Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Regulations are Boring and Other Stuff (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.  

The wear and tear of years is coming home to roost.  The other day, something really funny happened, and i told myself the lie, oh, i’ll remember that when it’s time to write up a post for Tuesday.

Yeah, right.

Actually, that’s also how i felt after leaving Dr. D’s house yesterday.  We researched fire hose couplings regulations.  May i suggest you would rather watch paint dry or grass grow.

Well, the way the grass grows around here, you probably could see it sprouting up.

At least watching grass grow wouldn’t leave my head spinning the way this did.

Lately i’ve found myself becoming more of a homebody.  Once i get home, i only want to leave again for certain specific reasons.

That does about sum it up.

We are making a bit of headway on paying Kevin and Lenny for the car repair bills.  That’s why, when on the way home yesterday upon hearing a horrible scraping noise in Lunceford the Land Yacht, i panicked.  Full fledged oh-no-not-again-this-can’t-be-happening-we-can’t-afford-another-repair-bill panic.

Pulling off to the side of the road, i hit the hazard lights and got out to see what part had fallen off and was dragging the ground.  My relief when i saw i had run over a stick and it was caught upright under the tire and was scraping the ground was so great that i laughed, pulled the stick out, and  took perverse delight in throwing it into a nearby bush where it couldn’t do any more harm.

That doggone stick scared me out of years of growth that i can’t afford to lose!

If our cats knew how much we owe on things like car repairs:

Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!


Today is:

Assyrian Martyrs Day -- various Assyrian communities

August Tuesday / Culturama -- St. Kitts and Nevis

Battle of Boyaca Day -- Colombia

Carnival Tuesday -- Antigua and Barbuda (Last Lap Jump Up)

Festival Tuesday/Horse Races -- British Virgin Islands

Harvest Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (reaping ceases for a few hours in honor of Volos' beard; bread is eaten and offerings given to Mother Earth and Volos for a bountiful harvest)

Hot August Nights -- Reno, NV, US (celebrate cars and music of the 50's and 60's at the largest classic car and nostalgia event in the United States; through Sunday)

Independence Day / National Day -- Cote d'Ivoire(1960)

National Lighthouse Day -- US (American Lighthouse Foundation)    

National Night Out -- US (sponsored by National Association of Town Watch, to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness)    

National Raspberries in Cream Day

Particularly Preposterous Packaging Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and especially the kind no one can open without a machete, what's with that!

Purple Heart Day -- US (originally instituted this day in 1782 by George Washington)

Say "Cheese" Day -- begun by ecard companies looking for something to celebrate; in my family, we do not say "Cheese", we say "Chicken Lips!" Try it some time when walking past tourists who are trying to get a good photo, and watch them smile genuine smiles and come up with a good picture.

Sea Serpent Day -- no one knows why today, just enjoy

Smartest Leprechaun Eisteddfod -- Fairy Calendar

St. Albert of Trapani's Day (Patron of Carmelite schools; Messina, Italy; Trapani, Italy)

St. Cajetan's Day (Patron of job seekers and the unemployed)

Take Last Winter's Snowballs Out of the Freezer and Have a Fight Day -- in the northern hemisphere, it's certainly hot enough; in the southern, if you have some snow, make your snowballs and store them for January

Birthdays Today:

Charlize Theron, 1975
Harold Parrineau, 1963
DeLane Matthews, 1961
David Duchovny, 1960
Alberto Salazar, 1957
John Glover, 1944
Garrison Keillor, 1942
B.J. Thomas, 1942
Abebe Bikila, 1932
"The Amazing" James Randi, 1928
Carl "Alfalfa" Switser, 1927
Stan Freberg, 1926
Ralph Johnson Bunche, 1903
Rudolf C. Ising, 1903
William Boyd McKechnie, 1886
Billie Burke, 1884
Mata Hari, 1876
Nathanael Greene, 1742

Today in History:

Battle of Crannon between Athens and Macedon, following the death of Alexander the Great, BC322
Construction of the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore begins in Florence, 1420
Coup again the Tianshun Emperor by the Ming Dynasty Chinese military general Cao Qin, 1461
Francis Drake's fleet returns to Plymouth, 1573
The first documented performance of Macbeth, at the Great Hall at Hampton Court, 1606
Sieur de La Salle's brigantine Le Griffon becomes the first ship to sail the upper Great Lakes, 1679
Cherokee Indians take Ft. Loudon, Tennessee, 1760
George Washington creates the Order of the Purple Heart, 1782
Simon Bolivar triumphs over the Spanish at the Battle of Boyaca, 1819
The long simmering tension between the Hatfields and the McCoys on the Kentucky/West Virginia border erupts into full scale violence on election day, 1882
The Peace Bridge opens between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York, 1927
IBM dedicates the first program-controlled calculator, the Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator (known best as the Harvard Mark I), 1944
Thor Heyerdahl's balsa wood raft the Kon-Tiki, smashes into the reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands after a 101-day, 7,000 kilometres (4,300 mi) journey across the Pacific Ocean in an attempt to prove that pre-historic peoples could have traveled from South America, 1947
Explorer 6 transmits the first TV photo of Earth from space, 1959
The "artistic crime of the century" occurs when Philippe Petit of France, after months of planning and smuggling in materials, makes an illegal tightrope walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, 1974
Viking 2 enters orbit around Mars, 1976
The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication, 1981
Takao Doi, Mamoru Mohri and Chiaki Mukai are chosen to be Japan's first astronauts, 1985
Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants breaks baseball great Hank Aaron's record by hitting his 756th home run, 2007
Australia's Sally Pearson sets a new Olympic record when she wins the 100 metres hurdles in 12.35 seconds at the 2012 Summer Olympics, 2012


  1. I hear you.
    Though I suspect I was always too old for something.
    I am so glad that the noise was easily (and cheaply) fixed.

  2. YAY! for the stick!
    Car crap is just the worst.

  3. I am more often uttering the words ... once upon a time ... or back when ... or I remember.

  4. So glad that repair was a stick. Cars can eat a budget alive. Aging is certainly not for the faint of heart either.

  5. Mimi,

    Our car is old but she's a good old gal! She's an 2003 Camry, but we got her in Dec. '02. She's gonna be 16 this year and that's getting up there car years. All I can say Toyota really knows how to build cars! We couldn't be anymore blessed than we are and if she dies tomorrow (heaven, forbid) we couldn't complain too much consider there are some folks who buy a brand new car to find serious issues with their vehicle after only months. I'm happy it was just a stick lodged underneath instead of something that came loose.

    We are facing a number of appliance replacements in the next several weeks. First thing is to get a new refrigerator and followed up with a washing machine. These are very old like 20+ years old. The thing is I want simple made appliances but most are loaded with fancy features that I don't want which drives the price up,up and away. I hope we have wonderful success when we finally get around to making a purchase. I know it's going to be a huge headache.
    Aging stinks! I don't like that I'm getting older but what can I do about it except accept where I am and counting my blessings that I live to see another day. God is good and I thankful for the glitter in my hair and facial character that comes with time being on my side. Have a happy, randomtastic day!

  6. Oh my Mimi. Thank goodness it wasn't the muffler. Now you can rest a little. I have to pay for this man come in to fix my fence and part of my deck. Next year I need to fix the top of my fence. After 26 years, it does need to be fixed. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Been there too. Glad you figured out it was a stick and nothing more. Hopefully nothing else breaks in the near future. :-/

  8. I so remember those car repair days. They seemed to never end.

    I'm glad it was just a stick that was the problem. Something you took care of without money being involved.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

  9. Fun post and love the kitty photo and caption ~ delightful!

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

  10. Glad it as just a stick so you can keep the kitties living the life of luxury :)

  11. That is great that it was just a stick. Bet you let out a sigh of relief. Hope things continue to go smoothly for you.


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