Before i get into my usual tales about Carl, i have to share something Becca told me at church this past Sunday.
She has been stumbling on occasion, and we need to help her work on her balance as the house they live in has stairs and we can't let her lose that skill.
This means we take stairs, carefully, at every opportunity at church, but she did something this last time she'd never done before. Instead of grabbing the rail with one hand and starting down, she bent over to put both hands on the rail. I offered her my hand instead and she took it, and i asked her if she was okay.
She said, "I just woke up on the wrong side of my brain this morning!"
Brilliant, and priceless.
Kiddo, i feel like that sometimes, too.
Walking into Carl's yesterday, he smiled at me and told me he'd already showered. One step ahead on that front, i thought, then got to the laundry room.
I asked him if the wet items in both the washer and dryer were clean, and he wasn't sure.
The washer was set on spin only, not even rinse and spin this time. "Did you wash first, then do an extra spin to get it dry?" i asked.
"Well," he said, "I think I washed it. I hope. Now I'm confused."
If Carl's confused, everything gets rewashed.
Then i headed into his room and couldn't open the door all of the way.
No, i don't know what he's doing with a sleeping bag, much less having it live behind his door.
He didn't have any dirty clothes in his baskets. Of course not, they were all on the floor. Usually, there's at least a few items in the baskets, but yesterday, not a single one.
There's no lunch box still, and i keep reminding him he needs to buy one. I asked what he wanted with his sandwich yesterday, and he said, "I have an avocado..."
It was a whole avocado in the fridge. Yes, he wanted the whole avocado in the bag. I tucked in a sturdy disposable knife and hoped for the best. Either the whole bag will not make it home because he ate everything, or i'm going to find a bag stuffed in his fridge next week with goop in it that was avocado. Time will tell.
Avocados can be plenty funny and punny, so let's have a few avocado jokes.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Anniversary of the 3rd Druk Gyalpo -- Bhutan
Baby Day -- birth anniversary of Dr. Spock
Brothers and Sisters Day/Sibling Appreciation Day -- an internet generated holiday, not to be confused with National Siblings Day on April 10 each year
Carnival Day -- Sint Maarten
Community Day -- M, Spain
Day of Osiris going forth from his mountain -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Door-Banging and Window-Tapping Conference -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
Flag Day -- Poland
Give Local America -- US (encouraging people to support local charities with the largest crowdfuning event in history)
Holiday of the Region of Madrid -- Madrid, Spain
International Scurvy Awareness Day -- because yes, some people do still get this disease of Vitamin C deficiency
King James Bible Day -- marking the publication in 1611 of the King James Version of the Bible
National Education Day -- Indonesia
National Play Your Ukulele Day -- just because it's fun!
National Truffles Day
Roberts Rules of Order Day -- birth anniversary of Henry M. Robert, author of the standard parliamentary guide Robert's Rules of Order
Rowdy Friends Day -- go look up the ones you haven't seen in a while
St. Athanasius the Great's Day
St. Zoe's Day
Teacher's Day -- Bhutan; Iran
Twelfth Day of Ridvan -- Baha'i
World Asthma Day -- International (Global Initiative for Asthma; this year's theme is "Asthma Care for All")
Sarah Hughes, 1985
Jenna Von Oy, 1977
David Beckham, 1975
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 1972
Elizabeth Berridge, 1962
Christine Baranski, 1952
Larry Gatlin, 1949
Lesley Gore, 1946
David Suchet, 1946
Bianca Jagger, 1945
Engelbert Humperdinck, 1936
Roscoe Lee Browne, 1925
Theodore Bikel, 1924
Satyajit Ray, 1921
Dr. Benjamin Spock, 1903
Baron Von Richthofen, 1892
Hedda Hopper, 1885
Henry M. Robert, 1837
"Sunday in the Park with George"(Musical), 1984
"Peter and the Wolf"(Prokofiev Op. 67), 1936
"The Jack Benny Program"(Radio), 1932
Good Housekeeping(Magazine), 1885
"La Bottega del Caffe/The Coffee Shop"(Play), 1750
Authorized King James Version of the Bible(Publication date, by printer Robert Barker), 1611
Today in History:
Anne Boleyn, Queen of England, is arrested and imprisoned on charges of adultery, incest, treason and witchcraft, 1536
John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation, 1559
Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle, 1568
King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America, 1670
William Herschel discovers 1st binary star, Xi Ursae Majoris, 1780
Charles Fremantle founds the Swan River Colony in Australia, 1829
Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao, 1866
Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time, 1885
Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion, 1885
The Congo Free State is established by King Léopold II of Belgium, 1885
Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film, 1887
General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware, 1918
Pearl S. Buck is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for The Good Earth, 1938
The world's first ever jet airliner, the De Havilland Comet 1, makes its maiden flight, from London to Johannesburg, 1952
Tennessee Williams is awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, 1955
The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City, 1969
The 1986 World Exposition in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, opens, 1986
The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy, 1998
President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military, 2000
Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Myanmar killing over 130,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless, 2008
Conservationists determine poachers killed the last known rhinoceroses in Mozambique; these poachers worked with game rangers responsible for protecting them, 2013
New research published in the journal "Plos One" shows plants "talk" to each other through their roots and the soil in a study on corn, 2018
For the first time, a drone delivers a kidney for transplant, to a hospital in Baltimore, MD, US, 2019
Second-only sketch known of Leonardo da Vinci (from Queen Elizabeth's collection) is revealed on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death, 2019
A clean-up on Mt Everest ends, having removed three metric tons (6,613 pounds) of rubbish and four bodies in just two weeks, 2019
Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, the Icelandic actor who played Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane in Game of Thrones, sets a world deadlifting record, lifting 501kg (1,104lb), 2020
After being closed for two years because of the pandemic, New Zealand reopens its borders to international travelers from 60 countries, 2022