This week had several 12+ hour days and the next few will be the same, so let’s catch up on Thankful Day and i will catch up with reading your posts as soon as i can. Promise!
Last Saturday was beautiful with Coda coming to NOLA with me. As usual, everyone was thankful for the fun, especially the dogs themselves.
Sunday, i came home and crashed. It was the kind of nap where you just don’t want to get up. As we say in our house, the service at Bedside Baptist was wonderful.
On Monday, i gave Ms. PA a pep talk. She is home, her arm is healing, she is just very discouraged. She said, “I’ve totally lost control of my house!” and i said, remember, you never had control, G-d does, always has, always will. She smiled and agreed with me.
In a by-the-way thankful, Carl gives me great stuff for blogging, and yes, he routinely forgets to get everything out of his pants pockets before he does his laundry. His mom, Ms. V, says he has the cleanest money in town because it gets washed so much. That lone dollar in the Wordless Wednesday post is neither the first nor the last.
Buster was such a good boy the whole time we were cat-sitting. He finally got to where he would look forward to my coming and would ask for pets. His humans were so thankful as they know he’s usually shy around strangers.
Ms. RW surprised me on Tuesday by paying me double! When i asked why, she said, “You deserve some paid vacation, and if I’d thought about it before, i would have paid you for the week you missed before you left so you could have spent it on your vacation.”
That extra came just as the last bill of the month was coming in, and it got us through.
Mike-Next-Door came on Wednesday and mowed our lawn faster than i’ve ever seen it done before. Thankfully he had a lull in the rain and it was actually dry enough for him to get it done.
Also on Wednesday, Ms. G had me come to Costco with her to fetch and carry. While there, she knows i like Brussel’s sprouts so she picked up a bag, although i didn’t know they were for me until i was done cleaning and she handed them to me and said, “This is your tip!”
Sweetie and i got the office and Ms. SE’s house done in almost record time Thursday, so we had time to stop at the bank and deposit the pay.
Unfortunately, i dropped my ID at the bank. Fortunately, the person who found it turned it in, and they held it for me and called to let me know.
Yesterday our prayer group met at Ms. GA and Mr. BA’s house for the traditional pre-July 4th pancakes. It was an excellent meeting, and after i was able to let Mr. BA show me what he wants watered while they are out of town.
Between cleanings yesterday, i also went and got my ID, and stopped at the insurance office to sign something they needed. Thankfully i got there before they closed early for the holiday weekend.
There’s extra pay this weekend, as i noted Mr. BA and Ms. GA are going to be out of town, so i cat cat-sitting and plant watering. We’re always thankful for those extras, even if it means long days. The granddaughter who is temporarily living with them has been warned that when i walk in before dawn, she doesn’t need to call the police!
Air Conditioning Appreciation Days begin -- Northern Hemisphere (around here, they already started and they last until Thanksgiving!)
Build a Scarecrow Day -- keep the crows out of that field of freshly growing corn in the back 40!
Compliment Your Mirror Day -- remind your mirror how great it is to have an owner like you, and look at other mirrors you meet to see if they greet you with a smile
Dipolieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Zeus as god of the city)
Disobedience Day -- internet generated, but if you have a bone to pick, use your civil disobedience today to let it be known!
Distressed Elves' Creditors' Pets' Day -- Fairy Calendar
Dog Days of Summer begin (according to the almanac, but not in all cultures)
Eat Beans Day -- bring the humble legume up to main dish status!
Fiesta del Fuego -- Santiago, Cuba (festival of fire, through the 9th)
Hop A Park Day -- US (several years ago the Colleyville, Texas, Park and Recreation Commission started this celebration on the first Saturday of July, which is National Parks and Recreation Month; go visit a park today, or make plans to do it soon!)
Independence Day -- Belarus(1944)
International Day of Cooperatives -- U.N.
International Plastic Bag Free Day -- working toward a plastic bag free world
National Chocolate Wafer Day
Stay Out of the Sun Day -- sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; while it's smart to get your D3 from the sun morning and evening, at the hottest part of the day, for health's sake, give your skin a break!
St. Thomas the Apostle's Day (Patron of architects, blind people, builders, carpenters, construction workers, geometricians, masons, people in doubt, stonecutters, surveyors, theologians; against blindness, doubt; Certaldo, Italy; Ceylon/Sri Lanka; East Indies; India; Pakistan)
Virgin Islands Emancipation Day -- US Virgin Islands
Prince Alois of Liechtenstein marries Duchess Sophie of Bavaria, 1993
Ted Kennedy marries Victoria Anne Reggie, 1992
Idaho becomes the 43rd US State, 1890
Moises Alou, 1966
Thomas Gibson, 1962
Tom Cruise, 1962
Montel Williams, 1956
Alan Autry, 1952
Betty Buckley, 1947
Dave Barry, 1947
Kurtwood Smith, 1942
Tom Stoppard, 1937
Pete Fountain, 1930
Ken Russell, 1927
Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, 1908
Franz Kafka, 1883
George M. Cohan, 1878
Richard Bedford Bennett, 1st Viscount Bennett, 1870
Samuel Huntington, 1731(O.S. date)
"ITV News at Ten"(TV), 1967
"Mister Peepers"(TV), 1952
Today in History
Hugh Capet is crowned King of France, the first of the Capetian dynasty that would rule France till the French Revolution in 1792, 987
Québec City is founded by Samuel de Champlain, 1608
Pitcairn Island is discovered by Midshipman Robert Pitcairn on an expeditionary voyage commanded by Philip Carteret, 1767
Norway's oldest newspaper still in print, Adresseavisen, is founded and the first edition is published, 1767
George Washington takes command of the Continental Army at Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1775
The Bank of Savings in New York City, the first savings bank in the United States, opens, 1819
The last pair of Great Auks is killed, 1844
Slaves are freed in the Danish West Indies (now U.S. Virgin Islands) by Peter von Scholten in the culmination of a year-long plot by enslaved Africans, 1848
Dow Jones and Company publishes its first stock average, 1884
Karl Benz officially unveils the Benz Patent Motorwagen – the first purpose-built automobile, 1886
The New York Tribune becomes the first newspaper to use a linotype machine, eliminating typesetting by hand, 1886
World speed record for a steam railway locomotive is set in England, by the Mallard, which reaches a speed of 126 miles per hour (203 km/h), 1938
The biggest explosion in the history of rocketry occurs when the Soviet N1 rocket explodes and subsequently destroys its launchpad, 1969
First mention in the New York Times of a disease that would later be called AIDS, 1981
The Stone of Scone is returned to Scotland, 1996
Asteroid 2004 XP14 flies within 432,308 kilometres (268,624 mi) of Earth, 2006
New Zealand sustains a major earthquake, with minor damage reported, 2012
In El Paraiso, Peru, property developers destroy a 4,000-year old pyramid, 2013
In Belgium, King Albert II abdicates his throne to his son, Prince Philippe, Duke of Brabant, due to health reasons, 2013
Health insurance company Aetna announces that it will pay $37 billion to acquire rival commpany Humana, 2015
Souad Abderrahim is elected the first female mayor of Tunis, Tunisia, 2018