Saturday, September 21, 2019

A Stretch to Find Them (Ten Things of Thankful)


Well, that was quite a day yesterday.

Let's start earlier than that, because i'm going to have to reach and stretch for the thankfuls this week.  That only makes them more special, wouldn't you agree?

Brother-in-Law, The Mouth, has been sick.  Should have stayed home from work but didn't sick. 

Thankfully, he finally went to the doctor, and he was sick enough by then to actually accept the meds the doctor prescribed.

He also, and his workplace is thankful, finally decided to stay home.

Home from work, but not home from here.  Sweetie got it.

Sweetie sees an ENT for an ongoing ear condition, and when she heard his voice on the phone, she said, "You're sick!  I'm calling something in!"  We are thankful for her, and for no appointment needed.

On Wednesday i was thankful to discover that Lysol toilet bowl cleaner, the one with hydrochloric acid in it, is great for taking the old finish off of tiles.  Now that they've taken the original Dow Scrubbing Bubbles off the market, i needed a substitute that can strip a floor clean.

By Thursday i was thankful a client was back in town and paid me for the work i did while they were gone and for what i did that day.  It was a nice amount.

Then came yesterday, and i had to stretch hard to be thankful.

The checks i'd gotten on Thursday were rejected by the ATM, so i couldn't deposit them before work.

Medicare debited our checking account twice for Sweetie's monthly payment, causing us to overdraft because the ATM had rejected the checks.  (No, it was not just us.  Anyone who pays their Medicare premium by debit from their checking account got hit twice yesterday, and supposedly they are "working on it.")

Sweetie was sick enough that he stayed home instead of helping me as he usually does on Fridays.  By Friday i am tired and generally need the help.

No matter how many things like that happen, though, there is something to be thankful about.

When i went to the bank, they were very nice about it, apologized for the glitch that made the ATM reject the checks for deposit, and refunded the overdraft fee that could have been avoided without that glitch.

There was only one house yesterday, and i had it to myself, and it was quiet, and i went at a nice, easy pace, and i found and evicted some spiders that might have been overlooked had i been in any kind of a hurry.  They were very well hidden.

Also, i got to take my time and snuggle Abigail a bit, that's a bonus.

When i got to the shelter, i was early, and i am thankful because i got to give all of the sinks a really good scrubbing, even more so than usual. 

Being early also meant i got to talk to some people who had come to adopt and who had recently adopted, and swap stories and get and give advice.  When Sweetie and i are there together and Brother-in-Law is waiting for us to finish, i sometimes have to miss out on those things.

Carl, the special needs adult friend, showed up to volunteer with me.  He wants to give back and do things, and it's not easy for him.  He shadows me, and he is learning not to be afraid of the cats.  It's nice to see him step out this way.

No matter how difficult the day or the week, there are good things, thankful things.

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:

America's Day For Kids -- sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America   

Arbor Day -- Brazil

Big Whopper Liar's Contest and Kunstfest -- New Harmony, IN, US (a German Festival, with traditional German foods, beer, and entertainment, plus the Big Whopper Liar's Contest, always a good time; through tomorrow)

Breakfast, Dinner, and Supper Celebration Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblins)

Clean Up the World Weekend -- it's a big challenge, but we can try   

Covered Bridge Festival -- Washington and Greene County, PA, US (arts, crafts, entertainment, and food at each of the 11 featured covered bridges; th.rough tomorrow) 

Eleven Days of Global Unity -- Day 11, Peace (to coincide with the International celebration; sponsored by We, the World

Fall Migration Festival -- Wetlands Institute, Stone Harbor, NJ, US (nature photography workshops, guided viewing of the abundant and diverse species here at this time, and more; through tomorrow)

Feast of the Ingathering -- UK traditional (also called Harvest Home; in Scotland, Kirn; in northern England, Mell-Supper.  Celebrations will be held in rural areas for the next few weekends, celebrating the end of the harvest.)

Fountain City Lions Fall Festival (Formerly Levi Coffin Days) -- Fountain City, IN, US (celebrating Levi Coffin, the "President of the Underground Railroad"; through tomorrow)

German-American Steuben Parade/Von Steuben Day -- New York City, and other smaller parades in US

Heritage Weekend -- Blue Ridge Parkway Folk Art Center, Ashville, NC, US
    featuring the Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle Championships today

Idaho Spud Day 2019 -- Idaho, US, wants the 3rd Saturday of September as a day to celebrate their favorite crop

Independence Day -- Armenia(1991); Belize(1981); Malta(1964)

International Coastal Cleanup -- join volunteers around the world in helping remove debris that harms marine life and ruins our oceans  

International Day of Peace -- UN

International Eat An Apple Day -- a celebration of the fruit of the season, on the third Saturday of every September

Johnny Appleseed Festival -- Fort Wayne, IN, US (an 1800 style period festival; through tomorrow)

Kharisteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate; feast of Aremis Agrotera[the huntress] that became a thankgiving for the victory of the battle of Marathon)

National Seat Check Saturday -- US (make sure your child's car seats are secured properly)   

Kwama Nkrumah's Birthday/Founder's Day -- Ghana

Miniature Golf Day -- golf the fun way! (separate from National Miniature Golf Day in May)

Museum Day -- The Smithsonian has information    

National Gymnastics Day -- US (sponsored by USA Gymnastics, and with its own web page here)      

