Saturday, April 1, 2023

Always Thankful, a Ten Things of Thankful Post, A-to-Z Challenge


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This Thankful Day is special and sad.  Even when the news isn't good, there are always reasons to be thankful.

I want to thank all who prayed or sent good thoughts and wishes to my friend DiDreaming (Diane).

She has died, and I am very sad.  Between the damage chemo did to her body 15 years ago, her asthma, pulmonary hypertension, and the latest bout with a completely different cancer from the first one, i believe her body simply got tired.

At the same time, I am thankful for all she meant in my life.

I'm thankful she was willing to reach out beyond the computer screen and meet new people (including me) in real life.

I'm thankful we got to go to the zoo together, among other adventures.

I'm thankful we both loved ethnic foods, and enjoyed various restaurant meals together.

I'm thankful she loved to share stories of Small Bad Dog, Gracie.  (Gracie died just before she was diagnosed with cancer this time.)

I'm thankful we could talk about anything.

I'm thankful for her fabulous sense of humor.

I'm thankful she also liked going to the church that meets at the Flora-Bama Bar.

I'm thankful i got to see her every summer when we went on vacation.

I'm sorry i will not see her this year, but i am thankful she is at peace.

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:

APAWS International Pooper Scooper week -- The Association of Professional Animal Waste Specialists believe every dog should have its day, but not on someone else's lawn!

April Fool's Day  a/k/a Huntingowk Day or Gowkie Day in Scotland, because an April Fool is called a gowk; in England it is All Fools Day or April Noddy Day, as an April fool is a "noddy"

Azalea Festival -- Muskogee, OK, US (month long celebration with citywide events throughout)

Capture of Brielle Remembrance -- Brielle, Netherlands

Civil Service Day -- Thailand

Community Spirit Days -- an open invitation, all month long, for any town or community to involve itself in a special service project

Day of Hathor -- Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)

Edible Book Day -- Sponsored by the Edible Book Festival, Austin, TX, US (celebrating books and culinary creativity by making edible representations of books, then eating them)

Every Day is Tag Day™ -- make sure your pet has an up to date tag or microchip, just in case! 

Fossil Fools Day -- part of the conservationist movement of many organizations that want us to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and stop corporate polluters

Greek Cypriot Day -- Cyprus (EOKA Day)

International Fun at Work Day -- originally sponsored by Playfair, which encourages non-foolish humor that is non-toxic 

International Pillow Fight Day -- yes, really (organizers used to have huge fights set in large cities, since Covid ended that, have a fight at your own house and join the fun!) 

International Tatting Day

Investiture of the New Captains Regent -- San Marino (sometimes listed as National Day)

Kalends of April -- Ancient Roman Empire; also

     Festival of Fortuna Virilis -- Fortune in her role of bringing luck to women who want better relationships with men

     Veneralia -- ritual yearly washing of the statue of Venus

Kha b-Nisan -- Assyrians (traditional New Year celebration)

Loki's Day -- by some calculations, but more likely it was moved to this date to celebrate the trickster of all time on the trickiest day of the year

Miyako Odori -- Kobu Kaburenjo Theatre, Kyoto, Japan ("Dance of the Old Capital", the highly anticipated geisha dance and music festival, through the 30th)

National Sourdough Bread Day

Orissa Day -- Orissa, India

One Cent Day -- no history on this, just noted on several sites

Pigasus Award Announcement Day -- by James Randi, awarded to parapsychological, paranormal or psychic frauds

Reading is Funny Day -- a day to read riddles, jokes, and fun things with kids to show them how great reading can be

School Year Begins -- Japan, most schools and universities

Sizdeh Be-dar -- Iran (Nature Day, an ancient Persian celebration to get out and joyfully spend the day outdoors)

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival -- Skagit Valley, WA, US; through the 30th

Sorry Charlie Day -- a day to recognize Charlie the Tuna, always rejected but never giving up, and anyone who has ever been rejected and lived to tell about it

St. Gilbert de Moray's Day (Patron of Caithness, Scotland)

St. Stupid's Day (First Church of the Last Laugh 

Tangible Karma™ Day -- set aside an hour today to become purposefully aware of the needs of someone around you, and to fulfill that need; because giving feels as good as receiving 

Tree Loving Week begins -- South Korea (always the week that includes April 5, their Arbor Day)

Uzupis Day -- Uzupis District, Vilnius, Lithuania

Anniversaries Today:

Nunavut becomes Canada's third independent territory, 1999

Jim Bakker marries Tammy Faye LaValley, 1961

Birthdays Today:

