Our Buddy (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)  
Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
This is Buddy:
Buddy wandered up to the shelter a few years ago, and while he accepted food proffered, he showed himself quite able to take care of himself outdoors.  He was neutered and given shots, but he wanted to stay outside except during the flood and the snow.  He adored treats, lying under cars to get out of the sun, and being scratched behind the ears.
He was allowed to live life the way he chose, and two other strays, both female, showed up to follow him around adoringly.  They were caught and vetted, but unlike Buddy, they are truly feral and won’t come near people.
A week ago, Buddy limped to the front door and asked to come in.  The vet said it’s either he got in a fight and his back leg was bitten and is infected, or he got hit by a car.  Either way, the exam also showed he has stomatitis, which means all of his teeth need to be pulled.
He’s been living in the director’s office, being a sweetheart, so his roaming days are over.  Once his teeth are gone and his leg heals, he will be adopted to a forever home, and there’s a volunteer who is already making noises about wanting him.
His “harem” may miss him, but they will continue to be fed and cared for outdoors, where they are comfortable.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!       
Here are this week’s statements with my responses underlined:
1. ____________________ and ______________ go hand in hand. 
2. _____________________ makes my heart happy. 
3. Don’t be afraid to _________.
4. If _________ was a sport, I would win hands down.
1. Relaxing and reading go hand in hand. 
2. Having lots of books to read makes my heart happy.   (Of course my family does, too, but since that’s a given and everyone knows it already, i wanted to give something else as my answer.)
3. Don’t be afraid to read something that is not necessarily in your usual favorite genre(s).  You might be pleasantly surprised.
4. If being myself was a sport, I would win hands down.
Today is:
Anniversary of the Founding of Lima  — Lima, Peru
Arbor Day — Florida and Louisiana, US
Art Deco Weekend — Miami, FL, US (for die hard fans; through Sunday)
Confession of St. Peter — Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, and Anglican Christian
    Feast of the Chair of St. Peter — Roman Catholic Church (celebrated as the founding of the papacy)
Feast of Neith — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (goddess of war and hunting)
Four an’ Twenty Day — Scotland (24 days after Christmas)
Hair Dryer Appreciation Day — no history on this, but if you love your hair dryer, more power to you
Jazz Day — Jazz gets recognized, it plays the Met!
Lee-Jackson Day — Virginia, US
Montana Winter Fair — Lewistown, MT, US (from farm exhibits to a fiddler’s contest, there’s fun to be had here; through the 27th)
National Lay Awake and Whisper in the Dark Night — another one i can’t fathom or find out why it even exists
National Peking Duck Day
Revolution Day — Tunisia
Royal Thai Armed Forces Day — Thailand (former Siam)
Santa Prisca Day — Taxco, Mexico
Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo — Fort Worth, TX, US (the world’s first indoor professional rodeo, since 1918; through Feb. 9)
Thesaurus Day — birth anniversary of Peter Roget
Tip-Up Town USA — Houghton Lake, MI, US (Michigan’s largest family winter festival, through Sunday and next weekend, Friday-Sunday)
UFO Day — see the history section, 1644
Unsliced Bread Day — from this day in 1943, until the war ended, US bakers sold only unsliced bread loaves so no steel had to be diverted from the war effort for slicing machine blades
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity — Christian (from the celebration of the Confession of St. Peter to the celebration of the Conversion of St. Paul, Jan. 25)
Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival — Whittlesea, England (the “straw bear” goes through the town collecting gifts and performing, and on Sunday, the costume is burned amid much celebration; a festival celebrated since medieval times)
