A Contest For the Weekend, 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.  
Hello, everyone, welcome to today’s matchup between mimi and Grandpa’s room.  It looks like it’s going to be quite the contest.
Grandpa, as everyone knows, hates for mimi to clean his room, even when the housekeeper didn’t show up to do it.  That’s why it’s a contest to see if mimi can clean his room in the 30 or so minutes that he’s out of the house in the morning.
Here’s mimi now, let’s see what she’s up to.
“Hello, mimi!  How are you feeling about today’s competition?”
Right now, i’m feeling pretty confident.  Because Grandpa never tells me when he’s going to leave the house to go to daily Mass, i have to have everything ready.  My Windex and newspapers are here, the Lysol and rags are there, i have a Chlorox toilet cleaning wand at the ready, a Swiffer sweeper already loaded with the pad, and i’m pretty certain there are clean linens hiding in the closet, but of course he would see me if i went and looked so that has to wait.
“And how much do you want to accomplish while he’s gone?”
The hope is that i’ll get the bed stripped and remade, the bathroom cleaned, the bedroom swept, and as a bonus, his office dusted and vacuumed.  He never lets anyone clean the office, and he’s not generally very thorough when he does it himself.
Did i just hear the door shut?
“Yes, you did, and his car is out of the driveway.”
Time’s a wastin’!  The first thing is to strip the bed, and the very last thing is to remake it.  That way, if my timing is off and he gets back before i’m done, he has to at least let me finish the bed because otherwise he can’t get in it!
“That’s quite a sneaky strategy!”
Well, you have to be sneaky when dealing with Grandpa.  Now that the bed is unmade, i will scrub the toilet bowl and spray down the tub.

It’s not a very big bathroom.


The tub is standard sized.
“What’s next?”
Next is dusting both rooms, really quickly.  It doesn’t do to wipe down surfaces and then dust, because the dust just falls and sticks to whatever you just cleaned, that’s something i figured out the hard way when i got into this business.
Now for the bathroom mirror, then Lysol the sink and the toilet seat and outside of the toilet.  A quick scrub of the tub — those scrubbing bubbles really do a good job, there’s not a lot of elbow grease needed — and a rinse.
“What about floors?”
Swiffer is a good choice for all of these hard floors, they are the vinyl tiles that look like wood, durable and easy to clean.  Once i sweep, and i have to make sure i even get well under the bed, and in the bathroom, i’ll use a wet swiffer pad to clean the ceramic tiles in the bathroom.  The vinyl tiles are the kind you aren’t supposed to use any cleaning products on, so if i have time, i may damp mop those floors, but it’s not a priority.
“Where does the vacuum come in?”

They got the vacuum’s broken plug replaced — this looks like overkill to me.


Grandpa has those mats in his office for his rolling chairs, to keep them from marking up the vinyl floors.  As i noted, he doesn’t let the housekeeper in his office at all, and those mats really need it.
“It’s getting close to 9am, what now?”
Everything else is clean, so i’m digging the fresh linens out of the closet, and once i remake the bed, i’m probably going to have to call it done.
“You’re right, he’s making the u-turn at the corner to pull back around to the driveway.  Are you finished?”


Yes, the bed is made, the bathroom is sanitary, the floors are swept, the office is much tidier, especially those mats, so i’m calling it done.
“And it’s mimi for the win!”
Thank you, thank you very much, it feels great to still be the champion!
(Folks, really, i have around 30 minutes when i go to Grandma and Grandpa’s house to get his room and office done while he’s at Mass, and this is about what it’s like!  Since he’s a sports fan, the whole time i was cleaning last Saturday, i imagined it as a play by play, and it tickled my fancy so i wrote it up.)
River, i believe, asked about Dr. D’s electric broom.  It’s really a small stick vacuum:
On the left if the steam mop, the Eureka is the “electric broom”.


They come in very handy, especially if you don’t want to have to pull out the large vacuum for a small job.  This one even has a brush roll you can turn on and off so it gets hair off the carpet. 
Have a wonderful Tuesday, everyone!

