Sunday, February 28, 2021

It Usually Works That Way (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections


Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.

At Grandma and Grandpa's we were discussing people's ages, and how "none of us are getting any younger."  As usual, i find the expression odd, as it should be obvious that's true of everyone, even the babies born yesterday.

Clothile done be talkin' 'bout a frien' she done had in high school dat move away.  She done foun' de frien' online an' she tell Boudreaux, "I done be amaze when she done tole me her age!"

An' Boudreaux say, "Mais, if she done be de same age as you back in de high school, den she goin' still be de same age as you now!"


Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by Elephant's Child.    

 How about another flashback post:


Today is:

Car Keys and Small Change Day 

Dia de Andalucia -- Andalucia, Spain

DNA Day -- day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA

Februalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)

Floral Design Day -- a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School

Kalevala Day -- Finland (Finnish Culture Day)

National Chocolate Souffle' Day

National Science Day -- India

National Tooth Fairy Day - and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask

Nylon Day -- the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935

Peace Memorial Day -- Taiwan

Public Sleeping Day -- this one even has a wikiHow page 

Rare Disease Day -- International   

St. Hedwig of Poland's Day (Patron of queens)

St. Romanus' Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)

Teacher's Day -- Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen

Anniversaries Today:

University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787

Birthdays Today (followed by Feb. 29 Birthdays)

Ali Larter, 1976

Robert Sean Leonard, 1969

John Tuturro, 1957

Gilbert Gottfried, 1955

Bernadette, Peters, 1948

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith, 1945

Brian Jones, 1942

Mario Andretti, 1940

Tommy Tune, 1939

Gavin MacLeod, 1930

Frank Gehry, 1929

Svetiana Allilueva, 1926

Charles Durning, 1923

Zero Mostel, 1915

Earl Scheib, 1907

Milton Caniff, 1907

Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel, 1906

Vincente Minnelli, 1903

Linus Pauling, 1901

Ben Heckt, 1894

Charles Blondin, 1824

John Tenniel, 1820

Mary Lyon, 1797

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533

Antonio Sabato, Jr., 1972

Tony Robbins, 1960

Gretchen Christopher, 1940

Jack Lousma, 1936

Dinah Shore, 1916

Jimmy Dorsey, 1904

William Wellman, 1896

Herman Hollerith, 1860

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Golden Pond"(Play), 1979

"La Reine de Saba"(Opera), 1862

The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling(Publication date), 1749

Today in History:

Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty's rule over China, BC202

The first edition of Henry Fieldings' "Tom Jones" is published, 1749

John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784

The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827

Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838

Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849

The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870

The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885

The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893

Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897

Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922

DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935

Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940

In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947

James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953

The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954

The United States and People's Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972

Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980

GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997

First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998

Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004

Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007

Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut's grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010

Scientists announce they've been able to connect the brains of two rats so that they share information, 2013

The Caravaggio painting "Judith and Holofernes" (1607), lost for many years and rediscovered in an attic in Toulouse in 2014, is finally brought to auction, selling for to $171 million, 2019

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Big Events In My World, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


There are weeks where Thankful Day finds me with lots of separate things to list, and weeks where just a few events have made an impact.

Most of this week relates to Ms. S.  First, i had a brainstorm about her shopping.  The week i clean for Ms. RW, i don't have as much time to be with Ms. S on Tuesday.  If shopping needs to get done, it makes for a very long day, so this week i took the list and Ms. S's debit card with me on Monday afternoon and got to the store when it opened at 7am Tuesday, then went to Ms. RW's house, then to Ms. S.

It worked beautifully, no late afternoon crowds and i got almost everything on the list.

Ms. S has had more than her share of troubles this week, she's been so weak at times she couldn't even stand up.  She's had horrible "digestive trouble," and Sweetie said, "It's like cholera or dysentery, the disease doesn't kill you, the dehydration and depletion of electrolytes does."

Bingo.  She was supposed to receive a medication almost two weeks ago that the doctor ordered to help with this problem, and the insurance took extra time approving it, the pharmacy dropped the ball, she hasn't had it, and she's gotten weaker and sicker from dehydration and electrolyte depletion.  She got to where she was afraid to eat or drink, it would inevitably "set things off" with her digestive trouble.

When i called her daughter-in-law and told her all of this, the lights went on, the pharmacy got a call, her son came in town and made sure he got the medicine to her, and we have hope she may not be so far gone as we thought.  Lots of praying going on over this, if it doesn't help, she will be going to the 24-hour assistance place that she fears above all else.

Ms. G, my Wednesday lady, spent all of our "frozen week" feeding the birds even more than their usual rations.  She said, "They were pretty pitiful, and there were more of them than usual."

My first job this past Wednesday was cleaning out all of the spent seed from the porch and patio.  Then she put more seed out, and we both got the treat of getting to watch the sparrows and a female cardinal very shyly sneak in, one or two at a time, until there was quite a pretty little flock all feasting.  It's not often i get to stop and bird watch, it was lovely.

