Saturday, November 9, 2019

Laughter and Surprises and Ten Things of Thankful


It's been quite a week, but i say that a lot.  Every week is full to overflowing.

Yes, i am thankful for that, too.

Our weather got warm, and then turned cold again.  We are at layer season.  You leave the house in the morning with several layers on, and you shed them as the day warms up, then put them back on one at a time as it cools toward night.  It's nice to have lots of layers to choose from.

Sweetie left one of his layers at a client's house, and we are thankful the client let us know and will bring it to church on Sunday.

The cooler weather means we probably only need one last lawn mowing this season, always something for which i am thankful.

Sweetie found our heaters, too.  

The time changed and once it's over and adjusted to, it's okay, but i am thankful it's over.  While it's in the middle of my brain adjusting, it is not the best thing in my world.  (And on a side note, i think we need to split the difference, set the clocks ahead one half hour next spring, declare that the new standard time and leave it alone!)

We had a blast at our ladies' circle meeting on Tuesday.  The thankful things there include that every member made it (all 17 of us!), we had so much food none of us needed lunch after, and we laughed a whole lot.  Our hostess, as a joke, brought out an old school bell and rang it for order when we got hard to settle down.  It was one of the craziest meetings we've ever had.

Work went pretty well this week, and i am thankful i didn't have too many clothes to fold so my back is not too bad right now.

One of the best surprises of the week was that Carl, Ms. V's special needs son, showed up last night to work with us at the shelter.  We had a great time together and he was a big help.

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Today is:

Allama Iqbal Day -- Pakistan

Berlin Tattoo/Berlin Military Music Festival -- Berlin, Germany (first-class military bands from around the world present music and dance performances in a rich variety of genres; through tomorrow)

Chaos Never Dies Day -- internet generated, and just look in my closets if you want proof that we need this one

Couch Beachcombing Day -- internet generated; also called sofa diving, you will be amazed what you will find!

Dedication of the Lateran Basilica

Dia de los Natitas -- La Paz, Bolivia (Day of the Skulls, when skulls are decorated and then offered cigarettes, coca leaves, and other items)

Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de la Almudena -- Madrid, Spain (Feast of the Virgin of the Almudena, Patroness of the City)

Flag Day -- Azerbaijan

Go to an Art Museum Today Day -- it's a good idea, whoever started this one

Herring King Festival -- Etaples, France (Hareng Roi, a festival worth seeing at least once in your life, celebrating this fishing town with herring cooked every way you can imagine; through tomorrow)

Independence Day -- Cambodia (1953)

Lord Mayor's Day / Lord Mayor's Show -- London, England (traditional date, celebrated on the nearest Saturday; a traditional Show since 1215, when King John granted the people of London the right to elect their own mayor; according to the official website this show has marched, floated, trotted, and occasionally fought through almost 800 years of London history, making it one of the oldest civic pageants in the world)     

Mawlid an Nabi -- Islam/Muslim (Prophet's Birthday, celebration begins at sunset)

National Nibble Day -- as promoted by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith

National Scrapple Day

Neon Sign Day -- Georges Claude received a patent for the neon sign on this day in 1911

Night of Nicnevin (Gyre-Carling), Daughter of Frenzy, Banshee -- Scots Pagan (date approximate)

Paul is Dead Day -- Beatles' Conspiracy Theorists, who claim Paul died this day in 1966 and was replaced by Billy Campbell

Sadie Hawkins Day -- US (on Nov. 9 or the Saturday nearest, and based on the Li'l Abner comic, a day for a woman to ask out the man of her choice; also widely observed on Feb. 29 because of a law passed in Scotland in 1288)

Schicksalstag -- Germany (Destiny Day or Fateful Day) anniversary of
    the execution of Robert Blum in 1848
    dethroning of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918
    The Beer Hall Putsch in 1923
    Kristallnacht (Crystal Night, marks the beginning of the Holocaust), 1938
    the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

St.Theodore the General's Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; invoked for the recovery of lost objects)

Tag der Erfinder -- Austria; Germany; Switzerland (Inventor's Day; birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr, who was an inventor as well as an actress)

Tori No Ichi -- Japan (the first "rooster day" of November, so called because it is held on the three days of the rooster this month, in which to wish good luck and prosperity at temple and shrine ceremonies around the country, and celebrate with a fair)

Wish-Granting Championships -- Fairy Calendar (Sprites)

World Freedom Day -- US

Birthdays Today:

