Keeping a list of thankful things is really helpful now when i get to Thankful Day. No more wracking my brains to remember details, and i am thankful for that, as my brains are tired by Friday night.
Last Saturday it was Sweetie's day to go with me to Grandma and Grandpa's house to clean, so we got it done by lunch time and got home early enough for a feets up session.
Becca did well enough on Sunday morning that we got to go to church. That means she took her meds, brushed her teeth, got dressed and did it all without a fuss. It really was a good morning for her.
That afternoon, we had to work on getting the phones working again. The week before, it was Bigger Girl's phone that suddenly would not accept phone calls. This week, it was my phone and Sweetie's that suddenly quit sending texts with attachments. We are thankful tech support can reset the network and get things working again.
My Wednesday lady, Ms. G, was to have a dentist appointment on Wednesday, so i got Ms. S to swap days. Going to Ms. G's on Tuesday was unusual, but it worked out well and she even had the energy to get me to help clean out two cabinets that she's been wanting to sort and tidy.
That afternoon, #1 Son stopped by to get his mail, and i am always thankful to see him. He's doing very well.
The shelter is almost empty (seemingly) these days, as it's not kitten season quite yet. That meant i got the shelter done early on Wednesday, got to the laundromat as soon as it opened, and then got to Ms. S for "big cleaning" day. Even with all that, i was thankful to get home over an hour earlier than usual.
Because i was home earlier than usual, i was there when #2 Son showed up to pick up some things from his room. He had excellent news, he is being promoted officially into management and will be on salary as of February 1.
Mr. Mike, the Generator Guy, called me last week to ask if i'd sent him any money yet (he was in California installing generators for over a month). Yes, i told him, i sent a $100 money order in your Christmas card.
He hadn't received it.
While that's not a thankful thing, i am thankful that it has not been cashed yet (i checked online), so it might still show up. If it does not, for $25, i can have it cancelled and refunded. Yes, i know that means i really only get $75 back, but it's better than nothing.
Also, when Mr. Mike came to check on the generator, Sweetie gave him what was supposed to have been the second installment, and he told us it was not a rush, he doesn't expect us to come up with the money that went missing right now.
Thursday i got the nasty surprise that, now our phones would sent texts with attachments again, voicemail had stopped working.
Once again, several calls and a good bit of time with tech support, and it's all sorted.
Next week, i will be doing a final cleaning for some friends who are moving out of state. Since it's a final cleaning of their apartment, they will be gone and there will be no vacuum cleaner available there. Since Little Girl swiped ours we've been making do with one that just won't be enough for a final cleanup, so i am very thankful Ms. GA is going to lend me her spare.
To top off the week, when i got to the shelter Friday evening, they had a dozen cans of cat food waiting for me that someone donated and they could not use. Trust me, we can always make use of them!
Bounty Day -- Pitcairn Island (celebrates the burning of the HMS Bounty in 1790
Cold, Cold, Cold Day -- coldest temp ever recorded in the US, -79.8°F (-62.11°C), this day in 1971 at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska
Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Lenaia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Dionysian festival to arouse the sleeping vegetation and bring spring; date approximate)
Measure Your Feet Day -- one can only ask...."Why!?!"
National Pie Day -- US, sponsored by the American Pie Council
National Handwriting Day -- US, on the birth anniversary of John Hancock, to encourage the dying art of legible handwriting by the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
National Rhubarb Pie Day
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Jayanti -- TR and WB, India (birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose)
Ragwort Dance -- Fairy Calendar (Pixies only)
Snowplow Mailbox Hockey Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; plow drivers, see how far you can make those rural mailboxes go!
St. John the Almoner's Day (Patron of Knights Hospitaller; known for his generosity to the poor, "If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.")
Wakakusa Yamayaki -- Nara, Japan (Grass Burning on Mt. Wakakusayama, and fireworks; an annual New Year tradition)
Women in Medicine Day -- Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first woman awarded the degree of Medical Doctor in 1849
The founding of Georgetown University, the first US Catholic college, 1789
Tito Ortiz, 1975
Tiffani Thiessen, 1974
Mariska Hargitay, 1964
Gail O'Grady, 1963
Princess Caroline of Monaco, 1957
Antonio Villaraigosa, 1953
Pat Haden, 1953
Richard Dean Anderson, 1950
Rutger Hauer, 1944
Gil Gerard, 1943
Chita Rivera, 1933
Jeanne Moreau, 1928
Ernie Kovacs, 1919
John M. Browning, 1855
Edouard Manet, 1832
Stendhal(Marie-Henri Beyle), 1783
John Hancock, 1737
Joseph Hewes, 1730
"The A-Team"(TV), 1983
"Roots"(TV miniseries), 1977
"Barney Miller"(TV), 1975
"King Family Show"(TV), 1965
"After the Fall"(Miller's Play), 1964
"The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"(Film), 1948
Today in History:
Epoch (origin) of the Kali Yuga (Hindu Iron Age of the Gods), BC3102
In China, the war elephant corps of the Southern Han are soundly defeated at Shao by crossbow fire from Song Dynasty troops, 971
The first printing of Ramban's Sha'ar ha-Gemul, 1490
The first printing of the Pentateuch, 1492
The second version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England, 1552
What is probably the most deadly earthquake in history kills 830,000 in Shensi Province, China, 1556
Queen Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange in London, 1571
Blaise Pascal publishes the first of his Lettres provinciales, 1656
Joseph Pease, a Quaker, is admitted to Parliament on his affirmation, 1833
Elizabeth Blackwell becomes the first female physician in the US, 1849
The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1855
Alesund Fire: the Norwegian coastal town Alesund is devastated by fire, leaving 10,000 people homeless an one person dead, 1904
Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes the first Native American US senator, 1907
Pianist Ignaz Paderewski becomes premier of the Polish government in exile, 1940
Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time, 1943
The bathyscaphe USS Trieste breaks a depth record by descending to 10,911 m (35,798 feet) in the Pacific Ocean, 1960
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first members: Little Richard, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, 1986
Final communication between Earth and Pioneer 10, 2003
Six Venezuelan cable television channels are taken off the air by the Venezuelan government after refusing to transmit government messages, 2010
Chinese researchers report they have cloned two monkeys, using the same technology as Dolly the Sheep, 2018
The 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp is marked by an international forum in Jerusalem, Israel, 2020