Safe (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.
At the shelter, Sweetie was worried about this cat:
Trixie.  If you get her at the correct angle, she looks like she swallowed a bowling ball.
This gives you a better idea.
getting out of this open window:
Somehow, i think she is safe from that eventuality.
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. The last time I ____________was ____________________.
2. __________________isn’t ___________________.
3. _________ is a blessing in disguise.
4. My favorite word is _________.
1. The last time i went on a vacation to any place except Florida or Texas was at least 3 years ago (maybe more, i’m not good with remembering dates).  Maybe sometime next year we can go someplace else.
2. Knowledge isn’t wisdom.  As Bigger Girl once noted, knowledge is knowing that botanically speaking tomatoes are fruit, wisdom is not putting them in the fruit salad.
3. Almost anything that happens is a blessing in disguise if you know how to look at it.
4. My favorite word is grace.
Today is:
Applejack Festival — Nebraska City, NE, US (parade, food, fun, and a celebration of the orchards; through Sunday)
Arbor Day — Brazil
Ashura — Islam (optional day of fasting that ends at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)
Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper Celebration Day — Fairy Calendar (Goblins)
Chästeilet im Justistal — Merlingen, Switzerland (dividing of the summer’s cheese between the dairy farmers of the area, a weekend celebration that must be tasted to be believed!)
Danger Run/Ghost Run — Louisville, KY, US (“The Most Fun You’ve Ever Had in Your Car,”  a haunted Halloween scavenger hunt style game in which you and your friends will work together to solve clues to find your way on dark, spooky roads to haunted houses, and compete for prizes; every Friday and Saturday evening through Nov. 3)
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 11, Peace (to coincide with the International celebration; sponsored by We, the World)   
Fall Festival of the Arts And Crafts — Washington, MO, US (juried art festival, beer, specialty foods, music, and fun; through Sunday)
Imilchil Marriage Festival — Imilchil, Morocco (commonly translated as the Marriage Festival, it is more of a Betrothal Festival among the Berber people; a three day whirlwind of speed dating, exotic music, traditional costumes, and romance in which people from small villages can allow their children to find marriage partners from among their own peoples)
Independence Day — Armenia(1991); Belize(1981); Malta(1964)
International Day of Peace — UN
Jeans for Genes Day — UK (convince your school or workplace to let you pay for the privilege of wearing jeans today, with the money going toward research of genetic diseases)  
Kharisteria — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; feast of Aremis Agrotera[the huntress] that became a thankgiving for the victory of the battle of Marathon)
Kwama Nkrumah’s Birthday/Founder’s Day — Ghana
Miniature Golf Day — golf the fun way! (separate from National Miniature Golf Day in May)
MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair — Unity, ME, US (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association sponsors an old-time country fair that revives forgotten skills and has something for everyone; through Sunday)
Monterrey Jazz Festival — Monterrey, CA, US (59th Annual, featuring some of the world’s finest jazz musicians; through Sunday)
National Doodle Day — UK (fundraiser for Epilepsy Action)    
National Pecan Cookie Day
National Tradesmen Day — US
New Hampshire Highland Games — Loon Mountain, Lincoln, NH, US (everything highlands you can think of, and those of Scottish descent can even look up their clan connections; through Sunday)
St. Matthew the Evangelist’s Day (Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, money managers, security forces, security guards, stock brokers, tax collectors; Salerno, Italy; Trier, Germany; Villa d’Ogna, Italy)
Student’s Day and Spring Day — Argentina
Throw Away Something Day — you have the internet’s permission to get rid of that hideous gift; if you can’t bring yourself to throw it out, donate it
Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days — Olathe, KS, US (celebrate the Santa Fe Trail; through Sunday)
World Alzheimer’s Day
World Gratitude Day
Birthdays Today:
Nicole Richie, 1981
Luke Wilson, 1971
Ricki Lake, 1968
Faith Hill, 1967
Darva Conger, 1965
Rob Morrow, 1962
Nancy Travis, 1961
David James Elliot, 1960
Dave Coulier, 1959
Ethan Boen, 1957
Bill Murray, 1950
Stephen King, 1947
Kay Ryan, 1945
Fannie Flagg, 1944
Bill Kurtis, 1940
Henry Gibson, 1935
Leonard Cohen, 1934
Larry Hagman, 1931
Chuck Jones, 1912
H.G. Wells, 1866
Maurice Barrymore, 1849 (family patriarch)
Francis Hopkinson, 1737
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“NYPD Blue”(TV), 1993
“Glengarry Glen Ross”(Play), 1983
“Monday Night Football”(TV), 1970*
“Perry Mason”(TV), 1957
“The Texaco Star Theater”(TV), 1948
My Weekly Reader(Magazine, first issue date), 1928
*Browns 31, Jets 21
Today in History:
Richard the Lionheart captured, 1192
Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge, 1451
John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent a fire extinguisher, 1677
Nathan Hale arrested for spying, 1776
The Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser becomes the first successful US daily newspaper, 1784
Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the Angel Moroni gives him the gold plates from which he translates the Book of Mormon, 1827
The Duryea Motor Wagon Company becomes the first auto manufacturer, 1895
“Kit Carson”, the first cowboy film, premiers in the US, 1903
Publication of Tolkien’s “The Hobbit”, 1937
Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations, 1971
Sandra Day O’Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female US Supreme Court justice, 1981
Brunei joins the United Nations, 1984
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly, 2001
The Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere, 2003
Hurricane Rita becomes the third most intense storm hurricane (dropped to 4th on October 19, just a few weeks later), 2005
al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people, 2013
Three genetic studies published in “Nature” conclude all non-Africans descended from one migration out of Africa 50-80,000 years ago, 2015
The discovery by Caltech scientists of the first brainless animal that sleeps, the jellyfish Cassiopea, is published in “Current Biology”, 2017 



