Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y for Yes, i am thankful.

Ten Things of Thankful

It is yet another Saturday, yet another reason (or ten!) to be thankful.  This week i get to do it with the beautiful and challenging letter Y. 
Youth.  My children's youth, that is, as my own is long gone.  They aren't babies any more, and i am very much enjoying their young adult years, which brings the next word.

Years.  Every one a bit different, i love thinking about and enjoying looking back on the years.  Sweetie and i have been married for almost 32 of them, and i'm grateful for all that the years have brought.

Yellow cat.  Our big yellow cat. 

Dansig, our big yellow cat.  He's a goof and we love him.

Yoga.  When i can make myself do it, i am always grateful i did.

Yukon.  No, i've never been there, but to me it bespeaks adventure and it gives me a goal of yet another place i want to see someday.

Yo-yos.  While i've never been able to get the hang of them, i'm thankful for the times i've been entertained by others who can do some rather cool tricks with them.

Yards.  Our back and front yards, and the area across the street from us, to be specific.  It's nice not to be right on top of the neighbors and have trees nearby.

Our yard and what i see across the street from my own front door.

Yams.  More specifically, sweet potatoes, which are sometimes called yams.  They are so delicious!

Yuletide.  It's a most wonderful time of the year!  Also i'm thankful it's only once a year.

Yoda.  He is simply one cool character.

Yes, somehow i did it!  Next week i will be back to just random thankfulness, and i'm thankful for that, too.

List your thankful things (it doesn't have to be 10, no one kicks you out if it's more or less), and link up with Ten Things of Thankful.

Today is:

Arita Ceramic Fair -- Arita, Japan (finest porcelain in Japan; during Golden Week until May 5)

Astronomy Day 2017 / Spring Astronomy Day -- Saturday at or before the first quarter moon between mid-April and mid-May 
     sponsored by The Astronomical League; find out what your local astronomy society is doing today, and go enjoy

Basava Jayanti -- KA, India (birth anniversary of 12th century philosopher Basavanna)

Bob Wills Day -- Turkey, TX, US (celebrating Western Swing music and its king; through tomorrow)

Cheng Cheng Kung Landing Day -- Taiwan (352nd anniversary of the landing in Taiwan of Ming Dynasty loyalist Cheng Cheng Kung to oust the Dutch colonists)

Eeyore's Birthday -- Austin, TX, US (Eeyore never need feel forgotten again; Austin celebrates his birthday as a fundraiser for local charities, with fun for all)

Feast of the Secret Masters -- can't find any real info on this one, and why should i if it's such a secret, but it is fun to think about

Fish Cleaning Night -- sponsored by David Letterman (it's okay if you don't have an audience, or Mariel Hemingway)

Foxfield Races -- Charlottesville, VA, US (annual steeplechase)

Healthy Kids Day® -- YMCA 

International Dance Day -- International Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), a UNESCO partner 

International Tabletop Day -- encouraging people to play games on a table, not online, face to face 

Milk-Curdling Sunday -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

National Adult Public Skipping Day -- because somebody out there either wants you to feel like a kid again, or make a fool of you

National Go Birding Day -- US (but feel free to participate wherever you are, birding is fun!)

National Herb Day -- different from the HerbDay in May, and unsponsored

National Rebuilding Day -- US (270,000 volunteers help rebuild and repair homes for the elderly and disabled) 

National Sense of Smell Day -- US (sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, encouraging museums and science centers to focus on how the sense of smell plays an important role in daily life and how it interacts with other senses)

National Shrimp Scampi Day

"Peace" Rose Day -- an explanation of this name for the Rosa Madame A. Meilland variety 
Penguin Day -- different sponsor from World Penguin Day, but you can't have enough days dedicated to these fun guys, can you? 

