Saturday, September 23, 2017

Ah, Modern Times (a Ten Things of Thankful Post)


Ten Things of Thankful


We live in such a tech heavy world now that sometimes i feel it's a mixed blessing.  These modern inconveniences, well, as inconvenient as they may be i cannot live without them.

The modern inconvenience of phones never ceases to amaze me.  They ring when you least want them to, and it's often a scammer ignoring the Do Not Call list.  Even when my children won't answer my calls, however, i am thankful to know if they really need to get in touch with me for an emergency situation, they can do so.

Cars really are a modern inconvenience.  Without them we'd have to work within walking distance of our homes, like people did in the old days.  As in, usually, out in the fields of their own farms.  Being able to drive to a workplace farther than you can easily walk has opened new worlds and made mechanics very busy and very happy.  Even when i am in a hurry and no one in front of me wants to look up from the phone and drive when the light turns green, i am grateful for The Jalopy and Lunceford the Land Yacht that get me where i need to be.

Air conditioners are a modern inconvenience in their cost to operate.  Even so, i would not want to live without them, and i'm especially thankful for them when it's so hot out that our car seat belt buckles can double as branding irons.

TV is a modern inconvenience of the highest order in its ability to distract us 24/7 from whatever it is we need to be doing.  Even though i don't have one any more, i'm grateful it exists to entertain and sometimes (depending on the station) inform and enlighten.  Also when the children were young, i'd never have gotten to sit down during the day if i hadn't been able to get them to watch a short Disney movie on VHS every day.

GPS is a marvel of modern inconvenience in its ability to get people lost.  Yesterday it got me to a place i'd never been, and back home, and only had me turned around once, so i'm thankful it exists and works most of the time.

Alarm clocks, the modern inconvenience you love to hate, even as you are grateful to be at work on time.

Elevators are the modern inconvenience that made skyscrapers possible, because who doesn't want to live and work way up in the air in a big city?  Still, every time i don't have to climb several flights of stairs, i am thankful for elevators, and Mr. Otis, who didn't invent them but made them practical and useful.

Radio is my modern inconvenience of choice when it comes to entertainment and i am very thankful for it most of the time.  Annoying when tuned to certain genres and played at an alarmingly high volume in the car that just passed, it is very soothing when used as background sound and gives me just enough news to keep me informed without being overwhelmed.

Microwave ovens very modernly and inconveniently make it possible for us to live off of not quite real food that has been possibly rendered unsafe by the very means used to warm it up.  Will i give up my microwave?  No way!  My gratitude for being able to cook things very quickly when i get home and i'm tired, or let the others in the house cook for themselves, knows no bounds.

Finally, the biggest modern inconvenience we all know and love, computers.  While i wait for what studies have shown is an average of two seconds for a web page to open, listening to half a song on the radio and washing three dishes during that two seconds, i am often struck by how much more i can get done now in two seconds than ever before.   Really, though, without these marvels, we couldn't do what i'm doing now, reaching across miles to interact with people from all ages and stages and walks of life all over the globe.  As much as i sometimes want to whack the screen with something when it's not cooperating, i am very thankful for the people i have in my life now that i would never have met without computers and the internet.

Are you thankful for a modern inconvenience or two that make your life better and cause trouble at the same time?  Let us know, or write up any list of things for which you are thankful and link up at Ten Things of Thankful.  We'd love to have you.


Today is:

Al-Yaom Al-Watany -- Saudi Arabia (National Day/Founding of the Kingdom)

Augustalia -- Roman Empire (birthday of Caesar Augustus, still the traditional New Year's Day in Constantinople and in the Eastern Orthodox Church)

Bunster Winding -- Fairy Calendar

Checkers Day/Dogs in Politics Day -- thanks to Mr. Nixon; and i'm tempted to further comment, but this one is too easy

Citua -- Ancient Inca Empire (feast to the Moon, and to banish disease, in the month of Coyaraimi, date approximate)

El Grito de Lares -- Lares, Puerto Rico (anniversary of the first uprising against Spanish rule in 1868)

Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

Fish Amnesty Day (same as National Hunting and Fishing Day in the US, because it hurts fish to be caught!)

