Saturday, October 31, 2020

One More Time, With a PSA, a Ten Things Of Thankful Post


For the third (fourth?) time this year, or maybe more, we get to Thankful Day with being once again thankful that we did not get the full force of a hurricane in our immediate area.

This year has been interesting, to say the least, and i will choose to be thankful for interesting.

Also, i got off work an hour earlier than i expected on Monday, so i went to get the twins their glamor shots (get a mammogram).  And speaking of that, here’s my annual PSA, please, if you are due for any tests of your own, please go get them!  Yes, thankfully the results were normal.

Once i was done with that, i took GusGus der Fledermaus in for an inspection sticker.  It passed, hooray!

On Tuesday, i did not have anything to do until my Ladies’ Circle meeting at 9:45, so i went back to sleep not once, not twice, but 3 times!  Talk about luxury, i got to sleep in until 7:30 am. 

That evening, Red-headed Alec came by to visit.  We chatted for over an hour, it was great to see him, and he gave me the details on Lee’s birthday party that is coming up.

On Wednesday, Ms. G and i went to a rescue out in the country to help them do hurricane prep.  We were so glad to be able to go help, as one of their vet techs had lost her mother the night before and another was in the hospital and they were so short staffed they didn’t know what they were going to do.

We did get some rain on the way home, and that was about all we got.  The day was drizzly and there was some wind, but not as much as we got with Delta, and we’re thankful the power stayed on.

Grandma and Grandpa are grateful for their generator, it came in handy.  We are also thankful they were able to get some text messages out, and got their electricity back by Friday.

We are thankful Handyman Mike, the generator guy, is bring our used but still in great shape generator here today.

This hurricane did something i’ve never seen before, it left autumn behind.  We got up Thursday morning and you can absolutely tell that it’s fall, y’all.

 Yes, we dearly love autumn, it breaks the worst of the heat.

It also showed us that last year’s space heaters have absolutely bitten the dust.  We are thankful for scoring 3 of them for $20 each, and Mr. RA gave us an old one he does not need now.  That makes one for Brother-in-law’s room, one for our room, one for the man cave, and one for the kitchen/dining area.  Perfect!

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Today is:

Admission Day -- Nevada, US

Allantide -- Cornwall, England

All Hallows Eve -- Christian

Apple and Candle Night -- Wales

Books for Treats Day -- San Jose, CA, US (give gently used books to kids, not candy -- feed their brains, not their cavities!)

Chiang Kai-Shek Day -- Taiwan

Day of the Seven Billion -- day in 2011 the UN declared the world population to have reached 7,000,000,000 

Dia de las Iglesias Evangelicas y Protestantes -- Chile (Day of Evangelical and Protestant Churches/Reformation Day)

Dias de los Muertos -- Mexico, esp. Michoacan and Oaxaca (through Nov. 2; ceremonies, sand sculptures, decorated altars, and parties through the nights in the cemetaries)

Dookie Apple Night -- Newcastle, England

Duck Apple Night -- Liverpool, England

Fall Back Night -- all areas that end Daylight Saving Time tomorrow; set your clock back one hour before you go to bed and change the batteries in your smoke alarms/carbon monoxide detectors (Bermuda; Canada (most areas); Cuba; Greenland (some areas); Haiti; Mexico (Baja area); Saint Pierre and Miquelon; The Bahamas; US (most areas))

Feast of Sekhmet Bast Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Festival of Inner Worlds -- Pagan (fight between the old and new year)

Founder's Day -- Girl Scouts of the USA (Juliette Gordon Low's birth anniversary)

Forgiveness Day -- a day to reconcile or forgive, for your own peace of mind; sponsored by Positive Peaceful Partners and the Center of Unconditional Love 

Full Beaver Moon / Full Frosty Moon

     Palden Lhamo Festival -- Tibet (protectress of Tibet, celebrated mostly by women)

     Loy Krathong -- Thailand (Floating of the Lamps festival; to appease the water spirits, dedicated to Mae Kongkha, Goddess of Rivers)

     That Luang Festival -- Laos (Ventiane's most important Theravada Buddhist festival)

     Thadingyut Full Moon (End of Buddhist Lent) -- Myanmar

     Vap Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

Ghostwriter's Day

Hallowe'en or Beggar's Night

Increase Your Psychic Powers Day -- originated in England in the 19th century, some celebrated on the 30th

Martyr's Day -- Burkina Faso

National Candy/Caramel Apple Day

National Knock-Knock Joke Day

     Knock, Knock

     Who's There?


     Police who?

     Police stop telling knock-knock jokes!

National Magic Day -- Society of American Magicians (in honor of Harry Houdini, who died on this day in 1926, and who was president of the SoAM)

National UNICEF Day

Nut-Crack Night -- England; Scotland

Old Celtic New Year's Eve

Out of the Broom Closet Day -- Pagan, Heathen, and all earth-based and ethnic religions

Reformation Day -- Protestant Christian (trad.)

