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here we are again,
another bigjac Tuesday.

I'm posting events,
selected from
Chase's Calendar of events,
every Tuesday,
until further notice.

Plus a few items,
selected from other sources,
if I take time
to do so.

This is my new,
regular topic,
and here's the link,
in case you want to look for yourself:

Chase's Calendar of Events

By the way,
even if I'm tired,
even if I'm running late,
I read all this Chase's information carefully,
and delete any items
I know little to nothing about.

I do not copy and paste
the whole shebang,
and expect you folks
to wade through
the whole thing.

For example,
I delete
holidays for other countries,
when I don't know the history
behind the holiday,
and I delete
names of those who have birthdays,
if I've never heard of them,
or barely heard of them.

Here we go:

May 7, 2014

National School Nurse Day

225 years ago, in 1789 at New York City, the first US presidential inaugural ball was held--to honor new president George Washington.

In 1824, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered at Vienna, Austria.

In 1915, the Lusitania sank after being hit by a German torpedo: 1,198 lives were lost.

Birth anniversaries of Johannes Brahms (1833-97), Robert Browning (1812-1889), Gary Cooper (1901-61), Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-93) and Johnny Unitas (1933-2002).

May 8, 2014

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War (May 8-9, UN)

World Red Cross Red Crescent Day

V-E Day: Anniversary of the 1945 unconditional surrender of Germany to Allied Forces. The end of hostilities was set for May 9 at 12:01 AM local time.

In 1902, Mount Pelée erupted on the French Caribbean island of Martinique, killing all 30,000 inhabitants—except one—in the port city of Saint-Pierre.

Birth anniversary of Harry S Truman, 33rd president of the US (1884-1972).

Birth anniversary of blues musician Robert Johnson (1911-38).

Happy Birthday! Melissa Gilbert, Enrique Iglesias, Don Rickles, Toni Tennille

May 9, 2014

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Lilac Festival, Rochester, NY (May 9-18). See

In 1941, British sailors captured an Enigma machine from a disabled German U-110 submarine. The acquisition was kept secret as Allied cryptographers started work on Axis codes.

Birth anniversary of James M. Barrie (1860-1937), playwright and author, creator of Peter Pan.

Birth anniversary of William Moulton Marston (1893-1947), psychologist who invented the lie detector and created the Wonder Woman comic books.

Birth anniversary of journalist and broadcaster Mike Wallace (1918-2012).

Happy Birthday! Candice Bergen, Albert Finney, Glenda Jackson, Billy Joel

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  •  g'day all; late start for me (11+ / 0-)

    and a rough night.  Not much else to report

  •  Responsibilities ebbing. (8+ / 0-)

    Last night at choir practice we decided that we're getting close enough to the end of our year that we could meet less often.  We just seem to be going over the same things and people are eager to be outdoors tending their lawns and gardens or at the ball fields watching their kids and grandkids.  We'll stay for a few minutes after each Mass to rehearse the song for the next week.  

    We also decided that we can sing until Pentecost.  That usually occurs around Memorial day but this year, it's two weeks after that.  It looks like people will be in town, so we're going for it on June 8.

    Weather continues to warm up, 70s today, 80s tomorrow!  It will go down a bit after that because 80s is too warm for this time of year.  

    The guy who runs the store across the street went out and got three big rhododendrons yesterday.  I've got to get him to go shopping with me so we can pick out some other perennials.  He just grabs any old thing because he likes the picture, and of course, they sell it to him.  (He's a bit hard to understand because he has a pretty heavy accent; for instance, he says "rack" when he means "rake.")  He wants an instant, showy garden so we're mixing annuals in until we can get perennials going strong.  It takes a lot of planning to make a garden that is always in bloom.  If I can get him color from crocus to mums, I'll be a very happy camper.  :-)

    -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 Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:25:38 AM PDT

    •  it is so good of you (7+ / 0-)

      to help the man gets a garden going.  i too love the instant gratification of flowery plants but have had to face reality here in so cal.  i have slowly converted most of my garden to drought resistant succulents and cacti but if you are patient, unlike your neighbor, they all bloom!  some are breath takingly beautiful, some bloom only at night and for only one night, some explode with tiny little flowers on towering stems. the hummingbirds like the flowers from the aloe veras.  but i have some perennial flower shrubs, lantana, jasmine, pomodora, and geraniums, so i get color most of the year too.  i hope his new garden will be a source of joy to him over the years to come.  you are to be commended!

