Mikey’s Water Bowl (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.
Sometimes Mikey drinks from his favorite water bowl:


And sometimes he just gazes into it and makes me wonder what he is seeing and thinking:



McGuffy's Reader

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 McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy’s Reader. 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! 
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
Week 94: February 23, 2018
1. My favorite president is                       because                      .
2. This weekend, I have plans to                        .
3. I                   my                     .
4. I believe                         .
My favorite president is George Washington because at least i can be relatively certain that he was more concerned about the country than his political career, especially as he really didn’t want a political career at that point.  No way can i say that about most office holders these days.
This weekend, i have plans to go visit Grandma and Grandpa on Saturday and volunteer in the Busy Bees room (three-year-olds) for the 11am service on Sunday.
I was very blessed and grateful when my every-other-Tuesday lady, Ms. B, gave me a raise out of the blue!
I believe we have skipped over spring this year and straight into summer, the temperatures are way too high for February.
Today is:
Curling Is Cool Day — embrace the Olympic sport the whole family can play; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Defenders of the Motherland Day (formerly Red Army Day) — Russia and some former Soviet Republics
    Homeland Defenders’ Day — Kyrguzstan
    Motherland Defenders’ Day — Transdniestria
Diesel Engine Day — Rudolph Diesel received his patent in Germany on this day in 1893
Easy Divorce Day — marking the passage, in 1915, of the Nevada law granting easy divorces after only a 6 month residency, the first such in the US
International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day — while i can’t figure out who started this one, even Mr. Google says it’s celebrated today
Heritage Day — Yukon Territory, Canada
Iwo Jima Day — commemoration of the US flag raising
Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival — University of Idaho, Moscow, ID, US (students from elementary to college from all over the US participate in student performances and attend concerts and clinics in vocal and instrumental jazz performance; through tomorrow)
National Banana Bread Day
National Day — Brunei
Pebbles Day — Pebbles Flintstone was born this day around 10,000BC
Republic Day (Mashramani) — Guyana
St. Milburga of Shropshire’s Day (Patron of birds)
St. Polycarp of Smyrna’s Day (Patron against dysentery and earache)
St. Serenus the Gardener’s Day (Patron of bachelors, falsely accused people)
Terminalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (festival for Terminus, god of land boundary markers)
Women in Blue Jeans Conference — Mitchell, SD, US (celebrating women in agriculture; through tomorrow)
Birthdays Today:
Emily Blunt, 1983
Niecy Nash, 1970
Michael Dell, 1965
“Bobby” Bonilla, 1963
Howard Jones, 1955
Patricia Richardson, 1951
“Too Tall” Jones, 1951
John Sanford, 1944
Johnny Winter, 1944
Peter Fonda, 1939
Sylvia Chase, 1938
Donna J. Stone, 1933
Paul Tibbets, 1915
William L. Shirer, 1904
Victor Fleming, 1889
W.E.B. DuBois, 1868
Emma Hart Willard, 1787
George Frederic Handel, 1685
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi, 1646
Samuel Pepys, 1633
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Fortune and Men’s Eyes”(Play), 1967
Pinocchio(Disney cartoon film), 1940
Today in History:
Emperor Diocletian orders the general persecution of Christians, 303
Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed with movable type, 1455
France begins its fifth “holy war” against the Huguenots, 1574
Baron von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania to help to train the Continental Army, 1778
The first US raw-cotton-to-cloth mill is founded, in Waltham, Massachusetts, 1813
The first US pharmaceutical college is organized, the College of Apothecaries in Philidelphia, 1821
Santa Anna begins his siege of the Alamo, 1836
John Newman leaves the Anglican Church and is welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church, 1846
In Mexico, American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeat Mexican General Antonio López de Santa Anna, 1847
Great Britain formally recognises the independence of the Boers in the area between the Orange and Vaal rivers, signing the Bloemfontein Convention with the Orange Free State, 1854
The London Times publishes the world’s first classified ad, 1886
Charles Martin Hall, assisted by his sister Julia Brainerd Hall, produced the first samples of man-made aluminum, 1886 
The French/Italian Riviera is struck by an earthquake that leaves 2,000 dead, 1887
The Tootsie Roll is introduced by Leo Hirshfield, 1896
In France, Emile Zola is imprisoned for writing his “J’accuse” letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Alfred Dreyfus, 1898
The Cuban state of Guantanamo is leased to the US, 1903
The US acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million, 1904
The Rotary Club International is founded in Chicago, 1905
Russian Tsar Nicholas II dissolves the Diet of Finland, 1909
The US state of Nevada enacts a convenient divorce law, 1915
The February Revolution begins in Russia, 1917
Plutonium is first produced and isolated by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg, 1941
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is founded, 1847
The first mass inoculation with the Salk vaccine begins in Pittsburgh, 1954
First meeting of the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO), 1955
The United States Environmental Protection Agency announces its intent to buy out and evacuate the dioxin-contaminated community of Times Beach, Missouri, 1983
Supernova 1987a is seen in the Large Magellanic Cloud, 1987
A small fire occurs in the Russian Space station, Mir, 1997
An avalanche destroys the Austrian village of Galtür, killing 31, 1999
Unknown criminals pour more than 2.5 million liters of diesel oil and other hydrocarbons into the river Lambro, in Northern Italy, causing an environmental disaster, 2010



