Baiting Us Along (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i am going to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Only this time i have to slip in a military joke first.  Little Girl now works for her military Unit, and was on orders for this weekend.  When she came by and i wished her a happy St. Patrick’s Day, she said, “Oh, yeah, no wonder everyone was wearing green today.  Wait, they wear green every day!”  She and i giggled over that.
Sweetie was yelling at the headlines again, fussing about politicians and their ways.  He reminded me of Boudreaux.
Boudreaux be takin’ Tee out to go fish one day.  Dey done dug up dey bait, an’ dey stop at de store by de pier an’ Boudreaux done sen’ Tee in to get dem some snacks.
Tee come out de store a few minute later wit’ de snack an’ he be shakin’ his head.  Boudreaux ax, “What be wrong?”
An’ Tee say, “You know dat politics guy you allus be yellin’ ’bout when you read de paper in de mornin’?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais yah. what ’bout him?”
An’ tee say, “He be in de store, an’ he be axin’ what bait to get so he can go fish today!  He don’ even know what bait to use to get him de catfish!”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, dat don’ surprise me none.  He be de politico, de only bait he know be de ol’ bait an’ switch!”
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 i only bottle raise kittens once in so often now, i have plenty of pictures from back in those days:




Today is:
Awkward Moments Day — harness the power of humor in life’s more uncomfortable situations
Asklepieia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate)
Bindus Diena — Ancient Latvain Calendar (believed to be the day bears woke from hibernation)
Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog — can’t confirm the exact date, but Sparky became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951
Buzzard Day — Hinckley, OH, US (a day to celebrate the returning buzzards)
Camp Fire USA Birthday Week
Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins
Cheikh Al Maarouf Day — Comoros
Electric Razor Day — Schick, Inc., marketed the first one today in 1931
Feast of Tou Tei — Macau (earth god; celebrated on the second day of the second lunar month, so if i’ve mixed up the date in Gregorian, i’m sorry, i tried)
Forgive Mom and Dad Day — because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Goddess of Fertility Day — a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility
Grandparents’ and Grandchildren’s Day — Michigan, US
Jacques de Molay’s Day — death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Men’s and Soldiers Day — Mongolia
National Anthem and Flag Day — Aruba
National Biodiesel Day — birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
Oide Matsuri — Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery; through the 23rd)
Ramayana Week — Hindu (through March 26th; local customs/celebratory dates may vary)
Sheelah’s Day — Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility; celebrated the day after St. Patrick’s Day by those who say she was either his wife or his mother)
Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day — Fairy Calendar
St. Anselm of Lucca’s Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy)
St. Edward the Martyr’s Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day — an internet generated holiday now used to honor those who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for others
Usajingu Reitaisai — Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival)
Zhonghe/Longtaitou — China (Double Second Festival and Blue Dragon Festival, the time to wake the dragons that control the rains; celebrate the 2nd day of the 2nd lunar month the modern way now by cleaning the house, getting a hair cut, and eating popcorn, pancakes, and noodles)
Anniversary Today:
Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell, 1993
Birthdays Today:
Alexei Yagudin, 1980
Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Kevin Dobson, 1944
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
Sashi Kapoor, 1938
F.W. deKlerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
John Kander, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
William H. Johnson, 1901
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837
John Caldwell Calhoun, 1782
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Do I Hear a Waltz?”(Musical), 1965
“Tovarich”(Musical), 1963
“Tales of Wells Fargo”(TV), 1957
The New Babylon(Silent Film), 1929
“Verklarte Nacht”(Schonberg, Op. 4), 1902
Today in History:
Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989
White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992
Bosnia’s Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1994
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language, 2003
For the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum’ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005
The Messenger spacecraft enters orbit around Mercury, 2011
Transnistria formally requests to join the Russian Federation, 2014



Of Her Own Accord (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i will stop telling Cajun jokes.
Even though the family trip to the beach isn’t until June, there is already talk about who is going when, who can get off work and who might have to miss out, and what we will and will not end up doing this year.
One Sunday Thibodeaux done see Boudreaux at church by hisse’f, an’ Thibodeaux ax, “Boudreaux, where be Clothile?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “She be on a trip to de West Indies.”
So Thibodeaux ax, “Jamaica?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais non, she decide she want to go!”
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.  
Here are a few random sights from the past couple of weeks.
A fascinating study in what to do with exercise equipment when you don’t use it for its intended purpose:


