Saturday, June 27, 2020

Ten Things of Thankful, Weather Edition


We are so thankful to get to Thankful Day!

On Tuesday evening, Ms. G called to say she had 3 emergencies come up within the previous half hour, and she was going to have to deal with all of them the next morning, so she cancelled my cleaning visit.

Yes, that was a thankful thing.  If you know me by now, you know where this is going.

Some time early the next morning, the storm hit.  Most of our area just got rain.  We got rain, straight line winds, and a probable tornado (the first one).

The lock on the front door had been changed and we'd set up the extra barricade against it before bed (that door tends to blow open during storms if not locked and barricaded), and i am thankful for both, it took both to keep the door shut.

When the electricity went off and our generator did not come on, i am thankful we both had charged our phones the night before and had plenty of battery for flashlights.

When the wind blew the room unit A/C into the room through the window, i am thankful we were both nearby to wrestle it back into place and clean the rain and debris that had blown in.

We had a whole roll of Gorilla Tape, and i am thankful because it took most of it to tape things back so as to hold it all until we could get it seen to properly.

When several tree branches came down from our neighbors trees, we are thankful none of them hit the house.

When the neighbor's front yard tree toppled, we are thankful it went toward the street and not their house or ours.

On the way back from our cat shelter duties (it was thankfully in an area that was spared the worst of the storms), i am thankful i was able to stop and talk to some of the linemen and let them know that the lines behind our house were twisted and the pole still upright but slightly askew, so they could check it and straighten it.

On the way to NOLA to return the loaner car we'd been given (you mean i didn't tell you that while we were on vacation, my car was in the shop for a couple of minor things and they got the wrong parts in and didn't finish with it by the time we got back, so we had a loaner?), thankfully we got early warning about the wrecks on the interstate and were able to take the local highway and hook back up to the interstate further up the road.

We were very thankful to get to NOLA in one piece, and then back again., and that the part of town where the dealership is was not flooded. 

On the way back, we got the weather alert about the second tornado in our area, more trees down, more damage, but nothing worse on our street.  We are thankful several people called to check on us when they got the alerts, too, and they were thankful to hear we were not even in the area at the time.

Everyone is thankful for ice to stuff into fridges and freezers to preserve stuff, as the power was out for about 14 hours.

We are extremely thankful to the linemen who worked so hard and got power restored, even with the second round of damage.

Handyman Mike, thankfully, was able to come the next morning and put the A/C unit back in properly.

Between all of that and some 11 hour workdays, i am very, very thankful that all of you are being patient with me, i may never catch up with all the blogs i've missed, but please know it was not for lack of trying.

Today, i'm heading to NOLA to clean Grandma and Grandpa's house, i am thankful they are also in a part of NOLA that did not flood when all of this happened.

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:

Armed Forces Day -- Great Britain

ARRL Field Day -- American Radio Relay League's most popular on-air operating event, in which amatuer/ham radio operators practice and drill for communications during emergencies; through tomorrow     

Canadian Multiculturalism Day -- Cananda

Day of National Unity -- Tajikistan

Day of Turkmen Workers of Culture and Art -- Turkmenistan

Day Sacred to the Lares -- Ancient Roman Calendar (personal household gods); also
    Festival of Jupiter Stator -- Jupiter, Stayer of the Rout, god who helped soldiers especially to stand their ground
    Initium Aestatis -- three day festival for the goddess of summer, which season they saw as beginning on this day

Decide to Be Married Day -- sponsored by Barbara Gaughen-Muller; to focus n the joy of couples deciding to be married

Findle-Fritter's Stoat Wheedling Event -- Fairy Calendar

Great American Campout -- sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, and remember that Happy Campers Protect Wildlife   

Great American Picnic Day -- various dates given, with the most common being the final Saturday of June

"Happy Birthday to You" Day -- tune composed this day in 1859

Independence Day / National Day -- Djibouti

Industrial Workers of The World Day -- founded this day in 1905

Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum Smith -- LDS Church

Mixed Races Day -- Brazil

National Indian Pudding Day

National Orange Blosssom Day

Seven Sleepers Day (Siebenschläfertag) -- Germany (according to legend, today's weather determines the pattern for the next seven weeks)

St. Ladislaus' Day (Patron of Szekszard, Hungary)

Sunglasses Day -- a reminder to wear those shades, protect your eyes from UV damage!

