Optimism (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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

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

Firecracker plant, “candy corn” variety.

Oliver photo-bombing whatever these are.

Hibiscus, i think.

Oliver again.

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

Candelabra tree, immature flower.

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



Boss Blues (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has quit hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes. 
Last Sunday i got to the church kitchen just as James was disgustedly trying to get loose coffee grounds out of one of the drawers.
He looked at me and shook his head.  “Look at this!” he said.  “Mr. Al may be in charge, and he may think he knows best, but this is what happens!  He says you are only supposed to use two and a half packets of coffee in the big urns, but then he leaves the open packs in the drawer and it just makes a mess!  Besides, those urns hold three pots of coffee, you need three whole packs for them!”
At that point i added, besides, if you don’t use three full packs, the coffee is weak!
“That’s right!” James agreed.  “But I can’t say nothing.  He’s the boss.  He thinks he always knows everything.  I can use three packs when I make coffee, though!”
You do that! i said with a smile.  Then i added, remember, though, that the boss may not always be right, but the boss is always the boss.
“You said it!”
This reminds me of one time when Boudreaux be compainin’ to Thibodeaux ’bout somethin’ his boss lady did.
Den he say, “But I cain’t say nothin’, cause she be like my wife.  Mais!  Dey got a good mem’ry, dey know ever’ t’ing where dey be right an’ you be wrong.  In fact, dey mem’ry be so good de be can remember what din’t even happen yet!” 
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.  
Hope you aren’t tired of Grandma’s fairy houses.








While i was there yesterday, we took a walk up the street picking up more sticks, bark, and moss.  She has filled the sunroom and a good bit of the TV room, and there’s no sign of her slowing down.
Today is:
Birthday of SPB Yang di-Pertuan Agong — Malaysia (in this elective monarchy, the current king’s birthday is usually celebrated on the first Saturday in June, regardless of his actual birth date; moved to September this year so as not to intersect with Ramadan)
Blessed Father Jacques Leval Day — Mauritius (physician turned priest who lived among and ministered to the poorest of the poor in Mauritius; people of all faiths make a pilgrimage to his tomb today)
Bonza Bottler Day
Chrysanthemum Day or Kiku no Sekku — Japan
Day of the Victims of Holocaust and of Racial Violence — Slovakia
Festivity of Our Lady of Aranzazu — Oñati, Basque
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day — spreading the word about the very preventable problem of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders http://www.fasday.com
Grandparents’ Day — US (but if you have fabulous grands in your family, feel free to observe anywhere)
Homesteader Day Harvest Festival — Brandon, SD, US (re-creation of the harvest in the pioneer days)
Hug Your Hound Day — to increase awareness of human- and dog-friendly urban spaces
Independence Day — Tajikistan(1991)
Karasu-zumo — Kamigamo-jinja Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (a distinctive local festival where the Shinto priests imitate crows)