Memory Lane (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“What’s Dad doing over there, grinning like he won the lottery?”
“He’s taking a trip down memory lane, looking at pictures from our honeymoon.”
“See how great your Mom looked in a swimsuit, hubba-hubba!”
“Ewwww, I didn’t need to hear that!”
“What do you mean, ewww, your Mom was and still is the prettiest woman around!”
“Okay, okay, Mom’s beautiful, now will you two quit kissing in front of us kids!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Trip.      
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.     
We are seeing this more and more around here, automatic gates with solar panels on the side, and i like that.
Today is:
Ashura — Islam (optional day of fasting that begins at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)
Birthday of the Sun — Inca (date approximate; a few days before the Autumn Equinox, all fires, including that at the Temple of the Sun, were extinguished and 3 days later ceremonially relighted using only glass to concentrate the sunlight on cotton; followed by 8 days of feasting)
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 10, Disarmament (sponsored by We, the World)   
Feast of Orlog — Scandinavian Deity of Destiny (date approximate)
Feast of Zywie — Poland (goddess of longevity and health; date approximate)
Genesia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival to honor the dead, especially those who died in wars)
Mid-South Fair — Southaven, MS, US (original and fun since 1856! through the 30th)
National Farm Safety Day — US (can’t find a sponsor, but farming is hard and dangerous work, so it’s a good idea)
National Rum Punch Day
National Teach Ag Day — US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters)    
National Youth Day — Thailand
Okuma-kabuto Festival — Nakajima, Japan (Noto Peninsula’s top autumn festival)
Pause the World Day — because we’ve all wanted to do this at one time or another 
St. Eustace’s Day (Patron of difficult situations, fire prevention, firefighters, hunters, torture victims, trappers; Madrid, Spain; Poli, Italy; against fire and torture)
Virginia Peanut Festival — Emporia, VA, US (and you thought all peanuts came from Georgia! come enjoy peanuts and carnival, quilt show, a peanut butter sculpture contest, fireworks, and more the Virgina way; through Saturday)
Birthdays Today:
Kristen Johnston, 1967
Guy LaFleur, 1951
Taro Aso, 1940
Sophia Loren, 1934
Anne Meara, 1929
Donald A. Hall, 1928
Dr. Joyce Brothers, 1928
Red Auerbach, 1917
Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton, 1890
Maxwell Perkins, 1884
Upton Sinclair, 1878
Rama V, King of Thailand, 1853 (eldest son taught by Anna, of “The King and I” fame)
Emperor Takakura of Japan, 1161
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Cosby Show”(TV), 1984
“Eubie”(Revue), 1978
“The Phil Silvers Show”(TV), 1955
“The Corn is Green”(Play), 1938
Today in History:
Atilla the Hun defeated at Chalons-sur-Marne by General Aetius, 451
Saladin begins the siege of Jerusalem, 1187
Ferdinand Magellan sets sail from Sanlúcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe, 1519
Galileo Galilei is tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun, 1633
Maryland passes the first “anti-amalgamation” law to stop English women from marrying black men, 1664
The Negro Convention of Free Men agrees to boycott slave-produced goods, 1830
The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created, 1848
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ends with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company, 1857
The first gasoline-powered car debuts in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States, 1891
The Otis Elevator Company unveils the first escalator at the Paris Exposition, 1900
Cunard Line’s RMS Mauretania is launched, 1906
The first Cannes Film Festival is held, 1946
James Meredith, an African-American, is temporarily barred from entering the University of Mississippi, 1962
The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 is launched, 1967
Billie Jean King beats Bobby Riggs in The Battle of the Sexes tennis match, 1973
The Socialist Republic of Vietnam joins the UN, 1977
Walt Disney World hosts its 200 millionth guest, 1985
U.S. President George W. Bush declares a “war on terror”, 2001
The US Military ends its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, 2011
Grand Theft Auto becomes the fastest entertainment product to reach $1 Billion in sales, 2013
President Ram Baran Yadav signs Nepal’s new constitution into law in Kathmandu, 2015
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico as a category 4 hurricane, knocking out all power and killing 2,975, 2017


