Saturday, February 27, 2021

Big Events In My World, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


There are weeks where Thankful Day finds me with lots of separate things to list, and weeks where just a few events have made an impact.

Most of this week relates to Ms. S.  First, i had a brainstorm about her shopping.  The week i clean for Ms. RW, i don't have as much time to be with Ms. S on Tuesday.  If shopping needs to get done, it makes for a very long day, so this week i took the list and Ms. S's debit card with me on Monday afternoon and got to the store when it opened at 7am Tuesday, then went to Ms. RW's house, then to Ms. S.

It worked beautifully, no late afternoon crowds and i got almost everything on the list.

Ms. S has had more than her share of troubles this week, she's been so weak at times she couldn't even stand up.  She's had horrible "digestive trouble," and Sweetie said, "It's like cholera or dysentery, the disease doesn't kill you, the dehydration and depletion of electrolytes does."

Bingo.  She was supposed to receive a medication almost two weeks ago that the doctor ordered to help with this problem, and the insurance took extra time approving it, the pharmacy dropped the ball, she hasn't had it, and she's gotten weaker and sicker from dehydration and electrolyte depletion.  She got to where she was afraid to eat or drink, it would inevitably "set things off" with her digestive trouble.

When i called her daughter-in-law and told her all of this, the lights went on, the pharmacy got a call, her son came in town and made sure he got the medicine to her, and we have hope she may not be so far gone as we thought.  Lots of praying going on over this, if it doesn't help, she will be going to the 24-hour assistance place that she fears above all else.

Ms. G, my Wednesday lady, spent all of our "frozen week" feeding the birds even more than their usual rations.  She said, "They were pretty pitiful, and there were more of them than usual."

My first job this past Wednesday was cleaning out all of the spent seed from the porch and patio.  Then she put more seed out, and we both got the treat of getting to watch the sparrows and a female cardinal very shyly sneak in, one or two at a time, until there was quite a pretty little flock all feasting.  It's not often i get to stop and bird watch, it was lovely.

As we headed out to do the office and Ms. SE's house on Thursday, i am very thankful Sweetie remembered that he'd not yet put in his glaucoma drops before we left the neighborhood and got to the highway.  Next to remembering before you leave, remembering before you get too far away is a blessing and a thankful thing.

Finally, a fun thing for me.  Ms. RW's vacuum cleaner had a broken part she'd taped back together (it's been working fine like that for us for several weeks) and it needed new filters.  She'd bookmarked the parts she needed to order, and then decided to simply treat herself to a new vacuum cleaner and ordered it.

While i was there Tuesday, she told me it was due to arrive soon, and i asked her what to do with the old one.  She said to just throw it out, and i asked her if i could have it.

She said i could, and i asked her to forward me the info for ordering the part and the filters, since this model is discontinued it needs to come from Ebay.

The whole rest of the time i was cleaning, i was so excited!  Little Girl borrowed my vacuum over a year ago, so i've been back to sweeping carpets with a broom again since then.  When i told Ms. RW how excited i was to finally have another vacuum, she could hardly believe it, and she offered to order the parts for me herself, as a gift!

Until you've spent as long as i have sweeping carpets with a broom, you don't know how much a good vacuum cleaner means, and this is a good one.

All is well at the shelter, we are thankful kitten season hasn't started yet, it's a needed break.

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:

Aspirin Day -- Bayer received its US patent for the medicine on this day in 1900

Butter Lantern Festival -- Tibet (the final celebration of the Tibetan New Year)

Day of Selene -- Ancient Greek Calendar (goddess of the moon, date approximate)

Equirria -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Cavalry Horse Festival)

Feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows/Gabriel Possenti (Patron of clerics, students, young people; Abruzzi, Italy; Catholic Action)

Full Snow Moon -- sometimes also called the Full Hunger Moon, as the most snow falls this month and finding food is hardest

     Meaka Bochea -- Buddhist (celebration of the final sermon of Buddha)

     Navam Full Moon Poya Day -- Sri Lanka

     Spring Lantern Festival -- China (final day of the Chinese New Year celebrations)

     Tabodwe Full Moon -- Myanmar (month of Hta-Ma-Ne Feast, the harvest festival of Thanksgiving)

Guru Ravidas Jayanti/Magha Purnima -- CH, HP, HR, MP, and PB, India

Independence Day -- Dominican Republic(1844)

International Sword Swallowers Day   

Majuba Day -- South Africa (celebration of the Boers victory at Majuba Hill)

National Kahlua Day

National Strawberry Day -- no, i don't know why this isn't in June, when the berries are best; maybe the person who put it here had too much Kahlua

No Brainer Day - this day is for me! created by Adrienne Sioux Koopersmith, "America's Premier Eventologist"

Open That Bottle Night -- time to finally drink that bottle of wine you've been saving for a special occasion; after all, the final Saturday in February only comes once a year (sponsored by Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher of The Wall Street Journal)   

Polar Bear Day -- as declared by Polar Bears International

Read Five Pages in the Dictionary Day -- internet generated, and am i the only one who likes the idea?

