Mr. Shy (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.

Horizon is still partly feral, so i had to sneak up on him for this shot:




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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 12:00AM 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 believe ____________.
2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my _________________________.
3. It does no good to _________.
4. I find _________ to be a walk in the park.
1. I believe the Nicene Creed, and that the most important thing is to deeply and truly love (meaning caring more about the good of the other than the good of the self).
2. I need to go Marie Kondo* on my closet.
3. It does no good to fuss and worry, it doesn’t change the outcome but it makes life miserable.
4. I find finding reasons to be grateful to be a walk in the park.  Once i started to practice it, it became a habit.
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
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
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.)
Heritage Day — Yukon Territory, Canada
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
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 Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)
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)
Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering — Sul Ross State University, Alpine, TX, US (annual gathering of cowboys for poetry readings and music; through tomorrow)
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
At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi, 2014
10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal, 2016
The discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 is announced in Journal “Nature”, 2017
*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!

Good for a Laugh (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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His hearty laughter from the other side of the table caused her to ask, “What’s so funny this time?” as she looked up from the business section of the paper to pour herself another cup of coffee.
“Oh, it’s just the comics, Peanuts, to be exact.  It always gets me when Snoopy decides to perch in a tree and pretends to be a vulture,” he answered.  “And in this one, Linus tickles him on the nose to capture him and then asks Lucy what to do with the vulture once he’s caught!”
“Well, I’m very glad you find it so amusing, especially since the cost of the newspaper subscription just went up again,” she grumbled.
“As long as they don’t get rid of the humor columns and the funnies, it’s the best part of my breakfast!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Perch.      
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.      
This fence has always intrigued me.  It surrounds the entire house, although i could only get pictures from two sides.  This is a person who really likes his/her privacy (and yes, i was able to stop the car to take the photos):


Private and patriotic.
Today is:
American Birkebeiner Race — Cable to Hayward, WI, US (largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon; through the 24th)
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 
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 3)
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)
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 Sticky Bun Day
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)
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
“Heartbreak Hotel”(Elvis’ Hit) 1956
“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 announce the discovery that bumblebees have the ability to sense electric fields around flowers, enabling them to identify specific flowers for pollination, 2013
Turkey sends troops to Syria to rescue 40 guards and relocate remains from the tomb of Sulayman Shah, which is now surrounded by ISIS militants; the site is internationally recognized as Turkish territory, 2015


Better Late Than Never (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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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 River at Drifting Through Life.    
This week’s words are:
1. bathroom
2. parasol
3. furniture
4. duck
5. phone
6. puzzle
1. wade
2. grim
3. barge
4. sporadic
5. pizza
6. burial
Detective Clegg grabbed another slice of PIZZA and shook his head.  He’d been relying on fast food way too much lately, and had to face the GRIM fact that he was regaining the weight he’d worked so hard to lose.  His hours had become way too SPORADIC again in the wake of this latest case for him to continue cooking the healthy meals he’d fought to learn to make.
Turning to the papers on his cluttered desk, he tried to once again WADE through the reports and make some sense of the PUZZLE.  A gruesome BURIAL of the victim with a PARASOL clutched in his hand.  FURNITURE overturned into the strangest pattern, obviously done on purpose.
His lower tract chose that moment to BARGE in on his reverie with an insistence that could not be denied, so he decided to head for the evidence room and look at the objects recovered from the scene and DUCK into the BATHROOM on the way.
The moment he opened the men’s room door, his PHONE rang.  “Of course!” he thought, glancing at the screen and hoping he could ignore it for the moment and return the call.  No such luck.
“Clegg,” he said, and listened while one of the investigators said, “We found a second victim buried in the yard.  We’re pretty sure it’s his ex-wife.”
“I’ll be down there as soon as I can,” he said, knowing that it was going to be another long afternoon.
Today is:
Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day — Fairy Calendar
Blessed Wulfric’s Day
Butter Lantern Festival — Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)
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 
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
A 4-inch lock of John Lennon’s hair sells at auction for $35,000 to a memorabilia collector, 2016
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017
Venezuela becomes the first country to launch a virtual currency, the petro, to counteract their financial crisis, 2018

Look Who’s Talking, UFOs, and Repair Shop Foolishness, 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.  

