Saturday, February 1, 2020

Crazy Busy Counting My Blessings (Ten Things of Thankful)


It’s been a crazy busy week, and the weekend is shaping up to be the same.  Does that mean there’s no time for thankfuls?  Of course not!

The first one, of course, is being busy in itself, as it means there’s been plenty of work.

Even with the busy-ness, i am standing and not hurting too much, so that’s another thankful.

One of my clients will be using me to care for the cats next week, so that’s extra work, another thankful.

Dr. D will be out of town, so i will get to clean her house and tend her cats also, but in relative peace and quiet.  Of course, i do expect calls, but that’s par for the course.

Yesterday, i was getting on the freeway and noticed one of the electronic signs they now have warning of traffic ahead said two lanes were blocked by a bad accident.  That gave me enough warning to get off before getting stuck, and i am more thankful than ever for those signs every time it happens.

When i left the house yesterday without my wallet, Sweetie was still close enough to the house for him to get it and meet me.  Not only am i thankful i didn’t have to try to get back across town in the awful traffic, i am more grateful than ever for the new car, as we weren’t together in one car and both having to try to get back for my forgetfulness.

Our church is having a “stay-treat”; all the fun of a retreat, with meals together, excellent teaching, and fellowship, all up at our church, and you get to go home and sleep in your own bed.  It’s always a great time.

It has the added benefit of me getting to sit down during the teaching sessions.

They even had some food i could eat, a spicy Cajun cole slaw that was vinegar based.  It’s always a bonus when there’s something available for me to eat.  We had great discussions with lots of laughter.

Today, after the rest of the sessions, i will be going to NOLA to spend the night at Grandma and Grandpa’s house.  There’s supposed to be a new episode of Dr. Pol on tonight, i am looking forward to that.  It’s always a thankful thing to have something to look forward to.

Everything at the shelter is calm right now, adoptions are clicking along and we have some vet students volunteering, getting some practice in on giving medication to cats.  Yesterday i was thankful to be able to show one student a trick for getting meds into a cat that he hadn't seen.  As i told him, sometimes it's just the mommy touch, cause mommy has been doing it a long time.

No matter how busy you are, take a moment to be thankful, you will be glad you did.

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Today is:

Air Force Day -- Nicaragua

Anniversary of the Abolition of Slavery -- Mauritius

Be An Encourager Day/Inspire Your Employees to Excellence Day -- begun by ecard companies; send someone an encouraging word today

Candlemas Eve

Cross-Quarter Day of Imbolc/Sughnassad -- various celebrations through the 2nd 

Dignity Action Day -- UK (aiming to ensure people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control, and a sense of purpose in their daily lives)  

Federal Territory Day -- Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya, Malaysia

Festival of the North -- Ketchikan, AK (month long celebration of the arts in Alaska, including a wearable art show, ballet performances, and more)

Freedom Day -- US (anniversary of the approval of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery)

G.I. Joe Day -- the action hero first went on sale this day in 1964

Heroes' Day -- Rwanda

Homstrom -- Scuol, Switzerland (burning of the straw man effigy of Old Man Winter, signaling the coming spring and winter's demise)

Hula in The Coola Day -- sponsored by; a day to laugh at winter doldrums and escape the cold for a bit -- warm up the house, put on your shorts and have a luau!

Independence Day -- Nauru

Kalends of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
    Festival of Helernus (god of vegetables and the underworld)

Laura Ingalls Wilder Gingerbread Sociable -- Pomona, CA, US (Pomona Public Library has on permanent display many of her original manuscripts)

National Baked Alaska Day

National Storytelling Week -- UK (the Society for Storytelling encourages you to celebrate one of the most ancient art forms; through Feb. 8)    

Orchid Festival -- Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, US (through Mar. 22) 

Robinson Crusoe Day -- anniversary of the 1709 rescue of Alexander Selkirk, whose story inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe; a day to be adventurous and self-reliant

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day -- the Dominion Police and the North-West Mounted Police officially merged on this day in 1920 to form the "Mounties"

Shiretoko Fantasia -- Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan (laser lights and music illuminate the drift ice and waves of the Okhotsk Sea each night; through early March)

Solo Diners' Eat Out Week -- sooner or later, everyone faces the challenge of eating out alone, so go enjoy doing so, celebrating this lifestyle skill; sponsored by     

Spunky Old Broads' Day (also the start of Spunky Old Broads' Month) -- a day for women over 50 to resolve to live a regret free life

St. Brigid's Day (aka St. Bridget or Saint Brighid of Kildare; Patron of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen/mariners/sailors, cattle, chicken farmers, children of unwed parents, dairy workers, fugitives, midwives, nuns, poets, printing presses, scholars, travellers; Douglas, Lanarkshire, Scotland; Ivrea, Turin, Italy; Kildare, Ireland; Leinster, Ireland)
    formerly celebrated on Feb. 2 as the Imbolc quarter day of the Irish pagan calendar

Tapati Festival -- Rapa Nui (Easter Island; a unique and exotic Polynesian festival, showcasing the island's culture and traditions; through Feb. 15)

Tuppence's Birthday -- Fairy Calendar

Tupperware Sculpting Day -- internet generated; take an old, worn piece of Tupperware, melt it, and sculpt something

Working Naked Day -- dedicated to those who work from home without the support system an outside work environment provides     

