Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The Best Laid Plans of Janitors and Cat-Sitters, 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.  

Sometimes you think you know what your schedule is for a day.

Sometimes you think wrong.

My plan for yesterday was, get out early, get gas at my favorite station where i get points, get to Carl's by 6am, once he left for work (or the sun came up if he didn't have work), go to Ms. G's to take care of Angel and the outdoor critters, go back and finish Carl's, go to Ms. S's across the street, run by the post office, get to the big Mall-Mart, and get to the vet's office before close to get more insulin for the cat, then go home and finish up some research for the Ladies' Circle lesson i'm supposed to teach on "Thy will be done" in The Lord's Prayer.

Then i got a call from Ms. V, Carl's mom.  Could i clean the "front" of the house Monday so they could have company on Tuesday, and do Carl's apartment/room and the back bedrooms on Thursday?

Dodge and weave, right?  Always be ready for the back-up plan when needed.

The gas station was having trouble and was only taking cash.  I had a small amount on me, but it was earmarked for elsewhere and i still have almost half a tank, so i went to Ms. V's.  Carl was home and had left me damp clothes in the dryer, wet clothes in the washer, and dirty clothes on the floor of the laundry room.

After convincing Carl he does not want to be sleeping in the sleep chair in the library while i'm cleaning, get laundry going, his and the kitchen and front bathroom linens, do some dusting and sanitizing doorknobs and light switches, then head to Ms. G's.

On the way, Ms. G texts twice, to ask if i'm at her place yet, and to ask me to call when i get there.  Turns out Angel has a UTI, received a long-acting antibiotic shot and a long-acting steroid, and they're not sure it's working.  I need to measure how much she's drinking, how much she's eating, and keep track of how much is in the litter box.  Oh, and...Ms. G got 3 calls while trying to talk to me, emergencies people in town want her to come take care of, but she's out of town, so she's having to talk them through what to do themselves.

(Please note she left town to have some time off and privacy to get some work done she can never get to when she's in town and being called constantly for other people's emergencies.  She can run, but she can't hide.)

And Angel actually came out, watched me get her food and water ready, then went and laid down grumpily in front of her mother's chair.  She's not happy her mama is gone again.

What should have been a half hour at her house turned into an hour plus.

Finally back at Ms. V's, i tried to pick up where i left off.  It all went pretty well, but now being behind in everything, and since the house takes longer than Carl's room even if i'm not doing the back of the house, i called Sweetie and asked him to pick up the insulin, as i was concerned about making it before they close for the day and we only had one dose left in the house.

Ms. V popped up a bit after 10am (boy, retirement must be nice!) to make sure she paid me before i was to go across to Ms. S's place.

By the time i got there, i was running quite late, and by the time i finished working and we finished talking, it was time to get to the post office and drop off the letter i needed to mail (you can't put them in the mailbox in front of your house, people steal them to see if you put money or gift cards in there, then throw them away).

When you're late, you're going to be later.  Two friends were there and wanted to talk.

By now, there's no time to go to the big MallMart, it's going to be the smaller grocery store which was crowded enough.

Once home, it was time to cram 6 pages of research and notes into two pages.

Can we say it wasn't exactly easy?  Not from start to finish.  But it all turned out just as it should have.

How about some funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

AFL-CIO Day (date of merger in 1955)

Bathtub Party Day -- celebrate how much fun it is to take a nice, long, hot bath in these days when showers prevail; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Boycott Day -- commemoration of the city bus boycott begun this day in 1959 in Birmingham, AL, US in response to the arrest of Rosa Parks

Constitution Day -- Sudan

Day of the Ninja -- sponsored by Ninja Burger! 

Discovery Day -- Haiti

International Volunteer Day for Economic and Social Development -- UN

King's Birthday -- Thailand, also National Day and Father's Day (for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s birth anniversary, the founder and "father" of the nation)

National Sacher Torte Day

Nones of December -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also observed

     Faunalia -- rural festival of Faunus

Repeal Day -- US (celebrating the repeal of Prohibition)

St. Bassus of Nice's Day (Patron of Nice, France)

St. Nicholas' Eve -- Belgium; Czech Republic; Hungary; Netherlands; Romania; Slovakia; parts of the UK; special observances include

      Avond -- Leewvarden, West Friesland (St. Nicholas visits and, if you are good, promises to return with trinkets and candies, which are left in waiting shoes)

      Bonhomme Noel -- France (Celebration of "Goodman Christmas")

      Klausjagen -- Arth and Kussnacht, Switzerland (with a procession of mitre-wearing figures by the Lake of Four Cantons)