There is proof, my friends, that’s it’s not always the female of the species that is gabby.
This Sunday, two church friends asked Sweetie if he could join them for dinner on Thursday.  He told them he didn’t see why not, but that he would check the calendar and ask me to make sure.
He asked me, and i said one word, the name of his old college friend.  “Oh, yeah!” he said.  He’d forgotten that his friend will be in town and he’s already going to visit with that friend on Thursday.
At prayer group that evening, i told one of the two who had invited him, Husband can’t make it Thursday, he forget he has promised to spend time with a friend who will be in town.  The response was, Okay.
That was probably less than 30 seconds.
Sweetie called the other friend and spent almost 10 minutes explaining who the out-of-town friend was, where he lives, what he does for a living, how he has written a book, and so on, before getting to the point that he was busy on Thursday.  It was almost painful to listen to, i kept wanting him to get to the point!
In our house, it’s usually the reverse!


Dr. D decided to tackle the freezer yesterday.  We pulled up a big bucket, lined it with a bag, and went after it.  She kept pulling things out of the freezer and handing them to me and saying, “What is that?”
Finally, after trying several times to figure out what the UFOs (unidentified frozen objects) were, i simply replied, it’s a mess! and dropped it into the bucket for disposal.
Two nice sized bags were disposed from the freezer and fridge, and both are still full.  How does that happen?


Last Thursday the garage called and told her the van is repaired, she could come get it at her convenience.  Since she cannot drive two vehicles at the same time, she told them she’d be there on Monday when she could get a ride up there to retrieve it.
On the way to bring more stuff to the office, we stopped at the garage to let her get the van.  She went in and came back out and said, “They decided it wasn’t ready, they wanted to change the spark plugs!”


In some serious news, Daughter-in-Law Becky’s father went to the hospital last night, he seems to have some intestinal trouble.  Prayers and good wishes for a quick recovery would be appreciated.
Have a great day, everyone!

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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
Flag Day — Turkmenistan
Fly-By for Goblins and others — Fairy Calendar
Full Snow Moon — sometimes also called the Full Hunger Moon, as the most snow falls this month and finding food is hardest
    Meaka Bochea — Buddhist (celebration of the final sermon of Buddha)
    Navam Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka
    Spring Lantern Festival — China (final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations)
    Tabodwe Full Moon — Myanmar (month of Hta-Ma-Ne Feast, the harvest festival of Thanksgiving)
Guru Ravidas Jayanti — CH, HP, HR, MP, and PB, India
National Chocolate Mint Day (because every day needs chocolate in some form)
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 Freedom”) 
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

Hard Worker (Awww Monday), Thought Provoking Quote of the Week, and Poetry Monday

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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!
Yesterday was the Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade, and Pastor J was out there to bless the animals as they passed by.  Riley the therapy dog was with him, and all that blessing wore her out!

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Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s a Thought Provoking Quote of the Week in her honor.
Delores and her friend Jenny are taking turns providing a theme for Poetry Monday, and i am trying my hand at participating.  This weeks theme is Winter Windows.        
Winter windows covered with ice
we actually had them last year, twice!
From the space heater, water does condense
on the bathroom window, and from thence
It freezes solid in the night
on the inside, blocking light
Our houses are built to stay cooler in summer
so winter freezes are really a bummer!
Today is:
Celtic Tree Month Nuin (Ash) begins
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)
Family Day — AB, BC, NB, ON, SK, Canada
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
Heritage Day — NS, Canada (honouring Mona Louise Parsons)
Independence Day — Gambia(1965)
Islander Holiday — PEI, Canada
Louis Riel Day — MB, Canada
National Battery Day — probably created by the battery manufacturers, but they won’t claim it
National Crab Stuffed Flounder Day
Pluto Day/Solar System Day — the planet/planetoid was discovered on this day in 1930, and then considered to “complete” the solar system
Presidents’ Day — US and Territories
Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas — Nepal (Democracy Day)
Rites of Tacita — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of silence, rites to keep people from speaking out in anger)
Scout – Guide Week — Canada (Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada plan and hold special activities; through the 24th)
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
The Ukrainian Revolution begins, 2014