Where Dr. D keeps her make-up:
My favorite Poodle in the whole world, Bear:
A sign at our vet’s office:
Today is:
Bunching of Fairies for the Second Flight — Fairy Calendar
Charter Day — Pennsylvania, US
Daylight Saving Time — if your area is observing this, it switched over at two o’clock this morning; if you are just finding this out, you are already late!
    Check Your Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monixide Detectors Day — make sure the batteries are fresh and that they are in good working order
Debunking Day — internet holiday possibly started by someone tired of internet myths
Feast Day of Hercules/Herakles — Ancient Roman and Greek Calendars
Frankenstein’s Birthday — Mary Shelley’s famous tale was published today in 1818
Girl Scout Sunday — US (encouraging Girl Scouts to wear their uniforms to church services and represent their troop to their congregations; the first day of Girl Scout Week in the US)
Johnny Appleseed Day / Apple Appreciation Day — death anniversary of John “Johnny Appleseed” Chapman; some say March 18
King Moshoeshoe I’s Anniversary — Lesotho
Laetare Sunday — Western Christianity, 4th Sunday of Lent; related Observances
    Carnaval de la Laetare — Stavelot, Belgium
    Mothering Sunday — UK (fourth Sunday of Lent, originally a day to visit your “mother church” in the parish where you were raised, now celebrated as Mother’s Day)
National No Smoking Day — UK (for help quitting, go here)   
National Oatmeal-Nut Waffles Day
Reestablishment of Independence — Lithuania (independence from the USSR)
St. Eulogius of Cordova’s Day (Patron of carpenters, coppersmiths)
World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film — International
World Folk Tales and Fables Week — encouraging all people to explore the cultural background and lessons learned from folk tales, fables, myths, and legends from around the world; originally sponsored by Language Lizard   
World Glaucoma Week begins — to expand global awareness of the Silent Thief of Sight    
Worship of Tools Day — begun by someone who knew we would be nowhere without tools
Anniversaries Today:
Romeo & Juliet’s wedding day, according to Shakespeare, 1302
Emperor Napoleon married by proxy to Archduchess Marie Louise, 1810
Birthdays Today:
Terrance Howard, 1969
Alex Kingston, 1963
Curtis Brown, Jr., 1956
Douglas Adams, 1952
Bobby McFerrin, 1950
Jerry Zucker, 1950
Dominique Sanda, 1948
Charles W. Swan, 1942
Antonin Scalia, 1936
Sam Donaldson, 1934
Rupert Murdoch, 1931
Ralph Abernathy, 1926
Mercer Ellington, 1919
Ezra Jack Keats, 1916
Harold Wilson, 1916
Lawrence Welk, 1903
Robert Treat Paine, 1731
Torquato Tasso, 1544
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Cops”(TV), 1989
“A Raisin in the Sun”(Play), 1959
“Don Carlos”(Opera), 1867
“Rigoletto”(Opera), 1851
“I Capuleti e i Montecchi”(Opera), 1830
The Daily Courant(Newspaper; first British daily paper), 1702
Today in History:
Thutmose III, Pharaoh of Egypt, dies (according to the Low Chronology of the 18th Dynasty),BC1425
Volcano Etna in Italy erupts killing 15,000, 1669
The first English daily newspaper “Daily Courant,” begins publishing, 1702
Queen Anne withholds Royal Assent from the Scottish Militia Bill, the last time a British monarch vetoes legislation, 1708
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is published, 1818
Unhappy with translational differences regarding the Treaty of Waitangi, chiefs Hone Heke, Kawiti and Maori tribe members chop down the British flagpole for a fourth time and drive settlers out of Kororareka, New Zealand, 1845
Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin become the first Prime Ministers of the Province of Canada to be democratically elected under a system of responsible government, 1848
The Great Sheffield Flood: The largest man-made disaster ever to befall England kills over 250 people in Sheffield, 1864
The Meiji Japanese government officially annexes the Ryukyu Kingdom into what would become the Okinawa prefecture,1872
The Great Blizzard of 1888 begins, lasting 4 days, 1888
The first confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu are observed at Fort Riley, Kansas, 1918
The Bank of Canada opens, 1935
Reginald Weit became the first African American to play in the US Tennis Open, 1948
Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun,” the first Broadway play by a black woman, opens, 1959
Mt. Etna in Sicily erupts, 1974
Pakistan successfully conducts a cold test of a nuclear weapon, 1983
Mikhail S Gorbachev replaces Konstantin Chernenko as Soviet leader, 1985
Infosys becomes the first Indian company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange, 1999
Michelle Bachelet is inaugurated as first female president of Chile, 2006
An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people and triggering the second largest nuclear accident in history, 2011


