Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Comeaux and Strontium and Dates and More (Random Tuesday)

Stacy Uncorked

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

Comeaux got "fixed" and microchipped yesterday.  Dumpling is still at least two weeks away from being big enough for her surgery.  When he got home, Comeaux was still very loopy, and poor Dumpling kept trying to get him to play.  He would lie there and fall asleep with her chewing on his ears.  Finally i had to take pity on him and put him up on a chair she could not climb so i could watch him and he could nap in peace.  

Bigger Girl is going forward with her roller derby training.  She now has the money for her own skates and safety equipment instead of having to use the general team equipment.

Yesterday at work she got to make the special whatever it is they make in the science lab on campus where she has her student job.

"Mom," she said, "it was very labor intensive, but I got to do it!  I had to measure out exactly .000237mg of sodium for the solution.  Do you know how hard it is to measure out exactly that much sodium?  Oh, and I've decided I hate working with strontium."

My sentiments exactly, i responded, then went and looked up strontium.  No, i don't want to work with it much, either, but i'm not a scientist.  Being the janitor, i'd just have to clean up after the scientist, i'm sure.

Little Girl came in and discussed her plans about going to school in a small town about a 45 minute drive from here.  While we were talking, she opened the fridge and grabbed the container of dates.

"Oh, dates!  I didn't know you had dates.  I'm going to go on a date!"  She grabbed one, then laughed and grabbed another, saying "I may go on a double date!"  Got to love a kid with a sense of humor.

Yesterday i started trying to call Ms. JAI around 11am to see if she needed me.  (Like many of my other older clients, she has earned the right to sleep in if she wants, and she wants.)  Every time i called i got the message that "your call cannot be completed at this time" and it worried me.  Around 1pm, i gave up and went over there to check up on her.

Turned out she'd accidentally left the phone off the hook, and was wondering why i hadn't called.  She was glad i'd come, she wanted all the sinks, tubs, and toilets scoured with the pumice stone.  Also, her phone didn't stop ringing while i was there.  All the people who had tried to call her since the night before were as worried as i was!

Sweetie has a new pastime.  When he watches a movie on DVD, he stops at each scene and writes down all the product placements he sees.  No, i don't know why this is so fascinating to him, but if it keeps him amused, let him have at it.

Today is my appointment to take the twins in for their glamor shots, a/k/a getting my annual mammogram.  Ladies, if you need one, please make that appointment soon.  Gentlemen, you know you need to see a doctor once a year also and get certain things, like PSA levels, checked.  Please don't delay.  Early detection is critical in saving lives.

Today is:

Bureflux -- Discordian Calendar

Cobweb Pie Making Day -- Fairy Calendar

Dia de la Bandera Nacional -- Ecuador (Day of the National Flag)

Dominion Day -- New Zealand (trad.)

Durga Puja -- Hindu (start of the five day celebration of the goddess Durga)

European Day of Languages -- European Union

Festival of Venus Genetrix -- Ancient Roman Calendar

International Tool Day -- internet generated, now gladly embraced by toolmakers

Johnny Appleseed Day -- birth anniversary of John Chapman

Love Note Day -- take pen and paper and send that special someone a love note today, the idea of Leona Hamel of QC, Canada

Mesothelioma Awareness Day -- bringing to light this cancer caused by asbestos exposure  

National Pancake Day

National Voter Registration Day -- US (Celebrating Democracy in America

Old Holy Rood Day -- OS calendar (the day blackberries become unsafe for picking) related observance
    Mid-Autumn Day -- Scottish Highlands (traditional; considered the day harts begin to mate and a weather prognostication day)

Search for Your Baseball Cards Again Day -- on lots of trivia sites; recommended because you never know

September Revolution Day -- Yemen

Sts. Cosmas and Damian's Day (Patrons of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, barbers, blind people, chemical industry/manufacturers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, hairdressers, midwives, people with hernias; Alberobello, Italy; Ossimo, Italy; against blindness and pestilence) related observance:
    Begin now to lay in supplies for your Michaelmas supper on the 29th

United States Postal Service Day -- US (the first postmaster general under the current constitution, Samuel Osgood, was appointed this day in 1789)

Woman Road Warrior Day -- to recognize the traveling businesswomen in today's world

World Contraception Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Serena Williams, 1981
Lawrence Leritz, 1962
Melissa Sue Anderson, 1962
Linda Hamilton, 1956
Jane Smiley, 1949
Mary Beth Hurt, 1948
Olivia Newton-John, 1948
Lynn Anderson, 1947
Brian Ferry, 1945
Anne Robinson, 1944
Kent McCord, 1942
Julie London, 1926
Jack LaLanne, 1914
George Gershwin, 1898
T.S. Eliot, 1888
Edmund Gwenn, 1877
John "Johnny Appleseed" Chapman, 1774
St. Francis of Assisi, 1181

