Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Not Exactly (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts to encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    

This month, the prompts are being provided by River at her blog, Drifting Through Life.     

This week's words/prompts are:

1. hypnotic 

2. case 

3. promise 

4. wild 

5. ceiling fan 

6. burgers and shakes 

7. canvas 

8. garlic

She'd known when they moved further out into the country that there would be a lot more cooking at home and a lot less eating out.  She was okay with that, it was healthier and cheaper, after all, and she'd learned two things.

The first was to always be sure she got all her ingredients ahead of time, as there'd be no running to the corner store for a last minute item.  There was a corner store a ten minute drive away that sold gas, bait and some groceries, but it was small.  If you needed milk or a clove of GARLIC or a simple ingredient, they'd likely have it.  If you need some WILD special ingredient or spice, you'd better have it on hand.

The second thing was that after a day like today, there might need to be a special CASE made for an exception.  They hadn't been out anywhere in quite a while, and when you've spent the whole day helping your husband wrestling with tractor parts instead of doing the plowing he had planned, and you were now a day behind and you'd had no time to get a meal ready, well, even the nearest BURGER AND SHAKES joint looked like a feast.

They were both somber on the drive over.  The closest eatery was not too far from the aforementioned corner store, so not far enough of a road trip in the country to be lulled into that HYPNOTIC state long drives can cause.

After ordering they sat in their favorite spot, under a CEILING FAN.  He stared moodily at a CANVAS on the wall that was one of the few decorative works in the whole place.  It was a modern artwork and looked to him like someone had simply taken a large brush and slung paint around in a wild frenzy.

She sipped her iced tea and waited, knowing he wouldn't keep silent forever.

"I just don't get why everything has to be so doggone hard," he finally said with a sigh.

She let him go on for a while, knowing they'd both feel better after eating.  Once the food came, she started talking about what she was planting in the kitchen garden to distract him.

By the time they'd finished and each ordered a large cookie to nibble on the way home, she said, "It's hard because you appreciate it more when you work for it, and tomorrow will be a better day, I PROMISE."


Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Indonesia (Hari Tentara Nasional)

Balloons Around the World -- balloon artists around the world are encouraged to donate an hour or more to a charity of their choice in their community, entertaining children everywhere with balloon sculpture

Change a Light Day -- US (was originally sponsored by EnergyStar, promoting energy saving light bulbs; although they don't seem to be running this particular campaign any longer, it's a great idea to switch to the highest efficiency bulbs you can)

     while the original dates were on Wednesdays, some websites list this on the first Sunday

Constitution Day -- Vanuatu

Do Something Nice Day -- internet generated; make someone's day brighter, it will brighten your own

Durga Puja -- Hindu (start of the five-day celebration of the goddess Durga)

Festival of the Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Festival of Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (held to placate the Manes, on dates when it was believed the doors to the underworld were open and the dead were free to roam)

International Day of No Prostitution -- information here    

Long Walk Day -- David Kunst finished his walk around the world on this day in 1974; go for a long walk in his honor

Most Common Birthday -- US (yes, according to, on average, more people are born in the US on this day than any other; wonder if it has anything to do with today being 9 months after New Year's Eve?)

National Apple Betty Day

National Get Funky Day -- the brainchild of Funkytown Fitness Center in St. Augustine, FL, US, urging you to get funky and break free of your comfort zone!

Noisy Munching Day -- a fun day for kids, or your own inner child; munch chips, celery, pickles, anything loud, to annoy others

Nubaigai -- Pagan Lithuanian Calendar (harvest festival; can't get independent confirmation that it's always on this day)

Republic Day -- Portugal

Semana Morazánica, una Fiestas Patrias -- Honduras (through Saturday)

St. Placid's Day

Thesmophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (start of a 3-day women's festival of Demeter; date approximate)

Thimphu Tsechu / Thimphu Drubchen -- Thimphu, Bhutan (three-day Drukpa Buddhism tshechu festival, sacred masked dances dedicated to Bhutan's protective spirit which tourists may watch but are strictly prohibited from taking pictures; this is Bhutan's largest tshechu and has been held every year since 1867)

