Happy Thankful Day! It's always a joy to stop and count blessings in the form of things for which i am thankful.
This past Saturday was rather wearying, but still a good day. Not only am i thankful i got to see Grandma and Grandpa and clean and do shopping, i got the news from Ms. G that my extra volunteer work on Wednesdays will continue, at least for a couple of weeks. It's a job that's growing on me.
Sunday was beautiful and Becca didn't fall asleep during the service as she has done for the past couple of weeks.
Also on Sunday, Sweetie informed me that Lunceford the Land Yacht was running rough and the A/C had quit working. He was taking it in just to be looked at on Monday morning when i got a call from #2 Son.
"Mom, I have the flu, and my girlfriend can't bring me anything until she gets off work and school at 6 this evening, and I've got a fever and I'm dehydrated, could you find a way to get me some Gatorade?"
A quick call to Sweetie and he ran the errand, rescheduling Lunceford to Tuesday. I'm thankful he's one who loves to run such errands and he gets them done efficiently. #2 Son had enough Gatorade for himself and his girlfriend when she, naturally, came down with the same thing.
Ms. JAI is out of town and asked me to run by her house about halfway through her time away and check up on things. I'm thankful i was able to do that, and while there i flushed and cleaned the toilets, leaving some cleanser in them so they wouldn't get stinky. There were a couple of other items i was thankful to be able to tidy up so she's not find a nasty mess when she gets home.
Monday afternoon, a call from Ms. D, my Tuesday lady. "Could you bring your husband with you tomorrow? I need the batteries changed in my smoke alarms."
Once again, I'm thankful he's flexible, and so are Kevin and Lenny at the shop. We got Ms. D set up with new batteries in both smoke alarms, and i got the housework done she wanted done, and she and Sweetie sat and talked each other's ears off, for which they are thankful as they both love long chats.
On Wednesday, #1 Son brought Red-Headed Alec over for a visit before they went to a concert together. He no longer has a car (he lost his job and now has a new one where he can walk to work) and hasn't been able to come by for a while. It was a joy to see him.
That's also the day we got news about Lunceford. The A/C is gone, but we're thankful the weather is getting much cooler and we can put that off until the spring.
The dirty spark plugs and gummed up fuel injector were another matter, as well as a nice crack in a plastic part of the manifold that made it necessary to replace that whole part.
We're thankful we could use my car for both of us on Thursday when we went together to do Ms. SE's house, and thankful the vehicle was done by Thursday afternoon.
Do i have to repeat that i'm thankful they take payments? Nah, i didn't think so, but more than that, when they asked why i hadn't come to get my wiper blades replaced like i'd told them i'd be doing, i told them it would be a few weeks now before i could afford it.
They replaced the wiper blades at no charge.
The cat shelter was a mildly busy place Friday and i was thankful to learn of some new plans in the works for the next couple of years. Stay tuned, it could get fun (as in, moving fun!).
Abu Simbel Festival -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (along with Feb. 22, the day when the sunlight fell perfectly on the statues of Ramses, Ra, and Amun at the temple complex)
Caps Lock Day -- celebrating life in screaming CAPITALS (i'd include a link to the promo site, but it's rather annoying)
Clean Up the Earth Day -- begun because having only one Earth Day a year doesn't give enough emphasis to the amount of work that needs to be done
Color Day -- a day to consider how color affects your life, health, and world
Eat a Pretzel Day -- unclaimed sponsorship; does anyone else suspect that pretzel makers know how to spread stuff around the internet, too?
Gormánuðr -- Old Icelandic Calendar (beginning of "Innards Month," after all the animals have been butchered and fresh innards figure predominantly in the menu, as the rest of the meat has been preserved for winter)
International Stuttering Awareness Day -- information here
Jidai Matsuri -- Kyoto, Japan (Festival of the Eras or Festival of the Ages)
Make A Difference Day -- US (Whoopie Goldberg once said that if every American would donate 5 volunteer hours a week, it would be the equivalent of several million full time jobs; whether or not it's strictly accurate, volunteering is a great thing to do no matter where you live. This day is no longer sponsored, but if you are looking for volunteer opportunities in your area, go here.)
National Knee Day -- take care of your knees, and they will take care of you!
National Nut Day -- UK & US (also now celebrated around the world) (launched by Liberation Foods CIC http://www.chooseliberation.com/, a fair trade nut company, urging us to celebrate fairly traded nuts and swap out a nut based burger for a meat based meal, at least for today, or grab a handful of nutritious almonds or walnuts or your own favorite mix; if you don't like nuts, you can just choose to go be one, instead www.nationalnutday.com)
Seeking of King Look Under Your Mattress -- Fairy Calendar
Smart is Cool Day -- and i don't know who started this one, but i'd say someone tired of being made fun of for being a bookworm
St. Mary Salome's Day (Patron of Veroli, Italy)
John Paul II is inaugurated as Pope, 1978
Toastmasters International founded, 1924
The first Metropolitan Opera House in NYC opens, performing Faust, 1883
Carlos Mencia, 1967
Valeria Golino, 1966
Brian Boitano, 1963
Jeff Goldblum, 1952
Deepak Chopra, 1946
Catherine Deneuve, 1943
Jan De Bont, 1943
Annette Funicello, 1942
Tony Roberts, 1939
Derek Jacobi, 1938
Christopher Lloyd, 1938
Timothy Leary, 1920
Joan Fontaine, 1917
Robert Capa, 1913
Curly Howard, 1903
George Beadle, 1903
N. C. Wyeth, 1882
Sarah Bernhardt, 1844
Franz Liszt, 1811
"Me and Bessie"(Musical), 1975
"Take Me Along"(Musical), 1959
"The Far Off Hills"(Play), 1928
Today in History:
The temple of Apollo at Daphne, outside of Antioch, is destroyed in a mysterious fire, 362
Emperor Kanmu relocates Japanese capital to Heiankyo (now Kyoto), 794
Battle of the Southern Fujian Sea, Ming Dynasty wins a victory against the Dutch East India Company, 1633
Princeton University is chartered, 1746
Andre-Jacques Trim becomes the first sky diver, parachuting over Paris from a balloon, 1797
Sam Houston is inaugurated as the first President of the Republic of Texas, 1836
First telegraph line linking US east and west coasts of the US is completed, 1861
First concert performance of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1881
World's first automobile dealer opens in London, 1897
President Hoover gives the "American system of rugged individualism" speech, 1928
The FBI ambushes Pretty Boy Floyd, 1934
First commercial flight from the mainland to Hawai'i, 1936
Jean-Paul Sartre is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, but turns down the honor, 1964
A Multi-Party Parliamentary Committee selects the design which becomes the new official Flag of Canada, 1964
The Soviet unmanned space mission Venera 9 lands on Venus, 1975Red Dye No. 4 is banned by the US Food and Drug Administration after it
is discovered that it causes tumors in the bladders of dogs, although the dye is still used in Canada, 1976
Tropical Storm Alpha forms in the Atlantic Basin, making the 2005 Atlantic Hurricane Season the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record with 22 named storms, 2005
A Panama Canal expansion proposal is approved by 77.8% of voters in a National referendum held in Panama, 2006
India launches its first unmanned lunar mission Chandrayaan-1, 2008
North Korea gives the US permission to search for the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War, 2011
Six Italian scientists are convicted of manslaughter for their failure to predict the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake, 2012
The Parliament of the UK approves the Brexit deal to leave he EU but refuses the legislation to fast track it to meet the Oct. 31 deadline, 2019
Goldman Sachs agrees to pay a record $3 billion to end the probe into its role in the 1MDB corruption scandal, 2020