Saturday, July 1, 2017

Being thankful doesn't have to take long.

Ten Things of Thankful

No matter how busy i get, i have time to list my thankfuls.

There's a wedding today, so yes, i'm busy.  This won't take long, but it's no less heartfelt.

My first thankful is that i got some back pay from a client who was out of town last time i was there.

The "extra" pay bought the cats' flea meds, and i'm very glad we have flea meds available.

Yesterday, work went very, very well and quickly, and then the Mall-Mart had the exact items i needed, including a purse that matched the dresses.  (That means i am now the owner of, gasp, two purses!)

Then i actually found everything i needed to pack, including the make-up i only wear about three times a year.

There was a terrible accident on the interstate, and we were able to get off and take the very-far-out-of-the-way back road, but that meant we made it to Grandma and Grandpa's house with seventeen minutes to spare.

Seventeen minutes was all i needed to shower, change clothes, and be ready to leave for the rehearsal.

The rehearsal was like clockwork, and the priest has a good sense of humor and timing.  How often does that happen?

Uncle J is Uncle P's best man.  There was a time when sibling rivalry between them was so bad they wouldn't even talk to each other.  Now they stand for each other, and it's wonderful to watch.

Dinner after the rehearsal was at Cafe Degas, and i highly recommend it.

Rounding out the list, i am grateful for my brother and new sister-in-law.

No matter if you have plenty of time to think it out, or have to list and dash off, remember to list the things you are thankful for, and link up with Ten Things of Thankful.

Today is:

Build a Scarecrow Day -- keep the crows out of that field of freshly growing corn out on the back 40!

Canada Day -- Canada

Cherokee Green Corn Ceremony -- honoring maize goddess Selu with thanksgiving for the maize harvest; date approximate, as many towns set their own times to celebrate

Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day -- a great way to start off Ice Cream Month; try a new one and you just might find a new favorite.

Day to Celebrate All the World's Creatures -- commemorates the day in 1975 that endangered species became internationally protected.

Distressed Elves Day -- Fairy Calendar

Doctors' Day -- India

Eastport Fourth of July and "Old Home Week" -- Eastport, ME, US (bounded on all sides by the Bay of Fundy and Canadian islands, the celebration runs through the 4th)

Emancipation Day -- Sint Maarten

Halfway Point of the Year Day -- related observance
     Half-Year Day -- China

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Establishment Day -- Hong Kong

Hop A Park Day -- US (several years ago the Colleyville, Texas, Park and Recreation Commission started this celebration on the first Saturday of July, which is National Parks and Recreation Month; go visit a park today, or make plans to do it soon!)

Hug a Cowboy Day -- always on Canada Day

Independence Day -- Burundi(1962); Rwanda(1962)

Intact Day -- celebrating genital integrity, as far as possible from the Feast of the Circumcision on Jan. 1

International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship -- Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, Eau Claire, WI, US

International Chicken Wing Day -- some sites say the 2nd, celebrate today or tomorrow, your choice

International Day of Cooperatives -- U.N.

International Joke Day -- as declared by many internet sites, but i can't find out why today; then again, why not?

International Tartan Day -- anniversary of the repeal, in 1782, of the Act of Proscription which banned the wearing of Tartans; celebrated especially by Scottish diaspora in Australia; New Zealand

Joust of the Quintana -- Ascoli Piceno, Italy (reenactment of a medieval jousting tournament)

July Morning -- Bulgaria (dates back to the '70s, young and old people hitchhike to the Black Sea in late June to greet the dawn of July 1 with Uriah Heep's hit song July Morning; began as a suble anti-communist protest, now in memory of the fall of communism and to celebrate the start of summer vacation)

Keti Koti -- Suriname (Emancipation Day)

Madeira Day -- Madeira

Marrakech Popular Arts Festival -- Marrakesh, Morocco (the country's best Folklore Festival, featuring art and music as well; through the 31st)

Memorial Day -- Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial and Rodeo -- Mescalero Apache Reservation, NM, US (a great way to learn about Native American culture, and including Apache Maidens' Puberty Rites; through the 4th)

Mount Fuji Official Climbing Season begins -- Japan (through Aug. 31)

Moving Day -- Quebec, Canada

National Boating Day -- US

National Ducks and Wetlands Day -- US (presidential designation in 1990)

National Financial Freedom Day -- can't find how this one started, but it's as good a day as any to take a good look at your finances, and start learning how to better manage them.

