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I was not at a loss for this morning’s Saturday Surprise post, in fact was debating between taking you to either a turnip festival or a bread-arches festival. But then an email popped up and when I saw it, I thought … hmmm 🤔 … maybe. Monday’s fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame has prompted an outpouring of sadness from all around the globe. It has also inspired artists to do some beautiful artwork that I thought I’d like to share with you today. But first, I must share with you my embarrassingly funny story from this past week.
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while may remember last September when my dishwasher went kaplooie. I contacted the rental office … day after day … for 8 bloomin’ weeks, then finally contacted the property owners, and it was fixed the following day! The apartment manager was also terminated that week, but I’m not sure if there is any connection. Anyway, just before Thanksgiving they did bring a new … brand new, still in the box … dishwasher, and all was well.
Then last week, I turned the dishwasher on Tuesday morning, but … nothing happened. Nada. Zilch. Sigh. So, I contacted them … actually, Miss Goose did, for I don’t think she liked seeing me getting ready to go to the rental office with my 18-inch rolling pin in my hand. They said they would ‘try’ to get to it within two weeks. Frustrated I was, but what can one do but … wait. Well, this week on Tuesday, I had just gotten out of the shower and come downstairs, hair still wrapped in a towel, and there was a pounding on the door. The maintenance dude! Okay … I happily lead him to the kitchen where … there was a blob of cat puke right in the middle of the kitchen floor. I wanted the earth to open up and swallow me. Unfortunately, it didn’t. But wait … it gets even better!
The maintenance man walks over to the dishwasher, looks at the wall above it, flips the switch on the wall, and … PRESTO! … the dishwasher springs to life. Now I really, really wanted the earth to open up and swallow me. Again, it didn’t. Folks, I had checked the breaker, had inspected all around the switches and contacts for some food particles or grease, had tried everything short of taking the thing apart. But I never even thought about the switch. We never turn it off! Best I can figure is it accidentally got turned off one time that one of us was turning off the switch next to it that controls the garbage disposer. I felt about as stupid as I’ve ever felt, and I kept repeating, “I’m so sorry … I am so stupid …” until he finally patted my shoulder (I’m pretty sure he just wanted to get away from this crazy ol’ hag so he could go to his truck and have a good laugh) and assured me it could have happened to anybody. Sigh.
And now, how about those pictures I promised?
On 15 April 2019 around 6:50 p.m., a fire broke out in the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. One of the most famous historical buildings, it has a strong value to Parisian and French culture and is one of the most famous buildings in the world with around 13 million tourists every year. After the tragic news about the iconic cathedral burning went viral, many artists showed their respect to the monument by drawing it.
The construction of Notre-Dame started back in 1163 and it was finished almost 200 years later in 1345. It’s important to mention that the iconic spire was added only in the 19th century. Notre-Dame isn’t only known for its incredible architecture, it was also the cathedral in which Napoleon’s coronation by Pope Pius VII took place in 1804.
Since Notre-Dame was first built around 700 years ago, the building required constant renovation. During the last few years, it was in desperate need of reconstruction and that’s exactly what was happening before the fire broke out. The renovation was supposed to cost €6 million. Fires often break out during renovation so it is believed that this might have been the case with the Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Recent news declare that there have been €1 billion donated to the reconstruction of the Notre-Dame Cathedral which has caused some controversy online. Many people claim that during the past few years there have been many tragic losses around the world, with many people losing their home and their loved ones, yet nobody has ever donated this much money to any of the causes. Notre-Dame example shows how many of the world’s problems could be solved if the world’s richest people would donate to those in need.
These are only a few of the artists’ pictures inspired by this tragedy. For more, check it out on Bored Panda. Have a great weekend, my friends!