Saturday, September 5, 2020

Lots To Do, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Well, we've managed to do it again.  Here we are at Thankful Day, and i'm behind the 8-ball, losing daylight.

Anyway, it wasn't as wild a ride as last week, so i'll take it.

Monday's biggest thankful was everything to do with Carl and his birthday.  We had fun, and i was very thankful i found just enough cash to pull off the gift of giving him "bread".  That was the last day of August, and we made it through the month with 46cents to spare in the checking account!

Coda was here a good portion of the week, and she no longer barks at Brother-in-Law, who simply walks past and ignores her.  It works great that way, and we are thankful.

On Tuesday, i went to Ms. S's apartment for what i call the big cleaning day.  (Ever since she had the pneumonia, i go by there at least 5 times a week, mostly when i'm just in the area, to scoop the cat box, wash dishes, and take out the trash.)  She was thankful for clean sheets and that i was able to get everything she wanted at the store.  

The best news from Ms. S, besides that her house in under contract, is that her Daughter-in-Law came by and complimented her on how nicely she's keeping her apartment now.  Ms. S and i are both tickled that between what she's doing and what i'm doing, things are staying much better than before.  Also we're thankful we got the idea to use a chair for propping her feet and they aren't swollen any more.

Tuesday evening, Ms. GA texted me to confirm that i'd start cat-sitting the next morning.  What a thankful thing extra work is, and as a bonus, she knew i'd be so busy going to her house twice a day that i wouldn't have time for the laundromat this week, so she let me use her washer and dryer.  The laundry is caught up, hooray!

Every day of the cat-sitting has gone well so far, and i am very thankful.  Abigail is glaring at me that i won't let her out, but she can glare away, she is only allowed out when someone is there to keep an eye on her.  Little Orphan Annie and Oliver Twist won't let me near them, as usual, while Puddin' comes and goes, as does Big Red.  So far, Louis, Sunshine, Summer, and Miss Alice have come to the porch for each meal (she manages her own small feral colony of cats dropped on her).

Wednesday's cat shelter duty was long but worth it.  We have almost every cage full, and cats are getting adopted about as fast as they are coming in.

Wednesday also saw a potentially explosive situation begin, and by Friday it had settled down.  Another of those tangles where someone was helped to escape spousal abuse.  Spouse is angry but knows that, in his position, he can't afford to see jail time, so he is letting go.  All is now well, and we are very thankful.

This past Thursday was only the second time i've cleaned Ms. V's house since we started the new schedule where i do Carl's part on Mondays only, and her and Mr. L's part every other Thursday.  It works great, i am really getting more done on the rest of the house now. 

Ms. V also let me know that they will be gone next Monday, but they still want me to come do Carl's room.  That's a blessing, it's not easy on us when work cancels out.

While i was at Ms. V's, Sweetie took Coda to her yearly vet appointment for booster shots, an exam, and her Trifexis.  We are thankful for a clean bill of health.

Little Girl is still on orders, but she is being allowed to go home at night, since she is stationed so close, and we are thankful for that.  It also means that now she keeps Coda at the apartment with her as of Thursday night, and while i know they are happier with it that way, i do miss having the dog around.

Friday was a long day, to Ms. GA's to cat-sit, then cleaned their place, then went to Ms. S, then back to work on Mr. BA's shop and all through the day as the shade moved, watering whatever plants were in the shade, the cat shelter, and then back for evening cat duty.  By the end of it all, i was thankful to still be sane!

Today is back to Grandma and Grandpa's for Sam's and the grocery and cleaning and, if i get done with it all early enough, and episode or two of The Incredible Dr. Pol.  It might make Grandpa a bit grumpy, but i am thankful i can go every week now.

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Today is:

Be Late For Something Day -- sponsored by the Procrastinators' Club of America, Inc. (if they can get around to mentioning it in their newsletter, of course)

Genesia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (a day of the dead; date approximate)

Hassaku-sai -- Matsuo-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan (rituals to ask the gods for mild weather, good harvests and safe homes)

International Bacon Day -- good day for a double decker BLT with grilled onions and Swiss cheese (unless, of course, you are a pig)

International Day of Charity -- UN

Jupiter Stator Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemorates that Jupiter helped Romulus to stop the Sabine invasion under Titus Tatius)

Jury Rights Day -- marking the decision by a jury, in 1670, to not convict William Penn of laws which they considered unjust which would have prohibited him from the practice and preaching of his religion to a peaceably assembled congregation; this decision became the basis of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the US

National Cheese Pizza Day

National Hummingbird Day -- not official, but someone loves them enough to have started this

National Writing Date Day -- a day to make a date with yourself to go to a coffee shop or library or someplace and get some writing done; sponsored by Natalie Marie-Collins)   

Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight -- celebrating the food and drink of this beautiful land, through the 15th 

St. Laurence Gustiani's Day (First Patriarch of Venice)

St. Teresa of Calcutta's Day (Mother Teresa); related:
     Dia e Lumturimit te Nene Terezes -- Albania

Sts. Zechariah and Elisabeth's Day -- Anglican and Eastern Orthodox Churches

Teacher's Day -- India

Wag and Carrot Fancying Day -- Fairy Calendar

Anniversaries Today:

John Travolta marries Kelly Preston, 1991

Birthdays Today:

Kim Yu-Na, 1990
Rose McGowan, 1973
Dweezil Zappa, 1969
Kristian Alfonso, 1964
Cathy Guisewite, 1950
Dennis Dugan, 1946
Raquel Welch, 1940
William Devane, 1939
Carol Lawrence, 1934
Bob Newhart, 1929
Arthur C. Nielsen, 1923
John Cage, 1912
Arthur Koestler, 1905
Darryl F. Zanuck, 1902
Morris Carnovsky, 1897
Jesse James, 1847
Johann Christian Bach, 1735

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy"(TV), 1966
"No Mother To Guide Her"(Play), 1905

Today in History:

Peter the Great of Russia imposes a tax on beards, in an attempt to Westernize his people, 1698
The First Continental Congress is assembled in Philadelphia, 1774
The French National Convention initiates the Reign of Terror, 1793
Napoleon surrenders Malta to Great Britian, 1800
Sam Houston is elected as the first president of the Republic of Texas, 1836
The First Opium war begins in China, 1839
James Glaisher, pioneering meteorologist and Henry Tracey Coxwell break world record for altitude whilst collecting data in their balloon, 1862
Sioux Chief Crazy Horse is killed, 1877
The First Labor Day Parade is held in NYC, 1882
The first gasoline pump is delivered to a gasoline dealer in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, 1885
The first legal forward pass in American football is thrown by Bradbury Robinson of St. Louis University to teammate Jack Schneider in a 22–0 victory over Carroll College (Wisconsin), 1906
The French Upper Volta is broken apart between Ivory Coast, French Sudan, and Niger, 1932
The first conference of the Non Aligned Countries is held in Belgrade, 1961
A Palestinian terrorist group called "Black September" attack and take hostage 11 Israel athletes at the Munich Olympic Games. 2 die in the attack and 9 die the following day, 1972
Voyager 1 is launched after a brief delay, 1977
The St. Gotthard Tunnel opens in Switzerland as the world's longest highway tunnel, 1980
The current international treaty defending indigenous peoples, Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Convention, 1989, came into force, 1991
Tuvalu joins the UN, 2000
For the first time, a browsable, analysable overview of four million functional elements of the human genome discovered to date are made available to the public, 2012
The World Health Organization estimates that 1,900 people have died from the Ebola virus out of 3,500 infected in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone, 2015
Erramatti Mangamma of Hyderabad, India, becomes the world's oldest living mother giving birth to twins at age 74, 2019


  1. That's a lovely long list of thankfuls with plenty of things working out well.

  2. I am always awed at just how much you get achieved - and love your attitude.

  3. That really was quite the nice list and dang, you are the busiest human we know!

  4. I'm thankful for all that Mary Lou is doing but this morning she's not feeling very well. I always get worried when she's feeling poorly because she's usually sick. I hope she's OK. Enjoy your Saturday Mimi. Ciao.

    Cruisin Paul

  5. So glad that the potentially explosive situation was diffused, and that this week wasn't as wild of a ride as last week!

  6. You made it through again, and with the ability to see the thankfuls too. Keeping track of everyone's needs is certainly a full time job for you, but you are staying sane and that is a very good thing!

  7. Whew! I was tired just reading about what all you managed to fit in this week! 😊 I m glad you got the extra cat sitting duty for a bit of extra income, that always comes in handy! I hope you get to watch Dr. Pol with your feet up, we enjoy that show too! Have a blessed week ahead, Mimi! ♥️

  8. They say we stay young by taxing the mind and doing things like solving puzzles, learning new things, listening to Bach; given you list of places to go, people to help and cat's names to remember, you will surely be the youngest among us as the century proceeds on it's tour of the existential funhouse.
    Have an excellent week ahead.

  9. Amazing to me how much you get done ~ glad things work out and hope you don't have use a laundromat when there is a wash/dry in client's home ~ Blessings to you, dear one.

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Grateful for blessings for your bank book! And all the opportunities that make it happen. My niece has a cleaning business. It can surely have ups and downs. Thankful you see your daughter😊


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