National Gingersnap Day

Punxsutawney Ground Hog Festival -- Punxsutawney, PA, US (through next Saturday; because the groundhog is worth more than just one cold day in February!)

Rebildfesten/Rebild Festival/American Independence Day Celebration -- Aalborg, Denmark (the town dresses in red, white and blue, celebrating with BBQ, American beer, and more; through the 4th)

Republic Day -- Ghana; Somalia

Rockport Art Festival -- Rockport, TX, US (top artists from around the country line the waterfront today and tomorrow, with good music and good food to add to the fun)

Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo -- Halifax, NS, Canada (through the 8th)

Skiraphoria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of cutting and threshing the grain)

Sir Seretse Khama Day -- Botswana

St. Serf of Culross' Day (patron of the Orkney Islands)

Sts. Cosmas and Damian's Day -- Eastern Catholic Churches
     Holy Healers' Day -- Bulgaria (a special festival for the two saints/brothers who were healers; celebrated especially by all healers, fortune-tellers, witches, sorceresses and herbalists)

Territory Day -- British Virgin Islands

The Dam Experience -- Warsaw, MO, US (fireworks viewed from land and boat at the Truman Dam)

Tour de France -- through Sunday, July 23

U.S. Postage Stamp Day -- first US postage stamp issued this day in 1847

Yukon Gold Panning Championships -- Dawson City, YT, Canada

Zip Code Day -- US (inaugural anniversary in 1963; when you mail that letter, zip it up! no zip, slow trip; wrong zip, long trip)

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Albert II of Monaco marries Charlene Whittstock, 2011
Haleakala National Park established, HI, US, 1961
Mammoth Cave National Park established, KY, US, 1941
Dwight D. Eisenhower marries Mamie Geneva Dowd, 1916

Birthdays Today:

Hilary Burton, 1982
Liv Tyler, 1977
Ruud Van Nistelrooy, 1976
Missy Elliott, 1971
Pamela Anderson, 1967
Andre Braugher, 1962
Princess Diana, 1961
Carl Lewis, 1961
Michelle Wright, 1961
Alan Ruck, 1956
Dan Aykroyd, 1952
Deborah Harry, 1945
Karen Black, 1942
Genevieve Bujold, 1942
Twyla Tharp, 1941
Jamie Farr, 1934
Jean Marsh, 1934
Leslie Caron, 1931
Farley Granger, 1925
Olivia DeHavilland, 1916
William James "Willie" Dixon, 1915
Estee Lauder, 1906
Charles Laughton, 1899
Thomas Andrew Dorsey, 1899
Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, 1872
Ignaz Semmelweis, 1818
George Sand, 1804

Debuting/Premiering Today:

CourtTV(Network, now TruTV), 1991
"Nick at Nite"(TV), 1985
"The Liberace Show"(TV), 1952
"Mama"(TV), 1949
NBC(Network, first scheduled TV broadcast ever), 1941

