Saturday, October 27, 2018

Thankful if We Don't Need It (Ten Things of Thankful)

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This week i came up with the craziest idea for a thankful list!  It's okay if you think i'm nuts for this one, after all, i know i am not "all there."  What's that saying about being in your own little world, but it's okay because everyone there knows you?

Anyway, i decided to list some of the things which i am thankful we have and that i hope we don't ever have to use.



Such as, i am thankful we have a generator (even in its current state of needing to be turned on manually until it can be fixed), and i hope we don't ever have to use it.

The spare candles in the bottom of the cabinet, i'm thankful we have them and hope we don't ever have to use them due to the power being out and the generator not working.

The first aid kit.

Spare tires on the cars.

MREs.  (They give them out after hurricanes, and if you have any left over, you save them for the next time.)  Bottled water saved for the same emergencies that would make you need the MREs.

Extended warranties on appliances.

Insurance on our phones in case they are broken, lost or stolen.

Insurance on the cars, too.  After all, you don't ever want to use that, but you are sure thankful you have it if you need it.  Homeowners insurance, ditto.

Health insurance comes to mind as well.  As does the long term care insurance policy.

Even insurance on us.  No one wants their life insurance cashed in, but for those left behind, it's what can keep the world from falling further apart.

The last $20 hidden in the "touch it and die" place.  You hope you don't ever have to use it to get gas for getting to work on the last day of the month, but if you absolutely have to, you are sure thankful it is there (and you replace it right away on the first day of the month).

There they are, things i'm thankful i have but i hope i don't ever have to use.  Weird, i know, but if you aren't used to me yet, you never will be.

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:

American Beer Day

Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival -- Banff, AB, Canada (42nd annual; through next Sunday)

Big Bang Day -- London, England

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival -- Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Ferrum, VA, US (a large celebration of authentic folkways)

Boxer Shorts Day -- ???????

Cernova Tragedy Day -- Slovakia

Cranky Co-Worker's Day -- because we all have occasional bad days; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays    

Emma Crawford Festival and Memorial Coffin Race -- Manitou Springs, CO, US (spooky fun for the whole family)

Fall Back Night -- all areas that end Daylight Saving Time tomorrow; set your clock back one hour before you go to bed and change the batteries in your smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors (Aland Islands; Albania; Andorra; Antarctica (Troll Station); Austria; Belgium; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Faroe Islands; Finland; France; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Greenland; Guernsey; Holy See (Vatican City); Hungary; Ireland; Isle of Man; Israel; Italy; Jersey; Kosovo; Latvia; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Malta; Mexico; Moldova; Monaco; Montenegro; Morocco; Netherlands; Norway; Palestinian Territories; Poland; Portugal; Romania; San Marino; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; Switzerland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Western Sahara)
    Note:  This does not apply to the United States, we have one more week of "summer time" left

Feast of Osiris in Abydos -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Forgiveness Day -- a day to reconcile or forgive, for your own peace of mind; sponsored by Positive Peaceful Partners and the Center of Unconditional Love    

Good Bear Day -- on Theodore Roosevelt's birthday, celebrating the stuffed toy created in his honor

Gormanudr -- Old Icelandic Calendar (beginning of "Innards Month," after all the animals have been butchered and fresh innards figure predominantly in the menu, as the rest of the meat has been preserved for winter)

Hogeye Festival -- Elgin, TX, US (Road Hog Car Show, crowning of King Hog and Queen Sowpreme, Cow Patty Bingo, and more!)

Independence Day -- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines(1979); Turkmenistan(1991)

Magal de Touba -- Touba, Senegal (Muslim pilgrimage to honor the memory of Sheikh Amadou Bamba; began sunset yesterday, through sunset today)

Make A Difference Day -- US (Whoopie Goldberg once said that if every American would donate 5 volunteer hours a week, it would be the equivalent of several million full time jobs; whether or not it's strictly accurate, volunteering is a great thing to do no matter where you live.  This day is no longer sponsored, but if you are looking for volunteer opportunities in your area, go here.)

National Potato Day

National Tell A Story Day -- Scotland; UK (preserving the heritage of traditional stories)

Navy Day -- US (on T.R.'s birth anniversary)

Old Farmers Day -- Loranger, LA, US (through tomorrow; learn how farmers used to live)

Pit Bull Awareness Day -- it's not the breed, it's the owner  

Radio Day -- US (US Commerce Dept. issued the first broadcasting license this date in 1920)

Romp in the Swamp Fun Walk -- Appleton, WI, US (plus hayrides, face painting, an outdoor movie, animal shows, a campfire with s'mores, and more)

Scared Silly: Halloween in Prospect Park -- Brooklyn, NY, US (hauntingly good fun all weekend)

St. Frumentius' Day (Patron of Abyssinia; Ethiopia)

Sylvia Plath Day

Texas Book Festival -- Austin, TX, US (one of the nation's most prestigious literary festivals, especially celebrating renowned Texas authors; through tomorrow)

Tunch Puddling -- Fairy Calendar (a contest of throwing twigs in a pond -- awards are for artistically thrown twigs and throwing style, among other things)

