Saturday, June 15, 2024

Medical, Mechanical, and a Bit Mournful, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


The week has been full as always and anyone who read yesterday's post knows i'm coming into Thankful Day with much on my heart.

We'll take it in order as always.  Last Saturday i was thankful i got to spend some extra time with Grandma because Grandpa had an errand to run and wasn't there to kick me out at 3pm.

When i did get home, i was thankful for a visit from #2 Son, although the news with  him is mixed.  He has tonsillitis.  Again.  This has been going on since February.

I reminded him Grandpa had his tonsils out at age 24, i was 24, #2 Son was 24, Bigger Girl was 25 (see a pattern of adult onset tonsillitis in this family?) and said his were overdue.

I was thankful to have the name of a good ENT to send him to so he can have those suckers yanked, and I'm thankful he has insurance.

Sunday i got a wonderful text from Grandma.  She sent me her good morning text very late and said, "I went to church and out to lunch!"

That's a huge thankful, she felt well enough to go out and be out that long.

Ms. JAI actually had one of her daughters with her on Monday this week, which is a big thankful for her, she sees her family so seldom.  She didn't have me come over but she and i did talk and i was thankful for our chat.

Monday evening i was thankful to have a ladies meeting at a friend's house several miles away in a more rural area.

On the way home on a very poorly lit road i hit a curb and popped a tire.  I was thankful i have AAA, thankful i didn't need them as i had a spare and a nice local police officer changed the tire for me, thankful there was a gas station near with a working air machine to air up the spare, and thankful there was a back road home so i didn't have to try to put that dinky spare on the highway.

We're also thankful Kevin and Lenny came through and found a rim and tire for Slow-Moe.

Since i'd had my visit with Dr. BowTie's assistant the week prior, this week was mammogram and eye exam week.  Yes, i took the girls in for their glamor shots and all is normal, thankfully.

The eyes, well, the eye doctor told me my prescription hasn't changed, my pressure is normal, my field of vision is perfect, but my cataracts are finally at the stage where getting them out would be a good idea.

I'm thankful for a good optometrist who was honest about what i need and what i don't (she wouldn't sell me glasses until the cataracts are gone), and i'm thankful for a good ophthalmologist and an appointment next month for a preliminary consult.

Ms. G is out of town again, so there's critter tending and i'm thankful for the extra money.

The cat shelter was packed out like crazy Wednesday and i was very late getting through, but i'm thankful Ms. G was out of town so i wasn't under a time constraint.

Cookie, Emmie and the oldest son kept us company on Thursday at Ms. SE's house.  We're both thankful the young man is old enough to tend to himself, cleaned his own room, and helped with the dogs while we got the rest of the house done.

That afternoon came the news the cat shelter is closed until at least this coming week due to panleukopenia, a feline illness that can be fatal.  Someone dropped off a sick cat in the parking lot and now there are several sick cats.

We're thankful almost all the cats in the shelter have been vaccinated against it (it's in the standard 4in1 vaccine they all get).

The Friday work was as usual and while i was not thankful to have to skip my usual Friday evening shift at the shelter, i am thankful we have a fabulous paid staff who are working relentlessly to bleach everything in the building but the cats themselves as this virus is easily wiped out with a bleach solution.

If you could spare a prayer or good thought for the shelter, we'd be thankful for that, too.

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

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Today is:

A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed Day -- simply a good day to remember this, and thank a friend

Dia del Arbol -- Costa Rica (Tree Day/Arbor Day)

Dollars Against Diabetes Days -- always on Father's Day weekend, with information here   

Fly A Kite Day (on the anniversary of Ben Franklin's kite experiment)

Global Wind Day -- to celebrate wind energy    

Husband Caregiver Day -- to honor husbands who give health care to family members (wives, children, or extended family)

Magna Carta Day -- UK (King John set his seal on the document this day in 1215)

Mangaia Gospel Day -- Mangaia, Cook Islands

Native American Citizenship Day -- US (passage, in 1924, of the legislation recognizing citizenship of Native Americans in the US)

National Lobster Day

Nature Photography Day -- sponsored by the North American Nature Photography Association 

Salvation Day/National Day of Salvation -- Azerbaijan

Separation Day -- Delaware, US (date of declaration of separation from England and Pennsylvania)

Smile Power Day -- test out smile power today, it's free!

