This is one of those occasions where it's difficult to express the sadness and the relief, both felt at the same time.
Ms. S has been a prayer partner, friend, client, and more for several years now.
Her health the last two years has declined, recently very, very rapidly indeed, and she can no longer live alone.
Family and friends finally convinced her she had to be in a place where she can have 24hour care, and though she didn't like it, she knew she had no strength to resist, especially when she got to where she couldn't get out of bed at all by herself.
This past Monday, her son came and moved her to a city about an hour drive from here, just up the road from where he and his wife live.
She's getting the care she needs, her family is nearby to keep an eye on her, it's a better situation all around, and at the same time, it breaks my heart to know she's not just a short drive across town where i can go visit whenever i have a moment.
While Good Fences Around the World seems to have gone the way of the dodo bird, i still enjoy looking for and posting interesting fences, so i will!
It's Angel Sammy's Poetry Day! This week's image and my poem:
All dressed up and ready to go,
I love being in the world of snow.
It is a joy out here to be,
Oh, how much I love to ski!
Brian of Brian's Home hosts the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. It's time to share something for which i am thankful.
As noted above, i am both thankful and sad about Ms. S, i hope the better care she is receiving makes a difference and that i can go visit her as often as possible for a long time to come.
American Historical Association Annual Meeting -- New Orleans, LA, US (136th annual, with over 300 sessions covering a wide range of scholarly topics; through the 10th)
Armed Forces Day -- Iraq
Befana -- Italy (Befana is the fairy who resides in chimneys, flies on a broom, and leaves toys and candy in stockings on Epiphany, their traditional day to exchange gifts.)
Bean Day (Bake a bean or penny into a cake, whoever gets the slice with the bean is king for a day. A tradition continued in New Orleans and vicinity, especially, all the way through Mardi Gras Day, only now a plastic baby toy, representative of Jesus, is put in the traditional cakes.)
Blessing of the Waters -- Piraeus, Greece; Turkey; among Greek Orthodox worshippers worldwide (on the traditional date of the Baptism of Jesus)
Carnival Season begins -- Christian, through Mardi Gras/Shrove Tuesday
Children's Day -- Uruguay
Cuddle Up Day -- internet generated, an excuse to get close to your special someone
Daruma Ichi -- Takasaki City, Japan (the largest and most famous daruma market in the city where the good luck dolls originated; through tomorrow)
Deer Dance Ceremonies -- Taos Pueblo, NM, US (Native American celebration of the deer spirit)
Dezome-shiki -- Tokyo, Japan (fire fighters pray for a safe year, have a parade, help raise awareness of fire prevention, and men dressed as firefighters from the Edo period perform acrobatic feats from the tops of ladders to show agility)
Dia de los Reys -- Hispanic Christians(Three Kings Day)
Epiphany / Three Kings Day -- Western Christian
Epiphany of Kore (Persephone/Proserpina) -- Ancient Greek Calendar and Ancient Roman Calendar (a goddess of fertility and germination of seeds)
Feast of Ptah and Horus -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Feast of the Theophany -- Orthodox Christian
Four Freedoms Day -- US (commemorates the FDR speech about the four freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, freedom from fear.)
Greek Cross Day -- Tarpon Springs, Florida (as part of the Greek Orthodox Church celebration of Epiphany/Little Christmas)
Little Christmas -- Ireland
Maroon Festival -- Jamaica (celebration of descendants of former fugitive slaves)
National Shortbread Day
Orthodox Christmas Eve -- Orthodox Christians following the Julian calendar
Prettandinn -- Iceland (the last Day of Christmas, Epiphany, with bonfires and Elven Dances)
Shorinzan Daruma-Ichi -- Shorinzan, Japan (Good luck daruma dolls are purchased, with no eyes. One eye is painted on when you make a wish, the other when the wish comes true. Largest and oldest Daruma doll festival in Japan; through tomorrow.)
Smith Day -- the Smiths and Smythes and Smithes of the world want a day to be recognized; if your name is Smith or one of the variants of it, have a celebration of your very common name today!
Sts. Balthazar, Caspar, and Melchoir's Day (Patrons of travelers)
Surb Tsnund -- Armenia (Armenian Christmas Day)
Take a Poet to Lunch Day -- listed on a few sites, and who doesn't want an excuse to go out to eat?
Turisi -- Slavic Pagan Calendar (holiday of the bull, Jar-tur; a fertility rite)
Wassailing the Apple Trees -- various parts of the UK (from the Old English "waes hael," meaning "be well," a ritual to bless apple trees to ensure a good harvest)
George H. W. Bush marries Barbara Pierce, 1945
New Mexico becomes the 47th US State, 1912
Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves, 1540 (his 4th wife)
Joey Lauren Adams, 1971
Susan Perabo, 1969
Nancy Lopez, 1957
Rowan Atkinson, 1955
Bonnie Franklin, 1944
Lou Holtz, 1937
E.L. Doctorow, 1931
Vic Tayback, 1929
Earl Scruggs, 1924
Sun Myung Moon, 1920
Eugene T. Maleska, 1916
Loretta Young, 1913
Danny Thomas, 1912
Kahlil Gibran, 1883
Tom Mix, 1880
Carl Sandburg, 1878
Sherlock Holmes, 1854 (As celebrated by the Baker Street Irregulars.)
Charles Sumner, 1811
Jedediah Strong Smith, 1799
Haym Salomon, 1785
Joan of Arc, 1412
"Wheel of Fortune"(TV), 1975
"Schoolhouse Rock"(TV), 1973
"Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom"(TV), 1963
"Hallmark Hall of Fame"(TV), 1952
Today in History:
The first Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated in the "New World," at La Isabela, Hispaniola, 1494
All Jews are expelled from Syria, 1497
The city of Lima, Peru, is founded by Francisco Pizarro, 1535
The first recorded boxing match of the style now called English Boxing is held -- the Duke of Albemarle's butler versus his butcher, 1681
Massachusetts slaves petition the legislature for freedom, 1773
Samuel Morse makes his first public demonstration of the telegraph, 1838
The most damaging storm in 300 years sweeps across Ireland, damaging or destroying more than 20% of the houses in Dublin, 1839
A patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill of Pennsylvania, 1857
The Washington National Cathedral is chartered bu the US Congress and signed by President Benjamin Harrison, 1893
The first telephone call is made from a submerged submarine, by Simon Lake, 1898
Maria Montessori opens her first school and day care for working class families in Rome, 1907
The Great White Fleet passes through the Suez Canal, the largest group of ships to pass through up to that time, 1909
Mother Teresa arrives in Calcutta to begin her work among the poor of India, 1929
The first diesel-engined automobile trip is completed, from Indianapolis, Indiana, to New York City, 1930
Thomas Edison submits his last patent application, for a "Holder for Article to be Electroplated," 1931
Barbara Hanley becomes Canada's first woman mayor, of the city of Webbwood, Ontario, 1936
The Pacific Clipper lands at Pan American's LaGuardia Field, completing the first around the world flight, 1942
The Crown of St. Stephen (also known as the Holy Crown of Hungary) is returned to Hungary from the United States, where it was held after World War II, 1978
The Ady Gil, a ship owned by Sea Shepherd, is sunk during a skirmish with the Japanese Whaling Fleet's Shonan Maru, 2010
Californian Governor Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency over the methane gas leak on outskirts of Los Angeles, 2016
In an historic first, Malaysia's king, Sultan Muhammad V, abdicates after two years of rule, 2019