Saturday, August 21, 2021

Sad But Thankful, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It is with a heavy heart that i must share the sad news that Uncle P, my brother and my children's uncle, died of a pulmonary embolism yesterday due to complications from Covid19.

Is there any thankfulness left after such a loss?  Of course.

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

We are thankful not to grieve as those who have no hope.

Because Grandpa was a good friend of the doctors in the ICU, he and Grandma were thankful to be allowed to go see Uncle P, even though he was in an area where there are usually no visitors allowed.  His wife was also allowed to be with him.

We are thankful that yesterday, Sweetie saw his doctor and has been released, no longer needing oxygen and he can go back to his normal routines as he feels able.

Also thankful that Brother-in-Law got that same word from the doctor on Thursday.

Because it's been so long since Sweetie has had any symptoms, i'm also able to go back to my routine, so i'm thankful i got to go to NOLA last week and will be going again today.  It would be much harder to get through this if i was in quarantine.

Then too, all of my clients have been informed and are very sympathetic to the fact that i will be taking some time off to be with family.

There are the common blessings for which we are thankful, that there's a car i can use to make the trip, that Bigger Girl is offering to fly home, that my niece Bryn and nephew Dre are already with Grandma and Grandpa.  (Those are Uncle J's children, P and Miss Eva had no children.)

The blessing of a church family is huge at this time.  Pastors have called and friends have called and texted and we know everyone is thinking of us and that's such a comfort.

Much thanks to all of you, as well, i am very grateful for those who read and comment here, and who pray for us and think of us in these times.  It is my joy to write, it is my one outlet, so i will try to continue as i have time over the next few days.  My visits to your blogs may be few and far between for a few days, and i am thankful that you will understand.

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:

Aquino Day -- Philippines

Buhe -- Ethiopian Orthodox Church (Christian remembrance of the Transfiguration.)

Cadillac Day -- the first Caddy was built this day in 1902

Consualia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival of Consus, god of grain and silos)

Crazy Day -- go crazy, in honor of Patsy Cline recording Willie Nelson's song Crazy on this date in 1961

Fete de la Jeunesse -- Morocco; Western Sahara (Youth Day, on the Birthday of HM Mohammed VI)

Gospel Day -- Kosrae, Micronesia

International Geocaching Day   

International Homeless Animals Day® -- International Society for Animal Rights   

National Honey Bee Day -- US  

National Pecan Torte Day

National Senior Citizens Day -- US

National Spumoni Day

Poet's Day -- a day to celebrate the poet in you, and share special thoughts about poets and poetry

Senior Citizens Day -- US (by Presidential proclamation in 1988)

St. Pius X's Day (Patron of first communicants, pilgrims; Des Moines, Iowa, US; Great Falls-Billings, Montana, US; Kottoyam, India; Santa Lucija, Malta; Springfield-Cape Girardeau, MO, US; Zamboanga, Philippines)

Anniversaries Today

Seminole Tribe of Native Americans is legally established and recognized, 1957

Hawai'i becomes the 50th US state, 1959

Birthdays Today

Ozma, Queen of Oz, year unconfirmed

Hayden Panettiere, 1989

Usain Bolt, 1986

Brody Jenner, 1983

Alicia Witt, 1975

James Robert "Jim" McMahon, 1959

Steve Case, 1958

Kim Cattrall, 1956

Jackie DeShannon, 1944

Peter Weir, 1944

Clarence Williams III, 1939

Kenny Rogers, 1938

Wilt Chamberlain, 1936

Melvin Van Peebles, 1932

Shimon Peres, 1923

Christopher Robin Milne, 1920

Friz Freleng, 1906

Count Basie, 1904

Aubrey Vincent Beardsley, 1872

William Murdoch, 1754

Francis de Sales, 1567

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"La Cage Aux Folles"(Musical), 1983

Today in History

Minamoto Yoritomo becomes Seii Tai Shogun and therefore de facto ruler of Japan, 1192

Pueblo Indians capture Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt, 1680

James Cook formally claims eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales, 1770

The Nat Turner slave revolt in Virginia leaves 55 dead, 1831

Mighty Casey (Dan Casey) is struck out! In a game against the N.Y. Giants, 1887

William S Burroghs patents the adding machine, 1888

Oldsmobile is incorporated as a division of General Motors Corp., 1897

Arthur Rose Eldred becomes the first Boy Scout to earn the rank of Eagle Scout, 1912

