Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Uphill Both Ways, 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: 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.


Links to the other Word Counters posts:

Baking In A Tornado                    

On the Border                                  

Let's have some funnies, shall we?

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Alaska Day -- Alaska, US

Anti-Slavery Day -- yes, there are still slaves in this world, find out how to help them here      

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)

Information Overload Awareness Day -- we all get bombarded, take stock of how it affects you; sponsored by the Information Overload Research Group       

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)

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity   

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

Anniversaries Today:

Women in Military Service for America Memorial is dedicated, 1997

University of Heidelberg opens, 1386

Birthdays Today:

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

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Once on This Island"(Play), 1990

"Roseanne"(TV), 1988

"The Girl Is Mine"(Single release), 1982

"Raisin"(Musical), 1973

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


  1. Carl would definitely be a handful, and I applaud his parent's attempts to help him become more self sufficient.
    Thanks for the funnies.

  2. It is definitely not easy to parent Carl. You are a blessing to Carl and his parents.

  3. Raising a Carl would really take a lot of love and patience, as well as knowing you will be raising him forever. At least we dogs do learn and change so we get easier as we get older but a Carl is a permanent challenge that one has to just use love to deal with.

  4. Your Funny Tuesday had me laughing and still laughing. Good stuff!!

  5. I wonder, can Carl really understand some of these statements that you have tried to inform him about. It sounds like he can't.
    Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. I love your posts about Carl. A whirlwind of confusion. Most entertaining and I would love him to pieces.

    Love all the funnies. Being a parents is very trying at times. It's worth it, but trying at times.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug, my friend. ♥

  7. I can't help but respect Carl's spirit. He doesn't always succeed, but he keeps putting himself out there and he keeps trying.

  8. I love the funnies! Thanks for the smiles, Mimi. And I find your Carl stories interesting and keep admiring the patience of his parents and you. Good for them for having goals and expectations for him, and good for you for respecting them even though it makes your job harder.

  9. Carl entertains ~ sweet and fun Parent photos and captions ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your day ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Oh, that Dad will get extra points from his Daughter. I don't remember doing any makeup, and his hair was much too short to do any hair dressing to. But I remember how patient he was when I painted his toes. Takes a very strong man, and a very good bar of soap to do that! :)

  11. Carl is a story waiting to happen, daily. Those were really good funnies.

  12. Carl's parents must be very patient which is why God chose them for him. XO

  13. You are definitely a blessing to Carl and his parents as they navigate this windy road. :) Loved all the funnies!


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