Carl had been testing negative for Covid for 3 days and was cleared to go back to work. His parents, thank heaven, didn't get it this time.
Ms. V wanted to keep him home for one more day to recover, but it was deemed safe for me to come, wearing mask, shield and gloves, and clean his empty room.
Safe for whom? i thought to myself as i tripped over the shoes he'd pulled out of his closet and that were everywhere. Please note, he has not left the house for almost ten days, does not wear shoes in the house in any but the coldest months, and his slippers were still on the shoe shelf.
That, however, was later in the morning.
First, because he wasn't going to work so i wouldn't need to rush him out the door, i went to Ms. G's and tended her cat and fed all the outdoor critters.
When i arrived at Carl's place, he heard me unlock the door (he has hyperacute hearing, just like my Bigger Girl), stuck his head out of his apartment into the hall to the main house and said gleefully, "I have one more sick day!"
Yes, you do, i told him, but i have to clean that room of yours so you'll have to have your nap on your chair in the living room.
With that, i headed to laundry room and he got into his robe to head for the main part of the house and further snoozing. He stopped for a snack in the kitchen and i was able to ask him about the state of cleanliness of certain items in said laundry room.
Through the morning he only came in his room once, to grab his toothbrush and take it to the hall bathroom. He also stopped me as i was getting cleaning supplies and said, "Did you see my X-box?"
Yes, i told him, and i have not touched it, i have cleaned around it and it's still right where you left it.
At least he's been keeping himself entertained.
I also found plenty of evidence his parents had been making him stay mostly in his room. There was food, extra condiments, and the usual lids all over, some of which needed to be reunited with the items they are supposed to seal.
|He's obviously been well stocked.|
|His table, with the requisite crumbs and a lid that belongs on top of something.|
|Now, where can it be?|
|Reunited and it feels so good!|
(sorry, i couldn't resist the song lyric)
He'd had plenty of time to get everything into disarray, so everything that belongs here
|See the empty spots?|
|There it all went!|
and so it went through the room.
Carl had also managed to loosen the screw on one of his chair legs again. It comes loose on a regular basis, so as always i grabbed an Allen wrench/hex key and got it tightened up again until next time.
He mostly napped the whole morning away, and when i left after 5 hours he was back in his sleep chair, a smile on his face. No one in that family likes early mornings, i think they want the morning to start at noon.
Meanwhile, my Sweetie was having his problems with Slow-Moe the car. Some of you may remember it was giving us fits off and on, on when with us and off when with the mechanics at Kevin and Lenny's.
It went haywire again Friday right after the shop closed for the weekend. Yesterday morning, it wouldn't start at all, total silence.
Then, ten minutes later, Sweetie got in to try again and it fired right up and no warning lights on. He drove it to the shop and they said they'd try to track it down.
It was a loose wire! When we'd had all the computer work done on it last year, the panel over where all that computer stuff is wasn't properly attached and so a wire had loosened and now it's all put back together.
Poor car, i think i've had a few loose wires and screws myself for years now.
In honor of loose screws, sick days and "everything in it's (wrong) place,” some funnies.
Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!
Festival of Bacchus/Dionysus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting the old and new wine and celebrating the harvest)
Independence Day -- Iraq,
Kae Chun Jul -- Korea (National Foundation Day, BC 2333)
Morazan Day -- Honduras (Soldier's Day, trad.)
National Butterfly and Hummingbird Day -- internet generated; celebrate these beauties today, no matter where you are
National Carmel Custard Day
Nobel Conference 59 -- Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, US (annual two-day symposium, this year, Insects: Little Body, Big Impact)
Oschophoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (in honor of the return of Theseus after killing the Minotaur; deities celebrated were Dionysius and either Athena or Ariadne, depending on the source cited; date approximate)
Relief of Leiden Day -- Netherlands
Reunification Day/Unity Day-- Germany
Sts. Ewald the Black and Ewald the Fair's Day (Patrons of Westphalia)
Techies' Day -- give your techies some well-deserved appreciation
Neve Campbell, 1973
Gwen Stefani, 1969
Janel Maloney, 1969
Clive Owen, 1964
Jack P. Wagner, 1959
Dennis Eckersley, 1954
Stevie Ray Vaughan, 1954
Dave Winfield, 1951
Lindsey Buckingham, 1949
Roy Horn, 1944
Chubby Checker, 1941
Erik Bruhn, 1928
Gore Vidal, 1925
James Herriot (James Alfred Wight), 1916
Harvey Kurtzman, 1902
William Crawford Gorgas, 1854
George Bancroft, 1800
"L.A. Law"(TV), 1986
"Scarecrow and Mrs. King"(TV), 1983
"The Dick Van Dyke Show"(TV), 1961
"The Andy Griffith Show"(TV), 1960
"The Pat Boone Show"(TV), 1957
"The Real McCoys"(TV), 1957
"Captain Kangaroo"(TV), 1955
"The Mickey Mouse Club"(TV), 1955
"Father Knows Best"(TV), 1954
"Our Miss Brooks"(TV), 1952
"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"(TV), 1952
"The Maltese Falcon(Film, NYC release), 1941
Today in History:
The state of Gojoseon (modern-day Korea) is founded by Dangun Wanggeom during the reign of the Chinese emperor Yao, BC2333
The siege and battle of Alesia is ended by the surrender of Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls, to Julius Caesar, BC52
Julius Caesar's assassins suffer a decisive defeat at the First Battle of Phillipi, BC42
Jews are expelled from Eger, Bohemia, 1430
The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor, 1712
British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska, 1778
General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters, 1795
George Washington proclaims the first national Thanksgiving Day will be held on Nov. 26, 1789
American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death, 1849
J.S. Thurman patents a motor-driven vacuum cleaner, 1899
The first conference on wireless telegraphy agrees to adopt SOS as the warning signal and sign of distress, 1906
Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna, Austria, found the Pravda newspaper, 1908
Mrs. W.H. Felton, of Georgia, becomes the first woman seated in the US Senate, 1922
A V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany is the first man-made object to reach space, 1942
The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon, 1952
Germany is reunified, 1990
Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show's tigers, 2003
Archaeologists on the Egypt-Gaza border find the first evidence of a 2,000-year-old city, 2010
The Nobel Prize for Physics is awarded to Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne "for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves," 2017
The first exomoon, a moon outside of this solar system and about the size of Neptune, is discovered 8,000 light-years away by astronomers at Columbia University, 2018
Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine awarded to Svante Pääbo for research into the genomes of extinct hominids and sequencing the genome of Neanderthals, 2022