Really Random Tuesday

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Stacy Uncorked

It is once again time for random musings and linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.    
We had frost last week, and i think that was the last of it.  This week is muggy and spring has popped back out, even the pet geranium is happy.
The pet geranium that has somehow managed to survive in spite of having me as an owner.
The sago palm, however, is looking rather drab. 
It is recommended to cut back all of the brown branches, and a friend lent me a clipper so i could do that.  The following weird picture was taken at night, and shows how i’ve been working away at it.
Someone i do not know in our neighborhood, who lives around the corner and up the street a ways, is having something odd going on at the house.  There is always an unmarked police car there from dusk to dawn keeping watch.  It’s a bit eerie, and also interesting to wonder what’s up.  Is that where the new member of the local council lives (he moved into our neighborhood late last year) and this is just a normal security detail?  Did they win the lottery and are hiring off duty officers for protection?  Is someone threatening to kidnap a family member there?  If i ever find out, i will post it, and meanwhile, i simply pray for their protection whatever the situation.
This coming Sunday is the Palm Sunday processional at church, with the picnic after.  The powers that be at church have finally heard our cries and are serving Tex-Mex this time.  Don’t get me wrong, we love our jambalaya and gumbo and other Louisiana staples, but sometimes you crave something different, and this time we are getting it.
#1 Son has a friend at work with skills.  Driving past there, if the young man is loading a delivery car, you can watch him skateboard while carrying the pizzas.    If someone at a nearby workplace has ordered pizza, he just skates it over to them, no need to load it in the car.  At night, the wheels on the skateboard light up, too.  If someone delivered a pizza to me by skateboard, i would probably give him an extra tip!
It’s getting very close to the time for A to Z.  Because i meander, i don’t do any theme, but i participate because it’s just fun.
Today is:
American Diabetes Association Alert Day — a day to remind people about how serious the illness is, and what the risk factors are    
Ann Arbor Film Festival — Ann Arbor, MI, US (independent digital, 16mm and 35mm films, including experimental film; through Sunday)
Big Bird Day — it’s his birthday, and he’s still only 6 years old!  (wish i could figure out that trick)
Bockbier/Bock Beer Day — bock is the German word for strong, so a day to honor very strong, very dark, sweet, heavy beer
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Day — birth anniversary of children’s author Bill Martin
Einmanudur Month Begins — Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Lone Month, the month dedicated to young men)
    Yngismannadagur — Young Men’s Day
Equinox — related celebrations (16:15 UTC)
    Akitu Festival begins — Ancient Sumerian Calendar
    Chunfen — China
    Festival of Dumuzi — Ancient Sumerian Calendar (return of the god of life and death to be with the goddess of life and bring the spring)
    Festival of Iduna — Ancient Norse Calendar (goddess of spring, keeper of the apples of youth for the gods)
    Haru-no-Higan — Japanese Buddhist
    Harvest Festival and Coming Forth of the Great Ones from the House of Ra — Ancient Egyptian Calendar
    Jare — Old Slavic Calendar
    Kukulcan Snake God in Chichen Itza — Yucatan (the snake shadow appears only at the equinox, and celebrations are held before and after)
    Maslenitsa — Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar
    Ostara/Mabon — Wicca/Pagan, Ancient Norse Calendar, Old Anglo-Teutonic Calendar
    Pacha Pucuy — Ancient Inca Calendar (“Earth Ripening”)
    Shunbun no Hi — Japan
    Taoist festival of Shen — Deities of water, East, and Spring
Extraterrestrial Abductions Day — another silly made up one, but try telling that to the people who believe in it!
Great American Meat Out Day — go vegetarian today!    
Independence Day — Tunisia
International Day of the Francophonie /  Journée internationale de la Francophonie
International Day of Happiness — UN
International Earth Day — the traditional date, still observed in many countries
Kiss Your Fiance Day — do you really need to be reminded to do this? a wedding planner thinks so, that you should stop today and focus on each other, not the wedding
Lajos Kossuth Day — Hungary