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Today is:
Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; meditate on what your cat’s question might be, then answer it
Celebration of Life Day
Come in From the Cold Day — somebody at an ecard company decided today would be a good day to do that 
Day of Unity and Liberty of Ukraine — Ukraine
Dia de la Fundacion del Estado Pluinacional de Bolivia — Bolivia
National Blonde Brownie Day — i thought these were just called “blondies.”
National Speak Up and Succeed Day — become one of those people who aren’t afraid of public speaking, practice! originally sponsored by Polished Presentations International; as they no longer have a website, i’m sure Toastmasters International can help    
Polka Dot Day — looking up why they are called “polka dots” gives lots of stories, but no concrete evidence; they were probably named after the dance craze that became fashionable around the same time the pattern appeared
Rid The World of Fad Diets and Gimmicks Day — always the Tuesday of Healthy Weight Week and includes the announcement of the Slim Chance Awards, highlighting the worst fad diets of the prior year   
St. Vincent of Zaragoza’s Day (Spanish martyr and Patron of vine dressers, vinegar makers, vintners; Lisbon, Portugal; Portugal; vicenza, Italy; Vilamalla, Catalonia, Spain)
    a sunny day today indicates a good wine crop next season
Birthdays Today:
Christopher Masterson, 1980
Balthazar Getty, 1975
Olivia D’Abo, 1967
Steven Adler, 1965
Diane Lane, 1965
Michael Kelland Hutchence, 1960
Linda Blair, 1959
Steve Perry, 1949
John Hurt, 1940
Joseph Wambaugh, 1937
Seymour Cassel, 1937
Sam Cooke, 1935
Bill Bixby, 1934
Piper Laurie, 1932
Ann Sothern, 1909
Robert E. Howard, 1906
George Balanchine, 1904
Rosa Melba Ponselle, 1897
D.W. Griffith, 1875
Grigori Rasputin, 1869
August Strindberg, 1849
Richard Upjohn, 1802
Nat Turner, 1800
Lord Byron, 1788
Andre Ampère, 1775
Sir Francis Bacon, 1561
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Emergency!”(TV), 1972
“Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In”(TV), 1968
“The Crucible”(Miller play), 1953
“Our Town”(Wilder play), 1938
“Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District”(Opera; Shostakovich Op.29), 1934
Today in History:
The first contingent of Swiss Guards arrive at the Vatican, 1506
Postal service between NYC and Boston is inaugurated, 1673
The Native American Iroquois tribes renew their allegiance to the British against the French, 1690
Spain ceded the Falkland Islands to Britain, 1771
A severe earthquake in southern Syria kills thousands, 1837
The Zulus attack the British Army camp in Isandhlwana, South Africa, 1879
The Ancient Egyptian obelisk “Cleopatra’s Needle” is erected in Central Park, 1881
After 63 years, England stops the sale of Queen Victoria postage stamps series and begins King Edward VII series, 1901
First live radio commentary of a football match anywhere in the world, between Arsenal F.C. and Sheffield United at Highbury, 1927
KTLA, the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River, begins operation in Hollywood, California, 1947
Apollo 5 lifts off carrying the first Lunar module into space, 1968
The Boeing 747, the world’s first “jumbo jet”, enters commercial service, 1970
The Singapore Declaration, one of the two most important documents to the uncodified constitution of the Commonwealth of Nations, is issued, 1971
The Apple Macintosh, the first consumer computer to popularize the computer mouse and the graphical user interface, is introduced during Super Bowl XVIII with its famous “1984” television commercial, 1984
Robert Tappan Morris, Jr. is convicted of releasing the 1988 Internet Computer worm, 1990
Kmart becomes the largest retailer in United States history to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, 2002
Evo Morales is inaugurated as President of Bolivia, becoming the country’s first indigenous president, 2006
Water vapour is detected on the dwarf planet Ceres, 2014
Winter storm conditions strand 500 motorists for 24 hours on the New Jersey turnpike in Pennsylvania, 2016

