Saturday, May 16, 2020

Random Thankfulness (Ten Things of Thankful)


Some weeks i slam into Thankful Day like the kid at the skating rink whose only way to stop is to run into the walls.  Other weeks, it creeps up and is suddenly there.  Still others, i have been taking notes all week and am rightly prepared.

This week i am woefully unprepared.  No notes.  Few pictures.  Work got crazy and crazier, and blog reading got behinder and behinder.

There may be lack of coffee involved.

No matter, there are thankful things, and they do deserve to be totted up.  Not to be hogtied and thrust out as a token offering, but savored and enjoyed, because gratitude grows with the sharing.

Monday was a most excellent day, Dr. D was out of town, so i took her stuff to the laundromat and got the place ready for her return, no stress, no trauma.  

The shelter is allowing us to come on Wednesday mornings again.  It's so good to be back, and there are kittens!

Speaking of felines, ours are seeming to be at peace with each other right now, at least mostly.  It's really nice to wake up in the morning and realize there was no cat fight in the bedroom the night before.

Mr. BA may very well be amenable to me coming on Friday afternoons instead of Saturday mornings (as i did yesterday, giving me today off!), which would mean i could start going to Grandma's every weekend and she wouldn't have to worry about whether or not her other housekeeper will be coming back.  Having possibilities like this open up is a thankful thing to me, i keeps me trying to improve my scheduling.

Ms. S is recovered from her carotid artery surgery, and allowed me to throw away all of the dried up food in the fridge as well as do some laundry and some cleaning.  She's afraid we will get in trouble for me coming over since they are not supposed to be having visitors (it's an apartment in a senior living center that has a built in assisted living center and nursing  home).  As i pointed out, other people are having their own housekeepers come, so she can, too.  So far, everyone i have passed driving in just smiles and waves, so i will keep going.

While we are in Phase 1 of reopening, the traffic has not, as i was afraid might happen, gone straight back to deadlocked most of the time most days.  It's a lot heavier than it was when the stay at home started, but it is nowhere near as bad as it used to be.

#1 Son, even though he is young and mostly healthy, has had a health scare since the episode with the seizure last year.  his doctor is now sure he's fine, though, and good health news is a big thankful.

The stores have plenty of toilet paper and paper towels.  You still can't find most cleaning products on a regular basis so everyone stocks up if it shows up, but things are more normal than they were a few weeks ago.

Sweetie broke a string on a guitar.  He can change strings, and has done so, but doesn't like to, and is not that great at it, so he always had his friend Ed at the guitar shop do it.  Sweetie has done so many favors for Ed that Ed strings up his guitars for free, just bring the strings.  Of course, those shops are still closed.  Not only am i thankful Ed let Sweetie come out to his house so that i don't have to hear the lamenting about having a guitar out of action, i am thankful Ed had a new replacement string and just put that one on, instead of taking all of them off.  The set was almost brand new, and this saves an expensive set for later when the whole group of them get old and in need of changing.

This is where i could, if i wanted, invoke Clark and the Secret Rule about how the almost completion of a thing is, in itself, an item, but instead i will say i am thankful for all of my online friends!

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Today is:

Armed Forces Day -- US (honoring those currently serving in the US military)

Biographer's Day -- anniversary of the day Boswell met Johnson in 1763

Hires Root Beer Day -- pharmacist Charles Elmer Hires created it on this day in 1866

Love a Tree Day -- and read about the love of a tree, in Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree

Middlesex Day -- Middlesex, England (although it is only a postal county now, many celebrate the heritage of what was once the county that included London)

National Coquilles St. Jacques Day

National Learn To Swim Day -- US (with summer just around the corner, remember that drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14, so please, learn to swim and teach your kids!) 

Sea-Monkey® Day -- as declared by someone who likes these little brine shrimp as pets; for info on keeping Sea Monkeys, check here; for ideas about how to celebrate there is a site about how to worship sea monkeys   

Sing "Row Row Row Your Boat" in Rounds Day -- but not around me, please, or i might do something drastic

Sneeze Without Embarrassment Day -- because of pollen levels, as declared by Karen Richmond, of Eastport, MI, US

Spaghetti-Os Day -- they were first sold on this day in 1966

St. Brendan the Voyager's Day (Patron of boatmen/mariners/sailors/watermen, travellers, whales; Ardfert, Ireland; Clonfert, Ireland; Kerry, Ireland)

St. Honorius of Amiens' Day (Patron of bakers[especially bakers of communion wafers], cake makers, candlemakers, chandlers, confectioners, florists, flour merchants, oil refiners, pastry chefs; against drought)

St. John of Nepomuk's Day (Patron of bridges, bridge builders, confessors, discretion, good and right confession, running water, silence; Bohemia; Czech Republic; Slovakia; against calumnies, floods, indiscretions, and slander)

Sudan People's Liberation Army Day -- South Sudan

Teachers' Day -- Malaysia

U.S.Nickel Day -- the first U.S. five-cent nickel was minted on this day in 1866

Wear Purple for Peace Day -- the idea being that until we become a peaceful species, the aliens won't visit

Anniversaries Today:

Louis-Auguste, Dauphin of France, marries Marie Antoinette, 1770
Edgar Allen Poe marries his cousin Virginia Clemm, 1836 

Birthdays Today:

Megan Fox, 1986
Matt Ryan, 1985
Jim Sturgess, 1981
Tori Spelling, 1973
David Boreanaz, 1971
Gabriela Sabatini, 1970
Tracey Gold, 1969
Janet Jackson, 1966
Mare Winningham, 1959
Joan Benoit Samuelson, 1957
Olga Korbut, 1955
Debra Winger, 1955
Pierce Brosnan, 1953
Bob Edwards, 1947
Bill Smitrovich, 1947
Billy Martin, 1928
Liberace, 1919
Woody Herman, 1913
Louis "Studs" Terkel, 1912
Margaret Rey, 1906
Henry Fonda, 1905
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, 1804
William Seward, 1801

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Top Gun(Film), 1986
"McCartney II"(album release), 1980
"Listen to What the Man Said"(Single release), 1975
"Annie Get Your Gun"(Musical), 1946
"Dalibor"(Opera), 1868

Today in History:

The Florentines drive out the Medici for a second time and Florence is re-established as a republic, 1527
Sir Thomas More resigns as Lord Chancellor of England, 1532
Samuel Johnson meets his future biographer, James Boswell, in London, 1763
Denmark abolishes slave trade, 1792
The first major wagon train heading for the Pacific Northwest sets out on the Oregon Trail, 1843
Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer, 1866
A naval Curtiss aircraft NC-4 commanded by Albert Cushing Read leaves Trepassey, Newfoundland, for Lisbon via the Azores on the first transatlantic flight, 1919
Pope Benedict XV canonizes Joan of Arc, 1920
Chaim Weizmann is elected the first President of Israel, 1948
The first regularly scheduled transatlantic flights begin between John F Kennedy International Airport (then Idlewild Airport) in New York City and Heathrow Airport in London, operated by El Al Israel Airlines, 1951
Theodore Maiman operates the first optical laser, at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, California, 1960
China's Cultural Revolution begins, 1966
The Soviet Venera 5 spacecraft lands on Venus, 1969
India annexes Sikkim  after the mountain state holds a referendum in which the popular vote is in favour of merging with India, 1975
Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1975
The Seville Statement on Violence is adopted by an international meeting of scientists, convened by the Spanish National Commission for UNESCO, in Seville, Spain, 1986
A report by United States' Surgeon General C. Everett Koop states that the addictive properties of nicotine are similar to those of heroin and cocaine, 1988
Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to address the US Houses of Congress, 1991
Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote, 2005
The oldest water ever found is discovered in a Canadian mine; the water dates back 2.6 billion years, 2013


  1. Gratitude is the gift which keeps on giving isn't it.
    And thank you for the regular reminder.

  2. Gratitude is a gift which keeps on giving.
    Thank you for your regular reminders.

  3. That certainly is a lot to be thankful for, especially the no cat fight night and getting to see new kittens again. Rescheduling in your favour is always a plus.

  4. Thank you for gratitude lists, they also serve to remind me how much I have to be grateful for. THANKS!

  5. Thank you Lord for everything you do for us without our knowledge.

    God bless.

  6. That was quite the good list and I'm glad you got to see some kittens!

  7. Oh, I loved your introduction to your list! You eloquently expressed what it is like some weeks.
    Good health news is the best kind of news!

  8. So glad you are having some peaceful nights with no cat fights at night. That is sound one doesn't forget, and worse yet to wake up to the sound of it.
    I am glad you son is doing okay.
    We haven't made it to Phase 1 yet, but some of the counties around us have. It can be a test for honesty for some I think. (We are not supposed to travel to the counties which have opened up to do some of those things we cannot do here.) It will be interesting to see how strictly people follow those guidelines.

  9. Wonderful list of gratitude ~ excellent that you are moving into phase one ~ great about the kittens and hubby getting his guitar string fixed ~ So many blessings ~

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

  10. What a great thankful post. Of course, for me, your son getting a clean bill of health tops the list. Staying healthy is so important, especially now. - I love that Spaghetti-O's have their own day! They should. I still like to eat them every now and again.

  11. lol
    ...yeah, we're seeing the return of traffic to our area.
    ...odd how shortages seem to vary from area to area, here limited paper products, not limit on cleaning supplies

    ...sounds awful, but wasn't it fun, in the early days, being, like the only car on an otherwise giant road, for minutes at a time?

    don't tell anyone I said that
    have a good week.

  12. Mama lives in a similar retirement home situation. Housekeeping comes in weekly and I figure they don't live there and take precautions so all is well. Not any different than what you do. It's so important for them to have this care. They're very strict and yet they know and understand proper care. Mama is faring well.

  13. Wonderful thankfuls. Glad your son got a clean bill of health.

  14. Good news about #1 son. That must be a relief.
    My daughter is always begging me to foster a mama cat and her kittens from our shelter, but I (a) don't want to have another cat in the house, even sequestered, since we have three cats and (b) fear being a foster fail and keeping all of them becaause we already have three cats!


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