World Day for Audiovisual Heritage -- International     

Xterra Kapalua Trail Run -- Kapalua, Maui, HI, US (extreme trail runs of 5k and 10k; through tomorrow)

Anniversary Today:

The NYC Subway begins operation, 1904

Birthdays Today:

Zadie Smith, 1975
Marla Maples, 1963
Simon LeBon, 1958
Roberto Benigni,1952
Jayne Kennedy, 1951
Fran Lebowitz, 1950
Carrie Snodgrass, 1946
John Cleese, 1939
Ruby Dee, 1924
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923
Bette Babray, 1920
Nanette Fabray, 1920
Dylan Thomas, 1914
Emily Post, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt, 1858
Niccolo Paganini, 1782
Captain James Cook, 1728

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Lettice and Lovage"(Play), 1987
"Beyond the Fringe"(Revue), 1962
"Walt Disney/Wonderful World of Color/Wonderful World of Disney"(TV), 1954 (the show had several different names over the years, but even when it switched stations, it was still the same show)
"You Bet Your Life"(Radio), 1947
"Nocturnes"(Debussy orchestral compsition), 1901(first performance of all three parts together)

Today in History:

Constantine the Great is said to have received his Vision of the Cross, 312
Founding of the city of Amsterdam, 1275
Founding of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1682
US Navy forms, 1775
Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated, 1838
R.H. Macy & Co. opens its first store, on 6th Ave. in NYC, 1858
Boss Tweed is arrested, 1871
The first underground New York City Subway line opens, 1904
The first published reference to "jazz" appears, in Variety, 1916
Chuhei Numbu of Japan sets the long jump record at 26' 2 1/2", 1931
"You Bet Your Life," with Groucho Marx, premiers on ABC radio, 1947*
Benjamin O. Davis Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force, 1954
Mauritania and Mongolia join the United Nations, 1961
The British government suddenly deregulates financial markets, leading to a total restructuring of the way in which they operate in the country, in an event now referred to as the Big Bang, 1986
The U.S. prison population tops 1 million for the first time in American history, 1994
Gliese 229B is the first Substellar Mass Object to be unquestionably identified, 1994
Stock markets around the world crash because of fears of a global economic meltdown, 1997
The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years, 2004
The SSETI Express micro-satellite is successfully launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome, 2005
The Royal Australian Navy announces that they discovered the wreck of a World War II submarine in Simpson Harbour, Papua New Guinea during Operation RENDER SAFE - it is likely to be Japanese, 2011
First operation to separate conjoined twins joined at the head in India completed in New Delhi, 2017

*(Ultimate result of this a few years later is, of course, the funniest line ever on tv, when a man with 8 kids admitted to Mr. Marx that he did indeed love his wife, and Groucho countered with, "I love my cigar, too, but I take it out of my mouth sometimes!")


  1. Good idea, good list. I am thankful that when I need that $20 I remember where I hid it.

  2. I hear you. I add that I am grateful for our police and our paramedics and hope I never require their services.

  3. Yes, I am also thankful for the many things that we have and know that they are there but hope that we will never need to use them.

  4. Those are some wonderful things to be thankful for. Great list. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. That's a great list! We have a generator too and are thrilled if we never need it.

  6. " It's okay if you think i'm nuts for this one, after all, i know i am not "all there." " Mimi, I would never think that way. You want to know why? I'm the same way. LOL The 10 things that you wrote down were the everyday things that people should know about if trouble should arise so you are the intelligent individual. Well done my friend. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Thankful for you as a blogging friend ~ Xox

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

  8. Those are all good things to be thankful for. Having them is a comfort.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  9. Great list. I'm thankful for having my family close by so there's never a way to be lonely. And despite the current political climate, I'm grateful I live in the USA because even now, it's better to live here than in many other places.

  10. Old Farmers' Day!! Forgiveness Day!! I love those days!

    Your list is perfect, all things that I appreciate.

  11. "This week i came up with the craziest idea for a thankful list!"

    (of course, I realize and endorsement from us over at the Wakefield Doctrine might not exactly be the total stamp of approval one might hope for.... (Wakefield Doctrine TToT post motto: "Put the word, acronym or maybe its just an abbreviation in it and we'll hit 'Publish'")
    Liked your list. On target

  12. It's not weird. Lots of people, including me, feel the same way. Because we're self-employed, not only do we have the usual health, dental, auto, life, home, and flood insurance, but in order to work, we also must have business liability, umbrella and workers comp. policies.

    When they lived at home, I used to give my daughters $20 "mad money" to keep in their wallets. They asked me why I called it that and said, "Because I'm going to be really mad if you waste it."

  13. No, I don't think you are crazy. What a great reminder. Wonderful thankful list.

  14. Not weird at all. I think that is great list. I was thankful to have a generator and now it is broken and my cheapo hubby won't get it fixed.

  15. I love your list! Yes, we can definitely be thankful for things we hope we never have to use. Preparedness brings peace.

  16. I think each one of us need to remind our own self of the things we should be thankful for...often.

    It's so easy fall into the trap of taking things for granted...and the grumbling trap!


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