Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Sick Day Blues, 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 

Walking in and finding the laundry room is not a mess is not encouraging at Carl's.  It's suspicious.

The clean laundry, or he said it was clean, was on his chair at the table.  It turned out when i played the "clean or dirty game" with his clothes later that only some of it was clean.

Some of it was hung up.  Sort of.  He's not always good with hangers.

It doesn't help that the sleeves are tucked to the inside of the hoodie...

Yes, that is a shoe on his table.  It's okay, he eats in the main kitchen, this one is mostly for catching shoes and anything else he puts on it.

As for the rest of the laundry, i found it.

I'd arrived early, and he wasn't in bed, also suspicious.  He peeked out of the living room and said, "I don't think I feel well, should I call in sick?"

Whipping the mask i keep with me for emergencies out of my pocket, i put it on and told him, "That's your call, you are the only one who knows how you feel."

While i doubt he was "sick" sick, i didn't take a chance and kept the mask on.

He chose to stay home.  "I can't figure out how to put in my PTTO!" he told me as i was getting him a clean sheet and pillowcase to use while napping in his chair in the living room.  The ones he was using needed laundering whether he stayed home or not.

Mr. L stepped in to help with the technicalities of calling in sick in the modern age, it's above my pay grade.

Meanwhile, he suddenly has lots more pillows.

Four on the bed, one on the chair, one on the floor and another on his sleep chair in the living room.

Mr. L has serious pain and sleep problems and often buys new pillows which are supposed to be of help.  We can't throw the old ones away, we are too frugal.  Carl now has six, maybe seven, i'm losing track.

When Carl stays home on cleaning day, it's always a race to see if i can clean everything before he decides to come mess things up again.

He came in to get something from his fridge, which showed me the challenge the fridge would be.

One of the grocery bags he'd stuffed in there had a dental floss pick, a sandwich in a baggie, and a bottle of the OTC medicine he sometimes uses for "irregularity."  He'd spilled most of the bottle in the bag.

The other bag held a small melon, an avocado, and salad dressing.  The salad dressing was not in a bottle.  I didn't ask why salad dressing was all over the outside of a melon and an avocado, as he probably had no idea how it had happened and even if he did, i doubt i'd understand the explanation.

He also came in to his room at various times while i was cleaning, once to brush his teeth, and once to put on deodorant.  When i asked him why he needed to put on deodorant when he was going back to bed, he looked confused.  In other words, he doesn't know, either.

A good thing is while playing "clean or dirty" i found his car keys.  They were in the pocket of his jeans, along with 3 crumbling Tums.  His pockets can be an adventure in themselves and are another reason i wear gloves.

He'd gone to the dentist the week before, and something told me to check the bag he'd brought home with him with a new toothbrush, floss sample, and travel size toothpaste tube.  Sure enough, his next appointment card was in there, too.  I turned it over to Mr. L, who is a responsible adult and also an absent-minded professor type.  I also left a note with Ms. V to check with Mr. L for that card so she can get it on the calendar.  You have to hedge your bets.

At one point, i went into the main house to get something and Carl was up yet again, using the hall restroom.  He stepped out and as he does not wear slippers or socks most of the time when he's napping, he stepped on something and quickly pulled his foot up to examine it and see what he'd stepped on.

"Rock!" he said, plucking what i assume was a tiny pebble off his foot.  I say i assume that's what it was as he immediately threw it back on the floor and i couldn't find it.

I reminded him that if he steps on something like that, he needs to throw it away so he doesn't step on it again later.  His face lit up as if that was a new concept, which it probably is.

For me, a little more dirt on the floor is job security.

Meanwhile, some pillow funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful day, everyone!


Today is:

Alasitis Fair -- Aymara Indians, Bolivia (offerings to the god of prosperity, now celebrated in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Peace, for whom La Paz is named)

Beer Can Appreciation Day -- the first canned beer went on sale today in 1935

Belly Laugh Day -- at 1:24pm local time, join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World!

Economic Liberation Day -- Togo

Eskimo Pie Day -- patented this day in 1921

Fairy-Four Paganalia -- Fairy Calendar

Gold Rush Day -- US (gold is discovered at Sutter's Mill, sparking the California Gold Rush, in 1848)

National Change a Pet's Life Day

National Compliment Day -- begun by Debby Hoffman and Kathy Chamberlin, a day in which to compliment at least 5 people

National Peanut Butter Day

National Speak Up and Succeed Day -- become one of those people who aren't afraid of public speaking, practice! originally sponsored by Polished Presentations International, but they no longer have a website, but i'm sure Toastmasters International can help 

Paul Pitcher Day (So called because it is the eve of the Celebration of St. Paul's Conversion on the road to Damascus.  Cornish tin miners would traditionally set up a water pitcher in a public place and throw stones at it to destroy it.  A replacement pitcher was then bought and filled with beer, which was drunk and replenished through the day.  These miners were great inventors for reasons to celebrate, and they did this to rebel against the rule that only water was to be consumed during the work day.)

