Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Too Tall Cups and Under the Tables, 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 

First, there was laundry.

When i walked in to Carl's yesterday, it was everywhere.  He greeted me with the news that he wasn't going to work as he had an appointment, and he was trying to tidy up in his own fashion as he's supposed to do that before i arrive.  Better late than never and i give him an A for effort.

Three times i had started putting items where i needed them so i could get the laundry sorted and begin the process of digging out, and 3 times he grabbed those things and tried to put them somewhere else.  That's when i told him he'd done quite well, and he could go rest now.  He was at once relieved and took himself to the sleep chair in the other room.

It lasted five minutes.  "My teeth are furry," he mumbled, brushing past me to get to the sink.  Speaking of which, his mother wants his toothbrush and paste in the bathroom, but he uses them in the kitchen area of his apartment/room.  Guess where they end up most of the time?

He then started asking me about the difference between ants and termites.  Further investigation revealed he wanted to know because he has ant bait out, and he's seeing bugs anyway.  Even further investigation showed why.

on top of the fridge

not zipped

As i tried to explain to him, covering the dirty spoon on top of the fridge with a napkin doesn't prevent ants from finding it, nor does putting crackers in a zip bag in the cabinet and then not zipping it.

He headed back off to the sleep chair -- for a while.  He came back, "I need my Olive Garden card, I'm hungry."  We searched for the card, finally finding it loose in the bottom of the basket where all of his gift cards are sorted in zip bags.  As i told him the place wasn't open yet to take orders, he said, "Some places take orders ahead and deliver after they're open!"  He then went back to the chair and slept a while.

Something in his room always catches me and makes me smile and shake my head, and this time it was this.

A cap from a refillable bottle with tape all around it, stuck to the counter next to the kitchen sink.  When i opened the fridge i found this.

A refillable bottle with water in it and no cap.

The cap doesn't fit the water bottle, thus he went and dug out the tape, and then didn't use the cap because it made the bottle too tall to fit in the fridge.

When he next appeared, after i'd gotten the final load into the washer, he said, "Shower!"  His towels and washcloths being in the washer, i got spares from the hall closet and made the bed, planning to get the bathroom clean when he was done.  He showered, dressed, brushed his teeth again, went to the kitchen for toast while he placed his order at Olive Garden.  Then he decided he needed to nap more, so he changed back into his pajamas.

He'd gotten the shirt he'd only worn for those few minutes dirty, and generated even more laundry with the items he'd been sleeping in before as well as the pillowcases.  Fourth load, here we go, but i left it for him to put in the dryer, and warned Ms. V to check that he did it.

But wait, there's more!

Next, it was off to Ms. JAI.  Usually her place is pretty routine, but not yesterday.

"I fell trying to get down on my prayer kneeler, and while I was down there, I tried to get under that table in the corner and see if my lamp is still plugged in, it stopped working, but I couldn't get to it.  Could you get under there and see if it's unplugged?"

Of course i can climb under furniture, so i did, and found dust and a spider web and crumbs and a plugged in lamp.

"Oh, shoot!" she said.  "That means the bulb is burned out.  Wait, don't climb back out, I'm going to get the hand vacuum so you can clean while you're under there."

Cleaning done, i wiggled my way back out and we had a confabulation about how we were going to get to the very tall floor lamp in the corner behind the table and change its bulb.  In a bid to solve the problem most easily, i simply grabbed the table and gently pulled, and she grabbed a corner and pulled, and we got it far enough out that i was able to squeeze partway behind the table, reach back, tilt the lamp forward and get the bulb out.

"Hold it there while I go get another bulb!"

Crammed in the tiny space, i held the lamp at an angle until she could get a bulb, which i installed but it still didn't work.

"What could be wrong with it?" she asked.  Then, "Oh, no!  I'm using the wrong remote control for that lamp!  Let me go see if I can find the right one."

She returned with the other, and it turned the lamp on, and she said, "I guess it didn't need a bulb after all," as we slid the table back into place.

Off to my usual work i went, only to be interrupted a couple of times for small things she needed done that take little time but she simply can't do herself any longer --  and i think at age 86 she shouldn't have to anyway.