Winnie the Pooh Day — birth anniversary of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne
Anniversaries Today:
Wesley College, Melbourne is established, 1866
Henry VII of England weds Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, 1486
Birthdays Today:
Jason Segal, 1980
Dave Batista, 1969
Jesse L. Martin, 1969
Jane Horrocks, 1964
Kevin Costner, 1955
Bobby Goldsboro, 1941
Davis Eli “David” Ruffin, 1941
Curtis Charles (Curt) Flood, 1938
Ray Dolby, 1933
Evelyn Lear, 1931
John Boorman, 1930
Constance Moore, 1920
Danny Kaye, 1913
Cary Grant, 1904
Oliver Hardy, 1892
A.A. Milne, 1882
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, 1856 (The African-American doctor who performed the first open heart surgery.)
Thomas A. Watson, 1854 (“Come here, Watson, I need you,” said Bell)
Peter Mark Roget, 1779
Daniel Webster, 1782
Daigo, Emperor of Japan, 885
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Jeffersons”(TV), 1975
“Ted Mack’s Original Amateur Hour”(TV), 1948
“The Nose”(Shostakovich’ opera), 1930
Today in History:
Emperor Huizong abdicates the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong, 1126
Francisco Pizarro founds Lima, Peru, 1535
The first documented UFO sighting in America, by some very perplexed pilgrims in Boston, 1644
Pirate Henry Morgan defeats the Spanish defenders and captures Panama, 1670
San Jose, California is founded, 1777
Captain James Cook stumbles upon the Sandwich Islands (Hawai’i), 1778
The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australia arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
Electro-Magnetic Intelligencer, the first US electrical journal, begins publication, 1840
Dr. William Price attempts to cremate the body of his infant son, J. C. Price, setting a legal precedent for cremation in the United Kingdom, 1884
Modern field hockey is born with the formation of The Hockey Association in England, 1886
The X-ray machine is exhibited for the first time, 1896
President Theodore Roosevelt sends a radio message to King Edward VII: the first transatlantic radio transmission originating in the United States, 1903
The first shipboard landing of a plane (Tanforan Park to USS Pennsylvania, flown by Eugene B. Ely), 1911
English explorer Robert F Scott & his expedition reach South Pole, only to discover that Roald Amundsen had gotten there before, 1912
Japan issues the “Twenty-One Demands” to the Republic of China in a bid to increase its power in East Asia, 1915
A 611 gram chondrite type meteorite strikes a house near the village of Baxter in Stone County, Missouri, 1916
The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden, 1944
Willie O’Ree, the first African Canadian National Hockey League player, makes his NHL debut, 1958
A Disengagement of Forces agreement is signed between the Israeli and Egyptian governments, ending conflict on the Egyptian front of the Yom Kippur War, 1974
Scientists identify a previously unknown bacterium as the cause of the mysterious Legionnaires’ disease, 1977
Phil Smith and Phil Mayfield parachute off a Houston skyscraper, becoming the first two people to BASE jump from objects in all four categories: buildings, antennae, spans (bridges), and earth (cliffs), 1981*
The International Olympic Committee restores Jim Thorpe’s Olympic medals to his family, 1983
Boerge Ousland of Norway becomes the first person to cross Antarctica alone and unaided, 1997
The Tagish Lake meteorite impacts the Earth, 2000
Sierra Leone Civil War is finally declared over, 2002
A bushfire kills 4 people and destroys more than 500 homes in Canberra, Australia, 2003
The Airbus A380, the world’s largest commercial jet, is unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France, 2005
Hurricane Kyrill becomes one of Western Europe’s deadliest storms, 2007
An amateur astronomer in Peterborough, England, discovers a new, Neptune-sized exoplanet, 2012
For the first time ever, lifeguards in Australia rescue endangered swimmers with a drone, using it to drop a rescue pod flotation device, 2018