Out! (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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Croutons, he thought to himself, are a delicious pain in the posterior.  If they are large enough and flavorful enough and crunchy enough to be any good, they are impossible to spear with a fork.  This leaves you to decide whether to take a mouthful of salad or a mouthful of crouton, which defeats the purpose of having the flavor of both salad and crouton in your mouth at one time, or take bites of one after the other in rapid succession, which of course my mother taught me is impolite.
“You have such an odd look on your face, what are you thinking about?”
“Have you ever been tempted to fling a packet of croutons out of a window?”
“No; no I can’t say that I ever have.”
Linking up with Zoe’s Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Fling.    
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 others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.   
Somebody couldn’t make up his/her mind on this one:
Two kinds of wood fence surround one garden.
Today is:
Abu Simbel Festival — Egypt (one of the two days a year when the light illuminates the statutes of Rameses, Ra and Amun in the temple complex)
    Festival of the Perpendicular Sun/Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II’s Abu Simbel Temple — Ancient Egyptian Calendar
American Birkebeiner Race — Cable to Hayward, WI, US (largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon; through the 25th)
Be Humble Day — can’t find the origin of this one, s/he wants to humbly remain anonymous
Call Somebody “Boo Boo” Day — apparently just to see what s/he will call you back; be careful, this one started before anyone heard of Honey Boo Boo and doesn’t take that into account
Camellia Festival 2018 — Chiswick House and Gardens Trust, London, England (through Mar. 25)
Charro Days Fiesta — Brownsville, TX, US and Matamoros, Mexico (Two Nations – Twin Cultures, the sister cities put on a beautiful celebration of the charro horsemen of Mexico, with dances, parades, and a carnival; through March 4)
Concordia/Caristia  — Ancient Roman Calendar, Festival of Goodwill
Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch — Roman Catholic Church
Handing Back of Goblin Orphans Day — Fairy Calendar (You know, the goblin orphans they adopted 2 days ago!  No fairy can tolerate a goblin longer than that.)
Independence Day — Santa Lucia(1979)
International World Thinking Day — a/k/a “B.-P. day” or “Founder’s Day” — World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
    Girl Guides Day — UK
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day — some student programs at universities are set for this weekend, as encouraged during National Engineers Week   
Lost Dutchman Days — Apache Junction, AZ, US (through Sunday; celebration of the legend of the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine)
National Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival — Newport, OR, US (featuring seafood and wine from Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho; through Sunday)
Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show — Ottawa, ON, Canada (weekend long celebration of all things outdoors)
St. Margaret of Cortona’s Day (Patron of falsely accued people, hoboes, homeless people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, reformed prostitutes, single laywomen, teriaries, and tramps; against insanity, loss of parents, mental illness, sexual temptation, and temptation)
Walking the Dog Day — Can’t find the originator of this one, but walk your dog, or do your yoyo tricks, whichever works for you
Washington’s Birthday — US
Anniversaries Today:
Ed McMahon marries Pamela Hurn, 1992
Kurt Corbin marries Courtney Love, 1992
Bill Bixby marries Laura Michael, 1991
Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, 1855
Washington University in St. Louis is founded, 1853
Birthdays Today:
James Blunt, 1977
Drew Barrymore, 1975
Michael Chang, 1972
Lea Salonga, 1971
Clinton Kelly, 1969
Jeri Ryan, 1968
Vijay Singh, 1963
Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, 1962
Kyle MacLachlan, 1959
Julie Walters, 1950
Julius “Dr. J” Erving, 1950
Miou-Miou, 1950
Dan Millman, 1946
Jonathan Demme, 1944
Sparky Anderson, 1934
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932
Paul Dooley, 1928
Robert Wadlow, 1918
John Mills, 1908
Sheldon Leonard, 1907
Robert Young, 1907
Luis Bunuel, 1900
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892
“Chico” Marx, 1891
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, 1889
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1857
James Russel Lowell, 1819
Frederic Chopin, 1810
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788
George Washington, 1732
Debuting/Premiering Today:
It Happened One Night(Film), 1934
“Lady Windermere’s Fan”(Play), 1892
“Symphony No. 4 in F minor”(Tchaikovsky Op. 36), 1878
Today in History:
Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland, 1349
Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published, 1632
The English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright of their material, 1774
Jews are expelled from the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, 1775
The first US ship to trade with China, the “Empress of China,” sails from New York, 1784
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French begins near Fishguard, Wales, 1797
Spain signs the Adams-Onis Treaty, renouncing its claim to the Oregon territory and west Florida, 1819
Spain sells east Florida to the US, 1821
Edward Payson Weston, “The Father of Modern Pedestrianism,” who gave lectures on the health benefits of walking, first comes into the public eye by leaving on this date to walk to Lincoln’s inauguration, a distance of 478 miles, 1861*
Frank W. Woolworth opens the first US chain store, his  “Woolworth’s” 5 and 10 cent store, in Utica, NY, 1879
John Reid of Scotland establishes a 3 hole golf course near Yonkers, New York, thus introducing the game to the US, 1888
Hawaii becomes a US territory, 1900
Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water, 1903
The Great White Fleet, the first US fleet to circumnavigate the globe, returns to Virginia, 1909
Calvin Coolidge gives the first US presidential radio address, 1924
Bert Hinkler successfully completes the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Australian swimmer John Konrads sets 6 world records in two days, 1958
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, 1959
Following United States President Richard Nixon’s visit to the People’s Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices, 1973
In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 1980
In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, 1997
An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people, 2011
Marit Bjørgen of Norway becomes the most successful female Winter Olympian with 10 medals, 2014
The discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 is announced in the journal “Nature”, 2017


