Tuesday, May 21, 2019

More than one kind of shelter, and lots too do, 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.  

Saturday was a glorious day with pretty blue skies, then a pop up shower, then pretty blue skies again.  That means summer is here i all its heated intensity.

Alston, Little Girl's boyfriend, came by with his truck and his straps and attacked the tree that has been growing in the sago palm for years.

What used to be a scraggly, tiny sago palm.

We've had the tree cut down, and painted the stumps with tree killer, to no avail.  It would start up again every year, and he had the equipment and yanked it out by the roots.

There was a hole behind it where some critter, a 'coon or a 'possum most likely, has been digging.

We also found this lovely little dirt snake.  

He is so small, he probably hatched in the shelter of the palm.  He was put back in the dirt when we were done and it was safe to do so.  We like having non-venomous snakes around, they keep the vermin away.

In another kind of shelter news, for the first time that i've seen in quite a long time, the cat shelter intake room was empty!

We are, of course, starting to overflow with spring kittens, which are being adopted quite quickly.

Dr. D is back in town, and i walked into it yesterday.  Lists, meetings, laundromat, clean up after the cats, clean the house, don't stop or you might get run over.  Oh, and ironing the pillowcases and sheets.  Don't forget that we like wrinkle free sheets and pillowcases, they are more comfortable at night.

She is planning to be out of town at the end of next week, just her, not the cats.  Mr. BA and Ms. GA are going to be gone at the same time, so i will have the regular work and two houses with cats to care for.

Sweetie is busy on a new project, restoring an old drum set.  It's not bad, just dusty and a bit worn and you can tell it's been in a storage unit for quite a while.  It was given to him, and #1 Son has always been interested in taking up drums, so he may find himself the recipient of a very nice set when he and his roommate rent a house in a few months.

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

American Red Cross Founder's Day -- established by Clara Barton on this date in 1881

Anastenarides Feast -- Greece (feast to St. Constantine and St. Helen)

Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay

Circassian Day of Mourning -- Circassians

Día de la Afrocolombianidad -- Columbia (Afro-Colombian Day; commemorates Columbia's abolition of slavery on this date in 1851)

Dia De Las Glorias Navales -- Chile (Navy Day)

Festival for Vevodus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of the dead, swamps, and volcanic movements, and sometimes regarded as the king of the Di Manes)

Honvédelem Napja -- Hungary (Day of Patriots and Military)

Independence Day -- Montenegro

"I Need A Patch For That" Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, which notes that since everything else has a patch, why shouldn't you?

Lilies and Roses Day -- London, England (memorial of the death of Henry VI on this day in 1471; held at the Tower of London with representatives of Eton College and King's College, which he founded.)

National Memo Day -- an internet holiday with no known origin, just take a memo

National Strawberries and Cream Day

National Waitstaff Day 

Passion Play Day -- the first Oberammergau, Germany, Passion Play was staged this date in 1634

RHS Chelsea Flower Show -- Chelsea, London, England (the world's greatest flower show celebrates its 105th anniversary; through Saturday)

Sister Maria Hummel Day -- birth anniversary of the Franciscan nun and artist

St. Constantine's Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)

St. Eugene de Mazenod's Day (Patron of disfunctional families)

St. Helen's Day (Greek Orthodox Church; Patron of Greece)
    St. Helena Day -- St. Helena 

World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development -- UN

Anniversary Today:

Humphrey Bogart marries Lauren Bacall, 1945

Birthdays Today:

Sarah Ramos, 1991
Ashlie Brillault, 1987
Lisa Edelstein, 1966
Judge Reinhold, 1957
Mr. T, 1952
Ian McEwan, 1948
Leo Sayer, 1948
Janet Dailey, 1944
Bobby Cox, 1941
Heinz Hollinger, 1939
Peggy Cass, 1924
Andrey Dmitriyevich Sakharov, 1921
Raymond Burr, 1917
Dennis Day, 1917
Harold Robbins, 1916
Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, 1909
Fats Waller, 1904
Armand Hammer, 1898
Glenn Hammond Curtiss, 1878
Elizabeth Gurney Fry, 1780
Alexander Pope, 1688
Albrecht Dürer, 1471

