Saturday, January 13, 2018

Small and Simple (Ten Things of Thankful)

Ten Things of Thankful

One of my favorite posts of the week is Saturday, my thankful post.  Josie Two-Shoes, our hostess, has my deepest gratitude for providing a place where we can share these things and smile with each other over the blessings in our lives. 

There are so many things i could make the basis of a thankful list, and this week i've decided to concentrate on some of the small and seemingly simple things i use every day that make life easier.

Let's start with the alarm on my phone.  If i want to be on time anywhere, i had better have it set.  It also reminds me to take out the garbage and keep up with the laundry at work.

The coffee pot is next.  There is no way i can function without my cup each morning.

My favorite refillable water bottle goes with me everywhere so that i never have to buy expensive bottled water and i can stay hydrated.

Gravity waterers are a must for the cats, so they can stay hydrated without me having to refill their bowls over and over.

The cats empty this every day.

Shoe inserts.  Not romantic, but most certainly essential, especially when i'm on my feet all day at work.

Try eating your hot soup without a spoon.   No, i will not clean up the mess you make if you really do try.

My favorite spoon.

Spray bottles for all of the cleaners i use while working.

Food storage containers for leftovers, especially the new set i got on clearance recently.  We seldom throw anything out, i use leftovers from one meal to make another, so having good containers to keep food fresh is important.  

(For only $4.50 plus tax for this new set, i can get rid of the stained and mismatched ones in the cabinet, a bonus!)

Washcloths, towels, and toothbrushes, one set for personal use, one set for cleaning.  

My pen and notepad that stay in my work jacket pocket.  If it doesn't get written down, it doesn't get remembered, so these are a must. 

Newspapers are one of my favorite things.  Current events, the funnies, puzzles, and, when we're done with all of that, insulation to stop the drafts that come under the gaps in the doors.

You probably have several seemingly small things that make life better, or some other list of things for which you are thankful.  It doesn't have to be ten of them, either, we are not picky.  Link up with Ten Things of Thankful, and we will be thankful with you!


Today is:

Augusta Futurity -- Augusta, GA, US (the top cutting horses and riders in the world to compete for purse and awards; through Saturday)

Bikaner Camel Festival -- Bikaner, India (colorful camel activities, including a beauty competition, and fun for people also in this gorgeous fortified desert town; through tomorrow)

Children's Day -- Thailand

Democracy Day -- Cape Verde

Feast of St. Kentigern (a/k/a St. Mungo) (Patron of Glasgow whose given name meant "head chief" but whose nickname meant "dear one.")

Ides of January -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Liberation Day -- Togo

Maghi -- Sikh

Make Your Dreams Come True Day -- no info on the origin of this; maybe someone who broke their New Year's resolutions by this day used the fact that it's New Year's by the Julian calendar to start over

Midvintersblot -- Ancient Norse Calendar (midwinter festival)

National Peach Melba Day

North American International Auto Show -- Detroit, MI, US (a showcase for the world's vehicle introductions; through the 28th)

Old New Year's Day -- Belarus; Georgia; Montenegro; Republic of Macedonia; Republic of Srpska (Yes, that's how it's spelled; no, i don't know how to pronounce it); Serbia; Russia; Ukraine; Wales (Julian Calendar)

Pongal begins -- India (thanksgiving festival at the end of the harvest season, honoring Indra, god of clouds and rain)

Radio Day -- anniversary of the first public radio broadcast in 1910

Recuperation Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar (i think i need one of those!)

Runic Half-month of Peorth (womb) begins

Rubber Ducky Day

Sidereal Winter Solstice Eve -- celebrations through South and Southeast Asia, including
    Bhogi -- Tamil (first day of Pongal)
    Lohri -- Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh
    Uruka -- Assam

Silvesterklausen -- Switzerland ("Old" New Year's celebration, based on the Julian Calendar)

St. Hilarius' Day (according to English tradition, the coldest day of the year; Patron of learning challenged children; Argusto, Italy; Vervio, Italy; against snakes and snake bites)

St. Knut's Day (a/k/a Little Christmas or Twentieth Day or Tyvendedagen among the Scandinavians, it celebrates Canute IV of Denmark and is the day to "plunder" the tree put up on Christmas Eve, eating the candies and cookies that were decorating it, and puting all the other decorations away before the tree is removed.)