Redbud Trail Rendezvous -- Rochester, IN, US (living history along the Tippecanoe River; through tomorrow)

Remembrance of Victims of Chemical Weapons -- on the day chemical weapons were outlawed in 1997

Ridvan, Ninth Day -- Baha'i (one of the festival days on which work and school should be suspended)

Runic Half Month of Lagu (water) begins

Save the Frogs Day -- Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action 
Showa No Hi -- Japan (Showa Day, the birth anniversary of Emperor Showa, begins the Golden Week holiday period of four major national days, through May 5)

Solar Alignment at Teotihuacan, City of the Gods -- Teotihuacan, Mexico (the ritual cave opening aligns to the sunset on Aug. 12 and Apr. 29, the same horizon position of the setting of the Pleiades)

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival & Highland Games -- St. Leonard, MD, US (competitions in fiddling, bagpipe, Celtic harp, and dancing, heptathlon, Celtic marketplace and foods, parade of clans, and more)

St. Catherine of Siena's Day (Patron of fire prevention, firefighter, nurses, nursing services, people ridiculed for piety, sick people; Europe; Italy; Theta Phi Alpha Sorority; Allentown, PA, US; Siena, Italy; Verazze, Italy; against bodily ills/sickness, fire, miscarriages, sexual temptation)

Taro Festival -- East Maui, Hawaii, US (celebration of Hawai'an culture; through tomorrow)

World Healing Day / World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 

World Veterinary Day -- World Veterinary Association 

World Wish Day -- from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, marking the date in 1980 that local police let seven-year-old leukemia patient Chris Grecicius be an officer for a day, sparking the idea of the Make-a-Wish Foundation

Zipper Day -- while i can't confirm it, the modern zipper was supposedly patented on this day in 1913

Anniversaries Today:

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, marries Catherine "Kate" Middleton, 2011
Mike Nichols marries Diane Sawyer, 1988
Princess Irene marries Prince Carel Hugo de Bourbon Parma, 1964

Birthdays Today:

Andre Agassi, 1970
Uma Thurman, 1970
Carnie Wilson, 1968
Eve Plumb, 1958
Michelle Pfeiffer, 1958
Daniel Day-Lewis, 1957
Kate Mulgrew, 1955
Jerry Seinfeld, 1954
Nora Dunn, 1952
Dale Earnhardt, 1951
Johnny Miller, 1947
Zubin Mehta, 1936
Lane Smith, 1936
Rod McKuen, 1933
Robert Gottlieb, 1931
Celeste Holm, 1919
Tom Ewell, 1909
Hirohito, 1901
Duke Ellington, 1899
William Randolph Hearst, 1863
Oliver Ellsworth, 1745

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hair"(Musical), 1968
"ABC's Wide World of Sports"(TV), 1961
"Young Dr. Malone"(Radio), 1940
"There Shall be No Night"(Play), 1940
Roget's Thesaurus(Publication date), 1852
Violin Sonata No. 32 in B-flat major(Mozart K. 454), 1784

Today in History:

The Moors arrive at Gibraltar to begin their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula, 711
Joan of Arc arrives at Orleans to relieve the siege, 1492
Francis Drake leads a raid in the Bay of Cádiz, sinking at least 23 ships of the Spanish fleet, 1587
Eleven Dutch ships depart for the conquest of Peru, 1623
The Ming Dynasty occupies Taiwan, 1661
James Cook arrives at and names Botany Bay, Australia, 1770
The French Fleet prevents Britain from seizing the Cape of Good Hope, 1781
Peter Roget publishes the first edition of his Thesaurus, 1852
The "Elektromote" – forerunner of the trolleybus  – is tested by Ernst Werner von Siemens in Berlin, 1882
Gideon Sundbach of Hoboken, NJ, receives a patent for the zipper, 1913
The North Sea floodgate at Ijmuiden, the biggest in world, officially opens, 1930
The telephone connection of England-Australia goes into service, 1930
The first U.S. experimental 3D-TV broadcast airs, and episode of "Space Patrol" shown over ABC affiliate KECA in Los Angeles, 1953
The first military nuclear power plant opens, in Ft. Belvoir 1957
A cyclone strikes the Chittagong  district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 mph, killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as 10 million homeless, 1991
Oldsmobile  builds its final car ending 107 years of production, 2004
Syria completes withdrawal from Lebanon, ending 29 years of occupation, 2005

