Saturday, January 16, 2021

Yes, It All Really Happened, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Here we are again, Thankful Day, and again, i took notes and it helps.

Aren't we thankful for notes on the phone?  Yep, we are.

Last Saturday evening, Sweetie and Brother-in-Law, between them, had saved up enough to go have a meal out at a local hamburger/salad/poboy place.  They ordered at the counter, paid, got a receipt, and that's about all that went right.  The order was messed up twice, three items were forgotten and they had to go to the counter to ask for those things, and the manager was so upset about how long they had to wait and how many times things went wrong that she comped them the meal.  Full refund.  It's always a thankful thing when managers practice great customer service like that.

Sunday, i didn't have to get out of bed early, so i didn't.  Yes, church and Ms. S, but the later service and Ms. S after, and i got a bit of a lie in, unheard of around here.

Then Monday, i got to Ms. S's just in time to help.  She'd had an awful night, fell again, and was trying to change her bedding herself after spilling her Dr. Pepper.  She can hardly breathe sometimes, much less change a bed.  When someone's timing is impeccable, even my own, i don't peck at it, i'm just grateful for it.

Two weeks ago, at Ms. RW's house, we dealt with her husband and his decision to take way too many supplements.  Well, it didn't turn out to be that simple.

Mr. KW ended up in the hospital, and by Tuesday when i got there to clean, well, it was another of those i'm thankful for the timing things.  When your husband is in the hospital, and you are up there with him much of every day, and the daughter is coming in to care for the dogs a lot, things get scribbly and Ms. RW's place was actually untidy as well as in need of standard cleaning.

(Note:  there's a difference between tidying and cleaning.  When you put the dishes in the dishwasher, that's tidying so i can clean the sink, meaning scrub and disinfect it.  When you pick stuff up and put it away so i can dust the surfaces and actually get to the floors to sweep and vacuum and mop, you tidied and i cleaned.  Her place, especially with two sheddy dogs, needs cleaning regularly but i've never seen it truly untidy until this week.)

It turns out he has a stage 4 lymphoma, and they've called in hospice.  In a case like this, we can't be thankful for the diagnosis, we can be thankful he knows Jesus as his Savior and he's not in a lot of pain with the meds.

Bigger Girl got safely back to California, for which i am thankful, and her new phone was not working, refusing to accept calls.  It would make calls, and receive and send texts, but all calls to her resulted in the automated message This Is Not A Working Number.

It was a three ring circus as i called tech support, then messaged her to call me, then merged the calls, then got her to turn her phone off and call me with her friend's phone and merged that call, then she (and two of her friends helping) did all the stuff to her phone that tech support said, then got transferred to the next step up, and finally, after being on the phone with two support people and her and the two friends, her phone is finally working.  We did a happy dance at the end of that one.  (And now my phone and Sweetie's phone have quit sending pictures as texts, possibly because when they fixed our network something else got messed up, but that's another call to tech support i won't have time to make until this afternoon or tomorrow.)

Thursday was the office, and it was the annual putting-Christmas-in-the-attic.  My thankful is two-fold, i am not afraid of heights, and this is only a once a year occurrence.

Then we went to Ms. SE's house.  Last time, two weeks ago, they were out of town and had forgotten to leave a check, so Mr. DE was supposed to pay me by Paypal.  He forgot.  He felt so badly that this time they paid for both visits and gave me a $10 tip.  Extra gas money, yahoo!

Once again, also, i am thankful i know vacuum cleaners, as theirs has to be regularly taken apart and rescued from all the stuff that gets in it because of the children.  The younger boy loves to help clean, but has no clue that you can't vacuum up pencils and paper clips and everything else that falls to the floor.

Mr. RA gave us all a bit of a scare, someone in his office came down with Covid19.  He got tested and is clear, so i was able to go get the house done on Friday.

We have lots to be thankful for at the shelter, as all of the fall kittens have been adopted out and none of the spring kittens are here yet.  Not every adopted kitten has gone home, but we are thankful to be almost caught up on surgeries so they will all be home soon.  The place is as busy as ever.

Another eventful week, and although the full names are not used, i promise all of this happened, and more.

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:

Appreciate a Dragon Day -- share stories of your favorite dragons from literature; begun by author Danita K. Paul

Concordia --  Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of harmonious relations)

Day of Offerings to the Shemsu of Ra -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Inflatable Tire Day -- birth anniversary of Andre Michelin

International Hot and Spicy Food Day

Laurent Kabila -- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes' Day)

Learn to Ski Day -- always the 3rd Saturday of January, and you go right ahead

National Day of Peace -- El Salvador (anniversary of 1992 peace treaty)

National Fig Newton Day

National Good Teen Day -- which really is most of them, isn't it

National Nothing Day -- created by newspaperman Harold Pullman Coffin in 1973 “to provide Americans with one national day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”

National Work At Home With Your Spouse Day -- internet generated; try if you dare, i won't, as much as i love him, i'd have to kill him.

