Saturday, July 7, 2018

Umpteenth Verse, Same as the First (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Here it is Saturday, and i’m writing yet another thankful post about vehicles.

Maybe my life’s theme song should be Rusty Chevrolet.     

So, i am thankful that Jalopy is working.

And i am thankful that Cicero is working.

Then i am thankful that i got through work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday without a hitch.

Sweetie and i are both thankful that Lunceford the Land Yacht, when he started to be cranky about cranking, nevertheless got us through Thursday.

He (Lunceford) even got us to the pharmacy for Little Girl.

We are so very grateful he got us all of the way to Kevin and Lenny’s garage, where i told them he was sluggish to start and they diagnosed a crapped out alternator and the need for a new battery.

No wonder — Lunceford the Land Yacht is almost 18 and still had his original alternator.  We are grateful it lasted this long.

The loaner vehicle was available, and i was so happy because that meant i wouldn’t have to miss Bible study Friday morning.

The loaner ended up with an almost flat tire by morning, so i missed it anyway.  But the good and thankful thing is that the garage opens early enough that i got there before work, it was just a small screw it had picked up in the tire, and it took them less than five minutes to plug the hole from the outside, refill with air, and let me get to work.

Lunceford was done before lunch, and when my morning client heard about what happened, she gave me a nice bonus that we used as the first payment on the work.

The day ended with a visit with Daughter-in-Law Becky and the granddogs, which is always a treat.

Being thankful for all the good things that happen, even in a not so good situation, helps reframe everything toward the positive and makes the days go better.  Even if you have a few hiccups in your life, list the things for which you are thankful (however many there are), and see what a difference it makes.

Once you’ve listed them, link up with Ten Things of Thankful, hosted by our lovely friend Kristi of Thankful Me.  The best part is sharing.  


Today is:

Abbotsford Berry Festival -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada (enjoy berries at the height of the season, as well as music, clowns, games, a "berried" treasure hunt, and more, through tomorrow)

Aphrodisia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (bathing festival of Aphrodite and Peitho [Persuasion]; date approximate)

Bonza Bottler Day™

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

Chocolate Day  -- no one knows why today, so why not?  Enjoy chocolate cereal with chocolate milk for breakfast, some chocolate covered raisins and nuts as a midmorning snack, chocolate milk with lunch, chocolate truffles as a midafternoon snack, chocolate liquer before dinner, chocolate cake for dessert, and sip chocolate coffee any time through the day!

Global Forgiveness Day -- encouraging "citizens of this global village" to forgive and be forgiven; sponsored by the CECA     

Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day -- encouraging fathers to take some special time out with their girls today

Harrison Festival of the Arts -- Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada (a celebration of the world of music, dance, theater, and visual arts; through the 15th)

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!)

Independence Day / National Day -- Solomon Islands(1978)

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

International Day of Cooperatives -- U.N.

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

Macaroni Day -- it goes with more than just cheese!

National Strawberry Sundae Day

Nones of July -- Ancient Roman Calendar; celebrations on this day included:
    Festival of Feriae Ancillarum -- "Feast of the Serving Women", when female servants dressed up and "attacked" men of free birth with fig boughs; in honor of the serving women who helped free the city of Rome from the Gauls
    Nonae Caprotinae -- "Nones of the Wild Fig", honoring Juno Caprotina with a sacrifice under a wild fig tree
    Parilia -- festival for Pales, god of the herds

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)

Saba Saba Day -- Tanzania (literally "Seven Seven" Day, a/k/a Peasants' Day or Workers' Day, and the biggest day of the Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair)
    Maonyesho ya Saba Saba -- Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Dar es Salaam Trade Fair, through July 8)

St. Willibald's Day (Patron of Eichstatt, Germany)

Tanabata -- Japan (star festival, 7th day of 7th month; some areas go by lunar calendar, but most larger cities celebrate by the Gregorian Calendar now)

Tell The Truth Day -- a yearly challenge frm Kepa Freeman of Teens Express to go the whole day without telling a lie or saying or doing anything misleading or dishonest

Tour de France -- through Sunday, July 29

Unity Factory Day -- Yemen (all workers are encouraged to play at work today, to build team and national unity)

West Quoddy Head Annual Lighthouse Day Celebration -- Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, ME, US (music, food, artists, and also including US Coast Guard supervised lighthouse tower climbing, for the daring!)