It’s been a week — Random and Fun Tuesday

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It’s time once again for a random and fun Tuesday, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked and Sandee at Comedy Plus.  
Well, let’s see, what has happened this past week?  Lunceford went in for work again, as noted on Saturday.  You just can’t trust an 18-year-old alternator, can you?
Grandma had me come and clean her house.  Her housekeeper took a week off because of a serious cut on her hand, and then skipped again because of Independence Day.  (Yes, i worked on Independence Day.)  
The whole time i was there, every time i would pick something up to clean under it i would mutter under my breath, i wonder when was the last time this got cleaned.  One time Grandpa heard me and said he often wondered the same thing.
In the end, the place was clean, even Grandpa’s room that he tries to put off limits.  It’s easy, i just wait until he is busy in his office or running an errand and then i sneak in.  He doesn’t like it, but i got my stubborn from him, so he can’t complain.
Sunday was another session with the grand-dogs.  That little Jezzie just goes and goes until she flops down to sleep.  Pepe has taken to hiding from her when they are here, she can’t climb the stairs yet so he runs up to get away.  He’s going to be one sad dog when she figures out how to climb.
Dr. D put me to work researching alternative pain therapies, including low level light therapy.  It turns out she has one of the infrared heat lamps the book she bought was talking about, so we hauled it out of storage and cleaned it up, and she is going to use it.  It certainly can’t hurt is what i figure.
We also had a discussion about having some things “hanging over your head,” and how you live with that.  We both came to the conclusion that in life, it’s always something, and the sooner you get used to that and learn to live with it, the better.
Besides, we will have all eternity in heaven trouble-free, what do we expect down here?
After spending so much time cleaning other people’s houses, this is rather how i feel:
Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Alpenfest — Gaylord, MI, US (a Swiss inspired festival for the whole family that includes “The World’s Largest Coffee Break”; through Saturday)
Armed Forces Day — Mauritania
Carnival Tuesday — Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Clerihew Day — in honor of the poetic form he invented, the clerihew:
    Edmund’s middle name was Clerihew
    A name possessed by very few
    But verses by Mr. Bentley
    Succeeded eminently!
Cow Appreciation Day® — sponsored by Chick-fil-A; wear any kind of cow apparel and get a free entree!
Don’t Step On A Bee Day — Wellcat Holidays wants to remind you, when going barefoot this time of year, watch out!
Edmonton International Street Performers Festival — Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (the finest street performers anywhere; through Sunday)
Feast Day of Knut the Reaper, Hela, Holda, and Skadi — Norse deities whose celebration this day is due to their later association with Danish King Canute the Great
Independence Day — Bahamas(1973)
Lady Godiva Day — tradition says she took her famous ride on this day in 1040
National Pina Colada Day
Pick Blueberries Day — variously set on different days in July depending on the website; with blueberries being so good for you, find a day to go gather or buy some soon
Silence Day — followers of Meher Baba
St. Amalburga’s Day (Patron of people with fever; Ghent, Belgium; against arm pain, bruises, and fevers)
Teddy Bear Picnic Day — no idea why today, especially when the author of the song, Jimmy Kennedy, was born on July 20
Uniwaine / Unaine Day — Kiribati (Senior Citizens’ Day, specifically Elderly Men’s Day / Elderly Women’s Day)
Anniversaries Today
Wyoming becomes the 44th US State, 1890
Birthdays Today
Jessica Simpson, 1980
Andre Nolan Dawson, 1954
Arlo Guthrie, 1947
Sue Lyon, 1946
Ron Glass, 1945
Virginia Wade,1945
Arthur Ashe, 1943
Lawrence Pressman, 1939
Jerry Herman, 1933
David Norman Dinkins, 1927
Fred Gwynne, 1926
Jean Kerr, 1923
Jake LaMotta, 1921
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 1921
David Brinkley, 1920
Don “Mr. Wizard” Herbert, 1917
John Gilbert, 1897
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, 1875
Mary Jane McLeod Bethune, 1875
Marcel Proust, 1871
Nikola Tesla, 1856
Adolphus Busch, 1839
James Whistler, 1834
George Mifflin Dallas, 1792
William Blackstone, 1723
John Calvin, 1509
Debuting/Premiering Today:
The Fox And The Hound(Animated film), 1981
“Your Hit Parade”(TV), 1950
Today in History
Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia at the Battle of Dyrrhachium, BC48
The most severe of several early fires of London burns most of the city to the ground, 1212
Lady Jane Grey takes the throne of England, 1553
Alexander Mackenzie reaches the Mackenzie River delta, 1789
The Vellore Mutiny is the first instance of a mutiny by Indian sepoys against the British East India Company, 1806
The United States takes possession of its newly bought territory of Florida from Spain, 1821
Big Ben, the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London, rings for the first time, 1859
The eruption of Tarawera volcano destroys the famous pink and white calcium carbonate hot-spring terraces of North Island, New Zealand, 1886
Meher Baba, self declared Avatar of the Age, begins his silence of 44 years; his followers observe Silence Day on this date in commemoration, 1925
In Dayton, Tennessee, the so-called “Monkey Trial” begins with John T. Scopes, a young high school science teacher accused of teaching evolution in violation of the Butler Act, 1925
Howard Hughes sets a new record by completing a 91 hour airplane flight around the world, 1938
Telstar, the world’s first communications satellite, is launched into orbit, 1962
Boris Yeltsin begins his 5-year term as the first elected President of Russia, 1991
In London scientists report the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the “out of Africa theory” of human evolution, 1997
Spain opens its first mosque since the Moors were expelled in 1492, in Granada, 2003
France O’Grady is appointed the first female General Secretary by Britain’s Trade Union Congress, 2012


