Today i have a meeting, so i did Ms. D's house yesterday, after Carl.
Let's take things one at a time, shall we?
Carl was standing in his bathroom doorway when i walked in. He was in such a state of dress, or should i say undress, as to make the question, are you about to take a shower? necessary.
"Just took it," he answered, grabbing the pain relief gel roller and taking a few swipes toward his knees. Sometimes it lands, sometimes not, i think the placebo effect works wonders with him.
He finished dressing while i found him an apron to wear while he was eating, and i helped him get his belt on. Finding the apron was no mean feat. His mother has been after him to pick up in his room before i come so i won't trip on anything. This week, it looks like he took a leaf out of the old "stuff everything in the closet" book of children's cleaning rules.
While i got the apron and belt on him, he talked.
"I want to join a fitness center, but I don't know which one," he told me. "After you try one free for a couple of days, they won't let you come back unless you join. How am I supposed to know if I'll like it after just one or two times?"
They're in business to make money, which is as it should be, i told him. They have rules about how often you can try it out so people don't take unfair advantage. Keep looking, you'll find something.
"They're fussing at work about the garbage. I take it out when I get there, and again every couple of hours and then before I leave, but there's always more!"
Think of it as job security, i told him. There will always be more, so you'll always have a job.
He didn't look convinced, but wandered off to find breakfast while saying, "My badge is here somewhere..."
His badge was hanging off his counter somewhere.
Carl's mother tries to get him to pick out his clothes the night before, and attach his badge. Of course, the clothes he chooses the day before are never the clothes he actually puts on the next day, that would be too easy.
As i made my way to the laundry room to see what was up, i clipped the badge onto the shirt that was actually on him. Whether it made it to the work building or not is out of my control.
There was laundry in the dryer, and it smelled clean. There was laundry in the washer, and it was wet. Turning on the unit, it brought up the last cycle run, which was an actual, full cleaning cycle, so he'd done the laundry correctly.
After putting the dry laundry on top of the dryer for a moment and moving the washed clothes to the dryer, i headed back to his room to gather the dirty items. (There's always more laundry -- job security.)
There i found this.
Clean, still on a hanger, fallen into the laundry basket and left there. Always more laundry, as i noted.
While getting the sheets off the bed, i noticed he'd grabbed the clean stuff from on top of the dryer and was distributing it, willy-nilly, around the room. Had i allowed that to continue, it would have been mixed in with the dirty stuff, so i rescued it quickly and shooed him off to inspect the lunch i'd packed.
While over there, he noticed i had taken the top off of his "food bin," a large plastic container he keeps snacks and candy in.
"Why's the top off?" he asked.
It's time to clean it out, i told him.
"No, don't throw it all away!" he said, and i reassured him i was just cleaning out the crumbs from the cookies he didn't wrap properly before he put them in there.
Once i got done with his room, it was off to Ms. D's place. She and i always have a nice chat, then she gets me to do the stuff she can't do, or doesn't want to do, ore needs help with.
She has a new plant watering can and i had to snap a photo.
|Fill him up through the larger hole above the tail, pour it out through the snout!|
This week, she had me work on the mini-blinds. The mechanism that turns them sticks, necessitating grabbing pliers, climbing a ladder, etc. We got them set the way she wanted them, and she's going to leave them that way.
The computer was easy, i clicked the box to let it know that no, she doeesn't want to install Microsoft Edge right now, and got the annoying message that was blocking her from using the computer to go away. She already has Chrome and Edge on that computer, the fact that Internet Explorer is not going to be supported any longer doesn't matter.
What does matter is that the message was popping up telling her Explorer needs to be replaced, and she didn't know how to make that message go away so she could actually use the computer.
It took a bit of explaining, but i got her to understand how to click "no" and get that message gone so that she can use the computer. Plus i told her to get her computer friend to come take Internet Explorer off the computer, it's not necessary, and that would help her not get so confused about what program to use.
She now gets it that Google Chrome will let her do Google searches (imagine that!) as well as get her to Facebook so she can keep up with the grandchildren.
Then we baked cookies! She's had an "envie" as they say in Cajun for cookies, so cookies were baked and the kitchen cleaned.
As a salute to the time-honored throw-it-all-in-the-closet cleaning method of children everywhere, and Carl, a few funnies about children cleaning, or just cleaning.