Martyrdom of Sibghatullah Shah Rashidi — Pakistan
National Agriculture Day — US (if you eat, thank a farmer!)   
National Cherry Blossom Festival — Washington, DC, US (through April 14; Sakura Matsuri Japanese Street Festival and parade on April 13)
National Jump Out! Day — sponsored by Discovery Girls Magazine and Fundex Games; encouraging kids to get out and get active
National Ravioli Day
Nowruz/Nauruz/Novruz Bairam/Norooz (begins at sunset) — Iranian diaspora, Kurdish diaspora, Zoroastrians; Afghanistan; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Iran (Persian New Year); Iraq; Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    celebrations go on for up to seven days or more
    Naw Ruz — Baha’i (New Year, and an end of the time of fasting; begins sunset)
Proposal Day® — a day for singles to propose to their true love; on the equinox, equal night and day symbolizing equal commitment    
Smile Rejuvenation Day — another one from the ecard companies, make someone smile today
Snowman Burning Day  — Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie, MI, US (celebration of the start of spring)
St. Cuthbert of Lindisfane’s Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors, shepherds; England; Durham, England; Lancaster, England; Northumbria, England; against plague and plague epidemics)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor Day — in honor of Mr. Rogers’ birth anniversary
World Frog Day — an initiative, on the first day of spring, to remind people of our fragile ecosystems and the disappearance of our amphibian friends    
World Storytelling Day — to celebrate the tradition of oral storytelling
Zipper Day — the ‘Separable Fastener’ by Gideon Sundback was patented this day in 1917
Birthdays Today:
Louis “Louie” Vito, 1988
Fernando Torres, 1984
Kathy Ireland, 1963
David Thewlis, 1963
Holly Hunter, 1958
Spike Lee, 1957
Theresa Russel, 1957
Jimmie Vaughan, 1951
William Hurt, 1950
Bobby Orr, 1948
Pat Riley, 1945
Paul Junger Witt, 1943
Brian Mulroney, 1939
Lois Lowry, 1937
Hal Linden, 1931
Fred “Mr.” Rogers, 1928
Carl Reiner, 1922
Marian McPartland, 1920
Bill Martin, Jr., 1916
Ozzie Nelson, 1906
B.F. Skinner, 1904
Frederick Winslow Taylor, 1856
Henrik Ibsen, 1828
Ovid, BC43
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin(Publication date), 1852
Today in History:
Sixth recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, 141
Maximus Thrax, who never set foot in Rome, becomes the first of the Foreign or Barracks Emperors of the Roman Empire, 235
A Saturn/Jupiter/Mars-conjunction is thought to be the “cause of plague epidemic,” 1345
Sir Walter Raleigh is freed from the Tower of London after 13 years of imprisonment, 1616
France and Spain sign an accord for fighting protestantism, 1627
Nadir Shah occupies Delhi in India and sacks the city, stealing the jewels of the Peacock Throne, 1739
The Great Fire of Boston destroys 349 buildings, 1760
After escaping from Elba, Napoleon enters Paris with a regular army of 140,000 and a volunteer force of around 200,000, beginning his “Hundred Days” rule, 1815
US and Siam sign commercial treaty, 1833
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” is published in Boston, 1852
An earthquake completely destroys Mendoza, Argentina, 1861
The first AC power plant in the US begins commercial operation, in Massachusetts, 1886
In the first known intercollegiate basketball game, Yale beats Penn 32-10, 1897
The first international figure skating championship takes place, in New Haven, Connecticut, 1914
Albert Einstein publishes his general theory of relativity, 1916
The Arts Club of Chicago hosts the opening of Pablo Picasso’s first United States showing, 1923
A test of a practical radar apparatus is made by Rudolf Kuhnold in Germany, 1934
The precursor of the European Space Agency, ESRO (European Space Research Organization) is established, 1964
Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the 1,135-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, 1985
Ferdinand Marcos’s widow, Imelda Marcos, goes on trial for bribery, embezzlement, and racketeering, 1990
Stephen Harper wins the leadership of the newly created Conservative Party of Canada, becoming the party’s first leader, 2004
A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Fukuoka, Japan, its first major quake in over 100 years, 2005
Cyclone Larry makes landfall in eastern Australia, destroying most of the country’s banana crop, 2006
In Morocco, thousands rally to demand and end to corruption and more civil rights for the Moroccan people, 2011