*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!


Results of Too Many Mergers (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday
Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourage us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by River at Drifting Through Life.     
This week’s words are:
1. refocusing
2. theatrically
3. unimaginable
4. olive oil
5. footrest
6. relieved
1. roughly
2. mythology
3. disconnected
4. expansive
5. campfire
6. singing
She strode over to the firewood box and dropped her load ROUGHLY, then took an appreciative sniff.  He had looked up from his spot by the CAMPFIRE, and now was REFOCUSING on the pan in front of him.
Using an EXPANSIVE gesture, he THEATRICALLY poured more OLIVE OIL, while she smiled at the show he was putting on.  She sat down on one log and used another for a FOOTREST, RELIEVED that they were finally alone together on their trip.
They’d started to feel DISCONNECTED from one another, something the MYTHOLOGY of our day says is UNIMAGINABLE if you are true soul mates.  They knew, though, that the embers of love don’t burn forever if they are not tended.
Later that evening, stomachs full of the pan-seared fish they’d caught earlier in the day, she strummed her guitar and he accompanied her, SINGING love songs and reconnecting under the star strewn sky.
Today is:
Anniversary of His Majesty the King — Bhutan
Anthesteria — Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Festival of Flowers, feast of the dead, and drinking festival; date approximate)
Card Reading Day — because greeting cards can be fun to just stop and read, can’t they?
Day in Honor of Dr. W. H. Lini, Father of Independence — Vanuatu
Feast of the Feralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (final day of the Parentalia, with picnics in the graveyard that included libations to the departed)
Georgia National Rodeo — Perry, GA (winners here qualify for the National Finals in December; through Saturday)
National Sticky Bun Day
Remember the Funniest Thing Your Kid Ever Did Day — in honor of Erma Bombeck’s birth anniversary
Sandino Day — Nicaragua (assassination anniversary of Augusto César Sandino)
Shaheed Dibosh — Bangladesh (International Mother Language Day/Language Martyr’s Day, for those who died in the Bengali Language Movement in 1952)
St. Peter Damian’s Day (Doctor of the Church)
Anniversaries Today:
Dudley Moore marries Brogan Lane, 1988
Liz Taylor marries Michael Wilding, 1952
The Washington Monument is dedicated, 1885
Birthdays Today:
Corbin Bleu, 1989
Ashley Greene, 1987
Ellen Page, 1987
Charlotte Church, 1986
Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1979
William Baldwin, 1963
Christopher Atkins, 1961
Alan Trammell, 1958
Jack Coleman, 1958
Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1958
Kelsey Grammer, 1955
Christine Ebersole, 1953
William Petersen, 1953
Olympia J. Snowe, 1947
Tyne Daly, 1946
Alan Rickman, 1946
David Geffen, 1943
John Lewis, 1940
Gary Lockwood, 1937
Barbara Jordan, 1936
Rue McClanahan, 1935
Nina Simone, 1933
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, 1929
Erma Bombeck, 1927
Hubert de Givenchy, 1927
Sam Peckinpah, 1925
Ann Sheridan, 1915
W.H. Auden, 1907
Anais Nin, 1903
Andres Segovia, 1893
Alice Freeman Palmer, 1855
Charles Scribner, 1821
John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801
Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, 1794
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Die Physiker”(Play), 1962
“A Woman to Remember”(TV; first soap opera), 1949
“War as it Happens”(TV), 1944
“Green Pastures”(Play), 1930
The New Yorker(Magazine), 1925
The Communist Manifesto(Publication date), 1848
Cherokee Phoenix(Newspaper, first US Native American paper), 1828
Today in History:
England begins the trial against Joan of Arc, 1431
John Wilkes is thrown out of the English House of Commons for his pornographic poem “An Essay on Woman,” a satire of Pope’s “An Essay on Man,” 1764
Freedom of worship is established in France under its Constitution, 1795
The first locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for the first time, in Wales, 1804
The first Native American Indian newspaper, the “Cherokee Phoenix”, begins publication, 1828
The first known sewing machine in the US is patented by John Greenough of Washington, D.C., 1842
Sarah G Bagley of Lowell, Massachusetts becomes the first US woman telegrapher, 1846
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish the Communist Manifesto, 1848
The US Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in the US, 1857
Edwin T. Holmes installs the first electric burglar alarm, in Boston, Massachusetts, 1858
The first Roman Catholic parish church for blacks in the US is dedicated, in Baltimore, Maryland, 1864
Lucy B. Hobbs becomes the first US woman to earn a DDS degree, 1866
Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier, 1874
The first telephone book is issued, to 50 subscribers in New Harbor, Connecticut, 1878
Oregon becomes the first US state to declare Labor Day a holiday, 1887
The North Carolina legislature adjourns for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass, 1895
Dr. Harvey Cushing, the first US neurosurgeon, performs his first operation, 1902
Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto, 1911
The Battle of Verdun (WWI) begins, will last until Dec. 18; over a quarter of a million casualties, half a million injuries, 1916
The last Carolina parakeet, Incas, dies in the Cincinati Zoo, in the same cage that had held Martha, the last passenger pigeon, 4 years earlier, 1918
The Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution, 1921
Great Britain grants Egypt independence, 1922
The first issue of “New Yorker” magazine is published, 1925
The first instant developing camera is demonstrated in NYC, by E H Land, 1947
The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”, 1952
Watson and Crick discover the structure of the DNA molecule; according to legend, they walk into the Eagle Pub in Cambridge and Crick announces “We have found the secret of Life,” 1953
The Peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1958
Malcolm X is assassinated, 1965
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna, 1971
The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon, 1972
Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison, 1975
Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, 1995
Euro zone finance ministers agree on a second bailout for Greece, 2012
Scientists discover that bumblebees have the ability to sense electric fields around flowers, enabling them to identify specific flowers for pollination , 2013