And here i thought they only came in pink (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 Delores at Mumblings.
How he loved that FELINE.
Yet how he wanted to THROTTLE it right now.
The first time it had committed the TRESPASS of sneaking out of her apartment door when she was coming in with her arms full, he’d seen it bolt and taken off after it, the knight in shining armor (or, in reality, in BLUE jeans and a t-shirt).
She hailed him as a hero when he brought her EXOTIC Persian, just adopted, back to her, and it gave him the opening he’d wanted.  Now, over a year later, he thanked the cat that they were married but the game the cat played was getting old.
Instead of being at home snoozing on her favorite BLANKET, the cat was running through the alley again for reasons no one could COMPREHEND.  It would lead him a merry chase then let itself be caught, but not before he was treated to the PERFUME of the Dumpster behind the MARKET, or had to climb with care behind the VOLTAGE meter of the building, in the cold of winter or the broiling OVEN of a city summer for at least a half hour.
He loved her, he loved her cat, and right now he was ready to TOSS the cat back to the shelter from which it had come.  But not really.
Finally, he cornered her and she flopped down, allowing herself to be picked up and hauled back home.  After all, her highness was now worn out and couldn’t be expected to walk back to the apartment.


WordPress hates me.  For some reason, it has seen fit to “feature” one of my posts and keep it at the top.   No, i did not enable the “stick this post” button.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to correct this, please let me know, as i fought with it for hours yesterday and gave up and am out of ideas. 
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Chile
Cosmetic Bridge Day — seems internet generated, but i’m sure your dentist will approve
Day of the First Appearance of the Slovak National Council — Slovakia
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 9, Freedom (sponsored by We, the World)    
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — Ruidoso, NM, US (trade show, bike shows, riding tours, skills event, stunt show, parade, and fun; through Sunday)
Independence Day — St. Kitts and Nevis(1983)
Jubilee of the Moth Moons — Fairy Calendar
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
National Rehabilitation Day — US (on the Wednesday of National Rehab Awareness Week)
Petit Jean Fall Antique Auto Swap Meet — Morrilton, AR, US (swap meet and the Museum of Automobiles; through Saturday)
St. Januarius of Naples’ Day (a/k/a Gennaro of Naples; Patron of blood banks; Naples, Italy; against volcanic eruption) related observance
    Feast of San Gennaro — NYC, NY, US (began on the 13th, continues to the 23rd; one of the highlights of the festival is this, the actual Saint’s day)
Thimphu Tsechu / Thimphu Drubchen — Thimphu, Bhutan (three day Drukpa Buddhism tshechu festival, sacred masked dances dedicated to Bhutan’s protective spirit which tourists may watch but are strictly prohibited from taking pictures; through the 21st)
Tug of War World Championships — Cape Town, South Africa (hosted this year by South Africa’s Tug-of-War Association, and fun whether you are an enthusiast or just looking to watch the fun; through the 22nd)    
Women’s Suffrage Day — New Zealand
Yom Kippur — Judaism (began sundown yesterday, ends sundown today)
Birthdays Today:
Alison Sweeney, 1976
Jimmy Fallon, 1974
Jim Abbot, 1967
Soledad ‘Brien, 1966
Trisha Yearwood, 1964
Kevin Hooks, 1958
Joan Lunden, 1950
Leslie “Twiggy” Lawson, 1949
Jeremy Irons, 1948
Randolph Mantooth, 1945
Joe Morgan, 1943
“Mama” Cass Elliot, 1941
Bill Medley, 1940
Paul Williams, 1940
David McCallum, 1933
Mike Royko, 1932
Adam West, 1928
Duke Snider, 1926
Sir William Glding, 1911
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., 1907
Joseph Pasternak, 1901
Henry Peter Brougham, 1778
Charles Carroll, 1737
Jan Luyts, 1655
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Skylight”(Play), 1996
“ER”(TV), 1994
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”(TV), 1970
Funny Girl(Film), 1968
“Flipper”(TV), 1964
“The Virginian”(TV), 1962
Today in History:
Edward, the Black Prince, commands the forces which defeat the French army and capture France’s King John II, 1356
Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem Witch Trials, 1692
The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the US, 1778
Ephraim Morris patents the railroad brake, 1838
Bond and Lassell discover Hyperion, moon of Saturn, 1848
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all of its women the right to vote, 1893
Funeral of assassinated President William McKinley, 1901
Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut as Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theater in NYC, 1928
The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich, 1946
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland, 1959
Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them, 1961
The Solomon Islands join the United Nations, 1978
Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 😦 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System, 1982
Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists, 1991
The BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was declared “effectively dead” by retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the blowout disaster, 2010
A continued rise in cases of dengue fever has alarmed officials in the Dominican Republic and in Delhi, India, 2015
The Puebla earthquake strikes Mexico, causing 370 deaths and over 6,000 injuries, as well as extensive damage, 2017

PSAs, Tchotchkes, and Gas Mileage, a Random and Happy Tuesday Post

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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.  
First a PSA.  Get your annual checkup!  That’s what i’m doing this morning.  A few weeks ago, they took the blood and did my weight and ECG and hearing test and eye test and all that.  Today i go in to discuss that and get poked and prodded while wearing the stupid little paper gown.


