Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Hit the Ground Running, a Random and Happy Tuesday Word Counters 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 

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:

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                  

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!


Today is:

Baba Au Rhum Day -- of course, on rum day, bake some cake with the stuff!

Bratwurst Day

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)*

Anniversary Today:

Sean Penn marries Madonna, 1985

Paul Simon marries Carrie Fisher, 1983

Gioachino Antonio Rossini marries Olympe Pélissier, 1846

Birthdays Today:

Seth Peterson, 1970

Steve Carell, 1963

Laura Innes, 1960

Timothy Hutton, 1960

Angela Bassett, 1958

Madonna, 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

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"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.


  1. Stickiness gives me the eeeuws. I would have made a bad parent.
    Thanks for the funnies (and sometimes today for the wincies).

  2. I am glad I don't need to wear gloves now. Thanks for the sticky funnies. Lol!

  3. Great funnies to cheer us up. God bless.

  4. Sticky is always disgusting. I would wear a glove too if I were you. Great funnies!

  5. Great stories here! Happy Tuesday!

  6. Another 'fun day' with Carl ~ Bless you ~ and great humorous post ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  7. I love all the funnies, but Carl on Tuesdays is a must. What a whirlwind of fun and thank you for sharing him with all of us.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  8. The gloves made me laugh. When my boys were little, any time they didn't feel like taking the time to put clean clothes away, they'd just throw them down the laundry chute, didn't even take the pairs of socks apart (a dead give-away if ever there was one).

  9. If I were Carl's mom I would put the veil in safer place than his apartment. :) Great bunch of funnies.

  10. Stickyness is bad, and I had 6 children! Carl is just ... I love your descriptions of him and his quirky brains. Thanks!

  11. Oh my goodness. Stickiness all around. I think Carl needs more then one person to help him. I give you credit Mimi.
    Have a great day my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  12. That was an amazing story and the funnies sure were!

  13. I know you've said it before, but I'll just heartily agree with you here: Carl is job security!

  14. I love the bookmark sticky note :)
    I hate sticky anything and my eldest learned from me. After eating anything she would wave her hands at me saying 'ticky, ticky' until I washed them.


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