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Hooray for Saturday, thankful day!
Since i did my Saturday work yesterday, it means i actually have today off. It was supposed to be so i could go to see Grandma, but with the weather, it just means i get a day to lie in bed and be thankful i don't have to be up by a certain time.
The shelter is ready to ride out the storm with a huge generator, the gift of a donor, plus plenty of supplies on hand, and we are very thankful.
Our own generator is aging but still hanging in there, and if we need it, we can run the fridge and a couple of window A/C units, as well as small things like computers. All of us are thankful.
Yesterday was beautiful and even though the clouds came and went there was a ton of sunshine, and i thankfully soaked it all up and it helped me feel better.
More than ever, i am thankful i do not own a TV or watch the news or weather. (Yes, i keep up with the headlines in the newspaper, and i figure if the world ends, someone will tell me.)
Grandma kept texting me the things she was seeing on the TV and asked what our news predictions were. My response was, "no idea, at work, no TV, not watching news because there's nothing i can do about it anyway." Thankfully, she quit texting me after that, except for our usual good night/good morning greetings.
Little Girl was called up for the last three storms, so we are very thankful she is not called up for this one.
While i was working today, in the morning for Ms. GA cleaning the inside of the house and in the afternoon for Mr. BA on the outside of the house (more weeding), Ms. S who lived across the street came back to her house to get a few more things to take to her new apartment. Thankfully i noticed she was over there so i was able to help her get her lamp, and lamp oil, and a few candles, and help her load the car with her pull-cart she uses to get groceries from the car to the house. There's no way she would have gotten it all in the vehicle herself.
We managed to find gas today. Several stations ran out, so we had to go a bit further, but our tanks full (minus what it took us to finish errands and get home).
And i am very thankful for my comfy bed after a long day at work.
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.
Art Fair on the Square -- Madison, WI, US (one of the Midwest's largest juried art fairs; through tomorrow)
Bald In - Bald Out Day -- sponsored by Bald Girls Do Lunch; if men can be bald and brazen, then women and children who cannot grow hair should bring bald INto their lives, and never feel on the OUTs!
Barbershop Music Appreciation Day -- anniversary of the founding of Sweet Adelines International
Beans and Franks Day
Carver Day -- George Washington Carver National Monument, Diamond, MO, US
Children's Party at Green Animals Topiary Garden -- Portsmouth, RI, US (annual party for children and the young at heart)
Circus City Festival -- Peru, IN, US (did you ever want to run off and join the circus? This is the week kids age 7-21 get to do just that, so go watch and have fun with them! through the 18th, when they have the big circus parade)
Embrace Your Geekness Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, celebrate your love of online dungeon games, comic books, or dressing up like a vampire
Feast of Kalimat (Words) -- Baha'i Faith
Fool's Paradise Day -- a day to figure out how a fool can achieve paradise? or how it can be paradise if it is full of fools?
Galicnik Svadba -- Galicnik, Macedonia (wedding festival, when one lucky couple gets to be married in a traditional "Galichka" style wedding, through tomorrow)
Go West Day -- commemorates Horace Greeley's "Go West, young man, and grow up with the country."
Gruntled Workers Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; those of us who are gruntled, as opposed to the disgruntled, should unite and pass along some "great work" compliments to those doing a good job
International Carthage Festival -- Tunis, Tunisia (the country's biggest arts event and music festival, through Aug. 17)
International Puzzle Day -- some sites say Jan. 29, but today is Erno Rubik's birthday
La Retraite Aux Flambeaux -- France (night watch, before Bastille Day)
National French Fries Day
Obon (Ulambana) -- Buddhist; Shinto (Festival of the Lanterns, a time of honoring the ancestors, a reunion of them with the living; through the 15th, although Obon festivals are held on various dates in July at temples throughout the world)
Omaha Railroad Days -- Omaha, NE, US (sponsored by the Union Pacific Railroad and celebrating all things track and train, through tomorrow)
Sodbuster Days -- Fort Ransom, ND, US (learn how rural North Dakotans lived in the early 1920s; through tomorrow)
Statehood Day -- Montenegro
St. Henry the Emperor's Day (Patron of childless people, disabled people, dukes, handicapped people, kings, people rejected by religious orders, physically challenged people; Bamberg, Germany; Basel, Switzerland; Benedictine Oblates; against sterility)
St. Joel the Prophet's Day (Old Testament prophet of the Book of Joel)
Stone House Day -- Hurley, NY, US (tour of several 250+ year old stone houses within 150-yards of each other)
Stroud International Brick and Rolling Pin Throwing Contest -- held simultaneously in the 4 cities called Stroud: Gloucestershire, England; Oklahoma, US; Ontario, Canada; and New South Wales, Australia (results are compiled internationally following the event)
Anthony Jerome “Spud” Webb, 1963
Cameron Crowe, 1957
Jane Hamilton, 1957
Michael Spinks, 1956
Louise Mandrell, 1954
Cheech Marin, 1946
Erno Rubik, 1944
Harrison Ford, 1942
Roger McGuinn, 1942
Robert Forster, 1941
Patrick Stewart, 1940
Jack Kemp, 1935
Wole Soyinka, 1934
David Storey, 1933
Bob Crane, 1928
Dave Garroway, 1913
Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1821
Julius Caesar, BC100
Today in History
Capt James Cook begins 2nd trip (Resolution) to South Seas, 1772
William Wordsworth, on a walking tour through the Wye Valley, visited the ruins of Tintern Abbey and a few miles further on composed a poem about them, 1798
Greek War of Independence: Greeks defeated Ottoman forces at Thermopylae, 1822
Henry R Schoolcraft discovers the source of the Mississippi River, 1832
After 9,957 unnumbered patents, the U.S. Patent Office issues Patent No. 1, for locomotive wheels, 1836
Queen Victoria becomes the first British monarch to live at Buckingham Palace in London, 1837
First day of the New York Draft Riots in response to President Abraham Lincoln's Enrolment Act of Conscription, 1863
Horace Greeley publishes his editorial advising young men to "Go West, young man, go west and grow up with the country," 1865
PT Barnum's American Museum was destroyed in one of the most spectacular fires in New York City's history, 1865
Gold was discovered near Cochrane, Ontario, Canada, 1909
The British airship R34 lands in Norfolk, England, completing the first airship return journey across the Atlantic in 182 hours of flight, 1919
Alexander Butterfield reveals the existence of the Nixon tapes to the special Senate committee investigating the Watergate break in, 1973
The Live Aid benefit concert, a telecast fundraising concert for famine relief in Ethiopia, was held in London and Philadelphia, as well as other venues such as Sydney and Moscow, 1985
American Thoroughbred racehorse Cigar wins his 16th consecutive top-class race, the first horse to do so since Triple Crown winner citation, 1996
Researchers reveal two studies showing the antiretroviral drugs prescribed to treat AIDS can also prevent HIV infections, 2011
The Eurozone countries agree to a conditional deal to lend €86bn over 3 years if Greece passes reforms, 2015
Drought helps to reveal the outline of a previously unknown 5,000 year-old henge at New Grange, Ireland, 2018