This week has hit hard, so i am extra thankful it is Thankful Day.
The heat has been awful, as in so many places. Most years, i don't feel it so much, but it is tiring me out, making me feel swollen. This year, our room A/C units are doing okay, but the rooms still don't feel quite as comfortable, and i am not sure why.
Thankfully, the A/Cs are working, and that is good enough, especially when you add sipping on iced water.
The days went along, good and busy. Ms. S is feeling better. Ms. SE's children were at school so the house was empty for us to clean on Thursday. We are back to cleaning the office once a month (no clients are allowed in, so that's all they need, and they were tired of doing it themselves).
Cookie the dog, at Ms. SE's house, is behaving much better these days. We are actually able to let her be in the house until we need to mop floors.
Friday was a long day that ended with most of my thankfuls. We are back to having our prayer meeting at the church (with precautions, of course).
Ms. S had a list of things she wanted from the store, and all of them were available so i was able to get her everything.
Mr. BA had just had a tooth pulled, so he just told me to grub about in the garden slowly and get weeds pulled, staying in the shade and working slowly and taking breaks. That's what i did, and i actually got a surprising amount done that way.
Then the shelter, and that's where the fun really began.
Walking in, i took my temperature and recorded it, and started in to cleaning the bathrooms. The doorbell rang. And rang. And rang.
For about an hour and a half, while the paid staff were running like mad things trying to keep up with everyone's paperwork and checking cats for ringworm and dispensing meds, i was the doorman, temperature taker, adoptions helper (explaining to people coming in the rules of the shelter, how to handle cats and kittens, etc.), adoption facilitator (helping people choose which cat to adopt), and in all of that, we had so many appointments we had to turn away a couple of walk-up clients who promised to come back Saturday. (There are already 12 appointments for today, there have been 53 adoptions so far and the month is only half over and if all of those walk-up clients try to come back today, it's going to be another madhouse day and record month.)
A foster came in to get meds, and two other people showed up to pick up their now ready cats and take them home.
The end result was 3 adoptions in just the hour and a half that i was stepping into roles i haven't done in forever, and then i finally got to finish cleaning the bathrooms and feeding and watering the office cats and all cats in kitten cages and intake.
One little guy who came in with his parents knew exactly what he wanted -- a boy tabby kitten, one that was already neutered and ready to go home. He chose Chicory, our featured cat of the day. One lady i was assisting walked into the room with the juvenile cats and Bobby walked right up to her. She said, "The one that comes to you is the one that wants you!" and she spent a good half hour in there with him, then filled out the paperwork. She will pick him up after his surgery on Tuesday.
Flint went home with a very nice couple, and Shelley and Beignet both got picked up by their adopters as they have now had their surgery. That means four cats went to new homes yesterday evening, and one is almost home. It was a crazy, exhilarating time, and i wish i had more time to spend helping out when they get busier than a one-armed paperhanger.
Today is another thankful thing, as we get to go vote. There are a lot of people in the world who wish they could, so i take it seriously and am grateful.
Also today is our church's annual university prayer walk, where we gather and walk in groups of two or three all over the campus and pray for the upcoming school year. How thankful i am that we can do that openly, and no one to tell us we may not. What a great privilege to be able to practice your faith, or be of no faith, and that without let or hindrance so long as we are respectful to one another.
Finally, i get to go to NOLA and do the cleaning at Grandma and Grandpa's house, and i know enough to be thankful that i can do it and that they are still there.
Again i've lost count, but i know i am at more than 10 things when it's taken all together.
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.
Armed Forces Day -- Poland
Asuncion Foundation Day -- Paraguay
Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary -- Catholic Christian Holy Day of Obligation
Coeur d'Alene Indian Pilgrimage -- Coeur d'Alene's Old Mission State Park, Cataldo, ID, US
Dormition of the Theotokos -- Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Christian
Ferragosto -- Italy (During the Roman Empire, a festival to Diana and a fertility and ripening celebration)
Mother's Day -- Antwerp; Costa Rica
National Acadians Day -- Acadians
Virgin of Candelaria, patron of the Canary Islands -- Tenrife, Spain
Irmandade da Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte Fiesta -- Bahia, Brazil (Festival of the Order of Our Lady of the Good Death)
Festival of the Outremeuse -- Liege, Belgium
Public Holiday or Publicly Observed -- Andorra; Austria; Belgium; Benin; Bosnia; Burkina Faso; Burundi; Cameroon; Cape Verde; Central African Republic; Chile; Colombia; Côte d'Ivoire; Croatia; Cyprus; East Timor; France; French Guiana; French Polynesia; Gabon; Gambia; Germany; Greece; Guadelupe; Guatemala; Guinea; Holy See; Hungary; Italy; Lebanon; Liechtenstein; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Macedonia; Madagascar; Malta; Martinique; Mauritius; Mayotte; Monaco; New Caledonia; Paraguay; Poland; Portugal; Reunion; Romania; Rwanda; Saint Barthelemy; Saint Martin; Saint Pierre et Miquelon; San Marino; Senegal; Seychelles; Slovenia; Spain; Switzerland; Togo; Vanuatu; Wallis and Fortuna
Best Friend's Day -- sponsored by Thema Martin
Chauvin Day -- observed on Napoleon's birthday because his is unknown, the day is named for Nicholas Chauvin, whose blind devotion to Napoleon was immortalized in his name's use for absurdly intense attachments to any cause
Check the Chip Day -- the American Veterinary Medical Association reminds you to check your pet's microchip and make sure it is still working correctly and that the registration information is up to date
Dia de la Ley Fundamental -- Equatorial Guinea (Constitution Day)
Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (through the 18th, dates approximate)
Festival of Vesta -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of the hearth)
Fete Nationale -- Republic of the Congo (National Day/Independence Day)
Hartjesdagen -- Amsterdam and Haarlem, Holland ("Little Hearts Day"; the folklore is that this was the day non-nobles could hunt deer in the woods around Haarlem, and became a two-day cross dressing festival, all men dressed as women, and women as men, to see how the other half lived; revived in recent years on the 3rd weekend of August, because the 3rd Monday was the original celebration, and is still the biggest day)
Independence Day -- India(1947)
International Homeless Animals Day® -- International Society for Animal Rights
Liberation Day -- both Koreas
Gwangbokjeol -- South Korea
Jogukhaebangui nal -- North Korea
Maras Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (celebration of the goddess Mara, cognate of Mary)
National Day -- Lichtenstein (a/k/a Liberation Day )
National Failures Day -- some websites say the 16th, and may i suggest a book called "Fail Better", a small quotations book about how failure is just the beginning.
