Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday Coffee Chat: What's New?

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week she asks the question, What's New With You?

"I'm heading out to go rent a gorilla suit -- don't ask!  Bye!" Bigger Girl said.

Have fun, i told her, and no, i did not ask.  Renting a gorilla suit is a new one in our world, and if she pulls it off, i'll probably have a story to tell.

She has also decided that her new favorite place to read is on the roof.

Little Girl has a new boyfriend, and he's an old friend.  He's the son of the lady who taught all of my children their very first music lessons.  They are fabulous friends, and i remember when this youngest of their children was born.  They are wandering around holding hands and looking all goofy.

Red-headed Alec is newly trying to get himself off of caffeine.  It's been an uphill battle, but he's getting there.

#1 Son is trying to find a different job.  He's good at what he does, but he and the manager don't see eye to eye, so he's on the lookout.

#2 Son and DIL Becky are enjoying new dog ownership, and Pepe is happy because they take him everywhere with them.

Sweetie has discovered a new talent -- he can iron his own clothes, and do it very well.    He's becoming so good at it, i might encourage him to take in other people's ironing for pay.  That's because there is nothing new on the job front for him yet, and it's frustrating.

Right now i'm wracking my brains trying to think if there's anything really new with me, besides that there might be a new client on the horizon.

It's funny, this discussion of new things.  There's really nothing new, just things that are new to us when it comes down to it.

There's a new tenor in the choir at church, the head baker from our bakery.  Humphrey the Honda has a brand new air filter and inspection sticker and registration.  The Jalopy needs all two of the three of those, too, and she will get them soon.  There's a new magazine on the table.

No, none of it is exciting, but it's all the little things that make life go on, sweet, simple things that make today different from yesterday, and keep it from being exactly the same as tomorrow.

Hope you have some fun, new things happening in your world, even if they are small.

Today is:

American Diabetes Association Alert Day -- a day to remind people about how serious the illness is, and what the risk factors are 

As Young As You Feel Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which encourages you to stop acting your chronological age and go act peppy!

Banned in Boston Day -- see history for 1630 for explanation of why today

Coq Au Vin Day

Día de la Abolición de la Esclavitud (Emancipation Day) -- Puerto Rico

Einmanudur Month Begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Lone Month, the month dedicated to young men)
     Yngismannadagur -- Young Men's Day

International Goof-off Day -- sponsored by Monica A. Dufour and A.C. Vierow, who think everyone needs a special day each year to goof off.

International Day of the Seal -- drawing attention to a disappearing species

Laser Day -- the first patent on a laser was granted this day in 1960 to Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes

National Bavarian Crepes Day

National Sing-Out Day -- begun by an anonymous person who must love singing; and yes, i promise, i won't sing where anyone has to listen to me

St. Darerca's Day (reportedly the sister of St. Patrick; Patron of Valentia Island, Ireland)

World Day for Water -- UN

Anniversary Today:

The Tuskegee Airmen are activated, 1941

Birthdays Today:

Cristen Powell, 1979
Reese Witherspoon, 1976
Elvis Stojko, 1972
Matthew Modine, 1959
Stephanie Mills, 1957
Lena Olin, 1955
Bob Costas, 1952
Andrew Lloyd Webber, 1948
James Patterson, 1947
George Benson, 1943
Bruno Ganz, 1941
Marvin Yagoda, 1938
M. Emmet Walsh, 1935
J.P. McCarthy, 1933
William Shatner, 1931
Pat Robertson, 1930
Stephen Sondheim, 1930
Allen Neuharth, 1924
Marcel Marceau, 1923
Karl Malden, 1912
Louis L'Amour, 1908
Chico Marx, 1887

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Conversations with My Father"(Play), 1992
"Brighton Beach Memoirs"(Play), 1983
"All You Need is Cash"(TV movie), 1978
"I Can Get It For You Wholesale"(Musical), 1962
"Mr. Wonderful"(Musical), 1956
"This Year of Grace"(Musical), 1928
"El maleficio de la mariposa/The Butterfly's Evil Spell"(Play), 1920

Today in History:

Hugo de Groot escapes imprisonment in Loevenstein Castle in a book case, 1621
The Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony sign a peace treaty with Massasoit of the Wampanoags, 1621
Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population, 1622
Massachusetts Bay Colony outlaws the possession of cards, dice, and gaming tables, 1630
Joseph Priestly invents carbonated water (seltzer), 1733
The Parliament of Great Britain passes the Stamp Act, which introduced a tax to be levied directly on its American colonies, 1765
The Emerald Buddha is moved with great ceremony to its current place in Wat Phra Kaew, Thailand, 1784
The three protecting powers (Britain, France and Russia) establish the borders of Greece, 1829
Cornstarch is patented by Orlando Jones, 1841
Slavery is abolished in Puerto Rico, 1873
The Edmunds Act adopted by US to suppress polygamy in the territories (especially aimed at the Mormons), 1882
August and Louis Lumiere privately screen the first "motion picture" ever made, of workers leaving their factory three days earlier, 1895
World's first airline, St Petersburg Tampa Airboat Line, begins, 1914
The Arab League is founded when a charter is adopted in Cairo, Egypt, 1945
Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser, 1960
Karl Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas dies after falling off a tight-rope between two hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1978
The Intel Corporation ships the first Pentium chips, 1993
Cosmonaut Valeriy Polyakov returns after setting a record for 438 days in space, 1995
The Comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to earth, 1997
Tara Lipinski, age 14 years and 10 months, becomes the youngest women's World Figure Skating Champion, 1997
ETA, the armed Basque separatist group, declares a permanent ceasefire, 2006
Mount Redoubt, a volcano in Alaska began erupting after a prolonged period of unrest, 2009


  1. I've read your blog three times and I'm still not sure what it says. Maybe I should have another cup of coffee. What do you think? ha,ha,ha.

    Have a fantastic Tuesday my friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  2. I agree that it's those little things that make us smile. You did this very well. It made me smile. Thank you.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. Thanks for this "update" on the little things in your life, those things you miss most when they're gone.

  4. You are right, Mimi, it isn't about big new things happening in life, in fact that can often be stressful and even overwhelming. It's the little changes that keep life interesting and give us reasons to smile - a new dog, a new love, and definitely acquiring a new skill - go Sweetie!!

  5. I love how you ended it -- it really is the little things that bring a dose of something special to each day - though our other tasks are often very routine. I like the comfort of routine, it just seems to fit life with kids. But I find myself missing some spontaneity every now and then too. It's just hard when so much depends on you getting things done. So these little things become big gifts when they happen. :)

  6. It might not be new, but it's those kind of things that allow life to be full. Gorilla? Boy, I hope we get a future blog about THAT... Cat


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