Saturday, March 25, 2023

All Around Good, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


I'm so thankful it's Thankful Day!

While i mentioned it on Sunday, i'm going to mention it formally again as it did make a difference.  When we got to the store last Saturday, their computers were down and they couldn't take any kind of card, it was cash only.  I'm thankful Grandpa carries cash, just in case, it came in handy and we didn't have to go back to his house, delaying our shopping trip.

It was a good day Sunday.  Becca and i have finished the Peter Rabbit stories and i was thankful to find Winnie-the-Pooh on their shelves, as mine has gone AWOL.  We're going to have fun reading about Edward Bear, a/k/a Winnie-the-Pooh.

Carl went to work this past Monday.  That's a thankful because he has stayed home so many times lately and it's much easier to clean his room when he's not coming in once an hour to rummage, or brush his teeth again, or take a shower "this very minute" even though i just sprayed the shower cleaner on, etc.

At the shelter Wednesday morning, i started going through and feeding and watering and litter changing and Ms. H, the director, came in very early.  When i asked what was up, she said it was a surgery day, and we realized the cats which were supposed to be fasting for surgery did not have signs on the cages.  We were both thankful we got the food out of those cages before the cats ate enough to have to delay their surgeries, and i'm thankful she's making sure the fasting cats have signs from now on.

Ms. G was not home Wednesday, so i got to stay at her house and do "all the things," none of which have been done to my satisfaction the past several weeks as we ran other errands.  Adventures are great, but sometimes you are just thankful to actually get the floors vacuumed thoroughly.

Sweetie overslept on our day to clean Ms. SE's house.  I was going to let him stay home, but he finally got up and wouldn't stay home.  I'm thankful for the help, thankful he agreed to save time and buy coffee at the convenience store where i stop for gas, and thankful we got through it as we had such a slow start.

Also, i'm thankful Mr. DE is working on the back fence.  We love Cookie, the dog, but since the back fence was damaged we can't let her out to run every time she wants to go and it's hard on her and us, as i stop every hour and take her out for a bit.

Mr. BA is now retired, and is spending part of his retirement clearing and decluttering.  He has 3 storage units and a house full of stuff (he's an antiques buff and a DIY builder who keeps every nail, every screw, every scrap of wood, you get the idea).

He has begun by, among other things, getting rid of Ms. GA's stuff he thinks she doesn't need.  I am thankful i found the bucket we use for mixing the mop solution in the recycle bin so i could rescue it.  I'm thankful i found a marker and made a note on it as to what it's for, so we hope he won't try to get rid of it again.

(I'm thankful she's being a good sport about it, as he really is getting rid of more of his stuff than hers, and most of hers he is asking about before it goes away.  That mop bucket is kind of beat up so i can see why he wouldn't realize it's still used.)

Friday evening was another busy one at the shelter, with one lady driving over an hour to see and adopt one specific cat she'd fallen in love with from the picture and description on the website.

One bottle feed kitten was in the medical room waiting for his foster mama to come back for him.  I was so thankful to get to hold and feed him, if i ever get to retire i want to bottle raise babies again, it's so rewarding.

I am always thankful for the camaraderie, the fun, the cats, the people adopting, and the general feel of enjoyment about the place.

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:

Anniversary of the Arengo and the Feast of the Militants -- San Marino

Annunciation of the Virgin Mary -- Roman Catholic Christian

     Lady Day/Quarter Day -- England; Ireland; Wales (traditional New Year's Day)

     Varfrudagen -- Sweden (waffle day)

Day of the Shining Ones of Heaven move Upstream -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Earth Hour -- 8:30pm-9:30pm, your local time; turn off your lights to take a stand against climate change     

Festival of King Amenhotep I -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (rituals depicting his death and burial, performed for the Deir-el-Medina workforce; date approximate)

Hilaria -- Ancient Roman Empire ("Day of Joy", honoring Attis)

Independence Day -- Cyprus; Greece(1821)

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade -- UN

International Day of Solidarity with Detained and Missing Staff Members -- UN

International Waffle Day -- based on Sweden's tradition of having waffles on Annunciation Day

Medal of Honor Day -- US (first one awarded this date in 1963)

Mother's Day -- Slovenia

National Day of Celebration of Greek and American Democracy -- Greece; US

National Lobster Newburg Day

National Pecan Day -- anniversary of George Washington's planting of Pecan trees at Mt. Vernon in 1775

National Waffle Day -- possibly also International Waffle Day, depends on the site you search

Numbskulls and Clodhoppers' Dance -- Fairy Calendar (i know a couple of people who qualify on both counts; i need to find out how to buy tickets!)

