Saturday, April 27, 2019

A to Z: X Marks the Thankful (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Folks, this one has taken some work to pull off.  Not only is it Thankful Day, it's X day on the road from A to Z.  True to the previous three Saturdays this month, i am going to list thankful things that begin with the letter of the day.

How do i get myself into these things?  Never mind, on with the thankfuls.

A long, paved and covered walkway, or a walkway through trees, can be called xystus, and i'm thankful i've taken many a walk in such pretty places.

Food cooked over xylanthrax, also called charcoal, is very enjoyable.

It's a good thing i do not have xyrophobia, the fear of being close to or touching sharp instruments.  If i did, i could never chop foods for cooking.

Every day i am thankful for things that are xyloid, or woody, such as my wooden spoons for cooking. 

Clothing that feels xilinous, or cottony, is very comfy and i am always thankful for comfy. 

My clients and i are probably all thankful i am good at xesturgy, the process of polishing. 

If i am traveling to a new place, i am thankful for a xenagogy, or guidebook, to help me out. 

While i'm not always a good X-chaser, or person who is good at math and figuring the value of X, i am very thankful for the people who are, as they help make our modern life possible.

 A condition i am thankful i do not have is xerochilia and xerostomia, dry lips and dry mouth.

Because of the internet, i have many a xenial, that is, friendly, relationship with a lot of people.

As a bonus, i am thankful i got through things for which i am thankful that begin with X, and i didn't have to use X-ray or xylophone, even though i am thankful for both of them.

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.  

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Today is:

Abolition Day -- Mayotte

Babe Ruth Day -- anniversary of the day dedicated to him in 1947 by every ball field in the US and Japan

Bob Wills Day -- Turkey, TX, US (celebrating Western Swing music and its king; through tomorrow)

California Poppy Festival -- Lancaster, CA, US (two fun days celebrating California's State Flower)

Cape May's Spring Celebration -- Cape May, NJ, US (celebrating spring, Victorian lifestyle, and more; through May 20)

Eeyore's Birthday -- Austin, TX, US (Eeyore never need feel forgotten again; Austin celebrates his birthday as a fundraiser for local charities, with fun for all)

Foxfield Races -- Charlottesville, VA, US (annual steeplechase)

Freedom Day -- South Africa

Furze-Hopping Event -- Fairy Calendar

Healthy Kids Day® -- YMCA   

Helena Railroad Fair -- Helena, MT, US (largest railroad hobby event in the area; through tomorrow)

Historic Garden Week in Virginia -- VA, US (enjoying some of Virginia's finest homes and gardens; through next Saturday)

Independence Day -- Sierra Leone(1961); Togo(1960)

International Marconi Day -- a 24-hour amateur radio event annually near the birth anniversary of Marconi

"Just Pray No" Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting -- people around the world pray for healing for those who are addicted to drugs, through tomorrow

Keep Norfolk Beautiful Day -- Norfolk, VA, US (citywide volunteer cleanup effort that i would love to see duplicated everywhere)

King's Birthday / Koninginnedag -- Kingdom of the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Netherlands, and Sint Maartin); Bonaire, St. Eustatius, and Saba

Matanzas Mule Day -- remembering the only casualty of one of the first naval actions of the Spanish-American War, a mule in the village of Matanzas, Cuba

Mississippi River Valley Scenic Drive -- Mississippi River valley of southeast Missouri, US (several scenic small towns along the valley have homemade goodies, quilt shows, history tours, entertainment, and more; through Sunday)

Morse Code Day -- birth anniversary of Samuel Morse

National Go Birding Day -- US (but feel free to participate wherever you are, birding is fun!)

National Herb Day -- different from the HerbDay in May, and unsponsored

National Prime Rib Day

National Rebuilding Day -- US (270,000 volunteers help rebuild and repair homes for the elderly and disabled)

National Sense of Smell Day -- US (sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, encouraging museums and science centers to focus on how the sense of smell plays an important role in daily life and how it interacts with other senses; While celebrating, remember those with anosmia [diminished ability or totaly inability to smell])

National War Veterans Day -- Finland

Penguin Day -- originated by a different group from World Penguin Day, but you can't have enough days dedicated to these cute guys, can you?  

Pesach/Passover -- Judaism (ends at sundown tonight)

Redbud Trail Rendezvous -- Rochester, IN, US (living history along the Tippecanoe River; through tomorrow)

Resistance Day/Day of the Uprising Against the Occupying Forces -- Slovenia

Save the Frogs Day -- Save The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action

Southern Maryland Celtic Festival & Highland Games -- St. Leonard, MD, US (competitions in fiddling, bagpipe, Celtic harp, and dancing, heptathlon, Celtic marketplace and foods, parade of clans, and more)

St. Zita of Lucca's Day (Patron of butlers, domestic servants, homemakers, housemaids, lost keys, maids, manservants, people ridiculed for their piety, rape victims, servants, servers, single laywomen, waiters/waitpersons/waitresses; against losing keys)

Tell a Story Day -- US (no history of origin, although celebrated in many libraries)

The Ennead Sail Through the Land -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Togyu Taikai -- Tokunoshima Island, Japan (bull sumo, in which bulls push each other out of the ring, today and May 3-5)

World Graphic Design Day

World Healing Day / World Tai Chi and Qigong Day  

World Veterinary Day -- World Veterinary Association   

Write An Old Friend Today Day -- a real letter, in the mail, remember how exciting it is to get those?