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Tue May 06, 2014 at 07:44:32 AM PDT

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  •  Woke up hurting this morning (6+ / 0-)

    But I kind of expected that after all the running around and gardening yesterday. But I have the peas and beans staked, we have a spaghetti squash plant in the ground, and the garden is looking good. We need to go out to Winn Dixie today for some things, then tomorrow I'll stay home.

    Still have to do the floors yet, and the dishes later today too. But right now I'm waiting for the tylenol to kick in a bit.

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

    by FloridaSNMOM on Tue May 06, 2014 at 04:50:47 AM PDT

  •  Got tons of paperwork done yesterday, so there (5+ / 0-)

    is time to garden today.  I set up a new, clean box in the shed for my Little Mama feral kitty; I expect to have grand-kittens by the end of the month. It is a perfect day to hang laundry outside!  Have a great day everybody!

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

    by weck on Tue May 06, 2014 at 05:18:47 AM PDT

    •  kittens are so cool. (6+ / 0-)

      when i am caring for ferals, i can't always catch them to take to the vet, and kittens are the result.  then i get the joy of seeing little babies without the guilt of bringing them into the world intentionally.  not spaying my own animals is NOT A CHOICE! but if  after all efforts, i miss a mama cat, well, i love the little ones and get them when the time is right.  upcoming congrats to you!

      "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

      by art ah zen on Tue May 06, 2014 at 07:50:56 AM PDT

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      •  This mama has remained un-trapable; (6+ / 0-)

        but she doesn't have too many babies and I have been able to socialize them and find them homes (so far).

        She is the last of a colony of 12-16 that were at this location when I moved here.  I will seal up the shed when she is gone, but in the meantime she gets food and meds when I can slip them by her in food or onto her neck.

        All my pets are neutered, but there are neighborhood toms that come round when she calls to them.

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

        by weck on Tue May 06, 2014 at 08:02:35 AM PDT

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        •  you are doing good work (5+ / 0-)

          and i know the struggles involved.  i am amazed at the number of people who will get female cats fixed but not males.  they seem to think that the result is not their problem.  i don't usually have male animals but have a tom cat now that my mr. brought with him.  he is a huge ginger guy who has been neutered.  such a sweet boy unless you are a lizard. but if my mr. had not had that taken care of, believe me, it would have been the first thing we did. he does not hear the siren's call of any lonely lady kitties.

          "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

          by art ah zen on Tue May 06, 2014 at 08:31:00 AM PDT

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  •  grand morning in so cal. (6+ / 0-)

    i slept in a little so i got up to bright sun and cool temps.  lovely day.

    nothing interesting to report here.  another day of mending for my daughter and i will probably be drying chicken strips for rubi and working on another quilt top.  i finished the one yesterday, but have no batting for it so i can move on to another top.  i guess i will have to get out my singer featherweight sewing machine so i can work while my daughter used my kenmore, which is almost as damn old as the featherweight.  my singer is from 1954 and the kenmore is from 1975.  they made things to last in those days so we can still use them in these days!

    take this day to celebrate the light that shines out from your soul.  that light illuminates the life in those around you.

    "I am an old woman, named after my mother. my old man is another child who's grown old." John Prine (not an old woman)

    by art ah zen on Tue May 06, 2014 at 07:58:42 AM PDT

  •  Good morning! (5+ / 0-)

    Thanks for the calendar, bigjac. I'll try to pay homage to Beethoven tomorrow and listen to the 9th.

    Speaking of Beethoven, I've been trying off and on during the summers to identify a bird that makes what sounds very much like the first 4 notes of Beethoven's Fifth (except the bird adds a 5th note!) I usually hear it mid-summer - I've never seen it. Tried the Cornell Ornithology site several times, driving my cats crazy listening to bird calls, but haven't succeeded yet.

    Another fine day here in the Hudson Valley. Hope everyone has a good one!

  •  good evening, everyone! (2+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP, bigjacbigjacbigjac

    hope all had a great Tuesday. I went to the grocery today and 2 miles from the house it was raining like mad... here at home, not a drop. so frustrating.

    our mild weather continues, highs 85 and lows in the low 70's, but no breeze today. the view from my porch is nice, though

     photo sunsetsalinas1_zpsa7a8c9cb.jpg

     photo sunset2_zps1fa6123d.jpg

    It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. ~ Thoreau

    by newpioneer on Tue May 06, 2014 at 03:41:46 PM PDT

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