Saturday, July 6, 2019

The Good Side, Two Days' Worth (Ten Things of Thankful)

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This week, like most, has had its ups and downs.

Mostly up, because i like to practice seeing the good side.  There's always lots of good side.

Thursday is an example.  Little Girl and #2 Son hosted a very nice Independence Day party.  It makes me thankful several ways because first, i didn't have to buy the goodies, and second, i didn't have to cook, and third, i didn't have to clean up.  All i had to do was watch them have fun with a couple of friends and a home-made slip'n'slide.

That was also a good day because the office we clean every other Thursday was closed so we are thankful we only had to clean one house.  Ms. SE didn't have too much laundry for me to fold, either, another thankful thing.

Friday provided ample opportunities to be thankful.  Brother-in-Law let us pick him up early so i could get to Bible study on time.

The study was at someone's home, and i'm always thankful when someone opens their home to us.

Ms. J asked us to clean her outdoor kitchen/patio, and because it was so hot, she paid us extra, so i am thankful it worked out that way.

We finished Ms. GA's house early enough that Sweetie and i got to stop at Trader Joe's.  He's been wanting some of their chopped garlic, and we got it for him.

The shelter was a delight, as usual, although Gandolf (one of the cats in intake, and yes, they spelled it wrong) needs to adjust his attitude.  He's almost as cranky as Hibiscus used to be.  (Hibiscus, by the way, is doing well in her home, she has mellowed a lot.)

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Today is:

Abbotsford Berry Festival -- Abbotsford, BC, Canada (enjoy berries at the height of the season, as well as music, clowns, games, a "berried" treasure hunt, and more, through tomorrow)

Birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama / World Tibet Day -- Tibetan Diaspora, to bring awareness to the cause of restoring freedom to Tibet

Build a Scarecrow Day -- keep the crows out of that field of freshly growing corn out on the back 40!

Buy Yourself a Toy You Always Wanted As a Child Day -- internet sites that list this suggest you then donate it to a child in need

Day of the Capital -- Kazakhstan

Ettelbruck Rememberance Day -- Ettelbruck, Luxembourg (remebrance of Patton's 3rd Army liberating the area from the Nazis)

Feast of Isaiah the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Fill an Aquarium Day -- they are fun and entertaining; probably spread around the internet by an afficionado who wants to share the love

Hop A Park Day -- US (several years ago the Colleyville, Texas, Park and Recreation Commission started this celebration on the first Saturday of July, which is National Parks and Recreation Month; go visit a park today, or make plans to do it soon!)

Independence Day / National Day -- Comoros (1975)

Independence Day / Republic Day -- Malawi (1964)

International Cherry Pit Spitting Championship -- Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm, Eau Claire, WI, US

International Day of Cooperatives -- U.N.

International Kissing Day / World Kissing Day -- noted everywhere, but not sponsored; that doesn't matter, kiss someone you love today!  (and by the way, kissing burns 6 calories a minute)

Iriya no Asagao-ichi -- Kishibo-Jin Shrine, Taito Ward, Tokyo (morning glory flower festival, buy one for good luck, through the 8th)

Ivan Kupala Day -- Belarus; Poland; Russia; Ukraine (through tomorrow; Feast of St. John the Baptist in Orthodox Churches using the Julian Calendar)

Jan Hus Day -- Czech Republic

Joust of the Quintana -- Ascoli Piceno, Italy (reenactment of a medieval jousting tournament)

King Mindaugas Day / Statehood Day -- Lithuania

Los Sanfermines -- Pamplona, Spain (bull running, through the 14th; don't be bored, be gored! a part of the San Fermin Festival)

Ludi Apollinares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (first day of games in honor of Apollo; through the 13th)

Millenial Fairy Olympics -- Fairy Calendar (through the 14th)

National Fried Chicken Day

Old Albums are Frisbees Day -- if you have nothing to play them on, and they are scratched anyway, why not?

Ra o te Ui Ariki -- Cook Islands (House of Ariki[Tribal Chief])

Rockport Art Festival -- Rockport, TX, US (top artists from around the country line the waterfront today and tomorrow, with good music and good food to add to the fun)

St. Godelieve of Ghistelles's Day (Patron of difficult marriages, healthy throats, in-law problems, throat diseases, victims of abuse, victims of verbal spouse abuse)

St. Maria Goretti's Day (Patron of children, teen girls, martyrs, poor people, rape victims, young people; Albano, Italy; against poverty, the death of parents)

St. Paul's Afrikan Caribbean Carnival -- Bristol, England (annual African Caribbean Carnival; a richly multicultural celebration)

Take Your Webmaster to Lunch Day -- because your online business depends on keeping him/her happy and well fed; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

The Dam Experience -- Warsaw, MO, US (fireworks viewed from land and boat at the Truman Dam)

Tour de France -- through Sunday, July 28

West Quoddy Head Annual Lighthouse Day Celebration -- Quoddy Head State Park, Lubec, ME, US (music, food, artists, and also including US Coast Guard supervised lighthouse tower climbing, for the daring!)

