Saturday, April 10, 2021

It's Thankful Day, a Ten Things of Thankful A to Z Post


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It is Thankful Day, and as they say on Sesame Street, today is brought to you by the letter "I".

Let's start with Innocence.  The other day, i stepped outside to get something from the car and noticed a mom walking a dog, with her small son tagging behind.  The dog had been let off the leash, and he was staying right with them, bounding a jump or two ahead, then bounding back.  The young son had taken the leash and wrapped it around himself!  It was so funny, seeing the dog having a great time and the boy wrapping the leash around his middle.  Then he noticed me and said, "Hello!" and waved to me like i was his long lost best friend.  Innocent fun all the way around.

Ice.  My body still doesn't want too much water without ice to keep it down, and we don't have an ice maker, so i am very thankful for convenience stores that let me fill my cup with ice for free when i get gas.

Good ideas are a thankful thing.  Sweetie would still like to go back to working full time, and someone gave us a good idea or two of places to apply.

The occasional idle hour for a chance to examine the insides of my eyelids for cracks is much appreciated.

Illumination from our beautiful Sun in the day and electric lights at night is a very thankful thing.

If it were not for the internet, i wouldn't be doing this!

It's so good to have an imagination.  

It's a blessing to inhabit a nice habitation.

Intelligence enough to read and write and communicate, i am very thankful for that.

There are important people for whom i am thankful, family and friends (including online friends).  One of those is Ms. Marg, an animal rescue hero who had a birthday this week.  She has rescued more critters by herself than any other person i know, making her one of those important people who never make the news but instead just go about quietly making a difference.  Many happy returns of the day to you, Ms. Marg!

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:

ASPCA Day/Humane Day -- anniversary of founding in 1866

Baby Massage Day

Birthday of Cybele -- Ancient Roman Calendar (great mother goddess)

Commodore Perry Day

Dust the Ceiling Fan Day -- before it gets hot and you have to turn it on and find out you forgot how dusty it gets up there the hard way

Encourage a Young Writer Day -- can't find out who started this, but it sounds like a great idea

Feast of Bau -- Ancient Babylonian Calendar (date approximate, around the same time of year the Romans honored Cybele)

Feast of Ezekiel the Prophet -- Roman Catholic 

Feast of the Rivers and Seas -- Ancient Sumerian Calendar (mother of Ea[Earth]; date approximate, around the same time of year the Romans honored Cybele)

Founder's Day -- Salvation Army (birth anniversary of the founder, William Booth)

Frances Perkins Day -- US (birth anniversary of the first woman appointed to a Presidential Cabinet position)

Golfer's Day -- anniversary of founding of the Professional Golfers' Association of America in 1916

Iroquois Thunder Ceremony -- Iroquois Native Americans (week long ceremonial thanksgiving for the rain, which brings new growth in spring; date approximate, but most tribes celebrate in mid-April)

National Cinnamon Crescent Day

National Farm Animals Day -- US   

National Siblings Day -- US   

Safety Pin Day -- patented this day in 1849 by Walter Hunt

Slow Art Day -- a global all-volunteer event with the simple mission of helping more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art  

St. Macarius of Antioch's Day (Patron of plague victims; Ghent, Belgium)

Birthdays Today:

Haley Joel Osment, 1988

Mandy Moore, 1984

Ryan Merriman, 1983

Liz McClarnon, 1981

Shemekia Copeland, 1979

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, 1957

Peter MacNicol, 1954

Steven Seagal, 1952

Paul Edward Theroux, 1941

Joe Don Meredith, 1938

John Madden, 1936

Omar Sharif, 1932

Dolores Huerta, 1930

Max Von Sydow, 1929

Chuck Connors, 1921

Robert Burns Woodward, 1917

Harry Morgan, 1915

Frances Perkins, 1880

Joseph Pulitzer, 1847

William Booth, 1829

James Bowie, 1796

Commodore Matthew Perry, 1794

Hugo Grotius, 1583(O.S. date)

Cybele, Roman goddess (traditional, year unknown)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Entertainer"(Play), 1957

