It’s Thankful Day, and because i’ve been so busy, i took notes!
My first thankful is that i remembered to pull my phone out and jot down the lovely happenings that lifted my spirits over the past week.
When i stopped at Trader Joe’s, i am sure i looked tired and worn out because i was, and the checker very sweetly gave me a free bag to replace the equally tired and worn out old one i was using.
At one client’s home, i went outdoors to put garbage in the can and noticed a dog taking itself for a walk with no owner nearby. Approaching carefully, i saw a collar, found the phone number, and called. The dog, who is small and 15 years old and almost deaf, had wandered from the across the street neighbor’s yard without said neighbor knowing. Neighbor and i had a nice chat and dog got home safely (and the gate relatched).
Ever since Little Girl moved out, Coda is not here full time, so i’m thankful we got to dogsit while Little Girl was out of town.
My client Ms. GA is a vegan, and she’s always trying new products. Whenever she doesn’t like something, she passes it on to me, and i am very thankful for the granola she didn’t enjoy.
Excellent customer service at the MallMart cannot go unrecognized. When i tracked someone down to assist me with an item on the top shelf, she was not only polite and helpful, she went out of her way to make sure i had what i needed. This was a double blessing as the item in question was for Dr. D’s cats, so i would have had to go to another MallMart to get it (the pampered purebreds get whatever they want!).
In yet another store adventure, i was about 15 cents short on a purchase, so i began to dig another dollar out from something stashed for a different purchase when the cashier pulled out some change from her pocket and told me that she would cover it. As i started to say i had enough, i could see she was looking so pleased with herself for having the change to help that i couldn’t dampen her joy and refuse.
Twice recently i got to Ms. S’s house at a time when i was not scheduled to be there and was just in time to help her with something. She is really getting frail, it’s a worry.
Quite a while back, at Ms. SE’s house, the boys got into their dad’s wax melter that he uses to do wax treatments when his hands ache. They made a huge mess smearing it all over, and i had started to clean it before realizing it wasn’t a normal cleaning situation. Their dad promised to let me know if it happened again, so i wouldn’t smear the stuff but would know to use a scraper to get it up properly.
Well, it happened again. He put the melter away, and when his back was turned, the 7-year-old got it out and plugged it in and he and the five-year-old had a great time. This time, however, their dad told me to sanitize that bathroom but leave the wax. He is going to give the boys scrapers this weekend and they won’t be allowed to play until they have scraped it all up themselves. There’s nothing to make you hate to cause a mess like having to clean it yourself, especially if it cuts into your playtime, so i approve!
In total, it’s been a great week, with many little happenings that helped me get through.
Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Kristi and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.
Constitution Day -- Andorra
Dita e Veres -- Albania (Summer Day)
Festival of Veturius Mamurius -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of armor makers)
Girl Scout Sabbath -- US (encouraging Girl Scouts to wear their uniforms to synagogue services and represent their troop to their congregations; the final day of Girl Scout Week in the US)
Genius Day -- for Einstein, of course
Highland County Maple Festival -- Highland County, VA, US (this weekend and next)
International Ask A Question Day -- because that's what geniuses do
International Fanny Pack Day -- started by someone who really likes the things (although i do admit they come in handy for keeping your money with you at all times when you have a garage sale)
Learn about Butterflies Day -- if you go looking for who started this holiday, you will find out lots about butterflies and nothing about him/her, which i guess makes it a success
Moth-er Day -- for all individuals and museums that have moth collections; some websites have this listed as the day before Mother's Day
Mother Tongue Day -- Estonia
Natchez Spring Pilgrimage -- Natchez, MS, US (tour of 25 antebellum mansions, some of which are private homes; through Apr. 14)
National Heroes Day -- Saint Vincent and Grenadines
National Potato Chip Day
National Pi Day - Why today? Because today is 3.14, the value of Pi.
Runic Half Month Beorc (Birch) begins
Shopping Cart Day -- patent filed today in 1938 by Sylvan Goldman
St. Matilda, Queen of Germany's Day (Patron of dying children, disappointing children, falsely accused people, large families, people ridiculed for their piety, queens, second marriages, widows)
Ten Most Wanted Day -- the FBI started its list this day in 1950
White Day -- China; Japan; South Korea; Taiwan (One month after Valentine's Day, which is the day women give gifts to men; today, the men return the favor.)
Justin Bieber, 1994
Colby O'Donis, 1989
Taylor Hanson, 1983
Grace Park, 1974
Kirby Puckett, 1961
Tamara Tunie, 1959
Rick Dees, 1951
Pam Ayres, 1947
Billy Crystal, 1947
Rita Tushingham, 1942
Michael Caine, 1933
Quincy Jones, 1933
Frank Borman, 1928
S. Truet Cathy, 1921
Hank Ketcham, 1920
Horton Foote, 1916
Les Brown, 1912
Albert Einstein, 1879
Casey Jones, 1864
Lucy Hobbs Taylor, 1833
Johann Strauss, Sr., 1804
"10 Most Wanted"(FBI list), 1950
"The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu"(Comic Opera), 1885
Today in History:
The Queen of Cyprus, Catherine Cornaro, sells her kingdom to Venice, 1489
England grants a patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island), 1644
Scotland dismisses Willem III & Mary Stuart as king & queen, 1689
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin, 1794
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church founded in New York, 1821
Gilbert and Sullivan's Mikado premiers in London, 1885
During the Great Blizzard of 1888, New York receives its second largest snowfall on record, 21", 1888
The United States goes on the gold standard, 1900
Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel's laws of genetics, 1900
The first theater for rear movie projection is built, in NYC, 1931
A jury in Dallas, Texas, finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy, 1964
Linux kernel version 1.0.0 is released, 1994
Astronaut Norman Thagard becomes the first American astronaut to ride to space on-board a Russian launch vehicle, 1995
The Chinese city of Chongqing (formerly Chunking) is upgraded to a centrally administered municipality, 1997
Over a million Lebanese people take to the streets of Beirut to protest against Syrian military presence, in what comes to be called the Cedar Revolution, 2005
After measuring its spin and parity, scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announce they firmly believe the particle discovered in July 2012 is a Higgs boson, 2013
President Putin orders Russian troops out of Syria, 2016
NASA releases data showing February 2016 warmest month ever recorded globally - 1.35C above the long-term average, 2016
The European Court of Justice rules companies can ban staff from wearing religious symbols, including headscarves, 2017
The world's oldest golf club, Muirfield in Scotland, votes to admit women as members after 273 years, 2017
The NASA twin study finds that astronaut Scott Kelly is no longer identical to his twin brother after one year in space, 7% of his genes altered, 2018
The World Happiness Report names Finland as world's happiest country and Burundi the unhappiest, 2018
Angela Merkel is sworn in for her fourth term as German Chancellor, 2018
Google announces its employee Emma Haruka Iwao has broken the world record for calculating pi, to 31.4 trillion digits, on pi day using Google Cloud, 2019