Today in History

Tiberius Julius Alexander orders his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor, 69
La Noche Triste: a joint Mexican Indian force led by the Aztec ruler Cuitláhuac defeat Spanish Conquistadores led by Hernán Cortés, 1520
Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u., 1770
American privateers attack Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, 1782
A system of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths is established in England and Wales, 1837
U.S. Postage stamps went on sale for the first time, 1847
In the first instance of photojournalism, a French photographer's daguerrotypes of Paris riots were turned into woodcuts so as to be published in the weekly newspaper L'Illustration Journal Universel on this date in 1848
Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marking the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands, 1863
The British North America Act of 1867 takes effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald is sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada, 1867
The Philadelphia Zoological Society, the first US zoo, opens; admission twenty-five cents for adults and ten cents for children, 1874
The world's first international telephone call is made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States, 1881
SOS is adopted as the international distress signal, 1908
Grant Park Music Festival begins its tradition of free summer symphonic music concert series in Chicago's Grant Park, which continues as the United States' only annual free outdoor classical music concert series, 1935
NBC makes the first scheduled television broadcast, 1941
Tokyo City merges with Tokyo Prefecture and is dissolved; since then, no city in Japan has had the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city), 1943
The merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ends more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family, 1949
Zip Codes are introduced for the U.S.mail, 1963
The first color television transmission in Canada takes place from Toronto, 1966
The European Community is formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission, 1967
Sony introduces the Walkman, 1979
O Canada officially becomes the national anthem of Canada, 1980
German re-unification: East Germany accepts the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany, 1990
The People's Republic of China resumes sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule, 1997
Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini-Huygens begins at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC, 2004
Smoking is banned in all indoor public spaces in England, 2007
The oldest European remains of a white man are discovered in Australia; the Manning River Skull may belong to a man born in 1650, predating the country's history that Captain James Cook was the first to land on Australia's east coast in 1770, 2013


  1. It is always beautiful to see relationship healed and restored. I am thankful for good health, family, friends and everything else! Have a fantastic weekend!

  2. What a nice post and you have been very busy and still made time for this post

    Have a good Saturday hope all goes well at the wedding :-)

  3. A wedding is such fun! Glad so many things fell into place for you on that rush trip to the house to get ready. I had to laugh at that makeup three times a year. Enjoy the wedding and DANCE!

  4. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I was planning to do this on my blog today and didn't, but I will make a list for myself. Have a wonderful time at the wedding.
    I noticed it is make a scarecrow day, we never make those until the Fall when the corn is almost ready to pick.

  5. This is such a great list! And I'm inspired by your ability to create this list in the midst of such busyness, I often find myself making excuses like I'm too busy to write but I think I just make it more difficult than it needs to be.

  6. I love your thankful posts. You are also so thankful and I like that about you.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ☺

  7. I feel blessed that my mother passed a stone yesterday (seeing my otherwise stoic mother in such agony was horrible.)

  8. I loved this post, Mimi, not only for all the joyful and positive activity surrounding this wedding, but also because it illustrates that we can find many reasons to be thankful not just in a week, or a day, but involving just one event... we just have to look at it and see all the good that comes our way, from brothers reunited right down to finding your makeup and the perfect purse for the dresses! I can't help but smile and say thank you when I note all the little ways and big ways God blessses our lives. I'm so happy that it turned out to be a wonderful occasion for everyone and that you arrived there safely and on time! I am thankful for the backpay you received too, and I know the kitties are mighty thankful for the flea meds! Have a blessed week ahead, Mimi! XOXO

  9. All your activity makes my head spin. I don't seem to have enough time to be retired. Nice to have peace restored among brothers. We had an aunt and uncle feuding for quite a long time-- I think neither of them even remembered how it started, but thankfully the relationship smoothed over time.

  10. "...ere able to get off and take the very-far-out-of-the-way back road, but that meant we made it to Grandma and Grandpa's house with seventeen minutes to spare."
    Now that's a Thankful that I can totally get behind (not literally, of course) lol... for me, even if the alternative path takes longer than waiting, its still way, way better than being locked in traffic with no escape. (yeah, really hate that lol)
    Good, directly applicable list this week.

  11. Whew!!! That TToT was a whirlwind!!! With 17 min to spare!!! Lol...ivy/oe

  12. Wow! The trip to the wedding must have had you chewing your nails wondering if you were going to get there in time for the rehearsal. I'm glad there was a detour you could take and weren't stuck in a freeway backup.
    How nice that you could find a purse that matched your dress. Sometimes finding a matching color or a color that will look just right can be difficult.
    It is wonderful to see people put aside past animosities. I'm glad your uncles see things so much better now.
    Your cats must have been thankful you received that extra pay too.

  13. Oh, those flea meds are expensive! I have three indoor cats. #3 brought fleas in the house last September as a kitten, and it took six months to get rid of all of them! Ugh! Glad you had a little windfall with which to buy yours. Looks like everything wedding was a success - yay!