Bits and Bobs (Random Tuesday)

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Stacy Uncorked

It’s Tuesday, so that means time to link up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
#1 Son was reading me a news item the other day about a coffee shop in California that has said it will not serve police officers.
He read their comments about how officers make them feel unsafe, and i noted how they will not feel that way if they are ever facing an emergency situation.
His response was, “I’ll take coffee shops most likely to be the next ones robbed for $500, Alex!”
Yesterday was another full day with Dr. D.  Dishes, looking for the still lost library books, cleaning out from the leak under the kitchen sink, looking for the mail, cleaning up after the cats including washing their dishes, looking for the bank payment book, running to Mall-Mart for bananas and nilla wafers because we couldn’t find the first bag she’d bought, making banana pudding, running the banana pudding to the people for whom she made it, running to the storage unit, running to the other  that is in shop to get the soft drinks and wine and books and dish detergent and look for the library books (they were not there), and going to the nursery to buy plants so she can go plant them in the yard of the blind man up the street who lets her plant vegetables in his yard and then they split whatever she harvests.
She also managed to get in touch with her other attorney about the fire case and make dental and doctor appointments for later this week, and pay bills.
If she could afford to hire me full time, she could keep me busy for the next 20 years just taking care of the backlog.
Ms. PR at church who introduced me to her and thus got me the job is tickled to know it’s working out.  She is quite a handful herself (gets up the ladies’ trip to the beach every year with her friends, and from what i understand they have a party to envy), and she wants the three of us to get together for lunch.
If that ever happens, i know i will have to drive to pick both of them up and bring them home as i’d be the only one able to drive once the meal was over.
Little Girl is enjoying her new job, and it looks like our next door neighbor, Mr. MB (father of Mike-Next-Door who does our lawn), is going to buy her boyfriend’s old car that Friend Chris was never able to finish repairing.  That will be a load off, as it is taking up space in the back yard carport and looks awful.
That’s about all the news that’s fit to print here, i hope everyone has a great Tuesday!
Today is:
Africa Scout Day — Africa (celebration of all Boy Scouts and Girl Guides in Africa)
Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis
Cheltenham Hunt Festival — Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England (a four day Festival, with the big race on that final day)
Ear Muff Day — invented by Chester Greenwood in 1873, when he was only 15; if you need them today, keep a good thought for Chester
Good Samaritan Involvement Day — emphasizing the importance of unselfish aid to others
Kasuga Matsuri — Kasuga Grand Shrine, Nara, Japan (Monkey Festival)
K-9 Veterans Day — US (on the day in 1942 the US Army K-9 Corps was established)
National Coconut Tort Day
National Jewel Day — for no other reason than that someone who liked jewels wanted a holiday for them
National Open An Umbrella Indoors Day — an experiment in whether or not bad luck ensues
Organize Your Home Office Day — Lisa Kanarek wants everyone to organize their home office on the second Tuesday in March; my response is:  in one day!  is she out of her mind!
Saint Ansovinus of Camerino (Patron protector of crops)
Sticking Very Close Together for Fairies of the Fourth and Fifth Flights — Fairy Calendar
Uranus Day — the planet was discovered this day in 1781
Birthdays Today:
Emile Hirsch, 1985
Rachael Bella, 1984
Will Clark, 1964
Adam Clayton, 1960
Glenne Headly, 1957
Dana Delany, 1956
Deborah Raffin, 1953
Charo, 1951
William H. Macy, 1950
Neil Sedaka, 1939
Helen “Callaghan” Candaele Saint Aubin, 1929
William Casey, 1913
L. Ron Hubbard. 1911
Sammy Kaye, 1910
Walter Annenberg, 1908
Percival Lowell, 1855
Lorenzo Delmonico, 1813
Joseph Priestly, 1733
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Larry King Show”(TV), 1983
“Same Time, Next Year”(Play), 1975
“Brigadoon”(Musical), 1947
“Three Musketeers”(Musical), 1928
“The Pink Lady”(Musical), 1911
“Marie Magdalena”(Opera), 1846
“Médée”(Opera), 1797
Today in History:
Twelfth recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, 607
Spanish explorer Cortez lands in Mexico, 1519
The Spanish fleet occupies Djerba, at Tripoli, 1560
Cambridge College is renamed Harvard for clergyman John Harvard, 1639
Jews are denied the right to build a synagogue in New Amsterdam, 1656
Massachusetts gains title to Maine for $6,000, 1677
The twenty-seventh recorded perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet, 1759
William Herschel discovers Uranus, 1781
The Uncle Sam cartoon figure makes its debut in the NY Lantern weekly, 1852
The US Senate begins Pres Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial, 1868
Oxford defeats Cambridge in their first golf match, 1878
The Siege of Khartoum, Sudan begins, Madhist Sudanese against the Egyptian, British, and loyalist Sudanese forces, 1884
In France the length of the workday for women and children is limited to 11 hours by law, 1900
Mongolia (formerly Outer Mongolia) declares independence from China, 1921
A law is passed in the US state of Tennessee prohibiting the teaching of evolution, 1925
Clyde Tombaugh announces the discovery of Pluto at Lowell Observatory, 1930
Rotaract begins as a youth program of Rotary International, 1968
Apollo 9 returns safely to Earth after testing the Lunar Module, 1969
The Seikan Tunnel, the longest undersea tunnel in the world, opens between Aomori and Hakodate, Japan, 1988
India’s Missionaries of Charity chooses Sister Nirmala to succeed Mother Teresa as its leader, 1997
Gold prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange hit $1,000 per ounce for the first time, 2008
A Harvard Medical School study claims that red meat increases the risk of death and has additional negative health implications, 2012
In Greenland, the Siumut party wins the parliamentary election, setting up Aleqa Hammond to become the country’s first female Prime Minister, 2013


