Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Happy Way to Recap a Week, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


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.

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:

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

Birthdays Today

Shani Davis, 1982

Midori Ito, 1969

Quinn Cummings, 1967

Danny Bonaduce, 1959

Dan Fogelberg, 1951

Kathleen Battle, 

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

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"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


  1. Hooray for another week packed with things to be thankful for.

  2. So many things to be thankful for. Enjoy your weekend.

  3. Thank you for your post, messymimi. :)

  4. You are one busy lady ~ lots to be thankful for each day ~ Xo ~

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. I give thankful for every day that God gives me. I have physical problems but thanks to Him, I'm living. Have a great weekend Mimi.

    Cruisin Paul

  6. Great thankfuls. That is sweet of you to help with insurance paper work too. And you really saved the day with the coffee. :) I can't function without it and I am sure many are the same. XO

  7. This is such an awesome thankful list! Glad the mini-crisis about the lost debit card got sorted without the card having been used by anyone. I am in awe at all the work you do for your clients. It is so good you were able to help Ms. D figure out her insurance. Have a nice rest of your weekend and a great week ahead.

  8. Those were some very busy and darn good thankfuls!

  9. Lots of lovely thankfuls to be thankful for.

  10. "Cramco" LOL. I remember once parking next to a Smart Car in the Costco parking lot and wondering what in the world the owner of that car was shopping for in Costco!

  11. ok...first thing: don't lift things on the basis of what your memory tells you.
    (lol no more lectures...just don't)
    alarms! I hate those. for whatever reason I haven't had listings with alarms (to be disarmed when showing) in a while, but for whatever reason, the stress of getting in the door, not forgetting the code and disarming is not fun.
    Have a very good week.
    (Don't lift anything that you can't move with one foot)

  12. It's hard to pick which of your weekly posts I like the best. But your 'Thankful' post is definitely up there. It always lifts my spirits! Such a positive, happy post!
    'Cramco' *snort*


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