This past Friday night was a long one after the electricity went out. By Saturday morning, we'd gotten very little sleep, but went to NOLA to clean for Grandma and Grandpa anyway.
Because her electricity went out also, Little Girl didn't wake up in time to bring Coda to us, so that's been rescheduled for this coming weekend.
After we got back, our neighbor came over to help us get the generator up and running. He has one just like it, and this is the first time that our electric has gone out and his has not. He knows the drill, and showed us everything we needed to know to get the spare one started. Then i went inside and flipped the transfer switch, and we were back in business.
Of course, you have to turn it off and refill it with gas every 6-8 hours, and then reset all of the clocks again, but that's better than no electricity in the heat and humidity.
Sunday after church i went to help Ms. S. While helping her, Sweetie called in a panic.
"You have to get home now, I need you! The breakers have flipped or something, there's no lights in the kitchen and I don't know what to do! You have to drop everything and come home now!"
After taking a calming breath, i told him, this means the electricity is back on, go flip the transfer switch in the box and then go turn the generator off, i'll be home soon.
He hung up and i am guessing he did what i suggested because he didn't call back and the electricity was running when i got there.
Reminds me of a joke i read years ago that said, Today's Prince Charming doesn't ride in on a white horse and rescue his Princess, he drives in behind the wheel of his Toyota and needs help with the payments.
Time for a few of the funnies Grandma sends me. Since this virus has abated somewhat but is not going away:
And for those of us getting older and feeling it:
Today is my annual check-up with Dr. BowTie. If you haven't had a check-up yet, do your family a favor and schedule it soon.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday!
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 the following somewhat archaic words
God’s acre—a churchyard
Weed—garment or outfit worn during mourning
Assassination of the Hero of the Nation Day/Prince Rwagasore Day -- Burundi (Commemorates the assassination of Prince Louis Rwagasore in 1961.)
Belfast International Arts Festival -- Belfast, Ireland (International arts festival; through Nov. 1st)
Clean the Crumbs Out of the Broiler Oven Day -- keep it working longer, and prevent a potential fire
Face Your Fears Day -- Stephen Hughes encourages you to use this as a day to try to do something you've always been afraid to do
Fontinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (garlanding of fountains)
H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadeg The Great Memorial Day -- Thailand
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction -- UN
International Skeptics Day -- while there are skeptic organizations around the globe, there's no documentation of this being celebrated internationally; maybe the creator of the day wanted us to be skeptical about it?
John Peel Day -- UK (in honor of his last broadcast)
Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day -- find information about this disease here
National M&M Day
National Yorkshire Pudding Day
Navy Establishment Day -- US
Runic Half-month Wyn (joy) begins
St. Colman's Day (Patron of horned cattle, horses, and those who are to be hanged; Austria; against death by hanging and plague; a blessing of horses and cattle is still held at Melk on this day)
St. Edward the Confessor's Day (Patron of kings, those in difficult marriages, separated spouses; the English Royal Family)
Train Your Brain Day -- spread around the internet by no one knows whom, but today is a good day to commit to doing what you can to keep your brain young
Founding of Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga. Tech), 1885
Cornerstone of the White House laid, 1792
US Navy is authorized by the Continental Congress, 1775
Sacha Baron Cohen, 1971
Nancy Kerrigan, 1969
Kate Walsh, 1967
Kelly Preston, 1962
Jerry Rice, 1962
Glenn Anton "Doc" Rivers, 1961
Marie Osmond, 1959
Chris Carter, 1957
Sammy Hagar, 1947
Pamela Tiffin, 1942
Paul Simon, 1941
Melinda Dillon, 1939
Nan Mouskouri, 1934
Jesse Leroy Brown, 1926
Lenny Bruce, 1925
Margaret Thatcher, 1925
Nipsey Russell, 1924
Yves Montand, 1921
Cornel Wilde, 1915
L. L. Bean, 1872
Rudolf Virchow, 1821
Mary Hays "Molly Pitcher" McCauley, 1754
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"(Play), 1962
"Kukla, Fran and Ollie"(TV), 1947
Today in History:
Nero becomes emperor, 54
The Vandals and Alans cross the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania, 409
Rabbi Issac Abarbanel begins his exegesis on the Torah, 1483
Jonathan Swift publishes the last of Drapier's letters, 1724
Charles Messier discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy, 1773
First publication of the "Old Farmer's Almanac", 1792
George Washington lays the cornerstone of the "Executive Mansion" (White House), 1792
Founding of B'nai B'rith, 1843
The first arial photo taken in the US, from a balloon over Boston, 1860
Eliezer Ben-Yehuda & friends agree to use Hebrew exclusively in their conversations, which begins the revival of it as an active and growing language, 1881
Greenwich, in London, England, is established as Universal Time meridian of longitude, 1884
Edward Emerson Barnard discovers D/1892 T1, the first comet discovered by photographic means, on the night of October 13–14, 1892
Ankara replaces Istanbul as the capital of Turkey, 1923
Premier of "Kukla, Fran, & Ollie", 1947
Fiji joins the United Nations, 1970
The first electron micrograph of an Ebola viral particle was obtained by Dr. F.A. Murphy, now at U.C. Davis, who was then working at the C.D.C, 1976
Ameritech Mobile Communications (now AT&T) launched the first US cellular network in Chicago, Illinois, 1983
End of the Lebanese Civil War, 1990
The 2010 Copiapó mining accident in Copiapó, Chile comes to an end as all 33 miners arrive at the surface after surviving a record 69 days underground awaiting rescue, 2010
In China, 23 elder members of the Communist Party of China call for ending the country's restrictions on free speech, 2010
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, 2016
Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history when she wins a record 25th medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, 2019