Tuesday, December 29, 2020

On Getting Fat and Other Fun Stuff, a 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 

Uncle J's birthday was back on Thanksgiving Day this year, and this is about the fourth time that has happened that his birthday and Thanksgiving coincided.  The first time we were teens, so i went and bought him a cookie cake with a turkey on it, and had it say, "A turkey for our turkey born on Turkey Day!"

He wasn't able to come down for Thanksgiving this year, but he did make it for Christmas (he isolated and tested before he came, and drove down instead of flying).  That's why i made extra hojaldras on Christmas Eve for his birthday gift.

When i gave them to him, he hefted the bag and said, "Wow, you made a lot!  Are you trying to make me fat?  I'm going to regain all the weight I lost!"  Laughing, i reminded him of how MawMaw always said that a fat baby is a healthy baby, and he responded, "But I'm not a baby any more, I'm an old man!  And you are even older!"

A couple of days later, he sent me a text message.  "I hate you for making me the hojaldras I'm almost finished already lol.  I'm going to gain so much weight.  Nice seeing you at Christmas, love ya."

Just goes to show that even snotty little brothers can grow up to be decent people eventually. ;)

 Okay, now for some fun stuff that Grandma forwards to me, starting with the painted floors:

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Constitution Day -- Ireland

Enjoying ESP Day -- internet generated, and it means eating, sleeping, and partying!

Fifth Day of Christmas

Illegal Pants Day -- commemorates Emma Snodgrass' arrest in Boston in 1852 for wearing pants

Kwanzaa, Day 4, Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

National Chocolate Again Day -- because someone, somewhere, believes it can't be chocolate something-or-other day often enough

National Independence Day -- Mongolia(1911, from the Qing Dynasty)

Paternoster Row Day -- in memoriam of the famous area destroyed by the Blitz this date and tomorrow in 1940

Pepper Pot Day -- Pepper Pot Soup was invented today in 1777 at Valley Forge for the army to have something warm to eat

Sacrifice to Zeus Horios -- Ancient Greek Calendar (sacrifice in the deme of Erichia; date approximate)

St. Gabriel's Day -- Ethiopia

St. Thomas of Canterbury's Day (Thomas a Becket, Patron of clergy, secular clergy; Exeter College, Oxford, England; Portsmouth, England)

St. Trophimus of Arles' Day (Patron of children; Arles, France; against drought)

Tick Tock Day -- end of the year is getting closer, stop putting off your dreams! sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Urdhyauli Parwa -- Nepal (a festival of the Kirati People, celebration of the animals annual migration down from the mountaintops)

Yodel in the Shower Day -- internet generated, and i promise not to tell if you do

Anniversaries Today:

J. Paul Getty, Jr., weds Victoria Holdsworth, 1994

Texas becomes the 28th US State, 1845

Birthdays Today:

Jude Law, 1972

Andy Wachowski, 1967

Bryan "Dexter" Holland, 1966

Patricia Clarkson, 1959

Paula Poundstone, 1959

Ed Autry, 1954

John Polito, 1950

Ted Danson, 1947

Marianne Faithfull, 1946

Jon Voight, 1938

Mary Tyler Moore, 1936

Thomas Edwin Jarriel, 1934

Klaus Fuchs, 1911

Billy Mitchell, 1879

Pablo Cassals, 1876

William Gladstone, 1809

Andrew Johnson, 1808

Charles Goodyear, 1800

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Thunderball(Film, UK release), 1965

"The Andersonville Trial"(Play), 1959

The Adventures of Kathlyn(Film, first movie serial), 1913

Today in History:

Thomas a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, is assassinated inside Canterbury Cathedral by followers of King Henry II; he subsequently becomes a saint and martyr in the Anglican Church and the Roman Catholic Church, 1170

The first nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston, 1782

Gas lights are installed at White House, during the Polk administration, 1848

The first Young Men's Christian Association chapter in the US opens, in Boston, 1851

Emma Snodgrass is arrested in Boston for wearing pants, 1852

The first telegraph ticker used by a brokerage house, Groesbeck & Co, NY, 1867

The Wounded Knee Massacre takes place, 1890

Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio), 1891

Mongolia gains independence from the Qing dynasty, 1911

The first movie serial, "Adventures of Kathlyn," premieres in Chicago, 1913

Fred P Newton completes longest swim ever (1826 miles), when he swam in the Mississippi River from Ford Dam, Minn, to New Orleans, 1930

Physicist Richard Feynman gives a speech entitled "There's Plenty of Room at the Bottom", which is regarded as the birth of nanotechnology, 1959

Filming began on Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey in England, 1965

Riots break-out after Hong Kong decides to forcibly repatriate Vietnamese refugees, 1989

Guatemala and leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Union sign a peace accord ending a 36-year civil war, 1996

Leaders of the Khmer Rouge apologize for the 1970s genocide in Cambodia that claimed over 1 million lives, 1998

The last known speaker of Akkala Sami dies, rendering the language extinct, 2003

Chaparrastique volcano erupts in El Salvador, 2013

The Ebola epidemic in Guinea is declared over by WHO, after 2,500 died over 2 years, 2015


  1. I wonder whether my brothers (all older than I am) think I have grown into a decent human being.
    Love Grandma's contributions but couldn't walk on any of those floors.

  2. Those floor painting are really .. well I miss words. Thank you!

  3. Giraffes do not exist. They are horses with their neck and legs stretched out.

    God bless.

  4. I'm glad you enjoyed Christmas.
    Didn't know pinkies are so important.
    Have a great Tuesday!

  5. That cat without matching parts is so funny. Love those painted floors too. Amazing what the eyes can do seeing things like that. Happy Tuesday, and keep taking good care of your "little" brother!

  6. Its nice to have your brother spending Christmas with you. I am okay with 3D painted walls but no thanks with painted floors because I wouldn't dare walk on them. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  7. That was a good story and WOW, those floors are pretty wild!

  8. I'm glad you got to spend Christmas with your birthday brother. I chuckled at his remarks.

    Love all the funnies and I didn't know the did you know stuff.

    Yikes on the floors. They are most beautiful, but I think I'd have physical issues trying to walk on them.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. ♥

  9. Mimi,

    Now that's cool, a self cleaning bathroom floor every time you flush or shower. :) That's really wild on the eyes. The deck on the pool cracked me up. lol Thanks for the giggles. I'm ready to kick the old year out the door and bring in a new one. Here's hoping 2021 is a great one for you, me, and the whole world!

  10. Unbelievable Mimi. It's scary just looking at the floor in the bathroom. All the pictures were fantastic. I just want to get rid of 2020. I hope that 2021 will give us a better year.

    Cruisin Paul

  11. Always a good laugh when I come here.

  12. The second one of the ripply rug would drive me nutso! Thanks for always making my day! YOU ROCK!
    Marv, Jo Jo, Kozmo, Cinnamon and Barb

  13. All that eating you'd think giraffes would look fat...I guess the long neck is slimming.

  14. That was a sweet story. Your brother sounds nice and I know you are too. Cool photos.

  15. I must be channeling a giraffe, thanks to Covid, I spend 70% of my day eating too.
    And I would definitely not want painted floors that would make me dizzy.

  16. Doesn't Thanksgiving fall on the same date every year? So Uncle J's birthday would always be the same? Or is it a moveable date like Easter?
    A good name for that cat would be Quilt, because of the patchwork look.

  17. It's fun when birthday's fall on a holiday. I have an April birthday so sometimes it falls on Easter. My husband and my two kids all have birthday's at the same time as I do so that's three more chances for Easter birthdays!