If everything is going as it should, you are reading this while i'm either driving back to NOLA to clean Grandma and Grandpa's house, or i am there. If you are reading really late on Saturday afternoon, a/k/a Thankful Day, i am already back home.
Last Friday, some might remember that my back "went out." (Not yesterday, the week before, in case i'm not being clear, and why in the world do they call it that? When i "go out," it's to have a good time, and a back "going out" is most assuredly not a good time.)
Saturday, sweetie helped me in NOLA, and i was very, very thankful. It was one of those days i do not think i could have done it alone.
On the way back from NOLA, we stopped at a local shop where The Big Boss needed something picked up . Sweetie had been wondering about a gift for The Big Boss’ birthday, so we paid for that item. It was the perfect price, and Sweetie gave it to him with a small cake. We’re thankful it was just right!
On Sunday, we had an adventure! Oh, the day started out the same as it usually does, i got Becca up, dressed, fed, the dog walked and we went to church. The sermon started out well, and as the pastor was talking about how unexpected interruptions can be handled in a good way a man came into the sanctuary and started yelling that he needed to talk to the congregation and get our help! The pastor told him politely that this was not the way to get our attention, and asked the ushers to come up. They very quietly and firmly had to remove him, he wasn't armed but he was on something.
The pastor commented, "I couldn't have paid to have a better demonstration!"
My thankful is that it didn't turn into one of those scenes you read about in the news.
It was good to see Carl and Ms. V and Mr. L again on Monday, i am thankful they got back from their trip safely.
Ms. PA’s aids have not been emptying the litter box properly, causing Little Bit to again seek other solutions for her bathrooming needs. Thankfully i was able to run to the store, get some litter, and start over, training the aid on how to scoop the box. Tuesday morning, i went back before work and taught the other aid, and i’m hoping it helped.
Ms. R was her usual self, and we’re all thankful her granddaughter is doing well.
Wednesday, Sweetie really surprised me. He scooped the litter boxes! He’s more of a feed and spoil pet parents, and i’m a clean and medicate pet parent (so guess who they like best?). It was icing on the cake of a very nice day where Ms. G realized i would be leaving town Thursday so she didn’t keep me late.
Ms. V’s house Thursday morning couldn’t have gone better, and i’m very thankful. She even got Mr. L to go nap in the spare room so i could get their bedroom done early.
That afternoon, i had a reasonably good drive to Mobile, for which i am thankful. Di is feeling rather awful, as expected when you start chemo, but i talked her into letting me go pick up some gumbo for her that she’d had before and she could probably hold on to. We’re thankful it worked like a charm.
Friday saw us get a good bit done, thankfully. She has no more laundry overflow, her meds are more sorted, and i did some needed shopping. It’s a huge thankful thing that i was able to swing this trip.
It’s also a thankful thing that i got to run around a bit down in the area and snap some photos for my Sunday Selections!
Which brings us back to today, when if it all went as planned, i got up very early for the drive to NOLA (it’s over twice as far as i usually drive when i go on Saturday).
Thankfully, it was worth the trip.
Boss's Day -- either celebrate, or roll your eyes, both are acceptable responses (begun by Patricia Bays Haroski in 1958 in honor of her boss, who was also her father; this date was his birthday)
Chrysanthemum Festival -- Japan ("The Festival of Happiness", various shrines; through Nov. 15)
Clean Your Bug Zapper Day -- internet generated, and we're getting a bit overboard here, aren't we?
Day of Pope John Paul II -- Poland
Dictionary Day / Learn a Word Day -- Noah Webster's birth anniversary
Dress Like A Dork Day -- does someone have it out for us with these?
Elephantine Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (several such celebrations of elephants were held around this time of year in Egypt)
Ether Day (first demonstrated use, see History)
Feast of 'Ilm (Knowledge) -- Baha'i
National Liqueur Day
St. Hedwig's Day (Patron of brides, duchesses, difficult marriages, widows; Bavaria; Berlin, Germany; Gorlitz, Germany; Silesia; against the death of children, jealousy)
Sweetest Day -- begun by Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy company employee who decided it would be wonderful to distribute candy to the sick, shut-ins and orphans in Cleveland, OH; today is the day to do something for someone that makes him/her say, "Oh, that is so sweet!"
Teachers' Day -- Chile
World Food Day -- UN
World Toy Camera Day -- now with a Flickr page
The first birth control clinic in the US is opened, 1916
Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah, 1875
Girton College, Cambridge is founded, becoming England's first residential college for women, 1869
Zion's Co-Operative Mercantile Institution, America's first department store, opens, 1868
The Collegiate School is established(forerunner of Yale University), 1701, Old Style Date
John Mayer, 1977
Kellie Martin, 1975
Tim Robbins, 1958
Melissa Louise Belote, 1956
Barry Corbin, 1940
Bob Weir, 1947
Suzanne Somers, 1946
Gunter Grass, 1927
Angela Lansbury, 1925
William Orville Douglas, 1898
Eugene O'Neill, 1888
David Ben-Gurion, 1886
Oscar Wilde, 1854
Noah Webster, 1758
"The Red Mill"(Musical), 1945
"The Man Who Came too Dinner"(Play), 1939
"Billy the Kid"(Ballet), 1938
Jane Eyre(Publication date), 1847
Today in History:
Jadwiga (yes, a she) is crowned King of Poland, 1384
Olivier van Noorts' ships reach the Philippines, 1600
George Washington takes Yorktown, 1781
Marie Antoinette, wife of Louis XVI, is guillotined, 1793
Sir William Rowan Hamilton comes up with the idea of quaternions, a non-commutative extension of complex numbers, 1843
Dentist William T. Morton demonstrates the effectiveness of ether, 1846
Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" is published, 1847
John Brown leads a raid on Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, 1859
The Cardiff Giant, one of the most famous American hoaxes, is "discovered", 1869
John Harwood takes out a patent on a self-winding watch, 1923
The Disney Company is founded, 1923
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. is named the first African American general in the United States Army, 1940
Fidel Castro is sentenced in Havana to 15 years in prison, 1953
The People's Republic of China detonates its first nuclear weapon, 1964
In response to the October Crisis terrorist kidnapping, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau of Canada invokes the War Measures Act, 1970
Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho are awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1973
Pope John Paul II is elected after the October 1978 Papal conclave, 1978
Wanda Rutkiewicz is the first Pole and the first European woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest, 1978
Desmond Tutu is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1984
Reinhold Messner becomes the first person to summit all 14 Eight-thousanders, 1986
Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, a commemoration of the Library of Alexandria that was lost in antiquity, is officially inaugurated, 2002
A 1,255lb. portion of the Chelyabinsk meteor is recovered by divers in Russia, 2013
New Zealand, Malaysia, Angola, Spain and Venezuela are elected to the United Nations Security Council, 2014
Ed Whitlock, 85, becomes the oldest person to ever finish a marathon in under 4 hours, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 3 hours 56 minutes, 2016
In an experiment on microbial fuel cells, Pete the Fern at the London Zoo becomes the first plant to take a selfie, 2019
Egyptian archaeologists announce the discovery of more than 20 painted wooden coffins from the Theban necropolis of Asasif, 2019