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Empire Strikes Back(Film), 1980
"Gypsy"(Musical), 1959
"Le Fils prodigue / The Prodigal Son(Prokofiev ballet, Op. 46), 1929
"Pagliacci"(Opera), 1892

Today in History:

Syracuse, Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily, 878
The island of Saint Helena is discovered by the Portuguese navigator João da Nova, 1502
The nobility elect John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, 1674
The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky is instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I; it would later be discontinued and then reinstated by the Soviet government in 1942 as the Order of Alexander Nevsky, 1725
Mary Campbell is abducted from her home in Pennsylvania by Lenape during the French and Indian War, 1758
Slavery  is abolished in Colombia, South America, 1851
Russia declares an end to the Russian-Circassian War and many Circassians are forced into exile, 1864
French troops invade the Paris Commune and engage its residents in street fighting, 1871
The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton, 1881
The Manchester Ship Canal in England is officially opened by Queen Victoria, 1894
The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) is founded in Paris, 1904
Charles Lindbergh touches down at Le Bourget Field in Paris, completing the world's first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean, 1927
Bad weather forces Amelia Earhart to land in a pasture in Derry, Northern Ireland, and she thereby becomes the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, 1932
Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes the first municipality in the United States to fingerprint all of its citizens, 1934
A Soviet station becomes the first scientific research settlement to operate on the drift ice of the Arctic Ocean, 1937
The National War Memorial in Canada is unveiled by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa, 1939
Physicist Louis Slotin is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1946
The opening of the Ninth Street Show, otherwise known as the 9th Street Art Exhibition – a gathering of a number of notable artists, and the stepping-out of the post war New York avant-garde, collectively know as the New York School, 1951
Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome is damaged by a vandal, 1972
Democratic Republic of Yemen and North Yemen agree to a unity, merging into Republic of Yemen, 1990
The Ethiopian Civil War ends, 1991
Suharto, Indonesian president of 32 years, resigns, 1998
The clipper Cutty Sark is badly damaged by fire in London, England, 2007
JAXA, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, launches the solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS aboard an H-IIA rocket, 2010
The most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn, erupts and triggers 50 small earthquakes, 2011
The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performs for the last time at the Nassau Coliseum in NYC after 146 years, 2017


  1. Hooray for an empty intake room.
    As always you are super busy. Colour me awed.

  2. A pleasant surprise waiting for your #1 son. Take care and have a happy week!

  3. I ironed a sheet once.
    I used to iron pillowcases, but no more.
    Nice to see an empty intake room.
    The tiny snake is about the same size as the ones my brother and I used to catch in the bush around our town, we'd put them in our pockets and release them in the classroom, so of course the teacher would panic and send us all outside. mission accomplished, ha ha.

  4. Aww super cute snake. I love that you just put it back. I'd have done the same. Ironing bedsheets and pillowcases. No way. we can iron thew with our bum when we go to bed, as my great aunt once said.

  5. I can't imagine having nicely ironed pillowcases and sheets! I agree that smooth sheets are more comfortable than non-smooth sheets, but … ironed? 😳I guess when you have someone else to do it for you, why not?

  6. An empty intake area is a wonderful thing!

  7. I hate to say, I'm afraid of snakes. It's just one of those things Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. what a tiny snake and so glad the kittens are being adopted quickly ~ that makes for a Happy Tuesday ~

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

  9. What a cute little snake. I'd not mess with it either. Anything that keeps rodents down is a good thing.

    Glad you got that pesky tree gone for food.

    Oh the drum set. The noise. I so remember since my son had a drum set.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  10. Sago palms are evil, they want to kill us all. Glad you got it out of your life.

  11. You are such a patient woman. Even if I was getting paid, I would refuse to iron sheets- such a useless waste of time. :)

  12. Yay for empty intake! Hopefully all to good, happy homes where they will be spoiled unmercifully. Yes, I am biased... Hee. I agree with you about the wee snake, but I am a minority in my family, let's just say snake phobias are real common. Ooooh, drums. Um. Beware of neighbors... But I hope they are enjoyed, nonetheless...


  13. Yay I am glad the intake is empty! Cute little snake!

  14. While I approve of snakes killing vermin, you're still not going to catch me cuddling one of them in my hands.
    (Weenie Girl, remember?) ;-)


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