No, it isn’t fun, but we’re not in it for the fun, we are in it for the disease prevention or to at least catch stuff early enough to deal with it.
Second PSA, get a flu shot.  That’s another thing i’ll get today, and i’m going to insist on another tetanus, too.  As often as i get scraped and cut doing the work i do, i think i need it.


One thing i’ve noted is going on more than ever is this:


Lately i find myself just sitting back and watching them burn their gas sitting up there while i slowly meander to the light.  Probably i’m getting better gas mileage than they do because by the time i get there the light changes and that makes me laugh at them on the inside.
Dr. D is finally in touch with Kay, the person who sells on eBay.  They’ve worked out a deal and Kay is going to sell stuff for her and keep a commission.  A whole lot of ferrying things back and forth is in my future, i think.


That’s going to be about it for today, hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday!
Today is:
Chiropractic Founder’s Day — celebrating the first chiropractic adjustment ever performed, by D.D. Palmer on Harvey Lillard, on this date in 1895
Ear Wig Fitting Day — Fairy Calendar
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 8, Human Rights (sponsored by We, the World)   
Get Ready Day — US (help your community, workplace, or school to get ready for disasters or emergencies)    
Hug a Greeting Card Writer Day — they are generally anonymous, often underappreciated, so today, give one a hug! (if you know any, that is)
Independence Day — Chile
National Cheeseburger Day
National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day — US    
National Respect! Day(sm) — US (encouraging abused women to respect themselves enough to get out)
Opening of Parliament — Netherlands (holiday in The Hague)related observance
    Prinsjesdag — Netherlands  (technically translates “Prince’s Day;” the day Parliament opens and the reigning sovereign, now King William-Alexander, gives the Speech from the Throne and the Minister of Finance proposes next year’s budget)
Plataia — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
St. Joseph of Cupertino’s Day (Levitating saint, and so Patron of air crews, air travelers, astronauts, paratroopers, pilots/aviators, students, test takers; Cupertino, Italy)
World Water Monitoring Day — International    
Yom Kippur — Judaism (begins at sundown)
Anniversaries Today:
Constantine II of Greece marries Princess Anne-Marie of Denmark, 1964
The United States Air Force becomes a separate military service, 1947
Hull House opens, 1889
Birthdays Today:
Jada Pinkett Smith, 1971
Lance Armstrong, 1971
Alsha Tyler, 1970
James Gandolfini, 1961
Ryne Sandberg, 1959
Frankie Avalon, 1939
Robert Blake, 1933
Scotty Bowman, 1933
June Foray, 1920
Jack Warden, 1920
Rossano Brazzi, 1916
Agnes DeMille, 1905
Greta Garbo, 1905
Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, 1905
John Diefenbaker, 1895
Joseph Story, 1779
George Read, 1733
Samuel Johnson, 1709
Marcus Ulpius Nerva Trajanus, Emperor Trajan, 53
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Baseball”(Documentary), 1994
“Love is a Many Splendored Thing”(TV), 1967
“Get Smart”(TV), 1965
“The Addams Family”(TV), 1964
“Wagon Train”(TV), 1957
“The Paul Winchell Show”(TV), 1950
“Johnny Belinda”(Play), 1940
“Strictly Dishonorable”(Play), 1929
“Disraeli”(Play), 1911
Today in History:
Nerva is proclaimed emperor after Domitian is assassinated, 96
Christopher Columbus lands at Costa Rica on his 4th and final voyage, 1502
Ft. Ticonderoga, NY opens, 1755
The British capture Quebec City, 1759
John Harris builds the first spinet piano in the US, 1769
President Washington lays the cornerstone of the Capitol Building, 1793
Royal Opera House in London opens, 1809
A horse beats the first US made locomotive, near Baltimore, 1830
Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) is founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City; the store is called a “stationery and fancy goods emporium”, 1837
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is first published, 1842
First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becomes The New York Times, 1851
Old Faithful Geyser is observed and named by Henry D. Washburn during the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition to Yellowstone, 1870
The banking firm of Jay Cooke & Co. in Philadelphia declares bankruptcy, which starts the Panic of 1873 and a severe economic depression, 1873
The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time, 1879
Riots break out in Montreal to protest against compulsory smallpox vaccination, 1885
In appreciation for all she had done for the tribe, Harriet Maxwell Converse, adopted as a member of the Seneca tribe, is made a chief of the Six Nations Tribe at the Tonawanda Reservation, 1891
Daniel David Palmer gives the first chiropractic adjustment, 1895
A typhoon with tsunami kills an estimated 10,000 people in Hong Kong, 1906
The Irish Home Rule Act becomes law, but is delayed until after World War I, 1914
The Netherlands gives women the right to vote, 1919
The Columbia Broadcasting System goes on the air, 1927
Juan de la Cierva makes the first autogyro crossing of the English Channel, 1928
Margaret Chase Smith of Maine becomes the first woman elected to the US Senate without completing another senator’s term, 1948
Fidel Castro arrives in New York City as the head of the Cuban delegation to the United Nations, 1960
U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld dies in a plane crash, 1961
Burundi, Jamaica, Rwanda and Trinidad and Tobago are admitted to the United Nations, 1962
The Bahamas, East Germany and West Germany are admitted to the United Nations, 1973
Hurricane Fifi strikes Honduras with 110 mph winds, killing 5,000 people, 1974
Voyager I takes first photograph of the Earth and the Moon together, 1977
Soyuz 38 carries 2 cosmonauts (including 1 Cuban) to Salyut 6 space station, 1980
Joe Kittinger completes the first solo balloon crossing of the Atlantic, 1984
Liechtenstein becomes a member of the United Nations, 1990
ICANN is formed, 1998
The 72 year run of the soap opera The Guiding Light ends as its final episode is broadcast, 2009
Chileans celebrate the 200th anniversary oof their independence, 2010
After a large storm that took the roof off of Stadium Southland in Invercargill, 100,000 people in New Zealand are left without water, 2010
The world’s first mother-to-daughter uterus transplant is undertaken at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 2012
Scotland votes to stay a member of the United Kingdom in an independence referendum, 2014
The earliest known fishooks at 23,000 years old are reported to be discovered on Okinawa Island, Japan; findings published in PNAS journal, 2016
Hurricane Maria passes over the Caribbean island of Dominica as a category 5 hurricane, destroying 90% of structures and killing 27, 2017