National Honey Bee Day -- US www.honeylove.org
National Lemon Meringue Pie Day
National Mourning Day -- Bangladesh
National Relaxation Day -- sponsored by Sean Moeller of Clio, Michigan; if you call in sick to stay home and relax, blame him
Panama La Vieja Day -- Panama (Founding of Panama City)
Sproshinki -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (end of the hay harvest festival)
St. Tarcisius' Day (Patron of altar servers, first communicants)
Tuva Republic Day -- Tos-Bulak fields south of Kyzuk, Tuva, Russia (celebration of the Tuva Republic, a Naadam festival of Mongolian wrestling, horse racing, and archery; held by the Tuva people, the closest genetic relatives to the North and South American Native Peoples)
Wafaa El-Nil -- Egypt and Coptic Church ("Fidelity of the Nile", celebration of the annual of Flooding of the Nile)
Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago, 1958
Panama Canal opens, 1914
Transcontinental US railway is completed at Promontory Point, UT, US, 1870
Joe Jonas, 1989
Kerri Walsh, 1978
Ben Affleck, 1972
Debra Messing, 1968
Melinda Gates, 1964
Zeljko Ivanek, 1957
Princess Anne, Princess Royal of the United Kingdom, 1950
Jimmy Webb, 1946
Kathryn Whitmire, 1946
Linda Ellerbee, 1944
Stephen G. Breyer, 1938
Vernon Jordan, Jr, 1935
Phyllis Stewart Schlafly, 1924
Mike Connors, 1925
Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, 1925
Rose Marie, 1925
Huntz Hall, 1919
Oscar Romero, 1917
Julia Child, 1912
Elizabeth Bolden, American Supercentenarian, 1890 (d. 2006)
Edna Ferber, 1885
Ethel Barrymore, 1879
Charles Albert "The Old Roman" Comiskey, 1859
E. Nesbit, 1858
Sir Walter Scott, 1771
Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769
Mainz Psalter(Publication date; first book with the publication date printed on the colophon), 1457
Today in History:
Battle of Roncevaux Pass, the Basques defeat Charles the Great (Charlemagne) and Roland is killed, 778
Macbeth defeats his cousin and rival King Duncan I, who is killed in the battle, and becomes king of Scotland, 1040
Battle of Lumphanan, in which King Macbeth is killed by the forces of Mael Coluim MacDonnchada, 1057
The cave city of Vardzia is consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia, 1185
The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, is laid, 1248*
The "Mainz Psalter" is completed, the earliest dated book, 1457
Founding of Panama City, 1519
Jesuit priest St. Francis Xaverius land in Kagoshima, Japan, 1549
Joseph Haydn departs England, never to return, 1795
Country of Liberia is founded by freed American former slaves, 1824
Tivoli Gardens, one of the oldest still intact amusement parks in the world, opens in Copenhagen, Denmark, 1842
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawai'i, is dedicated; it is the oldest continuously used Roman Catholic Cathedral in the US, 1843
San Sebastian Church in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed, 1891
A male servant of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright sets fire to the living quarters of the architect's Wisconsin home, 1914
The Panama Canal opens to traffic with the transit of the cargo ship Ancon, 1914
Will Rogers and Wiley Post are killed in a plane crash, 1935
The birth of stadium rock: The Beatles play Shae Stadium, 1965
President Richard Nixon completes the break from the gold standard, 1971
The "Wow! signal: The Big Ear, a radio telescope operated by Ohio State University as part of the SETI project, receives a radio signal from deep space, 1977
An 8.0-magnitude earthquake off the Pacific coast devastates Ica and various regions of Peru killing 514 and injuring 1,090, 2007
The olinguito becomes the first mammal to be discovered in the past 35 years, 2013
The journal "Nature Communications" publishes a study of the genetics of the apple which shows it originated in Kazakhstan, 2017
*Yes, we just noted the other day the date of completion in 1880!