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Sometimes thing have to get a bit stretched before they fall into place.
As noted, Dr. D was going to be out of town.
Also as has been seen, every time i try to get a day off, well, the best laid plans and all of that.
First, i'm thankful to Dr. D for trying to give me that day off, when she could have asked me to come to the house Monday and work without her anyway.
Then, there was Bigger Girl and the snafu with getting her to the airport, thank you so much, Sweetie, for taking her.
Last Friday, Ms. J called very early to tell me they were setting off flea bombs in the house so we could not come over to clean. She asked me if i could reschedule, did i have any openings. Good-bye, day off. Thankfully.
Yes, really, i was thankful, because it meant i got to go to Ms. GA's early and then go home and take a rare Friday afternoon nap.
Monday, thankfully, we did get Ms. J's house done, including cleaning all of the couches well, something you have to do very soon after flea bombing just to be sure. In this case, we want to be sure, fleas are anathema to Ms. J's very organized and tidy soul.
Also, all of the rearranging gave me the chance to call Ms. JAI and get her settled for the week. It turned out to be a great thing, she had been begging for a ride to a procedure at the pain doctor's clinic and no one was available. Yes, because of all the scheduling changes, i could do it.
It meant Tuesday morning started at Ms. B's house at 6:30, but i am thankful every time i get to clean there now. Once that place sells, that gig is over and i will be playing musical clients, moving people into different slots, but i will also be down one job.
Anyway, i was so thankful that i was the one who took Ms. JAI. It seems everyone who has given her a ride before has just dropped her off after and left her to fend for herself. She's over 80, she is often dizzy because of a chronic condition, and they would drop her off after a medical procedure with anesthesia and let her figure everything out on her own. Gads.
Yes, i stayed with her at the doctor for almost 4 hours, then took her home and fixed her meal and made sure she was safe in bed with her panic button and her phone before i left.
Wednesday was a bear, i spent it back at the red house, the one that has taken about 25 hours so far to try to restore from the damage the renters caused (and that's just hours of me cleaning, not Ms. G patching holes in the walls, repairing faucets, and rebuilding some cabinet shelves). Yes, i'm thankful for it, it's work and it pays and they've decided not to rent it again but it will be sold, so i probably won't have to go through this again.
Did i mention that last Wednesday before Mother's Day, Grandma's housekeeper didn't show? That meant i drove to NOLA Saturday to clean her house and then Sunday for Mother's Day. We are all thankful for so many road trips being safely made, although that added to wearing me down a bit.
Thursday was a 10 hour day, and i'm very thankful Carl was amenable to me helping him, making suggestions, and getting him set up for the coming week.
Meanwhile, Bigger Girl had called to ask for a ride back from the NOLA airport for Saturday (this) morning or Sunday (tomorrow) morning, whenever her flight ended up being. No, she wasn't going to know for sure, she had saved $50 by leaving it open for them to put her on a later flight if they needed to.
Thankfully, Mr. BA was amenable to me working for him on Friday after i finished their house instead of coming Saturday.
Then came the good part of all of it. Texting Bigger Girl to find out when her flight was going to be, she said, "Don't worry, I'm coming in at 1:30am, so I found a friend to come pick me up!"
Do we all know what that means? It means i actually get my day off today!
All the complications, the messes, the rescheduling, it was all worth it.
This day, i am thankful that i should be able to sit around in my house dress and go no further than my own mail box, which is what i define as the perfect day off.
Did i get to ten things? Somehow i lost count, but i think it all counts. No matter how crazy this life gets, i have a lot of things for which to be thankful
Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.
Apollon Day -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of music, poetry, sunlight)
Armed Forces Day -- US (honoring those currently serving in the US military)
Bark in the Park -- Soldier Field, Chicago, IL, US (a fundraiser sponsored by The Anti-Cruelty Society, it's Chicago's Biggest Dog Party)
Battle of Las Piedras Day -- Uruguay
Do Dah Day -- Rhodes and Caldwell Parks, Birmingham, Alabama (fun while fundraising for local animal charities)
Flag and University Day -- Haiti
Full Flower Moon / Corn Planting Moon / Milk Moon
Buddha Day/Vesak/Waisak -- Bhuddist's Buddha Day; date varies with many celebrating tomorrow, and some areas already started the celebrations yesterday; sometimes called "Buddha's Birthday"
Heavenly Sage Bao Sheng’s Birthday -- Taoism
Kasone Full Moon -- Myanmar
Vesak Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka
Waisak/Vesak Festival -- Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia (on the day of the full moon, a stunning and spiritual celebration of Buddha's birthday)
HIV Vaccine Awareness Day/World AIDS Vaccine Day
I Love Reeses Day -- as voted in by lovers of the candy a few years ago
International Museum Day -- International Council of Museums (ICOM)
Iris Festival -- Greeneville, Tennessee, US (the community's major festival of the year, featuring artists, craftsmen, merchants, food vendors and entertainers from across the country; through tomorrow)
Moonbeam Hopping Gala -- Fairy Calendar
Morel Mushroom Festival -- Muscoda, WI, US (the "Morel Mushroom Capital of Wisconsin" celebrates the end of the peak morel season in style, with everything including an antique tractor pull, Fireman's Steak Feed, and even a parade; through tomorrow)
National Cheese Souffle Day
National Learn To Swim Day -- US (with summer just around the corner, remember that drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14, so please, learn to swim and teach your kids!)