Randy Orton, 1980

Jon Gosselin, 1977

Rachel Maddow, 1973

Susan Boyle, 1961

Libby Riddles, 1956

Annette O’Toole, 1953

Samuel A. Alito, Jr, 1950

David Eisenhower, 1947

Daniel Joseph “Rusty” Staub, 1944

Ali MacGraw, 1938

Gordon Jump, 1932

Debbie Reynolds, 1932

Jane Powell, 1929

Anne McCaffrey, 1926

Toshiro Mifune, 1920

Abraham Maslow, 1908

Clara "Mother" Hale, 1905

Lon Chaney, 1883

Sergei Rachmaninoff, 1873

Otto von Bismarck, 1815

William Harvey, 1578

Emperor Go-Saga of Japan, 1220

Debuting/Premiering Today:

"The Will Rogers Follies"(Musical), 1991

"General Hospital"(TV), 1963

"The Doctors"(TV), 1963

"Der blaue Engel/The Blue Angel"(Film; premier of Marlene Dietrich), 1930

Today in History:

The ruins of the city of Pompeii are found, 1748

Japan's volcano Unsen erupts, killing about 53,000, 1793

Samuel Morey patents the internal combustion engine, 1826

Cincinnati becomes the first US city to pay firefighters, 1853

Singapore, Penang & Malakka become British crown colonies, 1867

The London-Paris telephone connection is opened, 1891

The Wrigley Company is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1891

The Royal Air Force is created by the merger of the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service, 1918

The Royal Canadian Air Force is formed, 1924

Generalisimo Frederico Franco announces the end of the Spanish Civil War, 1939

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Aleutian Islands creates a tsunami that strikes Hawai'i, killing 159, 1946

The twenty-six counties of the Irish Free State become the Republic of Ireland, 1949

The Canadian government repeals Japanese Canadian internment after seven years, 1949

The BBC broadcasts the spaghetti tree hoax on its current affairs programme Panorama, 1957

Project Tiger, a tiger conservation program, is launched in the Corbett National Park, India, 1973

Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, 1976

The Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia is created, 1996

Comet Hale-Bopp is seen passing over perihelion, 1997

Nunavut is established as a Canadian territory carved out of the eastern part of the Northwest Territories, 1999

Croatia and Albania join NATO, 2009

The world’s first smelling TV screen is unveiled in Japan, 2013

Bob Dylan receives his Nobel Prize for Literature at a private ceremony in Stockholm, 2017

The discovery of a major archaeological site on a reef in the middle of Lake Titicaca, in the Andes, and dating to the 8th and 10th centuries AD, is announced, 2019

For the first time ever, online sales in the US overtake retail brick and mortar store sales, with 11.813% online compared with 11.807% for general merchandise stores, 2019

The journal Nature Geoscience publishes a study confirming that the European Space Agency's Mars Explorer orbiter, in 2013, did discover methane on Mars, a gas usually only produced by living things, 2019


  1. I am so sorry about your friend, and thankful that you met, and that you remember her with love.

  2. I feel sorry for your loss, but I also sympathise with your thankfulness that you ever met.

  3. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend, Diane. She suffered but now she is in a better place with no more suffering. May she rest in peace. A beautiful thankful post as a tribute to your dear friend.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. Twice in such a short time could be devastating, but you have honoured them by appreciating the pawsitives they brought to your life.

  5. your friendship with DiDreaming will remain with you for life. To be thankful for that kind of friend is wonderful in the midst of sad.

  6. Praying for you and for Diane and family. May she rest in peace.

    God bless.

  7. I am sorry for the loss of your friend.Such a beautiful tribute to her. Glad you have many good memories. XO

  8. I am grateful you have such loving memories of your dear friend ~ Diane ~ so hard to lose our significant people ~ lots of healing hugs to you, dear one ~

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

  9. Oh, Mimi, I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a kind and good and positive person and I think of how that must have been so soothing for Diane. Hugs and prayers, my friend.

  10. I'm very sorry to hear about your friend Diane. We can tell she added joy to your life. Hugs from all of us.

  11. I'm so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort and peace through your faith and the good memories you shared.

  12. I am sorry she has died, but thankful now that she no longer suffers and thankful also for the times you spent together.

  13. Surely we are all at an (understandable) risk of being overwhelmed by the sadness that ushers in a loss (of a person or others) in our lives.
    Your TToT is an example of the benefit (made available) to all who participate in this here bloghop here.

  14. I'm so happy for her that she is no longer in pain, but so sad for you who will be missing her. Friends are just so important in our lives!


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