Taking It Slow (Cajun Joke) and Got the Floors Covered (Sunday Selections)

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, do not expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes, especially as it has now become a habit.
Yesterday, as i was driving Grandma on her errands, we got to discussing various people’s driving habits.  She has a car that has a computer sensor that gets used to the way the main driver handles it, and it really does not react well when someone else drives it.  No matter how i baby it, it doesn’t like me much, but from what Grandma tells me, it likes Grandpa even less.  He takes off out of the driveway so fast that it scares her, but he’s always had a lead foot and isn’t too fond of stop signs.
Boudreaux don’ be too happy ’bout dem stop signs, neither.  He done be travelin’ way to de North — Shreveport! — an’ he done get pull over by de officer ’cause o’ de stop sign.
After dey argue for a short piece, de officer fin’ly say, “You did not stop for that stop sign!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, I be from Bayou Lafourche, an’ down dere all four wheels don’ need to quit turnin’ fo’ it to be a stop!”
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.
Just found out that River is still on her blog break, so Elephant’s Child is keeping the meme warm for her.
This past week, for some reason i noticed a lot of the carpets i have to vacuum.  Not the wall to wall ones, but the ones that cover perfectly good hard floors that would be so much easier to clean without carpets on them. 











Today is:
Day of Cancelled Expectations — according to William Least Heat-Moon in his autobiography, Blue Highways
Daytona 500 Race — Daytona International Speed-way, Daytona Beach, FL, US
Dita e Pavaresise — Kosovo (Independence Day)(2008)
Feast of Shezmu — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (god of the winepress; date approximate)
February 17 Revolution Day — Libya
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)
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
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)     
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)
Triodion begins — Orthdox Christian (Publican & Parisee Sunday)
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
Approximately 70 ancient Olympic artifacts are stolen from the Archaeological Museum of Greece, 2012
In racing, Danica Patrick becomes the first woman at the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to win pole position, 2013
Discovery of a new mostly underwater continent Zealandia in the South Pacific is announced in research journal “GSA Today”, 2017 


