And here i thought they only came in pink (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.     
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Delores at Mumblings.
How he loved that FELINE.
Yet how he wanted to THROTTLE it right now.
The first time it had committed the TRESPASS of sneaking out of her apartment door when she was coming in with her arms full, he’d seen it bolt and taken off after it, the knight in shining armor (or, in reality, in BLUE jeans and a t-shirt).
She hailed him as a hero when he brought her EXOTIC Persian, just adopted, back to her, and it gave him the opening he’d wanted.  Now, over a year later, he thanked the cat that they were married but the game the cat played was getting old.
Instead of being at home snoozing on her favorite BLANKET, the cat was running through the alley again for reasons no one could COMPREHEND.  It would lead him a merry chase then let itself be caught, but not before he was treated to the PERFUME of the Dumpster behind the MARKET, or had to climb with care behind the VOLTAGE meter of the building, in the cold of winter or the broiling OVEN of a city summer for at least a half hour.
He loved her, he loved her cat, and right now he was ready to TOSS the cat back to the shelter from which it had come.  But not really.
Finally, he cornered her and she flopped down, allowing herself to be picked up and hauled back home.  After all, her highness was now worn out and couldn’t be expected to walk back to the apartment.


WordPress hates me.  For some reason, it has seen fit to “feature” one of my posts and keep it at the top.   No, i did not enable the “stick this post” button.  If anyone has any suggestions on how to correct this, please let me know, as i fought with it for hours yesterday and gave up and am out of ideas. 
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Chile
Cosmetic Bridge Day — seems internet generated, but i’m sure your dentist will approve
Day of the First Appearance of the Slovak National Council — Slovakia
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 9, Freedom (sponsored by We, the World)    
Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally — Ruidoso, NM, US (trade show, bike shows, riding tours, skills event, stunt show, parade, and fun; through Sunday)
Independence Day — St. Kitts and Nevis(1983)
Jubilee of the Moth Moons — Fairy Calendar
National Butterscotch Pudding Day
National Rehabilitation Day — US (on the Wednesday of National Rehab Awareness Week)
Petit Jean Fall Antique Auto Swap Meet — Morrilton, AR, US (swap meet and the Museum of Automobiles; through Saturday)
St. Januarius of Naples’ Day (a/k/a Gennaro of Naples; Patron of blood banks; Naples, Italy; against volcanic eruption) related observance
    Feast of San Gennaro — NYC, NY, US (began on the 13th, continues to the 23rd; one of the highlights of the festival is this, the actual Saint’s day)
Thimphu Tsechu / Thimphu Drubchen — Thimphu, Bhutan (three day Drukpa Buddhism tshechu festival, sacred masked dances dedicated to Bhutan’s protective spirit which tourists may watch but are strictly prohibited from taking pictures; through the 21st)
Tug of War World Championships — Cape Town, South Africa (hosted this year by South Africa’s Tug-of-War Association, and fun whether you are an enthusiast or just looking to watch the fun; through the 22nd)    
Women’s Suffrage Day — New Zealand
Yom Kippur — Judaism (began sundown yesterday, ends sundown today)
Birthdays Today:
Alison Sweeney, 1976
Jimmy Fallon, 1974
Jim Abbot, 1967
Soledad ‘Brien, 1966
Trisha Yearwood, 1964
Kevin Hooks, 1958
Joan Lunden, 1950
Leslie “Twiggy” Lawson, 1949
Jeremy Irons, 1948
Randolph Mantooth, 1945
Joe Morgan, 1943
“Mama” Cass Elliot, 1941
Bill Medley, 1940
Paul Williams, 1940
David McCallum, 1933
Mike Royko, 1932
Adam West, 1928
Duke Snider, 1926
Sir William Glding, 1911
Lewis F. Powell, Jr., 1907
Joseph Pasternak, 1901
Henry Peter Brougham, 1778
Charles Carroll, 1737
Jan Luyts, 1655
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Skylight”(Play), 1996
“ER”(TV), 1994
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show”(TV), 1970
Funny Girl(Film), 1968
“Flipper”(TV), 1964
“The Virginian”(TV), 1962
Today in History:
Edward, the Black Prince, commands the forces which defeat the French army and capture France’s King John II, 1356
Giles Corey is pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem Witch Trials, 1692
The Continental Congress passes the first budget of the US, 1778
Ephraim Morris patents the railroad brake, 1838
Bond and Lassell discover Hyperion, moon of Saturn, 1848
New Zealand becomes the first country to grant all of its women the right to vote, 1893
Funeral of assassinated President William McKinley, 1901
Mickey Mouse makes his screen debut as Steamboat Willie, at the Colony Theater in NYC, 1928
The Council of Europe is founded following a speech by Winston Churchill at the University of Zurich, 1946
Nikita Khrushchev is barred from visiting Disneyland, 1959
Betty and Barney Hill claim that they saw a mysterious craft in the sky and that it tried to abduct them, 1961
The Solomon Islands join the United Nations, 1978
Scott Fahlman posts the first documented emoticons 🙂 and 😦 on the Carnegie Mellon University Bulletin Board System, 1982
Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by German tourists, 1991
The BP oil well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was declared “effectively dead” by retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man on the blowout disaster, 2010
A continued rise in cases of dengue fever has alarmed officials in the Dominican Republic and in Delhi, India, 2015
The Puebla earthquake strikes Mexico, causing 370 deaths and over 6,000 injuries, as well as extensive damage, 2017

Only You, Sweetie, Only You! (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Delores at Mumblings.
