Thursday, July 8, 2010

Woeful Wednesday

Only really woeful because for the third day in a row, I couldn't hang clothes on the line because of the rain. Cloudy, gray days get me down, and I feel that depression creeping up. I also hate having to dry clothes on racks and hangers and draped over the backs of chairs indoors.

Usually in summer I can hold out for a sunny day and get my generally lighter disposition back. It is in winter that I can't fight it. So if the rain disperses for a few hours, I'll get outside for as long as I can stand the heat without melting.

(Took a break here and looked up the Bible verse of the day on a favorite website. It was

Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted. (Isaiah 49:13)

and the thought of skies and mountains singing in praise made me smile. Back to it!)

Meanwhile, Sweetie arranged to have lunch Wednesday afternoon with a friend. I spent the morning taking #2 Son to the school he will attend this year (first year since preK that he has not been homeschooled -- it's time), so they could test him and set out his courses. While he took the test, I went to local MallMart for groceries and cat litter and other things my family swears they can't live without.

When I got home, Sweetie went to lunch and I gave him an errand to run that would keep him busy until he could go get Bigger Girl from work. Our flood insurance payment is due, so he took it in, along with the letter our very concerned insurance agent sent us. It is about our lack of earthquake insurance -- in south Louisiana. I told him to ask Miss Lisa, our agent, if she really thinks this is a problem (tongue planted firmly in cheek, of course).*

*Her answer -- a quote for earthquake insurance! $106/year with a 5% deductible. Since the closest fault line to our house, on the highway up the road, only moves about 1 inch per 10 years, I can't see any damages over time costing more than the deductible, and they would want us to prove the moving earth caused the problem to begin with, which we couldn't. I believe we have better places to put our funds.

Today is

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Omelet Day

Feast St. Sunniva -- Ancient Norse Calendar

Lailat al Miraj - Islam (The Prophet's Night Journey)

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

Old Crafts Day

Olive Branch Petition Day

SCUD Day (Savor the Comic, Unplug the Drama)

St. Aquila and Prisca's Day

St. Kilian's Day (patron of Bavaria, Austria, whitewashers)

Video Games Day

Worshipful Company of Vintners (Winemakers) of the City of London Annual Procession

Birthdays Today

Jaden Smith, 1998
Sophia Bush, 1982
Kathleen Robertson, 1973
Beck Hansen, 1970
Toby Keith, 1961
Kevin Bacon, 1958
Christopher G. Moore, 1952
Marianne Williamson, 1952
Anjelica Huston, 1951
Wolfgang Puck, 1949
Raffi, 1948
Steve Lawrence, 1935
Marty Feldman, 1933
Roone Arledge, 1931
Billy Eckstine, 1914
Nelson Rockefeller, 1908
Alfred Binet, 1857
John D. Rockefeller, 1839
Ferdinand von Zeppelin, 1838

Today in History

Vasco da Gama sets sail on first direct European voyage to India, 1497
Charles II of England grants John Clarke a Royal Charter to Rhode Island, 1663
Battle of Restigouche – British defeat French forces in last naval battle in New France, 1760
The Olive Branch Petition is drafted by the Second Continental Congress as the Congress' last attempt to get King George III of Great Britain to reason with them, 1775
The Declaration of Independence has its first public reading, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Liberty Bell is rung, 1776
Chippewas turn over huge tract of land in Ontario to the United Kingdom, 1822
Commodore Perry sails into Tokyo Bay, 1853
The initial force of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police begin their March West, 1874
The first issue of the Wall Street Journal is published, 1889
St. John's, Newfoundland is devastated in the Great Fire of 1892
The Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level of the Great Depression, bottoming out at 41.22, 1932
The United States Air Force accepts its first female recruits into a program called Women in the Air Force (WAF), 1948

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