Debuting/Premiering Today:

George(Magazine), 1995
"Knight Rider"(TV), 1982
"The Brady Bunch"(TV), 1969
"Hawaii Five-O"(TV), 1968
"Gilligan's Island"(TV), 1964
"The Beverly Hillbillies"(TV), 1962
"West Side Story"(Musical), 1957
"Lucia di Lammermoor"(Opera), 1835
"The Gladiator"(Play), 1831

Today in History:

In keeping a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus, Julius Caesar dedicates a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, BC 46
Sir Francis Drake returns to England with Spanish treasure, 1580
In a battle between Venetians and Turks in Athens, the Parthenon and Acropolis are seriously damaged, 1687
New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine, 1772
Thomas Jefferson is appointed the first Secretary of State of the US, 1789
Colonel Robert Gibbon Johnson proved tomatoes weren't poisonous by eating several on the steps of the courthouse in Salem, New Jersey, 1820
The Diamond Match Company patents book matches, 1892
New Zealand and Newfoundland each become dominions within the British Empire, 1907
Indonesia is admitted to the United Nations, 1950
Concorde makes its first non-stop crossing of the Atlantic in record-breaking time, 1973
The United Kingdom agrees to the handover of Hong Kong, 1984
An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse, 1997
Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy becomes first person to fly a jet engine-powered wing across the English Channel, 2008
Georgia changes its second language from Russian to English, 2010
Greek trade unions call for a strike to protest austerity measures, 2012


  1. It was entertaining to read about the updates on your family. I like kids with a sense of humor. Have a beautiful day!

  2. Mimi,

    I hope the mammogram goes well with no surprises. I had mine early summer, everything checked out fine, too. I need to get an annual exam and colonoscopy but I'm gonna wait on those until next spring. I got the most important things done after not being able to the previous two years. Your daughter's involvement in roller derby makes me chuckle a bit because it reminds me of being a kid and watching the late Saturday programming. I don't know why I was drawn to it, especially with the gals bumping and knocking others out of the rink. Thinking about now, that's pretty darn dangerous! Do they still do that? BTW, what is Bigger Girl studying in school? Is Little Girl a senior in high school? A 45-minute drive one way isn't horrible but it gets old. Isn't there a school closer to home she likes? The lady who left her phone off the hook, didn't she notice the horrible sound coming from the handset? Or, do they not make loud noises any more? It's been forever since I've used our home phone but it's VoiP service and it may not even behave the way a normal landline line does when the receiver is off the hook.

    Johnny Apple Seed...ha-ha! That makes me think of being in grade school for some reason. I remember my teacher telling the class how Johnny introduced the apple tree to America. It's hard to imagine it wasn't native to our soil before that time, though. :)

    The list of birthdays sparks names from the past I hadn't thought about in years, like Melissa Sue Anderson. I wonder what became of her after "Little House on the Prairie"? She was such a pretty girl.

    It's always fun reading your family news and filtering through the historical tidbits. Have a randomtastic day!

  3. I don't know what strontium is, but I don't think I would want to work with it either.

  4. I love your kids. They are most entertaining.

    I had my mammogram last week. I always go every year. Always. I agree that early detection is key.

    Strontium is the chemical element with symbol Sr and atomic number 38. An alkaline earth metal, strontium is a soft silver-white yellowish metallic element that is highly reactive chemically. The metal forms a dark oxide layer when it is exposed to air. Strontium has physical and chemical properties similar to those of its two vertical neighbors in the periodic table, calcium and barium. It occurs naturally in the minerals celestine, strontianite, and putnisite, and is mined mostly from the first two of these. While natural strontium is stable, the synthetic Sr isotope is radioactive and is one of the most dangerous components of nuclear fallout, as strontium is absorbed by the body in a similar manner to calcium. Natural stable strontium, on the other hand, is not hazardous to health. Source: Wikipedia

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. Thanks for that important public safety announcement.

  6. strontium?? What in the heck is she doing? Glad you are keeping up your health and I envy that lady who has so many friends that call her to check on her. I really think my phone would ring maybe once a month if I was widowed and old!

  7. Well now I know a lot about Strontium. Don't think I would mess with that either. Sounds like a busy time around your house. Good for you to go for a mammogram.

  8. Had to laugh, I read the title of your blog and was racking my brain to figure out what element Comeaux was! Eep! Hope the poor thing was able to get more on an even keel. I know that when I've been sedated for tests, it takes a bit to be "normal" again. Or at least normal for me... Ok, I think your date and double date kid and I would get along great. Mom has told me that I am a glutton for PUNishment more than once!

  9. Your daughter sounds like fun. Good luck with the mammogram. Thanks for the reminder and also, for men the PSA.


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