Tuesday, May 30, 2017
The fence needs staining again, but this time Mom has decided
that she's not using a brush. So she bought a power sprayer and told PlusOne if he power washed then stained the fence, both sides (all approx 120 feet one side) she'd buy his plane ticket to California to see his cousin.
Of course he said yes. lol
He should get it done quicker than the last time.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Memorial Day is much more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year's first sunburn. Here's a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective.
1. IT STARTED WITH THE CIVIL WAR.Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both sides died. The loss of life and its effect on communities throughout the country led to spontaneous commemorations of the dead:
• In 1864, women from Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, put flowers on the graves of their dead from the just-fought Battle of Gettysburg. The next year, a group of women decorated the graves of soldiers buried in a Vicksburg, Mississippi, cemetery.
• In April 1866, women from Columbus, Mississippi, laid flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers. In the same month, in Carbondale, Illinois, 219 Civil War veterans marched through town in memory of the fallen to Woodlawn Cemetery, where Union hero Major General John A. Logan delivered the principal address. The ceremony gave Carbondale its claim to the first organized, community-wide Memorial Day observance.
• Waterloo, New York began holding an annual community service on May 5, 1866. Although many towns claimed the title, it was Waterloo that won congressional recognition as the "birthplace of Memorial Day."
2. GENERAL LOGAN MADE IT OFFICIAL.General Logan, the speaker at the Carbondale gathering, also was commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans. On May 5, 1868, he issued General Orders No. 11, which set aside May 30, 1868 "for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion."
The orders expressed hope that the observance would be "kept up from year to year while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades."
3. IT WAS FIRST KNOWN AS DECORATION DAY.The holiday was long known as Decoration Day for the practice of decorating graves with flowers, wreaths, and flags. The name Memorial Day goes back to 1882, but the older name didn't disappear until after World War II. Federal law declared "Memorial Day" the official name in 1967.
4. THE HOLIDAY IS A FRANCHISE.Calling Memorial Day a "national holiday" is a bit of a misnomer. While there are 10 federal holidays created by Congress—including Memorial Day—they apply only to Federal employees and the District of Columbia. Federal Memorial Day, established in 1888, allowed Civil War veterans, many of whom were drawing a government paycheck, to honor their fallen comrades without being docked a day's pay.
For the rest of us, our holidays were enacted state by state. New York was the first state to designate Memorial Day a legal holiday, in 1873. Most Northern states had followed suit by the 1890s. The states of the former Confederacy were unenthusiastic about a holiday memorializing those who, in General Logan's words, "united to suppress the late rebellion." The South didn't adopt the May 30 Memorial Day until after World War I, by which time its purpose had been broadened to include those who died in all the country's wars.
In 1971, the Monday Holiday Law shifted Memorial Day from May 30 to the last Monday of the month.
5. IT WAS JAMES GARFIELD'S FINEST HOUR—OR MAYBE HOUR-AND-A-HALF.On May 30, 1868, President Ulysses S. Grant presided over the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery—which, until 1864, was Confederate General Robert E. Lee's plantation.
Some 5000 people attended on a spring day which, The New York Times reported, was "somewhat too warm for comfort." The principal speaker was James A. Garfield, a Civil War general, Republican congressman from Ohio and future president.
"I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion," Garfield began, and then continued to utter them. "If silence is ever golden, it must be beside the graves of fifteen-thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem the music of which can never be sung." It went on like that for pages and pages.
As the songs, speeches and sermons ended, the participants helped to decorate the graves of the Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.
6. NOT EVEN THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER CAN AVOID MEDIA SCRUTINY THESE DAYS."Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God." That is the inscription on the Tomb of the Unknowns, established at Arlington National Cemetery to inter the remains of the first Unknown Soldier, a World War I fighter, on November 11, 1921. Unknown soldiers from World War II and the Korean War subsequently were interred in the tomb on Memorial Day 1958.
An emotional President Ronald Reagan presided over the interment of six bones, the remains of an unidentified Vietnam War soldier, on November 28, 1984. Fourteen years later, those remains were disinterred, no longer unknown. Spurred by an investigation by CBS News, the defense department removed the remains from the Tomb of the Unknowns for DNA testing.
The once-unknown fighter was Air Force pilot Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie, whose jet crashed in South Vietnam in 1972. "The CBS investigation suggested that the military review board that had changed the designation on Lt. Blassie's remains to 'unknown' did so under pressure from veterans' groups to honor a casualty from the Vietnam War," The New York Times reported in 1998.
Lieutenant Blassie was reburied near his hometown of St. Louis. His crypt at Arlington remains permanently empty.
7. VIETNAM VETS GO WHOLE HOG.On Memorial Day weekend in 1988, 2500 motorcyclists rode into Washington, D.C. for the first Rolling Thunder rally to draw attention to Vietnam War soldiers still missing in action or prisoners of war. By 2002, the ride had swelled to 300,000 bikers, many of them veterans. There may have been a half-million participants in 2005, in what organizers bluntly call "a demonstration—not a parade."
A national veterans rights group, Rolling Thunder takes its name from the B-52 carpet-bombing runs during the war in Vietnam.
8. MEMORIAL DAY HAS ITS CUSTOMS.General Orders No. 11 stated that "in this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed," but over time several customs and symbols became associated with the holiday.
• It is customary on Memorial Day to fly the flag at half staff until noon, and then raise it to the top of the staff until sunset.
• Taps, the 24-note bugle call, is played at all military funerals and memorial services. It originated in 1862 when Union General Dan Butterfield "grew tired of the 'lights out' call sounded at the end of each day," according to The Washington Post. Together with the brigade bugler, Butterfield made some changes to the tune.