Economic losses mount and class action lawsuits are filed as the U.S. Coast Guard plans a controlled burn to remove spilled oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, 2010


  1. Wow, so many Y ideas I hadn't thought of. I love doing Yoga. Last day for the challenge tomorrow. Phew!

  2. Mimi, I love the way you did this. Creativity with a purpose. I talk about my Thankful Things with God all of the time. Just between Him & I: I sing it, I make up rhymes. We talk. I thank Him for everything. That is what Grampy taught me to do. HUGS.

  3. Zipper Day - don't get me started on zips! You would think that after 104 years they would have designed something that doesn't jam, pinch fingers and go wrong!

    Another day in Amble Bay!

  4. Lots of great uses for the letter 'Y'. Well done. We are thankful for all of our friends on the blogging world. You all have a wonderful day.

  5. Wonderful use of the letter Y. I too am grateful for years, especially whatever ones I have left, youth, as in my grandchildren, yogurt, yards, I too have a nice green space. As for yoda, hard to bend that way these days. Find me here.LINK

  6. Awesome list! Sorry I've been so absence and congrats on finishing the a to s. My brother lived in the Yukon....i Wanna go too! And Yoda goes without saying!!!

    1. Typos! Argh....Im sure you made it past S!

  7. Excellent list of Y's to be thankful for, especially yellow cat :) Have a great weekend!

  8. All those Y's and you left out yogurt...why.

  9. Whoah! Danzig is one large feline! lol and none too spoiled from the looks of it. (as our animal family should be!)
    Love the Y theme you've used. Yet another writer who will have accomplished the A-Z challenge. Congratulations in advance!

  10. Love your list of ten.
    Congratulations on almost completing this challenge.
    32 years of togetherness--such a blessing:)
    Also love the view of your yard.
    Y is for Yellow

  11. You've done it again, Mimi, and I smiled all the way through the list! Dansig the yellow cat is surely the best, along with that luscious green yard. Can I trade mine for it? :-) I think back fondly on the days when my kids were young, and me too, but I am glad that we are all where we are now in life, so much better!! I love yams, they are yummy! :-) Papa Bear is surprisingly good at yo-yo tricks, I think he spent a lot of time practicing as a child, certainly better used than the time he spent learning to wiggle his ears! LOL I agree that Yuletide is wonderful, but once a year is surely enough. And yes, we are almost done with the A-Z and I have to say you've done it up in style, it's been so much fun coming here to see what you've done with it each day! Congratulations, and thank you for joining us each week for TToT. Have a blessed weekend! XOXO

  12. I've enjoyed your posts all month long. This takes a lot of work and discipline to stay the course. Through it all you've been ever so thankful.

    Have a blessed day and weekend. ♥♥♥

  13. Yoda? Didn't see that one coming.

  14. You made a good list out of Y! And your yellow cat - he looks so long!

  15. Great list, Mimi. And I love this novel way of making a thankful list. There are so many ways on so many days to be thankful. A zillion I think. ;)

  16. 'youth' and 'years' two words: ayiiee!
    but you don't have one without the other*
    Congratulations on completing your Africa to Origination Challenge, very cool

    *yes, I concur, upon careful re-reading, that did not make any sense at all!

  17. Nice use of the A to Z letter of the day.
    Eeyore's favorite Pooh character.

  18. Oh your yards look nice. I have to work on mine.

  19. I love this second last A to Z entry. Youth and years go nicely together and who wouldn't like a yellow cat?

    I think sense of smell is the most important, but that's because my sense of sight is nearly all gone and my sense of smell is strong.

    I remember watching William and Kate get married. So long ago now it feels like, but I was obsessed with the royal wedding and couple at that time.

  20. I never was able to do any fancy tricks with yo-yos either.
    All that green grass is surely a pretty view and I imagine fairly easy to mow since the lawn appears to quite even.
    Your yellow cat looks so comfy stretched out on top the counter. :-)


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