Liberation Ceremony — Petange, Luxembourg
Milk-Bathing Festival — Fairy Calendar
National Day — North Korea(1948)
National Sports Day — Indonesia
National Steak Au Poivre Day
Pet Memorial Day — US, but everyone who has ever lost a pet, feel free to observe
Pet Rock Festival — North Grafton, MA, US (a family friendly festival, bringing together animal welfare activists, shelter workers, and families to promote pet adoption and help the public understand what these organizations do)
Rosh Hashanah — Judaism (begins this evening; through the evening of the 11th)
St. Peter Claver’s Day (Patron of African missions, inter-racial justice, race relations; Colombia; Lake Charles, LA; Shreveport, LA; Witbank, South Africa; against slavery)
Synaxis of Ss. Joachim and Anna — Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches
Teddy Bear Day — internet generated, but since it’s so much fun to have one, celebrate your old friend
Wakes Sunday — Abbots Bromley, England (Complete with the traditional celebration of the Horn Dance tomorrow)
Wienerschnitzel Day
Wonderful Weirdos Day — we all have a few in our lives, they remind us to be true to ourselves, so thank them today; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Anniversaries Today:
California becomes the 31th US State, 1850
Birthdays Today:
Michelle Williams, 1980
Michael Buble, 1975
Goran Visnjic, 1972
Rachel Hunter, 1969
Adam Sandler, 1966
Hugh Grant, 1960
Mario Batall, 1960
Angela Cartwright, 1952
Michael Keaton, 1951
Tom Wopat, 1951
Joe Theisman, 1949
Billy Preston, 1946
Otis Redding, 1941
Sylvia Miles, 1934
Cliff Robertson, 1925
James Hilton, 1900
Colonel Harland Sanders, 1890
Alf Landon, 1887
Leo Tolstoy, 1828
William Bligh, 1754
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Welcome Back, Kotter”(TV), 1975
“Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids”(TV), 1972
Imagine(Lennon album release), 1971
Today in History:
William I, The Conqueror, dies in a horseriding accident, 1087
The New England colonies declare war on the Wampanoag Tribe, 1675
The first steam engine arrives in the US colonies, 1753
The first recorded black to graduate from a US college, Alexander Lucius Twilight, receives a BA from Middlebury College, 1817
Charles Durant, the first US aeronaut, flies a balloon from Castle Garden, NYC to Perth Amboy, NJ, 1830
The first plate glass photograph is taken by John Herschel, 1839
California becomes the 31st state and the territories of New Mexico and Utah are created, 1850
The Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is finalized, 1886
Orville Wright makes the first one hour plane flight, 1908
J. Verdrines becomes the first person to fly at over 100mph, 1912
First actual case of a computer bug being found: a moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University, 1947
Hurricane Betsy makes its second landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, becoming the first hurricane to do over $1billion in actual unadjusted damages, 1965
The four-day Attica Prison riot begins, 1971
The Palestine Liberation Organization officially recognizes Israel as a legitimate state, 1993
At exactly 01:46:40 UTC, the Unix billenium is reached, marking the beginning of the use of 10-digit Unix timestamps, 2001
The “Ophel Treasure”, about 1,400 years old, is discovered near the foot of Temple Mount in Jerusalem, 2013