Plenty of People (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It’s the week of love and the day for thankful counting, so i am counting people i love!
There’s my Sweetie first.  It’s been almost 34 years, and while we jokingly say we’ve been together “forever,” staying together forever is no joke.  That’s one.
Grandma and Grandpa, i don’t know what i would do without them.  Here are two and three.
My biological children may number only 5, and only 4 of those living, but i count a lot more than that as children of my heart — #1 Son, Bigger Girl, Tori (in heaven), #2 Son, Little Girl, Daughter-in-Law Becky (married to #2 Son), Red-headed Alec (foster son), Sweet Sue (foster son’s fiancee), Liam (foster grandson), Young Jacob, Friend Chris, and Tristan.  That actually comes to an even dozen of kids!
Uncle P (my brother) and Miss Eva (his wife).  Now i’m up to fifteen and sixteen.
Uncle J (my other brother), and his children Bryn and Dre.  Nineteen now. 
Brother-in-Law, The Mouth.  Yes, i’m including my Sweetie’s twin who is sometimes a bit, shall we say, difficult to live with.  He is loved, even when he’s being difficult and i have to bite my tongue.
It’s Ten Things of Thankful, and so far i’m up to twenty!  At this point i will stop, because if i start counting cousins and co-workers and friends, you might get tired of reading it and i would get writer’s cramp (or carpal tunnel syndrome).
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Today is:
9-1-1 Day — the first 911 call in North America was placed, demonstrating the new system, on this day in 1968
Akiyoshidai Yamayaki — Akiyoshidai, Japan (dry grass on the mountain side is burned in this coming of spring ceremony; date subject to change)
Bonten Matsuri — Miyoshi-jinja Shrine, Akita, Japan (two day festival to ask for good crops this year)
Desert Festival — Jaisalmer, India (three days of local culture, contests, and fun)
Do a Grouch a Favor Day — internet generated attempt to get us to either get the grouches on our side, or make us cynical
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)
Independence Day — Lithuania (National Day/Restoration of Statehood)(1918)
Kyoto Protocol Day — International (treaty on climate change; today is proposed as “Wear purple for Kyoto Day”)
La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros and Tucson Rodeo — Tucson, AZ, US (celebrating the Old West heritage; through Feb. 24)
Lemon Festival/Fete du Citron — Menton, French Riviera (through Mar. 4)
National Almond Day
Nice Carnival — Nice, France (dating back to the 14th century, this celebration is one of France’s best; through Feb. 28)
Respectable Tales of Kelp-Koli — Fairy Calendar (5 minutes only) 
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.)
St. Juliana of Cumae’s Day (Patron of the ill)
St. Onesimus’ Day (runaway slave of Philemon, converted by Paul, of whom the Letter to Philemon was written)
Twin Cities’ Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras Parade — Monroe and West Monroe, LA, US (If you are looking for more family friendly fun than downtown NOLA, stick to parades is the smaller cities, like here!)
Birthdays Today:
Christopher Eccleston, 1964
John McEnroe, 1959
Ice T, 1959
LeVar Burton, 1957
James Ingram, 1956
William Katt, 1951
Richard Ford, 1944
Barry Primus, 1938
Sonny Bono, 1935
Vera-Ellen, 1921
Patty Andrews, 1920
Jimmy Wakely, 1914
Hugh Beaumont, 1909
Richard McDonald, 1909
George Kennan, 1904
Edgar Bergan, 1903
Robert Joseph Flaherty, 1884
Johann Strauss, 1866
Nichiren, 1222
Emperor Yingzong of China, 1032
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“What’s My Line”(TV Game Show), 1950
“Le Voyageur Sans Baggage”(Anouilh Play), 1937
“The Marquise”(Coward Play), 1927
“Chung Sai Yat Po”(Publication; first Chinese daily newspaper in US), 1900
“Werther”(Massenet Opera), 1892
“Ladies’ Home Journal”(Publication), 1883
“Orpheus”(Liszt Opera), 1854
“Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard”(First Publication), 1751
Today in History:
9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, 374
Pope Gregory the Great issues a decree saying that “God bless you” is the correct response to a sneeze, 600
English king Charles I accepts Triennial Act, requiring the king to assemble Parliament at least once every 3 years, 1641
The first known check (cheque) is written, for 400 English Pounds Sterling (currently on display at Westminster Abbey), 1659
Kentucky passes a law permitting women to attend school under certain conditions, 1838*
Weenen Massacre: Hundreds of Voortrekkers along the Blaukraans River, Natal are killed by Zulus, 1838
American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica, 1840
The Battle of Sobraon ends the First Sikh War in India, 1846
Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established, 1852
The French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch, 1859
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks forms, 1868
The “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing, 1883
The first Chinese daily newspaper in the US, Chung Sai Yat Po, begins publication in San Francisco, 1900
The first US Esperanto Club organizes in Boston, 1905
The first synagogue in 425 years opens in Madrid, Spain, 1917
Howard Carter unseals the burial chamber of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, 1923
The first patent is issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree, 1932
Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon, 1937
Canadians are granted Canadian citizenship after 80 years of being British subjects. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King becomes the first Canadian citizen, 1947
Britain abolishes the death penalty, 1956
Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1, 1959
In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service, 1968
The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois), 1978
The trial of John Demjanjuk, accused of being a Nazi guard dubbed “Ivan the Terrible” in Treblinka extermination camp, starts in Jerusalem, 1987
The Kyoto Protocol comes into force, following its ratification by Russia, 2005
The last Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) is decommissioned by the United States Army, 2006
China announces it will relocate 9,000 people in Guizhou province, before completion of world’s largest telescope (FAST), designed to look for extraterrestrial life, 2016