Saturday, March 18, 2017

Even when the days go sideways!

Ten Things of Thankful

The past couple of weeks have seen ups and downs and more ups and more downs, and a few sidewayses too.  (Yes, i know it isn't a real word, but some days feel sidewayses to me.)

There are still many full on good things for which to be thankful.

Sweetie got a copy of the police report on the accident, and the other driver was "cited for failure to yield."  That makes everything very cut and dry, and our insurance company is trying to get hers to pay for a rental car until we can settle on the value of Humphrey the Honda.

The Jalopy went in for more repairs this past week, and Kevin and Lenny are letting me make payments.

Also the Jalopy is making a new noise that means she will need another repair, but it's not immediate, so the previous repair should be paid off before this other one is needed.

The grandchildren's trust fund is going to pay us back for what it cost to repair Bigger Girl's Ford, Cicero.

Cicero is getting me to see Grandma and Grandpa this weekend.

My friend Script and her husband drove down from Canada to get out of the snow, and i was able to meet them in Natchez, Mississippi, and visit for a day.

#2 Son and Daughter-in-Law Becky are happy to be moved back out to the farm.

Little Girl is enjoying apartment life with her room mates.

All the cats seem to be healthy and doing well.

The weather is beautiful, work is steady, and Sweetie still serenades me with his guitar several nights a week.

See?  Plenty of thankfulness to go around, even on the days that don't go quite as planned.

Link up with the Ten Things of Thankful, and let us celebrate the good things that happen in your life, too!

Today is:

Awkward Moments Day -- harness the power of humor in life's more uncomfortable situations

Asklepieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate)

Bindus Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (believed to be the day bears woke from hibernation)

Birkebeinerrennet -- Rena to Lillehammer, Norway (54km ski marathon commemorating the 1205 rescue of infant prince Hakon Hakonsson by ski over this route)

Birthday of Sparky the Fire Dog -- can't confirm the exact date, but Sparky became an official fire prevention mascot in Mar. 1951

Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins

Cheikh Al Maarouf Day -- Comoros

Cumbre Tajin -- Veracruz, Mexico (Tajin Summit, alternative therapies, art, music, and dance; through the 21st)

Electric Razor Day -- Schick, Inc., marketed the first one today in 1931

Forgive Mom and Dad Day -- because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Goddess of Fertility Day -- a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility

Grandparents' and Grandchildren's Day -- Michigan, US

Jacques de Molay's Day -- death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar

Maple Syrup Saturday -- Appleton, WI, US (please note that, starting now, almost every Saturday has a maple syrup festival or demonstration somewhere in Canada or the US where maple syrup is produced)

Men's and Soldiers Day -- Mongolia

Natchez Spring Pilgrimage -- Natchez, MS, US (tour of 25 antebellum mansions, some of which are private homes; through Apr. 18)

National Anthem and Flag Day -- Aruba

National Biodiesel Day -- birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day

National Quilting Day -- US, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance

Oide Matsuri -- Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery; through the 23rd)

Saint Patrick's Day Parades -- various cities around the English speaking world hold their celebrations on the Saturday or Sunday nearest the Saint's day

Sheelah's Day -- Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility; celebrated the day after St. Patrick's Day by those who say she was either his wife or his mother)

Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day -- Fairy Calendar

St. Anselm of Lucca's Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy)

St. Edward the Martyr's Day

Supreme Sacrifice Day -- an internet generated holiday now used to honor those who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for others

Usajingu Reitaisai -- Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival)

Wild Azalea Festival -- White Springs, FL, US

Anniversary Today:

Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell, 1993

Birthdays Today:

Alexei Yagudin, 1980
Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Kevin Dobson, 1944
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
Sashi Kapoor, 1938
F.W. deKlerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
John Kander, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
William H. Johnson, 1901
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837
John Caldwell Calhoun, 1782

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Do I Hear a Waltz?"(Musical), 1965
"Tovarich"(Musical), 1963
"Tales of Wells Fargo"(TV), 1957
The New Babylon(Silent Film), 1929
"Verklarte Nacht"(Schonberg, Op. 4), 1902

Today in History:

Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989
White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992
Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1994
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language, 2003
For the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum'ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005


  1. I think sidewayses should definitely be put into the dictionary! Glad to hear you've had many positives this week :)

  2. Happy Weekend, Mimi! I loved this post, because it follows through with your wisdom to always be appreciative for the way God is working things out in our lives! I am praying that you receive a fair settlement for Humphrey, vehicle issues are always stressful and expensive. I am glad you still have a vehicle available to see Grandma and Grandpa, I know they look forward to your visits so much! Sounds like kids and furkids are doing well, and I think you are so very blessed with guitar serenades, nothing is more soothing than sweet music, especially when played just for you! Blessings to you in the coming week! XOXO

  3. I know you're been having your share of downs, but I love it that you always find the ups. That's what I like about you the most.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥♥♥

  4. You always focus on the positives and I find that inspiring.

  5. We just had to have some pretty big repairs done to our car as well. But life goes on. HAve a wonderful weekend!

  6. Be extra thankful that he doesn't play the guitar like me.

  7. Have a great Sunday. Greetings from spring Europe

  8. I am glad you have a lot to be thankful for. That is great that you got to meet up with a friend.

  9. I can definitely relate to sidewayses. You do have much to be thankful for and I'm so glad you got to meet your friends from the northern climes. When our children are doing well and are happy, so are we. Enjoy the weekend.

  10. I think sidewayses should be a word, too. We get our share of those surprises here and I'm inspired by your ability to look for the positive in all situations.

  11. When I started to read your post I thought, "oh no" but your TToT made it all good. Wonderful that blessings shine through the ugly.

  12. LOL - I can definitely relate to having days that go sideways! Love it.
    And car repairs - ugh. Just had to put two tires on the car this weekend due to some metal in one. The worse news is that we still have to do two more. We knew this. The mechanic at the last oil change said we'd need them before summer. But even being prepared, car repairs are never fun.
    Hope you have a great week ahead, no matter what direction it goes!

  13. Sounds like you've had more than your fair share of car troubles! Hopefully everything works out with the insurance company--having that police report has to help, I would think.

  14. So the bears are waking up. That's a sure sign of spring.

    Driving from Canada to Mississippi sounds like quite the trip. Worth it, to escape snow, but soon we will have warm weather all over.


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