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.
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)
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)
"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