Stirring Up a Random Tuesday Post

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Stacy Uncorked
It’s Tuesday, and that means it is time for Random Tuesday with Stacy Uncorked.
This week has been okay, but boring.  Boring is certainly better than full of some type of drama, but it doesn’t lead to much to write about.
While i’m not sure that this ever happened at a church staff meeting, it did happen.  While they were in college, Brother-in-Law, the Mouth, left the dorm room to go to the restroom up the hall, and when he came back, Sweetie and another friend had dropped their clothes on the floor and hidden in the closet.  The fourth person in the room stayed at his desk and continued to work on his school assignment.
Brother-in-Law walked in and said, “What happened?”  The person at the desk said, “I don’t know.  They were here, and then they were gone, so I went back to my work.”
Brother-in-Law panicked, and then Sweetie and the other friend jumped out of the closet which both scared and relieved him at the same time.
Somehow i don’t think he’s ever gotten over it.
The only real excitement around here right now is that i am still coming up with creative excuses to not quite have the taxes ready to send to the CPA.
That and the spectacular fights Enigma SissyCat is having with Horizon.  
Even the kids have not visited in a couple of days.  Having an empty nest is kinda boring and i don’t do boring too well.
Let’s hope something fun happens soon, so i don’t have to go out and stir something up myself.  
Today is:
Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day — Fairy Calendar
Blessed Wulfric’s Day
Cherry Pie Day
Clean Out Your Bookcase Day — supposedly begun in 1985, but i can’t find information on who started it; donate books you don’t need any more to a local friends of the library group
Flying Car Day — the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)
Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) — at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Khajuraho Dance Festival — Khajuraho, India (annual gathering of Indian classical dancers from across the country and abroad; through the 26th)
Love Your Pet Day — a day to pamper pets, like they don’t get pampered enough
National Handcuff Day — on the anniversary of its patent in 1920 
St Leo of Catania’s Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)
Toothpick Day — first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872
World Day for Social Justice — UN
Anniversary Today:
John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)
Birthdays Today:
Rihanna, 1988
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O’Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel”(Play), 1963
“Barber of Seville”(Rossini Opera), 1816
“Giulio Cesare in Egitto”(Opera, HWV 17), 1724
Today in History:
Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter’s dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organised, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O’Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer’s cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot’s U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network, with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017


Little Napper (Awww Monday) and Sparks!