Unicorn Questing Season begins -- as established by the late W. T. "Bill" Rabe, get your official license here   

World Teachers Day -- UN

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (began sundown yesterday, ends sundown today)

Birthdays Today:

Jesse Eisenberg, 1983

Kate Winslet, 1975

Parminder K. Nagra, 1975

Josie Bissett, 1970

Mario Lemieux, 1965

Laura Davies, 1963

Michael Andretti, 1962

Maya Ying Lin, 1959

Bernie Mac, 1957

Bob Geldof, 1954

Clive Barker, 1952

Bob Geldof, 1951

Karen Allen, 1951

Jeff Conaway, 1950

Steve Miller, 1943

Vaclav Havel, 1936

Bill Dana, 1924

Glynis Johns, 1923

Bil Keane, 1922

Donald Pleasence, 1919

Allen Ludden, 1917

Larry Fine, 1902

Robert Hutchings Goddard, 1882

Louis Lumiere, 1864

Chester A. Arthur, 1829

Denis Diderot, 1713

Jonathan Edwards, 1703

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Monty Python's Flying Circus"(TV), 1969

"Love Me Do"(Single release), 1962

"Zane Grey Theater"(TV), 1956

"The Diary of Anne Frank"(Play), 1955

"You Bet Your Life"(TV), 1950

"Secret Service"(Play), 1896

"Orfeo ed Euridice/Orpheus and Euridice"(Opera), 1762

Today in History:

Founding of the city of Concepcion, Chile, 1550

The Gregorian calendar is introduced in Italy and other Catholic countries, 1582

March on Versailles by the women of Paris, 1789

Shawnee Chief Tecumseh killed in the battle of the Thames, 1813

Founding of the City of Anaheim, 1857

Destruction of most of Calcutta by cyclone, approximately 60,000 die, 1864

A strong hurricane devastates the Bay of Fundy region of Maritime Canada, 1869

The surrender of Chief Joseph, after the 1,700 mile retreat, marks the end of the Nez Pierce War, 1877

The first individual time trial for racing cyclists is held on a 50-mile course north of London, 1895

Sir Samuel Griffith is appointed the first Chief Justice of Australia and Sir Edmund Barton and Richard O'Connor are appointed as foundation justices, 1903

First appearance of the Little Orphan Annie comic strip in the NYC Daily News, 1924

Suffrage is extended to women in France, 1944

The 1948 Ashgabat earthquake kills 110,000, 1948

The first documented recovery meeting of Narcotics Anonymous is held, 

1953Dr. No, the first in the James Bond film series, was released, 1962

The first episode of the famous comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on BBC, 1969

Signature of the European Patent Convention, 1973

Raoul Wallenberg is made an honorary US citizen, 1981

Marc Garneau becomes the first Canadian in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger, 1984

The first official version of the Linux kernel, version 0.02, is released, 1991

The Bulldozer Revolution begins in Belgrade, eventually leading to the resignation of Slobodan Milosevic, 2000

A new, though threatened, language known as Koro, is discovered by a team of linguists on an expedition to Arunachal Pradesh, in northeastern India, 2010

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is awarded to Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser and John O'Keefe, neuroscientists who discovered the brain cells responsible for positioning and navigation memory, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown of California signs a bill giving terminally ill patients the "right to die," 2015

The constitutional court of Spain suspends the Catalan parliament to prevent declaration of independence, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded jointly to Congolese gynaecologist Denis Mukwege and Yazidi activist Nadia Murad for "efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war", 2018

Jenny Saville's "Propped" brings a record price at auction for a living female artist, £9.5 million, 2018

The Nobel Prize for Medicine is awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, 2020

Russia launches an actor and director to the International Space Station to make the first film in orbit, 2021

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Badge Blues and Pink Pigs, a Random and Happy Tuesday 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 

Today i have a meeting, so i did Ms. D's house yesterday, after Carl.

