Groaning Over More Than Turkey (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.  After all, it’s a habit now!
With Thanksgiving on the way, there’s a lot to do, squeezing in everyone.  There have been a couple of people attempting to get me to schedule them in somehow, and i just cannot.
It’s going to be a fun day, family and more family, food and fun.
Boudreaux already be warmin’ him up.  He be practicin’ his jokes fo’ de day on Clothile.
“What be de day you serve ever’one a tofu turkey?” he ax.  “Pranksgivin’!”
Clothile don’ say nothin’.
“Why do de cranberry be red?  It done see de turkey dressin’!”
Clothile jes’ look at him.
“What be de different between a pirate an’ de cranberry farmer?  One done bury his treasures an’ de other done treasure his berries!”
Clothile done give him a glare.
“You best not be doin’ you mash potatoes from de box, you grand-mère done goin’ turn over in her gravy!”
Clothile fin’ly say, “You gots to stop!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “You cain’t ax me to quit cold turkey!”
So Clothile ax him, “What fo’ you be plannin’ tell all dese bad jokes?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, what else you ‘spect me do on de day we eat wit’ de people dat annoy me de mos’?
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.  
Grandma moved on from simple rock art to create something bigger:
And she has already started to pull out the Christmas decor!



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Today is:
Alascattalo Day — Anchorage, Alaska (A salute to Alaskan humor, a parade in honor of the “alascattalo”, a cross between a moose and a walrus; the longest running, shortest parade in the world, held in the alley behind Club Paris from 12:03 to 12:07 pm.  A prize is given to the smallest and ugliest float — yes, it must be both small and ugly.  An anonymous queen will be crowned, if she has the bad sense to show up.)
Constitution Day — South Africa (the 1993 Constitution, granting blacks the right to vote, was approved)
Day of Ardvi Sura (Aredvi Sura Anahita), Mother of the Stars — Ancient Persian Calendar (date approximate)
European Antibiotic Awareness Day — ECDC (because prudent use of antibiotics can help stop antibiotic resistance)  
Feast of the Virgen de Chiquinquirá — Maracaibo, Venezuela
Hap-Dancing and Tiger-Tuning — Fairy Calendar
Independence Day — Morocco(1956); Western Saraha(1975)
Married to a Scorpio Support Day — remembering those married to Scorpios (like me!) and suffering because of it, and encouraging them too hide the flow charts and assert themselves today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Mother Goose Parade Day — El Cajon, CA, US (kicking off the holiday season with good, family fun)
National Day — Oman (traditional)
National Farm-City Week — US (on the week of Thanksgiving, remember that it’s the farmers, ranchers and growers who supply your celebratory foods)
National French Vichyssoise Day
Ned Ludd Memorial Machine-Smashing Day — internet generated, but enjoy!  i know i will
Proclamation of the Republic — Latvia (1918)
Push-Button Phone Day — launched this day in 1963
St. Odo of Cluny’s Day (Patron of needed rain)
Total Disregard for Taste Day — marking the debut of Howard Stern’s radio show on this day in 1985
Vertieres Day — Haiti (Battle of Vertieres and Army Day)
Volkstrauertag — Germany (National Day of Mourning for all victims of National Socialism and the dead of both world wars)
William Tell Day — the famed apple-off-his-son’s-head-shot was today in 1307
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims — UN
Birthdays Today:
Owen Wilson, 1968
Elizabeth Perkins, 1960
Sinbad, 1956
Katy Sagal, 1956
Kevin Nealn, 1953
Andrea Marcvicci, 1948
Jameson Parker, 1947
Wilma Mankiller, 1945
Susan Sullivan, 1944
Linda Evans, 1942
Brenda Vaccaro, 1939
Margaret Eleanor Atwood, 1939
Mickey Mouse, 1928
Alan Shepard, Jr., 1923
John Herndon “Johnny” Mercer, 1909
Imogene Coca, 1908
George Gallup, 1901
Eugene Ormandy, 1899
Clarence Shepard Day, 1874
Dorothy Dix (Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer), 1861
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, 1860
James Edward Sullivan, 1860
Sir William Schwenck Gilbert, 1836
Asa Gray, 1810
Louis-Jacques Daguerre, 1787
Sojourner Truth, 1787
Carl Maria von Weber, 1786
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Minecraft(Video Game), 2012
Star Trek: Generations(Film), 1994
Malcolm X(Film), 1992
Calvin and Hobbes(Comic strip), 1985 (in this first strip, Calvin catches Hobbes in a tiger trap baited with a tuna sandwich)
“See It Now”(TV), 1951
“Skin of Our Teeth”(Wilder play), 1943
Steamboat Willie (a/k/a Mickey Mouse), 1928
US Uniform Time Zone Plan, 1883 (on this date, the railroads adopted the current uniform time zone plan; it wasn’t legally mandated until 1918)
Today in History:
Old St. Peter’s Basilica is consecrated, 326
The Japanese Emperor Kammy relocates the residence of Nara to Kioto, 794
William Tell shoots the apple off his son’s head, 1307
The Holland/Zealand dikes break during a storm, resulting in thousands of deaths, 1421
The first English printed book, “Dictes & Sayengis of the Phylosophers”, is published, 1477
Christopher Columbus first sights the island now known as Puerto Rico, 1493
Vasco da Gama reaches the Cape of Good Hope, 1497
The worst earthquake in Massachusetts Bay/Boston area, 1755
The first Unitarian Minister in the US is ordained in Boston, 1787
30 women meet at Mrs Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset Maine, to organize the Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America, 1805
Mark Twain’s story The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is published in the New York Saturday Press, 1865
National Woman’s Christian Temperance Union organizes in Cleveland, 1874
Standard time zones are formed by railroads in the US and Canada, 1883
The first newspaper Sunday color comic strip is printed, in the NY World, 1894
Britain flies its first sea plane, 1911
Lincoln Deachey performs the first airplane loop-the-loop, over San Diego, 1913
Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1917
Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronized sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, 1928
Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake, centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula, 1929
New York City’s Mad Bomber places his first bomb at a Manhattan office building used by Consolidated Edison, 1940
In the United States, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is ratified, 1993
HIP 13044 b, a planet that was formed in another galaxy, is discovered in the Helmi Stream, 2010
Pope Tawadros II of Alexandria becomes the 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, 2012
NASA launches the MAVEN probe to Mars, 2013



Glad and Sad (Ten Things of Thankful)

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There are two people at the shelter who are leaving.  One is retiring, the other is moving away.
