Saturday, December 8, 2018

Just Good Stuff (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.)  


Oh, friends, it's shaping up to be a December to remember, and so much for which to be thankful.

First, i've had to turn work down because i am already often doing 2-4 jobs a day on some days.

My schedule has needed tweaking to work as much in as possible, i am so grateful to be this busy and have a bit extra.

Mr. BA, instead of paying me each time i work, asks me to keep up with my hours and he pays me when i hit anywhere from 30-40 hours.  Today is payday, and i should earn enough to get all of the gifts i will need for the holidays!

The shelter is doing well, plenty of adoptions and while i was there last night, two people came in just to drop off donation checks.

The Big Boss gave us a poinsettia the size of a small moose, as well as grapefruit and apples.  The grapefruit is so good, and we are still not quite sure what to do with that huge plant now sitting on our porch (we are thinking of sneaking it into the church prayer room to brighten it up a bit, the cats here would try to eat it).

A dear friend suffered a serious fall the other day, and has only minor injuries to show for it, we are all very relieved and thankful.

Dr. D got to her appointment in Houston and back, and her kitties survived my caretaking and even enjoyed my giving them treats.

Ms. J had her party and it went well, then her husband had his medical procedure for his back the morning after.  She has survived to tell about it, and i am very glad.

Also, while doing a load of laundry cleaning up after the party, i noted that her dryer is not working well at all.  One thing i am thankful for quite often is knowing a good repair person, and we have one at prayer group.  Plus i am thankful she took me seriously when i told her it could be lint build up in the vent and to get it looked at before there is a fire.

Grandma's housekeeper seems to be back, at least for now.  This means i don't have to go to NOLA over the weekend for the first time since the beginning of October, thus an afternoon off!

Lots of good going on, and i am especially enjoying the Christmas trees and decorations all over.

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:

Battle Day -- Falkland Islands

Be Someone's Pillow While You Watch TV Night -- a good idea, i guess, especially if it is cold

Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) -- Buddhism (especially among Zen Buddhists, and in Japan, a celebration of the Buddha's enlightenment)


Constitution Day -- Northern Mariana Islands; Romania; Uzbekistan(Konstitutsiya Kuni)

Dia de las Playas -- Uruguay (Day of the Beaches, a/k/a Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day; official opening day of beach season, marked with a ceremonial blessing by a priest, as well as sailing regattas, horse races, and more)

Dita Kombetare e Rinise -- Albania (National Youth Day)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception -- Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation; recognized holiday in Andorra; Argentina; Austria; Chile; Columbia; East Timor; Equatorial Guinea(Patrona de Guinea Ecuatorial); Holy See(Vatican City); Italy; Liechtenstein; Macau; Malta; Monaco; Nicaragua(Fiesta de la Griteria); Paraguay; Peru; Portugal; San Marino; Seychelles; Spain; Switzerland; special observances
    Dia de las Playas -- Uruguay (Day of the Beaches, a/k/a Family Day or Blessing of the Waters Day; official opening day of beach season, marked with a ceremonial blessing by a priest, as well as sailing regattas, horse races, and more)
    Festa da Conceição da Praia -- Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (syncretic celebration of Yemanjá, Queen of the Ocean and the Immaculate Conception)
    Festival of Lights -- Lyon

Festival of Tiberinus -- Ancient Roman Empire (guardian of the Tiber River)

Hanatoro -- Kyoto, Japan (flower and light festival; through the 17th)

Hollywood Beach Candy Cane Parade -- Hollywood, FL, US

International Shareware Day

Mother's Day -- Panama

National Chocolate Brownie Day

National Day of the Horse -- US (by Congressional resolution, information here)  

National Students' Day -- Bulgaria (studentski praznik)

Popeye Day -- birth anniversary of his creator, Elzie Crisler Segar

Pretend to Be A Time Traveler Day -- although some sites say this day was actually cancelled in 2015, others suggest dressing up as if you are from a dystopian future and running up to people, asking them what year it is, when they answer say, "Then there's still time!" and dash off.  Just don't get arrested if you try it at home, okay?  

