Saturday, May 14, 2022

A Catching Up Ten Things of Thankful Post


This is the first Thankful Day since the beginning of April that i haven't had a letter of the day or a theme for my thankful list, and i've been jotting notes for weeks.

Don't worry, i won't list it all, i'll just hit some highlights.

#1 Son hurt his knee, and we were very thankful Dr. BowTie (my doctor) was able to recommend a very good orthopedic surgeon.  He went in to the appointment saying he either had a torn meniscus or some floating cartilage.

The doctor came back with, How about both?

The thankful is that #1 Son has one of the best doctors in the area tending to him, and the surgery can be done through the scope.  Also, it can be fixed, it will just take time.

In the past several years, when we go on vacation, we've always gotten a neighborhood friend of our children, or in more recent years one of our children, to tend our cats while we're gone.

This year, we're out of luck on all of those fronts.  They're all busy or unable for some reason.  We're thankful we found a local cat care center that only boards cats.  Even Sweetie was impressed and our kitties are going to have their own little vacation while we're gone.

Sweetie's friend is going to lend us his old but in excellent shape truck for the vacation again, we are so thankful not to have to look for a rental.

Sweetie and Brother-in-Law got to go up to visit their sister and her husband, whom we haven't seen in years.  They talk on the phone every week, but they met up at a restaurant in the town where they all went to college and had a fabulous time and it was much better for them than just a phone call.

Generator Mike came by for the yearly service call and the generator has come on since, only for a few moments, it's working well.

Ms. G actually let me go to her house twice while she wasn't there.

Our ladies' circle met at the senior apartment complex.  We were so thankful they could accommodate us as it meant the members who can no longer drive got to attend.  It was our first in-person meeting since quarantine.

Because Grandma is spending so much time in bed, we needed new sheets.  Thankfully i found some that are antimicrobial, which should come in handy.

Ms. JAI hasn't been calling me to come very often, and i am concerned because she's alone so much.  One Monday i had extra time and stopped just to visit, and i'm thankful i did, she needed help with hooking up her new garden hose.

One of our church friends who has very limited funds and transportation options called to ask if there was any way he could get a ride to the doctor.  It was just as i was getting off work, so i'm thankful i was able to step in and help when his first ride fell through.

This weekend we are dogsitting Coda and Bart, and we get to go visit Lulu.

Bonus, Bigger Girl sent me a Mother's Day gift, microwavable slippers to keep the toes warm.

There's more i could add, but i'll only show you pictures of Peggy at rEcess -- she's a blur because she never stops moving once you get her out of the wheelchair.

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:

Carabao Festival -- Pulilan, Philippines (to honor their patron, St. Isidro [St. Isadore the Farmer], hundreds of carabaos [water buffalo] are dressed up and paraded, and eventually blessed in front of the church; through tomorrow)

Cornelia de Lange Syndrome Awareness Day -- shedding light on this rare genetic condition 

Dance Like a Chicken Day -- no idea why today, but i'm waiting for wedding season

Drunk Driving Memorial Day -- not sponsored by MADD, or anyone else i can find, but let's all work and pray for the day drunk driving by anyone is just a bad memory

French Fairy Awareness Day -- Fairy Calendar

Gesta de Independencia -- Paraguay

Izumo-taisha Shrine Grand Festival -- Izumo-taisha, Japan (through tomorrow)

King Father Norodom Sihamoni's Birthday -- Cambodia

Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive -- US (place non-perishable food items by your mail box, and help stamp out hunger in your area)

Marshmallow Fluff Day -- Mr. Durkee and Mr. Mower announced, on this day in 1920, that they were in business producing this sweet confection

Mars Invictus Festival -- Ancient Roman Calendar

Midnight Sun at North Cape -- Norway (the sun will not set until July 30)

National Buttermilk Biscuit Day

National Unification Day -- Liberia

President Kamuzu Banda's Birthday -- Malawi

Runic Half-Month Ing (expansive energy) commences

"Stars and Stripes Forever" Day -- first public performance of the composition was this day in 1897

Stay Up All Night Night -- as declared by George Mahood of Northampton, England, everyone needs to relive the excitement of staying up late like you always wanted to as a kid at least once a year

St. Bonifatius' Day (4th Ice Saint)

St. Matthias the Apostle's Day (Patron of carpenters, reformed alcoholics, tailors; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; against alcoholism and smallpox)

Sun Awareness Day -- like Melanoma Monday, a few days back, a day to remember the damage the sun can do to skin and stock up on sunscreen, if you haven't already

Underground America Day -- Malcolm Wells wants us to imagine what our landscapes would look like if more of our buildings were under ground

World Belly Dance`Day --  to celebrate the wonderful art of belly dance 

World Fair Trade Day -- sponsored by the World Fair Trade Organization; this year's theme is "Climate Justice:  Let's Do It Fair" 