It Just Happened, That’s All (Six Sentence Story) and Sunbeams (Good Fences)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)    
You can call it fate or destiny or whatever you want, it really came down to the fact that i was getting equipment out of the car, and Sweetie went to the door first.
He rang the bell to let the clients know we were there, and even from the car i could hear the dog was barking before the door opened.
Henri, the Bichon Frise, apparently doesn’t like the doorbell, and barks even when he hears one on TV.
He pushed his way past the door as soon as it was opened and defended his territory, biting Sweetie’s leg; the very thick jeans he was wearing protected him, but one tooth actually caused the denim material to scratch his skin, without the tooth even penetrating the material.
A bit of rubbing alcohol and a band-aid was all that was needed, and it has scabbed and is healing well.
The clients were more upset than we were, and Henri let both of us pet him once he calmed down, he’s really a good dog, just excitable when he hears the doorbell.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Destiny.       
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
It wasn’t so much the fence as the sunbeams that made even an old fence look more interesting than it usually is:


Today is:
Apple Wassailing Day — Carhampton, England (ancient tradition to bless the trees, waking the tree spirits and scaring away bad spirits)
Blessing of the Animals — Hispanic Christian (in association with St. Anthony’s Day)
Creativation — Phoenix, AZ, US (largest Craft and Hobby Association show of the year; through the 21st)
Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day — no info on origin, but probably someone who gave up; will you?
Felicitas — Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of good luck)
Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo — Espace de Fontvielle, Monte Carlo (the best circus acts and performers from five continents; through the 27th)
Festival of Janus — Ancient Roman Calendar (main festival for the god of beginnings, endings, and doorways)
Hot Heads Chili Day — no clue what this one means, but i guess we can have chili for dinner
Kid Inventors’ Day — celebrating how inventive kids are; on the birth anniversary of Ben Franklin, who invented swim fins at age 12
Liberation Day — Poland (liberation from the Nazis in 1945)
Make Your All-Time Top Ten Favorite TV Characters List — because nothing says you can’t make your own top ten lists
Milwaukee Boat Show — Milwaukee, WI, US (where boys can find their big toys; through the 27th)
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival — Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)
Patras Carnival — Patras, Greece (the town crier announces the opening ceremony, with festivities through Clean Monday)
Patrice Lumumba — Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes’ Day)
Popeye Day — The Sailor Man debut in the comics this date in 1929
Professional Boxer’s Day — Ali’s birth anniversary
St. Anthony the Great’s Day (a/k/a Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Patriarch of the Abbots; Patron of amputees, animals/domestic animals, basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, cemetary workers/grave diggers, epileptics, hermits, monks, relief from pestilence, swine/hogs, swineherds; Hospitaliers; Burgio, Sicily, Italy; Canas, Brazil; Castrofilippo, Agrigento, Italy; Fivizzano, Italy; Fontainemore, Italy; Mook, Netherlands; Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy; against eczema, epilepsy, ergotism, erysipelas, pestilence, Saint Anthony’s Fire, skin diseases and rashes) related observance
    Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral — Church of San Antonio, Mexico City, Mexico (where this saint is San Antonio Abad)
Uzhavar Thirunal — PY, TN, India (Farmer’s Day portion of the Pongal celebrations)
Wings Over Willcox — Willcox, AZ, US (tours of the playa and wetlands, birding, workshops, and more; through Sunday)
Zirgu Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (Day of the Horses)
Anniversaries Today:
George Burns marries Gracie Allen, 1926
Octavian marries Livia Drusilla, BC38
Birthdays Today:
Kid Rock, 1971
Naveen Andrews, 1969
Michelle Obama, 1964
Jim Carrey, 1962
Susanna Hoffs, 1959
Anthony Glise, 1956
Andy Kaufman, 1949
Muhammad Ali, 1942
Maury Povich, 1939
Shari Lewis, 1934
James Earl Jones, 1931
Don Zimmer, 1931
Vidal Sassoon, 1928
Eartha Kitt, 1927
Betty White, 1922
Al Capone, 1899
Nevil Shute, 1899
Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899
Mack Sennett, 1884
David Lloyd George, 1863
Anton Chekhov, 1860
Anne Bronte, 1820
Benjamin Franklin, 1706
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Frontline”(TV), 1983
“The Goldbergs”(TV), 1949
“Popeye the Sailor Man”(Comic character created by Elzie Segar, in the Thimble Theatre comic strip), 1929
“The Cherry Orchard”(Chekhov Play), 1904
“The Rivals”(Sheridan Play), 1775
Today in History:
Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon, 1377
Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna, 1501
Giovanni da Verrazzano begins his voyage to find a passage to China, 1524
The Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France, 1562
England’s Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War, 1648
An avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, kills 53, 1718
Capt James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S), 1773
The first cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873), 1871
Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic, 1893
Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen, 1912
The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented, 1928
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by secret police in Hungary, 1945
The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting, 1946
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs, 1949
The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts, 1950
The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, makes its maiden voyage, 1955
A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident, 1966
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V, 1991
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union, 1996
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people, 2002
Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths, 2010
Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2013
Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in Winchester 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, 2014


A Client’s Husband Thinks It Will Fit, Decorated and All (Wordless Wednesday) and Words For Wednesday)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 



Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by lissa at The Memory of Rain

This week’s prompts are:

The sounds of a thunderstorm


1. it’s going to rain today
2. chasing storms
3. umbrellas
4. charmed
5. a long journey
6. trains

“It’s going to rain today,” husband said.

“I have no objection,” wife answered.

“We haven’t done anything fun in a while,” husband said. “How about if we take umbrellas and see if we can go chasing storms like we used to?”

“No need to chase,” wife noted as a peal of thunder was followed by the sounds of a downpour. “How about instead we plan a long journey, taking the trains.”

“Yes, we could do that,” husband agreed.

“We used to live a charmed life,” wife said, “even when we had work we took time out to travel and enjoy things, and now we’ve retired and gotten slothful. A trip would be a nice change.”

“Agreed. We will plan a trip, and to be daring, bring no umbrellas!”

