Sunday, December 21, 2014

Silly Sunday: Cheep! Cheep!

Silly Sunday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.  It's the place to come for weekly laughs, which everyone needs.  It's easy to do, post something funny, Laugh and Link Up!

Anyone who knows me knows that i am not frugal, i'm a tightwad.  It takes putting a crowbar to my wallet to make me let go of anything, i really want my money's worth.

In fact, i used to say that if you are what you eat, does that make me cheap, quick, and easy?

A friend used to say my wallet makes a "cheep! cheep!" noise when i pull it out!

My own reticence to part with even a penny unless i know it's well spent reminds me of a joke.

Boudreaux an' Clothile din't never have a lot, but dey allus tried to make de holidays nice wit'out havin' to spen' a lot. 

One year, Boudreaux he stop an' help someone on de highway change a tire.  It was a wealthy lady who insist she give him a bit of a reward.  He protest dat he not done it for de reward, but she insist an' tell him to got his wife somet'in' for Christmas.

Now Boudreaux take de money an' go to de big store in de city for to get Clothile some nice toilet water.  He go in, an' he get up some nerve, because he not used to bein' in de big store, an' he tell de nice lady he want some nice smellin' toilet water for his wife.

The saleslady bring him a nice bottle, an' he say, "How much?" an' she say, "One hundred dollars," an' Boudreaux about pass out!

"Mais, no!  Dere ain't no way!" he tell her.  "I got to get somet'in' dat cost less."

The saleslady went to the back and came out with another bottle, an' he say, "How much?" an' she say, "Fifty dollars," an' Boudreaux jus' shake his head.

"Mais!  I don't got dat much!" he say.  "I want to see somet'in' cheap!"

So she handed him a mirror!

Today is:

Divalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)

Flashlight Day -- what better day, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order

Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)

Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Christian
     Lighting the Candle of Love

Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US

Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gluggagaegir -- Peeper, who peeps through the windows and will come steal toys he likes the look of

Kayin New Year -- Myanmar (The Kayin, or Karen, are the second largest ethnic minority in the country)

Kiwi Fruit Day -- California, US (celebrate with them, these are good!)

Look At the Bright Side Day -- Northern Hemisphere, and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!

National Hamburger Day

Pancha Ganapati -- India (through the 25th, a modern Hindu festival honoring of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Culture)

Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day (1872)

Poseidea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor Poseidon; date approximate)

Solstice -- Northern Hemisphere Winter begins/Southern Hemisphere Summer begins
     Anne and Samantha Day -- celebrating the lives of Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, a day to work and pray for world peace
     Alban Arthuan -- Druid Festival, 4th Station; through the solstice
     Bruma -- Ancient Roman Calendar
     Dongzhi Festival -- East Asia (literal meaning, "Extreme of Winter")
     Festival of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the seeking of Osiris by Isis and her resurrection of him)
     National Haiku Poetry Day -- US (because haiku is traditionally about the seasons, it's celebrated on the first day of winter)
     Wild Hunt reaches its peak -- various Norse traditions
     Soyala New Year Festival -- Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (a festival of purification as well as celebration, with homes cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint observed)
     Yalda -- Iran (Persian/Zoroastrian winter solstice festival; to celebrate the longest night of the year, many stay up for the fight against dark and evil.)
     Yule/Jul/Jol Festivals begin -- various calendars, religions, countries and observances, both ancient and modern
          Yule -- Wicca/Pagan, northern hemisphere
          Litha -- Wicca/Pagan, southern hemisphere
          from the Old Norse Hjol, meaning "wheel" to signify the year is at its lowest point and ready to rise again
     Ziemassvetki -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (birth of Dievs, highest of the gods; modern Latvians celebrate this on Christmas Eve/Christmas, but it was originally a three day solstice festival)

St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Catholic press, Germany, writers of catechisms)

St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on July 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)
     Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)
     Sao Tome Day -- Sao Tome e Principe (Dia de Sao Tome e Principe)

Anniversary Today

Captain James Cook marries Elizabeth Batts, 1762

Birthdays Today:

Jackson Rathbone, 1984
Jack Noseworthy, 1969
Kiefer Sutherland, 1966
Andy Dick, 1965
Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959
Ray Romano, 1957
Jane Kaczmarek, 1955
Chris Evert, 1954
Tina Brown, 1953
Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944
Frank Zappa, 1940
Jane Fonda, 1937
Phil Donahue, 1935
Joe Paterno, 1926
Paul Winchell, 1922
Heinrich Böll, 1917
Josh Gibson, 1911
Joseph Stalin, 1879
Henrietta Szold, 1860
Benjamin Disraeli, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Tap Dance Kid"(Musical), 1983
"Billion Dollar Baby"(Musical), 1945
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Disney animated film), 1937
Tillie's Punctured Romance(Silent Film, first full length comedy), 1914
The Crossword Puzzle(First one ever published, in The New York World), 1913
Basketball, 1891 (first game under the direction of James Naismith, by the rules he had published)

Today in History:

A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163
The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620
Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844
The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883
The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913
The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937
Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968
The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995
Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill Meteorite announce it contains the oldest material in the Solar System, 2012

A series of spacewalks are made by two NASA astronauts in an effort to fix the faulty coolant pump on the International Space Station, 2013


  1. awww. no fair! (i'm with you. i live simply and cheaply - except for what i spend on dog food, horse feed and bird seed!)

  2. Looks like something awful happened with you Mr. Linky code. Yikes. Might want to try again.

    Loved the joke. That's cheap indeed.

    Have a fabulous Silly Sunday. :)

  3. LOL @ the joke

    I agree with Sandee looks like some missing closing tags :-)

  4. Take the code out and see if that fixes this. I'm sure you've missed some of the code. Better to not have any than have it mess up your blog. Sometimes you don't get all the code and it makes everything a mess. :)

  5. Here's the problem with your code. On the front end remove < script > On the back end of the code remove < /script > Once you do this all is well with the world. I just tried it and it worked. :)

  6. I've encountered salespeople like that.

  7. Take the code completely out and then get the code and redo it. You've got script in the front and the back of the code that's creating the problem. I don't know how you did that either. ☺

  8. Way to go. I'm sorry you had such an awful time with this weeks code. I checked your template...yes I can do that and I could see where the problem was but I couldn't fix it. Only you could do that and you did. Way to go. ☺

  9. oh hahahahah good one! Have a lovely frugal day- I am just like you.....I pinch that penny til Lincoln yelps!