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 50. 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: 43
It was submitted by: yours truly
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
The first thing i noticed when i got to Carl's yesterday was him wandering around in his pajamas with a garbage bag in his hand, which is unusual because i generally have to wake him up and make him move to the couch.
"There's no bag in the garbage can..." he muttered, and sure enough, there wasn't. What was there were several bottles of tea and juice, mostly on their sides, in a nice, liquidy goop, commingling with not quite empty yogurt containers and dental floss.
Picking up the can, i told him i had to empty the liquid, wash the can, then put in the bag. He was quite remorseful when i explained the recipe for a mess is liquid in the garbage can instead of the sink.
He then went back to snooze on his recliner a bit longer and i turned to his room, which was in a right awful state. It seems Christmas has his mother more distracted than usual and he's left to his own devices more.
When he needs an extra sheet for sleeping on his recliner, he does not distinguish between a flat and a fitted sheet. He simply grabs what comes to hand first. Fitted sheets are now at the bottom of the pile in the closet.
After i chivvied him up from his slumber and got him to go take a shower, i packed his snack box. He came out of the shower just in time to see me put a muffin in. He snatched it and said, "Jelly!"
Some might remember he eats in unique ways. His muffin was no exception. He would break off a piece, put jelly of one flavor on it and eat it, then flavor the next piece with a different jelly. No two bites are alike.
Savory meals are the same, he eats with a whole spice rack in front of him. He has started trying to smuggle pepper and spices into this snack box, but since they'd never make it home with him, this has to be discouraged.
Later he went back into the bathroom and came out with the calamine lotion, asking, "Does this help with itching?" He proceeded to rub the lotion in areas where he was getting more on his clothes than on himself. Placebo effect, i said.
Now it's time for some fun and sweet and even crazy pictures.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Divalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (part of Saturnalia; feast of Angerona, goddess of secret sorrows)
Flashlight Day -- what better day, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, when dark is with us longest, to make sure you have one in good working order
Forefathers' Day -- Plymouth, MA, US (celebrates the landing of the Pilgrims)
Homeless Persons' Memorial Day -- US
Humbug Day -- those frustrated with their holiday preparations are allowed up to 12 humbugs today, just to help vent their frustrations; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Icelandic Yuletide Lad of the Day, Gluggagaegir -- Peeper, who peeps through the windows and will come steal toys he likes the look of
Kiwi Fruit Day -- California, US (celebrate with them, these are good!)
Look At the Bright Side Day -- Northern Hemisphere, and why not; after all, each day after this will have more sun!
National Hamburger Day
Pancha Ganapati -- India (through the 25th, a modern Hindu festival honoring of Lord Ganesha, Patron of Arts and Culture)
Phileas Fogg Wins A Wager Day (1872)
Poseidea -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor Poseidon; date approximate)
Solstice -- Northern Hemisphere Winter begins/Southern Hemisphere Summer begins at 3:59UCT
Anne and Samantha Day -- celebrating the lives of Anne Frank and Samantha Smith, a day to work and pray for world peace
Alban Arthuan -- Druid Festival, 4th Station; through the solstice
Bruma -- Ancient Roman Calendar
Dongzhi Festival -- East Asia (literal meaning, "Extreme of Winter")
Festival of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the seeking of Osiris by Isis and her resurrection of him)
National Haiku Poetry Day -- US (because haiku is traditionally about the seasons, it's celebrated on the first day of winter)
Wild Hunt reaches its peak -- various Norse traditions
Soyala New Year Festival -- Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (a festival of purification as well as celebration, with homes cleaned, fires doused, and personal restraint observed)
Yalda -- Iran (Persian/Zoroastrian winter solstice festival; to celebrate the longest night of the year, many stay up for the fight against dark and evil.)
Yule/Jul/Jol Festivals begin -- various calendars, religions, countries and observances, both ancient and modern
Yule -- Wicca/Pagan, northern hemisphere
Litha -- Wicca/Pagan, southern hemisphere
from the Old Norse Hjol, meaning "wheel" to signify the year is at its lowest point and ready to rise again
Ziemassvetki -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (birth of Dievs, highest of the gods; modern Latvians celebrate this on Christmas Eve/Christmas, but it was originally a three day solstice festival)
St. Peter Canisius' Day (Patron of Catholic press, Germany, writers of catechisms)
St. Thomas' Day, the Doubting Thomas (old date, now celebrated on July 3, but many of the superstitions related to it are still observed at this time)
Mumping Day a/k/a Gooding Day -- UK (traditional day on which beggars beg for, or "mump", good things for Christmas, always on old St. Thomas' Day)
Sao Tome Day -- Sao Tome e Principe (Dia de Sao Tome e Principe)
Jackson Rathbone, 1984
Jack Noseworthy, 1969
Kiefer Sutherland, 1966
Andy Dick, 1965
Florence Griffith Joyner, 1959
Ray Romano, 1957
Jane Kaczmarek, 1955
Chris Evert, 1954
Tina Brown, 1953
Samuel L. Jackson, 1948
Michael Tilson Thomas, 1944
Frank Zappa, 1940
Jane Fonda, 1937
Phil Donahue, 1935
Joe Paterno, 1926
Paul Winchell, 1922
Heinrich Böll, 1917
Josh Gibson, 1911
Joseph Stalin, 1879
Henrietta Szold, 1860
Benjamin Disraeli, 1804
"Billion Dollar Baby"(Musical), 1945
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs(Disney animated film), 1937
Tillie's Punctured Romance(Silent Film, first full length comedy), 1914
The Crossword Puzzle(First one ever published, 1913
Basketball, 1891 (first game under the direction of James Naismith, by the rules he had published)
Today in History:
A hurricane hits Holland/Friesland, destroying villages with widespread flooding, 1163
The Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche Native Americans, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflict a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile; all Spanish cities south of the Biobio river are eventually taken by the Mapuches, and all conquest of Mapuche territories by Europeans practically ceases, until the 1870s "Pacification of Araucania", 1598
William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims land on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1620
Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam, 1788
The Rochdale Pioneers commence business at their cooperative in Rochdale, England, starting the Cooperative movement, 1844
The first Permanent Force cavalry and infantry regiments of the Canadian Army are formed: The Royal Canadian Dragoons and The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883
The first Word-Cross puzzle, which the printer mislabeled as a Cross-Word (the name that stuck), is published in the New York World, 1913
The first feature length color and sound cartoon, Disney's Snow White, premiers, 1937
Rondane National Park is established as Norway's first national park, 1962
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The crew performs the first ever manned Trans Lunar Injection and become the first humans to leave Earth's gravity, 1968
The United Nations adopts the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1969
Mexican volcano Popocatepetl, dormant for 47 years, erupts gases and ash, 1994
The city of Bethlehem passes from Israeli to Palestinian control, 1995
Scientists studying the Sutter's Mill Meteorite announce it contains the oldest material in the Solar System, 2012
The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar reaches the date 18.104.22.168.0, 2012