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.
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
Princess Juliana of Netherlands weds Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld, 1937
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
Video-Telephone, 1992 (US$1,499)
"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