Saturday, April 11, 2020

Just A Few for the A to Z Challenge, a Ten Things of Thankful Post

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Just a few things for Thankful Day, the things that start with "j" for which i am thankful now.

Jam on toast, an occasional treat as a dessert.  The jam is only sweetened with the fruit itself, which is plenty.

A cup of "joe" (coffee) to start my morning.

My job, and those who still let me come to their homes/offices and clean.

The blue jays, beautiful and loud and sassy as well as the other animals with names that begin with "j", like joeys (baby kangaroos) and jaguars, jackrabbits and jellyfish, and those funny looking jerboas.

Jell-o, because there is nothing quite like it.

The jazz radio station.

Jeans, my clothing of choice for ease of work, especially good for when you are getting down on the floor to get under stuff, and jammies, because they are so comfy to change into at the end of a day.

Fresh veggie or fruit juice, there's nothing quite so refreshing.

Jigsaw puzzles, even though it takes me forever to do them.  They are quite distracting.

And, of course, joy, especially the joy that comes with Easter and counting your blessings.

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Today is:

Baby Massage Day

Barbershop Quartet Day -- founding day of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America

Buchenwald Liberation Day -- at 3:15pm local time, by the Third Army

Eight Track Tape Day -- do you remember those; someone who fondly does has a day to honor them

Festival of Unmediated Play -- just go out there and have fun, like kids do

Holy Saturday -- Christian (a/k/a Black Saturday, Holy Saturday, Easter Saturday, or Easter Eve)

International "Louie Louie" Day -- a song that caused such a stir it deserves a day; on the birth anniversary of its composer, Richard Berry

Juan Santamaria Day -- Costa Rica (commemoration of the hero of the Battle of Rivas)

Lazarus Saturday -- Orthodox Christian
    Lazarovden -- Bulgaria (along with celebrating the raising of Lazarus, there are fertility rituals, especially involving young maidens, and honoring the goddesses of spring and love)

Liberation Day -- Uganda (fall of Idi Amin)

M&M Crisis in Space Day -- on this day in 1996, American astronaut Shannon Lucid reported from Space Station Mir that she was out of M&Ms; it was the only thing she regularly requested for resupply in her 188 days there!

National Cheese Fondue Day

National Pet Day / Pet Day USA -- US (it's about the love, so adopt, don't shop!)     

St. Antipas' Day (spiritual student of St. John, mentioned in the Book of the Revelation of St. John)

St. Stanislaus' Day (Patron of soldiers in battle; Cracow, Poland; Plock, Poland; Poland, where he is celebrated on May 8)

World Parkinson's Disease Day

Anniversary Today:

Spelman College is founded, 1881

Birthdays Today:

Joss Stone, 1987
Tricia Helfer, 1974
Vincent Gallo, 1961
Bill Irwin, 1950
Ellen Goodman, 1948
Meshach Taylor, 1947
Peter Riegert, 1947
Louise Lasser, 1939
Richard Berry, 1935
Tony Brown, 1933
Joel Grey, 1932
Ethel Kennedy, 1928
Oleg Cassini, 1913
Jane Matilda Bolin, 1908
Dalia "Dale" Messick, 1906
Percy Julian, 1899
Lizzie “Lillie” Bliss, 1864
Charles Evans Hughes, 1862

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"On Your Toes"(Musical), 1936
"Matthäus-Passion/St. Matthew's Passion"(Bach BWV 244), 1727

Today in History:

William III and Mary II are crowned as joint sovereigns of Britain, 1689
The last execution for witchcraft in Germany takes place, 1775
President Abraham Lincoln makes his last public speech, urging a spirit of concilliation during reconstruction, 1865
The Shogunate is abolished in Japan, 1868
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks is organized, 1876
Ellis Island is designated as an immigration station, 1890
Spain cedes Puerto Rico to the United States in the treaty ending the Spanish American War, 1899
The US Navy aquires its first submarine, designed by John P. Holland, 1900
Albert Einstein announces his Special Theory of Relativity, 1905
The International Labour Organization is founded, 1919
The Stone of Scone, the stone upon which Scottish monarchs were traditionally crowned, is found in Arbroath Abbey where Scottish nationalist students had taken it from Westminster Abbey, 1951
Britain agrees to Singaporean self-rule, 1957
Apollo 13 is launched, 1970
The Apple I is created, 1976
Ugandan dictator Idi Amin is deposed, 1979
The London Agreement is secretly signed between Israeli Foreign Affairs Minister Shimon Peres and King Hussein of Jordan, 1987
Australia beats American Samoa in a 31-0 win, the biggest ever in an international match of football, 2001
The French ban of Islamic women's face coverings goes into effect, 2011
Fossilized dinosaur eggs complete with embryos are found in China, 2013


  1. Love your list of j words.
    I will admit to being jealous that you can talk so easily about getting down on the floor...

  2. Wonderful thankful list. I have switched from coffee to cocoa since I can't have the white coffee in our favourite coffee shops.

  3. Thank you Lord for being in control.

    God bless.

  4. Thank you as always for your thankful and positive spirit.

  5. I'm thankful for July because that's when my birthday is! A lovely list Mimi.

  6. Those were "J"ust wonderful for today!

  7. Your 10 Thankfuls are always have the best way of saying things. So we are thankful for you!

  8. Wonderful thankful list ~ noticed your 'jammies' ~ I live in sweatpants ~ so comfy ~

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  9. I love all your lists! I concur with both jam and jammies....and its baby massage day!!! I used to teach infant massage sweet!

  10. I always enjoy your thankful lists. I like how you are doing the letter of the A-Z challenge for them.

  11. As always, an excellent TToT (and J-ified and all, courtesy of the Anaconda to Zorro Challenge*)

    Have a good Easter

    * which I love to come up with alternative forms of... but you already knew that lol

  12. I had to google jerboas. I had heard of kangaroo rats, but jerboas are new to me.
    Happy Easter!

  13. And I always like to hear jokes!

  14. Well, one of the reasons Kristi didn't know about jerboas was because she didn't learn that one from her mother. I googled it too.:-)
    I am thankful you are still able to have a job during this pandemic when many are in dire straits.


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