Saturday, July 20, 2019

Rain, Rain, Go Away -- And It Did! (Ten Things of Thankful)

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Well, well, well, what do we have to be thankful about this week?

After last weekend, my friends, there is no doubt.  No doubt at all.

We are thankful we were able to get gas in all of the cars even though some stations ran out.

We are thankful we had plenty of non-perishable food on hand.

We are thankful Mike the Generator Guy had just come and the generator is working as well as it can for its age and condition.

We are thankful an unforeseen weather phenomenon, one that can't be predicted, essentially split Barry and kept most of this part of Louisiana from drowning for what would have been the second time in 3 years.

We are thankful that when the power did go out, for all of a couple of hours, the generator worked, and when the power came back on, we had the right tool to flip the transfer switch (it no longer flips on its own, and i was using a wooden spoon, but again thanks to Mr. Mike, i now have the tool needed).

We are thankful that Sunday's rain was well within the limits the area can tolerate.

For myself, i am thankful it gave me a day to stay home.

Also that none of my clients lost power long enough to prevent me from being able to clean their homes.

As well as being thankful we are stocked up on pet supplies.  (Gotta keep the cats happy no matter what.)

Finally, a totally different thankful subject, i needed some art therapy, a little down time, so i am thankful our church sponsored an art night where a wonderful lady came in and coached us through painting a nice picture:

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Today is:

Bannack Days-- Bannack, MT, US (through tomorrow; explore the territorial capital now turned ghost town and celebrate the pioneer spirit)

Canada's Parks Day -- Canada (showcasing Canada's beautiful parks and historic sites, it's worth traveling to a park near you!)

Carousel Day -- Johnson City, NY, US (Kids won't want to miss all the fun at this family event, and grown-ups, come be a kid again for a day!)

Celebration of the Horse -- Charlotte's Saddlery, Houston, TX, US (in honor of the human/equine bond; through tomorrow)

Chincoteague Pony Round Up / Pony Swim -- Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA, US 

Cleat Dancing Day -- don't ask me who started this, i don't want to know what kind of mind came up with trying to tap dance in cleats

Concours D'elegance -- Forest Grove, OR, US (one of the premier vintage auto shows in the US; through tomorrow)

Dia del Amigo -- Argentina; Uruguay

Fortune Cookie Day

Independence Day -- Colombia(1810)

International Chess Day -- "Of Chess it has been said that life is not long enough for it, but that is the fault of life, not Chess" ~ William Ewart Napier

La Festa del Redentore / Feast of the Redeemer -- Venice, Italy (procession of gondolas and other craft to commemorate the end of the epidemic of 1575; through tomorrow)

Long Beach Island Foundation Fine Art Festival -- Loveladies, NJ, US (juried arts and crafts show, entertainment, food and more; through tomorrow)

Moon Day/Space Exploration Day -- one small step...was taken 48 years ago today

National Hot Dog Day

National Ice Cream Soda Day

National Lollipop Day

National Woodie Wagon Day -- paying homage today to this great American symbol of freedom and the casual lifestyle

Peace and Freedom Day -- North Cyprus

Perun's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (celebration of Perun, great god of thunder)

Prince Lot Hula Festival -- Moanalua Gardens, Hawai'i (through Monday)

Route 66 Summerfest -- Albuquerque, NM, US (a free celebration)

Sandcastle and Sculpture Day -- Jetties Beach, Nantucket, MA, US

Sourdough River Festival -- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (Float Fest and a big water fight! with the famous Sourdough Raft Race tomorrow)

Special Oympics Day -- anniversary of the first Special Olympics in 1968

St. Elijah the Prophet's Day (Patron of Carmelites; Romanian Air Force; against drought, earthquakes) related observance;
    Festival at the Monastery of Profitis Ilias -- Santorini, Greece (Prophet Elijas' festival)

Saint Margaret of Antioch's Day (Patron of childbirth, dying peple, escape from devils, exiles, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, martyrs, nurses, peasants, people in exile, women, women in labor; for safe childbirth; against kidney disease, loss of mother's milk by nursing mothers, sterility; Lowestoft, Suffolk, England; Montefiascone, Italy; Queens College Cambridge; Rixtel, Netherlands; Sannat, Gozo, Malta)

St. Uncumber's Day (Patron of difficult marriages; against men's lust; Las Tablas, Panama)

Synoikia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; a celebration of the unification of all Attica, held in Athens)

Thgir-yaw-Dnuor Day -- Fairy Calendar

Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day -- write down all the "could have" and "should have" things in your life, then toss them in the trash! Resolve from this day to live in the present, not the past.

Ugly Truck Day -- must be a guy thing, they know where every scratch and dent came from, after all!

