Last week i simply let my rEcess thankful list suffice, so i have some catching up to do.
Two Sundays ago, we had one of the first cool snaps of the upcoming season, just enough to tease us and make us thankful. It was also enough to dry out Becca's sinuses, i think, because she suddenly had a nosebleed just as we were going to walk Mr. Cal.
Once everything was under control, we went for that walk, staying in the one block close to home and simply going around that block a couple of times.
Mr. Cal had been needing a "sanitary trim" and was scheduled to get one during the coming week. Let's just say, the need came up sooner.
My thankful things for that morning were getting the nosebleed to stop, finding scissors and getting Mr. Cal's cooperation so he wouldn't make a mess in the house, and that we got to church only about 3 minutes late after all of that.
I was thankful i'd been able to change my schedule and get Ms. D to switch to Monday afternoon that week so i could have Tuesday to go to a church ladies' meeting. We cleaned, we puttered, and we baked cookies.
Then i got to meet her friend, Mr. JP, who works on computers, when he came. He agreed to get an old Mac of Grandpa's up and running for me, much cheaper than a new machine. Now i'm being thankful for patience as i try to figure out how to use it.
The ladies' meeting was excellent, another thankful.
The extra volunteer work on Wednesdays is going well. The employee who was supposed to be back at work re-injured herself her first day back, so my help will be ongoing for a couple of more weeks.
Ms. G, last week and this, has been getting her storage shed cleared out so it can be moved. The whole place is topsy turvy and i'm thankful she's almost at the end of this adventure. So is she! (The parish/county has allowed their previous sewer leaks to cause a sinkhole under her shed, so she's moving it as we don't know if or when the parish/county will be dealing with said sinkhole.)
Two Thursdays ago, Ms. SE's kids were off school. We were grateful they had places to go, things to do, and people to see. They're nice kids, but it's not always easy to clean around them.
When Sweetie came with me last Saturday to do Grandma and Grandpa's house, we worked like crazy to get it done early so i could just sit and talk to Grandma for a while, always a pleasure.
This past Sunday was not quite so adventurous and i'm very glad about that.
Over the last two weeks, i've heard from both of my girls who are busy and happy, very thankful to a mama heart.
When i was at the Mall-Mart one day this week, i noticed the pharmacy wasn't busy so i went ahead and got that pesky flu shot i've been meaning to get since Oct. 1. Thankfully i also got our Halloween candy and some clearance items i'd wanted to try but they were too expensive at full price.
This last Tuesday, miracle of miracles, i had a whole, complete, utter day off. To me, a good day off is when you don't have to walk any further than your own mail box, and it was a good day off.
Friday was icing on the cake at the shelter. We had lots of hands to make light work, and while i was there, two adoptions. One kitten got adopted the first hour i was there, leaving her brother in the cage looking bewildered. The next hour, her brother was adopted! No time for him to be lonely, he has two little girls to take up his time now.
Cayenne Festival -- French Guiana (celebration of the capital city)
Day of Hommage for the late King Father -- Cambodia (Norodom Sihanouk)
Dine with TV Dinners on the Floor Night -- probably started by someone who wanted to see how many websites would be crazy enough to even list this
Feast of the Three Noble Ladies -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (female pharoahs; date approximate)
Fete Nationale de l'Evacuation -- Tunisia (Evacuation Day, celebrates the day all foreign military finally and fully left)
Global Handwashing Day -- International (scrub up! prevent the spread of germs)
Guangzhou Autumn Trade Fair -- Guangzhou, China (through Nov. 15)
Ides of October -- Ancient Roman Calendar; also on this date
Harvest Festival of Mars
Ludi Capitolini (games in honor of Jupiter)
Mahakiki -- Hawai'ian New Year Season (a four-month season where warfare is forbidden and many ceremonies take place; begins around the time of the first sighting of the Pleiades in the Northern Hemisphere)
Mertz of All Possible Mertzes -- internet generated and on the day "I Love Lucy" premiered; i guess Fred and Ethel were the definition of what a Mertz should be!
