Saturday, August 27, 2022

Challenge Accepted, a Ten Things of Thankful Posts


Some weeks, it's easy to be thankful.

On other weeks, you get to Thankful Day and realize that the Good Lord has challenged you all week to continue to "be thankful in all circumstances, for this is His will for you in Christ." (I Thes. 5:18)

If the witness of the Savior is to mean anything in my life, i have to rely on grace and accept the challenge.

It started on Sunday when i got in the car with Becca for us to ride to church and the radio came on, but there was no sound.  The turn signals also made no noise, and i tested the system by leaving the headlights turned on and opened the door, no warning chime.

It's been a long time since i've driven without the radio to keep me company, but this week i've had a lot of practice at being thankful without it, and it looks like unless Kevin and Lenny can find the right module, i may have much more practice in the future.

There will also be much practice of working hard to remember to turn everything off and get the doors fully shut, and being thankful when i do remember.

Monday saw a lot of practice being thankful when Sweetie was helping me with Ms. V and Mr. L.  He kept finishing what he was doing so fast i couldn't get done with what i was doing, and had to stop and show him what was next.  The help was worth it, and i was very thankful for that.

There was practice on Tuesday being thankful that Ms. D wasn't feeling her usual, chipper self and had me do everything (she is usually wanting to work alongside me, as she's 86 and says, "I have to stay in practice so I don't lose the ability!").  This after a couple of days of not much sleep.

That's another thing to practice being thankful about, sleep is a bit of a challenge these days, and i'm not sure why.  It gives me a chance to be thankful for the sleep i do manage to get.

Ms. G wanted the floor spot cleaned, and Buddy cat made a mess (poor boy, he is ill and can't  help it), both were a challenge to my back and thus a challenge to be thankful that i could still do it.

Thursday saw my greatest challenge.  Link hid under the bed when it was time for his medicine (he's got a kitty cold and is on antibiotics), so i had the chance to be thankful for having to chase him out.

Ms. SE texted to warn me the electronic gate that lets us onto their property was misbehaving, so i had several chances to be thankful that there is a reset button and she told me where to find it.

When we got to her house, i'd forgotten my disposable cleaning rags, so i had the chance to choose to be thankful for having to send Sweetie to the store to buy extra strong paper towels.

We got the chance to choose to be extra thankful for each other when there were a couple of times that we were in each other's way.

It was a long day and i was most thankful when it was over.

Friday i was again thankful for a chance to visit Ms. PA.  She is fading fast so every visit is precious.

Some shifts at the shelter make up for a lot of difficulties, and this week i was very thankful for families coming in to adopt and lots of busy-ness about the place.  That part wasn't a challenge at all.

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:

Banana Lover's Day

Be Kind to Humankind Week: Speak Kind Words Saturday 

Birthday of Isis -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Day Sacred to Consus -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of graineries, horses, and mules)

Feast Day of Pan -- Ancient Greek Calendar (date approximate)

Feast of Incandescent Rebellion -- on lots of websites, and supposedly something celebrated in China, but no detail as to what it is really celebrating

International Bat Night -- through tomorrow, go enjoy these wonderful creatures; or

Just Because Day -- internet generated, enjoy something ordinary you like to do, just because!

National Pots de Creme Day

Petroleum Day -- on the anniversary of the opening of the first commercial oil well in Titusvilla, PA, US, in 1859, a day set aside to work on figuring out how to do without petroleum

St. Caesarius' Day (Patron against fire)

St. Monica's Day (Mother of St. Augustine; Patron of abuse victims, alcoholics, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, married women, mothers, victims of adultery and unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives; Bevilacqua, Italy; Mabini, Bohol, Philippines)

"The Duchess" Who Wasn't Day -- birthday of Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, who wrote under the pseudonym "The Duchess" and first said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" in her novel, Molly Bawn

Threethousandth Thnork of the Year -- Fairy Calendar

Umhlanga -- Swaziland (Reed Dance for the Zulu King; a fascinating week-long ritual with beautiful costumes, dancing and singing, culminating with the final dance and a speech in which the King addresses the people, on Sep. 3)

Volturnalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (god of water)

Ziua Republicii -- Moldova (Independence Day, 1991)

Birthdays Today

Sarah Chalke, 1976

Chandra Wilson, 1969

Paul "Pee-wee Herman" Reubens, 1952

Barbara Bach, 1947

Tuesday Weld, 1943

Tommy Sands, 1937

Martha Raye, 1916

Mother Teresa, 1910

Lyndon B. Johnson, 1908

C.S. Forester, 1899

Samuel Goldwyn, 1882

Theodore Dreiser, 1871

Charles Gates Dawes, 1865

Hannibal Hamlin, 1809

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Good Sex! with Dr. Ruth Westheimer"(TV), 1984

Mary Poppins(Disney film), 1964

"Prométhée/Prometheus"(Fauré tragédie lyrique), 1900

Today in History

The Persian invasion of Greece is halted with Greek victories in two separate battles, BC479

Koreans battle and prevent Japanese invasion, 663

The first unmanned hydrogen balloom flight reaching 900 m altitude, 1783

Petroleum is discovered in Titusville, Pennsylvania leading to the world's first commercially successful oil well, 1859

The shortest war in world history occurs from 09:00 to 09:45 between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar, 1896

Edgar Rice Burroughs' publishes "Tarzan of the Apes", 1912

First flight of the turbojet-powered Heinkel He 178, the world's first jet aircraft, 1939

The Mariner 2 unmanned space mission is launched to Venus by NASA, 1962

Turkish military diplomat Colonel Atilla Altikat is shot and killed in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 1982

The Rainbow Bridge, connecting Tokyo's Shibaura and the island of Odaiba, is completed, 1993

Mars makes its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000 years, 2003

Curiosity, the Mars rover, broadcasts its first audio recording of a human voice from the surface of another planet, 2012

The UN releases a report saying that Myanmar military leaders should face genocide and crimes against humanity charges for violence against Rohingya, 2018

Race car driver Jessi Combs dies while setting new fastest women's land speed record of 522.783 mph at Alvord Desert, Oregon (posthumously awarded 2020), 2019


  1. thank you for sharing your positive and very wise attittude.

  2. Very encouraging reading your list of thankfulness. I am thankful that the rain is back and weather so much cooler now. Thankful we can collect rain water to water the plants. Thankful that I can enjoy good sleep because there are nights when sleep is interrupted.

  3. Sorry Ms. PA is fading. I love how you find a thankful in anything. I need to be more like you. XO

  4. You do get challenges daily and you handle them so well ~ admire you ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores ~
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. You did get through those challenges with Grace, we knew you would.

  6. See your challenges as blessings is a rare and beautiful gift!

  7. What a rough week, but good for you for choosing thankfuls throughout (although that not sleeping thing, which I suffer from as well, is hardly anything to be thankful for!).


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