We made it to the first Thankful Day of February! That's a thankful thing in itself, February is a short month with a lot to celebrate.
Groundhog Day/Candlemas here was clear and beautiful. That's supposed to mean winter will come roaring back, and it has. We're thankful for every day we don't have to use the air conditioners, although we will also be thankful when the temperatures are a bit more toward the middle ranges.
Coda and Lulu had a fun time last Saturday. Sweetie and i got the bright idea to shut the hall doors, so they played up and down the hall and into the bedrooms, and left the living room area alone until they had mostly tuckered themselves out. We're thankful they had fun, and i'm going to use that idea again today.
Yes, Little Girl did her January duty last weekend, and while everyone was there the powers-that-be told them, "By the way, we moved your February duty to next weekend, we'll see you again Friday."
She and her cohorts (and all of their employers) are not so happy about the sudden change of schedule, but it's an ill wind that blows no one any good, and it means i get Coda two weeks in a row, a thankful for me.
Last Saturday, Grandpa told me to order food delivered, and no one but me wanted anything, so i got to try a new place. Hooray for Indian food, so many good vegetarian and vegan options, and it's spicy and delicious to boot. It's also not something anyone else there would have eaten, so i didn't have to share!
Sunday, while Coda was still here, i called Ms. S and asked her if she wanted a visit from a dog. She was game, so i brought Coda over and she spent about 45 minutes sitting with Ms. S and getting petted and loved on. Ms. S still misses her dog, so having Coda play therapy dog for a bit was a blessing for her.
It makes me thankful Little Girl raised that dog to be friendly and loving to everyone.
Brother-in-Law has been worried about his taxes. He always gets a refund, and is antsy to get his done and filed the moment he gets a W-2. Telling him the IRS won't accept it before February 12 does no good, he fusses and fumes and still wants it done yesterday.
His taxes are done, and i'm thankful. Of course, the IRS won't start processing anything for another week, but i got on TurboTax and got it all entered and processed and i am thankful he'll leave me alone about it now!
Our Zoom meeting on Tuesday with the Ladies' Circle from church went very well. We are all thankful for the technology that allows us to still meet together and enjoy discussing our lives and the book we are studying. (This year, for any who wants to know, it's Identity Theft: Reclaiming the Truth of Our Identity in Christ.)
Thursday at Ms. V's house, for once, went like clockwork. For the first time in weeks, i managed to get done early and got to come home and have a feets up time, a big thankful.
Yesterday was dreary and drippy and drizzly, so when Mr. BA had me cleaning the spare refrigerator and helping him cook gumbo for the men's gumbo contest at church today, i was thankful for indoor work.
The shelter continues to do pretty well, considering our Covid times. Cats are getting adopted regularly, including one last night while i was there.
Someone there got the bright idea to invent a new volunteer position, Kitty Counselor. We now have volunteers who come in solely to spend time socializing some of our less friendly adult cats, the ones that have a more difficult time finding homes. We're thankful it's helping, the staff are noticing that many formerly stand-offish cats are allowing themselves to be petted now.
That about wraps up another week!
Aldus Day -- death anniversary of Aldus Manutius, inventor of italics
Bob Marley Day / Reggae Day -- Jamaica (birth anniversary)
Gamelia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (anniversary celebration of the marriage of Zeus and Hera; date approximate)
International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation -- United Nations
Lame Duck Day -- US, on the anniversary of the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution; a day to recognize those whose tenure is running out
National Chopsticks Day
Oto Matsuri -- Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan (fire festival)
Rubik-Cube Muddling Championships -- Fairy Calendar
Sami National Day -- Finland, Norway, Russian, and Sweden
St. Dorothy of Caesarea's Day (Patron of brewers, brides, florists, gardeners, midwives, newlyweds; Pescia, Italy)
St. Peter Baptist's Day (Patron of Caceres, Philippines; Japan)
Waitangi Day -- Maori, New Zealand and Niue (treaty with Britain, 1840; also considered National Day)
Accession of Queen Elizabeth II, 1952 (upon the death of her father, George VI)
Massachusetts becomes the 6th US State, 1788
The College of William and Mary in Virginia is founded by royal charter, 1693
Axl Rose, 1962
Barry Miller, 1958
Kathy Najimy, 1957
Robert Townsend, 1957
Natalie Cole, 1950
Bob Marley, 1945
Michael Tucker, 1944
Gayle Hunnicutt, 1943
Gigi Perreau, 1941
Tom Brokaw, 1940
Mike Farrell, 1939
Francois Truffant, 1932
Rip Torn, 1931
Mamie Van Doren, 1931
Zsa Zsa Gabor, 1919
Mary Leakey, 1913
Ronald Reagan, 1911
Babe Ruth, 1895
Aaron Burr, 1756
Nicolaus II Bernoulli, 1695
Chongzhen, Emperor of China, 1611
Christopher Marlowe, 1564
"Masque of Kings"(Play), 1936
"Rhenisch"(Schumann's 3rd Symphony), 1851
Today in History:
The United States signs its first treaty, in which France recognizes the US and promises aid, 1778
New Jersey issues the first US railroad charter to John Stevens, 1815
Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles founds Singapore, 1819
The first 86 African American immigrants sponsored by the American Colonization Society started a settlement in present-day Liberia, 1820
Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, establishing New Zealand as a British colony, 1840
Harper's Weekly publishes the first picture of Uncle Sam with chin whiskers, 1869
The international arbitration court at The Hague is created when the Netherlands' Senate ratifies an 1899 peace conference decree, 1900
The Young Women's Hebrew Association organizes in NYC, 1902
The "Monopoly" board game goes on sale for the first time, 1935
Turkey holds its first election in which women can vote, 1935
K Elizabeth Ohi becomes the first Japanese-US female lawyer, 1937
Elizabeth II becomes the first Queen regnant of the United Kingdom and several other realms since Queen Victoria, upon the death of her father, George VI, 1952
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit, 1959
Justice Mary Gaudron is appointed to the High Court of Australia, the first woman to be appointed, 1987
The Round Table Talks start in Poland, thus marking the beginning of overthrow of communism in Eastern Europe, 1989
Russia captures Grozny, Chechnya, forcing the separatist Chechen Republic of Ichkeria government into exile, 2000
A magnitude 8.0 earthquake causes significant damage to villages along the coast of the Solomon Islands, 2013
Qatar Airways achieves the longest-ever commercial flight in service when its B777 aircraft lands in Auckland after a 16 hour and 23 minutes flight from Doha, 2017
SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket, 2018
According to research from RMIT University in Australia, honeybees are able to add and substract and understand the concept of zero, the first invertebrates shown to demonstrate this capacity, 2019
US astronaut Christina Koch completes the longest continuous spaceflight by a female astronaut after 328 days on the International Space Station, landing in Kazakhstan, 2020