Saturday, May 30, 2020

Thankfulness at the End of May (Ten Things of Thankful)


Thankful Day this week finds me...sleepy.  Thus i will try to go short and sweet this time (if i can, i tend to meander, of course).

Sweetie got a haircut!  He found a real, honest to goodness old timey barber shop where they swap stories and cut hair and finish it off with a straight razor to make sure the lines are clean.  He is thrilled, and so i am thankful.  What can i say, he’s a musician and therefore a diva and therefore when when his hair is not to his liking, i get to hear about it, and about how awful a job they do on his hair.  Not this time.

Phase one.  How thankful we are that many places are reopening, with precautions, and after the first couple of weeks, we have not seen a spike in cases.

Starting next week, we can go back to our regularly scheduled volunteering at the shelter, not just a shortened version.  All precautions, of course, wear a mask at all times, but the kitties do not seem to mind, and we are so thankful to be back.

This week i got some unexpected time at home and managed to get at a nagging chore that simply does not get done when i am working, and i am very thankful.

Mr. BA has agreed that i now work for him on Friday afternoons instead of Saturday mornings, so every Saturday is now go to NOLA and clean for Grandma day.

Yesterday i received a call from a member of the Ladies’ Circle while i was at work.  Calling her back, we had a nice, long chat, and i am so thankful.

Our prayer groups are continuing to do conference call prayers, and one has started a Zoom meeting, with a Bible study to follow suit.

My back is mostly holding up under pressure (although weeding has a 3 hour limit and laundry folding to no more than 3 loads).

Speaking of laundry, we got it done.  Even with having to go sit in the car, we like the laundromat where we know the employees and owner and they know us.  As soon as i’m allowed to set up the kids book corner again, they have everything waiting and i have a fresh stock for replenishing.

We got through another month, and that is worth celebrating.

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Today is:

Anguilla Day -- Anguilla

Arrival Day -- Trinidad and Tobago

Dia de Canarias -- CN, Spain (Canary Island Day)

Dia de las Madres -- Nicaragua (Mother's Day)

Einherjar -- Asatru (Modern Norse Pagan) Calendar (a memorial for the war dead in Valhalla)

Feast Day of St. Joan of Arc (Patron of captives, martyrs, opposition of Church authorities, people ridiculed for their piety, prisoners, rape victims, soldiers, WACs, WAVES; France)

Heirloom Seed Day -- While i can't find the history of this one, it's a good one to celebrate, we need to raise awareness of and preserve heirloom seeds

Indian Arrival Day -- Trinidad and Tobago (anniversary of the 1845 arrival of the first Indian laborers to Trinidad)

Lod Massacre Remembrance Day -- Puerto Rico

Loomis Day -- because if we are going to honor Marconi, we should also honor the Washington, D.C., dentist Mahlon Loomis, who patented a wireless telegraphy system before Marconi was even born

My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day -- this one may be listed on another day as well, since no two sites agree; mercy, just go get a new one already! or go get out your HanK Williams records

National Mint Julep Day

Shavuot -- Judaism (Feast of Weeks, through sundown)

St. Walstan of Bawburgh's Day (Patron of agricultural workers, farmers and farm workers, field hands, husbandmen)

This Day -- Fairy Calendar

Water a Flower Day -- no sponsor or reason given for this day, except that the spring rains are slowing and you don't want your garden to wilt

Anniversaries Today:

Henry VIII marries Jane Seymore, 1536

Birthdays Today:

Blake Bashoff, 1981
Trey Parker, 1972
Wynonna Judd, 1964
Tom Morello, 1964
Ted McGinley, 1958
Colm Meaney, 1953
Stephen Tobolowsky, 1951
Meredith MacRae, 1945
Gale Eugene Sayers, 1943
Michael J. Pollard, 1939
Keir Dullea, 1936
Clint Walker, 1927
Benny Goodman, 1909
Mel Blanc, 1908
Countee Cullen, 1903
Peter Carl Fabergé, 1846
Czar Peter the Great, 1672

