Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Life's A Mixed Bag, 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.  

In some beautiful happy news that is mixed with sad, Ms. S, a former client, is moving.

Some might remember she is elderly, and has a house that is in awful condition.  She finally got to where she could not pay me, and i offered to work free, but she wouldn't let me.

She's gotten so frail she cannot live by herself, the leaks in the house have become so bad it's a danger, and her son is insisting she has to move into an apartment in a place for people her age where they can keep an eye on her.

She used to argue with him, but not any more.  Even she understands, now that she needs help getting to the communion rail on Sunday, that something has to change.

The only thing that was standing in the way of her moving already was Josh, the part lab, part Rottweiler behemoth of a dog.  The place she is moving will take Kiki, the cat, but only dogs under 30 pounds are allowed.  Josh was bigger than that when she got him at age 6 months, over eleven years ago.

Josh is a big dog!

In stepped a pet photographer who volunteers with a local dog rescue.  Ms. S was taking Josh to adoption events every weekend, and the photographer set out to work on finding a great home for Josh, and she did.

 There's a family that has a dog around Josh's age, a female lab, and they were looking for a companion for her.  They actually wanted an older dog, so Josh and Lola had a date and hit it off.

Josh now has a home with a fenced yard and a friend, and as sad as Ms. S and all of us are that he's not with her, it's the happiest possible ending for this part of the story.

This weekend, her son and daughter-in-law will start moving Ms. S and Kiki into a nice, cheery apartment about a mile from where she now lives.  She can keep her vehicle, and can choose to go have meals in the cafeteria or cook her own.  They are going to let her pick what furniture and clothes she wants moved that will fit, and then her son and d-i-l will deal with everything else.

When you have a house in her "condition" (read, hoarded), this is a good ending.  A bad ending is when the person refuses to move, won't let anyone else deal with the items, and you can imaging it gets worse and worse until the family has to fight for power of attorney and take over.  Ms. S has come to realize she's not going to "get the place cleaned up soon," and is doing the right thing, and we are all glad and sad for her.

Meanwhile, it's going okay taking Brother-in-Law to and from work every day, and working in the petsitting.  The real test will come after Dr. D leaves town and i have two petsitting jobs, plus work, plus we are getting Brother-in-Law.

As for Dr. D, she has gone from the frying pan into the fire.  What is it about cars?  Her truck, the one she relies on, died on her in the middle of traffic and some nice gentleman used his truck and a rope to pull her to the side of the road until AAA could get there.  Her spare van, that has started just fine until now, decided it's not going to start any more now that she needs it. 

But it was running just the other day!

She had to call every company in town to even find a vehicle to rent, and that's only a stop-gap.  She is now talking about buying a car, but like us, she has no readily available funds.  Once she gets back from her out-of-town medical procedure this week, she may know what's wrong with the truck and be able to plan accordingly.

This post hasn't had much happy/funny in it, so let's try to correct that.

Hope you all have a wonderful Tuesday!


Today is:

Araw ng Watawat -- Philippines (Flag Day)

Armed Forces Day -- Croatia

Contemplate Your Vicissitudes Day -- no, i still don't know who thinks up this stuff, i can think of much better things to contemplate, thank you

Day of Pin-Hiding and Button-Losing -- Fairy Calendar

Downfall of the Dergue Day/National Day -- Ethiopia

National Brisket Day

National Hamburger Day

Republic Day -- Armenia; Azerbaijan

Slugs Return From Capistrano Day -- where they spent the winter, so don't go out on the patio barefoot until the first frost; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Bernard of Montjoux's Day (Founder of Alpine hospices; Patron of Alpinists, the Alps, mountain climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and travellers in the mountains)

Whooping Crane Day -- US (birth anniversary of the first crane born in captivity; because those born in captivity refused to breed after they grew up, the attempt to restore numbers this way was discontinued, but these are beautiful birds worth saving)

Women in Trousers Day -- US (on this day in 1923, the US Attorney General announced his determination that it was indeed legal for women to wear trousers anywhere)

Anniversary Today:

Amnesty International is founded, 1961
Sierra Club is founded, 1892

Birthdays Today:

Joseph Cross, 1986
Carey Mulligan, 1985
Jesse Bradford, 1979
Sicily Yoder, 1969
Kylie Minogue, 1968
Glen Rice, 1967
Christa Miller, 1964
Sondra Locke, 1947
John Fogerty, 1945
Rudolph Guiliani, 1944
Gladys Knight, 1944
Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne , 1934
Carroll Baker, 1931
Barry Commoner, 1917
Ian Fleming, 1908
Jim Thorpe, 1888
Louis Agassiz, 1807
William Pitt, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Magic Show"(Musical), 1974
"Lock Up Your Daughters"(Musical), 1959
Melody(Disney cartoon film, first ever in 3-D), 1953 
"Zoo Parade"(TV), 1950
"Louisiana Purchase"(Musical), 1940
"Mathis der Maler / Matthias the Painter"(Opera), 1938
"L'Arianna / Ariadne"(Opera), 1608

Today in History:

A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse; this leads to a truce and becomes one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated, BC585
James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI and a Treaty of Everlasting Peace (which lasted 10 years) between Scotland and England is signed, 1503
The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel (it will takes until May 30 for all of the ships to leave port), 1588
In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party, 1754
Big Ben is drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster, 1859
In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, 1892
In the Russo-Japanese War, the Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1905
John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll, 1915
The US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers, 1923
The first all color talking picture, "On With the Show", is shown in NYC, 1929
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened, 1937
Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister, 1937
The women of Greece are given the right to vote, 1952
The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed, 1964
Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States, 1975
Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations, 1993
NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance, 2002
The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars, 2002
The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty, 2008
'Le Monde' reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons, 2013
The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has banned 11 people after an ethics investigation; the banned officials have recently or previously been indicted for corruption by the U.S. Justice Department, 2015


  1. Definitely glad and sad for Ms S. I am glad that she is going to be safe, and has found a home for Josh.
    Good luck for Dr D.

  2. Thank you for teaching me yet a new word: Vicissitudes. It sounded like something bad or naughty ;) I'm Happy-sad for ms. S. Hope she will learn to enjoy her new life.

  3. As I did not manage to get a hamburger over Memorial Day Weekend, it's good to know I still have an excuse today...

    1. It's sad seeing a friend living but hopefully it's for the best for her.It hurt us all when my mother coudn't go back to her place because she was unable to be able to help herself. Going into a nursing home was the worst for her and us.

      See Ya Mimi.

      Cruisin Paul

  4. That story of your elderly employeer/friend is so common. It happened to my Mother-in-law, but she did not protest. She wanted to be near us and we put her in a retirement community a few miles away. We did not see her but once a week as we both worked long hours. Eventually her senility required her to move in with us and hire a day care person. She had some good years and we tried to be loving.

  5. Well yes, that is very sad but it is working out as best it can.

  6. Glad there was a happy ending for dog and Ms. ~ aging is so difficult sometimes ~ wishing you a gentle week ~ ^_^

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

  7. Well I found happy in the pup finding a new home. What a shame when we can't live by ourselves anymore. I will happen to many of us.

    Love the funnies.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  8. A happy sad situation that ends well for Ms S and Josh her pet dog. We all hope to live by ourselves as long as we can but when we can't, we have to cooperate with those taking care of us. Hope things will work out fine for Dr. D.

  9. Change gets more difficult the older we get. Moving out of an old house into assisted living is a good thing, I think it is a happy thing.

  10. I am glad everything worked out with Josh. That is nice that she can still have her kitty.

  11. I'm glad she is able to see that moving is a better option. at least she is able to have her Kiki and Josh has a home with a friend to play with.

  12. A tale of mixed emotions. A poignant piece indeed. Women in Trousers? Whatever next!

  13. Glad that Josh is moving somewhere more comfortable and his old owner too! Hopefully the repairs on Dr. D's car aren't too expensive. I feel like everything always goes wrong at once!


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