Sailing of Bast -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (people sailed the Nile to converge on Bubastis and celebrate the cat goddess; date approximate)

Sementivae, in honor of Ceres and Terra, begins -- Roman Empire (one of the few dating approximate items on the Roman Calendar, as each area of the Empire celebrated according to the timing of a local magistrate, but now through Feb. 2 was a typical time)

Social Sipping and Nibbling Rehearsal Day -- a day to practice cutting a piece of cake on a paper plate, using a plastic fork, and also balancing a napkin and punch in a paper cup; or practicing what clever thing you will say if you drop it all

St. Francis de Sales' Day (Patron of authors/journalists/writers, confessors, deaf people, educators/teachers; Champdepraz, Aosta, Italy; against deafness)

TV Game Show Day -- birth anniversary of Mark Goodson

Ziua Unirii -- Romania (Unification Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Popeye meets Olive Oyl, 1929 (in Elzie Segar's Thimble Theater comic strip)

Birthdays Today:

Mischa Barton, 1986

Tatyana Ali, 1979

Ed Helms, 1974

Matthew Lillard, 1970

Mary Lou Retton, 1968

Nastassia Kinski, 1960

Jools Holland, 1958

Yakov Smirnoff, 1951

John Belushi, 1949

Warren Zevon, 1947

Michael Ontkean, 1946

Sharon Tate, 1943

Neil Diamond, 1941

Aaron Neville, 1941

Ray Stevens, 1939

Maria Tallchief, 1925

Jerry Maren, 1920

Oral Roberts, 1918

Ernest Borgnine, 1917

Jack Brickhouse, 1916

Mark Goodson, 1915

Granny D, 1910 (formerly Granny Haddock, or Ethel Doris Haddock, political activist)

Edith Wharton, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"I, Puritani"(Bellini Opera), 1835

Today in History:

Caligula, known for his cruel despotism, is assassinated and succeeded by his uncle Claudius, 41

Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders, 1639

The first Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland, 1656

Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga, 1776

The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia,1857

The Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza, with Bucharest as the capital, 1862

General Baden-Powell's publication of Scouting for Boys starts the Boy Scouts movement, 1908

The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People's Commissars effective from February 14(NS), 1918

Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada, 1952

A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost, 1961

Jackie Robinson is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962

Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II, 1972

Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth's atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada's Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered, 1978

The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, 1984

Voyager 2 passes within 81,500 km (50,680 miles) of Uranus, 1986

Japan launches Hiten, the country's first lunar probe,and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States, 1990

Lara Giddings becomes the first female Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania , 2011

European Bioinformatics Institute scientists announce they have successfully stored audio and text on fragments of DNA, and retrieved them with 99.99% accuracy - the first time in history DNA has been used for data storage, 2013

On this 10th anniversary of the Opportunity rover landing on Mars, NASA announces the rover has discovered clay minerals indicating water flowed on Mars early in the planet's history, 2014

Officials at the World Health Organization state that the number of new Ebola cases is rapidly declining, signaling a reversal of the epidemic, 2015

Seventeen temperature records are broken in South Australia, including the highest ever recorded for the capital Adelaide at 46.6C, 2019


  1. I am pretty certain that you have TOTAL job security where cleaning up after Carl is concerned. Loved the pillow funnies too.

  2. I think there is no other person that can clean up after Carl as best as you can. The pillow funnies is making me sleeping.

  3. Pillow funnies are good, but Carl and you are better.

  4. I think after all that hard work that you needed all those pillows for yourself when you got home and put your feet up. At least I hope you were able to put your feet up.

  5. Thank you for all your good works. God bless.

  6. Oh goodness. Showing up to find out he was staying home would really throw a wrench into your day. Hope you got done what was needed and could make a fast exit. Love all the pillow funnies.

  7. Carl is most entertaining. I enjoy your Tuesday reviews of the craziness of trying to keep up with him. You do, but wow.

    Love all the pillow funnies. Thanks for the laughs.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Big hug. ♥

  8. I do love these Carl stories, and your endless patience. You know you could write a book. I bet that's been suggested before.

  9. stoppin bye two say HI and hope everee onez mew yeer haz been grate sew far 🐟‼️❤️

  10. Purrfect post for Belly Laugh Day, not only did Mom laugh at your Carl story, but the pillow memes were hilarious! She laughed so hard her coffee came out her nose! I LOVE it when that happens! Purrs Marv

  11. Enjoyed every word. I always do. And loved the pillow memes too. I am so particular about the pillow I sleep on it's making it hard for me to find one.

  12. Carl is quite a character. We loved the pillow 'toons!

  13. You do such a good job describing the everlasting story of Carl. I think EC is right, you have total job security there :) I loved the pillow memes, especially the acupuncture one!

  14. Great pillows! I love that boyfriend pillow, that was a hoot! You are sainted dealing with Carl. God bless both of you. He reminds me of my sister's story of 2 1/2 year old great grand girl. As my sister sets the clean laundry over the baby gate, Layla tosses the dirty laundry into the clean basket which tumbles down the stairs. My poor sister! She always says, and that is why we have our own children when we're young!

  15. Carl is 'piece of work and you are a saint ~ Great LOL pillow photos and captions ~fun! Xo

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

  16. Thank goodness there are angels in disguise such as cleaning staff.

  17. I admire how you take care of Carl but how you retain your sense of humour while doing so deserves a medal, or perhaps a sainthood although I don't think you should have to wait until have you're long gone for recognition. I must remember it is "Social Sipping and Nibbling Rehearsal Day". I was reminded I need the practise after once again wearing a white blouse to lunch. I should know better.

  18. HA! If I saw that mess I'd be the one calling in sick. Those really are good funnies.

  19. You truly are a saint to stay so patient. Great bunch of funnies. XO

  20. I hope Carl is well again by now. Love the pillow funnies.

  21. Hahaha! I love the Adventures of Carl! Your trying to stay ahead of Carl reminded me of a cartoon I saw years ago where a young man in a souped-up car was having his car refueled. The operator said to him, "Son, you need to shut the engine off. I think you're gaining on me!"
    Pillow funnies are the funniest!


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