Inane means lacking sense, significance, or ideas; silly.  This is INANE ANSWERING MESSAGE DAY!!!

The answering machine is a device for answering telephones and recording callers’ messages. On a two-cassette answer phone, there is an outgoing cassette, which after a certain number of rings plays a pre-recorded message to the caller who rang the number. Once the message is complete, the outgoing cassette stops and the incoming cassette starts recording the caller’s message, and then stops when the caller hangs up.

We have a choice to make on this day.  I know, you hate choices before you’ve had coffee – so drink your coffee first and then make your decision.

Ready???  Ok…  (hey, that sounded like a cheerleader!)

You can either use this day to be more professional with your answering machine message – you know, try to not giggle or spew pop through your nose in the middle of it.  This would probably be a good idea if you are leaving a message on your phone at work – or if you are in the process of trying to find a job.  Jus’ sayin… 

If there is too much personal information on your message, like, “You guys KNOW I’m always out for my daily walk at 3pm every day.”  Yeah – well the world doesn’t really need to know that.  Make your message short, sweet and complete without a lot of double-talk.

Yes, I know I’m the queen of double-talk.  I reign proudly, thank you very much!

Under certain circumstances, your message should be as professional sounding as you can make it.

It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.  – Annie Gottlier

But…  here is choice number two.

If you are out of the workforce and free as the breeze, not waiting for the phone call from a potential employer, you could make your answering machine short and sweet, but creative, funny and silly!

Let’s face it – answering machine messages are dull and boring.  Why not liven them up a bit today???  Although this annual “holiday” was created by Wellcat back in 2001 to encourage us to “change, shorten, replace or delete those ridiculous and/or annoying answering machine messages that waste the time of anyone who must listen to them”, I think making them more creative would do away with the “boring” factor.

You’re the only one who can assess your situation and decide if it’s time to starch and iron that answering machine message – polish it up – or loosen your collar a bit and make it a little more crazy.  The message doesn’t have to go on forever – it can be short and sweet and complete either way.

Here’s an idea…  you could call someone and leave a totally inane voice message for them!  That could be fun!

Today you may change that outgoing message on your machine – and make it a fancy tux or a purple polka-dot frock, or leave a lime green slime message on a friend’s answering machine.  Wink!  😉  It’s totally up to you.  🙂








We joke around about how it takes a kid to open a child-proof cap on a bottle of pills, but kids are really talented little beings – especially the ones born into technology!  They amaze me!

Today is KID INVENTOR’S DAY!!!  We old folks tip our collective hats to the younger and more technologically savvy in the world.  What inventions have kids come up with?  Well, I wondered about that too.  Here are just a few examples of what kids have invented.

  • Snow Mobile
  • Toy Truck
  • Crayon Holders
  • Magnetic Locker Wallpaper
  • Trampoline
  • Superman
  • Waterskiing
  • Television
  • Popsicle
  • Earmuffs
  • Braille
  • Calculator

Children are the most valuable asset we have.  Their imaginations run wild with creative thinking and if they are properly encouraged, the sky is the limit to what they can accomplish.  I suppose it’s because they are not yet saddled down with the responsibilities that adults have.  They are still free to explore and learn, compose and extract and experiment to their heart’s content.

A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.  – Author Unknown

There are many more inventions that are not listed here.  Every day the patent office receives applications for new inventions from young people.

It’s one thing to invent and have all the pieces available – but it’s quite another to invent when you have to scrape and scrounge around for parts you need!  That is wonderful and shows great ingenuity to be sure!

 Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.  – Rabindranath Tagore

If you have a child or grandchild, today is the day to encourage him / her to be inventive and creative.  Ask if there is something in particular they would like to improve or change.  If it seems like something unimportant to you, don’t let on.  Just be there to support the dream.  The final result may surprise you.

Inventors come up with solutions to life’s little inconveniences.  Back when I was in school we decorated our lockers with a lot of scotch tape.  Today there is magnetic wallpaper just for lockers!  Man, why didn’t I think of that?  Wink!  😉




Just because I was given a few talents does not mean that I can even almost decorate my house for Christmas. As we drive around the neighborhood, I am in awe of the beautiful and unique decorations at our neighbor’s houses. There are some very creative women living around us.

Last week, we took a trip to Tonkawa, Oklahoma to visit the holiday lights factory. To our shock and surprise, the factory will be closing permanently in early January, 2014. Some items were up to 70% off, so of course we felt it was urgent to buy things while we could. You can’t buy everything at Wal-mart, ya know.


We looked around at all the magnificent displays. The practical person I am, my first thought was, “How would we store these things?” There were some beautiful displays, but they were so big there was no way we could use them. Even at 70% off they were still too expensive to buy anyway. I said “pass” on most of it. Call me crazy, but I like to have money left over to buy, oh, I don’t know – groceries, gas, essentials.

Out of the corner of my eye, I spotted it. Rope lighting. I can store that! There was 150 ft. of multi-color rope lighting on a spool – only one left. I had to have it. My mind feverishly scrambled to come up with the perfect place to use it. I imagined stringing it in our front garden, sort of looping it around the now dead shrubs. I pictured what it would look like if it lined the back deck. I thought, “What if we wrapped it all around our fountain in the back yard?” Well, of course these were all just fleeting ideas. But one thing was for sure: I had to have it.

We decided to buy it. Okay – step one was complete. I was now the proud owner of 150 ft. of multi-color rope lighting. Now what? As we drove from Tonkawa back to Wichita my mind was racing! I had to come up with something really great – the perfect place to use this rope lighting. I had to convince my husband that we made the right decision. I could not have him feeling buyer’s remorse when we got home – he could not know that I don’t have a clue what to do with this stuff! I just wanted it – I thought it was so pretty. Um… no, I would have to do better than that. He thought I already had a plan. I had to think! It takes one hour to drive from Tonkawa to Wichita, so I had to think fast!

We pulled into the driveway and I was still just as clueless as ever. I knew the question was coming – and soon. We went in the house and ate supper. I was still thinking; I’m surprised he didn’t see the smoke rolling from my ears, I was thinking so hard.

Then the question came: “Where did you want to PUT this rope lighting?” My jaw dropped as though the question came as a complete surprise to me. I no more as said, “Well…” when he said, “I assumed you wanted to line the top of the fence.”

I looked him straight in the face and said, “Oh yeah, that’s what I had in mind all along!” Whew! 😉



5-25 THE TOWEL (USED 5-25-13)
Towels are not just for showers anymore. Nope. Turns out they have many handy uses and we should never be caught without one, according to author Douglas Adams. I could easily make a list of 100 uses for a towel, but I won’t. I’ll save that treat for another post. I’m sure you’re thrilled.

If you are a Sci-fi fan and have read any books written by Douglas Adams (1952-2001), then I don’t have to tell you what today is, do I??? But for the rest of you – today is TOWEL DAY, the day we celebrate the man and his genius.

He wrote such great adventure books and created word pictures that put you in the middle of things. I like “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”. There’s one particular quote from it that I enjoy:

Reality is frequently inaccurate.

That is one quote that I carry with me to use when I’m having an exceptionally bad day. Then I shrug my shoulders and convince myself that I’m not really having a bad day because my reality is not real anyway.

The book we get “Towel Day” from is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in which an observation is made about the need a hitchhiker carrying a towel along if something needs to be created make-shift, such as a sail for a ship or in my case, roll it up to make a sort of pillow. So if you see people walking around with towels today and you know they aren’t going to the beach, you will be in on the story. But since reality is frequently inaccurate, maybe you don’t really see people carrying towels after all.


Well – enjoy your reality today. Pick up a Douglas Adams book if you have never read one.