Ya-Ya Matsuri -- Owase, Mie Prefecture, Japan (parades, street festivals, and boys diving into the sea for purification; through the 5th)

Yukon Quest International 1,000 Mile Sled Dog Race -- Whitehorse, YT, Canada to Fairbanks, AK, US (two week international competition for the best mushers and dogs from around the world)

Birthdays Today:

Lauren Conrad, 1986
Michael C. Hall, 1971
Pauly Shore, 1970
Lisa Marie Presley, 1968
Pauly Shore, 1968
Sherilyn Fenn, 1965
Brandon Lee, 1965
Princess Stephanie of Monaco, 1965
Bill Mumy, 1954
Rick James, 1948
Bob Jamieson, 1943
Terry Jones, 1942
Sherman Helmsley, 1938
Don Everly, 1937
Garrett Morris, 1937
Boris Yeltsin, 1931
Stuart Whitman, 1929
S.J. Perelman, 1904
Langston Hughes, 1902
Clark Gable, 1901
John Ford, 1894
Louis Stephen St. Laurent, 1882
Hatty Wyatt Caraway, 1878
Victor Herbert, 1859

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Late Night with David Letterman"(TV), 1982
"Rich Man, Poor Man"(TV Miniseries), 1976
"The Secret Storm" (TV), 1954 (first TV soap opera)
"General Electric Theater"(TV), 1953
"You Are There"(TV), 1953
"La Boheme"(Puccini Opera), 1896
"The Corsair"(publication date), 1814

Today in History:

Teenaged Edward III is crowned King of England, but the country is ruled by his mother Isabella of France and her lover Roger Mortimer, 1327
The Colony of Roanoke Island is established by the landing of Sir Walter Raleigh, 1587
Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe, is rescued from the uninhabited archipelago of Juan Fernandez, 1709
The Ottoman sultan orders the capture of his unwelcome guest, King Charles XII, resulting in the Kalabalik i Bender (Tumult in Bender), 1713
The first US steamboat patent is issued, by Georgia, to Briggs & Longstreet, 1788
The capital of Upper Canada is moved from Newark to York, 1796
The American Insurance Company of Philadelphia opens, the first such company managed by blacks, 1810
Volcano Mayon on Luzon, Philippines erupts killing 1,200, 1814
Slavery is abolished in Mauritius, 1835
The first US dental school, the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, is incorporated, 1840
Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College, 1856
Morris Raphall of NYC becomes the first rabbi to open the House of Representatives, 1860
Julia Howe publishes the "Battle Hymn of the Republic," 1862
Jefferson Long of Georgia is the first black to make an official speech in the House of Representatives (opposing leniency to former Confederates), 1871
The first volume of A New English Dictionary, A to Ant,later called the Oxford English Dictionary, A-Ant, is published, 1888
Thomas Edison completes the world's first movie studio, in West Orange, N.J., 1893
The first auto insurance policy is issued, by The Travelers Insurace Co., 1898
China's empress Tzu-hsi forbids binding woman's feet, 1902
The first US federal penitentiary is completed, at Leavenworth, Kansas, 1906
Russia adopts the Gregorian Calendar, 1918
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police forms as Royal Northwest Mounted Police merge with Dominion Police, 1920 
The United States Army launches Explorer 1, 1958
Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1960
The Hamilton River in Labrador, Canada is renamed the Churchill River in honour of Winston Churchill, 1965
Canada's three military services, the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army and the Royal Canadian Air Force, are unified into the Canadian Forces, 1968
Director Roman Polanski skips bail and flees the United States to France after pleading guilty to charges of engaging in sex with a 13-year-old girl, 1978
The Ayatollah Khomeini is welcomed back to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile, 1979
Lillian E. Fishburne becomes the first female African American to be promoted to rear admiral, 1998
Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrates during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven astronauts aboard, 2003
Johanna Siguroardottir is elected as the first female Prime Minister of Iceland, 2009
Myanmar's first freely elected parliament in 50 years has its opening session in Nay Pyi Taw, 2016
Archaeologists announce that the discovery of thousands of previously undetected structures in Mayan lowland civilisation in Guatemala, using Lidar technology, which suggests there was a population of about 10 million, 2018


  1. Love your list.
    Dignity Action Day sounds like a winner to me - with luck other countries will come to the party.

  2. I always deligh in your thankful lists. They make the world a little better. Thank you.

  3. That was a mighty nice bunch of thankfuls and dang, you can teach a young Vet new tricks!

  4. I love your approach to life. I often think of you even when we don't communicate for days.

  5. Wonderful thankfuls. Your church sounds wonderful.
    I bet Dr. D being away makes cleaning her place feel like a vacation :)

  6. I am always so impressed by your thankful posts, Mimi. It's a wonderful practice to observe and I could benefit from doing it. If I could only remember to do it :)

  7. I prefer cat and plant care when the owner is away too, because the one I do it for follows a weird routine which she writes down for me so I can do exactly the same without having to stop and ask her.

  8. I am thankful for those flashing freeway signs, too! A week ago, my husband and I were also able to avoid being stuck in traffic by rerouting our travel after seeing one of those signs.

  9. The idea of a "stay-treat" is a great idea!
    I like anything that helps avoid getting caught in a traffic snare.
    Great list of thankfuls, Mimi.

  10. Oh ~ as I have written before ~ you are one busy lady ~ don't know how you it ~ Hugs and blessings ~ ^_^

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


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