Password (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has stopped hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
The other day i found myself in the situation of having to ask for a wifi password, and it reminded me of Boudreaux an’ his bar, de Hubba Hubba.
Boudreaux had done decide he goin’ be up to date an’ keep up wit’ de motel an’ de laundrymat, so he get wifi fo’ de bar.
One day he done get a new guy come t’ru town, an’ de man stop at de Hubba Hubba.  He run in an’ say, “Quick!  Do you have wifi I can use?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais oui, you gotta buy a beer.”
So de man say, “Okay, gimme a beer.”  An after he pay fo’ it, he say, “Now, what’s the wifi password?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “It be ‘yougottabuyabeer,’ no spaces, all little letters!”
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.     
While weeding at Mr. BA’s house yesterday, i snapped a couple of photos of flowers:


He is very excited that the butterflies are back, and while i couldn’t get any of them to sit still for a photo op, i did get two honeybees:


If you look to the left in that second photo, there’s a ladybug.  When i tried to focus on her, she ran off and i thought i had missed her entirely.
Today is:
Bison-Ten-Yell Day — celebrating the imaginary Bison-Ten-Yell, inventor of 10 battle yells now used as American football signals
Celtic Tree Month Muin (Vine) begins
Coughing and Spluttering Convention — Fairy Calendar
Father’s Day — Australia; Fiji; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea
Feast of Osiris — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Harvest Wine Celebration — Livermore, CA, US (open-house visits to over 40 wineries)
Independence Day — Transdniestria
Janmashtami — Hindu (birth of Lord Krishna)
National Blueberry Popsicle Day
National Day — Vietnam
Pierce Your Ears Day — does a kitten screaming in my ear count?  oh, since the person who decided we should celebrate this today didn’t leave a trace, i guess it’s okay to interpret any way we want
Regata Storical (Historical Regatta) — Venice, Italy (competition among two-oar racing gondolas, preceded by Venetian ceremonial boats)
Running of the Sheep — Reed Point, MT (matched only by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, hundreds of sturdy Montana bred woolies charge down the six blocks of the main street in town, plus there is a parade!)
Sacrifice to Hekate and Artemis — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Sedantag — Germany
St. Agricola of Avignon’s Day (Patron of rain — for or against, whichever you need! — of good weather and storks; Avignon, France; against misfortune and plague epidemics)
VJ Day — Surrender Ceremony took place on this date aboard the USS Missouri
Anniversary Today:
Beginning of the Marathon Runs during the Persian War, Sept. 2-9, 490BC
Birthdays Today:
Cynthia Watros, 1968
Salma Hayek, 1966
Lennox Lewis, 1965
Keanu Reeves, 1964
Linda Purl, 1955
Jimmy Connors, 1952
Mark Harmon, 1951
Eric Dickerson, 1950
Christa McAuliffe, 1948
Nathaniel “Tiny” Archibald, 1948
Terry Bradshaw, 1948
Peter Victor Ueberroth, 1937
Marge Champion, 1923
Cleveland Amory, 1917
Lili’uokalani, 1838
James Forten, 1766
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Rose-Marie”(Operetta), 1924
“East of Suez”(Play), 1922
Ordinance on the Danish Church(Publication Date), 1637
Today in History:
Cicero’s first Philippic (oratorical attack) on Marc Antony, BC44
Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion, BC44
Octavian’s troops win the Battle of Actium which ends the Final war of the Roman Republic, BC31
The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days; it ends with 8 dead and 13,000 houses destroyed, 1666
Great Britain adopts the Gregorian calendar, nearly two centuries later than most of Western Europe, 1752
US Treasury Dept. is established by Congress, 1789
The solar super storm continues to affect electrical telegraph service, 1859
Theodore Roosevelt adivses the US to “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” 1901
President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam becomes the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia, 1957
The Principality of Sealand is established, ruled by Prince Paddy Roy Bates, 1967
Swissair Flight 111 crashes near Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia; all 229 people on board are killed, 1998
Pope Benedict hosts an eco-festival, “Save Creation Day,” in Loreto, Italy, to encourage Catholics to live an eco-friendly lifestyle, 2007
Ending a 50-year ban on veiled female news presenters, Egypt’s state television gives its female presenters a choice of wearing, or not wearing, a veil, 2012
Swimmer Diana Nyad makes history, becoming the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, 2013
The public learns about AT&T’s The Hemisphere Project, which gives telephone call data to law enforcement agencies, including the DEA, 2013


In Need of Respite (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Clothile done be tryin’ to iron de shirt fo’ Boudreaux fo’ de work, an’ she smell sumpin’ awful!  It jes’ be de worse, so she look an’ she done grab de window cleaner instead o’ de spray starch.
So she decide she need to rest, an’ nex’ t’ing she know, she be tryin’ to put de baby in the closet an’ de ironin’ board in de crib!
She call Boudreaux at work, an’ she say, “I t’ink I be losin’ my mind!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “I know, an’ I’s goin’ hire a sitter fo’ de baby fo’ tomorrow so you can gets a day off.”
Den Clothile ax, “Dat be so sweet ‘o you, but how you know I need me a day off?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “I know ’cause all you done made me fo’ lunch be a jam sammich!”
So Clothile say, “Well, I know I gen’rally put meat in you sammich, but dat don’ soun’ so bad, a sammich wit’ jam in it.”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, no, you don’ unnerstan’.  You done give me a jam sammich today.  You jes’ jam two pieces o’ bread together an’ dey don’ got ennyt’ing ‘tween ’em!  Dat be how I know you need you a day off!”
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 still going fairy garden crazy:







Today is:
Be Kind to Humankind Week: Sacrifice Our Wants For Others Needs Sunday  
Birthday of Set — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Burning Man 2018 — Black Rock Desert, NV, US (through Sept. 3; a radical way to celebrate the arts through desert survival and building a 50-foot statue to be burned)
First Thnork of the Year — Fairy Calendar
Full Sturgeon Moon a/k/a Full Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon
    Native Wild Rice Harvest — Northern Cree, Ojibwa, and Algonkian Native Americans (celebrated during the August full moon; if there are two full moons in August, it is during the second)
    Nikini Full Moon Poya Day — Sri Lanka 
    Raksha Bandhan — CG, GJ, MP, RJ, UK, & UP, India; Nepal (the Hindu festival that celebrates the the love and duty between brothers and sisters)
    Wahgaung Full Moon — Myanmar 
Go Topless Day — US (on the Sunday closest to  Women’s Equality Day, Aug. 26, stand up for women’s right to go topless in public)     
Heroes Day — Namibia
Ilmatar Day — Finland (Water Mother, goddess of the heavens)
Make Your Own Luck Day — for those who refuse to sit around and wait for it
National Cherry Popsicle Day
National Day of Repentance — Papua New Guinea
National Dog Day — sponsored by the Animal Miracle Foundation     
Notting Hill Carnival — Notting Hill, London, UK (through tomorrow’s August Bank Holiday Monday, the 2nd largest street festival in the world)
Pony Express Festival — Hollenberg Pony Express Station, Hanover, KS, US (reenacting life in the 1860’s, including a real Pony Express ride)
St. Adrian of Nicodemia’s Day (Patron of butchers, prison guards, soldiers; against plague)
Women’s Equality Day — US (commemorates Women’s Suffrage)
Yoshida no Hi Matsuri — Yoshida, Japan (fest to mark the end of Mt. Fuji climbing season; through tomorrow)
Birthdays Today:
Chris Pine, 1980
Macaulay Culkin, 1980
Christopher Burke, 1965
Branford Marsalis, 1960
Ben Bradlee, 1921
Mother Teresa, 1910
Albert Bruce Sabin, 1906
Christopher Isherwood, 1904
Peggy Guggenheim, 1898
Lee de Forest, 1873
Albert “Bertie” von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, husband of queen Victoria, 1819
Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, 1743
Joseph-Michel Montgolfier, 1740
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Cincinnati Reds vs. Brooklyn Dodgers Doubleheader(first MLB games televised), 1939
“Lightnin'”(Play), 1918
“Elijah”(Mendelssohn Op. 70 MWV A25), 1846
Today in History:
Michelangelo is commissioned to carve the Pieta, 1498
The Pennsylvania Ministerium, the first Lutheran denomination in North America, is founded in Philidelphia, 1748
John Fitch is granted a US patent for his working steamboat, 1791
Charles Thurber patents a typewriter, 1843
The first news dispatch by telegraph is made, 1858
Major eruption of Krakatoa, 36,000 dead, 1883
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, granting women the vote, takes effect, 1920
The first Major League Baseball game is telecast, 1939
The USSR announces the first successful test of an ICBM, 1957
The Charter of the French Language is adopted by the National Assembly of Quebec, 1977
John Paul I is elected Pope, 1978
The agreement on how to divide the Czech Republic and Slovakia is signed, 1992
Russia unilaterally recognizes the independence of the former Georgian breakaway republics Abkhazia and South Ossetia, 2008
Israel requests that Germany arrest Klaas Carel Faber, a Nazi war criminal who killed 20 Jews at Westerbork concentration camp, 2010
Fifteen-year-old New Zealand golfer, Lydia Ko, becomes the youngest LPGA Tour event winner and the first amateur winner since 1969, 2012
Half a million people take part in a peace march in Barcelona, following terrorist attacks, 2017


New Title (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)
Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus has stopped hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
A car ride yesterday with a couple i know, and their conversation during that ride, reminded me of Boudreaux.
He be talkin’ to Thibodeaux ’bout drivin’ an how Clothile done be de worse back seat driver he never done see.  
“How bad she be?” Thibodeaux ax.
“Mais, I done gots a new name fo’ her,” Boudreaux say.  “When anyone else ride wit’ me, dey be a navigator.  When she be wit’ me, she be my nag-a-gator!”
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.  
Some artwork at a client’s house (and the last two are my favorites):