Let's round it out with one from the husband side of the equation.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Buttering-Up Final -- Fairy Calendar
Chung Yeung Festival -- China; Hong Kong; Macau (Double Ninth Festival/Ancestors' Day; date differs in other parts of Asia)
Festival of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Golf Lovers' Day -- internet generated, enjoy if you love golf
Ieiunium Cereris -- Ancient Roman Calendar (fast for the goddess Ceres)
Improve Your Office Day -- and water that plant while you are at it!
Independence Day -- Lesotho(1966)
International Toot Your Flute Day -- an internet generated day for shameless self-promotion
Kanelbullens Dag -- Sweden (cinnamon roll day)
National Ship in a Bottle Day -- another one i can't find a source for, but it's listed everywhere
National Taco Day
National Vodka Day
Nihonmatsu Lantern Festival -- Nihonmatsu, Japan (one of Japan's 3 largest lantern festivals; through the 6th)
Peace and National Reconciliation Day -- Mozambique
St. Francis of Assisi's Day (Patron of animal welfare societies, animals, birds, ecologists, ecology, environment and environmentalists, families, lace makers/lace workers, merchants, needle workers, peace, tapestry workers, zoos; Italy, especially Assisi, as well as several other cities around the world; against dying alone, fire)
Blessing of the Animals Day -- at many Catholic Churches, in honor of the Saint
St. Petronius' Day (Patron of Bologna, Italy)
10-4 Day (C.B.'ers) -- fourth day of the tenth month, ten-four, good buddy, etc.
Tewa Deer Dance -- Tewa Native Americans (celebrating the cosmic duality of the feminine and masculine, and honoring male and female ancestors; through the 7th)
World Animal Day -- International
World Space Week begins -- International
Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)
The Soviet Union launches Sputnik 1, 1957
The Soviet Union launches Luna 3, 1959 (first satellite to photograph the moon's distant side)
Rachael Leigh Cook, 1979
Alicia Silverstone, 1976
Abraham Benrubi, 1969
Christoph Waltz, 1956
Anita DeFrantz, 1952
Armand Assante, 1949
Susan Sarandon, 1946
Clifton Davis, 1945
Anne Rice, 1941
Jackie Collins, 1937
Alvin Toffler, 1928
Charlton Heston, 1924
Buster Keaton, 1895
Damon Runyon, 1884
Edward Stratemeyer, 1862
Frederic S. Remington, 1861
Rutherford B. Hayes, 1822
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, 1807
"The Alvin Show"(TV), 1961
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major(Shostakovich Op. 107), 1959
"Leave It To Beaver"(TV), 1957
Snoopy, in the Peanuts Comic strip, 1950
Dick Tracy(Comic strip), 1931
Today in History:
One of the largest naval battles in history, the Battle of Lake Poyang, ends when the Chinese rebel forces of Zhu Yuanzhang defeat Chen Youliang, 1363
The first full English translation of the Bible, sometimes called the Matthew Bible, which contained the work of translators William Tyndale and Miles Coverdale, is printed in Switzerland, 1537
Pope Gregory XIII's calendar adjustment that bears his name takes effect, with tomorrow being not Oct. 5, but Oct. 15, 1582
Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts drafts its first code of law, 1636
Peter Stuyvesant establishes America's first volunteer fire department, 1648
Christian Huygens patents the pocket watch, 1675
The state of Belgium is created after separation from the Netherlands, 1830
The New Orleans Tribune becomes the first black daily newspaper, 1864
The Orient Express, linking Turkey to Europe by rail, makes its first run, 1883
Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis character debuts on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post, 1941
The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is opened for signature, 1991
The Rome General Peace Accords ends a 16 year civil war in Mozambique, 1992
NATO confirms invocation of Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, 2001
SpaceShipOne wins Ansari X Prize for private spaceflight, by being the first private craft to fly into space, 2004
What is believed to be the oldest high-altitude human settlement is found in Kokoda, Papua New Guinea, 2010
Nissan unveiled the NSC-2015 electric car prototype at the Ceatec 2012 show in Tokyo; the car drove and parked itself, 2012
The Nobel Prize for Chemistry is awarded to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for their work on cryo-electron microscopy, 2017
The Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine is awarded to David Julius and Ardem Patapoutian for discovering receptors for temperature and touch, 2021