Sunday, February 23, 2020

Wrong Lesson (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections


Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.

Sweetie and i both enjoy checking the mail.  Maybe for both of us it hearkens back to childhood when it seemed so grown up to go get things out of the mailbox, and only the adults were allowed to do it.  My rural cousins had it even better, a small box under their regular mailbox was where the newspaper was deposited each morning, and the cousins actually got to go get the paper each morning. That also seemed such a special privilege.

Boudreaux had done train Phideaux (pronounced Fido), hims dog, to go get de paper out de small slot box fo' it dat be unner de mailbox.

De one t'ing he never done been able do was train Phideaux to not chase de cars or de trucks dat come down de road.  Enny time Phideaux be down by de road, an' de car come, he goin' chase it, payin' no mind to Boudreaux tellin' him stop.

One day, o' course, it done happen an' Phideaux done miss hims timin' an' de car hit him.  It done t'row him an' he hit him de post dat hold de mailbox an' de newspaper box, an' dat broked hims leg.

Boudreaux done take him to de vet, an' dey put Phideaux in de cast, an' he hobble 'round fo' 'bout six week, an' den de cast come off.  Ever'one t'ink dat now, Phideaux goin' quit chasin' de cars.

De nex' day, Thibodeaux done ax, "So, Boudreaux, did Phideaux learn him not to chase de car now he be better?"

An' Boudreaux say, "Mais, non!  Dat crazy dog, de firs' t'ing he done did when he get home an' I walk up by de road, he done chase a car.  But now I cain't get him to go near dat mailbox to get me de paper fo' nuttin'!"


Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by Elephant's Child.     

Today is a bit of a mix up, some Mardi Gras photos, artwork at a client's home, and a bit from yesterday's work in Mr. BA's garden. 

King cake "babies" show up in the oddest places sometimes.

A flock of flamingos, the symbol of Mardi Gras in our area.

While weeding yesterday, i found several baby cypress trees and planted them in the "baby nursery" pot.  They will be moved to separate pots later.

Summer was happy to snoopervise from the fence.


Today is:

Carnival of Binche -- Binche, Belgium (famous carnival dating back to the 16th century, which includes a giants parade, childrens parade, fireworks, orange tossing, and more; through Shrove Tuesday)

Church Action on Poverty Sunday -- UK (Speaking Truth to Power, Putting Faith Into Action) 

Curling Is Cool Day -- embrace the Olympic sport the whole family can play; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Defenders of the Motherland Day (formerly Red Army Day) -- Russia and some former Soviet Republics
    Homeland Defenders' Day -- Kyrguzstan
    Motherland Defenders' Day -- Transdniestria

Diesel Engine Day -- Rudolph Diesel received his patent in Germany on this day in 1893

Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day -- while i can't figure out who started this one, even Mr. Google says it's celebrated today

Easy Divorce Day -- marking the passage, in 1915, of the Nevada law granting easy divorces after only a 6 month residency, the first such in the US

Fasching Sunday -- Germany and Austria, and among German speaking peoples; the Party before Lent really kicks up now

Goa Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (month of the goddess Goa, personified as the daughter of Old Man Winter; as last month greeted her father well, greet her kindly, too, for an easy weather month)
    Konudagur -- Housewife's Day (just as the first day last month honored husbands, this month the wife is greeted with either coffee or flowers)

Hall Sunday -- meaning Hallowed Sunday, the Sunday before Lent, which has many traditions associated with it

International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day -- internet generated

Iwo Jima Day -- commemoration of the US flag raising

Meatfare Sunday -- Orthodox Christian (final day on which meat may be consumed before the Lenten fast); related event:
    Maslenitsa -- Russia (between Meatfare Sunday and Cheesefare Sunday is Butter Week or Pancake Week, when you stuff yourself before the Orthodox Church Great Lent)

National Banana Bread Day

National Day -- Brunei

Pebbles Day -- Pebbles Flintstone was born this day around 10,000BC

Republic Day (Mashramani) -- Guyana

St. Milburga of Shropshire's Day (Patron of birds)

St. Polycarp of Smyrna's Day (Patron against dysentery and earache)

St. Serenus the Gardener's Day (Patron of bachelors, falsely accused people)

Terminalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Terminus, god of land boundary markers)

Transfiguration Sunday -- Christian

Birthdays Today:

Emily Blunt, 1983
Niecy Nash, 1970
Michael Dell, 1965
"Bobby" Bonilla, 1963
Howard Jones, 1955
Patricia Richardson, 1951
"Too Tall" Jones, 1951
John Sanford, 1944
Johnny Winter, 1944
Peter Fonda, 1939
Sylvia Chase, 1938
Donna J. Stone, 1933
Paul Tibbets, 1915
William L. Shirer, 1904
Victor Fleming, 1889
W.E.B. DuBois, 1868
Emma Hart Willard, 1787
George Frederic Handel, 1685
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 1646
Samuel Pepys, 1633

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Fortune and Men's Eyes"(Play), 1967
Pinocchio(Disney Cartoon film), 1940

Today in History:

Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of Christians, 303
Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type, 1455
France begins its fifth "holy war" against the Huguenots, 1574
Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army, 1778
The first US raw-cotton-to-cloth mill is founded, in Waltham, Massachusetts, 1813
The first US pharmaceutical college is organized, the College of Apothecaries in Philidelphia, 1821
Santa Anna begins his siege of the Alamo, 1836
John Newman leaves the Anglican Church and is welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church, 1846
In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, 1847
Great Britain formally recognises the independence of the Boers in the area between the Orange and Vaal rivers, signing the Bloemfontein Convention with the Orange Free State, 1854
The London Times publishes the world's first classified ad, 1886
Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum, 1886 
The French/Italian Riviera is struck by an earthquake that leaves 2,000 dead, 1887
The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield, 1896
In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus, 1898
The Cuban state of Guantanamo is leased to the US, 1903
The US acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million, 1904
The Rotary Club International is founded in Chicago, 1905
Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves the Diet of Finland, 1909
The US state of Nevada enacts a convenient divorce law, 1915
The February Revolution begins in Russia, 1917
Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, 1941
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded, 1847
The first mass inoculation with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh, 1954
First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), 1955
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri, 1983
Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 1987
A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir, 1997
An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31, 1999
Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster, 2010
A study published in Science Journalsuggests that the earliest European Palaeolithic artwork in Spain was in fact made by Neanderthals not homo sapiens, 2018


  1. I think that Fido story might be real.

  2. Smiling broadly at your varied selections this week. And yes, I have known dogs like that.

  3. Lovely photos. Liked the house prayer.

    God bless.

  4. "dysentery and earache"??
    (One of these things is not like the other...)

  5. I enjoyed all the photos and the joke heheh!

    Nice post as always

    Have a mardigrastastic Sunday :-)

  6. Cool photos! We mostly get junk mail in our mailbox...and sometimes ants!

  7. For the monment I am learning loads about the celebrations of Mardi gras by following your blog. It's all new to me, and quite elaborate and colourful and fantastic.

  8. Cute joke. I love the Mardi Gras tree :)

  9. My daughter still has the strands of beads from 2002. She loved being in Mardi Gras. Now, not so much.

  10. Very nice pictures this week. Poor Fido.

  11. Another fun Cajun joke and great mardi gras photos ^_^

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


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