Just Hanging Out (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
These kittens were just hanging out in a nice tangle:



Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Today is:
Advocate’s Day — India
Clerc-Gallaudet Week begins — celebrating the pioneers in education for the deaf
  always 3-10?
Day of Remembrance for Bogatir (Great hero) Svatogor — Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar
Electric Light Parade — Lovington, MN, US (over 60 entries, all decorated with Christmas lights)
Fairy and Goblin Taunt-and-Tease Saturnalia — Fairy Calendar
Festival for Bona Dea — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of chastity, fecundity, the earth, and fertility; a women’s festival)
Festival for Serket/Selket — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (scorpion goddess, who healed from their sting; date approximate)
Hanukkah — Judaism (began sundown yesterday; through sundown Dec. 10)
International Day of Persons with Disabilities — UN
International Day of the Basque Language
King Tupou I Day — Tonga
Make a Gift Day — internet generated, and go ahead, ’tis the season
National Apple Pie Day
National Ice Cream Box Day — internet generated, for those who love ice cream that comes in the rectangular box, and being the first to dig in
National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day — be grateful you have one
Pompaia — Ancient Greek Calendar (procession dedicated to Zeus; date approximate)
Provincial Anniversary Day — Chatham Islands, New Zealand; Westland, New Zealand
Reinvigorate Your Brain by Reading Something Day — internet generated, and good to do every day, don’t you think?
St. Francis Xavier’s Day (Patron of African missions, foreign missions, missionaries, navigators, parish missions, Agartala, India; Ahmedabad, India; Alexandria, LA; ) related observance
    San Francisco Javier — Navarre, Spain (special observances)
Takata no Inoko — Sakurai, Japan (offerings for peace and good harvests)
Telescope Day — marking its invention by Galileo in 1621
Tinsel Day — remember when this stuff used to contain lead?
Anniversaries Today:
Illinios becomes the 21st US State, 1818
Birthdays Today:
Alicia Sacramone, 1987
Amanda Seyfried, 1985
Bruno Campos, 1974
Holly Marie Combs, 1973
Bucky Lasek, 1972
Brendan Fraser, 1968
Katarina Witt, 1965
Daryl Hannah, 1961
Julianne Moore, 1961
Julianne Moore, 1960
Rick Ravon Mears, 1951
Ozzy Osbourne, 1948
Jaye P. Morgan, 1932
Jean-Luc Godard, 1930
Andy Williams, 1927
Ferlin Husky, 1927
John Backus, 1924
Nino Rota, 1911
Carlos Montoya, 1903
Joseph Conrad, 1857
Charles Alfred Pillsbury, 1842
Gilbert Charles Stuart, 1755
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Camelot”(Musical), 1960
“Troilus and Cressida”(Opera), 1954
“A Streetcar Names Desire”(Play), 1947
Alka-Seltzer, 1931
Today in History:
Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, 1586
In an uprising over mining licenses, which came to be called the rebellion at the Eureka Stockade, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in what many claim to be the birth of Australian democracy, 1854
The trial of Jefferson Davis starts with the first blacks on a US trial jury, 1868
Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel, 1878
The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine, 1904
Neon lights make their public debut at the Paris Auto Show, 1910
The Quebec Bridge, after almost 20 years of planning and construction, opens, 1917
The first successful Technicolor movie, “Tall of the Sea,” premiers in NYC, 1922
Chinese refugee ship “Kiangya” explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100, 1948
Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast, 1950
At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human, 1967
Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter, 1973
In one of the worst industrial disasters ever, a methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills thousands and injures hundreds of thousands, 1984
In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries, not including the US, Russia, or China, sign The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines, 1997
XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California, 2005
The Nissan Leaf, one of the first mass marketed electric cars, is launched, 2010
US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces all combat roles in US armed forced will be opened to women, 2015
The first pizza party in space held by astronauts of the International Space Station, 2017



Sweet Orange (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
These two faces, oh, i just had to snap more than one!


