Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Young People’s Problems, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post, Plus Wednesday’s Words


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 

When Bigger Girl called me late last week to tell me about the porch incident, she, as is usual for her, said something funny.  She told me, “Mom, all this happens to me, and I don’t even get a scar out of it, just a bruise.  Scars are stories, bruises are lessons, but I didn’t learn anything!”

Personally, i think falling through someone’s porch while trying to deliver them a pizza is quite a story.

Speaking of stories, #1 Son has an interesting one that makes me glad i am not young and trying to date in this day and age.  As best i remember, his conversation with his own manager at work went something like this:

Manager:  I need to talk to you guys.  Things are going to get interesting around here over the next couple of weeks.  Ella just told me that her roommate’s boyfriend tested positive for Covid-19, so her roommate has to isolate until her tests come back, and so does Ella.  If Ella tests positive, she will be out for the whole two weeks.

This also means that Harry, since you are Ella’s boyfriend, you need to leave now and go get tested, and if you come up positive, you can’t come back for two weeks.

[Insert #1 Son’s  name here], I need to see you privately.

#1 Son (after they are in the office with the door closed): What’s up?

Manager:  The news gets worse, and I didn’t want Harry to hear this, Ella is going to tell him herself.  You know Al, our other assistant manager?

#1 Son:  Yeah?

Manager:  Well, Ella was cheating on Harry with him, so he is out, too, possibly for two weeks, so you and I are the only managers.

#1 Son:  Oh, no!

Manager:  It gets worse.

#1 Son:  How?

Manager:  You know Carl, the other cook?

#1 Son:  Don’t tell me.

Manager:  Yes, he’s been with her, too, so he’s out until his test comes back or two weeks, so you and Greg are our only two cooks.

#1 Son:  Great.

Manager:  It gets worse.

#1 Son:  No!

Manager:  You know Blake the delivery driver?

#1 Son:  Don’t tell me!

Manager:  Yep, so we are down by a delivery driver/dishwasher, too.  And, of course, Ella being out means we are down a waitress and kitchen prep person.

#1 Son was laughing by the time he told me all of this, but it was not funny at the time, and it still isn’t for poor Harry.  #1 Son’s conclusion is that Ella will not come back at all, now that she has been found out she will be too embarrassed.  Also, since Harry has been talking about moving out of state to be with his dad but was staying here for Ella, he now has no reason not to move, and will get a good recommendation and find a restaurant management job where his dad is living.

Next time you are imagining being young again, remember what these young people have to deal with these days.

Anybody ready for some funny or interesting stuff  forwarded by Grandma?

Hope you all have a fabulous Tuesday!


This month, i am providing the prompts for Words for Wednesday.  As is my custom, i post the prompts on what is Tuesday for me to accommodate those in other time zones.  

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

This week's prompts are:




This week i am also adding the following archaic words which you may use or ignore:

mooncalf (a foolish person)
orts (scraps or remains)
fandangle (a useless or purely ornamental item)


Today is:

Accession Day -- Jordan (King Abdullah's accession to the throne in 1999)

Community Day -- LO, MU, Spain

Donald Duck Day -- his screen debut was today in 1934

La Rioja Day -- La Rioja, Spain

Magic Circles Day and Magic History Gathering -- marking the founding of The Magic Circle, a society of amateur and professional magicians      

Meezers' Colors Day -- celebrating the beautiful markings of Siamese (meezers) and other colorpoint cats

Murcia Day -- Murcia, Spain

National Heroes Day -- Uganda

National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day

Profess Your Love Day -- promoted by ecard companies which think you need to say "I love you" more often

Purple People Eater Day -- Sheb Wooley's hit reached #1 this date in 1958

Remembrance for Sigurd the Dragonslayer -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan (in some traditions called Siegfried)

Sjalvstyrelsedagen -- Aland Islands (Self-Governing Day)

St. Columbia of Iona's -- Celtic Christian, today is one of the luckiest days of the year to superstitious Highland Scots, especially propitious if it's a Thursday (Apostle to the Picts; Patron of bookbinders, poets; Ireland; Scotland; Pemboke, Ontario, Canada; against floods)

