Winter is back, and it's Thankful Day. Yes, i am thankful for the cooler weather, the longer we get before air conditioning season, the better!
Last Saturday was wonderful, we got to take Coda to see Lulu for the second week in a row. They wore each other completely out, it was glorious.
By Sunday, Becca's family was no longer in quarantine, so i offered to go over there. Her mom said no, she wasn't on the schedule to sing in the church choir because she'd not been able to make the practice.
Here's where i am thankful i have some flexibility in a lot of my schedulingg. She called later and asked if she could change her mind. Her best friend from out of town was going to be here for only two days, taking care of some things while moving her mother to be near. Could i come watch Becca so the two of them could spend an hour together Sunday morning?
Of course i could, and into the bargain, Becca's mom even got to take a trip to the grocery store. After having been quarantined for two weeks, even a walk in the park with a friend and then a trip to the store is a big deal.
Some of the days this week were just normal, typical busy days, like Monday and most of Wednesday, and i am thankful for those when they happen.
Tuesday, well, we've been over Tuesday. Mr. RW's funeral, all the items in the house that got lost, Sam the Dog crossing to the Rainbow Bridge, it was rough.
There was beauty, though, and thankfulness. The service went well and i was told it was lovely. Many people brought food, and i warmed it all up in a temperamental oven that i've never used before, and didn't burn any of it. There's a new baby on the way in that family, and there was sharing of pictures of the ultrasound and recordings of the heartbeat.
We're all thankful for the reminders that life does go on, even though it's never the same day to day. (Another reason to be thankful, we'd be bored if it never changed!)
Wednesday afternoon, as hinted, was a bit different, i got home early enough to put my feet up for an hour. No nap, as Diamond-Dog-next-door is never quiet for long, but some rest is a good thing.
Thursday is when the weather broke with another small monsoon like we get sometimes. My shoes got wet early, and i am thankful that though i had to work all day in wet shoes, i was indoors where it was warm enough that it didn't matter.
Oh, and i have another reason (like i needed one!) to be thankful for Kevin and Lenny. We were one small payment away from having all of our car repairs paid off when Lunceford the Land Yacht needed an oil change. They gladly added that to the total and we will only be one extra week paying everything off. We had cash for the inspection sticker (thankful!) and it passed inspection, too (double thankful!!!).
Grandma doesn’t get out any more except to church and occasionally the hairdresser, and she’s been wanting some Seeduction Bread from Whole Foods. It was on my Friday list.
Friday gets very busy, i am thankful for our morning Bible study and all of the work. This week, the work included helping Mr. BA organize Mr. KW’s hunting/fishing clothes. (Mr. KW, before he died, told his friends to come get everything to give to a local organization that helps veterans that Mr. BA’s veteran son works with, and since many veterans hunt and fish, it’s all going to a good cause.)
The shelter was hopping with painting going on and people there to adopt the few kitties we have at this time. We’re thankful for the break before kitten season hits again.
By the time i got to Whole Foods Friday night, i was so thankful to find exactly two loaves of Seeduction Bread left for Grandma! The bakery lady sliced it for her, and i am thankful for her smile, she was especially helpful and gracious at a time of the day and week when many are out of patience and graciousness.
There we have it, there’s always plenty of good going on, and i am thankful to be able to share it.
