Saturday, December 12, 2020

Surprises Galore, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


What a week, and what a Thankful Day!

Last Saturday, in NOLA, i left some keys behind.  They fell out of my bag behind a door where i stow the bag.  They were keys to homes where i work, so very important.

While i am not glad i lost them, i am very thankful that none of the lost keys were needed this particular week, and that Grandma found them and called me about it.

Becca, heaven bless the child, came to church with me on Sunday.  It's the first time she's been able to go in quite a while, and she did very well.  We are thankful for progress.

Carl's room was as bad as i've seen in it quite a while when i went on Monday, and while Ms. V (his mom) wonders at my sanity, i simply smile and consider it job security.

Tuesday was laundromat day, and i am so thankful for a clean and efficient laundromat that is not far from Ms. S's place.

Ms. S is feeling much better this week.  She is eating each meal as it is delivered, instead of stacking up meal after meal in the fridge until there are so many i have to throw the old ones out.

Wednesday afternoon i actually got a short time to go lie down, something i do not get too often and that i enjoy thoroughly.

The reason i got the time to lie down was because i ended up with less work this week, and thus less pay.  It was time to get the oil changed in GusGus der Fledermaus on Thursday after work, and i was simply not sure i would be able to do it.

Heaven bless Mr. Lenny, i told him i was going to pay for half this week and the rest next week, and he didn't charge me anything at all.  He even had them rotate the tires.  Once again, i am so thankful for an excellent mechanic shop, and we are very close to having everything we owe them paid off.

Friday went well, i was thankful Mr. BA's friend who was coming to work on the greenhouse got there before i had to leave for an errand so i could let him in.

The shelter, like so many places, has had trouble getting shipments in, so i was thankful to see the kitten food had arrived, and while i was there, we thankfully accepted a Chewy delivery of cat litter.

We are also almost caught up on getting the cats spayed and neutered so all the preadopted cats can go home.  (Because of Covid, spay/neuter surgeries were delayed as being non-essential, and we can't let a cat go to a new home without the surgery.)

Little Girl sent me a text yesterday afternoon.  It seems she was told yesterday morning she has to report to her duty station for a week of training this morning.  This means we get to puppy-sit Coda for a week, and she gets to come with me today to visit Lulu.

So many thankfuls as we speed toward Christmas and the New Year.  Next week, i hope to be able to report on all the holiday stuff i got done!

Please write up your own list and link up to Ten Things of Thankful, where Dyanne and her co-hosts always have a warm welcome waiting.   


Today is:

AKC/Royal Canin National Championships -- Orlando, FL, US (top dogs from around the world compete to see -- who really is top dog? through the 18th)

Bonza Bottler Day™

Constitution Day -- Russia (constitution approved in nationwide referendum 1993)

Feast of Masa'il (Questions/Mystery) -- Baha'i

Gingerbread House Day -- because today is as good a day to start making one as any

Hovercraft Day -- the first prototype of a hovercraft was patented this day in 1955 by British engineer Christopher Cockerell

Independence Day -- Kenya (Jamhuri)(1953)

International Shareware Day

Miracle of the Roses / Our Lady of Guadalupe -- Catholic Christian; related celebrations

     Fiesta del Virgin de Guadalupe -- Mexico

     Las Mananitas -- Puerto Rico

National Ambrosia Day

National Cocoa Day

National Day of the Horse -- US (by Congressional resolution, information here 

National Ding-A-Ling Day -- an unofficial day on which to honor all the ding-a-lings you know, and even act like one yourself if you wish

Neutrality Day/National Day and Student Youth Day -- Turkmenistan

Poinsettia Day -- death anniversary of Joel Roberts Poinsett

St. Finnian of Clonard's Day (Father of Irish Monasticism; going to bed without supper tonight means you risk being carried away by the fairies)

St. Lucy's Eve -- Austria (night of the shining that some use to predict the future)

Unmentionable Thoughts Festival -- Fairy Calendar (Imps, Goblins, and naughty Fairies)

Yuletide Lads begin arriving -- Iceland (Jolasveinar trolls, children of Gryla and Leppaludi, who come one each day to bring gifts and mischief from now until Christmas)

     Yuletide Lad of the Day, Stekkjarstaur -- Sheepfold Stick, who will try to drink the milk from the farmers' ewes

Anniversaries Today:

Jerry Lee Lewis marries his cousin Myra Gale Brown, 1957

Pennsylvania becomes the 2nd US State, 1787

Birthdays Today:

