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: Diane at On the Border
Links to the other Word Counters posts:
This week, Ms. JAI called and wanted me to come after i was done at Carl's so i had to hit the ground running. That meant being at work before 6am and he was just getting out of the shower when i arrived.
Turning my attention to the laundry room, i saw the bridal veil on the dryer and the clothes pile up. Opening the dryer revealed 3 dry items, and the washer had the rest of that load still in there, not yet soured thankfully.
If you are Carl, you don't waste time drying what you don't need right now. If you are Carl, you don't separate the gloves before washing, necessitating rewashing. If you are Carl, dryer balls go through the cycle, laundry basket, wash, dry, repeat.
Why the bridal veil on the dryer? Ms. V and Mr. L are celebrating their 50th Anniversary in two weeks, they even invited us to the party. They're going through slides to make a presentation. The veil will play a part, i'm sure.
Meanwhile, i tried to get an apron on Carl to keep his clothes clean. It ended up everywhere except on him, and he even had a second one he'd grabbed. It was in his lap and fell on the floor when he stood.
|Top of the fridge.|
This week's points to remember are, first, if the underwear was hung up still in the shorts, it's a pretty sure bet they are dirty, and indeed they were. Second, his calendar does him no good from on the top of his refrigerator.
Another thing i need to remember for myself is to put a glove on before i go in the house. There will be sticky doorknobs somewhere, and you never know where the jelly, syrup, or sugar used regularly will land. You've been warned.
Carl asked me if his snack was ready, and i asked if he wanted the unopened pre-made chef salad that was in the fridge. After some serious thought, he said, "It's a 15 today." Then he wandered off before i could ask.
When i caught up to him he said, "I only have a 15-minute break today, not a full lunch break." Ah, now i got it, he won't have time for a salad, so i made a half sandwich and grabbed snack items.
In honor of sticky doorknobs, children, messes, and laughter, how about we finish with the funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!
Baba Au Rhum Day -- of course, on rum day, bake some cake with the stuff!
Children's Day -- Paraguay
Daimonji Bonfire -- Mt. Nyoigadake, Kyoto, Japan (spectacular bonfires in the shapes of word pictures on the mountains surrounding the city)
Elvis Presley Day -- can you believe he's been gone 36 years?
Festival of the Minstrels -- Tutbury Castle, UK (Middle Ages; celebrated with great pomp, as the Duke of Lancaster had decreed that they each year elect a new king of the minstrels)
Fete de l'Independance -- Gabon (National Day)
Harmonic Convergence Day -- modern followers of Maya and Aztec calendars
Joe Miller's Joke Day -- anniversary of the death of English comic actor Joseph Miller in 1738
Madonna del Voto Day -- Siena, Italy (a/k/a Palio dell'Assunta, 2nd of the traditional yearly horse races)
National Airborne Day -- US (honors all Airborne Military)
National Tell a Joke Day -- seems internet generated, but probably related to Joe Miller Joke Day
National Rum Day
Remember What Your Spouse Wore the First Time You Met Day -- internet generated and dangerous!
Restoration of the Republic -- Dominican Republic
Roller Coaster Day -- the first one was patented this day in 1898
Shahenshahi -- DD, DN, GJ, MH, India (Parsi New Year)
St. Roch's Day (Patron of bachelors, dogs, falsely accused people, invalids, surgeons, tile makers; of over 20 cities in Italy as well as Istanbul, Turkey; for relief from pestilence; against cholera, diseased cattle, epidemics, knee problems, plague [Black Death], skin diseases and rashes)
St. Stephen of Hungary's Day (Patron of bricklayers, kings, masons, stonecutters; Hungary; against the death of children)
Surveillance Day -- formerly Wave at the Surveillance Cameras Day, go ahead and make the lives of those monitoring your every move a little less boring and more pleasant by giving a little wave when you know you are being watched
World's Fair of Money -- Rosemont, IL, US (the greatest money show on Earth, including dealers, exhibits from around the world, family activities and educational programs; through Saturday)
Xicolatada -- Palau-de-Cerdagne, France (hot chocolate festival)*
Sean Penn marries Madonna, 1985
Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, 1983
Gioachino Antonio Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier, 1846
Seth Peterson, 1970
Steve Carell, 1963
Laura Innes, 1960
Timothy Hutton, 1960
Angela Bassett, 1958
Jeff Perry, 1955
James Cameron, 1954
Kathie Lee Gifford, 1953
Reginald VelJohnson, 1952
Leslie Ann Warren, 1946
Julie Newmar, 1935
Eydie Gorme, 1932
Frank Gifford, 1930
Ann Blyth, 1928
Fess Parker, 1925
Menachem Begin, 1913
George Meany, 1894
T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), 1888
Bernarr Macfadden, 1868
Amos Alonzo Stagg, 1862
Hongxi Emperor of China, 1378
"Siegfried"(Opera, WWV 86C), 1876
Today in History:
Henry VIII defeats the French at the Battle of Guinegate/Battle of the Spurs, forcing the French to retreat, 1513
Jack Broughton formulates the earliest code of rules for boxing, 1743
Chang and Eng Bunker, the original "Siamese" twins, arrive in Boston to be exhibited, 1829
U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, 1858
Arica, Peru (now Chile) is devastated by a tsunami which followed a magnitude 8.5 earthquake, 1868
Gold is discovered in the Klondike, at Bonanza Creek, 1896
Edwin Prescott patents the roller coaster, 1898
In Valparaiso, Chile, an 8.6 earthquake followed by fire destroys the city and kills 20,000, 1906
The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks, 1930
Democrats nominate Adlai E. Stevenson as presidential candidate, 1956
Joseph Kittinger parachutes from a balloon over New Mexico at 102,800 feet (31,300 m), setting three records that still stand today: High-altitude jump, free-fall, and highest speed by a human without an aircraft, 1960
A solar flare from the Sun creates a geomagnetic storm that affects micro chips, leading to a halt of all trading on Toronto's stock market, 1989
For only 2nd time Stanley Cup leaves North America (heads to Russia), 1997
In England, two men who created a Facebook site to incite violence during the riots are sentenced to four years imprisonment, 2011
The world's first floating dairy farm opens in Merwehaven Harbour, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with 40 cows milked by robots, 2018
The first official water shortage is declared at Lake Mead, the major reservoir on the Colorado River, 2021
*Yes, they celebrate a hot chocolate festival in the summer. It all started when the 15th of August was a feast day on which the locals always drank a bit much, and the chocolatier of the town claimed his brew was a good remedy the day after. The original festival on the 15th has ceased, but the hot chocolate is brewed to this day, served at 11am promptly.