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: 28
It was submitted by: yours truly.
Sometimes i wonder about what it must have been like to parent Carl, that would have been going uphill both ways. It really still is, to an extent.
Yesterday, he talked about going to the fair at the library this weekend. It was a "maker fair," with artisans and crafters teaching their techniques to all comers.
He said it was fun, but he only got to try three different things. Knowing him, he wanted to try to do every single one. He has ambition.
His ambition leads him to try more than he can handle, like the laundry. His mother says he does laundry daily, but when i come, everything is dirty.
He did better this week, the clothes in the dryer were really dry and he only left two items in the washer. As for next week, who knows?
It's still not sinking in that you cannot get stains out of carpet and car upholstery with laundry stain remover spray. The bottle was in the car again.
He was again trying to rub anti itch cream on his socks when i caught him, suggesting it go under the sock where it would do some good.
Of course, he complied right then. Tomorrow, he'll forget and do it the other way again. Most of his creams and lotions must work by the placebo effect.
Last Thursday, when i was cleaning the rest of the house, he had clean clothes in the dryer i had to remove to do laundry for his parents.
They want him to tidy and clean after himself as much as possible, so on Thursdays i'm not supposed to do things in his part of the house.
Instead of hanging those clothes, i laid them neatly over the back of a chair so he could put them away himself. That's where i found them yesterday.
Some things will never change, like his pulling out clean clothes and setting them right where they'll get dirty again. On his kitchen counter is a good example.
|Still on a hanger, covered in powder and who knows what else.|
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Let's have some funnies, shall we?
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Alaska Day -- Alaska, US
Clean Water Act Day -- US (considered by many a day to give thanks for water and open any who are grateful for clean water)
Hard Boiled Guy/B-Girl Day -- on the anniversary of the general release of The Maltese Falcon (initial release was in NYC on Oct. 3)
Independence Day -- Azerbaijan(1991)
King Look Under Your Mattress's Unique Hiding Display -- Fairy Calendar (Finally! Proof, on the internet, that you do, indeed, need to look under the mattress!)
Meatloaf Appreciation Day
National Chocolate Cupcake Day (some websites day it is simply Cupcake Day, any flavor)
National Day of Prayer -- Zambia
National Pharmacy Technician Day -- because pharmacy technicians "Help America Feel Better"
National Statistics Day -- Japan
No Beard Day -- internet generated, a day to shave, which is illogical in the northern hemisphere, with winter coming
Pandrosus Festival -- Ancient Greek Calendar (all-refreshing goddess, or all-dewy one; date approximate)
Persons Day -- Canada (Marking the ruling that women are persons in 1929.)
Procession of the Lord of Miracles (Senor de los Milagros) -- Lima, Peru (Christian celebration of the Lord's miracles, with song, dance, prayers, and parades; through tomorrow and again on the 28th)
St. Luke's Day (The Evangelist; Patron of artists, bachelors/unmarried men, bookbinders, brewers, butchers, doctors/physicians/surgeons, glass makers/glasswrkers, gold workers/goldsmiths, lacemakers/lace workers, notaries, painters, sculptors, stained glass workers, Worshipful Company of Painters; Capena, Italy; Hermersdorf, Germany)
Watch a Squirrel Day -- internet generated, and different from squirrel appreciation day in January
World Menopause Day -- sponsored by the International Menopause Society
Women in Military Service for America Memorial is dedicated, 1997
University of Heidelberg opens, 1386
Zac Efron, 1988
Freida Pintoo, 1984
Lindsey Vonn, 1984
Vincent Spano, 1962
Wynton Marsalis, 1961
Erin Moran, 1960
Jean-Claude Van Damme, 1960
Martina Navratilova, 1956
Pam Dawber, 1951
Terry McMillan, 1951
Ntozake Shange, 1948
Joe Morton, 1947
Laura Nyro, 1947
Mike Ditka, 1939
Dawn Wells, 1938
Peter Boyle, 1935
George C. Scott, 1927
Chuck Berry, 1926
Melina Mercouri, 1923
Jesse Helms, 1921
Melina Mercouri, 1920
Anita O'Day, 1919
Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1919
James David Brooks, 1906
A.J. Liebling, 1904
Lotte Lenya, 1900
Henri Bergson, 1859
Salomon Auguste Andree, 1854
Giovanni Antonio Canaletto, 1697
"Once on This Island"(Play), 1990
"The Girl Is Mine"(Single release), 1982
The Jungle Book(Disney animated film), 1967
"The Apple Tree"(Musical), 1966
“The Yellow Kid Takes a Hand at Golf”(the first actual newspaper comic strip telling a continuing story (as opposed to a single cartoon panel, in American Humorist), 1897
"De Unges Forbund/The League of Youth"(Ibsen play), 1869
"Prometheus"(Liszt S.99), 1855
Moby Dick(Publication date), 1851
Today in History:
Pappus of Alexandria, Greek philosopher, observes an eclipse of the sun and writes a commentary on The Great Astronomer (Almagest), 320
Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah destroys the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, 1009
Battle of Assadun (Ashingdon), Danes defeat Saxons, 1016
Basel, Switzerland is destroyed by the Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, 1356
Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima -- Takeda Shingen defeats Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts in feudal Japan, 1561
The shoemakers of Boston form the first labor organization in the Colonies/US, 1648
The Mason/Dixon line is agreed upon, 1767
Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is first published as The Whale by Richard Bentley of London, 1851
The US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia, for $7.2 million, 1867
Edison makes electricity available for household use, 1878
John Owen becomes the first formally timed person to run 100 yd dash in under 10 seconds, 1890
United States takes possession of Puerto Rico, 1898
The British Broadcasting Company (later Corporation) is founded, 1922
The Grand Ole Opry opens in Nashville, Tennessee, 1925
Texas Instruments announces the first Transistor radio, 1954
The Soviet probe Venera 4 reaches Venus and becomes the first spacecraft to measure the atmosphere of another planet, 1967
Azerbaijan becomes independent from the USSR, 1991
After 8 years in exile, Benazir Bhutto returns to her homeland Pakistan, 2007
Saudi Arabia becomes the first country to turn down a seat on the UN Security Council in protest over Syria, 2013
Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir perform the first all-female space walk outside the International Space Station, 2019