Anniversaries Today:

Ringo Starr marries Barbara Bach, 1981
Cornell University is established as New York's land grant institution, 1865

Birthdays Today:

Patrick Stump, 1984
Sheena Easton, 1959
Ace Frehley, 1951
Cuba Gooding, Sr., 1944
Earl Anthony, 1938
Sandy Dennis, 1937
Anouk Aimee, 1932
Casey Kasem, 1932
Coretta Scott King, 1927
Jack Klugman, 1922
Walter Lantz, 1900
Sergei Prokofiev, 1891
Jessie Redmon Fauset, 1882
Ulysses S. Grant, 1822
Samuel Morse, 1791
Mary Wollstonecraft, 1759
Edward Gibbon, 1737
Suleiman the Magnificent, 1495

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Chips with Everything"(Play), 1962
"Le roi de Lahore/The king of Lahore"(Opera), 1877
"Roméo et Juliette"(Opera), 1867
"L'africaine/The African Woman"(Meyerbeer Opera), 1865

Today in History:

Ferdinand Magellan is killed by natives in the Philippines led by chief Lapu-Lapu, 1521
Re-founding of the city of Bogotá, New Granada (now Colombia), by Nikolaus Federmann and Sebastián de Belalcázar, 1539
Cebu is established as the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, 1565
The blind and impoverished John Milton sells the copyright of Paradise Lost for £10, 1667
The British Parliament passes the Tea Act, 1773
Beethoven composes Für Elise, 1810
US troops capture the capital of Upper Canada, York  (present day Toronto, Canada), 1813
The Foundation stone for new Palace of Westminster, London, is laid, 1840
The establishment of Jewish congregations in Lower Austria is prohibited, 1857
The steamboat Sultana, carrying 2,400 passengers, explodes and sinks in the Mississippi River, killing 1,700, most of whom are Union survivors of the Andersonville and Cahaba Prisons, 1865
In South Africa, the Group Areas Act is passed formally segregating races, 1950
Togo gains independence from French-administered UN trusteeship, 1960
Sierra Leone is granted its independence from the United Kingdom, 1961
Expo 67  officially opens in Montreal, Canada, 1967
Xerox PARC introduces the computer mouse, 1981
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, comprising Serbia and Montenegro, is proclaimed, 1992
Betty Boothroyd becomes the first woman to be elected Speaker of the British House of Commons in its 700-year history, 1992
Russia and 12 other former Soviet republics become members of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, 1992
The first democratic general election in South Africa, in which black citizens could vote is held, 1994
The last successful telemetry from the NASA space probe Pioneer 10 is received, 2002
The superjumbo jet aircraft Airbus A380 makes its first flight from Toulouse, France, 2005
Construction begins on the Freedom Tower for the new World Trade Center in New York City, 2006
Estonian authorities remove the Bronze Soldier, a Soviet Red Army war memorial in Tallinn, amid political controversy with Russia, 2007
The wives and children of former Osama bin Laden are deported from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia, 2012
North Korea's Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in of South Korea agree to officially end the Korean war and rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons, 2018


  1. Smiling at your X words - which were Xtraordinarily clever.

  2. I loved your unusual X words. Clever, and all of them new to me ;)
    And then to the nitpicking: Netherlands celebrate the king's birthday. The name for it is Koningsdag (Knoiniinedag - as you have in the list - means queen's day and was the name of it until Willem-Alexander took over). And then I think you should add Willem-Alexander, 1967 to the birthday list ;)

    1. Done! And thank you for your nit-picking, as i try to keep up but miss some things.

  3. How did you come up with all those X's? I'm thankful for being a xenodocheionologist. Had I not become a lover of hotels I would not have seen so much of the world!

  4. That was a tough letter but ya sure done good!

  5. w00t!!!
    You did it!!
    Rock on, you. :-)

  6. Excellent use of the letter 'X'. You nailed it.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  7. I was wondering how you would come up with 10 x thankfuls. Good job!

  8. Excellent! and much creative work!

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

  9. What an X-cellent TToT
    (what fun that must have been finding all those X words...)
    very cool

  10. Impressive! Great job combining the TToT with the A to Z Challenge!

  11. Mimi,

    Xcellent way to implement so many xtraordinary words into the X alpha prompt. Cool job!

    A2Z Little Mermaid art sketch 'Xylphone Player'

  12. So many X words! I am not a good X-chaser either. My brain seems to be stuck with the thought, "Nope just not going there no matter how many times you try to understand it." :-)
    Very fun TToT list.

  13. You win the TToT this week with this list!


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