World Migratory Bird Day -- original date second Saturday in May, but the WMBD organization encourages you to celebrate when birds are migrating in your area; this year's theme is "Unifying our Voices for Bird Conservation"; one celebration that is on this date:

     International Migratory Bird Celebration -- Chincoteague, VA, US (walks, talks, tours, art, and children's activities, all outdoors with the birds)

Anniversaries Today:

Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark marries Mary Donaldson, 2004

Carlsbad Caverns National Park established, NM, US, 1930

Birthdays Today:

Miranda Cosgrove, 1993

Amber Tamblyn, 1983

Dan Auerbach, 1979

Martine McCutdcheon, 1976

Cate Blanchett, 1969

Danny Wood, 1969

Jose Da Silveira, 1965

Suzy Kolber, 1964

Tim Roth, 1961

Valerie Still, 1961

Ronan Tynan, 1960

David Byrne, 1952

Robert Zemechis, 1951

Meg Foster, 1948

George Lucas, 1944

Jack Bruce, 1943

Atanasio "Tony" Perez, 1942

Bobby Darin, 1936

Laszlo Kovacs, 1933

Patrice Munsel, 1925

Otto Klemperer, 1885

Robert Owen, 1771

Thomas Gainsborough, 1727

Gabrile Daniel Fahrenheit, 1686

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Kids Are Alright"(Documentary), 1979

“It’s Time for Ernie"(Ernie Kovacs' TV premier), 1951

"When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd: A Requiem for those we love"(Hindemith composition), 1946

"Die Hebriden/The Hebrides"(Mendelssohn Op. 26), 1832

Today in History:

Jamestown, Virginia is settled as an English colony, 1607

Edward Jenner administers the first smallpox  vaccination, 1796

The Lewis and Clark expedition sets out, 1804

Paraguay  gains independence from Spain, 1811

The first edition of the London Illustrated Times is published, 1842

Gail Borden patents her process for condensed milk, 1853

Vaseline, the first petroleum jelly, is marketed, 1878

Lina Medina becomes the world's youngest confirmed mother in medical history at the age of five, 1939

Israel is declared to be an independent state and a provisional government is established; immediately after the declaration, Israel is attacked by the neighboring Arab states, triggering the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, 1948

Kuwait joins the United Nations, 1963

Skylab, the United States' first space station, is launched, 1973

The Institute for War documents publishes Anne Franks complete diary, 1986

The last episode of Seinfeld airs, with commercials going for $2M per 30 seconds, 1998

Scientists at Stanford University invent a working bionic eye the is powered only by focused light; the eye could eventually restore the sight of millions of people suffering from macular degeneration and retinal pigmentosa, 2012

Gabriel Medina becomes the first surfer ever to land the move called a "Backflip" in competition, 2016

The successful transfer of memory in snails as achieved by scientists from University of California is published in the journal "eNeuro", 2018

Chinese mountain climber and double amputee Xia Boyu reaches the summit of Mt Everest, 2018

Wikipedia confirms that the Republic of China has banned all versions of its site, 2019


  1. Meeting someone in person is really a blessing.

    -- I am amazed at "microwavable slippers"; I have never heard of them. nor imagined them. :-)

  2. A truly wonderful list. I am very, very glad to read it. And that you are living it.

  3. Microwaveable slippers? I don't think I'd like to be putting slippers in a place where I cook or warm food.
    Your list sounds like you've been super busy, so enjoy the break.

  4. Let us count our blessings in thankfulness.

    God bless.

  5. Your thankfulness list is once again a work of art, leaving me breathlessand admiring. Thank you for being you!

  6. You always amaze me at how busy you are and how you are so able to coordinate various things.

  7. Wonderful list of thankfuls If I lived near you, I would have volunteered to take care of your kitties. Glad you found a place for them. Glad your son can get his knee fixed.

  8. Those are all really good thankfuls and we glad that your Son's knee will be okay.

  9. I, along with thousands of others, will be very thankful when this relentless rain we've been experiencing for days and nights on end ceases!!!!

    Take care.... Have a good weekend. :)

  10. My heartfelt wishes to #1 son for speedy recovery after surgery. A certain thankful he has a good orthopedic guy. (I found out recently myself how important a good one is!)
    Lucky for the truck! I think the whole car rental scene is a mess and way expensive.
    You were in the right place at the right time, not once but twice. Awesome.
    Have fun with the canines if they are still there!

  11. How awesome that things worked out for you to have the use of a truck when you go on vacation!
    I hope your son's surgery and recovery goes well.
    That is great that Sweetie and Bro-in-Law finally got to go visit their sister after not being able to get together for years.
    It looks like Peggy enjoyed her freedom from the wheelchair. 😀

  12. A little late commenting ~ behind in everything ~ Wonderful list ot thankfuls ~ You yourself are a treasure ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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