Sparks, the brainchild of Annie of McGuffy’s Reader, is on hiatus, so here’s an Inspiring Quote of the Week in her honor.
Today is:
A&W Rootbeer Mug Day — see if you can frost your mug like they did
Birth of Baha’u’llah — Baha’i
Birth of Sun Yat-Sen, Doctors Day, and Cultural Renaissance Day — Taiwan
Cartagena Independence Day — Cartagena, Columbia
Chicken Soup for the Soul Day — “Changing the world, one story at a time.”
Constitution Day — Azerbaijan
Dia del Cartero — Mexico (Postman’s Day; postal carriers are shown appreciation with small gifts left in mailboxes)
Fancy Rat and Mouse Day — the American Fancy Rat and Mouse Association wants you to know these little critters can give you a lot of love      
Heir to the Throne Day — Tuvalu (Prince of Wales birth anniversary celebration)
Journee Nationale Maore — Comoros (Admission to the UN Day)
Khalkeia — Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of smiths, associated with Hephaists and Athena; date approximate)
National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day
National Youth Day — East Timor
Shalako Festival — Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (dates of main festivals and dance ceremonies vary by area, but usually the weekend nearest the 49th day after the 10th full moon)
St. Emillian’s Day (Patron of Spain, finding lost objects)
St. Josaphat’s Day (Patron of Edmonton, Alberta; Toronto, Ontario; Ukraine)
Tewa Buffalo Dance — Native American Tewa of the Tesuque Pueblo rites on the feast day of their Patron, San Diego, to honor Mother Earth, Father Sky, the four directions, and the elements; through the 15th
World Orphans Day — originally an initiative of The Stars Foundation; cannot find a current sponsor, although there is a Facebook page for this day, stating April 20 is the correct date, and here is a site where you can find out more about orphans in the developing world    
World Pneumonia Day — because we lose a million children a year to this preventable illness     
Anniversaries Today:
The Arches National Park established, 1971
Ellis Island closes, 1954
Birthdays Today:
Anne Hathaway, 1982
Ryan Gosling, 1980
Sammy Sosa, 1968
Michael Moorer, 1967
David Schwimmer, 1966
Nadia Comaneci, 1961
Megan Mullally, 1958
Neil Young, 1945
Al Michaels, 1944
Wallace Shawn, 1943
Grace Kelly, 1929
Jo Stafford, 1918
Harry A. Blackmun, 1908
Sun Yat-sen, 1866
Auguste Rodin, 1840
Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1815
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Grand Hotel”(Musical), 1989
“Irma la Douce”(Musical), 1956
“Paint Your Wagon”(Musical), 1951
Song of the South(Disney film), 1946
The first Sunday American-style football game is held in Philadelphia, 1933
Today in History:
Tibetan troops occupy Chang’an, the capital of the Chinese Tang Dynasty, for fifteen days starting today, 764
Plymouth, England, becomes the first town incorporated by the English Parliament, 1439
Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic, 1847
Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris); he also designed garment that bears his name, 1859
World’s Fair in Paris opens, 1900
The first movie stunt: man jumps into Hudson river from a burning balloon, 1910
Norway holds a referendum in favor of monarchy over republic, 1905
Robert Scott’s diary & body are found in Antarctica, 1912
Austria becomes a republic, 1918
The first underwater tunnel, the Holland Tunnel connecting NY to NJ opens, 1927
The first photo of whatever is in Loch Ness is taken, 1933
Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia join the United Nations, 1956
Equatorial Guinea joins the United Nations, 1968
The Comoros joins the United Nations, 1975
The NASA space probe Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes the first images of its rings, 1980
The Space Shuttle Columbia becomes the first time a manned spacecraft launched into space twice, 1981
Crown Prince Akihito is formally installed as Emperor Akihito of Japan, becoming the 125th Japanese monarch, 1990
Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web, 1990
Shanghai Transrapid sets up a new world speed record (501 kilometres per hour (311 mph)) for commercial railway systems, 2003
The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database is launched on the web and revolutionizes chemical-gene-disease information for research scientists, 2004
Philippine volcano Mount Bulusan erupts again, 2010
European Space Agency’s Rosetta lands the Philae probe on the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko,2014
For the first time Prince Charles lays the wreath to Great Britain’s war dead, instead of Queen Elizabeth, 2017


Kittens and Cars and Brave(r) Dogs on a Random and Fun Tuesday

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Hello, Tuesday!  It’s the day for Random Thoughts with Stacy of Stacy Uncorked, and Tuesday Fun with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
Speaking of fun, our weekend kittens are back with their other foster now, but they were fun while they were here:




When i brought them back to her, i asked what she’d named them.  She said she didn’t have names yet, so i told her about how i’d nicknamed them Eenie, Meenie, Miney, and Maureen.  She laughed and said she loved that, so those names might stick.
The Jalopy is home, with a new gas tank and tail light assembly, just in time for Sweetie to spend the next week house-watching and garden tending for The Big Boss.  The garden is producing plenty at this time, and we’ve been told to take whatever ripens while The Big Boss and his wife are out of town so that it won’t go bad.  That means home grown cucumbers and tomatoes in our future.
The borrowed Tahoe will be thoroughly washed and vacuumed and wiped down and filled with gas and returned to the wonderful client who loaned it to us.  That vehicle is a tank!  Someone dropped a shopping cart on the freeway a couple of days ago, and Sweetie clipped it with the edge of a tire and pushed it out of the road so no one would get hurt.  Didn’t put a mark on the Tahoe or damage the tire at all, although i wouldn’t give you a plugged nickel for that shopping cart now.
We’ve been having trouble getting our bathtub to drain, so with great trepidation and much consultation with a contractor friend, Sweetie performed some surgery on the tub drain mechanism.  It is beyond repairing, so he threw it away, put the plate back on, and bought one of those flat rubber stoppers.  The tub now works, just like the one at great-grandma’s house.
Daughter-in-Law Becky and Pepe the Chihuahua came for a visit, and i think Pepe is realizing the cats are all bark and no bite, so to speak.  When i fed him, and Enigma SissyCat came and stood right next to him, he did not give up his food as he would have in the past.  He stood his ground and kept eating, and she waited until he was done and licked the tiny bit of gravy he’d left behind.  She probably was not happy that she didn’t get more, but i am glad he’s not letting them intimidate him.
He even helps himself to a cat bed now!
That’s about all the news, i hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Alexandra Rose Day — anniversary of the tradition started by Queen Alexandra on this day in 1912, in which roses and rose emblems were sold in London and the UK, with the money going to smaller charities that are not usually in the national spotlight; also by tradition, the Lord Mayor of London bought the first rose
    Alexandra Rose Charities still exists, but uses other forms of fundraising and now supports healthy eating initiatives among lower income mothers and children
Armed Forces Day — Azerbaijan
Barcode/UPC Day — the first scanner, at Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, scanned its first item, a pack of Wrigley’s gum at 8:01am this day in 1974
Beautician’s Day — on a couple of websites, while other list other days; if yours puts the “beauty” in beautician, remember her next time you go have your do tended to
Birthday of Cheng Huang — Taiwan (the gods that are city guardians are celebrated with a procession of actors on stilts doing dragon and lion dances on this 13th day of the fifth moon)
Handing Back of Tiger-Get-By’s Presents — Fairy Calendar
Guan Sheng Di Jun Dan — Taoism (Heavenly Sage Guan Di’s Birthday [god of war])
Holiday for the Shemsu of Heru — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Independence Day — Madagascar[Fetin’ny Fahaleovantena]; Somalia
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — UN
International Day in Support of Victims of Torture — UN
National Canoe Day — Canada
National Chocolate Pudding Day
National Columnists’ Day — on the fourth Tuesday of June each year, set aside some time to thank your favorite newspaper columnists, whether local or syndicated
St. Pelayo’s Day (Patron of abandoned people, torture victims; Castro Urdiales, Spain; Torreira, Portugal) 
Sunthorn Phu Day — Thailand (celebration of the country’s best-known Royal Poet)
Ziua Tricolorului — Romania (Flag Day)
Birthdays Today:
Jennette McCurdy, 1992
Jason Schwartzman, 1980
Derek Jeter, 1974
Gretchen Wilson, 1973
Chris O’Donnell, 1970
Paul Thomas Anderson, 1970
Sean P. Hayes, 1970
Harriet Wheeler, 1963
Greg LeMond, 1961
Chris Isaak, 1956
Claudio Abbado, 1933
Eleanor Parker, 1922
Charlotte Zolotow, 1915
“Babe” Didrikson Zaharias, 1914
Colonel Tom Parker, 1909
Peter Lorre, 1904
Pearl S. Buck, 1892
Sir Robert Laird Borden, 1854
Lord Kelvin, 1824
Abner Doubleday, 1819
Arthur Middleton, 1742
Debuting/Premiering Today:
For Your Eyes Only(Film), 1981
“Absurd Person Singular”(Play), 1972
“A Hard Day’s Night”(Album, US version, release), 1964
“The Valkyrie”(Opera, WWV 86B), 1870
Today in History:
Roman Emperor Julian is killed during the retreat from the Sassanid Empire; General Jovian is proclaimed Emperor by the troops on the battlefield, 363
The legendary Pied Piper leads 130 children out of Hamelin, German, 1284
Richard III is crowned king of England, 1483
Francisco Pizarro is assassinated in Lima, 1541
W. K. Clarkson patents the first bicycle, 1819
The Christian  holiday of Christmas is declared a federal holiday in the United States, 1870
The Science Museum in London comes into existence as an independent entity, 1909
The United Nations Charter is signed in San Francisco, 1945
William Shockley files the original patent for the grown junction transistor, the first bipolar junction transistor, 1948
The Berlin Airlift begins, 1948
The Saint Lawrence Seaway opens, opening North America’s Great Lakes to ocean-going ships, 1959
The Universal Product Code is scanned for the first time to sell a package of Wrigley’s chewing gum at the Marsh Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, 1974
Indira Gandhi establishes emergency rule in India, 1975
The CN Tower, the world’s tallest free-standing structure on land, is opened to general public, 1976*
Biologists J. Craig Venter and Francis S. Collins announced that their research groups had mapped the human genome, 2000
Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the four thousand year-old ridge-top monastery in Bhutan catches fire and is destroyed; no relics were lost in the fire because the monastery was under renovation, 2012