Crying Over Spilled Milk (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee at Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i am going to stop telling Cajun jokes.
The topic of movies has come up several times over the past few days in various conversations.  It’s been a long time since i’ve gone to a movie, but if the bug bites me, i understand there are several good ones out in theaters right now.
Boudreaux done took Clothile to de movie, an’ when dey be gettin’ out, Boudreaux be fussin’.  “Clothile, I jes’ don’ unnerstan’ you!  Ever’ time I take you to de movie, you be cryin’!  Las’ week, you cry when de movie be sad.  De week before, you cry ’cause ever’body be happy at de end.  What you cry fo’ dis time?”
An’ Clothile say, “Mais, dis time I be cryin’ cause we jes done waste a lot o’ money on a terrible movie!”
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.  
We have already had the A/C on, and now we are cool again.   The plants, however, go on their merry way, knowing that even if spring/summer isn’t here quite yet, it’s close enough.
The Japanese magnolias, sometimes called tulip trees, burst forth first.
This large tree whose name i don’t know has very pretty small white blossoms.
Of course, we have the azaleas, camellias and garden flowers.




Then there are the “volunteers,” what some call weeds which, as Winnie-the-Pooh rightly pointed out, are flowers, too, once you get to know them.




Today is:
Celebrate Your Name Week — Sunday:  Namesake Day, a day to think about how you got your name (week begun in 1997 by onomatology hobbyist Jerry Hill) 
Charter Day — St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada (1881)
Courageous Follower Day — because leaders have to have someone to lead, and it can take as much courage to follow a great leader as to be the leader
Feast of Ra in His Barge at Heliopolis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Holy Experiment Day — try something religious today
Hug a GI Day — just don’t get in trouble sneaking on base to do it
International Scrapbooking Industry Day — can’t find proof the industry actually set this day, but if you love scrapbooking, celebrate
March Dryads’ Festival — Fairy Calendar
March Forth – Do Something Day
National Grammar Day — sponsored by The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar on March 4th, which is both a date and an imperative
National Poundcake Day
National Words Matter Week — US (focusing on the importance of words, particularly the written word; week originally sponsored by The National Association of Independent Writers and Editors)  
St. Casimir’s Day (Patron of bachelors, kings, princes, single layment; Lithuania; Poland; against plague)
Tavern Day — US (the first tavern in the US, a Puritan public house in Boston, MA, opened this date in 1634)
Toy Soldier Day — Dr. Steel’s Army, building a utopian playland and embarking on a worldwide mission of fun
Waltz Day — some say National Waltz Day, and some Dance the Waltz Day, but no one says why this day; i say, waltz if you want to
Anniversaries Today:
Hot Springs National Park is established, 1921
Vermont becomes the 14th US state, 1791
Birthdays Today:
Patsy Kensit, 1968
Jason Curtis Newsted, 1963
Stephen Weber, 1961
Patricia Heaton, 1958
Catherine O’Hara, 1954
Emilio Estefan, 1953
Kay Lenz, 1953
Chris Squire, 1948
Mary Wilson, 1944
Paula Prentiss, 1938
Miriam Makeba, 1932
Joan Greenwood, 1921
Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., 1906
Knute Rockne, 1888
Garrett Morgan, 1877
Casimir Pulaski, 1747
Antonio Vivaldi, 1678
Prince Henry the Navigator, 1394
Debuting/Premiering Today:
People Magazine(Publication), 1974
“The Dick Cavett Show”(TV), 1968
Nosferatu(Horror Film), 1922
“Pénélope”(Fauré Opera), 1913
“Swan Lake”(Tchaikovsky Op. 20), 1876
Today in History:
Croatian Duke Trpimir I issued a statute, a document with the first known written mention of the Croats name in Croatian sources, 852
Ramathibodi becomes King of Siam, 1351
Christopher Columbus arrives back in Lisbon, Portugal, from his first voyage, 1493
Hernan Cortez arrives in Mexico in search of Aztec gold, 1519
The Massachusetts Bay Colony is granted a royal charter, 1629
John Flamsteed is appointed the first Astronomer Royal of England, 1675
France is divided into 83 départements, which cut across the former provinces in an attempt to dislodge regional loyalties based on noble ownership of land, 1790
The first Jewish member of the US Congress, Israel Jacobs of Pennsylvania, takes office, 1791
A Constitutional Act is introduced by the British House of Commons in London which envisages the separation of Canada into Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario), 1791
