Saturday, June 30, 2018

Ten Things of Thankful, Big Boss Edition

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Has it been a week already?  It sure has, a whole week since i wrote a Ten Things of Thankful post.

A lot has happened, most of it involving The Big Boss, Sweetie's former employer.  They are both retired, yet The Big Boss keeps calling for work he needs done, which gives us another way to earn a few honest coins (and keeps a retired man busy, which can be very important).

My first thankful is that The Big Boss still uses Sweetie to do so many things.

The Big Boss and His Wife planned a week out of town, and i'm grateful Jalopy was fixed right in time for Sweetie to use it for house-sitting visits.

The Big Boss (TBB) has a way with plants, and grows an eating garden, not just a showing garden.  Sweetie is watering it while they are gone, and was told to bring home anything that was ripe.  We have as many home grown tomatoes as we want, and enough cucumbers that we will take the rest to church and give them away.

Then there's the fact that Sweetie has been taking care of cucumber plants and hasn't broken out in hives.  He's not allergic to cucumbers, but sometimes he breaks out in hives touching the leaves of the plants, and that has not happened (he's been very careful).

His Wife forgot some medication, and Sweetie found it in the house and overnighted it to them.  TBB was so thankful, he told Sweetie to take me out for a nice dinner and put it on his credit card.

When i went over there with Sweetie while we were running errands together, i went in the house to fill my water bottle (TBB used to have me clean his house sometimes before he was married, so he doesn't care if i come in).  They had left in a hurry and i saw enough of a mess that i did some snooping, found still damp clothes in the dryer in danger of mildewing, water still under the bath mats that was going to cause mold, and just crumbs and a general state of disarray.  So i decided to surprise them, especially His Wife, with a clean house and non-mildewed clothes.  It's nice to be in a business that can actually do something that is of service to others.

In a double thankful, there was a mini-crisis when the burglar alarm went off at TBB's house.  Sweetie made a beeline for the place and met the police there, and they were able to determine it was a false alarm.  Not only am i thankful it was a false alarm (no one deserves to be burglarized, it must be an awful feeling), i am grateful there was an officer able to meet up there just to be safe.

Sweetie has been able to be there in time for the mail delivery both times that a package came, and the one time he needed to let the handyman in the rental house TBB owns next door.  It's so nice when timing is just perfect!

TBB and His Wife are friends, and i am thankful for their friendship.  When TBB went through a very bad time a few years back and was pushed out of his job and forced to retire when he really didn't want to, we stuck with him and he has stuck with us.

Besides that, i am grateful TBB found a good surgeon to take care of his back, so now he can enjoy his retirement and take His Wife on nice vacations.

It's been, all in all, a very good, very busy week.

Counting up thankfuls is a great way to come up with a post, and it's good for your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  Sharing it with others just spreads the joy.  Please consider posting your own list (it does not have to be ten, we don't count and don't fuss), and linking up with our lovely hostess Kristi at Ten Things of Thankful.  Never once have i heard anyone say, "I regret posting what I am thankful for!"   


Today is:

Aizen Matsuri -- Shoman-in Temple, Osaka, Japan (celebration of Aizen Myo-oh, greatest of the 8 Buddhist guardian gods, and is also called the Yakuta Festival; through July 2)

Armed Forces Day -- Great Britain; Guatemala

Crab Races -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies, Elves, and some Fairies)

Day of Aestas -- Ancient Roman Calendar (culmination of the festival that begins the summer)

Feast of the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome -- remembrance of the first Christians killed in Rome by order of Nero as scapegoats for the fire in Rome

General Prayer Day -- Central African Republic

Great American Picnic Day -- various dates given, with the most common being the final Saturday of June

Independence Day -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire)(1960)

Ladies of Country and Bluegrass Music Show -- Waretown, NJ, US (at the historic Albert Music Hall)

Leap Second Time Adjustment Day -- if one is needed

Meteor Day -- because of the Tuskunga Event

National Corvette Day -- US (vehicle introduced this day in 1953)

National Ice Cream Soda Day

Pridie Kalendas July (Day Before the Kalends of July) -- Ancient Roman Calendar (a day when dies comitiales -- citizen committees -- voted on political and criminal matters)