This week’s words are:
He stood in the DOORWAY and watched as she soaked her sore feet in an Epsom salt bath, knowing she wasn’t used to wearing heels and they always LEFT her limping.
“Now I understand why my mother and aunts all had BUNIONs” he said, shaking his head.  “Who invented that kind of shoe and why does anyone wear them, they look like torture devices.”
“I think they were invented by a FORLORN BACHELOR who hated women.  I can see him now in his PLUSH MANSION, devising a way to get back at all the ladies who spurned him before he had a big ESTATE,” she said, laughing at her own silly story.
He smiled over the image she painted, and as she pulled her DRIPPING feet out of the tub and reached for the clean CLUMP of RAGS she kept for pedicure purposes, said, “Well, next time we go on a date night, it’s not going to be a formal wedding where you have to wear those awful things.  In fact, how about going to the MOVIES this weekend?”
“It’s a deal,” she said, smiling.


Today is:
Amilcar Cabral’s Birthday/National Day — Guinea Bissau
Defender’s Day — Maryland, US (marking the bombardment of Ft. McHenry, which event inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star Spangled Banner”, current national anthem of the US)
Eleven Days of Global Unity — Day 2, Interdependence (sponsored by We, the World)    
Gahambar Paitishahem — Zoroastrian Calendar (five day feast of bringing in the harvest)
Hari Taika/Teej — Nepal (special holiday for Female Employees Only, to celebrate a special, traditional women’s festival)
Hijra — Islam (New Year, began last night at the first viewing of the new moon crescent)
International Day for South-South Cooperation — UN
Kentucky Bourbon Festival — Bardstown, KY, US (self explanatory; through Sunday)
Morton Pumpkin Festival — Morton, IL, US (the Pumpkin Capital of the World; through Saturday)
National Championship Air Races — Reno, NV, US (through Sunday)
National Chocolate Milkshake Day
National Day of Encouragement — US (no matter where you live, encourage someone today)
National Guitar Flat-Picking Championships and Walnut Valley Festival — Winfield, KS, US (through Sunday)
Pendleton Round-Up — Pendleton, OR, US (traditional rodeo with the participation of local Native tribes; through Saturday)
Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show — Hershey, PA, US (the largest RV and Camper show in the world, with the first two days for industry only; through Sunday)
St. Alibe’s Day (Patron of wolves; Cashel, Ireland; Emly, Ireland; Munster, Ireland)
St. Guy’s Day (Patron of bachelors, epileptics, horned animals, laborers, sacristans, sextons, work horses; for protection of outbuildings, sheds, and stables; Anderlecht, Belgium; against epilepsy, hydrphobia/rabies, infantile convulsions, and rabid dogs)
Tzom Gedaliah — Judaism (Fast of Gedalia, a dawn to dusk day of fasting to lament the assassination of Gedalia the righteous governor of Judea)
Video Games Day — an unofficially declared day for kids to thank their parents for indulging their love of games
Anniversaries Today:
Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier, 1908
Elizabeth Barret and Robert Browning elope, 1846
Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck, 1840
Birthdays Today:
Emily Rossum, 1986
Jennifer Hudson, 1981
Yao Ming, 1980
Benjamin McKenzie, 1978
Amy Yasbeck, 1963
Rachel Ward, 1957
Joe Pantoliano, 1954
Peter Scolari, 1954
Gerry Beckley, 1952
Barry White, 1952
Maria Muldaur, 1943
Linda Gray, 1940
George Jones, 1931
Ian Holm, 1931
Dickie Moore, 1925
Irene Dailey, 1920
Jesse Owens, 1913
Ben Blue, 1901
Alfred A. Knopf, Sr. 1892
Maurice Chevalier, 1888
H.L. Mencken, 1880
Charles Dudley Warner, 1829
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Captain EO(3-D Film), 1986
“Taxi”(TV), 1978
“Maude”(TV), 1972
“The Monkees”(TV), 1966
“Bonanza”(TV), 1959
“Lassie”(TV), 1954
“Quadrille”(Play), 1952
“The Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major/Symphony of a Thousand”(Mahler symphony), 1910
Today in History:
Henry Hudson begins his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen, 1609
The first submarine is tested in London, 1624
Turkish troops besieging Vienna are overthrown after 2 months by Poland’s King Sobieski, 1683
First Black Masons Lodge is formed, 1787
Switzerland becomes a Federal State, 1848
The “Cleopatra Needle” is installed in London, 1878
Charles Leroux, world famous parachutist with 238 successful jumps, perishes in his attempted jump in the Bay of Reval, 1889
The world’s first female police officer, Alice Stebbins Wells, is appointed by the LAPD, 1910
Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France, 1940
Jack Kilby demonstrates the first integrated circuit, 1958
Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color, 1959
Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, ‘Messiah’ of the Rastafari movement, is deposed following a military coup, 1974
Indonesia is hit with an 8.1 earthquake, 1979
Hurricane Gilbert devastates Jamaica, 1988
Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny’s Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong, 2005
Iran finally agrees to release U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd, arrested there in 2009, on bail and permit her to leave the country, 2010
The “Lamb of God” panels of the Ghent Altarpiece, one of the most often stolen artworks in history, are secretly removed for restoration, 2012
NASA’s Voyager 1 space probe becomes the first manmade object to reach interstellar space, 2013
The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, completes his last shift as a pilot in the RAF, and officially retires to perform Royal and community work, 2013

One of My New Favorite Things (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by Delores at Mumblings.
