Saturday, January 19, 2019

Thankful All Over (Ten Things of Thankful)

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There are always reasons to be thankful, even on a long workday when there’s not much time to write.

In fact, i’m grateful for the work.

We are making progress replacing all the light bulbs in the house with LEDs.  It’s slow, waiting for the ones we have to burn out and changing one at a time, but i am thankful it is happening.

The cat food delivery came just in time.  (We have to use a prescription food, the cheapest way to get it is autoshipped through, and it’s always a guessing game if the cats will eat it faster this time than last and i’ll have to go buy a small bag from our vet.)

We have started getting our tax information, and i am thankful i’ve got it all in one place and i’m adding things up a bit each day to get ready.

In spite of doing my best, i have not managed to lose my latest reusable water bottle. :)

Little Girl is getting her promotion, she will be leaving for Sergeant’s School (that’s not what they call it, but that’s what it really is) in the next couple of months.

She has also brought Coda here again, and i am always thankful for a German shepherd in the house.

The weather has been moderate, and Tripod SissyCat has been able to spend her hour on the porch every evening.  (This will change, cold is coming, but it’s been lovely and i am thankful.)

Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, was stranded when his tire went flat in a store parking lot.  While he went in the store to wait for us to get off work to come help, someone used a portable tank to fill his tire with air!  We are thankful to whomever it was, the person did not stick around to be thanked, B-i-L just found it pumped up when he went back out there.  Also, i am thankful it held until he could drive the truck to Kevin and Lenny’s, and they are fixing the tire free because he bought it there.  Then there’s the fact that today i am going to NOLA, so Sweetie will walk to Kevin and Lenny’s to pick up the truck and then drive it back to B-i-L, i am so glad they are walking distance from us.

We have clean laundry, enough to last until i can get back to the laundromat on Tuesday.

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:

Annual Visit of the Poe Toaster -- the mysterious person who, for almost 75 years, dressed in black with a wide brimmed hat and scarf, annually visited Poe's grave on his birthday, leaving roses and cognac; has not been seen since 2009

Bald Eagle Appreciation Days -- Keokuk, IA, US (through tomorrow)

Brew A Potion Day -- internet generated, no reasons given

Confederate Heroes Day -- Texas, US 

Feast of Sultan (Sovereignty) -- Baha'i

Gasparilla Extravaganza -- Tampa, FL, US (the rum free version of the Pirate Festival celebration, with a kid's parade and lots of fun; the adult version is next Saturday)

Horror Novels Are Horrendous Day -- for Poe's birth anniversary

KidFilm Festival -- Dallas, TX (international children's film festival; through tomorrow)

La Tamborrada -- San Sebastian, Spain (begins in the evening, a 24 hour drum jam session and the city's biggest fiesta)

Learn to Ski Day -- always the 3rd Saturday of January, and you go right ahead

Little Ricky Day -- marking the date of his arrival on "I Love Lucy"

Loop Ice Carnival -- The Loop, St. Louis, MO, US (winter frolics, including the "Frozen Bun" run; through tomorrow)

National Popcorn Day

Neon Sign Day -- patented this day in 1915

Sacrifices to Apollon -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

St. Canute's Day a/k/a St. Knud (Patron of Denmark)

St. Henry of Uppsala's Day (Patron of the Catholic Cathedral of Helsinki; Finland; against storms)

Theophany/Epiphany -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians who still follow the Julian Calendar
    Timket -- Ethiopian Orthodox Christian (with huge, colorful festivals through the whole country)
    Blessing of the Waters -- Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sophia, Bayswater, London, UK

Tin Can Day -- patented this day in 1825

Birthdays Today:

Shawn Johnson, 1992
Jodie Sweetin, 1982
Frank Caliendo, 1974
Drea de Matteo, 1972
Shawn Wayans, 1971
Wendy Moniz, 1969
Junior Seau, 1969
Paul McCrane, 1961
William Ragsdale, 1961
Thomas Kinkade, 1958
Simon Rattle, 1955
Desi Arnaz, Jr., 1953
Dewey Bunnell, 1952
Robert Palmer, 1949
Paula Deen, 1947
Dolly Parton, 1946
Shelley Fabares, 1944
Janis Joplin, 1943
Michael Crawford, 1942
Phil Everly, 1939
Richard Lester, 1932
Robert MacNeil, 1931
Tippi Hedren, 1931
Fritz Weaver, 1926
Jean Stapleton, 1923
Guy Madison, 1922
John H. Johnson, 1918
Lester Flatt, 1914
Edgar J. Helms, 1863
Paul Cezanne, 1839
Edgar Allan Poe, 1809
Robert E. Lee, 1807
James Watt, 1736 (O.S. date)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"48 Hours"(TV), 1988
"The Millionaire"(TV), 1955
"Woman of the Year"(Film), 1942
"Il Trovatore"(Verdi Opera), 1853
"Faust Part I"(Goethe tragic play), 1829

Today in History:

Rouen surrenders to Henry V of England completing his reconquest of Normandy, 1419
San Agustin Church in Manila is officially completed; it is currently the oldest church in the Philippines, 1607
The second group of ships of the First Fleet arrives at Botany Bay, 1788
The United Kingdom occupies the Cape of Good Hope, 1806
Ezra Daggett and Thomas Kensett obtain a patent for a process of storing food in tin cans, 1825
Goethe's Faust Part I premiers, 1829
Verdi's Il Trivatore preniers in Rome, 1853
The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey, 1883
Ibsen's play The Master Builder premiers in Berlin, 1893
Georges Claude patents the neon discharge tube for use in advertising, 1915
The US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations, 1920
Coopers Inc. sells the world's first briefs, 1930
For the only time in recorded history, snow falls in Miami, Florida, 1977
The last VW Beetle made in Germany leaves the plant, 1978
United States and Iranian officials sign an agreement to release 52 American hostages after 14 months of captivity, 1981
The Apple Lisa, the first commercial personal computer from Apple Inc. to have a graphical user interface and a computer mouse, is announced, 1983
Czech Republic and Slovakia join the United Nations, 1993
The New Horizons probe is launched by NASA on the first mission to Pluto, 2006
Calcium deposits are discovered on Mars by NASA’s Curiosity Rover, 2013
American skier Lindsey Vonn wins her 63rd World Cup, setting a new record, 2015


  1. Lots to be thankful for indeed. Which is another thing to be grateful for.

  2. Thankful for thankful hearts. I am also thankful that the city council has replaced our street lights with LED and our streets are now so brightly lit. Also thankful for all the little things that we have taken for granted. Happy weekend!

  3. Those sure are some good things to be thankful for today. We are thankful for our good food and good shelter. We stay under the house during bad weather. Have a good day.

  4. Such a nuce bunch of thanful things. Have a safe trip to NOLA!

  5. Being thankful is a good thing. Having all the laundry done is a wonderful feeling. Okay and a clean house too.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  6. So many things to be grateful for. Safe journey.

  7. Those are 10 great things to be thankful for!
    I love reading other people's thankfuls!

  8. Great list of thankfuls. Congrats to your daughter!
    I love Chewy, I get a lot of food from there including Sammy's prescription diet. That was very kind of someone to put air in the tire and not even need to be thanked. Enjoy the rest of the weekend! :) XO

  9. German Shepherd! My favorite dog breed (Ola and Bella were both GSDs Una is a Chodsky pes and I like them as much... sorta German Shepherds only 50 pounds instead of 90 pounds.)

  10. I have heard people talk about and seen many commercials for them. Glad you got the cat food on time!
    I have a special place in my heart for German Shepherds. You will be in wonderful company :D
    I am very happy Tripod SissyCat has had her time on the porch.
    Congrats to Little Girl on her promotion!!

  11. We are also still in the process of replacing bulbs with LEDs. For us that sometimes means getting a new lamp.
    It is nice that Kevin and Lenny's is within walking distance.
    It is always nice to be able to celebrate the advancements our kids make, plus you get a bonus of having Coda with you for a while!

  12. Clean laundry - yes !!!
    Didn't think of that one. But I am also thankful for that. I see my washing blowing in the sun. It's amazing. Thank you for your post

  13. What a fancy fairy garden and looks like it well maintain.
    Coffee is on

  14. I grew up with a German Shepard. She was my baby sitter when I was a child. She followed me everywhere, and I easily could have ridden her...I didn't.
    LEDs are the best! Clean laundry, I wish mine was. hahaha Have a great week. wendy at


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