They will be sorely missed, and i am very thankful for both of them and what they have meant to the shelter and to me.
Ms. W is retiring, and i am thankful that:
she has been a driving force there for a long time
she put on great fundraising parties
she was always willing to let a sick cat or one that didn’t get along with any others stay in her office
she would take very sick kitties home with her to nurse them back to health
she tried to give every kitty every chance possible to get a home.
Ms. A is moving away, and i am thankful that:
she took the time to send every volunteer a birthday card each year and to recognize each of us for the work we do
she set up several “giving back” programs with local businesses where if we mentioned the shelter while dining or shopping there, part of the proceeds went to the shelter
she was a master at decorating the shelter for different seasons
she was always on the look-out for new ways to get the word out about our mission to help cats
she has a great sense of humor and a love for cats that shines through.
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:
Army Day — Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coping With Uncertainty Day — of uncertain origin, as it should be
Electronic Greeting Card Day — internet generated, and of course probably started by the electronic greeting card websites
Family Volunteer Day — to get families working together to better their communities and the world
Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade — Norfolk, VA, US (to kick off Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays)
Homemade Bread Day — use the bread machine, it’s fun and easy, i promise!  sponsored by the Homemade Bread Day Committee of Ann Arbor, MI, US
International Games Day @ Your Library — libraries in many countries are sponsoring a local Games Day, check with yours!
International Students Day — International (meant to celebrate all students around the world, not specifically students studying in countries other than their own; anniversary of the Nazi storming and closing of the University of Prague)
    National Survivors of Suicide Day — US (by Congressional designation since 1999, and now an international movement; remembering those who have lost loved ones to suicide, especially as Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming)
John Peter Zenger Day — marking his arrest in 1734 for libel; he continued to edit his newspaper from jail and was acquitted, an early victory for freedom of the press
Natchitoches Festival of Lights — Natchitoches, LA, US (over 350,000 lights go on every night from now until Jan, 6, with carolers on Friday and Saturday evenings downtown, festivals and events every weekend; come celebrate the season in the Oldest Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase)
National Adoption Day — US (encouraging us to find a home for every child; many courts finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care on this day each year)    
National Baklava Day
National Farm Joke Day
National Unfriend Day — all those people on Facebook you regret accepting as friends?  Jimmy Kimmel suggests you unfriend them today! (or at least unfollow them, from what i gather, they won’t know you did) 
Nordic Yulefest — Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA, US (a Scandinavian holiday extravaganza; through tomorrow)
PCS Day and Homeplace Festival — Waretown, NJ, US (a family affair with country, bluegrass, and traditional music)
Polytechneio — Greece (anniversary of the 1973 student protests against the junta)
Presidents’ Day — Marshall Islands
Public Restroom Hand Dryer Appreciation Day — internet generated, and why?  they’ve been proven less sanitary, blowing germs everywhere; i will not appreciate this one
Shogi Day — Japan (celebrating shogi, a chess-like game)
St. Elizabeth of Hungary’s Day (Patron of bakers, beggars, brides, charitable societies, charitable workers, countesses, exiles, falsely accused people, hoboes, homeless people, hospitals, lace makers/lace workers, nursing homes, nursing services, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, tertiaries, tramps, widows; Sisters of Mercy; Teutonic Knights; Erfurt, Germany; Jaro, Philippines; against in-law problems, the death of children, toothache)
St. Hilda’s Day (Patron of learning and culture)
St. Hugh of Lincoln’s Day (Patron of sick children, sick people, swans)
Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day — Czech Republic; Slovakia
Surin Elephant Round-Up — Surin, Thailand (includes elephant football, elephant tugs-of-war, and parades; through Sunday)
Take A Hike Day — internet generated, and some websites say it’s actually “Tell Your Boss to Take a Hike Day”, but i don’t recommend that unless you’ve recently inherited a fortune or won the Lotto
Winter Welcome Quadrilles and Dainty-Sixes — Fairy Calendar
World Prematurity Day — International (raising awareness about premature birth, the leading cause of newborn death each year, and what can be done to prevent it
World’s Champion Duck-Calling Contest and Festival — Stuttgart, AR, US (pageants for Queen Mallard and Junior Queen Mallard, carnival, and the best duck calling possible; through Nov. 30)
Birthdays Today:
Isaac Hanson, 1980
Laura Wilkinson, 1977