Jobs, Coincidences, Books and Cookies, a Random Tuesday Post

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Stacy Uncorked
And now, random news and thoughts from the ol’ hacienda, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
Little Girl is starting her new job today.  She has a full time position with her Army Reserve unit, doing paperwork, and the job lasts through the year with a possible extension of the contract beyond that.
Because she now has dependable hours and days off, i am hoping she will sign up for some online classes and get her core classes done that way.  She’s too smart to neglect her education.
The friends of the library book sale was this past weekend, and Sweetie and i were very good.  We only spent about $30 on around a dozen books.  This included one book that i got for a dollar that i knew Dr. D wanted.
Of course, if i’d had more money to spend, i would have bought more books.  There were several that i passed on.  Who knows, maybe next year.
The pastor of our church writes a devotional book for Lent each year.  We are going through it in Sunday evening Bible study, and the sermon series relates to the previous week’s readings.
Since a sermon series a couple of years ago about the Psalms in which the pastor urged us to read a Psalm or part of a Psalm each day, i’ve been doing that.
Then this year’s devotional book on Day 8 began the focus on sin and forgiveness.  What Psalm happened to be my Psalm of the day?  Psalm 51, of course, the repentance one written by David after he was confronted by Nathan the Prophet for his sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah.
At church that day, i had the following discussion with the pastor:
Me:  there are no coincidences!  Remember how you encouraged us to read a Psalm each day in your sermons on Psalms a couple of year ago?
Pastor:  Yes.
Me:  well, this morning’s devotional is on repentance and forgiveness, and guess which Psalm was my Psalm of the day.
Pastor:  No!  Not Psalm 51!
Me:  yes, exactly!
Pastor:  How weird that it would happen to be that Psalm!
Me:  it’s not weird, it’s G-d!
Pastor:  That would make a great bumper sticker.
Yes, we both laughed and agreed that “It’s not weird, it’s G-d” would be a good one.
The Girl Scout cookies arrived, and since the kids are around a lot less, the cookies are being served at the Ladies Circle meeting this morning.  Everyone likes them, after all, and since i buy them from a friend’s daughter, i really do feel i’m helping someone out when i get them.
Sweetie got a box of Thin Mints all to himself, too, so everyone is happy.
Today is:
Alamo Day — Texas, US
Celebrate Your Name Week — Tuesday:  Unique Names Day, a day to appreciate friends, acquaintances, and loved ones with unique names
Feast of Excited Insects — China; Korea (sometimes called Chinese Groundhog Day, the day insects are supposed to awaken for spring; date approximate)
Foundation Day — Norfolk Island, Commonwealth of Australia
Headache Relief Day — aspirin was patented today in 1899
Independence Day — Ghana(1957)
Kirishima Jingu Otaue-sai — Kirishima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival)
March Goblins’ Galumphing Gala and Display — Fairy Calendar
National Frozen Food Day
National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day
Oreo Cookie Day — no history found on why this day, but if you like Oreos, do you need a reason?
Stoneware Pottery Appreciation Day — internet generated by those who love stoneware
St. Colette’s Day (Patron of Corbie, France; against the death of parents)
St. Rose of Viterbo’s Day (Patron of exiles, people rejected by religious orders, tertiaries; Viterbo, Italy)
Town Meeting Day — Vermont, US (giving all citizens the right to speak out about local government, an official state holiday the first Tuesday of March allows towns to have a daylong public meeting of voters to elect town officers, approve budgets, and deal with town business)
Birthdays Today:
Ryan Nyquist, 1979
Shaquille O’Neal, 1972
Amy Pietz, 1969
Connie Britton, 1968
D.L. Hughley, 1963
Tom Arnold, 1959
David Gilmour, 1946
Rob Reiner, 1945
Kiri Te Kanawa, 1944
Dave Gilmour, 1944
Ben Murphy, 1942
Willie Stargell, 1941
Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolaeva, 1937
Lorin Maazel, 1930
Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, 1928
Alan Greenspan, 1926
Ed McMahon, 1923
Will Eisner, 1917
Lou Costello, 1906
Bob Wills, 1905
Ring Lardner, 1885
Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806
Anna Claypoole Peale, 1791
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619
Michelangelo Bounarroti, 1475
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Lend me a Tenor”(Play), 1986
“Deep Blue Sea”(Play), 1952
“Both Your Houses”(Play; Pulitzer Prize for Drama), 1933
“La Traviata”(Opera), 1853
“La Sonnambula”(Opera), 1831
Today in History:
Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam, 1521
The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island (an external territory of Australia) in order to found a convict settlement, 1788
York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto, 1834
After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort is captured, 1836
Giuseppe Verdi’s opera La Traviata receives its premiere performance in Venice, 1853
Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society, 1869
Bayer registers “aspirin” as a trademark, 1899
The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins, 1951
United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana, 1957
After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time, 1981
Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers, 1992
A referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania, 1994
Picasso’s painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later, 1997
Microsoft is fined €561 million for not providing E.U. residents with an alternative web browser to Internet Explorer, 2013


Dr. D’s Adventure (Random Tuesday)