*It is still the tallest in the Western Hemisphere


Sleepyhead (Awww Monday) and Inspiring Quote of the Week

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Awww Monday is hosted by Sandee, of Comedy Plus.
Join us every Monday for Awww…Mondays.  Post a picture that makes you say Awww… and that’s it.
Make sure you get the code from Sandee’s site, linked above, and leave a link to your post so we can visit you.  What better way to start the week than with a smile!
You know the baby is tired when it goes to sleep right in the middle of the floor:
Sparks! is on hiatus, so here is an Inspiring Quote of the Week:
Today is:
Arbor Day — Philippines
Color TV Day — CBS broadcast the first program in color on this day in 1951
Day of the Seafarer — The International Maritime Organization (this year’s theme is “Seafarers’ Wellbeing”)   
Discovery Day — NL, Canada
Elf Thumping Day — Fairy Calendar (no details on what the Elves thump, and no, no one is allowed to thump an Elf!)
Feast of the Optional Holiday — pick one, and celebrate it or don’t, your option!
Festival of Ranting and Vaporing — sponsored by The Daily Bleed
Global Beatles Day — read about the meaning of this day, and why this date was picked, here    
Gotanshin Sai — Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan (festival to commemorate the birth of Lord Sugawara, with ceremonies to ward off summer infections)
Independence Day — Mozambique(1975)
Leon Day — Noel spelled backward, the turning poing on the calendar when Christmas starts getting closer; those who make Christmas/Noel gifts need to start thinking about their projects
Ludi Taurii — Ancient Roman Calendar (Games of the Bull, a two day festival held once every five years)
National Catfish Day
National Fried Okra Day
National Strawberry Parfait Day
Please Take My Children To Work Day — originally sponsored by mamasaid.net; a tongue-in-cheek way to request that you give a full- or part-time stay-at-home mom a break today!
Sense of Humor in Bed Appreciation Day — i’m not touching this one
Slovenian Sovereignty Day / National Day — Slovenia
Solennität — Morat, Switzerland (on Morat Commemoration Day, a Youth festival remembering the pivotal role this tiny town played in winning a battle in 1476)
Statehood Day — Croatia
St. Eurosia’s Day (a/k/a Orosia; Patron of Jaca, Spain; against bad weather)
    Fiesta de Santa Orosia — Jaca, Spain
St. Molaug’s Day (Patron of Argyll, Scotland; against mental illness)
Anniversaries Today:
Virginia becomes the 10th US State, 1788
Birthdays Today:
Scott Terra, 1987
Linda Cardellini, 1975
Dikembe Mutombo, 1966
George Michael, 1963
Ricky Gervais, 1961
Sonia Sotomayor, 1954
Jimmie Walker, 1949
Phyllis George, 1949
Carly Simon, 1945
Willis Reed, Jr., 1942
June Lockhart, 1925
Sidney Lumet, 1924
Anne Revere, 1903
George Orwell, 1903
Henry Harley “Hap” Arnold, 1886
Rose Cecil O’Neill, 1874
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Het Achterhuis. Dagbrieven van 14 juni 1942 tot 1 augustus 1944(First publication of excerpts from Anne Frank’s diaries), 1947
“It Pays To Be Ignorant”(Radio), 1942
Today in History:
The Book of Concord or Concordia, the historic doctrinal standard of the Lutheran Church, is published, 1580 
Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy, from the University of Padua, 1678
Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Hungary, 1741
Lucien B. Smith of Ohio patents the first version of barbed wire, 1867
Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, 1876
Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated the first President of Ireland, 1938
The Diary of Anne Frank is published, 1947
The Berlin airlift begins, 1948
The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, 1950
CBS broadcasts the first color television signal, 1951
First live global satellite television programme – Our World, 1967
Mozambique achieves independence, 1975
Microsoft  is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington, 1981
Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia, 1991
Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada, 1993
An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir, 1997
The Soufrière Hills volcano in Montserrat erupts resulting in the death of 19 people, 1997
The Harvard School of Health Study concludes that since 1980 the number of adults with diabetes has doubled, 2011
A portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protects minority voting rights, is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation’s racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight, 2013


