Saturday, May 8, 2021

All These Things, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Where to begin?  Since i was too busy to take many notes this week, i'm just not sure!

Anyway, Ms. PA is healing up, in a bit less pain, has accepted that she has to have someone there around the clock, and is letting me clean the whole house instead of just dusting and vacuuming.  The area under the toaster oven hasn't been this clean in a while, i am certain.

Ms. S has decided, after i tried to get her to do it for months, that the physical therapist is right and she should use the rollator instead of the standard walker.  Now she can carry things in the basket of the rollator when she needs to, and so she can easily get her condiments for meals or grab something to drink.  She's not just living on peanut butter crackers and Boost on Thursdays and Saturdays when i can't get over there.

Ms. G, out of the blue, has us dust her house two weeks ago.  She's allergic to dust if it's in the air, but if it is simply sitting on a surface, it doesn't bother her, so we usually leave it until it builds up enough for her to get upset about how dusty things look.  Then this past weekend, her Uncle passed away at age 91, and she had to have a houseful of people for the funeral.  Because we'd dusted, i could concentrate on helping her do other things to get ready for company instead of just cleaning.

Ms. RW got her new car, and she is still insisting she will lend it to us when we go on vacation in June.

Ms. SE's husband, Mr. DE, had a good report for me on both his Mom and his Dad.  Mom is holding her own (she's been on hospice care, with her retired doctor husband doing most of her caretaking, for over a year now) and his Dad just had a heart cath procedure and it went well.

Granddaughter has moved back in at Ms. GA and Mr. BA's house, and she and i had a really good discussion about hairstyles when i was there yesterday.  We share the same opinion -- it's hair, it grows back, don't worry about it.

Also, Ms. GA shared some lentil loaf with me, it's so good!

Bigger Girl's tax refund came in and was safely deposited in the bank.

The cat shelter has another new volunteer.

Grandma's birthday was yesterday, and Mother's Day is tomorrow, and so i get to go down there today and clean her house and tomorrow to take her out to lunch.  Two visits in one weekend!

Today is the only moment we have, and today, all is well, for all these things and more i am thankful.

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:

Birth Mother's Day -- the day before Mother's Day, for all the women who have made an adoption plan for their babies

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day -- shedding light on this rare genetic condition

Dog-Prodding Day -- Fairy Calendar (Gremlins)

Fête de l'iris -- Belgium (Brussels Region Day)

Iris  Day -- celebrate these beautiful spring flowers

Lailat al Kadr (Lailat al Qadr) -- Islam (Night of Destiny; begins at sundown, through sundown tomorrow, although local observances may vary)

Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive -- US (The National Association of Letter Carriers wants you to help feed the hungry in your area.)  

Liberation Day -- Czech Republic; Slovakia

Miguel Hidalgo Day -- Mexico (birth anniversary of the father of Mexican independence)

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day -- US  (FEMA wants you to make plans for your pets in case of disaster or emergency)  

National Babysitter's Day -- US, giving recognition to the babysitters who make your date nights possible

National Coconut Cream Pie Day

National Empanada Day

National Student Nurses Day -- US

No Socks Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays, who want you to let your toes go free, and cut down on your laundry a bit today

Parents' Day -- South Korea

Stay Up All Night Night -- as declared by George Mahood of Northampton, England, everyone needs to relive the excitement of staying up late like you always wanted to as a kid at least once a year

St. Ida of Nivelles' Day (Patron of erysipelas patients, toothache sufferers; against erysipelas and toothache)

Sun Awareness Day -- like Melanoma Monday, a few days back, a day to remember the damage the sun can do to skin and stock up on sunscreen, if you haven't already

Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War -- International

Truman Day -- Missouri, US

V-E Day -- some countries celebrate today, some celebrate tomorrow

World Belly Dance`Day --  to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance 

World Fair Trade Day -- sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization; this year's theme is "Build Back Fairer" 

World Migratory Bird Day -- original date second Saturday in May, but the WMBD organization encourages you to celebrate when birds are migrating in your area

World Ovarian Cancer Day -- International (while up to 89% of women with breast cancer are likely to survive 5 years or more, only 45% of women who get ovarian cancer will survive that long) 

