It's been another week, the Thankful Things are abundant.
A few weeks ago, i read the story of Peter Rabbit to Becca on a Sunday morning, and her mother mentioned that they'd love to have a copy of the complete works.
When i showed up this past Sunday, Becca was agitated and calmed right down when i told her i had a gift for her. She loved the book, and now we can read one of the Beatrix Potter stories every week and enjoy them together.
It's also a thankful thing to know that a gift can get her to relax, i may start keeping a small something, like a snack size candy, in my bag, just in case.
Monday went like clockwork, i went to work, while there i got the new/used car insured over the phone, and after work i stopped at the bank to get a cashier's check. We're thankful for that car, it was sorely needed.
Since i went over the story of #1 Son's car in my Words for Wednesday post, i won't recap all of it here. Suffice it to say the new/used car proved its worth Tuesday when rescuing him, and i'm very thankful we got his car back to the shop at all.
One thing i dislike after losing or misplacing a wallet or debit card is "the debit card dance" where you have to figure out which bills were being paid on that card and call with the new number. One of them called me this week, and i'm thankful because it was one i had overlooked.
Thursday gave us many reasons to be thankful. Sweetie and i got through the work at Ms. SE's house, the dog, Cookie, behaved, we got laundry done at the laundromat, and we didn't drown out the car on the way home in the frog-strangler monsoon that had water rising in the streets.
Bigger Girl texted me on Friday, it's the first i've heard from her in a while, and i was thankful. She gets so busy, but it's lovely when she does contact me.
It was my week to visit Ms. PA on Friday. She is losing weight and very frail, but her spirit shines through as strongly as ever. Yesterday she was fussing that the aids take the remote for the TV from her, and she wants it! She said, "I'll sleep with it if I have to to keep the aids from finding it!" We were thankful for a good visit.
The shelter is staying busy, and we have some new volunteers on Friday evening. They do a great job with feeding/watering the kittens, office cats, and intake cats, so i'm thankful for them and for being freed up to take a bottle of cleanser and a rag and run around cleaning all the places no one thinks about or gets to.
Taken all in all, it's been a good week, and i am very thankful.
Cowes Week begins -- Cowes, Isle of Wight, UK (the largest, longest-running and most prestigious international sailing regatta in the world; through August 6)
Dia del Amigo -- Paraguay
Father-in-Law Day -- unsponsored and unclaimed, but fathers-in-law deserve respect, too
Feast of the Throne -- Morocco; Western Sahara
Festival of Fortuna Huiusque Diei -- Ancient Roman Calendar ("Fortune of the Present Day")
Friendship Day/International Day of Friendship -- UN
Herbal Ballooning -- Fairy Calendar
Hijra -- Islam (Islamic New Year Begins at the viewing of the new moon crescent, so exact time/date varies by location)
Independence Day -- Vanuatu(1980)
Kronia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Kronos as god of the harvest; date approximate)
Martyr's Day -- South Sudan
National Cheesecake Day
National Dance Day -- US (begun by Nigel Lythgoe, now a congressionally recognized day to encourage dance education and physical fitness, so go out and bust a move on a Saturday night, but don't bust you, please)
National Support Public Education Day -- Change.org wants this to be an official day for support of US public education systems
Paperback Day -- anniversary of the 1935 publication of Penguin #1, Arial, A Life of Shelley, by Andre Maurois in London, the first successful series of paperback books
Sts. Abdon and Sennen's Day (Patrons of barrel makers and coopers; the ashes of ferns cut and burned on this day will keep away insects and unwanted guests)
Sumiyoshi Matsuri -- Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Osaka, Japan (Osaka's last major summer festival, through Aug. 1)
Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, marries Michael Tindall, 2011
Hope Solo, 1981
Jaime Pressly, 1977
Misty May-Treanor, 1977
Hilary Swank, 1974
Tom Green, 1971
Simon Baker, 1969
Vivica A. Fox, 1964
Lisa Kudrow, 1963
Alton Brown, 1962
Laurence Fishburne, 1961
Kate Bush, 1958
Delta Burke, 1956
Ken Olin, 1954
Jean Reno, 1948
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1947
William Atherton, 1947
David Sanborn, 1945
Paul Anka, 1941
Peter Bogdanovich, 1939
Buddy Guy, 1936
Allan Huber “Bud” Selig, 1934
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes, 1933
Thomas Sowell, 1930
Sid Krofft, 1929
Christine McGuire, 1926
Henry W. Bloch, 1922
Henry Spencer Moore, 1898
Casey Stengel, 1891
Henry Ford, 1863
Thorstein Bunde Veblen, 1857
Georg Wilhelm von Siemens, 1855
Emily Bronte, 1818
"Santa Barbara"(TV), 1984
"Death Valley Days"(Radio), 1930
Today in History
City of Baghdad is founded, 762
The First Defenestration of Prague, 1419
Christopher Columbus lands at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage, 1502
At Ticonderoga (now Crown Point, New York), Samuel de Champlain shoots and kills two Iroquois chiefs, which set the tone for French-Iroquois relations for the next one hundred years, 1608
In Jamestown, Virginia, the first European style representative assembly in the Americas, the House of Burgesses, convenes for the first time, 1619
An earthquake in Naples, Italy kills 10,000 people, 1629
Baltimore, Maryland is founded, 1729
Bartolomeo Rastrelli presents the newly-built Catherine Palace to Empress Elizabeth and her courtiers, 1756
First ascent of Grand Combin, one of the highest summits in the Alps,1859
Chief Pocatello of the Shoshone tribe signs the Treaty of Box Elder, agreeing to stop the harassment of emigrant trails in southern Idaho and northern Utah, 1863
In Montevideo, Uruguay wins the first Football World Cup, 1930
Premiere of Walt Disney's Flowers and Trees, the first cartoon short to use Technicolor and the first Academy Award winning cartoon short, 1932
A joint resolution of the U.S. Congress is signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, authorizing In God We Trust as the U.S. national motto, 1956
US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid, 1965
David Scott and James Irwin on Apollo Lunar Module module, Falcon, land with first Lunar Rover on the moon, 1971
Six Royal Canadian Army Cadets are killed and fifty-four injured in an accidental grenade blast at CFB Valcartier Cadet Camp, 1974
Jimmy Hoffa disappears, 1975
In Mexico, the last 'old style' Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line, 2003
Israel and Palestinian officials agree to resume negotiations for a peace agreement, 2013
The first centenary of the WWI Battle of Passchendaele is marked at a ceremony at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, 2017
NASA launches to Mars its Perseverance rover and Ingenuity helicopter aboard a V 541 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, 2020