Sleepytime (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!
More sweet kittens from the shelter:


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:
Autumn Equinox Festival at Chichen Itza — beginning today, thousands will gather for the amazing play of light and shadow each evening at sunset through the 27th)
Birthday of Crown Prince Tupouto’a ‘Ulukalala — Tonga
Citizenship Day — US
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 7, Women (sponsored by We, the World)   
Feast of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Fundacion de Melilla — ML, Spain
International Country Music Day
International Love Your Files Week — the week to make sure your filing system is working for you
International Women’s Ecommerce Days — supporting women’s online business endeavours and buying power; through Friday     
Keiro no hi — Japan (Respect for the Aged Day)
National Apple Dumpling Day
National Heroes Day — Angola
Niketeria — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Operation Market Garden Remembrance — Netherlands
Pledge Across America Day — US (beginning of Constitution Week, every school is invited to join a synchronized Pledge of Allegiance across the whole nation, from 8am Hawaiian time to 2pm Eastern; schools are also encouraged to have an exercise of some kind about the US Constitution)
    on the anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, or on the school day nearest if it’s a weekend
Return of Kelp-Koli Celebration — Fairy Calendar (under duress, of course)
Stigmata of St. Francis’ Day
St. Hildegard von Bingen’s Day (author of treatises on natural healing and the first musical composer whose biography is known)
St. Lambert’s Day (Patron of Middelaar, Netherlands)
Time’s Up Day — created by Wellcat Holidays; time’s up on holding that grudge, you need to make amends with people today, since you aren’t guaranteed a tomorrow
VFW Ladies Auxiliary Day — anniversary of founding in 1914
Anniversary Today:
The Constitution of the United States is signed, 1787
American Professional Football League (later the NFL) founded (a/k/a the Swallowing Up of Weekends), 1920
Birthdays Today:
Chuck Liddell, 1969
Kyle Chandler, 1965
Rita Rudner, 1956
Cassandra “Elvira” Peterson, 1951
John Ritter, 1948
David H. Souter, 1974
Ken Kesey, 1935
Maureen Conolly, 1934
Anne Bancroft, 1931
Roddy McDowall, 1928
George Blanda, 1927
Hank Williams Sr., 1923
Chaim Herzog, 1918
Warren E. Burger, 1907
Jerry Colonna, 1904
John Willard Marriot, 1900
Andrew “Rube” Foster, 1879
Baron Friedrich Von Steuben, 1730
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Home Improvement”(TV), 1991
“Head of the Class”(TV), 1986
“M*A*S*H”(TV), 1972
“McMillan and Wife”(TV), 1971
“Mission: Impossible”(TV), 1966
“Bewitched”(TV), 1964
“The Fugitive”(TV), 1963
“Car 54 Where are You?”(TV), 1961
“Outward Bound”(Play), 1923
Today in History:
The Battle of Thermopylae, fought between 300 Spartans, led by their king, Leonidas, and the Achaemenid Empire begins, BC480
Arabs conquer Alexandria, and destroy its library for the last time, 642
Netherland sailors discover Mauritus, 1598
Massachusetts Bay Colony gets a new charter, 1691
Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain, 1776
US Constitution is adopted by the Philadelphia convention, 1787
Sprinkler system for extinguishing fires is patented by Phillip W. Pratt, 1872
The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality, 1908
The first transcontinental airplane flight, from New York to Pasadena, is completed after 82 hours 4 minutes, 1911
The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards 
of 2,500 people, the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, 1928
The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbour with the loss of over 118 lives, 1949
Television is first broadcast in Australia, 1956
Malaysia joins the United Nations, 1957
Bangladesh, Grenada and Guinea-Bissau join the United Nations, 1974
The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA, 1976
The Camp David Accords are signed by Israel and Egypt, 1978
Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America, 1983
Estonia, North Korea, South Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations, 1991
The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet, 1991
Fourpeaked Mountain in Alaska erupts, marking the first eruption for the long-dormant volcano in at least 10,000 years, 2006
A drill finally reaches the 33 Chilean miners trapped after the Aug. 5 Copiapo mining accident, 2010 
United States and Japanese government officials agree to put a second missile defence system in Japan, 2012
US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports the 2015 Northern Hemisphere summer the hottest on record, 2015


