Saturday, February 8, 2020

Sometimes It's What Happens, and Sometimes What Doesn't (Ten Things of Thankful)


This week the thankfuls are as much about a few things that didn't happen as some that did.

Enigma SissyCat has not managed to get away, even though she has tried.  And tried, and tried.  We continue to be thankful that she hasn't succeeded in her escape attempts.

During one capture mission during an escape attempt, after the rain, i slipped and slid  and hit the ground and am thankful that i only ended up bruised.  It could have resulted in broken bones, but that didn't happen, and i am doubly thankful that i also didn't fall on the crazy cat when i went down, nor did i let go of her.

On Wednesday, Ms. G wasn't out of town, so i not only got work and pay, she cleaned out her fridge and freezer and sent me home with items she wasn't going to use but that we will.

Sweetie wasn't able to help me on Friday, and we are thankful he got other work and that i was able to handle the day myself.

Friday night was rEcess, and that will round out the thankfuls.  More of the same sandwiches that were served at the ladies' circle meeting were made, along with potato salad and cole slaw, and everyone loved it.

Valentines were made, and there was glitter.  This time, the glitter was contained, so we will only be finding it for the next two weeks instead of four, i am sure.

For the first time in a long while, i was able to sit and watch during (most of) movie hour.  We saw Moana, and i really did enjoy it.

Best of all, our volunteer who is a pediatrician has convinced several of the pediatric residents at the children's hospital that it would be a good idea for them to see special needs kids outside of the clinic setting, helping with their care.  She feels like it will give them more of a taste of what the parents deal with regularly.  We had four young, energetic, enthusiastic pediatric residents helping, each assigned to assist one of us with a special kid. It was wonderful, everyone got a lot out of it, and there are more residents signed up for next month.

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Today is:

Arizona Renaissance Festival -- Apache Junction, AZ, US (the official sister event to the Robin Hood Festival in Sherwood Forest, England; Saturdays, Sundays, and President's Day through March 29)

Boy Scout Day -- celebrates the birthday of Scouting in the US

Chinese New Year Parade -- San Francisco, CA, US (North America's largest Chinese community celebrates the Lunar New Year in style)

Cowtown's Last Old West Gunfight -- White Elephant Saloon, Fort Worth, TX, US (annual reenactment of the last gunfight in what was then Cowtown, between White Elephant Saloon owner Luke Short and former marshal T.I. “Longhaired Jim” Courtright on this date in 1887)

Death of Kelp-Koli -- Fairy Calendar

Farm Toy Show and Auction -- Sauk Centre, MN, US (come watch the kids have fun with farm toys, and be one yourself again!)

Hari Kuyo -- Sensouji Temple, Japan (Festival of Broken Needles, in which all of the worn or broken sewing needles from the previous year are put in a sacred resting place.)

Hold Onto Your Head Day -- invented by someone for people like me, because heaven knows i'm losing mine!

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day -- some student programs at universities are set for this weekend, as encouraged during National Engineers Week 

Ice Fishing Derby at Hell Creek -- Fort Peck, MT, US (subject to cancellation if there is no ice, so Hell has to freeze over for them to have this tournament!)

Laugh and Get Rich Day -- a day to recognize the power of laughter

Love May Make the World Go 'round, But Laughter Keeps Us from Getting Dizzy Week -- anually, the week before and including Valentine's Day; dedicated to Victor Borge’s notion that “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people” and Joel Goodman’s notion that “Seven days without laughter makes one weak.”

National Molasses Bar Day

Nirvana Day -- Buddhist; Jain; Sikh (regional observances may vary)

Orchid Festival/Tropical Extravaganza -- Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, London (through March 8)

Preseren's Day -- Slovenia (Honors their national poet, France Preseren, often called Day of Slovenian Culture)

Rebel Day -- birth anniversary of James Dean

Royal Hobart Regatta -- Queens Domain Hobart and Derwent River, Tasmania, Australia (Australia's largest aquatic event, includes an Australian Wooden Boat Festival; through Monday)

Scout Sabbath -- BSA (Boy Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms to synagogue and represent scouting to their congregations)

St. Jerome Emilani's Day (Patron of orphans; Taos Indian Pueblo)

Tako-ichi -- Kita-ku, Tokyo, Japan (kite fair dating back to the Edo period)

Anniversary Today:

Founding of Universiteit Leiden, with the motto Praesidium Libertatis, 1575

Birthdays Today:

Josh Keaton, 1979
David "Phoenix" Farrell, 1977
Seth Green, 1974
Alonzo Mourning, 1970
Gary Coleman, 1968
Claudette Pace, 1968
Vince Neil, 1961
John Grisham, 1955
Mary Steenburgen, 1953
Brooke Adams, 1949
Robert Klein, 1942
Nick Nolte, 1941
Ted Koppel, 1940
John Williams, 1932
James Dean, 1931
Jack Lemmon, 1925
Audrey Meadows, 1924
Freddie Blassie, 1921
Lana Turner, 1921
Elizabeth Bishop, 1911
Lyle Talbot, 1902
William Tecumseh Sherman, 1820
Jules Verne, 1828
Samuel Butler, 1612