Today is:
Black Cow Root Beer Float Day — the ice cream and root beer combination was supposedly first served on this date in 1893 by Frank J. Wisner, owner of Cripple Creek Brewing, and he named it after the local Cow Mountain     
Dog Day Road Race — Harvey Cedars, NJ, US (sponsored by the High Point Volunteer Fire Company)
Gai Jatra — Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (cow festival, celebrated in remembrance of all people who have died in the previous year; one of Nepal’s most popular festivals with tourists)
Hanawa Bayashi — Kazuno City, Japan (parades and music in the merchant’s quarter, through tomorrow)
Hot & Spicy Food Day
Jeshen — Afghanistan (Independence Day)
Manuel Luis Quezon Day — Quezon City, Philippines
National Aviation Day — US
Potato Day
St. John Eudes’ Day (Patron of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, Canada)
St. Sebald’s Day (a/k/a Sebaldus) (Patron of Bavaria, Germany; Nuremburg, Germany; against cold weather and freezing)
Vinalia Rustica — Ancient Roman Calendar (Festival of Ripening Grapes)
Watch the Pot Wednesday — Fairy Calendar (sometimes actually occurs on a Wednesday, more often not)
World Humanitarian Day — UN
Birthdays Today:
Snuffleupagus (year unconfirmed)
Jennifer Morrison, 1979
Matthew Perry, 1969
LeAnn Womack, 1966
Kyra Sedgwick, 1965
Kevin Dillon, 1965
John Stamos, 1963
Adam Arkin, 1956
Cindy Nelson, 1955 
Peter Gallagher, 1955
Mary Matlin, 1953
Jonathan Frakes, 1952
John Deacon, 1951
Gerald McRaney, 1948
Tipper Gore, 1948
Bill Clinton, 1946
Jack Canfield, 1944
Jill St. John, 1940
Diana Muldaur, 1938
Franklin Story Musgrave, 1935
Willie Shoemaker, 1931
Don Ho, 1930
Gene Roddenberry, 1921
Malcolm Forbes, 1919
Jimmy Rowles, 1918
Ring Lardner, Jr., 1915
Philo T. Farnsworth, 1906 (forgotten inventor of television)
Ogden Nash, 1902
Coco Chanel, 1883
George Bellows, 1882
Orville Wright, 1881
John Dryden, 1631
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Animal Clinic” and “Acrobat Ranch”(first Saturday morning children’s programs, on ABC), 1950
Today in History:
The Roman Senate is compelled to elect Octavian, later Augustus Caesar, Consul, BC43
Augustus Caesar dies, 14
Crusaders defeat the Saracens in the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Mary Queen of Scots arrives in Leith to assume the throne, 1561
Five people are executed for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Presentation of Jacque Daguerre’s new photographic process to the French Academy of Sciences, 1839
The New York Herald reports the discovery of gold in California, 1849
The first All-American Soap Box Derby is held in Dayton, Ohio, 1934
Hurricane Dianne kills 200 and does about $1 Billion in damage, 1955
Leonard Bernstein conducts his final concert, ending with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, 1990
Several hundred East Germans cross the frontier between Hungary and Austria during the Pan-European Picnic, part of the events which began the process of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989
A series of strong storms lashes Southern Ontario spawning several tornadoes as well as creating extreme flash flooding within the city of Toronto and its surrounding communities, 2005
A team of divers discover the wreck of a Swedish warship, part of King Erik XIV’s fleet, that sank in 1564 in the Baltic Sea, 2011


NASA satellites take photos showing that the eastern basin of the Aral Sea had for the first time completely dried up, 2014


