Tuesday, August 18, 2020

More Fun Than We Can Shake a Stick At, a Random, Happy, Word Counting Award 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: 60
It was submitted by:  Diane at On the Border

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

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

Let's start with my contribution for Word Counters, which because it will be about Carl should also count as Random and at least a little Happy:

Yesterday, i arrived at the house and Carl's vehicle was not there.  Usually that means he has gone out to buy his breakfast, which he does on occasion.  Not this time, the car was in the shop.  He was busy trying to warm up his leftover IHOP pancakes in the toaster oven.  Trust me, that's really not a good idea.

It seems like it should work, though, right?  Well, unlike the frozen pancakes from the store, IHOP pancakes crumble in the toaster oven.  By the time we rescued the pancake, and he sat there eating one bite with syrup, one with strawberry jam, one with blueberry jam, then back to syrup, i was left trying to uncrumb the toaster oven.

Then it was lunch making time.  He decided on a salmon salad sandwich, with canned salmon, mayonnaise, and capers.  He counted the capers, there were seven.  To round out lunch we added a quarter of a red apple left from a previous lunch, a quarter of a green apple, also leftover, seventeen grapes and a bottle of mango iced tea.

Just for fun, i decided to inventory what was in Carl's pockets before doing his laundry.  Three Tums, each bitten in half, two anti-gas pills, one tube of hydrocortisone cream missing the top, one work glove, half an energy bar with a rubber band holding the wrapper closed, but he has learned to put his change in the coin sorter!

Moving on from Carl stories, i am honored to have been nominated for The Inspiration Blogger Award! by Ms. Purrseidon.  

1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
2. Answer their questions.
3. Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
4. Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
5. List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
6. Provide the link of the award creator of Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award as Rising Star from Ideal inspiration  

Thank you so much, Ms. Purrseidon!  Here are her questions and my answers: 

1. Do you have any advice to the new bloggers?
Write about what you love and don't quit.  Read other blogs, make friends, and you will find your group of friends.

2. Do you have any hobbies? 
Just reading -- if i could, i would read all day long.

3. Do you have any tips for a good life?
Love G-d and love people.  It's that easy and that complicated.

4. What two things make you happy? 
Faith and family.

5. What inspires you to write?
Words, phrases, images, things that happen, anything can become a reason to write and tell a story.

Now, whom to nominate?  How about Ms. Karen and Ms. Diane, my Word Counter friends!  (There are others i could nominate, but i think Purrseidon already did.)  Please don't feel obligated, ladies, but you are both inspiring and funny.  If you decide to accept, here are your questions to answer:

Who is your favorite writer, and what is that person's best book in your opinion?
Are you more inspired to write by what you hear in conversation, what you see, or what you read?
When are you at your best, mornings or evenings?
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
What is one cuisine you have never tried but want to?

And now for some of those great things Grandma passes along to me:

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Bad Poetry Day -- Wellcat Holidays suggests you get back at your high school English teacher for making you read all that "good" poetry; get together with friends, write some truly awful stuff, and mail it to him/her!

Long Tan Day a/k/a Vietnam Veterans Day -- Australia

Mail Order Catalog Day -- the first one was published by Montgomery Ward this day in 1872, and was only one page (Do yourself a favor and opt out of the doggone things, save a few trees: www.catalogchoice.org )

National Ice Cream Pie Day

National Science Day -- Thailand

National Soft Ice Cream Day

Serendipity Day -- and it's here serendipitously! begun by writer Madeleine Kay, it's the day to step out of routine, do something you've always wanted to do, and see what happens

St. Agapitus' Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)

St. Helena's Day (Mother of Constantine the Great; Patron of archaeologists, converts, difficult marriages, divorced people, dyers, empresses, nail smiths, needle makers; Birkirkara, Malta; Helena, MT, US; against fire and thunder)

Toge-Pogling Season begins -- Fairy Calendar (Toges are normally pogled in groups of five or six, depending upon the size and strength of the individual Poge)

Birthdays Today:

Andy Samberg, 1978
Malcolm-Jamal Warner, 1970
Christian Slater, 1969
Edward Norton, 1969
Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, 1962
Madeleine Stowe, 1958
Patrick Swayze, 1952
Elayne Boosler, 1952
Martin Mull, 1943
Robert Redford, 1936
Roberto Clemente Walker, 1934
Roman Polanski, 1933
Luc Montagnier, 1932
Rosalynn Carter, 1927
Shelley Winters, 1920
Greta Garbo, 1905
Max Factor, 1904
Meriwether Lewis, 1774
Virginia Dare, 1587 (first English child born in the Americas)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Private Lives"(Play), 1930
"Iphigénie"(Racine's dramatic tragedy), 1674

Today in History:

Founding of the oldest known Roman temple to Venus, BC293
Rome is occupied and plundered by Visigoths under King Alarik I, 410
Death of Genghis Khan (fell from his horse), 1227
A Portuguese ship drifts ashore in the Japanese province of Higo, 1541
The Boston, Massachusetts Evening Post begins publishing, 1735
Eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, 1834
Pierre Janssan discovers helium, 1868
German engineer Karl Jatho allegedly flies his self-made, motored gliding airplane four months before the first flight of the Wright Brothers, 1903.
Mayor of Tokyo Yukio Ozaki presents Washington, D.C. with 2,000 cherry trees, which President Taft decides to plant near the Potomac River, 1909
A Great Fire in Thessaloniki, Greece destroys 32% of the city leaving 70,000 individuals homeless, 1917
19th US Amendment ratified (gives women the vote), 1920
Premier of The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The first commercially produced oral contraceptives are marketed, 1960
James Meredith becomes the first black person to graduate from the University of Mississippi, 1963
Steve Biko is arrested at a police roadblock under the Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967 in King William's Town, South Africa. He would later die of the injuries sustained during this arrest bringing attention to South Africa's apartheid policies, 1977
Massive power blackout hits the Indonesian island of Java, affecting almost 100 million people, 2005
Columbia's Chiribiquete National Park expands to 3 million hectares from 1.2 million hectares, becoming one of the Amazon's largest protected zones, 2013
Civilian researchers led by Paul Allen re-discover the USS Indianapolis 18,000 feet below the Pacific surface, 72 years after it was sunk by Japanese torpedoes, 2017
Food matter found in the 3,200 year old tomb of Ptahmes, an official of Memphis, Egypt, is confirmed to be cheese, the oldest evidence yet of cheesemaking, 2018


  1. I LOVE the climbing bears and pandas :)

  2. The fashion hints that grandma passes on are right on the money.
    Congratulations on your award.

  3. Hehe, I love grandma's funnies. Your story is as always entertaining, and you deserve that award, congratulations.

  4. Oh my goodness, those human photos are crazy, but the animals are super cute! Thanks for a morning smile.

  5. Thank you for thinking of me with this award!
    And I have to admit, Carl sounds very entertaining (and a bit dangerous when left to his own devices!

  6. Pancakes don't really make good leftovers. Love those funny pics!!!

  7. You have two client that dance to a different drummer. Carl I could handle. He's fun.

    I love all the funnies. Those are great comparisons.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  8. The fashion comparisons are funny. Have a great week.

  9. carl is enjoying life !!! the panda photo is awesome; I wonder if the entire tree is actually lined with panda or if this is just fun photo shop !! :) ☺☺♥♥

  10. Clver story and I loe all the Grandma photos! Take care and have fun every day!

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  12. Fortunately, Husby has discovered the Air Fryer, which reconstitutes left-over pancakes beautifully! Hallelujah, no more cleaning out the toaster!
    I've often thought it would be interesting to do a blog about the things we find in someone's pockets. Or someone's purse for that matter. What would those contents say about them? Three half tums? Half an energy bar? Half a pair of gloves? What does that say about Carl? ;)

  13. Carl is more fun than the Dr. :)
    Congrats on your well deserved award. XO

  14. I hope Carl gives thanks that he has you to have him from himself. A day of celebration for me - it's Bad Poetry Day.

  15. Mimi,

    What's with all these halves? lol I'm stumped on why you have to decrumble the toaster oven. Didn't Carol put the pancakes on the baking tray? Some of those funny comparison photos had me in stitches but oh golly that woman with the zebra striped stretchy pants nearly caused me to break a rib! Please why doesn't someone say, "Girl, are you sure you should be wearing that?"


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