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Good Times"(TV), 1974
"RCA Victor Show Starring Dennis Day"(TV), 1952
"Danses Concertantes"(Stravinsky Ballet), 1942
"Two for the Show"(Musical), 1940 
"The Plough and the Stars"(Play), 1926
"The Stars and Stripes"(US Armed Forces Newspaper), 1918
"The Birth of a Nation"(Film), 1915
"Boris Godunov"(Mussorgsky Opera), 1874
"Flora; or the Hob in the Well"(Cibber's Opera, first opera performed in the Colonies), 1735

Today in History:

Mary, Queen of Scots, is executed on suspicion of having been involved in the Babington Plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, 1587
Isaac Newton reads his first optics paper before the Royal Society in London, 1672
French and Indian troops set Schenectady, NY, afire, 1690
A doctor in Salem Village, Massachusetts Bay Colony suggests that two girls in the family of the village minister may be suffering from bewitchment, leading to the Salem witch trials, 1692
The Supreme Privy Council is established in Russia, 1726
The first opera in the US, "Flora," opens in South Carolina, 1735
A minor earthquake shakes London, 1750
The strange phenomenon called the "Devil's Footprints" mysteriously appear in Devon, England, 1855
Martin Robinson Delany becomes the first black major in the US Army, 1865
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated by William D. Boyce, 1910
D.W. Griffith's controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles, 1915
The Stars and Stripes newspaper is published for the first time, 1918
Swiss men vote against women's suffrage, 1920
Radio arrives at the White House, 1922
Allende meteorite falls near Pueblito de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico, 1969
The NASDAQ stock market index opens for the first time, 1971
After 84 days in space, the crew of the first American space station Skylab returns to Earth, 1974
The Melbourne dust storm hits Australia's second largest city. The result of the worst drought on record and a day of severe weather conditions, a 320 metres (1,050 ft) deep dust cloud envelops the city, turning day to night, 1983
The massive Internet collaboration "24 Hours in Cyberspace" takes place, 1996
A freak storm in the Hindukush mountains of Afghanistan triggers a series of at least 36 avalanches, 2010


  1. I am very glad that Enigma SissyCat remains captive and even more glad that you escaped relatively lightly when you fell.

  2. Thankful you were not hurt badly when you fell. Take care.

    God bless.

  3. Oh, I like the idea of the residents volunteering!
    Now I must go find a way to celebrate Rebel Day... I'll let you know how it goes. :-D

  4. Thankful for your not happenings for sure! I love that they are encouraging folks to see how it is is real life for the special needs folks. It can make a big difference.

  5. Dang cat! Glad you only got bruised. DOn't cats usually come home?

  6. These are great thankfuls! I agree it’s wonderful that the pedi residents are helping out and volunteering at the special needs children’s event. I’m so glad the crazy cat hasn’t disappeared and hope she won’t.

  7. Those are really nice thankfuls and I really like the resident training, very smart!

  8. Sounds like you had a pretty good week (sorry you fell but glad it wasn't worse than it was). Hope you have another one this week.

  9. Residents working outside the hospital reminds me of the TV series New Amsterdam, where the new medical director gets his staff to do things out of their comfort zone and people get the help they need. I love Moana also. Any ideas on why Enigma Sissy-cat is so determined to escape? Glad you didn't break any bones.

  10. Great list of thankfuls. I am glad Sissycat didn't escape. Would it be possible to limit her area to a room with a closed door? I love rEcess, I hope you will have photos for Awww... Monday.

  11. Very cool of the residents to step out of the Ivy Halls of ""...learning.the glitter was contained, so we will only be finding it for the next two weeks instead of four, i am sure."

  12. The gardens around here are very thankful for the wonderful rain we've received over the past few days...and they will soon be blooming blooming! :)

    1. I'm glad you're okay...and didn't hurt yourself in that fall. The fear of falling is a fear of mine. It can be so easy...I try to always be on the alert.

      No more slip-sliding for you, my girl!! :)

  13. Oh, Mimi, that FALL! I am so glad you didn't break anything. I am amazed at your grip in spite of falling. The crazy cat will have a story to tell. 😳
    What a great idea of have the pediatric residents helping so they can get an idea of what it is like for the parents and others helping some the children who have special needs.
    Cleaning up glitter is the worst, so I am glad you were able to keep it contained.
    Hope you have a way less windy week ahead.

  14. Sometimes finding things to be thankful for certainly means looking at things that didn't happen. I'm glad your fall wasn't worse.
    I'm glad that you have more help with rEcess. I'm sure the residents are happy to get more experience, too.


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