Saturday, May 26, 2018

Bright Spots in a Challenging Week (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It's been a bit of a mixed bag of a week, but here's Saturday!  Time to get my thankful on.

There were several moments of levity and joy along the way, and i am very thankful for them.

There are a few animal thankfuls, like the cute sign at the vet's office:

Then there was finding out at the vet's office Mikey has actually lost almost 1 1/2 pounds over the past year of being on the expensive diet cat chow.  A bonus thankful on that, Mikey did not manage to take my hand off when i put him in the carrier to take him to said vet's office.

We have an acrobat cat at the shelter:

Yes, one of them is hanging upside down.

These two have a great story:

A new volunteer came, and she promised her husband she would not come home with any cats or kittens.  She kept her word.  He came over and took them home himself!

Our fosters are getting big, they will go up for adoption this coming week.  We love them, then we let them go, and it's time.

Ms. S from Bible study called, someone had dropped a kitten on her and she had no idea what to do.  (She is elderly and can barely care for the cat and dog she already has.)  She called and i was going to help her apply to get the kitten into the shelter when Ms. GA and Mr. BA, also part of the Bible study and who live across from Ms. S, swooped in and scooped the little guy up.  (Pictures soon, i am working for them today.)

In the fun at work category, we have my new client, Ms. R.  This should give you and idea of what she is like:

She has my kind of sense of humor.

She and her husband sit out on their veranda and smoke cigars!  Sweetie and i use to share a good cigar once in a while, so this brings back memories.

She and her husband have great taste in cigars.

They have three dogs, and Bella has already decided i am her best ball throwing buddy.  (Sam and Jack are reserving judgment.)

Meanwhile, at Ms. SE's house, one of the children left me this sign:

do NOT itr!

While i did have to "itr" (enter) the area to clean it, i was very careful to leave it just as i'd found it, minus any dust and dirt.

The week was long and not always easy, but it was fun looking for funny and happy things along the way.

If you've had funny or happy things happen to you, and you want to share, link up with Ten Things of Thankful, where Ms. Josie Two Shoes is the hostess with the mostest.  You don't have to have ten things, we won't count, we just want to share your joy and spread the thankfulness around.


Today is:

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day)

Badger State Summer Games -- Appleton, WI, US (Wisconsin residents of all ages and skill levels can compete weekends through the summer in a fun Olympic-style sports festival)

Bob Day -- an internet holiday i couldn't confirm, but if your name is Bob, you deserve a special day just for having that name!

Crown Prince's Birthday -- Denmark

Dracula Day -- Bram Stoker's Dracula went on sale this day in 1897

Dzien Matkl -- Poland (Mother's Day)

Festival of the Valley -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (celebration of the movement of Amun from the East Bank of Thebes to the West Bank; it involved giving flowers and sharing food with the dead)

Goblin Races -- Fairy Calendar

Holiday of the Receiving of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Independence Day -- Georgia(1918); Guyana(1966)

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy -- Isle of Man (through June 8; two weeks of the finest road racing on earth)

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; spend time today to prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day)

National Blueberry Cheesecake Day

National Cherry Dessert Day

National Day of Healing -- Australia (formerly called National Sorry Day; to express regret for the ill treatment of Aboriginal Peoples of Australia)

National Paper Airplane Day -- not an official holiday, but go make one, and have a blast; some people even organize contests

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day -- Hawai'i

Sally Ride Day -- US (birth anniversary of America's first woman in space)

St. Augustine of Canterbury's Day (First Archbishop of Canterbury and Patron of England; feast day in the Anglican Communion and most Eastern Churches)

St. Philip Neri's Day (Patron of Gravina, Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, and Rome, Italy; the United States Army Special Forces)

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri -- Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako, Japan (Iris Flower Festival, with over a million blooms of 500 species, special dance and demonstrations on weekends; through the end of June)

Taste of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH, US (6 blocks of Downtown Cincinnati is turned into a big food extravaganza; through Monday)

Thargelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (birthday festival of Apollo and Artemis; through tomorrow, date approximate)

Utica Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival -- Utica, OH, US (local artisans, pony rides, antique gas engines, car show, motorcycle show, magic show, and more, plus tons of ice cream! through Monday)

War of Jenkin's Ear Living History Demonstrations -- Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, GA, US (a colonial living-history event with musket demonstrations, military drills, tomahawk throwing and more; through Monday)

World Lindy Hop Day -- Frankie Manning's birth anniversary   

Anniversaries Today:

Boston University is founded by the Massachusetts legislature, 1869

Birthdays Today:

Helena Bonham Carter, 1966
Lenny Kravitz, 1964
Genie Francis, 1962
Sally Ride, 1951
Pam Grier, 1949
Philip Michael Thomas, 1949
Hank Williams, Jr., 1949
Stevie Nicks, 1948
Brent Musburger, 1939
Miles Davis, 1926
James Arness, 1923
Peggy Lee, 1920
Jay Silverheels, 1919
Frankie Manning, 1914
Peter Cushing, 1913
Robert Morley, 1908
John Wayne, 1907
Dorothea Lange, 1895
Al Jolson, 1886

Today in History:

Armenian rebels battle the Sassanid empire and win the right to openly practice Christianity, 451
An earthquake  strikes Kamakura, Japan, killing about 30,000, 1293
Geneva  expels John Calvin and his followers from the city, 1538
Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, 1647
Lewis and Clark first see the Rocky Mountains, 1805
The Indian Removal Act is passed by the U.S. Congress, 1830
Dred Scott is emancipated by the Blow family, his original owners, 1857
The impeachment trial of U.S. President Andrew Johnson ends with Johnson being found not guilty by one vote, 1868
Nicholas II becomes Tsar of Russia, 1894
Charles Dow publishes the first edition of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1896
The first major commercial oil strike in the Middle East is made, 1908
The world's longest-lasting tornado, lasting for over 7 hours and traveling 293 miles, strikes Mattoon, Illinois, 1917
British Guiana gains independence, becoming Guyana, 1966
Apollo 10 returns to Earth after a successful eight-day test of all the components needed for the forthcoming first manned moon landing, 1969
The Soviet Tupolev Tu-144 becomes the first commercial transport to exceed Mach 2, 1970
Willandra National Park is established in Australia, 1972
George Willig climbs the South Tower of New York City's World Trade Center, 1977
A 7.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Japan, triggering a tsunami that kills at least 104 people, injures thousands. Many people go missing and thousands of buildings are destroyed, 1983
The European Community adopts the European flag, 1986
Zviad Gamsakhurdia becomes the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Georgia in the post-Soviet era, 1991
The Supreme Court of the United States rules that Ellis Island, the historic gateway for millions of immigrants, is mainly in the state of New Jersey, not New York, 1998
Sherpa Lakpa Gelu climbs Mount Everest in 10 hours 56 minutes, 2003
The New York Times publishes an admission of journalistic failings, claiming that its flawed reporting and lack of skepticism towards sources during the build-up to the 2003 war in Iraq helped promote the belief that Iraq possessed large stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, 2004
The May 2006 Java earthquake kills over 6,600 people, leaves 200,000 homeless, 2006*
The World Health Organization confirms that Ebola has reached Sierra Leone, 2014
Hackers steal personal data for about 100,000 taxpayers after breaking into a U.S. Internal Revenue Service system that allows taxpayers to retrieve previous tax returns, 2015

*Occurred 22:54 GMT May 26, 05:54 Local Time May 27, so some sources date it today, some tomorrow 


  1. Ah, a good cigar...Mrs C does not like them and If I sneak one when she is a work, I almost never get away with it, no matter how hard I try and cover up.

  2. Hooray for bright moments in otherwise challenging weeks.

  3. Years and years agao I use to enjoy the small cigars, the tipped ones that had a taste like wine. I use to enjoy those but since I didn't smoke a great deal and thank God I didn't smoke a great deal, the doctor said that was why I did well after my stroke. My problem was I would always suck the smoke into my lungs. I was told that when you smoke a cigar just take the smoke into your mouth and then blow it out. Crazy me. It's been many, many, many years that I haven't smoked nor drunk alcohol. Happy, happy, happy day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. Ms. R sounds like a hoot. My husband enjoys a cigar and while I don't imbibe, he keeps a supply of petit cigars for our female family and friends who like to share a puff or two. Have a great weekend, Mimi.

  5. You've had a good week. Busy but good. That's a good thing. You also found the good in the week. I always like that about you.

    Have a fabulous long weekend. ♥

  6. I love that wooden sign and down the road when I break down and get a housekeeper I may put up something like that! It does sound like things are working out just in time. Hope you get a three-day weekend though.

  7. Why do I always learn about cheesecake days after I'm done eating for the day?!?

  8. Loved those pictures of the cats, especially the one hanging upside down. :-)
    I had to laugh when I saw that wooden sign. I saw one like it today at a thrift store and was going to remember to tell my husband about it. Of course I forgot until I saw the picture here, so I was able to tell him. Thanks for the reminder.

  9. imho, it's the act of looking for the funny, amusing, not-horrible elements in the world that makes the difference in one's week.

  10. If we cannot find the humor amidst the not so funny, sad and challenging, then we are doomed. On a lighter note :) cats can be hysterically funny in their antics. While I'm partial to canines, I was most blessed with 2 felines for many years and they always could make me smile.
    Yay for Mikey! Enabling weight loss in a cat or dog is pretty darned difficult.
    Ms. R's sign makes me chuckle. As if there was any normal family any where! lol
    Have a good week, Mimi :)