Saturday, October 14, 2023

Cleaning and Counting, a Ten Things of Thankful Post


Hooray for Thankful Day!

Slow-Moe the car seems to be doing quite well since Luke, the mechanic at Kevin and Lenny's, found the loose wire and got it taken care of.  We're very thankful as we really do need our cars for work.

Sweetie and i got Grandma and Grandpa's house done in plenty of time for me to sit and talk to Grandma a while, something we both enjoy and are always thankful for.

Ms. A was not feeling so well last weekend, so i was thankful to step in and not only take Becca to church, i met up with her after Sunday school and got her home, as well.

Carl's room on Monday took some doing, but at least he had everything he needed when it was time to get out the door.  Thursday, when i went back to clean the rest of the house, he lost his keys.  We're thankful he has a tracker on them now and an app on the phone can trace them, telling you if they are in house and how close to them you are.

Speaking of Thursday, the last time it was my day to clean the main house there, everyone was quarantined and it didn't happen.  The house had really been let go a bit, but Ms. V and Mr. L made a valiant effort and it was much tidier by the time i got there this time to clean and i was most thankful.

(Note:  there's a difference between cleaning and tidying.  When you put your dishes in the dishwasher instead of in the sink, put your clothes in the hamper instead of on the floor, pick up stuff you are working on and put it away, rinse your toothbrush and put it and the toothpaste in the drawer instead of leaving them on the side of the sink, you are tidying.  When i sanitize the sinks, vacuum the floor, etc., i am cleaning.  The client's job is to tidy.  My job is to clean.  My job is only possible in a reasonable amount of time if you do your job.  For Carl, there is an exception made, of course.)

Ms. G has another house to clean, repair and put on the market for the owners.  I was thankful she put off the cleaning of her house until next week when she's out of town and we went instead and tackled some grungy bathrooms in the other house.  They're done now and next time, we can just do floors.

Brother-in-Law's car's check engine light came on.  We're all very thankful Kevin and Lenny had it checked and it was just his gas cap not getting tightened enough.  I'm thankful he bought a new gas cap and will work harder to tighten it from now on, saving us all the scare when that light comes on.

Sweetie and The Big Boss spent Monday at the farm and came home covered with bramble scratches.  By the next day, Sweetie had an odd rash on his side.  His doctor (a member of the church choir) took a quick peek and it's shingles again, so we're thankful for rapid medical attention and the medicine that is clearing it up.

Friday brought two surprises.  First, #2 Son called and asked if we could take care of Jock the blue heeler dog overnight, and i was thankful to say yes.

Second, my caretaking partner at the shelter texted she had to suddenly work late, so i thought i was going to be on my own.  Instead, thankfully, an extra volunteer showed up and instead of working late, we got done early!

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Today is:

Be Bald and Be Free Day -- Wellcat Holidays wants everyone who is "shiny" to be proud of it! 

Chisinau Day -- Chisinau, Moldova

Dessert Day -- another one?

Doburoku Matsuri -- Shirakawago, Japan (unrefined sake festival and harvest festival; through the 19th)

Festival for the Penates -- Ancient Roman Calendar (gods of the storeroom)

Flag Day/Jour de la Proclamation de la Premiere Republique -- Madagascar (flag adopted this day in 1958)

Liberation Day -- Yemen

Mega Kenka Matsuri -- Hyogo, Japan (Roughhouse Festival, wrestling for a blessing; through tomorrow)

Mother's Day -- Belarus

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Day -- Tanzania (climax of the Uhuru Torch Race)

National Chocolate Covered Insect Day -- i'll pass, sorry

National Dessert Day

National Education Day -- Poland

National Frump Day -- National FRUMPS of America (to honor the frugal, responsible, unpretentious, and mature people everywhere)

national lower case day -- someone wants us to not use all caps

Republic Day / October Revolution Day -- Yemen

Ruler's Birthday Holiday -- Malaysia

St. Callistus' Day (Patron of cemetery workers)

St. Donatian of Rheims's Day (Patron of Bruges, Belgium; Rheims, France; West Flanders, Belgium)

St. Petca Paraskeva's Day (Patron of embroiderers, needle workers, spinners, weavers, and all who do needlework of any kind) related observance:

     Petkouden -- Bulgaria

Svetitskovloba/Living Pillar Cathedral -- Georgia (celebration of the first Christian church in Georgia)

