Saturday, January 14, 2023

Days Off and Fun Mayhem, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It's Thankful Day, and as usual, i've got a list.  I have to make a list or i lose track!

Last Saturday, we are thankful to say we successfully got GusGus Die Fledermaus (my bat gray Ford Focus car) back to NOLA to the dealership for them to fix, since it seems they are the only place that can or will.

I'm thankful they also know about the door latch recall and are already planning on looking at it.

Sweetie and i are both thankful Becca's father is willing to give him a ride to church on Sunday mornings for as long as we only have one car and i need it to get me there with Becca.

Thanks to my new schedule, i should now have every Tuesday as a day off, unless i decide to work Tuesday instead of another day during the week.  After almost 10 years with no regular days off, having one day a week to rest is going to be blissful.

This past Tuesday was the ladies' circle Ms. V teaches, i'm thankful we all enjoyed it.

Sweetie dropped me at work on Wednesday so he could go to a funeral.  We're thankful he got to go, the deceased was a former choir member we all admired and it would have been a shame to have to miss the service because of our car troubles.

We got through our work at Ms. SE's house on Thursday in about average time, and i'm also thankful Mr. DE has found a permanent place for a lock box and spare key so no more wondering if we're going to be able to get in the house or have to call one of them to come let us in when we go.

(As Mr. DE told me, "Normal people don't lose as many keys as we do and can keep a key on their keychain!"  They have had trouble with losing keys, a permanent spare in a lock box is going to be a blessing to the residents as well as us janitors.)

The MallMart wasn't super crowded when i went Friday morning before work, i'm always thankful for that.

Renting a car for the drive to NOLA was quick and easy, we're getting used to this routine and i'm thankful we have a way to get there until GusGus is repaired.

Last night at the shelter was crazy in a good way.  We're thankful for several adoptions, several donations, cats and kittens in isolation showing signs of getting well, extra volunteer help, and the doorbell just about ringing it's fool head off all evening with comings and goings.  It's a fun madness and mayhem and in the end, every cat and kitten has food and water and a clean, warm place to spend the night.                                                                                                               

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:

Assembly Line Workers' Day -- listed on many sites but no particular reason for it to be this day; then again, why not today?

Azhirnikhua -- Abkhazia (Day of World Creation)

Cakes and Ale Day -- emblems of the good life, a day to remember the good things we have, and be grateful

Celebration of the 2nd Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Children's Day -- Thailand

Daikoku Matsuri -- Kanda Myojin Shine, Tokyo, Japan (purification ceremony; through tomorrow)

Day of Defenders of the Native Land (Army Day) -- Uzbekistan

Feast of Divina Pastora -- Barquisimeto, Venezuela (religious procession attended by about 2 million people)

Feast of the Ass -- Medieval Christianity (commemorates the Flight Into Egypt)

International Kite Festival -- Jaipur and Ahmedabad, India

Makar Sandranti -- India/Hindu Calendar (part of the sidereal solstice festivals)

National Dress Up Your Pet Day -- do you really dislike your pet this much?

National Forest Conservation Day -- Thailand

National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day

Niino no Yukimatsuri -- Izu shrine, Niino, Nagano Prefecture, Japan (snow festival with offerings made to bring a good harvest in the coming year; through tomorrow)

Organize Your Home Day -- another one that i can't figure out who started it, but i will say s/he was nuts to think this could be done in one day

Orthodox New Year -- RS, Bosnia and Herzegovina; Serbia

Pongal continues -- Tamil New Year, among the Tamil People (multiple day thanksgiving festival at the end of harvest)

     Tamil Thai Pongal Day -- Sri Lanka

     Maghi Parba/Maghe Sankranti -- Western Nepal

Ratification Day -- US (anniversary of the Treaty of Paris that recognized the independence of the US from England)

Revolution and Youth Day -- Tunisia

Sidereal Winter Solstice Celebrations -- throughout South and Southeast Asia

St. Felix of Nola's Day (Patron of domestic animals, eyes; Nola, Italy; against eye diseases, false witness, lies, perjury)

St. Sava's Day (Patron of Serbia and all Serbs)

Take a Missionary to Lunch Day -- to honor Albert Schweitzer's birth anniversary

Anniversaries Today:

Joe DiMaggio marries Marilyn Monroe, 1954

Birthdays Today:

Kristin Cavallari, 1987

Jason Bateman, 1969

Emily Watson, 1967

Shepard Smith, 1964

Steven Soderbergh, 1963

Lawrence Kasdan, 1949

Carl Weathers, 1948

Nina Totenberg, 1944

Holland Taylor, 1943

Faye Dunaway, 1941

Jack Jones, 1938

Andy Rooney, 1919

William Bendix, 1906

John dos Passos, 1896

Hal Roach, 1892

Hugh Lofting, 1886

Albert Schweitzer, 1875

Thornton W. Burgess, 1874

Richard Felton Outcault, 1863

Matthew Fontaine Maury, 1806

Benedict Arnold, 1741

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Bionic Woman"(TV), 1976

"Sanford and Son"(TV), 1972

"Sinfonia Antartica"(Vaughan Williams' 7th symphony), 1953

"Today Show"(TV), 1952

"Tosca"(Puccini Opera), 1900

Today in History:

The Knights Templar are formally approved by the Roman Catholic Church, 1129

Pope Leo X issues a papal bull against slavery, 1514

Spain annexes Cuba, 1539

The "Fundamental Orders", the first written constitution that created a government, is adopted in Connecticut, 1639

Massachusetts holds a day of fasting for wrongly accusing "witches", 1699

Congress ratifies the Treaty of Paris, formally ending the American Revolutionary War, 1783

The US Supreme Court rules that racial separation on trains is unconstitutional, 1878

An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica, kills more than 1000, 1907

Henry Ford introduces the assembly line to the production of the Model-T, 1914

The first prototype of the MiG-17 makes its maiden flight, 1950

The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country's central bank and banknote issuing authority, is established, 1960

Toronto, Ontario Mayor Mel Lastman becomes the first mayor in Canada to call in the Army to help with emergency medical evacuations and snow removal after more than one meter of snow paralyzes the city, 1999

The national flag of Georgia, the so-called "five cross flag", is restored to official use after a hiatus of some 500 years, 2004

Landing of the Huygens probe on Saturn's moon Titan, 2005

The MESSENGER spacecraft performs a Mercury flyby, 2008

American rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson become the first to successfully free-climb the Dawn Wall face of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, 2015

The US National Safety Council publishes a report saying that, for the first time ever, an American’s chance of dying of an opioid overdose is greater than the chance of dying in a traffic accident, 2019

The Jeopardy "Greatest of all Time" tournament is won by 74 time champion Ken Jennings, 2020


  1. I love your list of thankfulness - and hope you can continue to have a day off a week. At least.

  2. Having a day off is a blessing. I hope it continues this way, and that your car trouble is soon over.

  3. How wonderful that you to have a regular day off now. What a blessing! :)

  4. Glad to hear you have regular day off ~ you work too hard ~ great list of thankfuls ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  5. Great thankfuls, especially all the kitty adoptions and you getting a day off.

  6. Those were all really good thankfuls and I hope your vehicle gets all fixed up.

  7. I'm glad your car is getting properly fixed and a regular day off is a real blessing.

  8. Great list! Good luck with your car and I'm so happy to hear of the adoptions at the shelter!

  9. Your thankful list always reminds me to compile my own! I love hearing about your productive life! And what more can we ask for than to have food, water, and a clean, warm place to spend the night?!

  10. A whole day off a week?! How fantastic for you! Now use them for actual resting!


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