Saturday, November 23, 2019

A Miscellaneous Ten Things of Thankful


Thankful day, and my first is a doozy for us.  Or for me.  At least, it's a relief.

The other day, the electricity suddenly went out in the bedroom, so i did what i normally do and waited for the generator to start up.  No generator.

Next, leave the room with the phone as a flashlight and go see what's wrong, but this time, i left the bedroom and the electricity was on in the other parts of the house.  This starts an alarm, as we've had a lot of trouble with the electricity in this house.

Heading out to Sweetie's den/man cave/whatever you want to call it, i ask him what is the world is going on, but he has no clue that the electric is out anywhere.  Then he says, "I dropped something behind the mini fridge and I can't reach it!"  In trying to reach behind there, he accidentally brushed against and flipped off another breaker on the box nearby.

Flipping on all of the breakers and restoring current to those areas, i got down on the floor and reached behind the fridge for his hat.

My thankful is that we did not, in fact, have something major wrong with the electricity in the house.  Or the generator, for that matter.

Also, i am thankful that i was able to reach the hat and we didn't have to move the fridge, as well as the fact that my very own Mr. Clumsy is generally mostly harmless and is, in fact, on my side. 

It is satsuma season, and we've had several offers, meaning i am thankful i have not yet had to buy any satsumas.

The pharmacy has finally gotten the message that they no longer need to fill the medication the doctor took me off of.

Last night makes two Fridays in a row where the shelter had four or five adoptions just while we were there cleaning, feeding, and watering.

The volunteer who does food and water for the colony rooms has been out due to health reasons, so Sweetie and i have done our work plus hers for a couple of weeks.  We are glad to do it, as i am thankful we all help each other out there, pitching in whenever any volunteer or paid worker has something come up like this.

Last night, however, there was a new volunteer in, and i was able to have her help with the colony rooms, so we were done much faster.  Many hands, thankfully, make light work.

Our special study with Pastor W on Thursday nights ended, we managed to get finished with the book and videos on the last night.  No need to come back after the holidays and try to get to one last chapter!

There is one upside to becoming my age for which i am thankful, it's something i didn't realize.  Once you are a "senior cardholder" at the local library, your books aren't due for six weeks instead of the three for everyone else.  Now i can check out a few extra books and have time to get to them!

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Today is:

Banquet for Monkeys / Monkey Buffet Festival -- Khmer Ruins of Lop Buri, Thailand (about 3,000 monkeys are served lunch while humans get to watch in what some describe as a riot but without the police; through tomorrow) 

Can You Find Your Old Rubik's Cube and Still Work It Day -- internet generated, and why would you bother?

Color Photos Day -- anniversary of the Kodak introduction of modern color film in 1935

Eat A Cranberry Day -- just to see why you add sugar, i guess

Family Volunteer Day -- to get families working together to better their communities and the world  

Feast of Qawl(Speech) -- Baha'i

Fibonacci Day -- celebrating the mathematical Fibonacci Series, which begins as 1,1,2,3

Giorgoba -- Georgia (St. George's Day; they celebrate their patron saint twice a year, today and May 6, his feast day on the OS calendar)

Hadakambo Festival -- Hofu, Japan (men dressed only in loincloths brave the cold carrying floats to the shrine)

Holidays in the City Grand Illumination Parade -- Norfolk, VA, US (to kick off Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays)

Holodomor Remembrance Day -- international commemoration of the Death By Hunger Genocide in Ukraine

International Aura Awareness Day -- to increase the awareness of the human energy body, or aura    

International Image Consultant Day -- Association of Image Consultants International 

     National Survivors of Suicide Day -- US (by Congressional designation since 1999, and now an international movement; remembering those who have lost loved ones to suicide, especially as Thanksgiving and the holidays are coming)

Jukebox Day -- many days compete for this title, but the first known nickel-in-the-slot record machine went into service on this day in 1889 in San Francisco, CA, US

Kinro Kansha no Hi -- Japan (Labour Day Thanksgiving, when people express gratitude to each other for their work through the year)

Mungabareena Ngan-Girra Festival -- Albury area, NSW, Australia (formerly called the Bogong Moth Festival, now an indigenous cultural showcase)

Natchitoches Festival of Lights -- Natchitoches, LA, US (over 350,000 lights go on every night from now until Jan, 6, with carolers on Friday and Saturday evenings downtown, festivals and events every weekend; come celebrate the season in the Oldest Settlement in the Louisiana Purchase)

National Adoption Day -- US (encouraging us to find a home for every child; many courts finalize thousands of adoptions of children from foster care on this day each year)    

National Cashew Day -- some sites list it on the 22nd, i'm celebrating both as i love cashews

National Espresso Day

Nordic Julefest -- Nordic Museum, Seattle, WA, US (a Scandinavian holiday extravaganza; through tomorrow)

