Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Not Ashamed / Late Request

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this week the topic is,  Shameful!!!   Come on, fess up!  We all have a book, movie, or song... maybe even celebrity crush that we are a bit ashamed to say we love!   I'm listening.

What is this, True Confessions Magazine? :)

This is one i'm having to reach to answer, because there isn't much i like that i'd be ashamed to claim.

Even though i grew up with rock 'n roll, i admit i have a bit of a crush on Hank Williams.  Which one?  How about all 3, for different reasons.  My taste is eclectic, okay?

Speaking of which, that reminds me of another like of mine that might be worthy of this topic.  If you ask me about which movie character i envy, i say Elsa Schneider of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.  While i would never be this way in real life (i am, after all, a little old church lady for a reason), i must admit that if the rules about adultery didn't apply, i'd want to be her.  She got to be with both Dr. Jones and Dr. Jones!

How about you?  Anything on this topic you wish to confess?


Tuesday Random Thoughts

Stacy Uncorked

And now, a bit of random news from around here, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  

As must be clear by now, we arrived home from vacation safely.  The cats were all present and accounted for (and Horizon was hiding as he always does when Sweetie is gone for more than 24 hours).

My Jalopy was obviously driven while i was gone, which is good, but it now has the check engine light on again and a new crack in the windshield, which is not good.  My hope is Bigger Girl put some gas in her and didn't know the trick for screwing the gas cap back on (turn it three times, even after it starts to click).  If it's not done right, the emissions system goes bonkers.  The cracks in the glass can get in line with every other repair that gets put off around here.

On Saturday, July 1, my brother, the children's Uncle P, will be getting married to Miss Eva.  We were all planning to go down there that Saturday to attend what we were assured would be a very simple ceremony.

This past Sunday, Miss Eva called and asked me to be her Maid of Honor.

This week, i will be rushing like a madwoman to both work and find a dress (my one good outfit is fine for a wedding guest, but not to stand in a wedding), and Sweetie and i will have to go down on Friday, June 30, so i can be at the rehearsal.  Also, i will try, with Grandma's help, to arrange someone to do Miss Eva's hair and make-up that Saturday morning (heaven knows she doesn't want me doing it).

There's nothing like a little rush planning, is there?  After all, if you want something done, ask a busy woman.

It will all turn out well, though, and in the end, i will have a sister.  That's worth it.

Today is:

Cuckoo Warning Day -- if you hear the cuckoo today, it will be a wet summer, according to old European traditions

Day of the National Flag -- Argentina (Anniversary of General D. Manuel Belgrano's Death)

Day of the Purification of All Things -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of the Great Spirit / Great Mystery -- various Native Americans (celebrations are around the time of the solstice)
     Cherokee call the spirit Asgaya Galun Lati
     Iroquois call the spirit Orenda
     Lakota call the spirit Wakan Tanka
     Zuni call the spirit Awonawilona

Festival for Summanus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (the god who threw thunderbolts at night)

Festival of the New Knee -- Fairy Calendar

Hogueras de San Juan -- Alicante, Spain ("Bonfires of St. John," through the 29th, with the night of the 24th being the most magical as the festival is for St. John, whose day that is)

Ice Cream Soda Day -- i guess because it's hot enough now for one

International Surfing Day -- The Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine suggest contests, barbecues, film screenings, and organizing beach clean ups to celebrate 

Iron Skegge's Day -- Vikings (martyrdom of Iron Skegge, who died defending the temples of Maeri against Christians)

Martyr's Day -- Eritrea

Midsummer's Eve -- many and varying traditions, with some celebrating the day before the solstice, and some always tying it to June 23, St. John's Eve
     Night of the Fairy Goddesses Aine and Finnen -- Ireland (watch out for the antics of the little people on Midsummer's Eve, whichever day you celebrate it!)