World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day

Birthdays Today:

Enrique Iglesias, 1975

Robert M. Hensel, 1969

Melissa Gilbert, 1964

Janet McTeer, 1961

David Keith, 1954

Toni Tennille, 1943

Peter Benchley, 1940

Rick Nelson, 1940

Thomas Pynchon, 1937

Charles “Sonny” Liston, 1932

Don Rickles, 1926

David Attenborough, 1926

Robert Johnson, 1911

Bishop Fulton Sheen, 1895

Harry S Truman, 1884

Louis Moreau Gottschalk, 1829

Jean-Henri Dunant, 1828

Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla, 1753

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Let It Be"(Album), 1970

"A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"(Musical), 1962

"Look Back in Anger"(Play), 1959

Concerto in E-flat, "Dumbarton Oaks"(Stravinsky concerto), 1938

Today in History:

Hernando de Soto  reaches the Mississippi River and names it Río de Espíritu Santo, 1541

Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, is tried and guillotined by the Reign of Terror, 1794

Future US president Zachary Taylor defeats a Mexican force north of the Rio Grande in the first major battle of the Mexican-American war, 1846

At Gilmore's Gardens in New York City, the first Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show opens, 1877

George B. Selden files the first patent for an automobile in the US, 1879

Pharmacist John Styth Pemberton first sells a carbonated beverage named "Coca-Cola" as a patent medicine, 1886

In Martinique, Mount Pelée erupts, destroying the town of Saint-Pierre and killing over 30,000 people, 1902

In Rheims, France, German forces agree to an unconditional surrender, ending the war in Europe, 1945

The rollercoaster Revolution, the first steel coaster with a vertical loop, opens at Six Flags Magic Mountain, 1976

Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler make the first ascent of Mt. Everest without supplemental oxygen, 1978

The World Health Organization announces the eradication of smallpox, 1980

The new Canadian War Museum opens, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of V-E Day, 2005

The last piece of Yankee Stadium falls in the Bronx, New York, marking the end of the two year demolition process, 2010

The world's oldest astrolabe (mariner's navigator tool) c. 1498 from Portugeuese shipwreck of explorer Vasco da Gama is found near Al Hallaniyah Island, Oman, 2015

The largest-ever wave at 23.8m is recorded in the Southern Hemisphere at Campbell Island by New Zealand scientists, 2018


  1. Love your list of thank fullness.
    I hadn't heard of birth Mother's Day. Such a hard decision to have to take.

  2. So much thankfulness.

    God bless, Mimi.

  3. Beautiful thankfulness. Good that everything is going well with you and your clients. Happy Mother's Day to you.

  4. That was such a nice bunch of thankfuls, busy, busy, busy!

  5. My good friend Al, is dying from Parkinson's and dementia. He can no longer eat and is throwing up. I've been praying for him for many years and all that I can do is ask for God to allow Al to have rest. It's been so bad and all I can do is cry.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Wonderful thankfuls. Happy Birthday to Grandma! XO

  7. I haven't let our house cleaners back in the house, and won't until they are vaccinated, so I'm living like Ms. G, only dusting when it bothers me.

  8. I have MsG's dust problem. I can leave it on the furniture and under the bed for months! but when I finally decide to clean, I have to tie a bandanna over my mouth and nose until the air clears again. It helps if I use a damp cloth instead of a dry one or a fluffy duster on a handle, they're mostly useless and just move the dust around anyway.

  9. what a 'oT!
    (gonna go out on a limb here and say, 'You're a bit of a people person*')

    *in the ways of a clark i.e. doing it because it is the proper thing to do, not because of how others might respond... cool

  10. Mama has a rollator and loves it. She keeps it handy by her chair. She also has one of these hospital type tables but it's a smaller top, the size of a TV tray, she sits on her couch and uses it to eat her meals. The other nice I thing is that you can sit on the seat of the rollator if your legs get tired. My sister had one which I got for her from a generous lady on Freecycle. I had posted that I was looking for one for my sister who had a fixed income and the one this lady gave was almost brand new. What a blessing. It amazed me how my sister could carry groceries on hers.


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