Big, Brave Red (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join, just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.
Somebody is getting bolder:
He’s playing a lot more, too.
Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
1. My neighbors_____________________.
2. The last thing I purchased online was __________________.
3. I have never _________.
4. Anything is possible if _________.
My neighbors are great people, all of them.  Yes, i know my neighbors, and not just next door.
The last thing i purchased online was a used book, The Gratitude Diaries.
I have never made it a habit to say “never”.  My saying is that “i hope suchandsuch does not ever happen”, or “i pray i will never have to do thusandso”, but i try very hard to not use the word never.  A long time ago, i figured out that as soon as i say i have never done something or i have never had to do something, or worse, i would never do something, a few minutes later i am doing that very thing!
Anything is possible if you have enough bread.  Let me explain.  Years ago, there were philosophers, and they generally didn’t make a very good living at it, so they turned to comedy.  They can spout their philosophy and make a living because now their profundity is also funny.  One of the greatest of these philosopher/comedians was Jonathan Winters.  His best philosophic/comedic line was (edited for language) “Life is a crap sandwich.  If you have enough bread, you don’t have to taste the crap!”
Today is:
Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir — Switzerland
Beypazari Havuç Güveç —  Turkey (weekend festival celebrating a traditional carrot dish)
Buffalo Days Celebration (with Buffalo Chip Throw) — Luverne, MN, US (parade, arts in the park, and the throwing contest; through Sunday)
Centralia Anchor Festival — City Square, Centralia, MO, US (anchor driving, archery shoot, tractor show, carnival, crafts, softball and more; through Sunday)
Derby Festival begins — Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England (today is Surrey Ladies Day, with Derby Day tomorrow)
Dia da Crianca — Cape Verde (Youth Day)
Dia de la Marina — Mexico (Day of the Navy)
Early Bird Day — an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
Famadihana — Madagascar (from now until November, various areas celebrate the Malagasay culture’s “turning the bones,” a fascinating reburial of the dead ceremony)
Farmington Country Days — Farmington, MO, US (fun for the family, celebrated the old country way; through Sunday)
Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)
Festival of Non-Linearity — another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!
Festival of the Oak Nymph — Celtic/Pagan (around this time of year, the Celts took a day to honor all hamadryads, the female nature spirits who inhabit oak trees)
Flip a Coin Day — as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)
Gawai Dayak — Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)  
Global Day of Parents — UN
Go Barefoot Day — originally sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none; while i cannot find if they are sponsoring a day or week this year, it’s a good reminder not to let your old shoes end up in a landfill  
Great Wisconsin Cheese Festival — Little Chute, WI, US (celebrate with other Cheeseheads; through Sunday)
Hari Lahir Pancasila — Indonesia (Pancasila Day)
Harvard Milk Days Festival — Harvard, IL, US (parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo, and more, all as a salute to hard working dairy farmers, and this year’s theme is “Believe in the Future”; through Sunday)
Heimlich Maneuver Day — Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with “subdiaphragmatic pressure” on this day in 1974
Helen Keller Day — sponsored by the Lions Clubs
Hen-Peeler’s Holiday — Fairy Calendar
Independence Day/National Day — Samoa
International Children’s Day
International Horseradish Festival — Collinsville, IL, US (lots of fun in the “Horseradish Capital of the World”; through Sunday)
Kalends of June — Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
    Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
    Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality, and also of doors and locks, which were to be repaired today)
Labour Day / Sir Randol Fawkes Day — Bahamas
Madaraka Day — Kenya (National Day or self-rule/responsibility day)
Mike the Headless Chicken Festival — Fruita, CO, US (it all started with a chicken that kept trying to eat even after the farmer lopped off his head to prep him for the stew pot; Mike’s indomitable spirit and will to live is a legend here and the basis of a two day festival celebrating the fact that you can live a normal life even after you have lost your mind!)
Mint Julip Day — Oxford University, England (the drink was introduced there this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)
Mothers’ and Children’s Day — Mongolia
National Donut Day — US (successor to the original Donut Day begun by the Salvation Army in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI and as a fundraiser in Chicago, and it is still used as a fundraiser there for Salvation Army projects; look for a doughnut shop to give out freebies near you)
National Hazelnut Cake Day
National Leave the Office Earlier Day — sponsored by Laura Stack, The Productivity Pro, who urges people to maximize productivity so they can leave the office earlier every day     
National Tree Planting Day — Cambodia
Old Time Music Ozark Heritage Festival — West Plains, MO, US (celebrating the unique culture and old time music of the Ozark Highlands; through tomorrow)
Oscar the Grouch Day — according to the Sesame Workshop, today is his birthday
President’s Day — Palau
Route 66 Summerfest — Rolla, MO, US (citywide kick off to summer, celebrating the famous roadway with a Route 66 cruise, Miss Route 66 Pageant, drummers competition, street dance, movie under the stars and much more! through Sunday)
Say Something Nice Day — as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time
Shirone Takogassen — along the Nakanokuchi river bank in Shirone, Japan (kite flying and kite fighting; through the 5th)
South Carolina Festival of Flowers — Greenwood, SC, US (thirty-six events, something for everyone; through Sunday)
Stand for Children Day — stand.org founded by a rally this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school
St. Theobald Roggeri’s Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)
Summer Farm Toy Show — National Farm Toy Museum, Dyersville, IA, US (farm toys, parade, tractor rides, and more; through tomorrow)
Summer Library Book club Season begins — anywhere that school is out, check your local library for a summer book club for children or adults; you never know what world you will discover when you read
Superman Day — publication of the first Superman comic was this day in 1938
Telluride Balloon Festival — Telluride, CO, US (volunteer to help with the festival and you may get a free balloon ride! through Sunday)
Victory Day — Tunisia (anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959)
Yobuko Otsunahiki — Higashi Matsuura, Saga prefecture, Japan (two day Big Tug-of-War Festival, with one team representing the land and the other the sea; victory for the land means good crops, for the sea means good catches)
Anniversaries Today:
Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, 1934
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen Consort of England, 1533
Birthdays Today:
Justine Henin, 1982
Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Mark Curry, 1964
Lisa Hartman Black, 1956
Ron Wood, 1947
Jonathan Pryce, 1947
Frederica von Stade, 1945
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Cleavon Little, 1939
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
James Hadley Billington, 1929
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801
Jacques Marquette (Père Marquette), 1637
Debuting/Premiering Today:
FX(TV channel), 1994
Gremlins(Film), 1984
Cable News Network/CNN(TV network), 1980
“Live and Let Die”(Song release), 1973
“The Prisoner”(TV), 1968
“Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”(Album release), 1967
Today in History:
Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: “Don’t give up the ship!” 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith’s tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand’s first official television broadcast commences at 7.30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
The Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, 1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in 600 years, 1991
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, Killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Russia enacts a country-wide smoking ban, effecting most public places, 2013