National Vanilla Milkshake Day

New Identity Day -- an internet generated holiday, just have fun thinking about who you might want to be for a day

Royal Ascot -- Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, England (a unique event bringing together the best of fashion, style, sport, and entertainment for five days)

Scira/Skirophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Demeter, organized by the women of Athens; date approximate)

St. Michelina of Pesaro's Day (Patron of mentally ill people, people with in-law problems, widows; against death of children, insanity and mental illness)

Swedish Days Midsommar Festival -- Geneva, IL, US (celebrating Swedish heritage in the granddaddy of all Illinois festivals with fun for the whole family through Sunday)

Takekiri Eshiki Matsuri -- Kuramadera, Kyoto, Japan (bamboo cutting festival; the bamboo represents snakes, so cutting it symbolizes victory over evil)

World Productivity Day -- no central focus, just a day for suppliers of productivity tools and training to celebrate what they contribute to society

World Refugee Day -- UN

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Oxford receives its charter, 1214
West Virginia becomes the 35th US state, 1863

Birthdays Today:

Robert Rodriguez, 1968
Nicole Kidman, 1967
Michael Landon, Jr, 1964
Cyndi Lauper, 1953
John Goodman, 1952
Lionel Richie, 1949
Andre Watts, 1946
Bob Vila, 1946
Anne Murray, 1945
Brian Wilson, 1942
John Mahoney, 1940
Danny Aiello, 1933
James Tolkan, 1931
Martin Landau, 1931
Olympia Dukakis, 1931
Chet Atkins, 1924
Audie Murphy, 1924
Jean-Jacques Bertrand, 1916
Errol Flynn, 1909
Lillian Hellman, 1905
Charles W. Chesnutt, 1858
Scipio Africanus, BC236

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Jaws(Film), 1975
"The Ray Stevens Show"(TV), 1970
"The Ed Sullivan Show"(TV), 1948

Today in History:

Flavius Aetius' battles Attila the Hun; the battle was inconclusive, and Attila retreats, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory, 451
Jews are expelled from Brazil by order of regent Don Henrique, 1567
The Irish  village of Baltimore is attacked by Algerian  pirates, 1631
A British garrison is imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta, 1756
King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family begin the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution, 1791
The U.S. vessel SS Savannah, the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, arrives at Liverpool, 1819
Queen Victoria succeeds to the British throne, 1837
Samuel Morse receives the patent for the telegraph, 1840 
Alexander Graham Bell installs the world's first commercial telephone service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1877
Caroline Willard Baldwin becomes the first woman to earn a doctor of science degree, at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1895
A rare June hurricane struck Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence killing 35, 1959
The so-called "red telephone" is established between the Soviet Union and the United States following the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1963
The German parliament decides to move the capital from Bonn back to Berlin, 1991
The Wikimedia Foundation is founded in St. Petersburg, Florida, 2003
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers grants private companies the right to create new website domain suffixes, 2011
Instagram offers users the ability to upload videos to their service, 2013
Dunedin and Christchurch, New Zealand, have roads cut off and flights cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, 2013


  1. What an honor to be invited to be the Maid of Honor on your brother's wedding. I am sure you are going to look beautiful in your new dress. Congratulations to your brother and Miss Eva!

  2. Cyndi Lauper birthday is 6/22/1953. Enjoy the wedding

  3. I love that expression about asking a busy woman... I'm sort of the cautionary tale about the opposite, the less I have to do, the less time I seem to have to do it. (Or to not get around to doing it, to be more accurate).

    Hope it's a wonderful wedding, congrats to the couple and I bet you'll look wonderful!

  4. How great that you're about to have a "new sister."

  5. I was that busy woman when I was working. Now I'm just the retired lady that did way too much volunteering for way too many organizations. Congratulations on being ask to be the maid of honor. That is indeed an honor.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  6. Congrats on being asked to be maid of honor, that is very sweet. I have no secret celebrity crush, I always write about my love for Nic Cage :)

  7. Your being asked to be Maid of Honor is an honor. It sounds like there will be tons of great family occasions as a result of this wedding. It sounds wonderful to me.

    I find it curious that nobody mentioned your confessions question though so here goes your first one... I must admit that for years I thought Ripley from "Alien" was the iconic woman. She didn't have super powers (no offense, Wonder Woman, I love you, too), she was everywoman and yet she, and she alone, was able rise up and kill the alien. Don't get me wrong, I'm not fond of Sigourney Weaver the actress, but I'm very fond of her portrayal of my hero, Ripley.

  8. I forgot to mention my crush... I must admit at one time I was fascinated by Ralph Fiennes. Then he became Valdemort. Go figure ;)

  9. Oh I like the way you think!! Elsa was a very lucky girl! I laughed so hard at that line "I WAS the next guy in line." LOL
    Hope everything works out with the wedding plans!!

  10. Both Dr Jones - yes, that is definitely a guilty pleasure I didn't realise I had until now. Love all your facts as always - I've learnt so much.


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