     Official Holiday -- Germany; Slovenia

Samhain (northern hemisphere) / Beltane (southern hemisphere) -- Druids, Gaels, Welsh peoples, Neopagans, Wiccans (begins at sunset)

Scare a Friend Day -- just not so much that s/he isn't a friend any more

Senior Absurdity Day -- Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY, US (a day the kids look forward to each year)

Sneak Some of the Candy Yourself Before the Kids Start Knocking Day

St. Quentin's Day (Patron against coughs)

St. Wolfgang of Ratisbon's Day (Patron of apoplexics, carpenters, paralysed people, stroke victims; Regensburg, Germany; against apoplexy, paralysis, stomach diseases, strokes)

Thump-the-Door Night -- Isle of Mann

Trick or Treat Night

Vetmaetr -- Norse Calendar (Winter Nights; beginning of winter, the New Year, and the start of Odin leading the Wild Hunt)

Youth Honor Day -- Iowa, US

Anniversaries Today:

Mt. Rushmore is completed, 1941

Nevada becomes the 36th US State, 1864

Birthdays Today:

Robert "Vanilla Ice" Van Winkle, 1967

Adam Horovitz, 1966

Dermot Mulroney, 1963

Rob Schneider, 1963

Peter Jackson, 1961

Larry Mullen, Jr., 1961

John Candy, 1950

Jane Pauley, 1950

Deidre Hall, 1947

Stephen Rea, 1943

David Ogden Stiers, 1942

Ron Rifkin, 1939

Michael Landon, 1936

Dan Rather, 1931

Michael Collins, 1930

Barbara Bel Geddes, 1922

Dale Evans, 1912

Ethel Waters, 1896

Chaing Kai-shek, 1887

Juliette Gordon Low, 1860

John Keats, 1795

William Paca, 1740

Jan Vermeer, 1632

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Car Talk"(Radio), 1987 (national debut, ten years after their start as a local show in Boston)

"Jamaica"(Musical), 1957

"Capricio Espagnol"(Rimsky-Korsakov Op. 34), 1887

"Tamerlano"(Handel opera, HWV 18), 1724

Today in History:

Ezra reads the Book of the Law to the Israelites after their return to Jerusalem from exile, BC445

First All Hallows Eve observed to honor all the saints, 834

Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door, marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, 1517

Georg Ludwig van Hannover is crowned as the English King George I, 1714

Execution of Girondins at Paris during the Reign of Terror, 1793

Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents the miner's safety lamp, 1815

A standard uniform is approved for US Postal workers, 1868

A tropical cyclone hits Bengal, about 200,000 die, 1876

John Boyd Dunlop patents the pneumatic bicycle tire, 1888

Arthur Conan Doyle publishes "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes", 1892

Dedication of the Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across United States, 1913

The Battle of Beersheba of WWI marks the last successful cavalry charge in history, 1917

The first of 160 consecutive days of 100°F + temps at Marble Bar, Australia, 1923

World Savings Day is announced in Milan, Italy by the Members of the Association at the 1st International Savings Bank Congress, 1924

Mt. Rushmore sculptures are completed, 1941

The United Kingdom and France begin bombing Egypt to force the reopening of the Suez Canal, 1956

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated by two security guards, 1984

EgyptAir Flight 990 traveling from New York City to Cairo crashes off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts, killing all 217 on-board, 1999

Yachtsman Jesse Martin returns to Melbourne after 11 months of circumnavigating the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted, 1999

Soyuz TM-31 launches, carrying the first resident crew to the International Space Station, which has been continually crewed since, 2000

Surfer Bethany Hamilton loses her left arm and 3 liters of blood in a tiger shark attack; within a month she would be back on her board, and competing again within the year, 2003

The NYSE reopens after its first weather related shut down since the late 19th century; the two-day closure was due to Hurricane Sandy, 2012

In a landmark verdict, the Pakistani Supreme Court acquits a Christian woman of blasphemy against the prophet Mohammed after she has spent eight years on death row, 2018


  1. Space heaters for $20? That's a great bargain.

  2. Love your list. And River is right about the space heaters too. They would be a lot more here.

  3. There's so much to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  4. That was a wonderful list and generators and space heaters are terrific things! Happy Halloween!

  5. Wonderful thankfuls. I am glad your mammogram was clear. Have a Happy Halloween!

  6. I am thankful all is going okay for you, with all the hurricanes going by!!! And that the "glamour shots" came out well!


  7. Thankful for interesting, indeed! 2020 has been quite the interesting year. I'm glad you are safe from yet another hurricane.

  8. Sometimes a person just needs some extra sleep. I'm glad you were able to catch up on some. So glad you were spared the full impact of the storm once again.

  9. You had me at sleeping in! Great list!

  10. Glad the hurricanes have missed you! While I realize hurricanes cut a much larger swath, we do the same thing with tornadoes, and none of it is a good time! I had a chance to sleep in this weekend, and I was wide awake at my usual 5:15 am both days, so good for you for sleeping in!

  11. you guys are like a hurricane magnet this year.. (I definitely remember a time when it was, at least, 50-50 for Gulf Coast vs East Coast having the storm bullseye on our backs...
    on to winter


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