Saturday, September 30, 2023

Some Weeks...A Ten Things of Thankful Post


Some weeks as you head into Thankful Day, you're thinking you already know most of what you're going to be saying.

Then everything changes.

Yesterday morning, around 5:30 while i was getting ready for work, i got the text no one wants.

#2 Son and His Bride lost their little girl.

Our Daughter-in-Law was 20 weeks pregnant and they'd been in the doctor's office 3 days before, there were no problems.

She suddenly went into preterm labor and there was nothing anyone could have done at that point.

In the midst of grief, we are thankful His Bride was not in danger and has not suffered any physical effects besides the usual ones after a woman gives birth.  

We're thankful Sweetie and i have room here at the house to store all of the baby things they'd already gathered or been given so she doesn't have to look at them.

We're thankful #2 Son's work and her school have given them 2 weeks of leave so they can begin to recover.

The other thankful things which had already been in the works to be counted were:

Last week, we left off with Slow-Moe in the garage.  On Monday, we found out "nothing" was wrong, it behaved perfectly at the shop.  Yesterday, it started again.  We're thankful we can try again this week to find out what's happening with it.

Carl had Covid again, and i'm thankful this time he did not give it to his parents and he is already testing negative.  

I'm thankful Bigger Girl was in town last Saturday at Grandma and Grandpa's and we got to see her.

Many of us are thankful Becca is still sleeping through the night.  The reward system is working!

Kevin and Lenny are now paying us to clean their waiting room/office/kitchenette area once a month and i'm thankful the first cleaning went well, they seemed pleased.

We had extra volunteers at the shelter this week, which is always welcome.

We're thankful we ended the month with a positive balance in the checking account.  It's been close, since Brother-In-Law needed money for the dentist and with not cleaning Carl's last week, it left us scrambling.

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Today is:

Agricultural Reform Day -- Sao Tome and Principe

Celtic Tree Month Gort begins (Ivy)

Day of Liberation of the Republic of Abkhazia -- Abkhazia (disputed territory on the Black Sea)

Do Something Wacky With A Grandparent Day -- just not the monkey bars, please; old bones don't knit fast enough; whatever you do, take some pictures!

Eleusinian Mysteries -- Ancient Greek Calendar (the Greater Mystery Rites, date approximate; mystery rites of Demeter and Persephone at Eleusis, one of the most sacred times of their year)

Family Health and Fitness Day USA  

Independence Day -- Botswana

International Translation Day -- International Federation of Translators 

Kokkeisetsu -- Chinatown, Yokohama, Japan (Chinese National Founding Day in the largest Chinatown in Japan; through tomorrow)

Medetrinalia -- Ancient Roman Calendar (festival fruits offer to the goddess of medicine)

Monkey Bars Day -- a day to go see if you can still do tricks on the monkey bars, because the internet wants to kill us and let the machines that would never do anything so silly take over

Monkey King Festival -- China (a celebration of this popular character in East Asian stories, with the best place to see the rituals being the Monkey God Temple at Po Tat Estate in Sau Mau Ping, Kowloon)

National Hot Mulled Cider Day

National Mud Pack Day -- give yourself a facial

Qatar Prix L'arc de Triomphe -- Longchamp Race-course, Paris, France (one of the world's greatest horse races, first run in 1920; celebrations and events through tomorrow)

St. Gregory the Enlightener (or Illuminator; Patron of Armenia)

St. Jerome's Day (Patron of archaeologists, archivists, Biblical scholars, librarians, libraries, school children, students, translators; Saint-Jerome, Quebec)

     also an Apache celebration of Geronimo, the Native American who was named after this saint

Sukkot -- Judaism (begins at sundown, through sundown Oct. 7)

Truth and Reconciliation Day -- Canada

Anniversary Today:

Haleakala National Park is established in Maui, Hawaii, 1960

Birthdays Today:

Dominique Moceanu, 1981

Marion Cotillard, 1975

Jenna Elfman, 1971

Crystal Bernard, 1964

Eric Stoltz, 1961

Fran Drescher, 1957

Deborah Allen, 1953

Victoria Tennant, 1953

Marilyn McCoo, 1943

Z.Z. Hill, 1935

Johnny Mathis, 1935

Angie Dickinson, 1931

Elie Wiesel, 1928

W. S. Merwin, 1927

Truman Capote, 1924

Deborah Kerr, 1921

Buddy Rich, 1917

William Wrigley, Jr., 1861

Rumi, 1207

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Millie's Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush(Publication date), 1990

