Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Fun At The End Of The Year, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post


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 

Dr. D is back from her Christmas travels, and it resulted in several errands, including 4 trips to one store yesterday.  Apparently it takes the people at that store until 2pm to have ready the roast chickens that are supposed to be out at 10:30am.

We also added up columns and columns of figures for one of the lawsuits.  To make sure i only had to do it once, i made her hand me a pencil and i totaled each line item as i went along.  It worked.

She is very upset about all of the attention being given to a local celebrity.  “They need to leave that poor man alone!” she said.  “I’d hate to be famous, he can’t even take a pee without someone wanting to take his picture!”

Over the course of this Christmas season, i have had occasion to go to the library.  Children are out of school, and i was quite gratified to see several of them at the library, too.  There were two boys, in the 7-10 year range, who were running to get into the building while their mother tried to get them to slow down.  There was no slowing them, they wanted to get to the books!  Their mother said they always hurry to the library that way, and it just made me grin.

The other day, i actually found myself rounding the corner of a building where there was a drive-thru window, and i was treated to a quite unusual sight.  Somehow the people in the building had managed to let a metal coffee pot fall out of said window right into the middle of the lane.  The daring young man working the window managed to lean out far enough to pick it up, which was quite a feat.  Everyone in and out of the building who saw it was laughing over the whole thing.

Over the course of Christmas, Bigger Girl came out with a few funnies, as she often does.  This time, the one that stuck with me was when she said, “Every time I see Grandpa, I want to tell my brothers to enjoy their hair while they have it!”  (She’s right, too!)

And finally, you haven’t quite seen it all yet, as these prove:

Happy New Year to all!!!


Today is:

Check Your Smoke Alarms Day

Fairy Eve's Year News -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Sharaf (Honor) -- Baha'i

International Solidarity Day -- Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis worldwide

Kwanzaa, Day 6, Kuumba (Creativity)

Leap Second Adjustment Day -- if a second needs to be added or subtracted to coordinate the atomic and astronomical time, it will be done today, by the International Earth Rotation Service of the International Bureau of Weights and Measures at Paris, France

Lhosar -- Gurung People of Nepal (sometimes called the Tamu People; Losar is celebrated by the rest of Nepal in February or March)

Make Up Your Mind Day/Procrastinator's Day -- you have to make up your mind

National Champagne Day

New Year's Eve -- a selection of related observances
    Allendale Tar Barrel Burning/Baal Fire Festival -- Allendale, England (locals burn out the old year by carrying burning tar barrels on their heads, then use them to light one huge bonfire)
    Feast of Father Time -- because he ultimately overcomes us all
    Festival of Yemaya -- Yoruba/Santeria (celebration of the mother of the sun and moon)
    Fire and Ice New Year's Eve Celebration -- Anchorage, AK (fire jugglers, ice carvers, fireworks, and more)
    First Night -- a non-alcoholic alternative to New Year's Eve
    Fravartigan -- Parsi Zoroastrian (celebration to honor the dead through the night)
    Gamlarskvold -- Icelandic traditions; cows gain human speech, seals take on human form, the dead rise, and Elves move house
               obtain gold from the Elves by sitting at a crossroads and waiting for them to pass
               Housewives greet the Elves by reciting the rhyme of protection
                       Let those who want to, arrive
                       Let those who want to, leave
                       Let those who want to, stay
                       Without harm to me or mine
               Light a bonfire, and "blow out the year" with fireworks 
    Harvest Day Celebrations -- Benin (celebration of the end of harvest season at the turn of the year)
    Hogmanay Day -- Scotland (Auld Year's Night)
    Japanese Observances (a few, at least)
         Joya no Kane -- Japan (ringing out the old year with temple bells; Buddhists believe humans are born with 108 worldly desires which are removed when the bells are rung 108 times)
         Namahge -- Oga Peninsula, Japan (devil appearing holiday; young men dress as demons and run through the town warning children to behave during the coming year)
         Okera Matsuri -- Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (Sacred Fire Rite)
         Omisoka Day -- Japan (the second most important day on the Japanese Calendar; tomorrow is the most important)
    Noche de Pedimento -- Oaxaca, Mexico (Night of the Petition)
    Ritual for Iemanja -- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (seaside rituals for the goddess of the sea and carnal pleasure, followed by a swinging party in the city and on the beaches overnight)
    Samoan Fire Dance -- Samoa
    Swinging the Fireballs -- Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, Scotland
    Universal Hour of Peace -- begins at 11:30pm your local time, welcome the New Year with peace
    Watch Night -- Christian
    World Peace Meditation Day (International observance of one hour beginning 12:00 PM GMT, focusing thought and energy on peace.)

No Resolution Day / Ditch the Resolutions Day -- if you don't want to, you don't have to!

Restoration Day -- Geneva, Switzerland

Seventh Day of Christmas

St. Sylvester's Day (Patron of Feroleto Antico, Italy; Poggio Catino, Italy) related observances
    Saint Sylvester's Day Celebrations-- Belgium, Germany, France and Switzerland
    Silvesterklause -- Urnäsch, Switzerland

St. Zoticus of Constantinople's Day (Patron of the poor; often titled Feeder of Orphans)

You're All Done Day -- sponsored by something i haven't been able to pin down online called The Long Haul Committee (and it's more like "all done in" if you are like me!)

