Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Mayhem, Panic, and Getting Rid of Junk, a Random and Happy Tuesday

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It's time once again for a random and happy Tuesday, linking up with Stacy's Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  

Bigger Girl is back from Amsterdam.  She had not been back in the country 24 hours before she brought the usual chaos and mayhem with her.  "Mom, a pedestrian who was looking at his phone stepped out in front of me, and I had to swerve to avoid him, and I hit a curb, and now I have a flat tire, and #1 Son has to go to work, and what do I do?  I mean, I know how to change a tire, but I'm tired and they changed the lock on my apartment while I was out of the country and I don't have my new key yet and my roommates aren't there to let me in, and my phone is almost dead, and what do I do?"

What we do, of course, is #1 Son takes an Uber to work, and i leave church to go help her change a tire.   By the time i got there, a very nice young man who lives in the complex had come to the rescue, which is a good thing.  Even though she and i both know how to change a tire, if the lugs have been put on by machine, i am not strong enough to get them off.  He was able to do so.

As he and i talked a bit, i told him i had left church to come help her with the tire, and i really appreciated what he was doing.  He looked at me slyly and joked, "I know why you came.  You left church so you wouldn't have to pay that tithe!"  We both laughed and i told him that i had actually dropped my envelope into the basket before i left, just in case.

He was a very nice young man.

Ms. JAI has been calling me to try to change her schedule, then change it back, over and over.  If her family could decide whether they are coming for Labor Day or not, it would make my life go more smoothly.  Hers, too.

Dr. Dee has mostly left off researching legal things for now and is in full on "let's get my kitchen organized" mode.  We have now learned her oven was not installed correctly but we found all the shelves to put up in the cabinets.  Progress is being made. 

Now if only i could convince her to get rid of the items she never uses instead of saving them for "just in case."

One thing i did convince her to do was let me unpack one of the two brand new in the box toaster ovens she had and put it on the counter in place of the old one that was too small and that wasn't meeting her needs.  This new one doesn't just toast, it keeps warm, bakes, is a convection oven, and has a rotisserie feature.

That's about it for news right now, i hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Touch a Heart Tuesday    

Birthday of Nephthys -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Crackers Over the Keyboard Day -- internet generated: are we supposed to go crackers over our keyboard, or tempt fate by eating crackers over our keyboard?

Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival for Sol -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Mariamoba -- Georgia (Assumption of the Virgin, celebrated based on the Julian Calendar followed by many Orthodox Churches)

National Bow Tie Day -- US, as per Bow Tie Aficionado  (may i suggest bow tie pasta for dinner?)

National Cheese Sacrifice Day (Now you know why you purchased the cheese for the sacrifice! To let it age properly before the actual sacrifice. Still doesn't answer why we sacrifice it, anyway, or to whom.)

National Cherry Turnover Day

Race Your Mouse Around the Icons Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests this to pep yourself up as you wait for things to come up on the screen

Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day -- taking time out to remember the pets that are gone but not forgotten

Radio Commercials Day -- the first paid radio commercial was broadcast over WEAF of New York on this day in 1921

St. Augustine of Hippo's Day (Patron of brewers, printers, theologians; Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cagayan de Oro, Philippines; Carpineto Romano, Italy; Ida, Philippines; Isleta Indian Pueblo; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Ponte Nizza, Italy; Saint Augustine, Florida; Superior, Wisconsin; Tucson, Arizona; Valletta, Malta; against sore eyes)

St. Hermes of Rome's Day (Patron of Acquapendente, Italy; Forte dei Marmi, Lucca, Italy)

Subway Day -- this date in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca opened what became the first Subway Sandwich Shop

Tvimanuor -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (the name means "Double Month", and the origin is uncertain; perhaps because winter is coming and it's time to double up on the preparations)

Birthdays Today

LeAnn Rimes, 1982
Jack Black, 1969
Jason Priestley, 1969
Shania Twain, 1965
Emma Samms, 1960
Scott Hamilton, 1958
Daniel Stern, 1957
Rick Rossovich, 1957
David Soul, 1946
Lou Piniella, 1943
Paul Martin, 1938
Donald O'Connor, 1925
Ben Gazzara, 1930
Roger Tory Peterson, 1908
Charles Boyer, 1899
Leo Tolstoy, 1828
Elizabeth Ann Seton, 1774
Johann von Goethe, 1749