Company (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-ins, and Towel Day

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Feline Friday was started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude, and i’m going to believe it’s because he likes cats.
He has handed hosting duties off to Sandee, of Comedy Plus, and it’s simple to join.  Just follow the link to Sandee’s page for the rules and the code.

Sometimes when i’m on the computer in the evenings, i have company:




Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by the new cohost of the Fill-Ins, Lorianne, The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      
My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:
1. It is _________.
2. The best part of last week was _________.
3. Every summer, I _________.
4. Once upon a time, _________.
It is a good thing the mechanics repairing the Jalopy noticed two other things that need to be repaired in time for us to get them before they become major problems.  Minor repairs will be done so major ones will not be needed.
The best part of last week was having half of Wednesday off and getting in a really good nap.
Every summer, i look forward to wearing “beach dresses” (as i call them) in the afternoons and evenings after work.  Very cool and comfortable.
Once upon a time, i thought it would be fun to start and blog, and so i did, and it is fun!
Yes, i know where my towel is:


Today is:
Africa Day / African Liberation Day  — African Union; related observance
    Heroes’ Day — Lesotho
    President Yajya Jammeh’s Birthday — Gambia
Alma Highland Festival and Games — Alma College, Alma, Michigan (annual celebration of Scottish heritage, with world class entertainment and fun; through Sunday)
Azalea Festival — Brookings, OR, US (with a parade and street fair and bonsai, as well as azaleas and more; through Memorial Day)
Celebrate Commemorate Memorial Day — Waterloo, NY, US (the 149th observance at the National Birthplace of Memorial Day includes a car show, crafts, food, races, a biker rally and more; through observed Memorial Day, and again on the 30th, which is traditional Memorial Day)
Down East Spring Birding Festival — Cobscook Bay, ME, US (through Memorial Day)
Don’t Fry Day — another day to raise awareness of the need for sun protection through the summer   
First Patriotic Government / National Day — Argentina (Dia de la Revolucion de Mayo)
Flitting Day — parts of England; Scotland (traditional day on which leases were up for the year and people moved)
Florida Folk Festival — White Springs, FL, US (a true celebration of Florida’s folk heritage; through Sunday)
Geek Pride Day / Nerd Pride Day — celebrate the geek / nerd in you!  Geek culture is the obvious choice to laud when it’s Glorious 25 May, Star Wars Day, and Towel Day at the same time; began in Spain as “Día del Orgullo Friki”
Glorious 25 May — in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
Grubstake Days — Yucca Valley, CA, US (parade, carnival, races, horseshoes tourney, beard growing contest, fun! through Memorial Day)
Heat Awareness Safety Day — US (your guv’mint at work, and actually doing something right that you really should pay heed to)    
Independence Day — Jordan(1946)
Iris Festival — Sumter, SC, US (fun, food, music, and beautiful flowers; through Sunday)
Last Bell — Russia (tradition of closing schools for the year by having a formal ceremony with the children, and a first grader rings the school bell for dismissal)
Liberation Day — Lebanon
Memory Days — Grayson, KY, US (“This is MY Town!” is this year’s theme, with a parade, art show, music, Firefighter’s Dinner and more; through tomorrow)
National Brown-Bag-It Day
National Death Busters Day — US, because the upcoming Memorial Day weekend in the US is the most dangerous for driving; be careful out there!
National Missing Children’s Day — US (promoting awareness of the problem of missing children)    
National Polka Festival — Ennis, TX, US (everyone is invited to enjoy this festival, through Sunday)
National Tap Dance Day — US, birth anniversary of Mr. Bojangles
National Wig Out Day — US (on the Friday before Memorial Day, don your wig and your alter ego and have fun!  there are events around the country)    
National Wine Day
Northwest Folklife Festival — Seattle, WA, US (ethnic and traditional arts event celebrating world cultures; through Monday)
Offering to Demeter — Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Pitlochry Festival Theatre — Pitlochry, Perthshire, Scotland (plays, concerts, exhibitions, tours and talks; through mid-October)
Poetry Day — Florida, US (since 1947, the state legislature declared this for all public schools in the state; if you don’t live in Florida, enjoy a poem today, anyway)
Portland Rose Festival — Portland, OR, US (over 50 events, including three parades, dragon boat races, and more celebrate a city full of roses; through June 10)
Procession of the Statue of Artemis — Ancient Greek and Roman Calendars, at Ephesus (date approximate, but always near the Thargelia)
Self-Reliance Day — an internet originated holiday, based on the idea that we should all become more self reliant in this day when it is a dying art.
Spoleto Festival USA — Charleston, SC, US (a premier performing arts festival; through June 10)
