Saturday, February 22, 2020

Sometimes It’s The Little Things (Ten Things of Thankful)


Thankful day!

Yesterday we discussed gratitude versus complaining in our early morning Bible study/prayer group!  The talk turned to how easy it is to complain, and yet how many things we have to be thankful for, including the little things.

Here’s a little things list.

Back scratchers.  Having several of those handy all around the house is a thankful thing.  

The back scratchers are always put back in their correct spots because none of us wants to have to hunt for them, and that’s a thankful, too.

My blanket and pillow, the ones that are just right for me, are little things that make a big difference for me.

It’s also a thankful thing that Sweetie and i agreed years ago that we each have separate top sheets and blankets.  No worrying about blanket hogging on the part of either of us!

A working space heater and several well placed heating pads are little things that make a big difference in winter.

My ten dollar clock radio that plays my favorite station and keeps me company in the kitchen is one of my favorite little things.

Peace and quiet for ten minutes in the car between clients is a special blessing that keeps me sane.

The puzzles in the newspaper keep my brain sharper and make my feets up time more enjoyable, and i am very thankful for them.

Bruises heal, and that is a thankful thing.  Just over two weeks ago, i got seriously bruised as i chased and caught Enigma SissyCat to drag her back in the house, and the bruises are almost gone.

Coffee!  Having my morning cup is like a little treat each day.

Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.

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Today is:

Abu Simbel Festival -- Egypt (one of the two days a year when the light illuminates the statutes of Rameses, Ra and Amun in the temple complex)
    Festival of the Perpendicular Sun/Illumination of the Inner Sanctum of Ramses II's Abu Simbel Temple -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar

Bear Tie Ball -- Chicago, IL, US (the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation's black tie fundraiser)

Be Humble Day -- can't find the origin of this one, s/he wants to humbly remain anonymous

Call Somebody "Boo Boo" Day -- apparently just to see what s/he will call you back; be careful, this one started before anyone heard of Honey Boo Boo and doesn't take that into account

Carnaval de Barranquilla -- Barranquilla, Spain (four days of pre-Lent celebration and street dances that mostly shut down the city)

Cat Day -- Japan (an unofficial celebration of felines, because today's date in Japanese sounds almost like "nyan, nyan, nyan" ("meow, meow, meow")

Clam Chowder Cook-Off -- Santa Cruz, CA, US (if you love clam chowder of any variety, this is the place for you; through tomorrow)

Concordia/Caristia  -- Ancient Roman Calendar, Festival of Goodwill

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter at Antioch -- Roman Catholic Church

Handing Back of Goblin Orphans Day -- Fairy Calendar (You know, the goblin orphans they adopted 2 days ago!  No fairy can tolerate a goblin longer than that.)

Independence Day -- Santa Lucia(1979)

International World Thinking Day -- a/k/a "B.-P. day" or "Founder's Day" -- World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts
    Girl Guides Day -- UK

Katsuyama Sagicho -- Katsuyama, Japan (Chinese influenced fire festival held the last weekend of every February; large stages are built and decorated, then burned the next day)

Maha Shivaratri -- Hindu (festival in honor of Lord Shiva and his marraige to Goddess Parvati; local observances and government official days off will vary)

National Margarita Day (How is that going to help with the thinking?)

Showa-Shinzan International Yukigassen Tournament -- Japan; snowball fighting (yukigassen) at its best, through tomorrow

St. Margaret of Cortona's Day (Patron of falsely accued people, hoboes, homeless people, mentally ill people, midwives, penitent women, people ridiculed for their piety, reformed prostitutes, single laywomen, teriaries, and tramps; against insanity, loss of parents, mental illness, sexual temptation, and temptation)

Swamp Cabbage Festival -- LaBelle, FL, US (also called Hearts of Palm, gear up for two days of food, entertainment, and family fun)

Walking the Dog Day -- Can't find the originator of this one, but walk your dog, or do your yoyo tricks, whichever works for you

Washington's Birthday -- US

Anniversaries Today:

Ed McMahon marries Pamela Hurn, 1992
Kurt Corbin marries Courtney Love, 1992
Bill Bixby marries Laura Michael, 1991
Pennsylvania State University is founded in State College, Pennsylvania, 1855
Washington University in St. Louis is founded, 1853

Birthdays Today:

James Blunt, 1977
Drew Barrymore, 1975
Michael Chang, 1972
Lea Salonga, 1971
Clinton Kelly, 1969
Jeri Ryan, 1968
Vijay Singh, 1963
Steve "Crocodile Hunter" Irwin, 1962
Kyle MacLachlan, 1959
Julie Walters, 1950
Julius "Dr. J" Erving, 1950
Miou-Miou, 1950
Dan Millman, 1946
Jonathan Demme, 1944
Sparky Anderson, 1934
Edward M. Kennedy, 1932
Paul Dooley, 1928
Robert Wadlow, 1918
John Mills, 1908
Sheldon Leonard, 1907
Robert Young, 1907
Luis Bunuel, 1900
Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1892
"Chico" Marx, 1891
Lady Olave Baden-Powell, 1889
Lord Robert Baden-Powell, 1857
James Russel Lowell, 1819
Frederic Chopin, 1810
Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788
George Washington, 1732

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"It Happened One Night"(Film), 1934
"Lady Windermere's Fan"(Play), 1892
"Symphony No. 4 in F minor"(Tchaikovsky Op. 36), 1878

Today in History:

Jews are expelled from Zurich, Switzerland, 1349
Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems is published, 1632
The English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright of their material, 1774
Jews are expelled from the outskirts of Warsaw, Poland, 1775
The first US ship to trade with China, the "Empress of China," sails from New York, 1784
The Last Invasion of Britain by the French begins near Fishguard, Wales, 1797
Spain signs the Adams-Onis Treaty, renouncing its claim to the Oregon territory and west Florida, 1819
Spain sells east Florida to the US, 1821
Edward Payson Weston, "The Father of Modern Pedestrianism," who gave lectures on the health benefits of walking, first comes into the public eye by leaving on this date to walk to Lincoln's inauguration, a distance of 478 miles, 1861*
Frank W. Woolworth opens the first US chain store, his  "Woolworth's" 5 and 10 cent store, in Utica, NY, 1879
John Reid of Scotland establishes a 3 hole golf course near Yonkers, New York, thus introducing the game to the US, 1888
Hawaii becomes a US territory, 1900
Due to drought, the US side of Niagara Falls runs short of water, 1903
The Great White Fleet, the first US fleet to circumnavigate the globe, returns to Virginia, 1909
Calvin Coolidge gives the first US presidential radio address, 1924
Bert Hinkler successfully completes the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Australian swimmer John Konrads sets 6 world records in two days, 1958
Lee Petty wins the first Daytona 500, 1959
Following United States President Richard Nixon's visit to the People's Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices, 1973
In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3, in what is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in sports history, 1980
In Roslin, Scotland, scientists announce that an adult sheep named Dolly had been successfully cloned, 1997
An earthquake measuring 6.3 in magnitude strikes Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 181 people, 2011
At age 34, Mario Matt of Austria becomes the oldest champion in Olympic alpine skiing history with the slalom gold medal at Sochi, 2014
10 million people are without water in Delhi after caste protests in Jat sabotage the Munak water canal, 2016
The discovery of 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting star Trappist-1 is announced in Journal "Nature", 2017

*Yes, he got there in 10 days, in time for the inaugural ball!


  1. I'm thankful for the phone not yet ringing once today...not yet...but the day is not yet quite at an end!

    When it rings I let it go to the answering service because most of the time the calls are from some scammer!!!! Grrrrr! If it's anyone I know, they will leave a message and I ring them straight back.

  2. The little things are huge in my world. Always.
    I am very grateful to have smoke free skies at the moment (and am not taking them for granted).

  3. I love your post on thankful for the little thing. We are apt to forget them, and they mean so much to us.

  4. You are right, so easy to complain, taking for granted the and forgetting to be thankful for the little things until they are taken away. Really amazing how our human body heals itself and I am thankful for the healing. Happy weekend!

  5. There are many great things to be thankful for: life, health, family and so on. But a small thing to be thankful for is getting home and finding some cheese in the mousetrap. Good on toast!

    God bless.

  6. All of those little things make for a great big thankful indeed!

  7. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I may have to steal that idea for separate top sheets and blankets- we have so many problems with that.

  8. I am also thankful for my backscratcher. I have only one in my home and a telescopic one in my backpack, they never live anywhere else because when you itch you want the scratcher right away!

  9. I am glad you are healing from all those bruises. That was quite the tumble you had. It amazes how far bruises can travel too.
    Separate top sheets and blankets. . .now that is a clever idea.
    Having one's favorite pillow within reach is a little thing, but oh so helpful.

  10. Excellent (and creative) solution with the separate blankets... very cool

  11. It really does help to remember the little things!

  12. Wonderful list of thankfuls ~ 'Sacred in the Ordinary.'

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

  13. I'm not sure we could live without backscratchers at our house! We have the kind that telescope and look like fork with the tines rounded off and they are fabulous! I even keep one in my car, because I hate it when I'm driving and I get an itch!


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