Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A to Z: Tell Us Your Plans, Make the Universe Laugh, 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.  

If you tell your plans, the universe, or The Almighty, or someone will laugh at you.

Friday, #2 Son woke up with tonsillitis.  Now, remember that Grandpa had his tonsils out at age 24, i had mine out at age 24, and Bigger Girl just had hers out at age 26 (two years overdue).  #2 Son is 23, and i think his tonsils are rotting out right on our DNA's schedule, as this is his first bout ever.

He went to Doc-in-a-Box across the highway and got antibiotics.  All should be well right?

In anyone else's world, yes.  In my world, Saturday was my day off.  He woke up with his throat so swollen he was choking.  To the ER we go!

Turns out he had an abscess behind his right tonsil. They had to get an ENT in to drain it.  Yes, he was worth every minute in the ER, and he was worth missing the Holy Saturday church service for, and next time i think i might get a day off, i'm not going to whisper a word to anyone until it is over!

Next time, i'm keeping my trap shut!

Dr. D has not been feeling her best since taking antibiotics a couple of weeks ago, but that didn't stop her from getting some mileage out of the day yesterday.

Actually, the mileage was put on Lunceford the Land Yacht.

We started by listing what had to be done:  cleaning (litter box, toilet, tub, dishes, vacuuming, change sheets), put more coolant in her truck, and run errands.  Doesn't sound like a whole lot, does it?

Errand one, laundromat.  Start the wash, run to the nearby bank to get cash for the rest of the errands, go back and put it all in the dryer.  While there, run into one of your children's friends you haven't seen in over 10 years, and spend time being mommy counselor.

Back to the house where she won't let me make the bed until she irons the pillowcases (!) and get ready for the next set of errands.

Now it's time for MallMart, the Dollar Store, the post office, the grocery, and the drug store.  Drug store number one doesn't have an item, find it at grocery store.  Grocery store can't come up with a price on it, won't sell me the item.  None of the other stores have it either.  Come back with a roast chicken, cat treats, Renuzit solid air freshener, a broom, a door mat, two cartons of milk, and the mail.  Because of having to stop at four different places to find the item i never got, the whole thing takes over two hours.

Oh, we almost forgot the phone needs to have more minutes.  Finally convinced her to do that on the phone itself using a debit card.

Cleaning is getting done between all these things, and i figure i will just help with sorting stuff at the house after the second set of errands until i hear, "Oh, I need panty hose, and they have to come from Dillard's at the Mall!"

Go to the one place i almost never go, the Mall.  Find a parking place strangely close to Dillard's.  Walk in and find out there are two Dillard's in the mall, and i'm in the wrong one, the one with men's clothes.  Figure that's why there's no one parked near it.  Through the mall to the other Dillard's, procure the panty hose, and leave the Mall, hoping my next visit won't be for at least 4 months (that's about as often as i can stand).

It's all good, in the end everything got done, and she is finally feeling better if she asked for a chicken.

Some days, you just know you earned your good night's sleep.

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!


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:



ad hoc

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:

Alfred G. "Alferd" Packer Day -- Colorado

Book Day and Lover's Day -- Spain, especially Catalan (women give books to men, while men give flowers to the women. Celebrated in the Spanish city of Barcelona since 1714 to honor Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes [author of "Don Quixote"] and in observance of St. George's Day)

Canada Book Day

Chance Day -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- Nepal; North Cyprus; Turkey

Community Day -- CL, Spain

Community Day/St. George's Day -- AR, Spain

Easter Tuesday -- TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru

English Language Day -- UN    

Impossible Astronaut Day -- if you are a Dr. Who fan, you know, and if not, go here and find out     

Independence Day -- Conch Republic, Key West, FL. US (a tongue-in-cheek micronation which seceeded from the Union in 1982; celebrated yearly with a week long festival)

International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day -- on St. George's Day, encouraging members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to continue to be what Howard V. Hendrix derrogatorily termed "webscabs", posting their stories free on the internet

International Sing Out Day -- no one will claim responsibility for this one, but i promise not to observe it!

Jurgi Festival -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (day sacred to Usins; first day outdoor work began for the summer)

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

National Picnic Day -- US

National Sovereignty Day -- Turkey

National Sovereignty and Children's Day -- Turkey

School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!

Sigurd the Dragon Slayer's Day -- because he was probably the inspiration for the legends about St. George

Southland Provincial Anniversary Day -- Southland, NZ

St. Adalbert's Day (Patron of Bohemia; Czech Republic; Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; Prussia)

St. George's Day (Patron of archers, armourers, Boy Scouts, butchers, cavalry, chivalry, Crusaders, equestrians, farmers, field hands, field workers, horsemen, horses, husbandmen, knights, lepers, Order of the Garter, Palestinian Christians, riders, Romanian Army, saddle makers, saddlers, sheep, shepherds, soldiers, Teutonic Knights; Canada; England; Ethiopia; Georgia; Germany; Greece; Lithuania; Malta; Portugal; Cappadocia; Catalonia; Palestine; over 20 cities and diocese around the world; against herpes, leprosy, plague, skin diseases, skin rashes, syphilis; by the middle ages, St. George was revered in much of Europe as the personification of chivalry)*

Take a Chance Day -- internet generated encouragement to try something different

Talk Like Shakespeare Day -- on The Bard's birth anniversary 

Vinalia Priora -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the first wines of the year)

