Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Adults and Ducks and Running the Roads, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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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.  

Conversation yesterday: 

Daughter-in-Law Becky:  Your son thinks it’s a good idea to blast death metal at the parents and kids practicing soccer in the park.

Me: (gettin up) okay, i’m on it.

Me: (now outside, where #2 Son is holding Tripod kitty, no music playing) Son, could you do me a favor and not annoy the soccer moms?  They might call the police, and i don’t need that.

#2 Son:  Okay, I won’t, but why are parents so boring?

A friend of our has added ducks to the chickens out on the farm.  It seems someone in the area got a duck for this past Easter, and once it was past the cute stage, looked for a convenient pond at which to set it free.  The next door neighbor’s yard is fenced and locked, so Mr. Cal and Ms. Jan went out one morning and noticed a mostly grown drake feeding with the chickens.

The drake followed them around and Ms. Jan decided it was lonely.  They called around to see if they could find a female duck to adopt, and the farm supply guy told them about the duck guy.

The “duck guy,” who also has horses, is 81, retired, and runs a farm with horses and ducks because it’s his hobby.  He agreed to sell them a female duck for $20 that was about the same age as their drake.

Ms. Jan gushed about how, “They get along beautifully!  They are never more than about a foot away from each other.  And so we now have ducks that follow us around, and it was only $20, and soon we will be getting duck eggs along with the chicken eggs!”

With a bit of an eye-rolls, Mr. Cal replied, “Yeah, it was ‘only’ $20, plus a whole tank of gas to drive out there to the duck guy’s place and back, plus dinner out while we were in the area!”

Dr. D is expecting her daughter to come visit not this Friday but the next.  Instead of legal work or sorting, she's having me concentrate on cleaning next Monday, more than just the usual.

Yesterday, i had to run errands.  It took me going to six places to get everything she needed.  Her list was a lint roller, cat litter, cheese crackers, vanilla cookies, milk, a whole cooked chicken, hair clips for her hair rollers, and her mail.  Each is to be purchased at the lowest price, so i have to go to the dollar store first, then the other dollar store if the first one doesn't have everything, then the MallMart, then the grocery, then the post office to get the mail, and i finally gave up and went to the beauty supply store for the clips because no one else had them.

This is how i felt:

That's about all for now, i hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


Today is:

Africa Day for Food and Nutrition Security

Anniversary of the Declaration of the Slovak Nation -- Slovakia

Arba'in-e Hosseini -- Iran (40th day after Ashura)

Buy A Doughnut Day -- any wonder who started this one? (insert eye-roll here)

Checklists Day -- prevent tragedy, create great checklists; in honor of the development of the first well known checklist following a B-17 prototype's crash due to pilot error

Create a Great Funeral Day -- don't make your family choose the plans in the midst of grief, plan your sending away party now, it's more fun when it's done -- in advance!

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repressions -- most former Soviet Republics

Lhabab Duechen -- Buddhism (Descending Day of Lord Buddha)
    a public holiday in Bhutan, although the exact day off may vary

Look in the Back of Your Refrigerator Day / Haunted Refrigerator Night (And hope the old hamburger isn't grazing on the moldy salad.)

Mischief Night, a/k/a Goosey Night, Devil's Night, Cabbage Night -- US

National Candy Corn Day

Practice Winter Snuggling Night -- when it gets really cold, you'll be glad you practiced

St. Dorothy of Montau's Day (Patron of brides, difficult marriages, dying children, parents of large families, widows; Pomerania; Prussia)

St. Marcellus' Day  (as a Roman centurion who threw down his armor and refused to take part in pagan worship, he is Patron of conscientious objectors)

The Rhyne Toll -- Chetwode Manor, UK (through Nov 7) -- the Lord of the Manor may tax any cattle he finds on his Liberty (free pasture) on these days

Try on Your Halloween Costume Early Day -- to see how goofy you look, and make sure you have everything you need

Birthdays Today:

Nastia Liukin, 1989
Matthew Morrison, 1978
Gavin Rossdale, 1967
Diego Armando Maradona, 1960
Kevin Pollack, 1958
Charles Martin Smith, 1953
Harry Hamlin, 1951
Andrea Mitchell, 1946
Henry Winkler, 1945
Ed Lauter, 1940
Grace Slick, 1939
Claude Lelouch, 1937
Dick Gautier, 1937
Dick Vermeil, 1936
Robert Caro, 1935
Louis Malle, 1932
Ruth Gordon, 1896
Charles Atlas, 1893
Ezra Pound, 1885
William "Bull" Halsey, 1882
Emily Post, 1872
Alfred Sisley, 1839
Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1821
Richard Sheridan, 1751
John Adams, 1735