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Stacy Uncorked
Time for a Random Tuesday post, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
Oh, dear.  Where to start?
Last week i didn’t have much to write about.  This week, well, Dr. D happened.  She can get into more trouble in a week than most people do in a lifetime.
Yesterday i put in 10 hours with her, and we still never did get to the sheets.  Her laundry is done and the dishes are clean, though.
The morning started with a call from the library telling her she had books overdue.  When we headed out to run errands, we stopped at the library and i went upstairs to give the people at the reference desk a thank you note from her.  (She writes thank you notes to everyone, including sending them to her doctor and dentist when she makes a payment.  It’s probably the reason they let her come back.)
While up there, i asked about her overdue books.  The nice gentleman was able to tell me that yes, she had them overdue, but he could not renew them.  Back downstairs to the circulation desk i went. 
The circulation desk could not help me because the nice man at the reference desk hadn’t gotten out of her account, and they can only open your account from one computer at a time.  Back upstairs to ask them to please get out of her account, back downstairs to find out that all of the books have been re-checked out the maximum number of times and she has to bring them in.
We got her new-to-her truck registered, and she had me put the license tag on with a beat up penny she found in the parking lot as a screwdriver.  It worked.  When it came time to put the steering wheel knob she got when we stopped at the auto parts store on, though, i am glad it came with the allen key.
After errands to doctor and dentist and lawyer (she gave her lawyer a change jar that counts your change for you; when i dropped it off, he said it was just what he’d always wanted, but then, he knows Dr. D) and the bookstore that is also a local publisher (where i dropped off a TENS unit and a plastic piggy bank — they now know when they see me that whatever it is, it’s from Dr. D, and they know to expect the unexpected), we took some stuff to her storage unit.
Her house is a storage unit in itself, as it never got finished being rebuilt after the fire because she got busy with the lawsuit, and it’s a long story that’s not over yet because she is talking about taking over the business herself.  If she decides to do it, the woman who earned a doctorate in economics, taught behind the Iron Curtain, and  managed to get on the last train out of an area where the Chernobyl fallout was heading after the accident will see it through, even if she is nearly 80.
We only ever found two of the overdue books, and we found the WWII book she’d been looking for in the bathtub, along with Cicero and Marcus Aurelius.  Why in the tub?  Because that’s where she’d put the pillows until she could put the new pillow slips on, and the books were on the bed by the pillows and next to the cancelled checks and unopened mail.  (Yes, her house is seriously cluttered.  It’s okay, we managed to find the three phones somehow, although we still don’t know where the new package of checks ended up.  We can’t call them, after all.)
While i was in the dollar store getting cat litter, she mentioned wanting to go into a thrift store “just to look around,” but i managed to talk her off of that ledge.
Working there is an adventure, and this week i will be cat sitting again.  Josephine the Persian doesn’t mind me so much, but C Trois the Himalayan is very shy.  Dr. D is going back to her doctors in Houston, and then will stop at the family property in the country (a plantation — she’s got some stories, i tell you).
In other news, Little Girl tried her hand at my home made banana pudding recipe.  She found out just how much work it is, but i think it turned out perfectly.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ***********************************
Today is:
Aspirin Day — Bayer received its US patent for the medicine on this day in 1900
Day of Selene — Ancient Greek Calendar (goddess of the moon, date approximate)
Equirria — Ancient Roman Calendar (Cavalry Horse Festival)
Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows/Gabriel Possenti (Patron of clerics, students, young people; Abruzzi, Italy; Catholic Action)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo — Houston, TX, US (since 1932, great rodeo action and top-name entertainment; through Mar. 18)
Independence Day — Dominican Republic(1844)
Majuba Day — South Africa (celebration of the Boers victory at Majuba Hill)
National Kahlua Day
National Strawberry Day — no, i don’t know why this isn’t in June, when the berries are best; maybe the person who put it here had too much Kahlua
No Brainer Day – this day is for me! created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, “America’s Premier Eventologist”
Polar Bear Day — as declared by Polar Bears International
Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day — internet generated, and am i the only one who likes the idea?
Runic Half Month Tyr commences (cosmic pillar)
Single-Tasking Day — encouraging you to do one thing at a time, and not feel guilty; begun by Theresa Gabriel, who claims multitasking is inefficient and hurts your brain! she suggests it be on the 4th Tuesday of the month, although other sites list other dates
Spay Day USA — sponsored by the HSUS; Sit! Stay! Spay! Good Owner! 
St. Galmier of Lyon’s Day (Patron of locksmiths)
The Hop — Fairy Calendar
Threepenny Day — Eton College, England (By the last will of two Provosts in the 16th century, each boy receives a threepenny piece on this day — enough to buy half a sheep back then.)
World Spay Day — don’t let your pets litter!   
Anniversary Today:
African Burial Ground National Monument is established, 2006
Birthdays Today:
Josh Groban, 1981
Chelsea Clinton, 1980
Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas, 1971
Grant Show, 1963
Adam Baldwin, 1962
Michael Bolton, 1953
Alan Guth, 1947
Mary Fran, 1943
Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 1942
Howard Hesseman, 1940
Ralph Nadar, 1934
Elizabeth Taylor, 1932
Joanne Woodward, 1930
Ariel Sharon, 1928
John Connally, 1917
James Thomas Farrell, 1904
John Steinbeck, 1902
Gene Sarazen, 1902
Marian Anderson, 1897
David Sarnoff, 1891
Hugo La Fayette Black, 1886
Alice Hamilton, 1869
Ellen Terry, 1847
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807
Constantine I, 272
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“What Makes Sammy Run?”(Musical), 1964
Road to Utopia(Film), 1946
Today in History:
The first Russian Embassy arrives in London, 1557
The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland, 1560
Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci, 1626
Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I, 1670
The Pacific island of New Britain is discovered, 1700
Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire, 1812
The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti, 1844
Composer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine, 1854
Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland, 1861
The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships, 1870
Charlotte E. Ray becomes the first African American woman to earn a law degree, from Howard University, 1872
Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway, 1912
Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14, 1940
The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over, 1964
The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973
People magazine is published for the first time, 1974
U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that “Kuwait is liberated”, 1991
A Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya, 2002
The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years, 2007
Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, 2010
Wikileaks begins releasing 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company, 2012
At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his farewell address, 2013