Let's take things one at a time, shall we?

Carl was standing in his bathroom doorway when i walked in.  He was in such a state of dress, or should i say undress, as to make the question, are you about to take a shower? necessary.

"Just took it," he answered, grabbing the pain relief gel roller and taking a few swipes toward his knees.  Sometimes it lands, sometimes not, i think the placebo effect works wonders with him.

He finished dressing while i found him an apron to wear while he was eating, and i helped him get his belt on.  Finding the apron was no mean feat.  His mother has been after him to pick up in his room before i come so i won't trip on anything.  This week, it looks like he took a leaf out of the old "stuff everything in the closet" book of children's cleaning rules.

While i got the apron and belt on him, he talked.

"I want to join a fitness center, but I don't know which one," he told me.  "After you try one free for a couple of days, they won't let you come back unless you join.  How am I supposed to know if I'll like it after just one or two times?"

They're in business to make money, which is as it should be, i told him.  They have rules about how often you can try it out so people don't take unfair advantage.  Keep looking, you'll find something.

"They're fussing at work about the garbage.  I take it out when I get there, and again every couple of hours and then before I leave, but there's always more!"

Think of it as job security, i told him.  There will always be more, so you'll always have a job.

He didn't look convinced, but wandered off to find breakfast while saying, "My badge is here somewhere..."

His badge was hanging off his counter somewhere.

Carl's mother tries to get him to pick out his clothes the night before, and attach his badge.  Of course, the clothes he chooses the day before are never the clothes he actually puts on the next day, that would be too easy.

As i made my way to the laundry room to see what was up, i clipped the badge onto the shirt that was actually on him.  Whether it made it to the work building or not is out of my control.

There was laundry in the dryer, and it smelled clean.  There was laundry in the washer, and it was wet.  Turning on the unit, it brought up the last cycle run, which was an actual, full cleaning cycle, so he'd done the laundry correctly.

After putting the dry laundry on top of the dryer for a moment and moving the washed clothes to the dryer, i headed back to his room to gather the dirty items.  (There's always more laundry -- job security.)

There i found this.

Clean, still on a hanger, fallen into the laundry basket and left there.  Always more laundry, as i noted. 

While getting the sheets off the bed, i noticed he'd grabbed the clean stuff from on top of the dryer and was distributing it, willy-nilly, around the room.  Had i allowed that to continue, it would have been mixed in with the dirty stuff, so i rescued it quickly and shooed him off to inspect the lunch i'd packed.

While over there, he noticed i had taken the top off of his "food bin," a large plastic container he keeps snacks and candy in.

"Why's the top off?" he asked.

It's time to clean it out, i told him.

"No, don't throw it all away!" he said, and i reassured him i was just cleaning out the crumbs from the cookies he didn't wrap properly before he put them in there.

Once i got done with his room, it was off to Ms. D's place.  She and i always have a nice chat, then she gets me to do the stuff she can't do, or doesn't want to do, ore needs help with.

She has a new plant watering can and i had to snap a photo.

Fill him up through the larger hole above the tail, pour it out through the snout!

This week, she had me work on the mini-blinds.  The mechanism that turns them sticks, necessitating grabbing pliers, climbing a ladder, etc.  We got them set the way she wanted them, and she's going to leave them that way.

The computer was easy, i clicked the box to let it know that no, she doeesn't want to install Microsoft Edge right now, and got the annoying message that was blocking her from using the computer to go away.  She already has Chrome and Edge on that computer, the fact that Internet Explorer is not going to be supported any longer doesn't matter.

What does matter is that the message was popping up telling her Explorer needs to be replaced, and she didn't know how to make that message go away so she could actually use the computer.

It took a bit of explaining, but i got her to understand how to click "no" and get that message gone so that she can use the computer.  Plus i told her to get her computer friend to come take Internet Explorer off the computer, it's not necessary, and that would help her not get so confused about what program to use.  

She now gets it that Google Chrome will let her do Google searches (imagine that!) as well as get her to Facebook so she can keep up with the grandchildren.