Today is:
Appreciate a Dragon Day — share stories of your favorite dragons from literature; begun by author Danita K. Paul
Concordia —  Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of harmonious relations)
Day of Offerings to the Shemsu of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition — Rockford, IL, US (frozen art fun; through Saturday)
Inflatable Tire Day — birth anniversary of Andre Michelin
International Hot and Spicy Food Day
Laurent Kabila — Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes’ Day)
National Day of Peace — El Salvador (anniversary of 1992 peace treaty)
National Fig Newton Day
National Good Teen Day — which really is most of them, isn’t it
National Nothing Day — created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”
National Work At Home With Your Spouse Day — internet generated; try if you dare, i won’t, as much as i love him, i’d have to kill him.
National Religious Freedom Day — US (anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom)
Religious Freedom Day — US (in 1786, the Virginia legislature adopted a statute guaranteeing religious freedom to citizens of that state, and protecting them from discrimination for their religious choices)
St. Anthony’s Eve — Abruzzo, Italy (Fires of Saint Anthony — Anthony the Great)
St. Honratus of Arles’ Day (Patron for rain; against drought, misfortune)
Teacher’s Day — Thailand
There’s No Business Like Show Business Day — Ethel Merman’s Birth Anniversary!
Birthday’s Today:
Kate Moss, 1974
Sade, 1959
Debbie Allen, 1950
John Carpenter, 1948
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947
Ronnie Milsap, 1944
A.J. Foyt, 1935
Dian Fossey, 1932
Dizzy Dean, 1911
Ethel Merman, 1908
Frank Zamboni, 1901
Harry Carey, Sr., 1878
Robert W. Service, 1874 (Poet, The Cremation of Sam McGee)
Andre Michelin, 1853
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Hello, Dolly”(Musical), 1964
“A Pastoral Symphony”(Ralph Vaughan Williams’ third symphony), 1922
Today in History:
The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Casesar Octavian by the Roman Senate, BC27
The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison, 550
A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt, 1362
The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy, 1412
The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella, 1492
Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia, 1547
English parliament passes laws against Catholicism, 1581
The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, 1605
The Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks, 1776
The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson, 1786
The refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, 1868
The Pendleton Act creates the basis of US Civil Service system, 1883
The British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole, 1909
The British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland, 1913
Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia, 1914
The US ratifies the constitutional amendment on Prohibition, to take effect one year later, 1919
The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, 1920
The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida, 1936
Benny Goodman plays the first jazz performance at Carnegie Hall, 1938
Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard, 1942
Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk, 1969
Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects, 1970
The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt, 1979
First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force., 1986
El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war , 1992
The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban, 2002
The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, but disintegrates 16 days later on reentry, 2003
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia’s new president, becoming Africa’s first female elected head of state, 2006
New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba go into effect, 2015

The Wheels On The Truck Went ‘Round and ‘Round, and Random and Happy Tuesday Post

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)


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.  
Yesterday Sweetie dropped me at Dr. D’s house with her breakfast that i pick up each week, and we made our battle plan.
Our list looked like this:
  To buy:
     cat litter
     storage totes
     post office
     pay storage
     pay water bill
     make copies
  To do:
     email attorney
     boat documents
     pay bills by phone
     find files
  To find:
     charge cord
     DVD player
     Dawn dish detergent
She wrote checks while i did dishes and changed the cat box, and we shuffled files and tried to get the computer working so she could email the attorney.  Finally, i put my “booster seat” in her truck and took off for errands. (Yes, i’m short, i use a back support seat with extra pillows so i can sit higher in a vehicle and see better to drive.)
First to the storage place where i drop off a check for her storage unit, then around the block to the post office to check her box.  Across to the Mallmart for the storage totes, then to a dollar store to look for cat litter but they were out.  (Why not get the cat litter at Mallmart?  They charge a whole 26 cents more per bag, that’s why not.)
Down the road to the book store her cousin owns to make copies, then across town to pay the water bill, and lo and behold!  There’s a dollar store across from the water company, they were not out of litter there, so i bought two bags.
On the way back to her place, she called to ask if i could pick up a 12-pack of Pepsi, so on to the Mini-Mart near her place for that, then back to the barn.
More files, more opening mail, found the dish detergent in the storage shed out back along with a ladder so i could change the light bulbs.  Started filling the storage totes only to find i had grabbed the wrong size lids!
Okay, back in the truck, take the bins back with a receipt and get the right lids.  Home again (her home, of course) and we added to the list:
  To call:
  To do:
     renew AAA
     investigate lowering credit card rates
     white-out all handwriting on the copies made earlier
Once we had one tote filled, i grabbed it, the copies with the white-out, and another group of papers and got into the truck for the third time.  Back to her cousin’s store (where she has an office upstairs, full of totes and bins with tons of files) where i dropped the tote and made four more copies of everything.
Back at her place, i also made sure i got the garbage and recycling to the curb, cleaned all the cat areas, and moved empty boxes to the storage shed because she keeps every box that comes her way.  No, you can’t get in the storage shed any more, i just open the door and toss the boxes toward the back and hope they don’t come tumbling out.  The dish detergent gets stored on top of the tallest full box at the front so it doesn’t get lost.
What adventures await next week?  There’s no telling, but it probably won’t be boring.  With the lawsuits going, a storage unit and a storage shed on the property, two cats who try to escape every time the door opens, and a woman who can get into more trouble in a week than the rest of us do in a lifetime, it’s never boring.
No, we didn’t find the charge cord or DVD player.  They will turn up at some point, that’s part of the adventure.

Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Today is:
Arbor Day — Jordan
Armed Forces Day / Remembrance Day — Nigeria
Army Day — India
Basketball Day — rules for the game were first published this day in 1892(day debated, year is certain)
Chosun-gul — North Korea (Korean Alphabet Day)
Dia del Maestro — Venezuela (Teacher’s Day)
Feast of the Ass — Ancient Roman Calendar (celebrates Vesta being saved by a donkey)
Feast of Entering Heaven and the Two Lands — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Festival of All Fairies — Fairy Calendar
Fiesta Del Senor de Esquipulas/Pilgrimage of Cristo Negro de Esquipulas — Esquipulas, Guatemala (Festival of the Black Christ)
John Chilembwe Day — Malawi
Lenaea — Ancient Greek Calendar (a Festival of Comedy; date approximate)
Moliere Day — France
National Hat Day — begun by a hat loving individual who has chosen to remain anonymous
National Strawberry Ice Cream Day
Procrastinator’s New Year — declared by someone who had a really great sense of humor
Sailing of Wadjyt — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (the icon of the cobra goddess, Wadjyt, is carried on the Nile to visit many cities; date approximate)
Santos Tour Down Under — Adelaide, Australia (a world class cycling event; through the 20th)
St. Ita’s Day (Patron of Limerick, Ireland)
St. Paul the Hermit’s Day (the first of the Egyptian hermits; Patron of clothing industry, weavers)
Thiruvalluvar Day — PY, TN, India (remembrance of the celebrated Tamil poet)
Tree Planting Day — Egypt
Tsunahiki Matsuri — Japan (various shrines hold tug-of-war festivals in which the team for god Ebisu vie with the team for god Daikoku; if Ebisu wins, the next year will have good catches at sea, if Daikoku, it will bring good harvests)
Anniversaries Today:
Opening of the British Museum, 1759
Elizabeth I is crowned Queen of England, 1559
Birthdays Today:
Drew Brees, 1979
Chad Lowe, 1968
Mario Van Peebles, 1957
Charo, 1951
Andrea Martin, 1947
Margaret O’Brien, 1937
Ernest J. Gaines, 1933
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929
John Cardinal O’Connor, 1920
Lloyd Bridges, 1913
Gene Krupa, 1909
Elie Siegmeister, 1909
Edward Teller, 1908
Aristotle Onassis, 1906
Goodman Ace, 1899
Pierre S. du Pont, 1870
Philip Livingston, 1766
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, a/k/a Moliere, 1622 (baptismal date, actual birth date unknown)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Hill Street Blues”(TV), 1981
“Happy Days”(TV), 1974
The Democratic Donkey(symbol in newspaper comic), 1870
“Stella”(Goethe Play), 1816
Today in History:
Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon lays siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiah’s reign, in a siege lasting until July 23, BC588
Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World, 1493
Third sitting of the Council of Trent opens, 1562
The British Museum opens in Montague House in London, 1759
John Etherington of London steps out sporting the first top hat, 1797
The first US built locomotive to pull a passenger train begins its first run, with Mr. and Mrs. Pierson on board for the first US railroad honeymoon trip, 1831
The donkey is first used as a symbol for the Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly, 1870
The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, is originally incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, 1889
James Naismith publishes the rules of Basketball, 1892
Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake” premieres in St Petersburg, 1895
Dr. Lee DeForest patents a 3-element vacuum tube (one of the inventions that later made radio possible), 1907
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority becomes the first Greek-letter organization founded and established by African-American college women, 1908
The Boston Molasses Disaster, 2 million gallons of molasses spill, 21 killed, over 150 injured, 1919
The first building to be completely covered in glass, built for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company, is completed in Toledo, Ohio, 1936
The world’s largest office building, The Pentagon, is dedicated in Arlington, Virginia, 1943
The US Supreme Court rules that “clear and present danger” of incitement to riot is not protected speech and can be a cause for arrest, 1951
The first Super Bowl is played in Los Angeles; the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10, 1967
The USSR launches Soyuz 5, 1969
The United Nations deadline for the withdrawal of Iraqi forces from occupied Kuwait expires, preparing the way for the start of Operation Desert Storm, 1991
Wikipedia goes online, 2001
An intense solar flare blasts X-rays across the solar system, 2005
ESA’s SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovers elements such as calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and other surface elements on the moon, 2005
The Stardust space mission returns dust from a comet to Earth, 2006
Chesley Sullenberger lands US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River shortly after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in NYC. All passengers and crew members survive in what becomes known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”, 2009
The American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan unveils its newest exhibit, a replica skeleton of a Titanosaur dinosaur (found in 2010 in Argentina), the largest known dinosaur at 70 tons, 37m, 2016