Optimism (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has quit hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Yesterday was the funeral of a lovely lady, friend, and client, Ms. B.  She was only 82.  The older i get, the younger that seems.
Ol’ Grand-père Boudreaux be 92 an’ he done got him a antique car jes’ like de one he drive when he firs’ learn.  It be his pride an’ joy, an’ he only gots him one mechanic in de town dat can fix it when it need sum’pin’.  
One day he done pull up to de mechanic shop an’ he get out an’ look at de 42-year-old mechanic, den he shake his head an’ he say, “Mais!  I don’ know what I’s gonna do if’n you ever retire or die on me!  How will I get my car fixed den?”

Sunday Selections was started as a way for bloggers to use photos that might otherwise just languish in their files.  It is now hosted by River at Drifting Through Life.     
More garden shots thanks to Mr. BA and Ms. S:
Many of the crepe myrtles still have blooms, or are blooming again.

Firecracker plant, “candy corn” variety.

Oliver photo-bombing whatever these are.

Hibiscus, i think.

Oliver again.

Pretty purple, among my favorites, although i have no clue what it is.

Candelabra tree, immature flower.

Candelabra tree, mature flowers.
Today is:
Anne Bradstreet Day — Massachusetts, US (by Proclamation of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to honor Anne Bradstreet, America’s first poet, who is also recognized as the first published woman poet in the English language)
Cherokee Strip Day — Oklahoma, US (anniversary of the last land run, in 1893, which opened Native American land to white settlers)
Collect Rocks Day — i guess it means besides all the ones in my head
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 6, Children & Youth (sponsored by We, the World)    
Festival for Ra, Osiris, and Horus — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day — Malaysia(1963); Mexico(1910); Nicaragua; Papua New Guinea(1975)
International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer — UN (commemorates the signing, in 1987, of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer)
Martyrs’ Day — Libya
Mayflower Day — the ship left England on this day in 1620
National Back to Church Sunday — US (encouraging every church goer to invite just one person to come along, as studies show many people say they would go, if they were invitied)
National Cinnamon Raisin Bread Day
National Heroes’ Day — St. Kitts and Nevis
National Neighborhood Day — US (The Good Feeling That Lasts All Year)    
National Play-Doh Day — unofficial; get some anyway and be a kid again for a little while
National Stepfamily Day — US (Founded in 1977 by Christy Borgeld, but please feel free to celebrate your marvelous stepfamily wherever you live)     
National Teaching Assistants’ Day — UK    
Owain Glyndwr Day — Wales
St. Cornelius’ Day (Patron of cattle, domestic animals, earache sufferers, epileptics; Kornelimunster, Germany;against earache, epilepsy, fever, twitching )
St. Cyprian of Carthage’s Day (Patron of Algeria, North Africa)
St. Euphemia’s Day (Patron of Rovinj, Croatia)
St. Ludmilla’s Day (Grandmother of St. “Good King” Winceslaus; Patron of converts, duchesses, widows; Bohemia; Czech Republic; against in-law problems)
Stay Away From Seattle Day — yes, really     
Tolkien Week begins (always the Sun – Sat that includes Hobbit Day, Sept. 22)
Wife Appreciation Day — unofficially celebrated the 3rd Sunday in September
Working Parents Day — internet generated, enjoy if you are a working parent or have a working parent you want to thank
XTERRA Trail Run Nationals — Ogden/Snowbasin, UT, US (finale of the series of extreme runs held across the country through the year, featuring 21k of extreme, off-road trail runs; through tomorrow)
Birthdays Today:
Nick Jonas, 1992
Sabrina Bryan, 1984
Alexis Bledel, 1982
Amy Poehler, 1971
Marc Anthony, 1968
Molly Shannon, 1964
Richard Marx, 1963
Jennifer Tilly, 1961
Orel Leonard Hershiser IV, 1958
David Copperfield, 1956
Mickey Rourke, 1956
Robin Yount, 1955
Mark McEwen, 1954
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 1950
Susan Ruttan, 1950
Ed Begley, Jr., 1949
Elgin Gay Baylor, 1934
Anne Francis, 1932
Peter Falk, 1927
B.B. King, 1925
Lauren Bacall, 1924
Janice Page, 1923
Allen Funt, 1914
James Cash Penney, 1875
Francis Parkman, 1823
Anthony Panizzi, 1797
Hildegard of Bingen, 1098
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Frasier”(TV), 1993
“Miami Vice”(TV), 1984
“Logan’s Run”(TV), 1977
“Bridget Loves Bernie”(TV), 1972 (first mixed marriage portrayed on television)
“Mannix”(TV), 1967
“Shindig”(TV), 1964
“The Outer Limits”(TV), 1963
“Broadway”(Play), 1926
Today in History:
The Massachusetts village of Shawmut changes its name to Boston, 1630
Handel’s “The Messiah” premiers in Dublin, 1741
The Great Seal of the United States is used for the first time, 1782
Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight – the city burns down completely days later, 1812
Slavery is abolished in all French Territories, 1848
The Cherokee Strip, in Oklahoma, is opened, making land available to white settlers, 1893
Roald Amundsen discovers the magnetic south pole, 1906
William Durant, carriage-maker, founds General Motors Corp., 1908
Juan Perón is deposed in Argentina, 1955
Malaysia is formed, 1963
Cape Verde, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe join the United Nations, 1975
Shavarsh Karapetyan saves 20 people from the trolleybus that had fallen into Erevan reservoir, 1976
An earthquake measuring 7.5-7.9 on the Richter scale hits the city of Tabas, Iran killing about 25,000 people, 1978
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join the United Nations, 1980
The Montreal Protocol is signed to protect the ozone layer from depletion, 1987
The Pound Sterling is forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism by currency speculators and is forced to devalue against the German mark, 1992
Mexico celebrates its 200th anniversary of independence, 2010
Denmark elects its first female Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, 2011
NASA scientists announce the discovery of a circumbinary planet – a planet the orbits two stars instead of one, 2011
The National Zoo in Washington, D.C., announces a successful artificial insemination as Mei Xiang gives birth to her second giant panda cub, 2012
The brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, is found in tap water near New Orleans, the first time ever detected in the U.S. water supply, 2013
NASA outsources its role in space travel by awarding a $4.2 billion contract to Boeing and a $2.6 billion contract to Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) to shuttle astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station, 2014


