Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Gratitudes

Rory Bore at Ink Interrupted hosts the Tuesday Coffee Chat, and this weeks topic is,  Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving.... so I'm in a turkey coma.   Let's all show 2 minutes of Gratitude.

There are so many reasons to be grateful.  Every evening, i list one thing for which i am grateful on a forum that has a gratitude list.  It keeps me looking for gratitudes throughout the day so i can list one, and some days more than one.

The weather has gotten cool enough on many nights to open the windows and turn off the A/C, which is currently not leaking!  That's a huge gratitude.  If we can get through this season, perhaps we can save up enough to do some major repairs in the spring, before we need the A/C again.

Bigger Girl got me to help her study for her microbiology test.  It was fun, and i was so grateful to be able to do that.

Yesterday, i had a day off!  That does not happen much.  Ms. S called on Sunday to cancel because she has plumbers all over her house cutting off the gas to her very dangerous gas wall heaters and she is stressed out.  By the time i go back, those will be history and she will again have hot water and a stove, and we will both be grateful for that.

Little Girl called me, and i am so grateful when i can hear her voice.  She's very excited, she has learned to start IVs!  They are doing the combat medic portion of her training, and we are approved to be allowed on the base for her graduation.  My friend Grace, who hosted us for Sanity-fest last month, has said Sweetie and i may stay in her guest room when we go there for the graduation.  That will save us money and i am thankful for that.  Now we just need gas and food money, which i am slowly gathering.

rEcess went well last week, and we only had 6 adult volunteers!  We were badly outnumbered, and are grateful that everything was like clockwork, all of the children had fun, everyone got medications or diapers or tube feedings on time even if we were short-staffed.  Also, a very kind couple from the church provided a meal for our volunteers, fried chicken and cole slaw and egg rolls, and everyone loved it and some of us brought leftovers home.  My boys were very grateful for the leftovers!

It can get as complicated or as simple as you want, and the list can go on and on, but right at this moment, i am just grateful that air and salvation are still free.

Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- Abkhazia

Ashura -- Islam (optional day of fasting that begins at sundown, local observances and national holidays may vary)

Belfast International Arts Festival  -- Belfast, Ireland (International arts festival; through the 29th)

Cephalopod Awareness Days:  Myths and Legends Day -- celebrating the most intelligent invertebrates in the world; for all the cephalopods of legend, literature and movies

Durga Puja -- Hindu (celebration of the goddess Durga, final and biggest day of celebration)

Face Your Fears Day -- Stephen Hughes encourages you to use this as a day to try to do something you've always been afraid to do

General Pulaski Memorial Day -- US (celebrating Casimir Pulaski, "the father of American cavalry")

It's My Party Day -- so go have one!

Meditrinalia/Vinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (tasting of the year's new wine; in honor of Meditrina, goddess of health/medicine, longevity, and wine, and Bacchus, god of wine)

National Sausage Pizza Day

Navaratri Dusserha/Dasain/Dashain/Dasara -- Hindu (Festival of Dirva, wife of hiva, and a time to go back home and reconnect with family, especially in Nepal and parts of India; through the 13th; local dates and official government days off will vary)

Old Michaelmas Day -- Celtic Calendar

Revolution Day/Uprising Against Fascism Day -- Republic of Macedonia

St. Gomar's Day (Patron of childless people, courtiers, cowherds, glove makers, people in difficult marriages, separated spouses, woodcutters; Lier, Belgium; against hernias)

Sunbeam Sliding Sunday -- Fairy Calendar (only occasionally on a Sunday)

Warai Matsuri -- Kawanabe, Wakayama, Japan (a laughing festival, in which wine flows and this place earns its name as one of the happiest places on earth; one legend about the laughter is that one of the spirits of the shrine didn't wake in time for a meeting, and was laughed at, so now everyone laughs)

Yom Kippur -- Judaism (begins at sundown)

"You Go Girl!" Day -- in honor of Kathy Sullivan, first American woman to walk in space

Anniversary Today:

William Jefferson Clinton marries Hillary Rodham, 1975

Birthdays Today:

Emily Deschanel, 1976
Stephen Moyer, 1969
Orlando "El Duque" Hernandez, 1969
Jane Krakowski, 1968
Luke Perry, 1966
Joan Cusack, 1962
Steve Young, 1961
Dawn French, 1957
David Morse, 1953
Daryl Hall, 1948
Robert Gale, 1945
Ron Liebman, 1937
Dottie West, 1932
Roscoe Robinson, Jr., 1928
Elmore Leonard, 1925
Art Blakey, 1919
Jerome Robbins, 1918
Charles Revson, 1906
Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884
Harlan Fiske Stone, 1872
Henry John Heinz, 1844
George Williams, 1821 (founder, YMCA)
Mason Locke "Parson" Weems, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom"(Play), 1984
"Saturday Night Live"(TV), 1975
"Imagine"(Lennon single release), 1971
"Allegro"(Musical), 1947
"The Silver Tassie"(Play), 1929
The Comptometer (the first adding machine known to be accurate at all times, patented by Dorr Eugene Felt), 1887

Today in History:

Massive earthquake strikes Aleppo, Syria, 1138
Columbus' ship sites land on the horizon (the Bahamas), 1492
Huldrych Zwingli is killed in battle with the Roman Catholic cantons of Switzerland, 1531
Peter the Great becomes tsar of Russia, 1689
Explorer Meriwether Lewis dies under mysterious circumstances along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at the Grinder's Stand Inn, 1809
The first steam powered ferryboat, the Juliana, begins operation, 1811
Australia's oldest university, University of Sidney, is inaugurated, 1852
The Great Chicago Fire is finally extinguished, 1871
David Houston patents roll film for cameras, 1881
First female FBI "special investigator", Alaska Davidson, appointed, 1922
With the opening of store # 1252, in Milford, Delaware, J.C. Penney becomes a nationwide company, with stores in all 48 states, 1929
CBS's mechanical color system is the first to be licensed for broadcast by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, 1950
Pope John XXIII convenes the first ecumenical council of the Roman Catholic Church in 92 years, Vatican II, 1962
NASA launches Apollo 7, the first successful manned Apollo mission, 1968
The NBC sketch comedy/variety show Saturday Night Live debuts with George Carlin as the host and Andy Kaufman, Janis Ian and Billy Preston as guests, 1975
The Mary Rose, a Tudor carrack which sank on July 19 1545, is salvaged from the sea bed of the Solent, off Portsmouth, 1982
The record high of the Dow Jones Industrial Average occurs at 14,198.10 points, 2007
A ban on fracking is upheld by the Constitutional Council of France, 2013


  1. you are such a good soul! you give so much and deserve many gratitudes. too many folks go through life and don't notice them until it's too late.

  2. I love your gratitude posts. They are every day just in case you didn't know. You ooze gratitude. I like that about you. Some folks never see anything positive. You do.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

  3. Always something to be grateful for if only we took the time to list them. I need to try that.

    Ditto what TexWisGrl said!

  4. Great idea to be grateful for something every day. I am glad you have so much to be thankful for.

  5. I am a strong believer in daily gratitude as a reminder to ourselves of how much God loves us, even during the times when life is hard. It was nice to read about you having a whole day off, I know what a blessed relief that was at least you got to do your own things on your own time, though knowing you I doubt you had your feet up for very long! :-)

  6. We had our windows wide open all day yesterday - mostly because hubby was sanding them and painting them (they were looking dreadful), but at night it actually got quite cold and it was nice to snuggle under the duvet. Then we could hear the coyotes howling from the woods. Always cool, but mostly because I am grateful that they are a lot further away than they sound!


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