Tuesday, May 18, 2021

It Started and Ended With Laundry, a Random and Happy Tuesday Word Counters Post, Plus Wednesday's Words


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: 22

It was submitted by:  Karen of Baking in a Tornado

Here are links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them out! 

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                  

Arriving at Carl's place on Monday mornings, i never quite know what i am in for, a mild muddle or major meltdown.

Yesterday, it was Defcon 5, with a laundry back-up.  He'd gotten a load into the dryer, but it never quite got dry.

The next load got washed, set on the counter to fall off and get stepped on, and more put in the washer.

Meaning i arrived to find wet, spoiled laundry, along with the usual mess and mayhem.  His mom just shuts the door now.

He asked me to help clean out the car, which is a project in itself.  Only if we have time, i said.

We never do have time.  By the time he finishes breakfast and takes a shower, he barely makes it out the door.

He asked me to find the Beano, in the car.  A search found two empty boxes and an empty bottle.  No pills.

Upon informing him, he said, "Well, they fell out of the bottle, and I wiped them off and left them to dry..."

No, we did not find any Beano.  Whatever might have been left of it, i most likely do not want to find.

He turned the radio on KLove (Christian radio) and started talking about a song they've been playing, "Fires" by Jordan St. Cyr.

"I can understand G-d with us in storms, but in fires?  I don't know about that," he said.  "I don't get it."

St. Peter talked about the fiery trials we go through, i told him.  And remember Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the furnace?

That seemed to satisfy him, as he said, "Trials can be storms or fires."  He really does think deeply about such things.

Later, at Ms. PA's house, Mr. Jack was asking the home health aid to make lunch.  "She spoils you!" Ms. PA said.

He smiled, saying, "If I can get along with three ladies that I like, I'll be as spoiled as I can get!

The toilet seat riser purchased after Ms. PA hurt herself was in the laundry room, and i asked if it needed cleaning.

"No, I'm not using it any more," she said.  "I just don't like it.  You can't wipe yourself sitting on that thing!"

This is one of those cases where i am just going to take her word for it and leave it out there.

Ms. S was in fine form when i got there.  The TV had been off all day, the cable trucks were everywhere.

Folding laundry, i asked about a dress that is one of her favorites.  It has been "loved to death," having several holes.

"Hang it up!" she said, "I promise I won't wear it out of the house now that it's more holey than righteous!"

Now that i have done 21 sentences of 22 words each, let's finish up with a couple of PSA's, courtesy of Carl. 

This is why you take your mask off before using dental floss:

Always make sure you have some dental floss everywhere, as you never know:

If Carl has been digging in the butter with his fork, it is now his butter and goes in his refrigerator:

 Now a few from Grandma:

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


It's my month to provide the prompts for Words for Wednesday.  Since it becomes Wednesday in some parts of the world while it is still Tuesday here, i am providing the prompts today, so you can work on them and post them when it's Wednesday where you are.

This week's words are:







and/or one of more of the following obsolete words

beef-witted (slow-witted; having a heavy, ox-like intellect)

fudgel (to goof off while pretending to work)

groak (to silently stare at someone while s/he's eating, in hopes of being invited to join in)

tittynope (a small quantity of something left over)


Today is:

Apollon Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)

Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay

Flag and University Day --  Haiti

HIV Vaccine Awareness Day/World AIDS Vaccine Day    

I Love Reeses Day -- as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago   

International Museum Day -- International Council of Museums (ICOM)   

Moonbeam Hopping Gala -- Fairy Calendar

National Cheese Souffle Day

National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)

No Dirty Dishes Day -- spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, break out the paper plates just on this day

Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day -- Somaliland Region, Somalia

Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day -- Turkmenistan

Shavuot -- Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown)

St. Eric's Day (Patron of Sweden)

St. Theodotus' Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)

Visit Your Relatives Day -- if they are great, go have fun; if awful, go remind yourself why you moved so far away!

World Goodwill Day -- commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899

Anniversaries Today:

Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152

Birthdays Today:

Tina Fey, 1970

Jari Kurri, 1960

Chow Yun-Fat, 1955

Rick Wakeman, 1954

George Strait, 1952

James Stephens, 1951

Tom Udall, 1948

Reggie Jackson, 1946

Brooks Robinson, 1937

Dwayne Hickman, 1934

Robert Morse, 1931

Pernell Robers, 1930

Pope John Paul II, 1920

Margot Fonteyn, 1919

Perry Como, 1912

Big Joe Turner, 1911

Meredith Willson, 1902

Frank Capra, 1897

Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836

Omar Khayyam, 1048

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself"(Opera), 1887

Today in History:

The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268

Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498

Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593

John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631

Rhode Island passes North America's first anti-slavery law, 1652

Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763

The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783

Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804

The destruction of Saturdays forever after:  Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830

The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843

The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896

A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation  of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896

Bram Stoker's Dracula is published, 1897

The Earth  passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910

Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953

Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974

Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980

In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990

Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005

A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009

Italian officials announce that many of the country's public assets will be sold in an effort to reduce the country's debt; plans to sell part of the nation's air traffic control and postal services have already been approved, 2014


  1. Thank you for the prompts.
    Carl is a handful for sure. But a much loved one.
    Please, as always, thank Grandma for me.

  2. That Carl, he always makes good writing material, and a tester of our patience, I'm sure.
    Thanks for publishing the prompts a bit early.

  3. Great photos and sayings. Thanx.

    God bless.

  4. Oh my goodness, those last three quotes had us laughing! The other funnies are great too! Happy Tuesday!

  5. Oh my Mimi. Carl seems to be a challenge for everyone. You really are an angel.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Your funnies are all so funny. Loved the one about missing the toilet.

  7. Hoo-boy, you have your interesting challenges with Carl! I think you should write a book. People I Have Cleaned Up After! I know I'd buy a copy!
    And your funnies! Priceless!

  8. I always enjoy your posts about Carl. What a wonder he is. A whirlwind of confusion. I'd like Carl.

    Love all the funnies and especially that last one. So very true.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. One great thing about your job is that even though you work for the same people, every day seems to hold something new.
    And that picture of the baby sitting on the table will have me laughing all day.

  10. I can say that you have a very challenging job. Awww...love the sleeping doggies.

  11. Grandma's 'sends' are awesome ~ Carl ~ well ~ he is a 'piece of work.' Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  12. Oh my goodness me! Carl is quite the challenge! Many thanks to Grandma for all those photos- especially the baby on the table!

  13. cracking up at the dog named 5 miles !!

    and carl's fork in the butter, reminds me of mom's cat, boomer { butter lover boomer o cat } who LOVED his butter, and when he had a chance, and got his teeth upon the stick....it became... his..... butter ☺☺☺♥♥♥!!

  14. That is quite the story, WOW! We enjoyed the fun from Grandma too!

  15. Great job with all the sentences. :) I do wonder how he has a license to drive when he is so scattered.

  16. I love your 22 word sentences! Great funnies, too. I especially like the one about digging a hole in the backyard. That's funny!

  17. Your Carl stories crack me up! Love that you did it with the 22 word sentences too! And the Meme...priceless! Have a terrific day!

  18. I think you were given a triple helping of patience. I would not be quite as sanguine about dealing with nasty laundry or dreck in cars! Ewww!

  19. Laughed at all of Grandma's offerings but feel a bit sorry for Carl and the laundry stuff-up.


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