Tuesday, November 1, 2022

What’s Important, 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 

One person was worrying a bit about Carl last week, doing some of the things he does.

No need to worry.  He's normal, for him.  He is a special needs adult, he thinks differently from the rest of us.

His father is a PhD chemist and can be a bit of an absent-minded professor type, and his mother sometimes gets a tad scattered, too.

For example, i clean the main house every other Thursday, and that was last Thursday.  Usually when i am leaving, i start the cleaning rags in the washing machine, and Ms. V finishes that load by hanging what can't go in the dryer and drying the rest.

Last week, i did not start the wash as she and Mr. L were leaving for an appointment and i do not leave a washer, dryer, or dishwasher going when no one in home (risk of overflow or fire and no one around to know).  She was supposed to start the load, all of which was in the washer, when she got home.

Arriving yesterday, i found evidence that she had forgotten, and that Carl had simply pulled the cleaning items out of the washer and put them aside, still dirty, when he next wanted to do his wash.

Dirty cleaning cloths, the lint screen cover, a brush and who knows what else.
Yes, if the dryer balls fall out, he leaves them out.  What about it?

Second week in a row he'd actually dried the clothes.
Of course, the lint screen cover was missing, it was up there, on top of the dryer.

It just doesn't look very encouraging.

Dirty cleaning cloths everywhere.

He preloaded the washer for me, sort of.

The requisite pair of still folded socks that he somehow manages to get into the laundry room each week.

When i could not find the trash can that belongs in the laundry room, i went looking and sure enough, it was in the kitchen with very little trash and some of the recycling thrown in.

Garbage can with recycling on top next to a recycle bin.

Empty recycle bins are too far away!

Carl had put it there.  He'd run out of room in the other bin.  Of course, there were two more bins next to the first one, neither full.  They, however, were further away from where Carl stands when he puts things in the recycling, so they don't count.

Upon walking in yesterday morning, there was an almost overpowering smell i could not identify.  When i asked Carl, he said, "Essence.  You know, Air Wick!"

It took me a moment to figure out what this was.

Ah, he was using an air freshener stick.  Since he didn't buy a holder for it, he'd stuck it in the drain screen in the sink.

That still didn't explain how strong the smell was until i found this.

Under the receipt box.

This many air freshener sticks would overwhelm anyone's sniffer, and they did mine.  They went in a zip bag.

At one point before i got him out the door, i turned around and saw Carl had simply left the fridge door wide open.

See the uncovered cups?

The cups, when he was done, with tea spilled on the counter.

He's not trying to waste electricity or let things melt, he simply opens the door, thinks of something else, and walks off.  Since he'll be back "soon," the door stays open.

When he got back, he did something i hadn't seen him do before.  He took the two cups that were in there with no lids, and poured the contents, tea, into a half empty bottle of tea that he also had in there.  His mother has been cautioning him that he will lose anything he leaves in an open container in any fridge, and i guess this is his solution, rather than find a lid for the cups.

In showing that even i can be taught, i remembered to look for the laundry stain remover spray in his car before he was loading the car.  Yes, despite our many admonitions, he is still trying to remove stains from his car upholstery with laundry stain remover.  It's okay, it can't hurt and makes his car smell better.

At one point while he was trying to get out the door, Carl stopped to start looking at his receipt pile, the main one, again.

The main receipt box and pile

more receipts on the counter

more receipts behind the coin sorter

He's got tons of receipts in many places, and i suggested he throw them away.

"No, no!  I need to find one, I know it's in there!"

Whatever you're looking for, i told him, the purchase was too long ago for you to return the item, at least by now.

"Taxes!" he said, then, "you got my snack together?"

