We're on the last Thankful Day of the A to Z Challenge, so we are up to the letter "U."
To that i can say, "Uh, oh!" or "how unusual and unique!" Does it surprise you that i am thankful for the opportunity to say the latter?
One thing i am thankful for us the unusual way my favorite radio station came in for me all the way to NOLA the week we had the rain storm. Usually i am fiddling with the stations about 3/4 of the way there, but this time, when it would have been too dangerous for me to do that, the station stayed strong all of the way. It hasn't happened since, either.
It's also unusual the way the cat shelter is not overfull right now. In fact, we are close to empty until the spring kittens get big enough to come in to be adopted. They are trickling in, but they are going out just as fast.
Umbrellas are a thankful thing, we do live where the seasons are wet and hurricane, after all.
There have been many good uncles in my life for whom i am thankful. Then, too, my brothers are good uncles to my kids.
While i am not a particular fan of the undergrowth of Mr. BA's garden from a visual standpoint, i am thankful that it affords me the opportunity to earn money by pulling it up and getting rid of it. Weeds have their place in the economy!
Which reminds me that while i was there yesterday, fighting said weeds, i am thankful i got the upper hand against my foe, a mosquito. He's squashed, and i'm not sorry, not one bit.
The local university is a thankful, it gave Sweetie a career and still employs Brother-in-Law.
My children may not be little urchins any longer, but i am thankful for them and for the growing up years.
The whole universe of wonder beyond this planet keeps me thankful as more is discovered about it every day.
My favorite utensil, i am thankful for my plastic mayo knife that is shaped to get every last bit of whatever it is out of the jar -- i use it for my peanut butter, as i hate to leave any behind.
There's an upside to trying to be thankful by the letter, also, it makes me think carefully about my words!
Ambivalence Day -- a holiday to tell your friends about, or not
Concord Day -- Niger
Feast of Eros -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)
Gathering of Nations -- Albuquerque, NM, US (the biggest PowWow in North America, with natives from every tribe welcome to participate, it includes singing, feasting, art exhibits, a horse parade, and much more, with non-Natives who want to learn more about Native culture welcome to attend; through tomorrow)
Genocide Remembrance Day / Martyrs' Day-- Armenia
Happenstance and Coincidence Evening -- Fairy Calendar
International Marconi Day -- a 24-hour amateur radio event annually near the birth anniversary of Marconi (Apr. 25, 1874)
Kapyong Day -- Australia (Battle of Kapyong, 1951)
Lazarus Saturday -- Orthodox Christian
Lazarovden -- Bulgaria (along with celebrating the raising of Lazarus, there are fertility rituals, especially involving young maidens, and honoring the goddesses of spring and love)
Loktantra Diwas -- Nepal (Democracy Day, celebrating the restoration of the Nepali Congress on this date in 2006)
National Go Birding Day -- US (but feel free to participate wherever you are, birding is fun!)
National Herb Day -- different from the HerbDay in May, and unsponsored
National Sense of Smell Day -- US (sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute, encouraging museums and science centers to focus on how the sense of smell plays an important role in daily life and how it interacts with other senses; while celebrating, remember those with anosmia [diminished ability or totaly inability to smell])
Penguin Day -- originated by a different group from World Penguin Day, but you can't have enough days dedicated to these cute guys, can you?
Pigs in a Blanket Day
Save the Frogs Day -- the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action
Spring Cat Cleaning Day -- because someone, somewhere, thinks you need to bathe your cat; ask the cat, he will refuse, and if you become insistent, be careful
St. Ives' Day (Patron of St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, England)
St. Mark's Eve*
World Healing Day / World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
World Veterinary Day -- World Veterinary Association
*A young lady may eat a boiled dove's egg sprinkled with salt and place
a tulip, sacred to St. Mark, in a vase next to her bed, and so she will
dream of the man she will marry.
Mary, Queen of Scots marries Dauphin of France, François, at Notre Dame de Paris, 1558
Courtnee Draper, 1985
Kelly Clarkson, 1982
Eric Balfour, 1977
Chipper Jones, 1972
Cedric the Entertainer, 1964
Djimon Hounsou, 1964
Michael O’Keefe, 1955
Eric Bogosian, 1953
Jean-Paul Gaultier, 1952
Doug Clifford, 1945
Barbra Streisand, 1942
Richard M. Daley, 1942
Sue Grafton, 1940
Jill Ireland, 1936
Shirley MacLaine, 1934
Stanley J. Kauffmann, 1916
Robert Penn Warren, 1905
Michael J. Dady, 1850
George N. Bascom, 1836
Anthony Trollope, 1815
Robert Bailey Thomas, 1766
Edmund Cartwright, 1743
"Dancing at Lughnasa"(Play), 1990
"Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons"(Oratorio, Haydn H 21/3), 1801
The Boston News-Letter(Newspaper), 1704 (first successful newspaper in the British colonies)
Today in History:
Thutmose III ascends to the throne of Egypt, although power effectively shifts to Hatshepsut, BC1479
Traditional date for the Greeks entering Troy using the Trojan Horse, BC1184
The appearance of Halley's Comet causes monks in England to predict evil happenings, 1066
"La Marseillaise" is composed by Claude-Joseph Rouget de Lisle, 1792
The Boston "News-Letter" becomes the first successful newspaper in the colonies, 1704
The Library of Congress is established, 1800
A patent is granted for the first soda fountain, 1833
William Price of the Washington Star becomes the first reporter to be specifically assigned to the White House, 1897
The fathometer, which measures underwater depth, is patented, 1928
Winston Churchill is knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, 1953
Cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov dies in Soyuz 1, the first person to die during a space mission, 1967
Mauritius becomes a member state of the United Nations, 1968
The first Chinese satellite, Dong Fang Hong I, is launched, 1970
Gruinard Island, Scotland, is officially declared free of the anthrax disease after 48 years of quarantine, 1990
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI, 2005
Snuppy, the world's first cloned dog is born in South Korea, 2005
Iceland announces that Norway will shoulder the defense of Iceland during peacetime, 2007
Scientists in Kamchatka, Russia, report sighting the first adult white orca to be seen in the wild, 2012
Suffragist Millicent Fawcett is the first woman to have a statue erected in Parliament Square, London, England, 2018
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, streaming music services overtake worldwide sales of CDs and vinyl for the first time, 2018