Then we baked cookies!  She's had an "envie" as they say in Cajun for cookies, so cookies were baked and the kitchen cleaned.

As a salute to the time-honored throw-it-all-in-the-closet cleaning method of children everywhere, and Carl, a few funnies about children cleaning, or just cleaning.

Let's round it out with one from the husband side of the equation.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Buttering-Up Final -- Fairy Calendar

Chung Yeung Festival -- China; Hong Kong; Macau (Double Ninth Festival/Ancestors' Day; date differs in other parts of Asia)

Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Golf Lovers' Day -- internet generated, enjoy if you love golf

Ieiunium Cereris -- Ancient Roman Calendar (fast for the goddess Ceres)

Improve Your Office Day -- and water that plant while you are at it!

Independence Day -- Lesotho(1966)

International Toot Your Flute Day -- an internet generated day for shameless self-promotion

Kanelbullens Dag -- Sweden (cinnamon roll day)

National Ship in a Bottle Day -- another one i can't find a source for, but it's listed everywhere

National Taco Day

National Vodka Day

Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival -- Nihonmatsu, Japan (one of Japan's 3 largest lantern festivals; through the 6th)

Peace and National Reconciliation Day -- Mozambique

St. Francis of Assisi's Day (Patron of animal welfare societies, animals, birds, ecologists, ecology, environment and environmentalists, families, lace makers/lace workers, merchants, needle workers, peace, tapestry workers, zoos; Italy, especially Assisi, as well as several other cities around the world; against dying alone, fire)

     Blessing of the Animals Day -- at many Catholic Churches, in honor of the Saint

St. Petronius' Day (Patron of Bologna, Italy)

10-4 Day (C.B.'ers) -- fourth day of the tenth month, ten-four, good buddy, etc.

Tewa Deer Dance -- Tewa Native Americans (celebrating the cosmic duality of the feminine and masculine, and honoring male and female ancestors; through the 7th)

World Animal Day -- International    

World Space Week begins -- International

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)

Anniversaries Today

The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, 1957

The Soviet Union launches Luna 3, 1959 (first satellite to photograph the moon's distant side)

Birthdays Today:

Rachael Leigh Cook, 1979

Alicia Silverstone, 1976

Abraham Benrubi, 1969

Christoph Waltz, 1956

Anita DeFrantz, 1952

Armand Assante, 1949

Susan Sarandon, 1946

Clifton Davis, 1945

Anne Rice, 1941

Jackie Collins, 1937

Alvin Toffler, 1928

Charlton Heston, 1924

Buster Keaton, 1895

Damon Runyon, 1884

Edward Stratemeyer, 1862

Frederic S. Remington, 1861

Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822

Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, 1807

Debuting/Premiering Today

"The Alvin Show"(TV), 1961

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major(Shostakovich Op. 107), 1959

"Leave It To Beaver"(TV), 1957

Snoopy, in the Peanuts Comic strip, 1950

Dick Tracy(Comic strip), 1931

Today in History:

One of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Lake Poyang, ends when the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat Chen Youliang, 1363

The first full English translation of the Bible, sometimes called the Matthew Bible, which contained the work of translators William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, is printed in Switzerland, 1537

Pope Gregory XIII's calendar adjustment that bears his name takes effect, with tomorrow being not Oct. 5, but Oct. 15, 1582

Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts drafts its first code of law, 1636

Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's first volunteer fire department, 1648

Christian Huygens patents the pocket watch, 1675

The state of Belgium is created after separation from the Netherlands, 1830

The New Orleans Tribune becomes the first black daily newspaper, 1864

The Orient Express, linking Turkey to Europe by rail, makes its first run, 1883

Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 1941

The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature, 1991

The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique, 1992

NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, 2001

SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space, 2004

What is believed to be the oldest high-altitude human settlement is found in Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, 2010

Nissan unveiled the NSC-2015 electric car prototype at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo; the car drove and parked itself, 2012

The Nobel Prize for Chemistry is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy, 2017

The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine is awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch, 2021