Mayim Bialik, 1975

Rey Mysterio, Jr., 1974

Madchen Amick, 1970

Jennifer Connelly, 1970

Tracy Austin, 1962

Sheila E. 1957

Cathy Rigby, 1952

Robert Lindsay, 1949

Tom Wilkinson, 1948

Emerson Fittipaldi, 1946

Dionne Warwick, 1941

Connie Francis, 1938

Robert Lee "Bob" Pettit, Jr., 1932

Edward Irwin Koch, 1924

Bob Barker, 1923

Bob Dorough, 1923

Joe Williams, 1918

Frank Sinatra, 1915

Edward G. Robinson, 1893

Edvard Munch, 1863

Gustave Flaubert, 1821

Stand Watie, 1806

William Lloyd Garrison, 1805

John Jay, 1745 (Old Style date)

Erasmus Darwin, 1731

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"La Valse"(Ravel ballet), 1920

St. Louis Post-Dispatch(First edition), 1878

Today in History:

The Battle at Ninevah: Byzantine emperor Heraclius defeats Perzen, 627

The Order of the Dragon is created by Sigismund, King of Hungary, and his wife Queen Barbara of Celje, following the battle for possession of Bosnia, 1408

Isabella crowns herself Queen of Castile and Aragon, 1474

Jews are expelled from Schlettstadt Alsace by Emperor Frederick III, 1479

In Vienna, Ludwig von Beethoven receives his first lesson in music composition from Franz Joseph Haydn, 1792

Mexico is officially recognized as an independent nation by the US, 1822

The first Canadian coins are circulated (1 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent and 20 cent), 1858

Rudolph Dirks' first Katzenjammer cartoon strip appears in the NY Journal, 1897

Belo Horizonte, the first planned city of Brazil, is founded, 1897

George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee, 1899

Guglielmo Marconi receives the first transatlantic radio signal at Signal Hill in St John's, Newfoundland, 1901

Delhi replaces Calcutta as the capital of India, 1911

Oscar Straus becomes US Secretary of Commerce, the first Jew to be a US Cabinet member, 1906

The first all metal aircraft, the Junkers J-1, is test flown in Dessau, Germany, 1915

In Nebraska, Father Edward J. Flanagan founds Boys Town as a farm village for wayward boys, 1917

The first prototype of a hovercraft is patented by British engineer Christopher Cockerell, 1955

Guinea joins the United Nations, 1958

The Russian Federation gains independence from the USSR, 1991

An asteroid named 4179 Toutatis, over 3 miles wide, passes within 4.3 million miles, or 18 lunar distances from Earth, 2012

The International Space Station suspends some of its non-critical systems after an ammonia cooling pump fails; the station and six crew members aboard were not in danger, 2013

French President Francois Hollande proposes that terminally ill patients should have the right to be sedated until death; the proposal does not suggest assisted termination of the patient's life, 2014

Bill English is sworn in as New Zealand Prime Minister, 2016

Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev compete a complex spacewalk to fix a hole in their Soyuz spacecraft, 2018

A point of land 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level under the Denman Glacier in Antarctica is identified as the deepest point of land on Earth, 2019


  1. Some excellent thankfuls - to go with your attitude.

  2. Your thankful list always leaves mi slightly out of breath. I admire you fot keeping up with this scedule.

  3. Another beautiful thankful list. Thankful for your positive attitude and a thankful heart and the kind people in your life.

  4. Those are nice thankfuls and I'll bet the kittens are happy the food arrived too!

  5. Excellent work Mimi. Enjoy the weekend.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. I love the thankful about the mechanic, most, but all are excellent! Hoping you have another week of thankfuls!

  7. You are great at seeing the blessings in your busy life ~ take care of your self. Xox

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Wonderful list of thankfuls. I am glad you got to have a rest for a change. I love your attitude of always seeing the positive-like Carl's messiness=job security. :)

  9. I'm thankful that you had thankfuls, also that Mrs S is eating and that you had time for a lie down.

  10. yeah we are speeding towards Christmas and New Years... not fun but...but! we're a week from the beginning of summer!
    I really look forward to the winter solstice and the days getting longer again
    have a good week

  11. You are one busy woman. A thankful for sure to have had a mid week respite :)

  12. What a relief that the keys were found!
    Interesting about how COVID-19 has affected the release of cats to their new homes
    Having access to clean and efficient laundromats sounds like a real plus.
    A nap midweek surely must have been a welcome respite.
    Hope this coming week is a good one.

  13. Yay for naps and found keys that you didn't know were lost and kitty litter deliveries and Miss Becca!

  14. WOW, you have been busy but I am glad the kitties are all okay and if there is a spare one I wouldn't mind having it.


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