When i was almost done, at the finish line so to speak, she said, "Can you take the hand vacuum out, and the filter from the regular vacuum, and go find the shop vacuum and give them both a good cleaning?"

Naturally i can do that, so she followed me out to the shop and turned on the shop vac.  The dust from the exhaust area of the vac was almost overwhelming.  When i asked what was wrong, she said, "I don't know, I used it the other day and I didn't notice all this, but of course I was outside with it."

Opening the shop vac, i found that the filter bag was so old it no longer stayed attached around the motor as the elastic that holds it was dry rotted.  She still wanted the hand vac and the filter cleaned, so i took everything outdoors to prevent myself from choking on all the dust i knew it would create, cleaned it all as quickly as i could, emptied the shop vac into the garbage bag, and told her to go get a new filter bag for it before it got ruined.

"I'm sorry I kept you so much longer today," she said as i was leaving.  "It's just things build up so between your visits and I really wanted some of this done."

Then i reminded her that i used to come every two weeks instead of only once a month and told her i could do that again if she needed me.

"No," she responded, "when you come it cramps my style because I have to tidy up before you get here!"

Yes, i still hugged her good-bye, she's a hoot even if i do "cramp her style."

 How about some funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


Today is:

Aldersgate Day -- Methodism

Battle of Pichincha Day -- Ecuador

Bermuda Day -- Bermuda

Brooklyn Bridge Day -- the most often sold bridge in the US (or so i've been told) opened on this day in 1883

Brother's Day -- celebrate all forms of brotherhood, biological, adopted, fraternity brothers, or members of your labor union

Day for the Naming of Rocks and Planets -- Fairy Calendar

European Day of Parks -- Europe

Feast of Hermes Trismegistus -- Hellenistic Egyptian Calendar (thrice-blessed Hermes, patron of alchemy, date approximate)

Independence Day -- Eritrea(1993)

International Tiara Day -- ladies, celebrate your powers of leadership in your life; tiara wearing is optional, it's the fact that you rule that matters 

La Fete des Saintes Maries -- Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France (Roma [gypsy] festival, to honor St. Sara, St. Marie Jacobe, and St. Marie Salome, their patrons; through the 25th)

Little Lamb Day -- publication anniversary, in 1830, of the original poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb"

Lubiri Memorial Day -- Buganda Region, Uganda

Morse Code Day -- anniversary of Morse's first message in 1844 (Morse Code Day is also celebrated on his birth anniversary, April 27)

National Escargot Day

Sara-la-Kali -- St. Sara, or St. Sara the Black's Day -- patron of the Roma (Gypsy) Peoples (pilgrimage)

Sts. Cyril and Methodius's Day (Orthodox Church celebration; Patrons of Macedonia) related observances

     Bulgarian Education and Culture and Slavonic Literature Day -- Bulgaria

     Slavonic Enlighteners' Day -- Republic of Macedonia

St. Susanna's Day (Patron of martyrs)

Birthdays Today:

Billy Gilman, 1988

Alyson Hannigan, 1974

Joe Dumars, 1963

Kristin Scott Thomas, 1960

Rosanne Cash, 1955

Alfred Molina, 1953

Jim Broadbent, 1949

Priscilla Beaulieu  Presley, 1945

Patti LaBelle, 1944

Gary Burghoff, 1943

Bob Dylan, 1941

Tommy Chong, 1938

Lilli Palmer, 1914

"Engineer Bill" Stulla, 1911

Samuel I. Newhouse, 1895

Lillian Moller Gilbreth, 1878

Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1819

Emanuel Leutze, 1816

Abraham Geiger, 1810

Gabriel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Spy Hard(Film), 1996

Indiana Jones and Last Crusade(Film), 1989

View to a Kill(film), 1985

"Jumpin' Jack Flash"(Single release), 1968

"Mame"(Musical), 1966

"Le roi l'a Dit / The King Has Spoken"(Opera), 1873

Today in History:

The Fifth Crusade leaves Acre for Egypt, 1218

Peter Minuit buys Manhattan, 1626

The English  Parliament  passes the Act of Toleration protecting Protestants; Roman Catholics are intentionally excluded, 1689

John Wesley is converted, essentially launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day, 1738