Matthew Settle, 1969
Daisy Fuentes, 1966
Sophie Marceau, 1966
Dylan Walsh, 1963
RuPaul, 1960
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, 1958
Danny DeVito, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1944
Lorne Michaels, 1944
Tom Seaver, 1944
Lauren Hutton, 1943
Martin Scorsese, 1942
Gordon Lightfoot, 1938
Rock Hudson, 1925
Sichiro Honda, 1906
Lee Strassberg, 1901
Bernard Law Montgomery, 1887
August Mobius, 1790
John Peter Zenger, 1734
Atahualpa, last Emperor of the Inca, 1502
Flavius Claudius Julianus, Roman Emperor, 331
Vespian, Roman Emperor, 9
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Sunset Boulevard”(Musical), 1994
“Rumors”(Simon play), 1988
“The Elephant Man”(Play), 1977
“The Sorcerer”(Gilbert and Sullivan comic opera), 1877
“Andromaque”(Racine tragedy), 1667
Today in History:
Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers, 284
England and Spain sign an anti-French covenant/treaty, 1511
Elizabeth I ascends the English throne, 1558
France and Spain sign the Peace of the Pyrenees treaty, 1659
The Church of England organizes in New England, 1785
Congress holds its first session in the still incomplete Capitol Building of Washington, D.C., 1800
The Delta Phi fraternity, America’s oldest continuous social fraternity, is founded at Union College in Schenectady, New York, 1827
Ecuador and Venezuela separate from Greater Colombia, 1831
Street signs are first authorized at San Francisco intersections, 1853
David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, 1855
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March is given its première performance in Moscow, 1876
Japan and Korea sign The Eulsa Treaty, 1905
The first US dental hygienist course is formed, in Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1913
US declares the Panama Canal Zone to be neutral, 1914
Lenin defends the “temporary” removal of freedom of the press, 1917
American scientists John Bardeen and Walter Brattain observe the basic principles of the transistor, a key element for the electronics revolution of the 20th Century, 1947
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse, 1970
In Czechoslovakia, the Velvet Revolution that would overthrow the communist government begins when student protests in Prague are quelled by riot police, 1989
Brian May of the rock band Queen was appointed Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, 2007
In Sweden, divers find the wreckage of the Svardet, a warship sunk in 1676 during the Battle of Oland, 2011
The Church of England adopts legislation enabling the appointment of female bishops, 2014
A smaller pyramid found within 2 known Kukulkan “nesting” pyramids dating from 550-580 AD is announced at Chichen Itza in Yucatan, Mexico, 2016

Mikey’s Toes (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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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.
Mikey is trying to snooze, which is good, as he wouldn’t let me get a picture of his toes otherwise:
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. I can’t wait to have _________ on Thanksgiving. (If not in the USA, substitute your next holiday.)
2. I am thankful for _________.
3. When it comes to pie, _________. 
4. A feast is not a feast without _________.
1. I can’t wait to have Brussel’s sprouts roasted in olive oil on Thanksgiving.
2. I am thankful for space heaters and heating pads.
3. When it comes to pie, Sweetie will have none other than pumpkin, heavily spiced.
4. A feast is not a feast without family in attendance, as many as can possibly be there.
Today is:
Birth of the Blues Day — birth anniversary of W.C. Handy, “Father of the Blues”
Button Day — internet generated; a day to collect, or reminisce about collecting, buttons, with information about buttons here
Canterbury Provincial Anniversary Day — Canterbury, New Zealand
Christchurch Show Day — Canterbury, NZ
Children in Need Day — UK and Ireland (telethon begins)
Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival — Yuma, AZ, US (through Sunday)
Dagur Islenskrar tungu — Iceland (Icelandic Language Day)
Day of Declaration of Sovereignty / Day of National Rebirth — Estonia
Famous San Diego Chicken Day — a day to celebrate anyone who has ever slugged a purple dinosaur
Flag Day/Statia and America Day — St. Eustatius
Grand Illumination Celebration and Gingerbread House Competition & Display — Lahaska, PA, US (the holiday fun begins at the Peddler’s Village, through the New Year)
Greater Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Show — Monroeville, PA, US (through Sunday)
Have a Party with Your Bear Day — no comment, it’s too obvious
Hecate Night — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; celebrated still by some Wiccans)
Holiday Folk Fair International — Milwaukee, WI, US (featuring costumes, dancing, entertainment, exhibits, and more from 65 cultures; through Sunday)
Holiday Lights on the Lake — Altoona, PA, US (51 acres of lights, animations, gift shops, food, model train displays, and more; through the Sunday after New Year’s Day)
Inasa Puppet Festival — Hamamatsu, Japan (a rarity in Japan, 3 days of performances by professional puppeteers from around Japan)
International Day for Tolerance – UN
National Fast Food Day — why?