Anniversary Today:

Prince George Frederick Ernest Albert (King George V) marries Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Queen Mary), 1893

Birthdays Today

Matthew O'Leary, 1987
Gregory Smith, 1983
Tia and Tamera Mowry, 1978
Jennifer Saunders, 1958
Kenny G, 1956
Allyce Beasley, 1954
Grant Goodeve, 1952
Hilary Mantel, 1952
Geoffrey Rush, 1951
George W. Bush, 1946
Sylvester Stallone, 1946
Burt Ward, 1945
Ned Beatty, 1937
Dalai Lama, 1935
Della Reese, 1932
Janet Leigh, 1927
Pat Paulsen, 1927
Merv Griffin, 1927
Bill Haley, 1925
William Schallert, 1922
Nancy Reagan, 1921
Sebastian Cabot, 1918
Laverne Andrews, 1915
Frida Kahlo, 1907
Beatrix Potter, 1866
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, 1781
John Paul Jones, 1747

Debuting/Premiering Today:

A Hard Day's Night(Film), 1964
"Name That Tune"(TV), 1953
"Judith"(Play), 1840

Today in History

Richard I (Richard the Lionheart) is crowned King of England, 1189
Papal bull of Pope Clement VI protecting Jews during the Black Death, 1348
Jan Hus is burned at the stake, 1415
Richard III is crowned King of England, 1483
Portuguese sea captain Diogo Cão finds the mouth of the Congo River, 1484
Sir Thomas More is executed for treason against King Henry VIII, 1535
Córdoba, Argentina, is founded by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, 1573
The dollar is unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States, 1785
In Jackson, Michigan, the first convention of the United States Republican Party is held, 1854
Lyman Reed Blake receives the first patent for a machine to sew the sole of a shoe on to the upper, 1958
Louis Pasteur successfully tests his vaccine against rabies; the patient is Joseph Meister, a boy who was bitten by a rabid dog, 1885
David Kalakaua, monarch of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is forced at gunpoint, at the hands of the Americans, to sign the Bayonet Constitution giving Americans more power in Hawaii while stripping Hawaiian citizens of their rights, 1887
Dadabhai Naoroji elected as first Indian Member of Parliament in Britain, 1892
The British dirigible R34 lands in New York, completing the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an airship, 1919
The first Major League Baseball All-Star Game is played in Chicago's Comiskey Park; the American League defeats the National League, 4–2, 1933
The last remaining Jewish enterprises in Germany are closed, 1939
Anne Frank and her family go into hiding in the "Secret Annexe" above her father's office in an Amsterdam warehouse, 1942
The Hartford Circus Fire, one of America's worst fire disasters, kills approximately 168 people and injures over 700 in Hartford, Connecticut, 1944
Davis Phinney became the first American cyclist to win a road stage of the Tour de France, 1986
The Nathula Pass between India and China, sealed during the Sino-Indian War, re-opens for trade after 44 years, 2006
Exiled Tibetans are banned from celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday as Nepalese authorities fear they will turn into anti-Chinese demonstrations, 2011
Pokémon Go, the real-world mobile game by Niantic, is first released, 2016
France announces it will ban petrol and diesel cars by 2040, 2017


  1. It sounds like you had a good week.
    How nice that Mrs. J paid you a little extra for cleaning her outside patio on such a hot day. Working in the heat can be so exhausting!
    How great that you were able to have a relaxing (for you) Independence Day party.
    Hope you have a great week.

  2. Love your attitude. And hooray for people who recognise that working in extreme heat is hard, and pay for the privilege.

  3. Lovely thankful post. You are blessed to be able to see the positive and give thanks for them. Have a blessed weekend.

  4. That's a nice lot of things to be thankful for.

  5. Those were all really nice thankfuls.

  6. Sounds like you had a good week. I like it that you dwell on the good stuff and not the bad stuff. Perspective is a wonderful thing.

    Have a fabulous weekend. ♥

  7. Great list of thankfuls. I hope Gandolf calms down, poor guy is probably scared.

  8. Wonderful list of 'gratefuls.' So glad you got to relax on the 4ht ^_^

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

  9. I'm glad you had a good 4th! Being able to just show up and enjoy time together, without having to worry about bringing anything or cleaning up is wonderful!

    Poor cranky cat! Hope that he settles in and becomes a sweet kitty soon!

  10. As we are now the patriarch and matriarch of my husbands families, we are pretty much freed from all the prep and clean-up. Our now grown nieces and nephews get to do that.

    Lots of things to be grateful about. We are blessed.

  11. It's nice to let someone else do the work on the Fourth - at least once in a while!
    Celebrate by spittin' some cherry pits!

  12. What a fun way to celebrate and so many blessings!

  13. Lovely thankfuls indeed-! Loved all of them. Especially your Sweetie getting his garlic!

  14. Ain't nothin wrong with weeks where the good outshines the not-good.
    (Have another week like it next week.)

  15. How nice that your kids planned a party and you didn't have to do a thing!


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