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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!
Nobody naps like a kitten:

McGuffy's Reader

The wonderful Annie of McGuffy’s Reader has started the blog hop called Sparks as a way to put more positive energy into the world.  Join her in combating the often negative influence of social media by adding your own Spark!
I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world! ~ McGuffy Ann Morris
My “Spark” for the day
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Mexico
Birthday of Minerva — Ancient Roman Calendar
Birth Anniversary of Shivaji — Maharashtra, India
Chaoflux — Discordianism
Chief Leschi Day — US, especially Washington State (Native American chief wrongly executed for murder on this date in 1958; fully exhonerated 2004)
Cracker Jacks Prize Day — the first prizes were added to the boxes of carmel popcorn this date in 1913
Family Day — AB, NB, ON, SK, Canada
Flag Day — Turkmenistan
Fly-By for Goblins and others — Fairy Calendar
Great Lent begins– a/k/a Clean Monday, Ash Monday, Pure Monday, Monday of Lent, Shrove Monday, Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, and (in Cypress) Green Monday — Orthodox Christian
Heritage Day — NS, Canada (honouring Mona Louise Parsons)
Islander Holiday — PEI, Canada
Louis Riel Day — MB, Canada
National Chocolate Mint Day (because every day needs chocolate in some form)
Presidents’ Day — US and Territories
Scout – Guide Week — Canada (Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada plan and hold special activities; through the 25th)
Solar System Day — birth anniversary of Copernicus
St. Conrad of Piacenza’s Day — (Patron against hernias)
Straw Wrapper Appreciation Day — an internet spread holiday to remind you of how much fun it was as a kid to blow the wrappers off the straws
Temporary Insanity Day — anniversary of the first time someone successfully pleaded temporary insanity in a court of law; Daniel Stickles, in 1859
Vassil Levski Day — Bulgaria (Bulgaria’s “Apostle of Freedome”)
Anniversary Today:
Knights of Pythias founded, 1864
Birthdays Today:
Haylie Duff, 1985
Andrew Shue, 1967
Benicio Del Toro, 1967
Justine Bateman, 1966
Jonathan Lethem, 1964
Seal, 1963
Prince Andrew, Duke of York, 1960
Ray Winstone, 1957
Jeff Daniels, 1955
Margaux Hemingway, 1955
Amy Tan, 1952
Stephen Nichols, 1951
Lou Christie, 1943
Smokey Robinson, 1940
Lee Marvin, 1924
Merle Oberon, 1911 (some sources say Feb. 18)
Willam III, 1817 (last king of the Netherlands — there have only been queens since)
David Garrick, 1717
Nicolas Copernicus, 1473
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“A Woman of Independent Means”(TV Miniseries), 1995
“Crazy For You”(Musical), 1992
“Eastenders”(TV), 1985
“Rumours”(Album release), 1977
The Feminine Mystique(Publication date), 1963
“Picnic”(Inge Play), 1953
“Alexander’s Feast”(HWV 75), 1736
Today in History:
Emperor Lucius Septimius Severus’ defeats beats Clodius Albinus at Lyon, 197
Emperor Constantius II shuts down all pagan temples, 356
The second Medieval Iconoclastic Controversy ends as a council in Constantinople formally reinstates veneration of icons in the churches, 842
Jews of Tyrnau, Hungary (then Trnava, Czech) are expelled, 1539
The Peruvian stratovolcano Huaynaputina explodes in the most violent eruption in the recorded history of South America, 1600
Britain and the Netherlands sign the Peace of Westminster, and New Amsterdam formally becomes New York, 1674
British explorer William Smith discovers the South Shetland Islands, and claims them in the name of King George III, 1819
The first practical coal burning locomotive in the US makes a trial run, in Pennsylvania, 1831
Tin-type camera is patented by Hamilton Smith of Gambier, Ohio, 1856
Daniel E. Sickles is acquitted of the murder of his wife’s lover, Phillip Barton Key (son of Francis Scott Key), on the grounds of temporary insanity, the first time this defense is successfully used, 1859
Tsar Alexander II abolishes serfdom in Russia, 1861
Thomas Edison patents the gramophone (phonograph), 1878
Kansas becomes the first US state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages, 1881
WK Kellog and Charles Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Co., 1906
The first prize is inserted into a Cracker Jack box, 1913
Ed Wynn becomes the first talent to sign as a regular radio entertainer, 1922
Ezra Pound is awarded the first Bollingen Prize for poetry, 1949
Bill Keane’s “Family Circus” comic strip makes its debut, 1960
Artificial heart recipient William J. Schroeder becomes the first such patient to leave hospital, 1985
The Soviet Union launches its Mir spacecraft, 1986
NASA’s Mars Odyssey space probe begins to map the surface of Mars using its thermal emission imaging system, 2002

