Every week, i make a stop for Thankful Day, and i'm so glad i do.
However, before i get to my own thankful things for this week (and despite our current challenges, there are many), i would like to ask prayers, good thoughts, good wishes, positive vibes, and at this point even purrs from your cats and POTP(Power of the Paw) from your dogs for a lovely church member whom i'll call Suzie.
Suzie and her husband were out of town visiting relatives when she got a call that her brother was being rushed to the hospital and was not expected to make it through the night. While she was arranging to travel to be with him, she got another phone call.
Her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson were in a plane crash and are all rushed to separate hospitals to be treated for life-threatening injuries.
Thank you for sending prayers and anything else their way, they are going to need it.
My thankful things this week include, but are not limited to:
Little Girl got home from her duty.
#2 Son's Covid quarantine is over so she can stay with him while she waits for her apartment to become available.
She left Coda with me to keep me company.
Because #2 Son has a futon, Little Girl also left me her air mattress, which i can sleep on while Sweetie is quarantined in our bedroom.
Last Saturday when i was in NOLA, Grandpa let me go to the back of the store to get the orange juice for him instead of walking back there himself. It means, at age 85, he's finally starting to see that yes, there are times when he does need help in spite of his chivalrous instincts to never let a female do what he can do himself.
Last Saturday when i was in NOLA, i found where the A/C was dripping onto the floor in Grandma's bathroom before she found it the hard way (a slip and fall at her age could be fatal).
Also last Saturday, Grandma ordered me a new keypad for my tablet, and i got the one i wanted, it's backlit, hooray!
My old phone, with lots of photos i want to keep, turned up after being AWOL for a short time.
Little Girl finally got on the First Responders phone plan, so i was able to drop her phone from our family plan.
Because Sweetie did not come up with his positive Covid test until Wednesday, i was at work Monday, and boy did the new light bulbs in Carl's room make a huge difference!
Then, too, i was at Ms. PA's house when her new sitter came and i was able to show her where everything is. The new sitter is a go-getter, she asked me if she could do my vacuuming for me since she likes to stay busy!
Since being stuck at home with a not-very-sick-even-though-he-has-Covid husband, i've been catching up on rest and a few other things around here.
He, of course, is bored but he's mostly cooperative, which is a huge thing.
Bonus thankful of the week: Every year for 4 years, a water company main has broken in front of our neighbor's house and washed "gazillions" of gallons of mud into the storm drain in front of our house. This means our storm drain has been stopped up and overflows even when we aren't having a deluge of rain. This Thursday, the nice guys from the city came and cleared it out!
Always Live Better Than Yesterday Day
Cotton Candy Day
Cowes Week begins -- Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (the largest, longest-running and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world; through August 7)
Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola -- (Founder of the Jesuits, especially revered in Spain; Patron of retreats, soldiers, and the Society of Jesus which he founded; Basque country; Bilbao, Spain; Bizkaia, Spain; Gipuzkoa, Spain; Guipuscoa, Spain; Guipúzcoa, Spain; Spiritual Exercises (by Pope Pius XI); Vizcaya, Spain)
Hachinohe Sansha Taisai -- Hachinohe City, Japan (one of the most elaborate neputa festivals, through Aug. 4)
Jump for Jellybeans Day
Ka Hae Hawai'i Day -- Hawai'i (State Flag Day)
Lammas Eve / Lughnassad Eve
Lithasblot -- Norse harvest festival with a "blot", or offering, to the gods, celebrated through tomorrow
Loki and Sigyn's Day - Asatru / Norse Pagan (aka Devoted Couples Day)
Make Homemade Ice Cream/Hot Cocoa and Invite the Neighbors Over Day -- summer's almost over/winter's almost over, depending on h, make the most of the days we have left!
Moby Dick Marathon -- aboard the last US wooden whaler, the Charles W. Morgan, Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT, US (through tomorrow, from noon to noon, a marathon reading of Moby Dick in honor of Melville's birthday)
Mutts' Day -- because mutts deserve a day as much as purebreeds do!
National Dance Day -- US (begun by Nigel Lythgoe, now a congressionally recognized day to encourage dance education and physical fitness, so go out and bust a move on a Saturday night, but don't bust you, please)
National Raspberry Cake Day
St. Germanus' Day (Patron of Auxerre, France)
St. Joseph of Arimathea's Day -- Eastern Orthodox Church (Patron of funeral directors)
World Ranger Day -- the International Ranger Federation wants us to honor wildlife rangers around the world as they work to protect the world's natural and cultural treasures, and remember those killed in the line of duty
Eric Lively, 1981
Dean Cain, 1966
J.K. Rowling, 1965
Jim Corr, 1964
Wesley Snipes, 1962
Bill Berry, 1958
Michael Biehn, 1956
Barry Van Dyke, 1951
Evonne Goolagong, 1951
Gary Lewis, 1946
Geraldine Chaplin, 1944
Susan Flannery, 1943
France Nuyen, 1939
Ted Cassidy, 1932
Don Murray, 1929
Curt Gowdy, 1919
Milton Friedman, 1912
The Living Daylights(Film), 1987
"The Shadow"(Radio), 1930
Today in History
Mark Antony achieves a minor victory over Octavian's forces, but most of his army subsequently deserts, leading to his suicide, BC30
The oldest recorded eruption of Mt. Fuji, 781
Thessalonica falls to the Arabs, who destroy the city, 904
The Jews are expelled from Spain when the Alhambra Decree takes effect, 1492
On his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, Christopher Columbus
becomes the first European to discover the island of Trinidad, 1498
Aurangzeb is proclaimed Moghul emperor of India, 1658
The Treaty of Breda ends the Second Anglo-Dutch War, 1667
Daniel Defoe is placed in a pillory for the crime of seditious libel after publishing a politically satirical pamphlet, but is pelted with flowers, 1703
The U.S. Second Continental Congress passes a resolution that the services of Marquis de Lafayette "be accepted, and that, in consideration of his zeal, illustrious family and connexions, he have the rank and commission of major-general of the United States," 1777
First U.S. patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process, 1790
Christchurch, New Zealand is chartered as a city, 1856
The first narrow gauge mainline railway in the world opens at Grandchester, Australia, 1865
The radio mystery program The Shadow is aired for the first time, 1930
Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis, 1938
First ascent of K2, by an Italian expedition led by Ardito Desio, 1954
At Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts, the first All-Star Game tie in major league baseball history occurs when the game is stopped in the 9th inning because of rain, 1961
The last day of the officially sanctioned rum ration in the Royal Navy, 1970
Apollo 15 astronauts become the first to ride in a lunar rover, 1971
NASA releases the famous Face on Mars photo, 1976
A rare, class F4 tornado rips through Edmonton, Alberta, killing 27 people and causing $330 million in damage, 1987
Georgia joins the United Nations, 1992
Fidel Castro hands over power temporarily to brother Raúl Castro, 2006
Operation Banner, the presence of the British Army in Northern Ireland, and the longest-running British Army operation ever, comes to an end, 2007
U.S. Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps wins a record 19th Olympic medal, with gold in the 4x200metres freestyle relay, 2012
Facebook discloses and removes a Russian-linked network of site pages that are attempting to interfere in American politics, 2018