Saturday, February 4, 2023

I'll Take Quieter, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


It's Thankful Day and it's been a quieter than usual week.

I'll take it and be thankful.

This does not mean there weren't some interesting moments.  Last Sunday, we had a monsoon.  GusGus Die Fledermaus is running well, but sometimes her A/C compressor is an on again/off again proposition.

What do these things have to do with each other?  While i was driving Becca to church it was raining, at times quite heavily, and when the A/C compressor doesn't work, the windows fog up so i kept having to pull over and wipe fog off the windows.  It was an adventure and we were thankful to get there safely (it helped that i went the long way on the side streets instead of the highway, i'm also thankful when there's more than one way to get where i need to go).

My every-other-Monday client, Ms. S, allowed me to come do her house in the morning since i was skipping out on Carl's and i was thankful, as that left me the rest of the day free to make soup for Carl's family.

Ms. V had asked for a home-made soup and i was thankful to comply.  It's been a while since i stretched myself in the kitchen (besides major holidays) and it was fun.

Tuesday, i was quite thankful for a day off.

Ms. G knew she'd be very busy Wednesday with a project of some kind at a local college so we'd already made arrangements, I was thankful not to have to rush the morning shelter duties, and i got to help at the other shelter as well. 

When i got to Ms. G's, i was very thankful to be in no hurry and simply get everything done, especially as i had a tachycardia episode that morning.  It's rare, but when it happens it's important for me to slow down and i'm glad i was in a position to do just that.

While Ms. V and family are much better and have finished all their meds, it's still not wise for me to be in their house and around them quite yet.  I'm very thankful instead of missing out on a whole day of work for them, they paid me to do the grocery shopping.  It worked out nicely, i found every item but one and with approval found a substitute for it.

Friday evening at the shelter was excellent.  The thankful things included three adoptions, lots of people looking who may still adopt, a pick-up of a pre-adopted cat, some of the isolated cats are improving nicely, and this coming Sunday, the director and our favorite volunteer veterinarian are going to do a "practice surgery" using a stuffed animal in the new surgical suite to make sure everything is ready and set up properly.

Yes, in house spay/neuter surgery is about to become a reality!

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:

Biezputras Diena (Porrige Day) -- Ancient Latvian Calendar (date unconfirmed, some sites suggest it's always on a Sunday before Feb. 23 instead)

Create-A-Vacuum Day -- an internet generated celebration of the nothingness of vacuums

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko Day -- Poland (birth anniversary)

Homemade Soup Day

Independence Day -- Sri Lanka

King Frost Day -- London (Celebrated yearly until WWI, in remembrance of the frozen River Thames on this day in 1814.)

Liberation Day -- Angola

National Stuffed Mushroom Day

Quacker Day -- for those who love Quacker Factory clothes

Spoiled Cats' Day -- internet generated, and isn't this every day?

St. Andrew Corsini's Day (Patron of Carmelites; against civil disorder and riots)

St. John de Brito's Day (Patron of Portugal; Sivagangai, India)

Thank A Mailperson/Postal Worker Day -- because someone decided it would be a good day to do that, and put it on the internet

USO Day -- US (founded this date in 1941)

World Cancer Day -- International   

Anniversaries Today:

United Service Organizations (USO) founded, 1941

The University of Wisconsin is established, with one classroom and 20 students, 1849

Birthdays Today:

Natalie Imbruglia, 1975

Oscar De La Hoya, 1973

Gabrielle Anwar, 1971

Michael Goorjian, 1971

Rod Corddry, 1971

Clint Black, 1962

Lawrence Taylor, 1959

Lisa Eichhorn, 1952

Alice Cooper, 1948

Dan Quayle, 1947

George A. Romero, 1940

Jhn Schuck, 1940

David Brenner, 1936

Gary Conway, 1936

Betty Friedan, 1921

Ida Lupino, 1918

Rosa Parks, 1913

Clyde W. Tombaugh, 1906

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906

Charles Lindbergh, 1902

Tadeusz Kosciuszko, 1746

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"(Album), 1977

Today in History:

The Roman Emperor Septimius Severus dies, leaving the Roman Empire in the hands of his two quarrelsome sons, Caracalla and Geta, 211

The coronation of Zhao Kuangyin as Emperor Taizu of Song, initiating the Song Dynasty period of China that would last more than three centuries, 960

Maximilian I assumes the title Holy Roman Emperor without being crowned, 1508

Tycho Brahe and Johannes Kepler meet for the first time near Prague 1600

In Edo (now Tokyo), The 47 Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) after avenging the death of their master, 1703

The worst earthquake in 8 years in Calabria, Italy, leaves 50,000 dead, 1783

The first Anglican bishops of New York and Pennsylvania are consecrated in London, 1787

George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College, 1789

The French National Convention proclaims the abolishment of slavery, 1794

An earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, kills 41,000, 1797

J.W. Goodrich introduces his rubber galoshes to the public, 1824

The Mormons of Nauvoo, Missouri, leave to go west, eventually settling in Utah, 1846

The Codex Sinaiticus is found at the Greek Monastery of Mount Sinai, 1859

The first rolling lift bridge opens, in Chicago, 1895

The first Winter Olympics games close at Chamonix, France, 1924

The first tieless, soundless, shockless streetcar tracks open, in New Orleans, 1930

Radium E is the first radioactive substance to be produced synthetically, 1936

The United Service Organization (USO) is created to entertain American troops, 1941

Lunar Orbiter 3 lifts off from Cape Canaveral's Launch Complex 13 on its mission to identify possible landing sites for the Surveyor and Apollo spacecraft, 1967

After at first contesting the results, Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic recognizes opposition victories in the November 1996 elections, 1997

Facebook, a mainstream online social network is founded by Mark Zuckerberg, 2004

The Federal Court of Australia's ruling in Roadshow Films v iiNet sets a precedent that Internet service providers (ISPs) are not responsible for what their users do with the services the ISPs provide them, 2010

The remains found the previous year in a dig at Leicester are confirmed to be those of King Richard III of England, 2013

Morocco's Mohammed VI switches on world's largest solar plant near Ouarzazate, 2016

Denmark approves plans for world's first energy island in the North Sea to provide power to 3 million Europeans, 2021


  1. Love your list. I am grateful that you had a quieter week (though it doesn't sound quiet to me.
    I am very, very glad that you are getting your Tuesday's off.

  2. Sounds like your are more than busy enough. Cooking instead of cleaning for one family is work, but maybe a nice change of pace. Have a safe weekend and stay healthy.

  3. I can relate about the "day off." It;s been very busy at work in the hospital, that Thursday night I thought I was working the next day, Friday. The whole day, Thursday, I thought it was only Wednesday. The week seemed so long. But my husband corrected me. Whew, instant relief. Yesterday, I had a relaxing day doing nothing really significant.

  4. We need a nap after reading about your busy week!!!!!

  5. I hope you are feeling better. That episode sounds scary. That is wonderful that the shelter will be doing in house spay/neuters. My great niece has me slice the seams on stuffed animals so she can "operate".

  6. Those are all good thankfuls and we're thankful you are feeling okay now. Hooray for the shelter work and the volunteer Vet.

  7. I'm very glad you will now have a surgical suite.

  8. Most excellent thankfuls Mimi. You are one busy lady! Keep being awesome!

  9. Glad to hear you are ok ~ scary I bet when it happens ~ Wonderful list of thankfuls ~ take care of you ~ otherwise you can't take care of anyone ~ glad to hear about in house spade and neutering ~ good for the animals ~

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

  10. Mimi, you have truly found the Joy of Service!

  11. A less hectic week for you and it was much deserved!


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