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Symphony No. 11 in G minor(Shostakovich Op. 103), 1957
"Panama Hattie"(Musical), 1940
"War of the Worlds"(Radio), 1938

Today in History:

Antioch surrenders to Rashidun Caliphate and his Muslim forces after the Battle of the Iron Bridge, 637
End of the 8th Crusade, 1270
King Henry VII, Tudor, crowned, 1485
Queen Isabella bans violence against Indians, 1503
The first Methodist church in the US is initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC), 1768
Dr. Richard Gatling patents the machine gun, 1862
Founding of Helena, Montana (capital city), 1864
John Willis Menard, of Louisiana, becomes the first black elected to the US Congress (by special election, he was challenged by the loser, but was allowed to address Congress from the lectern), 1868
Daniel Cooper patents the time clock, 1894
Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes the first woman US Senator, 1896
The first US Automobile Show opens in Madison Square Garden, NYC, 1900
Czar Nicholas II of Russia grants Russia's first constitution, creating a legislative assembly, 1905
Benito Mussolini is made Prime Minister of Italy, 1922
John Logie Baird creates Britain's first television transmitter, 1925
Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing anxiety in some of the audience in the United States, 1938
Anne Frank and sister Margot Frank are deported from Auschwitz to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 1944
Jackie Robinson of the Kansas City Monarchs signs a contract for the Brooklyn Dodgers to break the baseball color barrier, 1945
Michael Woodruff performs the first successful kidney transplant in the United Kingdom at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 1960
The Soviet Union detonates the hydrogen bomb Tsar Bomba over Novaya Zemlya; at 58 megatons of yield, it is still the largest explosive device ever detonated, nuclear or otherwise, 1961
The Bosporus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey is completed, connecting the continents of Europe and Asia over the Bosporus for the first time, 1973
The Rumble in the Jungle boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman takes place in Kinshasa, Zaire, 1974
Prince Juan Carlos becomes Spain's acting head of state, taking over for the country's ailing dictator, Gen. Francisco Franco, 1975
In Japan, NEC releases the first 16-bit home entertainment system, the TurboGrafx-16, known as PC Engine, 1987
Quebec sovereignists narrowly lose a referendum for a mandate to negotiate independence from Canada (vote is 50.6% to 49.4%), 1995
The last Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) early time-sharing operating system is shut down at the Canadian Department of National Defense in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, 2000
George Lucas sells Lucasfilm, Ltd., to the Walt Disney Company, 2012


  1. I hope you were paid for your petrol.
    And yes, some cheap items are well disguised spending sprees. Like the duck and the shopping you had to do.

  2. I enjoyed the duck story and the $20! You have a lot of errands to run and a long list of shopping to do.

  3. That is funny about running around to save a few cents. Gas is very expensive :)

  4. Having a pond and a few ducks waddling and quacking around sounds wonderful...worth more than $20 plus gas and dinner out.

  5. I sure hope she paid you for the gas!!! Some folks tink they are saving money, but they are not.

  6. LOL I am guilty of playing 80s hair metal and thrash while waiting for my kids to be done at practice so I can understand!

  7. Wow on the running to the stores and using all that gas. Bless her heart. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to work for her. Just saying.

    Why are parents so boring. I can answer that.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  8. Yep, those famous words, it was only ... :)

  9. Amazing how a simple two store stop can become multiple stops.
    A duck, $20! HOpe they reproduce!
    National Donut day!! I can handle that, mentally at least.

  10. Glad the ducks are getting along so well. That is terrific. There are always extra stops when going out for a few things.

  11. I don't believe I've ever had a duck egg. Have you? If so, do they taste different from chicken eggs? Just curious! Going multiple stores to get the best deal isn't always the best deal when you consider gas and wear on your car. Sometimes I'll just say forget it, I'll get here and pay the extra because it wouldn't pay to make a special stop for the one thing. Dr. D needs to think about things like this, too. :)

  12. You sure keep busy ~ I find I save more by just shopping locally ~ Used to love chasing bargains ~ LOL

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

  13. I thought I commented ~ this may be a 2nd one ~

    You are very busy and very patient ~ I found late in life that I could safe, time, energy and money by shopping locally ~ I no chase after bargains ~ there is always something 'right in my own back yard.' ~

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

  14. Glad your son listens to you - you don't need annoyed (boring) parents calling the police. ;)

    That duck story is hilarious! I'll be looking forward to hearing more duck tales! ;)

    Oh lordy! Hope you were reimbursed for gas - sometimes it's better to get everything at MallMart (since they brag about their 'always low prices') than drive around to try to find the cheapest price.


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