NASA loses communication with the International Space Station’s for three hours as a result of updating the station’s command and control software, 2013


Obviously (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
We have a person at our Friday morning Bible study named Harry, and he is always cracking wise.
This past Friday, the topic of a particular person came up, and Harry noted that the man’s father had been both the pastor of the church and owned the funeral home in a small town.
Ms. S piped up, “Well, he had them both coming and going, didn’t he?”
As we all laughed, Joan said, “Ms. S, you’ve been sitting next to Harry too long and it has rubbed off!”
Dere had done been a death in de fam’ly, Boudreaux’s great-aunt, an’ so Boudreaux an’ Clothile an’ de two chil’ren be in de car followin’ along in de procession.
Allus sudden, Alene ax Boudreaux, “Père, what would happen to us if you die?”
An’ Tee tell his Soeur, “Mais, den we would be in de limousine instead o’ our car!”
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.  
Grandma is a fan of frogs (and the occasional pig):





Today is:
Buergbrennen — Luxembourg (traditional burning of special bonfires on the first Sunday of Lent)
Celtic Tree Month Nuin (Ash) begins
Cheesefare Sunday/Forgiveness Sunday — Orthodox Christian (final day upon which dairy products and eggs may be consumed before the Lenten fast; sometimes also called Forgiveness Sunday)
Clean Out Your Cubby Holes Day — internet generated, but if you have any cubby holes, give them a look today, make sure nothing is in there you don’t want to see
Cold Day in Hell — snow fell in the Sahara today in 1979
Day of Spenta Armaiti — Zoroastrian (goddess of earth and fertility, especially celebrated by women; originally on Esfand 5th, which corresponds to 24 February, but is now celebrated on the 18th for reasons i can’t figure out)
Daytona 500 Race — Daytona International Speed-way, Daytona Beach, FL, US
Festival of Women — Persian (traditional, it has been kept even amont those who are no longer Zoroastrian)
Fly-By for Fairies and Elves — Fairy Calendar
Goa Month begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (month of the goddess Goa, personified as the daughter of Old Man Winter; as last month greeted her father well, greet her kindly, too, for an easy weather month)
    Konudagur — Housewife’s Day (just as the first day last month honored husbands, this month the wife is greeted with either coffee or flowers)
Independence Day — Gambia(1965)
National Battery Day — probably created by the battery manufacturers, but they won’t claim it
National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
Orthodox Sunday — Orthodox Christian
Pluto Day/Solar System Day — the planet/planetoid was discovered on this day in 1930, and then considered to “complete” the solar system
Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas — Nepal (Democracy Day)
Rites of Tacita — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of silence, rites to keep people from speaking out in anger)
St. Bernadette of Lourdes’ Day (in France; the remainder of the church celebrates her on 16 April)
St. Fra Angelico’s Day (Patron of artists)
Tanigumi Odori — Tanigumi-mura, Gifu Prefecture, Japan (dance festival)
Thumb Appreciation Day — your first digit does more than just get mashed when you use a hammer and hit the space bar on your keyboard; take time to appreciate the complexity that is your thumb.
Anniversaries Today:
Tommy Lee marries Pamela Andersn, 1995
