Saturday, June 25, 2022

Milestones and Music, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It's Thankful Day, so we've been home a week.  It seems like a snap and it seems like a long, long time.

The Saturday trip was uneventful except for the usual events, stopping to get a boatload of BBQ and bringing it to Grandpa for Father's Day.  A fun time is had by all and Grandpa ends up with enough BBQ for a few meals in the freezer.

We were thankful for a great trip and thankful the cats seemed to enjoy their own little vacation at the cat boarding "resort."  It was more expensive than paying the kids to come by and care for the cats, but the fact that we didn't have to worry if Dansig the Round was getting his insulin made it worth the extra expense.

It's not easy to be thankful for this particular Sunday past.  That won't stop me from finding something good to say.  Becca and i enjoyed our time together, we had an extra prayer partner in the prayer room, and i did not break down at the memorial service for baby SA.  Also, i got to spend time before the special service talking to a friend i hadn't sat and just talked with in a bit of a while.

Getting back into the rhythm of the workweek wasn't overtaxing, and i'm thankful for that.  Carl's place was a bit worse for a skipped week, as was Ms. GA's, but not too bad.

Even with work, i'm thankful to have gotten in a couple of naps.  We're very thankful the generator ran it's weekly test and seems to be all in order.

All three of the children who live here in town got by for a visit this week, and i'm always thankful to see them.

While i was on vacation, i indulged in something i've been threatening to do for a long time, i bought a cheap plastic purple ukulele and a book and i'm having fun learning to strum it.  No, i'm not a musician, and yes, i promise not to sing along when anyone has to hear me, but it's a fun diversion, i always thought it would be amusing and it is and i'm glad i did it.

The big plan of the week was getting ready for Sweetie and Brother-in-Law to go to their 50th high school reunion.  We're thankful they are around to go, thankful it's only a 2 1/2 hour drive, and thankful while they were down there they got to visit grave sites of family members.  They really enjoyed it, it was worth the time and effort and planning to pull it off so soon after vacation.

Grandma and Grandpa are thankful for their 60th wedding anniversary (and so are we) -- at least, they are thankful for it when they aren't being cranky with each other.

Also, home grown tomatoes.  You can't forget to be thankful for home grown tomatoes that a very elderly man out in the country grows right in his own yard where you can see them and sells them right off the highway.  Just wash and eat, your taste buds will thank you.

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:

Arbor Day -- Philippines

Armed Forces Day -- Great Britain

ARRL Field Day -- American Radio Relay League's most popular on-air operating event, in which amateur/ham radio operators practice and drill for communications during emergencies; through tomorrow     

Color TV Day -- CBS broadcast the first program in color on this day in 1951

Day of the Seafarer -- The International Maritime Organization (this year’s theme is “Seafarers in the Front Line”)   

Elf Thumping Day -- Fairy Calendar (no details on what the Elves thump, and no, no one is allowed to thump an Elf!)

Feast of the Optional Holiday -- pick one, and celebrate it or don't, your option!

Festival of Ranting and Vaporing -- sponsored by The Daily Bleed

Global Beatles Day -- read about the meaning of this day, and why this date was picked, here

Gotanshin Sai -- Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan (festival to commemorate the birth of Lord Sugawara, with ceremonies to ward off summer infections)

Great American Picnic Day -- various dates given, with the most common being the final Saturday of June

Independence Day -- Mozambique(1975)

Leon Day -- Noel spelled backward, the turning point on the calendar when Christmas starts getting closer; those who make Christmas/Noel gifts need to start thinking about their projects

Ludi Taurii -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Games of the Bull, a two day festival held once every five years)

Midsummer's Day -- Aland; Finland; Sweden (obs.)

