Saturday, May 1, 2021

Still Thankful in May, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Is it really Thankful Day again?  Yes, and now that A to Z is done, i don't have to use a particular letter, so i will be thankful if i get a whole list together without that prompting.

Also, i am thankful i got through another A to Z, it was fun as always.

Wednesday i got home a bit earlier than usual and got to sit with my feet up and do puzzles, that's a treat.

Because Ms. JAI has agreed she only needs me once a month, and that Tuesday is as good as any other day, i will be able to go see Ms. PA and Mr. Jack every Monday now, and i'm thankful as she is 92 and doesn't need to be changing sheets and scrubbing her bathtub herself.

Two people we've told to call Mr. Mike, The Generator Guy, have agreed to buy their generators from him.  He gives a referral reward for each person we send his way, so our last bill with him is paid off.  Talk about thankful, that's the easy way to pay the bill.

It was time for GusGus, Die Fledermaus (yes, i name my car, i'm sentimental that way) to get an oil change.  Off to Kevin and Lenny, whom i hadn't seen for a few weeks.  All is well there, and as usual they fixed me right up with an oil change, rotating the tires, and a discount.  They are great people, i am very thankful for them.

Friday morning Bible study was especially good, for lots of reasons.

Last night at the shelter was most eventful.

New volunteers showed up, and we're always thankful for extra hands.

The family that adopted Zelda came to pick her up now that's had her spay surgery, and we're always thankful for going home day for every cat and kitten.

Crowning the night, a couple walked in and right off said, "We are here to adopt Jupiter and Buster."

Buster is the current longest shelter resident, and has FIV although he is healthy for now.  Jupiter has been there a while, too, has an immune disorder that will require daily medication for the rest of his life (he's not quite a year old), and he and Buster have been rooming together and have become best friends.

Jupiter, who loves to escape her room, so i am blocking her in.

Buster in the chair.

The adopter, petting them both.

That someone would walk in and tell us they want both of our special needs cats is astounding.  When you do rescue work, you live for the happy endings.

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:

Agriculture Day and Labor Day -- Haiti

Amtrak Day -- the train service began this day in 1971

Beltaine / Samhain -- Wiccan/Pagan

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month  

Calends of May -- Ancient Roman Calendar; related observances

     Day sacred to Maia

     Feast for Lares Praestites (household gods)

Childhood Stroke Awareness Month -- also called Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day, because kids can have strokes, too   

Chimney Sweeps Day -- the boys as young as 4 trained to help master sweeps got Mayday off each year

Constitution Day / National Day -- Marshall Islands

Executive Coaching Day -- a reminder, on what is most countries' Labor Day, that workers deserve great leaders

Faint-Hearted Fairies May (or May Not) Ball -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage -- Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines (pilgrimages to the shrine of Nuestra Sra de la Paz y Buen Viaje; through the month)

Festival of Saint Efisio -- Cagliari, Italy (one of the most colorful religious festivals anywhere in the world; through the 4th)

Garland Dressing -- Charlton on Otmoor, England (a wooden cross is bedecked with yew and box leaves)

Global Love Day -- sponsored by The Love Foundation 

Go Fetch! National Food Drive for Homeless Animals -- PALS Foundation 

Gujarat Day / Maharashtra Day -- MH, India

Herb Day -- an international celebration of herbs and all the flavor they add to our lives; try a new herb to season a dish today    

Journée Internationale de la Guérilla Tournesol / International Sunflower Guerrilla Gardening Day -- begun in Belgium, now celebrated worldwide, guerrilla gardeners are encouraged to plant sunflowers (or an appropriate plant for their climate) in a neglected public place or shabby flower bed

Keep Kids Alive! Drive 25 Day -- 20-25mph in school zones, please   

Kevadpuha -- Estonia (Spring Day)

Law Day, USA -- US, by Presidential Proclamation

Lei Day -- Hawai'i (where you celebrate Mayday with a lei instead of mayflowers)

