Saturday, May 28, 2022

Ah, Here We Are, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Let's see, where are we?  Ah, Thankful Day, of course!

There is a great deal to mention, starting with #1 Son.  Sweetie was able to pick him up on time in spite of the horrible Memorial Day Weekend traffic, got him to the surgical center on time (it's in the same place as Sweetie's ENT, so he knew a back road), the surgery went well, and #1 Son is at home recovering.  Yet to be heard, and i'll discuss it with #1 Son later when i bring his groceries, is how much of the meniscus they had to take and whether he'll need PT.

Last weekend's catsitting assignment went well, even with the two extra cats Granddaughter B brought over to their house.  It rained Saturday and i was so thankful because then i only had to water the porch plants, and they were back on Sunday before evening watering time so i didn't even have to go over there.

Ms. JAI had called for me to come for my once-a-month visit and if you read my Tuesday post, you know why i am very thankful i can still climb under furniture.

Tuesday was laundry day, and i'm thankful we got it done, but that was all i really got done as i was feeling like i'd been hit by a truck.  My blood pressure is still not exactly where it should be, as the doc has me on a different med schedule and if i was going to crash and burn Tuesday was a good day as i didn't have work, just clothes to do at my own pace.

That afternoon i met up with #2 Son and we got him the iPhone his boss has been telling him to get so he can be included in special group chats where Android won't play nicely.  Thankfully, he's paying for it!

Although i still wasn't 100% on Wednesday, i went to Ms. G's.  She greeted me with, "I have two broken bones in my foot, my back is not good and my neck is not good.  Let's go to Costco!"

90 pounds of bird seed, 70 pounds of cat food and plenty of cases of soft drinks in the carts, in the car, and hauled into the house, plus i hauled the old, moldy bird seed out of the storage bin and into the garbage can for pick-up, got the very heavy garbage out for pick-up, and reloaded the storage bin with birdseed and the second fridge with drinks.  Then i was time to clean.

Thankfully, i was still standing by the end of it.

Thursday at Ms. V's house was almost a vacation with nothing but cleaning to do, and i was thankful to get to the Mall-Mart for some things i needed.

Grandpa had asked me to please come on Friday this week to stay with Grandma so he could go out to dinner with a friend, something he hasn't been able to do since she got hurt.  Thankfully, Ms. GA's house is a morning only assignment and i was able to drive down, like Sweetie, in spite of the heavy traffic.

The only interruption to the morning was a panicked called from Brother-in-Law.  He was seeing flashing lights, which can mean a retina problem.  Considering he and Sweetie have very fragile eyesight, this was nothing to sneeze at and he simply drove over to the eye doctor without an appointment and told them it was an emergency.

The doc checked him out and he's fine.  The doc also told him he did the right thing, in the case of eyes that have had the kind of damage he and Sweetie had, anything that makes them nervous about their vision needs to be checked right away.

We're just glad it was a false alarm, especially as the day was already going to be packed.

It was like walking to a furnace.  Both Grandma and Grandpa get cold easily, so they hadn't noticed the A/C wasn't cooling.

("But it's running!  I can feel the air and it feels cool to me!" Grandma kept saying, not understanding that any moving air is going to feel cooler as it flows past your skin, that doesn't mean the air is actually being chilled.)

Thankfully the A/C company sent someone, they fixed the leak in the compressor and recharged the freon and here we sit in comfort.  The house is mostly clean, too, so not as much to do tomorrow.

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:

Araw ng Watawat -- Philippines (Flag Day)

ARMAD: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day -- US ("Ham it up for the troops!" is the motto of amateur ham radio operators on the Saturday before Memorial Day)   

Armed Forces Day -- Croatia

Contemplate Your Vicissitudes Day -- no, i still don't know who thinks up this stuff, i can think of much better things to contemplate, thank you

Day of Pin-Hiding and Button-Losing -- Fairy Calendar

Downfall of the Dergue Day/National Day -- Ethiopia

International Blacksmith's Day   

International Jazz Day -- date as originally set by the New Jersey Jazz Society, on the Saturday before US Memorial Day

Julia Pierpont Day -- US (she came up with Decoration Day, the precursor to US Memorial Day; spend time today to prepare veterans' graves for Memorial Day)

National Brisket Day

National Hamburger Day

Republic Day -- Armenia; Azerbaijan

Slugs Return From Capistrano Day -- where they spent the winter, so don't go out on the patio barefoot until the first frost; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays

St. Bernard of Montjoux's Day (Founder of Alpine hospices; Patron of Alpinists, the Alps, mountain climbers, mountaineers, skiers, and travelers in the mountains)