Universal Music Day -- celebrate music as our universal language

Vinternatsblot, a/k/a Haustblót -- Asatru (to bid Winter welcome; at the approximate date of the start of winter in the Old European Calendar of the Norse

World Standards Day -- International

Birthdays Today:

Usher, 1978

Natalie Maines, 1974

Greg Evigan, 1958

Harry Anderson, 1952

Sir Cliff Richard, 1940

Ralph Lauren, 1939

John Dean, 1938

Gary Graffman, 1928

Roger Moore, 1927

Charles Everett Koop, 1916

John Wooden, 1910

Eugene FRodor, 1905

e.e. cummings, 1894

Lillian Gish, 1893

Dwight Eisenhower, 1890

Eamon De Valera, 1882

Francis Lightfoot Lee, 1734

William Penn, 1644

Debuting/Premiering Today:

Rescue from Gilligan's Island(TV film), 1978 (the first TV film follow up of a TV series)

Winnie-The-Pooh(publication date), 1926

Today in History:

William the Conqueror wins England in the Battle of Hastings, 1066

Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence, 1322

Mary, Queen of Scots, goes on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England, 1586

Massachusetts enacts the first punitive legislation against the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), 1656

Rabbi Judah Hasid & Chayim Molocho arrive in Jerusalem, 1700

Henry Blair receives a patent for a corn planter, becoming the first black to obtain a US patent, 1834

The 15th and the last military Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate resigns in Japan, returning his power to the Emperor of Japan and thence to the re-established civil government of Japan, 1867

George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film, 1884

Theodore Roosevelt is shot while campaigning in Milwaukee on the "Bull Moose" ticket, 1912

The children's book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A.A. Milne, is first published, 1926

Ethel Merman makes her Broadway debut in "Girl Crazy", 1930

Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, the Indian Untouchable caste leader, converts to Buddhism along with 385,000 of his followers, 1956

Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first Canadian Monarch to open up an annual session of the Canadian Parliament, presenting her Speech from the Throne in Ottawa, Canada, 1957

The Cuban Missile Crisis begins when a U.S. Air Force U2 Reconnaissance pilot takes pictures of Soviet missiles being installed in Cuba, 1962

The city of Montreal, Quebec, begins the operation of its underground Montreal Metro rapid-transit system, 1966

The first live telecast from any manned spacecraft, the Apollo 7, 1968

The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, and the Foreign Minister of Israel, Shimon Peres, receive the Nobel Peace Prize for their role in the establishment of the Oslo Accords, 1994

Indonesian rights groups applaud the end of a Suharto-era law that bans books deemed 'offensive' or a 'threat to public order,' 2010

A colony of stromatolites is discovered at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, 2011

A colony of stromatolites is discovered at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, 2011

The Spanish government says it will impose direct rule on Catalonia after the region voted for independence in a referendum, 2017

The Booker Prize is awarded jointly to Margaret Atwood for "The Testaments" and

Bernardine Evaristo for "Girl, Woman, Other:" Evaristo is the first black woman to win, 2019

A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio sells for a record $9.98 million at auction in New York, 2020

The journal "Nature" publishes details of the world's first room-temperature superconductor, created at the University of Rochester, NY, 2020


  1. Shingles? Poor Sweetie. I am glad he got prompt medical attention.

  2. Oh man. I was lucky enough some 15 years ago to have two small blisters of Shingles on the back of my head- for pity sake. It was caught in time.

  3. Sorry to hear Sweetie has shingles outbreak. I just got my second dose of vaccine yesterday! Hope to prevent that horrible thing. Our cars are just so computerized now days, so the gas caps cause a warning, but that's good because they really do need to be tightened down good.

  4. Your thankful lists always make me think that you have work and troubles enough for two. Thanks for writing.

  5. I hope the shingles clears up quickly without any long term effects.
    Glad the car continues to run well after the wiring was fixed.

  6. Bummer on the shingles. We're glad he's starting to feel better.

  7. Wonderful thankfuls. Good idea to have a tracker on Carl's keys. XO

  8. Busy, busy, busy. But those are all terrific thankfuls!

  9. Has Sweetie not had any shingles vaccinations?
    I'm a tidier, always clearing things away once I'm done with them, I learned it from my mum and taught my kids too although it seems the lesson didn't "stick" well enough for a couple of them.

  10. ouch (on the shingles) had it once, ten or twelve years ago but it's not fun

  11. Glad Sweetie is recovering ~ great thankfuls ~

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


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