Star Wars Day — Part IV, A New Hope was released this date in 1977
St. Bede the Venerable’s Day (Patron of lectors; Father of English History)
St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi’s Day (Patron of the ill; against illness and sexual temptation)
Tivoli Fest — Elk Horn, IA, US (annual celebration of the area’s Danish roots; through Sunday)
Towel Day — Douglas Adams fans, unite!  Always know where your towel is!    
Week of Solidarity with the People Of Non-Self-Governing Territories begins — United Nations
Anniversary Today:
Lord Guildford Dudley marries Lady Jane Grey, 1553
Birthdays Today:
Brian Urlacher, 1978
Ethan Suplee, 1976
Lauryn Hill, 1975
Justin Henry, 1971
Jamie Kennedy, 1970
Anne Heche, 1969
Stacy London, 1969
Mike Myers, 1963
Connie Sellecca, 1955
Jessi Colter, 1947
Karen Valentine, 1947
Frank Oz, 1944
Leslie Uggams, 1943
Ian McKellen, 1939
Raymond Carver, 1938
Tom T. Hall, 1936
K.C. Jones, 1932
Beverly Sills, 1929
Robert Ludlum, 1927
Miles Davis, 1926
Jeanne Crain, 1925
Claude Akins, 1918
James Joseph “Gene” Tunney, 1898
Igor Sikorsky, 1889
Philip Murray, 1886
Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, 1878
John Alexander Dowie, 1847
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi(Film), 1983
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(Film), 1977
“The Subject Was Roses”(Play), 1964
“H.M.S. Pinafore”(Comic Opera), 1878 
Today in History:
First recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, BC240
Alfonso VI of Castile  takes Toledo, Spain back from the Moors, 1085
Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ, 1420
The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw, 1521
Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England, 1659
Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek, 1784
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States, 1787
In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the Semana de Mayo, 1810
The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom, 1837
The first telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot, 1844
Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London, 1878
The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president, 1895
John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution in Tennessee, 1925
Henry Ford stops production of the Model T to begin the Model A, 1927
Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field  Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1935
The first ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition, 1955
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established, 1963
Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday, 1977
Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people, 1985
Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion, 2000
32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 2001
Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, 2011
The first commercial spacecraft, SpaceX Dragon, docks with the International Space Station, completing the maneuver at 12:02pm EDT, 2012


Tuesday is Randomly Fun

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Tuesday means random, and linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
Jalopy is in the car hospital, and we do not know when she will recover.  Maybe by the end of the week.  Meanwhile, Lunceford is doing double duty, which right now includes taking care of Dr. D’s cats while she is out of town.
Helping her pack to leave was an adventure in itself.  She packs like Grandma, and unfortunately, i find myself becoming the same way the older i get.  Packing everything on earth you could possibly imagine needing makes for an overstuffed vehicle.
This also means i am back to stealth gardening.  The tomato plants she is tending at her friend’s house are huge, and one has 22 tomatoes on it.  She sprinkled them with Sevin dust before she left and told me to be careful when watering not to wash it off.
Little Girl has been pondering her chosen career path, and has been torn of late.  She does still want to go to school; her superiors where she is working right now want her to apply for a job and promotion and be in school only part time.  She would be an automatic E-5 if she gets the job.
Today i read her a quote that was sent to me:  There is something to be said for the willingness to follow opportunity, even if it is not what you had planned.
She told me that is the best thing i’ve said to her in days.
Mr. Marvin, the generator guy, called to set up our annual generator check-up.  It’s funny because about 2 weeks ago, i got a letter from him.  It had a generic add for his business, two business cards, and $62 cash in it.
Knowing that he didn’t owe me any money, i set it aside and we have played phone tag since.  He called yesterday and finally connected, he wanted to set up our annual visit.  That’s when i told him about the letter with the money, and he said, “So that’s where it went!  That was advertising money, and I wondered what happened to it!  I must have put the wrong address on the envelopes.”
We had a good laugh over the whole thing, and he will be coming on June 1.   The money will be waiting.
Tuesday is also fun day with Sandee of Comedy Plus.
The kittens got to playing in a sun puddle:




Dansig kept pretending he was not interested in watching:
No, I’m not watching you.
Yes, I turned to face you, that still doesn’t mean I’m watching.
Okay, I’m watching!
Today is:
Abolition Day — Martinique
Bear Waking Day — Norway (traditionally said to be the day the bears awaken from their hibernation, at least according to many sites)
Buy a Musical Instrument Day — even just a kazoo, and have some fun making music; maybe if this one spreads around the world and enough of us do it, it will foster some harmony in our lives
Harvey Milk Day — The Harvey Milk Foundation     
Independence Day — Montenegro
International Day for Biological Diversity — UN
National Maritime Day — US (commemorating the first transoceanic voyage under steam power)
National Sovereignty Day — Haiti
National Vanilla Pudding Day
RHS Chelsea Flower Show — Chelsea, London, England (the world’s greatest flower show celebrates its 104th anniversary; through Saturday)
St. Julia’s Day (Patron of torture victims; Corsica, Portugal; Livorno, Italy)
St. Rita of Cascia’s Day/La Abodada de Impossibles (Patron of desperate causes, difficult marriages, forgotten causes, illness, lost causes, parenthood, sick people, sterile people, victims of physical spousal abuse, widows, wounded people; against abuse, infertility, loneliness, sickness, sterility, wounds, unhappy marriages; Cascia, Italy; Dalayap, Philippines; Igbaras, Philippines)
Toad-Pinching Day — Fairy Calendar (Pixies)
Toothpaste Tube Day — the tube was invented on this day in 1892 by dentist Washington Wentworth Sheffield, who wanted to replace the unhygenic practice of dipping the brush into a jar of dental cream
Unity Day / National Day — Republic of Yemen
World Goth Day — Get your Goth on around the world!   
Birthdays Today:
Apollo Anton Ohno, 1982
Ginnifer Goodwin, 1978
A.J. Langer,1974
Naomi Campbell, 1970
Morrissey, 1959
George Best, 1946
Paul Winfield, 1941
Michael Sarrazin, 1940
Frank Converse, 1938
Richard Benjamin, 1938
Susan Strasberg, 1938
Garry Wills, 1934
Peter Nero, 1934
Charles Aznavour, 1924
Judith Crist, 1922
Sun Ra, 1914
Sir Laurence Olivier, 1907
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859
Mary Cassatt, 1844
Richard Wagner, 1813
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood”(TV), 1967
“Paulus / St. Paul”(Oratorio, Mendelsshon Op. 36), 1836
Today in History:
The Macedonian army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus, BC334
The Hashshashin (Assassins) attempt to murder Saladin near Aleppo, 1176
Pope Gregory XI issues five papal bulls to denounce the doctrines of English theologian John Wycliffe, 1377
Richard, Duke of York, defeats and captures King Henry VI of England, 1455
A grand jury indicts former Vice President of the United States Aaron Burr on a charge of treason, 1807
On the second and last day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling (near Vienna), Napoleon is repelled by an enemy army for the first time, 1809
The SS Savannah leaves port at Savannah, Georgia, United States, on a voyage to become the first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean; the ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20, 1819
HMS Beagle  departs on its first voyage, 1826
The transporting of British convicts to the New South Wales colony is abolished, 1840
Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns, 1842
The Blackwall Tunnel under the River Thames is officially opened, 1897
The Wright brothers are granted U.S. patent number 821,393 for their “Flying-Machine”, 1906
Lassen Peak erupts with a powerful force, and is the only mountain other than Mount St. Helens to erupt in the continental US during the 20th century, 1915
The most powerful earthquake ever documented, the Great Chilean Quake, measures 9.5 and strikes southern Chile, 1960
The nuclear-powered submarine the USS Scorpion sinks with 99 men aboard 400 miles southwest of the Azores, 1968
Ceylon adopts a new constitution, thus becoming a Republic, changes its name to Sri Lanka, and joins the Commonwealth of Nations, 1972
Namco releases the highly influential arcade game Pac-Man, 1980
Microsoft  releases the Windows 3.0 operating system, 1990
Johnny Carson retires from The Tonight Show after 30 years, 1992
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia join the United Nations, 1992
A jury in Birmingham, Alabama, convicts former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry of the 1963 murders of four girls in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church, 2002
Sarah West, a British naval officer Commander is appointed commander of HMS Portland, the Royal Navy frigate; she is the first female officer to take command of a major British warship, 2012