Wednesday, August 31, 2022

A Local Workman's Motto (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday


Linking up with Wordless Wednesday, Sandee at Comedy Plus, and BeThere2Day.     


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 and posted by Elephant's Child.      

The prompts are the following picture:


  • Gentle
  • Ordinary
  • Cards
  • Simple
  • Office 

It wasn't often the lake stood still as glass with a hint of GENTLE morning fog.  

This was so different from her ORDINARY days at the OFFICE she just couldn't get enough of this feast for the eyes as well as her camera.

How SIMPLE life is here, she thought, snapping another photo.  They would come in handy when it was time for printing up greeting CARDS for the holidays, one of her favorite things to do.

Maybe someday, she mused, I'll get to work remotely and be able to move out to an area like this.  Meanwhile, she picked up her coffee and headed to the pot to refresh it, settling in to enjoy the time off.


Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday 

Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)

Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat

Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)

Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star

Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)

International Day of Blogs and Bloggers  

International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance

Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this

La Tomatina -- Buñol, Valencia, Spain (annual citywide food fight festival in which around 30,000 people take to the streets to pelt each other with tomatoes)

Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)

Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Trail Mix Day

Samvatsari -- Jain (final and most important day of the Paryushana Parva, the day focused on forgiveness)

St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)

Birthdays Today:

Jeff Hardy, 1977

Chris Tucker, 1972

Debbie Gibson, 1970

Glenn Tilbrook, 1957

Edwin Corley Moses, 1955

Richard Gere, 1949

Itzhak Perlman, 1945

Van Morrison, 1945

Jack Thompson, 1940

Marva Collins, 1936

Frank Robinson, 1935

James Coburn, 1928

Buddy Hackett, 1924

G.D. Spradlin, 1920

Alan Jay Lerner, 1918

William Saroyan, 1908

William Shawn, 1907

Arthur Godfrey, 1903

Maria Montessori, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Alice"(TV), 1976

"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941

"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142

Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803

A nuts-and-bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842

The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895

Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897

Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902

Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946

Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980

Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997

Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006

In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010

A 19-year-old Indonesian man is rescued after 49 days at sea on his floating fishing trap, 2018

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Relatives, 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 

Carl's family has had a whirlwind weekend, as evinced by his room when i arrived (although it has been worse).

He was already in his sleep chair in the living room when i got there, so he got up to run in his room and apologize for the mess!  When i told him it was fine, that's what i was there to take care of, he started trying to pick things up off the floor.  His mother, Ms. V, is always after him to get the floor cleared so it won't be a trip hazard.

Being at loose ends with no work to go to and relatives in town has Carl rather, shall we say, all over the place.

"The relatives don't want to sightsee, they say it's too hot!  I want go to do something!" he told me.

Right now, i told him, go back to sleep and i'll get your room tidied.  

He happily complied, after grabbing the dental floss, using some without even separating that strand from the container, and then putting it right back where it had been.

Yes, i separated that strand from the container and threw it away.  Yes, i remembered to put on gloves before i went in there.

Then it was time to sort laundry.  Being at loose ends also leads him to change clothes several times a day, or even worse, grab clothes to put on, get distracted, then pull out a whole new outfit, leaving the original to fall to the floor and get stepped on.

His pants pockets were especially heavily laden, i felt like each one, after i'd removed several items, was saying, "But wait!  There's more!"

Speaking of more, his mother bought him new clothes.  This would not be a problem if we were allowed to get rid of old clothes, but that's not frugal.  We're out of hangers.  Maybe that's why new clothes are ending up in laundry piles.

Got down to this layer of dirty clothes and found treasure.

There was one item, a work shirt with an emblem, that i've been looking for for quite some time.  Climbing into the top of his closet to put some of his winter clothes up there (thus freeing up hangers), i found it tucked way away at the back of a shelf.  Another reminder that you haven't found all of his laundry until you have looked everywhere.

No matter what, when the relatives came by yesterday afternoon, his room was at least presentable for a few minutes.  They know Carl, so they understand.

In other relative news, Carl's brother, the NASA rocket scientist, was in Florida for the launch that wasn't.  He'd already made plans to stay until this Saturday, so if the reschedule on Friday works out, he'll still get to see it.  For his sake, i hope so, he was so excited.

In our own relative news, Sweetie's sister, Sally, called with the much-expected news that her mother-in-law, Ms. McG, had passed away.  Ms. McG was 102.  (This would be my sister-in-law's mother-in-law, whom i did not ever meet.)