Geneva Area Grape Jamboree -- Geneva, OH, US (grapes, wine tasting, entertainment, rides, and food; through tomorrow)

Gettysburg Fall Antique Show -- Gettysburg, PA, US

Innergize Day -- the day to take time for yourself! always on the day after the equinox, so either the 23rd or 24th, depending on where you live

International Rabbit Day -- learn to care for these wonderful pets and promote responsible rabbit ownership 

International Restless Legs Syndrome Awareness Day -- on the birth anniversary of Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn, the neurologist who first described it

Kiwanis Kids' Day -- local clubs sponsor events for kids on the fourth Saturday of September

Marion County Country Ham Days -- Marion, KY, US (for those who love ham, and a PIGasus parade, and a Pokey Pig 5k, among other events; through tomorrow)

Museum Day -- The Smithsonian has information 

National Great American Pot Pie Day

National Hunting and Fishing Day -- US 

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (make sure your child's car seats are secured properly) 

Neptune Day -- planet discovered this day in 1846 by Johann Galle of Germany

St. Adamnan's Day (Patron of Donegal, Ireland; Raphoe, Ireland)

St. Padre Pio's Day

Taste of Morgan Hill -- Morgan Hill, CA, US (fine arts, entertainment, and plenty for the kids to do, too; through tomorrow)

Thrue Bab -- Bhutan (Blessed Rainy Day)

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)


Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alberta in Alberta, Canada, is founded, 1908


Birthdays Today:

Anthony Mackie, 1979
Ani DiFranco, 1970
Elizabeth Pena, 1961
Jason Alexander, 1959
Bruce Springsteen, 1949
Mary Kay Place, 1947
Paul Petersen, 1945
Julio Iglesias, 1943
Tom Lester, 1938
Ray Charles, 1930
John Coltrane, 1926
Mickey Rooney, 1920
Walter Pidgeon, 1897
Friedrich Paulus, 1890
Walter Lippman, 1889
Victoria Woodhull, 1838
William H. McGuffey, 1800
Kublai Khan, 1215
Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus, BC63
Euripides, BC480


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Marcus Welby, M.D."(TV), 1969
"The Jetsons"(TV), 1962
"Threni: id est Lamentatines Jeremiae Prophetae"(Stravinsky dodecaphonic work), 1958


Today in History:

Concord of Worms, 1122
The first major battle of the Wars of the Roses, at Blore Heath in Staffordshire, 1459
First commencement exercises of Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., 1642
Liechtenstein declares its independence from the German Empire, 1719
John Paul Jones' "Bon Homme Richard" defeats the HMS Serepis, 1779
Lewis and Clark arrive back in St. Louis from their explorations, 1806
The Knickerbockers Baseball Club, the first baseball team to play under the modern rules, is founded in New York, 1845
Neptune is discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams, 1846
Nintendo Koppai, later known as Nintendo Company, Limited, is founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi; it produces and markets the playing card game Hanafuda, 1889
The Phantom of the Opera (original title: Le Fantome de l'Opera), a novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, was first published, 1909
The MS Princess of Tasmania, Australia’s first passenger roll-on/roll-off diesel ferry, makes her maiden voyage across Bass Strait, 1959
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos announces over television and radio the implementation of martial law, 1972
Juan Perón returns to power in Argentina, 1973
Saint Kitts and Nevis joins the United Nations, 1983
Qantas Flight 1 overruns the runway in Bangkok during a storm; some passengers only receive minor injuries, it is still the worst crash in Qantas's history, 1991
The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox ("Phoenix 0.1") is released, 2002
Hurricane Jeanne strikes Haiti and leaves at least 1,070 dead, 2004
The identification of four genetically different types of breast cancer by researchers is announced, 2012

Friday, September 22, 2017

Jungle Cat! (Feline Friday) and Friendly Fill-Ins

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

The shelter occasionally gets a purebred cat, generally a Siamese or Persian.  We've had the odd Maine Coon, Ragdoll, American Curl, and even Munchkins.  This handsome fellow was our first Bengal:

Bengals are a hybrid of Asian leopard cats and domestic cats.





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Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15AndMeowing, and the final two are offered by McGuffy Ann Morris of McGuffy's Reader. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts! 