As of the time i am writing this post, Delores has not yet published the words.  As soon as she does, and i have a chance to write something up (possibly after work), it will be posted here.
Today is:
Be Late For Something Day — sponsored by the Procrastinators’ Club of America, Inc. (if they can get around to mentioning it in their newsletter, of course)
Defeat of Jesse James Days — Northfield, MN, US (a bank raid reenactment, plus parade, races, rodeo, and more; through Sunday)
Farmers and Threshermens Jubilee — New Centerville, PA, US (steam engines, threshing the old fashioned ways, and fun; through Sunday)
Genesia — Ancient Greek Calendar (a day of the dead; date approximate)
Hassaku-sai — Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (rituals to ask the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safe homes)
International Day of Charity — UN
Jupiter Stator Festival — Ancient Roman Calendar (commemorates that Jupiter helped Romulus to stop the Sabine invasion under Titus Tatius)
Jury Rights Day — marking the decision by a jury, in 1670, to not convict William Penn of laws which they considered unjust which would have prohibited him from the practice and preaching of his religion to a peaceably assembled congregation; this decision became the basis of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US
National Cheese Pizza Day
Peach Days Celebration — Brigham City, UT, US (delicious peaches and family fun; through Saturday)
St. Laurence Gustiani’s Day (First Patriarch of Venice)
St. Teresa of Calcutta’s Day (Mother Teresa)
Sts. Zechariah and Elisabeth’s Day — Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches
Teacher’s Day — India
The Masters — Spruce Meadows, Calgary, AB, Canada (The international horse show jumping competitions; through Sunday)
Wag and Carrot Fancying Day — Fairy Calendar
Anniversaries Today:
John Travolta marries Kelly Preston, 1991
Birthdays Today:
Kim Yu-Na, 1990
Rose McGowan, 1973
Dweezil Zappa, 1969
Kristian Alfonso, 1964
Cathy Guisewite, 1950
Dennis Dugan, 1946
Raquel Welch, 1940
William Devane, 1939
Carol Lawrence, 1934
Bob Newhart, 1929
Arthur C. Nielsen, 1923
John Cage, 1912
Arthur Koestler, 1905
Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902
Morris Carnovsky, 1897
Jesse James, 1847
Johann Christian Bach, 1735
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“The Joan Rivers Show”(TV), 1989
“Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy”(TV), 1966
“No Mother To Guide Her”(Play), 1905
Today in History:
The Great Fire of London ends, leaving 8 people dead and 13,200 homes destroyed, 1666
Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards, in an attempt to Westernize his people, 1698
The First Continental Congress is assembled in Philadelphia, 1774
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror, 1793
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britian, 1800
Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas, 1836
The First Opium war begins in China, 1839
James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon, 1862
Sioux Chief Crazy Horse is killed, 1877
The First Labor Day Parade is held in NYC, 1882
The first gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1885
The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin), 1906
The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger, 1932
The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, 1961
A Palestinian terrorist group called “Black September” attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day, 1972
Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay, 1977
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world’s longest highway tunnel, 1980
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, came into force, 1991
Tuvalu joins the UN, 2000
For the first time, a browsable, analysable overview of four million functional elements of the human genome discovered to date are made available to the public, 2012
The World Health Organization estimates 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, 2014
Hurricane Irma becomes the post powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history with winds of 185mph, 2017
Togo’s government shuts down the internet for a week to quell government opposition, 2017


Busy Day at the Laundromat (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee’s Comedy Plus.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
This week’s words are:
1. kitchen
2. long
3. modicum
4. notice
5. overly
6. perfectly
1. quivering
2. roasted
3. strawberry
4. theory
5. umbrage
6. vestige
His nose picked up the savory smell LONG before he got to the apartment, much less the KITCHEN, and what his nose told him had the rest of him QUIVERING with delight.
As he crossed the floor heading toward the stove, he was determined to get himself at least small sample of the PERFECTLY ROASTED onions he knew would be in the big black cast iron Dutch oven, along with potatoes and celery and a chunk of beef so tender it would melt in his mouth, with a gravy even better than his mama used to make.
So determined was he to snatch a taste that he didn’t NOTICE she was standing in the pantry closet.  The fact that the kitchen was a typical small apartment size kitchen, about the size of a postage stamp, and the pantry closet was not a walk in, tells you just how OVERLY engrossed he was in getting himself that small sample.