Ranch Hand Festival and Breakfast — King Ranch, Kingsville, TX, US (the festival begins today, and tomorrow morning there will be a real ranch hand meal, cooked and served outdoors, on a working cattle ranch where you can watch cowboys round up longhorns)
    kickoff of the celebration La Posada de Kingsville, with special holiday celebrations through December
Silver Bells in the City — Lansing, MI, US (the capital city sparkles as the business district lights up for the holidays)
St. Gertrude the Great’s Day (Patron of nuns; Naples, Italy; West Indies)
St. Margaret of Scotland’s Day (Patron of learning, parents of large families, queens, widows; Scotland; against the death of children)
St. Matthew the Evangelist’s Day (Eastern Churches)
Substitute Educators Day — US (the NEA encourages everyone to recognize those hard working substitute teachers, especially the ones who work most or all of the school year)  
York International Postcard Expo — York, PA, US (over 100 international dealers in post cards show, sell, and trade their finest cards; through tomorrow)
Anniversaries Today:
Oklahoma becomes the 46th US State, 1907
Birthdays Today:
Maggie Gyllenhall, 1977
Oksana Baiul, 1977
Martha Plimpton, 1970
Lisa Bonet, 1967
Diana Krall, 1964
Dwight Gooden, 1964
Susanna Clarke, 1959
Marg Heigenberger, 1958
Shigeru Miyamoto, 1952
Elizabeth Drew, 1935
Daws Butler, 1916
Burgess Meredith, 1908
W.C. Handy, 1873
Tiberius, Roman Emperor, BC42
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Roman Catholic Church issues the first new Universal Catechism since 1563, to address modern issues, 1992
“The Real Thing”(Stoppard play), 1982
“The Sound of Music”(Musical), 1959
Today in History:
The second and final revision of the Codex Justinianus is published, 534
Francisco Pizarro captures the Incan emperor Atahualpa after the victory at Cajamarca, 1532
The first colonial prison is organized, in Nantucket, Massachussetts, 1676
Kentucky becomes the first state to nullify an act of Congress, 1798
The New York Evening Post publishes its first edition, 1801
An earthquake in Missouri causes the Mississippi River to flow backwards, 1811
Missouri trader William Becknell arrives in Santa Fe, New Mexico over a route that became known as the Santa Fe Trail, 1821
Napoleon Guerin of NYC patents a cork life preserver, 1841
Fyodor Dostoevsky is sentenced to death for anti-government activities; sentence is commuted to hard labor, 1849
Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens, 1856
William Bonwill patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities, 1875
6,000 Armenians massacred by Turks in Kurdistan, 1894
Arturo Tuscanini begins conducting NY’s Metropolitan Opera, 1908
US Federal Reserve System formally opens, 1914
LSD is first synthesized by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland, 1938
UNESCO is founded, 1945
NASA launches Skylab 4 with a crew of three astronauts from Cape Canaveral, Florida for an 84-day mission, 1973
The Hoxne Hoard is discovered by metal detectorist Eric Lawes in Hoxne, Suffolk, 1992
After nearly 18 years of incarceration, the People’s Republic of China releases Wei Jingsheng, a pro-democracy dissident, from jail for medical reasons, 1997
The People’s Republic of China begins to implement the “Great Firewall,” filters which make it impossible to connect to internet sites the government deems illegal or unhelpful to the communist ideal, 2006
Hostess Brands reveals plans to file bankruptcy because of a baker’s union strike, 2012
Chocolate manufacturers state that a cocoa-pod fungus and dry weather in cocoa-growing regions has created a shortage of cocoa that may increase in the future; world chocolate demand already exceeds production capacity, 2014
The largest diamond discovered in more than a century, a 1,111 carat stone, is found in the Karowe mine, Botswana, 2015
French President Francois Hollande declares the country at war with ISIS in an address to parliament, 2015
Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “Salvator Mundi” sells for $450.3 million at auction in New York, world record price for any artwork, 2017
Nineteen countries pledge to phase out coal at UN Climate Summit in Bonn, Germany, 2017


Sub Rosa (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Once the money changes hands, you will both sign the papers and each receive a notarized copy.  There will be no changing your minds after this, understood?”
“Yes, I understand.”
“Thank you, the payment amount is correct, signatures notarized.  And may I suggest, for your own protection, you put these papers in a safe place and act as if this never happened.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Agreed.      
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.
Picket fences always draw my eye.