At the end, he know's what's important.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

All Hallow's Day a/k/a All Saint's Day -- Christian, and a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church; a recognized holiday (although not necessarily a day off work) in Andorra, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia and Herzegovena, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, East Timor, Ecuador, Finland, France, Gabon, Germany, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Holy See, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malta, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Monaco, New Caledonia, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic of the Congo, Reunion, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre et Miquelon, San Marino, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Togo, Wallis and Fortuna)

Apaturia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Phratriai brotherhood festival; dates approximate)

Bulgarian National Revival Leaders' Day -- Bulgaria

Cake Appreciation Day -- while i can't find a reason or sponsor for this, i'm sure the Cake Appreciation Society would approve

Cook for Your Pets Day -- did the dogs lobby for this? www.cookforyourpets.com

Coronation Day of Fourth Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan

CrossQuarter Day

Day of the Innocents -- Mexico (first Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead)

Gooseberry Humble's Tummy-Rumbling Contest -- Fairy Calendar

Graveyards Day -- a traditional day to tend the graves of ancestors

I Am So Thankful Month begins -- before the "holiday" frenzy, spend not just a day, but a month, practicing gratitude

Haryana Day -- Haryaha, India

Independence Day -- Antigua & Barbuda(1981); North Yemen (Yemen Arab Republic, from the Ottoman Empire)

International Coaches Day -- no one claims to have started this; if you have, or had, a great coach in your life, let him/her know

Kalends of November -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also

     Pomonia -- Festival to Pomona

Kanhada Rajyothsaya -- Kamataka, India (Kamataka Formation Day)

Kite Festival of Santiago Sacatepequez -- Santiago Sacatepequez, Guatemala (kite flying in the graveyard to scare away evil spirits)

Liberty Day / D. Hamilton Jackson Day -- US Virgin Islands

Melbourne Cup Day -- Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia (155th running)

NaNoWriMo -- National Novel Writer's Month, write one if you have it in you!

National Author's Day -- US

National Calzone Day

National Family Literacy Day® -- US (but no matter where you live, turn off the tv, pick up a good book! National Center for Family Literacy 

National French Fried Clam / Deep Fried Clam Day

National Vinegar Day

No Driving with Cell Phones Day -- the first law against talking on a hand-held device while driving went into effect in NY, US, on this day in 2001

Old Celtic New Year

Olive Festival -- Galilee, Israel (through the month, especially centered around Kawkab and Hurfeish, with open houses, oil production tours, feasts, lectures, concerts, dance performances, and olives galore)

Ozark Mountain Christmas/Branson Festival of Lights -- Branson, MO, US

Plate Tectonics Day -- birth anniversary of Alfred Wegener, who came up with the theory of continental drift

Remembrance Day -- Slovenia

Revolution Day/National Day -- Algeria

Samhain -- Celtic, 3rd Station, and Wicca, Northern Hemisphere (Beltane in the Southern Hemisphere)

State Foundation Day -- Andhra Pradesh, India; Karnataka, India; Kerala, India

World Vegan Day -- International 

Anniversaries Today:

The Prime Meridian is set at Greenwich, England, 1884

Boston Female Medical School opens, 1848

Birthdays Today:

Penn Bagdley, 1986

Toni Collette, 1972

Jenny McCarthy, 1972

Fernando Valenzuela, 1960

Rachel Ticotin, 1958

Lyle Lovett, 1957

Dan Peek, 1951

Larry Flynt, 1942

Gary Player, 1935

Betsy Palmer, 1926

James Jackson Kilpatrick, 1920 

Alfred Wegener, 1880

Stephen Crane, 1871

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Foreigner"(Larry Shue comedy), 1984

Hello Kitty, 1974 (condsidered her "birth date")

"Top Banana"(Mercer musical), 1951

Ebony Magazine(First edition), 1945

"Harvey"(Mary Chase comedy), 1944

"The Constant Wife"(Maugham play), 1926

"Emperor Jones"(O'Neill play), 1920

The Crisis: A Record of The Darker Races(Magazine of the NAACP, first edition edited by W.E.B. DuBois), 1910

"John Bull's Other Island"(Shaw comedy), 1904

Harper's Bazaar(Magazine, first edition), 1867

Today in History:

The name "Austria" is first used for Ostarrichin, 996

King John of England begins imprisoning Jews, 1210

The Duke of Brabant orders the execution of all Jews in Brussels, claiming they were poisoning wells, 1349

First exhibit of the works of Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, 1512

The Netherlands is hit by a flood disaster, resulting in the deaths of thousands, 1570

