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We have split up the publishing duties, but we welcome everyone in IAN to do daily diaries for the group!  Every member is an editor, so anyone can take a turn when they have something to say, photos and music to share, a cause to promote or news!

Ok, we have a (mostly)  finished diary schedule.  If you would like to fill in, either post in thread or send FloridaSNMom a Kosmail with the date. If you need someone to fill in, ditto. FSNMom is here on and off through the day usually from around 9:30 or 10 am eastern to around 11 pm eastern.

Monday: BadKitties
Tuesday: bigjacbigjacbigjac
Wednesday: Caedy
Thursday: weck
Friday: FloridaSNMOM
Sunday: loggersbrat
If you'd like to be part of the Itzl Alert Network, please leave a comment asking to join, or send us a message asking to join. We'd love to have you. The bigger our network, the less likely someone will be stranded all alone.

For those who are not celebrating their birthday today: A VERY MERRY UNBIRTHDAY TO YOU!

For those celebrating their birthday today: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Here are some people you share this special day with - feel special!

Taichang Emperor, of the Ming dynasty of China - born in 1582

Peter Winter, composer - born 1754

Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia  - born 1827

Lucy Ware Webb Hayes, 1st lady (1877-81) - born 1831

George Hoyt Whipple, US, astrophysicist (Nobel-1934) - born 1878

John Betjeman, poet laureate of England (Mt Zion) - born 1906

Jack [Holbrook] Vance, US, sci-fi author (2 Hugo, Dirdir, Pnume), (d. 2013) - born 1916

Rokie Roker, Miami Fla, actress (Helen-Jeffersons) - born 1929

[Moriyuki] Pat Morita, Isleton CA, actor (Hiroshima, Karate Kid) - born 1932

William S Cohen, (Sen-R Maine, 1979- ) - born 1940

Gates McFadden, Columbus Ohio, actress (Star Trek Next Generation) - born 1953

Jack Black, American actor - born 1969

Le Ann Rimes, country singer (Blue, Holiday in Your Heart) - born 1982

So, there you have it! Some people getting another year older today!

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  •  I'm younger than anyone you listed, (7+ / 0-)

    except the last two,
    Jack Black,
    and Le Ann Rimes.

    Thanks for getting us off
    to a good start.

    Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

    by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:08:48 PM PDT

  •  You guys are AMAZING (10+ / 0-)

    Keep up the good word. Imagine if the whole world had your policy to look after one another? What a different world it would be.


    by The Fritz on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:13:44 PM PDT

    •  Hey! Two things I need to say to you: (6+ / 0-)

      1. Welcome to our
      daily check-in
      Itzl Alert Network.

      If you or anyone you know
      feels lonely,
      at loose ends,
      needs a friendly ear,
      so to speak,
      to listen to your troubles,
      (and your joyful triumphs!)
      this is the place.

      Or at least,
      one of them.

      2. Just less than 24 hours ago,
      my washing machine
      went on the fritz.

      And now,
      you show up!

      The Fritz?

      Does this mean,
      when gadgets break down,
      they come to you,

      On the fritz?


      That just hit me.

      By the way,
      to you and all,
      since my washer quit working,
      I had to dip into savings,
      get some groceries at Walmart,
      a different one
      than the one I work at,
      and get $20 cash out,
      after dropping the groceries
      back at the house,
      (my car is also on the fritz,
      so I'm using my brother-in-law's car
      to do all this,)
      after dropping off the groceries,
      I went to the laundromat,
      and spent exactly ten dollars,
      washed all the clothes we had piled up,
      and came back.

      Than I hung most of them
      on the clothesline out back.

      I'll hang the rest up tomorrow,
      after work.

      Maybe I should go cook fish now.

      Thanks for reading my rant.

      (on the fritz.....
      don't you regret
      choosing that username?)

      Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:44:49 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Let me just say this about that........... (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      broths, FloridaSNMOM, Kit RMP

      As "The" Marti, I welcome my fellow "The", as in "The" Fritz!

      We "The's" must hang together, or we shall surely hang separately.

      Accept no substitutes.  Many are called but few are frozen.


      Welcome to the network......may I call you "Fritz" or do you prefer your formal title?


      (we're informal around these parts)

      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:02:12 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  This was my mother's birthday (10+ / 0-)

    She was born in 1917 and would of been 97.  