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Lohengrin"(Opera), 1850

Today in History

The Third Crusade begins with the seige of Acre, 1189
6,000 Jews are killed in Mainz, accused of being the cause of the plague, 1349
St. Augustine, FL, founded, making it the oldest continuously occupied European city and port in the US, 1565
Henry Hudson discovers Delaware Bay, 1609
William Herschel discovers a new moon of Saturn, 1789
The first steam locomotive in the US, the "Tom Thumb", runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill, 1830
The first issue of Scientific American magazine is published, 1845
The United States takes possession of the, at this point unoccupied, Midway Atoll, 1867
Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink "Pepsi-Cola", 1898
James E. Casey begins the United Parcel Service in Seattle, WA, 1907
WEAF in NYC airs the very first radio commercial, for Queensboro Realty, at a cost of $100 for ten minutes, 1922
Toyota Motors becomes an independent company, 1937
Nippon Television broadcasts Japan's first tv show and ad, 1953
Motown releases what would be its first #1 hit, "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes, 1961
Martin Luther King, Jr. gives his I Have a Dream speech; Emily Hoffert and Janice Wylie are murdered in their Manhattan flat, prompting the events that would lead to the passing of the Miranda Rights, 1963
The National Centers for Disease Control announce a high incidence of pneumocystis and Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men; these will soon be recognized as symptoms of an immune disorder, which will be called AIDS, 1981
Iraq declares Kuwait to be its newest province, 1990
Charles, Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales divorce, 1996
An electric blackout leaves 500,000 + without power and shuts down 60% of London's Underground, 2003
Hurricane Katrina begins to make landfall on the Gulf of Mexico, 2005
Lakhdar Brahimi, UN Special Envoy to Syria, says international law states that any action in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons must be decided by the UN Security Council, 2013
Kenya passes the world's toughest ban on plastic bags, with a possible US$40,000 fine and up to four years in jail, 2017 


  1. Your patience with life's viccissitudes blows me away. I hope your evening is calm and pleasant.

  2. I have one of those families that cannot decide on their plans. Or, they make them and forget to tell me. (I live a half-mile from them, so you can see how inconvenient it might be to contact me.) If I didn't love them, I would have beaten them with large sticks by now...

    Now I'm all worked up. I'd better grab myself a cherry turnover...

  3. How wonderful to have Bigger Girl home and safe. Now if she can just get settled back in. She will.

    I hate the schedule change thing. It can make one crazy.

    We've been downsizing stuff for a very long time. It's a good thing. If we don't use it it's gone.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  4. I am slowly getting better with throwing things out. As one of my daughters says, "they're just things". And she's right!

  5. Dr. Dee sounds like a full time job :) Sorry your daughter is having a rough patch.

  6. That toaster oven looks the same as my kids one, except it's clean and my kids one looks like a burnt out crater. They use it for everything.

  7. I just bought 4 books about tidying because my closet is full and I need to keep getting rid of things despite the fact that I like things I have. I bought Keep This Toss That,The Simple Magic of Tidying Up, Curating Your Closet and one other one that I can't remember the name of. Anyway, I feel for Dr. Dee. Getting rid of things can be hard. Keep that in mind as you help. You, I imagine, have no emotional attachment, whereas she, probably, does.

    Glad you and Littlest Girl managed to change a tire. Kudos to you. My dad swears up and down that he taught me, but I honestly don't think I could do it if I were put to the test. I've always called for help. If she has a credit card, some offer roadside assistance. AT&T also offers a plan where you pay an extra $1 a month and they do roadside assistance. Of course, this is all worth knowing and researching before a problem occurs.

    Working for others has you always at the mercy of their schedule even if they don't know it. I feel for you! Hopefully Ms. JAI figures out what her family is doing before this weekend!

  8. Fun post, captions and photos!

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  9. How cool someone came to help you and your daughter change the tire. I'm with you - if a machine tightened the lug nuts, there's no way I'd be able to get them off. Glad Bigger Girl is home again - hopefully the Mayhem and Chaos will be less. ;) People who tend to switch schedules back and forth drive me batty! Or, you know, battier than usual. ;) Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!