Cruising to Nowhere (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Yesterday was my every-other-Saturday trip to see Grandma and Grandpa.  On the way down, the police presence on the freeways was, shall we say, thick.  My cruise control was set exactly to the speed limit and i passed several people who were stopped by the officers.
As i was getting up on the spillway bridge, i somehow knew there was another officer up there, instinct, i guess.  Sure enough, some hot shot in a truck came whipping around me on the onramp and passed the car parked on the side of the road.  When the officer in that car turned the lights on and started moving, i slowed from my already legal pace, as did the three cars near me, and we let the officer by.
Hot shot, as soon as he realized there were lights on that car, put on his hazards and pulled over, he knew he was caught red handed — er, um, lead footed.
It probably ruined his Saturday, and as much as i wanted to feel sorry for him, i didn’t.
Boudreaux had done been savin’ up his money fo’ years an’ years, an’ fin’ly de big day come — he goin’ buy hisse’f a sport car!
He go him to de dealer dat he done been talkin’ to, an’ he get it all done an’ take him deliv’ry o’ his new li’l honey.  He decide on de way home he goin’ try it out good an’ put it on de big highway, de Highway 90. 
He be out dere cruisin’ an’ havin’ hisse’f a good time, an’ he don’t know dat Officer Gautraux done be out dere.  O’ course, Officer Gautraux get him on dat fancy radar machine, an’ he come pullin’ out wit’ de light and de siren.
Boudreaux done know when he been caught, so he pull over, and Officer Gautraux come walkin’ up an’ he say, “Well, well, I done been waitin’ fo’ you all day!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais!  I done got here as fast as I could!”
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 apparently has a new passion for fairy gardens, and has been busy.







Today is:
Aloha Day — unofficial celebration of the annexation of Hawai’i by the US
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker’s Left Foot — Fairy Calendar
Awa Odori Festival — Tokushima, Japan (through the 15th; one of Japan’s largest dance festivals, Awa-dance is said to be a “fool’s dance”, and the saying is “It’s a fool who dances and a fool who watches, so if both are fools, you may as well dance!”)
Don’t Wait, Celebrate! Week — 2nd full week of August each year; because spontaneous and frequent celebrations are good for you, says Patty Sachs   
Fathers’ Day — Brazil; Samoa (a public holiday in Samoa, with a day off tomorrow)
Festival for Hercules Invictus — Ancient Roman Calendar (through tomorrow; based on an even older Greek celebration of Heracles at the same time of year)
Festival for Venus Vitrix — Ancient Roman Calendar (Victorius Venus)
Grouse Day/Glorious Twelfth — England; Scotland (opening of grouse hunting season; because the 12th is a Sunday in 2018, it will actually be celebrated tomorrow)
Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday and National Mother’s Day — Thailand
International Youth Day — UN
Joust of the Quintana — Ascoli Piceno, Italy (reenactment of a medieval jousting tournament)
Julienne Fries Day
Lychnapsia — Ancient Roman Calendar (celebration of the Birthday of Isis, instituted after the conquest of Egypt)
Melon Day — Turkmenistan (the country that really loves its muskmelons)
Middle Children’s Day — on some sites, listed as Aug. 14; either way, Middle Children deserve a special day!
National Peacekeepers Day — Canada (obs. on Sunday closest to the 9th)
National Toasted Almond Bar Day
Osirian Mysteries; Feast of the Lights of Isis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate, but this is the date the Romans gave it, so who am i to quibble?)
Pakistan Independence Day Parade — Devon Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago, IL, US (yes, a Celebration of Pakistan; anything for a party, even another country’s Independence Day, right?)