National Pike Festival -- Fayette County, Pennsylvania, US (through the 20th)
No Dirty Dishes Day -- spread around the internet by a mom who needed the break, possibly; go ahead, break out the paper plates just on this day
Peddler's Village Strawberry Festival -- Lahaska, PA, US (strawberries in every form imaginable; through tomorrow)
Preakness Stakes-- Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD, US (142nd annual; the second jewel in horseracing's Triple Crown)
Restoration of Somaliland Sovereignty Day -- Somaliland Region, Somalia
Revival, Unity, and Poetry of Magtymguly Day -- Turkmenistan
St. Eric's Day (Patron of Sweden)
St. Theodotus' Day (Patron of hotel keepers and innkeepers)
Visakh Bochea Day -- Cambodia (Buddha Day)
Visit Your Relatives Day -- if they are great, go have fun; if awful, go remind yourself why you moved so far away!
Wisconsin Dells Automotion -- Noah's Ark Waterpark, Wisconsin Dells, WI, US (showcase of more than 1,000 classic cars, music, food, and family fun; through tomorrow)
World Goodwill Day -- commemorates the opening meeting of 26 nations in the First Hague Peace Conference, 1899
Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk -- Oak Park, IL, US (The Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust’s annual house walk features rare interior tours of privately owned homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries in the historic community of Oak Park)
Henry II of England marries Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1152
Tina Fey, 1970
Jari Kurri, 1960
Chow Yun-Fat, 1955
Rick Wakeman, 1954
George Strait, 1952
James Stephens, 1951
Tom Udall, 1948
Reggie Jackson, 1946
Brooks Robinson, 1937
Dwayne Hickman, 1934
Robert Morse, 1931
Pernell Robers, 1930
Pope John Paul II, 1920
Margot Fonteyn, 1919
Perry Como, 1912
Big Joe Turner, 1911
Meredith Willson, 1902
Frank Capra, 1897
Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836
Omar Khayyam, 1048
"Le roi malgré lui / King in Spite of Himself"(Opera), 1887
Today in History:
The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, falls to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch, 1268
Vasco da Gama reaches the port of Calicut, India, 1498
Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy (under torture) lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe, 1593
John Winthrop takes the oath of office and becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts, 1631
Rhode Island passes North America's first anti-slavery law, 1652
Fire destroys a large part of Montreal, Quebec, 1763
The first United Empire Loyalists reach Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States, 1783
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate, 1804
The destruction of Saturdays forever after: Edwin Budding of England signs an agreement for manufacture of his invention, lawn mower, 1830
The Disruption in Edinburgh of the Free Church of Scotland from the Church of Scotland, 1843
The United States Supreme Court rules in Plessy v. Ferguson that separate but equal is constitutional, 1896
A mass panic on Khodynka Field in Moscow during the festivities of the coronation of Russian Tsar Nicholas II results in the deaths of 1,389 people, 1896
Bram Stoker's Dracula is published, 1897
The Earth passes through the tail of Comet Halley, 1910
Jackie Cochran becomes the first woman to break the sound barrier, 1953
Under project Smiling Buddha, India successfully detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1974
Mount St. Helens erupts in Washington, United States, killing 57 people and causing $3 billion in damage, 1980
In France, a modified TGV train achieves a new rail world speed record of 515.3km/h (357.2 mph), 1990
Photos from the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the existence of two additional moons, Nix and Hydra, around Pluto, 2005
A landmark bill passes in Nepal curbing the power of the monarchy and making it a secular country, 2009
Italian officials announce that many of the country's public assets will be sold in an effort to reduce the country's debt; plans to sell part of the nation's air traffic control and postal services have already been approved, 2014