Stirring Up a Random Tuesday Post

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Stacy Uncorked
It’s Tuesday, and that means it is time for Random Tuesday with Stacy Uncorked.
This week has been okay, but boring.  Boring is certainly better than full of some type of drama, but it doesn’t lead to much to write about.
While i’m not sure that this ever happened at a church staff meeting, it did happen.  While they were in college, Brother-in-Law, the Mouth, left the dorm room to go to the restroom up the hall, and when he came back, Sweetie and another friend had dropped their clothes on the floor and hidden in the closet.  The fourth person in the room stayed at his desk and continued to work on his school assignment.
Brother-in-Law walked in and said, “What happened?”  The person at the desk said, “I don’t know.  They were here, and then they were gone, so I went back to my work.”
Brother-in-Law panicked, and then Sweetie and the other friend jumped out of the closet which both scared and relieved him at the same time.
Somehow i don’t think he’s ever gotten over it.
The only real excitement around here right now is that i am still coming up with creative excuses to not quite have the taxes ready to send to the CPA.
That and the spectacular fights Enigma SissyCat is having with Horizon.  
Even the kids have not visited in a couple of days.  Having an empty nest is kinda boring and i don’t do boring too well.
Let’s hope something fun happens soon, so i don’t have to go out and stir something up myself.  
Today is:
Adopt a Goblin Orphan Day — Fairy Calendar
Blessed Wulfric’s Day
Cherry Pie Day
Clean Out Your Bookcase Day — supposedly begun in 1985, but i can’t find information on who started it; donate books you don’t need any more to a local friends of the library group
Flying Car Day — the Arrowmobile, the first flying car, patented this day in 1937 (and can you imagine, as bad as driving is, how many accidents we would have if these people were flying around instead?)
Hoodie Hoo Day (Northern Hemisphere) — at noon local time, citizens are requested to go outside and yell “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away winter and call in spring; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Khajuraho Dance Festival — Khajuraho, India (annual gathering of Indian classical dancers from across the country and abroad; through the 26th)
Love Your Pet Day — a day to pamper pets, like they don’t get pampered enough
National Handcuff Day — on the anniversary of its patent in 1920 
St Leo of Catania’s Day (a/k/a Leo the Wonderworker, Patron of Rometta, Longi, and Sinagra, Sicily)
Toothpick Day — first machine used to make them patented this day in 1872
World Day for Social Justice — UN
Anniversary Today:
John Cleese marries Connie Booth, 1968
US Post Office, 1792 (George Washington signed the act which created it)
Birthdays Today:
Rihanna, 1988
Andrew Shue, 1967
Lili Taylor, 1967
Cindy Crawford, 1966
French Stewart, 1964
Charles Barkley, 1963
Ron Eldard, 1963
James Wilby, 1958
Patty Hearst, 1954
Gordon Brown, 1951
Ivana Trump, 1949
Jennifer O’Neill, 1948
Peter Strauss, 1947
Brenda Blethyn, 1946
Sandy Duncan, 1946
Phil Esposito, 1942
Buffy Sainte-Marie, 1941
Nancy wilson, 1937
Bobby Unser, 1934
Sidney Poitier, 1927
Robert Altman, 1925
Gloria Vanderbilt, 1924
Carl E. Stotz, 1920
Gale Gordon, 1906
Ansel Adams, 1902
Joseph Jefferson, 1829
William Prescott, 1726
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Der Stellvertreter. Ein christliches Trauerspiel”(Play), 1963
“Barber of Seville”(Rossini Opera), 1816
“Giulio Cesare in Egitto”(Opera, HWV 17), 1724
Today in History:
Orkney and Shetland are pawned by Norway to Scotland so King Christian I can pay his daughter’s dowry, 1472
An unnamed comet approaches withing 860,000 miles of Earth, the closest a comet has ever come to our planet, 1491
The first recorded wine auction is held, in London, 1673
The Postal Service Act, establishing the United States Post Office Department, is signed by President George Washington, 1792
Austria declares bankruptcy, 1811
Concepcion, Chile, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1835
The US Congress prohibits dueling in the District of Columbia, 1839
Luther Crowell patents a machine to manufacture paper bags, 1872
In New York City the Metropolitan Museum of Art opens, 1872
The first minor league baseball association is organised, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1887
King O’Malley drives in the first survey peg to mark commencement of work on the construction of Canberra, 1913
A new volcano, Paricutin, erupts in a farmer’s cornfield in Mexico, 1943
The Avro Arrow program to design and manufacture supersonic jet fighters in Canada is cancelled by the Diefenbaker government amid much political debate, 1959
While aboard Friendship 7, John Glenn becomes the first American to orbit the earth, making three orbits in 4 hours, 55 minutes, 1962
Ranger 8 crashes into the moon after a successful mission of photographing possible landing sites for the Apollo program astronauts, 1965
The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization disbands, 1976
Texas industrialist Ross Perot’s U.S. presidential campaign begins, 1992
Spain becomes the first country to vote in a referendum on ratification of the proposed Constitution of the European Union, passing it by a substantial margin, but on a low turnout, 2005
Estonia becomes the first country in the world to establish a national electric car charging network, with cars charging in less than 30 minutes, 2013
Famine is declared in Unity State, South Sudan, affecting 4.9 million, 2017


Mardi Gras Mambo!

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Stacy Uncorked
Welcome to Random Tuesday, hosted by Stacy Uncorked.
Happy Mardi Gras!  Around here, we’ve had parades and there has been a king cake at every meeting of any sort.
The pink flamingo has become the official bird of Carnival.
We have some big ones around here.


A trio of flamingos grace this home.