Joys and Sorrows (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Today i am thankful through my tears.
About five weeks ago, Ms. B, an every-other-Tuesday client, had a heart attack.  We thought she was on the mend, but she was 82.  Day before yesterday, she went home to be with her Savior.
Today is the funeral, and i am thankful that:
i got to know her
she loved the Lord
she lived a long, productive life (she was a retired nurse)
she was a beloved member of our Ladies’ Circle
she hired me when i was really in need of more work
she gave me a raise after only two months because she was impressed
she very kindly showed me how she liked her bed to be made
she told me i ironed well (i hate ironing and it takes a lot for me to do it right)
she loved her three sons and was a great example as a mother
she liked her coffee strong, the way it should be, and always offered me a cup when i came to work
she taught me how to clean the kitchen with only the light from the window (she didn’t want the kitchen lights turned on, the bulbs were too hard to replace!)
she could make me laugh
My heart is heavy, yet thankful.  
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:
Aloha Festivals Keiki Ho’olaule’a — Oahu, Hawai’i, US (preserving Hawai’ian culture, with games, keiki activities, performances, and more)
America’s Day For Kids — sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America    
Battle of Britain Day — UK
Big Mac Shoreline Fall Scenic Bike Tour & Ride Across The Mackinac Bridge — Mackinaw City, MI, US (a one-of-a-kind bike tour; through tomorrow)
Big Whopper Liar’s Contest and Kunstfest — New Harmony, IN, US (a German Festival, with traditional German foods, beer, and entertainment, plus the Big Whopper Liar’s Contest, always a good time; through tomorrow)
Clean Up the World Weekend — it’s a big challenge, but we can try     
Covered Bridge Festival — Washington and Greene County, PA, US (arts, crafts, entertainment, and food at each of the 11 featured covered bridges; through tomorrow) 
Dia de Nuestra Senora de la Bien Aparecida — Santander, Spain
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 5, Health (sponsored by We, the World)    
Engineer’s Day — India
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa) related observance
    Grito de Dolores — Mexico (Cry of Dolores,a/k/a Father Hidalgo’s Cry for Freedom Day, the evening before Independence Day)
    Virgin Mary of the Seven Sorrows Day — Slovakia
Felt Hat Day (Traditional day upon which men started to wear their winter felt hats, similar to women beginning to wear white shoes on Memorial Day)
Flax Scutching Festival — Stahlstown, PA, US (through tomorrow; demonstrations of the tradition of making linen out of flax)
Fountain City Lions Fall Festival (Formerly Levi Coffin Days) — Fountain City, IN, US (celebrating Levi Coffin, the “President of the Underground Railroad”; through tomorrow)
German-American Steuben Parade/Von Steuben Day — New York City, and other smaller parades in US
Giostra Della Quintana — Foligno, Italy (revival of a 17th-century jousting tournament, with 600 knights in full armor; La Rivincita, “The Rematch”)
Heritage Weekend — Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center, Ashville, NC, US
    featuring the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Championships today
Idaho Spud Day 2018 — Idaho, US, wants the 3rd Saturday of September as a day to celebrate their favorite crop
Independence Day — Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua (all in 1821)
International Coastal Cleanup — join volunteers around the world in helping remove debris that harms marine life and ruins our oceans     
