It's Thankful Day and i'm writing this at almost 9pm Friday evening, and i just got home.
Boy, howdy, there's a lot for which to be thankful, including that i'm finally home!
Last Sunday, Becca's father Mr. J told me he's running an experiment. They're trying to give her the morning medication a bit later and watch for signs of sleepiness after. If they can figure out what medicine is making her sleep most of the day and thus wake so often at night, they can get it changed up, or maybe move that medicine to later in the day. Thankfully i was able to watch her closely, and yes, something in that morning dose makes her loopy and causes her to fall asleep as soon as we get in the car to go to church. We're hopeful the doctor can make the change soon, they need some rest.
Then there was Stu. Some might remember my story about him. With just a couple of hours work, i'm thankful we were able to make a good dent in making his living room look like a living room again. In addition, i was able to give him a ride to get groceries so he didn't have to try to lug everything home on the bus.
Ms. D from Tuesday needed her two other sets of mini blinds hung up, so Sweetie and i packed some tools and headed up the street to her house. We'd done the center window, as the blinds over it had fallen apart and were gone, and they posed no trouble. We thought the ones on either side would be easy, too.
Not so. It seems there's a metal plate over the two outer windows that isn't over the middle one, and we don't have a metal drill. Thankfully we didn't need one, as i subbed out shorter screws that held just fine and we were able to get them up and working, then have a long, enjoyable visit with Ms. D.
Wednesday was errand day with Ms. G. She mentioned she had her carpets cleaned, and it's a process that doesn't use much water so everything is dry almost right away. Thankfully she gave me the name of the manager of the place that does it, i'm going to share it with Mr. J, as he is in charge of the church buildings and maintenance and he's been talking about looking for a way to clean some carpets that he doesn't want staying wet long.
Then there was Thursday. At zero dark thirty my phone went off. It was Brother-in-Law. He managed to shred a tire, and no, he does not have a spare. Sweetie picked him up and took him to his work and got the key from him. We had to call for a tow truck, and call, and call, and get put off, and put off. We were starting to wonder how late we'd be for work when Mr. Lenny came through for us. Calling to inform him of the situation and that we'd be sending the car in when we could, he mentioned his favorite towing company.
We called them, and the nice gentleman told us someone would be there within 15 minutes! Every other company had a wait time of several hours. We're thankful the car was towed, the tire replaced, and a spare procured.
We're thankful we got to work only about 15 minutes later than usual. We're also thankful it was the easiest cleaning of Ms. SE's house we've ever had, the children have been away at summer camp so no toys, very few clothes to fold, and not much mess anywhere.
Thursday evening, #1 Son called and asked if Sweetie could meet him the next morning at Kevin and Lenny's so they could fix his brakes and Sweetie could take hime to work.
Meanwhile, i was to have my usual morning routine, plus going to visit Ms. PA.
It went like clockwork, until Ms. D called. She had a security light that wouldn't go off, could one of us come look at the instructions and see if we could get it turned off?
This was while i was on my way to visit Ms. PA. Sweetie went over there and couldn't do anything with it, so the plan was for me to stop by after i went and picked up the key to #1 Son's car, because it was repaired by then and he wasn't getting off work until after the shop closed.
Thankfully, work went well that morning, i had a delightful visit with Ms. PA, picking up the key was easy, and i went to see Ms. D. The light is wired in, and the motion sensor that makes it come on has malfunctioned. She has called an electrician to come and replace it.
The shelter was very calm, and by this time i was fading so i was thankful for that.
If crazy is going to define the week, there will always be something more. #1 Son called me to come pick him up from work and go get his car. That went well, but once he got the car on the road, something was horribly wrong with it. He called me and said he was turning around, could i come get him?
When he got back to Kevin and Lenny's, his brakes were almost on fire. We're thankful he made it back, and Sweetie was glad to lend him Lunceford the Land Yacht for the weekend.
Thankfully we have an extra car to lend.
Today is #1 Son's birthday, and i'm thankful for him and thankful we're able to step in and help when needed.
Atomic Bomb Day -- the first experimental bomb was set off today in 1945
Canada's Parks Day -- Canada (showcasing Canada's beautiful parks and historic sites, it's worth traveling to a park near you!)
Closet Space Appreciation Day -- if you have some, enjoy (we have tiny closets!)
Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; related observances (many noting her relationship to Carmen, ancient goddess of healing and midwifery)
Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen -- Santurtzi, Basque Region, Spain
Lady of Carmen Day -- Chile
La Madonna della Carmine -- Naples, Italy (all of Italy, actually, but especially here)
Virgen Del Carmen -- Cetano, Puerto Rico
Fresh Spinach Day -- yippee!
Ice Cream Cone Day -- this is one of the many days people say the confection was invented, so why not?
LaPaz Day -- Bolivia
Manu'a Cession Day -- American Samoa
National Corn Fritters Day
National Personal Chef Day -- some websites say Feb. 24, but since i'm not going to have one, you may celebrate it whichever you choose
National Woodie Wagon Day -- paying homage today to this great American symbol of freedom and the casual lifestyle
Parking Meter Day -- the first parking meter was installed on this day in 1935 in Oklahoma City, OK
Petal-Hopping for Non-Starters Day -- Fairy Calendar
St. Eustathius' Day
Talk to a Telemarketer Day -- only if i can mess with his/her mind in some way!
Toss Away the "Could Haves" and "Should Haves" Day -- write down all the "could have" and "should have" things in your life, then toss them in the trash! Resolve from this day to live in the present, not the past.
Michael J. Fox marries Tracy Pollan, 1988
Mark Indelicato, 1994
Jayma Mays, 1979
Corey Feldman, 1971
Larry Sanger, 1968
Barry Sanders, 1968
Will Ferrell, 1967
Phoebe Cates, 1963
Michael Flatley, 1958
Stewart Copeland, 1952
Ruben Blades, 1948
Pinchas Zukerman, 1948
Bess Myerson, 1924
Ginger Rogers, 1911
"Miss Frances" Horwich, 1907
Barbara Stanwyck, 1907
Orville Reddenbacker, 1907
Roald Amundsen, 1872
Ida B. Wells, 1862
Mary Baker Eddy, 1821
Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1723
Andrea del Sarto, 1486
"Golden Horseshoe Revue"(Disneyland show), 1955
The Catcher in the Rye(Publication date), 1951
"Das Entfuhrung aus dem Serail"(Opera, Mozart K. 384), 1782
Today in History
The Islamic Calendar begins, 622
East-West Schism between the Eastern and Western Christian churches begin, 1054
The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco, 1661
Manchu Qing Dynasty naval forces under traitorous commander Shi Lang defeat the Kingdom of Tungning in the Battle of Penghu near the Pescadores Islands, 1683
Father Junipero Serra founds California's first mission, Mission San Diego de Alcalá. Over the following decades, it evolves into the city of San Diego, 1769
First performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera The Abduction from the Seraglio, 1782
The city of La Paz, in what is today Bolivia, declares its independence from the Spanish Crown, 1809
Emily Stowe becomes the first female physician licensed to practice medicine in Canada, 1880
The world's first parking meter is installed in the Oklahoma capital, Oklahoma City, 1935
The world's first nuclear weapon, the "atom bomb," is detonated in New Mexico, 1945
The storming of the cockpit of the Miss Macao passenger seaplane, operated by a subsidiary of the Cathay Pacific Airways, marks the first aircraft hijacking of a commercial plane, 1948
J.D. Salinger novel The Catcher in the Rye published by Little, Brown and Company, 1951
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus closes its very last "Big Tent" show in Pittsburgh, due to changing economics all subsequent circus shows will be held in arenas, 1956
USS George Washington (SSBN-598) a modified Skipjack class submarine successfully test fires the first Ballistic missile while submerged, 1960
The Mont Blanc Tunnel linking France and Italy opens, 1965
Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida, 1969
Mahathir bin Mohamad becomes Malaysia's 4th Prime Minister; he will be in office 22 years, Asia's longest-serving political leader, 1981
Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collides with Jupiter (impacts continue until July 22), 1994
John F. Kennedy, Jr., piloting a Piper Saratoga aircraft, dies in a plane mishap over the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and sister-in-law Lauren Bessette, 1999
Chicago's Millennium Park is opened to the public, 2004
The funeral for the final heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Otto von Habsburg, occurs in Vienna, attended by monarchs and members of the political elite, 2011
NASA's Dawn space probe enters orbit around the protoplanet Vesta, 2011
Scientists reveal the first close-up pictures of Pluto, sent by the New Horizons probe, 2015
The BBC announces that the first ever female Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, 2017
Scientists at the Carnegie Institute for Science announce the discovery of 12 more moons orbiting Jupiter, bringing the total of Jupiter’s known moons to 79, 2018