Antonio José de Sucre secures the independence of the Presidency of Quito, 1822

"Mary Had a Little Lamb" by Sarah Josepha Hale is published, 1830

The first passenger rail service in US, from Baltimore to Elliots Mill, Maryland, begins, 1830

Samuel FB Morse taps out the first telegraph message, "What hath God wrought", 1844

The Brooklyn Bridge in New York City is opened to traffic after 14 years of construction, 1883 

The United Kingdom annexes the Orange Free State, 1900

Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Northern Territory, becoming the first woman to fly from England to Australia (she left on May 5 for the 11,000 mile flight), 1930

Igor Sikorsky performs the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight, 1940

Conclusion of the Sixth Buddhist Council on Vesak Day, marking the 2,500 year anniversary after the Lord Buddha's Parinibbana, 1956

Cyprus enters the Council of Europe, 1961

FLQ separatists bomb the U.S. consulate in Quebec City, 1968

The drilling of the Kola Superdeep Borehole begins in the Soviet Union, 1970

The International Court of Justice calls for the release of United States embassy hostages in Tehran, Iran, 1980

Eritrea  gains its independence from Ethiopia, 1991

Israel conducts Operation Solomon, evacuating Ethiopian Jews to Israel, 1991

15-year-old Sherpa  Temba Tsheri becomes the youngest person to climb to the top of Mount Everest, 2001

North Korea bans mobile phones, 2004

London's Metropolitan police remove belongings and sleeping bags of homeless people as part of 'a policy of reducing the impact of rough sleepers on the community', 2013

Kaduna state in Nigeria declares a state of emergency as a moth has destroyed 80% of the tomato crops and factories are shutting down, 2016

The world's largest cat-proof fence (44km) completed at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary, central Australia to protect endangered species, 2018 

Millions of 17-year cicadas emerge in the US South, posing crop danger and noise issues, 2020

A constitutional crisis deepens in Samoa after the Speaker of the House shuts out Fiame Naomi Mata’afa from being sworn in as the country's first female leader in 56 years, 2021


  1. Hahahaa...I think it will be easier for you to clean when Carl has gone to work. The older I get, the more I dread the weekly cleaning up of the house. I am getting lazier and taking longer time to do the cleaning.

  2. Thanks for the funnies - despite the truth in many of them.
    Your clients are lucky, lucky people.

  3. Phew. This sounds though. I admire your stamina.
    Thanks for the funnies.

  4. A great selection of cleaning funnies. Thank you so much, Mimi.

    God bless.

  5. You need to have so much patience to deal with all the stuff these folks throw at you but you are good at it. It is funny, but we are sure sometimes you just want to explode. Good funnies too.

  6. You could write a book on your interactions with your clients. I love whirlwind Carl, but we wears me out. Love the lady even though you cramp her style. Such fun you have.

    Love all the funnies. It's good to laugh.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  7. I love hear about the life of Carl. He's quite a guy. Mimi, you should write a story about a character like Carl. I admire your stamina when it come to Carl. I enjoy seeing the many different ideas he shows. Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. I work very hard one day a week and that is the day before my housekeeper arrives.

  9. Nothing growls at me when I open my fridge these days, food is so expensive, everything gets eaten or frozen pretty quickly.
    And I do know the feeling, when our house cleaners come, I have to have everything put away the night before, then that morning put away whatever everyone else has taken out since the night before.

  10. Fun with Carl never ends! Those were good funnies too.

  11. Carl and others sure give you lots to write about- especially Carl. I still think you are a saint. XO

  12. I can't climb under furniture...under anything. If I did managed to get down, I sure as hell never get up again! lol

    Thanks for the smiles....they are needed, that is for sure. :)

  13. The fridge packed full of styrofoam containers certainly needs cleaning out!

  14. You have such patience, Mimi. I admire you tremendously for that. I am learning to have more patience with my mother, which is improving our time together somewhat. Thank you for the cleaning funnies; I can relate to too many of them :)

  15. Carl definitely keeps one entertained ~ Great funnies ~ all LOL great ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. I love your cleaning stores. But they always send me into the corners of my house in search of dust, etc...
    Great funnies!!!


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