My fill-ins for the statements are underlined:


Week 72: September 22, 2017

1. I would never be friends with someone who _______________.

2. I will never refuse ________________.

3. I have never been to                , but                              .

4. When it comes to                        , I                              .


1. I would never be friends with someone who was purposefully cruel to animals or people.

2. I will  never refuse honest work for honest pay, at least, until i get to where i have to (or can) retire.
  
3. I have never been to Alaska/Australia/Canada/New Zealand (in alphabetical order), but a long trip that includes all of them is one of my fondest dreams.

4. When it comes to raising bottle feed kittens, i will go to extraordinary lengths to save them if i have to.  It doesn't always work, but i can always keep trying.



Today is:

Aizu Byakko Matsuri -- Aizuwakamatsu-shi, Fukushima, Japan (ceremonial recreation of a march to war in 1868; through the 24th)

American Business Women's Day -- US (anniversary of the founding of the American Business Women's Association)

Autumnal Equinox -- 20:02 UTC, 4:02pm EDT; related observances
    Mabon -- Wicca/Pagan Northern Hemisphere
    Ostara -- wicca/Pagan Southern Hemisphere
    Alban Elfed -- Celtic Winter Finding
    Chuseok -- Korean harvest festival (high point of the festival)
    Feast of Carpo -- Greek Horae, goddess of autumn
    Kukulcan Snake God Celebration -- Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico (the snake appears at the equinox, a time to honor this Mayan god)
    Festival of the Sea Goddess -- Eskimo
    Higan -- Japan
    Mabon/Fallfest -- Asatru/Norse Pagan (harvest festival, time to make wine and mead for the next winter)
    Oenach Carman -- Ancient Celtic Calendar
    Sendai Great Tug-of-War -- Sendai, Japan (festival on the equinox that dates back over 400 years)     
    Svarog's Holiday -- Slavic Pagan Calendar/Asatru (day to drink mead in honor of Svarog, god of fire and the sky)

Baltimore Book Festival -- Baltimore, MD, US (the mid-Atlantic’s premier celebration of literary arts; through Sunday)

Boidromia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; honor Apollon as god of rescue during war)

Breakfast, Snack, Elevenses, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Tea, Snack, Dinner, Snack, More Snacks, Supper, Snack, and Bilgewack Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Borms; they are little known relatives of Goblins, given to being overweight and sedentary and lying around feeling ill; bilgewack is their term for having eaten too much and having to lie down.)

Chästeilet im Justistal -- Merlingen, Switzerland (dividing of the summer's cheese between the dairy farmers of the area, a weekend celebration that must be tasted to be believed!)

Chili Cook-Off and Fall Festival of the Arts And Crafts -- Washington, MO, US (chili fest and contest, juried art festival, beer, specialty foods, music, and fun; through Sunday)

Coya Raymi -- Inca Native Americans (festival to honor Moon Goddess Quilla, with a focus on purging sickness and evil; through tomorrow, dates approximate)

Dear Diary Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; get it down on paper! 

Elephant Appreciation Day -- sponsored by "Elefunteria

Feast of Mikeli -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (harvest celebration; through the 24th)

Hobbit Day -- Bilbo's and Frodo's Birth anniversary

Ice Cream Cone Day -- Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cone mold on this day in 1903

Imilchil Marriage Festival -- Imilchil, Morocco (commonly translated as the Marriage Festival, it is more of a Betrothal Festival among the Berber people; a three day whirlwind of speed dating, exotic music, traditional costumes, and romance in which people from small villages can allow their children to find marriage partners from among their own peoples)

Independence Day -- Bulgaria(1908); Mali(1960)


Jeans for Genes Day -- UK (convince your school or workplace to let you pay for the privilege of wearing jeans today, with the money going toward research of genetic diseases) 

Liberty Fall Festival -- Liberty, MO, US (right in the heart of the town square, among the historic buildings from the 1800s, lots for everyone to do; through Sunday)

Mid-South Fair -- Southaven, MS, US (original and fun since 1856! through Oct. 1)

MOFGA Common Ground Country Fair -- Unity, ME, US (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association sponsors an old-time country fair that revives forgotten skills and has something for everyone; through Sunday)

Mount Pleasant Glass and Ethnic Festival -- Mount Pleasant, PA, US (a "front porch neighborhood" festival; through Sunday)