Pencil Sharpener Day -- John Love of Massachusetts patented the first one this day in 1897

Repudiation Day -- Maryland, US (anniversary of the Franklin County Court refusal to cooperate with Britain's Stamp Tax Act)

Rudolf Maister Day -- Slovenia

St. Clement's Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, marble workers/stonecutters, sick children; Dundee, Scotland; Velletri, Italy)

St. Columbanus's Day (Patron of motorcyclists; Bobbio, Italy; against floods)

St. Felicity's Day (Patron of martyrs, widows; against the death of children, sterility)

World's Champion Duck-Calling Contest and Festival -- Stuttgart, AR, US (pageants for Queen Mallard and Junior Queen Mallard, carnival, and the best duck calling possible; through Nov. 30)

Birthdays Today:

Miley Cyrus, 1992
Lucas Grabeel, 1984
vSalli Richardson, 1967
Steve Harvey, 1956
Bruce Hornsby, 1954
Susan Anspach, 1945
Krzysztof Penderecki, 1933
Jerry Bock, 1928
Johnny Mandel, 1925
Emmett Littleton Ashfrd, 1914
Harpo Marx, 1888
Boris Karloff, 1887
Billy the Kidd (William H. Bonney), 1859
Franklin Pierce, 1804
Edward Rutledge, 1749

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"I Feel Fine"(Beatles single release), 1964
"Dr. Who"(TV), 1963
"Fiorello!"(Musical), 1959
"Of Mice and Men"(Play), 1937
Life Magazine(First issue), 1936
First play-by-play American style football game radio broadcast, 1919 (Texas A&M beat University of Texas, 7-0)

Today in History:

Thespis of Icaria becomes the first actor to portray a character onstage, BC534
Charlemagne arrives at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III, 800
Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile. 1248
Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship, and written by John Milton is published, 1644
People of Frederick County Md refuse to pay England's Stamp tax, 1765
Henry Burden patents Horseshoe manufacturing machine, 1835
Patent granted for a process of making color photographs, 1863
The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, 1889
King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to become his heir, 1890
Andrew J Beard invents "jerry coupler," to connect railroad cars, 1897
Pencil sharpener patented by J L Love, 1897
Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, NY in "Rigoletto", 1903
Wright Brothers forms million dollar corporation to manufacture airplanes, 1909
Life Magazine publishes its first issue, 1936
The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia, 1955
The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world's longest running science fiction drama, 1963
Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time, 1971
A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 4,800 people, 1980
The first all woman expedition to the south pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians), sets off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometre ski trek, 1990
Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary, 2001
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country, 2005
A message is found on the leg of a mummified pigeon from WWII in Surrey, England, in a code that is unrecognized, 2012
A special 50th anniversary episode of Dr. Who is aired, simulcast to 94 countries and earning a Guiness World Record for the largest simulcast of a TV drama, 2013


  1. Another week of wonderful thankfuls and easily fixed power not power issues. Yay!

  2. Lovely list of thankfulness. Thankfulness that everything went well for you. Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Oh my, I'm glad nothing major was wrong with the electric, that's always a big concern.

  4. Here's my thankful thing: I am thankful my electric problem wasn't as bad as yours. I lost internet and cable tv connection for 3-4 days. It seems like it has been weeks. Nuttin' to do. Still off and on.
    "We're working on it, ma'am." (sure)

    Glad all is fine with you now. Electricity really has us spoiled.

  5. Have you been to the Natchitoches Festival? It sounds lovely...

  6. Wonderful list of thankfuls, Mimi. Wow! 6 weeks. I thought 3 weeks was a treat :)

  7. Oh wow. So happy it was an easy fix for you with the electricity. That is a huge thankful item. We've got a big storm heading our way and I'm hoping our power stays on. A wonderful list Mimi. Thank you for sharing. :)

  8. I don't mess with electrical issues, but flipping a circuit breaker back on is about the only fix I could handle.

  9. Satsuma season really is something to be thankful for!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Wait a minute! just because we're old(er) doesn't mean we read slower!!
    glad that you got the power back where and only where it belonged.

  11. I'm glad that the power outage was easily and quickly solved!
    I did't know there were senior discounts at the library. :-)

  12. Wow! I am impressed with anyone being able to reach behind anything. (There are some things that don't get easier as one gets older, at least in my case.) I am so glad that you discovered the cause of the power outage and it was easily fixed.
    I am so behind in taking advantage of all the discounts for seniors. It has only been this year that I discovered online that the place that services our car offers a senior discount! I wish I had known this way back when I started being eligible for the discounts there. Just about all places will not ask is you are eligible for a senior discount for fear of offending someone. You have to ask or discover through a friend, or online, etc. that places even offer the discounts.
    I'd never heard about senior discounts at the library. :-)

  13. House trouble can be so stressful. Glad things worked out for you. :)


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