“I had a THEORY,” she said with a mischievous grin, surprising him so much that he dropped the Dutch oven lid with a clang before he had even gotten it up by an inch.  “Knowing you don’t have a MODICUM of decency about snatching samples before dinner is served, I made you a small appetizer plate.”
As she held out a plate of some simple stuffed tomatoes to him, he said, “I should take UMBRAGE at your accusation.”  Then he took the tomatoes, ate one, smiled, and said, “I should, but I don’t, because I can’t.  You know me too well.”
They laughed and he offered her a tomato, which she accepted before turning back to the pantry.  Then he said, “So, where you do you think I should look for the last VESTIGE of my dignity after being caught red-handed this way?”
“How about at the bottom of the STRAWBERRY trifle I made for dessert?” she suggested, which about sent him into orbit.
Today is:
According to Hoyle Day — death anniversary of Edmond Hoyle
Be Kind to Humankind Week:  Willing to Lend a Hand Wednesday 
Birthday of Hathor — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Chop Suey Day
Columbia County Fair — Chatham, NY, US (be a kid again at the 176th annual fair; through US Labor Day)
Day of Loose Talk — Fairy Calendar
Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Patron of baptism, bird dealers, converts, convulsive children, cutters, epileptics, farmers, French Canadians, lambs, monastic life, motorways, printers, tailors; over 70 cities and countries around the world; against convulsions, epilepsy, hail and hailstorms, spasms)
    Head Day — Iceland (a weather omen day; whatever today’s weather, it will stay the same for at least 3 weeks)
Individual Rights Day — on the birth anniversary of John Locke, the first philosopher to argue that a human being has basic rights based on his status as a sovereign human being, and that people are not slaves of their government, but their human rights should be protected by government
International Day Against Nuclear Testing — UN
Judgment Day — according to “The Terminator”
La Tomatina — Buñol, Valencia, Spain (annual citywide food fight festival in which around 30,000 people take to the streets to pelt each other with tomatoes)
Lemon Juice Day
More Herbs, Less Salt Day
National Sarcoidosis Awareness Day — US (by presidential proclamation in 1991)
Nugget Best in the West Rib Cook-Off — Sparks, NV, US (with rib cookers from across the country competing, this is a rib eater’s delight, and even includes a rib-eating contest and free nightly concerts; through Labor Day)
Runic Half-Month Rad begins (Motion)
Slovak National Uprising Anniversary — Slovakia
St. Medericus’ Day (also called Saint-Merri or St. Merry, acclaimed as the Patron of the Right Bank of the Seine River in Paris)
Birthdays Today:
Lea Michele, 1986
Rebecca De Mornay, 1962
Mark Morris, 1956
Michael Jackson, 1958
`Richard Gere, 1949
Robin Leach, 1941
William Friedkin, 1939
Elliot Gould, 1938
John McCain, 1936
Richard Attenborough, 1923
Charlie “Bird” Parker, 1920
Isabel Sanford, 1917
Ingrid Bergman, 1915
Preston Sturges, 1898
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., 1809
John Locke, 1632
Today in History
Era of Diocletian (Martyrs), the last major time of persecution for the early Christian churches, begins with Gen. Gaius Aurelius V Diocletianus Jovius becoming emperor of Rome, 284
Japan mints its first copper coins, 708
The last Incan King of Peru, Atahualpa, is executed by order of Francisco Pizarro, 1533
The first Indian “reservation” is formed by the New Jersey Legislature, 1758
Michael Faraday discovers electromagnetic induction, 1831
The United Kingdom legislates the abolition of slavery in its empire, 1833
Treaty of Nanking signing ends the First Opium War, 1842
The first motorcycle is patented in Germany by Gottlieb Daimler, 1885
The chef of a visiting Chinese Ambassador invents “chop suey” in NYC, 1896
The Goodyear tire company is founded, 1898
The Quebec Bridge collapses during construction, killing 75 workers, 1907
Ishi, considered the last Native American to make contact with European Americans, emerges from the wilderness of northeastern California, 1911
The Soviet Union tests its first atomic bomb, 1949
Speedy Gonzales makes his debut, 1953
The Beatles perform their last concert before paying fans at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, 1966
Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union suspends all activities of the Soviet Communist Party, 1991
Hurricane Katrina devastates much of the U.S. Gulf Coast, 2005
Sumatra’s Sinabung volcano erupts for the first time in 400 years, killing one and causing Indonesia to evacuate thousands of people, 2010
London holds the opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Paralympics, 2012
Austrian researchers announce they successfully grew ‘cerebral organoids’ or mini-brains, containing several distinct regions of the brain; the mini-brains will help scientists understand how brains develop, and what causes schizophrenia and autism, 2013
Hurricane Harvey sets rainfall record (51.88 inches in Cedar Bayou) from a tropical cyclone in continental US, according to US National Weather Service, 2017


How one client made the kids stop stealing his toothbrush (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee at Comedy Plus.


Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
This week’s words are:
1. yellow
2. zinnias
3. adjust
4. boots
5. chicken
6. doomed
1. extensively
2. flagstones
3. gingerly
4. holding
5. investigator
6. jerked
Looking at the new CHICKEN coop in her back yard, she shook her head and smiled wryly.