Not long after, the melody was used at a burial for the first time when a battery commander ordered it played in lieu of the customary three rifle volleys over the grave. The battery was so close to enemy lines, and the commander was worried the shots would spark renewed fighting.
• The World War I poem "In Flanders Fields," by John McCrea, inspired the Memorial Day custom of wearing red artificial poppies. In 1915, a Georgia teacher and volunteer war worker named Moina Michael began a campaign to make the poppy a symbol of tribute to veterans and for "keeping the faith with all who died." The sale of poppies has supported the work of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
9. THERE STILL IS A GRAY MEMORIAL DAY.Several Southern states continue to set aside a day for honoring the Confederate dead, which is usually called Confederate Memorial Day. It's on the fourth Monday in April in Alabama, April 26 in Georgia, June 3 in Louisiana and Tennessee, the last Monday in April in Mississippi, May 10 in North and South Carolina, January 19 in Texas, and the last Monday in May in Virginia.
10. EACH MEMORIAL DAY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT.No question that Memorial Day is a solemn event. Still, don't feel too guilty about doing something frivolous (like having barbecue) over the weekend. After all, you weren't the one who instituted the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911. That credit goes to Indianapolis businessman Carl Fisher. The winning driver that day was Ray Harroun, who averaged 74.6 mph and completed the race in 6 hours and 42 minutes.
Gravitas returned on May 30, 1922, when the Lincoln Memorial was dedicated. Supreme Court Chief Justice (and former president) William Howard Taft dedicated the monument before a crowd of 50,000 people, segregated by race, and which included a row of Union and Confederate veterans. Also attending was Lincoln's surviving son, Robert Todd Lincoln.
In 2000, Congress established a National Moment of Remembrance, which asks Americans to pause for one minute at 3 p.m. in an act of national unity. The time was chosen because 3 p.m. "is the time when most Americans are enjoying their freedoms on the national holiday."
This post originally appeared in 2008.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Whenever Mom takes me outside, she always checks on the laundry. If there is any to bring up, she puts me in the basket with the clean laundry and carries me up that way.
So why does she complain when I get into the laundry on my own, I ask you?
Yeah, that's what I thought. You got no answer for it either.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Friday, May 19, 2017
After two days of record heat for May (90degrees F)
we are now having severe thunderstorms.
I am not going out in that, that is for darn sure!
And PlusOne proved what a great son he was by putting Mom & Dad's air conditioner AND turning it on.
Mom is going to sleep a lot better tonight than last night.
So will I.
I LOVE air conditioning.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
So Mom, Dad and PlusOne are looking for a sister for me. I don't relax until Mom or PlusOne sit down on the sofa and I join them.
And PlusOne misses his little Lucky, especially sleeping and cuddling with her.
So they are looking at rescues and adopting. They are not just looking at pugs. PlusOne likes pit bull terrier mixes, but Mom thinks 40 to 50 pounds of dog is just too much.
We are sure the perfect sister (or maybe even brother) will come along.
In the meantime, PlusOne and I are spending a lot of time together.
It's good for both of us.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017
Thursday, May 11, 2017
So, after the promotion of the new Black Belts, the Studio Owner (and 8th Degree Black Belt) called Mom up front and center.
Mom did not know WHAT the heck was up.
(And everyone said it showed on her face)
Well, then he told Mom to kneel and put a Fourth Degree Black Belt in front of her, telling her to take off her old belt, he was promoting her to Fourth Degree.
Now, usually, there is a big, long, hard test, for Fourth, but Mom didn't take a test like that.
Turns out, that he and the Senior Instructor have been watching Mom for over a year, recognizing her depth of knowledge, her notebook (it's 4 inched thick, alphabetical and color coordinated) and
how well she has been teaching the new Black Belt class.
Well, you can see from the look on Mom's face that she was totally surprised.
She was actually speechless, and the Senior Instructor just LOVED that fact.
In fact, Mom couldn't manage a complete sentence for at least forty five minutes!
I don't know just when she's going to come down to earth, but when she does. I'll be here waiting for her.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
Friday, May 5, 2017
Mom has had a sore throat for almost two weeks. She finally went and got checked out. The rapids Strep test came back negative, but Mom has the "I feel like a size 11 knitting needle is sticking out of my right ear" feeling, so she got some HUGE horse pills from her doctor.
That's the good news.
The bad news is it's going to take 48 hours to kick.
So she's grumpy.
I am hiding.
Don't mind me Mom, just lying here sleeping.
Nothing to look at.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Mom took me to the vet. I am NOT happy with her.
They took blood, weighed me (13.7 lbs) gave me a shot, checked my teeth (or tried to, lol), checked my ears (and various other parts of my body that I will NOT name)
and then let me go home with Mom.
I wish someone would do to you what was done to me and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did.
I did get treats, though, I have to be honest about that.
That was nice, but it was the ONLY part that was!
Oh yeah, I'm fairly healthy for a 13 year old pug.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Monday, May 1, 2017
Mom's been busy at the computer importing music to her MP3 player since the Prius uses a different way of playing music than the Corolla did. It was really weird because NONE of Mom's Star Wars soundtracks would play in the Prius so she was really annoyed and frustrated by it.
So after many a frustrating hours spent trying to figure it out, she did.
NOW she has to get all her music back on the MP3 player, which mean importing her music ALL OVER AGAIN.
Since I can't sit in her lap while she does it (she needs two hands) I make myself comfy on the sofa and keep an eye on her.
You never know WHAT trouble Mom can get into on a computer. lol