Vigil for Peace, Justice, and Respect for the Human Rights of all in Columbia -- a movement begun among Native Americans of many tribes, now open to all who seek peace

Virginia Lake Festival -- Clarksville, VA, US (fun for the family, including tethered hot air balloon rides; through Saturday)

World Congress of Esperanto -- Lahti, Finland; through next Saturday

Wrong Days in Wright, Minnesota -- in honor of "Wrong Way" Corrigan (through tomorrow)

Birthdays Today

John Daley, 1985
Gisele Bundchen, 1980
Josh Holloway, 1969
Chris Cornell, 1964
Billy Mays, 1958
Donna Dixon, 1957
Carlos Santana, 1947
Kim Carnes, 1946
Judy Chicago, 1939
Diana Rigg, 1938
Natalie Wood, 1938
Chuck Daly, 1933
Cormac McCarthy, 1033
Sally Ann Howes, 1930
Michael Ilitch, 1929
Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919
Alberto Santos-Dumont, 1873
Gregor Mendel, 1822
Francesco Petrarch, 1304
Alexander the Great, BCE 356

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Like a Rolling Stone"(Single release), 1965
"Stop the World I Want to Get Off"(Musical), 1961
"The Arthur Murray Party"(TV), 1950
"Gang Busters"(Radio drama), 1935

Today in History

Titus, son of emperor Vespasian, storms the Fortress of Antonia north of the Temple Mount; the Roman army is drawn into street fights with the Zealots during the Siege of Jerusalem, 70
The Riot Act takes effect in Great Britain, 1712
French explorer Pierre Gaultier de Varennes et de la Vérendrye reaches the western shore of Lake Michigan, 1738
Citizens of Bogotá, New Granada declare independence from Spain, 1810
British Columbia joins the confederation of Canada, 1871
Sioux Chief Sitting Bull leads the last of his fugitive people in surrender to United States troops at Fort Buford, North Dakota, 1881
Ford Motor Company ships its first car, 1903
Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives, 1921
In London, 500,000 march against anti-Semitism, while in Nuremburg, Germany, 200 Jewish merchants are arrested and paraded through the streets, 1933
The Organization for European Economic Cooperation admits Spain, 1959
Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) elects Sirimavo Bandaranaike Prime Minister, the world's first elected female head of government, 1960
The Special Olympics is founded, 1968
Apollo 11 successfully lands on the Moon 3:39 a.m. GMT 21st July, 1969
India expels three reporters from The Times, The Daily Telegraph, and Newsweek because they refused to sign a pledge to abide by government censorship, 1975
The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars, 1976
Hank Aaron hits his 755th home run, the final home run of his career, 1976
In Zimbabwe, Parliament opens its new session and seats opposition members for the first time in a decade, 2000
Canada becomes the 4th country to permit same-sex marriage, 2005
The Olympic Torch arrives in London, beginning the final countdown to the Summer Olympics, 2012


  1. I am very glad to read your thankful list.

  2. Beautiful thankful post. I am also thankful for our daily needs being met and for blessings that comes in different forms.

  3. The world is big. Generators for homes are unknown to me, when the weather stops our electricity, we just wait for it to come back. Our fridge is the worst concern, but it is good for 56 hours if we do not open it, and we never lived that long without electricity. A gas stove helps, in so far that we can always cook and make hot tea. If the current stayed away for more days in winter, we migth be in trouble, but it has never happened.
    It is mind expanding to read your thankful list, thank you for writing it.

  4. That was a terrific list and you painting is very pretty. Hooray for generators, we are sure thankful for ours.

  5. Pretty wet in Jersey, but drying out fast...nothing like the flooding in your neck of the woods. Glad you escaped the worst scenario...stay dry.

    Nice painting, you should keep up the hobby.

  6. You've had a good week even if you had a storm blow through. It's good when things work out as they should.

    Have a fabulous weekend, my friend. ♥

  7. You have a great list, the storm must have been stressful. We are thankful that hurricanes avoid us.

  8. Oh so glad you made it through the storm and what a delightful art creation you made! Beautiful!

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

  9. I'm very glad to hear that things went so relatively smoothly for you. Great job on the painting!

  10. Such good news that you survived last week and for the different ways that was possible.
    I love that painting! Perfect timing for some art therapy too.

  11. I want less heat and thunderstorms and more love in our world. I'm scared that the world is going to blow up.

    Cruisin Paul

  12. Thank you for reminding me to stop and think about all the things for which I am thankful. One of them is having people to remind me to do so. I like the happy spirit of your painting.

  13. Wonderful list of thankfuls. Glad your power wasn't out too long and you didn't get flooded. I like your painting. Those classes are fun. I have done 2, one with a cat and the other a Halloween scene.

  14. I too am thankful that the rain finally stopped. Now, to cool down the country.

  15. Saw that (storm) on the tv... (the wonders of the internet: watching a total stranger on the screen say something about the rain heading in from the Gulf of Mexico and saying, "Hey! Thats down where Mimi lives!"
    Good that it wasn't what it could have been.

  16. Your painting is fantastic! I'm glad Barry was kind to you. We got just a smidge from him. So much flooding going on!

  17. I can imagine the relief to have the storm downgraded and the expected flooding avoided.
    What a fun painting! I love the colors :)


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