In the first ever peaceful transfer of power between elected leaders in modern times, John Adams is sworn in as President of the United States, succeeding George Washington, 1797
In the Castle Hills Rebellion, in New South Wales, Australia, Irish convicts (some of whom had been involved in Ireland’s Battle of Vinegar Hill in 1798) lead the colony’s only significant convict uprising, 1804
Carlo Alberto di Savoia signs the Statuto Albertino that will later represent the first constitution of the Regno d’Italia, 1848
The day without a US president — Zachary Taylor refuses to be sworn in on the Sabbath (Sunday), so there is, technically, no president on this day, 1849
The longest bridge in the Great Britain, the Forth Bridge (railway) (1,710 ft) in Scotland is opened, 1890
The great fire of Shanghai damages over 1,000 buildings, 1894
Victor Berger of Wisconsin becomes the first socialist congressman in the U.S., 1911
Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first female member of the United States House of Representatives, 1917
Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia’s renunciation of the throne is made public, and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia publicly issues his abdication manifesto, 1917
Frances Perkins becomes the United States Secretary of Labor, the first female member of the United States Cabinet, 1933
Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, announces the first successful kidney transplant, 1954
The S&P 500 stock market index is introduced, replacing the S&P 90, 1957
The United States Atomic Energy Commission announces that the first atomic power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is in operation, 1962
The first Cray-1 supercomputer is shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, 1976
Nationalist leader Robert Mugabe wins a sweeping election victory to become Zimbabwe’s first black prime minister, 1980
Bertha Wilson is appointed the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada, 1983
The Soviet Vega 1 begins returning images of Comet Halley and the first images ever of its nucleus, 1986
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that federal laws banning on-the-job sexual harassment also apply when both parties are the same sex, 1998
No response is received in the final attempt to contact Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network, 2006
Approximately 30,000 voters take advantage of electronic voting in Estonia, the world’s first nationwide voting where part of the votecasting is allowed in the form of remote electronic voting via the Internet, 2007
Vladimir Putin wins the Russian presidential election amid allegations of voter fraud, 2012


Taking Sides (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus is no longer hosting Silly Sunday does not mean i am going to stop telling Cajun jokes.
This past week, our temperatures have been unseasonably warm.  We are supposed to get rain today and some slightly lower temperatures this week, but the cold is over and we seem to have skipped spring altogether.
It was a harsh winter for the area, with two big snowfalls, and we are not prepared for such things down here.
Boudreaux an’ Thibodeaux don’ be prepare fo’ livin’ in de cold, but one time when dey be young, dey done move up to de Frozen Nawth to take dem jobs fo’ a year.  Dey be sharin’ a car an’ a rent house an’ workin’ at de same contract job.
De firs’ time dey be hearin’ it goin’ to snow, Boudreaux listen an’ de radio man say, “We are expecting heavy snowfall, please park your cars on the even side of the streets so the snow plows can get through.”  So Boudreaux, he go an’ put de car on de even side o’ de street.
‘Bout a week after dat, dey be goin’ get snow agin, an’ de radio man say, “We are expecting heavy snowfall, please park your cars on the odd side of the streets so the snow plows can get through.”  An’ Boudreaux go out an’ park de car on de odd side o’ de street.
Nex’ time it be ’bout to snow, de radio man say, “We are expecting heavy snowfall, please park your cars on the…” an’ de ‘lectric go out an’ Boudreaux don’ hear what side de street to put de car on.
“Thibodeaux!” Boudreaux say.  “You hear dat!  De ‘lectric done gone out, an’ we din’t hear what side de street dey want us to put de car on!  What we goin’ do?”
An Thibodeaux t’ink ’bout dat fo’ a moment an’ den he say, “Mais, why we don’ jes’ leave de car in de garage dis time?”
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 photos from corners of Grandma’s house:

In the front hall.
In the foyer — yes, there is holy water in the holy water font at the bottom.
A closer look at her painting.
Today is:
Dairokuten-no-Hadaka Matsuri — Chiba, Japan (around this date; one of Japan’s “naked” festivals, as participants wear only a loincloth as they wrestle in the cold, wet mud, bringing luck to the community as they run through the crowds smearing the lucky mud on the onlookers)
Dance of the Secret Places — Fairy Calendar
Dag van de Revolutie — Suriname (Day of Liberation and Innovation)
Edo Nagashi Bina — Sumidagawa River, Japan (ritual to wish for children’s good health by washing the sins of the body away)
Februaristaking — Netherlands (commemoration of a strike against the Nazis)
Festival of Ptah — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Kitano Baika-sai (Plum Blossom Festival) — Kitano Tenman-gu Shrine, Kyoto, Japan
Lesser Eleusinian Mysteries — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Let’s All Eat Right Day — in honor of the birth of Adelle Davis in 1904, an early pioneer in good nutrition
National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day — some sites say any nuts will do, some specify peanuts; take your pick
National Clam Chowder Day — not to be confused with New England Clam Chowder Day, back in January
National Day — Kuwait
People’s Revolution Day/People Power Day — Philippines
Pistol Patent Day — Samuel Colt received US Patent #138 for the first pistol on this day in 1836
Quiet Day — can’t find the history behind this one, but mommy wants one!
St. Walburga’s Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, harvests; Antwerp, Belgium; Eichstätt, Germany; Gronigen, Netherlands; Oudenarde, Belgium; Plymouth, England; Zutphen, Netherlands; against coughs, dog bites, famine, hydrophobia/rabies, mad dogs, plague, storms)
Soviet Occupation Day — Georgia
Tokyo Marathon 2018 — Tokyo, Japan
Birthdays Today:
Josh Wolff, 1977
Chelsea Handler,1975
Sean Astin, 1971
Tea Leoni, 1966
Carrot Top, 1965
Lee Evans, 1964
Neil Jrdan, 1950
Ric Flair, 1949
Karen Grassle, 1944
George Harrison, 1943
Diane Baker, 1938
Tom Courtenay, 1937
Bob Schieffer, 1937
Sally Jessy Raphael, 1935
“Texas Rose” Bascom, 1922
Bobby Riggs, 1918
Anthony Burgess, 1917
Jim Backus, 1913
Millicent Hammond Fenwick, 1910
Adelle Davis, 1904
Zeppo Marx, 1901
Meher Baba, 1894
Enrico Caruso, 1873
Charles Lang Freer, 1856
Pierre Auguste Renoir, 1841
Xuande, Emperor of China, 1398
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“A Little Night Music”(Musical), 1973
“Toys in the Attic”(Play), 1960
“Wonderful Town”(Musical), 1953
“Your Show of Shows”(TV), 1950
“Natoma”(Herbert Opera), 1911
“Riders to the Sea”(Play), 1904
“Hernani”(Victor Hugo Play), 1830
Today in History:
The First Bank of the United States is chartered, 1791
The German Midiatisation is enacted, taking over 1,000 German sovereign states into about 40 larger entities, 1803
Samuel Colt patents the first revolving barrel multishot firearm, 1836
The first US electric printing press is patented by Thomas Davenport, 1837
Hiram Rhodes Revels, a Republican from Mississippi, is sworn into the United States Senate, becoming the first African American ever to sit in the U.S. Congress, 1870
The US Steel Corp. is organized under J P Morgan, 1901
The Stanley Cup: Ottawa Silver 7 sweep Toronto Marlboroughs in 2 games, 1904
Marie-Adélaïde, the eldest of six daughters of Guillaume IV, becomes the first reigning Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, 1912
Oregon places a 1 cent per U.S. gallon tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax, 1919
Diplomatic relations between Japan and the Soviet Union are established, 1925
Glacier Bay National Monument (now Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve) is established in Alaska, 1925
Francisco Franco becomes General of Spain, 1926
Charles Jenkins Laboratories of Washington, D.C. becomes the first holder of a television license from the Federal Radio Commission, 1928
The USS Ranger is launched. It is the first US Navy ship to be built solely as an aircraft carrier, 1933
In occupied Amsterdam, a general strike is declared in response to increasing anti-Jewish measures instituted by the Nazis, 1941
The first Pan American Games are held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1951
Cassius Clay defeats Sonny Liston, 1964
The first unit of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the first commercial nuclear power station in Canada, goes online, 1971
President Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines flees the nation after 20 years of rule; Corazon Aquino becomes the first Filipino woman president, 1986
In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more, 1994
In the Irish general election, the Fianna Fáil-led government suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government since the formation of the Irish state, 2011
The World Health Organization removes India from the list of polio endemic countries, 2012


