Saturday, January 7, 2023

Roller Coaster Not Needed, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


I'm still counting blessings and thankful things for Thankful Day.

That's part of how i stay sane.

Last Saturday, we were told GusGus (the Ford Focus) was good to go, needing extra transmission work that was not included in the recall and that could wait a month or two.

It couldn't wait.  Sweetie got the car back home, which proved to be a mistake, we should have left it in NOLA, but we didn't know until we got it on the highway.

We're thankful it made the trip.

Monday i cleaned for a new client after i finished Carl's place, i'll be going there every other week.  I'm thankful they liked my work and it looks like it will be a good fit.

Tuesday i was thankful to be able to rent a car to take Bigger Girl to the airport in NOLA.  We got to drop off some of her home-baked bread (tomato basil!) to them and she arrived in plenty of time.  She gave me some bread, too, and i'm very thankful for that.

She got back to Seattle safely, another thankful.

Working with Ms. G this week, i was thankful we were able to get cat food for a lady who feeds 200+ feral cats in 30 colonies.  All have been TNRed (trapped, neutered/spayed/given a rabies shot, and released).  I'm thankful i didn't hurt anything but my ego when i rolled my ankle while we were moving the pallet of cat food bags.

Wednesday evening, to add to our car woes, Brother-in-Law's car refused to start.  Sweetie had to skip out on choir practice (we're thankful the choir director was so understanding!) and go rescue him.

We're thankful we have a spare key to his car.  Thursday morning, i drove Sweetie over to where it died and was planning to get a tow truck to take it to Kevin and Lenny.  Sweetie, thankfully, got the bright idea to at least try to start it, and it cranked right up!  We're thankful he was able to get it to Kevin and Lenny without a towing fee.

Kevin and Lenny found two things, the starter was going bad, and the compressor for the A/C.  We thought the A/C could wait.  It can't.  It seems in this model of car, the drive belt goes through the compressor, and when the compressor wheel finally gives out and locks, you lose your drive belt and the whole car.

Total cost for all repairs, $2,228.  Houston, we have a big, big problem.

Sweetie and i are paying on a bit of it, Brother-in-Law is paying on a bit of it, and his church has covered the majority of the bill, and we are very, very thankful.

This left us, however, with only one working car for the three of us for the weekend.  Not an ideal situation.

It was also not idea when, Thursday evening, Brother-in-Law figured out he'd lost his wallet.

i'm thankful i didn't lose my mind.

We're thankful we're making it work.  I went to prayer Friday morning, then called Kevin and located Brother-in-Law's wallet on the seat of his car, got it, got Sweetie, got Brother-in-Law, dropped Brother-in-Law at work, dropped me at work, and Sweetie went to run errands, then came and got me, took me home for some rest, went to get Brother-in-Law, and went back to the rental place to rent a car for going to NOLA today.

Meanwhile, what about GusGus?  Turns out, no transmission place in our area, or anywhere near, will touch that transmission type.  Turns out, only dealerships deal with it and only because they have to.  Turns out, every dealership within 50 miles is booked with appointments for 60+ days and not making new appointments unless you are already a customer.

The dealership in NOLA agreed to let us bring GusGus back there and they will do the work, they hope within two weeks, and we are very thankful.

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:

Celebration of the First Week of Moonhopper -- Fairy Calendar

Fasching Carnival -- Munich, Germany (through Shrove Tuesday)

Festa del Tricolore -- Italy (Tricolour or Flag Day)

Harlem Globetrotters' Day -- anniversary of their first game in 1927

I'm Not Going To Take It Anymore Day -- declared by Bob O'Brien, Consumer Advocate, who encourages us to fight back

Nanakusa no Sekku -- Japan (Festival of Seven Herbs, dates back to the 7th century and recalls the medicinal herbs that were traditionally served to the emperor)

National Tempura Day

Nativity of Christ / Orthodox Christmas / Coptic Christmas -- Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Christians still using the Julian Calendar.

Old Rock Day -- a/k/a "St. Distaff's Day" or simply Distaff Day(the distaff, for spinning yarn, was also called a "rock"; today was the day women went back to spinning after the Christmas holidays)

St. Raymond of Penyafort's Day (Patron of attornies, barristers, canonists, lawyers, and medical record librarians)

Usokae -- Kameido Tenmangu Shrine, Fukuoka, Japan (Bullfinch Exchange Day, Uso also means "lie" so when exchanging carved birds, it is considered a way of exchanging lies for the truth)

Victory Day over the Genocidal Regime -- Cambodia

Anniversary Today:

Princess Juliana of Netherlands weds Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, 1937

Birthdays Today:

Dustin Diamond, 1977

Jeremy Renner, 1971

Nick Cleg, 1967

Nicholas Cage, 1964

Katie Couric, 1957

David Caruso, 1956

Erin Gray, 1950

Kenny Loggins, 1948

Jann Wenner, 1947

Paul Revere, 1938

William Peter Blatty, 1928

Jean-Pierre Rampal, 1922

Vincent Gardenia, 1922

Charles Addams, 1912

Butterfly McQueen, 1911

Aristotle Onassis, 1906

Zora Neale Hurston, 1891

St Bernadette, 1844

Millard Fillmore, 1800

Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, 1745

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Video-Telephone, 1992 (US$1,499)

