Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Winter Hours, Winter Funnies, 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: 28

It was submitted by:  Karen at Baking in a Tornado


Links to the other Word Counters posts:

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                 

Arriving at work yesterday, Carl snuggled down into his chair, pulled up his blanket, and said, "Check the schedule!  I don't have to be there until 9 today!"

Smiling, i told him i knew his schedule had gone back to winter hours, that i wasn't trying to wake him, only i did need the cleaning supplies.

When he finally got up, i shooed him into the shower straight away so i could get the sheets and pillowcases to the wash, no lying around playing online.

By that time, i'd sorted out his clothes.  He'd picked 3 different outfits for the day because every time he goes to get ready, he starts over again.

His fridge was the usual jumbled mess, but i used it to my advantage by grabbing a sandwich bag and putting the last still good sandwich in it.

Then i added a fruit cup, water bottle and freezer pack to keep it cold and told him it was enough snack for the day.  He bought it.

It is enough since he has at least a 3 course breakfast daily.  Yesterday i think he was out of oatmeal, he had toast with three different jams.

That was his starter, then came cereal with prunes, followed by yoghurt.  The cereal was a mix from 2 boxes, of course.  He can't have just one cereal.

On a totally different topic (and not limited to 28 words because i've run out of brain cells that will count tonight!), i've changed my comments from embedded to a pop up box for those who were having difficulty.  One thing i did not change was the captcha option, it is turned off and always has been.  If you are being stopped by a captcha, i am very sorry, i did not turn it on and have no idea how to prevent it.

Any ideas or suggestions on that are welcome.

 We're having real autumn weather most days now, so i went with Maxine at her coldest for the funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


Today is:

Birth of the Blues Day -- birth anniversary of W.C. Handy, "Father of the Blues"

Button Day -- internet generated; a day to collect, or reminisce about collecting, buttons, with information about buttons here     

Dagur Islenskrar tungu -- Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)

Day of Declaration of Sovereignty / Day of National Rebirth -- Estonia

Famous San Diego Chicken Day -- a day to celebrate anyone who has ever slugged a purple dinosaur

Flag Day/Statia and America Day -- St. Eustatius

Have a Party with Your Bear Day -- no comment, it's too obvious

Hecate Night -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; celebrated still by some Wiccans)

International Day for Tolerance - UN

Mothers' Day -- North Korea

National Entrepreneurs Day -- US (by Congressional designation)

National Fast Food Day -- why?

School Pride Day -- US (always on the Tuesday of American Education Week)

St. Gertrude the Great's Day (Patron of nuns; Naples, Italy; West Indies)

St. Margaret of Scotland's Day (Patron of learning, parents of large families, queens, widows; Scotland; against the death of children)

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Eastern Churches)

Anniversaries Today:

Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907

Birthdays Today:

Maggie Gyllenhall, 1977

Oksana Baiul, 1977

Martha Plimpton, 1970

Lisa Bonet, 1967

Diana Krall, 1964

Dwight Gooden, 1964

Susanna Clarke, 1959

Marg Heigenberger, 1958

Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952

Elizabeth Drew, 1935

Daws Butler, 1916

Burgess Meredith, 1908

W.C. Handy, 1873

Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Roman Catholic Church issues the first new Universal Catechism since 1563, to address modern issues, 1992

"The Real Thing"(Stoppard play), 1982

"The Sound of Music"(Musical), 1959

Today in History:

The second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published, 534

Francisco Pizarro captures the Incan emperor Atahualpa after the victory at Cajamarca, 1532

The first colonial prison is organized, in Nantucket, Massachussetts, 1676

Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress, 1798

The New York Evening Post publishes its first edition, 1801

An earthquake in Missouri causes the Mississippi River to flow backwards, 1811

Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail, 1821

Napoleon Guerin of NYC patents a cork life preserver, 1841

Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities; sentence is commuted to hard labor, 1849

Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens, 1856

William Bonwill patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities, 1875

6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan, 1894

Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY's Metropolitan Opera, 1908

US Federal Reserve System formally opens, 1914

LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, 1938

UNESCO is founded, 1945

NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission, 1973

The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, 1992

After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People's Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons, 1997

The People's Republic of China begins to implement the "Great Firewall," filters which make it impossible to connect to internet sites the government deems illegal or unhelpful to the communist ideal, 2006

Hostess Brands reveals plans to file bankruptcy because of a baker's union strike, 2012

Chocolate manufacturers state that a cocoa-pod fungus and dry weather in cocoa-growing regions has created a shortage of cocoa that may increase in the future; world chocolate demand already exceeds production capacity, 2014

The largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone, is found in the Karowe mine, Botswana, 2015

French President Francois Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament, 2015

Leonardo da Vinci's painting "Salvator Mundi" sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork, 2017

Nineteen countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, 2017

Scientists agree to redefine the kilogram, measuring it against Planck's Constant instead of measuring it against a physical artifact specimen, 2018

Samoa declares a state of emergency and shuts down all schools after a measles epidemic claims the lives of 6 children, 2019


  1. Heh, your funnies had me shivering and I've never been anywhere near snow :)

  2. Carl is always good for a new story. Thank you.
    I love snow!

  3. Gramma has a scary fridge because she can't see, but Mom cleans it out every time we visit. Carl's fridge is just ridiculous, but he doesn't seem to mind! Great Maxine funnies. She is always good. No captcha for us yet, comment thing works fine.

  4. A great set of cartoons. Thank you so much, Mimi.

    God bless.

  5. I am feeling nice and cool at 24 C because it is raining outside now. I like shivering funnies.

  6. I'm always in awe of Carl's eating habits, but clearly the structure gives him comfort.
    And if shivering only did count as exercise, I'd be the healthiest girl around this time of year.

  7. OMG! How can I pick a favorite MAXINE. They are all soooooo funny.

  8. I love when you post about Carl. He's a whirlwind and you handle him very well. Bravo.

    I love Maxine. She's my kind of gal.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  9. Great post about 'crazy Carl' and 'Mad Maxine' ~ Lol ~ You, my dear are a saint dealing with Carl so well ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Carl's story is always told with such affectionate humour. Thank you for sharing it.
    And great work on the Counting!
    Laughed out loud at the funnies, especially the chattering teeth!

  11. Wowee- thanks for all the cool Maxine cartoons! And man o man is Carl a handfull! And you do take care of him so kindly!

  12. Mimi,

    It's been chilly here at nights, especially. Some days have been, too. I don't mind too much if the sun is out because that makes the chill manageable as long as it's not windy but it really doesn't matter at all if I'm indoors all day. :) Great cold weather giggles. Maxine always makes me smile.

  13. Maxine is funny and so is Carl. :)

  14. I wonder what would happen if Maxine met Carl?!?! Hey, I get the captcha thing on every blogger blog, but only on Tuesday and Wednesday, then it disappears. I will get it on this post too since it's Tuesday.

  15. There you are...with winter approaching...while down this way, here we are with summer fast approaching. :)


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