Ohio State University is chartered as the first US land-grant college, 1804
Birthdays Today:
Jillian Michaels, 1974
Molly Ringwald, 1968
Dr. Dre, 1965
Matt Dillon, 1964
Vanna White, 1957
John Travolta, 1954
Juice Newton, 1952
John Hughes, 1950
Cybill Shedherd, 1950
Andrea Dromm, 1941
Aldo Ceccato, 1934
Yoko Ono, 1933
Milos Forman, 1932
Toni Morrison, 1931
Gahan Wilson, 1930
George Kennedy, 1925
Helen Gurley Brown, 1922
Bill Cullen, 1920
Jack Palance, 1920
Hans Asperger, 1906
Enzo Ferrari, 1898
George “The Gipper” Gipp, 1895
Wendell Lewis Willkie, 1892
Boris Pasternak, 1890
Nikos Kazantzakis, 1883
Sholem Aleichem, 1859
Louis Comfort Tiffany, 1848
Ernst Mach, 1838
George Peabody, 1795
Count Alessandro Volta, 1745
Uesugi Kenshin, 1530 (Japanese samurai and warlord)
Mary I Tudor, 1516
Saint Jadwiga of Poland, 1374
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Roots: Next Generations”(TV Miniseries), 1979
“Any Wednesday”(Play), 1964
“The Telephone, or L’Amour à trois”(Comic Opera), 1947
“Trouw”(Publication, Dutch Resistance newspaper), 1943
“Simple Simon”(Musical), 1930
“Cities Service Concerts”(Radio), 1925
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn(Publication date), 1885
The Pilgrim’s Progress(Publication date), 1678
Today in History:
Origin of the Kali Yuga Epoch (“age of vice” or Dark Age) of the Hindu/Buddhist calendars, BC3102
Jerusalem is taken by Emperor Frederik II, 1229
Amda Seyon I, Emperor of Ethiopia, begins his campaigns in the southern Muslim regions, 1332
Henry Tudor (Henry VIII) created Prince of Wales, 1503
Zeeland falls to Dutch rebels, 1574
John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” is published, 1678
Fort Saint Lewis, Texas, is founded by Frenchmen under LaSalle at Matagorda Bay, the basis for France’s claim to Texas, 1685
Quakers conduct their first formal protest of slavery in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1688
The premiere of George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, “Samson” takes place in London, 1743
Trinidad is surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercrombie, 1797
The Detroit Boat Club (still in existence) forms, 1839
The first continuous filibuster in the US Senate begins, lasts until March 11, 1841
The first regular steamboat service to California begins, 1849
A direct telegraph link between Britain and New Zealand is established, 1876
Mark Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is published, 1885
The Cave of Winds at Niagara Falls goes almost dry for the first time in 50 years, 1896
Winston Churchill makes his first speech in the British House of Commons, 1901
H. Cecil Booth patents a dust removing suction cleaner, 1901
The first official flight with air mail takes place in Allahabad, British India, when Henri Pequet delivers 6,500 letters to Naini (a distance of about 10K), 1911
The US and Canada begin formal diplomatic relations, with the appointment of Vincent Massey as the first Canadian ambassador to the US, 1927
The first Academy Awards are announced, 1929
While studying photographs taken in January, Clyde Tombaugh discovers Pluto, 1930
The first Church of Scientology is established in Los Angeles, California, 1954
The Space Shuttle Enterprise test vehicle is carried on its maiden “flight” on top of a Boeing 747, 1977
Snow falls in the Sahara Desert in southern Algeria for the only time in recorded history, 1979
Dan Jansen skates world record 1000m (1:12.43), 1994
Pope Benedict XVI announces seven new saints – including American saint Kateri Tekakwitha – and appoints 22 new cardinals, 2012


