Saturday, April 18, 2020

Perfection Not Needed for the A to Z Challenge, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


While ironing yesterday, i got to thinking about how long it takes to perfect the technique, and how out of practice i was, as well as wondering how to work that into a Thankful Day post with the letter P.

It would take way too long to become perfect at ironing, and that's not exactly the skill i want to spend 10,000 hours doing, anyway.  Instead, i will be thankful that on some occasions, like yesterday, i get paid to do it.

That i am thankful for prayer should be obvious, i need it like a drowning person needs a life vest.

Peas.  Grandpa taught me to love green peas, and Grandma did her best to dissuade me.  Grandpa won that battle.

Peanuts, peanut butter, and peaches, three more edibles i would not want to live without.

Pants, because i cannot imagine trying to do what i do in a dress, especially yesterday (the ironing was just the start), and my pocketknife that lives in the pocket of my work bag.  It has saved me on many occasions.

Right now, this moment, all is at peace here.  How thankful i am for the quiet time after work.

Also, for peace officers of all types and kinds.  They do a lot of great things, often unrecognized and underpaid.  What would we do without them, i don't want to think about that.

Music is big in our house, and i am thankful for the piano, and that i made all of the kids get lessons.  They all have a greater appreciation for music because of it.

My place of birth, NOLA.  There's no city quite like it, and if you are from here, even if you move, you take it with you.

The smell of peppermint, as it is so perky.

Our Post Office, because getting items in the post (other than bills, of course) is fun.

Finally no thankful list that starts with the letter P would be complete unless i mention purple, my very favorite color.  

With that, i think i have rounded out to more than a dozen thankfuls, i am glad we don't really have to keep that careful of a count.  No perfectionism needed!

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.  

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Today is:

Adult Autism Awarenes Day -- sponsored by; i know the poster child!

Army Day -- Iran (Rouz-e-Artesh)

Goddess Month of Maia begins

Healthy Kids Day® -- YMCA    

Huband Appreciation Day

Independence Day -- Zimbabwe(1980)

International Amateur Radio Day/World Amateur Radio Day -- celebrating "ham radio" around the world with the ARRl    

International Day for Monuments and Sites -- UNESCO

Invention Day -- Japan

Just Pray No" Worldwide Weekend of Prayer and Fasting -- people around the world pray for healing for those who are addicted to drugs, through tomorrow   

Laundromat Day -- the first self-service "washateria" opened on this date in 1934 in Fort Worth, TX, US

Look-Alike Day -- internet generated, a day to try to look like someone you admire; some sites list it on the 20th

Make a Quilt Day -- obviously begun by someone who has no idea how long the process really takes! not associated with National Quilting Day or Project Linus' Make a Blanket Day 

National Animal Cracker Day

National Auctioneers Day -- recognizing the contribution of auctioneers to American commerce    

Newspaper Columnists' Day -- The National Society of Newspaper Columnists in honor of the anniversary of the death of Ernie Pyle     

Pet Owners Independence Day -- the day to let your pet do the work and chores while you lie around and enjoy having only the responsibilies of your pet; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

Smile Big and Say Hi for No Particular Reason Day -- if some site gave the reason for this, it would defeat the purpose

St. Agapitus Day (Patron of Palestrina, Italy; against colic)

St. Agia's Day (Patron against lawsuits)

Teach Your Daughter to Volunteer Day -- encouraging awareness of volunteerism, but the original sponsor of the day is no longer online

"Third World" Day -- the phrase was first used on this date in 1955

Ushibuka Haiya Matsuri -- Furukawa, Japan (one of the liveliest dance festivals, with elements of dance styles from around the country; through the 20th)

Anniversaries Today:

The University of Alabama is founded, 1831

Birthdays Today:

America Ferrara, 1984
Cheryl Ann Haworth, 1983
Melissa Joan Hart, 1976
Eli Roth, 1972
David Tennant, 1971
Maria Bello, 1967
Conan O'Brien, 1963
Eric McCormack, 1963
Jane Leeves, 1961
Eric Roberts, 1956
John James, 1956
John Pankow, 1954
Rick Moranis, 1954
Dorothy Lyman, 1947
James Woods, 1947
Hayley Mills, 1946
Robert Hooks, 1937
Barbara Hale, 1921
Leopold Stokowski, 1882
Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, 1880
Clarence Darrow, 1857
Lucrezia Borgia, 1480

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Beauty and the Beast"(Musical), 1994
"Real People"(TV), 1979
"Call Me Mister"(Musical), 1946

Today in History:

Boleslaw Chrobry is crowned the first king of Poland, 1025
The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica is laid, 1506
The Real Academia de la Historia (Royal Academy of History) is founded in Madrid, 1738
The British advancement by sea begins; Paul Revere and William Dawes, upon seeing two lanterns in the church steeple, set out to warn that "The British are coming!" 1775
Fighting ceases in the American Revolutionary War, eight years to the day after it began, 1783
Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico, 1881
The St. Andrew's Ambulance Association is granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria, 1899
Denmark becomes the first country to formally adopt fingerprinting to identify criminals, 1902
Quetzaltenango, second largest city of Guatemala, is destroyed by an earthquake, 1902
The Great San Francisco Earthquake, 1906
The Los Angeles Times story on the Azusa Street Revival launches Pentecostalism as a worldwide movement, 1906
The RMS Carpathia brings the Titanic survivors to NYC, 1912
"The House that Ruth Built," Yankee Stadium, opens, 1923
Simon and Schuster publishes the first crossword puzzle book, 1924
The first "washateria" (laundromat) opens, in Ft. Worth, Texas, 1934
The League of Nations is formally dissolved, 1949
29 nations meet at Bandung, Indonesia, for the first Asian-African Conference., 1955
A United States federal court rules that poet Ezra Pound is to be released from an insane asylum, 1958
The Republic of Zimbabwe is officially established with the swearing in of Canaan Banana as its first President, 1980
The Pawtucket Red Sox and Rochester Red Wings, from the Triple-A International League, begin the longest game in professional baseball history, 33 innings, 1981
The Supreme Court of the United States upholds the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act in a 5-4 decision, 2007
Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f, two planets resembling planet Earth are discovered revolving around the star Kepler-62 in the habitable zone, an area around the stars whose atmospheric pressure can suport liquid water at the surface, 2013
Black Panther is the first film shown at a commercial cinema in 35 years in Saudi Arabia as cinemas are reopened, 2018


  1. I always appreciate your grateful lists which goes from the very personal to community gratitude effortlessly.
    Stay well, stay safe.

  2. Thank you Lord for everything; and for forgiving us when we forget to be thankful.

    God bless.

  3. That's quite a list and a delightful one too!

  4. While I probably should celebrate Laundromat Day, I'm going to hold off for a weeknight... ;-D

  5. I didn't think anyone ironed anymore. Love peas, but only cooked, I used to love them raw, but they make me sneeze for an hour straight. Bingo on all the "P" words and yes on piano lessons, even if they never play again, it does give one proper appreciation.

  6. WOW, you really had a lot of P everywhere, but those were great choices!

  7. What a great list! I especially loved prayer, peace, and piano. Those three items really help make home, home.

  8. I'll add to our list..pension cheques and pizza.

  9. That is a great list. I wish I had piano lessons as a child. I got a free piano years ago and attempted lessons, but I think that time has passed for me.

  10. A wonderful grateful list. Grateful for those that are selflessly helping those in need. Grateful for people that God brought into our lives, both nice and not so nice people to mold our lives. Take care and stay safe.

  11. What is it about purple that attracts so many people? I used to iron every day before work...I havent in about a year except a few SPECIAL occasions....I guess I have given up perfection as well.

  12. Mimi,

    Point on with many 'Ps' of thanksgiving! Although purple isn't my top favorite color these days as I prefer the color pink but when I was little purple was my #1 color. I love the scent of peppermint which always makes me think of Christmas. Peanut butter anything is a winner with me but putting it together with chocolate is always a great combination. :) Thanks for joining me over the weekend for Cathy's Pinup Girl Art Sketch Series 'P', my dear. Stay healthy now! ;)

  13. Ironing, funny subject for me. When my youngest son was about ten I said to him have you seen my ironing board. His response was ... What's an ironing board? If I can avoid ironing I do :) Have a great week!

  14. Oh delightful thankful list ~ like someone said ~ surprised to hear someone still irons ~

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

  15. A great list of "P" thankfuls.
    I got out the iron this past week when I was doing a little sewing. It doesn't get used very often here. When I watched a Youtube video this week I saw that there is such a thing as a cordless iron. I am so out of the loop on some things! HaHa
    It is so true, that no matter where we go in life, the place from which we born and lived a while is always part of us.
    The ❤️ the smell of peppermint!
    Have a good week, Mimi.

  16. We still have a piano and make a lot of "noise" with it. My 13 month old grandson loves striking the keys with his little fingers.

  17. (I'm sure some one above has beat me to it...)

    Perfect Post
    Have a good week.


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