Saturday, December 3, 2022

Where Were We? A Ten Things of Thankful Post


So where did we leave off for Thankful Day last week?  We'll pick up with Ms. GA and Mr. BA gone, Ms. G on her way home, and us in a borrowed vehicle.

I'm thankful Ms. G came home in time that i didn't have to do double duty, taking care of two sets of cat-sitting assignments at once.  It's doable, but it's not easy.

Ms. GA's granddaughter, Miss B, who lives with them while she's in college, locked herself out of the house.  In her defense, that lock breaks all the time and Mr. BA, who can fix just about anything, never has time to fix it.  Thankfully she has friends and places to go and i was able to tame the lock back into temporary submission and get her a key.

I'm thankful the cat-sitting went well the whole week.

On the way home from NOLA last week, i'm thankful i was in a big truck we borrowed.  It was monsoon driving again, never easy, and a big vehicle makes it a bit harder and at the same time, safer as you are less likely to just be blown off the road.

Monday i was thankful to do Carl's place then go to Ms. D's house, since she had a meeting Tuesday morning.  Sweetie turned in the car we had borrowed, we were thankful to have had it as long as we did.

Bigger Girl was to fly back home Tuesday, and we're thankful she was able to get a ride to the airport from a friend, as we had no vehicle to use to take her.

Sometimes shelter volunteering has surprises in store.  When i showed up on Wednesday, after a good rain the night before, i found a carrier abandoned by the front door.  Protocol requires i leave it there until i get a place ready inside to isolate the cat, just in case it has something that's catching, so i walked in and got an extra large carrier ready with food, water, and a small cardboard litter box.

Then i donned gloves, brought the cat in and transferred it to the bigger carrier.  It was not happy and the transfer was not easy, i'm thankful the inside of the carrier it came in was not wet from the rain the night before and i did not get attacked while the transfer was in progress as this cat was very, very angry (and i don't blame it one bit).  The carrier it came in was put outdoors and i threw the gloves away, then did my regular duties.

Ms. G decided we needed to run an errand Wednesday when i got to her place, and it was a fun errand.  We ended up having lunch, and i'm thankful for the whole outing, it was a nice change.

Because we were sharing a vehicle, i dropped Sweetie at choir practice Wednesday evening and then went back to Ms. GA's to take care of cat duty.  It made for a long day but i'm thankful we were at least both able to get where we needed to go.

Thursday went as well as a Thursday can at Ms. SE's house and i'm especially thankful i noticed the dishes in the dishwasher were not in fact clean in time to run the dishwasher and get it emptied before we left.

Meanwhile, at Kevin and Lenny's, i'm thankful they found a part for Slow-Moe.  It's been ordered and is being shipped, but has not yet come in, which has left us in limbo about going to NOLA when Saturday comes around.  Friday i was on the verge of making a reservation for a rental car when they called and told me they had the loaner for me!  That's a huge thankful thing.

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:

Advocate's Day -- India

Bartender Appreciation Day -- with a guide to help you show your appreciation to the Heroes Behind the Bar 

Coats and Toys for Kids Day -- ME, US (charity drive across the state; even if you aren't in that state, there is probably a charity near you that would love to have your help)

Day of Remembrance for Bogatir (Great hero) Svatogor -- Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar

Fairy and Goblin Taunt-and-Tease Saturnalia -- Fairy Calendar

Festival for Bona Dea -- Ancient Roman Calendar (goddess of chastity, fecundity, the earth, and fertility; a women's festival)

Festival for Serket/Selket -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (scorpion goddess, who healed from their sting; date approximate)

International Day of Persons with Disabilities -- UN

International Day of the Basque Language

Make a Gift Day -- internet generated, and go ahead, 'tis the season

National Apple Pie Day

National Ice Cream Box Day -- internet generated, for those who love ice cream that comes in the rectangular box, and being the first to dig in

National Roof-Over-Your-Head Day -- be grateful you have one

Pompaia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (procession dedicated to Zeus; date approximate)

Reinvigorate Your Brain by Reading Something Day -- internet generated, and good to do every day, don't you think?

