Saturday, August 6, 2022

Plenty to Do, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


If i ever get to Thankful Day and i'm not sliding in on a wing and a prayer (except during vacation week), it will be one for the record books.

This isn't the one for the record books.

For the second week in a row, i arrived at Becca's house to find her already awake and a bit agitated.  A quick application of breakfast solved it, and i'm thankful.  Also, i put a bug in her parents' ears about the fact that maybe she's just "hangry" when she gets that way first thing in the morning.

This past Sunday service included a recognition of those who have been members of our church for 50 years or more.  Ms. PA was one of them and since she is now bedridden, i took copies of the program and the small gift for her and ran it up to her on Monday for a surprise visit.  It was a joyful time, she was so happy and she loved the chocolates that were part of the gift.

(Side note, every woman i've ever known who is over 80 has a sweet tooth to beat the band and seems to subsist on nothing but sugar.  Is that universal or just my experience?)

Little Girl brought Coda and Bart on Tuesday morning and i'm so thankful to have a week with the pups.

Bart is learning to wait, like Coda does, for his food, sitting still and letting me put it down and step back, then waiting until i say, eat! to come and get it.

Ms. G left town and i am catsitting, and thankful it's going well.  CatCat is coming in the house at night most of the time, Buddy and Angel are well, when i get there in the morning there's no blood or fur and everyone is content.

One of the bird feeders over there was leaking seeds everywhere, and i was able to find the piece that had been pried off by a persistent raccoon, get it reattached and secured better, and refill the feeder.  So far, so good, although i'm sure the raccoon is not very thankful.  (He, the squirrels, and the possum family that lives under the deck get plenty from what falls out of the feeders, they're just greedy.)

#1 Son came by to get his packages and i was glad and thankful to see him.

Sweetie helped me at Ms. GA's house and i was able to get a good nap in on Friday, both a help on a week where i'm tending dogs and catsitting before the regular work even starts and again after work, too

He's also giving the dogs too many treats, and they are thankful for that.  Little Girl will be thankful it's only for a week.

The cat shelter was busy, busy, busy which is a joy to see.  There are still more new volunteers and that frees me up to clean the places that don't get enough attention.

Today i'm thankful i can take the dogs to visit Grandma, she always loves to see them.

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:

Accession Day -- United Arab Emirates (accession of H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan)

Andorra La Vella Festival -- Andorra (through Monday)

Best Elf Awards -- Fairy Calendar

Feast of Everything Green Except Money -- Hooray for veggies! You'll need them before you have that root beer float.

Festival of Nut and Ra; Chief Festival of Thoth -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Hiroshima Day

Independence Day / National Day -- Bolivia; Jamaica

International Hangover Day -- always the day after International Beer Day, which should tell you something, and sponsored by the same group that does International Beer Day, which should tell you something more!

National Fresh Breath (Halitosis) Day -- shouldn't that read, anti-halitosis?

National Mustard Day -- US, sponsored by the National Mustard Museum 

National Root Beer Float Day -- A&W Root Beer really gets into this day 

Peace Festival -- Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima, Japan

Royal Queensland Show -- QLD, Australia

Sts. Justus and Pastor's Day (Patrons of Alcala, Spain; Madrid, Spain)

Tanabata Festival -- Sendai, Japan (Japan's largest Tanabata 'Star Festival', through the 8th)

Teinne Festival -- Ancient Celtic Calendar (Teinne, the Celtic Holy Fire, sometimes called Tan; date approximate)

Tisha B'Av -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through tomorrow; fast in remembrance of the destruction of the First Temple in 586BCE and the Second Temple in 79AD)

Transfiguration of the Lord -- Orthodox Christian

Wiggle Your Toes Day -- internet generated, and my suggestion is to celebrate it with a cool drink out by the pool!

Birthdays Today:

Romola Garai, 1982

Melissa George, 1976

Soleil Moon Frye, 1976

M. Night Shyamalan, 1970

Michelle Yeoh, 1962

Catherine Hicks, 1951

Dorian Harewood, 1950

Shirley Ann Jackson, 1946

Peter Bonerz, 1938

Piers Anthony Dillingham Jacob, 1934

Andy Warhol, 1928

Robert Mitchum, 1817

Lucille Ball, 1911

Clara Bow, 1905

Hoot Gibson, 1892

Alexander Fleming, 1881

Louella Parsons, 1881

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, 1861

Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1809 

Daniel O'Connell, 1775

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Help"(Album debut), 1965

Today in History:

Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada founds the city of Bogota, Colombia, 1538

Holland (The Dutch Republic) sells Brazil to Portugal and the two 

countries sign the Treaty of The Hague, 1661

The first private military school in the US, Norwich University, is 

founded in Vermont, 1819

The Russian Geographical Society is founded in Saint Petersburg, 1845

William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by the electric chair, 1890

Alice Ramsey takes three friends (none of whom could drive) to become the first women to complete a transcontinental auto trip, 1909

Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, 1926

Prometheus, a bristlecone pine and the world's oldest tree, is cut down by the US National Forest Service, for reasons even they cannot explain, 1964

The Federal Voting Rights Act is signed, 1965

A low-pressure system that redeveloped off the New South Wales coast dumps a record 328 millimeters (13 inches) of rain in a day on Sydney, 1986

The United Nations Security Council orders a global trade embargo against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, 1990

NASA makes the still disputed announcement that the ALH 84001 meteorite, thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms, 1996

The incoming coalition government of the United Kingdom discontinues the use of the controversial ContactPoint database of all children in that country, 2010

After a century of silence, Mount Tongariro in New Zealand erupts, spreading volcanic ash across the country's central North Island and affecting airports, 2012

The Curiosity Rover, controlled by NASA's Mars Science Laboratory, lands safely on the surface of Mars, 2012

The world's largest ever Pinball tournament, "Pinburgh," is held in Pittsburgh, PA, US, with 700 machines, 2015

In an attempt to end 5 years of civil war, South Sudanese President Salva Kilr and rebel leader Riek Machar sign the South Sudan Peace Accord, 2018

According to the World Resources Institute, a quarter of humanity is running out of water, 2019


  1. You are busy. Very busy. Hooray for naps - and for your thankful list.

  2. Where do you get your energy from in being so busy? So many things to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  3. Busy, busy, busy person Mimi. When do you find time for you my friend? Rest a little.

    Cruisin Paul

  4. That really was a nice bunch of thankfuls and I'll bet your right about Becca.

  5. Wonderful thankful list. I am glad you got a well deserved nap in. XO

  6. Your thankful list is always full of love and joy.

  7. Coda and Bart are trained similarly to how guide dog puppies are trained: to wait for their food. Whenever I need to have someone watch Drexel for me, I always have to remember to tell them to tell him "OK" after putting his food bowl down, because otherwise he will just sit there patiently waiting. :-)

  8. So what does it say when, upon reading the title of your TToT, 'Plenty to do, a Ten Things of Thankful post' my first reaction was to think, 'Uh oh'

    *respect and admiration for sharing the 'I should have such energy and will' posts

  9. you are one busy woman ~ lots of blessings ~ xo

    (Have been ill will.catch up with comments)

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)


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