He’d been EXTENSIVELY researching keeping chickens for months now as she GINGERLY probed for reasons like an INVESTIGATOR trying to come up with the motive for the crime.  Did he want fresh eggs?  Was he trying to turn into a city farmer?  Trying to keep up with the obnoxious fellow at work who always bragged about being raised in the country and how much better it was and how he was going to move back someday?
While she hadn’t gotten to the bottom of it, she’d been HOLDING on to the hope that perhaps it was just something that would die away on its own, like his earlier delving into archaeology.  (When he’d figured out he’d be spending most of him time sweating at the end of a shovel if he signed up as an amateur digger on an excavation site for a vacation, he’d dropped that like the proverbial hot potato and gone back to watching Indiana Jones movies.)
Seeing a large YELLOW coop delivered had made her realize that he was not just serious, but that he’d determined raising their own chickens was now a foregone conclusion.
Not that she had anything against it, it was simply that she had no clue how to care for such critters.  Seeing the FLAGSTONES he’d bought to use for a path to the coop piled up next to rolls and rolls of chicken wire and lots of lumber, she knew he was going to build them a run and who knew what else.
She was going to have to act fast and lay down some rules if she didn’t want him to encroach on her ZINNIAS and roses.  He would have to ADJUST some of his building plans to keep her flower beds from being DOOMED.
When he got home, he whooped like a child to see that the coop was there, and  pulled out his new “farmer BOOTS” as he called them.  She just laughed and let him have his moment, knowing he’d be JERKED back to seriousness at some point in the process.
She just hoped they both enjoyed the fun of having chickens when it was all over, because if they were this far in, she was going to make sure they went all in.
Today is:
Air Guitar World Championships — Oulu, Finland (through Friday; “The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace.”)  
American Quilter’s Society Quilt Exposition — Grand Rapids, MI, US (their largest show; through Saturday)
America’s Cup Day — the first America’s Cup was won this date in 1851 by the yacht America
Be an Angel Day — Sponsored by Angel Heights Healing Center, encouraging people to be a blessing and perform an act of service for someone
Corn Palace Festival — Mitchell, SD, US (harvest celebration and redecoration of the world’s only Corn Palace; through Sunday)
Eat a Peach Day
Feast of the Queenship of Mary & Immaculate Heart of Mary — Catholic Christians
Flag Day — Russia
Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere — Wellcat Holidays says to go outside at noon and call “Hoodie Hoo” to chase away winter and call spring
National Spumoni Day (i don’t think i’ve had really great spumoni since i went to Italy all those years ago — nothing like getting things at the source.)
National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day — US (started by a vet who declared today a cat’s only day for his practice, so his feline patients wouldn’t be upset by any dogs in the place; now many vets will only schedule cats on a particular day)
Rumpleskunkskin’s Wedding Anniversary — Fairy Calendar (Goblin celebration)
St. Symphorian’s Day (Patron of children, students; Autun, France; against eye problems, syphilis)
Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration — Shelbyville, TN, US (an 11-day festival celebrating the world famous Tennessee Walking Horse and crowning this year’s World Grand Champion)
Anniversary Today:
Henry Leland founds the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
Birthdays Today:
Kristin Wiig, 1973
Giada De Laurentiis, 1970
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 1967
Tori Amos, 1963
Cindy Williams, 1947
Steve Kroft, 1945
Duane Charles “Bill” Parcells, 1941
Valerie Harper, 1940
Carl Yastrzemski, 1939
E. Annie Proulx, 1935
Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
Gerald Paul Carr, 1932
Ray Bradbury, 1920
John Lee Hooker, 1917
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908
Helene Bertha Amalie “Leni” Riefenstahl, 1902
George Herriman, 1880
Dorothy Parker, 1893
Claude Debussy, 1862
Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1836
Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834
Virginia Clemm Poe, 1822
St. Anthony of Padua, 1195
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Later with Bob Costas”(TV), 1988
Today in History:
St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565
The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485
Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639
Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654
The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762
Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849
Gold discovered in Australia, 1851
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention and the Red Cross is formed, 1864
William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885
Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile, 1902
The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906
The Mona Lisa is stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)
Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis, 1950
Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first pope to visit Latin America, 1968
Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies, 1972
The first ring of Neptune is discovered, 1989
A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway, 2004
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day, 2007
Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization, 2012
India’s highest court outlaws instant divorce (talaq, talaq, talaq) for Muslim men, 2017


Fractured English at the Laundromat (Wordless Wednesday) and Words for Wednesday

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee’s Comedy Plus.

Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
This week’s words are:
1. middle
2. nought
3. obnoxious
4. plastic
5. queenly
6. regardless
1. speechless
2. timber
3. underbelly
4. vanity
5. walked
6. machine
The owners WALKED in during the MIDDLE of one of their least favorite client’s more OBNOXIOUS episodes.  
She, in her VANITY, thought her behavior was QUEENLY.  These outbursts that left the employees SPEECHLESS were the unseemly UNDERBELLY of being in that business, dealing with those you don’t like and can’t like because business depends on it.  That was also why the owners always did everything they could to make sure only they dealt with the likes of her.
