Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Random Tuesday Thoughts, Happy Tuesday, and Word Counters, Too


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.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day! 

Really and truly, the Irish are worth celebrating, as is their Patron Saint.  It takes a special people to live and thrive where they do.  St. Patrick's monasteries were places where many of the great literary works of Western Civilization were saved from destruction after the fall of Rome.  Without them we wouldn't have Limericks and the art of Blarney, which Queen Elizabeth I said was saying what you do not mean and meaning what you do not say.

On top of all that, no one can construct and word a blessing like the Irish. 

So, in honor of the Irish, their Saint, and this beautiful day:

May those who love us, love us;
And for those who don't love us,
May G-d turn their hearts.
And if He doesn't turn their hearts,
May he turn their ankles,
So we will know them by their limping.

Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: contributing bloggers each picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted numbers were then assigned to other bloggers challenged with writing at least one piece using that exact number of words. 
I was assigned the word count number: 56
It was submitted by: Spatulas On Parade

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what numbers they got and how they used them.

In the midst of everything else, there is humor around here.  Take Ms. RW, she can come up with some comments.  This time it was, "I hate taking baths, don't you?"  When i asked why she hated them so much, she said, "There's always something else I'd rather be doing than taking a boring old bath!"

Dr. D hasn't been idle.  This time, she'd lost her calendar.  After turning the house and car upside down, it was found in a box about ten minutes after i left.  When told she was going to put me in an early grave if this didn't stop, she said if this didn't stop, she'd join me!

An hour later, Ms. JAI told me she'd lost her favorite gold cross and chain, and i thought, The Lord's going to let it show up for her after i leave.  As i cleaned i searched and prayed, but sure enough, she found it later -- after she'd fussed at St. Anthony for not doing his job!

While driving yesterday evening, i saw a beautiful rainbow.  The Irish never said that the leprechaun hides his pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  They said you'd just as soon find the Leprechaun's pot of gold as find the rainbow's end, the world mistook that as them claiming that's the Leprechaun's hiding place.

The shelter has not stopped adopting out kitties.  There have been families taking advantage of the kids out of school to come get a furry companion.  There's hand sanitizer everywhere and we liberally used it before all this, so we just continue to do so.  We have decorated, and someone has a good sense of humor:

Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Baking In A Tornado                   
Spatulas on Parade                   
On the Border                          

Also in honor of St. Patrick's Day and to keep everyone smiling, some Irish humor passed on to me by Grandma:

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Ennensai -- Kyoto, Japan (festival and traditional performances)

Evacuation Day -- Suffolk County, Massachusetts, US (day the British troops left the city in 1776)

Festival of King Amenhotep I -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals dramatizing his death and burial, held in the Valley; date approximate)

Kustonu Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (no planting today, to ward off insects)

Liberalia -- Ancient Roman Empire (fertility festival in rural areas)

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day -- i wonder why

Rubber Band Day -- patented in England this date in 1845 by Stephen Perry

Saint Patrick's Day (Patron of engineers, excluded people, ophidiophobics; Ireland; Nigeria; over 20 other towns/dioceses around the world; against fear of snakes, snakes and snake bite)
    a public holiday in the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Montserrat, and Ireland, and widely celebrated throughout the world, especially with parades
    Trefuilnid Treochair (Feast of Triple Bearer of the Triple Key) -- Ireland (Ireland's National Day)

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Birth Anniversary -- Bangladesh

St. Gertrude's Day (Patron of cats, for accomodations and lodging while traveling, gardeners, mentally ill people, pilgrims, poor people, sick people, suriphobics, travellers, widows; Nivelles, Belgium; against fear of mice and rats, fever, insanity and mental disorders, mice and rats)

St. Joseph of Arimathea's Day (Patron of funeral directors, morticians/undertakers, pallbearers, tin miners, tin smiths; Glastonbury Cathedral)

Submarine Day -- the sandwich or the submersible, your choice

Anniversaries Today:

Wellesley Female Seminary is established, 1870
Franklin D. Roosevelt marries Eleanor Roosevelt, 1905

Birthdays Today:

Caroline Corr, 1973
Mia Hamm, 1972
Rob Lowe, 1964
Arye Gross, 1960
Vicky Lewis, 1960
Gary Sinise, 1955
Lesley-Anne Down, 1954
Kurt Russell, 1951
Patrick Duffy, 1949
John Sebastian, 1944
Paul Kantner, 1941
Rudolf Nureyev, 1938
Paul Horn, 1930
Nat "King" Cole, 1919
Bayard Rustin, 1910
Bobby Jones, 1902
Shemp Howard, 1895
Jim Bridger, 1804
Roger B. Taney, 1777

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Camino Real"(Play), 1953
"Kiss and Tell"(Play), 1943
"Welded"(Play), 1928
"The Girl Friend"(Musical), 1926
"Wilhelm Tell"(Play), 1804

Today in History:

In his last victory, Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger in the Battle of Munda, BC45
Marcus Aurelius dies leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire, 180
Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeat the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr, 624
Edward, the Black Prince is made Duke of Cornwall, the first Duchy made in England, 1337
Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated in New York City for the first time (at the Crown and Thistle Tavern), 1756
George Washington grants the Continental Army a holiday "as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence," 1780
The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as president, becomes the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King, 1805
Henry Jones of Bristol patents "self-raising" flour, 1845
Stephen Perry of London patents the rubber band, 1845
John Joseph Montgomery makes the first glider flight, in Otay, California, 1884
The first practical submarine leaves the dock at NYC and submerges for one hour forty minutes, 1898
A showing of seventy-one Vincent van Gogh paintings in Paris, 11 years after his death, creates a sensation, 1901
Luther Gulick and his wife Charlotte found Camp Fire Girls (now Camp Fire USA), 1910
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley announce the creation of element 98, which they name "Californium", 1950
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, flees Tibet for India, 1959
Golda Meir becomes the first female Prime Minister of Israel, 1969
A referendum to end apartheid in South Africa is passed 68.7% to 31.2%, 1992
President Bush delivers an ultimatum to Saddam Hussein: leave Iraq within 48 hours or face an attack, 2003
Scientists discover that a large number of bacterial life forms live in the deepest part of the world's oceans, the Mariana Trench, which is about 6.831 miles, 2013
Archaeologists announce the discovery of an iron age warrior king burial ground that is about 2,500 years old and has 75 graves in Pocklington, Northern England, 2017
Africa's only female head of state, Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, confirms she is resigning amid an expenses scandal, 2018


  1. The Irish humour tickles my funny bone - and I really like the way you met the word counters challenge.

  2. Those jokes are so funny. Happy Irish Day to you too.

  3. Happy bunny decoration. Those jokes make me smile.

  4. Happy St Patrick's Day, Mimi.

    God bless.

  5. A sense of humor can see you through a lot, that's for sure.
    Throw in a little corned beef and cabbage and all is right with the world ... at least for a few minutes. :-)

  6. Love those Irish words! Great quotes too. Thanks for a smile during these crazy times.

  7. Those really were good funnies! Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us!

  8. I never knew about the misunderstanding about the pot of gold, so today you provided me with both laughs and information.

  9. Top of the mornin' and happy St. Patty's Day. I guess I need to wear green, today, just in case I see another person. I'm not too worried about my dogs pinching me. Besides, they are all orangish.

  10. Your clients wear me out. They just do.

    Love all the Irish quotes.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  11. Happy Saint Patrick's day to you, and thanks for laughs and thoughts and rubber band day too.

  12. You could write a book about all your quirky clients :) Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  13. Top of the morning to ya! Great job with the 56 words, I know it was a high number but you did great.
    Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

  14. Great post and Happy St Paddy's Day to you ~

    Be Well.
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. may st gertrude help each oh ewe catz find yur for everz home bye dayz end ☺☺☺♥♥♥♣♣♣

  16. A bit of Irish humour never goes astray. In the early 1900s my paternal grandparents came to Australia from the town of Armagh, Country Armagh, Northern Island.

    St. Paddy's Day came and went with little fanfare this year,but some of the stoic still celebrated! :)

  17. The Irish are the only culture that does not get angry if you make fun of them, just do not ever call them lairs...they do not lie,they embellish.

    Salt of the Earth fits the Irish culture.


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