Saturday, July 24, 2021

Another Full Week, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It's been quite a week, and i am always happy to get to Thankful Day.

Red-Headed Alec finally came to visit and get his birthday gift.  He's working for a landscaping company, and with all of the rain, they are way behind, so i am very thankful he had a few minutes to spare.

Sunday evening, i went to visit a neighbor i hadn't talked to in quite a while.  She's doing well and her daughter was on the way, they were going to travel to visit relatives.  It's nice to catch up.

On Monday, #1 Son had arranged to drop his car off with Kevin and Lenny.  Nothing major, it just needed an oil change, a good once-over, and a new inspection sticker.  Thankfully, Sweetie was able to pick him up from there and take him to work, then go get him from work and take him back to get Bessie Low-Key.  Everything checked out fine, and it passed inspection with the recently-glued-back-on right side mirror.

Ms. JAI, who is down to only needing me once a month, is doing well, and i'm thankful i was able to help her move the lawn mower, the lawn guy had left it out!

The shelter Wednesday morning held a surprise -- a wet floor.  Since i get there before work, i am the first one in the building on Wednesday mornings, so i have to turn on the lights.  The hallways are set up so you can go all the way around, and i usually head to the back from the left side after signing in by the front desk which is on the left in the front.  This time, for some reason, i went the other way and it turned out to be good and thankful thing that i did, as i would have stepped on that wet floor in the dark and possibly ended up falling.

The water was from the leaky roof, which was being replaced that very day.  We're thankful the roofers showed up bright and early (although not quite as early as me).

Later that day, Ms. G offered me extra pay to do weeding, so i did, and i am thankful i didn't pass out.  It did leave me a bit heat sick for a day or two, but that was my fault, i stayed out there too long.

For all the years i've been going to Ms. G's house, she is one of the clients who has never given me a key to her place or let me be there alone for more than just her running a short errand.  It has nothing to do with trust, she is just a bit of a micromanager.  Well, when i finally came in from outdoors to do the inside work, it was time for her to go to a meeting, and she not only let me stay and finish, she let me set the alarm and lock the door (just the knob, not the bolt).  It's a start to showing her it's okay for her to let me come even if she can't be there, and i'm thankful.

While i was at Ms. V's on Thursday, Sweetie dropped Horizon with the vet to get clipped and brushed out, and we're thankful it is done and he's feeling better.  We're also thankful it did not cost that much.

After he dropped off the cat, he came all the way over to Ms. V's to tell me he'd dropped of the cat.  (He was nervous about leaving his baby, so he couldn't call, he had to be reassured in person that everything would be okay, and it was.)  It was a thankful thing he did come, as Carl's room has been getting darker and darker by the week and more and more of the light bulbs in his notoriously hard to change light fixtures burn out.

Sweetie was there and so i told Ms. V i was going to get those bulbs and he was going to help me.  He spotted me on the ladder, and i'm thankful because i couldn't have done it otherwise.

Thankfully i was able to figure out those fixtures, too, they are truly a nightmare to deal with (whoever designed them probably has the spouse change all the bulbs at home!).

Ms. S has been getting weaker again, and i was glad to see on Friday she had a bit of her spunk back.  It's not very far off that she will need full time help that i cannot give her, but i'm thankful it's not today.

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:

Amelia Earhart Day

Children's Day -- Vanuatu

Cousins Day -- because cousins are wonderful people to have around! sponsored by Claudia Evart of New York City, who must have had great cousins

Festival of St. Eloi -- French Basque

Jakaba Diena -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (beginning of St. James' [Jacob] Festival, whose day is tomorrow; the beginning of hay harvest)

Jilwalla Jinks' Jamboree -- Fairy Calendar

National Day of the Cowboy -- US  (celebrating the heritage, and those who still work as cowboys/cowgirls today) 

National Drive Through Day -- but only if you won't pass out from the heat when you roll down the window! on the founding date of Jack-in-the-Box, the first drive through burger chain

National Tequila Day -- celebrate North America's first native-born distilled spirit

Pioneer Day -- Mormon Christian

Pop a Wheelie Day -- before, not after, the tequila, please; a hospital visit is no fun

Public Opinion Day -- the first public opinion poll was published this date in 1824!

Simon Bolivar Day -- Ecuador; Venezuela

Sts. Boris and Gleb's Day (Patrons of princes; Moscow, Russia)

St. Christina the Astonishing's Day (Patron of all with mental handicaps, disorders, or illnesses, and mental health care workers, psychiatrists and therapists; against insanity and mental disorders)

St. Christina of Bolsena's Day (Patron of archers, mariners, millers)

Tell an Old Joke Day

Anniversary Today:

Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993

Birthdays Today

Bindi Irwin, 1998

Dhani Lennevald, 1984

Anna Paquin, 1982

Summer Glau, 1981

Rose Byrne, 1979

Eric Szmanda, 1975

Jennifer Lopez, 1969

Kristin Chenoweth, 1968

Kadeem Hardison, 1965

Barry Bonds, 1964

Julie A. Krone, 1963

Lynda Carter, 1951

Michael Richards, 1949

Peter Serkin, 1947

Robert Hays, 1947

Chris Sarandon, 1942

Ruth Buzzi, 1936

Pat Oliphant, 1935

Billy Taylor, 1921

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, 1900

Chief Dan George, 1899

Amelia Earhart, 1897

Oswald Chambers, 1874

Alexandre Dumas, pere, 1802

Simon Bolivar, 1783

John Newton, 1725 (wrote Amazing Grace)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

