Saturday, July 25, 2020

Lighter Load, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Well, here it is Thankful Day and the only real emergencies going on involve a sick client and a phone that needs to be replaced.

On Tuesday, i went to help Ms. S.  She was weak, and did not even want to get out of bed, and i am so thankful she let me come.  Usually when she’s like that, she doesn’t want to have anyone over.

Her daughter-in-law had bought her some baskets and i am thankful i was able to reorganize her bathroom counter space so now i can clean it.

By Friday she was in the hospital for pneumonia.  Her son and daughter-in-law are bringing her home today, and i am thankful i can go over there this evening after Grandma’s house and check in on her.

As for the phone, Bigger Girl’s phone went kaput a while back, so i bought her a new one from Best Buy.  Now our phone carrier says, even though that phone was purchased specifically to be compatible with them, that they will not support it much longer.  Thankfully, she and i had talked about her switching carriers before she left, so that is already in the works.

Then there’s Bessie Low-Key, which is now #1 Son’s car.  We are thankful Kevin scored a reasonably priced light assembly for it, and it can be installed today so he car will pass inspection.

As for Mr. Lenny, he tripped on a rug at his home and broke his hip, and all of us are thankful he is recovering after surgery.

On Wednesday, i was so very thankful that Sweetie and i have been added to the cat shelter’s emergency volunteer list.  Even though they have had to go back to appointment only adoptions and even shut the shelter for a couple of days, he and i get to continue going in as usual.

Wednesday was also a red-letter day in that Ms. G gave me a face shield to use instead of a mask!  It is much easier to work in than a standard mask, and i am thankful to have it.

On Thursday at Ms. V’s house, Carl, the special needs adult son, saw me in the shield and got very concerned.  He reminded me that it would be much easier for me to touch my face with that than in a mask!  His concern for me was touching, and i am very thankful for him.

Friday morning held an unpleasant discovery — one of the checks Ms. V had written to me was not able to be deposited (it was for the work i’d done for Carl, so it came from his account).  He had used it as a check-by-phone for something, and didn’t write it on the check or in his register, so i am very thankful a quick phone call to Ms. V got another check written and Sweetie got it picked up and deposited.

Friday saw extra work for Mr. BA, which is a bonus thankful.

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Today is:

Act Like A Caveman Day -- internet generated, just to be fun, especially if your neighbors think you are crazy anyway

Be Adamant About Something Day -- it's good practice

Commonwealth Constitution Day -- Puerto Rico

Culinarian's Day -- another one here because of the internet, but a good excuse to let your inner chef go wild, and enjoy the results

Esala Perahera (Festival of Buddha's Tooth) -- Sri Lanka (two week festival honoring a relic held in one temple that is supposed to have a tooth of Buddha brought to Sri Lanka in the 3rd Century; one of Sri Lanka's most elaborate festivals)

Eve of the Hathor Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of the Knee-Knockers -- Fairy Calendar

Furrinalia -- Ancient Etruscan Calendar (Furrina, goddess of the sacred grove and spring on Janniculum hill)
      also Ancient Roman Calendar (to honor those who searched for underground water sources)

Guanacaste Day -- Costa Rica

Guayaquil Day -- Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ilyap'a -- Ancient Inca Calendar (festival of the lightning god; date approximate)

National Dance Day -- US (begun by Nigel Lythgoe, now a congressionally recognized day to encourage dance education and physical fitness, so go out and bust a move on a Saturday night, but don't bust you, please)

National Day of the Cowboy -- US  (celebrating the heritage, and those who still work as cowboys/cowgirls today)  

National Hot Fudge Sundae Day

Republic Day -- Tunisia

Soma-Nomaoi -- Haramachi City, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan (wild horse chase which recreates a battle from over 1,000 years ago; through Monday)

St. Christopher's Day (Patron of archers, automobile drivers/motorists, bachelors, boatmen, bookbinders, bus drivers, cab drivers,epileptics, fruit dealers, fullers, gardeners, lorry drivers, mariners, market carriers, porters, sailors, taxi drivers, transportation/transporation workers, travelers, truck drivers/truckers, watermen; Baden, Germany; Barga, Italy; Brunswick, Germany; Fubine, Italy; Havana, Cuba; Mecklenburg, Germany; Rab, Croatia, St. Christopher's Island; Saint Kitts; Toses, Girona, Calalonia, Spain ;for a holy death; against bad dreams, epilepsy, floods, hailstorms, lightning, pestilence, storms, sudden death, toothache)

St. James' Day (The Apostle, brother of St. John and son of Zebedee, the first Apostle martyred; Patron of apothecaries/druggists/pharmacists, arthritis sufferers, blacksmiths, equestrians and horsemen, furriers, knights, laborers, pilgrims, soldiers, tanners, veterinarians; Altopascio, Lucca, Italy; Antigua, Guatemala; Bangued, Philippines; Brentino Belluno, Italy; Caltagirone, Italy; Cassine, Italy; Chile; Cicala, Catanzaro, Italy; Comitini, Italy; Compostela, Spain; Galicia, Spain; Gavi, Italy; Guatemala; Hettstedt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany; Jemez Indian Pueblo; Loiza, Puerto Rico; Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Montreal, Canada; Nicaragua; Pistoia, Italy; Rivarolo Canavese, Italy; Sahuayo, Mexico; Seattle, Washington; Spain; Tesuque Indian Pueblo; against arthritis and rheumatism; sometimes called Jacob, the Latinized version of his name, also Iago and Jaques in Romance languages) related observances
     Dia Nacional de Galicia -- Galicia, Spain (National Day of Galicia, a/k/a Apostole Santiago, St. James the Apostle's Day)
     The Pilgrimage of Santiago de Compostela -- Galicia, Spain (one of the world's largest pilgrimages still, to the church that has the supposed relics of St. James, culminates on the Saint's feast day)
     Loiza Aldea Fiesta -- Puerto Rico

