Saturday, October 6, 2018

A Great Time Was Had By All! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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rEcess again!  And this time it got wilder and crazier than last time, in a good way.

We are thankful we had a wonderful friend who brought food.  Unfortunately, she didn’t quite bring enough for our big appetites.  

Pizza delivery to the rescue!  We are thankful the pizza place isn’t far.

One of the things she did bring was fried corn-on-the-cob.  If you ever try it, you will know why the volunteers are always thankful for that.

There were 8 special needs kids this time, we are so thankful the program is growing.

About 25 volunteers showed up, we are very thankful the volunteer base is keeping up with the growth in number of families served.

There was a new young man, and i am thankful we had one person assigned to run after this very active one:

He made himself right at home, which is what we want.

Ms. W showed up to do crafts — that meant glitter!

The gym was completely clear this time, so the running and playing was tremendous.


Our special police officer was assigned for guard duty, and she came down a couple of times and joined the fun.

This program is so dear to our hearts, we get to serve families of special needs kids, and we get as much if not more out of it than they do.

Please join us and our gracious and wonderful hostess Kristi from ThankfulMe, write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful.  



Today is:

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -- Albuquerque, NM, US ("Where Dreams Take Flight" for 9 days of fun)

Apple Butter Festival -- Berkeley Springs, WV, US (simmering spicy apple butter in copper kettles in the town square, plus lots more; through tomorrow)

Apple Festival -- Old Prairie Town, Topeka, KS, US (celebrating apples and Topeka's turn of the last century heritage; through tomorrow)

Armed Forces Day -- Egypt

Blessing of the Fishing Fleet -- Jetty #2, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa (a festival, and Portuguese food, and a blessing tomorrow from the local Catholic Archbishop)

Burgoo Festival -- North Utica, IL, US (only the Burgoomeister knows the secret recipe!  enjoy the burgoo, as well as music, food, antiques, and more)

Chowder Days/Chowderfest -- Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (a beautiful, and delicious, riverfront festival featuring seven kinds of New England Chowders; through Monday)

Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival -- Cohocton, NY, US (with the world famous tree-sitting contest; through tomorrow)

Earthquake Remembrance Day -- Turkmenistan

Feast of the Hunters' Moon -- Fort Ouiatenon Historic Park, West Lafayette, IN, US (a re-creation of French and Native American life of the mid-1700s at a fur trading outpost; through tomorrow)

Festival of the Other Five Toes -- Fairy Calendar

Garlic Lovers Day -- internet generated, unofficial, and delicious

Harvest Celebration -- Billings Farm, Woodstock, VT, US ('tis the season, especially for apple cider and lots of pumpkins; through tomorrow)

Inter-American Water Day -- begun in 1992 by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (AIDIS) and the Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA)     

International Frugal Fun Day -- created by Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist; some of his ideas for how to celebrate are here     

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival -- Issaquah, WA, US (celebrates the return of the spawning salmon to the hatchery; through tomorrow)

Ivy Day -- Ireland (death anniversary of Irish nationalist leader and Home Rule advocate Charles Stewart Parnell)

Jackie Mayer Rehab Day -- Sandusky, OH, US (anniversary of renaming the local rehab hospital after Sandusky's "favorite daughter", Jackie Mayer, Miss America 1963 and stroke survivor, now advocating on behalf of stroke survivors)

Kentucky Apple Festival -- Paintsville, KY (apples, music, arts and crafts, antique cars, rides, food, and fun; through tomorrow)

Knox County Scenic Drive -- Knox County, IL, US (drive through up to 100 miles of scenic rural Spoon River Valley, with attractions at every stop; this weekend and next)

Literally, A Haunted House -- Culbertson Mansion, New Albany, IN, US (each weekend through Hallowe'en; a haunted house in a literal haunted house with a history of some very weird stuff)

Mad Hatter Day -- US (second crazy day in the year, to balance April Fool's Day, and based on the 10/6 on the Mad Hatter's hat in Tenniel's drawing; in English-speaking countries where the day preceeds the month in notation, it is celebrated on June 10)

Morro Bay Harbor Festival -- Morro Bay, CA, US (a working waterfront at play; through tomorrow)

National Apple Harvest Festival -- Gettysburg, PA, US (this weekend and next)

National German-American Day -- US (anniversary of the disembarking of the first German immigrants to Pennsylvania in 1683)
    German Pioneer Day -- Pennsylvania

National Noodle Day

National Physician's Assistant Day -- US (anniversary of the first graduating class of physician assistants from Duke University on this day in 1967

National Student Day -- US (sponsored by the National Association of College Stores, spotlighting and celebrating students through campus store events)   

Oyster Festival -- Chincoteague Island, VA, US (oysters served almost every way imaginable, all you can eat!)