Nikki Blonsky, 1988
Nick Lachey, 1973
Chris Hericho, 1970
Thomas Quasthoff, 1959
Lou Ferrigno, 1951
Tom Weiskopf, 1942
Tom Fogerty, 1941
Mary Travers, 1936
Bob Gibson, 1935
Carl Sagan, 1934
Dorothy Dandridge, 1923 
Spiro Agnew, 1918
Hedy Lamarr, 1913
James William Fullbright, 1905
Ed Wynn, 1886
Stanford White, 1853
Elijah P. Lovejoy, 1802
Benjamin Banneker, 1731 (first freeborn child of free African American parents)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Wizard of Id"(Comic strip), 1964
"Omnibus"(TV), 1952

Today in History:

Egica, a king of the Visigoths of Hispania, accuses Jews of aiding Muslims, sentencing all Jews to slavery, 694
The Family de' Medici were expelled from Florence, 1494
Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts, 1620
Hungarian parliament promises Protestants freedom of religion, 1681
The Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue in Jerusalem is set afire by Arabs, 1720
Napoleon becomes dictator of France, 1799
The first US pharmacy college begins classes in Philadelphia, 1821
The NY Symphony Orchestra holds its first public performance, 1858
The first documented Canadian football game is held, at the University of Toronto, 1861
Ulyses Grant issues orders to bar Jews from serving under him, 1862
The Great Boston Fire destroys nearly 1,000 buildings, 1872
Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US president to visit other countries during his tenure, visiting Puerto Rico and Panama, 1906
The Great Lakes Storm of 1913, the most destructive natural disaster ever to hit the lakes, destroys 19 ships and kills more than 250 people, 1913
Albert Einstein is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with the photoelectric effect, 1921
Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Northeast Blackout of 1965
First issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published, 1967
Garry Kasparov 22, of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion, 1985
The chemical element Darmstadtium is discovered, 1994
The Venus Express mission of the European Space Agency is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, 2005
The German Bundestag passes the controversial data retention bill mandating storage of citizens' telecommunications traffic data for six months without probable cause, 2007
The USS Gerald R. Ford is christened by the U.S. Navy; the aircraft carrier cost $15.5 billion and is technically the most advanced ship ever built, 2013
"Reclining Nude" by Italian artist Modigliani fetches the second highest auction price ever at $170.4m, 2015


  1. I love layers and warmth and this season too. Lovely thankfuls!

  2. Love your list.
    On this side of the world we are also in layer mode.

  3. In your list of Today: birth anniversary of Hedy Lamarr. I was intrigued to read that she was also an inventor.
    I went a searching to find what it was ... thinking it was something sexy of one kind or another. But NO! I found:

    The international beauty icon, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed a "Secret Communications System" to help combat the Nazis in World War II.

    I guess I will list this as something I am thankful for. But don't cha just dislike anybody with both beauty and brains? sigh

  4. Always admire that you have the time and energy to keep up this blog, and I am certainly thankful for that.

  5. There are so many things we have to be thankful for.

    God bless you always.

  6. That was a great list and how cool you had a shelter helper!

  7. Your half an hour forwards for ever solution to the DST-dillema sounds great. You have my vote.

  8. What a great list! It's that time when kids leave their jackets at school every day! I LOVE your idea of how to resolve this horrible 'daylight savings time' dilemma. Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands just ignores it but your solution is brilliant. My brain would really appreciate it!

  9. Changing the clocks takes daylight off the evening but it's pleasant in the mornings - at least I think so, because we have had so many sunny mornings recently. And then you can start the day with a bright feeling!

    1. Sounds like you have fun at your ladies circle and your week was a good one.
      Have a wonderful week ahead!

  10. I'm in layer mode here too. Jackets and beanies in the mornings and take an extra bag with me to carry them home again, also extra bedding folded at the end of the bed ready to pull up if the night is too cold.

  11. Thats not a bad idea! (The middle-of-the-road approach to Daylight Savings Time.) Even more so for those of us in the upper latitudes (relatively-speaking) where the differences are more marked.
    Have a good week.

  12. I think your idea of a half-hour change is the first time I've heard that solution! I do think there is a growing movement to not have a time change at all. I do appreciate the lighter mornings, but the pitch-black night comes too soon in the winter.

  13. Wonderful list of thankfuls. Sorry I am so late. Have you ever tried the supplement turmeric? It is an anti inflammatory that may help your back.

  14. Weather is a bit crazy making ~ wonderful list of thankfuls too!

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

  15. Meetings filled with laughter and food are the best kinds of meetings!
    I like the time change. I like it to be dark in the evening in the winter, because the house feels cozier that way. And I like the summer evenings staying light. Last year, I gave my family the gift of two extra hours when I set the clocks forward instead of back. Took us several hours to figure out what I had done. I am no longer in charge of the clocks on the day of the time change....


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