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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.
For as many years as he has been alive and could write, Grandpa has always kept a notepad and pen with him at all times, and he writes everything down. He never misses a trick. It's something i could never quite get the hang of, but this past week i tried again, the newfangled way. There's a memo feature on my phone, and i've been using it liberally. Time will tell if it helps or if it just becomes so full of memos that i lose everything again.
Since i brush my teeth and comb my hair in the kitchen in the mornings, i almost never bother to look in a mirror. The other day, while cleaning a mirror, i actually stopped and looked at something that i could not believe. A zit, a very tiny one, right on the tip of my nose. My only thought was, what does my body think it is, 13 again?
Ms. SE, an every other Thursday client, texted me last week to ask if i was interested in taking on more work. She knew someone in her neighborhood who is looking for a cleaning person. As a joke, i brought it up to Sweetie and he said, "It makes my back hurt just thinking about it!" as he glared at me.
While i had to regretfully turn her down because i have 16 clients right now and no time, it was nice to know that she is satisfied with my work and thinks of me first when others ask.
Sweetie has been in rare form on losing things lately. He has always been absent minded about just putting things down and then not remembering where those things are. The other day, he was in a panic over his glasses again, and swore they were not out in his man cave. After checking the usual other places, i went out there anyway and found them within three seconds right on top of the mini-fridge. Bless his little cotton socks, he can lose anything, anywhere.
Speaking of the mini-fridge, i was talking to a friend about appliances and how they just don't last now. (Her vacuum cleaner had bitten the dust and choked on it and was on the way to the dump after only two years.) That mini-fridge was given to Sweetie back when he was working by someone who just didn't need it for the office any more. It was over 25 years old then and is over 45 years old now and still works great as long as you defrost it every few months.
There's been a lot of music in my life lately. While i can't sing or play, i do enjoy music. Sweetie sings and plays guitar and piano and drums. We were listening to the radio the other day when he turned to me and said, "Did you hear the beautiful tremolo in that music?"
Of course i had to answer him that while i might have had a clue had he been pointing out the percussion, i wouldn't know a tremolo if it put on a grass skirt and danced the hula in front of me. He just doesn't understand that a non-musician doesn't hear what he hears.
|A tremolo would have to dress like this and introduce itself for me to know what in the world it was.|
Yesterday i was at Ms. JAI's house. She is 80 years old. The following is a conversation we had:
Ms. JAI: My next door neighbor has a new tenant in the apartment behind the house, and he's 82! I wish he would introduce us.
me: You need to go introduce yourself. Just bake a plate of cookies and take them over there and welcome him to the neighborhood.
Ms. JAI: That's a great idea except that I don't bake.
me: So go buy some cookies from the bakery, put them on a nice little plastic decorative plate, cover them with wrap, and bring them over. He doesn't have to know you didn't make them, and i won't kiss and tell!
About ten minutes later, Ms. JAI: I just remembered, I have some pound cake in the freezer, I think I'll slice it and arrange it and bring it over there.
me: That's the ticket!
And she did!
Batik Day -- Indonesia (UNESCO designated Indonesian batik as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage)
Buttering-Up Quarter Finals -- Fairy Calendar (I have no idea what this means, but anything to do with butter sounds good.)
Day of Appearance of the Primordial/Eight Great Netjers -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Gandhi Jayanti -- India (Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary)
Go for a Stroll After Dinner Night -- because it's healthy
Guardian Angels Day -- recognize and thank your own Guardian Angel
Feast of Guardian Angels -- Spain (patrons of the police force)
Independence Day -- Guinea(1958)
International Day of Non-Violence -- UN, in honor of Gandhi's birth anniversary
Mehregan -- Iran (pre-Muslim Zoroastrian festival of Persia to honor Mehr, which means friendship, affection, and love; also called Persian Festival of Autumn)
Name Your Car Day (and i hope you don't have to name it "Old Unreliable")
National Custodial Workers Day -- US
National Fried Scallops Day
Nobel Conference 54 -- Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, US (annual two-day symposium, this year, Living Soil: A Universe Underfoot)
Old Man's Day -- Braughing, Herts, England (in honor of a 16th-Century man's escape from premature interment; he left money for a street sweeping and celebration on this day which is still observed)
Phileas Fogg's Wager Day -- he made his famous wager, according to Jules Verne, this day in 1872
St. Leger's Day (a/k/a Leodegar; Patron of blind people, millers; against blindness and sore eyes)
World Dairy Expo -- Madison, WI, US ("The Next Frontier" is this year's theme; through Saturday)
World Farm Animals Day
Redwood National Park is established in CA, US, 1968
Paul Teutul, Jr., 1974
Kelly Ripa, 1970
Lorraine Bracco, 1955
Annie Leibovitz, 1949
Donna Karan, 1948
Don McLean, 1945
Rex Reed, 1938
Moses Gunn, 1929
George "Spanky" McFarland, 1928
"Sheriff John" Rovick, 1919
Alex Raymond, 1909
Graham Greene, 1904
Bud Abbot, 1895
Ruth Cheney Streeter, 1895
Groucho Marx, 1890
Cordell Hull, 1871
Mahatma Gandhi, 1869
King Richard III of England, 1452
"Moon Over Buffalo"(Play), 1995
"Ben Casey"(TV), 1961
"The Twilight Zone"(TV), 1959
"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"(TV), 1955
"The George Gobel Show"(tv), 1954
"The Jimmy Durante Show"(TV), 1954
"Comedy in Music"(Victor Borge one man musical), 1953
Peanuts(Comic strip by Charles Schultz), 1950
"Ah, Wilderness"(Play), 1933
Volkskrant(Dutch newspaper, first edition), 1919
Today in History:
Saladin takes Jerusalem from the Crusaders, 1187
Jacques Cartier discovers Mount Royal (Montreal), 1535
Kazan is conquered by Ivan the Terrible, 1552
Jan Lippershey completes a prototype of the modern reflecting telescope, 1608
George Washington transmits the Bill of Rights to the States for ratification, 1789
The Texas Revolution begins with the Battle of Gonzales against Mexican troops attempting to disarm the people of Gonzales, Texas, and meeting with stiff resistance, 1835
J Osterhoudt patents the tin can with key opener, 1866
John Logie Baird performs the first test of a working television system, 1925
The "Prelature of the Holy Cross and the Work of God", commonly known as Opus Dei, is founded by Saint Josemaría Escrivá, 1928
Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz is first published, 1950
The anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS television, 1959
Thurgood Marshall is sworn in as the first African-American justice of United States Supreme Court, 1967
NATO backs US military strikes following 9/11, 2001
American Samoa joins the North American Numbering Plan, 2004
NFL plays first regular season game outside United States when the Arizona Cardinals defeat the San Francisco 49ers 31-14 in Mexico City, Mexico, 2005
The parliamentary election in Georgia is determed by the OSCE to be "fair and free", 2012
Veteran broadcasterVin Scully calls his final LA Dodgers game (7-1 loss in SF) after a record 67 MLB seasons, 2016
US scientists Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young awarded Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for work on the body clock, 2017