Runic Half Month Tyr commences (cosmic pillar)

St. Galmier of Lyon's Day (Patron of locksmiths)

The Hop -- Fairy Calendar

Threepenny Day -- Eton College, England (By the last will of two Provosts in the 16th century, each boy receives a threepenny piece on this day -- enough to buy half a sheep back then.)

Anniversary Today:

African Burial Ground National Monument is established, 2006

Birthdays Today:

Josh Groban, 1981

Chelsea Clinton, 1980

Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas, 1971

Grant Show, 1963

Adam Baldwin, 1962

Michael Bolton, 1953

Alan Guth, 1947

Mary Fran, 1943

Charlayne Hunter-Gault, 1942

Howard Hesseman, 1940

Ralph Nadar, 1934

Elizabeth Taylor, 1932

Joanne Woodward, 1930

Ariel Sharon, 1928

John Connally, 1917

James Thomas Farrell, 1904

John Steinbeck, 1902

Gene Sarazen, 1902

Marian Anderson, 1897

David Sarnoff, 1891

Hugo La Fayette Black, 1886

Alice Hamilton, 1869

Ellen Terry, 1847

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807

Constantine I, 272

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"What Makes Sammy Run?"(Musical), 1964

"Road to Utopia"(Film), 1946

Today in History:

The first Russian Embassy arrives in London, 1557

The Treaty of Berwick, which would expel the French from Scotland, is signed by England and the Congregation of Scotland, 1560

Yuan Chonghuan is appointed Governor of Liaodong, after he led the Chinese into a great victory against the Manchurians under Nurhaci, 1626

Jews are expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I, 1670

The Pacific island of New Britain is discovered, 1700

Poet Lord Byron gives his first address as a member of the House of Lords, in defense of Luddite violence against Industrialism in his home county of Nottinghamshire, 1812

The Dominican Republic gains independence from Haiti, 1844

Composer Robert Schumann is saved from a suicide attempt in Rhine, 1854

Russians shoot at Poles protesting Russian rule of Poland, 1861

The current flag of Japan is first adopted as the national flag for Japanese merchant ships, 1870

Charlotte E. Ray becomes the first African American woman to earn a law degree, from Howard University, 1872

Lord Kitchener opens Khartoum-El Obeid (Nyala) railway, 1912

Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben discover carbon-14, 1940

The government of Italy asks for help to keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling over, 1964

The American Indian Movement occupies Wounded Knee, South Dakota, 1973

People magazine is published for the first time, 1974

U.S. President George H. W. Bush announces that "Kuwait is liberated", 1991

A Muslim mob kills 59 Hindu pilgrims returning from Ayodhya, 2002

The Shanghai Stock Exchange falls 9%, the largest drop in 10 years, 2007

Central Chile is hit with an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, 2010

Wikileaks begins releasing 5 million emails from Stratfor, a private intelligence company, 2012

At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his farewell address, 2013

The smallest baby boy ever born who grew enough to be released from the hospital goes home from a Tokyo hospital, after an original birth weight of 268g (9.45oz), 2019

Doctors announce the world's second known case of semi-identical twins, a boy and girl from Brisbane, Australia, 2019

Astrophysical Journal publishes the results of a study of the largest cosmic explosion ever detected from a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy, 2020


  1. Fingers (and toes) crossed for Ms S. And a big hooray that you are getting a vacuum cleaner again. Anything which makes your life easier is a big win.

  2. I'm so glad Ms S finally got her medication, how is it possible for the pharmacy to drop the ball like that? Surely they would contact someone if medication hadn't been collected?
    I remember sweeping carpet down on my knees with a dustpan and brush, thankfully it was only one room in a rented flat, the rest of the place had vinyl flooring. After we moved out I made sure a vacuum cleaner was on my shopping list.

  3. A vacuum cleaner is such a practical thing! Gratz on having a new, old one. Fingers crossed for Ms. S here too, it's incredible what deficiencies can do to a human being.
    And no, you're not alone in finding the read five pages in a dictionary likeable. count me in.

  4. Did you know that sound does not travel in a vacuum? Especially if it is switched on, or the dust bag is full.

    God bless.

  5. I have spent a year struggling to clean carpeted floors without a vacuum - I feel your joy!
    You & Charlotte & I can pass around our five dictionary pages as we finish. :-)

  6. Since we moved into our new home, there isn't much cleaning to really do. My wife takes her machine out, does some cleaning and put it back into the closet. She so happy and so am I.
    Have a good day Mimi.

    Cruiin Paul

  7. Prayers to Ms S. from all of us. I'm glad you got a vacuum, we can't imagine sweeping carpet with a broom here with all the cat fur.

  8. So frightening the problems with health care coordination. Thankfully you were aware and most likely saved her life. What every happened to those doctors that checked up on people who could not come in.

  9. I will be praying for poor Ms. S. XO

  10. ok, this is a compliment.... (! really)
    I read the title and I thought uh oh....
    You do so much work and have such adventures on your 'uneventful' weeks that I was, all, like.... quick scan it to see that it was a 'good big week' (as opposed to a scary big week)
    have a good, quiet week ahead

  11. Ms S is in our Purrayers! And what a wonderful gift Ms RW! I know what you mean about sweeping carpets! Not fun! You are AWESOME! Keep up the great work that you do, You have a wonderful impact on so many lives (including my own). Have a marvellously happy day!


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