Saturday, October 23, 2021

A Birthday Ten Things of Thankful

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This week, Thankful Day coincides with Sweetie and Brother-in-Law's birthday.  How old are they?  Old enough to know better, of course.  (That's what i say about anyone who is over 21, and they are 68.)


Lots of thankful stuff happened this week but i'll recap next time.  Meanwhile, i'm thankful:


Sweetie is still crazy after all these years.


The two of them have that weird twin thing that's fun to watch.  If you've ever been around twins, you know what i mean, and if not, it can't be described.  Just go hang out with twins and you'll get it.


They're really great musicians.


Sweetie's a great husband, and Brother-in-Law is, well, a brother-in-law, but it's okay, we're used to it (and he has a sense of humor so doesn't mind being gently teased).


Both are hard workers.  Brother-in-Law is still working full time, and Sweetie part time (but looking for a full time job in a music store, there's a possible one coming up, let's hope!)


Both have a vibrant spiritual life and love Jesus.


They are both very, very grateful to have vision, considering all the difficulties with their eyes, and i'm thankful, too, that they can still drive themselves where they want to go.


Now that i'm working so much, Sweetie cooks for himself!


Every day is an adventure.


Their birthday is a good excuse to make peanut butter and butterscotch crispy rice treats.


(Make your crispy rice treats as you usually would, with cereal and butter and marshmallows, adding 1/3 C peanut butter and a package of butterscotch chips as the marshmallows are melting.  It was one of their mom's many specialties.)



Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Dyanne and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   



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Today is:


Canning Day -- get that harvest preserved!  on the birth anniversary of Nicholas Appert, the French chemist who devised modern canning


Chulalongokorn Day -- Thailand (Rama V Day)


Commemoration of the Paris Peace Agreements of 1991 -- Cambodia


Day of the Macedonian Revolutionary Struggle -- Republic of Macedonia


Dia Nacional de la Aviacion -- Mexico (National Aviation Day)


Festival of Forgotten Gods -- so we don't offend anybody, i guess?


Festival of Selket and Ceremony of Thoth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)


Finding of King Look Under Your Mattress Jubilee -- Fairy Calendar


Gormánuðr -- Old Icelandic Calendar (beginning of "Innards Month," after all the animals have been butchered and fresh innards figure predominantly in the menu, as the rest of the meat has been preserved for winter)


Liberation Day -- Libya


National Boston Cream Pie Day


National Day / Republic Day -- Hungary


National Mole Day -- US Chemists; from 6:02AM to 6:02PM, in honor of Avogadro's Number, 2021 theme, "HaMOLEton"     


St. John of Capistrano's Day (Patron of judges, jurists, military chaplains)

     Swallows Depart San Juan Capistrano Day -- after today, in spite of what you think, the natives will tell you that bird is not a swallow


TV Talk Show Host Day -- the way some of them behave, do they deserve a day? Well, I guess everyone is good for something, even if only for being a bad example!  This one is for the birth anniversary of Johnny Carson, who certainly deserves recognition


Ueno Tenjin Matsuri -- Mie, Japan (festival and parade of oni gyoretsu -- demons or ogres -- dating back to the 16th century and said to halt plague, dispel illness, and ward off bad luck; through the 25th)



Birthdays Today:


Keith Van Horn, 1975

Al Leiter, 1965

Dug Flutie, 1962

Randy Pausch, 1960

Nancy Grace, 1959

"Weird" Al Yankovic, 1959

Martin Luther King III, 1957

Dwight Yoakam, 1956

Ang Lee, 1954

Michael Crichton, 1942

Pele' 1940

Chi-Chi Rodriguez, 1934

Johnny Carson, 1925

Frank Rizzo, 1920

Gertrude Ederle, 1906

Gummo Marx, 1893

Adlai Stevenson, 1835

Nicholas Appert, 1752



Debuting/Premiering Today:


The iPod, 2001

"Shadowlands"(Play), 1989

"Pippin"(Musical), 1972

"Barefoot in the Park"(Play), 1963

Dumbo(Disney animated film), 1941

"The Fred Allen Show"(Radio), 1932

"The Squaw Man"(Play), 1914

"In Old Kentucky"(Play), 1893 (ran for 27 seasons)

"Prince Igor"(Opera), 1890



Today in History:


According to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher and based on the Bible, Creation begins, BC4004

Second Battle of Philippi, Brutus defeated by Octavian and Marc Antony, Brutus commits suicide, BC42

The Jews of Barbados are forbidden from engaging in retail trade, 1668

A revolt is held in Haarlem after a public ban on smoking, 1690

First Jewish prayer books printed in the US, 1760

The Continental Congress approves a resolution barring blacks from the army, 1775

Failed coup against the Emperor Napoleon, 1812

The first plastic surgery is performed, in England, 1814

72 Senators are summoned by Royal Proclamation to serve as the first members of the Canadian Senate, 1867

The New Orleans Mint reopens as an assay office, 1876

The First National Horseshoe Throwing Championship is held in Kellerton, Iowa, 1915

The first North American transcontinental air service begins between New York City and Los Angeles, California, 1929

Husband and wife Dr. Carl Cori & Dr. Gerty Cori are awarded joint Nobel Prizes, 1947