National Religious Freedom Day -- US (in 1786, the Virginia legislature adopted a statute guaranteeing religious freedom to citizens of that state, and protecting them from discrimination for their religious choices)

St. Anthony's Eve -- Abruzzo, Italy (Fires of Saint Anthony -- Anthony the Great)

St. Honratus of Arles' Day (Patron for rain; against drought, misfortune)

Teacher's Day -- Thailand

There's No Business Like Show Business Day -- Ethel Merman's Birth Anniversary!

Uzhavar Thirunal -- PY, TN, India (Farmer's Day portion of the Pongal celebrations)

Birthday's Today:

Kate Moss, 1974

Sade, 1959

Debbie Allen, 1950

John Carpenter, 1948

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947

Ronnie Milsap, 1944

A.J. Foyt, 1935

Dian Fossey, 1932

Dizzy Dean, 1911

Ethel Merman, 1908

Frank Zamboni, 1901

Harry Carey, Sr., 1878

Robert W. Service, 1874 (Poet, The Cremation of Sam McGee)

Andre Michelin, 1853

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Hello, Dolly"(Musical), 1964

"A Pastoral Symphony"(Ralph Vaughan Williams' third symphony), 1922

Today in History:

The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Casesar Octavian by the Roman Senate, BC27

The Ostrogoths, under King Totila, conquer Rome after a long siege, by bribing the Isaurian garrison, 550

A great storm tide in the North Sea destroys the German island of Strand and the city of Rungholt, 1362

The Medici family is appointed official banker of the Papacy, 1412

The first grammar of a modern language, in the Spanish language, is presented to Queen Isabella, 1492

Ivan IV of Russia aka Ivan the Terrible becomes Tsar of Russia, 1547

English parliament passes laws against Catholicism, 1581

The first edition of El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha (Book One of Don Quixote) by Miguel de Cervantes is published in Madrid, 1605

The Continental Congress approves enlistment of free blacks, 1776

The Commonwealth of Virginia enacted the Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson, 1786

The refrigerator car is patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit, 1868

The Pendleton Act creates the basis of US Civil Service system, 1883

The British explorer Ernest Shackleton finds magnetic south pole, 1909

The British House of Commons accepts Home-Rule for Ireland, 1913

Writer Maksim Gorki returns to Russia, 1914

The US ratifies the constitutional amendment on Prohibition, to take effect one year later, 1919

The League of Nations holds its first council meeting in Paris, 1920

The first photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah Florida, 1936

Benny Goodman plays the first jazz performance at Carnegie Hall, 1938

Crash of TWA Flight 3, killing all 22 aboard, including film star Carole Lombard, 1942

Soviet spacecraft Soyuz 4 and Soyuz 5 perform the first-ever docking of manned spacecraft in orbit, the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another, and the only time such a transfer was accomplished with a space walk, 1969

Buckminster Fuller receives the Gold Medal award from the American Institute of Architects, 1970

The Shah of Iran flees Iran with his family and relocates to Egypt, 1979

First meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force., 1986

El Salvador officials and rebel leaders sign the Chapultepec Peace Accords in Mexico City ending the 12-year Salvadoran civil war , 1992

The UN Security Council unanimously establishes an arms embargo and the freezing of assets of Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaida, and the remaining members of the Taliban, 2002

The Space Shuttle Columbia takes off for mission STS-107, but disintegrates 16 days later on reentry, 2003

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is sworn in as Liberia's new president, becoming Africa's first female elected head of state, 2006

New U.S. rules loosening trade restrictions with Cuba go into effect, 2015

The first ever flower grown in space, a zinnia, is announced; it was grown aboard the International Space Station using the NASA Veggie system, 2016


  1. A busy week with many thankfuls! Have a great week to come.

  2. wow, what a week. I feel out of breath just reading about it.

  3. Thank the Lord always and praise Him.

    God bless.

  4. That was some week, I don't know how you made it through to the other side!

  5. Never a dull moment in your life. I am sorry one of your clients has lymphoma.

  6. Unfortunately, I also rushed to the hospital last Wednesday night. I'm home now but totally exhausted. Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Mimi, you are such a life safer to so many people. I'm glad you made it through another week. Being able to start the week with being able to sleep in a bit surely was needed considering how the week ahead turned out.

  8. I enjoy reading your thankfuls and am reminded I have some too. This week I am NOT thankful my neighbour is in hospital, but I AM thankful for the peace and quiet around here. She's quite disruptive and things get noisy far too often with neighbours shouting at each other.

  9. Whew! I am tired just hearing all you do ~ Be Safe ~ Be well. ~ prays and hugs for your friend who is in hospice care now.

    Moment by moment.....

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Busy week, but sounds like it netted out on the positive (the comped lunch, the extra cleaning fee and the 'sleep in').
    Trust you'll have a quieter week ahead.

  11. What a week! Why are electronics so complicated and such a PAIN when they don't work correctly? My phone is ollllld, at least for a smart phone. I think it's 5 years old, at least, and it doesn't hold a charge very well, and things just glitch for no reason.


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