Today is:
American Enterprise Day — US (a project of Future Business Leaders of America, Phi Beta Lambda Chapter)
America Recycles Day — US     
Catholic School Principal Appreciation Day — originally designated by the National Catholic Education Association   
Changeling Restitution Day — Fairy Calendar (Goblins)
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day — this reminder comes from the folks at, where they think you need to get rid of USO’s (unidentified shrivelled objects)    
Day of the German-speaking Community of Belgium — German-speaking Community of Belgium
Don’t Try To Do Everything At Once Day — internet generated, and a blow to us multitaskers
Ennead Feast in the House of Ra, Horus, and Osiris — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fast for an Abundant World Harvest — now unsponsored, but one way to help can be found here 
George Spelvin Day/More Than One Role Day — date of first use, in 1886, of this name for an actor playing two roles in one play; George and Georgette Spelvin have since acted in over 10,000 roles on Broadway
Great American Smokeout — save money and your life, try not to smoke today; started by the American Cancer Society    
I Love to Write Day — encouraging everyone to write something, begun by John Riddle; this is the perfect time for it, really, in the middle of NaNoWriMo   
King’s Feast / Dynasty Day — Belgium
National Bundt Pan Day — yes, really, celebrating the pan itself
National Peace Day — Cote d’Ivoire
National Philanthropy Day® — Association of Fundraising Professionals   
National Raisin Bran Cereal Day
National Spicy Hermit Christmas Cookie Day
Nativity Fast begins a/k/a Winter Lent (through Dec 24) — Orthodox Christian
Pack Your Mom’s Lunch Day — in honor of all the times she packed yours; combine it with I Love to Write Day and include a note telling her how special she is
Pushkar Camel Fair — Pushkar, India (for the camels, racing, fancy dress, changing owners, taking tourists on rides, and the chance to liven up this usually quiet town, and for the people, singing, dancing, exotic food, and watching the camels, as well as religious rituals at the time of the full moon; through Nov. 23)
Republic Day — Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
Republic Proclamation Day — Brazil
Rock Your Mocs Day — Indigenous Americans (begun by Jessica Jaylyn Atsye, a Laguna Pueblo, to encourage all Native Americans to wear the one item they all have in common, hand-made moccasins, with pride) 
Safety Razor Day — King Gillette was granted the patent for his style of safety razor on this day in 1904, changing how men shaved each day
Shichi-Go-San (Shrine Visiting Day)/Seven-Five-Three Festival — Japan (picturesque festival in which 3-year-old children of either sex, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls go to shrines dressed in their best; guardian spirits are thanked for the health of the children and prayers said for their future to be equally bright)
Sing in Your Car Day — they need a day for this?
St. Albertus Magnus’ Day (Patron of medical technicians, natural sciences, philosophers, schoolchildren, scientists, students, theology students; Cincinnati, Ohio)
St. Leopold’s Day (King Leopold III, Patron of dying children, large families, step-parents; Austria)
    Leopoldstag/Goose Day — Austria (the start of the heurigen, the new wine season)
Use Less Stuff Day — a great idea!  not an officially sponsored day, but you can get information about using less stuff at
World Philosophy Day — UNESCO   
Anniversary Today:
William Shatner marries Nerine Kidd, 1997
Birthdays Today:
Jonny Lee Miller,1972
Kevin Eubanks, 1957
Beverly D’Angelo, 1954
Daniel Barenboim, 1942
Sam Waterston, 1940
Yaphet Kotto, 1937
Joanna BArnes, 1934
Petula Clark, 1932
Ed Asner, 1929
Bill “C.W. McCall” Fries, 1928
Joseph Wapner, 1919
Erwin Rommel, 1891
Georgia O’Keeffe, 1887
Forrest Clare “Fogg” Allen, 1885
F. William Herschel, 1738
William Pitt the Elder, 1708
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“A Few Good Men”(Play), 1989
Love Me Tender(Film), 1956
“Li’l Abner”(Musical), 1956
“The Planets”(Holst Op. 32), 1920
“Masse Mensch/Mass Man”(Toller play), 1920
Today in History:
Christopher Columbus notes the first recorded reference to tobacco, 1492
The NY General Assembly permits Jews to omit the phrase “Upon the faith of a Christian” from adjuration oaths, 1727
Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1763
The Articles of Confederation are adopted by the Continental Congress, 1777
Georgetown University, the first Catholic college in the US, opens, 1791
Zebulon Pike gets his first sight of Pike’s Peak, Colorado, 1806
Isaac Pitman introduces his steno/shorthand system of writing, 1832
Union Major General Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia, 1864
King C. Gillette patents the Gillette razor blade, 1904
The first telecast of an unscheduled event, a fire, takes place on W2XBT, in NY, 1938
In Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy’s restaurant, 1969
Intel releases world’s first commercial single-chip microprocessor, 1971
René Lévesque and the Parti Québécois take power to become the first Quebec government of the 20th century clearly in favour of independence, 1976
The Anglo-Irish Agreement is signed at Hillsborough Castle by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, 1985
An independent State of Palestine is proclaimed by the Palestinian National Council, 1988
The first Fairtrade label, Max Havelaar, is launched in the Netherlands, 1988
Cyclone Sidr hit Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5000 people and destroyed the world’s largest mangrove forest, Sundarbans, 2007
Sony introduces the Playstation 4, selling a million units the first day, 2013 
World leaders gather in Brisbane for the G20 Summit, which will focus on economic growth, 2014
France launches air strikes on Isis stronghold Raqqa in Syria in the wake of terror attack on Paris, 2015
Pakistan unveils the remains of 1,700 year-old sleeping Buddha in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, 2017


How To Qualify For The Doghouse (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
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 Elephant’s Child.     
