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.
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
Richard Moll marries Susan Brown, 1993
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)
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.