Tuesday, October 20, 2020

One of Those Mornings and Funnies, a Random and Happy Tuesday Word Counter's 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 

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: 68

It was submitted by:  yours truly

Here are the links to the other Word Counters posts, check them out!

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                  

Carl had one of "those" mornings.  The kind where you are putting on your belt for work and it breaks, the buckle end coming undone from the little shaft it was attached to.  Being Carl, he wanted to try glueing it; instead i encouraged him to grab one of the other 3 he has.  And i told him trying to find glue would cut into his exercise time.

Later, when talking to Ms. V about it, she noted that Mr. L's previous colleague has just invented a new very special award winning glue that is now out on the market, and it just might do the trick, she would ask him about it.  Now you know where Carl gets that throw-nothing-away attitude.  The apple did not fall far from the tree on that score.

It was the kind of morning where you figure out, when looking for your keys, that you locked them in the car the night before while cleaning the car out.  Off for the spare key we went, only to find that the last time he locked himself out of the car and used the spare, he'd put it on the wrong hook.  Heart in your throat moments there.

Then the debate over what to take for a snack.  He had a sandwich ready, and a peach, but wanted something else.  He'd bought a bag of Halloween candy, so i offered him a box of Nerds.  No, they spill and get everywhere.  Okay, Laffy Taffy.  Nope, it has cholesterol and gives him gas, and he's out of gas pills.  No, i haven't read that scientific study yet, either.

The whole time we were getting him ready for work, i would turn to look for him and have to look down.  He was dropping to the floor to do his push ups and his sit ups at every opportunity.  This was interspersed with, of course, dancing around the room and grabbing the kettlebell to do arm exercises.  As is usual, his breakfast was a sight to behold.

Not shown, the milk, prunes, and tea i'd already put back in the fridge.

Once done with Carl's, i went to Ms. PA's house.  Mr. Jack, who cannot remember my name, asked his wife, "What's this lady here to do again?"  Smiling, i told him i was going to dust his room.  He smiled back and said, "Well, dust the places you'd like to, and the places you wouldn't like to, but let the old man get out of the way first!"

Okay, time for some of the stuff that Grandma forwards to me.

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


It's my month to provide the prompts for Words for Wednesday.  Since it becomes Wednesday in some parts of the world while it is still Tuesday here, i am providing the prompts today, so you can work on them and post them when it's Wednesday where you are.

This week's prompts are:







and/or one or both of the following phrases:

short end of the stick

goody two-shoes


Today is:

Birth of the Bab -- Baha'i

Feast of Agios Gerasimos -- Kefalonia, Greece (celebration of the patron saint of this Ionian island, with religious services followed by dancing and feasting)

Feast of No Excuse For A Feast Day -- internet generated, if you have no other excuse to celebrate something today, use this one

Festival of Ebisu -- Japan (the laughing god, who is the only one available this month, as the 8 million other gods of the pantheon gather at the Grand Shrine of Izumo; traditionally on 20th day of 10th month of the lunisolar calendar)

Information Overload Awareness Day -- we all get bombarded, take stock of how it affects you; sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group   

Installation of Scriptures as Guru Granth -- Sikh

International Juan Valdez Appreciation Day -- internet generated, yet as we sip our morning wake up brew, let's remember the hardy souls who pick the beans for us!

Mashujaa Day -- Kenya (National Day/Kenyatta Day)

Miss American Rose Day -- with online only pageants devoted to high achievement and community service for girls and women of all ages, Miss American Rose suggests treating all women in your life like beautiful roses and performing community service with them

National Brandied Fruit Day

National Day on Writing -- US (sponsored by National Council of Teachers of English)   

National Pharmacy Technician Day -- because pharmacy technicians "Help America Feel Better" 

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity   

Revolution Day -- Guatemala

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

St. Acca's Day (Patron of learning)

Suspenders Day -- probably begun by the same people who wanted to see if you would observe Wear Something Gaudy Day and Dress Like A Dork Day

Vuelta a Espana -- Spain (the third of cyclings' prestigious Grand Tours; through Nov. 8)

World Osteoporosis Day -- International Osteoporosis Foundation 

Anniversaries Today:

Clint Black marries Lisa Hartman, 1991

William Shatner marries Marcy Lafferty, 1973

The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973

Aristotle Onassis marries Jacqueline Kennedy, 1968

Birthdays Today:

John Krasinski, 1979

Dann Gillen, 1967

Viggo Mortensen, 1958

Danny Boyle, 1956

Keith Hernandez, 1953

Tom Petty, 1953

Melanie Mayron, 1952

Tom Petty, 1950

Jerry Orbach, 1935

William Christopher, 1932

Mickey Mantle, 1931

Joyce Brothers

Art Buchwald, 1925

Fayard Nicholas, 1914

Bela Lugosi, 1882

Charles Ives, 1874

Charles Dewey, 1859

James Robert Mann, 1856

Arthur Rimbaud, 1854

Christopher Wren, 1632

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Six Million Dollar Man"(TV), 1973

"No Time for Sergeants"(Play), 1955

"Vor Sonnenaufgang/Before Sunrise"(Hauptmann play), 1889

Today in History:

The first Crusaders arrive at Antioch, 1097

The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace), Bolivia, is founded, 1548 

Battle of sekigahara sets Tokugawa clan as Japan's Shoguns, 1600

Maria Theresa of Habsburg becomes ruler of Austria, Hungary, and Bohemia, 1740

Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, is approved in Habsburg Monarchy, 1781

US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase, 1803

The U.S. and U.K. sign the Convention of 1818, which, among other things settles the U.S. - Canada border at the 49th parallel for most of its length, 1818

First Edition of London Sunday Times, 1822

Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday in the US, on the 4th Thursday of November each year, 1864

P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome featuring "The Greatest Show on Earth" opens in NYC, 1873

The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched, 1910

The first Negro League World Series is held, the KC Monarchs shut out the Hilldales, 5-0, 1924

United States of America and Pakistan establish diplomatic relations for the first time, 1947

The Nepal Stock Exchange collapses, 1971

The Sydney Opera House opens, 1973

BM-PC DOS Version 2.1 released, 1983

US accuses Microsoft of violating law by forcing IE browser on computers, 1997

European astronomers announce the discovery of 32 extrasolar planets, 2009

Atronomers announce that galaxy UDFy-38135539 is the most distant object observed from Earth, around 30 billion light-years, 2010

Muammar Gaddafi, and his son Mutassim Gaddafi are killed shortly after the Battle of Sirte, 2011

Pollution is linked to 1 in 6 deaths worldwide or 9 million in 2015 in a report published in "The Lancet", 2017

Qantas Airlines runs a first test flight of its new 787 Boeing Dreamliner, flying from New York to Sydney in 19 hours, 42 minutes, 2019


  1. Thanks for the words :)
    Carl sounds like a fun character, he would certainly keep anyone on their toes.
    I love that image with the storm clouds, lightning and a double rainbow.

  2. Carl sounds like a handful. A new glue? I hope it works.
    Please thank grandma again for me. She gives you some wonderful images to share.
    And thank you for the prompts.

  3. Is that photo of the injection for real?

    God bless.

  4. Oh man, you have the patience of a saint with the people you work for and help. Those funnies were great! Thanks for some laughs! Have a happy day!

  5. You sure do have to think on your toes with all of those different personalities you have to deal with. I am kinda interested in hearing more about that glue, to tell you the truth.

  6. Your Grandma sends you the best photos and funnies! And lately I think we've been overloaded with information! Cheers and have a lovely day!

  7. Oh my, Carl is such a wonderful person to give you lots of blog fodder. Okay, most of your clients are. I don't know how you keep up.

    Love all the funnies. We all need more humor in our lives.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  8. Sounds like Carl had a tough day! Hope easier days are ahead. I love all your funny pictures. Love the one about the cockroach! xoxoxo

  9. Hahahaha! This sounds like every. Single. Day. Getting my kids ready for school. Gahhh! LOVE the funnies. (I think I'll see if I can find me a portable cockroach...)
    Happy Feast for No Reason Day!

  10. carl has more for breakfast than anyone, me thinks !!! ☺☺☺

    the photo of the beach is absolutely amazing; do you know who captured it ??

  11. Thanks for the WfW, I hope to see some fine stories tomorow. And thanks to you and Grandma for the funnies. We need those!

  12. That really was quite the morning! Those funnies sure were good!

  13. Great story, Carl is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the funnies too. :)

  14. Thanks for the smiles. I particularly like...love...the cat photo. :)

  15. Fun post and wonderful cat photo too ~ ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)