Obviously (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 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


Father Knows All (Cajun Joke) and Sunday Selections

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Just because Sandee of Comedy Plus no longer hosts Silly Sunday does not mean i am going to quit telling Cajun jokes.
In years past, i remember my children asking Sweetie questions as if he held the answers to everything.  He would answer whether he knew the correct answer or not, which probably led them to the conclusion.
This story reminded me of that time. 
Tee Boudreaux an’ his Père, Boudreaux, be out on de bayou when dey done hear de Canada geese honkin’ up a storm.  Dem geese fly over, an’ Tee an’ Boudreaux watch, den Tee say, “Père, I done learn in school why de geese fly in de shape like a V, but I don’t learn why dey sometime have dem a longer side an’ a shorter side on de V.  Do you know why?”
An’ Boudreaux he t’ink ’bout dat for a minute, an’ he say, “Mais, one side be longer ’cause dey gots more birds on dat side!”
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.  
This past week, i’ve tried to stop and notice some of the non-plant items people use to decorate their gardens.
A planter with solar powered lights all over it instead of plants.


That same planter at night.


The butterfly tells me this person is not as cranky as the sign might otherwise indicate.


To me, old wheelbarrows make some of the loveliest planters.


This one looks like someone enjoyed splattering paint.


One gorgeous hunk of driftwood.


St. Francis is rather lugubrious looking here.


