oslo, Norway (Storting [Parliament] convenes to decide the date for its ceremonial opening, which is usually the following weekday, when the King opens the session in the presence of the Corps Diplomatique, preceded and followed by a military procession between the Royal Palace and the Storting.)

Peat-Cutting Day -- Falkland Islands (Spring Holiday)

Phileas Fogg's Wager Day -- he made his famous wager, according to Jules Verne, this day in 1872

St. Leger's Day (a/k/a Leodegar; Patron of blind people, millers; against blindness and sore eyes)

Territory Day -- Christmas Island

Thanksgiving Day -- Saint Lucia

World Architecture Day -- International Union of Architects (this year's theme: Architecture for Resilient Communities)     

World Farm Animals Day

World Habitat Day -- UN (Habitat for Humanity

Anniversaries Today:

Redwood National Park is established in CA, US, 1968

Birthdays Today:

Paul Teutul, Jr., 1974

Kelly Ripa, 1970

Lorraine Bracco, 1955

Sting, 1951

Annie Leibovitz, 1949

Donna Karan, 1948

Don McLean, 1945

Rex Reed, 1938

Moses Gunn, 1929

George "Spanky" McFarland, 1928

"Sheriff John" Rovick, 1919

Alex Raymond, 1909

Graham Greene, 1904

Bud Abbot, 1895

Ruth Cheney Streeter, 1895

Groucho Marx, 1890

Cordell Hull, 1871

Mahatma Gandhi, 1869

King Richard III of England, 1452

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Moon Over Buffalo"(Play), 1995

"Ben Casey"(TV), 1961

"The Twilight Zone"(TV), 1959

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"(TV), 1955

"The George Gobel Show"(tv), 1954

"The Jimmy Durante Show"(TV), 1954

"Comedy in Music"(Victor Borge one man musical), 1953

Peanuts(Comic strip by Charles Schultz), 1950

"Ah, Wilderness"(Play), 1933

Volkskrant(Dutch newspaper, first edition), 1919

Today in History:

Saladin takes Jerusalem from the Crusaders, 1187

Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal), 1535

Kazan is conquered by Ivan the Terrible, 1552

Jan Lippershey completes a prototype of the modern reflecting telescope, 1608

George Washington transmits the Bill of Rights to the States for ratification, 1789

The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales against Mexican troops attempting to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, and meeting with stiff resistance, 1835

J Osterhoudt patents the tin can with key opener, 1866

John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system, 1925

The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, 1928

Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published, 1950

The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television, 1959

Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court, 1967

NATO backs US military strikes following 9/11, 2001

American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan, 2004

NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico, 2005

The parliamentary election in Georgia is determined by the OSCE to be "fair and free", 2012

Veteran broadcaster Vin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons, 2016

US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young are awarded the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for Work on the body clock, 2017

A massive oil slick from a pipeline is discovered off California's Orange County coast covering 13 square miles, 2021