PC Day — no, not politically correct, personal computer; IBM introduced theirs this day in 1981
Perseid Meteor Showers — in 2018, peak visibility is tonight and especially tomorrow night; the Celts believed these meteors were due to games being played by Lugh, their sun god
Put Peanuts in Your Coca Cola Day — and no, i can’t figure this one out, but they say don’t shake it once you do it; if anyone else wants to experiment with why, let me know the results
Rushbearing — Macclesfield Forest and St. Stephens Church Forest Chapel, Cheshire, England (ancient tradtion of bringing new rushes, plaited in traditional weaves, to carpet the church and keep it warm, always on the first Sunday after Aug. 12)
Solar Alignment with Teotihuacan, City of the Gods — ancient when the Aztecs found its ruins, this city’s ritual cave aligns with the setting sun today and April 29, also the rising and setting dates of the Pleiades
St. Gracilian’s Day (Patron of Bassano Romano, Italy)
St. Murtagh’s Day (Patron of Killaria, Ireland)
Vinyl Record Day — celebrating the tremendous cultural influence of records, on the anniversary of the day in 1877 that Edison invented the phonograph
Zaraday a/k/a Zarathud’s Day — Discordianism
Birthdays Today:
Casey Affleck, 1975
Pete Sampras, 1971
Peter Krause, 1964
Ann M. Martin, 1955
Pat Metheny, 1954
Sam J. Jones, 1954
Skip Caray, 1939
George Hamilton, 1939
William Goldman, 1931
George Soros, 1930
Alvis Edgar “Buck” Owens, 1929
John Derek, 1926
Michael Kidd, 1915
Jane Wyatt, 1912
Cantinflas, 1911
Joe Besser, 1907
Alfred Lunt, 1892
Cecil B. DeMille, 1881
Christopher “Christy” Mathewson, 1880
Edith Hamilton, 1867
Katharine Lee Bates, 1859
“Diamond Jim” Brady, 1856
Robert Mills, 1781
Thomas Bewick, 1753
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Wings(Film, only silent film to win the Oscar for Best Picture), 1927
Today in History:
The last ruler of the Egyptian Ptolemaic Dynasty, Cleopatra VII Philopater, allegedly commits suicide by asp bite, BC30
A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs which may have been what the Bible calls the Star of Bethlehem, 3
Crusaders win the Battle of Ascalon, 1099
Juan Ponce de Leon arrives in Puerto Rico, 1508
Praying Indian John Alderman shoots and kills Metacomet, the Wampanoag war chief, ending King Philip’s War, 1676
Isaac Singer is granted a patent for his sewing machine, the first one to be practical for home use, 1851
Asaph Hall discovers Deimos, 1877
The last quagga, a subspecies of zebra once plentiful in South Africa, dies at the Artis Magistra zoo in Amsterdam, 1883
Hawai’i is annexed by the US, 1898
William Somerset Maugham published “Of Human Bondage”, 1915
Alleged date of the first Philadelphia Experiment test on United States Navy ship USS Eldridge, 1943
The Soviet Union detonates its first thermonuclear weapon, 1953
Echo I, the first communications satellite, is launched, 1960
South Africa is banned from the Olympic Games because of its racist policies, 1964
The first free flight of the Space Shuttle Enterprise, 1977
The IBM Personal Computer is released, 1981
Canada, Mexico, and the United States announce completion of negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1992
The Oscar class submarine K-141 Kursk of the Russian Navy explodes and sinks in the Barents Sea during a military exercise, 2000
The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter launches, 2005
Director of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, announces plans to release remaining Afghan War Diary documents from War in Afghanistan, 2010
President Obama’s health insurance mandate from his Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is struck down by the U.S. court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2011
The International Olympic Committee announces it will punish athletes who support Russian LGBT rights at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, 2013