Papered (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Ten Things of Thankful
Ahhh, Saturday, when i don’t have to be at work (on the every other Saturday that i do work) until 9am.  If that’s not a reason to be thankful, then newspaper is a reason to be thankful.
Newspaper?  Yes.  Our old-fashioned selves still get a newspaper.  It makes me thankful on many counts.
It’s one of the only things that is still delivered to your home (and will be redelivered if it ends up wet, scattered across the yard, or stolen, which happens at times).  The milkman and the Charles’ Chips man and the dry cleaner don’t deliver any more, but the newspaper guy does.
The newspaper gives me exercise fetching it each morning.
It comes in a handy plastic bag that i save.  Some plastic bags i take to the church nursery (they are great for putting a nasty diaper into so it doesn’t stink up the whole room), some i use when walking the grand-dogs, and some i keep for my work.  There’s nothing like a small, disposable plastic bag for holding all kinds of icky stuff a janitor can run across.
The headlines make sure i know a bit of what is going on without overwhelming me with information the way the TV news does, as i only have to read further if i want to and can stop when i want.
Sweetie has a great time yelling at the headlines each morning over breakfast, which can be very entertaining.
Our newspaper is owned by a person who prints a Bible verse every day on the Op-Ed page.
The local columnists are entertaining, and i really like the restaurant critic.
The funnies!
There are puzzles and crosswords that i can use to challenge my brain when i get a chance to sit down.
Newspaper makes the best material for cleaning glass, mirrors and stainless steel.  There is no substitute!
Tripod SissyCat has decided she doesn’t like the regular litter, she wants shredded newspaper in her box, and it works just fine.  Newspaper also comes in handy for putting on the floor any place you need to keep clean, or where something may get tracked in.
Old-fashioned perhaps, but i am very thankful for my daily paper.
Is there anything, even something old-fashioned, that makes you thankful that you would care to share?  You can make up a list (it does not have to be ten, there’s no penalty if it isn’t) and post it at Ten Things of Thankful.  The delightful Josie Two-Shoes is our hostess, and i am also very thankful for her.
Today is:
Day of Cancelled Expectations — according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways
Dita e Pavaresise — Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)
Feast of Shezmu — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)
February 17 Revolution Day — Libya
La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo — Tucson, AZ, US (celebrating the Old West heritage; through Feb. 25)
Galesburg Historical Society Chocolate Festival — Galesburg, IL, US (home made and commercially made chocolates, all you can eat for the price of the low admission fee; through tomorrow)
Hachinohe Enburi Matsuri — Hachinohe, Japan (festival with prayers for a good harvest; through Wednesday)
Hadaka Matsuri — Inazawa Cho, Japan (thousands of loincloth-wearing men try to touch the closely guarded Shin-otoko [a man chosen, stripped naked, and shaved totally] as he is on his way to the shrine in the oldest “Naked Festival” in Japan, held every year since 767)
Last day of Celtic Tree Month Luis (Rowan)
Lemon Festival/Fete du Citron — Menton, French Riviera (through Mar. 4)
My Way Day — today, determine your identity all by yourself, apart from what other people say you should be; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
National Cafe Au Lait Day
National Indian Pudding Day
National PTA Founders Day — US
Nice Carnival — Nice, France (dating back to the 14th century, this celebration is one of France’s best; through Mar. 3)
Practice Your Free Throws Day — spread around the internet by someone who really loves basketball
Quirinalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (a/k/a Feast of Fools)
Random Acts of Kindness Day — US (unofficial, but a great idea)   
Saidai-ji Eyo Hadaka Matsuri — Saidai-ji, Okayama Prefecture, Japan (Spectacular and atmospheric Naked Festival, dating back to the 14th century, in which a Shinto man strips, is completely shaved, then runs through town while up to 10,000 loincloth-wearing [and sometimes drunk] men try to touch him while guard’s throw cold water on them; they also battle for sacred wooden sticks [shingi] tossed into the air by priests.)
Snow Ice Cream Day — internet generated; if you want to try it, and are sure your snow is reasonably clean, add sugar, milk, a touch of vanilla, and enjoy
St. Fortchern of Trim’s Day (Patron of bell-founders)
Tanis Diena — Ancient Latvain Calendar (To honor pigs)
Anniversaries Today:
League of United Latin American Citizens (Lulac) Founded, 1929
Miami University is chartered by the State of Ohio, 1809
Birthdays Today:
Vanessa Atler, 1982
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 1981
Paris Hilton, 1981
Jerry O’Connell, 1974
Bryan White, 1974
Billie Joe Armstrong, 1972
Denise Richards, 1972
Michael Forbes, 1967
Ronald “Bell Biv” DeVoe, 1967
Michael Jordan, 1963
Lou Diamond Phillips, 1962
Richard Karn, 1959
Rene Russo, 1954
Brenda Fricker, 1945
Jim Brown, 1936
Alan Bates, 1934
Barry Humphries (Dame Edna Everage), 1934
Lee Holby, 1926
Hal Holbrook, 1925
Arthur Kennedy, 1914
Clarence Lindon “Buster” Crabbe, 1908
Red Barber, 1908
Dorothy Canfield Fisher, 1879
William Cadbury, 1867
Samuel Sidney Mcclure, 1857
Friedrich A Krupp, 1854
A. Montgomery Ward, 1844
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe Laennec, 1781
Thomas Malthus, 1766
Arcangelo Corelli, 1653
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“A Prairie Home Companion”(Radio), 1979
“BC”(Comic Strip), 1958
“Madame Butterfly”(Puccini Opera), 1904
“Un Ballo in maschera”(Verdi Opera), 1859
“Siroe, re di Persia”(Handel HWV 24), 1728
Today in History:
Miles Standish is appointed the first commander of the Plymouth colony, 1621
The first volume of Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” is
published, 1776
The first ship passes through the Suez Canal, 1867
Women’s suffragist Esther Morris is appointed the first female justice of the peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
Sardines are first canned, by Julius Wolff of Eastport, Maine, 1876
Madame Butterfly receives its première at La Scala in Milan, 1904
The first minimum wage law in the US takes effect, in Oregon, 1913
Johnny Weissmuller sets the 100-yard freestyle record (52.4 seconds), 1924
The first telecast of a sporting event in Japan, a baseball game, 1931
The first issue of “Newsweek” magazine is published, 1933
Vanguard 2 – The first weather satellite is launched to measure cloud-cover distribution, 1959
Sales of the Volkswagen Beetle exceed those of the Ford Model-T, 1972
Garry Kasparov beats the Deep Blue supercomputer in a chess match, 1996
Kosovo declares independence, 2008
In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position, 2013
The discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific is announced in research journal “GSA Today”, 2017