Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Musical Cars and Kitten Naps, a Random Tuesday Post

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Tuesday means it's time to get Random and link up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.    

Dr. D was in the mood to clear some things out yesterday and she let me tackle the refrigerator.  Whereas before it was so packed i could barely find room to put in one more item, now it is just mostly full, and everything in it has (mostly) not expired yet.

She went out of town to spend time with her son and daughter-in-law for Mother's Day, and she noted that it often leaves her feeling tired now when she gets home from a trip.  She said she wanted an energy drink, and i told her she'd have more energy if she ate fresh food (as i threw away a solid-as-a-brick, very old breakfast sandwich from a fast food place that shall not be named) instead.  She laughed and said that was true, then ate toast from day old bread with jam and drank leftover coffee from the day before -- coffee with cream and sugar no less.

She is a hoot, and will never change.

Ms. JAI was not feeling well at all.  One of her grandchildren had a graduation from college party this past Saturday, and she overdid it with the celebrating.

The Jalopy is still awaiting repair, so yesterday got very complicated.  Sweetie dropped me at Dr. D's, she took me to Ms. JAI's, he picked me up from there and took me to help Carl, and Carl's dad took me home.

Sweetie got his errands run, our state taxes in the mail (state is a month after federal, thank goodness), and his ear doctor appointment in.  His ears are in good shape, he goes back in two months as usual.

Today i get Lunceford the Land Yacht mostly to myself.  That is a must if i am to get to the laundromat.  Tomorrow we may be playing musical cars again or perhaps even tug-of-war, who knows.
The kittens, meanwhile, are a constant source of hilarity when they are not sleeping.

One asleep in the play tunnel, two on the rug.

It is a bit frustrating that the only time i can photograph them properly is when they are sleeping.  Any other time and most of the shots are blurry, if not total misses.  That never stops me from trying.

May you all have a wonderful Tuesday!


Today is:

Aoi Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Hollyhock Festival, a pageant reproducing ancient imperial processions)

Cold Sophie's Day (5th Ice Saint; according to Nordic legend, this day may be very cold, but there will be no more frosts after this)

Flip Your Mattress Day -- because it's a good thing to do

Hyperemisis Gravidarum Awareness Day -- bringing attention to morning sickness that becomes life-threatening    

Ides of May -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances
    Feast of Maia and Vesta
    Mercuralia -- festival for Mercury
    Sacrifice day to the Tiber River

Independence Day -- Paraguay(1811)

International Conscientious Objectors' Day

International Day of Families -- UN
International MPS Awareness Day -- click here for details about these inherited diseases   

Kan Phuetchamongkhon -- Thailand (Royal Plowing and Farmers Day) 

La Corsa del Ceri -- Gubbio, Italy (festival on the eve of the saint day of the city's patron, St. Ubaldo)

Mother's Day -- Paraguay

National Chocolate Chip Day

National Safety Dose Day -- cannot confirm they sponsor a day any more, but the Safety Dose people still want us to remember that more is not necessarily better when it comes to taking medicines, and to dose them correctly for children

Nylon Stockings Day -- they went on sale at stores around the US this date in 1940

Over the Rainbow Day -- birth anniversary of Lyman Frank Baum

Police Officer/Peace Officer Memorial Day -- US (National Association of Chiefs of Police sponsor the main memorial event at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, FL, but there may be services where you are also)

Ramadan begins -- Islam (at sunset, through the evening of June 14)

Relive Your Past By Listening to the First Music You Ever Bought No Matter What It Was No Excuses Day -- no, i can't find out who started this, or why; maybe we should all take a pass at this one

Sea Monkey Day -- because somebody really loves theirs, and wants you to love them, too

St. Dymphna's Day (Patron of epileptics, family happiness, incest victims, martyrs, mental asylums/hospitals, mental health caregivers and professionals/psychiatrists/therapists, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, princesses, rape victims, runaways, sleepwalkers, those who have lost parents; against sleepwalking, epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness)

St. Hallvard's Day (Patron of Oslo; protector of innocence and virtue)

St. Isidore of Madrid's Day (a/k/a Isidore the Farmer; Patron of agricultural workers/farm workers/farmers/field hands/husbandmen/ranchers, day laborers, livestock, rural communities; Angono, Philippines; Asturias, Cebu, Philippines; Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines; Carampa, Peru; Castalla, Spain; Cuz Cuz, Chile; Digos, Philippines; Estepona, Spain; La Celba, Honduras; Leon, Spain; Lima, Peru; Lucban, Philippines; Madrid, Spain; Malaybalay, Philippines, diocese of; Morong, Philippines; Nabas, Philippines; Orotava, Spain; Pulilan, Philippines; Pulupandan, Philippines; Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico; San Isidro, Argentina; Saragossa, Spain; Sariaya, Philippines; Seville, Spain; Tavalera, Philippines; Tayabas, Philippines; United States National Rural Life Conference; against the death of children)
    Carabao Festival -- San Isidro, Pulilan, and Angono, Philippines (second day and main festival; on St. Isidore of Madrid's Day; the farming communities celebrate their beasts of burden and have them blessed)
    Municipal Holiday -- Madrid
    San Isidro Day -- Mexico

St. Sophia of Rome's Day (considered by some to be among the Ice Saints, and invoked for protection against frost)