Break-Up Day -- if you are over him/her, don't go through tomorrow pledging love falsely, get out today
Dream of Your Sweetheart Day -- a reminder that if you aren't ready for Valentine's Day tomorrow, you'd better get cracking
Employee Legal Awareness Day -- Australia
Get a Different Name Day -- for those who hate their name; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Ides of February -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also
Parentalia begins -- through the 21st (honoring divi parentes -- the deified ancestors)
Lupercalia begins -- through the 15th (to rid the city of evil spirits)
Orgiastic festival of Juno Februa begins -- through tomorrow
I Value Your Friendship Day -- because you don't want to neglect your friends while we are remembering love this week
Madly in Love With Me Day -- because you have to love "me" before you can love "we"
National Tortellini Day
St. Catherine dei Ricci's Day (Patron of the ill)
Ta-asobi -- Akatsuka Suwa Shrine, Itabashi-ku, Japan (ceremony to pray for a good harvest)
Trndez or Tearnandarach -- Armenian Christian Church (fire celebration, begins in the evening and goes through tomorrow; originally a pagan sun worship celebration, it is now a Candlemas celebration by the OS Calendar)
Mena Suvari, 1979
Robbie Williams, 1974
Kelly Hu, 1968
David Naughton, 1951
Peter Gabriel, 1950
Stockard Channing, 1944
Jerry Springer, 1944
Carol Lynley, 1942
Peter Tork, 1942
Bo Svenson, 1941
George Segal, 1934
Kim Novak, 1933
Chuck Yeager, 1923
Eileen Farrell, 1920
Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1919
Eddie Robinson, 1919
Grant Wood, 1892
Alvin York, 1887
Elizabeth "Bess" Virginia Wallace Truman, 1885
Randolph Henry Spencer Churchill, 1849
Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, 1754
Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, 1682
"Prince Valiant"(Comic strip), 1937
Today in History:
Baghdad falls to the Mongols, and the Abbasid Caliphate is destroyed, 1258
Jews are expelled from Burgsordf, Switzerland, 1349
The Disfida di Barletta (Challenge of Barletta); Frenchman Charles de la Motte accused Italians of cowardice, and thirteen Italians proceeded to rout 13 Frenchmen in a chivalrous horseback tourney, 1503
St. Augustine, Florida, is founded, becoming the oldest continuously occupied European established city, and the oldest port, in the continental United States, 1566
Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei arrives in Rome for trial before the Inquisition for professing belief that the Earth revolves around the sun, 1633
Treaty of Lisbon: Spain recognizes Portugal, 1668
The Massacre of Glencoe: 78 members of the clan Macdonald are murdered for not promptly pledging allegiance to the new king, William of Orange (William III), 1692
Cholera appears in London, 1832
Work begins on the covering of the Zenne, burying Brussels's primary river and creating the modern central boulevards, 1867
The feminist newspaper La Citoyenne is first published in Paris by the activist Hubertine Auclert, 1881
Painter Thomas Eakins resigns from Philadelphia Academy of Art after controversial over use of male nudes in a coed art class, 1886
Auguste and Louis Lumière patent the Cinematographe, a combination movie camera and projector, 1894
English suffragettes storm British Parliament and 60 women are arrested, 1907
The Negro National League is formed, 1920
A jury in Flemington, New Jersey finds Bruno Hauptmann guilty of the 1932 kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby, 1935
France tests its first atomic bomb, 1960
Black Sabbath, arguably the very first heavy metal album, is released, 1970
A series of sewer explosions destroys more than two miles of streets in Louisville, Kentucky, 1981
An agreement is reached on a two-stage plan to reunite Germany, 1990
The last original "Peanuts" comic strip appears in newspapers one day after Charles M. Schulz dies, 2000
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announces the discovery of the universe's largest known diamond, white dwarf star BPM 37093. Astronomers named this star "Lucy" after The Beatles' song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", 2004
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd makes a historic apology to the Indigenous Australians and the Stolen Generations, 2008
At 23:31:30 UTC the Unix system time (time_t) number reaches 1234567890 seconds, 2009
For the first time in more than 100 years the Umatilla, an American Indian tribe, were able to hunt and harvest a bison just outside Yellowstone National Park, restoring a centuries-old tradition guaranteed by a treaty signed in 1855, 2011
NASA confirms Mars Opportunity rover's mission, originally set to be 90 days, has ended after 15 years due to a sandstorm damaging communications, 2019
A study published in the journal Science of Arrokoth 2014 MU69 in the Kuiper Belt shows scientists are rethinking how planets are formed, not by violent collisions but by a more gentle clumping, 2020