The Fellowship of the Ring(Publication date), 1954

Today in History

Death in Kyoto, Japan, of Kamo no Chomei (b. 1155), Japanese author, poet (waka) and essayist, critic of Japanese vernacular poetry and major figure of Japanese poetics, 1216

Citizens of Leeuwarden, Netherlands strike against a ban on foreign beer, 1487

Jacques Cartier plants a cross on the Gaspé Peninsula and takes possession of the territory in the name of Francis I of France, 1534

Mary, Queen of Scots, is forced to abdicate and replaced by her 1-year-old son James VI, 1567

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founds the trading post at Fort Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit, Michigan, 1701

A Spanish treasure fleet of 10 ships under Admiral Ubilla leaves Havana, Cuba for Spain; on the 31st, all ships will be lost and come to be known as the !715 Treasure Fleet, 1715

Slavery is abolished in Chile, 1823

The first opinion poll was carried out in Delaware, USA, 1824

Benjamin Bonneville leads the first wagon train across the Rocky Mountains by using Wyoming's South Pass, 1832

After 17 months of travel, Brigham Young leads 148 Mormon pioneers into Salt Lake Valley, resulting in the establishment of Salt Lake City, 1847

The first tramway opened in England, 1861

Tennessee becomes the first U.S. State to be readmitted to the Union following the American Civil War, 1866

Captain Matthew Webb, who was the first person to swim the English Channel, drowned while trying to swim the rapids above Niagara Falls, 1883

O. Henry is released from prison in Austin, Texas after serving three years for embezzlement from a bank, 1901

Hiram Bingham III re-discovers Machu Picchu, "the Lost City of the Incas", 1911

The passenger ship S.S. Eastland capsizes while tied to a dock in the Chicago River. A total of 844 passengers and crew are killed in the largest loss of life disaster from a single shipwreck on the Great Lakes, 1915

The first insulin treatment is carried out, on a six-year-old girl, at St Guy's Hospital, London, 1925

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, renouncing war as an instrument of foreign policy, goes into effect, 1929*

The dust bowl heat wave reaches its peak, sending temperatures to 109°F (44°C) in Chicago and 104°F (40°C) in Milwaukee, 1935

During an official state visit to Canada, French President Charles de Gaulle declares to a crowd of over 100,000 in Montreal: Vive le Québec libre! ("Long live free Quebec!"), 1967

The Quietly Confident Quartet of Australia wins the Men's 4 x 100 metre medley relay at the Moscow Olympics, the only time the United States has not won the event at Olympic level, 1980

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, the last Tsar of Bulgaria when he was a child, is sworn in as Prime Minister of Bulgaria, becoming the first monarch in history to regain political power through democratic election to a different office, 2001

Lance Armstrong wins his 7th consecutive Tour de France, 2005

Over half of the country of Peru enters a state of emergency as a result of unusually cold weather, 2011

The scientific theory of supersymmetry is challenged after experiments with the Large Hadron Collider yield an incredibly rare particle decay event, 2013

After being reintroduced to Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada, the first bison is born there in 140 years, 2018

The US Federal Trade Commission hands down it’s largest fine ever, $5 billion, to Facebook for violating consumer privacy, 2019

*Nice try, fellas.


  1. Love your list - and very glad that you didn't fall on either the wet floor or from the ladder.

  2. I'm very thankful you had help to change the light globes, also that the leaking roof is now fixed.

  3. Those were all very nice thankfuls and I am glad the Vet visit went well for Horizon!

  4. Wonderful thankfuls. I am glad you didn't slip and fall on the wet floor.

  5. So glad that you were impressed to enter the shelter the opposite way that you usually enter. Following those impressions can be life saving ones sometimes.
    Some light fixtures make me wonder if the designers ever gave a thought of how difficult it might be to change a burned out bulb. I wish I had given more thought to that when we bought some fixtures years ago.
    Wishing you a great last week in July.

  6. Impressed that you followed the nudgings of the spirit and were saved from what could have been a watery slip in the dark!
    So many things to be thankful for! Safe travels to see my son on Vancouver Island. Only getting diverted once around the plethora of fires burning across BC right now. To have been able to take our two eldest granddaughters to celebrate the graduation of the oldest one. Grateful for good gas mileage as prices soared out of sight. Finding our son in good health and good spirits. Warm days and cool, clear waters. Clean sheets. Visits with friends. Finding all well when we returned home!

  7. Don't fall down! It hurts so much more than it did when you were 10! :)
    How fortunate the shelter roof leaked the night before the roofers came!
    I often wonder why light fixtures have to be made so they are a huge pain to change the bulb. Obviously designed by someone who doesn't change their own bulbs!

  8. Your Thankfuls are so good. I need ot get back into the habit. It is funny, a few people who followed me stopped. I wondered if I was too thankful for them? I just noticed they stopped coming over. But I am grateful and thankful each day that I live.