    Been getting ready for fall gardening.  I found seeds on sale at a great discount at the local Dollar General.  3 packs for 10 cents.  I also got plant starter dirt and cell packs in the same sale.  I hope to get the broccoli, cauliflower, peppers and cabbage plants started at the end of the week.  It don't take long for them to come up in this hot weather on the porch.  I will have to wait and see if they come up for the couple of dimes I spent on them.  

    I remember the march on DC 50 years ago.  I was 15 years old and spent most of the day sewing school cloths for myself.  I had the sewing machine pulled out so I could see the TV set.  They gave news casts and showed some of it during the day.  To see all those people on the Washington Mall was really something at that time.  I hope this has the same impact that it did 50 years ago.

    Everyone have a good day.

    •  96. No that it's important, but four years (6+ / 0-)

      away from 2017,
      means 96 years from 1917.

      I'm worn out from my garden as it is.

      My garden is mostly
      from Walmart seed packets
      I got for 20 cents each,
      and they're doing well.

      Us folks in retail
      will mark items way down,
      just to get them out of the way,

      the seeds should be great.

      The low price
      is not likely
      to hinder their growth.

      I was born in 1955,
      so I was eight years old,
      in 1963.

      I don't recall
      seeing it on TV,
      but as a teenager,
      I enjoyed reading the "I have a dream"
      trying to imitate Dr. King,
      without truly understanding it much.

      Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 10:55:34 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Happy Birthday to you mother!! No worries about (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      broths, weck, Kit RMP

      the number of years....I'm always gobsmacked by the fact that so many people have no idea in what year their parents were born, what their mother's maiden name was...or even....what the heck a "maiden name" even is!!

      You, my friend, are waaaaay ahead of the game!!  

      As the child of another mum was born in '14, we probably can tell very similar stories, I'd bet!  :-)

      You got a heck of a deal on seeds!!!  I keep "meaning to" hit the Dollar Store, but am afraid I will spend far more than a few dollars...they always have cool stuff I didn't even know I "needed"!

      Having seen the footage from the march so many times, I no longer can tell if it is part of a 'real' memory....or just an absorption of information over the years.  

      My parents read two newspapers daily, and watched the news every night.  They were also very politically...involved, so there were always discussions around the dinner table about what was going on in the world.  The only exception I'm aware of was the Cuban Missile Crisis.  They shielded us (me) from that until it was resolved.  

      The Dream Speech, still gives me chills...the good kind.  In the right mood, it can reduce me to tears. does both.

      Happy Gardening....let us know how your veggies do.



      We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

      by The Marti on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:15:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  To celebrate my UNbirthday, I'm having a sale (8+ / 0-)

    at my Handmade Gallery store, linked in my sig line! 15% off everything (except gift certificates) through the weekend and into next week. I have some new scarves and jewelry items, plus the old favorites just waiting to find someone to take them home. If you are the type that does holiday shopping early, this is a great chance to stock up.

    Here's one of the new necklaces ~
    Pink peace tied necklace 25in 3wide 072813-005

    Hope everyone has a nice Woozle Wednesday!

    "I don't love writing, but I love having written" ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Tue Aug 27, 2013 at 11:17:11 PM PDT

  •  50 Year Anniversary~MLK March on Washington (7+ / 0-)

    THE MARCH, narrated by Denzel Washington, reveals the dramatic story behind the event through the remembrances of key players such as Jack O'Dell, Clarence B. Jones, Julian Bond and Andrew Young. Supporters and other testimonials of the March include Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte and Diahann Carroll. Additional interviewees include Roger Mudd, the CBS anchorman who reported from the March, Clayborne Carson, founding director of Stanford's Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute and a participant in the March, and Oprah Winfrey, whose life was transformed by watching the March on television along with millions of other Americans. Also featured are the remembrances of ordinary citizens who joined some 250,000 Americans who thronged to the capital on that momentous day to peacefully demand an end to two centuries of discrimination and injustice.

    This clip focuses on the excitement of the day -- August 28, 1963 -- when Marchers flowed into the city by the thousands.

    THE MARCH premieres Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 9pm ET.

    Learn more at
  •  Good morning. (7+ / 0-)

    Cool down today.   Going up to 83.

    Taking my pups to the spa.   Doing at home stuff, and a few errands.