Shakespeare's "Othello" first presented, 1604

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" first presented, 1611

An earthquake in Lisbon leaves over 50,000 dead, 1755

The Stamp Act goes into effect in the British colonies, 1765

George Washington gives his "Farewell Address" and the Continental Army is dissolved, 1783

John Adams becomes the first Us president to move into the (still not quite finished) White House, 1800*

*Note: It was still called the Executive Mansion at this time

The first published reference to poker, as a Mississippi riverboat game, 1834

The Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse, which is still in use, is lit for the first time; its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for 19 miles in good conditions, 1859

Passage of the first US Civil Rights Bill, 1866

First publication of "Harpers Bazaar", 1867

The US Weather Bureau (now the National Weather Service) begins operations, with 24 locations, 1870

Edward Scripps and John Sweeney found Penny Press (now the Cleveland Press), 1878

The Gaelic Athletic Association is founded at the Hayes' Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary, 1884

Dr. Roux of Paris introduces a vaccine for diphtheria, 1894

Nicholas II becomes the new Tsar of Russia, 1894

The National Geographic Magazine publishes its first picture of bare breasted women (from a Zulu tribe), 1896

The first Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public, 1897

Sigma Phi Epsilon, the largest national male college fraternity in the US, is established at Richmond College, 1901

Parris Island becomes the officially designated Marine Corps Recruit Depot, 1915

The Ottoman Empire is officially abolished, 1922

Seabiscuit defeats War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed "the match of the century" in horse racing, 1938

The first animal conceived by artificial insemination, a rabbit, is displayed, 1939

American photographer Ansel Adams takes a picture of a moonrise over the town of Hernandez, New Mexico that would become one of the most famous images in the history of photography, 1941

The first issue of Ebony Magazine is published, by John H. Johnson, 1945

Charles Cooper of the Celtics becomes the first black NBA player, 1950

The first hydrogen nuclear device is exploded, by the US, at Eniwetok Atoll, 1952

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante wears a protective mask for the first time in an NHL game, 1959

The Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, with the largest radio telescope ever constructed, officially opens, 1963

The Motion Picture Association of America's film rating system is officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X, 1968

Honda becomes the first Asian automaker to build cars in the US, 1982

Serbia joins the United Nations, 2000

First part of the Gomery Report, which discusses allegations of political money manipulation by members of the Liberal Party of Canada, is released in Canada. 2005

Astronomers claim to have detected light from the first stars in the universe by studying high-energy radiation data, 2012

Australian scientists announce the discovery of three new marsupials in Queensland, all shrew-like antechinus species, 2013

Palau becomes the first country to ban sunscreen because of the chemicals in them which bleach coral reefs, 2018

Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, the first protein-based COVID vaccine, receives its first emergency use authorization in Indonesia, 2021


  1. Thanks for the smiles. And yes, I would have bagged those air fresheners too. Quickly.

  2. The good news is that you know Carl pretty well. I'm sure in the beginning it was super difficult to figure out what was going on!

  3. I always enjoy your posts about Carl. He's such an entertaining whirlwind. You made me chuckle many times and even before I got to your funnies. Thank you.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  4. Carl is ... just Carl. I wonder ... Can he drive a car?

  5. Mama mia! You are the Saint of Patience! Have a very Happy Tuesday!

  6. I think Carl is a lucky guy, he's partially self sufficient, well supported, and loved.

  7. Oh my poor Carl. His entire family though they are smart, are all like the same entire family. Thank God they have you Mimi. Like I always said, you are an angel.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. There's been a time or two when we've all been Carlfied, but we're glad he has you there too!

  9. I am glad there are no cats living there. Those sticks could be deadly if gnawed on. Great bunch of funnies.

  10. Oh, Carl. You have had your hands full, Mimi.

  11. Love the funnies. Carl would have me tearing my hair out. Those scent sticks are really strong, too strong for me.

  12. The days and stories you have there. I worked with special needs adults one summer, but just at night to go to movies or outdoor concerts, so I didn't have the responsibilities as you do. I had a blast and ended with many stories, also. Larry reminds me of my household nowadays with Betsy. Also: I keep looking at your lists for an insect or arthropod day. Alas. None so far, but one is coming in May. Many in May, actually.


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