Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Then Shut the Door, 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

It seems Carl's work has settled into a later start time than he wants, thus the "I need more sleep" boogie begins.

I walk in and go right to the laundry room to see what he has in store.

Where is the top?

Of course, it's at the back of the cabinet, where else would it be?

Once I have determined if the dryer is full (not this time) and if the washer is full (yes), i have to decide if he actually washed the clothes or just set a rinse cycle and thus they are not clean.

They were clean, and went in the dryer, then i went to move him to his sleep chair.

He got up and headed out with his blanket and extra pajamas he likes to use instead of pillowcases (as they are softer than his pillowcases, and no, i cannot convince Ms. V to buy him pillowcases of that material, it's a lost cause).

Then he came back for a pillow.

Then he came back to brush his teeth.

Then he came back to tell me it was too loud in there for him to sleep with me having the radio softly playing in the background in his room.

Please note, i'd closed three doors behind him the first time he went out there, the door to his room and both hallway doors.

He reopened them to come in for the pillow and i closed them.

He reopened them to come in for the tooth brushing.

I was busy and didn't reclose them as i was otherwise occupied.

When he informed me, i reminded him he could and should close the doors to shut out the noise.

It was almost as if it were a new idea to him, which it probably is almost every time.  Shutting doors isn't his strong suit, ask the neighbors who have called more than once to tell Mr. L or Ms. V the carport door is wide open.

On these days when he's not out of the house early, i have to reverse the order of the laundry and do the towels first, and for some reason, every single one of this six towels was dirty.

Off to the spare linen closet!

Once he got up, i showed him he had everything he needed in the bathroom, as always, and told him not to come out until dressed.

Three great things happened, not quite miracles, but close.

First, he didn't come out until he was dressed, second, he had emptied his trash can and not thrown a whole lot of trash in it, it was still empty (still no bag, but that's way too much to hope for) and he only had a very small pile of actual clothes which needed washing.  He'd neglected the towels, which his mom, Ms. V later told me were all dirty because he showers again when he comes home hot from work, but he'd done a great job on keeping up with clothes washing.  Everything on the hangers was clean.

It was a banner accomplishment for him, even if half the clothes were inside out or only halfway on the hanger.

While he was eating and getting ready, he came in and out of his room and chatted away about a book his brother was reading, although no, he doesn't remember the title but it's a really good book, and his weekend.

It seems a friend came, and he and said friend got to eat Greek food and go to a movie, and best of all, his dad, Mr. L, felt well enough to go along.

Carl adores going to movies with his dad, and Mr. L is rarely able to do that any longer.  It was a real treat for all of them.

They saw Despicable Me 4, a cartoon movie mostly aimed at kids, but Carl is a big kid, and so are his friend and his dad.  They had a wonderful time.

In honor of childhood memories and being a big kid, some funnies.

Have a blessed and beautiful Tuesday, everyone!


Today is:

Call of the Horizon Day -- can't find any history on this one, but if the idea of following your dreams over the Horizon has ever called you, take the time to follow today!

Constitution Day -- Australia; Palau

Constitutionalist Revolution Day -- São Paulo, Brazil

Cow Appreciation Day® -- sponsored by Chick-fil-A

Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Omelet Day

Feast of Our Lady of Chiquinquira (Patron of Colombia; the Venezuelan National Guard)

Hodag Country Festival -- Rhinelander, WI, US (at the Hodag "50" Track, a large open-air country music festival; through Sunday)

Independence Day -- Argentina(1816); South Sudan

Martyrdom of the Bab -- Baha'i

Muffler Appreciation Day -- if you've ever had a loud vehicle, you will understand why someone started this one

National Sugar Cookie Day -- what could be simpler or more versatile?  make them plain or make them fancy, but be sure you make enough!

Nunavut Day -- NU, Canada

Offerings to Heru and Amun -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (day Heru hears prayers in the presense of the Netjers; date approximate)

Shiman Rokusen-nichi -- Sensou-ji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo (Day of 46,000; a visit to the temple on this day through tomorrow credits you the same as visiting 46,000 times on ordinary days)

St. Mary Hermina Grivot's Day (Patron of martyrs)

Anniversary Today:

Steven Cauble marries Lisa Whelchel, 1988

Birthdays Today

Mitchel Musso, 1991

Kiely Williams, 1986

Fred Savage, 1976

Jack White, 1975

Courtney Love, 1964

Kelly McGillis, 1957

Tom Hanks, 1956

Fred Norris, 1955

Jimmy Smits, 1955

Margaret Gillis, 1953

John Tesh, 1952

Chris Cooper, 1951

Mitch Mitchell, 1947

O.J. Simpson, 1947

Richard Roundtree, 1942

Brian Dennehy, 1938

David Hockney, 1937

Vince Edwards, 1928

Ed Ames, 1927

Mathilde Krim, 1926

Ottorino Respighi, 1879

Elias Howe, 1819

Anne Ward Radcliffe, 1764

Today in History

Roman  military commander Avitus is proclaimed emperor of the Western Roman Empire, 455

Henry VIII annuls his marriage to Anne of Cleves (his 4th wife), 1540

In Versailles, the National Assembly reconstitutes itself as the National Constituent Assembly and begins preparations for a French constitution, 1789

The Act Against Slavery is passed in Upper Canada and the importation of slaves into Lower Canada is prohibited, 1793

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified guaranteeing African Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law, 1868

In Provident Hospital on Chicago’s South Side, black surgeon Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery, 1893

Queen Victoria gives royal assent to an Act creating the Commonwealth of Australia thus uniting separate colonies on the continent under one federal government, 1900

Johnny Weissmuller swims the 100 meters freestyle in 58.6 seconds breaking the world swimming record and the 'minute barrier', 1922

The Russell-Einstein Manifesto is released by Bertrand Russell in London, 1955

In a seminal moment for pop art, Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans exhibition opens at the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, 1962

Margaret Thatcher begins her second term as British prime minster, 1982

South Africa is readmitted into the Olympic movement after 30 years of exclusion, 1991

The African Union is established in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2002

South Sudan gains independence and secedes from Sudan, 2011

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi proclaims victory over the Islamic State forces in Mosul, 2017

Thai amateur golfer Atthaya Thitikul becomes youngest ever winner in a female professional golf event at 14 years, 4 months & 19 days at the Ladies European Thailand Championship, 2017

US coffee company Starbucks announces it will stop using plastic straws by 2020, reducing use of more than 1 billion straws a year, 2018

Archaeological evidence from shale rock in Taoudeni basin, Mauritania, seems to indicate that 1.1billion-year-old bacteria produced the world's first biological color, a bright pink, 2018

Death Valley, California, records a temperature of 130 degrees F (54.4 C), one of the highest temperatures ever on Earth, 2021

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese economic leaders end two days of talks in Beijing, 2023


  1. Yay for Carl learning. And a bigger yay for him having an outing with his father.

  2. It sure would be nice if his trend of doing things would continue, but I think it is more day to day with him. You really do have patience to be able to work around him, it would be so much easier if he was at work, but then it would be boring, right?

  3. Good for Carl and his father to go to the movies together.
    If I had just one cent for every time I asked a child to please close the door (or harsher words), I'd be stinking rich by now.
    Thanks for writing of you and Carl; never a dull moment.

  4. Carl is such a whirlwind of confusion. You treat him so very well. Bless you.

    Love all the swing funnies. I laughed at the last one. I've done that. It was very wrong.

    Thank you for joining the Happy Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Happy Tuesday. Love and hugs. ♥

  5. How nice Carl got to go to the movings with his Papa! Those were great funnies!

  6. You are Carl's Angel ~ wow! Keeps you busy ~ Great Swing funnies ~ love the kitties in the swings ~ hugs,

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

  7. I understand Carl has some issues, but would be miffed if I was there to clean and he complained about the noise. Cute swing memes. XO

  8. Baby steps with Carl. He may not be perfect but at least he seems to get some things right. Once again, we have to say you are an Angel to do all you do for him.

    Woos - Misty and Timber

  9. A banner moment indeed for Carl and getting to see a movie with his dad is great.
    I love the tiny mouse on the tiny swing and suspect that last one is probably a gymnast doing a somersault dismount.

  10. Well, he's slowly getting the hang of it... so to speak. Carl needs earplugs? But learning to consistently close doors would be easier... ;)
    Just a swingin'....

  11. There's never a dull moment with Carl! One of your funnies was a bit close to home for me - I recently sat on a swing and broke it!

  12. Lulu: "Our Dada says he remembers swinging really high and then jumping off from the top! If he did that now he would probably break both ankles and his neck ..."

  13. I had to chuckle at the doors being left open...I had an adult (!) live with us for awhile that never, ever shut doors of any kind!

    Oh, those childhood memory memes were funny! I think I like "mood swing!" May have to borrow that one!

    I like your definition of Horizon Day! Have a great one!


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