National Centenarians Day -- US

National White Chocolate Day

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Princess Martha Louise's Birthday -- Norway (an official flag day)

Ritual of the Netjers of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Egypt) -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Rosh Hashanah -- Judaism (ends today at evening)

St. Maurice's Day (Patron of armies, cloth dyers, cloth makers, infantrymen, soldiers, swordsmiths, weavers; Austria; Manresa, Spain; Pianello Val Tidone, Italy; Piedmont, Italy; Sardinia; Stadtsulza, Germany; Pontifical Swiss Guards; against cramps and gout)

Tennessee Craft Fair -- Nashville, TN, US (the state's premier outdoor showcaswe for American fine crafts; through Sunday)

Virginia Peanut Festival -- Emporia, VA, US (and you thought all peanuts came from Georgia! come enjoy peanuts and carnival, quilt show, a peanut butter sculpture contest, fireworks, and more the Virgina way; through Sunday)

Warrens Cranberry Festival -- Warrens, WI, US (tour a cranberry bog, enjoy the festival and food; through Sunday)

Wild West Show and Bullwhacker Days -- Olathe, KS, US (celebrate the Santa Fe Trail; through Sunday)

World Carfree Day -- UN (encouraging all of us to go car free for a day, and see the world from a different perspective!) 


Birthdays Today:

Billie Piper, 1982
Ronaldo, 1976
Bonnie Hunt, 1964
Catherine Oxenberg, 1961
Scott Baio, 1961
Joan Jett, 1960
Andrea Bocelli, 1958
Debby Boone, 1956
Shari Belafonte, 1954
Arthur O. Sulzberger, 1951
Paul Le Mat, 1945
Junko Tabel, 1939 (first woman to summit Everest)
Tommy Lasorda, 1927
John Houseman, 1902
Michael Faraday, 1791
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, 1694(O.S. Date)


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Friends"(TV), 1994
"Family Ties"(TV), 1982
"Charlie's Angels"(TV), 1976
"A Delicate Balance"(Play), 1966
"Fiddler on the Roof"(Musical), 1964
"The Man from U.N.C.L.E."(TV), 1964
"Maverick"(TV), 1957


Today in History:

Legion I Italica is created by Emperor Nero, 66
Switzerland becomes an independent state, 1499
The General Provincial Court at Patuxent, MD, US, empanels the first all female jury in the colonies to try the case of a woman accused of murdering her child, 1656
A final 8 people are hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Mass., 1692
Nathan Hale is hanged for spying during American Revolution, 1776
Russia establishes a colony at Kodiak, Alaska, 1784
City of Des Moines, Iowa, is incorporated as Fort Des Moines, 1851
Abraham Lincoln, by executive proclamation, declares that the slaves in the rebelling states shall become free on Jan. 1 of the upcoming year, 1862
Richard Wagner's opera Das Rheingold premieres in Munich, 1869
The first issue of National Geographic Magazine is published, 1888
Queen Victoria surpasses her grandfather, King George III, as the longest reigning monarch in British history, 1895
Italo Marchiony granted a patent for an ice cream cone, 1903
The Duke of York's Picture House opens in Brighton, now the oldest continually operating cinema in Britain, 1910
Ralph J. Bunche becomes the first black winner of the Nobel Peace Price, 1950
The Dead Sea Scrolls are made available to the public for the first time by the Huntington Library, 1991
David Hempleman-Adams becomes the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an open-air, wicker-basket hot air balloon, 2003
CERN scientists announce their discovery of neutrinos breaking the speed of light, 2011

Thursday, September 21, 2017

On My Plate (Six Sentence Story) and Front Door Fence (Good Fences)



Jonathan pushed the musical score aside and slammed the lid of his piano in frustration, something he never did. 

"Denarius, why are you doing this to me when I have so much on my plate right now!" he yelled, and he could almost hear his former head professor chuckle in response.  

"You know I will always give you more to do when you think you are already overwhelmed, it's the only way I can prove to you what you are really capable of doing," his professor's voice played in his head.

"Yeah, yeah," Jonathan muttered, "and I always wondered whether that made you a genius or a sadist!"

The laughing response in his head was interrupted by real laughter as his daughter came in and said, "That musical puzzle of your professor's may be the product of a sadistic genius, but I think I've got a clue."

