Saturday, August 24, 2019

For 20 Years (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It's been a while since i did a cat shelter thankful post.

Now i've got some pictures, so it's time.

The first thankful is one for which i do not have a picture.  Young volunteers make me thankful.  We are not all old crazy cat ladies over here.  The young volunteers, however, move to fast for me to get unblurry photos, so i will spare you those.

Generosity.  People donate stuff the shelter can't use, so they let volunteers take it.

Clean cages.  We need those.

Naps.  When they are happy, cats nap.

Cats are still cats, even here, and we are thankful even when they tear up the paper towels acting like cats.

A brand of gloves that fit me! (Most brands, the medium fall off of me, but the smalls are too hard to get into.  This brand, the smalls actually fit!)

Plenty of litter, that's a big one.

A Sweetie who cleans kitchens!

We have some nice spa baskets donated for our upcoming auction.

Sometimes people donate something special that goes home with a specific cat.  When Russel gets adopted, this goes home with him..


Yes, we are up to over 14,000 adoptions now, and actually have over 100 just for this month alone so far.  As this organization celebrates its 20th year, it makes us all happy to see cats going to loving homes.

Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Kristi and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   

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Today is:

Bartletide -- West Witton, Yorkshire Dales, UK (a/k/a Burning Bartle, a ceremony in which a straw effigy of Owd Bartle, a sheep thief of yore, is paraded, then burned after sunset, as a warning to the light fingered; always on the Saturday nearest St. Bartholemew's Day, which is August 24)

Birthday of Osiris -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Corvette Crossroads Auto Show -- Mackinaw City, MI, US (show that includes a Corvette parade across the Mackinaw Bridge; through tomorrow)

Country Fair and Auction -- McHenry, MD, US (sponsored by the local Mennonite churches, a good old-fashioned time of family fun)

De Ducasse -- Ath, Belgium (Giants of Ath Festival or Wedding of the Giants, a celebration since medieval times in which "Goliath" marries, then goes to do battle with David; through tomorrow)

Ferret Buckeye Bash -- Colombus, OH, US (ferret show)

Festival for Luna -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Festival of Mania -- Ancient Roman Calendar (to placate the Manes, a day when the Mundus, the portal to the afterlife, is open and the dead are free to roam)

Flag Day -- Liberia

Flitting Appreciation Day -- another "holiday" with no particular reason except that someone who enjoys flitting around wanted to celebrate it

Gangara Fire Festival -- Atago Shrine, Ikeda City, Japan

Independence Day -- Ukraine(1991)

International Day Against Intolerance, Discrimination and Violence Based on Musical Preference, Lifestyle, and Dress Code -- sponsored by the Romanian Humanist Association and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation

International Strange Music Day -- as declared by strange musician and composer Patrick Grant

Knife Day -- internet generated, but how would we cook without them?  today remember how much you do each day with a good kitchen knife.

Koenji Awa Odori Festival -- Suginami City, Tokyo, Japan (thousands dance in the streets, through tomorrow)

Mexican Fiesta International -- Milwaukee, WI, US (fun, food, mariachi, and a jalapeno eating contest for the strong of stomach; through Sunday)

National Peach Pie Day

National Waffle Day -- Cornelius Swarthout patented the first waffle iron in the US on this day in 1869, so it is sometimes noted as National Waffle Iron Day   

Pluto Demotion Day 

Saddleworth Rushcart -- Saddleworth, West Yorkshire, England (similar to rushbearing, a cart goes through the area with Morris men, the bounds of the area are checked for enemy breaches, rushes are gathered to line the church floor, and there is celebrating, gurning, wrestling, singing, and a final procession tomorrow to St. Chad's Church at Uppermill for the 11am service)

Schemitzun(Green Corn Pow Wow) -- Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (through tomorrow, Pow Wow and presentations of Native heritage to all)

St. Bartholomew's Day (Patron of bookbinders, butchers, cobblers, Florentine cheese merchants, Florentine salt merchants, leather workers,plasterers, shoemakers, tanners, trappers, whiteners; Armenia; Borgo Tossignano, Italy; Boves, Italy; Carpineto dell Nora, Italy; Civitella in Val di Chiana, Italy; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Gambatesa, Italy; Gharghur, Malta; Lipari, Sicily, Italy; Maastricht, Netherlands; Magalang, Philippines; Plzen, Czech Republic; Potosí, Bolivia; Salzano, Italy; Trino, Italy; against nervous diseases, neurological diseases, and twitching) related observance
    Schaferlauf -- Markgroeningen, Germany (Festival to honor St. Bartholomew, Patron of Herdsmen, on this day or the weekend after; includes traditional barefoot race by children of active shepherds and water carrying contests; also now has a music festival)
    Wayzgoose -- a traditional day for master printers to throw an end-of-summer party for his workmen

