First, it was the cats, as they decided this was the best time of day to go romping across the bed.
Next, it was that doggone toilet, it started running again, so it was time to crank the fan up louder to cover it.
A text message came through, from Jo, updating about a friend of hers who lost his son, so of course a reply has to be sent, it's a difficult time for them all.
Then a call from #1 Son, we all still have a family account with something, and he forgot the password.
Finally, the lawn mower dude started up in the field across the street.
Giving it up as a bad job, i decided i did not really need a nap on my unexpected afternoon off yesterday anyway, and got up and wrote this!
Gosia at Looking for Identity has taken over Good Fences, and it's now Good Fences Around The World. Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.
We are starting to see some Halloween fences:
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
I’m keepin’ so cool,
Yeah, I’m all that,
With my floatie and my glasses
And my really neat hat.
Love bein’ in the water,
Gonna float the day away,
Until I get real hungry,
This is where I want to stay!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
Yesterday, the electricity went out again, a tree went down not far from here. When i called to report the outage, i decided to sign up again for text message alerts. This is something i've done in the past, but it seems that for some reason, i keep getting unsigned up somehow.
There was not a long wait for a representative, only about a half a minute, that's a thankful right there. The lady who took the information was very kind, we laughed a lot, especially when she told me, "Remember you can sign on to your account online and update your preferences," and i said, yes, i can, when the electricity comes back on! How i love when customer service people are nice and have a good sense of humor.
In just over an hour, service was restored, and we are thankful we weren't facing another long outage and the need to call the generator back into play.
Also, i got the text alert telling me service was restored, which is the main reason i want the alerts to begin. If they think they've restored service, and i still have none, i have no way of knowing and neither do they that there's a problem without such a notice.
While waiting for the service to be restored, i was very tempted to grouse about the whole situation, but i gave myself a stern talking to. Instead, i prayed and thanked the Good Lord that i have lived in a world with electricity and all of the conveniences it offers. Then i said that even if i never had electricity again, i knew i've had it so good for so long in ways many people in the rest of the world have not, that i have no room or reason to complain. The power, instead of being out until midnight like they thought it would, came on within one minute of my change of attitude, and i am very thankful.
Cayenne Festival -- French Guiana (celebration of the capital city)
Conflict Resolution Day -- Association for Conflict Resolution
Day of Hommage for the late King Father -- Cambodia (Norodom Sihanouk)
Dine with TV Dinners on the Floor Night -- probably started by someone who wanted to see how many websites would be crazy enough to even list this
Feast of the Three Noble Ladies -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (female pharoahs; date approximate)
Fete Nationale de l'Evacuation -- Tunisia (Evacuation Day, celebrates the day all foreign military finally and fully left)
Get Smart About Credit Day -- sponsored by the American Bankers Association
Get to Know Your Customers Day -- third Thursday of every quarter
Global Handwashing Day -- International (scrub up! prevent the spread of germs)
Guangzhou Autumn Trade Fair -- Guangzhou, China (through Nov. 15)
Ides of October -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also on this date
Harvest Festival of Mars
Ludi Capitolini (games in honor of Jupiter)
International Credit Union Day -- World Council of Credit Unions
Mahakiki -- Hawai'ian New Year Season (a four month season where warfare is forbidden and many ceremonies take place; begins around the time of the first sighting of the Pleiades in the Northern Hemisphere)
Mertz of All Possible Mertzes -- internet generated and on the day "I Love Lucy" premiered; i guess Fred and Ethel were the definition of what a Mertz should be!
National Cake Decorating Day -- again, because every website gives a different date
National Cheese Curd Day
National Chicken Cacciatore Day
National Grouch Day -- sponsored by Alan Miller, chairman of the board of NAG (National Association of Grouches)
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day -- US
National Mushroom Day
National Roast Pheasant Day
National Tree Planting Day -- Sri Lanka
Newspaper Week -- Japan
Poetry Day -- birth anniversary of the Roman poet Virgil
Preaching of the Lion Sermon -- St. Katharine Cree Church, London, England (Sermon dating back to the 1640's in commemoration of a gift for the poor made by Sir John Gayer, who was delivered from a lion while in Turkey)
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day -- Canada; NSW, Australia; UK; US
Rectification Day -- Burkina Faso
Rainbow Pickling Day -- Fairy Calendar
Sewing Lovers' Day -- internet generated, as those who love to sew deserve a day to celebrate
St. Teresa of Avila's Day (Founder of the Reformation of the Discalces[Barefoot] Carmelites; Patron of lace makers/workers, people in need of grace, people in religious orders, people ridiculed for their piety, sick people; Amos, Canada; Berzano di Tortona, Italy; Pozega, Croatia; Spain; against bodily ills, headaches, sickness, the death of parents)
Teacher's Day -- Brazil
White Cane Safety Day -- US (celebrating the achievements of the blind/visually impared, and recognizing the white cane as the symbol of their independence)
Wishbones for Pets begins -- US program asking professional pet sitters to gather pet supplies and donations for homeless pets through Thanksgiving
World Rural Women's Day/International Day of Rural Women -- UN; related observance
Mother's Day -- Malawi
Paige Davis, 1969
Sarah Ferguson, 1959
Tanya Roberts, 1955
Tito Jackson, 1953
Richard Carpenter, 1946
Victor Banerjee, 1946
Jim Palmer, 1945
Penny Marshall, 1942
Linda Lavin, 1937
Lee Iacocca, 1924
Mario Puzo, 1920
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., 1917
John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908
Marty Mann, 1904
P.G. Wodehouse, 1881
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1872
John L. Sullivan, 1858
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844
Publius Vergilius Maro / Virgil, 70BCE
"The Untouchables"(TV), 1959
"I Love Lucy"(TV), 1951
"Abe Lincoln in Illinois"(Play), 1938
To Have and Have Not(Publication date), 1937
"La Mer/The Sea"(Debussy orchestral composition), 1905
Today in History:
Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals, 533
Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine," is staged in Paris, 1581
Asser Levy is granted a butcher's license for kosher meat in New Amsterdam, 1660
The Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon marks the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, (tethered balloon), 1783
George Washington takes the first formal presidential tour, of New England, 1789
Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled to the Island of St. Helena, 1815
Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of the work force, 1874
Edison Electric Light Company is incorporated, 1878
Koln cathedral is completed, 633 years after it was begun, 1880
The German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin' lands in Lakehurst, NJ, 1928
LaGuardia Airport opens, 1939
Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time, 1946
The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia, 1971
The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England, 1987
Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL, 1989
Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1990
The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom), exactly 50 years and 1 day after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Earth's atmosphere, 1997
The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn, 1997
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io, 2001
China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission, 2003
The final breakthrough occurs on the east bore of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps, now the world's longest railway tunnel, 2010
Actress Alyssa Milano tweets "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’", prompting a flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, 2017