Much as they would have liked to completely cut her out, they knew such thoughts were for NOUGHT.  She was the least favorite client and the wealthiest and most consistent, so each put on an almost MACHINE manufactured PLASTIC smile every time she came in.
She never saw through those smiles which they kept on REGARDLESS of how she behaved.
Only one member of the family ever allowed himself the relief of saying anything in private once she had left.  He would make movements with his hands as if he were chopping down a tree, then say, “TIMBER!  There went another shred of my dignity, downed like a sapling before the lumberjack’s ax!” and everyone in the place would laugh.  Once humor had been restored this way, they were able to pick up the day and go on, glad to be done with her for a short time at least.
Today is:
Armed Forces Day — Poland
Asuncion Foundation Day — Paraguay
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary — Catholic Christian Holy Day of Obligation
    Related Observances
         Coeur d’Alene Indian Pilgrimage — Coeur d’Alene’s Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID, US
         Dormition of the Theotokos — Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Christian
         Ferragosto — Italy (During the Roman Empire, a festival to Diana and a fertility and ripening celebration)
         Mother’s Day — Antwerp; Costa Rica
         National Acadians Day — Acadians
         Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands — Tenrife, Spain
         Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte Fiesta — Bahia, Brazil (Festival of the Order of Our Lady of the Good Death)
         Festival of the Outremeuse — Liege, Belgium
         Public Holiday or Publicly Observed — Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Benin; Bosnia; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chile; Colombia; Côte d’Ivoire; Croatia; Cyprus; East Timor; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Gabon; Gambia; Germany; Greece; Guadelupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Holy See; Hungary; Italy; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malta; Martinique; Mauritius; Mayotte; Monaco; New Caledonia; Paraguay; Poland; Portugal; Reunion; Romania; Rwanda; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin; Saint Pierre et Miquelon; San Marino; Senegal; Seychelles; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; Togo; Vanuatu; Wallis and Fortuna     
Best Friend’s Day — sponsored by Thema Martin
Bon/Obon Festival — Japan (biggest day of the festival in most parts of Japan)
Chauvin Day — observed on Napoleon’s birthday because his is unknown, the day is named for Nicholas Chauvin, whose blind devotion to Napoleon was immortalized in his name’s use for absurdly intense attachments to any cause
Check the Chip Day — the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds you to check your pet’s microchip and make sure it is still working correctly and that the registration information is up to date    
Dia de la Ley Fundamental — Equatorial Guinea (Constitution Day)
Eleusinian Mysteries — Ancient Greek Calendar (through the 18th, dates approximate)
Festival of Vesta — Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of the hearth)
Fete Nationale — Republic of the Congo (National Day/Independence Day)
Fool’s Dance — Japan (part of the Awa Dance Festival)
Independence Day — India(1947)
Liberation Day — both Koreas
    Gwangbokjeol — South Korea
    Jogukhaebangui nal — North Korea
Maras Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the goddess Mara, cognate of Mary)
Miss Crustacean Usa Beauty Pageant and Ocean City Crab Creep — Ocean City, NJ, US (crowning the most beautiful and fastest tree crab on Earth)
National Day — Lichtenstein (a/k/a Liberation Day [1945])
National Failures Day — some websites say the 16th, and may i suggest a book called “Fail Better”, a small quotations book about how failure is just the beginning.
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
National Medical Dosimetrist’s Day — American Association of Medical Dosimetrists (medical radiation safety experts)    
National Mourning Day — Bangladesh
National Relaxation Day — sponsored by Sean Moeller of Clio, Michigan; if you call in sick to stay home and relax, blame him
Panama La Vieja Day — Panama (Founding of Panama City)
Shoro Nagashi Nagasaki — Nagasaki, Japan (floating lanterns are released into the harbor in honor of the ancestors)
Sproshinki — Slavic Pagan Calendar (end of the hay harvest festival)
St. Tarcisius’ Day (Patron of altar servers, first communicants)
Tuva Republic Day — Tos-Bulak fields south of Kyzuk, Tuva, Russia (celebration of the Tuva Republic, a Naadam festival of Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery; held by the Tuva people, the closest genetic relatives to the North and South American Native Peoples)
Wafaa El-Nil — Egypt and Coptic Church (“Fidelity of the Nile”, celebration of the annual of Flooding of the Nile River)
Anniversaries Today:
Woodstock, 1969
Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago, 1958
Panama Canal opens, 1914
Transcontinental US railway is completed at Promontory Point, UT, US, 1870
Birthdays Today:
Joe Jonas, 1989
Kerri Walsh, 1978
Ben Affleck, 1972
Debra Messing, 1968
Melinda Gates, 1964
Zeljko Ivanek, 1957
Princess Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950
Jimmy Webb, 1946
Kathryn Whitmire, 1946
Linda Ellerbee, 1944
Stephen G. Breyer, 1938
Vernon Jordan, Jr, 1935
Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924
Mike Connors, 1925
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, 1925
Rose Marie, 1925
Huntz Hall, 1919
Oscar Romero, 1917
Julia Child, 1912
Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian, 1890 (d. 2006)
Edna Ferber, 1885
Ethel Barrymore, 1879
Charles Albert “The Old Roman” Comiskey, 1859
E. Nesbit, 1858
Sir Walter Scott, 1771
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769
Debuting/Premiering Today:
Mainz Psalter(Publication date; first book with the publication date printed on the colophon), 1457
Today in History:
Battle of Roncevaux Pass, the Basques defeat Charles the Great (Charlemagne) and Roland is killed, 778
Macbeth defeats his cousin and rival King Duncan I, who is killed in the battle, and becomes king of Scotland, 1040
Battle of Lumphanan, in which King Macbeth is killed by the forces of Mael Coluim MacDonnchada, 1057
The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia, 1185
The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of 
the Three Wise Men, is laid, 1248*
The “Mainz Psalter” is completed, the earliest dated book, 1457
Founding of Panama City, 1519
Jesuit priest St. Francis Xaverius land in Kagoshima, Japan, 1549
Joseph Haydn departs England, never to return, 1795
Country of Liberia is founded by freed American former slaves, 1824
Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1842
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawai’i, is dedicated; it is the oldest continuously used Roman Catholic Cathedral in the US, 1843
San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed, 1891
A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect’s Wisconsin home, 1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon, 1914
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a plane crash, 1935
The birth of stadium rock:  The Beatles play Shae Stadium, 1965
President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard, 1971
The “Wow! signal”:  The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, 1977
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090, 2007
The olinguito becomes the first mammal to be discovered in the past 35 years, 2013


*Yes, we just noted the other day the date of completion in 1880!


