Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Under the Toaster, Employee Appreciation, and Time Crunches, 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.  

The other day, i was cleaning Ms. GA's kitchen when i got to the toaster and clock radio.

Picking up the toaster to dump the crumbs from the tray and wipe under it, i found these, two under it, and one wedged between the toaster and the clock radio.

Later i asked her, Why are these under the toaster?  (Yes, i had rehidden them.)

"I am hiding them from my husband [Mr. BA, whose garden and shop i work in on Saturdays]."

Okay, i said, a bit hesitantly.

"You know how I have to keep a dishcloth hidden for drying the dishes because he uses the one that's hanging on the stove to wipe anything and everything, including his mouth?  I have to hide these or he uses them to scrub the grease off of his hands when he comes in from the shop!"

Knowing Mr. BA, that indeed makes perfect sense.

Last week, on Thursday, Ms. SE surprised me by giving me my first ever Employee Appreciation Week gift.

It was a candle, which as i've been told, is what you give people when you don't know them well enough to know what to give them.  She included a nice hand written card about how much she appreciates my work.

The gift was in the kitchen.  When i got to the rest of the house, i knew why she'd decided to celebrate Employee Appreciation Week.  Four loads of clothes on the couch, one in the dryer, one in the washer, and the boys had gotten into the wax that she uses for manicures and smeared it all over the bathroom.

Sometimes i wonder if i should retire, but then what would i do with all of that time that i'm not scraping wax off of mirrors, bathtubs, vanities, and out of bathroom carpets?

Speaking of time, things have been mixed up as usual around here.  This past Friday, Ms. J called me last minute and said, "Don't come!  We are having to set off flea bombs.  Can you reschedule?"

Yesterday Dr. D was out of town, so i was supposed to have, you guessed it, time off.  Guess where my day off went?  At least Ms. J's house is de-flea-ed, including under the couch cushions.

Today, Dr. D is back in town and i have to help her unload and return the rental car, and clean Ms. B's house, and take Ms. JAI to a doctor's appointment, and Sweetie needs the car to pick up some stuff for Grandpa.  All of that by 1pm.

If anyone needs me, i think i will be having a nervous breakdown around 3 this afternoon.

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Cannes Film Festival -- through the 25th

Carabao Festival -- Pulilan, Philippines (to honor their patron, St. Isidro [St. Isadore the Farmer], hundreds of carabaos [water buffalo] are dressed up and paraded, and eventually blessed in front of the church; through tomorrow)

Dance Like a Chicken Day -- no idea why today, but i'm waiting for wedding season

Drunk Driving Memorial Day -- not sponsored by MADD, or anyone else i can find, but let's all work and pray for the day drunk driving by anyone is just a bad memory   

French Fairy Awareness Day -- Fairy Calendar

Gesta de Independencia -- Paraguay

Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival -- Izumo-taisha, Japan (through tomorrow)

Marshmallow Fluff Day -- Mr. Durkee and Mr. Mower announced, on this day in 1920, that they were in business producing this sweet confection   

Mars Invictus Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Midnight Sun at North Cape -- Norway (the sun will not set until July 30)

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Unification Day -- Liberia

President Kamuzu Banda's Birthday -- Malawi

Runic Half-Month Ing (expansive energy) commences

"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day -- first public performance of the composition was this day in 1897

St. Bonifatius' Day (4th Ice Saint)

St. Matthias the Apostle's Day (Patron of carpenters, reformed alcoholics, tailors; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; against alcoholism and smallpox)

Underground America Day -- Malcolm Wells wants us to imagine what our landscapes would look like if more of our buildings were under ground     

Anniversaries Today:

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark marries Mary Donaldson, 2004
Carlsbad Caverns National Park established, NM, US, 1930

Birthdays Today:

Miranda Cosgrove, 1993
Amber Tamblyn, 1983
Dan Auerbach, 1979
Martine McCutdcheon, 1976
Cate Blanchett, 1969
Danny Wood, 1969
Jose Da Silveira, 1965
Suzy Kolber, 1964
Tim Roth, 1961
Valerie Still, 1961
Ronan Tynan, 1960
David Byrne, 1952
Robert Zemechis, 1951
Meg Foster, 1948
George Lucas, 1944
Jack Bruce, 1943
Atanasio "Tony" Perez, 1942
Bobby Darin, 1936
Laszlo Kovacs, 1933
Patrice Munsel, 1925
Otto Klemperer, 1885
Robert Owen, 1771
Thomas Gainsborough, 1727
Gabrile Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Kids Are Alright"(Documentary), 1979
“It’s Time for Ernie"(Ernie Kovacs' TV premier), 1951
"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem for those we love"(Hindemith composition), 1946
"Die Hebriden/The Hebrides"(Mendelssohn Op. 26), 1832

Today in History:

Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, 1607
Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox  vaccination, 1796
The Lewis and Clark expedition sets out, 1804
Paraguay  gains independence from Spain, 1811
The first edition of the London Illustrated Times is published, 1842
Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk, 1853
Vaseline, the first petroleum jelly, is marketed, 1878
Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five, 1939
Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established; immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, 1948
Kuwait joins the United Nations, 1963
Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched, 1973
The Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary, 1986
The last episode of Seinfeld airs, with commercials going for $2M per 30 seconds, 1998
Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa, 2012
Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move called a "Backflip" in competition, 2016
The successful transfer of memory in snails as achieved by scientists from University of California is published in the journal "eNeuro", 2018
Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest, 2018


  1. A clock radio with OWLS on it! MotherOwl feels envious :)

  2. As I've been known to use a green scrubbie on my own hands, I'm afraid I'm in no position to judge Mr. BA. However, said scrubbie is then designated "non-dish use only" and set aside.
    She needs color coding! ;-)

  3. That's not fair to you. I wouldn't do the wax problem either and that appreciation paper, well you know what I would do with it. Have a great Tuesday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. That sounds like a darn good reason to not clean!

  5. I had to hide important items from my husband. He didn't understand precious.

  6. I'm exhausted just reading this. You have such a busy schedule. I love the funnies though. Spot on around here most of the time too.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  7. Yikes! That sounds awful- I have heard heating the wax with a blow dryer then wiping it off is the best way to clean it. I move things around often so my hubby needs to ask me where something is- I tell him it is so he will always need me :)

  8. A flea bomb! I'm imagining something that will give the whole neighbourhood fleas! I can tell from the context it isn't that though. Hope you can get some real time off soon!

  9. Whoa! Nothing like a good bit of chaos to get the blood pumping! I would probably have something like the scrubbies under something, not because I hid them, just because I set them down, then set something on them by accident. Don't ask how many times that has happened, please...


  10. I'm exhausted just thinking about doing all that. I couldn't live in that chaos while waiting for you to show up and rescue me.

  11. You've been busy! I like the memes you shared about cleaning. Sorry your free day was unexpectedly filled; I hate when that happens (especially when you aren't getting more money, just changing days). Hope you get a break soon.

  12. Wow, sure sounds like you are very busy. Makes me tired to read all that. Have a good evening.


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