We Told You (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts a Silly Sunday blog hop, don’t expect me to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Sweetie called me the other day in a bit of a dither as several of our kids and their friends had gathered at the house and the usual damage had occurred.  That means the kitchen was dirty and it was time for him to fix his supper and he didn’t want to have to clean it.  Of course, the kids did the cleaning, but he had just the excuse he needed to go get a quick meal from the grocery store food line.
It’s okay, it’s something he does once in a while and it is not expensive.
Boudreaux an’ Clothile know de damage de chil’runs can do in de house.  One day Aline an’ Tee be in de kitchen an’ Clothile hear a ruckus an’ den a big crash!
Jes’ a secon’ later, both de kids yell, “Don’ come in here!”
O’ course, Clothile goin’ go straight in, an’ what she see!  It be de big mess, an’ she say, “Mais!  What be goin’ on in here?  How you chilluns done do dis big mess!”
An’ Tee say, “Well, we done tol’ you don’ come in!”
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 has been busy in the fairy garden workshop again:




And here is the workshop:


Today is:
Barsi Bhagat Puran Singh — Sikhism
Bogota Carnival — Bogota, Colombia (celebrating the city’s Hispanic founding; through tomorrow)
Celtic Tree Month Coll (Hazel) commences
Damn the Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead Day — uttered this day by Admiral Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864
Hanakasa Matsuri — Yamagata City, Japan (10,000 costumed dancers perform; through the 7th)
Independence Day / Republic Day — Burkina Faso (former Upper Volta)(1960)
Loch-mo-Naire Pilgrimage — Loch mo Naire, Scotland (tonight from midnight to 1am tomorrow is the magical hour, complete the ritual there to be healed by the waters because of magic stones in the water that a Celtic priestess put there) 
National Blackmail Day — according to mostly ecard sites, with suggestions to send a card to the friend who has told you his/her secrets, with the notice that you plan on celebrating this date!
National Doll Day — US (another with its own Facebook page)   
National Friendship Day — US (designated by Congress in 1935)
National Underwear Day — sponsored by www.freshpair.com, which encourages people to rethink their underwear style and make sure they have the right fit   
National Waffle Day
Nuestra Senora de Africa — CE, Spain (Day of Our Lady of Africa, also called Fiestas Patronales)
Oyster Day
Pixie of the Year Competition — Fairy Calendar
Sacrifice to Salus — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of health, associated with Greek Hygeia)
Sisters’ Day® — celebrating the bond between sisters, as begun by Tricia Eleogram; a wiki page on how to celebrate this day     
St. Afra of Augsburg’s Day (Patron of converts, martyrs, penitent women; Augsburg, Germany)
St. Oswald of Northumbria’s Day (Patron of Zug, Switzerland)
Swiss Volksfest — New Glarus, WI, US (celebration of Swiss Independence Day)
Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day and the Day of Croatian defenders — Croatia
Work Like a Dog Day — different from work-a-holics, people who work like a dog work hard while they are at it, and rest when they aren’t
Birthdays Today:
Jonathan Silverman, 1966
Patrick Aloysius Ewing, 1962
Maureen McCormick, 1956
Erika Slezak, 1946
Loni Anderson, 1946
Ja’net DuBois, 1938
John Saxon, 1936
Neil Armstrong, 1930
Sydney Omarr, 1926
Raoul Wallenberg, 1912
John Huston, 1906
Conrad Potter Aiken, 1889
Joseph Merrick, 1862
Guy de Maupassant, 1850
Thomas Lynch, Jr., 1749
John Eliot, 1604
Joseph Justus Scaliger, 1540
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Revolver”(Beatles Album, release date), 1966
“Eleanor Rigby” & “Yellow Submarine”(Beatles singles, A & B side respectively, release date), 1966
“American Bandstand”(TV, national premiere), 1957
“Andy Capp”(Comic strip), 1957
“Little Orphan Annie”(Comic strip), 1924
Today in History
The last outpost of Bar Kockba, Betar, falls to Rome, 135
Penda of Mercia defeats and kills Oswald of Northumbria at the Battle of Maserfield, 642
King Edward and Earl Aetherlred, leading the allied forces of Mercia and Wessex, defeat the last major Viking army to raid England at the Battle of Tettenhall, 910
Anti-Jewish riots in Arnstadt, Germany, 1264
Sir Humphrey Gilbert establishes first English colony in North America, at what is now St John’s, Newfoundland, 1583
The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America, 1620
New York Weekly Journal writer John Peter Zenger is acquitted of seditious libel against the royal governor of New York, on the basis that what he had published was true, 1735
US Army abolishes flogging, 1861
Standard Oil of New Jersey is established, 1882
The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty is laid on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor, 1884
Bertha Benz drives from Mannheim to Pforzheim and back in the first long distance automobile trip made in her husbands invention, the first patented automobile; her journey was to publicize the invention, and she garnered attention and sales, 1888
The first electric traffic light is installed, in Cleveland, Ohio, 1914
Debut of the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie”, by Harold Gray, 1924
Debut of the comic strip “Andy Capp”, by Smythe, 1957
Nelson Mandela is jailed, 1962*
The United States, United Kingdom, and Soviet Union sign a nuclear test ban treaty, 1963
The city of Knin, a significant Serb stronghold, is captured by Croatian forces during Operation Storm, 1995
The Copiapo mining accident traps 33 Chilean miners about 2,300ft below the ground, 2010
NASA launches its Juno space probe from Cape Canaveral to orbit and study Jupiter, 2011
The world’s first bovine stem cell lab-grown burger is eaten in London, 2013
The UN Security Council votes to impose sanctions on North Korea for its continued missile program, 2017


*Released in 1990