Sneak a Kiss Day -- usual litany of cautions with this internet generated holiday

St. Vitus' Day (Patron of actors, comedians, dancers, dogs, epilepsy sufferers; against animal attacks, dog bites, epilepsy, lightning, oversleeping, rheumatic chorea, Saint Vitus' Dance, snake bites, storms, wild beasts; Badia Calavena, Italy; Czech Republic; Forio, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Recanati, Italy; Vacha, Germany; Wetsens, Netherlands; Zeven, Germany)

Trooping the Colour -- UK (military celebration of the monarch's birthday, the King's official birthday parade, one of London's biggest and most colorful celebrations)

Valdemar's Day and Reunion Day -- Denmark (an official Flag Day)

Vestalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (main and final celebration, in which the Temple of Vesta was swept clean)

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day -- because our elders deserve to be protected and cared for properly

World Juggling Day 

Worldwide Day of Giving  

Anniversaries Today:

King Hussein of Jordan marries Lisa Halaby (Queen Noor), 1978

Gustaf, Crown Prince of Sweden marries Princess Margaret of Connaught, 1905

Arkansas becomes the 25th US State, 1836

Birthdays Today:

William Dean Martin, 1981

Neil Patrick Harris, 1973

Leah Remini, 1970

Ice Cube, 1969

Lisa McCall, 1969

Dina Meyer, 1969

Courtneney Cox Arquette, 1964

Helen Hunt, 1963

Julie Hagerty, 1955

Jim Belushi, 1954

Simon Callow, 1949

Nicola Pagett, 1945

Waylon Jennings, 1937

Mario Cuomo, 1932

Erroll Garner, 1921

Muzaffer Tema, 1919

Bob Wian, 1914

Edvard Grieg, 1843

Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, 1767

Henry FitzRoy, illegitimate son of Henry VIII, 1519

Edward the Black Prince, 1330

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Lion King(Animated film), 1994

Dick Tracy(Film), 1990

"Hee Haw"(TV), 1969

"My Little Margie"(TV), 1952

Today in History:

The Assyrians record a solar eclipse that is later used to fix the chronology of Mesopotamian history, BC763

King John of England puts his seal to the Magna Carta, 1215

The first human blood transfusion is administered by Dr. Jean-Baptiste Denys, 1667

Benjamin Franklin proves that lightning is electricity, 1752

Delaware votes to suspend government under the British Crown and separate officially from Pennsylvania, 1776

Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, co-pilot of the first-ever manned flight (1783), and his companion, Pierre Romain, become the first-ever casualties of an air crash when their hot air balloon explodes during their attempt to cross the English Channel, 1785

Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber, 1844

The Oregon Treaty establishes the 49th parallel as the border between the United States and Canada, from the Rocky Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, 1846

Crown Prince Wilhelm becomes Kaiser Wilhelm II and is the last emperor of the German Empire, 1888

The most destructive tsunami in Japan's history kills more than 22,000 people, 1896

A fire aboard the steamboat SS General Slocum in New York City's East River kills 1000, 1904

Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated, 1911

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America, making them the only American youth organization with a federal charter, 1916

A German expedition led by Karl Wien lost sixteen members in an avalanche on Nanga Parbat (9th highest mountain), the largest single day loss of life on an 8,000m peak, 1937

In the Saskatchewan general election, the CCF, led by Tommy Douglas, is elected and forms the first socialist government of North America, 1944

Israel and Vatican City establish full diplomatic relations, 1994

Near earth asteroid 2002 MN misses the Earth by 75,000 miles (121,000 km), about one-third of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, 2002

In Bulgaria, remains that some believe to be the bones of John the Baptist, are scientifically proven to be from a Middle Eastern man and dated to be from the first century AD, 2012