"Murder, She Wrote"(TV), 1984

"Cheers"(TV), 1982

"Love Child"(Single release), 1968

"The Flintstones"(TV), 1960

"Tea and Sympathy"(Play), 1953

"The Red Skelton show"(TV), 1951

"Porgy and Bess"(Opera), 1935

Little Women(Publication date), 1868

"Les pecheurs de perles/The Pearl Fishers"(Bizet opera), 1863

"Die Zauberflote/The Magic Flute"(Mozart opera, K. 620), 1791

The Gutenberg Bible(first section, publication date), 1452

Today in History:

Rambam (Maimonides) authorizes Samuel Ibn Tibbon to translate the Guide of the Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew, 1199

Anesthetic ether is used for the first time by Dr. William Morton, who extracted a tooth, 1846

German scientist Hermann von Meyer announces the discovery of the first fossil of an archaeopteryx, 1861

The first Portuguese immigrants arrive in Hawai'i, 1878

The world's first commercial hydroelectric power plant begins operation on the Fox River in Appleton, Wisconsin, United States, 1882

Hubert Cecil Booth patents the vacuum cleaner, 1901

The first manned rocket plane flight, made by auto maker Fritz von Opel, 1929

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Yemen join the United Nations, 1947

The World Series, featuring the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, is televised for the first time, 1947

The U.S. Navy submarine USS Nautilus is commissioned as the world's first nuclear reactor powered vessel, 1954

James Dean is killed in a road accident, 1955

Mexican-American labor leader César Chávez founds the United Farm Workers, 1962

James Meredith enters the University of Mississippi, defying segregation, 1962

General Suharto rises to power in Indonesia after an alleged coup by communists, and massacres over a million Indonesian people suspected of belonging to the Communist Party, 1965

BBC Radio 1 is launched and Tony Blackburn presents its first show, 1967

Ethernet specifications are published by Xerox working with Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation, 1980

The Dalai Lama unveils the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Canada's capital city of Ottawa, 1990

The first images of a live giant squid in its natural habitat are taken 600 miles south of Tokyo, 2004

The controversial drawings of Muhammad are printed in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, 2005

A case of Ebola virus is diagnosed in Dallas, Texas, US, 2014

A 315-billion-ton iceberg named D28 calves from the Amery ice shelf, Antarctica, 2019

Canada observes its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, honoring victims and survivors of residential schools for indigenous children, 2021

Land, including the world's oldest living rainforest, Daintree National Park, is returned to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in Far North Queensland, Australia, 2021


  1. Your sad news was very sad indeed, but I am grateful that you still had many things to be thankful for.

  2. Ohh, I'm sorry. This is such a sickening loss. The silver lining is that they both are still hale of body.

  3. How excited you sounded when your son gave you the news about a baby coming. I am sorry to hear it will not happen yet. Praying for their recovery and future babies. I am grateful I can start to use the hand more now and get this over with. Also grateful we got 1/2 inch of much needed rain and now after 9 days of dark, we have sun coming up.

  4. I'm so sorry for the loss your son and his wife are experiencing. Wishing them strength as they grieve for their baby.

  5. We are so sorry about the baby. (((hugs)))

  6. Your poor son and daughter-in-law I'm glad they have been given compassionate leave.

  7. So sad for your son and his wife ~ lots of healing energy hugs to them ~ Xo's

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

  8. Oh my goodness, I'm so sorry to hear such terrible news and we send prayers to all of you doing this tough time.

  9. This is such sad news. I am so sorry. My condolences to you and your son and his wife. XO

  10. Sending prayers to your son and daughter in law at the loss of their precious baby.

  11. I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of the baby.
    I'm thankful the rest of the week was filled with small thankfuls.

  12. I'm so sorry about the loss of your granddaughter. Prayers of comfort for all and healing for your daughter-in-law.

  13. Our thoughts are with you, your son and daughter-in-law.


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