Anniversaries Today:

Gregory Peck marries Veronique Passani, 1955
Rocky Marciano marries Barbara Cousins, 1950
Bette Davis marries Arthur Farnsworth, 1940

Birthdays Today:

Joe McIntyre, 1972
Nicholas Sparks, 1965
Val Kilmer, 1959
Bebe Neuwirth, 1958
James Remar, 1953
Donna Summer, 1948
Tim Matheson, 1947
Barbara Carrera, 1945
Diane Halfin von Furstenberg, 1945
John Denver, 1943
Ben Kingsley, 1943
Andy Summers, 1942
Sarah Miles, 1941
Anthony Hopkins, 1937
Odetta, 1930
Simon Wiesenthal, 1908
George C. Marshall, 1880
Henri Matisse, 1869

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The London Eye(World's Largest Ferris Wheel), 1999
"Lost in Yonkers"(Play), 1990
"Pirates of Penzance"(Comic Opera), 1879

Today in History:

80,000 Vandals, Alans and Suebians attack the Rhine at Mainz, crossing into and beginning the invasion of Gallia, 406
Byzantine General Belisarius completes the conquest of Sicily, defeating the Ostrogothic garrison of Syracuse, and ending his consulship for the year, 535
Ch'an monk Ho-tse Shen-hui interred in a stupa built in China, 765
James I of Aragon the Conqueror enters Medina Mayurqa (now known as Palma, Spain) thus consummating the Christian conquest of the island of Majorca, 1229
100,000 Jews expelled from Sicily, 1492
The British East India Company chartered, 1600
The first Huguenots depart France to Cape of Good Hope, 1687
A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax, 1695
Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors, 1776
Queen Victoria chooses Ottawa as new capital of Canada, 1857
The cornerstone is laid for Honolulu, Hawai'i's Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the US, 1879
Edison gives 1st public demonstration of his incandescent lamp, 1879
Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot, 1890
Brooklyn's last day as a city, it incorporates into NYC (1/1/1898), 1897
Boers & British army sign peace treaty, 1902
The first New Year's Eve celebration is held in Times Square, then known as Longacre Square, in New York, New York, 1904
For the first time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the new year, 1907
The last San Francisco firehorses are retired, 1921
The chimes of Big Ben are broadcast on radio for the first time by the BBC, 1923
Dr R N Harger's "drunkometer," the first breath test, is introduced in Indiana, 1938
The farthing coin ceases to be legal tender in the United Kingdom, 1960
The Central African Federation officially collapses and splits into Zambia, Malawi and Rhodesia, 1963
The AT&T Bell System is broken up by the United States Government, 1983
All official Soviet Union institutions have ceased operations by this date and the Soviet Union is officially dissolved, 1991
Czechoslovakia is peacefully dissolved in what is dubbed by media as the Velvet Divorce, resulting in the creation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, 1992
This date is skipped altogether in Kiribati as the Phoenix Islands and Line Islands change time zones, 1994
The European Exchange Rate Mechanism freezes the values of the legacy currencies in the Eurozone, and establishes the value of the euro currency, 1998
The United States Government hands control of the Panama Canal (as well all the adjacent land to the canal known as the Panama Canal Zone) to Panama, 1999
The official opening of Taipei 101, the tallest skyscraper at that time in the world, 2004
Italy's ban of plastic bags goes into effect, 2010
A ship abandoned by human traffickers who deliberately set it on a collision course with the Italian coast is brought to shore safely by the Italian Coast Guard with 900 Syrian refugees on board, 2014
A ban on the ivory trade in China comes into effect, 2017


  1. Love the funnies - and a Happy and Healthy New Year to you and yours. This coming year and all the one to come.

  2. Hapy New Year t you as well Never have seen those odd photos. Where DO you find them.

  3. Wow those funnies. Where do you find them? And please keep them and your lists coming in years to come. Happy New Year to you and yours and thanks for your precense here in 2019.

  4. Happy new Year to you too. Love the piano waterfall.

  5. I would like to have a cacti couch. Keep my husband awake. I mean really .... at his age one doesn't always know.

  6. Mimi,

    You daughter is right about the hair thingy but you know DH's hair line began receding while he was in high school and by the time he was in his late 30s the top of his head was bald. I'm can't remember now how it went but for some reason our son,who's the youngest, somehow come to believe that his daddy - DH got his bald spot no thanks to me hitting him in the top of the head with a frying pan. That's always made me smile to think about and even to this day, I threaten DH playfully to watch himself or I'll get after him with my frying pan. lol Saying prayers for God's goodness to follow you in the new year.

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  7. Oh my gosh! Those photos you find just kill us with happy laughs first thing in the morning! Who does this stuff? Love it, please keep it up!

  8. Back to the tales of Dr. D. I'm exhausted already.

    Love the photographs. I want that fountain. Very nice.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday.

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  9. I love water fountains and this piano one is so amazing. I wish I had that one in the front of my home.

    Mimi, I hope that you and your loved ones will have a wonderful and blessed Happy New Year, 2020.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. I'm glad to see the bathroom designers followed safety codes and pointed the gun *into* the room, rather than outward.
    (oh, how I hope that was staged...!)

  11. That piano - OMC! Those are some unique thingies, thanks for sharing and have a very Happy New Year!

  12. Great photos! I would not want to sit on that couch :) Have a nice New Year's Eve. XO

  13. Sounds like you've been keeping busy now that you know who is back. Those funnies sure were fun!

  14. Those pictures are great, first one is the best though.
    And bigger girl's comment was hysterical.

  15. Great photos ~ so creative ~ Good old Mrs D ~ keeps you busy ~ Happy New Year to You ~ ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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