Loyalty Day -- US

May Day / Labor Day / Worker's Day -- International; celebrated as the beginning of summer in some places, as a Labor Day in others

Mother Goose Day -- as declared by the Mother Goose Society 

National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Homebrew Day -- US (Home Brewers Association

National Love Day -- Czech Republic (couples flock to the memorial of the poet Karel Hynek Mácha in Prague and kiss)

National Purebred Dog Day -- US (as proposed on this page 

National Scrapbooking Day -- begun by Creative Memories, now celebrated by scrapbookers everywhere, a good article about it here    

New Homeowner's Day -- can't find confirmation on this one, listed at a few sites but no history or records of why this day

'Obby 'Oss (Hobby Horse) Parade -- Padstow, Cornwall, England (every May 1 since 1502, if the records are correct)

Play of St. Evermaar -- Belgium (annual performance of a mystery play, in its original form from over 1,000 years ago, by the village)

Riding of the Bounds -- Berwick-upon-Tweed, Casey, England (riders scour the countryside to be sure the Scots have not encroached upon English soil in this 5 century old tradition)

Rodonitsa -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (day to offer feasts to the ancestors, named for Rod, god of family and the cosmos)

Santacruzan / Flore de Mayo -- Philippines (lasts through the month)

Save the Rhino Day / Rhino Mayday -- International

School Principal's Day -- since teachers get a day, so should the principal

Silver Star Day -- US (to honor all military who have earned a Silver Star) 

SOS Radio Week -- UK (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution keeps the seas safer, and Radio Amateurs help them raise funds; it used to be a week, and though that's still the name, it now lasts the whole month of May)          

Stepmother's Day -- sponsored by

St. Joseph the Worker's Day -- Holy See(Vatican City)

St. Peregrine Laziosi's Day (Patron of AIDS patients, cancer patients, and the sick; against cancer, open sores and skin diseases)

St. Walpurga's Canonization Day (The saint who banishes the evil from Walpurgis night.)

Swieta Panstwowe -- Poland (National Day)

Tammany's Day / St. Tamenend -- US soldiers in the Revolution wanted a patron saint to rival St. George of the British Army, and chose Delaware Indian chief and wise man Chief Tamenend, also called Tammany

Unity Day -- Kazakhstan

Virgen de Chapi Festival -- Peru

World Naked Gardening Day -- scare the neighbors!  get rid of those pesky squirrels!  experience nature (and sunburn, and mosquito bites) with your whole body!

Yotaka Matsuri -- Fukuno, Toyama, Japan (enjoy floats, paper lanters, and mock battles in this two day festival)

Zuni Green Corn Dance -- Zuni Native Americans (welcoming back the Corn Maidens who fled during the winter; dating approximate as many Native ceremonies are closed to outsiders)

Anniversaries Today:

Cheerios go on sale, 1941

Empire State Building Ribbon Cutting, 1931

Birthdays Today:

Wes Anderson, 1969

Tim McGraw, 1967

Charlie Schlatter, 1966

Steve Cauthen, 1960

Ray Parker, Jr., 1954

Paul Teutul, Sr., 1949

Rita Coolidge, 1945

Bobbie Ann Mason, 1940

Judy Collins, 1939

Sonny James, 1929

Charles "Chuck" Bednarik, 1925

Terry Southern, 1924

Jack Paar, 1918

Glenn Ford, 1916

Archie Williams, 1915

Kate Smith, 1909

Mark Clark, 1896

Leo Sowerby, 1895

Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Burke), 1852

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, 1837

King Kamehameha I of Hawai'i, 1738

Joseph Addison, 1672

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"My One and Only"(Musical), 1983

Citizen Kane(Film), 1941

"Batman"(Detective Comics #27), 1939

"Buffalo Bill's Wild West"(touring Western show), 1883

"Le nozze di Figaro/The Marriage of Figaro"(Mozart Opera, K492), 1786

Today in History:

The Wars of Scottish Independence end with a treaty recognizing the Kingdom of Scotland as a separate entity, 1328

The Act of Union joins the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, 1707

Species Plantarum is published by Linnaeus, marking the formal start date of plant taxonomy adopted by the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature, 1753

Josiah Wedgwood founds the Wedgwood  pottery company in Great Britain, 1759

Jesuit-taught Adam Weishaupt establishes the Illuminati in Ingolstadt (Upper Bavaria), 1776

Kamehameha, the king of Hawai'i defeats Kalanikupule and establishes the Kingdom of Hawai'i, 1785

The British colonies abolish slavery, 1834

The Penny Black, the first official adhesive postage stamp, is issued in the United Kingdom, 1840

The first wagon train leaves from Independence, MO, bound for California, 1841

Hong Kong Police Force, the world's second, Asia's first modern police force is established, 1844

Queen Victoria opens the Great Exhibition in London, 1851

The Empire of Brazil, Argentina  and Uruguay  sign the Treaty of the Triple Alliance, 1865

The Folies Bergère opens in Paris, 1869

Moses Fleetwood Walker becomes the first black person to play in a professional baseball game in the United States, 1884

The RMS Lusitania departs from New York City on her two hundred and second, and final, crossing of the North Atlantic, 1915

The first cooked meals on a scheduled flight are introduced on an Imperial Airways flight from London to Paris, 1927

The dwarf planet Pluto is officially named, 1930

The Empire State Building is dedicated in New York City, 1931

The Summer Olympics are cancelled due to war, 1940

The Salk vaccine is made available to the public, 1956

Fidel Castro proclaims Cuba a socialist nation and abolishes elections, 1961

Amtrak is formed to take over the U.S. passenger rail service, 1971

Pope John Paul II beatifies Edith Stein, a Jewish-born Carmelite nun who was gassed in the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz, 1987

On the same day, Rickey Henderson of the Oakland A's sets the record for stolen bases (his 939th), and Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers pitches his 7th career no-hitter, breaking his own record, 1991

Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia, and Slovenia join the European Union, , 2004

Same-sex marriage is legalized in Sweden, 2009

Pope John Paul II is beatified by his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, 2011

The U.N. Human Rights Office determine it is a violation of international law to force-feed hunger strikers at the U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison, 2013

Scotland becomes the first country in the world to introduce a minimum price on alcohol, 2018

Naruhito officially succeeds his father Akihito as the Emperor of Japan after the latter abdicated the day before due to ill health, 2019

New York City officially names a street "Sesame Street" in honor of the show's 50th anniversary, 2019


  1. Your thankful things brought tears to my tired and sentimental eyes. Thank you.

  2. Another wonderful thankful list. Yes, it is amazing that the adopter wants to adopt both the special needs cats. They will continue to enjoy each other's company.

  3. Your thankful list is as always amazing and slightly breathtaking.

  4. Those are wonderful thankfuls and we are really happy for those two kitties going home together!

  5. Every cat we have had here was adopted as strays. Probably dumped by previous owners who could not handle them. Now there are only two remaining and I wish more would show up but these two and the dogs run them off.

  6. I'm thankful that it is now May even though it's still cold. Have a wonderful weekend Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. Wow! ~ Good news abut Jupiter and Buster ~ Xo ~ glad you had some rest time for your self ~ wonderful list of thankfuls ~ Xo

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Dearest Mimi,
    I'm sincerely happy for those beautiful kitties going home and...well, I admire you so much for all the lovely things you can put together in a post of yours, thank you for sharing your Gratitude!
    Sending blessings from across the Ocean,
    take care
    Xx Dany

  9. Wonderful thankfuls. I am so happy for the cats that got adopted. XO

  10. Yay for all your wonderful thankfuls. The last one squeezed my heart.


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