    Have a good one.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 04:16:55 AM PDT

  •  Another 90+ day. (7+ / 0-)

    Still looks as though this crap will last until Labor Day.  This summer has me spoiled, but I'm "paying the piper" now.

    My good friend will take me to the store later.  She's a real blessing, not only for driving me but for paying for my groceries.  It's been almost two months since I did real shopping, so this will be a big one.  We'll be hauling it all into my apartment in the heat of the day.  Before that, I have to get this place into some kind of shape for company.  It's been too easy to let little things go until they become bigger things.  :-(

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 05:39:47 AM PDT

  •  Today I need to scrub and wax the kitchen floor. (6+ / 0-)

    It will be hot and sticky again today, maybe pop-up storms, but not good for painting until Friday.

    The cleaning reminded me of some humor from a long ago Reader's Digest,....A woman was on the phone with her friend from the Philippines and was complaining about having to get her couse spotless before her weekend guests arrived.

    Her friend said, "You clean your house before company comes?".

    I guess I am still picking up from the birthday party!

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 05:54:06 AM PDT

  •  How did I not know (7+ / 0-)

    ...that Pat Morita was born today?! :) That just made my day-even with my migraine. <3

  •  It would have been my parents' 52nd (6+ / 0-)

    anniversary, if my father was still alive :( They really, truly loved each other. They met at a high school dance, introduced by a mutual friend, when my mother was 15 and my father was 17. They didn't start dating until after college, though, because my father thought my mother was a twerp.

    This summer, my mother told me a story I'd never heard: she had a party when she was 16, and a table got broken (!) Daddy fixed it. Mommy lived in fear that Granddaddy would find out or that it would fall apart again, but it never did.

    Boring day today. Cleaning, laundry. Too damn hot to skate. Again.

    "...Males are biologically driven to go out and hunt giraffes.” —Newt Gingrich in 1995

    by BadKitties on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 07:13:53 AM PDT

  •  Good morning (7+ / 0-)

    Bit got up and helped me finish up the chores today, so the kitchen is done, most of the fridge is scrubbed out (the doors and drawers will get done another day), and more of the bathrooms are done.

    It's currently 79 with a high of 89, but it's supposed to stay sunny all day so I fully expect it to get hotter. There are a couple of early tropical systems in the Atlantic they are watching, but it's too early to say what impact or any they will have on us.

    Today is Sophie's Birthday. She's a year old today. We have a special dinner for her tonight and Bit wants to make dog biscuits. The dog biscuits may have to wait until tomorrow as we don't have all the ingredients we need yet. Caedy is off work tomorrow, so that's grocery day this week.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 07:58:33 AM PDT

  •  Happy Birthday (and many more) (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    FloridaSNMOM, broths, Caedy, The Marti, Kit RMP

    to Sophie!

  •  Late hello, everyone. (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    weck, FloridaSNMOM, broths, The Marti, Kit RMP

    Busy with some editing. I enjoy it. Cloudy here in the Hudson Valley; might be some rain coming. It's warmer than in the past few days, and a bit humid, but not uncomfortable.

    My major chore for the day: scrub the litter box! What fun. The cats take great interest in the process and show their approval by immediately annointing it :)

    Hope everyone is well!

    P.S. Thanks for the diary, Caedy.

  •  Well. Here I am, closer to tomorrow's diary than (5+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    broths, carolanne, weck, FloridaSNMOM, Kit RMP


    Went back to the doctor about these blasted headaches.  We're trying two new for pain and one at bedtime, for sleep, I guess.  Last night was an experiment in how many times I could wake up in one night.  

    Fortunately, there is this handsome pootie who sleeps with me. He was right here every time, with purrs and snuzzles and nose boops and other gentle lovey things.  

    I ♥ he.

    Doc wants me to get my eyes examined, to rule out early onset glaucoma.  Cheery thought, eh?  Still, I'm due anyway, so we'll (ahem) focus on that.

    Back in two weeks for another evaluation.

    Fingers crossed and prayers said that these meds work.  She knows I'm close to the edge, so there is that.

    Thanks for a cute diary, Caedy....even if it isn't my birthday, yet!  I'll be thirty-nine........and some months!!  That still makes me younger than bigjac, who is 80, at last count, and hurtling toward 81.


    Hope you all had/have a good one!

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 01:37:13 PM PDT

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