Qatar Prix L'arc de Triomphe -- Longchamp Race-course, Paris, France (one of the world's greatest horse races, first run in 1920; celebrations and events through tomorrow)

Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive -- Fulton County, IL, US (15 villages participate in arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles, demonstrations, and showing off the beauty of the fall foliage; through tomorrow and again next Saturday and Sunday)

St. Bruno's Day (Founder of the Carthusian Monks; Patron against demonic possession)

St. Faith's Day (Patron of pilgrims, prisoners, soldiers)

Tishreen Liberation War Day -- Syria

Vermont Apple Festival -- Springfield, VT, US (family fun, farm animals, food, farmer's market, crafts, and apples; a true family oriented event held at Riverside Middle School)

Woofstock -- Wichita, KS, US (celebrate peace, love and pets; bring your pup and participate as all proceeds go to the Kansas Humane Society)

World Card Making Day -- Paper Crafts Magazine started it all in 2006 and suggests you have fun and make a card or two or three on the first Saturday of October each year

Anniversaries Today:

Elizabeth Taylor marries Larry Fortensky, 1991
American Library Association founded in 1876

Birthdays Today:

Jimmy Sisto, 1974
Elisabeth Shue, 1963
David Zucker, 1947
Britt Ekland, 1942
Thor Heyerdahl, 1912
Carole Lombard, 1908
Janet Gaynor, 1906
Helen Wills Moody, 1905
Florence Seibert, 1897
Le Corbusier, 1887
Karol Szymanowski, 1882
George Westinghouse, 1846
Jenny Lind, 1820

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Instagram(launched by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger), 2010
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"(TV), 2000
"The Gin Game"(Play), 1977
"I Hear a Symphony"(Supremes single release), 1965
"The Mousetrap"(Mystery play), 1952 (still being performed)
The Jazz Singer(Film, the first "talkie"), 1927

Today in History:

The Cimbri inflict the heaviest defeat on the Roman Republic army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus in the Battle of Arausio, BC105
Founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania by 13 Mennonite families from Germany, 1683
The Americans and French begin the siege of Cornwallis at Yorktown, which becomes the last battle of the American Revolutionary War, 1781
Benjamin Hanks patents a self-winding clock, 1783
Louis XVI accedes to the demands of the women of Paris and returns to that city, 1789
Great Fire of Newcastle and Gateshead begins shortly after midnight, leads to 53 deaths and hundreds of injuries, 1854
The American Chess Association is organized and holds the first major US chess tournament, in NYC, 1857
The American Library Association is organized in Philadelphia, 1876
Thomas Edison shows his first motion picture, 1889
Nabisco Foods debuts its Cream of Wheat, 1893
Beatrix Van Rijk becomes the first licensed Dutch woman pilot, 1911
Opening of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie, 1927
Egypt launches a coordinated attack against Israel to reclaim land lost in the Six Day War, 1973
Massacre of students gathering at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand to protest the return of ex-dictator Thanom, 1976
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pontiff to visit the White House, 1979
President of Egypt, Anwar al-Sadat is assassinated, 1981
51 Pegasi is discovered to be the first major star apart from the Sun to have a planet (and extrasolar planet) orbiting around it, 1995
Jason Lewis completes the first human-powered circumnavigation of the globe, 2007
The Messenger Spacecraft performs a second Mercury flyby, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI's butler, Paolo Gabriele, is found guilty of leaking confidential documents and sentenced to 18 months in prison, 2012


  1. I have never tried fried corn on the cob. I have tasted steamed or boiled corn on the cob only.

  2. Fried corn on the cob...why didn't I think of that?

  3. How absolutely wonderful. For everyone.

  4. Mimi,

    I don't think I've tried fried corn on the cob, either. I did have roasted corn on the cob once. I prefer to just boil it since it's more tender prepared that way.

    Pizza delivery to the rescue is a reason to be thankful. lol It sounds like this program is really booming and am glad there are plenty involved in it.

    I'm very thankful for DD#2 not being injured in a car accident last week. She hit a small deer going 70mph. It totaled her car but she's ok. God kept His angels over her is all I can say! She was really bummed out because she lost her car but she might have a newer one soon. Sometimes there are blessings in disguise that even we don't understand everything fully. God is so good to us that we can't even fathom all of His goodness. :)

  5. That sounds like such a wonderful program and that fried corn on the cob sounds good too!

  6. I know how much you love this program. It's so good of you to make a fun evening for the kids and a break for the parents. You are a jewel.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥

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  8. (Sorry - had to regroup for a little HTML tweaking)
    Columbus Day weekend is indeed an excellent time for chowder but as I only like one type anyhow, this one if you’re curious, I opted to avoid the traffic in Mystic and headed for my local seafood joint last night. A superb chowder... AND I got my fritter fix, too! :-)

  9. What a wonderful person you are. Your community should be proud tO have you because you are a gem.

    Fried corn on the cob. Never had it, but I've had grilled corn on the cob. ????

  10. Delight and loving post ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores

  11. Fried corn on the cob sounds great. I think rEcess is such a wonderful idea and I commend all who volunteer.

  12. I've said it before, but rEcess is such a great idea! I'm thankful for volunteers like you who make such programs possible.

  13. V cool, that program of yours. Sounds like it is as satisfying for you as fun for the kids.
    Fried corn-on-the-cob, huh? nope, never heard of it, which is surprising since I'm up in New England where corn-on-the-cob was invented!*

    sure, it was! lol

  14. What?! No running after the small human for you? lol
    It sounds like a wonderful program and really, how can anyone not feel good about sharing in fun with kids.
    Now about this fried corn on the cob.. Makes me curious. Never had it but I'd try it!
    Cupcakes. Kids. Cupcakes. Sounds right :D


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