Anniversaries Today

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., marries Eleanor Rosalynn Smith, 1946

Birthdays Today

Michelle Kwan, 1980
Cree Summer, 1969
Jorga Fox, 1968
Billy Campbell, 1959
Shelley Duvall, 1949
Ringo Starr, 1940
Doc Severinsen, 1927
Pierre Cardin, 1922
Gian Carlo Menotti, 1911
Robert Heinlein, 1907
Satchel Paige, 1906
Marc Chagall, 1887

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2(Film), 2011
The Spy Who Loved Me(Film), 1977
"Ryan's Hope"(TV), 1975
"All You Need is Love"(Single release), 1967
Waverly(Novel, publication date), 1814
"Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate"(Canticles, HWV 278 & 279), 1713

Today in History

A retrial verdict acquits Joan of Arc of heresy 25 years after her death, 1456
Raid of the Redeswire, the last major battle between England and Scotland, 1575
United States begins first military draft; exemptions cost $300, 1863
An International Railway trolley with an extreme overload of 157 passengers crashes near Queenston, Ontario, killing 15, 1915
Sliced bread is sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri; it is described as “the greatest forward step in the baking industry since bread was wrapped", 1928
Alleged and disputed Roswell UFO incident, 1947
Venus occults the star Regulus. This rare event is used to determine the diameter of Venus and the structure of the Venusian atmosphere, 1959
In Canada, the Official Languages Act is adopted making the French language equal to the English language throughout the Federal government, 1969
Sharia is instituted in Iran, 1980
Samantha Smith, a U.S. schoolgirl, flies to the Soviet Union at the invitation of Secretary General Yuri Andropov, 1983
The Western Black Rhinoceros is declared extinct due to poaching, 2006
In efforts to avoid food shortages and political oppression, South Korea begins work on a new facility to house North Korean refugees, 2011
Tesla Motors produces its first mass-market car, the Model 3, 2017


  1. Love your attitude. And the good things which came your way.

  2. It is a good way of reframing life's issues. Noted!

  3. Good to hear of the blessings that you were grateful about. You always look on things at the bright side! Have a beautiful weekend!

  4. Sharing is the best...hardest is accepting what others share.

  5. I think you are absolutely right about the benefits of remembering to be thankful, even when life doesn't go smoothly. I hope that Lunceford (and all your vehicles) work well for you this coming week!

  6. So - before we had "the greatest thing since sliced bread" we had "the greatest thing since wrapped bread?
    It just doesn't have the same ring, does it?

    I think that next year, I'm going to have a "Bathing Festival of Aphrodite" party (you are, naturally, invited.)
    But for today, I'm going to go eat some CHOCOLATE!!!
    (It's gonna be a good day!)

    1. p.s. - and thank you for the Herman's Hermits earworm. (Is she being sarcastic or isn't she??)

  7. I love this section. Rusty, I loved especially with the snow since it's been near 100 this week. I guess you love your jalapy and stop trying to get a new car. Right now I would hate if I needed to get rid of Camero. It's my baby. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. It is always good to be grateful for every little thing that we have. Have a super Saturday.

  9. Lots to be grateful for and wonderful list you have!

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

  10. Good post. Seems we're on the same page in our TToTs :D It is all about attitude and perspective and choosing to see the positives.
    18 years. Yeah, I'd say that's pretty good! We've got a 1993 Astro van. Just because they're old doesn't mean they can't keep going with a little love *wink*
    Every day can be Macaroni Day for me lol

  11. Oh we remember the cars. We would both pray they would start and get us to work. For years we prayed. As you do.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  12. I only tell the truth everyday...oops, I failed.

  13. You always see the positive which is the best way to live :)

  14. cars...can't ...(wouldn't want to) live without them.
    of course, your taking care of them has everything to do with how well things work out, even when they break down.

  15. Oh, that song certainly goes well with your TToT post! I'd never heard that.
    How nice that you received a bonus to help take care of some of the repair bill.
    Tell the truth day. . .how nice that would be if this was not just for teens but for adults.
    Love reading you posts.

  16. An 18 year old vehicle?? It's lasted quite a while! You should be proud of it! :) Glad it was only the alternator (as opposed to many things) and you already have the first payment for it!

    Did you end your day with chocolate in celebration of National Chocolate Day? I think it would have been called for.


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