Scotland Yard launches criminal inquiry and British Prime Minister Theresa May announces a public inquiry a day after the Grenfell Tower fire, 2017

A baseball jersey belonging to Babe Ruth becomes the most expensive item of sports memorabilia ever when it sells for $5.64 million at auction, 2019

In a landmark decision, the US Supreme Court rules 6-3 that gay and transgender workers cannot be discriminated against in the workplace, 2020

According to new DNA research taken from burials at Lake Issyk Kul, the 14th century plague the Black Death originated in Kyrgyzstan,  2022

Scientists report water being pumped from underground reservoirs is shifting the Earth's axis at the North Pole by 4.36 cm a year, 2023

Friday, June 14, 2024

Post Surgery Naps (Feline Friday), Friendly Fill-Ins and Nature Friday


Feline Friday was originally started by Steve, The Burnt Food Dude (may he rest in peace), and i'm going to believe it's because he liked cats.

He handed hosting duties off to Sandee at Comedy Plus, and now she's entrusting it to me.

Feline Friday is simple to join.  All you have to do is: Post a picture, drawing, cartoon or video of a cat (they may be silly or cute).  Then add your link!

One thing for sure is this is a fun and easy meme to do.  So come and join us in Feline Friday.

What better way to start the weekend than with a feline!

All these little girls just had their spay surgery and were in various stages of sleeping it off or coming to and finally getting some grub.

Please if you have spare thoughts and prayers and good wishes for our shelter, we've had a panleukopenia outbreak and the shelter is closed to everyone, even volunteers, until they can get it under control.


Friendly Fill-Ins are easy to do. There are four statements: the first two statements are provided by Ellen of 15 And Meowing, and the final two are offered by Lorianne The Menagerie Mom of Four-Legged Furballs. They try to make sure the statements will be fun to both answer and share. The linky will be posted at or about 12:00 AM on Friday. Please head over to one of their sites, link up, and share your thoughts!      

Here are this week's statements with my responses underlined:

1. _________ is a quality of mine that I am proud of.

2. _________ is a quality of mine I would like to change.

3. Though I find _________ boring, _________ really interests me.

4. Believe it or not, I deal with _________ on a regular basis.

1. Being able to keep calm and form a plan in a crisis  is a quality of mine that I am proud of.

2. Impatience in traffic  is a quality of mine I would like to change.

3. Though I find   cleaning houses and offices in itself to be  boring,   being of help and service to people and taking care of their needs  really interests me.   And what my clients mostly need is their houses cleaned!  At least some of them keep me company before or after or we even chat as i work.

4. Believe it or not, I deal with   fighting off depression  on a regular basis.


Nature Friday is hosted by LLB in Our BackyardLLB in Our Backyard Simply post a picture of the natural world, and link up!   


Today is:

Family History Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, urging people to brush up on family history during summer family reunions

Feast Day of Elisha the Prophet -- Christian

Flag Day -- United States

Freedom Day -- Malawi

Leinapaev -- Estonia (Mourning and Commemoration Day; remembering those deported under Soviet rule)

Liberation Day -- Falkland Islands

Missing Mutts Awareness Day -- to help families whose beloved pets have gone missing, the Missing Mutts Awareness Society was formed; it no longer seems to sponsor a particular day, though its Facebook Page is active    

Mourning and Hope Day -- Lithuania (remembering those exiled to Siberia under the Soviets)

National Bourbon Day -- celebrating America's "Native Spirit"   

National Day of Prayer for Law Enforcement Officers -- on the second Friday of June, originally sponsored by Wives Behind the Badge

National Strawberry Shortcake Day

Pause for the Pledge Day -- US, in conjunction with Flag Day, all citizens are asked to pause at 7pm EDT to recite the Pledge

Pig Callers' Day -- no clue where this came from, or why; any pig callers out there want to weigh in?