Sweetie’s Lunatic Fringe (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday.
Words for Wednesday is a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.  This month, the prompts are being posted by River at Drifting Through Life.      
1. petrichor
2. sunlit
3. squinted
4. comfortable
5. disrupted
6. phones
1. personal space
2. copper
3. granite
4. quarry
5. squat
6. parched
“Ah, by the scent of PETRICHOR I assume that we have had some precipitation,” the professor said as he stepped out of the hole in the mountain in which the archaeological expedition was digging.
One of the local assistants SQUINTED up at the professor from his position, a SQUAT over one of the many trays of dirt through which they sifted looking for treasure.  At least, the assistants were supposed to be looking for what the professor and his staff considered treasure, evidence of how people lived here when it was an active GRANITE QUARRY centuries before.
The assistants were more interested in earning money, COPPER coin of the realm, and did not much care what they found so long as they were rewarded for finding it.  “You sure talk fancy, professor,” he said.  “But yeah, it rained and it was about time, we are PARCHED.”
At the sound of an approaching vehicle that bounced up and down as much as it made progress forward, both turned and watched as Helzer, the graduate assistant and lowest man on the academic totem pole out here, got out of what looked like the least COMFORTABLE truck on the planet and walked over.
“Did you get through to the university?” the professor asked.
“No,” Helzer said.  “PHONES are not working in town right now.  The area has been DISRUPTED by violence, and they think the lines are cut.”
The professor came closer, preferring to invade a graduate assistant’s PERSONAL SPACE than to be overheard by the locals.  “Should we try to evacuate quietly?  Are we in danger?”
Helzer looked at the SUNLIT ridge above them, took a deep breath, and chose not to mince his words.
“Sir, from what I saw in town, it’s already too late.”
Today is:
Car Keys and Small Change Day — ???
Dia de Andalucia — Andalucia, Spain
DNA Day — day in 1953 when Watson and Crick determined the double helix structure of DNA
Februalia — Ancient Roman Calendar (purification of Rome performed by citizens making sacrifices to the dead)
Floral Design Day — a day to acknowledge this art form, sponsored by Rittners Floral School     
Inconvenience Yourself™ Day — enrich your life by looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world, even if it inconveniences you   
Kalevala Day — Finland (Finnish Culture Day)
Musikahan sa Tagum Festival — Tagum City, Phillipines (This “Marching Showband Capital of the Philippines” stages the areas signature festival which celebrates the Filipino excellence in musical composition, performance, and production, and giving young people more opportunities to excel in learning the music industry and Filipino musical culture; through Mar. 5)
National Chocolate Souffle’ Day
National Science Day — India
National Tooth Fairy Day – and/or August 22, depending on whom you ask
Nylon Day — the first aliphatic polyamides were produced on this day in 1935
Peace Memorial Day — Taiwan
Public Sleeping Day — this one even has a wikiHow page   
Purim — Judaism (begins at sundown)
Rare Disease Day — International     
Read Me Day — local and national celebrities, with community volunteers, are encouraged to visit classrooms this week and read to children; the original idea included wearing t-shirts with writing on them and encourage the children to read the shirts, thus “read me” 
St. Hedwig of Poland’s Day (Patron of queens)
St. Romanus’ Day (Patron of the mentally ill; against drowning, insanity)
Teacher’s Day — Algeria; Bahrain; Egypt; Jordan; Libya; Morocco; Oman; Saudi Arabia; Tunisia; United Arab Emirates; Yemen
Teal Ribbon Day — Australia (wear a teal ribbon, raise awareness of ovarian cancer)   
Anniversaries Today:
University of Pittsburgh is chartered, 1787
Birthdays Today (followed by Feb. 29 Birthdays)
Ali Larter, 1976
Robert Sean Leonard, 1969
John Tuturro, 1957
Gilbert Gottfried, 1955
Bernadette, Peters, 1948
Charles Aaron “Bubba” Smith, 1945
Brian Jones, 1942
Mario Andretti, 1940
Tommy Tune, 1939
Gavin MacLeod, 1930
Frank Gehry, 1929
Svetiana Allilueva, 1926
Charles Durning, 1923
Zero Mostel, 1915
Earl Scheib, 1907
Milton Caniff, 1907
Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel, 1906
Vincente Minnelli, 1903
Linus Pauling, 1901
Ben Heckt, 1894