Whooping Crane Day -- US (birth anniversary of the first crane born in captivity; because those born in captivity refused to breed after they grew up, the attempt to restore numbers this way was discontinued, but these are beautiful birds worth saving)

Women in Trousers Day -- US (on this day in 1923, the US Attorney General announced his determination that it was indeed legal for women to wear trousers anywhere)

World Hunger Day -- The Hunger Project      

Yom Yerushalayim -- Israel (Jerusalem Day; begins at sunset)

Anniversary Today:

Amnesty International is founded, 1961

Sierra Club is founded, 1892

Birthdays Today:

Joseph Cross, 1986

Carey Mulligan, 1985

Jesse Bradford, 1979

Sicily Yoder, 1969

Kylie Minogue, 1968

Glen Rice, 1967

Christa Miller, 1964

Sondra Locke, 1947

John Fogerty, 1945

Rudolph Guiliani, 1944

Gladys Knight, 1944

Annette, Cecile, Emilie, Marie, and Yvonne Dionne , 1934

Carroll Baker, 1931

Barry Commoner, 1917

Ian Fleming, 1908

Jim Thorpe, 1888

Louis Agassiz, 1807

William Pitt, 1759

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Magic Show"(Musical), 1974

"Lock Up Your Daughters"(Musical), 1959

Melody(Disney cartoon film, first ever in 3-D), 1953 

"Zoo Parade"(TV), 1950

"Louisiana Purchase"(Musical), 1940

"Mathis der Maler / Matthias the Painter"(Opera), 1938

"L'Arianna / Ariadne"(Opera), 1608

Today in History:

A solar eclipse occurs, as predicted by Greek philosopher and scientist Thales, while Alyattes is battling Cyaxares in the Battle of the Eclipse;this leads to a truce and becomes one of the cardinal dates from which other dates can be calculated, BC585

James IV of Scotland and Margaret Tudor are married according to a Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI and a Treaty of Everlasting Peace (which lasted 10 years) between Scotland and England is signed, 1503

The Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 men, sets sail from Lisbon heading for the English Channel (it will takes until May 30 for all of the ships to leave port), 1588

In the first engagement of the French and Indian War, Virginia militia under 22-year-old Lieutenant Colonel George Washington defeat a French reconnaissance party, 1754

Big Ben is drawn on a carriage pulled by 16 horses from Whitechapel Bell Foundry to the Palace of Westminster, 1859

In San Francisco, California, John Muir organizes the Sierra Club, 1892

In the Russo-Japanese War, the Battle of Tsushima ends with the destruction of the Russian Baltic Fleet by the Imperial Japanese Navy, 1905

John B Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll, 1915

The US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers, 1923

The first all color talking picture, "On With the Show", is shown in NYC, 1929

The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, is officially opened, 1937

Neville Chamberlain becomes British Prime Minister, 1937

The women of Greece are given the right to vote, 1952

The Palestine Liberation Organization is formed, 1964

Fifteen West African countries sign the Treaty of Lagos, creating the Economic Community of West African States, 1975

Eritrea and Monaco join the United Nations, 1993

NATO declares Russia a limited partner in the Western alliance, 2002

The Mars Odyssey finds signs of large ice deposits on the planet Mars, 2002

The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly of Nepal formally declares Nepal a republic, ending the 240-year reign of the Shah dynasty, 2008

'Le Monde' reports the Assad regime in Syria continues to use chemical weapons, 2013

The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has banned 11 people after an ethics investigation; the banned officials have recently or previously been indicted for corruption by the U.S. Justice Department, 2015


  1. Fingers crossed for #1 Son. I'm thankful that things always work out for you.

  2. I am constantly amazed (and impressed) at how busy and productive you are.

  3. Phew what a week. Thankful that you're still standing, I do understand!

  4. You are always so busy. Praying for you.

    God bless.

  5. Those are nice thankfuls and we are glad that the #1 Son surgery went well. I hope the Doc gets your blood pressure back to where it should be.

  6. Be careful with your blood pressure Mimi. You are a very important person. Get well my friend. Have a great day.

    Cruisin Paul

  7. You work too hard, m'lady ~ sigh ~ Take care of that blood pressure and glad family members are healing well ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Wonderful list of thankfuls- especially about all going well with your son's surgery. I am sorry you are still not feeling well though. XO

  9. I am thankful for your amazing gratitude list.

  10. Oh, my goodness! "Let's go to Costco!" Just what both of you didn't need to be doing! Hope #1 son doesn't have to do PT and glad #2 got an iphone. It's a shame that the different phones can't play nicely with each other!


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