Nagoya Festival -- Nagoya, Japan (biggest festival in the city; through tomorrow)
National Cake Decorating Day -- again, because every website gives a different date
National Cheese Curd Day
National Chicken Cacciatore Day
National Grouch Day -- sponsored by Alan Miller, chairman of the board of NAG (National Association of Grouches)
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day -- US
National Mushroom Day
National Roast Pheasant Day
National Tree Planting Day -- Sri Lanka
Newspaper Week -- Japan
Poetry Day -- birth anniversary of the Roman poet Virgil
Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day -- Canada; NSW, Australia; UK; US
Rectification Day -- Burkina Faso
Rainbow Pickling Day -- Fairy Calendar
Sewing Lovers' Day -- internet generated, as those who love to sew deserve a day to celebrate
St. Teresa of Avila's Day (Founder of the Reformation of the Discalces[Barefoot] Carmelites; Patron of lace makers/workers, people in need of grace, people in religious orders, people ridiculed for their piety, sick people; Amos, Canada; Berzano di Tortona, Italy; Pozega, Croatia; Spain; against bodily ills, headaches, sickness, the death of parents)
Sweetest Day -- begun by Herbert Birch Kingston, a candy company employee who decided it would be wonderful to distribute candy to the sick, shut-ins and orphans in Cleveland, OH; today is the day to do something for someone that makes him/her say, "Oh, that is so sweet!"
Teacher's Day -- Brazil
White Cane Safety Day -- US (celebrating the achievements of the blind/visually impaired, and recognizing the white cane as the symbol of their independence)
Wishbones for Pets begins -- US program asking professional pet sitters to gather pet supplies and donations for homeless pets through Thanksgiving
World Rural Women's Day/International Day of Rural Women -- UN; related observance
Mother's Day -- Malawi
World Toy Camera Day -- now with a Flickr page
Paige Davis, 1969
Sarah Ferguson, 1959
Tanya Roberts, 1955
Tito Jackson, 1953
Richard Carpenter, 1946
Victor Banerjee, 1946
Jim Palmer, 1945
Penny Marshall, 1942
Linda Lavin, 1937
Lee Iacocca, 1924
Mario Puzo, 1920
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., 1917
John Kenneth Galbraith, 1908
Marty Mann, 1904
P.G. Wodehouse, 1881
Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, 1872
John L. Sullivan, 1858
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844
Publius Vergilius Maro / Virgil, 70BCE
"The Untouchables"(TV), 1959
"I Love Lucy"(TV), 1951
"Abe Lincoln in Illinois"(Play), 1938
To Have and Have Not(Publication date), 1937
"La Mer/The Sea"(Debussy orchestral composition), 1905
Today in History:
Belisarius makes his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals, 533
Commissioned by Catherine De Medici, the 1st ballet "Ballet Comique de la Reine," is staged in Paris, 1581
Asser Levy is granted a butcher's license for kosher meat in New Amsterdam, 1660
The Montgolfier brothers' hot air balloon marks the first human ascent, by Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier, (tethered balloon), 1783
George Washington takes the first formal presidential tour, of New England, 1789
Napoleon Bonaparte is exiled to the Island of St. Helena, 1815
Child labor law takes 12 year olds out of the work force, 1874
Edison Electric Light Company is incorporated, 1878
Koln cathedral is completed, 633 years after it was begun, 1880
The German dirigible "Graf Zeppelin' lands in Lakehurst, NJ, 1928
LaGuardia Airport opens, 1939
Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time, 1946
The start of the 2500-year celebration of Iran, celebrating the birth of Persia, 1971
The Great Storm of 1987 hits France and England, 1987
Wayne Gretzky becomes the all-time leading points scorer in the NHL, 1989
Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, 1990
The first supersonic land speed record is set by Andy Green in ThrustSSC (United Kingdom), exactly 50 years and 1 day after Chuck Yeager first broke the sound barrier in the Earth's atmosphere, 1997
The Cassini probe launches from Cape Canaveral on its way to Saturn, 1997
NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles of Jupiter's moon Io, 2001
China launches Shenzhou 5, its first manned space mission, 2003
The final breakthrough occurs on the east bore of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in the Swiss Alps, now the world's longest railway tunnel, 2010
Actress Alyssa Milano tweets "If you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’", prompting a flood of replies across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, 2017
The government of Thailand issues an emergency decree banning public gatherings amid the increase in pro-democracy protests and criticism of the king, 2020