Because it is A day and also the day i usually list my Ten Things of Thankful, i will list things for which i am thankful that start with the letter A.
Affection. There are a lot of people in my life, and i love them, and they love me. It's one of the things that makes life worth living.
Aquifers. The water here in our part of south Louisiana is provided by beautiful, pristine underground aquifers. It's very soft water and tastes great, and because these are the swamps we are living in, there's almost never a shortage. (In fact, last August we had way too much!) Our tap water is considered by many, including Consumer Reports and Men's Health Magazine, to be some of the best in the nation, so i am very grateful to live here where clean, delicious water is abundant.
Animals. Our cats, Little Girlie, Tripod SissyCat, Horizon, Mikey, Dansig, Link, and EnigmaSissy. The granddog, Pepe. The cats at the shelter. The pets of people whose houses i clean: Kiki Cat; Josh the half Great Dane, half huge Labrador, whole coward; Colbert the dog; Ms. G's five cats; only two of which will come near me; Choco the scaredy-dog; and Ms. GA's indoor cats and outdoor feral colony (all fixed). Then there are the wild animals, mostly squirrels, and birds that live around here. Animals are a huge blessing, and i'm always surrounded by many of them.
Automobiles. The ordeal of Humphrey the Honda and his sad passing has resulted in our getting Lunceford the Land Yacht. The whole episode has highlighted how important it is to have good, reliable transportation. Without our automobiles, i couldn't work or do much of anything else.
Alabama. Yes, i'm from Louisiana, but there's a lot of value in Alabama. My cousins grew up there, and my friend DiDreaming lives there. If there weren't an Alabama, there wouldn't be a Flora-Bama Bar with a church service every Sunday morning. All these and more make me thankful there is a place called Alabama.
Abode. Specifically, my own abode. This house has its problems, i admit, some of which may never be properly repaired. It's also a lot more than many people in this world have in which to live.
Adventures. No, i don't have many, but the few i do seem to be doozies, mostly centered around my yearly sanity retreats.
Almonds and almond milk, always a treat.
Ants and Arachnids. Ants are the vacuum cleaners of the world; they are fascinating, and i'm very thankful for the services they provide, as long as they stay out of my abode. Arachnids (spiders, specifically) are welcome here, i love that they catch mosquitoes. As a certified arachnophile, it's about time they made it to my thankful list.
Asparagus. Yes, i like my vegetables, but asparagus holds a special place in my heart. When i was a broke college student with no money to take my cat to the vet for a urinary tract infection, i cured him with asparagus. It really worked.
There you have it, combining my A day with my Thankful day. List what you are thankful for (no need to stick to one letter of the alphabet, unless you want to) and link up, everyone loves to celebrate the things you are thankful for.
APAWS International Pooper Scooper week -- The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists believe every dog should have its day, but not on someone else's lawn!
April Fool's Day a/k/a Huntingowk Day or Gowkie Day in Scotland, because an April Fool is called a gowk; in England it is All Fools Day or April Noddy Day, as an April fool is a "noddy"
Azalea Festival -- Muskogee, OK, US (month long celebration with citywide events throughout)
Capture of Brielle Remembrance -- Brielle, Netherlands
Civil Service Day -- Thailand
Community Spirit Days -- an open invitation, all month long, for any town or community to involve itself in a special service project
Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Edible Book Day -- Sponsored by the Edible Book Festival, Austin, TX, US (celebrating books and culinary creativity by making edible representations of books, then eating them)
Edinburgh International Science Festival -- Edinburgh, Scotland (a massive celebration of science and technology; through Apr. 16)
Elmira Maple Syrup Festival -- Elmira, ON, Canada (fun for the whole family, and delicious, too!)
Every Day is Tag Day™ -- make sure your pet has an up to date tag or microchip, just in case!
