Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Jobs and Handymen and Lost Keys, a Word Counters 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.  

Part of today’s post is also a writing challenge. This is how it works: one of the contributing bloggers picked a number between 12 and 74. The submitted number is a challenge to participating bloggers to write at least one piece using that exact number of words. 
This month, the word count number is: 34
It was submitted by:  yours truly (me!)

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out! 

Bigger Girl is enjoying California and interviewing for jobs.  So far, her favorite and the one she hopes to get is being trained as a crematorium operator.  That actually sounds right up her alley.

This is the child who dressed in Goth black not because she wanted to be Goth, but because small children scare her (it's an Asperger autism thing).  She claimed it made moms avoid her!

She took delight, when dressed that way, in holding doors open for people, smiling at them brightly, and cheerfully telling them, "Have a blessed and beautiful day!"  She relished the startled looks that caused.

Links to the other Word Counters posts:

Baking In A Tornado                   

On the Border                              

Dr. D, as is her usual wont these days, was on a tear from the moment i walked in.  "Handyman Shay is coming, we have to hurry up and be ready for him!"  (She was dressing up, taking her curlers out, and had colored her hair the night before.  No clue why she was doing all of this for the handyman.)

"We have to set all of these little flags out 10 feet from the house, and I can't find the measuring tape, but here's a 2 foot ruler, can you measure ten feet and get these set up?"

Upon reminding her that he would have a measuring tape of his own, and would need precise measurements, she said, "I know, but I want to do this before he comes to he can get an idea of what I'm talking about.  Here, put the tablecloth on the outdoor table, and set up the blueprints.  Oh, and I lost the spare key to the car, so keep an eye out for it, I drove home with it Friday so it has to be here somewhere.  Also, the cats need food and water, and I bought this tire gauge, go measure the tires I think something is wrong with the sensor.  But wait, don't do that until you get to the cats, but first the measuring!"

Once Handyman Shay came, i went indoors and spent almost 20 minutes in relative peace and quiet, and actually got a whole lot done.

He'd brought his dad, Mr. Cal, along to help, so i went out to say hello to him.  He and his wife attend the Sunday evening small group, and I have not seen them since the whole stay home orders started.  When i told him to tell his sweetheart that i miss her and send my greetings, he said, "How do you know her?  Oh, you mean my wife!"

Mr. Cal is one of the funniest storytellers you would ever wish to meet, and i really needed to hear that joke from him.  Once he and Mr. H at the small group get started, there is no stopping them as they've been friends 40+ years and play off of each other and can keep a room roaring with laughter.

When Dr. D is on a tear, you need the laughter.  She calmed down once all of the consulting about the house was done and she could come in and sit on her heating pad.

Everything got done except finding that doggone key.  For all i know, it could be under the pile of files on the bed.  Or the pile of files on the table, or the papers strewn about by the computer...

Unless she threw it away by accident, like everything else in that house, it will turn up, when we are least expecting it.

How about more group pictures Grandma sent, and a few funnies she passed along:

Hope everyone has a fabulous and blessed Tuesday!


Today is:

Coldest Day Ever -- the lowest natural temperature ever recorded on Earth was -89.2 *C (-128.6 *F; 184.0 *K) at the Soviet Vostok Station in Antarctica on this day in 1983

Feast of Damo -- Ancient Greek Calendar (keeper of secrets of philosophy; daughter of Greek sages, Pythagoras and Theano, date approximate)

Independence Day / National Day -- Belgium(1830)

Kazanskaya -- Russia (Feast of Our Lady of Kazan)

Lakota Sun Dance -- Lakota Native Americans (festival of the sun god Wi, with offerings to Maka (mother earth) and Haokah (father sky), both aspects of Creator Tukaskanskan; dating approximate, as outsiders are usually no longer allowed at these multi-day ceremonies)

Liberation Day -- Guam (1944; from Japan)

Lucaria -- Ancient Roman Calendar ("Feast of Clearings", with prayers said as land was cleared for planting)

National Junk Food Day

No Pet Store Puppies Day -- ASPCA sponsored this day in previous years, and while i can't find a confirmation of another campaign, you can still Take The Pledge to not shop at any pet store that sells puppies, because they are almost certainly from puppy mills 

Racial Harmony Day -- Singapore

Schoelcher Day -- French West Indies; Martinique (Schoelcher worked for abolition)

St. Lawrence of Brindisi's Day (Patron of Brindisi, Italy)

St. Praxedes' Day (Patron of single laywomen)

Touch Hammer's Birthday Bargain Day -- Fairy Calendar

Tug-Of-War Tournament Day -- if you have a problem with someone today, solve it with an old fashioned tug-of-war!

