Sunday, December 24, 2017

What did you say? And some Sunday Selections

Just because Sandee at Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, that doesn‘t mean i’m going to quit telling Boudreaux jokes.

Sweetie and i have been discussing our plans for this weekend for quite a while.  Although i am now at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, he is still calling me to discuss what the plans are.

When Boudreaux an’ Clothile’s daughter, Adèle, be young, she be talkin’ to her mama ‘bout de new baby.

Clothile say, “Adèle, do Mère be de boy o’ de girl?”  An’ Adèle say, “You be a girl, jes’ like me!”

Den Clothile say, “Dat be right.  An’ what ‘bout you Père?” An’ Adèle say, “Père be a boy, jes’ like de new baby.”

An’ Clothile say, “You be right.  How you know dat de baby be a boy?”

Adele say, “Mais, dat be easy, he don’ listen, jes’ like Père!”


Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is currently being hosted by Elephant’s Child.

These are some of the Christmas things i’ve seen while cleaning homes:

It’s amazing how you can find the Christmas spirit in the most unlikely places,

This is the tree at Grandma’s house.  It is a live tree.  It was her tree last year, too.  No, we don’t know why it just dried itself out, quit shedding, and lasted all year.

At Ms. SE’s house, the kids were out of school and the youngest wanted to help us clean.  Apparently, he does this all of the time.  Never try to separate a man from his vacuum cleaner.

After he finished helping us vacuum, he went outdoors where his father started up the leaf blower and let him go at it.  Yes, that little guy handled the full size leaf blower.  His dad is a contractor, and he loves helping dad.

Today is:

Adam the Patriarch & Eve the Matriarch's Day -- Catholic Christian (Adam, Patron of gardeners and tailors; Eve, Patron of tailors)

Aofangadagskvold -- Iceland (arrival of the 13th and final Yule Lad)
     Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Kertasnikir -- Candle-beggar, who, as children did before light bulbs, wants the treat of a precious candle, and will steal one if he can

Bonfires on the Levee -- Louisiana, US (began among the Cajuns, now a big celebration for everyone, lighting the way for Papa Noel)

Calendas -- Oaxaca, Mexico

Celtic Tree Month Beth (Birch) commences

Christmas Eve

Constitution Day -- Transdniestra

Declaration of Christmas Peace -- Old Great Square of Turku, Finland's official Christmas City

Feast of the Seven Fishes (La Vigilia) -- Italy (traditional serving of seven kinds of seafood at dinner)

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols -- King's College Chapel, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England (special Christmas Eve performance by the Choir of King's College held since 1918)

Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Christian
     Lighting the Candle of Love

Independence Day -- Libya(1951)

Kolada -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (various
celebrations of the gods until Dec. 31)

Last Minute Shoppers Day

Mistletoe Time -- traditional day on which to hang the mistletoe

Modresnach -- Germanic/Scandinavian/Anglo-Saxon Odinist festival celebrating midwinter and motherhood (date approximate)

National Egg Nog Day

Noche Buena -- Spain and Spanish speaking countries

Remember to Read the Instructions First Night -- when assembling the kids' toys, of course

Silent Night, Holy Night Celebrations -- Austria (in honor of the hymn's composition in 1818)

St. Trasilla's Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Tolling the Devil's Knell -- All Saints Parish Church, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England (the church bell tolls once for each year since the birth of Christ, signaling when the Devil's demise was heralded)

T'owd 'oss -- Richmond, North Yorkshire, England (A tradition of dressing in hunting clothes and blowing the hunting horns on Christmas Eve.)

Utter Day -- Fairy Calendar (Every word uttered by the fairy folk becomes a physical object he/she must wear for the rest of the day.)

Yap Constitution Day -- Micronesia (regional)

Zerowork Season begins -- seriously, unless you work in retail, how much work really gets done between now and New Year's Eve at your office?

Birthdays Today:

Ryan Seacrest, 1974
Stephanie Meyer, 1973
Ricky Martin, 1971
Diedrich Bader, 1966
Anil Kapoor, 1959
Mary Higgins Clark, 1929
Ava Gardner, 1922
Howard Hughes, 1905
Johnny Gruelle, 1880
Matthew Arnold, 1822
James Prescott Joule, 1818
Kit Carson, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Aristocats(Disney animated film), 1970
"Amahl and the Night Visitors"(Opera, first performance and the first opera ever televised), 1951
"The Perry Como Show"(TV), 1948
"Aida"(Opera), 1871

Today in History:

The Byzantine church Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is dedicated for the second time after being destroyed by earthquakes, 563
Thomas Wolsey is appointed English Lord Chancellor, 1515
Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is "discovered" by James Cook, 1777
"Silent Night" is composed by Franz Joseph Gruber; it is first sung the next day, 1818
The Eggnog Riot at the United States Military Academy begins that night, wrapping up the following morning, 1826
Fire devastates the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., destroys 35,000 volumes, 1851
Henry Ford completes his first useful gas motor, 1893
Irving Fisher patents an archiving system with index cards, 1912
The first radio transmission of NCRV in Netherlands, 1924
NORAD Tracks Santa for the first time in what will become an annual Christmas Eve tradition, 1955
Shooting begins on "The Cage" the pilot for the Star Trek series, 1964
The crew of Apollo 8 enters into orbit around the Moon, becoming the first humans to do so, 1968
Cyclone Tracy devastates Darwin, Australia, 1974
The first European Ariane rocket is launched, 1979
For the first time since the death of Lenin, the bells of St. Basil's Cathedral, on Red Square in Moscow, ring to celebrate Christmas, 1990
The Spanish police thwart an attempt by ETA to detonate 50 kg of explosives at 3:55 p.m. inside Madrid's busy Chamartín Station, 2003
The world's oldest performer, Dutch actor and singer Johannes Heesters dies at the age of 108, 2011


  1. Christmas Eve and we are suppose to received 4 inches of snow for Christmas. That's all I want and after that it can disappear quickly. Marry Christmas Mimi, you & your family. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  2. Love the decorated trash bin.

  3. You know how much I love your jokes. They are the very best.

    Love the trash bin decorations. That's brilliant.

    Have a fabulous day and Christmas Eve, my friend. ♥

  4. Little boys are so cute and helpful at that age. Brings back wonderful memories. Take care and Merry Christmas.

  5. LOVE your Sunday Selections. And I would really, really like another vacuum wielder in this house.
    A very Happy Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Cute joke. Wonderful photos too. XO


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