I've had to work a little harder to be thankful the last couple of days, for reasons i'd rather not detail right now.
My first thankful needs to be, I'm thankful I can tell The Good Lord how I feel and that I'm tempted to be a little grumpy with HIm now, and He listens and cares anyway.
I'm also thankful to be able say, along with Peter when Jesus asked the apostles, "Do you also want to leave me?" answered, "Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life." (See John 6:67-68)
Last Saturday was time to change the clocks (another thing to be tempted to grumble about) and I'm thankful I reset them all as soon as I got home from Grandma and Grandpa's house. Then I went to bed based on that time, and was tired enough to fall asleep a bit early, so the adjustment hasn't been quite so bad as the last couple of years.
Our Sunday afternoon Lent study has been going well, and last Sunday was my week to go early and warm up the main dish. We'd bought frozen lasagnas and I'd left them in the fridge for over 2 days to thaw them so they'd cook faster And They Were Still Frozen Anyway After Two Days! I'm thankful they still got cooked in the time allotted.
This week I'm thankful I was able to go see Ms. JAI. She's sad about moving, sad about how her children are treating her, and majoring on the minors. With an entire lifetime's worth of stuff to go through, she was concerned about her sticky cabinets and had me clean them. That's okay, her packing and moving isn't a rush job, I'm just thankful to be there to listen, and that we found the Murphy's Oil Soap.
Ms. G is up to her usual, carting me off for adventures. She's helping a family get the home of a deceased family member on the market, so we went to help sort and pack. The family member who was there kept asking me if there was anything in the house I wanted and I did find two items, a copy of a rare local cookbook I've been looking for and a Christmas coffee cup for Sweetie. He loves coffee cups with Christmas anything on them. She was thankful to give them to me, and I was thankful to take them off her hands.
I'm also thankful I remembered to pay a couple of bills that were due when I got home.
This week I got to stop at the new branch of our bank for the first time while it was actually open (I'm there after hours at least once a week, using the ATM) so I got to see the inside. It's beautiful, and I'm thankful they still have a live teller to handle things the machines can't.
We're all thankful the rain came Friday and cleared some of the pollen out of the air. We're also thankful we didn't get storms, the rain came and went, and it brought cooler air behind it so no A/C needed for the time being. That's always a plus.
Then there was the shelter. Boy howdy! The last couple of weeks, the place has been eerily quiet, and we were thankful for the break.
The break seems to be over, and we're thankful. The bell rang all afternoon, adoptions were happening, cats and kittens are mostly cooperating and being friendly.
Also, I'm thankful I received an unexpected compliment. The director of the shelter wanted volunteers to pose for pictures in the annual review to the board, and Ms. M, who does rooms of Friday nights while I do offices and cages, was asked and so was I.
Mr. Dan showed up with his camera, and I brought a special cat themed sweatshirt to wear. Each of us held a cat and posed, and when we were done, Mr. Dan, a professional photographer who goes to the shelter as a volunteer to take pictures of the cats for the website, told me, "You are very photogenic! When you decided to become a model, let me know and I'll put in a word for you, do a portfolio. Really, you have something, not everyone does!"
I am surprised and flattered by his words, it made for a very nice Friday evening.