Fossil Fools Day -- part of the conservationist movement of many organizations that want us to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and stop corporate polluters
Greek Cypriot Day -- Cyprus (EOKA Day)
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee -- Pendleton, SC, US (through tomorrow)
International Fun at Work Day -- originally sponsored by Playfair, which encourages non-foolish humor that is non-toxic
International Pillow Fight Day -- yes, really
International Tatting Day
Investiture of the New Captains Regent -- San Marino (sometimes listed as National Day)
Kalends of April -- Ancient Roman Empire; also
Festival of Fortuna Virilis -- Fortune in her role of bringing luck to women who want better relationships with men
Veneralia -- ritual yearly washing of the statue of Venus
Katori Jingu Otaue-sai -- Sawara, Chiba Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival; through tomorrow)
Kha b-Nisan -- Assyrians (traditional New Year celebration)
Loki's Day -- by some calculations, but more likely it was moved to this date to celebrate the trickster of all time on the trickiest day of the year
Miyako Odori -- Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, Kyoto, Japan ("Dance of the Old Capital", the highly anticipated geisha dance and music festival, through the 30th)
National Sourdough Bread Day
Orissa Day -- Orissa, India
One Cent Day -- no history on this, just noted on several sites
Pigasus Award Announcement Day -- by James Randi, awarded to parapsychological, paranormal or psychic frauds
Reading is Funny Day -- a day to read riddles, jokes, and fun things with kids to show them how great reading can be
School Year Begins -- Japan, most schools and universities
Sizdeh Be-dar -- Iran (Nature Day, an ancient Persian celebration to get out and joyfully spend the day outdoors)
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival -- Skagit Valley, WA, US; through the 30th
Sorry Charlie Day -- a day to recognize Charlie the Tuna, always rejected but never giving up, and anyone who has ever been rejected and lived to tell about it
St. Gilbert de Moray's Day (Patron of Caithness, Scotland)
St. Stupid's Day (First Church of the Last Laugh)
Tangible Karma™ Day -- set aside an hour today to become purposefully aware of the needs of someone around you, and to fulfill that need; because giving feels as good as receiving
Tree Loving Week begins -- South Korea (always the week that includes April 5, their Arbor Day)
Uzupis Day -- Uzupis District, Vilnius, Lithuania
World Catfish Festival -- Belzoni, MS, US (a family friendly festival celebrating this ever-popular fish)
Nunavut becomes Canada's third independent territory, 1999
Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye LaValley, 1961
Randy Orton, 1980
Jon Gosselin, 1977
Rachel Maddow, 1973
Susan Boyle, 1961
Libby Riddles, 1956
Annette O’Toole, 1953
Samuel A. Alito, Jr, 1950
David Eisenhower, 1947
Daniel Joseph “Rusty” Staub, 1944
Ali MacGraw, 1938
Gordon Jump, 1932
Debbie Reynolds, 1932
Jane Powell, 1929
Anne McCaffrey, 1926
Toshiro Mifune, 1920
Abraham Maslow, 1908
Clara "Mother" Hale, 1905
Lon Chaney, 1883
Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873
Otto von Bismarck, 1815
William Harvey, 1578
Emperor Go-Saga of Japan, 1220
"The Will Rogers Follies"(Musical), 1991
"General Hospital"(TV), 1963
"The Doctors"(TV), 1963
"Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel"(Film; premier of Marlene Dietrich), 1930
Today in History:
The ruins of the city of Pompeii are found, 1748
Japan's volcano Unsen erupts, killing about 53,000, 1793
Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine, 1826
Cincinnati becomes the first US city to pay firefighters, 1853
Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies, 1867
The London-Paris telephone connection is opened, 1891
The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1891
The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, 1918
The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed, 1924
Generalisimo Frederico Franco announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, 1939
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes Hawai'i, killing 159, 1946
The twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland, 1949
The Canadian government repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years, 1949
The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama, 1957
Project Tiger, a tiger conservation program, is launched in the Corbett National Park, India, 1973
Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, 1976
The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created, 1996
Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion, 1997
Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, 1999
Croatia and Albania join NATO, 2009