World Book & Copyright Day -- UN (this date chosen because of how parts of Spain celebrate St. George's Day, with books)     
    World Book Night -- Germany; Ireland; UK; US (anniversary of the birth and death of Shakespeare, and the death of Miguel de Cervantes; over 20 book titles have been specially chosen for this year and special editions of those books printed so you can share books and your love of reading with those who don't read much)     

*To save a Maid, St. George the Dragon slew
A pretty tale, if all is told to be true
Most say, there are no Dragons, and tis said
There was no George: pray God there was a Maid.
-- John Aubrey, Remains of Gentilism (1688)

Birthdays Today:

Dev Patel, 1990
John Cena, 1977
Kal Penn, 1977
Scott Bairstow, 1970
Melina Kanakaredes, 1967
George Lopez, 1961
Valerie Bertinelli, 1960
Craig Sheffer, 1960
Jan Hooks, 1957
Judy Davis, 1955
Michael Moore, 1954
Joyce DeWitt, 1949
Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, 1947
Sandra Dee, 1942
David Birney, 1940
Lee Majors, 1940
Roy Orbison, 1936
Shirley Temple Black, 1928
Vladimire Nabokov, 1899
Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, 1897
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858
Granville T. Woods, 1856
James Buchanan, 1791
William Penn, 1621
William Shakespeare, 1564(attributed -- only the day of his baptism, April 26, is known for certain)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Avengers: Infinity War(Film), 2018
Star Trek Into Darkness(Film), 2013
"Baywatch"(TV), 1989
"No Man's Land"(Play), 1975
"She Loves Me"(Musical), 1963
"Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride"(Opera), 1881
"Il re pastore/The Shepherd King"(Mozart opera, K 208)1775
"The Tender Husband"(Comedy), 1705

Today in History:

King Brian Boru of Ireland defeats Viking forces at Battle of Clontarf, freeing Ireland from foreign control, 1014
The founding of the Order of the Garter by King Edward III is announced on St George's Day, 1348
The German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot), is enforced across all of Bavaria by Wilhelm IV, Duke of Bavaria, stating beer should be brewed from only three ingredients – water, malt and hops, 1516
William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I in attendance, 1597
The first public school in the United States, Boston Latin School, is founded in Boston, Massachusetts, 1635
Connecticut is chartered as an English colony, 1662
Canada issues its first postage stamps, 1851
The Vitascope system of movie projection debuts the first motion picture at Koster & Bial's Music Hall in NYC, 1896
Namibia becomes the 160th member of the UN and the 50th member of the Commonwealth of Nations, 1990
Eritrians vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia, 1993
Beijing closes all schools for two weeks because of the SARS virus, 2003
The gamma ray burst GRB 090423 is observed for 10 seconds. The event signals the most distant object of any kind and also the oldest known object in the universe, 2009
Despite an initial ban on the film 'Borat,' Kazakhstan issues and official 'thank you' to actor Sacha Baron Cohen for his character, Borat Sagdiyev, 2012
Loretta Lynch is confirmed as the first African-American woman as US Attorney-General, 2015


  1. That was quite a run around! Who needs a gym eh?

  2. You CERTAINLY earned your sleep.
    I hope Son 2 is much better - and can even defy the DNA and keep his tonsils.

  3. It's a good thing you had a day off to get him to the ER.

  4. Hope your son feels better soon. Is he going to need surgery to get tonsils out? I had mine taken out on my 13th birthday.

  5. Good thing it was your day off. If not, it could mess up your schedule and your will have to rearrange your cleaning schedule. Hope your son is feeling better now.

  6. For today, I am a citizen of Catalan...
    (Glad Son #2 is feeling better!)

  7. Never tell a secret like that to the Universe ;) Hope he feels better soon.

  8. What is the deal with cats, and how do they manage to always get away with whatever they do?

  9. Yikes, what a way to spend your day off time.

  10. That is quite the adventure. I am reminded that I am on Medicare and still have my tonsils!
    It may be National Cherry Cheesecake day, but my wife made a lemon cheesecake for Easter that was a celebration by itself. Have a blessed week.

  11. Wow, you had a busy day. Makes me tired just reading about it. Hope your day is better today.

  12. Amazing Mimi. I had tonsillitis when I was a young child and had them out. I remember having ice cream in my hospital room. I loved the one about a perspective. Wonderful. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  13. I just got up an hour ago after a great night of sleep and after reading this I'm exhausted. I couldn't work for Dr. D. I'm just saying.

    Sorry about your son, but it appears he's going to have his tonsils removed sooner rather than later.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  14. Great post ~ hope your son is doing well ~ that Kitty photo and capture is awesome!

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

  15. So, do you have Popsicles? I must say, have had days like that... Especially when, oh, it's just one thing, this store always carries it. Yeah, 4 stores, and two towns later, I *might* have what I was going for. Hope son of the second part feels better soon.

  16. I am glad your son is OK. Sorry you didn't get to enjoy your day off. And reading about your day with Dr. G just made me tired.

  17. What a busy bee you've been! Now, where can I get some cherry cheesecake?

    My A-Z of Children's Stories

  18. I don't know whether I'm in the right place or not to comment on your WFW post - excellent story of an old car, we do get attached.

    My WFW is here: warning it's dark.



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