My Favorite Ginger (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
My favorite ginger:


Powered by Linky Tools

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Today is:
Assembly Line Workers’ Day — listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?
Ati-Atihan Festival — Aklan, Kalibo, Panay Island, Philippines (start of the vivid religious carnival/feast dating back to the 13th century to honor Santo Nino [Baby Jesus]; through the 20th)
Australian Open — Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia (part of the Grand Slam tennis tournaments; through the 27th)
Azhirnikhua — Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)
Cakes and Ale Day — emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful
Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper — Fairy Calendar
Clean Off Your Desk Day — me and what army? (Note:  some sites put this as always on Jan. 9, some the second Monday of January; either way, my question remains)
Daikoku Matsuri — Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)
Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) — Uzbekistan
Eugenio Maria de Hostos’ Day — Puerto Rico (birth anniv. obs.)
Feast of Divina Pastora — Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2 million people)
Feast of the Ass — Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)
International Kite Festival — Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India
Makar Sandranti — India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)
National Dress Up Your Pet Day — do you really dislike your pet this much?
National Forest Conservation Day — Thailand
National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Niino no Yukimatsuri — Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)
North American International Auto Show — Detroit, MI, US (a showcase for the world’s vehicle introductions; through the 27th)
Organize Your Home Day — another one that i can’t figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day
Orthodox New Year — RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia
Pongal continues — Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)
    Tamil Thai Pongal Day — Sri Lanka
    Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti — Western Nepal
Ratification Day — US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)
Revolution and Youth Day — Tunisia
Seijin-no-hi — Japan (Adult’s Day, or Coming of Age Day; celebrating all who have reached age 20, full legal adult age, in the past year)
Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations — throughout South and Southeast Asia
St. Felix of Nola’s Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)
St. Sava’s Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)
Take a Missionary to Lunch Day — to honor Albert Schweitzer’s birth anniversary
Anniversaries Today:
Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954
Birthdays Today:
Kristin Cavallari, 1987
Jason Bateman, 1969
Emily Watson, 1967
Shepard Smith, 1964
Steven Soderbergh, 1963
Lawrence Kasdan, 1949
Carl Weathers, 1948
Nina Totenberg, 1944
Holland Taylor, 1943
Faye Dunaway, 1941
Jack Jones, 1938
Andy Rooney, 1919
William Bendix, 1906
John dos Passos, 1896
Hal Roach, 1892
Hugh Lofting, 1886
Albert Schweitzer, 1875
Thornton W. Burgess, 1874
Richard Felton Outcault, 1863
Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806
Benedict Arnold, 1741
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Bionic Woman”(TV), 1976
“Sanford and Son”(TV), 1972
“Sinfonia Antartica”(Vaughan Williams’ 7th symphony), 1953
“Today Show”(TV), 1952
“Tosca”(Puccini Opera), 1900
Today in History:
The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129
Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514
Spain annexes Cuba, 1539
The “Fundamental Orders”, the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639
Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing “witches”, 1699
Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783
The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878
An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907
Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914
The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950
The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country’s central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960
Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999
The national flag of Georgia, the so-called “five cross flag”, is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004
Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn’s moon Titan, 2005
The MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby, 2008
American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson become the first to successfully free-climb the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, 2015

Keeping What You Got (Cajun Joke) and Good Memories (Sunday Selections)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.) 
Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
Last week, Sweetie had a sinus infection.  Since the only doctors he will go to are the retinal specialist and the ENT, he went and got a prescription, but you would have thought it was the worst ordeal in the world.
Boudreaux don’ like him to go to de traiteur [healer].  He done got sick, an’ when he come home, Clothile ax him what de traiteur say.
Boudreaux say, “He done tol’ me it be a virus, an’ dat be Latin fo’ ‘we don’ know, either!'”
“Boudreaux!  You know better’n dat!  Did he sen’ you to de herbaliste [pharmacy]?
“Mais, he done try, but den dey tell me what be de side effect o’ de medicament, I decide I be better off wit’ de sickness I got!”
Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  The rules have been relaxed, and it is now simply a showcase for your photos, new or old, good or bad, although nothing rude, please.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life, but she is taking a blog break for now.  Elephant’s Child is keeping the meme warm for her.       
Just the other day, i was looking through old pictures and wishing i could visit here again:









Today is:
Baptism of the Lord Jesus — Christian
Democracy Day — Cape Verde
Feast of St. Kentigern (a/k/a St. Mungo) (Patron of Glasgow whose given name meant “head chief” but whose nickname meant “dear one.”)
Ides of January — Ancient Roman Calendar
Liberation Day — Togo
Maghi — Sikh
Make Your Dreams Come True Day — no info on the origin of this; maybe someone who broke their New Year’s resolutions by this day used the fact that it’s New Year’s by the Julian calendar to start over
Meitlisonntag — Meisterschwanden and Fahrwangen, Switzerland (procession and festival celebrating the role of women in the victory of a battle in 1712)
Midvintersblot — Ancient Norse Calendar (midwinter festival)
National Peach Melba Day
Old New Year’s Day — Belarus; Georgia; Montenegro; Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Srpska (Yes, that’s how it’s spelled; no, i don’t know how to pronounce it); Serbia; Russia; Ukraine; Wales (Julian Calendar)
Pongal begins — India (thanksgiving festival at the end of the harvest season, honoring Indra, god of clouds and rain)
    first day, Bhogi
Radio Day — anniversary of the first public radio broadcast in 1910
Recuperation Fortnight begins — Fairy Calendar (i think i need one of those!)
Runic Half-month of Peorth (womb) begins
Rubber Ducky Day
Sidereal Winter Solstice Eve — celebrations through South and Southeast Asia, including
    Bhogi — Tamil (first day of Pongal)
    Lohri — Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
    Uruka — Assam
Silvesterklausen — Switzerland (“Old” New Year’s celebration, based on the Julian Calendar)
St. Hilarius’ Day (according to English tradition, the coldest day of the year; Patron of learning challenged children; Argusto, Italy; Vervio, Italy; against snakes and snake bites)
St. Knut’s Day (a/k/a Little Christmas or Twentieth Day or Tyvendedagen among the Scandinavians, it celebrates Canute IV of Denmark and is the day to “plunder” the tree put up on Christmas Eve, eating the candies and cookies that were decorating it, and puting all the other decorations away before the tree is removed.)
Strive and Succeed Day — Horatio Alger’s birth anniversary
Theogamia — Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate, but during Gamelion, the month of marriages)
Tiugunde Day — Old England (midwinter offering, a celebration picked up from the Norse Midvintersblot)
Tyvendedagen — Norway (Twentieth day after Christmas, official end of Yuletide or “Juletid”)
Birthdays Today:
Joannie Rochette, 1966
Orlando Bloom, 1977
Nicole Eggert, 1972
Keith Coogan, 1970
Patrick Dempsey, 1966
Penelope Ann Miller, 1964
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961
Kevin Anderson, 1960
Jay McInerney, 1955
Richard Moll, 1943
Frank Gallo, 1933
Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931
Frances Sternhagen, 1930
Gwen Verdon, 1925
Army Archerd, 1922
Robert Stack, 1919
Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885
Sophia Tucker, 1884
Horatio Alger, 1832
Salmon P. Chase, 1808
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Sopranos”(TV), 1999
“Mickey Mouse”(Comic strip), 1930
Today in History:
Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria, 1099
Sicut Didum, the papal bull prohibiting the enslavement of Canary Island natives who had converted to Christianity, is promulgated, 1435
The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison, 1605
The Bank Of Genoa fails after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain, 1607
Jonathan Swift is ordained and Anglican priest in Ireland, 1695
James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, 1733
John Walter publishes the first issue of the London Times, 1785
The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins, 1830
Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole European survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, 1842
Anthony Foss patents the accordion, 1854
A chenille manufacturing machine is patented by William Canter of NYC, 1863
A circus fire in Poland kills 430, 1883
The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting, 1893
U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution, 1893
The first radio set is advertised, a Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American; claimed to receive signals up to one mile, 1906
The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, 1910
An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800, 1915
The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people, 1939
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car, 1942
Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 1964
Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American  US Cabinet member, 1966
Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison, 1968
A passenger train plunged into a ravine at Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa, 1985
L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American US governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia, 1990
Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, 1991
An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800, 2001
The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy, 2012
An early-morning ballistic missile alert is sent across Hawaii in error and revoked after 38 minutes, 2018


It’s a New Year, and the Thankful Things Go On

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)