Awkward Moments Day -- harness the power of humor in life's more uncomfortable situations
Asklepieia -- Ancient Greek Calendar (festival of Asklepios; date approximate)
Bindus Diena -- Ancient Latvain Calendar (believed to be the day bears woke from hibernation)
Celtic Tree Month Fearn (Alder) begins
Cheikh Al Maarouf Day -- Comoros
Electric Razor Day -- Schick, Inc., marketed the first one today in 1931
Forgive Mom and Dad Day -- because we all make mistakes; sponsored by Wellcat Holidays
Goddess of Fertility Day -- a modern celebration of all goddesses of fertility
Grandparents' and Grandchildren's Day -- Michigan, US
Jacques de Molay's Day -- death anniversary of the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar
Men's and Soldiers Day -- Mongolia
National Anthem and Flag Day -- Aruba
National Biodiesel Day -- birth anniversary of Rudolph Diesel, who unveiled his engine at the World Fair in 1900
National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day
National Quilting Day -- US, sponsored by the Quilt Alliance
Oide Matsuri -- Hakui, Japan (horse-back archery; through the 23rd)
Save the Florida Panther Day -- FL, US
Sheelah's Day -- Ireland (probably Sheela Na Gig, goddess of fertility; celebrated the day after St. Patrick's Day by those who say she was either his wife or his mother)
Sheep and Goats (Separation) Day -- Fairy Calendar
St. Anselm of Lucca's Day (Patron of Mantua, Italy)
St. Edward the Martyr's Day
Supreme Sacrifice Day -- an internet generated holiday now used to honor those who have made a supreme sacrifice, all who have given their lives for others
Usajingu Reitaisai -- Japan (offerings to the Kami from the Imperial Household are shared in this very important festival)
Eddie Murphy marries Nicole Mitchell, 1993
Alexei Yagudin, 1980
Dane Cook, 1972
Queen Latifah, 1970
Bonnie Blair, 1964
Vanessa Williams, 1963
Irene Cara, 1959
Brad Dourif, 1950
Kevin Dobson, 1944
Wilson Pickett, 1941
Charlie Pride, 1938
Sashi Kapoor, 1938
F.W. deKlerk, 1936
John Updike, 1932
George Plimpton, 1927
John Kander, 1927
Peter Graves, 1926
William H. Johnson, 1901
Edward Everett Horton, 1886
Rudolph Diesel, 1858
Grover Cleveland, 1837
John Caldwell Calhoun, 1782
"Do I Hear a Waltz?"(Musical), 1965
"Tales of Wells Fargo"(TV), 1957
"The new Babylon"(Silent Film), 1929
"Verklarte Nacht"(Schonberg, Op. 4), 1902
Today in History:
Crusaders kill 57 Jews in Bury St Edmonds England, 1190
German emperor Frederick II crowns himself king of Jerusalem, 1229
Kraków is ravaged by Mongols, 1241
According to legend, Tenochtitlan is founded on this date, 1325
John Berkeley, 1st Baron Berkeley of Stratton sells his part of New Jersey to the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as Quakers, 1673
Henry Wells and William Fargo form American Express in Buffalo, NY, 1850
Former Governor General Lord Stanley pledges to donate a silver challenge cup, later named after him, as an award for the best hockey team in Canada, 1893
Mohandas Gandhi is sentenced to six years in prison for civil disobedience (he served only 2 years), 1922
The first public celebration of Bat mitzvah, for the daughter of Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan, is held in New York City, 1922
The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern US states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people, 1925
The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Italy kills 26 and causes thousands to flee their homes, 1944
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space, 1965
The U.S. Congress repeals the requirement for a gold reserve to back US currency, 1968
In Egypt, a 4,400-year-old mummy is found nearby the Pyramid of Cheops, 1989
White South Africans vote overwhelmingly in favour, in a national referendum, to end the racist policy of Apartheid, 1992
Bosnia's Bosniaks and Croats sign the Washington Agreement, ending warring between the Croatian Republic of Herzeg-Bosnia and the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and establishing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1994
British Sign Language is recognised as an official British language, 2003
For the first time, a woman served as imam, leading a public, mixed-gender, Muslim congregation in Jum'ah prayer and delivering the sermon, 2005
The Messenger spacecraft enters Mercury's orbit, 2011
Russia formally annexes Crimea, previously part of Ukraine. by signing the Treaty on Accession, 2014
A bushfire in Tathra, New South Wales, Australia, destroys over 70 buildings, 2018
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and US President Trump agree to close the US-Canada border to non-essential travelers in an attempt to limit the spread of Covid19, 2020