Tuesday, November 16, 2010


Oh, woe is us. We are in mourning. It is so sad.

It began as a simple statement from Bigger Girl. "Mom, there is water dripping over here, and I can't tell where it is coming from."

Those are words that send a chill to my heart in this money pit of a house. Often, it is coming from where it shouldn't and where it will cost the most. With the rain falling, I looked up, expecting the worst, but the ceiling was dry.

The water was dripping from a shelf mounted to a wall, and there was water all over the shelf. The bottoms of the toaster and toaster oven were sitting in a puddle, not a good thing.

#2 Son walked over and said, "Well, I tried to make coffee" -- the coffee maker is there, too -- "and even though I put in lots of water, I only got a little coffee. It was weird."

Weird? He calls this weird? I call it terrible. It means the coffee maker is dead.

Oh, gloom and despair! Oh horrors! I tossed it in the trash can, and we mourn the coffee maker, and wonder what we will do.

Rest in peace, Black & Decker. You will be missed until I can get to the store for a replacement, as the use of Mom's Go Juice cannot be interrupted.

Today is:

Dagur Islenskrar tungu -- Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)

Day of Declaration of Sovereignty -- Estonia

Day of Repentance and Prayer -- German speaking Lutheran, Reformed, and United Protestants

Have a Party with Your Bear Day

Hecate Night -- Wicca

International Day for Tolerance - UN

National Moms and Dads Day

National Button Day

National Fast Food Day

Resident Aliens' Day

St. Echerius' Day

St. Gertrude the Great's Day (patron of the West Indies)

St. Margaret of Scotland's Day (patron of Scotland)

St. Matthew's Day (Eastern)

Anniversaries Today:

Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907

Birthdays Today:

Oksana Baiul, 1977
Lisa Bonet, 1967
Dwight Gooden, 1964
Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952
Daws Butler, 1916
Burgess Meredith, 1908
W.C. Handy, 1873
Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42

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
Touch-tone telephone introduced, 1963


  1. I took a moment in honour of your coffeemaker.

  2. Oh what a relief! A dead coffee maker is so much easier than a wounded roof or pipe! But that's easy for me to say as I sit here drinking my second cuppa.

  3. Oh. I drink tea, but knowing how I am without, urk!

    Can we make the DAY of tolerance a little longer? Please??

    And I have an urge to go thru the drive in on the way home. Hmmm.


    (Are the fey taking the day off? Didn't see any fairy stuff today.)


  4. It's Have A Party With Your Bear Day? How can you do that without coffee? I feel for you :-)

  5. LOL all of you!

    Leah, thank you for your respect to the dearly departed.

    Hilary, it was a relief, even if I had to get coffee elsewhere.

    Cat, I think it should be a lifetime of tolerance for all of us. As for the fairies, even they don't have a party every day.

    Suldog, it wasn't easy, but our Teddy bears are very patient.


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