Anniversary Today:

Philippe of Belgium is crowned King of Belgium, 2013

Birthdays Today

Hatty Jones, 1988
Josh Hartnett, 1978
Justin Bartha, 1978
Lance Guest, 1960
Matt Mulhern, 1960
Jon Lovitz, 1957
Michael Connelly, 1956
Robin Williams, 1951
Garry Trudeau, 1949
Cat Stevens, 1948
Kenneth Starr, 1946
Tony Scott, 1944
Edward Herrmann, 1943
Janet Reno, 1938
Norman Jewison, 1926
Don Knotts, 1924
Kay Starr, 1922
Isaac Stern, 1920
Marshall McLuhan, 1911
Ernest Hemingway, 1899
John Joseph "Johnny" Evers, 1881

Today in History

Herostratus sets fire to the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, BCE 356
A tsunami devastates the city of Alexandria, Egypt, 365
The first landing of French troops on the coast during the French invasion of the Isle of Wight, 1545
Twenty-four-year-old Scottish physician and explorer Mungo Park became the first European to see the Niger River, the third longest river in Africa, 1796
In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown, 1865
At Adair, Iowa, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang pull off the first successful train robbery in the American Old West, 1873
Louis Rigolly, a Frenchman, becomes the first man to break the 100 mph (161 km/h) barrier on land, driving a 15-liter Gobron-Brille in Ostend, Belgium, 1904
In Dayton, Tennessee, high school biology teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class and fined $100, 1925
Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission, 1969
After 11 years of construction, the Aswan High Dam in Egypt is completed, 1970
The world's lowest temperature is recorded at Vostok Station, Antarctica at -82.9*C (-129*F), 1983
The fully restored USS Constitution (aka "Old Ironsides") celebrates her 200th birthday by setting sail for the first time in 116 years, 1997
NASA's Space Shuttle program ends with the landing of Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-135, 2011
India scraps a proposed tax on feminine sanitary products after a campaign by activists, 2018


  1. I do admire your patience.
    And please thank Grandma - from me, and no doubt a lot of others too.

  2. Great photos and smiles today, Mimi. Thanx.

    God bless.

  3. You have a lot of patience to do your work, that is for sure. The photos were good, the quotes even better! Happy Tuesday!

  4. You daughter sounds like a hoot. I'd love to meet here and I've never been afraid of anyone dressed in Goth.

    Dr. D. is a mess. There I said it. I know she pays you well though so that's a good thing and you seem to roll with the punches.

    Loved all the funnies and my favorite one is the iPad one. Didn't see that coming.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  5. We're not afraid of goth either, just so there isn't fireworks. Great story and great pics and funnies.

  6. Love all the animal photos ~ and fun post ~ Xxx

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. I'm wishing your daughter luck, I hope she gets the job she wants.
    I am really starting to feel like I know Dr. D after reading about her so frequently.
    And I just love all of your pics, they always make me smile.

  8. I do hope your daughter gets her dream job! Sounds fascinating! I don't know if I could deal with Dr. D though. I think you are amazing!
    Those funnies were hilarious! Just the lift I needed today!

  9. I just love the stories about you daughters. I'm just amazed about their mother. Heeeeeee heeeeeee.
    Have a great day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  10. the funnies today are great; and best fishes to your daughter, 984 paws crossed she gets her job
    { goth by the way total rox !!! ☺☺☺♥♥♥ we LITERALLY ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows ~~~~~

  11. Mimi you are such a blessing. I Love your story of Bigger Girl! My father taught us never to judge a book by it's cover. I have always believed what he said to be so true. I will pray she gets the job she wants. You always offer smiles and such a good time here. I truly needed it today. Thank you so very much. HUGS xo

  12. Love the story about Goth dressing and the response at the door... I get a similar response when I wear "biker" gear. Meh. I about lost it with the Little Debbie comment!!! :D


  13. love all the animlas and birdies lined up! Cheers and man o man you needed a breather from all those orders!

  14. bieing a creamatorium perator sounds interesting

  15. I am glad there are people that want to do that job like your daughter. Dr. D sure keeps you on your toes.
    I love the fly joke :)