Saturday, August 22, 2020

Excellent, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


This week has been excellent, and i am very thankful for Thankful Day.

Brother-in-Law, at long last, went and got himself a mobile phone.  Since his living arrangements will no longer include having access to a landline, his situation got to where no one could get in touch with him, so he finally gave in.

An addendum thankful is that he is learning how to use it, and remembering to keep it with him often enough that it makes a difference.

(Of course, sometimes he won't bother to answer, but you can't have everything.)

He is still working out other living arrangements, that's a work in progress, but we are thankful it is progressing.

He has also finally been allowed to go back to work, no more having to hope the library is open and that they have a computer available for him to use.

Sweetie had extra work this week, too.  The Big Boss had him come out to the farm, and he moved a deer stand almost singlehandedly.  Proving, once again, that at age almost 67, you still don't want to run into him in a dark alley.

All 3 of the children who still live in town managed to come by for a visit at some point during the week.  It's always a joy to see them.

Ms. S's house that she's trying to sell is now "pending" as they say.  The inspector came today, and so far, it looks like the buyer isn't backing out.

Ms. GA asked me at prayer meeting this morning, with some trepidation, if i had plans for Labor Day Weekend.  Besides work, of course, i have none.  She and Mr. BA will be going out of town, so she wants me to tend the cats.  Last time she asked was for the day we were leaving on vacation, so she was quite relieved and thankful to know we already took our one vacation a year and have no plans for another.  And of course i am thankful for the extra work/extra pay.

Even though i worked weeding in the yard at Mr. BA's yesterday, i did not pass out from the sun and heat, and i am very thankful.  Also, i freed several beautiful lily plants from choking vines and grasses and weeds, and i am thankful they can now bloom and actually be seen and enjoyed.  (That i managed to mostly avoid the "wandering Jew" plants, and so didn't break out, is a bonus.)

Yesterday evening at the cat shelter was almost as busy as last Friday.  Once again, the door was more of a turnstile and we had several adoptions yesterday and several cats picked up by their adopters after surgery.

Also, i was able to unstop a sink drain.  Score one for the janitor, who is not afraid to put her hands in where things are not exactly pleasant.

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Today is:

America's Cup Day -- the first America's Cup was won this date in 1851 by the yacht America

Be an Angel Day -- Sponsored by Angel Heights Healing Center, encouraging people to be a blessing and perform an act of service for someone

Eat a Peach Day

Feast of the Queenship of Mary & Immaculate Heart of Mary -- Catholic Christians

Flag Day -- Russia

Ganesha Chaturthi -- Hindu (festival to honor the god of prosperity, prudence, and success, Ganesha; local customs and dates can vary, as can official government holiday status)

Hoodie Hoo Day, Southern Hemisphere -- Wellcat Holidays says to go outside at noon and call "Hoodie Hoo" to chase away winter and call spring

Minnesota Renaissance Festival -- Shakopee, MN, US (one of the countries largest and finest; weekends through Oct. 4)

National Spumoni Day (I don't think I've had really great spumoni since I went to Italy all those years ago -- nothing like getting things at the source.)

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day -- US (started by a vet who declared today a cat's only day for his practice, so his feline patients wouldn't be upset by any dogs in the place; now many vets will only schedule cats on a particular day)

Onam -- Hindu (start of a 14 day Hindu harvest festival observed by Malayali Hindus celebrating the legendary King Maveli/Mahabali)

Rumpleskunkskin's Wedding Anniversary -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin celebration)

St. Symphorian's Day (Patron of children, students; Autun, France; against eye problems, syphilis)

Anniversary Today:

Henry Leland founds the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Wiig, 1973
Giada De Laurentiis, 1970
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, 1967
Tori Amos, 1963
Cindy Williams, 1947
Steve Kroft, 1945
Duane Charles "Bill" Parcells, 1941
Valerie Harper, 1940
Carl Yastrzemski, 1939
E. Annie Proulx, 1935
Norman Schwarzkopf, 1934
Gerald Paul Carr, 1932
Ray Bradbury, 1920
John Lee Hooker, 1917
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908
Helene Bertha Amalie "Leni" Riefenstahl, 1902
George Herriman, 1880
Dorothy Parker, 1893
Claude Debussy, 1862
Archibald MacNeal Willard, 1836
Samuel Pierpont Langley, 1834
Virginia Clemm Poe, 1822
St. Anthony of Padua, 1195

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Later with Bob Costas"(TV), 1988

Today in History:

St. Columba reports seeing a monster in Loch Ness, 565
The Battle of Bosworth Field, in which King Richard III is killed and his forces defeated by Henry VII, 1485
Madras, India (now called Chennai) is founded by the British East India company on land purchased from the local Nayak rulers, 1639
Jacob Barsimon, the first Jewish immigrant to what would become US territory, arrives in New Amsterdam/Manhattan, 1654
The Newport, RI newspaper, Mercury, becomes the first in the US to hire a female editor, Ann Franklin, 1762
Austria laundches pilotless balloons against the Italian city of Venice, thus staging the first air raid in history, 1849
Gold discovered in Australia, 1851
12 nations sign the First Geneva Convention and the Red Cross is formed, 1864
William Shepphard patents the first liquid soap, 1885
Founding of the Cadillac Motor Company, 1902
President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first US chief executive to ride in an automobile, 1902
The first Victor Victrola is manufactured, 1906
The Mona Lisa is stolen, 1911 (recovered 2 years later)
Althea Gibson becomes the first black competitor in international tennis, 1950
Pope Paul VI arrives in Bogota, Colombia, becoming the first pope to visit Latin America, 1968
Rhodesia is expelled by the IOC for its racist policies, 1972
The first ring of Neptune is discovered, 1989
A version of The Scream and Madonna, two paintings by Edvard Munch, are stolen at gunpoint from a museum in Oslo, Norway, 2004
The Storm botnet, a botnet created by the Storm Worm, sends out a record 57 million e-mails in one day, 2007
Russia and Vanuatu become members of the World Trade Organization, 2012
India's highest court outlaws instant divorce for Muslim men (talaq, talaq, talaq), 2017


  1. There are so many things to be thankful for in life. If only we stop and think ... and count.

    God bless, Mimi.

  2. That's a nice bunch of thankfuls and those kitties are lucky to have you as their sitter!

  3. Sounds like everything went well for you this week, I'm jealous, my fridge stopped working this week, and no one can come look at it until Tuesday.

  4. I always enjoy your thankfuls- especially when you tell us of cat adoptions. :)

  5. Can't argue with excellent! Glad your week was great!

  6. That was a beautiful and thankful week when things went pretty well for you. Thankful also for the extra work, extra pay. Have a blessed Sunday.

  7. You are always 'one busy lady' ~ great thankfuls and so glad kitties are being adopted ~ Take care of your self ^_^

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Your TToT post was like a TToT School for me. I had to google to see what a deer tree was and to read about the perils of the Wondering Jew plant.
    I like the idea that there is a "Be and Angel Day." As many things as you do for people, I suspect you are often thought of as an angel.

  9. A very good week of providence! Here's to another!


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