Video Games Day -- yet another one, this on the founding of the "U.S. National Video Game Team"      

Birthdays Today

James Lafferty, 1985
Brad Renfro, 1982
Louise Brown, 1978
Matt LeBlanc, 1967
Illeana Douglas, 1965
Iman, 1965
Walter Payton, 1954
Nathaniel "Nate" Thurmond, 1941
Barbara Harris, 1935
Midge Decter, 1927
Estelle Getty, 1923
Jack Gilford, 1907
Walter Brennan, 1894
Maxfield Parrish, 1870

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"A Chorus Line"(Musical), 1975
"You Can't Hurry Love"(Single release), 1966

Today in History

Diocletian appoints Maximian as Caesar, co-ruler, 285
Constantine I is proclaimed Roman emperor by his troops, 306
The Edict of Pistres of Charles the Bald orders defensive measures against the Vikings, 864
Sebastián de Belalcázar, on his search for El Dorado, founds the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia, 1536
Don Diego de Losada founds the city of Santiago de Leon de Caracas, modern-day Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, 1567
Henry IV of France publicly converts from Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, 1593
James VI of Scotland is crowned James I of England, bringing the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into personal union; political union would occur later, 1603
Ignacio de Maya founds the Real Santiago de las Sabinas, now known as Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo León, México, 1693
British governor Charles Lawrence and the Nova Scotia Council order the deportation of the Acadians; thousands of Acadians are sent to the British Colonies in America, France and England, and some later move to Louisiana, while others resettle in New Brunswick, 1755
Horatio Nelson loses more than 300 men and his right arm during the failed conquest attempt of Tenerife (Spain), 1797
Costa Rica annexes Guanacaste from Nicaragua, 1824
The first commercial use of an electric telegraph is successfully demonstrated by William Cooke and Charles Wheatstone between Euston and Camden Town in London, 1837
The Japanese daimyo begin returning their land holdings to the emperor as part of the Meiji Restoration reforms, 1869
Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it, 1908
Sir Thomas Whyte introduces the first income tax in Canada as a "temporary" measure, 1917
The first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast takes place, 1920
Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union (TASS) is established, 1925
At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team, 1946
Italian ocean liner SS Andrea Doria collides with the MS Stockholm in heavy fog and sinks the next day, killing 51, 1956
The Republic of Tunisia is proclaimed, 1957
Louise Brown, the world's first "test tube baby" is born, 1978
Israel and Jordan sign the Washington Declaration, which formally ends the state of war that had existed between the nations since 1948, 1994
K.R. Narayanan is sworn-in as India's 10th president and the first Dalit— formerly called "untouchable"— to hold this office, 1997
Air France Flight 4590, a Concorde supersonic passenger jet, F-BTSC, crashes just after takeoff from Paris killing all 109 aboard and 4 on the ground, 2000
Pratibha Patil is sworn in as India's first woman president, 2007
Wikileaks publishes classified documents about the War in Afghanistan, one of the largest leaks in U.S. military history, 2010
Scientists in Britain identify the mechanism causing human allergy to cats; they believe a general cure for the condition could be available in the next five years, 2013
News of a liquid lake found on Mars under its South Pole by the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter is reported in "Science", 2018
Asteroid 2019OK, which is large enough to be dubbed a “city killer,” passes about 45,000 miles from Earth, which is closer than the Moon, 2019


  1. Pneumonia and a broken hip in one week! Thank goodness they were not on the same person.

  2. Love your list - and that people are recovering well.

  3. You sure did have a busy week and that was a very nice list of thankfuls!

  4. Wow Mimi! That's a very heavy weak you have to deal with. Tomorrow Sunday and like the Lord says to do, REST. After two solid running around for things we need for the new home, I really need a rest. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. Great list of thankfuls, although I am sorry that some of your clients are under the weather. I like the shields, I am more apt to touch my eyes and that would be a good reminder not to.

  6. Love your list and your never failing thankfulness and optimism.

  7. Sounds like you dealt with a lot of clients' medical issues, I'm glad all of them will be OK.
    I would think that a shield would be perfect for you, and any way to stay safe and be more comfortable is something to be grateful for indeed.

  8. I hope as I write this, Ms S is well on the positive thoughts go her way.

    Similar go out to Mr. Lenny. How frightening it would have been for him. I believe as we all get older it is a big fear...the fear of falling and breaking a hip. I hope he mends soon.

    Take care. :)

  9. I'm sorry your clients are experiencing such health issues. That has to be scary for them and their families! I'm glad you are able to help them so much.

  10. I have noticed some of the people working in the grocery stories wear the face shields and I've wondered if that wouldn't be easier than wearing a cloth mask all day. That was nice you were given a face shield.
    So sorry that two of your clients were experience health related difficulties.

  11. Busy week woven with lovely gratitudes!

  12. Your care and kindness towards your clients makes me grateful that you're in this field of work. We need more of you! I'm sure they could write pages of thanks related to you. I have seen clear face shields on some workers and envy them the cooler protection. Face masks can be SO uncomfortable and I am not sure how folks wear them all day, every day. I hope your folks get well soon and that they are able to enjoy your visits even more!

  13. good to have a less than high stress week*

    *of course, we're talking about stress measured in your world, a low-level of which would put most if us under the bed, refusing to come out.
    have as good a week as possible!


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