Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Got up and rushed. Hurry, hurry, see mommy hurry.

Exercise, meditation, laundry, pack co-op stuff, feed kittens 4 times, get laundry on the line, get kids up and going, feed Sweetie and pack him and his lunch off to work, clean kitchen the midnight snackers trashed last night.

Hurry, we will be late for co-op.

Thump, thump, thump, we will be late anyway. Flat tire.

Drive on flat to tire place around the corner. Yes, I know, bad idea. Sweetie cannot leave work during football season, no matter the emergency. No one else around to help. Takes too long to call AAA. Let Shelly know I would be late -- first time in 4 1/2 years, so she forgave me.

At the tire place, the nice gentleman says they will put in a plug, and have me on my way in a bit. While there, I find out two times how good the Good Lord can be.

A guy who works in the back office comes in and tells the men in the office, "You have to come out and see this! Come on, you will hate yourself if you miss it!"

We follow out, and there is a lady standing there staring at her car with a 4 foot long piece of rebar sticking out from under it. She saw it bump toward her on the interstate, and heard it lodge under there, and pulled off the next exit and pulled in to the first auto place she could.

It had hit the only place in the undercarriage where it could do absolutely no damage. On the other side, it would have taken out part of the engine. It even split between to plates under there without damaging either. A few twists and some yanking and it came right out. Wow.

Then, they asked me to come look at my vehicle. The tire was sitting there with steel belts showing and enough pinholes to look like a pincushion. No way to plug it, and the other back tire is just as bad. Ouch.

Still, better this way than for me to have a flat driving on the interstate to take the kids to school, which is what easily could have happened, if it had gone flat the day before or later that day. Again, the Lord is good.

Unload the car pile everything in the company truck, and they drive us to co-op, promising to pick us up at noon.

I taught two classes to make stuffed French toast, which was universally loved, a big hit.

So, more tires again. Also, he looked at the broken seat, and told me we have to take it to an upholstery shop so they can tear the seat apart to get it back in it upright and locked position.

Again, the kittens with the runs. I will go get amoxy/flagyl, and give reglan, and listen to the newest kitten squall constantly. She gets out of her box all of the time, too.

I almost feel like I am reliving the same stuff over and over.

It is really getting weird.

Today is:

Battle of Britain Day -- UK

Engineer's Day -- India

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)

Independence Day -- Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua

International Day of Democracy

Landscape-Nursery Day

Make a Hat Day

National Creme de Menthe Day

National Hispanic Heritage Month -- US, through Oct. 15

Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day -- Slovenia

Silpa Bhirasri Day -- Thailand

St. Catherine of Genoa's Day (patron of nurses)

Birthdays Today:

Prince Harry, 1984
Dan Marino, 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789
Fran├žois de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
Marco Polo, 1254

Today in History:

The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831*
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947
United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981
Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008

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