House of Wax(Film), 1951 Note:  first full color 3D film from a major studio

The Great Gatsby(Publication), 1925

Ein deutsches Requiem, nach Worten der heiligen Schrift/A German Requiem, To Words of the Holy Scriptures, Op. 45(Brahms' Requiem), 1868

Today in History:

Halley's Comet and Earth experienced their closest approach to one another when their separating distance equalled 0.0342 AU (3.2 million miles), 837

the lama Deshin Shekpa visits the Ming Dynasty capital at Nanjing. He is awarded with the title Great Treasure Prince of Dharma, 1407

The Charter of the Virginia Company of London is established by royal charter by James I of England with the purpose of establishing colonial settlements in North America, 1606

The first law regulating copyright is issued in Great Britain, 1710

The Mount Tambora volcano in Indonesia begins its peak eruption period that lasts until July 15, 1815

The 10,500 inhabitants of the Greek town Messolonghi start leaving the town after a year's siege by Turkish forces. Very few of them survive, 1826

The NY "Tribune" begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley, 1841

The safety pin is patented by Walter Hunt of NYC, who sells the rights for only $100, 1849

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is founded in New York City by Henry Bergh, 1866

The first Arbor Day is celebrated in Nebraska, 1874

The Titanic leaves Southampton, England, 1912

Mexican Revolution leader Emiliano Zapata is ambushed and shot dead by government forces in Morelos, 1919

Warner Brothers debuts the first 3-D movie, "House of Wax," 1953

Adolf Eichmann is put on trial as a war criminal in Israel, 1961

In an attempt to thaw relations with the United States, the People's Republic of China hosts the U.S. table tennis team for a weeklong visit, 1971

A 7.0 earthquake kills 1/5 of population of Iranian province of Fars, 1972

H J Heinz, Van Camp Seafood & Bumble Bee Seafood say they would not buy tuna caught in nets that also trap dolphins, 1989

A rare tropical storm develops in the Southern Hemisphere near Angola; the first to be documented by satellites, 1991

President of Fiji Ratu Josefa Iloilo announces he will suspend the constitution and assume all governance in the country, creating a constitutional crisis, 2009

Apple, Inc., claims a value of $600 billion making it the largest company by market capitalization in the world, 2012

The Council of Europe suspends Russia's right to vote, 2014

The Hong Kong pro-democracy political party Demosistō is established by activists Nathan Law, Joshua Wong, and Agnes Chow, 2016

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg begins testifying before US Congress about data use and security, 2018

Scientists announce they have the first photo of a black hole ever taken; it is in galaxy M87, 55 million light-years away, and is 6.5 billion times the mass of Earth, 2019

The first drone home delivery service in Canberra, Australia is begun by Wing, part of Google's Alphabet company, 2019


  1. It's nice when little children aren't afraid to wave and say hello.

  2. What an incredible list of I-thankfuls. I'm sorry to hear of your ill health. May it improve - soon!

  3. You have a wonderful list of thankfulness. I hope your eyelids will not give you any more problem.

  4. So much to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  5. divine list of thankfuls ~ Happy Weekend to you. Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  6. Your thankful list left me smiling, and it's been one of those days. Think I'll try thinking up a few things to be thankful for myself.

  7. That was a really good thankful list!

  8. Wonderful list if I things to be thankful for. XO

  9. I like this idea of using a letter of the alphabet to create your TToT post.

    "The occasional idle hour for a chance to examine the insides of my eyelids for cracks is much appreciated." Made me chuckle.

  10. Love your I day! And your thankfuls! terrific post all round!I am so glad that there is an ASPCA Day/Humane Day -- anniversary of founding in 1866! I did not know there was one! One of my grand father's best friends set up the first ASPCA in Calgary and our family has been involved ever since. Too cool! Thank you!

  11. That is such a wonderful list. I was telling my hubby today the grand boys have such vivid creative little mins. Harrison too, our great grand boy. He loves setting up dinosaur parks and having his Paw Patrol pals rescue the dinos. Life is good with an imagination. You always do such great posts. Best of luck to your sweet hubby to find a good job. :-)

  12. (like minds... I noticed, on my way down here, Pat's comment)...
    I'd already copied it for my 'favorite line' of your TToT

    "...for a chance to examine the insides of my eyelids for cracks "
    Have a good week