She pulled out a piece of paper and said, "It's a chart of how musical notes can represent letters -- there have been war spies who've used this, and some of them were so good their scores sounded like real musical pieces while sending vital information, too."


Linking up with Zoe's Uncharted Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Plate.

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Good Fences

Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit others to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.

We don't see a lot of iron fences around a front door; this one is very well done.


Today is:

Arbor Day -- Brazil

Barnesville Pumpkin Festival -- Barnesville, OH, US (pumpkins are just the start of the fun; through Sunday)

Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins)

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 11, Peace (to coincide with the International celebration; sponsored by We, the World)  

Fairmount Museum Days/Remembering James Dean Festival -- Fairmont, IN, US (celebrating Dean and other famous people from Fairmont; through Sunday)

Ghatasthapana -- Nepal (start of a nine day Hindu festival, the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar)

Hijra -- Islam (New Year, began last night at the first viewing of the new moon crescent)

Independence Day -- Armenia(1991); Belize(1981); Malta(1964)

International Day of Peace -- UN

Kharisteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; feast of Aremis Agrotera[the huntress] that became a thankgiving for the victory of the battle of Marathon)

Kwama Nkrumah's Birthday/Founder's Day -- Ghana

Miniature Golf Day -- golf the fun way! (separate from National Miniature Golf Day in May)

National Pecan Cookie Day

National Teach Ag Day -- US (streamed live from CHS Inc. headquarters) 

Navaratri Dusserha -- Hindu (beginning of the nine day Festival of Durga, wife of Shiva; local dates of observance may vary)

Pause the World Day -- because we've all wanted to do this at one time or another

RAINN Day -- The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network encourages all of us to get involved in stoping sexual violence 

Rosh Hashanah -- Judaism (began last night at sundown, through tomorrow at sundown)

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, money managers, security forces, security guards, stock brokers, tax collectors; Salerno, Italy; Trier, Germany; Villa d'Ogna, Italy)

Student's Day and Spring Day -- Argentina

Throw Away Something Day -- you have the internet's permission to get rid of that hideous gift; if you can't bring yourself to throw it out, donate it

Tug of War World Championships -- Southport, England (hosted this year by England's Tug-of-War Association, and fun whether you are an enthusiast or just looking to watch the fun; through Sunday) 

World Alzheimer's Day

World Gratitude Day


Birthdays Today:

Nicole Richie, 1981
Luke Wilson, 1971
Ricki Lake, 1968
Faith Hill, 1967
Darva Conger, 1965
Rob Morrow, 1962
Nancy Travis, 1961
David James Elliot, 1960
Dave Coulier, 1959
Ethan Boen, 1957
Bill Murray, 1950
Stephen King, 1947
Kay Ryan, 1945
Fannie Flagg, 1944
Bill Kurtis, 1940
Henry Gibson, 1935
Leonard Cohen, 1934
Larry Hagman, 1931
Chuck Jones, 1912
H.G. Wells, 1866
Maurice Barrymore, 1849 (family patriarch)
Francis Hopkinson, 1737


Debuting/Premiering Today:

"NYPD Blue"(TV), 1993
"Glengarry Glen Ross"(Play), 1983
"Monday Night Football"(TV), 1970*
"Perry Mason"(TV), 1957
"The Texaco Star Theater"(TV), 1948
My Weekly Reader(Magazine, first issue date), 1928

*Browns 31, Jets 21


Today in History:

Richard the Lionheart captured, 1192
Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge, 1451
John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent a fire extinguisher, 1677
Nathan Hale arrested for spying, 1776
The Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser becomes the first successful US daily newspaper, 1784
Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the Angel Moroni gives him the gold plates from which he translates the Book of Mormon, 1827
The Duryea Motor Wagon Company becomes the first auto manufacturer, 1895
"Kit Carson", the first cowboy film, premiers in the US, 1903
Publication of Tolkien's The Hobbit, 1937  
Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations, 1971
Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female US Supreme Court justice, 1981
Brunei joins the United Nations, 1984
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly, 2001
The Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, 2003
Hurricane Rita becomes the third most intense storm hurricane (dropped to 4th on October 19, just a few weeks later), 2005
al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people, 2013