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July 13, 2007

The 4 Dwarves

These guys pretty much describe me today:

Sneezy, from cutting the back yard last night & doing the hated and dreaded weeding. Sleepy because, well let's face it, who likes getting up at 6:00 a.m.?

Grumpy because I'm Sneezy and Sleepy. And the office air con died. So I'm in shorts today and a very light shirt, with my hair in a ponytail to keep it off my neck. BTW, it's cool and cloudy, but I'm still hot. I'm always hot.

Dopey because.....well, I'm just Dopey.

Friday the 13th - It's Only Bad Luck if You are a Knight Templar.

It was on Friday, Oct. 13, 1307, that France's King Philip IV had the Knights Templar rounded up for torture and execution. The Knights Templar were an order of warriors within the Roman Catholic Church who banded together to protect Christian travellers visiting Jerusalem in the centuries after the Crusades. The Knights eventually became a rich, powerful ‹ and allegedly corrupt order within the church and were executed for heresy.

Why do people fear the number 13? Christian theology is one source. The number thirteen is significant because it is the number of people present at the Last Supper, and Judas, the apostle who betrayed Jesus, was the 13th member of the party to arrive.Christians have also been wary of Fridays because it's the day that Jesus was crucified. Some theologians believe that Friday was the day that Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and Friday was the day that the Great Flood began.To keep your mind off the matter of luck, here's some Friday the 13th trivia:

  • The 13th of a month is more likely to fall on a Friday than on any other day. In each 400-year cycle of the Gregorian calendar, 170 years have one Friday the 13th, 171 have two, and 59 have three.

  • It is impossible to have a year with no Friday the 13th or a year with four or more Fridays the 13th.

  • When there are three Fridays the 13th in a year, they occur in February, March and November except in leap years. In leap years, they occur in January, April and July.

  • When there is only one Friday the 13th in a year, it falls either in May, June, August or October.
Sources: Newsday Article and article by Jenni Dillon.
Brian and I have kept Sagan crated during weekdays since we got him in early 2006. We don't like crating him, but we needed to make sure he was completely house trained, and past his rambunctious puppy months, before attempting to let him out all day.

We used to crate Pepper too, but eventually let her have the run of the house. At first she was good, but one day Brian came home to find the den completely torn apart. Books were pulled off of bookshelves, knickknacks on the floor.....Brian was frantically trying to clean it up before I got home. The next day, I came home to find the livingroom torn apart. It was very unusual for her to act out like that. We eventually figured out that because we had some new furniture half built in the middle of the floors in the den and up in the livingroom, and because dogs are very sensitive when their environs change, she went nuts. We quickly finished assembling and moving everything and she has never done that kind of destruction again.
We have left Sagan and Pepper alone for about an hour or 2, but never the entire day. So I figured, why not just tempt fate and leave both dogs out today. I shut all the doors to all the rooms, so they only have access to the livingroom, halls, stairs and kitchen. I made sure all foodstuffs were pushed well to the back of the countertops and we bought a trash compactor last winter to keep Sagan from getting into the trash can. Sagan won't even go to the bathroom indoors at doggie daycare so I'm not that concerned about his house training.

The only thing I am hoping is that they don't get into a dust-up. Sagan absolutely adores his big sister and will tease her till she plays with him (or growls menacingly and slaps at him). Pepper, on the other hand, grudgingly tolerates her little brother. When I locked the door, I heard her loudly growl and bark at him...I swear I heard the words, "Listen up Dumbhead, Mommy left me in charge, so back off!"

Unfortunately, I checked the local dopplar radar and saw that a very bad thunderstorm passed over my house between 8:50 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The reddest part of the radar, which is the worst part of the storm, went right over my neighborhood, near the southern end of Lake Tapps. I can only keep my fingers crossed that my little furchildren weren't spooked enough to do any real damage to the rooms to which they have access. I guess I'll find out when I get home tonite!


  1. Anonymous2:21 PM

    ok, so that leaves...bashful, doc and happy. i can live with that. but, i REALLY wanted dopey, for obvious reasons!!

  2. Thanks for the trivia, I always love useless but interesting snippets. (And bore students with them. Still, it gets me off the subject I'm supposed to be teaching so they don't actually mind).

    Hope the babies are OK when you get home. And the house of course...

  3. Anonymous3:18 PM

    I always try not to walk under any black cats on Friday 13th.....

  4. Anonymous3:22 PM

    I like the number 13 AND I love Fridays. It's all good.

  5. Diane - I love your mixed phobia. So does that mean you are afraid of ladders crossing in front of you? ;P

  6. I love any Friday the 13th. My darling FPM was born on a Friday the 13th. I consider it my lucky day!
    -Keeping my fingers crossed for the condition of your house!
    Don't hate me, but I always leave my dogs free in the house when I go somewhere. Here's the worst thing that happens, Crystal will dump over a bathroom trashcan or pull dirty laundry from a hamper in order to rub her head on it. Not bad, eh?

  7. Anonymous5:29 PM

    We got that thunderstorm here too. As thunderstorms go, it seemed fairly quiet. Hopefully that's a good sign.

    Still, choosing Friday the 13th as the first day for the dogs to be out? Monday the 16th might have been a skosh wiser...

  8. Kristy - I like to live dangerously! lol

  9. Anonymous8:23 PM

    What about Bitchy?????

  10. aww, i was hoping i got here late enough to hear how your babies behaved themselves.ah well, guess i can wait till tomorrow.....

    i was definintely grumpy today, had a HORRID day with the kids.

    great post, luv the trivia:)

  11. Hope the storm wasn't too bad! So far nothing bad has happened to me on Friday the 13th...And I Love black cats :)

  12. The doggies were great! No problems at all in the house when I got home. So that was good & now we don't have to crate Sagan anymore during the day!

    BTW, whoever posted as anonymous and wrote "what about bitchy", it wasn't Brian. No idea who it was.

  13. Anonymous5:54 PM

    hey, jojo...did you do the needle work on sneezy??

  14. yey! glad to hear the babies were good;)

    sorry to see the trolls have found you...

  15. Fen - No, the dwarf pictures came from google images.

  16. Anonymous2:29 PM

    jojo, ya know, you probably didn't know this, but, there was actually an 8th dwarf...yep, he was named, "hottie" and he had the largest hands and feet...