Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Being Practical, or Not, for the 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.  http://stacyuncorked.com

Conversation at my house:

mimi:  C’mere, doofus!

Sweetie:  Who are you talking to?

mimi:  That crazy cat.

Sweetie:  The cat’s name is not “Doofus”.

mimi:  It is when I can’t remember the cat’s name!

(Don’t you hate when you can’t remember names?)

The other day, at the MallMart, i noticed a stack of a particular item on the clearance rack.  Yes, of course, i always check the clearance rack.  Anyway, i picked one up and checked the price.  It was the same as always, but on a clearance tag.

Hey, MallMart, here’s a note for you, if you haven’t lowered the price, it’s not really on clearance.

Dr. D greeted me yesterday with the TV tuned to the news at full volume and her at a near panic.

“What are we going to do?” she kept saying.

About what?

“About the rioting?”

There’s been no rioting here.  In fact, at the protest on Sunday, there were no barricades up and not a single person even trampled a plant in the gardens around the capitol building.

“But how are we going to protect ourselves if they start rioting here?”

Um, since we don’t live near the capitol, or in a large business area, how about stay indoors and don’t go near the protests?

“Well, yes, I guess that will work.”

Sometimes a PhD in economics is no match for a degree in practical janitoring.

Ready for a few pictures found heaven only knows where?

Hope everyone has a fabulous Tuesday!


This month, i am providing the prompts for Words for Wednesday.  Since it is Wednesday somewhere in the world by now, i am posting the prompts, and will have them again with my story tomorrow. 

You can write your story on your blog and leave a link here, or write your story in the comments, your choice.

Pick words from one list, or both, use them all, or use none.  The whole point is to get us writing, so please have fun with it!





Today is:

Coronation Day -- United Kingdom

Coronation Day and Social Forestry Day -- Bhutan (anniversary of  the coronation day of the Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the 4th Druk Gyalpo, in 1974, and the day children plant trees)

Festa della Republica -- Italy (National Day/Feast of the Republic)

Festival of Light and Dark Spots -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Utter Confusion -- an internet declared holiday, and this is the one for me!

Hristo Botev Day -- Bulgaria (poet and national hero who fell fighting the Turks this day in 1876)

"I Love My Dentist" Day -- no one will claim starting this one, so it makes me suspicious

Isabel Province Day -- Isabel Province, Solomon Islands

National Bubba Day -- created by comedian T. Bubba Bechtol for Bubbas everywhere to have their day

National Leave the Office Earlier Day -- sponsored by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, who urges people to maximize productivity so they can leave the office earlier every day

National Rocky Road Day

St. Blandina's Day (Patron of girls, people falsely accused, torture victims; Lyon, France)

St. Elmo's Day (a/k/a St. Erasmus; Patron of ammunition workers, boatmen, childbirth and women in labor, explosives workers, mariners, navigators, ordnance workers, sailors, watermen; Gaeta, Italy; against abdominal pains, appendicitis, birth pains, childhood intestinal disease, colic, danger at sea, intestinal disorders, seasickness, stomach diseases, storms)

Yell "Fudge" at the Cobras in North America Day -- at noon, your local time, because according to Wellcat Holidays, cobras hate fudge and will not stay if we mention it

Anniversaries Today:

U.S. President Grover Cleveland marries Frances Folsom, 1886 (only president to wed in the executive mansion)
Elizabeth II is crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Her Other Realms and Territories & Head of the Commonwealth, 1953 (the first major international event to be televised)

Birthdays Today:

Justin Long, 1978
Zachary Quinto, 1977
Queen 'Masenate Mohato Seeiso, Queen consort of Lesotho, 1976
Wayne Brady, 1972
Wentworth Miller, 1972
Joel Tobeck, 1971
Dana Carvey, 1955
Gary Grimes, 1955
Dennis Haysbert, 1954
Diana Canova, 1953
Cornel West, 1953
Jerry Mathers, 1948
Marvin Hamlisch, 1944
Charles Haid, 1943
Stacy Keach, Jr., 1941
Charlie Watts, 1941
Sally Kellerman, 1937
Milo O’Shea, 1926
Johnny Weissmuller, 1904
Hedda Hopper, 1890
Sir Edward Elgar, 1857
Thomas Hardy, 1840
Marquis de Sade, 1740
Martha Dandridge Custiss Washington, 1731

Today in History:

The Vandals enter Rome and begin 2 weeks of plundering, 455
The First Siege of Antioch ends when Crusader forces take the city, 1098
The first Récollet missionaries arrive at Quebec City, from Rouen, France, 1615
Bridget Bishop is the first person to go to trial in the Salem witch trials in Salem, Massachusetts, 1692
The Derby horserace is held for the first time in Epsom, England, 1780
P. T. Barnum and his circus start their first tour of the United States, 1835
The Slavic congress in Prague begins, 1848
Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his early radio device, 1896
U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signs the Indian Citizenship Act, making Native American Indians withing US territories and states US citizens, 1924
Lou Gehrig begins his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, 1925
In a referendum, Italians vote to turn Italy from a monarchy into a Republic, and exile their king, Umberto II di Savoia, 1946
The USSR and Yugoslavia sign the Belgrade declaration and thus normalize relations, 1955
Surveyor 1 lands in Oceanus Procellarum on the Moon, becoming the first U.S. spacecraft to soft land on another world, 1966
Pope John Paul II visits his native Poland, becoming the first Pope to visit a Communist country, 1979
The Bhutan Broadcasting Service brings television transmissions to the Kingdom for the first time, 1999
Europe launches its first probe to voyage to another planet, Mars, 2003
The World Health Organization announces the E. coli strain responsible for the 2011 E.coli O104:H4 outbreak had never before been isolated from patients, 2011
The US Congress passes new legislation to reform National Security Agency procedures, restricting gathering of phone records, 2015
One hundred volunters in Bhutan set a world record for tree planting, setting out 49,672 in 1 hour, 2015


  1. wonderful wonderful post! I love the photos you chose to use! Cheers and take care!

