Saturday, May 25, 2019

Are We Thankful Yet? (Ten Things of Thankful)

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As usual, the answer to the above question is, beyond doubt, yes.

How did i get to be thankful this week, and going into next week?  Let's do a little exploring, shall we?

This week and next week's thankful starts last Sunday, when Lunceford the Land Yacht started to make a squeak i didn't like.  Monday was to be an all day at Dr. D's house, so Sweetie dropped me off and went to Kevin and Lenny's.

First thankful, it wasn't much.  On a 20-year-old car, plastic pulley wheels do wear out, and the parts were going to be ready Tuesday morning.

Thankful two, while they had it in to replace that wheel and the tensioner arm, they noticed our alternator, under warranty, was about to go, so that got taken care of at the same time, no extra charge.

Next up, as noted before, i am glad Kevin and Lenny take payments, and i'm thankful we had a bit to give them for a first payment.

It was after Tuesday that the week really got complicated, and by that i mean more complicated than Sweetie having to drop me off and pick me up from work and get his own errands or appointments in.  On Wednesday, as he dropped me one place while he went to the ear doctor (gratitude again, his ears are clear and we had enough money to pay of the last of Bigger Girl's surgery and pay on his balance), Brother-in-Law, The Mouth's 26-year-old truck died.   We are thankful that when it lost power and he couldn't steer or brake he was on a deserted side street where he could just coast to a stop to try to coax it into restarting.  It did, but died again pulling into his driveway, and thankfully he coasted to a stop before it could hit the house.

With his truck out of commission, Brother-in-Law now needed a ride to work.  We are all thankful it worked well this Thursday, i was able to get him at 6:30am, get him to the library where he works, get back and pick Sweetie up and still have plenty of time to get ourselves to work.

That afternoon, our second job is close to where Brother-in-Law works, so we were thankful to just be able to head over, get him, and take him home rather quickly.

On Friday, i'm so thankful Sweetie managed, in spite of not enough sleep, to get me to Bible study at 6am, get Brother-in-Law, take him to work, come get me and the two of us clean two houses, then pick up Brother-in-Law again, drop him off, and get the cat shelter done.

This coming week, i am thankful that Mr. BA and Ms. GA will be out of town (Monday to Monday), so i will be going to their house twice a day to feed cats and water plants, and earn extra money.

This coming week, i am thankful that Dr. D will be out of town (Wednesday to Saturday), so i will be going to her house every day to feed cats and earn extra money.

This coming week, i am thankful we will be giving Brother-in-Law a ride to work every day until we can figure out if his truck's fuel filter is the cause of the engine shutting down, or if the truck is just truly dead.

And yes, i am thankful in advance that i will not have a nervous breakdown by the end of the week trying to juggle it all.

(If you think this gets complicated, how about next Saturday i list all the ways i am thankful about our medical situations!)

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Today is:

Africa Day / African Liberation Day  -- African Union; related observance
    Heroes' Day -- Lesotho
    President Yajya Jammeh's Birthday -- Gambia

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day)  

Badger State Summer Games -- Appleton, WI, US (Wisconsin residents of all ages and skill levels can compete weekends through the summer in a fun Olympic-style sports festival)

First Patriotic Government / National Day -- Argentina (Dia de la Revolucion de Mayo)

Flitting Day -- parts of England; Scotland (traditional day on which leases were up for the year and people moved)

Geek Pride Day / Nerd Pride Day -- celebrate the geek / nerd in you!  Geek culture is the obvious choice to laud when it's Glorious 25 May, Star Wars Day, and Towel Day at the same time; began in Spain as "Día del Orgullo Friki"

Glorious 25 May -- in Terry Pratchett's Discworld

Independence Day -- Jordan(1946)

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Isle of Man Tourist Trophy -- Isle of Man (through June 7; two weeks of the finest road racing on earth)

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; spend time today to prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day)

Liberation Day -- Lebanon

National Brown-Bag-It Day

National Missing Children's Day -- US (promoting awareness of the problem of missing children)    

National Tap Dance Day -- US, birth anniversary of Mr. Bojangles

National Wine Day

Offering to Demeter -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Poetry Day -- Florida, US (since 1947, the state legislature declared this for all public schools in the state; if you don't live in Florida, enjoy a poem today, anyway)

Procession of the Statue of Artemis -- Ancient Greek and Roman Calendars, at Ephesus (date approximate, but always near the Thargelia)

Self-Reliance Day -- an internet originated holiday, based on the idea that we should all become more self reliant in this day when it is a dying art.

Skerpla Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Sharpness)

Star Wars Day -- Part IV, A New Hope was released this date in 1977

St. Bede the Venerable's Day (Patron of lectors; Father of English History)

St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi's Day (Patron of the ill; against illness and sexual temptation)

Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri -- Maekawa Ayame-en, Itako, Japan (Iris Flower Festival, with over a million blooms of 500 species, special dance and demonstrations on weekends; through June 24)

Taste of Cincinnati -- Cincinnati, OH, US (6 blocks of Downtown Cincinnati is turned into a big food extravaganza; through Monday)

Towel Day -- Douglas Adams fans, unite!  Always know where your towel is!    