Shalako Festival -- Hopi and Zuni Native Americans (dates of main festivals and dance ceremonies vary by area, but usually the weekend nearest the 49th day after the 10th full moon)

SKYWARN Recognition Day -- National Weather Service, NOAA, and Amateur Radio Operators, working together to report dangerous weather conditions

St. Francis Xavier's Day (Patron of African missions, foreign missions, missionaries, navigators, parish missions, Agartala, India; Ahmedabad, India; Alexandria, LA) related observance

     San Francisco Javier -- Navarre, Spain (special observances)

Takata no Inoko -- Sakurai, Japan (offerings for peace and good harvests)

Telescope Day -- marking its invention by Galileo in 1621

Tinsel Day -- remember when this stuff used to contain lead?

Anniversaries Today:

Illinios becomes the 21st US State, 1818

Birthdays Today:

Alicia Sacramone, 1987

Amanda Seyfried, 1985

Bruno Campos, 1974

Holly Marie Combs, 1973

Bucky Lasek, 1972

Brendan Fraser, 1968

Katarina Witt, 1965

Daryl Hannah, 1961

Julianne Moore, 1960

Rick Ravon Mears, 1951

Ozzy Osbourne, 1948

Jaye P. Morgan, 1932

Jean-Luc Godard, 1930

Andy Williams, 1927

Ferlin Husky, 1927

John Backus, 1924

Nino Rota, 1911

Carlos Montoya, 1903

Joseph Conrad, 1857

Charles Alfred Pillsbury, 1842

Gilbert Charles Stuart, 1755

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Camelot"(Musical), 1960

"Troilus and Cressida"(Opera), 1954

"A Streetcar Names Desire"(Play), 1947

Alka-Seltzer, 1931

Today in History:

Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England, 1586

In an uprising over mining licenses, which came to be called the rebellion at the Eureka Stockade, more than 20 goldminers at Ballarat, Victoria, Australia are killed by state troopers in what many claim to be the birth of Australian democracy, 1854

The trial of Jefferson Davis starts with the first blacks on a US trial jury, 1868

Settlers arrive at Petach Tikvah, Israel, 1878

The Jovian moon Himalia is discovered by Charles Dillon Perrine, 1904

Neon lights make their public debut at the Paris Auto Show, 1910

The Quebec Bridge, after almost 20 years of planning and construction, opens, 1917

The first successful Technicolor movie, "Tall of the Sea," premiers in NYC, 1922

Chinese refugee ship "Kiangya" explodes in E China Sea, killing 1,100, 1948

Paul Harvey begins his national radio broadcast, 1950

At Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, a transplant team headed by Christiaan Barnard carries out the first heart transplant on a human, 1967

Pioneer 10 sends back the first close-up images of Jupiter, 1973

In one of the worst industrial disasters ever, a methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills thousands and injures hundreds of thousands, 1984

In Ottawa, Canada, representatives from 121 countries, not including the US, Russia, or China, sign The Ottawa treaty prohibiting manufacture and deployment of anti-personnel landmines, 1997

XCOR Aerospace makes first manned rocket aircraft delivery of US Mail in Mojave, California, 2005

The Nissan Leaf, one of the first mass marketed electric cars, is launched, 2010

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces all combat roles in US armed forced will be opened to women, 2015

The first pizza party in space held by astronauts of the International Space Station, 2017

The 70th anniversary of NATO is marked by a gathering of world leaders in London at a reception hosted by Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros. Studios announces all its 2021 movies will stream online the same day they appear in theatres because of the pandemic, 2020


  1. Lots and lots of things to be thankful for - which is lovely.

  2. Wonderful thankful list, but how sad that someone left their cat outside the shelter. I am glad he/she is safe now.

  3. Those are all great thankfuls and I'm glad to hear your car part got found. That poor kitty being left like that, so sad.

  4. Here's to just wish you a serene weekend.
    Lazy Sean

  5. I'm thankful you were able to get that lock working, but one that breaks all the time really needs to be properly fixed! I hope the angry cat settles and is well, also hope he finds a forever home soonish. Perhaps he is a captured stray or feral?

  6. I'm glad you were able to get to all the places you needed to go, and that you've now got a loaner car.

  7. Imagine the days (of people) in the days before cars and such. (For fun, when the weather is nice and I stop on a rural road in the middle of nowhere, I'll turn off the ignition and walk away from the car and imagine how long it would take to walk home/back the office).
    Your 'reasonably busy weeks' make my hectic weeks feel like I should send a postcard.
    have a good week


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