Yesterday was busy with a lot of work done around the house.
Colin-from-Work came over and finished the roof jacks, painting the pipes to prevent rust and slathering tar in all the right places so we don't have more trouble. He also cleared the gutters and climbed into the attic to make sure the previous leaking hadn't done any damage or left any unpleasant consequences. It hadn't.
Red-headed Alec's friend Joe the Plumber and his assistant came by to install the dishwasher and clothes washer and dryer. While here, he also replaced the broken kitchen sink faucet.
Now we have this:
|Doesn't drip, and the spray nozzle works!|
|Doesn't quite go all the way under the cabinet, but i'll take it!|
|No more hauling water to the machine!|
Anyway, all the work going on at the house reminds me of a joke.
Boudreaux, Thibodeaux an' Padre Pierre were out on de bayou fishin'. Dey warn't catchin' much, but when Boudreux's line wit' his best hook got snagged dey all be pullin' hard on it to get it back, an' Padre Pierre start to pray, him bein' a man o' de cloth.
He say, "Mais, Lord, Boudreaux be a good man, an' he go to church ever' Sunday, an' he out here catchin' fish to feed his family an' bein' a good provider, could you sen' an angel to get his hook unstuck to whatever dat is?"
An' what you know, up from de water come an Angel wit' de hook, and de Angel say, "Padre Pierre, your prayer has been heard. All three of you are good men in the sight of The Lord, so here's the hook and I've been authorized to heal each of you from any infirmity you might be suffering right now."
Talk about surprised! But Padre Pierre knew a good deal when he hear it, an' he say, "Mais, I've had trouble wit' my shoulder for many a year now," an' hardly before de words was out his mouth, de Angel done touched his shoulder an' it was healed!
"Oohee!" say Padre Pierre. "Dat feel so much better!" an' he be swingin' his arm aroun' and laughing.
Den Thibodeaux say, "Ever since I broke dis ankle playing football in high school, it done bothered me," an' almos' before he done said it, de Angel done touched his ankle an' it was healed!"
"Hooo, yeah!" say Thibodeaux, an' he jump from foot to foot, feelin' how good his ankle was now.
Den de Angel look at Boudreaux, an' Boudreaux, he lean back an' say, "Don' touch me! I'm on disability!"
Adoration Parade -- Branson, MO, US (celebration of traditional values of faith, family, and friendliness)
Armed Forces Flag Day -- India
Day of Mourning for Dingle-Fritter, Gooseberry-Humple, Tiger-Get-By, LoneFolding, But Not Zimber-Quattor -- Fairy Calendar
Christmas to Remember -- Laurel, MT, US (Santa and a live Nativity, parade, fireworks, bazaar, and more)
Día de las Velitas -- Columbia (Day of the Little Candles, a celebration on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Good Neighborliness Day -- Turkmenistan
Hang a Wreath Day -- after all, by now it's about time
International Civil Aviation Day -- UN
Letter Writing Day -- no origin info found, but think of how happy someone will be to get a letter if you write one!
National Cotton Candy Day
National Heroes' Day -- East Timor
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day -- US
Quema del Diablo -- Guatemala (Burning of the Devil, to cast out impurities before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception)
Second Sunday of Advent -- Christian
Lighting the Candle of Love
St. Ambrose of Milan's Day (Patron of bee keepers, bees, candle makers/chandlers, domestic animals, learning, schoolchildren/students, wax refiners; French Commissariat; Milan, Italy)
Students' Day -- Iran
Spitak Remembrance Day -- Armenia
XTERRA Trail Run Series World Championship -- Kualoa Ranch, Oahu, HI, US (the crown jewel of the XTERRA Trail Run series of 60 rigorous, off road races, the world championship run)
Urs Festival of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai -- Sindh, Pakistan (the grand three day festival of Sindh, celebrating this famous Sundhi Sufi scholar, mystic, and saint)
National Fire Safety Council founded, 1979
Delaware becomes the first US State, 1787
Aaron Carter, 1987
Tino Martinez, 1967
C. Thomas Howell, 1966
Edd Hall, 1958
Larry Bird, 1956
Tom Waits, 1949
Johnny Bench, 1947
Harry Chapin, 1942
Ellen Burstyn, 1932
Ted Knight, 1923
Eli Wallach, 1915
Louis Prima, 1910
Willa Cather, 1873
"City of Angels"(Musical), 1989
"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (UK release date)
"The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria"(Savoy Opera), 1889
Today in History:
Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated, BC43
Chinese Emperor Lo-Yang makes notation of a supernova (MSH15-52), 185
Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the US, is completed to Trumbull, 1696
The Royal Opera House opens at Covent Garden, London, 1732
Marquis de Lafayette attempts to enter the American military as a major general, 1776
The New York Philharmonic plays its first concert, 1842
Max Planck, in his house at Grunewald, on the outskirts of Berlin, discovers the law of black body emission, 1900
Leo Baekeland of Yonkers patents the first thermosetting plastic, Bakelite, 1911
The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, 1941
Prince Rainier III of Monaco revises the principality's constitution, devolving some of his power to advisory and legislative councils, 1962
The first ever general election on the basis of direct adult franchise is held in Pakistan for 313 National Assembly seats, 1970
The final Apollo mission is launched, and takes the photo now called The Blue Marble as they take off, 1972
Yasser Arafat recognizes the right of Israel to exist, 1988
The Galileo spacecraft arrives at Jupiter, a little more than six years after it was launched, 1995
The Recording Industry Association of America files a lawsuit against the Napster file-sharing client alleging copyright infringement, 1999
The Conservative Party of Canada is officially recognized after the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, 2003
Scientists in Tanzania discover the oldest-known dinosaur fossil, and 243-million-year-old Nyasasaurus, 2012
NASA reports the GRAIL probes studying the moon reveal unexpectedly deep cracks, craters and tectonic structures, 2012