  2. Love the pictures, the dog up on a chair afraid of four tiny kitties, the cutlery display :)

  3. Commonsense and intelligence are often poles apart.
    Love the photos too.
    It is still Tuesday here, but I hope to get to your prompts early tomorrow.
    Thank you for providing them.

  4. Love the cutlery ... cutting edge.

    God bless.

  5. Such a good post. Funny pictures, common sense (INtelligence and wisdom are separate entities), and the prompts - I've been waiting, so thanks for posting early - at least my early. It's still Tuesday AM here. That time business is hard on my poor head.

  6. I've just picked up your prompts - help! My mind has gone AWOL but I hope I can come up with something. Great pictures - I really like the palm tree. Some people are so inventive, aren't they. Have a Happy Tuesday.

  7. Okay, I don't think a garden in the dashboard is too practical! Mom used to work at a country club and they did all sorts of fancy stuff with napkins and silverware, but the palm tree is really neat! Happy Tuesday!

  8. Your story was a riot and those photos were all terrific!

  9. The photos you shared makes me smile. It is sad to see rioters destroying public properties.

  10. I love your conversations with your clients. Or their logic most of the time. Great entertainment.

    Love all the funnies. Neat way to spread out the silverware too. Brilliant.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  11. It was a tough trial but the defense tried to recover ground for the “holiday killer’ Here he sat all rational in court. Outside union heads battled crowds who wanted to collect big time, waving banners with sensational headlines.

    1. Spacer Guy: I am so pleased to see you joining us again. And recognise the reality of your story.

    2. Well done, thanks for participating!

  12. I am notorious for making up names for our pets.

    I always check the clearance aisles/bins, but do expect a lower price. Shame on them.

    I have often run across "educated" people who have very little common sense. I think it's a good idea to have both.

    Love the pictures... the one with the silverware is amazing.

  13. We thought we had a UNION of spirit, people and ideas in this grand democracy. How delusional that notion turned out to be. Whatever RATIONAL visions we had were dispelled by the election of one perverted, miserable, mean-spirited, insensitive boor. He wasn't even qualified to lead. Didn't have any kind of credentials to administer and navigate the difficult channels of a democracy. That was obvious from the moment he mused about running, everyone knew what he stood for. He didn't have a shred of decency. Yet we elected him anyway.
    GAFFE followed gaffe.The HEADLINES were a constant litany of greed, racism, homophobia, sexism, and mean spirited rhetoric. Anyone who disagreed with him was blasted; honest media was labelled fake news. The GLOBAL PERCEPTION of our country took hit after hit. Our glorious non-leader considers it no sin to use the state to bolster his own FINANCES. Nothing is WRONG as long as it benefits him. No SIN is too heinous, no lie too outrageous.
    Yet we elected him. We still flock to his rallies by the thousand.
    Will we ever RECOVER from this? I doubt it it. Conditions have been changed forever.
    As we try to COLLECT ourselves, and try to make sense out of chaos, disorder and injustice, we finally have to admit that the HOLIDAY is over.
    We have unleashed forces that are going to be hard to control. And many of us despair.
    Yet we elected him. Fair and square in a democratic vote. One vote, one time. Doesn't always work out, does it?

    1. David M. Gascoigne: Sigh. Scary and dispiriting times. And a skilful use of the prompts.

    2. Thank you for participating, you were very skillful in your use of the words.

    3. Well said - you nailed it.

  14. Unique photos for sure ~ favorite is the dog and cat one ~ Yep ~ Mrs D ~ common sense is needed ~

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

  15. oh course de cat onez R fave !!!! N de gurl saw itz... leeve de office earl lee day... sew her will due just that N when de bozz askez why herz gonna say mimi said her could ;) ☺☺ =^..^= ♥♥♥

  16. I am taking a holiday from the news. Is it a gaffe or a rational decision? Perceptions vary. I have thought long and hard about this and have finally made a choice. My choice. Others will undoubtedly tell me I am wrong. Tough. If I am to hate the sin and not the sinner I need to step away and collect my thoughts.
    A glance at any headline is more than enough to convince me that we are doomed. That the world is in global decline. That finance and the economy is more important than kindness.
    I simply cannot cope. If I focus on my own actions and remember that there is a union of people who feel as I do I will be able to recover my equanimity.
    I cannot change the world but I can change myself. And I will.

    1. Well done, Sue. Your stories always have a meaning, they always make me think. And you have such a great way of working the prompts into a concise narrative that always packs a punch.

    2. Very well said, and thank you so much for continuing to organize the words for Wednesday.

    3. I empathise with your feelings, EC, we are living through sad and difficult times. I'm sending you a virtual hug. Well done for writing such an eloquent piece and using the prompts so cleverly.

  17. Oh my goodness Mimi. I have the worst thing for forgetting name. I say " What do you call it " or Whose that person " so many times. See ya, what's your name? LOL

    Cruisin Paul

  18. I always call my cats the wrong names. I often wondered what kind of Dr. she is. Cool photos. I like the dashboard garden.

  19. That dog with the kittens made me laugh! He looks so frightened by them. The dashboard cactus garden, so much fun over here. The forgetting the names, I did that with our kids too! With puppies and Leo I am forever calling someone by a different name. But if I say treat they could care less. The greedy little stinkers! Always a pleasure to be here. Thanks for sharing. HUGS


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