Veteranendag -- Netherlands (Veterans Day)

Birthdays Today:

Gabi Wilson, 1997
Madylin Sweeten, 1991
Ed Westwick, 1987
Drake Bell, 1986
Tobey Maguire, 1975
J.J. Abrams, 1976
Jason Patric, 1966
Isabelle Adjani, 1955
Julia Duffy, 1951
James Daughton, 1950
Norma Kamali, 1945
Shirley-Anne Field, 1938
H. Ross Perot, 1930
Bob "Captain Kangaroo" Keeshan, 1927
Helen Keller, 1880
Patrick Lafcadio "Koizumi Yakumo" Hearn, 1850
Charles Stewart Parnell, 1846

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Live and Let Die(Film), 1973
"Dark Shadows"(TV), 1966
"Captain Video and His Video Rangers"(TV), 1949

Today in History:

General James Wolfe begins the siege of Quebec, 1759
Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and his brother Hyrum Smith, are murdered by a mob at the Carthage, Illinois jail, 1844
George Dixon becomes the first black world boxing champion in any weight class, while also being the first ever Canadian-born boxing champion, 1890
The first solo circumnavigation of the globe is completed by Joshua Slocum from Briar Island, Nova Scotia, 1898
Sailors start a mutiny aboard the Russian Battleship Potemkin, denouncing the crimes of autocracy, demanding liberty and an end to war, 1905
Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane, 1923
The United States decides to send troops to fight in the Korean War, 1950
The world's first nuclear power station opens in Obninsk, near Moscow, 1954
The world's first ATM is installed in Enfield, London, 1967
The President of Uruguay dissolves Parliament and heads a coup d'état, 1973
U.S president Richard Nixon visits the U.S.S.R., 1974
France grants independence to Djibouti, 1977
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, ILO 169 convention, is adopted, 1989
Slovenia, after declaring independence two days before, is invaded by Yugoslav troops, tanks, and aircraft, starting the Ten-Day War, 1991
Bill Gates resigns from Microsoft to focus on his charity work, 2008
The first democratic election in the history of Guinea is held, 2010
Tests show radioactive cesium is present in small quantities in residents of Iitate and Kawamata, Fukushima, towns located 25 miles from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 2011
NASA launches IRIS, the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, a space probe to observe the Sun, 2013
The European Union fines Google a record $2.7 billion for unfair competition practices, 2017
The Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa 2 arrives at asteroid Ryugu, 2018
The science journal Nature publishes an article describing carbon-based molecules, previously only seen on Earth or in meteorites, that were found by the Cassini spacecraft on Saturn's moon Enceladus, 2018
Apple's chief designer, Jony Ive, designer of the iMac and the iPhone, announces he is leaving Apple after 30 years, 2019 


  1. Oh my, oh my, oh my.
    I am glad you have so much to be thankful for. It sounds as if it could very easily have been a disastrous time.

  2. Oh, my goodness, Mimi. I am so glad that you are safe. What an ordeal that was. I hope that the week ahead is much calmer.

  3. I'm thankful all is well with you...and you're safe...make sure you stay that way!!! Take good care. :)

  4. I am thankful that all your near catastrophes remained that.

  5. Losing power is one of my least favorite things to have to deal with - particularly in the heat of summer. The day sounds miserable but it really could have been much worse without all those thankfuls.
    Go watch some stoat-wheedling to relax... ;-D

  6. Dang, that's some scary times and we're sure thankful you are all okay.

  7. What an exciting week! I hope this upcoming week proves to be downright boring--I imagine you need a bit of a break!

  8. I'm glad you are safe and well. That's the most important thing. Good luck with the clearing up.

  9. so... how was your vacation?


    (your TToTs are the stuff or legend and a standard to measure to)

  10. That's a LOT to be thankful for and I'm glad no one got hurt during all of that.

  11. Yikes! That was a scary storm. I am glad you are OK.

  12. So glad you are safe but you certainly had a good deal to cope with ~ happy it all worked out but you must be exhausted ~ Wishing you a peaceful week ahead~

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

  13. Wow! I am thankful you are okay!


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