Thankful Day is a wonderful time to stop and recap. As usual, i'm thankful i took notes.
The dogs had a great time on Saturday in NOLA, and they were thrilled to see Little Girl and her boyfriend when it was time to go home.
While we had the dogs, those two went to the Grand Canyon and were mightily impressed. The photos were stunning.
Saturday was also another mini crisis day, Brother-in-Law lost his debit card. We're thankful he was able to cancel it quickly so it did not get used by anyone else, and he got it replaced on Monday.
My Tuesday lady, Ms. D, had some work for me to do, but mostly what she wanted this week was to see if i could help her figure out some of the jargon on her insurance papers. A careful reading showed that she can easily increase her flood insurance for a very small increases in premium, and she chose to do that. Then we went over her homeowners policy, and determined that if she raises her deductible, she can probably save there. We discussed exactly what to ask when she calls the agent, and we'll talk it over again soon.
Ms. G greeted me on Wednesday with, "Once you get the litter room clean, we've got more important stuff than vacuuming today."
By the time we moved furniture, i was thankful i'm still able to do that. By the time i got back from Cramco (i.e. Costco, so called because you can't cram it all in the car), i was thankful she only wanted 3 bags of birdseed and a case of Diet Coke. She also has recruited me to help out with some critter care that she's going to pay me to do, once a week for the next six weeks, and i'm thankful i was able to meet up with the trainer and learn the ropes.
Thursday we were thankful the clothes to fold at work were not piled too high, and the children have both started back to school so there is a little more sense of schedule in the whole household.
When i arrived at the church for prayer group Friday morning, i had a scare. The alarm is supposed to turn off at 6am, and i wait until about two minutes after to enter just to make sure. When i entered at 6:02, the alarm started to beep. Just before the alarm would have sounded, it disarmed.
Then i got upstairs to make the coffee and found the water to the coffee maker was disconnected because they took out the water fountain to paint behind it. Thankfully there is another coffee maker downstairs, so i ran and got it started, then brought two water pitchers upstairs and filled that one so i could do the other two pots. Crisis averted, we had coffee.
The evening shift at the shelter was fabulous. Every time i go, it seems, there are more new volunteers. There were also people adopting and there's plenty of work to go around. We were thankful when one volunteer figured out how to get the washer open that was stuck mid-cycle, and the repair person has been called.
Anniversary of Snick-Snacker's Right Foot -- Fairy Calendar
Celebrate Your Lakes Day -- originally a senate resolution in the US state of New Hampshire to celebrate local lakes and ponds, now more widely observed; go enjoy some recreation at a pond, lake, or even river or stream near you!
Day of Battle between Horus and Set; Aset gains the Horns of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
Ferry Fair Day -- South Queensferry, Edinburgh, Scotland (centuries old fair, the biggest day of the modern festival that was originally a way for farmers to find labour for harvest, but is now just for fun)
Festival of Aventine Diana / Nemoralia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (commemoration of the dedication of her temple; celebrated between now and the 15th, and rededicated as the Festival of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin after Christianization)
Festival of Xocotl Huetzi -- Ancient Aztec Calendar (first fruits of harvest festival; date approximate, but two weeks around the end of August)
Gai Jatra -- Kathmandu Valley, Nepal (cow festival, celebrated in remembrance of all people who have died in the previous year; one of Nepal's most popular festivals with tourists)
Hartjesdagen -- Amsterdam and Haarlem, Holland ("Little Hearts Day"; the folklore is that this was the day non-nobles could hunt deer in the woods around Haarlem, and became a two-day cross dressing festival, all men dressed as women, and women as men, to see how the other half lived; revived in recent years on the 2nd or 3rd weekend of August, because the 3rd Monday was the original celebration, and is still the biggest day)
Independence Day -- Central African Republic(1960)
International Left-Hander's Day -- sponsored by Lefthanders International
Lao Issara -- Laos (Day of the Free Laos)
Lesser Festival of Flora -- Ancient Roman Calendar
National Filet Mignon Day
National Garage Sale Day -- US (the goal, according to C. Daniel Rhodes, is to turn the nation into a giant shopping mall on the second Saturday of August each year)
Obon -- Buddhist (celebration to revere the ancestors; celebrated at different times even within Japan, but usually the biggest dates are in mid-August)
Runic Half Month As begins (the gods)
Skinny Dipping Day -- funny t-shirt: I no longer skinny dip. I chunky dunk!
St. Cassian's Day (Patron of students and teachers; Brixen, Italy; Comacchio, Italy; Imola, Italy; Mexico City, Mexico)
St. Concordia's day (Patron of nursing mothers and wet nurses)
St. Hippolytus' Day (Patron of horses, prison guards/officers/workers; Bibbiena, Italy)
Wall Day -- anniversary of the day in 1961 that the Berlin Wall began going up; observe it by trying to break down a wall or communication barrier somewhere in your own life
Women's Day -- Tunisia
Shani Davis, 1982
Midori Ito, 1969
Quinn Cummings, 1967
Danny Bonaduce, 1959
Dan Fogelberg, 1951
Philippe Petit, 1949
Kevin Tighe, 1944
Don Ho, 1930
Pat Harrington, Jr., 1929
Fidel Castro, 1926
George Shearing, 1919
Ben Hogan, 1912
Alfried Felix Alwyn Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, 1907
Alfred Hitchcock, 1899
Bert Lahr, 1895
Annie Oakley, 1860
Lucy Stone, 1818
"Zaire/The Tragedy of Zara"(Voltaire's "Tragedy in Verse"), 1732
Today in History
The English army under King Henry V lands at the mouth of the Seine River, 1415
Tenochtitlan of the Aztecs is conquered by the Spanish, 1521
Tenbun Hokke Disturbance, in which Buddhist monks from Kyoto's Enryaku Temple set fire to 21 Nichiren temples throughout Kyoto, 1536
John Smith submits the story of Jamestown's first days for publication, 1608
Christiaan Huygens discovers the Martian south polar cap, 1642
Founding of Litchfield, CT, 1651
Marie Antoinette and other French royals are imprisoned by Revolutionaries, 1792
Nat Turner sees the solar eclipse which he interprets as a sign from heaven to begin his ill-fated slave rebellion, 1831
Earthquake in Peru and Ecuador kills 25,000, 1868
Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon", 1889
First production in the UK of stainless steel by Harry Brearley, 1913
Opha Mae Johnson is the first woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, 1918
Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) is established as a public company in Germany, 1918
The first barbed wire fence that would become the Berlin Wall is erected, 1961
The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker-tape parade in New York, 1969
Michael Phelps sets the Olympic record for most the gold medals won by an individual in Olympic history, 2008
Footage of the previously unseen Kawahiva tribe is released; the Kawahiva is an indigenous tribe living in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, and is thought to have had very little contact with the outside world, 2013
Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani becomes the first woman to win the Fields Medal in mathematics, 2014
Measles cases have tripled so far worldwide in 2019 according to the WHO, 2019
Israel strikes an historic deal with the United Arab Emirates to normalize relations and suspends plans to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, 2020