Utica Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival -- Utica, OH, US (local artisans, pony rides, antique gas engines, car show, motorcycle show, magic show, and more, plus tons of ice cream! through Monday)

War of Jenkin's Ear Living History Demonstrations -- Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, GA, US (a colonial living-history event with musket demonstrations, military drills, tomahawk throwing and more; through Monday)

Week of Solidarity with the People Of Non-Self-Governing Territories begins -- United Nations

Anniversary Today:

Lord Guildford Dudley marries Lady Jane Grey, 1553

Birthdays Today:

Brian Urlacher, 1978
Ethan Suplee, 1976
Lauryn Hill, 1975
Justin Henry, 1971
Jamie Kennedy, 1970
Anne Heche, 1969
Stacy London, 1969
Mike Myers, 1963
Connie Sellecca, 1955
Jessi Colter, 1947
Karen Valentine, 1947
Frank Oz, 1944
Leslie Uggams, 1943
Ian McKellen, 1939
Raymond Carver, 1938
Tom T. Hall, 1936
K.C. Jones, 1932
Beverly Sills, 1929
Robert Ludlum, 1927
Miles Davis, 1926
Jeanne Crain, 1925
Claude Akins, 1918
James Joseph "Gene" Tunney, 1898
Igor Sikorsky, 1889
Philip Murray, 1886
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, 1878
John Alexander Dowie, 1847
Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Wonder Woman(Film), 2017
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi(Film), 1983
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope(Film), 1977
"The Subject Was Roses"(Play), 1964
"H.M.S. Pinafore"(Comic Opera), 1878 

Today in History:

First recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet, BC240
Alfonso VI of Castile  takes Toledo, Spain back from the Moors, 1085
Henry the Navigator is appointed governor of the Order of Christ, 1420
The Diet of Worms ends when Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, issues the Edict of Worms, declaring Martin Luther an outlaw, 1521
Richard Cromwell resigns as Lord Protector of England following the restoration of the Long Parliament, beginning a second brief period of the republican government called the Commonwealth of England, 1659
Jews are expelled from Warsaw by Marshall Mniszek, 1784
In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, delegates convene a Constitutional Convention to write a new Constitution for the United States, 1787
In the May Revolution, citizens of Buenos Aires expel the Viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros during the Semana de Mayo, 1810
The Patriots of Lower Canada (Quebec) rebel against the British for freedom, 1837
The first telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot, 1844
Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore opens at the Opera Comique in London, 1878
The Republic of Formosa is formed, with Tang Ching-sung as the president, 1895
John T. Scopes is indicted for teaching Charles Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee, 1925
Henry Ford stops production of the Model T to begin the Model A, 1927
Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth at the Big Ten Conference Track and Field  Championships in Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1935
The first ascent of Kangchenjunga (8,586 m.), the third highest mountain in the world, by a British expedition, 1955
In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Organisation of African Unity is established, 1963
Star Wars (retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope in 1981) is released in theaters, inspiring the Jediism religion and Geek Pride Day holiday, 1977
Bangladesh is hit by a tropical cyclone and storm surge, which kills approximately 10,000 people, 1985
Israel withdraws its army from most of the Lebanese territory after 22 years of its first invasion, 2000
32-year-old Erik Weihenmayer, of Boulder, Colorado, becomes the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 2001
Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, 2011
The first commercial spacecraft, SpaceX Dragon, docks with the International Space Station, completing the maneuver at 12:02pm EDT, 2012
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg receives an honorary degree from Harvard University, after dropping out in 2004, 2017


  1. LOVE your attitude and am thankful you have a little extra money coming in this week.

  2. This is a beautiful thankful post. You are blessed with a thankful heart and good attitude. Bless you, Mimi!

  3. With all the juggling you have to do, and the many vehicle challenges you have, you still see the sunny side of life and share your beautiful attitude with all of us. Thank you Mimi.

  4. I am very happy to read that I have a solid reason to flit today!
    I shall begin immediately...

  5. You know what Mimi? I'm thankful for you and your blog. You make me thankful for everything that I have everyday. I'm thankful for my life everyday.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Just when i think my life is complicated i read what yours is like and my admiration grows for you.

  7. Those were really good thankfuls and hooray for extra money!

  8. You are a treasure and I am exhausted just reading about your events ~ whew!

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

  9. I see no difference in this week as most weeks. You're all over the place doing a million things. At least you're always thankful. That's the best part.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Happy Memorial Day. ♥

  10. I love how you always find the positive in any situation.

  11. Car problems can really throw a wrench in plans! I'm glad everyone was able to get around, even though it required some juggling. I hope the truck is able to get running again!

  12. Wowly amazing thankfuls! You made it through with pozzies to boot!

  13. new computer wasn't letting me comment on blogger blogs! I know! thats not right
    seems a minor aggravation to the week you relate (and yet can find the gratitudosity....ness . in*

    *way, way not a 'real' word


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