Someone woke up and found they’d been flocked!
Being “flocked” means you have to pay to get the flock removed, and you get to choose who gets flocked next.  It’s done for fundraising.
If you like to keep your decorated tree up year ‘round, you can do it here with no trouble.
The Mardi Gras Tree at Ms. JAI’s house.
Purrseidon won The Versatile Blogger Award and The Mystery Blogger Award!  
Congratulations to Purrseidon and the whole crew.  As part of her award, she nominated others, including me.  The problem is i have a very difficult time figuring out how to put awards (or anything else) on my blog, and i have difficulty nominating others who have not already received almost every award out there.  So i said i would link to her post and at least try to do the seven facts about me that you might not know.  Those will go nicely with Random Tuesday, after all.
When i was growing up in NOLA, i marched in Carnival parades twirling a baton, and a couple of times i rode the floats.  It was fun.
My first job was cleaning and sterilizIng medical equipment in Grandpa’s office — no wonder i grew up to be a janitor!
Our family has had more pets than you can shake a stick at — dogs, cats, fish, mice, hamsters, gerbils, fish, snakes, turtles, and birds as well as the crazy squirrel.
Back in 1983, i started bottle-raising orphaned kittens for various rescue organizations.  No, i don’t know exactly how many we have raised, but i figure it’s north of 300 over the years.
We still love getting a newspaper every day.  It’s fun to do the puzzles, and Sweetie likes to sit at the table with his coffee and read and yell at the headlines.
We do not have regular TV.  Sweetie has a TV connected to a DVD player and watches his DVDs, but no cable or regular channels.  It’s amazing how much time you can gain if you get rid of TV.
As much as i love coffee, i can only have one cup of regular coffee per day.  More caffeine than that and i will have a caffeine induced panic attack.
That’s about it for today,  i hope you all have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!
Today is:
Break-Up Day — if you are over him/her, don’t go through tomorrow pledging love falsely, get out today
Dream of Your Sweetheart Day — a reminder that if you aren’t ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, you’d better get cracking
Employee Legal Awareness Day — Australia
Extraterrestrial Culture Day — New Mexico, US (“to celebrate and honor all past, present, and future extraterrestrial visitors in ways to enhance relationships among all citizens of the cosmos, known and unknown.”)
Get a Different Name Day — for those who hate their name; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Ides of February — Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Parentalia begins — through the 21st (honoring divi parentes — the deified ancestors)
    Lupercalia begins — through the 15th (to rid the city of evil spirits)
    Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa begins — through tomorrow
International Pancake Day
I Value Your Friendship Day — because you don’t want to neglect your friends while we are remembering love this week
Madly in Love With Me Day — because you have to love “me” before you can love “we”
Mardi Gras — Fat Tuesday, Carnival, the last day to feast before the Lenten fast begins tomorrow, greeted with revelry in many parts of the world; related observances and names:
    Scotland, Fasten’s E’en or Bannocky Day
    Portuguese, Terça-feira Gorda
    Italian, Martedì Grasso
    Swedish, Fettisdagen
    Danish, Fastelavn
    Norwegian, Fastelavens
    Estonian, Vastlapäev
    Spanish, Martes de Carnaval
    German, Faschingsdienstag
    Hawaiian, Malasada Day
    Lithuanian, Uzgavenes
    Icelandic, Sprengidagur (literally, Bursting Day)
    also Pancake Day or Bursting Day, the day to eat the last of the eggs and butter in the form of some kind of fried cakes, and to eat until bursting
National Sports Day — Qatar
National Tortellini Day
Shrove Tuesday — Christian
St. Catherine dei Ricci’s Day (Patron of the ill)
Ta-asobi — Akatsuka Suwa Shrine, Itabashi-ku, Japan (ceremony to pray for a good harvest)
Trndez or Tearnandarach — Armenian Christian Church (fire celebration, begins in the evening and goes through tomorrow; originally a pagan sun worship celebration, it is now a Candlemas celebration by the OS Calendar)
World Ag Expo — Tulare, CA, US (largest farm and equipment show in North America; through Thursday)
Birthdays Today:
Mena Suvari, 1979
Robbie Williams, 1974
Kelly Hu, 1968
David Naughton, 1951
Peter Gabriel, 1950
Stockard Channing, 1944
Jerry Springer, 1944
Carol Lynley, 1942
Peter Tork, 1942
Bo Svenson, 1941
George Segal, 1934
Kim Novak, 1933
Chuck Yeager, 1923
Eileen Farrell, 1920
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919
Eddie Robinson, 1919
Grant Wood, 1892
Alvin York, 1887
Elizabeth “Bess” Virginia Wallace Truman, 1885
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, 1849
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1682
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Merlin”(Musical), 1983
“Prince Valiant”(Comic strip), 1937
Today in History:
Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, 1258
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland, 1349
The Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta); Frenchman Charles de la Motte accused Italians of cowardice, and thirteen Italians proceeded to rout 13 Frenchmen in a chivalrous horseback tourney, 1503
St. Augustine, Florida, is founded, becoming the oldest continuously occupied European established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States, 1566
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that the Earth revolves around the sun, 1633
Treaty of Lisbon:  Spain recognizes Portugal, 1668
The Massacre of Glencoe: 78 members of the clan Macdonald are murdered for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange (William III), 1692
Cholera appears in London, 1832
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels’s primary river and creating the modern central boulevards, 1867
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert, 1881
Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class, 1886
Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector, 1894
English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested, 1907
The Negro National League is formed, 1920
A jury in Flemington, New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, 1935
France tests its first atomic bomb, 1960
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released, 1970
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981
An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany, 1990
The last original “Peanuts” comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies, 2000
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe’s largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star “Lucy” after The Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, 2004
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations, 2008
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds, 2009
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855, 2011