Old New Year's Day -- until 1751, British Empire

Revolution Day -- Greece (anniversary of the revolt against the Ottoman Empire in 1821)

Sacrifice to Kronos -- Ancient Greek Calendar (private sacrifices to Kronos; date approximate)

St. Dismas' Day ("Dismas" is the name given to the unnamed "Thief on the Cross", crucified next to Jesus according to Biblical accounts, and who repented; Patron of condemned/death row prisoners, funeral directors/undertakers, penitent criminals, prisoners, reformed thieves; Merizo, Guam)

Struggle for Human Rights Day -- Slovakia

The Tichborne Dole - in Alresford, Hampshire, UK; since 1150, a gallon of flour is given to every resident by the Tichborne family head on this day, to avoid a curse

Tolkien Reading Day -- sponsored by The Tolkien Society on the anniversary of the fall of Sauron

Birthdays Today:

Danica Patrick, 1982

Lee Pace, 1979

Sheryl Swoopes, 1971

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1965

Marcia Cross, 1962

John Stockwell, 1961

Mary Gross, 1953

Paul Miles, 1952

Bonnie Bedelia, 1948

Elton John, 1947

Bonnie Bedelia, 1946

Paul Michael Glaser, 1943

Aretha Franklin, 1942

Anita Bryant, 1940

Gloria Steinem, 1934

James Lovell, 1928

Eileen Ford, 1922

Simone Signoret, 1921

Howard Cosell, 1920

Norman Borlaug, 1940

David Lean, 1908

Bela Bartok, 1881

Arturo Toscanini, 1867

Gutzon Borglum, 1867

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"Barrymore"(Play), 1997

"Cagney & Lacey"(TV), 1982

Today in History:

The first Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus, 31

According to legend, Venice, Italy is born today at noon, 421

Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6, 1199

Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scotland, 1306

Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America, 1584

Henry Hudson embarks on an exploration for Dutch East India Co., 1609

Lord Baltimore founds Catholic colony of Maryland, 1634

Saturn's largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christian Huygens, 1655

Mount Etna in Sicily erupts, destroying Nicolosi, killing 20,000, 1669

The Slave Trade Act becomes law, abolishing the slave trade in the British Empire, 1807

The Swansea and Mumbles Railway in England, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger carrying railway in the world, 1807

Percy Bysshe Shelley is expelled from the University of Oxford for publishing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism, 1811

Greeks revolt against the Ottoman Empire, beginning the Greek War of Independence, 1821

In New York City, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire kills 146 garment workers, leading to factory reform laws, 1911

The Georgian Orthodox Church restores its autocephaly abolished by Imperial Russia in 1811, 1917

The first successful tornado forecast predicts that a tornado will strike Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, 1948

The European Economic Community is established (West Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg), 1957

Canada's Avro Arrow makes its first flight, 1958

Civil rights activists led by Martin Luther King, Jr. successfully complete their 4-day 50-mile march from Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, Alabama, 1965

The first fully functional space shuttle orbiter, Columbia, is delivered to the John F. Kennedy Space Center to be prepared for its first launch, 1979

The world's first wiki, a part of the Portland Pattern Repository, is made public by Ward Cunningham, 1995

The European Union's Veterinarian Committee bans the export of British beef and its by-products as a result of mad cow disease, 1996

Protesters demanding a new election in Belarus, following the rigged Belarusian presidential election, clash with riot police, 2006

In southwest China, environmental and health concerns among residents are raised when 1,000 dead ducks pulled from the Sichuan River, 2013

The world's largest banana split ever, at 8,040 metres long, is made in Innisfail, Australia, 2017

Doctors perform the first ever organ transplant from a live HIV+ patient to an HIV+ recipient, a kidney transplant in Boston, MA, US, 2019

NASA has to cancel a planned all female spacewalk because it doesn't have enough space suits in the right size, 2019

The Renaissance masterpiece The Ghent Altarpiece (1432) by Hubert and Jan Van Eyck goes on display, after a seven-year restoration, in St Bravo's Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium, 2021


  1. A wonderful list - and a reminder that I too have a lot to be thankful for.

  2. A good thankful list, but I am surprised you can pay with cash when the store computers are down. Here in Australia, the cash drawers won't open if the computers are down, so you can't pay at all, so people leave their groceries and the store boys run around putting everything back.

  3. There's so much to be thankful for.

    God bless.

  4. Counting one's blessings is a good and necessary exercise.

  5. Having cash is a good plan. I love your thankful list as always.

  6. You have such a busy week and still blog so nicely for us. Your ready for the weekend to start this morn and then off to the races again Monday. Enjoy this time.

  7. Busy busy busy. I do not know how you have both the energy and the empathy and the optimism...but you do!

  8. You are one busy lady ~ lots to be thankful for too !

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

  9. Wonderful thankful list. Tell Mr BA to deal with hos own stuff and leave Ms. GA's alone. :)

  10. Those are really good thankfuls, the shelter ones always bring smiles here too.

  11. What a fulfilling productive week!

  12. Which shelter web site is this, please?

  13. OK, a TToT that's busy, but not too exciting lol
    We're approaching Spring here in southern New England, which mean 30 degrees one day, 79 the next. So, keeping it reasonable, I put up screens in two windows so that the house will not be uncomfortably warm for Una. (Not yet time for the air conditioners.)

  14. Have you ever read Uncle Wiggly stories? Becca might enjoy those, too. My mom read them to me out of an old anthology of children's literature that had belonged to my grandma.
    I've always wanted to foster kittens, but I know I'd be a foster failure, and since I already have 3 AND because my husband said he'd move out if I got ONE MORE (he's sort of kidding), it probably won't happen. If I weren't working, I'd foster puppies again, though, because I don't want a dog, so it's not as difficult to give up the puppies! I've only done it once, and it was HUGE amount of work (especially since I've never even owned a dog), but it was rewarding

  15. Hearing about your 'thankfuls' always reminds me to remember mine! Thank you!


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