Santa Marian Kamelen -- Guam (Our Lady of Camarin Day)

St. Kliment Ohirdski -- Macedonia (St. Clement of Ohrid's Day)

Take It In the Ear Day -- a bizarre and unexplainable internet generated holiday; and by the way, your ENT will tell you not to put anything in your ear that is smaller than your elbow

Virgin de Caacupe -- Paraguay (Nuestra Senora de Caacupe/Our Lady of Miracles of Caacupe, patroness of Paraguay)

Winter Flowers Day -- internet generated, a day to find and enjoy whatever flowers are still blooming right now

Anniversary Today:

American Federation of Labor founded, 1886

Birthdays Today:

Ian Somerhalder, 1978
Dominic Monaghan, 1976
Sinead O'Connor, 1966
Teri Hatcher, 1964
Ann Coulter, 1961
Kim Basinger, 1953
Sam Kinison, 1953
Gregg Allman, 1947
Mary Woronov, 1946
Jim Morrison, 1943
"Red" Berenson, 1941
James Galway, 1939
James MacArthur, 1937
David Carradine, 1936
Flip Wilson, 1933
Maximilian Schell, 1930
Sammy Davis, Jr. 1925
Richard Fleischer, 1916
Lee J. Cobb, 1911
James Thurber, 1894
Elzie Crisler Segar, 1894
Diego Rivera, 1886
Jean Sibelius, 1865
Willam C. "Billy" Durant, 1861
Eli Whitney, 1765
Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman writer, BC65

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"(Musical), 1949
"Green Grow the Lilacs"(Musical; precursor to "Oklahoma"), 1930

Today in History

Daitokuji temple, Rinzai line, established in Kyoto by Daito Kokushi, 1326
Biblioteca Ambrosiana opens its reading room, the second public library of Europe, 1609
The Mexican border town Ciudad Juárez is founded by Fray García de San Francisco, 1659
Margaret Hughes becomes the first actress to appear on an English public stage, playing the role of Desdemona in a production of Shakespeare's play Othello, 1660
Vienna's Ring Theater is destroyed by fire, killing over 600, 1881
The American Federation of Labor is formed by 26 individual craft unions, and Samuel Gompers is elected its first president, 1886
The Japanese military police launch a violent suppression of the religious sect Oomoto, 1935
The Chinese Nationalist government moves from mainland China to Formosa, 1949
John Lennon is murdered, 1980
The leaders of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine sign an agreement dissolving the Soviet Union and establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States, 1991
The Cuzco Declaration is signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations, 2004
Kirsty Williams is elected the first female leader of a political party in Wales, the Welsh Liberal Democrats, 2008
With the second launch of the SpaceX Dragon, SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, 2010
Japan's Gvernment apologizes to Canada for the treatment of its POWs during WWII, 2011
Egyptian President Morsi agrees to not expand his powers but declares the referendums on a new constitution will be enacted, 2012
In Kiev, Russia, protestors topple the last surviving monument to Lenin, 2013


  1. You are very busy and also popular with your clients. They appreciate your work because you take your job seriously and deliver good jobs. May you be blessed with good pay all the time.

  2. I am not at all surprised you have people wanting you to work for them. You are a reliable and conscientious worker and word of mouth travels.
    Hooray for having an afternoon off. Treat yourself.

  3. You are a busy bee! I made some chocolate brownies last night totally unaware that today is their National day!

  4. Pretend to Be a Time Traveler reminded me of my absolute favorite part from The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - the little guy who has made it his life's mission to insult everyone in the universe... in alphabetical order. So he periodically appears in a scene, dashes up to someone, confirms their name, lambasts them with an insult, then dashes back to his spaceship...
    Man, I'd kill for that job! ;-D

  5. Lots here to be grateful for you ~ you are one busy lady ~ do take care of you!

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

  6. That sounds like a good kind of busy and hooray for paydays!

  7. I'm glad you have lots of work and are able to manage having a good Christmas. I can remember some very lean Christmases because there wasn't enough money. We just loved each other a bit more and it all worked out.

    I'm glad that fall didn't amount to a lot of injury. Sometimes it works that way.

    I'm glad you didn't have to go to grandmas house to work. Enjoy your afternoon off.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥

  8. You know Mimi, This blog is one of your blogs that I love the most. They are all wonderful but this one is the best. Each day I try to find something to be thankful for. Usually I can find more than one. I also thank the fact that found your blog. I'm not sure how I found yours but I'm so happy that I did. Have a great day my good friend. See ya.

    Cruisin Paul

  9. You are both busy and productive--a great combination.

  10. That is a wonderful list. I am glad you are getting plenty of hours to get all your gifts purchased. Good idea to get rid of the poinsettia as they are poisonous to cats.

  11. You had a list of major woo-events. Glad that nothing was absolutely horrible.

    Never forget that God gave you the talents and skills you need to get where you want to go.

  12. good week, good list.
    (loved the line about '...poinsettia the size of a small moose,'

  13. Lots of good is, well...good! Kind of self perpetuating :) Sounds like you had a great week. May this week be as full!!

  14. You do have lots of good things going on. I'm happy for you!

  15. Wow! I thought I was busy! I love your sunny disposition :)