National Pecan Cookie Day

Oktoberfest -- Germany (through Oct. 6)

Responsible Dog Ownership Day -- originally sponsored by the AKC, but i can no longer find info about it on their website  

St. Matthew the Evangelist's Day (Patron of accountants, bankers, bookkeepers, customs officers, financial officers, guards, money managers, security forces, security guards, stock brokers, tax collectors; Salerno, Italy; Trier, Germany; Villa d'Ogna, Italy)

Student's Day and Spring Day -- Argentina

Throw Away Something Day -- you have the internet's permission to get rid of that hideous gift; if you can't bring yourself to throw it out, donate it

Trail of Courage Living History Festival -- Rochester, IN, US (frontier life in Indiana when it was Native territory; through tomorrow)

Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride® -- Bridgeport, AL to Waterloo, AL (ride along part of the original Trail of Tears to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, and Seminole nations)

UCI Road World Championships -- Yorkshire, Great Britain (Union Cycliste International sponsors these races, through the 30th)

Waikiki Ho'olaule'a -- Waikiki, Oahu, Hawai'i, US (a huge, fun street party, part of the larger Aloha Festivals celebrations all over the Islands, to showcase the culture and beauty of Hawai'i)

World Alzheimer's Day

World Gratitude Day

Birthdays Today:

Nicole Richie, 1981
Luke Wilson, 1971
Ricki Lake, 1968
Faith Hill, 1967
Darva Conger, 1965
Rob Morrow, 1962
Nancy Travis, 1961
David James Elliot, 1960
Dave Coulier, 1959
Ethan Boen, 1957
Bill Murray, 1950
Stephen King, 1947
Kay Ryan, 1945
Fannie Flagg, 1944
Bill Kurtis, 1940
Henry Gibson, 1935
Leonard Cohen, 1934
Larry Hagman, 1931
Chuck Jones, 1912
H.G. Wells, 1866
Maurice Barrymore, 1849 (family patriarch)
Francis Hopkinson, 1737

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"NYPD Blue"(TV), 1993
"Glengarry Glen Ross"(Play), 1983
"Monday Night Football"(TV), 1970*
"Perry Mason"(TV), 1957
"The Texaco Star Theater"(TV), 1948
My Weekly Reader(Magazine, first issue date), 1928

*Browns 31, Jets 21

Today in History:

Richard the Lionheart is captured, 1192
Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a badge, 1451
John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patent a fire extinguisher, 1677
Nathan Hale arrested for spying, 1776
The Pennsylvania Packet & Daily Advertiser becomes the first successful US daily newspaper, 1784
Joseph Smith, Jr. claims that the Angel Moroni gives him the gold plates from which he translates the Book of Mormon, 1827
The Duryea Motor Wagon Company becomes the first auto manufacturer, 1895
"Kit Carson", the first cowboy film, premiers in the US, 1903
Publication of Tolkien's "The Hobbit", 1937
Bahrain, Bhutan and Qatar join the United Nations, 1971
Sandra Day O'Connor is unanimously approved by the U.S. Senate as the first female US Supreme Court justice, 1981
Brunei joins the United Nations, 1984
Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly, 2001
The Galileo mission is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, 2003
Hurricane Rita becomes the third most intense storm hurricane (dropped to 4th on October 19, just a few weeks later), 2005
al-Shabaab Islamic militants attack the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing at least 67 people, 2013
Caltech scientists publish a study in the journal "Current Biology" showing that the jellyfish Cassiopea is the first animal without a brain that is known to actually sleep, 2017


  1. You are a most excellent reminder. Thank you for that.

  2. I have so much to be thankful for! I need to always remember. Thank you!

  3. So many things to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  4. Leave it to the government to muck up something that should be routine. That was a nice list of thankfuls though.

  5. What a way of turning lemons to lemonade! Beautiful!

  6. Amazing, al the many things you have written down today. Wow! Yes, being thankful is very important. Me, being thankful for life is the most because after that what ever took place is thankful for me. See ya Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Good for you for able to see the 'good' amongst the not so good ~ Life is a tryst some days ~ ^_^

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

  8. Some weeks are harder than others, but you did a great job finding the silver lining! Hope everyone is feeling better soon!

  9. I am glad you found so many things to be thankful for. You are such an inspiration!

  10. Oh, one of THOSE weeks. I can identify! I'm glad that you got the house to yourself for a bit and that you have come up with a brand new use for toilet bowl cleaner. I might just give that a try. It makes sense and I never actually get toilet water on the container, even though I handle it like it's nuclear! Thanks for the inspiration to see those silver linings peeking through!

  11. Two words: 'Yow!'
    To retain balance and perspective amid chaos and bad(ish) vibes such a described above.
    I repeat, 'Yow!'

  12. I am glad you managed to come up with 10, sounds like a tough week.

  13. Even on a challenging week, you were able to come up with ten - great job, dear Mimi!
    I am thankful to you for the tip about Lysol toilet cleaner - very helpful!

  14. Your thankful lists are so inspiring. You make me look at life differently.

  15. You did it again, Mimi. Being able to see the bright side in spite of some challenges.
    That is great that the doctor didn't make your husband get an appointment before prescribing the needed medicine.
    Oh, wow! The Medicare mix up. Thanks for the heads up.
    I hope everyone in your home gets to feeling much better soon.


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