Saturday, June 1, 2019

What a Great Week! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Once again, it’s Thankful Day, and i am slamming into it at full speed.

Yes, i know i talked about it, but we're going to have to put off the reasons we are thankful about medical stuff to a move convenient season.  You’re welcome.

There’s a great deal for which i am thankful, but the first one is this:

We're participating in the scavenger hunt party for RaenaBelle. Make a note of the answer to the following question and attend the party at on June 5th 2019. You'll need to collect 7 answers from 7 different blogs, links can be found at DezizWorld, and then leave them in the comments of the party post.

Here’s the question:  What cartoon cat is 100 (1919) years old?

This party is going to be so much fun, and i am thankful i am getting to participate and post a question.

The second biggest thankful this week is for the existence of anole lizards.

Anole photo from Wikipedia, and i think they are rather cute.

It seems The Big Boss's wife is deathly afraid of them.  She saw one in a plant inside their house and jumped in her car to flee while calling her husband telling him to do something.

The Big Boss, of course, called Sweetie, who went over there, transported the plant out of the house, found the offending critter and rehomed it in the outdoor garden, then put the plant back in the house.  Peace was restored, and Sweetie was rewarded by The Big Boss with a full tank of gas for Lunceford the Land Yacht.

That was two thankful things, the gas and the smiles it has brought me every time i've thought about the whole situation.

Also i am personally thankful for the lizards being around our house (and even on occasion getting in) because they eat the ugh! bugs.

All week i have been cat-sitting and garden tending, along with all of the regular work, as well as us running Brother-in-Law to work.  These things have made for many reasons to be thankful.

Brother-in-Law is always on time in the morning, and i am thankful he is, it means i get where i need to go on time.

It would be nice to be able to say i’m thankful for rain that has made hand watering the gardens unneeded, but all i can say is i’m thankful for clouds that keep it from being as hot as it could be while i am watering.

Also, i figured out how to set the lawn sprinkler in such a way that i can leave it to water one part of the garden in front without getting too much on the lawn (Mr. BA didn't want the lawn watered this time, he says it's already too well established to need it) while i go do part of the back.  Every few minutes i move the sprinkler in the front and move on to another part of the back yard.  It has made everything go a bit faster, and i appreciate that.

Dr. D was in a lot of pain Monday, so i am thankful she was able to finally travel to her doctor in Houston and have whatever procedure it is done that stops the hurting for a few months.

It has always concerned me that she goes alone and gets dropped off and picked up for the procedure by a hotel shuttle.  Yes, the hotel staff always put her in the first room next to the front desk and look in on her, but this time even the place that does her procedure insisted she needs more than that, so i'm thankful there is a sitter service in Houston that specializes in doing just what she needs, drive her there, wait while the procedure is done, drive her back, and stay for a few hours to make sure she's okay.

Tuesday i was very thankful that the key and check were left for me at Ms. B's house so i could just go when i had time, it took the pressure off.

Ms. G had a special assignment for me on Wednesday, and i'm thankful for two things, that i got to meet a good friend of hers and i got a bit of insight into Ms. G's life from way before i knew her.  There is so much more to her story, and i've realized that for a long time, but she doesn't talk about anything but business often.

Usually on Ms. V and Carl Thursday i am at their house for up to ten hours, depending on how much needs to be done.  Because Ms. GA and Mr. BA are out of town and didn't need me to clean the house yesterday, i was able to do Carl's part of the house on Thursday and the main house yesterday.  Much less stressful that trying to cram it all in on one day along with the cat-sitting and the evening garden duty, and i am thankful for that break.

Only a janitor would say she is thankful that she actually had her pumice stone with her at the cat shelter and so was able to really go after the rings in those toilets.

Little Girl is going to be on Army assignment the whole month of June, so i am thankful that today she and i are going to visit Grandma and Grandpa together.

Altogether it's been a very busy week, and i would be very thankful for one more thing, if all of my friends would be patient with me while i get around to reading your posts.  It may take a bit, but i am determined to catch up.

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Today is:

Arrival of the Swiss at the Port-Noir -- Switzerland

California Artichoke Festival -- Castroville, CA, US (lots of fun in the Artichoke Capital of the World; through tomorrow)

Dare Day -- Manteo, NC, US (a fun festival and unofficial kick-off for summer)

Derby Day -- Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey, England

Dia da Crianca -- Cape Verde (Youth Day)

Dia de la Marina -- Mexico (Day of the Navy)

Drawing Day/Pencil Day -- used to be sponsored on the first Saturday with the motto "Drop Everything and Draw", but even though no longer promoted by any specific group, you can still enjoy some time drawing today

Early Bird Day -- an internet derived day that reminds us the early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

Eel Festival -- Jyllinge, Denmark (through tomorrow: every restaurant and pub in town serves fried eel, and there's lots more fun around town)

Elfreth's Alley Day (Fete Day) -- Philadelphia, PA, US (one of the oldest continuously inhabited streets in the country)

Enshu Hamakita Hiryu Matsuri -- Hamamatsu City, Japan (honors the river god Ryujin; through tomorrow)

Famadihana -- Madagascar (from now until November, various areas celebrate the Malagasay culture's "turning the bones," a fascinating reburial of the dead ceremony)

Feast of St. Justin Martyr (a/k/a Justin the Philosopher; Patron of apologists, lecturers, orators, philosophers, speakers)

Festival of Non-Linearity -- another one you find on the internet, no meaning or rhyme to it, but if you like to think in non-linear ways, enjoy today!