Why Central A/C Units (Or Anything That Can Leak) Do Not Belong in Attics (Wordless Wednesday) and Tuesday Saga (Words for Wednesday)

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Linking up with Wordless Wednesday and Sandee’s Comedy Plus.
Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and has become a moveable feast of word or picture or music prompts that encourages us to write stories, poems, or whatever strikes our fancy.    
This month, the prompts are being provided by River at Drifting Through Life.    
This week’s words are:
1. atonement
2. banishment
3. cavalier
4. wheeled
5. empirical
6. fondness
1. gently
2. hats
3. irksome
4. janitorial
5. kindness
6. laughed
Anyone who knows me knows that i have a JANITORIAL business cleaning homes and small offices for several clients.  It’s one of the many HATS i wear, along with Sunday school volunteer, cat shelter volunteer, and chief cook and bottle washer here at home.
Yesterday was a rather IRKSOME day in the life of me and Sweetie.  There is never a moment for a CAVALIER attitude around here that everything will go smoothly.  In fact, we have a great deal of EMPIRICAL evidence to back up the conclusion that smoothly is most certainly not the way things will go.
Sweetie is taking care of The Big Boss’ house again this week while the Boss and his wife are on a vacation.  Anyone who knows my Sweetie knows that his FONDNESS for coffee is legendary.  He’d had a couple of cups before leaving home to do his work at their house, but on the way home passed our mechanics’ shop.
Kevin and Lenny’s KINDNESS to us during our many mishaps of an automotive nature is legendary, and they have told us to stop by at any time just for a chat and to have a cup.  While i do not usually take them up on the offer (i know i will be there often enough), Sweetie, because of the fact that we have paid them enormous sums of money for numerous repairs over the years, enjoys stopping by for a visit.  He figures we’ve paid them so much we are worth a free cup once in a while.
As he turned the Jalopy to enter their parking lot, he suddenly lost the power steering.  He GENTLY WHEELED her in and coasted to a stop in a parking spot.  Upon exiting, he noted the ground was wet, and he bent over to investigate.  Petrol.  Jalopy was leaking gas from her new tank, installed perhaps a month ago.
One thing Kevin and Lenny do in this age of computers is keep clients up to date on the status of their vehicles through technology.  Because i am the one who most often drops off vehicles, and because mine is the phone number on record, every time one of our vehicles ends up there, i get a text message with a link to a website so i can “follow the status of your vehicle.”
So i got the text, and immediately called Sweetie to inquire what in the world was going on this time.  He was shocked and wanted to know how i knew already that Jalopy was there, and i told him mommies are magic, because we are.  He clued me in, and i was very dejected when we hung up.
Is there no end? i thought.  No method of BANISHMENT of vehicle troubles from our lives?  Do i need to make ATONEMENT for some sin of omission or commission that is bringing these constant difficulties to us?
By the time i finished work and got home, Sweetie had gotten a ride back to the house from Kevin.  (We only live a few blocks from the place, and the fact that they know where we live makes them willing to let us make payments on repairs.)  He and i got back in Lunceford the Land Yacht and went up there to see what was going on, and retrieve the watermelon and tomatoes Sweetie had left in Jalopy.
Lenny told us that the tech who had installed the new gas tank was not in on Tuesdays, but they would put him on it first thing in the morning.  No way to know what was wrong until then, and the loaner vehicle was already spoken for.  Sweetie and i would have to figure out how to work our separate jobs with one vehicle.  Again.
Arriving home, i got out of my work clothes and tackled getting the watermelon cut and into the fridge.  Just as i’d finished and was sitting to read blogs, we got a phone call — Jalopy was ready, we could come pick her up.
