Saturday, June 4, 2022

Running Toward Vacation, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It's been busy and i'm running late, but i'm still running!  If i haven't caught up with your blog, i will as soon as i can.  We're trying to catch up and get everything done so we can leave for vacation next week, wheee!

Meanwhile, there's so much for which to be thankful.

Last weekend spent at Grandma and Grandpa's house worked out really well.

#1 Son's surgery was a success, the doc cleaned out the damage he had from his years of skateboarding and worked on the torn cartilage and his meniscus.  He's not only walking already, he's driving, and he goes back to work this coming week.

Sunday i arrived to get Becca and found Ms. A has a broken toe.  Of course, you can't do anything for a broken toe except rest, but she really wanted to sing for the special service last Sunday.

We only had one service, which meant it started at 10:30am.  This gave us plenty of time to take Mr. Cal on an extra long walk, and we fed the turtles at the pond.

Church was followed by a nice reception, and i kept Becca with me for that so Ms. A could get home and get off her sore foot.  When i did bring Becca home, i got her out of her good church clothes and settled to rest with her mama, and got Ms. A a big ice bag for the swelling.

Monday went well as poor Mr. L, with his neck pain and insomnia, has decided the only way i'm ever going to get to clean their bedroom is if he cooperates and goes to rest in Carl's room after i've cleaned it.  The whole plan seems to be working.

Ms. D and i had an adventure Tuesday, i was thankful to do something a little out of the ordinary.

Ms. G kept me hopping, but she’d picked up a crossbody carry bag that will hold a phone and cards, just right for travel, when she was at a jewelry show in NOLA.  She asked if i needed one, and the fact is i’d been looking at them online the night before, wondering if it would be worth ordering something like that!  Thanks to her, no need to order one.

#2 Son brought Jock, his blue heeler, over on Wednesday evening to give me tips, tricks and pointers on dealing with him.  We're thankful to be able to dog-sit from Thursday to Sunday, having a temporary puppy buddy is great fun.

Dr. BowTie came to the rescue again and saw me Friday morning.  My blood pressure is just not behaving, so we're trying something else.  Because i only have Ms. GA on Friday, i was able to run errands including picking up the new prescription and getting flea treatment for the cats.

The shelter is busting out all over, i spent a fun two hours Friday evening enjoying cats and cat people.

Today we're taking Jock with us, and Grandma is so happy, she wants to see the puppy again and we're going to make sure she gets plenty of time with him.

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:

Audacity to Hope Day -- to encourage all to have the audacity to keep hope

Drawing Day/Pencil Day -- used to be sponsored on the first Saturday with the motto "Drop Everything and Draw", but even though no longer promoted by any specific group, you can still enjoy some time drawing today

Emancipation Day -- Tonga (trad.)

Festival for Hercules Custos -- Ancient Roman Calendar (Hercules the Custodian)

Flag Day -- Estonia

Flag Day -- Finland (Armed Forces observe the birth anniversary of Carl Gustaf Mannerheim)

Great American Campout Month -- sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, and remember that Happy Campers Protect Wildlife   

Hug Your Cat Day -- yet another date for this noted on many sites; if you celebrate all of them, your cat will be well hugged!     

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression -- UN

Jarila's Day -- Asatru/Slavic Pagan Calendar (Festival of Jarila, god of the sun and fertility)

Lassie Day -- the first dog to play the role of Lassie, in the movie Lassie, Come Home, was born this day in 1940

National Cheese Day -- not to be confused with Cheese Lover's Day earlier in the year

National Cognac Day

National Family Recreation Day -- US (seems to have been started by the community of Arvada, CO, US, wanting families to enjoy the great outdoors together)

National Frozen Yogurt Day -- not to be confused with the Frozen Yogurt Day celebrated on Feb. 6 in Los Angeles, where the temperatures make such a thing possible

National Health and Fitness Day -- Canada 

National Trails Day -- US (be safe out there, if you want help becoming a hiker there's info from the American Hiking Society)    

National Unity Day -- Hungary

Old Maid's Day -- supposedly established after WWII, when there were so many eligible young ladies who weren't getting any younger

Plynteria -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival in Athens in honor of Athena; date approximate)

Shavuot -- Judaism (Feast of Weeks; begins at sundown, through sundown on the 6th)

