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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: 17
It was submitted by: yours truly
This week's Carl stories will be saved up for next Tuesday, which should mean a double helping.
Meanwhile, Grandma continues needing almost constant help with everything and Grandpa is exhausted and stubbornly refuses assistance.
Yet they're funny, disturbingly so. It's like watching children, only they're too big for a time out.
Grandma: I'll never get to paint again! I'll never get to take care of my plants again!
Grandpa: Give it time! We'll see the pain specialist and the physical therapy people are really helping.
Grandma: Be quiet, you, and just let me complain, would you! It's my only fun right now.
mimi: How are you two getting any sleep together in this bed? It's so small for two.
Grandpa: It's all right, we'll adapt. She rolls on my side and I sleep on the edge.
Grandma: Did it ever occur to you I want to be next to you, you old fart?
Grandpa: It's easier for us to be in the same room when she needs help at night.
Grandma: Right, and if he doesn't hear me, I can roll on his side and stay there.
Grandma: I'm in a bad mood. I want something to punch. Maybe I'll order a punching bag.
mimi, wheeling her back to bed: We'll order one from Amazon and set it up in here.
Grandma: No, don't waste the money, they're heavy, shipping would cost too much. I'll just use Grandpa.
Grandpa, refusing to use his hearing aid, as usual: Huh? What? Did you try to say something?
Grandma: You can't hear me, you need to put in your hearing aid and keep it in.
Grandpa: I don't need the hearing aid, I can hear you but I just can't understand you.
Grandma: If you can't understand me, you might as well not hear me, you crazy old man.
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
Now for some parenting funnies to balance us out.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, 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 prompts are
and/or the following “words in danger of lack of use”
oppugned (opposed or called into question)
non-fungible (non-interchangeable, not easy to exchange)
widdershins (counterclockwise or going to the left, in an unlucky or contrary manner)
Please feel free to use some, all, or none of these, they are meant to be a springboard to inspire you.
Bendideia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival for Bendis; date approximate)
Dutch-American Friendship Day -- anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and the US, America's oldest continuously peaceful diplomatic relations
Easter Tuesday -- TAS, Australia; Cyprus; Nauru
Independence Declaration Day -- Venezuela
John Parker Day -- many US States (anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, where parker said “Stand your ground. Don’t fire unless fired upon; but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”)
King Mswati III's birthday -- Swaziland
Lozenge Competition -- Fairy Calendar (no, i don't know what they do with the lozenges that makes it a competition)
National Amaretto Day
National Cat Lady Day -- and don't say "Cat Lady" like it's a bad thing!
National Garlic Day
National Hanging Out Day -- Project Laundry List and other organizations promote bringing back the clothesline to save energy and the planet!
Nazul Al-Quran -- Brunei Darussalam; Malaysia (Quran Revelation Day)
Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day
Okoshi Daiko Festival -- Furukawa, Japan (today, hundreds of men in loincloths fight to touch a wooden frame supporting a huge taiko drum as it is carried through the streets, and tomorrow is an elegant parade with lion dancers and traditional music)
Primrose Day -- UK (anniversary of the death of Disraeli)
Southland Provincial Anniversary Day -- Southland, NZ
St. AElfheah's Day (Patron of kidnap victims; Greenwich and Solihull, England)
St. Expeditus of Melintine's Day (Patron of merchants, navigators; for expeditious and prompt solutions; against procrastination)
St. Leo IX's Day
Grace Kelly marries Ranier III of Monaco, 1956
Cheyney University is founded as The Institute for Colored Youth, 1837
Marie Antoinette marries Louis XVI by Proxy Marriage, 1770
Maria Sharapova, 1987
Hayden Christensen, 1981
Kate Hudson, 1979
James Franco, 1978
Luis Miguel Basteri, 1970
Ashley Judd, 1968
Al Unser, Jr., 1962
Tony Plana, 1954
Paloma Picasso, 1949
Tim Curry, 1946
Alan Price, 1942
Elinor Donahue, 1937
Dudley Moore, 1935
Jayne Mansfield, 1933
Dick Sargent, 1930
Hugh O'Brian, 1925
Eliot Ness, 1903
Lucretia Rudolph-Garfield, 1832
David Ricardo, 1772
Roger Sherman, 1721
"Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope"(Musical revue), 1972
"A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"(Musical), 1951
"Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder/Mother Courage and Her Children"(Play), 1941
"National Barn Dance"(Radio), 1924
"The Bing Boys are Here"(Musical revue), 1919
"Revizor/The Government Inspector"(Comedy), 1836
"Iphigenia in Aulis,"(Opera), 1774
Today in History:
Sir Francis Drake sails to Cadiz and sinks the Spanish Fleet, 1587
Because he has no male heirs, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI issues the Pragmatic Sanction of 1713, assuring Habsburg lands and the Austrian throne would go to his daughter, Maria Theresa, 1713
Captain James Cook sights Australia, 1770
John Adams secures Dutch recognition of the United States, and his home in The Hague becomes the first American Embassy, 1782
Venezuela achieves home rule, 1810
The Treaty of London establishes Belgium as a kingdom and Luxembourg as a Grand Duchy, 1839
Charles Duryea claims to have taken the first automobile built in the US for a spin, 1892
The first Boston Marathon is won by John McDermott of NY in 2:55:10, 1897
Leslie Irvin of the United States makes the first successful voluntary free-fall parachute jump, 1919
The 125th and final fascicle of the Oxford English Dictionary is published, 1928
Burma (now Myanmar) joins the United Nations, 1948
The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba ends in success for the defenders, 1961
Sierra Leone becomes a republic, 1971
India's first satellite, Aryabhata, is launched, 1975
The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA, is bombed, killing 168, 1995
The German Bundestag returns to Berlin, the first German parliamentary body to meet there since the Reichstag was dissolved in 1945, 1999
His Eminence Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is elected the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church, taking the name Benedict XVI, 2005
Fidel Castro resigns from the Communist Party of Cuba's central committee after 45 years, 2011
A shipwreck that may have drowned up to 900 North African migrants traveling to Europe has prompted the European Union to meet in order to develop a plan to fund and organize rescues while reducing human trafficking incidents, 2015
US Senator Tammy Duckworth, the first US Senator to give birth while holding that office, is the first parent to bring a baby into the US Senate a day after the Senate votes to allow babies on the chamber's floor, 2018
King Mswati III changes the name of Swaziland to eSwatini, or “land of the Swati”, 2018
New Zealand and Australia open a travel bubble between the two countries after more than a year of border closures, 2021
NASA successfully flies its drone helicopter Ingenuity on Mars, making it the first powered aircraft to fly on another world, 2021