Tuesday, December 15, 2020

On The Way Home, a Random and Happy Word Counters 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: 33

It was submitted by:  Karen at Baking In A Tornado


Links to the other Word Counters posts:

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                  

Bigger Girl is on her way home from California for Christmas.  She and her friend Frieda are catching a ride with Tasha.  Tasha has driven across the country, camping at parks, several times.

She has been sending me texts, and the occasional email.  "Hey, mom, in a few days Tasha and Frieda and I will be driving home for Christmas.  It's safer than flying, Covid-wise."

"Also, we'll get tested before we go, and then mostly stop at campgrounds along the way.  We're stopping at the Grand Canyon.  I'll send pictures!  Don't tell Grandpa, though, he'll be worried sick."

A few days later, "About to leave for Nevada.  Gonna be staying in Creepy Clown Motel, next to an abandoned cemetery.  Will take pictures!"  My response was, "Why does this not surprise me?"

The latest was this email, "Hey mom, didn't know if you got my text. My phone screen is broken and won't come on, so I sent you a text from a friend's phone."

No, i had not received the text.  She continued, "Please let Grandpa know that I am currently out of contact but alright."  This means another phone bites the dust; it lasted 4 months.

And now for some of the stuff Grandma sends me:

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Alcyone -- Ancient Greek Calendar (kingfisher goddess; date approximate, but during the Halcyon Days)

Bill of Rights Day -- US

Cat Herders Day -- for those whose job or life is like trying to herd cats; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Centipede Boot-Making and Shoe-Repair Season begins -- Fairy Calendar

Consualia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival for Consus, god of graineries, with games and races in the Circus Maximus in his honor)

Coonskin Cap Day -- debut of "Davy Crocket" on TV's "Disneyland" in 1954 (and the original Davy Crockett hated the things, by the way)

Homecoming Day -- Alderney, UK

Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Pvorusleikier -- Spoon-licker, who tries to steal all the wooden spoons he can find

Kasuga Wakamiya on-Matsuri -- Nara Prefecture, Japan (dates to the 12th century, to pray against plague and for a good harvest; through the 18th)

Koninkrijksdag -- Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba; Sint Maarten (Kingdom Day)

National Lemon Cupcake Day

National Regifting Day -- be careful here!

Navidades begin -- Puerto Rico (traditional Christmas celebrations that last through Three Kings Day)

Setagaya no Bori Ichi -- Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan (a two day flea market that dates back to 1578)

St. Nino's Day (Patron of Georgia)

Trivial Pursuit Day -- honoring Canadians Chris Haney and Scott Abbott, who created the game on this date in 1979

Zamenhof Day -- International Esperanto Community

Anniversary Today:

Sylvester Stallone marries Brigitte Nielson, 1985

Birthdays Today:

Adam Brody, 1979

Garrett Wang, 1968

Helen Slater, 1963

Nick Beggs, 1961

Don Johnson, 1949

Dave Clark, 1942

Tim Conway, 1933

Edna O'Brien, 1931

Friedensreich Hundertwasser, 1928

Uziel "Uzi" Gal, 1923

Jeff Chandler, 1918

Stan Kenton, 1911

J. Paul Getty, 1892

Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof, 1859

Alexandre Gustave Eiffel,1832

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Gone With the Wind(Film), 1939 (Atlanta only, general release Jan. 1, 1940)

"Song of the Forests"(Shostakovich Op. 81), 1949

"Charlie Girl"(Musical), 1965

Today in History:

Byzantine general Belisarius defeats the Vandals, commanded by King Gelimer, at the Battle of Ticameron, 533

Hulagu Khan captures and destroys the Hashshashin stronghold at Alamut in present-day Iran as part of the Mongol offensive on Islamic southwest Asia, 1265

Bartholomeus Diaz returns to Portugal after sailing round Cape of Good Hope, 1488

The State of Holland grants patent on a windmill with crankshaft, 1593

The first US law school is established at University of Pennsylvania, 1791

The first Irish magazine in US, Shamrock, is published, 1810

The first street-cleaning machine in US is used in Philadelphia, 1854

The King of Hawaii becomes the first reigning king to visit the Us, and is received by President Grant, 1874

The London Underground's Great Northern, Piccadilly and Brompton Railway opens, 1906

Bandleader, Major Glenn Miller, is lost over English Channel, 1944

Gemini 6A, crewed by Wally Schirra and Thomas Stafford, is launched from Cape Kennedy, Florida; four orbits later, it achieves the first space rendezvous, with Gemini 7, 1965

Samoa becomes a member of the United Nations, 1976

U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will recognize the People's Republic of China and cut off all relations with Taiwan, 1978

The 3rd reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant is shut down, 2000

The Leaning Tower of Pisa reopens after 11 years and $27,000,000 to fortify it, without fixing its famous lean, 2001

Boeing's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its maiden flight from Seattle, Washington, 2009

The Mayor of Flint, Michigan declares state of emergency over contaminated water supplies amid calls for a criminal investigation, 2015

Egyptian Archaeologists announce the discovery of a 4,400 year old tomb of Fifth Dynasty priest in the Saqqara pyramid complex near Cairo, 2018


  1. Great job with the number!
    Ohmyword, Bigger Girl sounds like my Theatre girl! Maybe it’s a good thing they live half a continent apart! ;)
    Happy coonskin cap day!

  2. The photos you publish here are always so cheerful. Thank you Mimi.

    God bless.

  3. You always have a bit of drama. And your Bigger Girl's trouble is the reason I do not have a smartphone, but make do with a dumbphone - they just last longer ;)
    Thanks for the funnies.

  4. Thank Grandma. Again.
    Does it count if I have the same thought 12,000 times?
    I hope Bigger Girl stays safe. And that her phone can be fixed.

  5. That picture of Frosty shopping his nose is hilarious!
    I hope there's s quick way to fix Bigger One's phone issues.

  6. LOL, Frosty is so funny. Love those tulips in the snow. Good funnies as always. Bummer with the phone. Maybe if she has to pay for new phones herself she will be more careful, or get her a basic old style flip phone since they are more durable, that may also show her to take better care of the good expensive ones. Hope she is home safe soon.

  7. Wonderful to have your kids back for Christmas. Cute Frosty. Have a wonderful week and stay warm and safe.

  8. Yepper, we'd tell Bigger Girl to buy whatever phone she can afford. Those pictures are terrific but I'd sure not nap way above the rocks!

  9. Love the Blog Hop and I even entered my post from today. Was glad to be reminded that I need to order bananas for my next grocery pick up.

  10. So glad that you'll get to see Bigger Girl and that she's being safe.
    Oh, and according to that meme grandma sent, I need to go out and buy a whole bunch of bananas.

  11. Bigger Girl is hard on phones for sure. I'm glad she's okay. She's having fun.

    Love all the graphics. The airplane one is amazing.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday, my friend. ♥

  12. I LOVE coming to visit! There are so many interesting things! There are too many to pick just one!
    Love Barb

  13. Mimi, I loved the picture about the flower on the snow. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  14. Your daughter sounds like a lot of fun. I like Frosty picking his nose. :)

  15. I love the tulips on the snow. So clever. But then, they are all so clever!

  16. I didn't have a lot of thoughts today, just one, repeated over and over and over again: "No, you can't hit them..."
    (I think you may have missed "National Leave Your Brain At Home Day"...)

  17. How many phones does Bigger Girl go through? Mine seem to last me years and years.
    I love the spring flowers painted on the snow.


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