Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Random Tuesday: Superstitions, Drunk Flies, and Work

Stacy Uncorked

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

Ms. V and her family, and Mr. BA and Ms. GA, both went on vacation.  Every year, both go on vacation in August.  Every year, there is a Major Event.  Last year, it was The Great Flood of 2016.  This year, it was Harvey.  Next year, i've told them, they may not vacation during hurricane season!

No, i am not really superstitious, it's still not worth taking the risk.

Little Girl and Alston have decided that the middle of the library floor is a great place to put together a one thousand piece puzzle.  Somehow i have the feeling they will regret it sooner or later, especially since Buff and Pepe are spending more time here.

Bigger Girl was out for dinner with friends the other night and had a glass of wine.  After a few minutes, she noticed a fly in it.  Using a spoon, she rescued it, putting it on a napkin.  Once it dried out, it staggered around -- it was drunk!  She said it was very funny watching a drunk fly.

Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, has been collecting all the pennies that end up in his pockets for a long time, and decided he wanted them rolled.  Of course, he didn't want to have to do it.  Sweetie, being helpful, volunteered me to do it.

Ms. V's son has a machine, and i borrowed it while they were out of town.  It cost us $5 to buy the coin wrappers for $25 in pennies.  Somehow, i don't think it was worth saving them all that time.

Labor Day was good, i labored.  Ms. S has gotten everything straightened out so i can continue to work for her.  She had a contractor come over and patch her ceilings a couple of weeks ago.  He was coveting one of her small antique phones, so she gave it to him in exchange for painting the bathroom ceiling, which was not on the original to-do list.  He came back and did that Saturday (i'm guessing so he'd have everything he'd promised to do finished and be able to take Labor Day without worry).  That meant i put the bathroom back together after a thorough cleaning.

Sweetie labored, too.  The Big Boss asked him to do some work that will last 4-5 hours a day for about 3 days.  They are moving the baseball card collection.  The Big Boss is also talking about Sweetie going out to the farm so he can help clear the paths to the deer stands.  He's ready to do something besides help me with houses, and i'm glad this came along.

Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone!

Today is:

Another Look Unlimited Day -- sponsored by Envira Myntyl, a day to look around and see what you don't need and can donate to charity, to lessen the flow to landfills

Be Late For Something Day -- sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America, Inc. (if they can get around to mentioning it in their newsletter, of course)

Concordia Fall Festival -- Concordia, MO (celebrating agriculture and the German heritage of the area; through Saturday)

Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a day of the dead; date approximate)

Hassaku-sai -- Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (rituals to ask the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safe homes)

Indra Jatra -- Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (the biggest religious street festival in Kathmandu, celebrating of the founding of Kathmandu, with several days of chariot processions, masked dances, and tableau; today is the municipal day off for the festival)

International Day of Charity -- UN

Jupiter Stator Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemorates that Jupiter helped Romulus to stop the Sabine invasion under Titus Tatius)

Jury Rights Day -- marking the decision by a jury, in 1670, to not convict William Penn of laws which they considered unjust which would have prohibited him from the practice and preaching of his religion to a peaceably assembled congregation; this decision became the basis of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US

National Boss/Employee Exchange Day -- US (or anyone else who wants to foster understanding between bosses and employees, trade places for a day and see how the other half lives!)

National Cheese Pizza Day

Play Days -- sponsored by the HUMOR Project, add humor to your life; through Saturday  

South Carolina Apple Festival -- Westminster, SC, US (through Saturday)

St. Laurence Gustiani's Day (First Patriarch of Venice)

St. Teresa of Calcutta's Day (Mother Teresa)

Sts. Zechariah and Elisabeth's Day -- Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches

Teacher's Day -- India

Wag and Carrot Fancying Day -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today:

John Travolta marries Kelly Preston, 1991

Birthdays Today:

Kim Yu-Na, 1990
Rose McGowan, 1973
Dweezil Zappa, 1969
Kristian Alfonso, 1964
Cathy Guisewite, 1950
Dennis Dugan, 1946
Raquel Welch, 1940
William Devane, 1939
Carol Lawrence, 1934
Bob Newhart, 1929
Arthur C. Nielsen, 1923
John Cage, 1912
Arthur Koestler, 1905
Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902
Morris Carnovsky, 1897
Jesse James, 1847
Johann Christian Bach, 1735

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy"(TV), 1966
"No Mother To Guide Her"(Play), 1905

Today in History:

Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards, in an attempt to Westernize his people, 1698
The First Continental Congress is assembled in Philadelphia, 1774
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror, 1793
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britian, 1800
Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas, 1836
The First Opium war begins in China, 1839
James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon, 1862
Sioux Chief Crazy Horse is killed, 1877
The First Labor Day Parade is held in NYC, 1882
The first gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1885
The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin), 1906
The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger, 1932
The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, 1961
A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day, 1972
Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay, 1977
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel, 1980
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, came into force, 1991
Tuvalu joins the UN, 2000
For the first time, a browsable, analysable overview of four million functional elements of the human genome discovered to date are made available to the public, 2012


  1. A drunk fly- that is too funny. I am glad your husband got some extra work to do. Our local banks will give coin holders for free. There are also machines in the grocery store where you just pour the coins out and they do all the counting. If you deposit the money into the bank that owns the machine, there is no charge, otherwise there is a small fee.

  2. I totally believe you on the superstition thing, they simply have to change when they vacation.

    The drunk fly I bet that was something to see ha ha

  3. We always take into account Hurricane season when we make plans, sometimes you just have to hope to be lucky.

  4. We save flies too. It's the right thing to do. It is fun to watch them though.

    You had a busy weekend didn't you. You always seem to be working.

    Your husband volunteered you? Really now.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  5. How are you doing dealing with the Hurricane? I hope that it didn't affect you to much. I worry about my friends in that area. Take care MImi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Your mention of the Jerry Lewis telethon really brought back memories. Did Harvey hit where you are? I hope not. But it sounds like you've been busy! Rolling pennies? Ummm... no. Do you not have coin star? You don't have to roll your change and it cost less than the wrappers.

  7. We also take into account the weather when we plan our holidays. Have a wonderful day!

  8. I'd have asked for another glass of wine and wouldn't have paid for the one with a fly in it.

  9. I'm not superstitious about hurricanes because, it doesn't matter what I think, they have a mind of their own.

    Your daughter's drunken fly story is way funnier than my organic chemistry lab story where we hit a wasp with chloroform and watched it sleep.

    My youngest rolls all our spare change but her price is high... yes, she keeps it all. Her response is "Bwa ha ha."

    I hear you. The work never ends, does it, but I know from experience that it's better to have work than not.

    Hope you and yours have weathered Harvey. I'm hoping not, but it's looking like me and mine are fixing to go up against Irma. God help us all.

  10. You do these posts well...random but relevant. Nice job, my friend! Mimi...I have said it before...I wish you would add the subscribe by email. I wish I could get your posts that way, because I often do not get them in my reader. Please? Hugs.


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