Saturday, January 12, 2019

It's a New Year, and the Thankful Things Go On

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It’s only less than two weeks into the new year and already there is a heaping pile of thankful things just waiting to be listed and counted and totted up.

Jalopy’s latest repairs are almost paid off.

When her battery died, Young Jacob went and got a new one and installed it at no charge, we just had to buy the battery.  (You have no clue how hard it is to get to the battery on a Saturn Relay minivan, and you don’t want to, that was a huge favor!)

#1 Son was finally able to sell something he’d been trying to get rid of, which will help him with his bills.

#2 Son’s father-in-law helped him when he needed tires for Happy the Honda — he put trailer tires on it, and they work.

One client going out of town and one client allowing me to move the cleaning to a different day made for a day off this week.

Satsumas, fresh from a friend’s tree, the best dessert.

Lunceford the Land Yacht’s heater blower has started to work again.

We’ve had several days of sun to dry us out after several days of rain.

We found another space heater on sale after Jezzie dog ate the cord off of the one in the library. 

Last Saturday, when i went to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, they actually let me run two errands for them!  That’s especially big, as Grandpa insists on doing almost everything for himself.

Today is Kiss a Ginger Day, and i’m going to make sure that after work i get to see my three favorite gingers, Red-headed Alec, Sweet Sue, and Baby Lee.

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:

Augusta Futurity -- Augusta, GA, US (the top cutting horses and riders in the world to compete for purse and awards; through Saturday)

Bikaner Camel Festival -- Bikaner, India (colorful camel activities, including a beauty competition, and fun for people also in this gorgeous fortified desert town; through tomorrow)

Children's Day -- Thailand

Compitalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (slave festival to the Lares and Manes, household gods)

Curried Chicken Day

Eat Crackers and Try to Whistle Day -- just to see if it's as much fun as it was when you were young

Feast of Fabulous Wild Men Day -- an internet generated holiday with whatever purpose you decide to give it

Goblin Gala -- Fairy Calendar (Fairies not invited)

Hen Galan -- Gwaun Valley, Dyfed, Wales (New Year Celebration begins -- yes, they still use the old calendar)

Kiss a Ginger Day -- some call it a national or international day, although it's not official 

Little League Girls Baseball Day -- girls were finally allowed to play this date in 1974

Memorial Day -- Turkmenistan

National Marzipan Day

National Pharmacist Day -- US

National Western Stock Show and Rodeo -- Denver, CO, US (109th edition of the Super Bowl of livestock shows; through the 27th)

National Youth Festival -- India (through the 16th)

Rubber Band Veteran Day -- to commemorate the warriors and heroes of rubber band fights around the globe and in your very own school or office

Stick to Your New Year's Resolution Day -- because if you made any it's too soon to give up

St. Benedict Biscop's Day (Founder and Patron of English Benedictines, and Patron of musicians, painters; Sunderland, England)

Zanzibar Revolution Day -- Tanzania

Birthdays Today:

HAL, 1997 (according to A. C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey)
Jeff Bezos, 1964
Oliver Platt, 1960
Kirstie Alley, 1955
Howard Stern, 1954
Rush Limbaugh, 1951
Joe Frazier, 1944
Glenn Yarborough, 1930
Ray Price, 1926
Ira Hamilton Hayes, 1922
James Farmer, 1920
Luise Rainer, 1910
Tex Ritter, 1905
Joe E. Lewis, 1902
Jack London, 1876
John Singer-Sargent, 1856
Edmund Burke, 1729
Charles Perrault, 1628
John Winthrop, 1588 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Dynasty"(TV) 1981
"All in the Family"(TV), 1971
"Batman"(TV), 1966
"Arthur Godfrey and His Friends"(TV) 1949
"Ottone, re di Germania"(Handel's Opera, HWV 15). 1723

Today in History:

Tsarina Elizabeth establishes the first university in Russia, 1755
The first US public museum is established, in Charlestown, South Carolina, 1773
Mission Santa Clara de Asis is founded in California, 1777
The first cargo arrives in New Orleans by steamship, from Natchez, 1812
Anthracite coal is first used to smelt iron, in Mauch Chunk,Pennsylvania, 1839
The Royal Aeronautical Society is founded in England, 1866
The Dow-Jones closes above 100 for the first time, 1906
A long-distance radio message is sent from the Eiffel Tower for the first time, 1908
The University of the Philippines College of Law is formally established; three future Philippine presidents are among the first enrollees, 1911
The United States House of Representatives rejects a proposal to give women the right to vote, 1915
Finland's "Mosaic Confessors" law went into effect, making Finnish Jews full citizens, 1918
Hattie W. Caraway becomes the first woman elected to the United States Senate, 1932
Dr. James Bedford becomes the first person to be cryonically preserved with intent of future resuscitation, 1967
An act of the U.S. Congress authorizes the use of military force to drive Iraq out of Kuwait, 1991
A new constitution, providing for freedom to form political parties, is approved by a referendum in Mali, 1992
Nineteen European nations agree to forbid human cloning, 1998
The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage, 2004
Deep Impact launches from Cape Canaveral on a Delta 2 rocket, 2006
The French warship Clemenceau reaches Egypt and is barred access to the Suez Canal, 2006
Comet C/2006 P1 (McNaught) reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years, 2007
An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 230,000 and destroys most of Port-au-Prince, 2010
Divers have retrieved one of two black boxes from Air Asia Flight 8501, which crashed on December 28th during its flight from Indonesia to Singapore, 2015


  1. Love your list - particularly your much deserved (and no doubt needed) day off.

  2. After working so hard, its a blessing to have a day off. Nice thankful list.

  3. Good things to be thankful for. And Grandpa is doing the right thing by continuing to do stuff for himself most times. Keeps him fit! I'm glad you got a day off, you sound as if you always work so hard so it must be good to have some empty space to please yourself once in a while.

  4. OK, the Bikaner Camel Festival has now joined the bucket list right next to the lighted elephant Esala Perahera in Kandy...

  5. That was a great bunch of thankfuls and hooray for a day off!

  6. The only thing I'm thankful for today is after the entire year my cruise is coming up, only 5 days to come. It's been a touch this year but we will make it if God wishes to allow me. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Beautiful list of 'thankfuls' ~ you are so aware of the gifts ~

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

  8. It is good to be able to look at the bright side of life!

  9. Looking on the positive side of things is a great way to live. There are always positive things and unfortunately some people just dwell on the negative.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, my friend. ♥

  10. Kiss a ginger day? I'll have to let John know. Though the red has faded over the years, he's ginger enough to celebrate. :-)

    Glad your cars are getting the attention they need. We also keep ours going as long as possible before replacing them. We're toying with the idea of trading one in in a year or so, as there are now times we can't make it up/down our hill in a snowstorm before the plow comes. 4-wheel drive would (presumably) keep us from being house-bound (or having to park down the hill and hike!)

  11. So often we zip right past the good stuff and focus on the bad things that happen. I'm glad you always provide a reminder for me to count my blessings.

    Glad your car woes are working out in your favor.

    BTW satsuma is also a genus of land snails. I was shocked to see you refer to it a dessert. I had never heard the word used in context to citrus. I had a good laugh about that 😁

  12. Great list of thankfuls. I think I have an idea of the battery being hard to replace. My mom's Le Sabre needs to have a tire removed to change hers. I hope you get to hug that adorable baby today :) I will hug Prancie, my ginger cat.

  13. I once had a Satsuma plum tree, most delicious red fleshed plums I ever ate. I needed a pollinator tree for it, so chose a mariposa, also a red fleshed plum, but it didn't do so well, very few fruits on that one.

  14. Heaters in cars, no matter what the climate or season, are good thing.
    Satsuma. New Thing to Learn Today.... check!
    interesting and fun, par usualle

  15. I love satsumas!
    It is nice that your Grandpa knew he could depend on you to do the errand.
    There used to be a guy around here with a red beard, but he exchanged it for a different color. The new color is more in style for the times. HaHa


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