Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Change in the Pockets, Powder on the Floor, 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 

When the dryer is already up and running as i walk in to Carl's, i know he's at least awake, and that's something.

This time, it was a mixed blessing.  He's out of his special laundry detergent he has to use (he can't have the dyes or perfumes) and he doesn't know how to pre-dissolve the powdered detergent so it won't leave powder marks.  This meant that while he had washed clothes, i wasn't sure how much if any soap was used.

The clothes in the sink had a dryer ball mixed in with them, which sometimes means they've been cleaned, but they smelled a bit questionable.  When i found change in the pocket of the shorts, i knew they'd not been washed.

The wet clothes in the washer had, but with how much detergent?

For the sake of certainty, i stopped the dryer and peeked in.  Only 7 items, meaning whatever was in the washer, he'd only taken 7 items out and was drying only those.  Yes, he does that regularly, washes a big load then only dries part of it.

When my back was turned, he took four of the seven items out of the dryer and was trying to put them away.  It took me distracting him with a question about his lunch to be able to grab them before they made it into the drawers and got mixed in with clean things and caused a worse problem.

As we ran circles around each other, he was dirtying things faster than i could clean them.  While i made his lunch, he searched the room for gloves with no luck.

Making his sandwich, i realized once again that many of his behaviors are just how his brain works, and some are simply an extreme form of things his parents do.

Take this "upside down" mayonnaise squeeze bottle as an example.  They have a squeeze opening that is supposed to be kept on the bottom.  Even the label is on in what would normally be the wrong direction to encourage you to leave the bottle turned in a way to encourage all the mayo to be by the squeeze opening, making serving easier.

No one on the family turns it the correct way, preferring instead to fight "the battle of the bottle," trying to get the mayo to settle so it can be squeezed out, or simply giving in to use a knife.  That's what i finally did, as i don't have time for the fight.

Carl has been trying to keep his room a bit tidier, his mother's main concern is that i will fall over something that's on the floor and get hurt, or she will.

He has a love affair with Gold Bond powder, using it liberally.  He sometimes gets it where it belongs, and sometimes gets almost as much on the floor.

The powder is slick, so i leave the bottle on the floor next to it to remind me to step carefully until i have time to get to the broom.

Once his lunch was packed, he started asking about snacks.  Since i'd given him a whole sandwich, a banana, a fruit cup, and a snack bar for a four hour work shift, i told him he had plenty.  He was not convinced and added a string cheese.  The boy can eat!

It took a while to shoo him out the door.  He is determined he wants to find a different job and was looking at job listings online when he should have been boogying down the road to the job he already has.  When he did get out to the car, he had to come back in to tell me he couldn't find gloves there, either.

His parents buy him packs of a dozen pair at a time, and it doesn't take him long to lose them all.  It's a talent he has.

Question:  do i want to know why his garbage can was clean and empty except on the outside at the very bottom, which had something nasty and sticky on it?

Answer:  no, i do not.

Time for the funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Ancestor Appreciation Day -- sponsored by the Ancestor Appreciation Day Association of Ann Arbor, MI, US

Crush a Can Day -- internet generated, so have fun seeing how many (safe) ways you can crush a can, and how flat you can get it!

Feast of Mashíyyat (Will) -- Baha'i

Fun and Fancy Free Day -- go out and have a great day, in honor of the release on this day in 1947 of the Disney film Fun and Fancy Free

French Community Holiday -- French Community of Belgium

Independence Day -- Turkmenistan (1991)

Meskel -- Ethiopian/Eritrian Orthodox Christian (True Cross Day)

National Corned Beef Hash Day

National Day -- Maldives

National Milk Chocolate Day

National Voter Registration Day -- US (Celebrating Democracy in America) 

Rosh Hashanah -- Judaism (ends today at evening)

Shut Up and Let Somebody Else Talk Day -- begun by someone with an overly verbose spouse, perhaps?

St. Vincent De Paul's Day (Patron of charitable societies/charitable workers, charities, horses, hospital workers, hospitals, lepers, prisoners, spiritual help, volunteers; Brothers of Charity; Saint Vincent de Paul Societies; Sisters of Charity; Vincentian Service Corps; Madagascar; Richmond, Virginia; for finding lost objects; against leprosy)

Thanksgiving Day for Disappearance of Kelp-Koli Again -- Fairy Calendar

Woman Road Warrior Day -- to recognize the traveling businesswomen in today's world

World Tourism Day -- World Tourism Organization   

Anniversary Today:

Google is founded, 1998

Birthdays Today:

Avril Lavigne, 1984

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1972

Bello Nock, 1968

Sophia Milos, 1965

Shaun Cassidy, 1958

Mike Schmidt, 1949

Marvin "Meat Loaf" Aday, 1947

Delores Taylor, 1939

Claude Jarman, Jr., 1934

Greg Morris, 1934

Wilford Brimley, 1934

Sada Thompson, 1929

Arthur Penn, 1922

William Conrad, 1920

Jayne Meadows, 1919

Thomas Nast, 1840

Raphael Semmes, 1809

George Muller, 1805

George Cruikshank, 1792

Samuel Adams, 1722

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Tonight Show"(TV), 1954

Strike Up The Band(Film), 1940

"Rip Van Winkle"(Bristow opera), 1855

Today in History:

Severe earthquake in the Gulf of Chili, China; reports of 100,000 killed, 1290

Jesuits founded by Ignatius Loyola, 1540

John Adams negotiates peace terms with Britain, 1779

Constitution submitted to the states for ratification, 1787

Jean-Francois Champollion announces that he has deciphered the Rosetta Stone, 1822

The Stockton and Darlington Railway opens, and begins operation of the world's first service of locomotive-hauled passenger trains, 1825

The physics journal Annalen der Physik published Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?", introducing the equation E=mc²,1905

The first production of a Ford Model T automobile rolls off the line at the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan, 1908

First test of a twin engine airplane, in France, 1910

Native American Day is first celebrated, 1916

Democratic National Committee votes to allow female members, 1919

The first Santa Clause Training School opens in Albion, NY, 1937

The Balinese tiger is declared to be an extinct species, 1937

Sierra Leone joins the United Nations, 1961

Richard Stallman announces the GNU project to develop a free Unix-like operating system, 1983

East Timor joins the United Nations, 2002

CNSA astronaut Zhai Zhigang becomes the first Chinese person to perform a spacewalk while flying on Shenzhou 7, 2008

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity discovers direct evidence of a fast-moving stream bed, showing a prior water source on the Red Planet, 2012

Thai Ex-Prime Minister Yingluck is  found guilty of criminal negligence in a rice subsidy scheme and sentenced to 5 years in absentia, 2017

India's Supreme Court overturns the 158-year-old law against adultery as it is discriminatory against women, 2018

Houston officials confirm the water supply around Lake Jackson, Texas, is contaminated with brain-eating amoeba, 2020


  1. Carl is quite a handful. Thanks for the funnies.

  2. Hehe I'm with Carl and family here - me too placing those squeeze bottles like that, Nothing worse than a ketchup explosion when you open them, I take the fight.
    And I always learn something from reading here - or am reminded of something fun. This time both. Gold Bond powder is a new one, I suppose something like talc. We made indoor slides on the floor with talc when I was a little one, fun for us, hazardous for unwary visitors, but easily removed.

  3. Wow, does Carl have a temper too? It would be so hard to deal with him right there undoing things you just did? Great condiment funnies!

  4. My housekeeper wonders why my house is so clean when she arrives. If only she knew that it looks like Carl's the day before she arrives. Love all the condiment jokes!!!

  5. It would be a big challenge to tidy up the place when Carl is in the house.

  6. Carl wants a new job. Is he able to do other things? " he took four of the seven items out of the dryer and was trying to put them away. " Why would he do it? I often wonder about what he does.
    Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. What a celebration of condiments - too fun!

  8. I always love your posts about Carl. A whirlwind of fun and I'm guessing you find him frustrating at times. Two steps forward and four steps back.

    Love all the condiment funnies. You made me laugh out loud more than once.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  9. Although I admit that your funnies are funny, sometimes Carl is funnier!

  10. Carl and tidying up don't seem to go together. Cute funnies!

  11. You mean I was supposed to do that with the old style powdered detergent? To avoid those marks? Oh, I wish you had told me 30 years ago! Seriously. You are so on target with Carl and reminding yourself of his abilities and his desire to do the right thing. Bless you.

  12. I have to speak up in defense of storing squeeze bottles "upside down. I stored a catsup bottle correctly and, as the contents got lower, even with the lid snapped properly closed, it still oozed out onto the fridge shelf. Catsup is the only thing I buy in those containers, mainy because if you buy catsup in the traditional bottles you can never get tt empty - and not just a trace but quite a lot dries out and gets wasted.

  13. I know it's not Carl's fault the way he does things, but I could not be as patient as you. Great funnies. XO

  14. You are an angel for Carl ~ bless you ~ Great condiment funnies ~ LOL ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. I love the stories of Carl! And your ketchup funnies were great!

  16. I do NOT agree with the fries one, in my opinion the condiment is definitely the accessory. Carl certainly does keep you hopping.

  17. Thanks for the smiles. :) :) :)

  18. Yow! I would be hard-pressed not to just throw everything into the washer every time!
    And Carl, too!


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