Physicist Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. is fatally irradiated in a criticality incident during an experiment with the Demon core at Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1945

James Anderson, Jr., posthumously receives the first Medal of Honor to be awarded to an African American U.S. Marine, 1968

Philippine opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr. is assassinated at the Manila International Airport, 1983

Carbon dioxide gas erupts from volcanic Lake Nyos in Cameroon, killing up to 1,800 people within a 20-kilometer range, 1986

Coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev collapses, 1991

The Red Cross announces the famine in Tajikistan and calls for international aid there and in Uzbekistan, 2001

Hurricane Dean becomes the first storm to make landfall as a Catagory 5 since Hurricane Andrew, 2007

After 108 years, a "message in a bottle" put in the sea by the UK Marine Biological Association is announced found on a beach in Amrum, Germany, 2015

Big Ben, the bell in London's parliament clock, chimes for the last time before a four-year restoration process for its tower starts, 2017

The discovery of water-ice on the Moon by India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is published, 2019

Nigeria goes three years without a case of polio, a landmark toward eradication of the disease, 2019


  1. I am so sorry to read that Uncle P has died, when he'd been doing better. Those embolisms are sneaky little things. I'm glad you have such a large family and friends group to help you through this. I am also glad Sweetie and Brother-in-law have been cleared.

  2. Echoing River.
    Take care of yourself, please.

  3. Thank you for updating. My prayers are with you and your family. Do visit blogs if and when you feel like it, comments are not necessary. Take care of yourself and your family, they are important, but I look forwards to hear from you again.

  4. So sorry about Uncle P's passing. Shalom to you and family. Thankful for good updates on your Sweetie and Bro-in-law recovery. Pray they will be strengthen and back to their healthy self soon. Thank God for church family. Take care and stay safe.

  5. Please accept my sincerest condolences. Praying for you all.

    God bless always.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, Mimi. I wish you strength and peace and good memories in the fullness of time. Take care of yourself.

  7. I'm so very sorry about your loss Mimi and family.

    He’s only gone on ahead of you,
    Not just left you behind.
    Although you can’t be with him right now,
    He lives on in your heart and mind.

    The day will come when you’ll meet again
    On Heaven’s distant shore,
    And the two of you will walk hand in hand
    Together forever more.

    My condolences Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. I'm so sorry for your loss, Mimi. My heart will be with you and your family as you grieve.

  9. Our hearts are heavy along with your and we all send prayers to you and your family. You're very special to all of us. Hugs and love.

  10. I'm so very sorry, my friend. Big healing hugs and tons of prayers. Love you. ♥

  11. So sorry to hear about your loss - sending you strength and comfort in this time.

  12. RIP to Uncle P and sending you best wishes

  13. So sorry to have read about your loss. I admire your strength and mindset.

  14. Oh so many healing energy hugs to you and your family ~ still hard to lose our loved ones ~ even though they are at peace ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  15. I'm so very sorry to read this sad news - thoughts and prayers to you and yours.

  16. My deepest, most sincere sympathy to your and your family, messymimi. My thoughts are with you. Cherish your memories...may they forever warm your heart. Take good care.

  17. I am so sorry for your loss. Please pass my sympathies to the rest of your family. XO

  18. Our thoughts here are with you.

  19. Oh, Mimi, you and yours are in my prayers.

  20. Mimi; my sincerest sympathies to you, your family; and all those who called uncle P friend. God's strength to you during this difficult time ♥♥♥♥♥♥ Laura

  21. My heart aches for you, Mimi. To have such hope and then to have something so terrible happen. I’m so grateful for your Church family! I don’t know what I’d do without mine! Prayers for your and your family at this difficult time.

  22. Oh, Mimi, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your family has been through the wringer lately. How wonderful that you have the love and support of your church family to help you through this sad time. Prayers lifted for you and your family.

  23. Be with your loved ones. Loss is so difficult especially for those of us who have loving kind loved ones. I am so sorry for your loss and am praying for all of you. Please take care and stay close with those you love. HUGS

  24. Sending you my sincerest sympathies. Glad that you had such brilliant support through your church family and I send you all the love and light.