This week’s prompts are:
  1. peel
  2. justify
  3. wall
  4. employee
  5. temperature
  6. roll
  1. volume
  2. revenge
  3. fraud
  4. explain
  5. weak
  6. vague
“Just once!” he said, the VOLUME of his voice indicating the TEMPERATURE of his inner equilibrium was again rising past the boiling point.
“What’s up this time, boss?”  His long-suffering assistant had come in at this point, and knew he needed to let the boss bend his ear, see if he could defuse whatever it was now.
“Just once I would like for us to get an EMPLOYEE who can PEEL an onion or ROLL a burrito correctly without me having to EXPLAIN it to him or her over and over again!  We have certain protocols here!  How do we always end up with people who have either a WEAK work ethic or only a VAGUE understanding of how to follow directions?
“Look at these products!  Can you JUSTIFY serving this to a customer?  All of them are supposedly at least high school graduates and some are working their way through college, or that what they say on their applications — are they committing FRAUD and lying?  I just don’t understand it!”
Knowing there was only a thin WALL between them and those employees, and not wanting any of them to overhear and possibly plot REVENGE by quitting mid-shift and  thus leaving him, the assistant, short for the rest of the evening, he steered the conversation as soon as the boss slowed down.
“Boss, those were for practice from the new guy.  The rest of the crew is doing great, we’re having a busy evening, and you have been here since way too early.  Why don’t you go home and relax, let me cover the rest of this shift, and Jane can cover the morning.  You can come in tomorrow afternoon.  We’ve got this, and you have to get more sleep.”
Glaring at the tray in front of him, covered in what he would term “wasted product,” he said, “You’re right, I am tired.  I’ll be in tomorrow by eleven.”
“That sounds great,” the assistant said, handing him his coat and all but pushing him toward the door before he could change his mind.
As soon as the door shut behind the boss, the assistant took a moment to compose himself, too.  He had heard through the grape-vine that this hard driving, hard drinking boss of his was slated to be fired by national and he was trying to do everything by the numbers so he could get the promotion.
He knew if he played his cards right, he wouldn’t have to sooth the ruffled feathers of a crazy boss too much longer.
Today is:
Children’s Day — India
Chinggis Khan’s (Genghis Khan) Birthday — Mongolia 
Day of the Colombian Woman — Colombia
Equorum Probatio — Ancient Roman Empire (official cavalry parade of the equites)
International Girls Day — for info, see
Leftover Trading Day — internet generated; trade your leftovers for the much more interesting ones in your neighbor’s fridge
Loosen up, Lighten Up Day — to remind us of the benefits of joy and laughter, begun by Stephanie West Allen of Denver, CO, US
National Educational Support Professionals Day — US
National Spicy Guacamole Day — as opposed to National Guacamole Day back in September   
National Pickle Day/Pickle Appreciation Day
National Teddy Bear Day — US (anniversary of the day in 1902 that Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a cornered and tied bear, because it was unsportsmanlike)
Operating Room Nurse Day — US, but feel free to celebrate those dedicated nurses around the world
Readjustment Movement’s Day — Guinea-Bissau
Spirit of NSA Day — members of the National Speakers Association are encouraged to focus on giving back and mentoring     
St. Dubricus’ Day (the saint who crowned King Arthur)
St. Lawrence O’Toole’s Day (Patron of the Archdiocese of Dublin, Ireland)
Works Getting Into Championships — Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)
World Diabetes Day — UN (learn more about diabetes here)     
Anniversaries Today:
Princess Anne of the UK marries Captain Mark Phillips, 1973
Birthdays Today:
Joseph “Run” Simmons, 1964
Laura San Giacomo, 1962
D.B. Sweeney, 1961
Condoleezza Rice, 1954
Yanni, 1954
Prince Charles, 1948
King Hussein of Jordan, 1935
McLean Stevenson, 1929
Boutros Boutros-Ghali, 1922
Brian Keith, 1921
Veronica Lake, 1919
Barbara Hutton, 1912
Rosemary DeCamp, 1910
Joseph McCarthy, 1909
Harrison Salisbury, 1908
William Steig, 1907
Louise Brooks, 1906
Dick Powell, 1904
Aaron Copland, 1900
Mamie Dowd Eisenhower, 1896
Jawaharlal Nehru, 1889
Claude Monet, 1840
Robert Fulton, 1765
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Moana(Disney animated film), 2016
“Black or White”(Music video), 1991
“Murphy Brown”(TV), 1988
“Good Evening”(Revue), 1973
“Der Tapfere Soldat/The Chocolate Soldier”(Operetta), 1908
“The Girl of the Golden West”(Play), 1905
Today in History:
Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarro arrive in Cajamarca, Inca empire, 1533
Samuel Pepys reports on the first blood transfusion (between dogs), 1666
Loius Timothee is hired in Philadelphia to be the first professional librarian in the US, 1732
Captain George Vancouver is the first Englishman to enter San Francisco Bay, 1792
John Mason debuts the first horse-drawn streetcar in NYC, with a route between Prince and 14th on 4th Ave., 1832
Herman Melville publishes “Moby Dick”, 1851
The St. Andrews Golf Club, in Yonkers, NY, opens with 6 holes, 1888
New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) began her attempt to surpass fictitious journey of Jules Verne’s Phileas Fogg by traveling around world in less than 80 days; She succeeded, finishing the trip in January in 72 days and 6 hours, 1889
Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light, 1908
The first airplane flight from the deck of a ship takes place in Norfolk, Virginia, 1910
The BBC begins radio service in the United Kingdom, 1922
The first regular UK singles chart published by the New Musical Express, 1952
NASA launches Apollo 12, the second manned mission to the surface of the Moon, 1969
After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland, 1990
The last direct-current electrical distribution system in the United States is shut down in New York City by Con Edison, 2007
Scientists announce the discovery of the closest known rogue planet to Earth, about 100 light years away, 2012
