Saturday, August 31, 2019

It's The Little Things (Ten Things of Thankful)

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It's Thankful Day!  Today, i am thankful for a lot of little things.

All week i've been noticing and being thankful for the small things.  Things like paper clips, without which Dr. D would be lost.

Or alligator clips, without which i would be lost. Those suckers come in handy when the elastic on your mop head has stretched out and you just can't get the thing to stay on.

The clips from plastic hangers used to hang your pants up are amazingly helpful, too.  Whenever one side of such a hanger breaks, i snap off the other side, throw the broken hanger away, and use that clip for things like closing bread bags or clipping the plastic newspaper sleeves to my cleaning apron pocket.

That brings me to those newspaper sleeves, they make great small garbage bags to clip on and use when you are running around a house cleaning and you don't want to have to keeping running to the big garbage can with every tiny thing you find you need thrown away.  

A mini can of WD-40 is a lifesaver, and there is nothing at all like it for polishing stainless steel appliances.  In fact, it's the only thing i've ever found that actually works, and it doesn't take much so a mini can lasts a long time.

A hand sanitizer bottle that clips to your key ring is just the thing when you are eating on the run and you do not have time to get to a sink.

The smallest screwdriver in the set in Mr. BA's indoor tool kit is perfect for digging all of the packed in dust and debris out of Ms. GA's vacuum cleaner head.

Pocket combs, because sometimes you just can't stand those flyaway hairs any more and have to redo your braid.

The fifty-nine cent packet of peanuts at the convenience store, when dinner is hours away and you just need a small bite of something and you don't have much money, is heaven sent.

Lanyards, because otherwise keys have a mind of their own and they go a-wandering.

Ten little things that make a big difference and for which i am very thankful.

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Today is:

Aloha Festivals Royal Court Investiture and Opening Ceremonies -- Oahu, Hawai'i, US (opening events of the Aloha Festivals, a month long series of free events on every Island celebrating Hawai'ian culture)

Be Kind to Humankind Week: Speak Kind Words Saturday 

Buffalo Wing Festival -- Buffalo, NY, US (two days of celebrating one of this town's favorite foods!)

Day of Solidarity and Freedom -- Poland (Anniversary of the 1980 August Agreement)

Eat Outside Day -- as long as you won't pass out from the heat

Eleusinia Games -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; 3 days of games with grain as prizes)

Festal Day -- Order of the Eastern Star

Fiesta de Santa Fe -- Santa Fe, NM, US (festivities include the burning of the Zozobra -- Old Man Gloom effigy -- on the first night, so bring your personal gloom written down before the burning, and watch it be destroyed, then enjoy one of the oldest fiestas in the US; through Sunday)

Hijra -- Islam (Islamic New Year Begins at the viewing of the new moon crescent, so exact time/date varies by location)

International Bacon Day -- good day for a double decker BLT with grilled onions and Swiss cheese (unless, of course, you are a pig)

International Bat Night -- through tomorrow, go enjoy these wonderful creatures; or

Independence Day -- Kyrgyzstan(1991); Malaysia (Hari Kebangsaan/Freedom Day, 1957); Trinidad & Tobago(1962)

International Overdose Awareness Day -- prevention and remembrance     

Invent A New Sandwich Day -- spread around the internet like good mayo; go ahead, have fun with this

Japanese Festival -- St. Louis, MO (celebrating the history, culture, and people of Japan at the Missouri Botanical Garden; through Monday)

Limba Noastra -- Moldova (Day of Our Language)

Love Litigating Lawyers Day -- yes, G-d tells us to love everybody, even litigation attorneys but He never said doing it would be easy; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

National Trail Mix Day

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight -- celebrating the food and drink of this beautiful land, through the 15th   

Sheep Market Fair -- Ho, Denmark (annual sheep market and family fair; through tomorrow)

St. Raymond Nonnatus' Day (Patron of babies, childbirth, children, expectant mothers, falsely accused people, infants, midwives, newborn babies, obstetricians, and pregnant women; Baltoa, Dominican Republic; against fever)

Usuki Stone Buddhas Fire Festival -- Usuki, Japan (torchlight at twilight lights the regions mysterious Buddha statues; includes a beach party!)

Birthdays Today:

Jeff Hardy, 1977
Chris Tucker, 1972
Debbie Gibson, 1970
Glenn Tilbrook, 1957
Edwin Corley Moses, 1955
Richard Gere, 1949
Itzhak Perlman, 1945
Van Morrison, 1945
Jack Thompson, 1940
Marva Collins, 1936
Frank Robinson, 1935
James Coburn, 1928
Buddy Hackett, 1924
G.D. Spradlin, 1920
Alan Jay Lerner, 1918
William Saroyan, 1908
William Shawn, 1907
Arthur Godfrey, 1903
Maria Montessori, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Argo(Film), 2012
"Alice"(TV), 1976
"The Great Gildersleeve"(Radio), 1941
"The Threepenny Opera/Die Dreigroschenoper"(Play), 1928

Today in History:

Traditional date upon which Ayonwentah (Haiwatha) and Deganawidah (The Great Peacemaker) assist the Iroquois tribes in establishing the Confederation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy, or League of Five Nations), 1142
Lewis and Clark begin their expedition, 1803
A nuts and bolts machine is patented by Micah Rugg, 1842
The first professional football game is played in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, 1895
Edison patents the Kinetograph, 1897
Mrs. Adolph Landenburg, a horse rider, debuts the split skirt, 1902
Debut of Foghorn Leghorn, 1946
Solidarity Labor Union forms in Poland, 1980
Diana, Princess of Wales, her companion Dodi Al-Fayed and driver Henri Paul die in a car crash in Paris, 1997
Stolen on August 22, 2004, Edvard Munch's famous painting The Scream is recovered in a raid by Norwegian police, 2006
In Sudan, the People's Liberation Army announces it will demobilize its child soldiers by the end of the year, 2010
A 19-year-old Indonesian man is rescued after 49 days at sea on his floating fishing trap, 2018


  1. Love your list. The little things are HUGE in my life.

  2. What a great list, Mimi! I learned a thing or two from your list that I plan to try.🙂

  3. That was a very cool list of quite useful goodies!

  4. WD-40 is the best. I'm always thankful for living. I look at what I've done since my stroke and what God has allowed me to enjoy in life. Some people just waste what God has given them. Not me. Each day I thank the Lord for what he has given me. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. All very essential things to be thankful for ~ ^_^

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

  6. How did I not know about Bacon Day?!?
    Thankfully, it's not too late for it to be celebrated! :-)

  7. Little things do make a big difference! They are easy to take for granted.

  8. I love your thankfuls, you always find the good in everything. And I especially love alligator clips for my hair.

  9. I've always heard the saying "it's the little things" but you've given me a new appreciation for so many actual little things.

  10. OMG! Thank you for the WD40 tip! We have stainless for the first time in this apartment and I cannot seem to get it looking clean. Gonna get a can from the storage and give my appliances a good shining. We have an over supply of large jawed paper clips and I often use them for closing food bags. It's fun to find uses for things that just happen to be around.

  11. A true Labor Day TToT!
    (I snuck, up to today's post... love dem Boudreaux an Thibodeaux stories.)

  12. Wow. You have found some great uses for those little items we have around the house. Where do you get all those cool "this day in history" reminders? How time flies.


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