Saturday, July 3, 2021

Playing Catch-up, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


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!

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:

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

Anniversaries Today:

Prince Alois of Liechtenstein marries Duchess Sophie of Bavaria, 1993

Ted Kennedy marries Victoria Anne Reggie, 1992

Idaho becomes the 43rd US State, 1890

Birthdays Today:

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)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"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


  1. I'm glad Buster has learned to come to you, it's handy for cats to get used to at least one other person.

  2. Look after yourself please. Twelve hour days take their toll.

  3. Lovely blessings! Aren't those Sunday naps wonderful. I'm a regular attender.

  4. Take care.

    Thank the Lord always. God bless.

  5. It was so nice of Ms. RW but you probably deserved
    it because you work so hard for these people. As I said before Mimi, you are an angel. Enjoy your day.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Wonderful thankfuls. That was sweet of Ms. RW. You definitely deserve vacation pay. XO

  7. Oh, yet another busy and thankful week. I love your writings.

  8. Those are terrific thankfuls and hooray for the vacation pay!

  9. Good TToT... as in, "Hold on, gotta rest..." If I had half your energy I'd spend the rest of mine to throw it away."
    have as good a week as possible

  10. Aw...that is so cute that Buster came over for some hugs from you. The pups and even the cats do enjoy getting full attention. There is always enough love to go around. I sure love oyur stories and the people you work for give you some fun and healthy tips!

  11. You work for so many very kind people, and they certainly appreciate all your hard work for them. You go over and above for your clients, and they seem to know it.
    Sometimes, you just need one of those naps that you just can't rouse yourself from, so you keep sleeping. Our bodies know what they need!