      Krampuslauf -- Austria (St. Nicholas celebration, which begins the evening before the Saint's day, involving chasing and throwing snowballs at the Krampus, the imp who travels with St. Nick to punish the bad children)

      Zwarte Piet -- "Black Peter", the companion of St. Nicholas who keeps track of the good and bad children, arrives in many areas tonight

Swap a Christmas Cookie Recipe Day -- because it's fun to try new ones

World Soil Day -- International Union of Soil Sciences

Birthdays Today:

Frankie Muniz, 1985

Margaret Cho, 1968

Gary Allan, 1967

John Rzeznik, 1965

Art Monk, 1957

Morgan Brittany, 1950

Jim Messina, 1947

Jose Carreras, 1946

Jeroen Krabbe, 1944

J.J. Cale, 1938

Chad Mitchell, 1936

Calvin Trillin, 1935

Joan Didion, 1934

Little Richard, 1932

Otto Preminger, 1906

Strom Thurmond, 1902

Walt Disney, 1901

Bill Picket, 1870

George Armstrong Custer, 1839

Christina Rossetti, 1830

Martin Van Buren, 1782

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Catskills on Broadway"(Revue), 1991

"I Do! I Do!"(Musical), 1966

"Band on the Run"(Album), 1973 (US release date)

"The Dark at the Top of the Stairs"(Inge play), 1957

"The Abbot and Costello Show"(TV), 1952

"Dragnet"(TV), 1951

"Kejser og Gililaer/Emperor and Galilean"(Ibsen play), 1896

"Symphonie Fantastique"(Berlioz symphony), 1830

Today in History:

Cicero reads the last of his Catiline Orations, BC63

An earthquake in Naples leave about 35,000 dead, 1465

All Jews are expelled from Portugal by order of King Manuel I, 1496

London auctioneers Christie's hold their first sale, 1766

Henry Knox begins the transport of Fort Ticonderoga artillery to Cambridge, Massachusetts, a key to later forcing the British Fleet out of Boston Harbor, 1775

C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive, 1846

President Polk confirms that gold has been discovered in California, triggering the next year's "Gold Rush", 1848

Daniel Stillson of Massachusetts patents the first practical pipe wrench, 1876

The first automated telephone switching system is patented, 1879

The first electric car makes its debut; it could go 15 miles between charges, 1893

University of Pittsburg makes the first use of numbers on football jerseys, 1908

The American League for Physical Culture is founded in NYC, the first US nudist organization, 1929

The 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition, is ratified, 1933

Sister Elizabeth Kenny's new treatment for infantile paralysis receives approval, 1941

A cold fog descends upon London, combining with air pollution and killing at least 12,000 in the weeks and months that follow, 1952

The United Nations General Assembly adopts Pakistan's resolution on security of non-Nuclear States, 1976

Shuttle Atlantis launches world's 1st nuclear-war-fighting satellite. 1988

The Civil Partnership Act comes into effect in the United Kingdom, and the first civil partnership is registered there, 2005

Human remains previously found in 1991 are finally identified by Russian and American scientists as those of Tsar Nicholas II, 2008

Malta becomes the first country in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy, 2015

Russia is banned from the next Winter Olympics in South Korea over state-sponsored doping, 2017

The letter by Albert Einstein from 1954 on the concept of religion sells for $2.9 million at Christie's in New York, 2018

WHO says 142,000 people died of the measles around the world in 2018, nearly 20,000 more than the previous year, 2019

Imani and Hermien, hippos at the Antwerp Zoo, test positive for Covid, the first of their species to do so, 2021


  1. Aaargh. I am glad it all worked out in the end - but you must have been exhausted. Again. Still.

  2. Crazy and busy -- plans never work out in my world.

  3. Well it certainly looks like your cartoons play perfectly into your crazy day. Never make plans. They always tell you to go with the flow even if the flow is Upstream.

  4. Some days are like that. Things start to go wrong and just snowball. It is best to just go with it as is because there is nothing you can do, it is just one of those days.

  5. I don't know what you are paid, but it is not enough! I hope these folks know what a jewel they have in you.

  6. I hate when a great plan just doesn't work out, and especially when the first hitch causes a dominoes effect. Those are the days we're doing well just to get through them. Tomorrow will be better.

  7. I agree with Deb Nance. You don't get paid nearly enough. Your rock. You also roll with the punches.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Love and hugs. ♥

  8. Right ~ you don't get paid enough ~ You are an angel ~ Xo

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

  9. I'm so glad you got though the change of events and plans for the day. You sure are busy!

  10. I need a nap from just reading about all you had to do. I have clothes in the washer -thanks for the reminder or they would have been there until tomorrow. XO

  11. That sounds like three days work packed into one! I'm glad I'm retired.


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