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Paperback Writer"(Single release), 1966
"War Requiem"(Britten Op. 66), 1962
"Odisséia de uma raça / Odyssey of a Race"(Villa-Lobos Symphonic poem), 1954
"Prodana nevesta / The Bartered Bride"(Opera), 1866

Today in History:

Titus and his Roman legions breach the Second Wall of Jerusalem; the Jewish defenders retreat to the First Wall, 70
19-year-old Joan of Arc is burned at the stake by an English-dominated tribunal, 1431
In Florida, Hernando de Soto  lands at Tampa Bay with 600 soldiers with the goal of finding gold, 1539
Publication of La Gazette, the first French newspaper, 1631
The Pennsylvania Evening Post become the first daily paper in the US, 1783&
John Francis attempts to murder Queen Victoria, 1842
Westminster's Big Ben rang for the first time in London, 1859
Decoration Day (the predecessor of the modern "Memorial Day") is observed in the United States for the first time, 1868
New York City's Gilmores Garden is renamed Madison Square Garden by William Henry Vanderbilt and is opened to the public, 1879
The Treaty of London, 1913, ends the First Balkan War and Albania becomes an independent nation, 1913
In China protests erupt against the Great Powers infringing on Chinese sovereignty, 1925
A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes, 1948
The Auckland Harbour Bridge, crossing the Waitemata Harbour in Auckland, New Zealand, is officially opened, 1959
launch of Surveyor 1 the first US spacecraft to achieve landing on an extraterrestrial body, 1966
At the Ascot Park in Gardena, California, daredevil Evel Knievel jumps his motorcycle over 16 cars lined up in a row, 1967
Tiananmen Square protests of 1989: the 33-foot high "Goddess of Democracy" statue is unveiled in Tiananmen Square by student demonstrators, 1989
272 days after the September 11 attacks, closing ceremonies are held for the clean up/recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site in New York City. The last remaining steel beam is removed and transported to the Fresh Kills Landfill in Staten Island, 2002
In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel pledges to end all nuclear power within 12 years, 2011
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, reveals the latest Dragon space capsule; the craft is reusable and will allow astronauts to control re-entry and landing; the development suggests that full commercialization of the space industry will soon be a reality, 2014


  1. It's nice when things work out. I found a spare hour to sort out the mess in the back porch cupboards and too several loads of things I no longer use to the shed. Now I need a few more spare hours to sort out the mess the shed has become...

  2. Thanks for thankfulness and lists full of stuff I did not know.

  3. I am not surprised you are sleepy and hope that you get a good night to recover. Several good nights.

  4. Those are really nice thankfuls and we hope June is much nicer that May was.

  5. I am glad you haven't seen a spike in cases of COVID-19 in your Phase 1. Yeah for getting a nagging chore done, otherwise it just keeps nagging at you. Keep that back pain at bay if at all possible. Life is so much better when it isn't disturbing you with every little movement.
    I'll bet those little kitties will be glad you back.🙂

  6. It has been a long siege for all ~ glad you are close to getting back to more activity and glad hubby got a haircut he likes ~

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

  7. So glad that the reopening is going well. I'm still staying in as much as possible and wearing masks when I'm out. I'm very hopeful there won't be a really bad second wave because of those not being cautious, but I'm determined not to be someone who makes it worse.

  8. Hurray for getting chores done!

  9. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I am glad you can spend more time at the shelter now.

  10. So glad the reopenings are going well! I'm glad your sweetie found a good barber shop.

  11. surely a good week.
    last item gots to be one of the best, an improving back is always TToT material.
    have a good week.

  12. Yes, we made it through another month. It's amazing how long this has stretched out, yet also seems strange that things are starting to open up again. Glad your back is holding up; take care of yourself!

  13. Isn't it wonderful when things just fall in place😊


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