"Fame"(TV), 1982

"Flash Gordon"(comic strip), 1934

"Buck Rogers in the 25th Century A.D."(comic strip), 1929

"Tarzan of the Apes"(comic strip), 1929

Transatlantic telephone service, 1927 (US$75 for 5 minutes)

Today in History:

Calais, the last English possession in France, is taken back by the French, 1558

Boris Godunov seizes the Russian throne upon the death of Feodore I, 1598

Fire destroys Jamestown, Virginia, 1608

Galileo discovers the first 3 moons of Jupiter (Io, Europa, and Ganymede), 1610

Francis Bacon becomes the English Lord Chancellor, 1618

A prototype typewriter is patented by Englishman Henry Mill, 1714

Battle at Panipat India: the Afghan army beats Mahratten, 1761

The Bank of North America opens in Philadelphia, the first US commercial bank, 1782

The first gas balloon flight across the English Channel, by Blanchard and Jeffries, 1785

The modern Italian flag is first used, 1797

Liberia is colonized by Americans, 1822

The first railroad station in the US, in Baltimore, opens, 1830

Fanny Farmer publishes her first cookbook, 1896

The distress signal "CQD" is established only to be replaced two years later by "SOS", 1904

The first steamboat passage through the Panama Canal, 1914

The Harlem Globetrotters play their first game, 1927

The first transatlantic telephone service is established – from New York City to London, 1927

"Buck Rogers", the first sci-fi comic strip, and "Tarzan," one of the first adventure comic strips, premier, 1929

Guy Menzies flies the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast, 1931

The "Flash Gordon" comic strip (by Alex Raymond) debuts, 1934

President Harry Truman announces that the United States has developed the hydrogen bomb, 1952

The first public demonstration of a machine translation system, is held in New York at the head office of IBM, 1954

Marian Anderson becomes the first black singer to perform at the Met (NYC), 1955

The Polaris missile is test launched, 1960

Surveyor 7, the last spacecraft in the Surveyor series, lifts off, 1968

Brunei becomes the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), 1984

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launches Sakigake, Japan's first interplanetary spacecraft and the first deep space probe to be launched by any country other than the United States or the Soviet Union, 1985

The interior of the Leaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns, 1990

U.S. President Clinton goes on trial before the U.S. Senate for perjury and obstruction of justice in the Monica Lewinsky scandal, 1999

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics estimates at least 17 billion planets exist that are comparable to the size of the Earth, 2013

A terrorist attack on the offices of satirical newspaper "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris kills 12 and injures 11, 2015

It snows in the Sahara Desert - up to 15 inches as reported in Aïn Séfra, Northwest Algeria, 2018

Puerto Rico suffers a 6.4 magnitude earthquake, its worst in almost a century, resulting in one death and 800 homes destroyed, 2020

A genetically modified pig's heart is successfully transplanted into a 53-year-old male patient in Baltimore, Maryland, US, 2022


  1. Aaargh. I am amazed (and thankful) that you didn't lose your mind. I am pretty sure I would have.

  2. My mind is swimming in a circle looking at the 10 things you were thankful for. So many things that at the same time I'm not sure I'd be able to keep them all sorted out in my foggy head. Hope things keep working out for you as best as possible.

  3. You have been inundated with troubles. I do hope the car place is able to fix your car soon and well.

  4. There are so many things we should be grateful for.

    God bless, Mimi.

  5. My comment just vanished.

    God bless, Mimi.

  6. Car-juggling ... arrgh. I hope that it will soon end!

  7. Good for you for not losing our mind! That is a lot, but there were definitely some things to be thankful for in there, too. Prayers that your car situation gets resolved soon!

  8. I hope the two photos at my site have shown up! I think it is the quality of photos from the 70s. Cars are so essential, and soo expensive. Repairs are money vacuums. We have run that vacuum all too often.

  9. A guardian angel has been sent to you ~ you deserve it 'Wonder Woman' ~ lots of hugs to you ~ Xo

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

  10. WOW, that's a nice list of thankfuls and we hope the car situation isn't a situation much longer.

  11. Sorry you are having so many car problems. Glad you always find a way to get from place to place. XO

  12. Sorry about the car problems, but glad your prayers were answered and you were able to find the missing wallet. Hope this next week goes smoother!

  13. Ohmyword, Mimi! You need to put a 'read with caution' on your thankful posts! I'm tired and exasperated just reading this! Thank Heaven for Prayer!
    And you have gone up several notches on my 'amazing people I know and love' list!

  14. What a challenging week, automobilistically-speaking*
    (Hey, there was a Six out of the adventures. I need to try and do that for a Six.)

    * Not a 'real' word

    of course
    have a good and boring week ahead

  15. How wonderful the church helped so much with the car repair AND that the wallet was in the front seat AND that Kevin and Lenny are awesome! Hope Gus Gus gets fixed as planned and I'm glad nothing but your dignity was injured when you rolled your ankle!


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