Strive and Succeed Day -- Horatio Alger's birth anniversary

Theogamia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate, but during Gamelion, the month of marriages)

Tiugunde Day -- Old England (midwinter offering, a celebration picked up from the Norse Midvintersblot)

Tyvendedagen -- Norway (Twentieth day after Christmas, official end of Yuletide or "Juletid")

Birthdays Today:

Joannie Rochette, 1966
Orlando Bloom, 1977
Nicole Eggert, 1972
Keith Coogan, 1970
Patrick Dempsey, 1966
Penelope Ann Miller, 1964
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 1961
Kevin Anderson, 1960
Jay McInerney, 1955
Richard Moll, 1943
Frank Gallo, 1933
Charles Nelson Reilly, 1931
Frances Sternhagen, 1930
Gwen Verdon, 1925
Army Archerd, 1922
Robert Stack, 1919
Alfred Carl Fuller, 1885
Sophia Tucker, 1884
Horatio Alger, 1832
Salmon P. Chase, 1808

DEbuting/Premiering Today:

"The Sopranos"(TV), 1999
"Mickey Mouse"(Comic strip), 1930

Today in History:

Crusaders set fire to Mara, Syria, 1099
Sicut Didum, the papal bull prohibiting the enslavement of Canary Island natives who had converted to Christianity, is promulgated, 1435
The controversial play Eastward Hoe by Ben Jonson, George Chapman, and John Marston is performed, landing two of the authors in prison, 1605
The Bank Of Genoa fails after the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain, 1607
Jonathan Swift is ordained and Anglican priest in Ireland, 1695
James Oglethorpe and 130 colonists arrive in Charleston, South Carolina, 1733
John Walter publishes the first issue of the London Times, 1785
The Great fire of New Orleans, Louisiana begins, 1830
Dr. William Brydon, a surgeon in the British Army during the First Anglo-Afghan War, becomes famous for being the sole European survivor of an army of 16,500 when he reaches the safety of a garrison in Jalalabad, 1842
Anthony Foss patents the accordion, 1854
A chenille manufacturing machine is patented by William Canter of NYC, 1863
A circus fire in Poland kills 430, 1883
The Independent Labour Party of the UK has its first meeting, 1893
U.S. Marines land in Honolulu from the U.S.S. Boston to prevent the queen from abrogating the Bayonet Constitution, 1893
The first radio set is advertised, a Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American; claimed to receive signals up to one mile, 1906
The first public radio broadcast takes place; a live performance of the opera Cavalleria rusticana is sent out over the airwaves from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, 1910
An earthquake in Avezzano, Italy kills 29,800, 1915
The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people, 1939
Henry Ford patents a plastic automobile, which is 30% lighter than a regular car, 1942
Karol Wojtyla, the future Pope John Paul II, is appointed archbishop of Krakow, Poland, 1964
Robert C. Weaver becomes the first African American  US Cabinet member, 1966
Johnny Cash performs live at Folsom Prison, 1968
A passenger train plunged into a ravine at Ethiopia, killing 428 in the worst railroad disaster in Africa, 1985
L. Douglas Wilder becomes the first elected African American US governor as he takes office in Richmond, Virginia, 1990
Soviet Union military troops attack Lithuanian independence supporters in Vilnius, 1991
An earthquake hits El Salvador, killing more than 800, 2001
The passenger cruise ship Costa Concordia sinks off the coast of Italy, 2012


  1. Gratitude is a gift which keeps on giving isn't it?
    I am so grateful for running water. And eyes and ears to see and hear the visiting birds.
    And the beauty of the skies.

  2. I always enjoy your thankfuls and the themes you do with them. We still get a newspaper daily too-they are great for lining litter boxes. :) Have a nice weekend!

  3. Often it's the little things that are most important in our lives. You've taken the time to list many of these. They keep your life in order as you move through each day.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  4. the reminder to recognize the little things that make life better. I need to take my mind to this kind of thinking. Thanks

  5. I have to agree with you on the shoe inserts. Definitely not a romantic or exciting thing, but definitely something that makes my day much better.

  6. I often wished I drank coffee as it seems to be so effective for so many people! I'm super sensitive to caffeine though, so it would probably leave me bouncing off the ceiling!

  7. Excellent TToT this week. (Love the photo illustrations/examples of your Grat Items!)

  8. I like shoe inserts too. Although technically, I probably no longer need them, my feet feel so good with them, I'm afraid to stop using them.
    One of my favorite small things, is a wooden skewer. They are so handy to reaching into crevices, cleaning around edges, etc. I keep one with my cleaning supplies.

  9. How wonderful to return to reading TToT posts and find this thought-provoking list on the "essentials" that we tend to take so for granted in our lives!

    I could really relate to the alarm on my phone, I have several set, even ones to water the plants, because sadly, I will forget otherwise. Birthday reminders, appointments, groceries we need. I no longer have to keep track of slips of paper (which I never did well).

    Just like you, I can look around me and find a dozen things that make my life easier,chair cushions, lap blankets on chilly nights, and most definitely shoe inserts! Fingerless gloves for driving and even for crocheting, a new veggie chopping knife that I won with points earned at my local grocery store. And on, and on.

    I love your kitty gravity water feeders, I have had large ones, but never one this size and they definitely have advantages over frequent refills! Even litter boxes that clean easily are a wonderful blessing. Newspapers, pens, and storage containers are on my list of thankfuls too, and keyboards... what would I do without a keyboard... and the fingers to make it work! :-)

    Thank you, Mimi, for always reminding us how truly blessed we really are, every day in every imaginable way! XOXO

  10. Indoor plumbing is another thing that is easy to take for granted. I can't imagine having to go to an outhouse in the middle of the night during a snowstorm!

  11. Gratitude for the littlest of things. That's the right idea of it all.