Saturday, April 9, 2022

Happiness is a Ten Things of Thankful Post


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It truly is a happy thing to be able to count blessings and list thankfuls.

Last Saturday i woke up at Grandma and Grandpa's house and since Grandma slept in, i went and did the grocery shopping by myself so Grandpa could be there when she woke up.  We're thankful she slept, and i was thankful Grandpa, a take-charge person (micromanager!), actually trusted me to go to the store by myself.

Their groceries got bought and the house got cleaned and i got to spend extra time with Grandma because i'd done some of the cleaning the day before, we were both thankful for that.

Sunday morning, Becca's mom was not feeling well, so i'm thankful i was able to get Becca and bring her to church, giving her mom a break to get some much-needed rest.

On Monday i worked two jobs instead of just one, taking care of Carl and Ms. D.  This had been arranged so that i could have Tuesday to go to a meeting, and i'm thankful Ms. D agreed to the plan, and i'm thankful it was a cool day for working outside so i got her back porch posts properly scrubbed down.

#2 Son came by that afternoon to talk over what to do with his car situation.  His car would cost more to repair than it is worth even at today's prices, and Mr. Lenny's son is going to be selling a used car soon, so i'm thankful we had a chance to discuss buy new versus buy used.  (Leaning toward used at the moment, as the vehicle in question has a new engine.)

The meeting i was to attend on Tuesday was supposed to be the group's first in person meeting in two years.  Unfortunately, it was raining, so the rest of the group decided to go back to a Zoom meeting.  Thankfully i hadn't gotten very far up the road when Ms. V called me, and i'd left early enough (because of the rain) that i was able to run two quick errands and still make it back home in time to get on the computer.

For the past several months, Lunceford the Land Yacht has not cooperated in the air conditioner department.  Sometimes it worked, most times it didn't.  Sweetie came to me saying he needed an oil change and his inspection sticker was expired (!), so we were thankful to get an appointment with Kevin and Lenny.  We're also thankful the A/C problem was just a relay, they switched it out and now Sweetie won't be borrowing my car all summer because his is too hot.

Thankfully, too, we were able to take his car to Ms. SE's house on Thursday while my GusGus got the line cleaned out that lets windshield washer fluid actually do what it's supposed to do.  They didn't charge for that, either, another thankful.

When i arrived at Bible study Friday morning, Mr. BA informed he he'd pressure washed the back wall of the house.  The water came through the windows.  The back room, he and Ms. GA told me, was in a condition they'd rather not discuss.  Yes, i got it cleaned as best i could, i'm thankful i was able to get to everything except moving one table, and i'm thankful i can still get down on the floor to clean a floor, because that's what it took.

Once i was done there, i ran home, changed clothes, and went to Ms. PA's son's house so i could set up for a Zoom meeting with her ladies' circle.  Ms. PA is totally homebound now, i'm thankful i can go over there and let her be a part of the group she's met with for 40+ years.  We had a good time, i stayed after to just talk with her for a while.  Every visit with a friend who is 92 is a cherished visit.

The cat shelter was rather quiet yesterday evening, i think the employees were thankful for it as they were using the time for catching up on paperwork, and i'm always thankful to get to go there and tend to kitties.

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:

Appomattox Day -- US (marking the end of the US Civil War on this day in 1865)

Astronauts' Day -- web generated by someone who wants all these brave people honored

Baby Massage Day

Baghdad Liberation Day -- Kurdistan, Iraq

Bataan Day/Day of Valor -- Philippines (Araw ng Kagitingan)

Dita e Kushtetutes -- Kosovo (Constitution Day)

Dry Milk Day -- the first patent for powdered milk was issued this day in 1792 to Samuel Percy

Feast of Jalal (Glory) -- Baha'i

Independence Restoration Day -- Georgia (formerly Day of National Unity)

Martyr's Day -- Tunisia

Name Yourself Day -- an internet holiday allowing you to change your name for a day, if you want to.

National Cherish An Antique Day -- hooray for old fashioned quality!

National Chinese Almond Cookie Day

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day -- US

Observation of the Nazi Occupation -- Denmark (anniversary of the Nazi invasion)

Public Library Day -- US (anniversary of the opening of the first "publicly funded" library -- i.e. a tax based, free library -- in the US, in 1833 in Petersborough, New Hampshire)

Remembrance for Haakon Sigurdsson -- Asatru/Norse Pagan Calendar (Haakon the Great, one of the Jarls of Hladhir)

St. Casilda's Day (Patron against sterility)

St. Mary of Cleophas' Day (one of the Marys in the Bible who was present at the Crucifixion)

Verruca Day -- Fairy Calendar (Goblin Celebration again)

Vimy Ridge Day -- Canada

Winston Churchill Day -- commemorates his becoming an honorary US citizen

World Konkani Day -- Goa (Official language of the Indian state of Goa; on the death anniversary of the pioneer of modern Konkani literature, Vaman Raghunath Varde Valaulikar)

Yasurai Matsuri -- Imamiya Jinja, Kyoto, Japan (festival to prevent ill health)

Anniversaries Today:

Sophia Loren marries Carlo Ponti, 1966

Wayne Newton marries Kathleen McCrone, 1994

Charles, Prince of Wales, marries Camilla Parker-Bowles, 2005

Birthdays Today:

Elle Fanning, 1998

Kristen Stewart, 1990

Jesse McCartney, 1987

Leighton Meester, 1986

Taylor Kitsch, 1981

Keshia Knight Pulliam, 1979

Rachel Stevens, 1978

Gerard Way, 1977

Austin Peck, 1971

Jacques Villeneueve, 1971

Cynthia Nixon, 1966

Paulina Prizkova, 1965

Dennis Quaid, 1954

Michael Learned, 1939

Avery Schreiber, 1935

Jean-Paul Belmondo, 1933

Paul Krassner, 1932

Tom Lehrer, 1928

Hugh Hefner, 1926

John Presper Eckert, Jr., 1919

Ward Bond, 1903

Paul Robeson, 1898

Efrem Zimbalist, 1889

Frank King, 1883

Eadweard Muybridge, 1830

Charles Baudelaire, 1821

Tamerlane, 1336

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Ticket to Ride"(Beatles' single), 1965

"Diamond Lil"(Play), 1928

"Shadow of a Gunman"(Play), 1923

The World, the Flesh and the Devil(Film), 1914

Today in History:

The Mongol hordes defeat the Poles and Germans in the Battle of Liegnitz, 1241

Robert Cavalier de la Salle reaches the mouth of the Mississippi River and claims all the land drained by the river and its tributaries for France, 1682

The African Methodist Episcopal church in the US is formed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1816

The oldest audible sound recording of a human voice is made, 1860

Robert E. Lee surrenders the Army of Northern Virginia to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Court House, effectively ending the US Civil War, 1865

Passing by a single vote, the United States Senate ratifies a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska, 1967

The Hudson Bay Company cedes its territory to Canada, 1869

Jumbo the Elephant arrives in the US, 1882

The Titanic leaves Queenstown, Ireland for NYC, 1912

The first full color film, "World, The Flesh, and The Devil", premiers in London, 1914

Mae West makes her NYC debut in "Diamond Lil," 1928

The first Japanese built aircraft to fly to Europe, the Kamikaze, arrives at Croydon Airport in London, 1937

The Suez Canal is officially opened for shipping, 1957

NASA announces the selection of the United States' first seven astronauts, whom the news media quickly dub the "Mercury Seven", 1959

In the first game in the Astrodome, Houston beats the Yankees 2-1 in an exhibition game, and Mickey Mantle hits the first indoor home run, 1967

The first British built Concorde makes its first flight, 1969

Georgia declares its indepedence from Russia, 1991

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, at Westminster Abbey, 2002

Facebook purchases Instagram, a photo sharing application, for $1 billion, 2012

US Senator Tammy Duckworth becomes the first senator to give birth while in office, 2018

According to ecologists, The Netherlands has its first resident wolf population in 140 years, 2019


  1. I'm thankful things work out for you and I'm thankful for my ounger brother who lives way over on the other side of this country, but still checks in on our older sister a couple of times a year and then comes to see me and keeps in touch with my kids too.
    I don't know anyone who is 92. a couple of neighbours here are in their late 80s.

  2. Lots and lots of things to be thankful for - which is wonderful.

  3. There are so many things to be grateful for in life if only we take the time to count and appreciate them.

    God bless, Mimi.

  4. Sounds like another busy week full of blessings. :-)

  5. Your thankful list as usual leaves me slightly breathless marvelling over what you get done in a week, and humbled finding my own worries shrinking to size. Thank you!

  6. Those are really good thankfuls and hooray you have such good mechanics taking care of your vehicles!

  7. It might be better for #2 son to throw the car away and to get a second hand car.
    Have a great day Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  8. Your thankful lists always inspire me to take a different look at my life, Mimi. I have a lot to be thankful for this week, too. And I am.

    I relate to Sweetie's expired inspection!! And I can still get down on my knees to scrub, too; it's getting back up that can be a problem :D

  9. So glad you got the car situations taken care of for everyone and your thankfuls are all so loving and giving ~ you are blessed ~ Xo

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  10. Great you incorporated a wonderful list of thankfuls with being happy about them for the A/Z challenge for the letter H! Truly a great list of many blessings received and then blessings given to others!

    Have fun with the rest of the challenge!


  11. Wonderful thankfuls. You are lucky to find used car for sale- they are hard to come by these days.

  12. That's quite a list! Lots of cleaning and car troubles, it seems. Hopefully it all works out!

    I like your "on this day" information and found the birthday list interesting. I didn't realize Hugh Hefner was born in 1926 -- that's the year my grandmother (now deceased) was born.


  13. thanks!
    your Six helps me to remember to try not to forget that the height or width of problems/challenges are, in part, a function of the distance from which we observe them... looking at imagined future problems is like laying down and trying to measure how tall a fence two doors down is... the number is always bigger

    ...I enjoyed the TToT this week and it really did help, here in Monday

  14. You are Wonder Woman! ENjoy your week and thank you for your kind heart. My friend Bea is going to be 93 next motnh. I live to hear her voice on my phone.

  15. "Every visit with a friend who is 92 is a cherished visit." ❤️
    I can certainly understand that all is quiet in the cat shelter feeling and what blessing that could be on certain days.
    Oh my, cleaning that back room sounds like quite the chore. You do get your exercise, Mimi.
    Hope you have a good rest of the week.

  16. Goodness! You have been one busy lady. So many thankfuls result from oppsies and I love how you turn it around.


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