An underground earthquake traps 174 miners in the No. 2 colliery at Springhill, Nova Scotia, the deepest coal mine in North America at the time; only 100 were rescued, 1958

A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ends the Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria, 1973

Emperor Akihito becomes the first Emperor of Japan to stand on Chinese soil, 1992

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement, 1998

Apple unveils the iPod, 2001

The US CDC announces that, if current trends in diet and exercise continue, by 2050 1 of 3 American adults will have diabetes, 2010

To bolster their relationship, China and India sign a new border defense agreement, 2013

The world's oldest intact shipwreck, an ancient Greek vessel 2,400 years old, is found at bottom of the Black Sea by archaeologists, 2018

The world's longest sea-crossing bridge, the Hong Kong Macau Zhuhai bridge, is opened, 2018

Friday, October 22, 2021

Tocktober, Enigma SissyCat (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i'm going to believe it's because he likes cats.

He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it's simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee's page for the rules and the code.


 It's still Tocktober, and Charismatic Enigma SissyCat agreed to pose but only if i didn't make her get off of her box in the corner that made it hard to get a photo in the first place...









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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      


Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:




1. My go-to place to purchase ______ is _________________.


2. _______________________immediately improves my mood.


3. I think _________ is really spooky.


4. I wish I had a magical potion for _________.





1. My go-to place to purchase   cat litter  is   Wal-Mart, since i only use their clumping brand, Special Kitty.  It works and it's the best value i've found for the stuff.


2. Prayer  immediately improves my mood.   Especially the "give me patience!" prayers when driving (i say a lot of those!).


3. I think   coming home alone late at night to a dark, empty house  is really spooky.


4. I wish I had a magical potion for   making everyone follow The Golden Rule (treat others the way you would want to be treated in that circumstance).



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Today is:


Abu Simbel Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (along with Feb. 22, the day when the sunlight fell perfectly on the statues of Ramses, Ra, and Amun at the temple complex)


Caps Lock Day -- celebrating life in screaming CAPITALS (i'd include a link to the promo site, but it's rather annoying)


Clean Up the Earth Day -- begun because having only one Earth Day a year doesn't give enough emphasis to the amount of work that needs to be done


Color Day -- a day to consider how color affects your life, health, and world


Eat a Pretzel Day -- unclaimed sponsorship; does anyone else suspect that pretzel makers know how to spread stuff around the internet, too?


International Stuttering Awareness Day -- information here     


Jidai Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Festival of the Eras or Festival of the Ages)


National Knee Day -- take care of your knees, and they will take care of you!


National Nut Day -- UK & US (also now celebrated around the world) (launched by Liberation Foods CIC, a fair trade nut company, urging us to celebrate fairly traded nuts and swap out a nut based burger for a meat based meal, at least for today, or grab a handful of nutritious almonds or walnuts or your own favorite mix; if you don't like nuts, you can just choose to go be one, instead) 


Provincial Anniversary Day -- Hawke's Bay, NZ


Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar


Smart is Cool Day -- and i don't know who started this one, but i'd say someone tired of being made fun of for being a bookworm


St. Mary Salome's Day (Patron of Veroli, Italy)


Ventiane Boat Racing Festival -- Ventiane, Laos



Anniversaries Today:


John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope, 1978

Toastmasters International founded, 1924

The first Metropolitan Opera House in NYC opens, performing Faust, 1883



Birthdays Today:


Carlos Mencia, 1967

Valeria Golino, 1966

Brian Boitano, 1963

Jeff Goldblum, 1952

Deepak Chopra, 1946

Catherine Deneuve, 1943

Jan De Bont, 1943

Annette Funicello, 1942

Tony Roberts, 1939

Derek Jacobi, 1938

Christopher Lloyd, 1938

Timothy Leary, 1920

Joan Fontaine, 1917

Robert Capa, 1913

Curly Howard, 1903

George Beadle, 1903

N. C. Wyeth, 1882

Sarah Bernhardt, 1844

Franz Liszt, 1811



Debuting/Premiering Today:


"Me and Bessie"(Musical), 1975

"Take Me Along"(Musical), 1959

"The Far Off Hills"(Play), 1928



Today in History:


The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire, 362

Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto), 794

Battle of the Southern Fujian Sea, Ming Dynasty wins a victory against the Dutch East India Company, 1633

Princeton University is chartered, 1746

Andre-Jacques Trim becomes the first sky diver, parachuting over Paris from a balloon, 1797

Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas, 1836

First telegraph line linking US east and west coasts of the US is completed, 1861

First concert performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881

World's first automobile dealer opens in London, 1897

President Hoover gives the "American system of rugged individualism" speech, 1928

The FBI ambushes Pretty Boy Floyd, 1934

First commercial flight from the mainland to Hawai'i, 1936

Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor, 1964

A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada, 1964

The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus, 1975Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it 

is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs, although the dye is still used in Canada, 1976

Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms, 2005

A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama, 2006

India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, 2008

North Korea gives the US permission to search for the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War, 2011

Six Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, 2012

The Parliament of the UK approves the Brexit deal to leave he EU but refuses the legislation to fast track it to meet the Oct. 31 deadline, 2019