A garden guardian angel.
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Liberia
Be Electrific Day — Edison’s birth anniversary
Carnival of Binche — Binche, Belgium (famous carnival dating back to the 16th century, which includes a giants parade, childrens parade, fireworks, orange tossing, and more; through Shrove Tuesday)
Church Action on Poverty Sunday — UK (Visions of the Good Society)   
Daytona 500 Pole Day — Daytona International Speed-way, Daytona Beach, FL, US (qualifying, and earing the right to lead the pack)
Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day — no history on the origin, but remember we all mess up once in a while, don’t take small mess ups too seriously
Evelio Javier Memorial Day — Panay Island, Philippines
Fasching Sunday — Germany and Austria, and among German speaking peoples; the Party before Lent kicks up now
Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes/World Day of the Sick — Roman Catholic Church (anniversary of the first appearance of Our Lady of Lourdes to Bernadette)
Grandmother Achievement Day — internet generated; call your grandmother, or someone’s grandmother you admire, and tell her what she is doing right
Hall Sunday — meaning Hallowed Sunday, the Sunday before Lent, which has many traditions associated with it
Independence Day — Vatican City (Holy See) (a/k/a Lateranensi Pact Day, for the pact that established it as an independent state)
International Flirting Week — always the Sun-Sat that encompases Valentine’s Day; if you are married, flirt with your mate, it’s fun!
Kenkoku Kenen-no-hi — Japan (also called National Foundation Day or Empire Day)
Man Day — always the Sunday before Valentine’s Day, sponsored by C. Daniel Rhodes
Meatfare Sunday — Orthodox Christian (final day on which meat may be consumed before the Lenten fast); related event:
    Maslenitsa — Russia (between Meatfare Sunday and Cheesefare Sunday is Butter Week or Pancake Week, when you stuff yourself before the Orthodox Church Great Lent)
Meringue Memorial Day — don’t know who came up with it, but it’s the day to see if you remember how to make meringue
National Inventors’ Day — US (Edison’s birth anniversary)
National Peppermint Patty Day
National Shut-In Visitation Day — some sites have it here, some in October; either way, go visit someone who can’t get out of the house today, or make plans to see them this week 
Nelson Mandela Day — South Africa (celebrates his release from prison)
Ocean County Bluegrass Festival — Albert Music Hall, Waretown, NJ, US (a family-oriented bluegrass festival, at the best venue for bluegrass and old time country music anywhere)
Pro Sports Wives Day — the annual recognition of those who truly are sports widows, wives of professional athletes, coaches, and support personnel    
Random Acts of Kindness Week — always Valentine’s Week
Satisfied Staying Single Day — for those who aren’t desperate to have someone by the 14th; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
St. Caedmon’s Day (Oldest English poet known by name.)
Transfiguration Sunday — Christian
White Shirt Day — a recognition of the dignity of the working class
World Marriage Day — sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter   
Youth Day — Cameroon
Anniversaries Today:
Napoleon weds Marie-Louise of Austria, 1810
The founding of London University, 1826
Birthdays Today:
Taylor Lautner, 1992
Natalie Dormer, 1982
Kelly Rowland, 1981
Matt Lawrence, 1980
Brandy, 1979
Mike Shinoda, 1977
Jennifer Aniston, 1969
Sarah Palin, 1964
Sheryl Crow, 1963
Carey Lowell, 1961
Sergio Mendes, 1941
Bobby “Boris” Pickett, 1938
Burt Reynolds, 1936
Tina Louise, 1934
Leslie Nielsen, 1926
Paul Bocuse, 1926
Eva Gabor, 1921
Sidney Sheldon, 1917
Max Baer, 1909
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1909
Philip Dunne, 1908
Thomas Alva Edison, 1847
Lydia Marie Child, 1802
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The French Chef”(TV, with Julia Child), 1963
“Dynamo”(O’Neill play), 1929
“Salome”(Wilde Play), 1896
“La Fille du Regiment”(Donizetti Opera Comique), 1840
Today in History:
Traditional date for the founding of the Japanese empire under Emperor Jimmu, BC660
Tiberius Claudius Caesar Britannicus, heir to the Roman Emperorship, dies under mysterious circumstances in Rome, which clears the way for Nero to become Emperor, 55
Henry VIII of England is recognized as supreme head of the Church of England, 1531
The Pennsylvania Hospital opens, the first in the US, 1752
Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, petitions U.S. Congress for abolition of slavery, 1790
Anthracite coal is burned experimentally as fuel for heating a home for the first time, by Jesse Fell in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1808
Robert Fulton files a patent for improvements to steamboat navigation, 1809
Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill that leads to the first use of the term “gerrymander,” 1812
The first public toilet facilities for women opens in London, on Bedford Street, 1852
The Meiji constitution of Japan is adopted, 1889
Emma Goldman is arrested for lecturing on birth control, 1916
BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Capek play R.U.R., which coined the term “robot”, 1938
Glenn Miller is awarded the first ever gold disc for selling one million copies of “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” 1941
Eighty-seven countries, including the US, UK, and USSR, sign the Seabed Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons in international waters, 1971
The People’s Republic of China lifts a ban on works by Aristotle, Shakespeare and Dickens, 1978
Nelson Mandela, a political prisoner for 27 years, is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa, 1990
The first wave of the Egyptian revolution culminates in the resignation of Hosni Mubarak, 2011
Pope Benedict XVI announces that he will resign as of the end of February, 2013
The discovery of gravitational waves (through collision of two black holes) is announced by physicists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (Ligo), 2016