It’s only less than two weeks into the new year and already there is a heaping pile of thankful things just waiting to be listed and counted and totted up.
Jalopy’s latest repairs are almost paid off.
When her battery died, Young Jacob went and got a new one and installed it at no charge, we just had to buy the battery.  (You have no clue how hard it is to get to the battery on a Saturn Relay minivan, and you don’t want to, that was a huge favor!)
#1 Son was finally able to sell something he’d been trying to get rid of, which will help him with his bills.
#2 Son’s father-in-law helped him when he needed tires for Happy the Honda — he put trailer tires on it, and they work.
One client going out of town and one client allowing me to move the cleaning to a different day made for a day off this week.
Satsumas, fresh from a friend’s tree, the best dessert.
Lunceford the Land Yacht’s heater blower has started to work again.
We’ve had several days of sun to dry us out after several days of rain.
We found another space heater on sale after Jezzie dog ate the cord off of the one in the library. 
Last Saturday, when i went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, they actually let me run two errands for them!  That’s especially big, as Grandpa insists on doing almost everything for himself.
Today is Kiss a Ginger Day, and i’m going to make sure that after work i get to see my three favorite gingers, Red-headed Alec, Sweet Sue, and Baby Lee.
Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.    

Today is:
Augusta Futurity — Augusta, GA, US (the top cutting horses and riders in the world to compete for purse and awards; through Saturday)
Bikaner Camel Festival — Bikaner, India (colorful camel activities, including a beauty competition, and fun for people also in this gorgeous fortified desert town; through tomorrow)
Children’s Day — Thailand
Compitalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (slave festival to the Lares and Manes, household gods)
Curried Chicken Day
Eat Crackers and Try to Whistle Day — just to see if it’s as much fun as it was when you were young
Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day — an internet generated holiday with whatever purpose you decide to give it
Goblin Gala — Fairy Calendar (Fairies not invited)
Hen Galan — Gwaun Valley, Dyfed, Wales (New Year Celebration begins — yes, they still use the old calendar)
Kiss a Ginger Day — some call it a national or international day, although it’s not official 
Little League Girls Baseball Day — girls were finally allowed to play this date in 1974
Memorial Day — Turkmenistan
National Marzipan Day
National Pharmacist Day — US
National Western Stock Show and Rodeo — Denver, CO, US (109th edition of the Super Bowl of livestock shows; through the 27th)
National Youth Festival — India (through the 16th)
Rubber Band Veteran Day — to commemorate the warriors and heroes of rubber band fights around the globe and in your very own school or office
Stick to Your New Year’s Resolution Day — because if you made any it’s too soon to give up
St. Benedict Biscop’s Day (Founder and Patron of English Benedictines, and Patron of musicians, painters; Sunderland, England)
Zanzibar Revolution Day — Tanzania
Birthdays Today:
HAL, 1997 (according to A. C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Jeff Bezos, 1964
Oliver Platt, 1960
Kirstie Alley, 1955
Howard Stern, 1954
Rush Limbaugh, 1951
Joe Frazier, 1944
Glenn Yarborough, 1930
Ray Price, 1926
Ira Hamilton Hayes, 1922
James Farmer, 1920
Luise Rainer, 1910
Tex Ritter, 1905
Joe E. Lewis, 1902
Jack London, 1876
John Singer-Sargent, 1856
Edmund Burke, 1729
Charles Perrault, 1628
John Winthrop, 1588 (O.S. date)
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Dynasty”(TV) 1981
“All in the Family”(TV), 1971
“Batman”(TV), 1966
“Arthur Godfrey and His Friends”(TV) 1949
“Ottone, re di Germania”(Handel’s Opera, HWV 15). 1723
Today in History:
Tsarina Elizabeth establishes the first university in Russia, 1755
The first US public museum is established, in Charlestown, South Carolina, 1773
Mission Santa Clara de Asis is founded in California, 1777
The first cargo arrives in New Orleans by steamship, from Natchez, 1812
Anthracite coal is first used to smelt iron, in Mauch Chunk,Pennsylvania, 1839
The Royal Aeronautical Society is founded in England, 1866
The Dow-Jones closes above 100 for the first time, 1906
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time, 1908
The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees, 1911
The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote, 1915
Finland’s “Mosaic Confessors” law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens, 1918
Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate, 1932
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation, 1967
An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait, 1991
A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali, 1992
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning, 1998
The world’s largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage, 2004
Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket, 2006
The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal, 2006
Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years, 2007
An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 230,000 and destroys most of Port-au-Prince, 2010
Divers have retrieved one of two black boxes from Air Asia Flight 8501, which crashed on December 28th during its flight from Indonesia to Singapore, 2015