It's Thankful Day and there's a boatload of thankfulness to celebrate.
First up, it's Purple Day, the day to support epileptics around the world.
My thankfulness is for those in the medical community who work with epileptics and do research so those with epilepsy can lead normal lives.
Young Jacob, a good friend, has epilepsy and i am thankful that he is doing well in his chosen profession in another state. (We miss him, but that's another story.)
Closer to home, i'm thankful i was able to drop our tax papers off directly with the CPA last Saturday. No worries about late or misdirected or lost mail.
The talk early this week was weather. There were warnings being bandied about, and Ms. D, my Tuesday lady, even told me not to come if the weather looked bad.
Thankfully it was cloudy but not raining or awful when it was time to go to work, so i got to go.
When the weather finally got to us, late in the afternoon, we got a short period of thunder, followed by a gullywasher of a rain for a while, and then a beautiful sunset. We're thankful to have gotten off relatively lightly, it could have been much, much worse.
We had another car incident for which to be thankful this week. When i got home Wednesday, i noticed Sweetie's tire was low yet again, so i rushed Lunceford the Land Yacht over to Kevin and Lenny before the tire got too flat to roll and got them to give me a ride home. This time, i told them, no patches, just replace the bad tires.
That was all four of them, of course, but again, we're thankful they sell us decent tires at a reasonable price, give us a warranty, and let us make payments.
Once again we're thankful not to have had a towing bill.
Because #2 Son turned 26 this month, he is dropping off of our health insurance and i've been after him to get on his company plan. He came by earlier this week and he agreed to do that, got the paperwork, and then called me to discuss the plans and make his choice. He's young and invincible, of course, and i'm thankful he has insurance anyway.
This weekend, Mimi Lenox, founder of Blog4Peace, is sponsoring Blog4Peace Ukraine.
In a world full of awful things, including war, i am thankful for those who are standing for and praying for and working for peace.
To paraphrase Mr. Rogers, look for the helpers. I'm deeply thankful for those who are risking their lives to bring aid to Ukraine.
In other news, today Bigger Girl turns 29! While i'm sad she's not nearby to celebrate with us, i'm thankful
she's working at a job she loves,
she's living in a place where the public transportation is good so she doesn't have to drive (the poor child is a menace on the road, plain and simple),
she overcame odds and several learning difficulties to get a college degree,
she's working toward her dream of joining the Peace Corps (as soon as Covid regulations allow them to start up again).
Many Happy Returns of the Day, Bigger Girl!
Day to Mourn Victims of Biological Weapons -- commemorates the day they were outlawed in 1975
Earth Hour -- 8:30pm-9:30pm, your local time; turn off your lights to take a stand against climate change
End of Zimbor-Quattor's Revenge Week and Day of Reconciliation with All Those Whose Hats Have Been Damaged -- Fairy Calendar
Fiesta del Arbol -- Spain (Tree Festival or Arbor Day)
^*Independence Day and National Day -- Bangladesh(1971)
Khordad Sal -- Zoroastrian (Birth of the Prophet Zaranhushtra)
Legal Assistants' Day
Make Up Your Own Holiday Day -- Wellcat Holidays, which has made up a bunch, wants you to do the same today!
Martyr's Day / Democracy Day -- Mali
National Nougat Day
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianole Day -- Hawaii, US (honoring the Hawaiian Royal who worked to preserve the Hawaiian culture)
Purple Day -- International (supporting epileptics around the world)
Spinach Day -- on this day in 1937, spinach growers in Crystal City, Texas, erected a statue of Popeye in honor of their favorite veggie
St. Braulio's Day (Patron of Aragon, Spain)
St. William of Norwich's Day (Patron of kidnap and torture victims)
Synaxis of the Archangel Gabriel -- Eastern Orthodox Christianity (celebration of his role is the Annunciation)
Ricki Lake weds Rob Sussman, 1994
Founding of the University of Utrecht, 1636
Keira Knightley, 1985
Amy Smart, 1976
T.R. Knight, 1973
Josh Lucas, 1972
Leslie Mann, 1972
Kenny Chesney, 1968
John Stockton, 1962
Marcus Allen, 1960
Jennifer Grey, 1960
Catherine Keener, 1960
Leeza Gibbons, 1957
Curtis Sliwa, 1954
Teddy Pendergrass, 1950
Martin Short, 1950
Vicki Lawrence, 1949
Steven Tyler, 1948
Diana Ross, 1944
Bob Woodward, 1943
Erica Jong, 1942
James Caan, 1939
Alan Arkin, 1934
Leonard Nimoy, 1931
Sandra Day O'Connor, 1930
Pierre Boulez, 1925
Tennessee Williams, 1911
Viktor Frankl, 1905
Robert Frost, 1874
Jane Arminda Delano, 1862
Nathaniel Bowditch, 1773
"The Young and the Restless"(TV), 1973
"Funny Girl"(Musical), 1964
"Die Ehe des Herrn Mississippi/The Marriage of Mr. Mississippi"(Play), 1952
Today in History:
William Caxton prints his translation of Aesop's Fables, 1484
The first British Sunday newspaper is published (British Gazette & Sunday Monitor), 1780
The US Congress orders removal of Indians east of Mississippi to Louisiana, 1804
An earthquake destroys 90% of Caracas, Venezuela, leaves 20,000 dead, 1812
The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyra, NY, 1830
Eastman Film Co manufactures the first commercial motion picture film, 1885
New Delhi replaces Calcutta as capital of British-Indies, 1931
William H. Hastie becomes the first black Federal Judge in the US, in the US Virgin Islands, 1937
Jonas Salk announces the first successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children, 1953
East Pakistan declares its independence from Pakistan to form People's Republic of Bangladesh, 1971
Anwar al-Sadat, Menachem Begin and Jimmy Carter sign the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty in Washington, D.C., 1979
The "Melissa worm" infects Microsoft word processing and e-mail systems around the world, 1999
A jury in Michigan finds Dr. Jack Kevorkian guilty of second-degree murder for administering a lethal injection to a terminally ill man, 1999
The Taiwanese government calls on 1 million Taiwanese to demonstrate in Taipei, in opposition to the Anti-Secession Law of the People's Republic of China, 2005
Richard III of England (1452-1485) is reburied at Leicester Cathedral in England, after being discovered under a carpark in Leicester in 2012, 2015
US, European Union and Ukraine expel more than 100 Russian diplomats in response to Russian use of nerve gas in UK, 2018
The US Federal Trade Commission confirms it will investigate Facebook over privacy concerns, 2018
The Pablo Picasso painting Buste de Femme(1938), stolen 20 years prior, is recovered by a Dutch art detective, 2019