Saturday, May 23, 2020

Change of Pace (Ten Things of Thankful)


This is starting to get bizarre, or at least old, this getting to Thankful Day with lots of craziness and lots of it could have been worse thankfuls.

Maybe this week it's time for bad news/good news thankfuls.  Sort of a change of pace.

Bad News, my back went out on Monday searching for something for Dr. D.  Good News that makes me thankful, naproxen took care of it on the days i had to work anyway until it finally settled down.

Bad News, Tuesday was the day the disasters really started, with water leaks and lost cats and all.  Good News that makes me thankful, Handyman Mike knew how to fix things, Handyman Mike came back twice to work on it even when he couldn't spare the time, Handyman Mike charges a reasonable amount (and wasn't going to charge us for the last visit, but we made him take gas money since he'd driven an hour to get here), Sweetie didn't complain about having to haul water to the kitchen sink for two days and the cats are all still here, present and accounted for.

Bad News, my Wednesday lady, Ms. G, has pneumonia and couldn't let me come this week.  Good News that makes me thankful, she does not have Covid-19.  She is medically fragile and i wouldn't give you a plugged nickel for her chances if she caught that.

Bad News, Ms. SE's house was a disaster and the children got underfoot and her best friend in the world was there because of problems in her own life and the whole thing was just a mess.  Good News that makes me thankful, we got through it and it made her day better that one thing she didn't have to worry about was her house.

Bad News, because of having to have two different repairs done to it to stop it from leaking, the water heater in the kitchen started behaving oddly, only giving us hot water in fits and starts, and the cord was starting to get hot, meaning it is now having electrical trouble.  Good News for which i am thankful, i found it before it could start a fire and unplugged it, and even if we have no hot water in the kitchen sink, we do have water in the kitchen sink and we can heat water whenever we need it.

Bad News, my long time every other Friday client's husband has been laid off from his job and they cannot afford to keep us until he gets work.  Good News for which i am thankful, they are still good friends, precious church members we love, and if he can get another job once things open back up, they will want us back lickety split.  Also, this means that, in the meantime, i will probably do more gardening and workshop work for Mr. BA on Fridays.

Is that enough Good News for which to be thankful to offset everything else?  We certainly think so.

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:

Ancient Roman Festivities today:
    Festival for Vulcan -- god of fire, volcanos, and smiths
    Rosalia -- rose festival
    Tubilustrium -- ceremony to purify the trumpet used in sacred rituals

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day)  

Bluebell Day -- Fairy Calendar

Declaration of the Bab -- Baha'i

Eid al Fitr -- Islam (celebration of the end of Ramadan; begins at sundown, and runs through sundown on the 26th, but local dates and official government observances may vary)

Go For A Walk in Your Swim Fins Day -- no, i don't know who comes up with this stuff, and i don't want to

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; spend time today to prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day)

Linnaeus Day -- Stenbrohult, Sweden (birth anniversary of Carolus Linnaeus on the OS calendar)

Lucky Penny Day -- just a fun one, see if you find a penny today

National Labour Day -- Jamaica

National Taffy Day

Ramazan Bayrami Eve -- Turkey

Sacrifices to Leto, Pythian Apollon, Zeus, Hermes and the Dioscuri in the deme of Erchia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Skerpla Month begins -- Traditional Icelandic Calendar (Sharpness)

St. Euphrosyne of Polotsk's Day (Patron of Belarus)

Students' Day -- Mexico

St. William of Rochester's Day (Patron of adopted children)

World Crohn's and Colitis Day

World Turtle Day -- sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue    

Anniversaries Today:

South Carolina becomes the 8th US state, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Kelly Monaco, 1976
Ken Jennings, 1974
Jewel, 1974
Mitch Albom, 1958
Drew Carey, 1958
“Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, 1954
Charles Kimbrough, 1936
Robert Moog, 1934
Joan Collins, 1933
Barbara Barrie, 1931
Rosemary Clooney, 1928
Helen O'Connell, 1920
Scatman Crothers, 1910
Artie Shaw, 1910
Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., 1883
Belle Aurelia Babb Mansfield, 1846
Margaret Fuller, 1810
Franz Mesmer, 1734
Carolus Linnaeus, 1707
Emperor Qinzong of China, 1100

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Tommy"(Album), 1969
"Shuffle Along"(Musical comedy revue), 1921
"Il bugiardo / The Liar"(Comedy), 1750

Today in History:

Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne, 1430
The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void, 1533
The Netherlands declare their independence  from Spain, 1568
The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War, 1618
After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, 1701
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals, 1785
Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy, 1805
South American independence  leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, 1813
The Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábism (the Baha'i Faith), 1844
Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan, 1863
The Canadian  Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 1873
The fist transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC, 1887
The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released, 1929
American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana, 1934
Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People's Republic of China, 1951
Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured, 1960
The first version of the Java programming language is released, 1995
The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes, 1998
The fastest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka, opens at Six Flags Great Adventure, 2005
Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts, 2006
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute, 2008
Fifteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Egypt by a revolution, voters go to the polls for a presidential election, 2012
Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, in Shaanxi province from about 3400 BC to 2900 BC, 2016
Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads, 2018 


  1. Love your list and your positive focus.

  2. I'm glad you had good everywhere to offset the bad. Sounds like you might need a whole new water heater.

  3. I love your positive outlook and Ten Things of Thankful always makes me smile. This time your birthday list made me laugh. “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler sure must be marvelous to be born twice: “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, 1954 & Marvin Hagler, 1952

  4. Even though bad things happened, somehow everything turns out well. Thank God for your beautiful attitude towards life's ups and downs. a thankful heart is a happy and beautiful heart. Take care and stay safe. Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Praying for your good health. Take care.

    God bless.

  6. I think you could find light on the dark side of the moon! Would Handyman Mike make a house call in New Jersey? Never mind, I couldn't afford the gas fare.

    Stay safe and keep finding light.

  7. We love how the good news always wins!

  8. Some weeks really make you work for the thankfuls, don't they?

  9. Oh, wow! Wishing you a very boring week this week!

  10. I hope this next week is better for you...just breathe and give yourself some grace!

  11. Phew!
    Hey, enough with the 'exciting' TToT posts!

    kudos on the 'construction' few people have the strength of will/character to even consider viewing the above events as you did.
    v cool cut it out.

    Have a better week ahead.

  12. Lots of healing energy hugs to cope with the good and not so good ~ you are one special lady ~ Xox

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

  13. It is great to keep that positive outlook in life. Keep on going.

  14. You always find the positives in any situation. :)

  15. Oh, my. You've had a week. And yet, the wondrous capacity to see the light in the dark. May this coming week present no challenges like those!

  16. You are amazing, Mimi. You never fail to see the good side of life. You have a lot of us hoping that this coming week will be less dramatic and you can take a deep breath and have time to relax.

  17. And that's what they call flipping the script! Great thankfuls! We're having a mystery leak and I'm thankful to have maintenance working on it.


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