Saturday, March 6, 2021

Glad to Get Here, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


We've had some good things this week, and i am happy to be able to finally list them on Thankful Day.

First is Ms. S.  Not this past Thursday, but the Thursday before (Feb. 25), she was so weak she couldn't get out of bed to get herself a cup of water.  We honestly thought she wasn't long for this world.

On that Friday (Feb. 26), i called her daughter-in-law and told her Ms. S was dying of dehydration and electrolyte loss due to the horrible stomach issues.  Daughter-in-law got on it, and Ms. S's son brought her the medication that night.

Last Sunday (Feb. 28), after she'd had one dose of the meds Friday night, 3 on Saturday, and one that morning, she was sitting outside trimming her plants.  She has made such a turn-around this week, i am expecting her to start a couch-to-5k as soon as we can get the infection in her foot dealt with.  (That's another saga, i hope it will be a thankful by next Saturday.)

Speaking of a saga, Bigger Girl's taxes turned into a saga as well.  One of her previous employers wouldn't send her W-2 after repeated requests.  We asked the CPA to request a copy from the IRS, so he needed a power of attorney.  He emailed the POA to her, she printed it, signed it, and emailed back a photo.  It wouldn't print correctly.  She emailed back a scan.  It never came through.  She sent it again, it never came through.  She finally had to put the doggone thing in the hands of FedEx and sent it priority.

We are thankful the CPA has it.  Also that i got our stuff ready for the CPA.

(A note to our friend Charlotte/Mother Owl:  Yes, if you work for a company, they take the taxes out and all we have to figure up is whether too much or too little was taken.  Yes, we have to figure that for ourselves, the government doesn't do it for us.  My case is more complicated, i work for myself, so i have to keep track of what i make and send in my own taxes.  Our tax law is very, very complicated, with deductions and exceptions and everyone has to figure it out for themselves or hire it done, or use a computer program to do it.)

Monday afternoon i got home early enough to lie down for an hour.  That's a mini-vacation!

Also from Bigger Girl, she sent us some home baked bread, all the way from California.  It's organic tomato basil bread, and it is good.

#2 Son came by this week and we got to meet his new girlfriend.  She is a sweetheart.

He also came by to get me to help him with retrieving his motorcycle from his former apartment, so i got to be in the car with him for a fifteen minute drive.  The best discussions with kids is when you are driving them somewhere, we had a really good talk.

This weekend i am catsitting for Ms. GA and Mr. BA.  They are having a belated birthday jaunt for him (his birthday was the weekend of the ice storm, so of course, the trip had to be rescheduled).  All cats present and accounted for so far, even Little Orphan Annie, who is petrified of me and won't ever come out of the upstairs closet if i am there anyway.  You can always tell she is there because the food disappears!  Making extra money is always a thankful thing.

The shelter is doing very well.  The second hallway is no longer blocked off for ringworm treatment, almost every cat in the place is clear except the few in the separate building.  The building is practically empty of cats, many of those left are adopted already and simply waiting for surgery or some other vet procedure.  It's the slow time of year, we are thankful for the down time as it will get busy again come kitten season.

That seems to put another week of thankfuls in the books, although if i have forgotten anything (because i didn't write it down), i'll include it next time.

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:

Alamo Day -- Texas, US

Feast of Excited Insects -- China; Korea (sometimes called Chinese Groundhog Day, the day insects are supposed to awaken for spring; date approximate)

Foundation Day -- Norfolk Island, Commonwealth of Australia

Headache Relief Day -- aspirin was patented today in 1899

Iditarod Sled Dog Race - Last Great Race on Earth® begins -- Anchorage to Nome, AK, US (1,000 miles along the historic Iditarod Trail)

Independence Day -- Ghana(1957)

Kirishima Jingu Otaue-sai -- Kirishima Jingu Shrine, Kirishima, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (rice planting festival)

March Goblins' Galumphing Gala and Display -- Fairy Calendar

National Frozen Food Day

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

Oreo Cookie Day -- no history found on why this day, but if you like Oreos, do you need a reason?