St. Petroc's Day (Patron of Cornwall and Wales, as well as many locations in Cornwall, Wales, and England, and Saint-Meen, France)

Birthdays Today:

Evan Lysacek, 1985

Russell Brand, 1975

Angelina Jolie, 1975

Noah Wyle, 1971

James Callis, 1971

Scott Wolf, 1968

Cecilia Bartoli, 1966

Sam Harris, 1961

Eldra DeBarge, 1961

Keith David, 1956

Parker Stevenson, 1953

George Noory, 1950

Bettina Gregory, 1946

Michelle Phillips, 1944

Joyce Meyer, 1943

Freddy Fender, 1937

Bruce Dern, 1936

John Drew Barrymore, 1932

Dr. Ruth Westheimer, 1928

Dennis Weaver, 1924

Robert Merrill, 1919

Rosalind Russell, 1907

George III, 1738

Aesop, BCE620 (not certain, but close enough)

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Born in the USA"(Album release), 1984

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan(Film), 1982

"Cavalcade of Stars"(TV), 1949

Today in History:

Chinese astronomers make the first recording of a solar eclipse, BC781

Sir Walter Raleigh establishes the first English colony on Roanoke Island, old Virginia (now North Carolina), 1584

Forces under the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu take Osaka Castle in Japan, 1615

New England planters arrive to claim land in Nova Scotia, Canada taken from the Acadians, 1760

A transit of Venus is followed five hours later by a total solar eclipse, the shortest such interval in history, 1769

The Montgolfier brothers publicly demonstrate their montgolfière (hot air balloon), 1783

Captain George Vancouver claims Puget Sound for the Kingdom of Great Britain, 1792

The Ottoman Empire cedes Cyprus to the United Kingdom but retains nominal title, 1878

Henry Ford test drives his first prototype automobile, the Ford Quadricycle, 1896

Massachusetts becomes the first state of the United States to set a minimum wage, 1912

A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain, 1973

The Tiananmen Square protests are violently ended in Beijing by the People's Liberation Army, 1989

Solidarity's victory in the first (somewhat) free parliamentary elections in post-war Poland sparks off a succession of peaceful anti-communist revolutions in Eastern Europe, 1989

Falcon 9 Flight 1 was the maiden flight of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, 2010

Negotiations break down between Greece's leftist Syriza government and the European Union regarding issuance of additional bailout funding, 2015

A State of Emergency is declared after 20,000 tonnes of diesel oil spills near the Russian city of Norilsk, Siberia within the Arctic Circle, 2020

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli makes a desperate plea for vaccines amid his country's devastating COVID-19 second wave, 2021


  1. Love your list and hope that your new medication settles your blood pressure for once and for all.

  2. A wonderful thankful post. Hope the new medication works for your blood pressure. Enjoy your vacation, you deserve it.

  3. Wonderful thankful list. I am glad your son is doing so well. You are so kind to help with Becca. I hope your bp improves- you are in my prayers. XO

  4. Wow! You wear me out ~ you must be younger than I am or I am just aging fast ~ (for sure ~ hearing all you do) ~ Good you have a vacation coming up ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. That was a nice bunch of thankful, really, really nice ones.

  6. I hope your blood pressure settles with the new medication. Have a great holiday :)

  7. Cute joke. Sounds like he was looking at Jackson Pollock paintings. :) I love Van Gogh's work. Your photos came out good despite no flash. XO

  8. Good news on the surgery. Look forward to your vacation (and photos! take photos! lol)
    Just so I'm never accused of being a nag:
    "Dr. BowTie came to the rescue again and saw me Friday morning. My blood pressure is just not behaving... Because i only have Ms. GA on Friday, i was able to run errands including picking up the new prescription and getting flea treatment for the cats."
    My silent lol is purely in the spirit of 'the best medicine is to keep moving while helping others!

  9. My sentiment on modern painting echoes Boudreaux' Thanks for the huge smile. I hope you have a wonderful holiday and that you and your blood pressure will benefit from it.

  10. Mimi, I see the hours and hours of service you provide, and you know what? I'm thankful for you!

  11. Glad #1 son's surgery was such a success! On top of your usual busy weeks, you now have to pack for vacation, but that's a good kind of busy!


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