Festival of the Oak Nymph -- Celtic/Pagan (around this time of year, the Celts took a day to honor all hamadryads, the female nature spirits who inhabit oak trees)

Flip a Coin Day -- as noted by The Ultimate Holiday Site, which claims Julius Caesar invented it (doubtful, but the Romans did toss coins)

Gawai Dayak -- Sarawak, Malaysia (harvest festival begins today)

Global Day of Parents -- UN

Go Barefoot Day -- originally sponsored by Soles4Souls, which recycles shoes to those who have none; while i cannot find if they are sponsoring a day or week this year, it's a good reminder not to let your old shoes end up in a landfill    

Hari Lahir Pancasila -- Indonesia (Pancasila Day)

Heimlich Maneuver Day -- Dr. Heimlich first published his suggestion for aiding choking victims with "subdiaphragmatic pressure" on this day in 1974

Helen Keller Day -- sponsored by the Lions Clubs

Hen-Peeler's Holiday -- Fairy Calendar

Independence Day/National Day -- Samoa

International Children's Day

International Tabletop Day -- encouraging people to play games on a table, not online, face to face; sponsored by Geek and Sundry     

Kaiko Kinenbi -- Yokohama, Japan (Yokohama Port Opening Festival; through tomorrow)

Kalends of June -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances:
    Day Sacred to Tempestas (goddess of storms)
    Festival for Juno Moneta (Juno as goddess of money)
    Festival of Carna (goddess of health and vitality, and also of doors and locks, which were to be repaired today)

Kuramae Jinja Matsuri -- Kuramae Jinja Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (a big two-day celebration held every other year at one of the shrines where Sumo originated)

Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) -- Islam (Night of Destiny; began at sundown yesterday, through sundown tonight, although local observances may vary and governmental days off vary from country to country)

Madaraka Day -- Kenya (National Day or self-rule/responsibility day)

Maritime Gig Festival -- Gig Harbor, WA, US (parades, entertainment, and fun with the view of Mount Rainier to grace it all; through tomorrow)

Mint Julip Day -- Oxford University, England (the drink was introduced there this day in 1845, and they liked it so well, they dedicated a day to it!)

Mothers' and Children's Day -- Mongolia

National Family Recreation Day -- US (seems to have been started by the community of Arvada, CO, US, wanting families to enjoy the great outdoors together)

National Hazelnut Cake Day

National Lemonade Days -- Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation wants everyone to either run or patronize a lemonade stand some time between now and June 10 to help fight childhood cancers, one cup at a time  

National Trails Day -- US (be safe out there, if you want help becoming a hiker there's info from the American Hiking Society)   

National Tree Planting Day -- Cambodia

Oscar the Grouch Day -- according to the Sesame Workshop, today is his birthday

President's Day -- Palau

Say Something Nice Day -- as declared by the mayor of a town in South Carolina who is tired of all the negative talk all the time

Sjómannadagurinn -- Iceland (traditional Seaman's Day was alternately celebrated June 6 or the first Sunday of June, depending on which authority you ask, but is now a weekend long Festival of the Sea)

Stand for Children Day -- founded by a rally this day in 1996, seeking to ensure all children graduate from high school 

Strawberry Festival -- Independence, MO, US (one of many such festivals all over as strawberries come into season -- look for one near where you live some time this month, and go have a good time)

St. Theobald Roggeri's Day (Patron of church cleaners, cobblers, porters, shoemakers; against fever and sterility)

Summer Library Book club Season begins -- anywhere that school is out, check your local library for a summer book club for children or adults; you never know what world you will discover when you read

Superman Day -- publication of the first Superman comic was this day in 1938

Toppenish Mural Society's "Mural-In-A-Day" -- Toppenish, WA, US (professional artists work to paint a complete and historically accurate mural in one day, accompanied by an arts and crafts show and food fair)

Victory Day -- Tunisia (anniversary of the Adoption of the Constitution of Tunisia in 1959)

Wear It. Beat It -- UK (formerly Rock Up in Red Day, raising awareness of heart health and educating people about heart disease through the month of June) 

Wicket World of Croquet® Day 2019 -- The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indianapolis, IN, US (croquet tournament fundraiser, includes an Alice and Friends game for the little ones)   

Yobuko Otsunahiki -- Higashi Matsuura, Saga prefecture, Japan (two day Big Tug-of-War Festival, with one team representing the land and the other the sea; victory for the land means good crops, for the sea means good catches)

Yom Yerushalayim -- Israel (Jerusalem Day; begins at sunset)

Anniversaries Today:

Charlie Chaplin marries Paulette Goddard, 1934
Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio, is founded as the first US land-grant university, 1808
Tennessee becomes the 16th US state, 1796
Kentucky becomes the 15th US state, 1792
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen Consort of England, 1533

Birthdays Today:

Justine Henin, 1982
Alanis Morissette, 1974
Heidi Klum, 1973
Mark Curry, 1964
Lisa Hartman Black, 1956
Ron Wood, 1947
Jonathan Pryce, 1947
Frederica von Stade, 1945
Robert Powell, 1944
Rene Auberjonois, 1940
Cleavon Little, 1939
Morgan Freeman, 1937
Colleen McCullough, 1937
Pat Boone, 1934
Edward Woodward, 1930
James Hadley Billington, 1929
Bob Monkhouse, 1928
Andy Griffith, 1926
Marilyn Monroe, 1926
Nelson Riddle, 1921
Brigham Young, 1801
Jacques Marquette (Père Marquette), 1637

Debuting/Premiering Today:

FX(TV channel), 1994
Gremlins(Film), 1984
Cable News Network/CNN(TV network), 1980
“Live and Let Die”(Song release), 1973
"The Prisoner"(TV), 1968
"Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"(Album release), 1967

Today in History:

Hugh Capet is elected King of France, 987
Beijing, then under the control of the Jurchen ruler Emperor Xuanzong of Jin, is captured by the Mongols  under Genghis Khan, ending the Battle of Beijing, 1215
Friar John Cor records the first known batch of scotch whisky, 1495
Anne Boleyn is crowned Queen of England, 1533
Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1660
The battle of the Glorious First of June is fought, the first naval engagement between Britain and France during the French Revolutionary Wars, 1794
U.S. President James Madison asks the Congress to declare war on the United Kingdom, 1812
James Lawrence, the mortally-wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake, gives his final order: "Don't give up the ship!" 1813
James Clark Ross discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831
American adventurer William Walker conquers Nicaragua, 1855
Treaty of Bosque Redondo is signed allowing the Navajos to return to their lands in Arizona and New Mexico, 1868
Thomas Edison receives a patent for his electric voting machine, 1869
Napoleon Eugene, the last dynastic Bonaparte, is killed in the Anglo-Zulu War, 1879
The United States Census Bureau begins using Herman Hollerith's tabulating machine to count census returns, 1890
Louis D. Brandeis becomes the first Jew appointed to the United States Supreme Court, 1916
The First Conference of the Communist Parties of Latin America is held in Buenos Aires, 1929
Charles de Gaulle comes out of retirement to lead France by decree for six months, 1958
New Zealand's first official television broadcast commences at 7:30pm from Auckland, 1960
Kenya gains internal self-rule (Madaraka Day), 1963
The Heimlich maneuver for rescuing choking victims is published in the journal Emergency Medicine, 1974
The first black-led government of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) in 90 years takes power, 1979
The Warsaw Pact officially dissolves, 1991
Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupts for the first time in 600 years, 1991
Air France Flight 447 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Brazil, Killing all 228 passengers and crew, 2009
General Motors files for chapter 11 bankruptcy, 2009
Russia enacts a country-wide smoking ban, effecting most public places, 2013
Switzerland’s Gotthard Base Tunnel is completed - world’s longest at 57km and most expensive tunnel costing €11bn, 2016


  1. Lots of things to be thankful for.
    In your very busy week, please remember to look after yourself.

  2. Wow, you have a lot to be thankful for. Right now for me it's mostly for my wife. Since I can't do a great deal outside an this really pisses me off, Mary Lou thought hurt herself, she can do a great deal more than I can. I thankful that God gave me her.

    Cruisin Paul

  3. I've done my part on helping you out... haven't managed a post all week. :-/ (Bad blogger!) It was for reasons of productivity, however, so there's a thankful for me. :-)

  4. You've done a great job, as always, finding things to be thankful for, even if the medical thankfuls need to hold off a bit.
    The scavenger party sounds interesting.
    My son used to have an anole lizard; they are kind of cute.
    It sounds like work is definitely keeping you busy, (and also being able to visit with Little Girl--thank her for her service!) so of course we will all be patient with you. Have a good week! :-)

  5. Cool on the full tank of gas. That's a great payoff for taking care of the precious lizard.

    I have all the questions now. I just have one more question to answer and then I'm done.

    You have such busy weeks. Makes me tired just reading all your jobs and everything else you volunteer for.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  6. Dang, you sure had some great thankfuls and sure are busy. How cool to help sweet Raena with her Birthday hunt!

  7. Fanky fank you fur helpin' with mine's scavenger hunt awnty Mimi. See ya' at the pawrty. Big hugs

    Luvs ya'

    RaenaBelle and Dezi

  8. That is a great list of thankfuls. I will admit that I would have done the same thing if I saw lizard inside. Luckily, we don't have them. Thanks for the clue. I am going to have to google that. :)

  9. Lots of thankfuls! Take care of you too!

  10. Wonderfully grateful post ~ fun with the lizard ~

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


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