St. Ephraem's Day (creator of hymns; Patron of spiritual directors, spiritual leaders; Syria)

World APS Day -- spreading awareness of Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome   

World Pet Memorial Day -- some sites say this is always on June 10, others that it's always on the second Tuesday in June, but none can tell us where it came from or who started it that i can find

Anniversaries Today:

Japan's Crown Prince Naruhito marries Masako Owada, 1993
Nero marries Claudia Octavia, 53

Birthdays Today:

Natalie Portman, 1981
Johnny Depp, 1963
Michael J. Fox, 1961
Dick Vitale, 1940
Jackie Mason, 1928
Les Paul, 1915
Robert Cummings, 1910
Cole Porter, 1891

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Congo(Film), 1995
What's Love Got To Do With It(Film), 1993
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier(Film), 1989

Today in History:

Roman Emperor Nero commits suicide, 68
Odo of Aquitaine defeats the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse, 721
Jacques Cartier is the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River, 1534
The Harvard Corporation is established as the first corporation in the Americas, 1650
James Oglethorpe is granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia, 1732
The Congress of Vienna, forerunner of the League of Nations and the UN, ends with much of Europe's borders redrawn and settled, Switzerland's neutrality confirmed, and free navigation guaranteed on many rivers, 1815
Five hundred Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa and head west for Salt Lake City carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts, 1856
Alexandra Palace in London burns down after being open for only 16 days, 1873
China agrees to lease Hong Kong to Britain for 99 years, 1898
Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old housewife and mother from Hackensack, New Jersey, becomes the first woman to drive across the United States, 1909
Queen Elizabeth II officially opens London Gatwick Airport, 1958
Israel captures the Golan Heights from Syria, 1967
Secretariat wins the Triple Crown, 1973
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) opens its priesthood to black males after 148 years, 1978
The British lease of Hong Kong expires, 1997
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and NATO sign a peace treaty, 1999
In Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, six women were arrested for practicing driving in an empty car lot; women are banned from driving on the road, 2011
The World Health Organization suggests women delay pregnancy in areas where the Zika virus is very active, 2016
In the largest ever protest in the city of Hong Kong, over one million people gather to take a stand against new laws regarding extradition to mainland China, 2019 


  1. Ella seems to have been a popular girl, although I'm guessing that's no longer the case.
    interesting selection of words this week. orts is new to me.

  2. I agree your daughter's pizza delivery mishap sounds like quite a story to me.
    Ella doesn't sound like a very decisive young woman and obviously has problems with the word no.
    Thanks for the words. I will work on them and be back in a while. Possibly quite a while.

  3. That dog photo is just great.

    God bless.

  4. My, that is quite a story at that restaurant! Love the photos. The dog in bed and man on the floor is something we could see happening with our mom.

  5. Are you calling me archaic Messymimi? That is cruel of you. I know all of these words. Indeed my father often told me I was a mooncalf, and he also accused me of being a magpie with a lust for frivolity and fandangle. Orts was a word I learned here in the blogosphere. I marvel at the intrinsic beauty that can be encapsulated in an orts jar (MotherOwl take a bow). However I am going to confine these words to this paragraph, shut the gate on them and move on.

    Move on to something which fascinates me. From my quiet little corner I simply cannot understand the intense interest in our Monarch (and her peculiar family). It seems as if their slightest hiccup or sneeze is instantly front page news and their clothing, family feuds, tantrums, and private scandals get an unbelievable coverage in all the media. It is not that I wish them any harm, but their concerns/priorities are miles away from my own. I sometimes wish that we could dump them, throw off the outdated shackles and reduce our dependence on this outdated form of Government. And then I think of America and shiver...

    1. When i see what famous people have to endure now, i am the one who shivers. There's no way i would want to live in that glass fishbowl.

    2. No arguments from me. I couldn't live like that either. And fortunately don't have to.

    3. I agree about the fishbowl, but I do like having a monarch. In a way it is nice to know others have some of the problems we humbler people do.

    4. Oh, this is so good, EC. Your use of the prompts is as skilful as ever. It is interesting to me to read views from overseas regarding our Royals. Over here by and larger there are two camps - the lovers and the haters.