Revolution Day -- Sudan(1989)

St. Theobald of Provins' day (Patron of bachelors)

Tech Support Appreciation Day -- if you can get a hold of them, they can be great to have around

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

Tom Sawyer Days -- Hannibal, MO, US (frog jumping, mud volleyball, Tom and Becky Contest; parade, Tomboy Sawyer Contest, fireworks, and more, with the highlight being the National Fence Painting Contest; through July 7)

Veteranendag -- Netherlands (Veterans Day)

Anniversary Today:

Greg Allman marries Cher, 1975

Birthdays Today:

Michael Phelps, 1985
Fantasia Barrino, 1984
Ralf Schumacher, 1975
Michael Gerard (Mike) Tyson, 1966
Rupert Graves, 1963
Vincent D’Onofrio, 1959
David Alan Grier, 56, 1955
Leonard Whiting, 1950
Patricia Schroeder, 1940
Nancy Dussault, 1936
Harry Blackstone, Jr., 1934
Susan Hayward, 1919
Lena Horne, 1917
Czeslaw Milosz, 1911
William Almon Wheeler, 1819

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Johnny Carson Show"(TV), 1955
"Guiding Light"(TV), 1947
"Brenda Starr, Reporter"(Comic strip), 1940

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Berne Switzerland, 1294
The Spaniards are expelled from Tenochtitlan, 1520
Native American forces under Blue Jacket attack Fort Recovery, Ohio, 1794
French  acrobat  Charles Blondin crosses Niagara Falls on a tightrope, 1859
The 1860 Oxford evolution debate at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History takes place, 1860
The first transcontinental train trip across Canada departs from Montreal; it arrives in Port Moody, British Columbia on July 4, 1886
Albert Einstein publishes the article "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies", in which he introduces special relativity, 1905
The Tunguska event, probably caused by a meteor or comet fragment, occurs in remote Siberia, 1908
The Regina Cyclone hits Regina, Saskatchewan, killing 28; it remains Canada's deadliest tornado event, 1912
Congo gains independence from Belgium, 1960
The first leap second is added to the UTC  time system, 1972
The Royal Canadian Mint introduces the $1 coin, known as the Loonie, 1987
East Germany and West Germany merge their economies, 1990
The United Kingdom transfers sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, 1997
After nearly 7 years in space, the Cassini spacecraft becomes the first to orbit the planet Saturn, 2004
The Molecule of the Year 2011 is announced, BMP7 (Bone Morphogenetic Protein 7), a potential therapeutic utility for recurrent metastatic disease, 2012


  1. TBB boss sounds as if he really appreciates Sweetie (and you). I suspect you would both feature on any thankful list he wrote.

  2. How about "Buy Your Support Tech an Ice Cream Soda Day"?
    That sounds like a SUPERB idea to me!

  3. You are so nice and thoughtful to put the house in order for them when they return. What a wonderful surprise awaits them!

  4. Wow, I never knew that you could break out in hives but yet he's not allergic. Now that is interesting. Have a great day Mimi. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. You are so generous! ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. That's a whole lot of thankful this week. I love it when things work our and your week did at the big bosses house.

    Have a fabulous weekend of rest. ♥

  7. I can see why you are all friends, they sound like great people- just like you. Enjoy that nice dinner out :)

  8. Lovely thankful post ~ always a lot to be grateful for ~

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. What a good TToT. (Not simply for the items) but for the story. You have that knack for relating events about people and doings that lets us Readers feel like we're sitting at the kitchen table, hearing about your day/week.

  10. What a wonderful telling of reciprocity in your friendship. And that's what it's all about :) Kindness begets kindness.
    Bonus on the vegetables! (Except not good about the hives)

  11. To have that degree of friendship with TBB and his wife is what makes this life great! Being totally comfortable helping and being at ease in being on the receiving end of that help makes for a happier existence. :-)
    I look forward to reading your TToT each week.

  12. It's nice that you have such a great relationship with TBB and his wife. That must have made work much more enjoyable before retirement, and certainly makes for a nice friendship now.


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