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It's time to celebrate some wild, wacky and wonderful things that happen.
Like trying to find all of Carl's pillows so i can wash the pillow cases. The last one was finally located here:
|In the back of the car. No, there's no knowing why.|
Carl was digging in his freezer before work yesterday, commenting on how full it was, and how the door keeps popping open. When i told him i would try to rearrange it so it would close more easily, he said, "Nah, just tape it!" and went to look for duct tape.
On top of the freezer, i found lots of candy, some of it not well sealed, and then this under it:
Yes, instead of putting the candy away or sealing it, he puts the ant bait up there.
He will do something like that, and then ten minutes later, it's like you are talking to a different person. "This says you should wait and have your coffee at 9:30am," he told me. When i asked what it was about, he said, "The article says your cortisol levels are highest between 8 and 9 in the morning, and cortisol has an effect on how caffeine is absorbed, so you should wait until the cortisol levels go down to get the most out of your coffee."
We had a conversation about studies, and how they are done, and i told him about peer review and that you have to find out who did the study, and who published it. He said, "Okay, I'll ask my dad." Dad, Mr. L, has a PhD in chemistry, so i'm sure he will ask, and i'm sorry i won't be there to hear it.
Yes, he will tape his freezer shut, move the ant bait instead of sealing up the candy, look up and talk rather intelligently about studies on caffeine, and then this:
He wore two pair of underwear at the same time one day, both inside out. That's how i found them in the dirty clothes bin.
"Oh," he told me, "I'm wearing my Dad's shoes today."
When asked why, he responded with, "Because all of mine are worn out and don't fit right." When asked why he didn't buy more of his own, i got a blank stare. Then, "Well, Dad's fit!"
Here i thought only mothers had to worry about daughters borrowing their clothes.
On the way out the door, he said, "Where are the tweezers?" Upon my asking why he needed them at the last minute on the way to work, he said, "To pick up the trash!"
Why do i have the feeling he really does pick up trash with tweezers, even when he's wearing gloves?
Next, to Ms. PA's house. She will now be an every week client, as she suffered a compression fracture in her back while trying to take care of her husband, Mr. Jack. It's an awful thing, but yet a good thing, because now she is accepting help. Instead of just having me dust and vacuum (and i have evicted years worth of dust from some areas), i get to change the beds and clean the kitchen and bathroom.
Speaking of kitchens, this is her toaster:
Yes, with the old cloth cord, almost worn through. Then, i opened it to clean it and this is what came out:
That is at least one whole slice of toast worth of crumbs and pieces, and heaven only knows how long it's been building up. Scary.
Ms. S was not to be left out of the fun. She had this on the table next to her bed:
When i took it in and said, okay, i give up, what's with the safety pin on a sock? she said, "Oh, I pin that to my bathrobe and use it to carry things in!"
Instant extra pocket. Only she would think of that.
All right, how about some more fun stuff from Grandma:
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Abolition Day -- Mayotte
Babe Ruth Day -- anniversary of the day dedicated to him in 1947 by every ball field in the US and Japan
Freedom Day -- South Africa
Full Pink Moon -- a/k/a Full Sprouting Moon, Grass Moon, Egg Moon, White Moon, Virgin Moon, and Fish Moon; in other traditions
Bak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Tagu Full Moon -- Myanmar
Furze-Hopping Event -- Fairy Calendar
Hanuman Jayanti -- Hindu (celebration of the birth of Lord Hanuman; local dates may vary)
Independence Day -- Sierra Leone(1961); Togo(1960)
King's Birthday / Koningsdag -- Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Netherlands, and Sint Maartin); Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba
Matanzas Mule Day -- remembering the only casualty of one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, a mule in the village of Matanzas, Cuba
Morse Code Day -- birth anniversary of Samuel Morse
National Prime Rib Day
National War Veterans Day -- Finland
Resistance Day/Day of the Uprising Against the Occupying Forces -- Slovenia
School Bus Driver's Day -- these longsuffering drivers put up with a lot, thank a school bus driver today!
St. Zita of Lucca's Day (Patron of butlers, domestic servants, homemakers, housemaids, lost keys, maids, manservants, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, servants, servers, single laywomen, waiters/waitpersons/waitresses; against losing keys)
Tell a Story Day -- US (no history of origin, although celebrated in many libraries)
The Ennead Sail Through the Land -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Theravada New Year -- Buddhist (through tomorrow; dates and length of celebration can vary locally)
World Graphic Design Day
Write An Old Friend Today Day -- a real letter, in the mail, remember how exciting it is to get those?
Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach, 1981
Cornell University is established as New York's land grant institution, 1865
Patrick Stump, 1984
William-Alexander, King of the Netherlands, 1967
Sheena Easton, 1959
Ace Frehley, 1951
Cuba Gooding, Sr., 1944
Earl Anthony, 1938
Sandy Dennis, 1937
Anouk Aimee, 1932
Casey Kasem, 1932
Coretta Scott King, 1927
Jack Klugman, 1922
Walter Lantz, 1900
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Jessie Redmon Fauset, 1882
Ulysses S. Grant, 1822
Samuel Morse, 1791
Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759
Edward Gibbon, 1737
Suleiman the Magnificent, 1495
"Chips with Everything"(Play), 1962
"Le roi de Lahore/The king of Lahore"(Opera), 1877
"Roméo et Juliette"(Opera), 1867
"L'africaine/The African Woman"(Meyerbeer Opera), 1865
Today in History:
Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu, 1521
Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar, 1539
Cebu is established as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, 1565
The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10, 1667
The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, 1773
Beethoven composes Für Elise, 1810
US troops capture the capital of Upper Canada, York (present day Toronto, Canada), 1813
The Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid, 1840
The establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria is prohibited, 1857
The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons, 1865
In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races, 1950
Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship, 1960
Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, 1961
Expo 67 officially opens in Montreal, Canada, 1967
Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse, 1981
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed, 1992
Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history, 1992
Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, 1992
The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote is held, 1994
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10 is received, 2002
The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France, 2005
Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City, 2006
Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia, 2007
The wives and children of former Osama bin Laden are deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, 2012
North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end the Korean war and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, 2018