Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Mindfulness and Repetition and Squirrel Mayhem, 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 

Yesterday, at Dr. D’s, i tripped over a book called Mindfulness while we were looking for all the things she had lost since the last time i was there, such as her coin purse, her debit card, and, again, the check book.  It made us both laugh when i told her that book was like Sweetie and the memory supplement pills he can never remember the name of.  The pills are not working, obviously, and neither is that book!

Our Sunday night Bible study group decided a few years ago that we will not have our Christmas potluck and White Elephant gift exchange in December, as there are too many other things going on and too many people wouldn’t be able to make it.  Instead, we do it on Super Bowl Sunday and make it a party and watch the big game. 

Yesterday, Sweetie noted that this year, it would be on Groundhog Day, and Mr. LS said, “Yes, come on Groundhog Day and you will get to eat the same food over and over!”

Every week i figure i will tell the story of my friend, DiDreaming, and the squirrel, and every week i either forget or have something else come up.

She was feeding a squirrel in the park, and another squirrel came up wanting his portion, and in his excitement ended up accidentally biting her finger.  How a squirrel can mistake a finger for a peanut i do not know, but i guess he was just a very eager squirrel when it comes to food.

Please note that all of them are eager when it comes to food.

She was right across from the police station, and an officer noticed her trying to stem the bleeding while also trying to shoo the squirrel out of her purse where it was trying to get at the whole peanut package, as well as get something from the purse, such as a tissue, to wrap on her finger, and he insisted on helping.

After escorting her to the police station, he called for paramedics.  Yes, it was a slow day for the police, and the paramedics next door, too.  The paramedics came and bandaged the finger while one officer took a report of the incident, another tried to get a description of the perpetrator, and a third was attempting to draw a picture to put on the wanted poster.

When one paramedic asked if they were going to form a search team, an officer said, “How are we going to do that?  All the squirrels look alike to me!”

That created pandemonium as others told him, “You can’t say that!” and “Now the squirrel anti-discrimination committee is going to be after you!”

All in all, it was quite an adventure, and one she does not want to repeat.

Having run out of the previous set of photos Grandma sent, i am starting in on a new set, photos which undoubtedly took great patience on the part of the photographers, and no, i don’t know where she gets this stuff:

Have a fabulous Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2 million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
    Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka
    Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Anniversaries Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976
"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972
"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953
"Today Show"(TV), 1952
"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005
The MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby, 2008
American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson become the first to successfully free-climb the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, 2015
The US National Safety Council publishes a report saying that, for the first time ever, an American’s chance of dying of an opioid overdose is greater than the chance of dying in a traffic accident, 2019


  1. Ouch on the bitten finger. Love the photos and I am not game enough to attempt to dress up Jazz. If he only bit my finger I would get off lightly.

  2. That squirrel story is quite serious and the medics should have given her injections for anti-tetanus, rabies and other illnesses one can get from animals. Which goes to show, you never know when you'll be showing your bare backside to a complete stranger like a nurse or doctor.

    God bless.

  3. Squirrel anti-discrimination committee indeed, Lovely story - and those photos. Thanks to you and Grandma.

  4. Squirrels, terrible creatures! What we wonder is why we never see baby squirrels or even young ones, only full grown ones. Great photos, especially the one with a baby squirrel.

  5. Nature photos ... always a winner. Always a favorite.

  6. Ouch on that bite, I wouldn't mess with a squirrel either. Love the photos!

  7. Love the squirrel story. So fun.

    Love all the photographs and my favorite is the little girls with all her birds and her kitty. Adorable.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  8. Great pictures! Funny story. All squirells do not look alike. I have seen all black squirrels (beautiful) and my daughter had an all white albino in her area for years (also beautiful) other than that they do all look alike!

  9. LOL! Your story made me smile big time. A few days ago I counted seven squirrels in our backyard scurrying around looking for where they've "squirrel away" food for the winter. Love all the photos. Happy Tuesday to you! xoxoxo

  10. Quite the post and squirrel story ~ Grandma's photo are awesome ~ ^_^

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

  11. I really had to laugh at that squirrel story.
    And I love the idea of putting off a group holiday celebration until after things quiet down a bit.

  12. How precious is that little squirrel with its baby.

  13. I keep thinking the picture with the cat and birds could be a disaster waiting to happen...

    I hate to say it, but if it was a slow day for the two groups, that she didn't get a much bigger show. Those two groups can... have a lot of fun when there is time... At least she didn't leave with a full arm cast, just for practice, you know...

    Organize your home... Well, um, I think I have been at it for around, ahem... Never mind... No, one day isn't enough.


  14. Oh my oh my...I love all these photos! I also especially got a kick outta the bitten finger story! Cheers!

  15. Those photos are just terrific. Love the one with squirrel with it's little baby. You have a great day.

  16. Ouch on the squirrel bite. I think Dr. D needs the book about organizing by Marie Kondo instead of one on Mindfulness :)

  17. I love the photos and I'm glad Dr D has you to help her find stuff.

  18. Mimi,

    Squirrels are cute from afar. I used to like watching them steal food from our bird feeders when our back yard was full of trees but since we had those removed, we have yet to put the bird feeders back up. I miss seeing those shows, too.

  19. That squirrel story had me aghast and laughing all at the same time! I love that the police officer escorted her over and got her medical attention - and the ensuing jokes afterwards were perfect! And Ohhhhhhh! those pictures are ahhhmazing!!


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