Saturday, July 27, 2013


Twenty-eight years ago today, and it was a Saturday, too i woke up early (as i usually do), cooked breakfast for any who wanted it, with the help of my Grandma Rosie, and by the end of the day, i was married.

It's been an interesting 28 years.  It has included two moves, five pregnancies, a few minor car accidents, surgeries, nights in the ER with sick/injured kids, health crises, and more good times than you could shake a stick at.

All the years represent a lot of "time real estate" that includes so much more than can be listed in a simple post.

Twenty-eight years of meals shared and vacations survived.  Twenty-eight years of me putting up with Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, and his resentfulness that his brother married and he didn't.*  Twenty-eight years of Sweetie putting up with my mother, whom we all love dearly but she has her quirks.  All the car breakdowns, kid meltdowns, church meetings, diapers changed, dishes washed, horrible home repairs, fabulous days celebrated -- everything, in short, that makes up life.

Do i have the strength for more?  Only if i'm given them in the usual way you live them, one day at a time.

Happy Anniversary, Sweetie.  Hold on, because, knowing our family, the ride will only get wilder and crazier from here.

*Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, and Sweetie are identical twins, but The Mouth is high functioning autistic, with all that it entails.  As i always say, if i had married him instead, i would be a widow and a felon, because i would have killed him!

Today is

Afrma Fancy Rat & Mouse Display -- Riverside, CA, US

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous -- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (pre-1963 power and sailing yachts, river parade, and Rum Runners Rendezvous celebration; through tomorrow)

Barbie-in-a-blender Day -- while i get why we do it to Barbie, what did your blender do to deserve this?  originally thought of by, to defend our rights to comment on cultural icons, whether they are trademarked/copyrighted or not

Bugs Bunny Day -- the "wascally wabbit" made his debut in A Wild Hare, released on this day in 1940

Day of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus -- date on the Julian Calendar, these are the legendary saints who, upon persecution by the Emperor Decius and being walled up in a cave to die as martyrs, instead slept for over 200 (in the Koran, yes, they are mentioned there, it is 300) years; based on an even more ancient legend and the prototypes of Rip Van Winkle; related observances
     National Sleepy Head Day -- Finland (the last person in the house to wake on this day is awakened with water, either thrown on him/her or the person is thrown into water; in honor of the story of the Saints of Ephesus)
     Seven Sleepers Day -- Ancient Latvian Calendar
     Siebenschlafer -- Germany (a weather prognostication day, if it rains today, there will be rain for seven weeks more)

Hanover Dutch Festival -- Hanover, PA, US (celebrating the area and it's heritage)

Iglesia Ni Cristo Day -- Philippines

Ipip Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (festival for working on the king's tomb; date approximate)

Jose Celso Barbosa Day -- Puerto Rico

National Blunt Object Day -- this one is just weird, and no one wants to take the blame for starting it, either

National Creme Brulee Day

National Dance Day -- go out and bust a move on a Saturday night (but don't bust you, please)

National Day of the Cowboy -- US  (celebrating the heritage, and those who still work as cowboys/cowgirls today)

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

National Scotch Day

Over-The-Moon Night (Cows and Spoons) -- Fairy Calendar

"Paddle for Perthes" Disease Awareness Day -- to promote awareness of the children's condition called Legg-Calve-Perthes disease

St. Pantaleon's Day (Patron of bachelors, physicians, torture victims; against tuberculosis)

Sumidagawa River Fireworks Festival -- Tokyo, Japan (one of Japan's largest fireworks festivals)

Take Your Houseplants For a Walk Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which claims doing this will orient them to their position on the earth and make them healthier (some websites mistakenly call it take your pants for a walk day!)

Taylor Horsefest -- Taylor, ND, US (big enough to be fun, small enough to get you lots of time with the stars of the show, the horses! through tomorrow)

Victory Day -- North Korea

Walk on Stilts Day -- at your own risk always; sponsored by Bill "Stretch" Coleman, the Nine Foot Clown, who encourages everyone to walk on stilts to foster a chance to develop self-confidence, master balance and coordination, enjoy the challenge, and celebrate daring accomplishments at all ages

War Martyrs' and Invalids' Day -- Vietnam

Whitstable Oyster Festival -- Whitstable, Kent, England (celebrating the areas famed and protected oysers, Ostrea edulis; through next Saturday)

Birthdays Today

Ashlyn Sanchez, 1996
Cheyenne Kimball, 1990
Alex Rodriguez, 1975
Triple H, 1969
Maureen McGovern, 1949
Peggy Fleming, 1948
Betty Thomas, 1947
Bobbie Gentry, 1944
Gary Gygax, 1938
Jerry Van Dyke, 1931
Norman Lear, 1922
Alexandre Dumas, fils, 1824
Queen Hatshepsut, BC1508

Today in History

Siward, Earl of Northumbria invades Scotland to support Malcolm Canmore against Macbeth of Scotland, who usurped the Scottish throne from Malcolm's father, King Duncan; Macbeth is defeated at Dunsinane, 1054
Jesuit priest Francis Xavier's ship reaches Japan, 1549
The English Parliament passes the second Navigation Act requiring that all goods bound for the American colonies have to be sent in English ships from English ports, 1663
A Royal Charter is granted to the Bank of England, 1694
The Russian Navy defeats the Swedes atthe Battle of Grengam, 1720
The first U.S. federal government agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, is established (later renamed Department of State), 1789
Robespierre is finally arrested, 1794
The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time, 1866
Researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Frederick Banting announce the discovery of the hormone insulin, 1921
The animated short A Wild Hare is released, introducing the character of Bugs Bunny, 1940
RMS Titanic, Inc. begins the first expedited salvaging of wreckage of the RMS Titanic, 1987
A pipe bomb explodes at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, GA, US, during the Summer Olympics, 1996
Photograph negatives purchased at a garage sale prove to be early works by photographer Ansel Adams, 2010


  1. If I'd married my sister-in-law I too would be residing in Dartmoor or some other prison! Mind you, if my wife had married my brother it would be a toss up who would have killed who. How can siblings be so different?
    Whitstable Oyster Festival - I've never had an oyster; I keep promising myself one for the experience.
    Over-The-Moon Night (Cows and Spoons) -- Fairy Calendar. My mind boggles.
    And I love the idea of Barbie-in-a-blender day.

    1. Just realised that I didn't say congratulations. So - CONGRATULATIONS.

  2. Oh dear. If I had married my dogged,though mild brother-in-law I fear HE would be in some inpatient facility by now.

    In a happy coincidence, you have been married 28 years on the 27th of July, and I will have been married 29 years tomorrow on the 28th of July.

    Happy anniversary to Mimi and her Sweetie and may you have 28 more happy years to enjoy the wonderful family you have created together.

  3. Mimi !!
    Congratulations and best wishes for many more happy years!
    My sweetie and I have 23 years under our belt - lots of challenges but as you say it's one day at a time!
    Have a lovely day!

  4. ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you,♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary Dear Sweetie and Mimi, ♪♪
    ♪♪Happy Anniversary to you.♪♪

  5. Only two moves in twenty-eight years? Remarkable. I've moved a dozen times in forty years and I thought I was as stationary as a rock. But I wouldn't want to miss out on the opportunity to with you a very Happy Anniversary.

  6. Thank you all! And Charis, i also wish you many more wonderful with your very special husband.

  7. Happy Anniversary to you! That's more than a quarter of a century!

    Just bloghopping! ;o)

  8. Happy Anniversary. Good thing you married the right twin. :)


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