A photo of one of the rarest mammals on earth, the saola, an Asian unicorn is released by WWF; the photo was taken by a camera trap in a forest in central Vietnam in September 2013, last seen 15 years ago, 2013
American harness racing trainer/driver Dave Palone sets the world record for wins when he drive Missy Tap Tina to the winner’s circle for his 16,754th career victory, 2014


Random and Happy and Short on Tuesday

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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
In church yesterday, the Pastor told a story during his sermon that made us all laugh.  He was walking downtown to get a sandwich for lunch when he noticed a lady who is a church member standing on the street corner.  As he walked past, he said hello and began talking to her, and she said she was waiting for her husband so they could grab a quick bite together before he had to go back to work.  “And there he is!” she said, and waved to him.  He didn’t wave back until he got closer, and then he laughed when he walked up and said, “Pastor, I’m glad to see it’s you standing next to my wife.  I was starting to wonder why some man was talking to her and thinking I was going to have to whup up on him and send him on his way!”
Ms. RW, an every-other-Wednesday client, was insisting while i was there last week on scrubbing the toilets with the pumice stone, even though i do that regularly.  She tells me she doesn’t want me to have to do it and that she enjoys it!
Later, we got to talking about different churches, and funerals, and how much she wants her funeral to be a celebration of her life.  She said, “I enjoy funerals that are celebrations and everyone is sad the person is gone but happy for their life.  I hope everyone likes my funeral as much as I’ve enjoyed some I’ve been to.  Then again, I also enjoy cleaning my toilets, so maybe I’m expecting too much!”
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Chhat Parwa/Chhath Puja — Nepal (start of the four day Hindu/Vedic Festival of the sun god Surya)
Ides of November — Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Epulum Iovis — Festival of Feronia, Juno, Minerva, and Jupiter
    Fortuna Primigenia — Fortune of the Firstborn
National Indian Pudding Day
National Reread Old Letters and Magazines Day — internet generated sentimentality
Runic Half Month Nyd begins (necessity)
School Pride Day — US (always on the Tuesday of American Education Week)
St. Brice of Tours’ Day (Patron against stomach diseases)
St. Homobonus’ Day (Patron of business people, cloth workers/garment workers/tailors, cobblers/shoemakers, merchants)
St. Stanislaus Kostka’s Day (Patron of aspirants to the Oblates of Saint Joseph, last sacraments; against broken bones)
Tooth Collection Days begin — Fairy Calendar
Tori No Ichi — Japan (the second “rooster day” of three in November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair) 
World Kindness Day — promoting a more compassionate world, on the anniversary of the first World Kindness Movement® conference  
Anniversaries Today:
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated, 1982
The Holland Tunnel opens, 1927
Birthdays Today:
Monique Coleman, 1980
Gerard Butler, 1969
Steve Zahn, 1968
Tracy Scoggins, 1959
Jimmy Kimmel, 1967
Vinny Testaverde, 1963
Chris Nth, 1957
Whoopi Goldberg, 1955
Chris Noth, 1954
Shella E. Frazier, 1948
Joe Mantegna, 1947
Jean Seberg, 1938
Gary Marshall, 1934
Madeleine Sherwood, 1922
Oskar Werner, 1922
Nathaniel Benchley, 1915
Louis Brandeis, 1856
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850
Edwin Thomas Booth, 1833
James Clerk Maxwell, 1831
Edward John Trelawney, 1792
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Lion King”(Play), 1997
“As the Girls Go”(Musical), 1948
Fantasia(Disney animated film), 1940
“Grand Hotel”(Drake play), 1930
Today in History:
English king Æthelred II orders the killing of all Danes in England, known today as the St. Brice’s Day massacre, 1002
Lady Jane Grey and Bishop Cranmer are accused of high treason, 1553
Patriot revolutionary forces under Col. Ethan Allen attack Montreal, Quebec, defended by British General Guy Carleton, 1775
Benjamin Franklin says, “Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” 1789
The first US anti-slavery party, the Liberty Party, convenes in New York, 1839
James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads him to study the subject and come up with what he later calls hypnosis, 1841
The Denny Party arrives at Alki Point, becoming the first settlers of what would become Seattle, Washington, 1851
The first shipment of canned pineapple leaves Hawai’i, 1895
French cyclist Paul Cornu flies the first helicopter, 1907
Russia completes development of the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles, 1947
A 150-mph tropical cyclone hits the densely populated Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), killing an estimated 500,000 people in one night. This is regarded as the 20th century’s worst natural disaster, 1970
The Double Eagle V becomes the first hot air balloon to make it across the Pacific Ocean, 1981
Xavier Suarez is sworn in as Miami, Florida’s first Cuban-born mayor, 1985
The High Court of Australia rules in Dietrich v The Queen that although there is no absolute right to have publicly funded counsel, in most circumstances a judge should grant any request for an adjournment or stay when an accused is unrepresented, 1992
In a referendum voters in Sweden decide to join the European Union, 1994
NASA announces that water has been discoved on the moon, 2009
Medical textbooks require rewriting after 39-year-old Canadian Scott Routley becomes the first person believed to be in a vegetative state to tell scientists he isn’t in any pain, 2012
A total solar eclipse occurs over parts of Australia and the South Pacific, 2012
The Vatican announces that restrooms being remodeled in St. Peter’s Square will include showers for the homeless, and encourages other churches to do the same, 2014
Evidence of the world’s earliest wine-making is uncovered from Khramis Didi Gora, Georgia, in clay pots from 6,000BC, 2017


Sweet Orange (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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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!
