Friday, October 14, 2011

Low, Low, Low

Low, down in the back.

Sweetie's back is out again.

He's home resting.

Heaven help me, men should be outlawed when they are ill or hurting.

They should at least have their mobile phones confiscated.

If the old ring a bell for help method was annoying, the phone call from upstairs is worse.

Especially when it's that he wants me to look up the history of a town i've never heard of, because he has all that time to just sit and think.

But i will stay patient and help him, because eventually he has to go back to that crazy workplace. At least, for now.

Heaven help me even more when he retires.

Today is:

Be Bald and Be Free Day

Belfast Festival At Queens -- Queen's University, Belfast, Ireland (arts festival; through the 29th)

Big Kids Day -- Channel Islands, UK

Blessing the Fish Harvest -- St. Oswald's Church, Flamborough Head, Yorkshire, England (the blessing is this month, and it was on this date in 2009, cannot confirm that it is the same date each year)

Day of the Cathedral of Living Pillar -- Georgian Orthodox Church

Day of Formation of the Tajik Republic -- Tajikistan

Dessert Day -- another one?

First Fiddle of the Month -- Fairy Calendar

Festival for the Penates -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Flag Day -- Madagascar (flag adopted this day in 1958)

Founder's Day / Youth Day -- Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo)

Mega Kenka Matsuri -- Hyogo, Japan (Roughhouse Festival, wrestling for a blessing; through tomorrow)

Mother's Day -- Belarus

National Chocolate Covered Insect Day (I'll pass. Sorry.)

National Education Day -- Poland

National Fallen Firefighters Weekend -- US (through the 16th)

National Frump Day -- National FRUMPS of America (to honor the frugal, responsible, unpretentious, and mature people everywhere)

National Gaelic Mod -- Scotland (Gaelic Language Festival; through the 22nd)

Nyerere Day -- Tanzania

Peace Corps Birthday -- US

Petkouden -- Bulgaria (Feast of St. Petka)

Republic Day / October Revolution Day -- Yemen

Santa Fortunata -- Pilgrimage to the remains of the saint at the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in Peru

Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word -- Nashville, TN, US (through the 16th)

St. Donatian's Day (Bishop of Rheims, Patron of Brussels)

St. Petca Paraskeva's Day (Patron of people who spin thread and those who do any needlework)

Vinternatsblot, a/k/a Haustbl├│t, is to bid Winter welcome (start of winter in the Old European Calendar of the Norse, date approximate)

World Egg Day

World Standards Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Harry Anderson, 1952
Sir Cliff Richard, 1940
Ralph Lauren, 1939
Roger Moore, 1927
John Wooden, 1910
e.e. cummings, 1894
Lillian Gish, 1893
Dwight Eisenhower, 1890
William Penn, 1644

Today in History:

William the Conqueror wins England in the Battle of Hastings, 1066
Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence, 1322
Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England, 1586
Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 1656
Rabbi Judah Hasid & Chayim Molocho arrive in Jerusalem, 1700
Henry Blair receives a patent for a corn planter, becoming the first black to obtain a US patent, 1834
The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate resigns in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan, 1867
George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film, 1884
Theodore Roosevelt is shot while campaigning in Milwaukee on the "Bull Moose" ticket, 1912
The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published, 1926
Ethel Merman makes her Broadway debut in "Girl Crazy", 1930
Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable caste leader, converts to Buddhism along with 385,000 of his followers, 1956
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian Monarch to open up an annual session of the Canadian Parliament, presenting her Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, Canada, 1957
The Cuban Missile Crisis begins when a U.S. Air Force U2 Reconnaissance pilot takes pictures of Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba, 1962
The city of Montreal, Quebec, begins the operation of its underground Montreal Metro rapid-transit system, 1966
The first live telecast from any manned spacecraft, the Apollo 7, 1968
The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords , 1994


  1. Take his frickin' phone away. There is no way anyone should be making phone calls within the same house unless it's life or death. Seriously.

  2. Sully, sometimes it's just funny. As for taking the phone away, he has to have it at all times for work, his boss calls whenever he decides he wants to, and expects to be answered pronto.

    No, i'll just keep laughing and realize he's just lonely or bored up there in pain, so he needs sympathy and gentle exercise, not scolding.

  3. Any way you could put the computer next to him so he could Google it? I too have a husband that almost falls apart when ill. Haven't had him call about that, albeit we have a small house and he can just call vocally, not by telephone. He just asks me questions like that 10 minutes before he falls asleep, and I sit there half the night trying to think of it... (I suspect he knows this, and that I will generally come up with the answer, that's why he does it.) But, hopefully, your guy, like mine, doesn't get messed up often...

    And he has a shock collar from the boss, too. Oh, joy.