National Catfish Day

National Fried Okra Day

National Strawberry Parfait Day

Pixie Day -- Ottery St. Mary, Devon, England (reenacting of the "Revenge" of the Pixies who bothered the town until midsummer in 1454; now fun, games, music, pageant, and more)   


Sense of Humor in Bed Appreciation Day -- i'm not touching this one

Slovenian Sovereignty Day / National Day -- Slovenia

Statehood Day -- Croatia

St. Eurosia's Day (a/k/a Orosia; Patron of Jaca, Spain; against bad weather)

     Fiesta de Santa Orosia -- Jaca, Spain

St. Molaug's Day (Patron of Argyll, Scotland; against mental illness)

Veteranendag -- Netherlands (Veterans Day)

Anniversaries Today:

Virginia becomes the 10th US State, 1788

Birthdays Today:

Scott Terra, 1987

Linda Cardellini, 1975

Dikembe Mutombo, 1966

George Michael, 1963

Ricky Gervais, 1961

Sonia Sotomayor, 1954

Jimmie Walker, 1949

Phyllis George, 1949

Carly Simon, 1945

Willis Reed, Jr., 1942

June Lockhart, 1925

Sidney Lumet, 1924

Anne Revere, 1903

George Orwell, 1903

Henry Harley "Hap" Arnold, 1886

Rose Cecil O'Neill, 1874

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Het Achterhuis. Dagbrieven van 14 juni 1942 tot 1 augustus 1944(First publication of excerpts from Anne Frank's diaries), 1947

"It Pays To Be Ignorant"(Radio), 1942

Today in History:

The Book of Concord or Concordia, the historic doctrinal standard of the Lutheran Church, is published, 1580 

Elena Cornaro Piscopia is the first woman awarded a doctorate of philosophy, from the University of Padua, 1678

Maria Theresa of Austria is crowned Queen of Hungary, 1741

Lucien B. Smith of Ohio patents the first version of barbed wire, 1867

Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer, 1876

Dr. Douglas Hyde is inaugurated the first President of Ireland, 1938

The Diary of Anne Frank is published, 1947

The Berlin airlift begins, 1948

The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea, 1950

CBS broadcasts the first color television signal, 1951

First live global satellite television programme – Our World, 1967

Mozambique achieves independence, 1975

Microsoft  is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington, 1981

Croatia and Slovenia declare their independence from Yugoslavia, 1991

Kim Campbell is chosen as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada and becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada, 1993

An unmanned Progress spacecraft collides with the Russian space station Mir, 1997

The Soufrière Hills volcano in Montserrat erupts resulting in the death of 19 people, 1997

The Harvard School of Health Study concludes that since 1980 the number of adults with diabetes has doubled, 2011

A portion of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which protects minority voting rights, is struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, ruling that Congress has not taken into account the nation's racial progress when singling out certain states for federal oversight, 2013

The US Supreme Court rules that police cannot examine the digital contents of a cell phone without a court order, 2014

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson announces it plans to move some production abroad in response to EU retaliatory tariffs, 2018

Mirazur on the French Riviera is crowned the world's best restaurant at a ceremony in Singapore, 2019

The WHO declares the Ebola outbreak in the Congo over, after 2,280 deaths in two years, 2020


  1. A lovely list of thank you's. Ahh, home grown tomatoes.

  2. Playing music is a lot of fun.

  3. Mmmmm home grown tomatoes....
    I love you list too. And am very glad that you got some much needed naps.

  4. There is always so much for us to be thankful for.

    God bless, Mimi.

  5. Fresh tomatoes and making music ... very best in each their way.

  6. A wonderful thankful post. I am glad you bought your ukulele and enjoy strumming on it. Always thankful for fresh home grown tomatoes.

  7. Wow! You certainly filled your week back from vacation ~ glad you got a few naps ~ You are a treasure ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Great bunch of thankfuls. I wonder what Carl did before you? My hubby just got his 50th reunion invitation. I told him if he has waited 50 yrs to see someone then he really didn't want to see them. XO

  9. That was a very nice list of thankfuls. I play the ukulele too, it's fun and relaxing.

  10. Oops, I forgot to say Happy Anniversary to Grandma and Grandpa.

  11. So, so very much. Thank you for sharing, Mimi. And may you enjoy making music with your purple ukulele!

  12. My daughter taught herself the ukulele by watching YouTube videos. You've got this!


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