Stoneware Pottery Appreciation Day -- internet generated by those who love stoneware

St. Colette's Day (Patron of Corbie, France; against the death of parents)

St. Rose of Viterbo's Day (Patron of exiles, people rejected by religious orders, tertiaries; Viterbo, Italy)

Birthdays Today:

Ryan Nyquist, 1979

Shaquille O'Neal, 1972

Amy Pietz, 1969

Connie Britton, 1968

D.L. Hughley, 1963

Tom Arnold, 1959

David Gilmour, 1946

Rob Reiner, 1945

Kiri Te Kanawa, 1944

Dave Gilmour, 1944

Ben Murphy, 1942

Willie Stargell, 1941

Valentina Tereshkova-Nikolaeva, 1937

Lorin Maazel, 1930

Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, 1928

Alan Greenspan, 1926

Ed McMahon, 1923

Will Eisner, 1917

Lou Costello, 1906

Bob Wills, 1905

Ring Lardner, 1885

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806

Anna Claypoole Peale, 1791

Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619

Michelangelo Bounarroti, 1475

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Lend me a Tenor"(Play), 1986

"Deep Blue Sea"(Play), 1952

"Both Your Houses"(Play; Pulitzer Prize for Drama), 1933

"La Traviata"(Opera), 1853

"La Sonnambula"(Opera), 1831

Today in History:

Ferdinand Magellan arrives at Guam, 1521

The First Fleet arrives at Norfolk Island (an external territory of Australia) in order to found a convict settlement, 1788

York, Upper Canada is incorporated as Toronto, 1834

After a thirteen day siege by an army of 3,000 Mexican troops, the 187 Texas volunteers defending the Alamo are defeated and the fort is captured, 1836

Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata receives its premiere performance in Venice, 1853

Dmitri Mendeleev presents the first periodic table to the Russian Chemical Society, 1869

Bayer registers "aspirin" as a trademark, 1899

The trial of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg begins, 1951

United Kingdom colonies Gold Coast and British Togoland become the independent Republic of Ghana, 1957

After 19 years of presenting the CBS Evening News, Walter Cronkite signs off for the last time, 1981

Michelangelo computer virus begins to affect computers, 1992

A referendum in Moldova results in the electorate voting against possible reunification with Romania, 1994

Picasso's painting Tête de Femme is stolen from a London gallery, and is recovered a week later, 1997

Microsoft is fined €561 million for not providing E.U. residents with an alternative web browser to Internet Explorer, 2013

The Crimean parliament votes unanimously to make the Crimea part of Russia, 2014

NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the dwarf planet Ceres, 2015

The world's oldest message in a bottle is found in Western Australia, thrown from the German ship Paula 132 years ago (12 June 1886), 2018


  1. There are so many things to be thankful for in life. Every day. Every moment.

    God bless, Mimi.

  2. I'm so glad that MS S. is feeling much better. I've learned that I need to drink more atfer each day especially after my bladder problem. Have a great Saturday Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  3. Those are all good thankfuls and hooray for some extra work and extra money! Taxes are very taxing.

  4. I am happy to hear that Ms S is so much better. Great thankfuls.

  5. My very best conversations with my son were in the car. We had drifted aprat for a while, but now we are back together!

  6. You are such a kind soul. You look out for those around you. I wish I was a nicer person.

  7. Lots of thankfuls here - and I am really glad to hear that Ms S is doing better. Thank you.

  8. Glad Ms S is doing better and you were able to contact her family right away. The organic tomato/basil bread sound delicious. What a hassle you had with those W-2s. Persistence pays off, but how frustrating it was needed. I miss those years of talks in the car with our kids when they were growing up. It was a great place to have 1:1 time while driving them to activities.

  9. I'm thankful you are getting the ringworm under control, that's a nasty little disease.

  10. Your 'thankfuls' always make me thankful!

  11. Ok, straightforward, not too much...excitement, I enjoy this kind of TToT post much better than those with a lot of..."Good thing we were prepared..." or, "...Otherwise we got through it relatively unscathed "
    Good to hear of a semi surprise day-lette off

  12. Wonderful list of thankfuls ~ but you wear me out ~ don't know how you do all you do ~ Be safe.

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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