International Day of Democracy — UN
International Eat An Apple Day — a celebration of the fruit of the season, on the third Saturday of every September
Johnny Appleseed Festival — Fort Wayne, IN, US (an 1800 style period festival; through tomorrow)
Make a Hat Day — just for fun (and if you are a guy, make a felt hat)
National Creme de Menthe Day
National Gymnastics Day — US (sponsored by USA Gymnastics, and with its own web page here)         
National Hispanic Heritage Month — US, through Oct. 15
National Linguine Day
Peddler’s Village Scarecrow Festival — Peddler’s Village, Lahaska, PA, US (start celebrating the fall with scarecrow making, pumpkin-painting, and more; through tomorrow)
Really Bad Ideas Exhibition — Fairy Calendar (Gremlins celebration)
Restoration of Primorska to the Motherland Day — Slovenia
Silpa Bhirasri Day — Thailand
St. Catherine of Genoa’s Day (Patron of brides, childless people, people in difficult marriages, people ridiculed for their piety, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, widows; against adultery and temptation)
Summerset Festival — Clement Park, Littleton, CO, US (a big, fun good-bye to summer)
Trail of Courage Living History Festival — Rochester, IN, US (frontier life in Indiana when it was Native territory; through tomorrow)
Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® — Bridgeport, AL to Waterloo, AL (ride along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations)
Anniversaries Today:
Greenpeace is founded, 1971
Birthdays Today:
Heidi Montag, 1986
Prince Harry, 1984
Dave Annable, 1979
Josh Charles, 1971
Dan Marino, Jr., 1961
Tommy Lee Jones, 1946
Oliver Stone, 1946
Carmen Maura, 1945
Jessye Norman, 1945
Merlin Olsen, 1940
Gaylord Jackson Perry, 1938
Norm Crosby, 1927
Jackie Cooper, 1922
Fay Wray, 1907
Roy Acuff, 1903
Agatha Christie, 1890
Robert Benchley, 1889
William H. Taft, 1857
James Fenimore Cooper, 1789
François de La Rochefoucauld, 1613
Marco Polo, 1254
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“L.A. Law”(TV), 1986
USA Today(Newspaper first issue), 1982
“CHIPs”(TV), 1977
“Columbo”(TV), 1971
“I Spy”(TV), 1965
“Lost in Space”(TV), 1965
“Bachelor Father”(TV), 1957
“The Lone Ranger”(TV), 1949
Today in History:
The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe is opened in Frascati, Italy, 1616
The French army under Napoleon reaches the Kremlin in Moscow, 1812
The first Negro National Convention begins in Philadelphia, 1830
The locomotive John Bull operates for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad, 1831*
HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reaches the Galápagos Islands, 1835
Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell becomes the first woman in the US to be ordained a minister (Congregationalist), 1853
Timothy Alder patents the typesetting machine, 1857
RCA releases the 12AX7 vacuum tube, 1947
United Nations gives Eritrea to Ethiopia, 1952
The Soviet ship Poltava heads toward Cuba, one of the events that sets into motion the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
*The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C., 1981
Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations, 1981
Lehman Brothers files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, 2008
In Australia, “Indeterminate” can now be listed on a passport as a gender, 2011
A previously unknown species of bottlenose dolphin is found by Australian researchers, and named Tursiops australis, 2011
Category 3-strength Hurricane Odile makes landfall near Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, destroying property and leaving many residents without electricity or potable water, 2014