Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A to Z: Not Quite, Needs Work, and Other News, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 

To enjoy more blogs participating in the A to Z Challenge, click here.     


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.  

A few weeks ago (yes, this really happened), a lady was standing outside of the Methodist Church holding a sign that said:

The end is near!

A few of the members of the church were in a quandary, wondering what, if anything, they should do.  Someone finally approached her and asked if she would like to come in and join them for worship and maybe coffee in the parlor after.

At first she looked startled, and then she burst out laughing and said, "Oh, I understand!  No, I'm holding this sign for the people who are running in the downtown marathon today, to tell them they are getting close to the finish line!"

Even Dr. D can't top that one today.  She had taken a medication last week that left her feeling quite green around the gills, and spent most of the time in bed or sitting down.

We still got things done, i ran errands and dragged items out to the curb to be picked up with the garbage tomorrow.

She is still trying to decide if the outdoor iron furniture is going to be given away or set at the curb for any takers.  She wants to ask around to see if anyone wants it.

It's like this, only worse, and with dirt.

Trust me, it would need enough work that no one wants it.  If we set it out next week, a scrapper will get it, which is the best thing that could happen.

If anyone needs a pick-me-up story after all the news about Notre Dame (i sure do!), here's one.  It starts out awful, with a young man's attempted suicide.  Everyone, especially the doctors, thought he was a goner.  When they finally decided to remove the breathing tube, he woke up and began responding.

Everyone is astounded, ecstatic, and overjoyed.  He is the brother of one of #1 Son's very good friends, and he has a long road to recovery, but he's on the way.

Finally, a funny for your amusement that i probably should have posted with my poem yesterday, but i didn't think of it:

Hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!


Words for Wednesday is tomorrow, but i'm putting the words up today so anyone who wants to get a start may do so.

This week's words are:




Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!


Today is:

Day of Mushroom Encouragement -- Fairy Calendar

Dronningens Fodselsdag -- Denmark (Birthday of Queen Margrethe II)

Education and Sharing Day -- in honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)

Eighty-Niner Days Celebration -- Guthrie, OK, US (commemoration of the Oklahoma Territory Land Run of April 22, 1889, celebrating their heritage with chuck wagon feeds, "gunfights", a parade and carnival; through Sunday)

Emancipation Day -- Washington, D.C., US

Holiday of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Jim Thorpe Day -- US (by Presidential Proclamation in 1973)

National CPA's Goof Off Day -- US, the day after tax day because they deserve it!

National Eggs Benedict Day

National Healthcare Decision Week begins -- US (to inspire, educate & empower the public & providers about the importance of advance care planning; "It always seems to early, until it's too late.")  

National Stress Awareness Day -- sponsored by the Health Resource Network (always on the first workday after paying taxes)

Offering to Demeter Khloe -- Ancient Greek Calendar (honoring Demeter as goddess of green shoots; date approximate)

St. Bernadette of Lourdes' Day (Patron of people ridiculed for their piety, poor people, shepherdesses, shepherds, sick people; Lourdes, France; against bodily ills, poverty, sickness)

St. Padarn's Day (Celtic peoples traditionally begin weeding crops on this saint's day)

Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day -- US (the day after you pay your taxes, bring the comforts of home to the office; sponsored by PajamaGram)    

World Entrepreneurship Day

World Voice Day -- if you've ever had laryngitis, you know how important it is to protect your voice  

Anniversaries Today:

Harry Connick, Jr. marries Jill Goodare, 1994
Founding of the University of Queensland, 1910

Birthdays Today:

Lilliana Mumy, 1994
Lucas Haas, 1976
Selena Quintanilla, 1971
Martin Lawrence, 1965
Jon Cryer, 1965
Ellen Barkin, 1955
Jay O. Sanders, 1953
Kareem Adbud-Jabbar, 1947
Dusty Springfield, 1939
Bobby Vinton, 1935
Herbie Mann, 1930
Edie Adams, 1929
Pope Benedict XVI, 1927
Henry Mancini, 1924
Kingsley Amis, 1922
Peter Ustinov, 1921
Barry Nelson, 1920
Merce Cunningham, 1919
Charlie Chaplin, 1889
John Millington Synge, 1871
Wilbur Wright, 1867
Jose De Diego, 1866
Anatole France, 1844
John Franklin, 1786
Hans Sloane, 1660

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Brown Sugar"(Rolling Stones single release), 1971
"Fibber McGee and Molly"(Radio), 1935
"Mazeppa"(Symphonic poem, Liszt' S 100), 1854
"The Contrast"(Comedy), 1787 (First play by an American author, Royall Tyler, to be professionally produced on stage)

Today in History:

Egyptian forces of Thutmose III defeat a large Canaanite coalition under King of Kadesh at the Battle of Megiddo, the first battle recorded with a reliable account, BC1457
Calculated date of the return of Odysseus from the Trojan War, BC1178
The Jewish fortress of Masada falls to the Roman Army, ending the Jewish revolt, 73
Martin Luther is called before the Diet of Worms, 1521
Spanish conquistador Hernando de Lerma founds the settlement of Salta, Argentina, 1582
The United States Senate ratified the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border with Canada, 1880
The first passenger rail opens in India, 1853
Ebenezer Bassett, the first African-American diplomat, begins his service in Haiti, 1869 
US Marshal Bat Masterson fights his last gun battle, in Dodge City, 1881
Harriet Quimby becomes the first female pilot to cross the English Channel, 1912
Gandhi organizes a day of "prayer and fasting" in response to the killing of Indian protesters in the Amritsar Massacre by the British, 1919
Annie Oakley shoots a record 100 clay targets in a row, 1922
Dr. Albert Hofmann first ingests LSD, thus discovering its effects, 1943
Bernard Baruch coins the term "Cold War" to describe the relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, 1947
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pens his Letter from Birmingham Jail while incarcerated in Birmingham, Alabama for protesting against segregation, 1963
The Katina P. runs aground off of Maputo, Mozambique and 60,000 tons of crude oil spill into the ocean, 1992
The Queen Mary II embarks on her first transatlantic voyage, 2004
President of Côte d'Ivoire Laurent Gbagbo declares the First Ivorian Civil War to be over, 2007
Elizabeth Holmes, American entrepreneur, inventor, and founder and CEO of Theranos, is named one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People" of 2015, 2015
Kendrick Lamar is the first rapper and non classical or jazz musician to win the Pulitzer Prize for music with his album "Damn", 2018


  1. Wonderful news about that young man. I hope his life turns around and he gets the help he needs. And yes the news from Paris was dreadful.

  2. I saw videos of the burning cathedral of Notre Dame this morning. The unstoppable fire and extent of the damage is terrible.

  3. Mimi,

    I'm settling in this morning after being away in Blogosphere since last Thursday. I'm feeling like that poor doggie and I hope my coffee kicks in soon. After not having a single cup yesterday, I plan to make up for the mess brew today. :) The story about 'The End Is Near' sign cracked me up. I got texts yesterday afternoon about Notre Dame. It's horrible to hear about historical landmarks being damaged and hopefully no one was injured in the fire. That's the most important thing in my opinion. Thanks for the randomness!

    A2Z Little Mermaid art sketch Neptune

  4. I trust you know I'm stealing that meme... ;-D

  5. The iron furniture is sad, but it would be a ton of work to get it back into shape. My gramma has some like that, but she has kept hers in pretty good condition.

  6. The end is near. Bwahahahahahahaha. I didn't see that coming.

    Put that patio furniture on the curb for pickup. Yikes.

    I'm happy the young man is going to make it. He's in my prayers.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  7. You always make me laugh Mimi. The one with the "end is near " is great. I'm going to put that in my bathroom. I daughter always leaves it for me to change the roll. And the one cable one was hilarious. Thanks my friend for picking me up.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. I very much enjoyed your post today! The story of the woman with the sign made me giggle. Thanks for always including such interesting pieces of trivia. xoxox

  9. Fun post and neat photos and love the 'doggie quote' ~

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

  10. Oh, let's see, how does one encourage a mushroom? I guess talk to it, like I do my houseplants? Meh...

    Demeter Khloe and St. Padarn, now why would plants be venerated at this time??? Said Cat, who is really wanting to be out in her garden, and has a class, INDOORS, on the best day we'll be having this week. SIIIIIGGGH...

    Oh, I am SO tempted to do that for Husband's TP sometime! My luck, it would be early in the morning and he wouldn't see it... Again, Meh... Fun to think about. And if you replace tea with the coffee and jumper cables, I could relate mightily!


  11. I hope the young man gets help and realizes how precious life is.

  12. Thank you for uplifting news. Your Birthdays today list is missing Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, 1940. And thanks for a little laugh. The end is near - indeed!

  13. I am glad the man survived. In my area, if we put that table set out it would get taken in minutes for metal recycling. There are many that drive around in trucks looking for scrap metal.

  14. Great words...thanks for the head start.

  15. Here is my Wednesday Words effort, messymimi. I hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend with your loved ones. Take care.

    "The thought of having to make an extra QUINCE pie made her wince!

    As if she didn’t have enough to do in the lead-up preparation for her Easter weekend guests, all of whom would be BLIND to the hard work she’d put in; to the long hours to ensure there was nothing, not one thing about which they could accuse her of being SLOPPY!

    She’d even made sure there were two spare tubes of TOOTHPASTE in the bathroom cabinet...just in case!

    Some of the guests...the older, more DEBONAIR family members were very SPIRITUAL about the meaning of Easter, but the BOUNCY, excited little ones would be nigh uncontrollable over the ABOUNDING supply of Easter eggs. Not one CENT was spared in the purchase of the varied chocolate bounty!

    It was her DECISION, and hers alone, to play host over the weekend ahead, so in all fairness, she only had herself to blame. She was the sole INSTRUMENT, knowing full well she could not lay the blame on anyone else for her big mouth!

    She jumped at the sound of a car HORN.

    The first load of guests had made their arrival known – and heard!"

    1. Excellent story, Lee! And i've put myself in that same position before, so now we all go to a restaurant for this holiday.

  16. Love the marathon story and, of course, the survival of your son's friend's brother.

  17. That's a nice list of words. I wrote them down yesterday and my mind has been stewing over them since, but I still don't know yet what I will write.

  18. My daughter could restore that table and chairs in no time.


Thanks for meandering by and letting me know you were here!
Comments on posts more than a week old are moderated.
If Blogger puts your comment in "spam jail," i'll try to get it hauled out by day's end.