Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Someone Called For Soup? 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 

Last week, Carl told me he wasn't feeling well and stayed home.  The moment he said the words from across the room, I whipped out my mask and banished him, keeping my mask on and avoiding close contact with the whole family.

It turned out to be a good thing.  He tested positive for Covid the next day, and his parents a couple of days later.  They're all on the mend, but it meant i didn't do his room yesterday.  Ms. V called and asked me if i could make soup for her family instead, and i was happy to do it.

Because i was masked and avoided contact with them while i was there, and have had no symptoms (thank heaven!), all my other clients have been okay with me doing their houses while they are not home and with me in "full regalia" (KN-95 mask, face shield, gloves).  Grandma and Grandpa let me come and simply make sure i stayed out of whatever room they were in at the time.

That's why yesterday i went and did my new every-other-Monday client in the morning instead of the afternoon, then shopped, then made so much Chicken Vegetable Soup there was enough to leave at home for Sweetie and Brother-in-Law.

My soup method this time:

sauté Cajun "trinity" (onion, bell pepper, celery) in the cast iron pot, separate into two other pots (one for the sick family, one to stay here)

cube and sauté chicken breasts, some in each pot

dice or chop and sauté, one at a time, carrots, potatoes, and cabbage, some in each pot

deglaze the pan with low sodium chicken broth (Ms. V specifically asked that it be low in sodium, and since she asked on Sunday and i did this on Monday, i didn't have time to boil up my own stock)

pour some of the broth in both pots to cover and cook until all the veggies are tender

add no salt petite diced canned tomatoes

season to taste (the pot that stayed here got plenty of salt!)

There have been no complaints from any of the eaters at either house, so i think it turned out.

In honor of chicken soup, some funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Backward Day -- no info on the origin, but if you want to do something backward, go ahead

Eat Brussels Sprouts Day -- sauté in olive oil with some garlic, they are worth it!

Eve of Brigantia -- Ireland (St. Bridget's Eve, the night when she crosses the countryside and bestows blessings)

Feast of Great Typos -- another that no one will claim inventing, but since we've all made them, we may as well celebrate them

Feast of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

H&ll is Freezing Over Day -- internet generated day to review the list of things you said you would do when h*ll freezes over

Independence Day -- Nauru(1968)

Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day -- begun by Rev Jayne Howard Feldman as a day to use art to feed your soul

National Brandy Alexander Day

National Bug Busting Day -- UK (this is one idea that needs export to the whole world! the aim is to have every child checked for head lice on the same day, and thus get rid of them in one fell swoop, so they don't circulate endlessly)

National Gorilla Suit Day -- Mad Magazine's Maddest Artist, Don Martin, said this is the day to pull that gorilla suit out of the closet and step out in style.

Phlegm-Green, Moldy-Grey, and Gazzard Day -- Fairy Calendar (don't ask what color Gazzard is, it doesn't exist in the human world, and you don't want it to)

Play An Old Game You Haven’t Played in Years Night -- internet generated, and a great idea

Scotch Tape Day -- it hit the market this day in 1928

St. John Bosco's Day (Patron of apprentices, boys, editors, laborers, schoolchildren, students, young people-especially youth of Mexican descent)

Birthdays Today:

Justin Timberlake, 1981

Kerry Washington, 1977

Portia de Rossi, 1973

Minnie Driver, 1971

Kelly Lynch, 1959

Jhn Lydon, 1956

Nolan Ryan, 1947

Charlie Musselwhite, 1944

Richard Gephardt, 1941

Jessica Walter, 1941

Stuart Margolin, 1940

Queen Beatrix, 1938

suzanne Pleshette, 1937

Philip Glass, 1937

James Franciscus, 1934

Ernie Banks, 1931

Jean Simmons, 1929

Carol Channing, 1923

Norman Mailer, 1923

Mario Lanza, 1921

Jackie Robinson, 1919

Thomas Merton, 1915

Garry Moore, 1915

Tallulah Bankhead, 1903

Eddie Cantor, 1892

Zane Grey, 1872

Franz Schubert, 1797

Robert Morris, 1734

Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan, 1543

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"These Are My Children"(TV), 1949 (first daytime TV Soap Opera)

"The Green Hornet"(Radio), 1936

"The Lone Ranger"(Radio), 1933

"Three Sisters"(Chekhov Play), 1901

"Hedda Gabler"(Ibsen Play), 1891

Today in History:

Guy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England, 1606

The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital, 1747

The Corn Laws (tariffs on imported grains) are abolished in Britain, paving the way for more free trade, 1849

The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations, 1876

The Bulletin of Sydney is founded, publishes for 128 years, 1880

An automobile exceeds 100 mph (161 kph) for the first time, at Daytona Beach, driven by A. G. MacDonald, 1905

The Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky, 1929

Scotch tape is first marketed by the 3M Company, 1930

Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont, US receives the first US Social Security monthly payment check, for $22.54, 1940

President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb, 1950

A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands, 1953

Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit, 1958

James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt, 1958

Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space, 1961

The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program, 1966

Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon, 1971

The first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, 1990

Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake, 1996

NASA reveals the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR), a lunar mining robot which could be used to produce fuel and water directly on the Moon, 2013

Sergio Matarella is elected President of Italy, 2015

"World's best chef" French-Swiss Benoît Violier is found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world's best by La Liste, 2016

Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah is crowned King of Malaysia (Yang di-Pertuan Agong) to serve a five-year term, 2019

The United Kingdom formally withdraws from the European Union, 2020


  1. Those funnies are very funny. Sorry to hear about Carl and Covid.

  2. Glad you stayed safe from the Covid. We always wear masks if we are going to be where there are a lot of people. Not many wear them now and we get some funny looks, but I would rather be safe than sorry, particularly as I have low immunity. The funnies are great. A good way to start the day!

  3. I love chicken soup. Keep safe.

    God bless.

  4. That is not good when one of your clients you are around has covid. Glad you seem to have avoided catching it since your job means being around all kinds of people every day.

  5. So glad you avoided the covid. Keep it that way! But I do feel bad everytime I hear of someone else getting it. I mask up at every store, and I have little contact with too many others in between. Difficult with your work. Lynn

  6. Glad you didn't contact covid due to your fast action in putting on your mask. I love chicken soup too.

  7. Oh no on Carl and family having Covid. I'm glad you're well. Love the soup recipe. Hubby and I love soup.

    Bwahahahahahaha on the funnies. Thanks for the laughs and smiles.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Love and hugs, my friend. ♥

  8. So glad you are ok ~ your chicken soup sounds delicious ! Lucky people to have you around ~ thanks for your recipe too ~ Xo

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

  9. That recipe sounds delicious, and particularly because we love soup on a cold night and it's been freezing here.

  10. Ohmyword! Please, please don't get sick! You are in my prayers!
    That soup sounds uber yummy! I love soup!
    GREAT funnies!

  11. Glad you’re okay. The soup sounds yummy.

  12. The soup sounds great. I hope everyone is better soon.

  13. I'll bet your soup was really good, yum! Those were sure funny funnies too!

  14. Sure glad you were able to avoid the people with covid! Your soup recipe sounds good and reminds me of the vegetable beef soup I make with tomato soup, broth, ground beef, and lots of veggies. Loved all the chicken soup funnies, especially solving the cold case! Brussells sprouts are delicious sauteed in butter and garlic! And I actually used Scotch tape today! Loved this post.

  15. The soup sounds souper! As for those cartoons...hilarious!


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