Saturday, October 19, 2019

Meet Me There (Ten Things of Thankful)


Thankful Day is back, and i am close to being caught up on all of the blogs i follow.  Of course, i keep having to go to work and falling behind again.

That's okay, work is one thing i am thankful for.  This week i missed some because of clients cancelling at the last minute, and we will feel the pinch.

Also i am thankful for meetings.  (Not all of these are weekly meetings, some are monthly, there's no way i could do all of this in one week.)

Church meetings, every Sunday, at a church that challenges me to be the hands and feet of Love to as many people as possible.

Al-Anon meetings, because we all have stuff inside we need to acknowledge we are powerless over, and it really is okay to not be okay sometimes.

Prayer meetings, because prayer changes and strengthens me, even if it does not always change anything else.

Ladies' Circle meetings, two different ones because two books were offered this season and i wanted to study both.

Friday morning and Sunday evening Bible studies that are both good reminders to get out and do good, not just sit back on my blessed assurances.

Meeting up with a friend with whom i'd lost touch -- this was an unplanned meeting, and ended up being quite a happy one, too.

Finally, i'm also happy for the kind of meetings that make my day, when i meet someone i can help at the cat shelter or the homeless ministry or other places.

Some people knock meetings, i think they are just going to the wrong kinds.

Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Kristi and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.  

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Today is:

A Community Affair -- Menomonee Falls, WI, US (country lunch, arts, crafts, and collectibles, quilt raffle, juried art show, and more)

Arba'in-e Hosseini -- Iran (40th day after Ashura)

Armilustrium -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Mars)

Autumn Historic Folklife Festival -- Hannibal, MO, US (Tom Sawyer's hometown celebrates the heritage and traditions of the 1800s; through tomorrow)

Bettara-Ichi -- Ebisu Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (Pickle Market Fair, enjoy the pickled radishes, a specialty; through tomorrow)

Bridge Day -- New River Gorge Bridge, Fayetteville, WV, US (world's biggest extreme sports event)

Constitution Day -- Niue

Dita e Lumturimit te Nene Terezes -- Albania (Mother Teresa Day)

Evaluate Your Life Day -- a day to make sure your life is heading where you want, and course correct if it isn't; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Greasy Spoon Day -- internet generated, a day to go revel in the love of your favorite greasy spoon diner

Magal de Touba -- Touba, Senegal (Muslim pilgrimage to honor the memory of Sheikh Amadou Bamba; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

Monster Mash Day -- Bogue Falaya Park, Covington, LA, US (annual fundraiser for the St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenting Center, with a day of fun for everyone)

Nagoya Festival -- Nagoya, Japan (biggest festival in the  city; through tomorrow)

National Seafood Bisque Day

Quincy Preserves Fall Architectural Tour -- Quincy, IL, US

Rattlesnake Festival and Gopher Races -- San Antonio, FL, US (wild animal fun; through tomorrow)

Romp in the Swamp Fun Walk -- Appleton, WI, US (plus hayrides, face painting, an outdoor movie, animal shows, a campfire with s'mores, and more)

Roseland Cottage Fine Arts & Crafts Festival -- Woodstock, CT, US (one of the leading juried shows in New England; through tomorrow)

Saint Mary's County Oyster Festival -- Leonardtown, MD, US (oysters served every style; through tomorrow)

Samora Machel Day -- Mozambique

Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar

St. Frideswide's Day (Patron of Oxford and the University of Oxford)

St. Rene Goupil's Day (Patron of anesthetists, anesthesiologists)

Sweetest Day -- begun by Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy company employee who decided it would be wonderful to distribute candy to the sick, shut-ins and orphans in Cleveland, OH; today is the day to do something for someone that makes him/her say, "Oh, that is so sweet!"
World Toy Camera Day -- now with a Flickr page 

Yabusame Festival -- Koyama, Japan (horseback archery, samurai costumes and dragons, oh, my!)

Yorktown Victory Weekend -- VA, US (with special events today and tomorrow at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and the Jamestown Settlement)

Birthdays Today:

Jason Reitman, 1977
Ty Pennington, 1965
Evander Holyfield, 1962
Jeannie C. Riley, 1945
John Lithgow, 1945
Patricia Ireland, 1945
Simon Ward, 1941
Michael Gambon, 1940
Peter Max, 1937
Robert Reed, 1932
John Le Carre, 1931
Jack Anderson, 1922
Auguste Lumiere, 1862
Annie S. Peck, 1850
Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, 1748
Thomas Browne, 1605 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Rothschilds"(Musical), 1970
"The Miracle Worker"(Play), 1959
"I Remember Mama"(Play), 1944
"Pomp and Circumstance Marches"(Elgar Op. 39), 1901
"Tannhauser und der Sangerkrieg auf Wartburg/Tannhauser and the Singers' Contest at Wartburg"(Wagner opera), 1845

Today in History:

Battle of Zama, Scipio Africanus and his Roman legions defeat Hannibal Barca and the invading Carthagian army, BC202
King Gauseric and his Vandals take the city of Carthage, 439
The Thirteen Years' War ends with the Treaty of Thorn, 1466
Martin Luther becomes a doctor of theology, 1512
The first general court is held in Boston, 1630
Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown at 2PM, end of the US Revolutionary War, 1781
Napoleon begins his retreat from Moscow, 1812
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman to receive a medical degree, 1849
The first 4 blacks are elected to the US House of Representatives, 1870
The USPS first used an automobile to collect and deliver mail, 1914
Streptomycin, the first antibiotic which could treat tuberculosis, is isolated at Rutgers University, 1943
Black Monday - the Dow Jones Industrial Average falls by 22%, 508 points, 1987
Mother Teresa is beatified by Pope John Paul II, 2003
Saddam Hussein goes on trial in Baghdad for crimes against humanity, 2005
Hurricane Wilma becomes the most intense Atlantic hurricane on record with a minimum pressure of 882 mb, 2005
Naheed Nenshi becomes the first Muslim in Canada to be elected mayor, in Calgary, 2010
Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, who was known for changes in the Catholic Church that came out of Vatican II, 2014 
The New Zealand Labour Party forms a coalition government led by Jacinda Adern (37), the youngest NZ leader in 161 years, 2017


  1. I am really glad that your meetings are positive ones.
    I also hope that you get no more work cancellations.

  2. So many things to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  3. I am thankful you keep comin' around to my blog!
    And I don't say that to everybody. lol In fact very few!

  4. I suspect the meetings people grouse about are the ones they have no choice over - free will makes all the difference.
    (For example, it allows me to eschew the Rattlesnake shindig and head on over to the Oyster Festival, instead! ;-p)

  5. That is a lot of meetings but they sound pretty productive!

  6. I'm so thankful for my friend Al who is living in a nursing home at the moment. I'm thankful because Al's daughter Jasmine has arrived to visit her father. I saw last night and she was telling me that when she entered her father's room ( many times Al doesn't even know the people who are there ) the first thing he said to his daughter was " I love you " to her. Thank God.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Wonderful list of thankfuls ~ you are so aware ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Looks like you met lots of nice people this week!
    Have a good week!

  9. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I avoid meetings at all costs, but these don't sound bad.

  10. If only all meetings were as rewarding as these clearly are. A lovely list.

  11. I'm with you, meetings is good.
    have a good week!

  12. So many sweet thankfuls! I like my blog meetings and art meetings. They energize me. Hope work gets back to normal.