What!?!  Turned out one of the other techs had some time on his hands and decided to dig around.  The fuel line had come loose from the new tank, and that was all.  They’d reconnected it, no charge, of course.
As we drove back up there to retrieve our beloved minivan, i LAUGHED with relief.  It won’t be the last time i see the inside of Kevin and Lenny’s place, but i pray we get a break for a few months or at least until the last batch of repairs are paid off.
Today is:
Anjin Matsuri — Ito City, Japan (commemorations William Adams (1564-1620), a naturalized British shipwright, called “Anjin Miura” in Japan, a great contributor to the early development of Japanese ship-building industry; through the 10th)
BaBa Day — Taiwan (ba ba is Mandarin for both “father” and “8-8”)
Bonza Bottler Day™
Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship — Shelburne, ON, Canada (through Saturday)
Crayfish Premiere — Sweden (although they are now available year ’round, it used to be that crayfish could only be sold and served in restaurants the day after the season opens; the actual premiere date is often still celebrated with crayfish parties and lots of schnapps)
Dalek Day — on the birth anniversary of the creator of these Scifi baddies, Terry Nation
Festival for Venus — Ancient Roman Calendar (sunset to sunset)
Festival Wednesday/East End Parade — British Virgin Islands
Finest Fairy Finals — Fairy Calendar (Do only the finest fairies take finals? How do the others get a final grade? 😀 )
Fourteen Holy Helpers’ Day (Patrons against diseases)
Happiness Happens Day — sponsored by the Secret Society of Happy People, to encourage sharing happiness and discourage parade raining; on the anniversary of their founding in 1997    
Kranti Diwas — Mumbai (former Bombay), India (a/k/a Freedom Day or Quit India Day; anniversary of Gandhi’s Quit India speech to the British authorities in 1942)
Namesday of the Queen — Sweden (Queen Sylvia; an official Flag Day)
National Frozen Custard Day
Odie Day — Garfield’s pal Odie, who first appeared in the strip on this day in 1978
Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, and i love the stuff but can’t grow plants to save my life, i’ll leave the porch light on for you if you will bring me some!
St. Cyriacus’ Day (Patron of the eyes; Altidona, Italy; against diabolical possession, eye disease, and temptations, especially temptations at the time of death)
St. Dominic’s Day (Founder of the Dominican Order[Friars]; Patron of astronomers and astronomy, falsely accused people, scientists; Batanes-Babuyanes, Philippines; Bayombong, Philippines; Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Santo Domingo Indian Pueblo; Valletta, Malta)
St. Mary MacKillop’s Day (First native-born Australian saint; Patron of Australia; Wagga Wagga, Australia)
The Date To Create — can’t find anything on this one, just listed at a couple of sites, but go have fun creating something!
Wakulima ya Nane Nane — Tanzania (Peasants’ Day/Farmers’ Day)
World Cat Day / International Cat Day — begun in 2002 by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and other animal rights groups    
Birthdays Today:
Roger Federer, 1981
Michael Urie, 1980
Drew Lachey, 1976
The Edge, 1961
Deborah Norville, 1958
Randy Shilts, 1951
Roberta Cooper Ramo, 1942
Keith Carradine, 1949
Connie Stevens, 1938
Dustin Hoffman, 1937
Mel Tillis, 1932
Esther Williams, 1923
Rory Calhoun, 1922
Dino De Laurentis, 1919
Russell Markert, 1899
Fredric March, 1897
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1896
Emiliano Zapata Salazar, 1879
Matthew Henson, 1866
Emperor Horikawa of Japan, 1079
Today in History:
The Romans destroy the Tower of Antonia, 70
Otto I (The Great) crowned German king, 936
Vijayanagara Empire is rebegun with the crowning of emperor Krishnadeva Raya, 1509
The cornerstone for Tycho Brahe’s Uraniborg observatory is laid on Hven, 1576
John Davis enters Cumberland Sound in search of the Northwest Passage, 1585
The first known ascent (indoors) of a hot-air ballon by Bartolomeu de Gusamao, 1709
Jacques Balmat and Dr Michel-Gabriel Paccard become the first to ascend Mont Blanc, 1786
Metal bullet cartridges are patented by Smith and Wesson, 1854
Mimeograph is patented by Thomas Edison, 1876
Wilbur Wright makes the brother’s first public flight, at a racecourse in Le Mans, France, 1908
The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire, 1911
The German airship Graf Zeppelin begins a round-the-world flight, 1929
The United Nations Charter is signed by the United States, the 3rd nation to join, 1945
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is founded by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, 1967
Richard Nixon announces his resignation as President of the United States, effective the next day, 1974
The lights go on at Wrigley Field for the first time, making it the last staduim in the majors to host a night game (which was subsequently rained out!), 1988
Iraq occupies and annexes Kuwait, leading to the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait within a couple of weeks, 1990
Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley is raised to the surface after 136 years on the ocean floor, 2000
Archeologist excavating the Templo Mayor, one of the Aztec’s main temples in their capital city of Tenochtitlan (now Mexico City), make an unprecedented find – the skeleton of a young woman surrounded by piles of 1,789 human bones, 2012
The Walt Disney Company announces plans to create its own streaming service, cancelling ties with Netflix, 2017