Sweetie and Brother-in-Law have known Ms. McG since their sister married back in 1969.  For Sally's sake, they want to go to the funeral.

It's going to be an uphill battle.  Ms. McG's son (Sally's husband) and daughter are at odds over the arrangements, half the family has Covid, and everyone involved up there in north Louisiana is up in arms about what to do and when and how.

If and when arrangements get made, Brother-in-Law will take time off work and they will drive to the nearest large town to the tiny burg where this service will take place (the family plot is in the tiny burg), check into the hotel, and proceed from there.

Meanwhile, to lighten the mood for the rest of us, let's have fun with relatives:

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Be Kind to Humankind Week Touch a Heart Tuesday 

Chatter Champion Announced -- Fairy Calendar

Constitution Day -- Kazakhstan

Day of Satisfying the Hearts of the Ennead (Nine Major Gods) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Charisteria -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a day to give thanks)

Frankenstein Day -- in honor of Mary Shelley 

Huey P. Long Day -- Louisiana, US

International Day of the Disappeared -- Latin American Federation of Associations for Relatives of Detained-Disappeared

International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances -- UN

International Whale Shark Day -- WiseOceans has more information 

National Holistic Pet Day -- celebrating the growing interest in natural/holistic medicine for animals

National Toasted Marshmallow Day

Onam -- Hindu (start of a 14-day Hindu harvest festival observed by Malayali Hindus celebrating the legendary King Maveli/Mahabali)

Popular Consultation Day -- East Timor

Santa Rosa de Lima -- Peru

St. Fiacre's Day (Patron of box makers, cab drivers, costermongers, florists, gardeners, hosiers, pewterers, taxi drivers, tile makers; against barrenness, fistula, haemorrhoids, piles, sterility, syphilis, venereal disease)

Talk Intelligently Day -- holiday thought up by someone tired of non-intelligent conversations (maybe with co-workers?)

Victory Day -- North Cyprus; Turkey

     Turkey's Hellespont Swim -- one of the world's busiest shipping lanes is closed so that over 300 participants can swim the Hellespont from Europe to Asia, a Victory Day commemoration of winning the Turkish War of Independence in 1922 against the Greeks

Anniversary Today:

Roman Polanski marries Emmanuelle Seigner, 1989

Birthdays Today:

Cameron Diaz, 1972

Michael Michele, 1966

Michael Chiklis, 1963

David Paymer, 1954

Timothy Bottoms, 1951

Lewis Black, 1948

Peggy Lipton, 1947

Frank "Tug" McGraw, 1944

Jean-Claude Killy, 1943

Elizabeth Ashley, 1939

Warren Buffett, 1930

Kitty Wells, 1919

Ted Williams, 1918

Fred MacMurray, 1908

Roy Wilkins, 1901

Shirley Booth, 1898

Huey P. Long, 1893

Claire Straith, M.D., 1891

Ernest Rutherford, 1871

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, 1797

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Anna Lucasta"(Play), 1944

Today in History:

European leaders, in an attempt to end war "for all time", outlaw the crossbow, 1146

One of the largest naval battles in history, during the last decade of the ailing, Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty, begins between the forces of two Chinese rebel leaders, 1363

Capture of the entire Dutch fleet by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell, 1799

Founding of Melbourne, Australian, 1835

Founding of Houston, Texas, 1836

Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, 1901

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in south Louisiana, the longest bridge over water (continuous, not aggregate) that is not also a viaduct, opens, 1956

The Hotline between the leaders of the U.S.A. and the Soviet Union goes into operation, 1963

Thurgood Marshall is confirmed as the first African American Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1967

Guion Bluford becomes the first African American astronaut in space, 1983

NATO launches Operation Deliberate Force against Bosnian Serb forces, 1995

A commercial expedition to raise part of the sunken British luxury liner Titanic ended in failure, 1996

Harley-Davidson celebrates its 100th anniversary in Milwaukee with a parade of 10,000 motorcycles, 2003

India and Pakistan agree to release hundreds of fishermen and other civilians in each other's jails as part of their ongoing attempts to negotiate peace between their nations, 2005

Sumatra's Sinaburg volcano continues to erupt, two people are killed and 21,000 are evacuated from the vicinity, 2010

In Chile, 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the surface make contact with their families for the first time in three weeks since the incident, 2010

Late author Terry Pratchett’s unfinished works are destroyed as per his request, 2017

For the second time, Ukrainian amateur astronomer Gennady Borisov discovers an interstellar comet, 2019

Algeria becomes the last country to stop selling leaded petrol/gasoline, 2021