These two faces, oh, i just had to snap more than one!


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:
A&W Rootbeer Mug Day — see if you can frost your mug like they did
Birth of Baha’u’llah — Baha’i
Birth of Sun Yat-Sen, Doctors Day, and Cultural Renaissance Day — Taiwan
Cartagena Independence Day — Cartagena, Columbia
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day — “Changing the world, one story at a time.”
Constitution Day — Azerbaijan
Dia del Cartero — Mexico (Postman’s Day; postal carriers are shown appreciation with small gifts left in mailboxes)
Fancy Rat and Mouse Day — the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association wants you to know these little critters can give you a lot of love      
Heir to the Throne Day — Tuvalu (Prince of Wales birth anniversary celebration)
Journee Nationale Maore — Comoros (Admission to the UN Day)
Khalkeia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of smiths, associated with Hephaists and Athena; date approximate)
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
National Youth Day — East Timor
Shalako Festival — Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (dates of main festivals and dance ceremonies vary by area, but usually the weekend nearest the 49th day after the 10th full moon)
St. Emillian’s Day (Patron of Spain, finding lost objects)
St. Josaphat’s Day (Patron of Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Ukraine)
Tewa Buffalo Dance — Native American Tewa of the Tesuque Pueblo rites on the feast day of their Patron, San Diego, to honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions, and the elements; through the 15th
World Orphans Day — originally an initiative of The Stars Foundation; cannot find a current sponsor, although there is a Facebook page for this day, stating April 20 is the correct date, and here is a site where you can find out more about orphans in the developing world    
World Pneumonia Day — because we lose a million children a year to this preventable illness     
Anniversaries Today:
The Arches National Park established, 1971
Ellis Island closes, 1954
Birthdays Today:
Anne Hathaway, 1982
Ryan Gosling, 1980
Sammy Sosa, 1968
Michael Moorer, 1967
David Schwimmer, 1966
Nadia Comaneci, 1961
Megan Mullally, 1958
Neil Young, 1945
Al Michaels, 1944
Wallace Shawn, 1943
Grace Kelly, 1929
Jo Stafford, 1918
Harry A. Blackmun, 1908
Sun Yat-sen, 1866
Auguste Rodin, 1840
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Grand Hotel”(Musical), 1989
“Irma la Douce”(Musical), 1956
“Paint Your Wagon”(Musical), 1951
Song of the South(Disney film), 1946
The first Sunday American-style football game is held in Philadelphia, 1933
Today in History:
Tibetan troops occupy Chang’an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days starting today, 764
Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament, 1439
Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic, 1847
Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris); he also designed garment that bears his name, 1859
World’s Fair in Paris opens, 1900
The first movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon, 1910
Norway holds a referendum in favor of monarchy over republic, 1905
Robert Scott’s diary & body are found in Antarctica, 1912
Austria becomes a republic, 1918
The first underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel connecting NY to NJ opens, 1927
The first photo of whatever is in Loch Ness is taken, 1933
Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia join the United Nations, 1956
Equatorial Guinea joins the United Nations, 1968
The Comoros joins the United Nations, 1975
The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings, 1980
The Space Shuttle Columbia becomes the first time a manned spacecraft launched into space twice, 1981
Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch, 1990
Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web, 1990
Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world speed record (501 kilometres per hour (311 mph)) for commercial railway systems, 2003
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database is launched on the web and revolutionizes chemical-gene-disease information for research scientists, 2004
Philippine volcano Mount Bulusan erupts again, 2010
European Space Agency’s Rosetta lands the Philae probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,2014
For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain’s war dead, instead of Queen Elizabeth, 2017