Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What are you up to?

After hearing yet another clang from outdoors, i yelled out the door, Okay, guys, what's going on now?

The smell of wood from the fire in the fire pit told me part of what it was, but i still like an explanation, and to know they haven't left the pit unattended.

"It's nothing, Mom!" #2 Son said.  "I'm just breaking up more wood for the fire.  It's crazy cold out here!"

So Festus isn't breaking anything? i asked.

"No, ma'am, I'm not!" Festus called back, and started walking around the corner of the house and toward the door.

"Mom, be proud.  He hasn't broken anything at our house in two days!" #2 Son said with a huge grin.

"That's true!  It's a record!" Little Girl was laughing.

Little Girl and Festus came in, and i noted that he was wearing a very nice pair of pants, button down suit shirt, and a tie!

Festus is a tie is a bit to take in.

Festus is a tie is quite a sight!  Yes, he has a 'fro.

Why are you wearing a tie? i asked him.

"Oh, I just wanted to.  Every once in a while I just decide to dress like this.

Okay, i said, a bit dubious.

"Mom, do we have more mac 'n cheese?" Little Girl asked.  "We want a snack."

"Yeah, it's been at least two hours since I've eaten!" Festus added.

Yes, we have some, i said, and how long has it been since you went to get fast food?

"They know me at all the places, I'll go to one before I head home," Festus said.

There's something about that boy.

Festus, another view.  The hair is original.

While i'm glad he's friends with my kids, there's just something odd about him.

Today is:

Bubble Bath Day -- remember how much fun it was as a kid?  enjoy that again today

Day Sacred to Justicia -- Ancient Roman Empire (personification of justice)

Emperor Norton Day -- E. Clampus Vitus Society puts on a party in San Francisco's Chinatown in honor of the passing on this day of Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico

Feast of Hathor and Sekhmet -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of St. Gudula (Patron of single laywomen; Brussels, Belgium)

Grandmothers/Midwives Day -- Bulgaria (a/k/a Babin Den; celebrating Grandmothers as midwives of their grandchildren, for the role they play in the traditional family.)

Haloa -- Ancient Greek Calendar (fertility festival of Demeter and Dionysos called after the halos, or threshing floor; date approximate)
     Rural Dionysia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (the fertility festival of the countryside)

It All Adds Up Day -- anniversary of Hollerith's tabulating machine patent

Kim Jong-un's Birthday -- North Korea

Male Watcher's Day -- often listed as a day for the females to get even and do a little guy ogling, but no site gives any reason behind why this day was chosen

Midwife's Day / Women's Day -- Greece (women get out and go to a cafe or shopping, and the men must stay home and do the chores and care for the children, and in some areas, men caught shirking will be stripped and drenched in cold water; on the approximate date of an ancient Greek celebration of midwives)
     Gynaecocratia -- Macedonia

Milk Carton Day -- Sheffield Farms began packaging milk in parafin lined paper cartons on this day in 1929

National Eat Something Raw Day

National English Toffee Day

National Joygerm Day -- a day to infect others with joy; begun by Joygerm Joan, whose motto is "The only thing Joygerms allow to get depressed are their tongues!"

Old Hickory Day -- Andrew "Old Hickory" Jackson leads the victory in the Battle of New Orleans

Rock 'n' Roll Day -- on Elvis' birth anniversary, of course

Show and Tell at Work Day -- another Wellcat Holiday to observe carefully if at all

St. Severinus' Day (Patron of Austria and of San Severo, Italy)

Toka Ebisu Matsuri -- Osaka, Japan (Festival of Ebisu, god of business and prosperity; through the 11th)

Ume Matsuri -- Atami, Japan (celebrating the ume -- plum -- at one of the most famous plum viewing spots in the country; through March 6)

Birthdays Today:

Ami Dolenz, 1969
Vladimir Feltsman, 1952
Don Bendell, 1947
David Bowie, 1947
Robbie Krieger, 1946
Kathleen Noone, 1946
Stephen Hawking, 1942
Yvette Mimieux, 1939
Bob Eubanks, 1938
Shirley Bassey, 1937
Elvis Presley, 1935
Charles Osgood, 1933
Soupy Sales, 1926
Ron Moody, 1924
Larry Storch, 1923
Jose Ferrer, 1912
Galina Ulanova, 1910
Wilkie Collins, 1824
James Longstreet, 1821
Nicholas Biddle, 1786

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Symphony No. 15 in A major (Opus 141, Dmitri Shostakovich), 1972
"Almira"(Handel's first opera), 1705

Today in History:

Monaco gains its independence, 1297
Genoa, Italy expels Jews, 1598
The oldest surviving commerial newspaper begins in Haarlem, Netherlands, 1675
The New York Fishing Company is the first American commercial corporation chartered, 1675
Premiere performance of George Frideric Handel's Ariodante at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, 1734
US President George Washington delivers the first "State of the Union" address, 1790
Victor, the Wild Boy of Aveyron, emerges voluntarily from the wild in southern France (he had been captured and escaped before), 1800
The Battle of New Orleans, 1815
The first US music school, the Boston Academy of Music, is established, 1833
The US national debt hits $0 for the first and only time, 1835
Alfred Vail demonstrates a telegraph system using dots and dashes (this is the forerunner of Morse code), 1836
French physicist Jean Foucault proves, using his "Foucault's pendulum," that the Earth rotates on its axis, 1851
Crazy Horse and his warriors fight their last battle with the US Cavalry at Wolf Mountain in Montana Territory, 1877
Dr. Herman Hollerith receives the first US patent for a tabulating machine, considered by some to be the earliest computer, 1889
The Blackstone Library is dedicated, marking the beginning of the Chicago Public Library system, 1904
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa is exhibited in the United States for the first time, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., 1963
Soviet space mission Luna 21 is launched, 1973
The RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest passenger ship ever built, is christened by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II, 2004
Some scientists claim 2012 weather as the hottest year ever recorded, 2013


  1. Well, odd, OK. Just make sure he doesn't break anything else!

  2. I love those glasses. They are so 50s. Okay, if you're glad he's friends with your young ones then so am I.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. He does look like quite a character. He reminds me of a college chum who also had an afro only it was bright red and twice as big.

  4. I shouldn't say it, but my first thought was the side view reminded me of a werewolf... But anyway, glad he is less destructive in the short (and hopefully longer) term, and that all get along well! (And the outfit is quite nice!!)


  5. Aww. Festus is adorable. He kind of reminds me of my boyfriend back in the day. He cleans up nice and is an entertaining lad. As much of a stay as your numerous kittens.


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