St. Owen of Rouen's Day (Patron of the deaf; against deafness)

Vesuvius Day -- anniversary of 79CE eruption which destroyed Pompeii, Stabiae, and Herculaneum

Vuelta a Espana -- Spain (the third of cyclings' prestigious Grand Tours; through Sept. 15)

Waratambar -- New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea (a native thanksgiving)

William Wilberforce Day -- Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, OH, US (birth anniversary of founder, in 1759)

Birthday's Today:

Rupert Grint, 1988
Chad Michael Murray, 1981
Marlee Matlin, 1965
Reggie Miller, 1965
Cal Ripken, Jr., 1962
Craig Kilborn, 1962
Steve Guttenberg, 1958
Stephen Fry, 1957
Oscar Hijuelos, 1951
Michael Richards, 1950
Gregory Bruce Jarvis, 1944
Mason Williams, 1938
Yasser Arafat, 1929
Hal Smith, 1916
Jorge Luis Borges, 1899
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, 1890
Daniel Gooch, 1816
William Wilberforce, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Facts of Life"(TV), 1979

Today in History:

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buries Pompeii and Herculaneum, 15,000 die, 79
The Visigoths under Aleric begin to pillage Rome, 410
King John of England, a/k/a Humpty Dumpty for having to issue the first Magna Carta, marries Isabella of Angoileme, 1200
Six thousand Jews are killed in Mainz after being blamed for the bubonic plague, 1349
The printing of the Gutenberg Bible is completed, 1456
The first English convoy lands at Surat, India, 1608
Calcutta, India is founded, 1690
British troops invade Washington, D.C. and burn down the White House and several other buildings, 1814
Charles Darwin is asked to travel on HMS Beagle, 1831
The Panic of 1857 begins, touching off one of the most severe economic crises in US history (Which just goes to show you, the more things change, the more they stay the same), 1857
Cornelius Swarthout patents the waffle iron, 1869
The Wolseley Expedition reaches Manitoba to end the Red River 
Rebellion, 1870
Captain Matthew Webb became first person to swim English Channel, 1875
Thomas Edison patents the motion picture camera, 1891
Workers start pouring concrete for the Panama Canal, 1909
Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly non-stop across the North American continent, 1932
The treaty creating NATO goes into effect, 1949
France explodes its first hydrogen bomb, thus becoming the world's fifth nuclear power, 1968
Voyager 2 (launched 1977) reaches Neptune, 1989
Mikhail Gorbachev resigns as head of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, 1991
The first RFID human implantation is tested in the UK, 1998
Argon fluorohydride, the first Argon compound ever known, is discovered at the University of Helsinki, 2000
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) redefines the term "planet" such that Pluto is considered a Dwarf Planet, 2006
The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I Have A Dream' speech is commemorated in the U.S., 2013
Astronomers announce the discovery of an earth-like planet named Proxima b orbiting star Proxima Centauri, 2016


  1. WONDERFUL things to be thankful for. Thank you for the work that you and all the other volunteers do, and for those who donate.

  2. We are very thankful for all the great volunteers that help the homeless animals. Have a great day.

  3. That is a nice bunch of thankful and I know the sweet kitties are thankful for you!

  4. I'm thankful for finally being able to play some golf after all the problems I'd had. Most of all I also thankful because I did well in my game and did better that I thought I would do. Thank you God. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Wonderful thank you list. I am so glad young people are volunteering.

  6. Excellent post. Very cool thing you (and the shelter) do.
    Have an excellent week

  7. Lovely post and thankfuls for the 'fur babies' ~

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

  8. Twenty years and 14,000 adoptions! Wow! :-)

  9. Wow! That's a lot of adoptions! Fabulous! And it seems that you are pretty much up-to-speed yourself. Thanks for sharing those great photos of what goes on in the background. Fascinating and a lot of work!

  10. That is a very cool structure that will be going home with Russell!

    That says a lot when the cat shelter has been operating for 20 years. Congratulations to all who serve there and help good things happen.

  11. Thank you, Mimi for sharing this. Animal Shelters often get taken for granted as does everyone who works and volunteers in one. It's a shame we need them but animal shelters are so important!
    How special for Russell! :)


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