Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A to Z: Unbelievable and Unusual, a Random Tuesday Post

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It's Tuesday, so it is time to link up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  

Dr. Dee is unbelievable.  She is still trying to repair that Chevy Astro van that is about 15 years old.  In order to have her mechanic repair it, it's being taken to another shop for some of the work, then will be brought back for the rest.

That meant yesterday was "get the rest of the junk out of the van" day.

Some of the stuff has been in there so long she forgot she had it.

We all need a brain shaped gelatin mold.

Toys.  And under this are several ink pens and straws, i lost track of how many.

Someone also hit her truck and tore off the front bumper.  She taped it back on:

We finally found the light bulbs she needs for her very odd light fixtures.  They do not screw in, they have two prongs on the back, and they are very hard to get in when you are balancing on a ladder trying to get the prongs to go in the little holes the right way so you can twist it in.

Something a bit unusual happened yesterday, too.  Friends from church who live part time here and part time in Michigan hired me to clean their house after they left to migrate back North.  Sweetie was using their vacuum cleaner when it suddenly quit working.

In trying to figure out what was wrong, i noticed that the filter wasn't seated correctly.  Pulling it out, i could see the housing for the filter was melted and warped!  Sticking my hand up in there very carefully, i could tell you that i have never felt a vacuum cleaner get so hot on the inside in my life, and i have dealt with a lot of vacuum cleaners.

Mr. P, when i called him, said, "Oh, it stops sometimes, usually when I am almost finished vacuuming.  If you leave it alone a while, it will come back on.  I don't know what's wrong with it."

Well, i know, the doggone thing is overheating and he's going to cause a fire!  When i told him what was up, he promised to buy a new one when they come back.  That will probably be cheaper than trying to get it repaired.

Sweetie suggested a vacuum cleaner place he knows that could sell a replacement filter and housing, but as i told him, that won't change the underlying problem that causes it to overheat.  

Here's a hint from a janitor:  No vacuum cleaner should get so hot that it melts some of its parts.  If it does, please go get a new one!


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Today is:

Ambivalence Day -- a holiday to tell your friends about, or not

Concord Day -- Niger

Feast of Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs' Day-- Armenia

Happenstance and Coincidence Evening -- Fairy Calendar

Kapyong Day -- Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)

Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day)

Pigs in a Blanket Day

School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!

Spring Cat Cleaning Day -- because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful

St. Ives' Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)

St. Mark's Eve*

*A young lady may eat a boiled dove's egg sprinkled with salt and place a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will dream of the man she will marry.

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558

Birthdays Today:

Courtnee Draper, 1985
Kelly Clarkson, 1982
Eric Balfour, 1977
Chipper Jones, 1972
Cedric the Entertainer, 1964
Djimon Hounsou, 1964
Michael O’Keefe, 1955
Eric Bogosian, 1953
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
Doug Clifford, 1945
Barbra Streisand, 1942
Richard M. Daley, 1942
Sue Grafton, 1940
Jill Ireland, 1936
Shirley MacLaine, 1934
Stanley J. Kauffmann, 1916
Robert Penn Warren, 1905
Michael J. Dady, 1850
George N. Bascom, 1836
Anthony Trollope, 1815
Robert Bailey Thomas, 1766
Edmund Cartwright, 1743

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dancing at Lughnasa"(Play), 1990
"Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons"(Oratorio, Haydn H 21/3), 1801
The Boston News-Letter(Newspaper), 1704 (first successful newspaper in the British colonies)

Today in History:

Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479
Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184
The appearance of Halley's Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066
"La Marseillaise" is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792
The Boston "News-Letter" becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704
The Library of Congress is established, 1800
A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833
William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897
The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cosmonaut  Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog, is born in South Korea, 2005
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007
Scientists in Kamchatka, Russia, report sighting the first adult white orca to be seen in the wild, 2012


  1. That has to be dang hot for sure!

  2. They are super lucky that it hasn't already caused a fire.

  3. I'd swap it for a dustpan and brush - far less dangerous!

    A-Z of My Friend Rosey!

  4. Ambivalence Day is *perfect* for describing how I feel about work this morning...

  5. Mimi,

    That vacuum definitely has some sort of electrical problem. It needs to be thrown out and replaced before something serious goes wrong.

    Pigs in a Blanket day...I loved these when I was a kid and always looked forward to my school cafeteria fixing these for lunch. :)

    Have a terrific day!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    iPad Art Sketch 'U' is for Umbrella

  6. I think it's about time to bury that van and get a new one. Wouldn't it be cheaper?
    Have a great day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. That's a lot of junk in that van. Yikes. I hate clutter in my vehicle.

    You're right about that vacuum. Get a new one as it's not worth potentially starting a fire.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  8. I think my favorite part of this whole post is "Ambivalence Day: A day to tell you friends about...or not" Hahaha! Melanie's Stories

  9. Fun post and photos!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Never a dull moment with Dr. Dee :) I agree on needing a new vacuum.

  11. Dr Dee sounds like someone I know. Her car is packed with things that there is no place for back passengers. That vacuum cleaner sounds scary!

  12. Our Molly the Cat is celebrating Ambivalence Day although I'm sure she is glad that her humans don't celebrate Spring Cat Cleaning Day. I enjoyed reading your post. I'm with you about vacuum cleaners. Knock on woods ours remains well for a few more years.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

  13. Thanks for stopping by with keto advice and comments! I used to have a brain mold like the one pictured above. Great idea for halloween parties!

  14. I'm a bit worried that the back of my car might look a little bit like that, minus the brain mold.


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