Charles Blondin, 1824
John Tenniel, 1820
Mary Lyon, 1797
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, 1533
Antonio Sabato, Jr., 1972
Tony Robbins, 1960
Gretchen Christopher, 1940
Jack Lousma, 1936
Dinah Shore, 1916
Jimmy Dorsey, 1904
William Wellman, 1896
Herman Hollerith, 1860
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“On Golden Pond”(Play), 1979
“La Reine de Saba”(Opera), 1862
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling(Publication date), 1749
Today in History:
Coronation ceremony of Liu Bang as Emperor Gaozu of Han takes place, initiating four centuries of the Han Dynasty’s rule over China, BC202
The first edition of Henry Fieldings’ “Tom Jones” is published, 1749
John Wesley charters the Methodist Church, 1784
The first commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) is chartered, 1827
Robert Nelson, leader of the Patriotes, proclaims the independence of Lower Canada (today Québec), 1838
Regular steamboat service from the west to the east coast of the United States begins with the arrival of the SS California in San Francisco Bay, 4 months 22 days after leaving New York Harbor, 1849
The Bulgarian Exarchate is established by decree of Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz of the Ottoman Empire, 1870
The American Telephone and Telegraph Company is incorporated in New York State as the subsidiary of American Bell Telephone, 1885
The USS Indiana, the lead ship of her class and the first battleship in the United States Navy comparable to foreign battleships of the time, is launched, 1893
Queen Ranavalona III, the last monarch of Madagascar, is deposed by a French military force, 1897
Egypt regains independence from Britain, but British troops remain, 1922
DuPont scientist Wallace Carothers invents Nylon, 1935
Basketball is televised for the first time, 1940
In Taiwan, civil disorder is put down with the loss of 30,000 civilian lives, 1947
James D. Watson and Francis Crick announce to friends that they have determined the chemical structure of DNA; the formal announcement takes place on April 25 following publication in April Nature (pub. April 2), 1953
The first-ever color television sets using the NTSC standard are offered for sale to the general public, 1954
The United States and People’s Republic of China sign the Shanghai Communiqué, 1972
Andalusia approves its statute of autonomy through a referendum, 1980
GRB 970228, a highly luminous flash of gamma rays, strikes the Earth for 80 seconds, providing early evidence that gamma-ray bursts occur well beyond the Milky Way, 1997
First flight of RQ-4 Global Hawk, the first unmanned aerial vehicle certified to file its own flight plans and fly regularly in U.S. civilian airspace, 1998
Over 1 million Taiwanese participating in the 228 Hand-in-Hand Rally form a 500-kilometre (300-mile) long human chain to commemorate the 228 Incident in 1947, 2004
Jupiter flyby of the New Horizons Pluto-observer spacecraft, 2007
Egypt annunces the discovery of a granite head from a statue of King Tut’s grandfather, Amenhotep III, 2010
Historic Events for February 29:
The Romans create the first Leap Year by adding a day to their calendar, BC46
The Scottish Parliament makes it illegal for a man to refuse to marry a woman who proposes on Leap Day, the only day women could propose; his penalty for refusing would be to give her a kiss, some gold, and a pair of gloves (to hide the fact that she didn’t have a wedding ring), 1288
Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies, 1504
February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style, 1712
The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations, 1796
St. Petersburg, Florida, is incorporated, 1892
In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old, 1916
Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air, 1936
For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award, 1940
In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden’s Consul General in San Francisco, 1940
An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country, 1960
The Family Circus comic strip debuts, 1960
In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds), 1964
Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract, 1972
Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal, 1980
Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader, 1984
South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town, 1988
Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup, 2004