Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Random and Happy Vacation Tuesday

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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.  

First a note about mosquitoes and the beach as an explanation of the poem yesterday.  This beach, for some reason, doesn't have any.  Never have figured out how that happens anywhere on the Gulf Coast, but there we are.  It's a blessing here.

Why do all of my vacations start like this:

Even though i always mean to get all of the laundry done before we go, Mt. Washmore is never quite conquered.

The beach walks in the mornings and evenings have been wonderful.  Ever time, i promise myself i am not going to spend time taking pictures, just enjoying the moments.  Why yes, i often lie to myself like that!

My friend DiDreaming has a cat and a dog.  The dog is a terrier, bred to catch rats.  The cat is, well, a cat.  It turns out that neither of them are useful, as they both stood back and watched one day as a mouse helped itself to the pet food.  They just politely waiting until the mouse was done.

Church on Sunday was fabulous as it always is at the Flora-Bama Bar.  (Yes, the owner of the bar has a church meeting there on Sunday mornings and Celebrate Recovery meetings in one of the buildings.)  For many years, they would set out hymnals for the service and pick up the hymnals after.  Once i asked if i could buy one, but they only had the copyright for the songs in there for use in the church, not for sales.

This year, there were no hymnals waiting in the seats, and it turns out they got rid of them and just print the hymns in the bulletin.  One lady overheard me saying how i would miss them and said, "Oh, I have an extra in my car, I will let you have it!"

That's how i got my very own copy of The Honky Tonk Hymnal:

We're having a great time, wish you were here, and hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!


Today is:

Arrephoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (ceremony for the two girls chosen to weave the new robe for Athena's Statue and care for her sacred olive tree during the next year; date approximate)

Birthday of Prince Henrik -- Denmark

Corn on the Cob Day

Fandens Fodselsdag(The Devil's Birthday) -- Denmark (traditional date when contracts between masters and servants expired, making them free to renew or renegotiate or sever ties; it was also considered The Devil's Birthday because taxes and rents came due!)

Holiday of the Happy Gnomes -- Fairy Calendar (grumpy Gnomes are not allowed to attend this holiday!)

Hug Holiday -- some internet sites have this one, and since hugs are good for mental health, indulge!

King Kamehameha Day -- Hawaii, US

Magic Circles Day and Magic History Gathering -- marking the founding of The Magic Circle, a society of amateur and professional magicians    

National German Chocolate Cake Day

Petit Jean Antique Auto Show and Swap Meet -- Morrilton, AR, US (sponsored by the Museum of Automobiles in Morrilton, and the place to be if you love old cars; through Saturday)

Rites of Matralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring of Mater Matua, goddess of dawn and childbirth, by women who had been married once) related observance:
    Day Sacred to Fortuna Virgo (Fortune the Virgin, the day marriage robes of girls were dedicated to this goddess)

St. Barnabas the Apostle's Day (Patron of Antioch; Cyprus; Marbelia, Costa del Sol, Spain; Marino, Italy; invoked as a peacemaker; against hailstorms) a/k/a Barnaby Bright Day or Long Barnaby*

World Pet Memorial Day -- some sites say this is always on June 10, others that it's always on the second Tuesday in June, but none can tell us where it came from or who started it that i can find

*Under the Julian calendar, June 11, St. Barnabas' Day, was the longest day of the year --
Barnaby Bright, Barnaby Bright,
The longest day
And the shortest night

Anniversaries Today:

Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon, 1509

Birthdays Today:

Shia LeBeouf, 1986
Joshua Jackson, 1978
Caroline Quentin, 1961
Dr. Mehmet Oz, 1960
Hugh Laurie, 1959
Joe Montana, 1956
Peter Bergman, 1953
Adrienne Barbeau, 1945
Jackie Stewart, 1939
Chad Everett, 1936
Gene Wilder, 1933
William Clark Styron, Jr., 1925
Vince Lombardi, 1913
Jacques Cousteau, 1910
Jeannette Pickering Rankin, 1880
Richard Georg Strauss, 1864
John Constable, 1776
Ben Jonson, 1572

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"American Idol"(TV), 2002
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial(Film), 1982
"Main Street Electrical Parade"(Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida), 1977
"Rock 'n' Roll Music"(Beatles' UK album release), 1976
A Day at the Races(Marx Brothers film), 1937

Today in History:

Troy is sacked and burned, according to calculations by Eratosthenes, BC1184
Philip II recognizes the rights and privileges of the local nobles and chieftains in the Philippines, which paves way to the creation of the Principalía, 1594
The Continental Congress appoints Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence, 1776
Russian  explorer Gerasim Izmailov reaches Alaska, 1788
The first American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick, 1793
The Limelight Department, one of the world's first film studios, is officially established in Melbourne, Australia, 1892
New Zealand annexes the Cook Islands, 1901
Sir Barton wins the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first horse to win the Triple Crown, 1919
Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin become the only prisoners to escape from the prison on Alcatraz Island, 1962
Anna Mae Hays and Elizabeth P. Hoisington become the first women to receive the rank of general in the U.S. Army, 1970
Cassini-Huygens makes its closest flyby of the Saturn moon Phoebe, 200
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes an official apology to Canada's First Nations for residential school abuse that isolated native children from their homes, families, and cultures for a century, 2008
Ancient Korean royal books looted by French troops in 1866 are returned to South Korea; 1,000 officials and locals celebrate the return of the 297-volume 'Oegyujanggak' books, 2011
Winds in southwestern Western Australia of up to 140km/h batter the area and leave more than 170,000 homes without power, 2012
Japan passes a law that will allow Emperor Akihito to abdicate, 2017


  1. Honky Tonk Hymnal! That's fabulous!
    I've heard of animals waiting until a mouse or rat has finished eating their food, but I've never seen it happen.

  2. Glad that you are having a fabulous time.
    I have seen cats waiting until a mouse finished. Once.

  3. I just love that hymnal!
    Birthday of Prince Henrik, Denmark: He's not in your birthday list, and since he died a couple of years ago, we do not celebrate the day any longer. Fandens fødselsdag -- The devil has two birthdays ;) today and 11th of December. The other day in the year where rents ect. come due. Thank you for those entertaining lists.

  4. I'm so glad that you are having a great time. I loved the funny kid and forgetting his easy bake oven. Continue to enjoy your vacation Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Don't forget to read through the "Holy Ghost Fireworks Stand" That's a classic in that hymnal. I loved those books, they had THE best hymns in them! And my animals are nothing if not polite. A bit TOO polite in my opinion.

  6. Thanks for taking the time to take pictures. Quite a lovely place.

  7. We are all so happy you're having such a grand time!!!

  8. Just have fun. I know how you look forward to this each year. I'm so happy for you.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. Glad you are having fun. That is too funny about the mouse.

  10. At the Jersey Shore, if the wind is coming from the bay we sometimes get biting flies, when it comes from the water we are bug free.

  11. Honky Tonk Hymnal... That sounds like a country song in the making! Love that you were able to get it! And are those two pets related to my Ding? At least she TRIED to get the rodent. Ahem...


  12. happy vacation; thanx for sharing the beach photo's !!! ENJOY and safe travels ☺☺♥

  13. That is something that the cat and the dog just let the mouse eat the food. My cats would have been on it in a skinny minute. Glad you are having such a good time. Great pictures of the beach.

  14. Your holiday photos are beautiful! Lovely views and a Honky Tonk Hymnal - sounds like a good holiday to me!

  15. Great post, sayings and photos ~ So glad you are having a good time ^_^

    Happy Day to you ^_^


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