(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 at Comedy Plus is not hosting a Silly Sunday doesn’t mean i’m going to quit telling Cajun jokes.
Sweetie was discussing going to the doctor — the eye doctor.  His eye doctor and his ENT are the only ones he will go to.  He won’t go get a check-up because if they can’t find anything wrong, then nothing is wrong.
Boudreaux done listen to Clothile and get him to de doctor fin’ly.  De doctor be checkin’ him, an’ she ax him, “Mr. Boudreaux, do you exercise?”
An’ Boudreaux say, “Well, I try to do me 100 sit-ups and 100 push-ups ever’ day.”
De doctor, she say, “My, that’s impressive!”
Den Boudreaux say, “Mais, I do try.  I ain’t been able to do it yet, but I try!”
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.
Today i thought i would share a few of Grandma’s artworks.



Today is:
Biezputras Diena (Porrige Day) — Ancient Latvian Calendar (date unconfirmed, some sites suggest it’s always on a Sunday before Feb. 23 instead)
British Yorkshire Pudding Day — UK (celebrating this delicious traditional dish, and here’s how to make it right)   
Create-A-Vacuum Day — an internet generated celebration of the nothingness of vacuums
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day — beginning of Dump Your Significant Jerk Week; make a resolve and do it now, before Valentine’s Day
Four Chaplains Sunday — Interfaith 
General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Day — Poland (birth anniversary)
Homemade Soup Day
Igbi — Shaitli and Kituri among the Avar ethnic group, Dagestan, Russia (midwinter celebration, through the 5th, which is the first day the sun is expected to return to shine on the towns here)
Independence Day — Sri Lanka
King Frost Day — London (Celebrated yearly until WWI, in remembrance of the frozen River Thames on this day in 1814.)
Liberation Day — Angola
National Stuffed Mushroom Day
Quacker Day — for those who love Quacker Factory clothes
Scout Sunday — BSA (Boy Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to church and represent scouting to their congregation)
Spoiled Cats’ Day — internet generated, and isn’t this every day?
St. Andrew Corsini’s Day (Patron of Carmelites; against civil disorder and riots)
St. John de Brito’s Day (Patron of Portugal; Sivagangai, India)
Super Bowl Sunday; related observance
    National Popcorn Day
    Souper Bowl of Caring (turn your Super Bowl Party into a way to help people in your community) 
Thank A Mailperson/Postal Worker Day — because someone decided it would be a good day to do that, and put it on the internet
USO Day — US (founded this date in 1941)
World Cancer Day — International   
Anniversaries Today:
United Service Organizations (USO) founded, 1941
The University of Wisconsin is established, with one classroom and 20 students, 1849
Birthdays Today:
Natalie Imbruglia, 1975
Oscar De La Hoya, 1973
Gabrielle Anwar, 1971
Michael Goorjian, 1971
Rod Corddry, 1971
Clint Black, 1962
Lawrence Taylor, 1959
Lisa Eichhorn, 1952
Alice Cooper, 1948
Dan Quayle, 1947
George A. Romero, 1940
Jhn Schuck, 1940
David Brenner, 1936
Gary Conway, 1936
Betty Friedan, 1921
Ida Lupino, 1918
Rosa Parks, 1913
Clyde W. Tombaugh, 1906
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906
Charles Lindbergh, 1902
Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 1746
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”(Album), 1977
Today in History:
The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta, 211
The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries, 960
Maximilian I assumes the title Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned, 1508
Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague 1600
In Edo (now Tokyo), The 47 Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after avenging the death of their master, 1703
The worst earthquake in 8 years in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead, 1783
The first Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania are consecrated in London, 1787
George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College, 1789
The French National Convention proclaims the abolishment of slavery, 1794
An earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, kills 41,000, 1797
J.W. Goodrich introduces his rubber galoshes to the public, 1824
The Mormons of Nauvoo, Missouri, leave to go west, eventually settling in Utah, 1846
The Codex Sinaiticus is found at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, 1859
The first rolling lift bridge opens, in Chicago, 1895
The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France, 1924
The first tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks open, in New Orleans, 1930
Radium E is the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically, 1936
The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops, 1941
Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft, 1967
After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections, 1997
Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg, 2004
The Federal Court of Australia’s ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them, 2010
The remains found the previous year in a dig at Leicester are confirmed to be those of King Richard III of England, 2013