Straw Hat Day -- just as you don't wear white after Labor Day, you don't wear straw hats before today, the unofficial start of summer and the official start of straw hat season    

Teacher's Day -- Mexico; South Korea

Anniversaries Today:

Mary, Queen of Scots, marries James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, 1567
Airmail service begins between NYC, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, 1918 

Birthdays Today:

Jamie-Lynn Sigler, 1981
David Krumholtz, 1978
David Charvet, 1972
Sam Trammell, 1971
Emmit Smith, 1969
Giselle Fernandez, 1961
Dan Patrick, 1956
Lee Horsley, 1955
George Brett, 1953
Chazz Palminteri, 1951
Brian Eno, 1948
David Cronenberg, 1943
Lainie Kazan, 1942
Madeleine Albright, 1937
Trini Lopez, 1937
Anna Maria Alberghetti, 1936
Jasper Johns, 1930
Richard Avedon, 1923
Eddy Arnold, 1918
Max Frisch, 1911
James Mason, 1909
Joseph Cotten, 1905
Abraham Zapruder, 1905
Katherine Anne Porter, 1890
Arthur Schnitzler, 1862
Ellen Louise Axson Wilson, 1860
Pierre Curie, 1859
L. Frank Baum, 1856

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Esclarmonde"(Opera), 1889

Today in History:

Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is sentenced to death, 1536
Bartholomew Gosnold becomes the first European to see Cape Cod, 1602
Johannes Kepler confirms his discovery of the third law of planetary motion, 1618
James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents the world's first machine gun, 1718
The Seven Years' War begins when Great Britain declares war on France, 1756
Diego Marín Aguilera flies a glider for "about 360 meters", at a height of 5-6 meters, during one of the first attempted flights, 1793
George III survives two assassination attempts in one day, 1800
Opening of the first private mental health hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1817
Francis Baily observes "Baily's beads" during an annular eclipse, 1836
Rama IV is crowned King of Thailand (The King and I), 1851
Opening of the present Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, 1858
Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton form the National Woman's Suffrage Association, 1869
Las Vegas, Nevada, is founded, 1905
The United States Supreme Court  declares Standard Oil to be an "unreasonable" monopoly under the Sherman Antitrust Act and orders the company to be broken up, 1911
The Winnipeg General Strike begins; by 11:00 a.m., almost the whole working population of Winnipeg, Manitoba had walked off the job, 1919
In an attempted Coup d'état, the Prime Minister of Japan Inukai Tsuyoshi is killed, 1932
The Moscow Metro is opened to public, 1935
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 3, 1958
Mercury-Atlas 9 astronaut L. Gordon Cooper becomes the first American to spend more than a day in space, 1963
President Richard Nixon appoints Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington the first female United States Army Generals, 1970
Portrait of Doctor Gachet by Vincent van Gogh is sold for a record $82.5 million, the most expensive painting at the time, 1990
Edith Cresson becomes France's first female prime minister, 1991
California becomes the second U.S. state after Massachusetts in 2004 to legalize same-sex marriage, 2008
Jessica Watson, age 17, becomes the youngest person to sail, non-stop and unassisted around the world solo, 2010
U.S. scientists develop a device that can generate electricity from genetically-engineered viruses; these piezoelectric materials are a step toward the development of personal power generators, 2012
Carl Icahn invests $100million in Lyft, a ride-sharing service, 2015


  1. I have known fridges like Dr D's. I suspect she is too set in her ways to change now.
    Love the kittens.

  2. I have a relative who has moldy food in her fridge. No easy to change.

  3. Mimi,

    Staying on top of stuff in the refrigerator is a job. In the past I was guilty of leaving items in too long but anymore I try to use it or lose it before it literally springs to life. :)

  4. Our dog would sit still for pictures... except he'd turn his head away *just* as you pressed the button - without fail. You have tons of blurry, I have oodles of occipital bone.

  5. Interesting your various customers and how you get to know their personal habits!

  6. Your friends are a very interesting group Mimi. That's what make like exciting. It makes me smile every day. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. I think my wife is a "Dr. D" in training.

  8. That fridge...I know what it looked like on the inside. I've a friend that her fridge is packed. How they find anything is beyond me.

    I wish you had two new cars that were free from worry. I remember those worry cars. I've had so many.

    The kittens are adorable and they made me smile. I linked this post to Tuesday Fun.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  9. My sweetie and I share one car and after more than 15 years doing that we have it down pat! Have a lovely day!

  10. Oh those kittens are so adorable and wonderful post!

    Wishing you a Happy Week, xxx

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  11. Sure sounds like a busy time at your house. Thanks for the picture of the kittens. They are just too cute.

  12. Kittens move a lot! I do love your sleeping kitty pics though!

    I need to get you to come do some cleaning out for me. I'm terrible at it. Great at doing it for my husband's thing! But my things? Not so much. :-/

  13. I know all about musical cars... unlike musical chairs, you actually do want to get out when the music stops. (as long as the driver isn't playing with the radio, lol)

  14. Those kittens are super cute! It takes me about ten million shots before I get good pics of my cats. They almost always look away as soon as I start snapping.

  15. I have a relative with a similar fridge. I go there now and again, empty the fridge, then put back anything that's still good.
    The kittens are adorable.

  16. That's so true about kittens - you can only really photograph them when they're sleeping :-)