Pop Goes the Weasel Day -- and just as no one knows for sure the origins of the song or it's meaning, no one knows why it is celebrated on this day

Rice Planting Festivals -- Sumiyoshi Shrine, Osaka and Izawanomiya Shrine, Mie Prefecture, Japan (rice planting at sacred fields, some rites date back over 1,700 years)

Runic Half-month Dag (day) commences

Sandpaper Day -- Isaac Fisher, Jr., of Vermont, was issued the first US patent for sandpaper on this day in 1834

Sovereign's Day/King's Birthday -- British Virgin Islands

St. Basil the Great's Day (traditional date in Roman Catholic Church, current date in Episcopal Church; Patron of education, exorcisms, hospital administrators, monks, liturgists, reformers; Cappadocia; Russia)

St. Castora Gabrielli's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, widows)

Work @ Home Fathers' Day -- special kudos to the dads who work from home by telecommuting, or care for house and kids while the wife works outside the home, sponsored by Jeff Zbar

World Blood Donor Day -- International 

     Blood Type Awareness Day -- while donating, make sure you know your type, and that of your loved ones; in an emergency, it's good to know

Anniversaries Today:

The United States Army is founded, 1775

Munich, Germany is founded, 1158

Birthdays Today:

Daryl Sabara, 1992

Lucy Hale, 1989

Kevin McHale, 1988

Diablo Cody, 1978

Steffi Graf, 1969

Yasmine Bleeth, 1968

Traylor Howard, 1966

Boy George, 1961

Eric Arthur Heiden, 1958

Will Patton, 1954

Eddie Mekka, 1952

Donald Trump, 1946

John F. MacArthur, 1939

Jerzy Kosinski, 1933

Joe Arpaio, 1932

Marla Gibbs, 1931

Che Guevara, 1928

Pierre Salinger, 1925

Gene Barry, 1919

Burl Ives, 1909

Alois Alzheimer, 1864

John Bartlett, 1820

Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Cable Guy(Film), 1996

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves(Film), 1991

"The Gong Show"(TV), 1976

Today in History:

Kublai Khan defeated the force of Nayan and other traditionalist Borjigin  princes in East Mongolia and Manchuria, 1287

Richard II in England meets leaders of Peasants' Revolt on Blackheath and the Tower of London is stormed by rebels who enter without resistance, 1381

Margaret Jones is hanged in Boston for witchcraft in the first such execution for the Massachusetts colony, 1648

The Stars and Stripes is adopted by Congress as the Flag of the United States, 1777

Bounty mutiny survivors including Captain William Bligh and 18 others reach Timor after a nearly 7,400 km (4,000-mile) journey in an open boat, 1789

Whiskey distilled from maize is first produced by American clergyman the Rev Elijah Craig, who named it Bourbon because he lived in Bourbon County, Kentucky, 1789

Badi VII, king of Sennar, surrenders his throne and realm to Ismail Pasha, general of the Ottoman Empire, ending the existence of that Sudanese kingdom, 1821

The village of Henley, on the River Thames in Oxfordshire, stages its first Royal Regatta, 1839

Trade unions are legalised in Canada, 1872

Norway adopts female suffrage, 1907

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown depart St. John's, Newfoundland on the first nonstop transatlantic  flight, 1919

Action Comics issue one is released, introducing Superman, 1938

The Canadian Library Association is established, 1946

UNIVAC I, the world's first commercial computer, is dedicated by the U.S. Census Bureau, 1951

The European Space Research Organisation is established in Paris – later becoming the European Space Agency, 1962

The Vatican announces the abolition of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum, 1966

The 1994 Stanley Cup Riots occur after the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup from Vancouver, 1994

The Wallow Fire becomes the largest wildfire in the history of the US State of Arizona, 2011

Australia announces its plan to create the largest marine reserve in the world, 2012

The women of Switzerland hold a strike to protest the slow change of pace toward equality in their country, 2019

Denmark and Canada agree to split the arctic Hans Island, ending their 50-year "Whiskey War", where each country laid claim by buying whiskey on the island, 2022

After working around a previous problem with quantum noise, IBM's quantum computer manages to simulate a magnetic material in a benchmark experiment, 2023

Scientists announce the last of the essential ingredients for life as we know it, phosphates, have been found on Saturn's moon Enceladus, raising the possibility it may harbor life, 2023