Saturday, March 24, 2018

Gimme Shelter (Ten Things of Thankful)

(Because some people like Blogger and some like WordPress, i am putting the same content at both.  If you would prefer to read this on the other site, it is linked here.)

Ten Things of Thankful

This week, there is a lot at the cat shelter for which i am very thankful.  

The kitten cages are, for the moment, empty, so...

Lots of adult cats are getting adopted, so...

So we are able to help with hard luck cases.

When we ask volunteers for old pill bottles, they bring bags full.

We are caught up on laundry because...

A donor gave us another washer!

The toilet is repaired!

Sweetie helps clean floors!

Free cat litter from Fresh Step!

Easter decor, and stickers for the children.

More Easter decor.

Hibiscus is mostly behaving, and has lost weight! (Even though it's hard to tell.)

Sweetie is very diligent about getting every scrap of garbage out.

The wonderful Josie Two Shoes is the hostess of Ten Things of Thankful.  Please feel free to link up and share your list (it does not have to be ten, we are not picky).  The more who share, the more fun it is!


Today is:

All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest -- Forest Grove, OR, US (quartets from throughouth the Pacific Northwest compete in an 1890s setting)

Commonwealth Covenant Day -- Northern Mariana Islands

Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice -- Argentina

Dies Sanguines -- Ancient Roman Calendar (sacrifices to the war goddess Bellona)

Earth Hour -- 8:30pm-9:30pm, your local time; turn off your lights to take a stand against climate change

Houdini Day -- see if you can pull a disappearing act in his honor

International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims -- UN

Kazimiras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (return of the larks)

Komoeditsi -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calandar (honors the great Bear God, Meveshii Bog and includes sacrifices to the Great God of Honey)

Left-of-Field Fanciers' Fortnight begins -- Fairy Calendar

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)

National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

National Revolution Day -- Kyrgyzstan

Pandia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus that immediately followed the Greater Dionysia; date approximate)

St. Catherine of Sweden's Day (Patron against miscarriages)

St. Gabriel the Archangel's Day (traditional date, now usually celebrated in September; Patron of childbirth, diplomats, messengers, postal workers, stamp collectors, telephone workers)

St. MacCairthinn of Clogher (St. Patrick's "Strong Man" and fellow worker; Patron of Clogher, Ireland)

World Tuberculosis Day -- UN & WHO

Birthdays Today:

Peyton Manning, 1976
Alyson Hannigan, 1974
Lara Flynn Boyle, 1970
Sharon Corr, 1970
Mase, 1970
Mark "The Undertaker" Calaway, 1965
Annabella Sciorra, 1964
Star Jones, 1962
Donna Pescow, 1954
Louie Anderson, 1953
Alan Sugar, 1947
R. Lee Ermey, 1944
Bob Mackie, 1940
Steve McQueen, 1930
Byron Janis, 1928
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 1919
Dorothy Height, 1912
Joseph Barbera, 1911
Clyde Barrow, 1909
Ub Iwerks, 1901
Dorothy Constance Stratton, 1899
Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, 1887
Edward Weston, 1886
Harry Houdini, 1874
Andrew W. Mellon, 1855
William Morris, 1834
John Wesley Powell, 1834
Fanny Crosby, 1820

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Nightline"(TV News), 1980
"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"(Play), 1955
"Native Son"(Play), 1941
"Letter from America"(Radio), 1946

Today in History:

Turko-Mongol emperor Timur sacks Damascus, 1401
James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England, 1603
The first game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia, 1629
Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island, 1664
Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers, 1765
Benjamin West of the US becomes president of Royal Academy of London, 1792
In Hiram, Ohio a group of men beat, tar and feather Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Jr., 1832
Canada gives African men the right to vote, 1837
Robert Koch of Germany announces the discovery of the bacterium responsible for tuberculosis (mycobacterium tuberculosis), 1882
Oscar Straus is appointed the first Jewish ambassador from US (to Turkey), 1887
A. A. Popov makes the first radio signal transmission in history, 1896
"Census of the British Empire" shows England rules 1/5 of the world, 1906
Greece becomes a republic, 1923
U.S. Congress passes the Tydings-McDuffie Act allowing the Philippines to become a self-governing commonwealth, 1934
The longest game in NHL history is played between Detroit and Montreal; Detroit scored at 16:30 of the sixth overtime and won the game 1-0, 1936
In an event later dramatized in the movie The Great Escape, 76 prisoners begin breaking out of Stalag Luft III, 1944
The British Cabinet Mission arrives in India to discuss and plan for the transfer of power from the British Raj to Indian leadership, 1946
Elvis Presley joins the army (serial number 53310761), 1958
NASA spacecraft Ranger 9, equipped to convert its signals into a form suitable for showing on domestic television, brings images of the Moon into ordinary homes before crash landing, 1965
The United Kingdom imposes direct rule over Northern Ireland, 1972
In Argentina, the armed forces overthrow the constitutional government of President Isabel Perón, 1976
Archbishop Óscar Romero is killed while celebrating Mass in San Salvador, 1980
In Prince William Sound in Alaska, the Exxon Valdez spills 240,000 barrels (42,000 m³) of petroleum after running aground, 1989
Discovery of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9, 1993
Apple Inc. releases the first version of the Mac OS X operating system, 2001
Bhutan officially becomes a democracy, with its first ever general election, 2008
A series of emergency meetings is undertaken in Brussels to resolve Cyprus’ financial situation, 2013
The Opportunity rover becomes the first to complete a Martian marathon, 2015


  1. Huge thanks to all those who work in animal shelters. And to those who volunteer time or provide goods.

  2. It's wonderful that your efforts at the cat shelter provide so many things of thankful. I was enthralled with the Easter topiaries. I'm glad cats are being adopted and yay for donations.

  3. Take advantage of the time and do some breathing of spring air! Good news!

  4. I love your thankfuls and how you always pick a theme. I am glad some adult cats are getting adopted. And how kind of Fresh Step to donate much needed litter.

  5. Thanks to volunteers especially you and your Sweetie that the place looks so sparkling clean and neat!

  6. My goodness, I didn't realize how much work it is. Congratulation to the many volunteers that assist with the many kittens & cats.
    Have a wonderful Saturday Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Excellent TToT. Animal shelters truly survive by the generosity of others. When I lived in Florida and where we've gotten our last 2 dogs, it always made me sad when the older animals didn't get adopted. So often the cuteness of the puppies or kittens catch people's attention and they don't even see the sweetness and longing in the animals whose lives had been turned upside down by a story never known when they arrive at the shelter.
    P.S I'm sure Hibiscus is feeling way lighter lol

  8. Now this is something that is near and dear to your heart and it made me smile. Looks like things are going well there and it's because of people like you and Sweetie. I'm just saying.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  9. what a cool post! ('Take the Virtual Friends to Work Day')
    it's like, 'hey, let me show you where I work'

  10. Your post highlights the good that can be done when people work together. So much generosity of time and means! Thanks for the work you do for the animals!

  11. I'm so glad you shared all these photos of the cat shelter. I'd never thought about donating used prescription bottles there. I'm going to check with the shelter here.

    Bravo for such a neat and clean facility.

    I know of some people who love to volunteer at a cat shelter.

  12. Sometimes I think my cat is the feline version of Houdini.


    Maple syrup is a big thing near me, quite famously, Jackman's Maple Syrup, but I prefer chocolate covered raisins myself.