  6. Thank you for the Words for Wednesday, I have written, but the story won't post untill my Wednesday (UTC+01:00 and with DST - You do the maths yourself) ;)
    And the story of your son's place. Well SOAP was not an off the mark description of your family life, now as it :) Still I'm only teasing, I love to hear about your sligthly different from mine-livfe. My life seems boring!

  7. Oh my, Ella does get around. I laughed out loud. Sorry I just couldn't help myself.

    Love all the photographs. Especially the dad and his triplets. I said a huge Aw on that one.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  8. Ella gets around very well with her male colleagues. Cute photos of dad with his 3 babies, dog sleeping in the bed and the girl imitating the sculpture. Have a wonderful day.

  9. That was some story from #1 Son, Ella doesn't have time to work! Love those fun photos!

  10. Well it sounds like Ella is a very popular girl. I'm glad your son wasn't included in this mess. Thank GOD. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Hilarious and actually sad story. What was she thinking...oh yeah she wasn't! Good plan for Harry to move on! Take care!

  12. Agree ~ not a good time to be young ~ glad your son is ok ~ fun photos of the young ones ~

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

  13. I found that story so sad. What is wrong with Ella that she needs so much reinforcement of herself in her life. I know there were girls like that when I was young, fortunately I did not hang out with them I hope everyone stay healthy regardless of their morals.

  14. grandma shared some great photos today; it's hard to pick a fave this time.

    glad your daughter wasn't badly hurt ....whoa ~~

  15. The guy holding the three naked babies is looking for trouble. What's going to do when they all decide it's time to go to the bathroom? I can tell what he's not going to be...happy. lol

  16. I keep wishing I was young again and then I read your post. I'll stay 70 thanks.

  17. Bwahahahaha! What a story! Who says truth isn't stranger than fiction? Or more entertaining!
    And those pictures! Huge AWWWWWW!

  18. I was thinking you were setting up a joke-yikes! Sweet photos.

  19. Great blog! Happy Anniversary and Stay Healthy, Happy, and six feet apart! :( BUMMER!

  20. A couple of examples of true love here. :)

  21. My apologies, I only came here for the Words and I honestly don't have time to read the rest of your blog although I loved the story of the boy and his grandpa. Now to go and put my thinking cap on.

  22. Having negotiated a settlement with the dwarves which was not too exhorbitant, the thought of parting with so much gold made Alcalador shiver, after all, in common with most dragons, the smell of gold was enough to reduce him to a state of ecstasy and he would find losing any more than he had to a cruel penance for what he was about to do. He was, after all, monarch of all he surveyed and his survey included coverage of many a mile. He sometimes wished it was possible to put a gate across the cave entrance in order to confine his treasure trove. However, this would probably only advertise his existence to the mooncalf adverturers who sought to find his treasure and steal it from him. Whilst he was musing on these thoughts, Eleuthera arrived and looked every inch an attractive human woman. He requested her to turn her back and immediately turned into a stark naked man. However, he had stashed clothes near by so he dressed quickly adding all the modern fandangles that men of the day liked to wear. He told the witch she could turn round and she beheld a very handsome man with long black hair tied into a pony tail. His dark eyes sparkled with amusement as he walked forward with a throw away air. There was already a secret passage to the mountain cave which was known to very few and the handsome pair set off on their exploration. One thing which occurred to Alcalador, as they left, was that it was Sigurd the Dragonslayer Remembrance Day, he hoped this was not significant.

    1. I love this Jo. Of course. Mind you I suspect that Alcalador is more beautiful as a dragon than as a man (which might be my prejudices showing).

    2. Well of course he was Sue, but few of us would appreciate his natural form up close and personal.

    3. Excellent story! Are you going to write more? My hope is the dwarves don't get greedy, and the pair run into no trouble.

    4. Thanks messymimi, I have been writing my dragon story for a while now. I plan to continue if I can find the words LOL

    5. Well done, Jo. To be writing your own dragon story is a feat in itself, but to incorporate the WFW prompts at the same time - Wow!


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