Random Tuesday

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Stacy Uncorked
And now, a Random Tuesday post, linking up with Stacy’s Random Thoughts at Stacy Uncorked.  
One thing that makes me sad is when people i like online disappear.  It’s always their choice, of course, and real life takes precedence over virtual always.  Sometimes it’s difficult, though, the not knowing what happened or why.
Thus i was very happy to see a post from Rory Bore.  She simply said she is going to be unveiling a new site, but that’s plenty to get me excited as i have missed her.  She had such fun ideas for Tuesday Coffee Chat, i hope she will do those again.
Ms. JAI has decided she is spending too much money on housecleaning and wants me to come only every other week.  So many people who are on a fixed income are also unable to do the work involved in keeping up their own homes that we’ve worked out a more flexible pay scale and she can keep me going over there.  Just call me softie.
Sweetie made a killer chili for the Super Bowl party, everyone liked it and had multiple servings.  He will now be called upon to do this for every big get together, i am sure.  As i told him, it’s the price of fame.
At the party, we had the gift exchange we didn’t get to at Christmas because everyone was too busy.  It’s one of those “spend no money, only bring stuff from around the house that you do not want” situations.  Sweetie ended up with a book we will give to the friends of the library for their book sale (it’s a romance novel, neither of us has any interest), and i got one of those hooks you put your bananas on so they don’t get mushy.  Funny enough, i’ve always kind of wanted one of those, but never was willing to part with the money to get one.
It is now official, i am in full “procrastinate on the taxes” mode.  Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, is done (i do his on TurboTax).  #2 Son and Daughter-in-Law Becky are done, they just do TurboTax themselves.  #1 Son has his ready to go to the CPA, and Bigger Girl is close.  Little Girl will bring me her papers the next time she comes.
This year i am alone in my procrastinating, and that means the challenge is on.  Whether i want to or not, i have to start working on it, some every day.  And i will, starting tomorrow.
Today is:
Aldus Day — death anniversary of Aldus Manutius, inventor of italics
Bob Marley Day / Reggae Day — Jamaica (birth anniversary)
Gamelia — Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate)
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation — United Nations
Lame Duck Day — US, on the anniversary of the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution; a day to recognize those whose tenure is running out
National Chopsticks Day
Oto Matsuri — Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (fire festival)
Pay-A-Compliment Day
Rubik-Cube Muddling Championships — Fairy Calendar
Safer Internet Day — organised originally by Insafe, now called Better Internet for Kids (promotes safe and responsible use of the internet by teaching children how to keep themselves safe online; this year’s theme is “Create, Connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you!”)  
Sami National Day — Finland, Norway, Russian, and Sweden
St. Dorothy of Caesarea’s Day (Patron of brewers, brides, florists, gardeners, midwives, newlyweds; Pescia, Italy)
St. Peter Baptist’s Day (Patron of Caceres, Philippines; Japan)
Waitangi Day — Maori, New Zealand and Niue (treaty with Britain, 1840; also considered National Day)
Anniversaries Today:
Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 (upon the death of her father, George VI)
Massachusetts becomes the 6th US State, 1788
The College of William and Mary in Virginia is founded by royal charter, 1693
Birthdays Today:
Axl Rose, 1962
Barry Miller, 1958
Kathy Najimy, 1957
Robert Townsend, 1957
Natalie Cole, 1950
Bob Marley, 1945
Michael Tucker, 1944
Fabian, 1943
Gayle Hunnicutt, 1943
Gigi Perreau, 1941
Tom Brokaw, 1940
Mike Farrell, 1939
Francois Truffant, 1932
Rip Torn, 1931
Mamie Van Doren, 1931
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919
Mary Leakey, 1913
Ronald Reagan, 1911
Babe Ruth, 1895
Aaron Burr, 1756
Nicolaus II Bernoulli, 1695
Chongzhen, Emperor of China, 1611
Christopher Marlowe, 1564
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Masque of Kings”(Play), 1936
“Rhenisch”(Schumann’s 3rd Symphony), 1851
Today in History:
The United States signs its first treaty, in which France recognizes the US and promises aid, 1778
New Jersey issues the first US railroad charter to John Stevens, 1815
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore, 1819
The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia, 1820
Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony, 1840
Harper’s Weekly publishes the first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers, 1869
The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Netherlands’ Senate ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree, 1900
The Young Women’s Hebrew Association organizes in NYC, 1902
The “Monopoly” board game goes on sale for the first time, 1935
Turkey holds its first election in which women can vote, 1935
K Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese-US female lawyer, 1937
Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI, 1952
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit, 1959
Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed, 1987
The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989
Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile, 2000
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands, 2013