As we headed out to do the office and Ms. SE's house on Thursday, i am very thankful Sweetie remembered that he'd not yet put in his glaucoma drops before we left the neighborhood and got to the highway.  Next to remembering before you leave, remembering before you get too far away is a blessing and a thankful thing.

Finally, a fun thing for me.  Ms. RW's vacuum cleaner had a broken part she'd taped back together (it's been working fine like that for us for several weeks) and it needed new filters.  She'd bookmarked the parts she needed to order, and then decided to simply treat herself to a new vacuum cleaner and ordered it.

While i was there Tuesday, she told me it was due to arrive soon, and i asked her what to do with the old one.  She said to just throw it out, and i asked her if i could have it.

She said i could, and i asked her to forward me the info for ordering the part and the filters, since this model is discontinued it needs to come from Ebay.

The whole rest of the time i was cleaning, i was so excited!  Little Girl borrowed my vacuum over a year ago, so i've been back to sweeping carpets with a broom again since then.  When i told Ms. RW how excited i was to finally have another vacuum, she could hardly believe it, and she offered to order the parts for me herself, as a gift!

Until you've spent as long as i have sweeping carpets with a broom, you don't know how much a good vacuum cleaner means, and this is a good one.

All is well at the shelter, we are thankful kitten season hasn't started yet, it's a needed break.

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.   


Today is:

Aspirin Day -- Bayer received its US patent for the medicine on this day in 1900

Butter Lantern Festival -- Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)

Day of Selene -- Ancient Greek Calendar (goddess of the moon, date approximate)

Equirria -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Cavalry Horse Festival)

Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows/Gabriel Possenti (Patron of clerics, students, young people; Abruzzi, Italy; Catholic Action)

Full Snow Moon -- sometimes also called the Full Hunger Moon, as the most snow falls this month and finding food is hardest

     Meaka Bochea -- Buddhist (celebration of the final sermon of Buddha)

     Navam Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

     Spring Lantern Festival -- China (final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations)

     Tabodwe Full Moon -- Myanmar (month of Hta-Ma-Ne Feast, the harvest festival of Thanksgiving)

Guru Ravidas Jayanti/Magha Purnima -- CH, HP, HR, MP, and PB, India

Independence Day -- Dominican Republic(1844)

International Sword Swallowers Day   

Majuba Day -- South Africa (celebration of the Boers victory at Majuba Hill)

National Kahlua Day

National Strawberry Day -- no, i don't know why this isn't in June, when the berries are best; maybe the person who put it here had too much Kahlua

No Brainer Day - this day is for me! created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, "America's Premier Eventologist"

Open That Bottle Night -- time to finally drink that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion; after all, the final Saturday in February only comes once a year (sponsored by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal)   

Polar Bear Day -- as declared by Polar Bears International

Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day -- internet generated, and am i the only one who likes the idea?

Runic Half Month Tyr commences (cosmic pillar)

St. Galmier of Lyon's Day (Patron of locksmiths)

The Hop -- Fairy Calendar

Threepenny Day -- Eton College, England (By the last will of two Provosts in the 16th century, each boy receives a threepenny piece on this day -- enough to buy half a sheep back then.)

Anniversary Today:

African Burial Ground National Monument is established, 2006

Birthdays Today:

Josh Groban, 1981

Chelsea Clinton, 1980

Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, 1971

Grant Show, 1963

Adam Baldwin, 1962

Michael Bolton, 1953

Alan Guth, 1947

Mary Fran, 1943

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 1942

Howard Hesseman, 1940

Ralph Nadar, 1934

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932

Joanne Woodward, 1930

Ariel Sharon, 1928

John Connally, 1917

James Thomas Farrell, 1904

John Steinbeck, 1902

Gene Sarazen, 1902

Marian Anderson, 1897

David Sarnoff, 1891

Hugo La Fayette Black, 1886

Alice Hamilton, 1869

Ellen Terry, 1847

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807

Constantine I, 272

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"What Makes Sammy Run?"(Musical), 1964

"Road to Utopia"(Film), 1946

Today in History:

The first Russian Embassy arrives in London, 1557

The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland, 1560

Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci, 1626

Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I, 1670

The Pacific island of New Britain is discovered, 1700

Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire, 1812

The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti, 1844

Composer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine, 1854

Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland, 1861

The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships, 1870

Charlotte E. Ray becomes the first African American woman to earn a law degree, from Howard University, 1872

Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway, 1912

Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14, 1940

The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over, 1964

The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973

People magazine is published for the first time, 1974

U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated", 1991

A Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya, 2002

The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years, 2007

Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, 2010

Wikileaks begins releasing 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company, 2012

At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his farewell address, 2013

The smallest baby boy ever born who grew enough to be released from the hospital goes home from a Tokyo hospital, after an original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz), 2019

Doctors announce the world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia, 2019

Astrophysical Journal publishes the results of a study of the largest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy, 2020